I (Almost…okay not really) Survived A Juice Cleanse

I have been contemplating a juice cleanse for a while now, and after a few weeks of horrible eating and 5 pounds gained on top of the 20 I have been trying to lose, I said enough was enough. I marched myself over to Liquiteria and decided on their 3 day beginner cleanse. I wanted to not necessarily lose the weight, but jumpstart my body and my mind about making better choices when it comes to food.

Day One –

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9:00 a.m: On my stroll to the subway my stomach already was grumbling so I thought I was done for before my cleanse had even begun. I walked on into Liquiteria, had a quick chat with the girl behind the counter about my options, she strictly reminded me to drink them in order, and then I was on my merry way. I had read horrible reviews about the first juice of the day, so I spent my 15 minute subway ride pumping myself up for what was about to come my way.

9:30 a.m: When I got to my office I immediately placed most of the juices into the fridge. All but my “All Greens” juice which was #1 and staring at me with all its greenness. It consists of: kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, celery, and cucumber. I opened the bottle, placed a straw in (I had read this helps with the taste), and took my first sip. I almost fell off my chair and puked. It was horrific and tasted like I was drinking my lunchtime Chop’t salad without the goodness. After a while it started to taste a little more bearable, that or my taste buds ran away.

10:00 a.m: Still drinking the first juice, trying to be strong.

10:30 a.m: Still on drink #1. Parsley, you’re killing me.

10:45 a.m: One MORE SIPPPPPP.

11:00 a.m: My thoughts: “Crap, I’m starving and I have to pee”

12:00 p.m: It was time for my second juice of the day the “All Greens with Apple.” I held my nose expecting the worst and took my first sip. I was pleasantly surprised, the addition of apple makes a world of difference. I actually enjoyed this one, and realized I would be drinking this again later…maybe I could do this.

12:30 p.m: All done! That was yummy! Now time to chug a ton of water so I don’t pass out.

1:00 p.m: Okay now this is when I started to get sad. I would normally have headed to Chop’t for my salad, but sadly I spent it dreading the next juice…carrot juice.

2:00 p.m:  Mid day headache has started (I was warned about this).

2:30 p.m: Carrot juice made me gag. The end.

4:15 p.m: My head is pounding at this point. Started to get nauseous too all while in a work meeting.

5:00: Juice # 4…how do I have 2 more left!

6:30: Juice #5 was a beet, ginger mix and I could not finish it. I like beets…with goat cheese…in a salad. I was hoping it would mask the taste of ginger because ginger is the bane of my existence. I HATE GINGER. The only exception is Momofuku Ginger Scallion Noodles because the ginger is not even noticeable, and thinking about ginger made me think of these noodles and the fact that I could not have them. This juice was the WORST!!!! I had to hold my nose to try and get it down and could only finish half of it.

7:00 p.m.: The absolute worst case of headache/nausea kicked in so I caved and had three cheddar bunnies. I had to go lie in bed to stop myself from eating and throwing up. I complained for a good 3o minutes to my roommate, watched Dancing with the Stars and went to bed. I could not finish the last juice of the day.

I woke up the next morning feeling okay and thinking I could possibly continue another day, but then I remembered the nausea and headaches and dizziness from the previous day and decided it was not worth it and I would just need to be more mindful of my food choices.  All in all I may have only survived one out of 3 days, but I definitely learned I need to make better choices about what goes into my body and that was the only thing I wanted to take out of this cleanse to begin with. I also lost 2 pounds, so I guess that was a plus.

The End.

p.s. I will never do a cleanse again.

Spring Fling

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SPRING!!!!!! I never thought I would see the light at the end of the tunnel and be able to say that word. Spring is finally here! I am dreaming of the day when I can finally pack away my Canada Goose, vacuum seal my sweaters, stash away all of my boots, and bring out all of my summer clothes from storage. I had a mild panic a few days ago, with the seasons changing and the temperatures rising I realized I had yet to spice up my Spring/Summer wardrobe. So, I decided to go on a little web search shopping spree (imaginary of course) and put together a mini dream wish list. I never thought I would say it but Birkenstocks and Birkenstock inspired sandals are here to stay another summer. I actually caved and bought a pair, they looked really comfortable! Eek! I am actually venturing more towards color this spring, but I still feel items like shoes and purses should be kept in the neutral (blacks, browns, whites) so they can be worn with anything, especially when making an investment. Right now I am really into simple understated jewelry. I love Hirotaka & Catbird, they are both known for dainty pieces that can accompany any outfit. Other things on my list: bucket bags, floral perfumes (Viktor & Rolf to be precise), skirts, flowing dresses with low backs, vintage denim shorts, and stylish “athleisure”. Shop away 🙂

Quarter Life Crisis?

