Summer is the best of times and the worst of times for me. While the heat and beautiful breeze take me away from the frigid cold Chicago is known for, my skin is at its worst. I recently was given the opportunity to try OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Before we begin, here’s a little information about this fabulous serum:
OZ Natural’s natural Hyaluronic Acid Serum is considered to be one of the highest quality Hyaluronic Acid serum on the market. This anti aging, anti wrinkle serum is proven to plump skin and fill in those fine lines and wrinkles. This cruelty free serum doesn’t contain alcohol, parabens, sulfates and is safe for all skin types. The OZ Naturals brand was created by Co-Founder and Certified Esthetician, Angela Irish to promote healthy beautiful skin.
OZ’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum is supposed to be used after toner but before moisturizer resulting in beautiful dewy skin. My skin gets an extreme shine in the summer so I have been using this before adding Clindamycin (from my derm). I would recommend you reach out to our dermatologist before you combine anything with medicine they’ve prescribed. For me this serum has been amazing. My skin isn’t super oily nor dry. I have a glow that I love and can naturally have without highlighting. I love to be make up free during my work week and this serum is an asset. You can purchase OZ Natural’s amazing serum here.This fall my skin will flourish with OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum in my arsenal of beautifying products.
For airport or car travel in the summer I like to be comfortable and cute. I wear shorts, comfy sandals, huge bag to put snacks, magazines and whatever else. I always bring a sweater or cape because if I’m cold it can double as a mini blanket.
What’s your travel style like?
Wednesday, April 9th was my last day completely vegan. It was a bittersweet day. The last 11 days arrived quickly. When I first began this journey I wanted to lose weight of course but more than anything I wanted to change the way I eat, live and make myself more aware of what goes into my body. My addiction has always been food, especially sweets. The 22 days I spent Vegan totally changed my relationship with food and hopefully my life forever.
Women can be very hard on themselves. I most certainly am! I use to feel guilty about the food I ate, lack of working out and etc. Today I don’t give a damn. It took time to gain weight, it will take time to lose it. My body is slowly morphing. I understand most celebrities bodies weren’t built in a day and neither will mine. It’s easy to be hard on ourselves and hate ourselves. The real challenge in life is changing what we don’t like about ourselves and truly accepting ourselves, flaws and all.
This week I’ll be back to fashion and this summer I plan to slay! LOL!
The weeks leading up to Wednesday, March 18th I began easing into eating vegetables while still eating a lot of things I love. I ate so much Home Run Inn Pizza, I couldn’t stand to eat anymore. I love bacon burgers so I went out one Saturday, sat down and ate a fat bacon burger at a restaurant by myself. It wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. The idea was better than the feeling I had after I ate it. One night around 9pm I wanted french fries so bad I fried them. I felt it best to give into my urges now rather than later. None of the foods I was eating were as amazing as I thought they’d be. I still can’t figure out why. Throughout the month of March I eased myself into the habits this lifestyle change would bring. I’m not in love with veggies nor do I prefer breakfast so I really had to ease myself into doing these two things and making them a routine. March 18th crept around and it all began.
Before I get into the details of this lifestyle change, let me inform you of several things:
-I didn’t give up honey because I drink tea daily and use a tablespoon of honey daily.
I don’t drink soda/pop but only water, tea and orange juice. During this diet I didn’t drink orange juice.
-The original 22 day diet allows for you to purchase meals but I didn’t want to spend $400+ on meal delivery so opted to make my own meals.
-I have and am currently working out throughout this entire process 5 days a week.
-I’ve cut all candy out of my diet. This is huge for me since I eat candy 24/7 at work.
-I didn’t weigh myself before I began. I’m more concerned with the way my clothes fit and don’t want to obsess over the scale. I want to lose weight but I want to also have a healthier relationship with food.
-I didn’t want to do protein shakes so I didn’t.
