When you Google festival style are you impressed? Do you ever get tired of seeing the same exact style? I’m not talking Coachella either, no shade. There are literally hundreds of festivals all over the country and world I might add. There are two types of festival people out there, those cutoffs & midriff types and those of use who aren’t about it. I’m the latter, I love being comfortable and it makes sense to me. There’s something about DC style that sets us apart when it comes to festival style I think mainly because it’s an urban setting and honestly its a different crowd of folks. We’re comfortable but still styling on these heaux.
The Broccoli City Festival was yesterday, and I didn’t make it, that’s another post. I styled these outfits with my friends using these gorgeous Flower Pins from Flowers From Fatima. I thought these looks would be awesome at a city festival like The Broccoli Festival or any other urban festivals like say Made In America or anything that has Outkast. I’m seriously wishing and hoping I make it to someones festival this summer to see them.
Back to the point of this post! I styled three friends of mine with items from their closet. Fatima owns this awesome shop on ETSY. I fell in love with her pins and ordered a whole lot of them. I thought they were a fun change from floral headbands. I didn’t want to overwhelm the outfits with them, but they were the perfect accessory.
First we have Vivi or Heart Print & Style. She’s wearing a vintage shorts romper that I found awhile ago on my shopping adventures. The belt, vest, and oxfords are her own. I style her using the Crimson Blossoms from Fatima’s collection.
Next up is Waverly of Pich&Roor . I styled her in another vintage find of mine. A floral maxi and Chuck Taylors. I used a mix of white and cream blossoms on her messy bun.
Then we have Val of Fashion On The Curve , wearing everything from her closet. A pair of ripped shorts and a fun Cynthia Rowley top. I thought it would be fun to have the florals cascading down her hair.
That wraps it up! Three realistic looks and three ways to rock floral pins.
I’ve been pretty quiet this week. I’ve been doing a lot of research because I’m dramatic like that. Meal Planning has always been my weakness. I know in the end it can be done on a budget and will help me in the end so I’m not so dependent on all of these medications. I”m happy to say that I’ve reached my goal for my birthday of weighing in at 220. That’s 17 lbs from September and counting. To celebrate here’s another health related post.
Frozen Veggies are not the enemy provided you’re talking veggies with no added preservatives, sauces, and sodium. Here are a few items down below for healthy meal planning recipes that are budget friendly that I plan on subbing with frozen and fresh. I’ve included youtubes on simple things to add to your meals that will help meet your goals, subscribe, share and save!
Egg Muffin Cups-
I’ve tried these and they keep for the week. I’m really picky about leftovers. I love them but then I always get concerned about it spoiling. I made enough to have two a morning, with pre-cut fruit and a piece of toast. I think the combinations are endless with these.
I love this because honestly I’ve seen SO many versions of this that made it way too complicated. This is plain and simple, cauliflower and broth.
Salmon One Grill Dinner
All you need is your favorite piece of fish, seasoning, and asparagus. Throw it your George Foreman Grill and that’s it.
Do you remember Lean Pockets? While this easy meal reminds me of one. I tend to Roast an entire chicken on Sunday, take it apart and use it throughout the week. This would be a great way to have a little fun with your meal.
I love this because you can make a big batch, put a protein with it and you’re done. I still have an idea for my own version that I’ll share later.
Meal Prep Videos from different perspectives.
All of these videos show how different people approach meal prepping. I think as long as you are prepared, then it will work out. I think you can tweak them all to be a cost effective. In the end, you’re not paying for the cost to prepare food like you do when you go out. If you’re measuring out portions I think meal planning can be affordable. It took me awhile to learn that I dont need to be complicated, or spend a ton.
Hope you found something with this post! I know I did in all of my researching.
So comment below and tell me how you meal prep or share any of your favorite tips.
It’s been a few months since I posted about my health. It’s been hard I tell ya that much. I finally got a doctors appointment that was long overdue with an Endocrinologist (diabetes doctor). I didn’t realize I hadn’t been to see one in two years, which I don’t recommend if you’re a type 2 diabetic. I got so comfortable taking what was prescribed that I didn’t notice it wasn’t working anymore. If your doctor mentions that you’re pre-diabetic take it seriously, and make those lifestyle changes. I didn’t and now I’m stuck with dealing with this now.
