Yellow Sweatshirt, Double Denim + My Pantry Staples

Summer Fashion, Double Denim, Yellow Sweatshirt, Denim Jacket, Denim Shorts, White SneakersBrandy Melville, Brandy Melville Canada, Levi's 501, Unpublished Denim JacketCute Summer Outfit, Brandy Melville, Brandy CanadaDenim on Denim, Levi's 501

I Am Wearing

Light Wash Denim Jacket – Similar Here, Here & Here

Yellow Sweatshirt – Here & Similar Here

Levi’s 501 Denim Cut-Offs – Here, Here & Here

Keds – Here / Similar Here

The easy part of beginning a healthy lifestyle: working out, the hard part: proper nutrition. But have no fear because I am here, helping to guide you on a path to your healthiest self yet!

MY PANTRY STAPLES:

Garbanzo Beans – a great form of plant based protein, rich in fiber and helps to control blood sugar, these mighty beans are the perfect addition to your diet. I eat them almost everyday and find they are great addition to soups, salads, & even in baking!

Brown Rice – shock, gasp, horror: I eat carbs. And lots of them! The body needs carbohydrates in order to maintain proper functioning of the internal organs ( I will be doing a complete post on Carbohydrates in the future, so keep your eyes peeled! ). Brown rice is mostly carbohydrate with a little bit of protein and fat, it is also a good source of various B Vitamins, and the minerals calcium, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus.

Apples – my absolute favorite fruit! I eat at least one a day, sometimes two, before I workout in the morning! Studies have even shown that this little fruit can help in blood sugar control!

Potatoes – did you know that potatoes have protein? A small amount, yes, but it’s there! Plus a potato is a great source of Vitamin C, Potassium and Vitamin B6. I love to enjoy just a simple baked potato topped with hummus or an avocado, yes that might sound like a strange combination but I highly suggest you try it! SO GOOD!

Cashews – I love nuts/seeds as they are full of protein, fats and carbs that will keep you satiated and full of energy until your next meal. I prefer to eat mine just as an afternoon snack but they also make great additions to a salad, oatmeal or a smoothie bowl!

Avocados – I don’t think I have to explain this one #avocadoislyfe

Other Necessities: 

Vegetables – carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, green beans, snap peas, kale

Fruits – pineapple, watermelon, raspberries

Extras – Maple Syrup, Olive Oil, Various Spices (garlic powder, summer savory, basil, oregano), Tolerant Red Lentil Pasta ( check them out HERE ), Soy Milk ( the brand I use HERE ), fresh Ginger Root

Proteins – Eggs, Salmon, Haddock, Free Range & Organic Ground Chicken

What are some of your pantry staples? Let me know!

Joy xx.

*I am a certified Holistic Nutritionist through the Alive Academy of Natural Health. All tips, tricks and information are through personal experiences and through my teaching. Always consult your personal health care provider before making a dramatic lifestyle/diet change*

New In: Pink Adidas Superstars

Blush Pink Adidas Superstars

I am a firm believer in treat yo self, so when I finished my first semester of University the other week I decided it was time to buy these beautiful sneakers. I searched high and low but for the life of me I could not find those Blush Pink Adidas Gazelles in my size!  So I decided to take the matters into my own hands and design my own Adidas Superstars with the customization feature on their website.

Below I have provided the link to the customization feature as well as a few similar styles I am totally in love with!

Customization Feature HERE

Pink Adidas Gazelles HERE

White & Pink Adidas Superstars HERE

Joy xx.

Suede Jacket & Levi’s 501

What I’m Wearing

Aritzia Faux Suede Jacket – Here / Similar Here

American Eagle Striped T-Shirt – Similar Here

Levi’s 501 Skinny – Here

Adidas All White Superstars – Here

Good morning and happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Unfortunately it is raining here in Alberta, so I won’t be wearing my Suede Jacket any time soon ( I made that mistake once with a beautiful suede purse…it is now completely ruined! ) or my white sneakers for that matter ( gotta keep em looking fresh ). But I thought I would share with you all this outfit anyways as it is one of my favorites! I finally got my hands on a pair of Levi’s 501 jeans and I have been wearing them non stop! These are their new Skinny Fit and I find they look much better on me.

