What I Got For Christmas 2014

IMG_1695Hello & happy holidays! I hope you are having a relaxing and delicious week. I wanted to show you a peek into my stocking and if your as nosey as I am, you will enjoy it :-P What was your favorite gift given or received? Let me know!

Here are the links to some of the products:

Laura Mercier cremehttp://goo.gl/VVOpwP

Kiehl’s dark spot treatment: http://goo.gl/CsVvkd

Philosophy set: http://goo.gl/8zvZdS

Nike armband: http://goo.gl/lImx4H

LuLuLemon water bottle: http://goo.gl/pzYJsC

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Until next time,

Claire

Holiday Party Dresses Under $100

Hello, and happy early Christmas! I hope you guys are having a lovely time. I’m currently shopping for a holiday dance look, so I thought I’d share some of the dresses I love and am choosing from with you. Which dress is your favorite? Tell me in the comments below!

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You can find all the dresses listed here:

#1 http://www.nastygal.com/clothes-dresses-going-out/nasty-gal-bond-girl-dress

#2 http://www.nastygal.com/clothes/Nasty-Gal-Im-Yours-Dress

#3 http://www.nastygal.com/clothes-dresses-going-out/precious-metals-fit-and-flare-dress

#4 http://www.nastygal.com/clothes-dresses-going-out/nasty-gal-dual-personality-lace-dress

Until next time,

Claire

Unique Christmas Presents.

It’s that time of year again! Every year I always struggle with finding unique gifts for the people in my life that they will like, and this year I’ve found some really rad stuff I’m super excited to share with you.

1. temporary tattoos that actually look good. tattly_marc_johns_what_to_focus_on_web_applied_02_grande

http://tattly.com/

2. the coolest chocolate bars EVER.

http://compartes.com/collections/chocolate-bars-premium

3. no person would not love to receive one of these water bottles.

http://www.mybkr.com/shop/#/shop 

4. this hoodie was actually named to be the comfiest jacket ever. note: can we just talk about how there are people out there who judge the softness of jackets, what a stressful career.

http://www.american-giant.com/

5. these spoons will no doubt put a smile on someone’s face when they’re eating

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ForSuchATimeDesigns

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Until next time,

Claire

Having A Guilt-Free Thanksgiving.

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As we all know who celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s right around the corner. Thanksgiving should be a time to be thankful for the people and things in your life, and to spend that time with loved ones, but for a lot of us it has become something surround with angst. This feeling usually comes after (or during) having the big meal, and stuffing ourselves to the brim. In this post I am not going to tell you to make a super healthy meal or to avoid all your favorites. Because it is a such a problem for so many people to think they have to avoid food to feel good and healthy. When we try to fill up on tasteless, low-calorie food we deny ourselves of the singular, REAL, thing.

The key to having a Thanksgiving without guilt is to see food as the sacred thing which it is. It’s essential, not just for Thanksgiving, but all meals you eat, to savor each bite, eat slowly, and eat the real thing. Try eating a smaller portion of a substantial, truly nourishing meal of REAL food, REAL food that you actually want. See how you feel…see how you appreciate each bite so much more. See how you actually TASTE your food. See how you are not thinking about the meal but more so the conversation. See how your stomach doesn’t bloat and ache. See how YOU are in control of your body and how you feel.

Try taking a small bite, not a forkful of all the food on your plate-that will confuse and jumble your tastebuds, denying you from truly tasting your food. Chew that food slowly, and after you’ve swallowed pay attention to smell, texture, taste. Put down your fork. Have a drink of water. Talk to people, Listen.Ok, ok I know this may sound crazy to people or even seem like an aggravating way of eating to some of you. To us, this way of eating is so foreign, it is customary in many cultures, cultures where the population has a low obesity rate and longer-living citizens. When eating this way, you actually appreciate your food, you taste your food, you realize you don’t need as much substance to feel satisfied.