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24 in a nutshell – I am currently reminiscing about the past 12 months. My 24th year of life was  a roller coaster to say the least. It began with one of the worst weeks of my life, but after coming to terms with certain revelations that had been made, I learned I needed to make the most of my time here and the time I have with the people I love. 24 was a year of many ups, downs, highs, lows, tears, and laughs. There were times I woke up content and at peace with my life and other times where I wanted to crawl into bed and hide from the world. This year has been one of growth: personally, mentally, and emotionally (even physically, but we shall get to that later). I made new friends and said good-bye to others.  I had the opportunity to experience so many new places! My first time in Paris, my first time in London, my first time in California, my first SOLO trip to Miami. I have been to hockey games, baseball games, basketball games. I have gotten to go to see Jay-z & Beyonce, Ellie Goulding, the 1975, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, John Mayer and more. I have fallen in love with new places, made amazing memories with my family & friends & have learned a lot about myself and this world we live in. The most important realization I had in the past few months is, it is the memories that matter, not the material things and the memories are what I have begun to focus on. I want to thank my family, friends, random people on the street, coworkers, dancing folks on the subway and New York City, for providing me with a book full (not kidding I have a book full of ticket stubs, etc.) of memories I will cherish forever.

NYC – At times it seems as if it is the worlds most inimidating place and at certain moments, it is. You can feel as if you are lost in a sea of millions of people, but that encourages you to stand out, make a name for yourself, accomplish your goals, and do things you would never be able to elsewhere. Growing up I had a great life in a small town. While home will always have my heart, I realized that living there can be a bubble, even though I love going back to that bubble when the city overwhelms me. If I had stayed there, I would not have this job that has granted me so many opportunities, I would not be able to walk out my door and be immersed in such a cultural masterpiece, I would not be able to stumble into my apartment at 6 am, try a new restaurant every night, go to exhibits on weekends, attend sporting events and concerts whenever I feel because they are two stops on the subway, attend one of the many festivals the city offers, develop daily crushes on strangers on the subway, and just have once in a lifetime experiences. New York City is an incredible place, it brings out both the worst and best in everyone. It challenges you to figure out who you are, what you want, and why you want it in a few short weeks. It is a place for growth and self  discovery & I really love this city with all of my heart.

FAMILY – 24 has been a year of horrible first dates, great first dates, having my heart broken, mood swings, self discovery, hair cuts, HORRIBLE hair cuts, gaining weight, losing weight, ups, downs and everything else in between, I have gotten through this roller coaster of a year with my family. I had been dreading 25, because I felt as if it meant my life was passing by too fast, and you know what it is. Just yesterday I was 16 with braces, scaring the shit out of my parents with my learners permit. Now all of a sudden I am 25. Everyone around me is growing older too and that I have come to realize, is the scariest fact of all. It puts things into perspective and makes you realize it is important to cherish every moment and spend time with those who love you and you love the most. The things I used to dread doing with my family when I was a stubborn 14 year old, are memories I now cherish and look forward to! I would give up any night at the bar to spend a night at home, watching movies with my mom, even though she falls asleep five minutes in. I would rather go on dinner dates with my dad, than with some random guy, one because my dad picks some good restaurants, two because I can order whatever I want, and three because my Dad is the bomb. My dad and I have standing weekly dinner dates and they are what I look forward to after a long day at work. Even though my sister and I are polar opposites and she texts me only once in a blue moon or when she needs advice, I actually like being able to be the one to give her advice because even though I am only three years older, those three years make a huge difference. I used to never care about holidays, but now they are what I look forward to. I absolutely love Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, because they are an excuse to get the whole family together, have some drinks, eat some food, and just have some laughs.

