One of the hardest things for me to do during the holidays when it’s full of parties and dinner celebrations is to keep my weight down.  There are endless plates of desserts and sweets, lots of boozing and wining, and it’s just cold enough outside to where I don’t mind the extra layer of fat.  However, I made it a point this year to not only not gain weight, but also to keep my weight on the down low-end of the scale.  I am going to try and lose weight this holiday.

I can already feel your glares and sneers as I say that I want to lose weight.  No, I am not trying to promote an unhealthy weight or image.  Yes, I know that I “look fine”.  However,  I want to look more than fine.  My goal is to look the way I did two years ago when I first started blogging, (see EARTH FRIENDLY for reference).  I felt my best then.  I was working out a lot more: 5 to 6 days a week, and I wasn’t working in the service industry, so I wasn’t eating at odd hours of the evening.  I don’t have the time or the energy to do what I did then, so what options do I have to achieve my goal?


Yup, hot yoga is the answer to all my problems.  “What are you up to tonight?”  Hot yoga.  “Wanna go out for some drinks?” Hot yoga.  “Want to go workout?” Hot yoga.  As long as I answer with hot yoga, I can feel better about myself that day and the morning after.  My boyfriend doesn’t believe in toxins of the body, but I do, and I think sweating helps remove toxins from your body.  By choosing hot yoga over going out or having drinks, I automatically consume less calories, and lose a lot of water weight.  This is a win-win situation.


I know there are studies that prove it doesn’t matter what time of the day you eat, but the amount of calories you consume.  However, I personally feel like I eat less when I have dinner at a normal dinner time (i.e. 6-8pm).  It’s hard for me to eat at these normal hours when I work at the restaurant.  I tend to eat when I get off work, which is 9-11pm.  Thus, another reason why I have scaled back the number of days I serve.


 This by far is the hardest thing, but I’ve managed to get over the idea of having a glass of wine by myself at home.  (Trust me, you’ll drink plenty at the next holiday party event).  Of course it’s relaxing to come home from a long day of work and just have a glass of wine while you make dinner or have it with your dinner.  But that one glass usually turns into two, into another half, into “f*ck it, I might as well drink the whole bottle”.  90% of my pudge is from my diet, and my diet consists of a lot of wine.  By taking the extra wine-at-home out of my diet, I have seen a significant difference in my tummy.


A lot of you may already wake up this early, if not earlier, but 7:30am is early for me.  I don’t have kids, and I don’t have a 9-5 job that requires me to get up this early every weekday.  I do this voluntarily because it gets me up and out of bed and doing things.  My 4 part-time jobs keep me busy enough to where I need to be up this early in order to get things done, but it also gives me time to get my fancy coffee, post and engage a bit on Instagram, run errands (ie dropping off Poshmark packages at the post office), check emails, online shop, and go to a workout class.


By implementing these four new things, I have already noticed a difference in my body.  I don’t own a scale so I have no idea how much I weigh, but I do know how I fit into my clothes and my clothes feel more relaxed.  I want to reiterate again that I don’t want to promote an unhealthy weight image, and this is just a personal choice that I’m sharing.  If keeping the weight off during the holidays is an issue for you, try one or more of these things and let me know how it works for you.  Just one more week til Xmas!  Good luck!

Coat: YFB On The Road / Bodysuit: Hot-As-Hell / Skirt: TopShop / Boots: Aerosoles / Sunnies: Ray-Ban / Necklace: Mejuri / Lipstick: 100% Pure

Photographed by Laci Havens


Welcome to the third edition of CYBER MONDAY where I reveal my own personal online-store shopping carts.  It would only make sense to actually do my CYBER MONDAY post on the actual #CyberMonday.  However, this is a bi-monthly post and there are five Mondays in November, so I’m going to be a rebel and throw away the rules, which I made up anyway.  Hope y’all don’t mind, but we’ll just postpone December’s CYBER MONDAY posts to the second and fourth Mondays of the month.  So without further adieu, here are the items that I have in my current shopping carts:


I’m pretty much obsessed with this Aussie brand, One Teaspoon.  If you’ve been following along with my blog, then you would know that majority of my new denim have all been One Teaspoon.  I love their look, their vibe and their essence.  They’re sexy, but in a very casual way.  I’ve yet to purchase anything other than denim from them, but with their crazy #CyberMonday sale I may have to think otherwise.


Can we say NYE outfit, check?!  This Streetboy Jumpsuit has all the elements of a fashionista who is ready to party her way into 2016.  It’s sequins, it’s hidden pockets, and the elastic ankles all scream I’m fabulous and worth a lot of money.  However, this badboy outfit is currently on sale for less than $27 and it’s original price was $262!!!  Throw a cropped blazer over this outfit and you’re money for the night.  Get.  It.  Now!


I fell in love with this adorable, tropical romper the minute I saw it on the sale page.  The Toucan Zephyr is available for less than $30.  It’s definitely not in season right now, but I would wear the heck out of this the minute spring hits.  It’s something that you want to take full advantage of because it’s original price is $136.


I have been buying one-pieces like crazy.  Whether it’s to be worn as swimwear or a bodysuit, I’m all about this and a pair of high-waist jeans.  This Jersey Superfly One Piece has such a sexy back that I had to add it immediately to my cart.  It’s on sale for less than $20, and you can wear it out to dinner or jump into a heated pool afterwards and still be dressed for the occasion.


Once I saw this Bull Rider Jacket on Instagram I knew I had to have it.  It’s on sale and under $200.  I can almost scream just looking at it because it is that beautiful.  The detailing of the studs with the cropped fit makes this THE statement jacket.  Trust me, you WILL turn heads with this jacket.


I’ve tried to not step foot into any H&M store because of the damage I do to my bank account by the time I leave.  But how do you not when you find great trendy pieces for less than $10?!  They’re currently offering an additional 40% off their sale items (use code: 4040) in lieu of #CyberMonday, so of course I had to take full advantage of it.


These Olive Green Pants Loose Fit are part of the Conscious-Sustainable Style line at H&M.  With the additional 40% off these pants are less than $12.  It’s a great fall color and can be worn dressed up with a nice silk blouse or dressed down with a long-sleeve tee.


I’ve been eyeing several faux-fur coats and jackets since the beginning of fall, and have yet to make the call on any of them.  However, this Faux-Fur Jacket in Dark Plum is currently under $30 when you apply the promotional code, and it makes it that much harder to bypass and not purchase.

This is it for the third edition of CYBER MONDAY.  I know I only listed two carts, but after #BlackFriday this is all I have left in my want list.  Hope everyone is gearing up for Xmas!  I’m so excited about all the sales.  Anyone else going to go broke this holiday season from all the crazy shopping?