For this look I paired them with a simple Striped T-Shirt, my beautiful Suede Jacket and a pair of classic White Adidas Superstars.

Lots of love,

Joy xx.

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Dress over Jeans & Why I took a Social Media Break

Springtime Layering, Black Knit Sweater, Gentle Fawn Floral Dress, Blue Ripped Skinny Jeans, Status Anxiety Ascendant Bag, Black Ankle Boots

Spring Fashion

Wearing

GAP Sweater – Similar Here

Gentle Fawn Dress – Here (size Small) & Here (Size Medium)

Zara Jeans – Similar Here

Status Anxiety Bag- Here

Black Ankle Boots – Similar Here

Good morning guys and happy friday! I hope all is well! First off let me just say that I am so sorry for my very sporadic coming and goings on my blog and other social media channels. I decided a couple of weeks ago to lessen my postings as I was completing my first semester at university (happy to announce that I passed all of my courses with flying colors) but then I decided to take a complete break all together. I had been posting almost everyday for a year now and I was absolutely exhausted. A lot of time and energy goes into a single blog/Instagram post and I had completely worn myself out. I had no motivation or inspiration and I was finding it a chore to be creative and I was dreading logging onto Instagram everyday, so I decided to stop all social media and allow me to just be me.

During this time away from social media I reflected on myself and how I have evolved in the last year. I realized that I haven’t been genuine to myself and my style. I was trying to be like the other girls on Instagram in an effort to increase my likes/followers but what I found was actually the opposite. My followers and likes decreased, and with that my mood changed. I was sad, unmotivated and uninspired. I had lost my love for my blog and because of that it suffered. Taking time off was exactly what I needed, I uncluttered my wardrobe, realized what was most important to me and began to fall back in love with social media.

I realized that the numbers, don’t matter. That the amount of clothes I had didn’t matter. The only thing that matters is creating beautiful content that I am proud of. I was spending so much of my time scrolling through Instagram looking for inspiration that I ended up not putting enough effort into my own content. I was half-assing things and I felt ashamed of what I was putting out onto my social media. I started to doubt myself, my style and my ability to create content. I compared myself to others, saw what they were doing and tried to mimic it…and because of that I felt lost. I wasn’t being who I know I truly am, but that is all going to change now.

My Blog and Instagram will not be changing, it’s simply going back to how it once was. I want to promote health, wellness and fashion, the three things that are the most important to me and what I am most passionate about. I want to help guide you into a healthier lifestyle, and inspire you with my outfits and fashion. I want to have fun and be creative!

Thank you for following along on this journey, and for always being such a positive influence and motivation in my life.

With all my love,

Joy xx.

Jazaar Jewelry Love

Jazaar Jewelry

Wearing

Gold Heart Dangle Charm Choker – Here

Hammered Circle Disc Pendant Necklace – Here

I have never been one to wear a whole lot of jewelry, I am definitely more of a minimalist when it comes to that sort of stuff, but when I stumbled upon Jazaar Jewelry via Instagram I instantly fell in love. Simple, handmade necklaces, chokers, rings and bracelets that you can wear singly or layered paired perfectly with my style. I have been wearing them non stop ( see this post HERE & HERE for a few examples ) and have become completely obsessed with their entire collection.

I have listed 5 of my top favorite here:

Multiple Cross Charm Necklace

Upside Down Moon Necklace

Sideway Gold Lightening Bolt Necklace 

Dainty Dangling Choker

Gold Drop Necklace 

Thank you Jaazar Jewelry for sending me these wonderful pieces!

Joy xx.

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*This post is in collaboration with Jaazar Jewelry. All thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.*