LOVE – My family began to get on my case about my love life a few years ago, asking why I am being so picky, when will I have a boyfriend, when will I get married, when will I have kids because “the clock is ticking”. You know what, a year ago (hell, even a few months ago) I freaked out because people started getting engaged, were in serious relationships & there I was all by my lonesome. Now, I am happy for those who are in relationships, but I am also happy for myself. I realize that yes I am EXTREMELY picky when it comes to men & out of all the dates I have gone on this year I have found something wrong with every one of them, but I know what I want and I am not ashamed. I have not been in a relationship in three years & I am perfectly fine with that. To be honest, being single is one of the best things about my life right now. With my job, this incredible city, my family, my friends, I do not have time for a relationship & am not ready to give up my life as selfish as that seems. Sure I will keep going on dates, but I guarantee I will find something wrong with them too. When the right guy comes along then yes, maybe I will settle down. But for now, I am enjoying going on dates, meeting new people & hearing their stories even if it leads to nothing. And through these dates I enjoy discovering things about myself that I never knew.

HEALTH- At 23, I was diagnosed with a metabolic disorder and while it is not life threatening, it has changed my entire life and the way I have to live it. It alters my mood, my weight and many other things. I have seen a bazillion doctors, had countless amounts of bloodwork done, and have been to a nutritionist because apparently I can only eat leaves and cucumbers.  It is both really easy to be healthy in this city and really hard. There are an abundance of gyms, fitness crazes, healthy restaurants, health food stores, active things to do, and on the flip side there are amazing Mexican joints, boozy brunches, happy hours, great Italian food, and plenty of reasons to skip the gym when the opportunity arises to go out and do something fun. It is a constant struggle to find the balance. I do not feel 100% healthy at the moment & that is something I hope to change this year. I have begun to change my life slowly and because I am stubborn beyond belief, it is proving to be a challenge. Baby steps people, baby steps.

25- 25 is here & I honestly cannot believe it. I am going to go into this year with a positive outlook & I am going to say yes to everything. I am going to get my life together, my health together and make myself an all around better person because I feel you can never be done trying to improve yourself or the lives of others around you. While yes, I am scared about hitting that quarter of a century old mark, I plan on embracing it, and everything that comes with it. I plan on making even more memories, meeting new people, strengthening relationships, and making the most out of every second I have. When I was 16 I thought by 25 I would be established, be engaged or married, living in the suburbs, getting ready to have a family. While my 25 years did not go as I had hoped at 16, at 25 I hope my next 25 years are just as wonderful and spontaneous as my last. Everything happens for a reason, we are exactly where we are supposed to be in our lives, and that is a fact because one thing is for sure, I am laughing at my 16 year old self. There is NO way I’m ready to move to the burbs, get engaged, or have a family at 25…maybe at 35?

We shall see 🙂

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London Calling x 2

For some reason we lucked out with the weather in London it only rained for an hour the entire time we were there! That happened to be the day we woke up bright and early…no really my mother had us wake up at 7am (or 2am NYC time) to eat breakfast and head up to Buckingham Palace. We needed a FRONT row spot to watch the Changing of the Guards.

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We strolled through Saint James Park on our way to the palace. Stopping to take in the sights as we went along. The one thing I noticed about London, everything was SO clean! We stopped to take some pictures along the way sticking out as the ultimate tourists to all the locals.

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Finally after a 30 minute walk or so we arrived at Buckingham Palace, took a million pictures & then waited the three hours until the Changing of the Guards actually began.

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This was the only thing my mother wanted to see in London so my sister and I tried not to complain during the three hour wait. Eventually we caved & went on a search for Starbucks, making it back just in time! Did you know they play Michael Jackson songs? We found this quite humorous.

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Needless to say it was something cool to witness, but it was a one time thing. From here we planned to head to Harrod’s, but it began to rain so we decided to go on a tour of Buckingham Palace instead, no photos allowed 😦 . It was an incredible experience, being able to walk through the halls and see the opulence of the architecture and decor. We managed to get this one picture outside of the palace.

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From here we headed back to our hotel, my sister needed a nap and some gym time, so my mother & I went to tea!

