A Black Trench Coat in the Summer

Soia & Kyo Lovelle Trench Coat, Black Trench Coat, Sheer White Blouse, Black Cut Off American Eagle Shorts, Mackage Mini Studded Cross Body Bag

Classic Black Trench Coat, Soia & Kyo Lovelle Trench Coat, White Sheer Blouse, American Eagle Black Denim Cut Off Shorts

Wearing

Soia & Kyo Trench Coat* –  Here / Similar Here

Simons Sheer White Blouse – Similar Here

American Eagle Shorts – Similar Here

Mackage Mini Studded Cross Body Bag – Here

Skagen Denmark Watch – Here

CaseApp Phone Case* – Here

This years summer weather has been very strange. Usually Alberta experiences quite a drought resulting in fire bans and severe wild fires, but this year it has been incredibly rainy. Don’t get me wrong, I am so thankful that we have not had a crazy amount of forest fires ( except for the incident in Fort MacMurray #albertastrong ), but the rain is starting to become a little depressing, that is until I received this amazing package in the mail from Soia & Kyo! They set me up with all kinds of rain proof goodies including this gorgeous Classic Black Trench Coat which I am absolutely in love with!

I paired my Soia & Kyo Lovelle Trench Coat with some American Eagle Black Denim Cut Off Shorts and a basic sheer white blouse. To complete the look I threw on my Mackage Mini Studded Cross Body Bag as well as some simple silver jewelery and my ( unpictured ) Adidas All White Superstars.

Joy xx.

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*A BIG thank you to the wonderful people of Soia & Kyo for sending such amazing merchandise, I am truly grateful!*

Neckerchief Scarf & Bohemian Blouse

Bandanna Printed Neckerchief Scarf, Bohemian White Blouse, Levi's 501 Denim Cut Off Shorts, GEOX Off White Sneakers

Bandanna Printed Neckerchief Scarf, White Bohemian Blouse, Levi's 501 Denim Cut Off Shorts, Gold Necklaces

White Boho Blouse, Denim Cut Off Shorts, White Sneakers, Blush Pink Sneakers, Summer Fashion

Wearing 

Simons Blouse* – Similar Here & Similar Here

Levi’s 501 Shorts – Similar Here & Similar Here

GEOX Amalthia Sneakers – Here*

Aldo Morring Cross – Body Bag

Aritzia Bandana Neckerchief – Here & Similar Here

Brass Paper Smith Rings – Here*

I’m usually not a person who falls for trends, I will admire them but never actually try them, that is until I completely fell head over heels for the neckerchief look! I don’t know exactly what it is I love about this trend so much, but I have been obsessing over it for such a long time that I finally just had to try it out!

I styled this Bandanna Printed Neckerchief Scarf with a Bohemian Inspired Blouse and my Cut Off Levi’s 501 Shorts and I layered on some simple gold necklaces as well as a few dainty gold rings that Brass Paper Smith kindly sent to me. To complete the look I opted for a pair of blush tone sneakers from GEOX and my structured cross body bag with gold hardware from Aldo Shoes.

Joy xx.

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Components of a Healthy Diet

Healthy Lifestyle Tips, Components of a Healthy Diet, Silver Rings, White T Shirt, Boyfriend Jeans, Rings, Watch, Details

Wearing

Generation Love T-Shirt – Similar Here

Garage Clothing Boyfriend Jeans – Similar Here

Barbas & Zacari Bondi Watch* – Here

Rings – Here*/Here*

Chainless Brain Pearl Necklace – Here*

As I start to integrate more health/nutrition posts I will start to talk about more complex topics, but for now I really want to stress the basics because once you got those down the rest will be fairly easy. Already I have talked about the importance of choosing Organic ProduceThe Macronutrients & I also gave you all some Simple Healthy Lifestyle Tips so I thought that today I would just incorporate all those topics into one post and explain the components of a healthy diet!

