Why Do You Eat Like That?

I was recently asked the following question: “Why do you eat like that?”

It was something of a baffling moment for me for a few reasons. First and foremost because the person doing the asking was standing in front of me with a giant, steaming roast beef sandwich roughly the size of their head on a plate with another plate full of fries in the other hand. My initial reaction was to raise an eyebrow and ask: “Why do you eat like THAT?”

After giving it a moment of thought however, it occurred to me that perhaps I’m in fact that odd one out. I surround myself with fitness-loving, healthy food-obsessed people who cook all their meals and work out religiously. I following bloggers and brands and influencers whose lives revolve around healthy living, making eco-friendly choices, and being good to their bodies and to the planet. I even work in an LEED certified building that composts and offers Project Juice as a lunch option.

Vegan Gluten-Free Paleo Dairy-Free Flourless Healthy Pizza Quick Recipe Healthy Dinner

{Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo-Friendly Veggie Pizza}

But despite living in a cheerful little San Francisco bubble of health & fitness – Statistically speaking – My high-raw, gluten-free, mostly vegan diet is probably more confusing than common.

I grew up in Sacramento, roughly two hours outside of San Francisco, in a household where despite both parents working fulltime, lunch and dinner were made for my brother and I daily. There was no junk food in the house, a can of soda certainly never crossed the threshold, and white bread was something I only ever saw in commercials.

I’m the first to admit it – I’m a food nerd.

I would rather cook than eat out. In fact, eating at restaurants is often more stressful than enjoyable. I usually leave feeling unnecessarily full – Since portion control is not my strong suit when presented with three servings of food - And sick to my stomach from allergens.

Vegan Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Paleo Peanut Butter Ice Cream Banana Soft Serve

{Vegan Soft Serve}

All of this is running through my head while I’m standing there with a veggie smoothie in one hand and my mason jar water bottle filled with lemon slices & mint sprigs in the other. I look from my bright, vibrant green smoothie to his rapidly cooling, and in my opinion, unappetizing lunch, and say simply: “I want to feel great every day – So I eat to feel great.”

I may have turned into a hippie food nerd, or more accurately, I may have turned into my grandmother, but I’m happy and healthy and content with my choices. I think about what I put into my body and I fuel my long, busy days with healthy, nutrient-dense foods whenever possible. Yes, I love chips. Yes, there was a time in my life when sweet potato fries were a food group. But most of the time I try to treat my body with respect and give it what it needs to run optimally.

P.S. When I looked back after walking away he was just staring at the space where I’d been standing looking confused…

Why do YOU eat the way that you eat?

Interested in learning more about my food journey and transition to a gluten-free, mostly vegan diet? Check out Gluten: The Good, The Bad & The Itchy, the MCLV FAQ, and Plant Based Protein posts for more! :)

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Workout Motivation

I’m an active girl. I like to stay busy and keep my body moving when I’m out of the office. During the week I take yoga and Pilates at Glow. On weekends you can find me hiking or trying new fitness classes. I’m also in the gym at least 5 days a week for core work and physical therapy.

Like I said… I’m an active girl! :)

But even though I love going to the gym and trying new things, sometimes I need a little workout motivation to get me off the couch. Below are my top three tips for staying engaged and motivated to lead a healthy, active life.

Set A Goal

Any goal! Running a race, doing a pull-up, fitting into your new swimsuit… Just having something to push yourself towards will help keep you going.

My current goal is to be as healthy and fit as possible for my upcoming trip to London. With my spinal injury traveling can be hard, so I want my core to be in tip-top shape to make the journey easier!

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{Check out my Workout Motivation board featuring great inspiration like the trainers Base Body Babes}

Get Inspired

I love following healthy living bloggers on Instagram and pinning great yoga poses, workouts, and inspiration says on Pinterest. I’m very visually stimulated and whenever I’m feeling lazy checking out an inspiration board will get me going.

Reward Yourself

My favorite way to celebrate reaching a goal is new workout gear. It’s actually a win-win because it gets you excited for your next trip to the gym and is function to help you reach your next goal.

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Some of my current favorites are Lululemon sports bras, Zella Capri Pants {on SALE now!!}, colorful Zella Tanks, and fitness trackers like the Misfit Shine fitness watch or FitBit Flex.