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The tea in London was out of this world, I have hunted down the purveyor of the tea I drank every day and plan on having a case or two shipped to the states. After tea, we headed back to our room to get ready for dinner! The dress that I wore (pictured above) is one of my absolute favorite purchases! It is from ASOS and is on SALEEEEE ❤ & the boots were so comfortable yet stylish (similar). I love planning dinners and had researched & made reservations at some of the best restaurants in London! For our second night, we headed to Berners Tavern. It was incredible, my favorite meal of our London trip. I started off with an heirloom tomato salad which was impeccable.

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I then moved on to a glass of wine and a new season pea, broad bean and goat’s cheese risotto with crispy quail egg, pea shoot and spring onion salad! It was delicious. The quail eggs were perfectly cooked, the risotto was just right & the presentation was simple but appetizing. After, we once again split a dessert! This time we went for a toasted coconut creme brulee, with a pineapple, coconut and malibu sorbet!

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I really recommend that you make a reservation if you are ever there, but make sure you book in advance! You can do so here. Once dinner was over and we had stuffed ourselves, we walked around Piccadilly circus! My mom was not a fan of the area so we headed back to our hotel & stopped for a drink before heading off to bed 🙂 xx

 

 

 

Black, Red and Blue

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When it comes to clothing, I tend to ALWAYS wear black and when I decide to wear a color it is usually a muted hue of tan or a dark color. You will never catch me in bright neon colors, they are just tacky. Fall is just around the corner & I am beyond excited. Fashion during fall is much more elegant and expressive. You are able to layer and style pieces to give an outfit more depth and it is truly a way to show that you know how to put items together without looking like you just threw on everything in your closet & walked out the door! My hues for fall are blacks, reds, and blues…not bright red or blue but darker more understated tones. I know oxblood was big a few years ago but I am still in love with the color and the best part is leathers are available in these colors as well. Leather is another fall staple and it is on everything right now shoes, pants, hats, shirts, you name it. The T by Alexander Wang bra top would look sick under a simple blazer. Maybe with some leather pants if you want to go all out. What could go heather with a pair of leather pants than a wide brimmed fedora! I have a collection of fedoras and need to add another to my lineup this fall, I have fallen in love with the above dark blue fedora from Rag & Bone. It is PERFECT and is going to be a treat to myself in the near future. Another thing that is sure to be a treat this fall…flats! They are still the it shoe and it makes me and my feet so happy! A staple leather boot is essential…if you are looking for moderately priced fashionable boots hit up Zara they always come through when you’re on a budget. But Saint Laurent, Miu Miu, and Church’s are my favorites for a splurge 🙂 They are so sleek. Along with boots, simples heels and sneakers are must haves! A last piece everyone should have for this fall/winter is an oversized coat! They are amazing when paired with anything really and add instant sophistication to any look! Well now that I have spent the last hour drooling over these pieces, I need to do something else so I do not blow my entire savings account. If only I could win the lottery.

24 Things I Have Learned In 24 Years.

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1. It is not about the quantity of friends you have – Really the only thing you need besides family of course, are a few close friends who always will have your back, there’s no need for fake/useless friends…in the past year I have cut a lot of them out of my life and you know what, my life has been 110% more amazing.

2. Get some ZZZ’s – Sleep will keep you young, it will keep you going. Those all nighters are a thing of college past. My current bedtime if not a weekend is usually 10 pm, Grandma status and I could not love it more.

3. Metabolism is not magic – I go through phases. Sometimes I am on a crazy health kick and others I buy all the Cheddar and Sour Cream chips out of the vending machines in my office. You only have one body, eat healthy, workout, meditate, cleanse, cherish it.

4. Be passionate about something – whether it be art, music, working out, fashion, find a passion you can call your own.

5. Take risks, don’t always do what is expected – take an unexpected job, move to a new country, town or city, get a puppy, take unexpected trips, do something wild.

6. Move to a different city – Everyone should live in New York City at some point in their life. It forces you to look closely at who you are, what you want, and why you want it.

7. Be humble – self explanatory.

8. Graduating college is not the end all- I remember graduating and thinking my life is over…but now I am starting to realize it has only just begun.

9. Save money but also spend money – Some days I wake up and think “OMG how am I going to afford college for my kids” and other days I wake up thinking “I really want those shoes”. Just go with the flow. Save a little here spend a little there, it will all work out.