Natural, Seasonal & Fresh Foods

  • Consume a wide variety of fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables, whole grains & legumes
  • Should encompass at least 80-90% of your diet
  • Eat local & in season
  • Avoid spoilage/rancidity of animal products; eating your fruits/vegetables as fresh as possible

Nutritious Foods

  • Consuming foods that allow you to acquire all the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids & phytonutrients you need to properly function
  • Organic produce
  • Consuming chemical free foods ( no chemical additives or chemically treated foods as well as refined-sugar or refined-flour products )
  • Properly washing & storing of foods
  • Drinking clean, filtered, chemical free water

Variety and Rotation

  • Eating a variety of foods that provide all the nutrients
  • Rotating your diet as to not eat the same foods everyday, decreasing the chances of allergies or sensitivities

Food Combining 

*I only suggest this if you have digestive issues or want to eat a completely clean diet. These are great guidelines, but I do not follow them strictly*

  • Food combining allows us to digest our foods properly, optimally utilizing the nutrients
  • General Guidelines:
    1. Fruits should be eaten by themselves or with other fruits
    2. Proteins & starches are not to be eaten together
    3. Combine Proteins & Vegetables or Starches & Vegetables
    4. Do not eat more than one serving of protein per meal

Moderation

  • Practice mindfulness when eating, no distractions
  • Do not overeat or under eat

Balance 

*do not worry about the specifics as much, there is no need to track,  just have a general idea of macronutrient balance*

  • Macronutrients
    1. 60% Carbohydrates
    2. 15% Protein
    3. 25% Fat
  • Micronutrients
    • Vitamins, Minerals, Fatty Acids, Amino Acids

Dietary Guidelines 

  • Produce
    • 5+ servings per day of fruits & vegetables
  • Starches
    • 4+ servings per day of whole grains and other starches
  • Proteins
    • 3 servings per day
  • Calcium Foods
    • 2+ servings per day ( I do not advocate the use of dairy products, however if you choose to consume them please keep to a minimum of 2 servings per day )
      • Plant Based Calcium Sources Include: Leafy Greens ( Bok Choy, Broccoli, Kale, Romaine Lettuce etc. ), Soy Products, Figs, Oranges, Various Legumes ( Garbanzo Beans, Lentils, Pinto Beans etc. ), Almonds, Flaxseeds, Hazelnuts, Blackstrap Molasses
  • Oils
    • 1-2 servings of vegetable oils per day

Always remember that the road to a healthier diet is a long one, and that you need to just take it one step at a time. Take my tips and find what works for you, when you begin to transition to more natural foods and start to lessen your intake of pre packaged, non organic foods you will not feel well. That is simply a detox period, keep at it and eventually you will feel amazing!

Joy xx.

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Theory Black Blazer & Denim Cut Off Shorts

Black Blazer, White Button Up Sheer Blouse, Levi's 501 Denim Cut Off Shorts, Adidas Originals All White Superstars, Summer Fashion, Summer Style

Black Theory Blazer, White Sheer Blouse, Adidas Originals All White Superstars, Summer FashionWearing

Theory ‘Varlene’ Blazer – Similar Here

Simons Blouse – Similar Here

Levi’s 501 Cut Off Shorts – Similar Here

Adidas Originals All White Superstars – Here

Aldo Cross Body Bag – Here

I took inspiration for this outfit from all of my Australian based blogger babes as they all pair their denim cut off shorts with something a little bit more structured. So for this outfit I took my Levi’s 501 ( duh ) and I paired it with this beautiful masculine inspired double breasted blazer by Theory ( a new favorite brand of mine!! ). Underneath the blazer I just wore a basic sheer white button down and of course no outfit of mine would be complete without a pair of white sneakers!

Joy xx.

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Khaki Bomber Jacket & Fresh White Kicks

Brandy Melville Khaki Bomber Jacket, Style Stalker Karl Lagerfeld Distressed Graphic T Shirt, American Eagle Black Denim Cut Off Shorts

Khaki Bomber Jacket, Black Denim Cut Off Shorts, Style Stalker, Graphic T Shirt, Adidas Originals Superstars, White SneakersWearing

Brandy Melville Bomber Jacket – Here/Similar Here

Style Stalker T-Shirt – Here

American Eagle Shorts – Similar Here

Adidas Originals All White Superstars – Here

Call It Spring Handbag – Similar Here

I feel as though I am starting to really come into my own style. This past year I have had a lot of outfit hits but also a lot of outfit misses, it has definitely become a year of growth for me as a push my style boundaries. A few months ago I never would have worn this outfit, but the inspiration hit so I just had to try it out! And let me tell you I just felt so confident in this outfit, and from the response I received on Instagram, clearly you guys loved it too! Sometimes it pays to push your limits and to try something new!