The last point I want to discuss is treating yourself, and eating what you want without guilt. So many of us feel GUILTY when we eat what we are craving, it could be pasta or a biscotti or a cookie. When you think about how “naughty” you’re being and how “bad” you’ll feel after you eat it, it COMPLETELY BLOCKS you from enjoying what you’re consuming. Why not try eating a small portion of what you really want and not feeling guilty. American women associate eating with sin and guilt. We should eat and prepare food with pleasure. But also not rely solely on food for pleasure.

This is your sign to feel enough- to know you are enough, to know you are in control, and to strive for balance.

Until next time,

Claire

Avocado and Egg Toastie.

Welcome to my most recent favorite breakfast or snack. This is a perfect thing to eat if your wanting a more savory treat. Go make this and tell me how you like (love) it!!

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what you need:

1/2 avocado

2 slices of nutty/whole grain bread (i love dave killers & ezekial)

2 organic eggs

olive oil

pinch of salt & pepper

(optional) cayenne pepper

For this foodgasmic recipe; toast up your bread, cook the 2 eggs (fried or sunny-side), mash avo, put it all together, add your seasonings and wah-bang!

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Claire

Things To Do When You’re Sick In Bed

I’m writing this as I am currently sick in bed, ha. Since it’s cold and flu season, some of you may be coming down with the sniffles and need some guidance. (these things are all tested on me so we OBVIOUSLY know they are helpful. jokes.)

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  1. REST! What a surprise. You immune system is working really hard because it loves you <3, love it back.
  2. Watch too much Netflix (Is there such a thing? Yes.) My personal favorites right now are Gilmore Girls, American Horror Story, and Parks and Rec.
  3. Drank. For real though, you may not want to eat, but staying powered with aqua, tea, and maybe a cheeky cocoa are realllllyyyyyyyy important. PS: lemon and honey camomile tea. try it. boom.
  4. Mild exercise. Listen, you know your body, and if you are just like, “NO I WANT TO SLEEP!!” then you do you. But personally for me, some gentle yoga and going on a walk seriously works wonders. I love this mild yoga routine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5YvtYXSocw&list=WL&index=119
  5. Hot, Hot! Steam your sinus’s under a hot bowl of water. I know it gets a little gross and uncomfortable, but it can really help ‘clear you out’. I like to add a drop of lavender essential oil into the water. Also if you want to feel real nice all over, a hot shower does the trick.
  6. SOOOOOOUP. Soup is one of my favorite things ever. I kind of love being sick so it can be an excuse to eat soup for every meal. Homemade chicken noodle is no joke.
  7. Music. Ok I had to add this in because earlier I was doing yoga and Breathe Me by Sia came on my Spotify playlist and it kind of low-key changed my life.

Until next time,

Claire

Fall Bucketlist 2014.

Hello! I love fall. Love love love it. It is so magical and happy and perfect. I know it’s already the 12th but sometimes it’s nice to have a  bit of a structure to the month and maybe even challenge yourself to go out of your comfort zone while still basking in the essence of fall. So, I present to you, your 2014 fall bucket list:

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  • intricately carve fat pumpkins
  • make roasted pumpkin seeds with above pumpkins
  • go apple picking in the wild
  • bake a pie with above apples
  • have friends over to watch spooky movies with cider and loads of blankets
  • rake a perfect pile of red and orange leaves…then jump in them
  • fall-up your room: add some lights around your bed, light fall-scented candles (i love Williams Sonoma and Bath & Body Works), and throw cozy blankets on your bed
  • go to a haunted house/hayride
  • watch old Disney Channel halloween moviestumblr_ms61vvh5JX1szu8gqo1_500
  • get lost in a corn maze
  • build a fort with couch cushions and blankets
  • sleep in, make pancakes and spend the day being cozy
  • go on a fall run and appreciate nature

Sleepy Saturday, Cats, & Soup.

Hello all! I am having such a wonderfully blissful Saturday. This week felt like FOREVER. I truly didn’t think Friday would come. As many of you know, the official start of Autumn was this past week, and boy did it feel like it. This time of year just makes me want to go on crispy air walks, come home and sip tea by the fire with a plump book. And that’s what this week felt like, fall makes you want to slow down and be more grounded. So, here are some snapshots of my today, I hope your today is blissed out!

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Until next time,

Claire

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