I’ve been making quite a few changes to my lifestyle, they aren’t perfect but I’m just happy that I’m holding on a resolution I made for this long. So far I’ve lost around 12-15 lbs, my blood pressure still hasn’t come down much and they put me on more medication including a injectable for my diabetes. I had my reservations but it’s not a permanent thing if I make changes and keep progressing. The side effects are that I will lose weight, which isn’t bad, and honestly i’m 3 days in and I haven’t been able to finish a meal. Here are a few things I’ve realized on this journey so far.
Cutting out Red Meat-
This is so hard for me. I’ve cut back big time. At this point I’m eating beef once a week if that. I love a good steak and I’m not a “stop cold turkey” kind of girl. I think it’s good to have it every once in awhile. So If I do, I make a burger at home or have one from five guys as my cheat. While visiting the doctor we spent over 2 hours going through my recent medical records and test and found out that i had high “bad cholesterol” levels. I’m upset that now I’ve been put on Lipitor for that, I have to take it once a day at night. So this gives me the motivation to stick to my once a week meat. I know there are leaner cuts but lets be honest, I want a legit burger every once in awhile.
Working out is not the enemy-
Can I be honest as say that I lost that mojo to work out. I had to mentally tell myself that I would die if I didn’t get up for the gym when I started going again. I would come up with any excuse in my mind to not go. I belong to Planet Fitness, and this is the time when everybody and their mother is in there. It’s crazy around 6-9 PM. Who wants to rub elbows with folks like that when they are focusing? I don’t, yeah I said it. So with all of these new people, they aren’t wiping mats, equipment, they are nasty. Long story short, I told myself that this can’t stop me from going and getting a work out in. It’s spring now, and there are so many ways to work out for free, so what was my excuse? Now I look forward to being active. My newest challenge is to walk. I had a situation where I had to drive to work, and I’m cheap so I’d rather pay 10 bucks and walk six blocks then walk one and pay 20 bucks. Monday I was walking, someone who I saw come in and park when I was exiting, lapped me and walked so fast so effortlessly that I wanted scream. I hated it because I was walking at my max pace and our of breath. So now I’m determined to walk more and I’ve lost 3 lbs this week doing just that.
Working out is practically free-
I’ve been finding all of the resources to work out for free at this point. I get bored at the gym especially planet fitness, since they don’t have classes. Three of my favorite Instagrams are GetFitwithNic, Lakeitha_Duncan, Mariza Villarreal (if you can stomach her sickening body). YOutube is pretty awesome, I have a list of workouts that I find and save for later. You can get lost in there, but check out my list and see if anything suits your fancy. So at this point, I have no reason not to work out, and I can only blame pure laziness on sitting around.
Here are a few of my favorites at the moment, and yes it’s okay to laugh at the the Pump It Up video, but I tell you this much, it gets you exactly where you need to be. Sorry I couldn’t embed it but click the link it will take you right to Youtube. Below are a few of my favorite stretches and one Jillian Michaels workout that I like to do.
Fiber is my friend-
Nobody talks about fiber. In a world of high protein, low carb, fat free trends as someone who has to cut back on protein i’ve found ways to still eat well. Fiber helps you go, plain and simple, it helps me a ton. I pretty much cheat when it comes to fiber. My secret weapon – Chai Seeds. Tiny crunchy fiber laden goodness. One ounce has about 40% of your recommended fiber intake. I sprinkle them on a lot of things, and the easiest way it to put them in my oats in the AM. An entire serving, blends perfectly with it. On top of that I go for 30 grams a day. I get this through black beans, kidney beans, broccoli, avocados, whole wheat pasta, and pureeing veggies into my tomato sauce. I ate all of this throughout the week with my meals.
Progress is a journey-
While visiting these doctors my anxienty over living a life tied to medication scared me. I don’t want to turn 28 and have this be the reason why i’m holding back. With no cause of or reason for this stubborn blood pressure my doctor pat me on the shoulder as I cried and said, “Michelle, you’re doing great, and you’re making progress without any of us forcing you. It will be okay, and this is not an overnight thing” . I’ve always embraced myself because if I don’t who else will. With that being said, in the age of body positive blogs, and loving my curves. I have to state that when the weight starts causing issues and you feel miserable listen to your body.
With everything being said, I’m still motivated to keep up with this. My mom has the fat literally melting off her body. She looks amazing and younger than 45 which I’m thanking the aging GODS for. This is my future, wrinkle free at 45 (body roll). I still have to work on getting active everyday because it feels great when you’re sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day. I’m getting there and hopefully I’ll be posting more on my workouts/eating on Instagram.