I went for more of an edgier vibe with this outfit by pairing my Brandy Melville Khaki Bomber Jacket ( also styled HERE! ) with my Karl Lagerfeld turned Terminator Graphic T Shirt by Style Stalker. Since the weather keeps getting hotter I had to throw on these Black Denim Cut Offs from American Eagle, but this outfit would also look really good with a pair of ripped denim skinny jeans ( These ones HERE are on my wishlist ). And of course no outfit of mine would be complete without a pair of white sneakers! I just picked up these All White Adidas Superstars from a recent shopping trip in which I was supposed to be shopping for my brother. What’s that saying again? One for you, one for me…?

Joy xx.

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Blue Striped Button Up

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Wearing

Banana Republic Button Up – Similar Here

Denim Cut Offs – Similar Here

American Eagle Belt – Similar Here

I think these From Where I Sit posts are going to become a weekly occurrence on this blog, mostly because I can shoot, edit and upload all within the comfort of my own home with the added bonus that I don’t have to wear any makeup, and also because I actually really enjoy these photos! Sure they can be a little bit of a pain in the ass to take ( for reals though, taking these is hard work, especially when you don’t have a selfie stick ) but the overall product is definitely worth it!

For today’s outfit I am throwing it back to Friday, when I actually wore this and then on Saturday when I wore it again ( because let’s be honest not enough people saw me in this outfit so I had to repeat it. I know I am not the only person who does this. ) And oh look. Another outfit that consists of Denim Cut Offs (also styled HERE! ) and a Striped Shirt. All I can say is hashtag sorry not sorry. I added on the brown belt not only as a fashion statement but also because I have this tendency to accidentally buy my pants a size to big, I don’t know why I do this…. To complete the look I added some very simple rings and a dainty necklace.

Happy Monday Everyone

Joy xx.

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11 Health Hacks

GAP black sweater, Zara ripped skinny jeans, gold rings, Starbucks coffee,

Wearing

GAP Sweater – Similar Here | Zara Jeans – Similar Here | Brass Paper Smith Rings*

Want to adopt a healthier life style? Here are 15 simple tips that will help you get on the right track!