What YOUR ultimate workout motivation?

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Cape Shopping

With my every waking moment consumed with daydreams about London Fashion Week I’ve got capes on the brain. I love the classic style and fun, flattering silhouette – It’s the perfect retro inspired topper for my trip. The hard part is going to be narrowing it down to the perfect one!

Here are my favorite picks so far…

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{L’Agence Faux Leather Capelet – On SALE at Neiman!}

This cropped capelet is classic with clean lines, but the faux leather material gives it a little something extra – It’s an eye-catching texture that will give a look the perfect finishing touch.

Cape Shopping Capelet London Fashion Week San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style Red Cropped Cape

{ROUTE des GARDEN Cape rom Yoox}

Part Little Red Riding Hood, part Belle from Beauty And The Beast – I just adore this lipstick red version. Tres chic!

Cape Shopping Capelet London Fashion Week San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style

{Valentine Capelet from Humble Chic}

This is a very versatile piece – The neutral grey will go with anything from jeans to a little black dress, and the buttons & detailing give it a little oomph.

Also… Can we please talk about this cape dress? Valentino – J’adore!

What’s YOUR cape style?

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Fall Lips

One of the things that I love about the changing seasons – One of many – Is the emergence of gorgeous, rich colors. Both for fashion and for beauty.

Specifically – Deep, bold lips that steal a look.

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Orange-y hues are a great way to bridge the transition period between Summer and Fall. It’ll give your look some pop while you head towards the season’s darker colors.

Some of my favorite bold, dramatic orange picks for this year are: NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick {on SALE now!}, SEPHORA COLLECTION Glossy Lip Pencil Orange & Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint.

Bonus for my orange loving friends out there? Try this killer polish too – Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer!

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Are you a fan of pink? You’ll love the bright, eye-catching pink hues out there for Fall. From sweet, romantic shades for date night to the drama of neon.

Some of my tops choices are: KORRES Mango Butter LipstickTarte LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Stain & Dior ‘Addict’ Gloss Diablotine.

Need more pink in your life? These blushes will fulfill your cravings – CHANEL Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Pink Explosion & Bare Minerals Blush Giddy Pink.

Lips Fall Lipstick Berry Orange Pink Red Summer Fall Beauty San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style

If drama is your middle name, you’ll need to give these gorgeous purple and berry shades a try this Fall.

These bold, dramatic hues are perfect for taking your look into Fall & Winter this year – BECCA Ultimate Colour Gloss Berry Twist, Lime Crime Lipstick in Glamour & Vincent Longo Silk Velour Lipstick.

Love this shade and want to try something new? Give these gorgeous shadows a go for a killer evening look – Colorscience Loose Mineral Eyeshadow Shimmer & Korres Women Korres Eye Shadow.

{Images from Beauty Must Haves board}

What are the colors of YOUR dream lips?

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Denim Daze: Saako

It’s hard to narrow down what I love most about San Francisco-by-way-of-Spain design house Saako. It could be the amazing selection of bright, bold pieces that they carry… The fact that each piece is so fun and unique… Or it maybe it’s that they use recycled materials to create their gorgeous collections…

After showing off our hippie side earlier this Summer in fringed wraps and turbans, we decided to take our favorite Saako accessories out for brunch.

Denim Daze San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style Saako KatWalkSF

Chambray Button-Down – TopShop

Jeans – Paige Denim

Tan Sandals – Chinese Laundry

Nightingale Satchel – Givenchy

Necklace c/o Saako

Denim Daze San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style Saako KatWalkSF

{Check out more photos here}

Denim Daze San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style Saako KatWalkSF

{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Is there anything more classically Americana than denim? The perfect jeans that fit like a well-loved second skin, crisp chambray button-downs, washed denim accessories…

They all make me daydream about hot Summer nights and the 4th of July.

When my partner-in-crime KatwalkSF suggested making our second Saako shoot denim inspired, I was all in. I’ve been wearing this TopShop chambray shirt non-stop all Summer and knew that it would be the perfect piece to bring out the colors and prints of my favorite Saako scarf.

The perfect way to accessorize our looks were with bold bags – Coral Givenchy for me, and the perfect weekend bag from Lo And Sons for her – And bright Saako scarves, necklaces & headpieces.

How do YOU like your denim?

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