There are a few things I love and hate about blogging. I love creating content on this site, I love networking, I love the girls and guys that I’ve met through this hobby. Yet, sometimes blogging can feel a lot like high school. You have your cool kids, your laid back kids, the snoody ones. Well, DC seems to be full of all of them. I’d consider myself part of the laid back kids. Sometimes people with like minds find a way to each other and during this project I felt like all of the girls here were amazing, and fun. It actually changed some of my feelings about bloggers in DC as well. All of my friends in DC that I’ve met through blogging are super chill and always down to enjoy the ride of wherever this takes us. Which leads me to a Shell B of ShellBCheri. She reached out to me to be a part of this project! I felt kinda special, I wont lie because I definitely was last to get picked for sports something Waves and I have in common.
Shell B came to my house, another win; nobody likes coming to this part of town haha. Her goal was to pick one thing out of my closet that I haven’t worn on my blog yet. The timing was perfect because I just got these Pumas that were a fun collaboration with Solange Knowles. She’s one of my favorite style figures and I knew I had to have these shoes when the pictures started floating around. They are still in stock which is linked below. I have so many ideas for these shoes this Spring and Summer. They are super comfortable and fun to look at. Shell B styled this entire outfit bonus was this belt too I’ve never worn it, but she made it desirable when she turned it around and put the buckle in the back.
This skirt is always here for me. I wear it so much, and it might be the best investment in my closet at the moment. I know I’ll get so much wear out of this one and my green on for the Spring. Also check me out, I’m not wearing my same old jacket! Hehe, caught this on sale for 10 bucks.
I had so much fun with this entire project and I’m so sad to see Shell B leaving for Nashville, but guess what that means! Road trip for me and a few DC bloggers when she gets settled in. I can admit I’m excited for all the food there! I’ve never been and I’m so excited to take myself there hopefully on a 3 day weekend soon. Make sure you check out the other bloggers Shell B worked with on this project.
The Wonderful Shell B Cheri, please check her blog out here. Photos by Ashley and Julie
It’s been such a busy week for me lots of gym time, and sleep. It sucks that I was on a roll with posting and then this week I didn’t have much. Either way, I have a few things up my sleeve for this weekend to share on the blog! I’m excited to debut my hairstyle provided it looks fly and a photoshoot with Shell B and a few other lovely bloggers. Even though I don’t have much to post I’ve still be lurking! Here are a few things that caught my eye this week while pinning like a mad woman! Most of the photos click directly to other blogs so go check it out, maybe you’ll find a blog you love.
I’ve had this Gap Jacket for years. I had a perfectly broken in one. I let my mom borrow it and she spilled bleach all over it so this one was my replacement. In December I couldn’t button this and I still have a little ways to go but I think I’m doing pretty well. I’m looking forward to swimming in it and having to sell it to be honest. I’ve never seen myself as a smaller woman but lately I’ve been so motivated to keep up.
I have been a rather low key fan of Jenna Lyons. Sometimes I find myself obsessed with this look she did with a denim jacket as a shirt. To be honest she could pull it off better than I could. Then I saw her with this look and it was a little more doable. Now she still has a lot of “dressier” elements but my main focus was the denim jacket and layering it for a cool after in Old Town Alexandria. The laid back vibe of Old Town was perfect for layering denim. I had on a white tee underneath. I layered that with the Denim jacket, and then layered the jacket with my old rusty trusty target jacket. I liked the way it came out. I also tried this really cool hair style with an old Chanel Scarf to complete my look and hide my crazy hair.
I got these bracelets from all over. The Elephant Cuff from Eastern Market recently, the two Bangles part of a set of four that I got while thrifting in Atlanta, the last from an African Boutique here in DC.
The hostess of the party that I went to did a post of layered jewelry. I can effectively say that I suck at it haha. Mine always get tangled. I am however excited to wear my wolf necklace from Wendy Brandes Jewelry! Follow her blog as well, she is always posting awesome pictures from the past! She had amazing style long before fashion blogging was a thing! Love her!