  1. Cut out or Reduce Red Meats and Dairy – you heard me right, cut them out. Although they are a good source of protein and some nutrients, the negative affects of over consuming these products is just not worth it! Instead choose lean proteins ( such as fish, poultry, beans & legumes ) and plant based milk products ( soy, almond, rice etc.). Worried about B12? Consuming some poultry a few times a week will help take care of that! Vegan or Vegetarian? Try a B12 supplement as nutritional yeast is not a significant source of B12!
  2. Eat Organic – to learn more about why you should be consuming only Organic Produce click this link HERE
  3. Carb it Up – that’s right folks! CARBS ARE GOOD!!! Contrary to popular belief we need carbohydrates in order to properly function ( plus carbohydrates can actually help you loose weight and reduce bloating because of our good friend we like to call fiber! ). The key here is to eat ‘good’ carbohydrates: Vegetables, Rice, Potatoes, Beans/Legumes, Fruit etc. and limit ‘bad’ carbohydrates: pastries, refined baked goods and simple sugars.
  4. Read the Ingredient List – Stop looking at the calories and read the ingredients! Try to consume foods with less ingredients and remember that if you can’t pronounce it, do not eat it!
  5. Eat your Fats – Avocados, Nuts and Seeds are high in healthy fats that will help us feel full and satisfied. So add half an avocado to a salad, pack a handful of nuts to work and sprinkle some seeds on your oatmeal in the morning.
  6. Cut Out Sugar – Sorry guys, but as pretty as those pastries might be for your Instagram shots, they are doing nothing for you. Not only do they increase your chance of Obesity but it can also lead to Diabetes and other illnesses. Instead opt for some fruit! My favorite is frozen raspberries and frozen pineapple!
  7. Eat ever 2-3 Hours – Now I am not saying that you should consume a full meal every 2-3 hours, what I am suggesting is snacking throughout the day. If we consume too much at one meal we are actually putting stress on our digestive system which can cause gas or bloating, it is better for our health and our energy levels to snack throughout the day. Plus if we go without food for more than 5 hours our blood sugar will drop making crave sugar and we are more likely to reach for junk food
  8. Go Raw – most of the vitamins and minerals that we need to consume from our fruits/vegetables are lost during the cooking process, so choose to go raw more often! Enjoy salads made with fresh produce, fruit plates with breakfast and veggie sticks with hummus as an afternoon snack!
  9. Eat More Plant Based Protein – you have probably heard it enough, but plant based protein is better for you in the long run as it does not contain cholesterol and other unhealthy hormones that are present in animal products. Some great  alternatives are beans/legumes, brown rice, cruciferous vegetables ( i.e Broccoli, Cauliflower Brussels Sprouts ) and Nut/Seeds.
  10. Drink Enough Water – water is so important as not only it keeps us properly hydrated but sufficient intake also supports the eliminating functions of the kidneys, bowls and the skin ( detoxifies our bodies ). Try adding a bit of lemon to your water and try to make a habit of carrying a water bottle with you at all times!
  11. Pack a Snack – unlike other women my purse does not contain a bag full of makeup, instead it contains a bag full of food. I always make sure to be carrying around some nuts/seeds, a healthy muffin or granola bar and sometimes some veggie sticks or an apple just in case I get hungry or am out longer than I originally intended. By doing this you are less likely to run to the convenience store for a bag of chips when your tummy starts rumbling.

I know that making those initial steps towards healthier eating habits is hard, and you will fall off the wagon sometimes! I’m not gonna lie, even as a Certified Holistic Nutritionist I still find myself craving the sweets and the junk food, and I too fall off the healthy eating wagon once in a while. But these simple tips always help me to get back on track, and I hope that you are able to find some inspiration in them to start your journey towards a healthier diet.

Happy Friday!

Joy xx.

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Living In My Leather Jacket & My Levi’s

Summer Fashion, Women's Fashion, Levi's 501, Cut Off Shorts, Denim Shorts, White T Shirt, Distressed T Shirt, Mackage Purse, Leather

Leather Jacket, Silver Rings, White Distressed T-Shirt, Denim Cut Offs, Levi's 501, Mackage Studded Cross Body Bag, Marble Phone Case

Wearing

Leather Jacket – Similar Here | Cut Off Shorts | T Shirt – Similar | Mackage Bag | Adidas Superstars | Skagen Watch

I know that it may seem strange to you all, but in the summer I just live in my leather jacket. Honestly it could be the hottest day of the year and I will be walking around town in my Levi 501’s and my Leather Jacket. Yes I may feel like I am about to pass out from the heat, but at least I look good.

I styled my favorite Leather Jacket with a basic White T-Shirt and my favorite Levis Cut Off Shorts for an edgy, yet simple, summer outfit. To complete the look I added on my brand new Mackage Studded Cross Body Bag, a pair of Silver Striped Adidas Superstars and some silver silver jewelry.

Joy xx.

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Summer Classics

From Where I Sit, Forever 21, Levi's, Levi's 501, Cut Off Shorts, Denim Shorts, Stripes, Adidas Originals White Superstar Sneakers

Wearing

Forever 21 Striped Shirt ( similar ) | Levi 501 Cut Offs | Adidas Originals White Superstars

As simple as they make look, a good from where I sit shot takes a lot of time and energy, honestly I think it should count as exercise! Praise to the queen of Instagram Lorna Luxe, who can somehow pump out fwis after fwis and make it look effortless. I think I pulled a muscle while taking this shot. I’m serious.

For today’s outfit I styled my classic Levi 501 Cut Off shorts with a Cropped Striped Shirt and a pair of All White Adidas Originals Superstars for a very classic and casual summer outfit!

Stay tuned for the full outfit blog post which will be up next week!

Joy xx.

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