Bundled
What I Wore
The Power of Positive Thinking
Lifestyle
Beach Bells
What I Wore
The FODMAP Diet
Lifestyle
Sheer Thing
What I Wore
What I Ate: Weekday
What I Ate
January 23, 2015

Bundled

Although I despise being cold, I do get a little bummed during the So Cal winter that I can't wear more cold weather clothes. Don't get me wrong, skipping around in jean shorts and a tee in January is a pretty sweet deal, but I do love a big cozy coat. We've had a few unusually cold days (for us -  I know you east coasters are laughing at that description), so I've been super excited to finally rock a few of my fall/winter purchases that I haven't had an opportunity to wear yet. The big collar on this coat is what sealed the deal when I saw it because I love the way it pours over the shoulders and adds structure and volume to an otherwise basic coat. I also looooove the contrasting leather sleeves! And because I go hard or not at all,...

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January 20, 2015

The Power of Positive Thinking

January always does something awesome to me. I start to get hyper productive on all of the things I’ve been meaning to do and it feels really good to be on top of my stuff. This stuff has included meeting with an accountant to learn more about the best way to organize my finances, renewing my health insurance and car registration, going to the dentist, cleaning out my closets, writing overdue thank you notes, starting a new workout routine with my trainer, and getting to bed earlier. All good stuff.

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January 16, 2015

Beach Bells

Back when I was a moody teen, I shopped exclusively at Abercrombie and Fitch and Hollister, land of the boot cut jean circa 2003. I was so anti-skinnies and loooooved wearing my trendy wide leg pantalones. Now, I have very few boot cut, flared, or bell bottom pants in my closet because they make me feel like a boy. I’m petite (5’4″…maybe 5’3″ according to the doctor, but whatever) so it just feels like a lot of fabric now that I’m all grown up and actually like feeling feminine. This all changed a few weeks ago while shopping when I came across these JBrand velvet bell bottoms that are super fitted and flattering up top with the perfect amount of volume on the bottom. I tried them on and instantly felt like all my 70s hippie chic Stevie Nicks dreams came true.

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January 14, 2015

The FODMAP Diet

FODMAP. I know, that’s a really weird name. When I first heard about the FODMAP diet I thought it was a joke. But, it’s real and it has helped a lot of people manage their digestive issues and IBS. FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oglio-, Di, and Mono-saccharides And Polyols. What are those? Short chain carbohydrates, or sugars, that are not able to be absorbed by some people in the small intestine. When this happens, they are passed into the large intestine where bacteria ferment them. This creates gas, bloating, and other common IBS symptoms. These sugars aren’t just the obvious added sugars we all know to avoid when our tummies are upset. FODMAPs include natural sugars present in lots and lots of foods found in nature:

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January 11, 2015

Sheer Thing

I'm currently having a sheer top moment because I love the way they show some skin without actually showing some skin! They're sexy, but covered and appropriate for a winter date night. A sheer fabric is great because it shares a glimpse of what's underneath in an understated and mysterious way. This top has been in my closet for months and has been worn many many times because it's the perfect amount of sheer. It's not completely see through and the mesh is pretty small, so it's a very subtle and slight transparency that transforms a basic black top into something special. I decided to go with contrasting textures and balance it's lightness with a heavier leather skirt and rich suede heels. This is one of my favorite nighttime looks!

   

Top: Bailey...

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January 9, 2015

What I Ate: Weekday

It's been a while since I've done a day in the life post of my eats so here you goooo! I've started working out with my amazing trainer, Sean, and I'm loving it so much because I'm doing things I've never tried and the workouts fly by because they're non stop. I feel so good when I'm finished and I've discovered a total love for boxing! I trained this day so I drank some unpictured green juice on the way which is always my pre-workout choice because it's easy to digest, super hydrating, gives me quick energy, and doesn't weigh me down when I'm not really hungry that early in the morning. About 30 minutes after my workout I had breakfast:3 poached eggs with smoked salmon. I wanted avocado with this but the only one I had left wasn't good when I cut it open. I...

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January 7, 2015

Tom Kha: Thai Coconut Soup

Confession: I’ve never been a fan of soups. I’ve always considered them somewhat of a throwaway food. If I’m going to have a meal, I don’t really want it to be drinkable. I would choose a big avocado salad with a crispy piece of salmon or a warm buttered filet with asparagus over a bowl of soup any day. There’s something that has always felt less substantial to me about soups...until recently. In the last couple months as the weather has gotten colder and I’ve been in the kitchen a bit more, I’ve completely fallen in love with them! I’ve learned how to make a few that I really enjoy and the best part is, there is always a lot leftover for future meals or snacks. My current obsession is Tom Kha, or Thai coconut soup, which I had for the...

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January 5, 2015

Leather + Flannel

Flannel button downs are one of my favorite go-to pieces because they're so versatile, comfortable, and easy to style! They also provide the perfect amount of warmth in this So Cal winter weather which isn't always cold enough to demand a jacket or sweater, but still requires something a bit heavier and more substantial than a standard cotton longsleeve tee. I am especially in love with Rails tops because they're soooo soft and the color combos are so great. I wore this shirt with grey denim skinnies and booties for daytime errands and decided to transition it to a casual nighttime look for drinks and dinner with my girlfriends. These YSL western boots were an obvious choice with the flannel, but to edge it up I grabbed my Balenciaga City bag and leather pants for a contrasting moto vibe. The resulting look is a little bit biker...

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January 3, 2015

Hong Kong + Thailand

Hiiiiiiii guys!!! I hope you had a fab New Year! Sorry for the post delay on this trip recap, but I took SO many photos and it took me some time to go through them all! So….Thailand. We went to Koh Samui which is a gorgeous island with lush greenery, coconut groves, and gorgeous beaches. I don’t know how to accurately convey how much I adore this place. The people are amazing, the food is amazing, the vibe is amazing, the natural beauty is amazing…you get the gist? I absolutely love Bali, and Thailand is very similar in terms of weather (warm and humid!), people (so sweet, eager to help), food (fresh fish all day), and accomodations (villas are very much the same design style – sleek, modern, zen, sophisticated).

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December 30, 2014

A New Year + Thank You

It’s almost the New Year and I couldn’t be more grateful for all of the wonderful experiences and memories made in 2014! Looking back at the past twelve months is an amazing feeling because I don’t often step back and take life in from a larger perspective. I think a lot of us forget to do this when we’re “in it” on the day to day getting from point A to B and working hard at making things happen. But it’s so important to go outside of that and look at what all of that hard work has created as a whole. I started Blawnde this year with zero expectations as a little place to share things I’m interested in with hopes a few people might read and keep me company, generate dialogue, and enjoy the things I post. I had no idea...

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