10. Everyone else is winging it too, don’t sweat it. – Seriously though. I do not have a 10 year plan…not even a 1 year plan, everything falls into place.

11. You have to stop explaining and start doing. – You don’t owe people your time or energy so they can validate what you feel. There are few things that you actually have to justify doing, go out, do not care what others will think and just live.

12. Travel as much as you can – Growing up I traveled to the most generic (but amazing places) with my family. After working at my job, I realized how much the world has to offer and I plan on spending my $$ to take me to those places.

13. Develop your own personal style – Do not let others influence you, take risks with your fashion, it is the only way you’ll figure it out. Vintage stores are incredible oasis of style, no one else will have a piece you have and you can make any outfit your own. Fashion is a way to say who you are without speaking in the words of the always wise Rachel Zoe.

14. Learn to cook – Buy recipe books, test recipes out, fail miserably at some, excel at others. Practice makes perfect. Note to everyone – do not try to boil pasta in a microwave *cough brianna cough*

15. Seriously, do not sweat the small stuff (still trying to teach myself this) – I get severe anxiety over the smallest things, whether it be a restaurant reservation, planing a weekend with friends, a missing bikini, the little things stress me out. Be zen, do yoga, relax.

16. The most important things you’ll ever learn will come from someone with a different outlook on life than your own – Listen to others. Every single person has a story. Every single person can teach you something new about something you know nothing about. And every single person can teach you something new about yourself. You just have to be open to it.

17. Make a bucket list – As cliché as it sounds, just write one. Even if it only consists of a few things, you will feel remarkable when you can finally cross something off you have been wanting to accomplish.

18. Fall crazy in love with someone who treats you like dirt – DO IT. It will teach you what you deserve and how you deserve to be treated. You need to get your heart not only broken, but crushed, stomped on, and ripped to pieces. It will suck, but it is necessary, you will find yourself never wanting the “bad boy” again.

19. Your parents really do want the best for you – My 13-17 year old self would laugh at this statement. When they give you advice… listen. When they tell you not to do something… listen. I remember thinking at the time “ugh my parents are soooooo annoying, they never let me do anything” but now I just want to bow down at their feet and say thank you.

20. Slow down.  Really, though.  SLOW. DOWN. – I was 16, getting my permit, and my braces off yesterday, and now I am 24 with a job, an apartment, and responsibility in the blink of an eye. Just enjoy the ride, one day at a time.

21. Home truly is where the heart is. – the ocean breeze, the smell of the salt water, the roar of boat engines, the feeling of sand between my toes. NOTHING will ever compare to home.

22. Your family is your family. They are your people. In the end they will be the ones who have your back no matter how idiotic or stupid something you do may be.

23. Your SAT score, your grades, your freshman seminar biology class didn’t determine your destiny. You did. – I remember crying hysterically because I missed the Boston College SAT score by 50 points, you know what, I went to an amazing college, met amazing friends, graduated and got an amazing job. If i could go back in time I would tell my 17 year old self to shut up and stop worrying, you have the power to go out and do what you want to do and make yourself into anything your heart desires.

24. Make sure you collect a book full of experiences and memories – Go out make memories, fill scrapbooks, fill photo albums, save ticket stubs, save anything you wish. These little mementos, when looked back on, will remind you of the experiences you once had, no matter how small and meaningless they seem at the time. Travel the world, try a new hobby, go to dinner with friends, spend time with family, in the end experiences not things are what truly matter.

Concert Bound – Ed Sheeran

Okay so if you have been living in a hole for the past year and a half or so you may not know who Ed Sheeran is. He is a brilliant singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Its such a breath of fresh air to hear someone sing who can just perform alone, with no backup tracks, no backup singers, no dancers, just his voice and a guitar. A few months ago I was able to see him live and it was life changing, and now I will be going to one of his 3 yes 3 sold out shows at Madison Square Garden. I’m going to his last show on November 7th in hope that he will bring out some surprise guests and make his last show the best. But really, watch the videos, he is a musical genius and was robbed of the Best New Artist grammy. I get chills listening to him sing live. The first video “Give Me Love” the live version is my absolute favorite song/version. I blast it on repeat when at work ❤