Vintage and Charmed is a amazing Vintage Shop that recently moved to Ward 8. For those who are outside of D.C. I’m a Ward 8 Resident. A lot of folks don’t have faith in our Ward, we host the highest rates of unemployment, we don’t get the nice things and I can’t even begin to explain how much potential our area has. While it would be great to walk down the street and be able to get a coffee, or shop we are starting small. I live in an area called Anacostia and recently folks are coming around and understanding that we deserve nicer things as well. On my way home I finally got a parking space in front of Anacostia Arts Center. I went in for a coffee because they finally opened a new coffee shop and cafe.
I walked past a Mink stole and my eyes diverted to the store I had on my list of places to visit although I haven’t planned on spending any money. Of course I found myself in there trying on winter coats. I tried on a fun plaid number, a pink coat, and then I saw this. Cashmere and mink and in my size. I had to have it and I made it mine. I urge you get down to Vintage and Charmed if you’re ever in the area.
Vintage and Charmed
1231 Good Hope rd SE
Washington DC 20020
Favorite Vintage Item?? Mine just might be this coat or the $40 fur I got at a garage sale.
I’ve never made Tuna this way, but I’ve had a couple of versions of chicken satay that tastes like this dish. I’m still struggling to stay meat free, but I def had a Double Cheeseburger on Sunday. I couldn’t help myself. I came home only to drown myself in Broccoli and Spinach.
Staying Meat free will only work if I get up and cook something that’s a little more exciting than plain ole Lemon Tilapia. I’ve been reading up on tilapia and I’ve decided that unless it’s wild caught I won’t be eating the farm raised version. I found these wild caught tuna medallions that I cut into chunks from another recipe from Eat This, Not That. If you’re not convinced to buy this book the recipe is below. It’s topped with a coconut milk based peanut sauce that reminds me of the sauce they give you at Japanese Steakhouses. I love that sauce, but who knows what’s in it. This sauce, I know what is in there. I also used Aminos again instead of Soy sauce and it was amazing. I ended up making these for lunch for work, I ended up eating it all before I could pack it up for lunch, which wasn’t really productive.
1/2 Tbsp peanut or vegetable oil
1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbsp peanut butter
1 cup light coconut milk
1/2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce (I used Braggs Liquid Aminos)
Juice of 1 lime
1 tsp sriracha or other hot sauce
1 lb ahi tuna, cut into 8 long pieces
How to Make It:
*Soak 8 wooden skewers in cold water for at least 20 minutes.
*Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook the ginger and garlic until lightly toasted, about 1 minute. Add the peanut butter, coconut milk, and soy sauce. Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. Add the lime juice and sriracha and remove from the heat.
*Heat a grill or stovetop grill pan until hot. Thread each piece of tuna onto a skewer and brush all over with the sauce. Cook for 2 minutes per side, until charred on the outside but still pink in the center. Serve the skewers with the remaining sauce. (Source)
What have you cooked lately? Anything new or for the first time.
I wanted to share this Varsity Sweatshirt I found on sale at forever 21. I got lucky enough to find one with the letter M which is super rare for a big chain like F21. I imagined this outfit looking different but I feel like I’m giving ” high school tourist” realness. It was fun for a day out with Vivy, burgers, and a walk through the National Gallery of Art. I saw a lot of cool photos, painting and sculptures. Go check it out if you have a free day anytime soon! So happy the weather is getting nicer!
Walking down the halls of Alice Deal Junior High it was certainly a runway for some. We were one of the last schools in DC that got to wear what we wanted. No uniforms for us, I didn’t mind it but I also didn’t feel like the wide halls of my school were my personal runway. I remember a picture surfacing of me in all black with white socks and black Mary janes. This was just as bad as you’re imagining right now. A girl had those same shoes and somehow looked cooler on her than on me. I wore a lot of matchy colors too, one day I came looking like a red pepper in an Ralph Lauren red plaid skirt that I treated like Chanel, red turtleneck, red tights, those same black Mary Janes. I was not here for any trends until one came along that sucked me in.
That trend my friends was Warner Brothers. Everybody and their mother had these socks, tees, and jackets. I wanted the jacket more than anything, I think I talked my aunt into getting me this jacket one a trip to Atlantic City. I’m pretty sure I was on the brink of tears when I saw it in my size and had to have it. I walked into school with it and all was right. The trend died soon after because I was super late as usual during the time. This jacket sat in my closet for years, I thought it would be fun to wear it since I got a Vintagey vibe from this Daisy Dress. I’m so glad I didn’t sell it because I see myself wearing this a lot this spring.