OOTD - Blush Maxi Skirt and Black Lace Crop Top

Thursday, 24 July 2014

The blush maxi skirt strikes again!  My much loved, and subsequently much worn ( see here, here and here) blush maxi skirt makes yet another appearance - this time, for a cool boho-inspired look.  I'm still trying to warm up to the crop top, and this black lace version pairs perfectly with the high waist of the maxi skirt giving me lots of coverage.  This particular crop top has a very deep neckline, so I thought best to cover the midriff to keep the outfit modest and balanced.  For a gal who is approaching 30 at lightening speed, and who also hasn't seen the gym in the past year - modestly in the midriff is crucial.  Read on for additional photos and all outfit details for this breezy, boho look featuring my blush pink maxi skirt.

OOTD - Stripes and Leather

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

We're well into summer in my part of the world, and this Noob couldn't be happier.  The days are long, and warm but lately it's been a little chilly - especially in the early mornings and evenings.  Today's outfit is an example of how I tend to dress for the chillier weather - well, the evenings anyways (if I were to roll into work in this number, it would raise a few eyebrows.)   A light leather jacket is a great solution to chilly summer dressing, particularly a man-made, vegan leather which tends to be lighter in weight - perfect for summer.  Read on for additional photos and outfit details.

My Everyday Hair - How to Curl Hair with a Straightener in 5 Minutes

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Happy Saturday Noobs!  While I slave away at the office for the day, I thought I may as well share a quick tutorial on how I achieve my everyday curls with a straightener in 5 minutes.  If you've been following me, you would know that I am the queen of all things easy - think simple style, simple clothing and especially simple hair.  My mane is long and full, but the hair itself is very fine making it virtually impossible to hold a curl for more than a couple hours - that is, until I mastered the art of curling with a straightener.  If this Noob can do it, so can you.  Read on to see how I achieve my everyday quick and easy curls, using only a straightener in 5 minutes.

OOTD - Cobalt Blue Slip Dress

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Wow - it is hot outside.  Not that I'm complaining about the heat but the humidity, and all of the delightful beauty issues that come along with it, has become a little much.  Enter the simple slip dress - just a simple, light dress that just lightly floats around your body, only to be cinched at the waist with a thin belt.  Add some strappy sandals, a cute clutch (because who wants a purse around their shoulder in this heat) and a humidity friendly high pony tail and you're ready to brave the heat.  Read on for additional photos and full outfit details.

30 Before 30 Update - Vegetarian for a Month

Monday, 14 July 2014

Happy Monday Noobs! I hope you all had a great weekend.  My crazy work schedule strikes again, having me work Saturday but as a result I have today off so you won't hear me complaining!  I wanted to devote some time to give a few thoughts on my last 30 Before 30 task completed, where I was a vegetarian [pescatarian, really] for the month of June.

As I had mentioned in my last post on the subject, I am a huge meat eater.  My goal through the entire process was to incorporate more vegetables into my diet, and I did - but boy did I suffer during the process, especially the first and last week.  I find that when you eliminate an entire food category from your diet, it becomes more of a mind game then anything because all of a sudden that category is the only thing you want to eat.  Thankfully I stayed strong and didn't cheat once during the entire month, which is saying something - you're talking to the girl who made her husband get them fast food during a three day juice cleanse!

As far as my ultimate goal of incorporating more vegetables into my diet, I do feel as though it has been achieved.  I am now consistently eating breakfast, which includes two servings of fruits (previously this would have been Nutella on toast.) My lunches are more likely to be pre-packed salads and wraps full of vegetables and falafel (previously chicken fingers.)  Dinners is where I do eat the majority of my meat, but I have picked up some fantastic meat-free recipes during my challenge which I am still incorporating into the dinner line up.  I may still be a meat eater, but at least now I'm much more conscious of my vegetables intake, and that's all that I really wanted in the end.

There were a few tools that helped me along the way.  Amuse Your Bouche was, and still is, an invaluable resource for easy and delicious vegetarian meals. In fact, their avocado and chickpea salad is a part of my weekly rotation and makes a fantastic lunch for work (you can see the salad in pita bread in the above photo.)  Seriously guys, if you're looking for some amazingly simple and healthy recipes to change up your routine, give the website a try.  Pinterest was also a huge resource, but I really had to force myself to actually execute my vegetarian pins rather then just admire my beautiful Pinterest board.

I also want to say a huge thank you for your sweet comments and advice, especially those who have given me their green juice recipe!

Hope you have a great start to the week.

xo Joëlle
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