First 5 days…
There was quite a bit of negativity from various people about me going vegan. One person told me I’m going to be “hangry” and that I would not make it 22 days. In my head I said “F&ck that!” I was so happy to be walking into this journey and doing something that would challenge my personal health. More than anything I needed this because I’m not getting younger, diabetes runs in my family and honestly I just don’t want to be a fat ass!
Around the 4th or 5th I began to get so tired. I wasn’t eating enough food but I wasn’t hungry. I slept a lot and was just so tired. During this time Chicago was experiencing weird weather changes and I felt a little under the weather. On the 5th day, a Sunday, I went to a morning reformer pilates class and got so dizzy. I finished the class but knew I immediately had to go get multivitamins. That day I began taking 2 multivitamins a day and making an effort to eat more food. I made a lot of boring food such as quinoa or brown rice with veggies on the top. I ate lots of oatmeal or half a grapefruit for breakfast. I was on a fruit veggie overload! It wasn’t horrible either!
Next 6 days..
It was around the 6th day I realized I needed to eat more food at breakfast. I would sit in my bed and eat a very full bowl of fruit. It would fill me up but I definitely needed more. I learned I probably should eat before my 7 am workouts if possible. Throughout this entire 11 day period I ate nuts all day at work to keep myself away from chocolate and candy. I had dreams of surf and turf meals. I never in my life dreamed of meals until this diet change. It wasn’t until the 10th day that I began to get hungry for something. My body seems to yearn for hearty food and sweets.
I get questions about how I feel and to be honest in the beginning, about 6 days in, I felt lighter. I didn’t feel weighed down and I didn’t feel bad about what I’d eaten. A lot of times I’ll eat something and regret it. There haven’t been the drastic changes in my body that I want but there have been some. You can see my clavicle bones which is huge to me because I love that feature on women. My thighs are still thick but they look almost leaner. My boobs are still huge and I thank God for them! I love the double D’s. My stomach is my biggest issue! It’s made me so upset. I feel a little gut is still there but of course that will take time! I can see it becoming more defined. My skin looks the same to me at the moment although my face is a little clearer than usual. I have extremely sensitive skin so I’m hoping a healthier diet with help me have clearer “glowy-er”skin.
Changes & Life Plans
I always get this question, “Are you going full on vegan or vegetarian?” and the answer today is: HELL NO! I have no immediate plans for the future in regards to that. All I know is I have 11 days left and I’m going to mix it up. The first 11 days all of my meals have been simple and lacked creativity. So I’ve decided the next 11 days will be filled with creative fun meals. There are so many amazing options out there for vegans. I am introducing smoothies into my breakfast routine daily. I’m eating foods I generally don’t like such as mushrooms and tomatoes. I’ve even purchased an eggplant something I have NO experience with making. I’m really going to have fun with the next 11 days. I even thought about extending this journey from 22 days to 30 but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. To see more of my meals check out my Instagram.
Last Thursday I was invited to any amazing Bocce Ball event at Pinstripes. I’d never been before but when I walked in it was beautiful! I knew I would love this place based solely off a glass wine room. Once ushered downstairs, where we would later play bocce ball, I sampled an amazing selection of food. First we started at the bar with a Limoncello Martini. Next we moved over to the buffet. The Pear Salad, Halibut,
Hummus & Avocado Platter, Italian “Jambalaya” Risotto and Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta were so delicious! I’m not a huge pasta person but I had to go back for the Chicken & Goat Cheese pasta. It was so creamy and just perfection! Afterwards we stepped outside the room to a mouth watering display of my favorite type of food; DESSERT!! I will definitely be going back for dinner to sample more from their new menu this summer! Below are pictures that will have your tastebuds buzzing!
Moved into my first apartment in October and I want to share some of my decorations. I’ve always wanted an all white couch but opted for more color in my life this time around. Purple/Plum is my favorite color so the moment I saw this couch at Ikea I had to have it. I looked at many couches but loved it! I’m obsessed with these pillows I found at Target. I spent a total of $100 on all of these pillows. I am in love! The last photo above is called Windswept and it’s placed above my couch. It represents me very well! I am wild, unpredictable and filled with many shades of unique. Thanks for reading!