Florals for Fall

Florals for Fall, Quiz Clothing Floral Romper, Leather Motocycle Vest, Black Felt Fedora, Black Lace Up Heels

Summer Fashion, Fall Fashion, Women's Fashion, Leather Vest, Floral Romper, Black Choker, Black Lace up Heels, Off the Shoulder Romper

Wearing

Quiz Clothing Floral Romper – Here

Leather Vest – Similar Here

Ace of Something ‘Aspen’ Fedora – Here

Sol Sana Lace Up Heels – Similar Here

The end of August and the first few weeks of September can be fairly tricky and a little awkward when it comes to deciding what to wear. You still have your summer pieces out but are slowly transitioning into your fall wardrobe as the weather begins to drop. For today’s look I am showcasing how you can transition your florals into the fall season by simply adding on a Leather Vest ( or Jacket ) as well as some darker accessories such as this Black Felt Fedora & my Black Lace Up Heels, making this beautiful Summer Floral Romper perfect for the upcoming fall season.

Joy xx.

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Power of Plants – Calcium

The Power of Plants - Calcium, Vegan Diet, Vegetarian Diet, Health, Wellness

Good morning everyone! After last weeks craziness that was 5 outfits in one week we are back to the regular scheduled programming. Today I will be continuing with my “Power of Plants” Series ( Part 1 HERE ) and for today’s topic I will be discussing Calcium.

We are told countless times through TV adds, magazine articles and even from our Mom & Dad that we need to make sure we are getting enough calcium, and although this is true, the source that we are told to consume (ie Dairy) isn’t exactly the best for our health (more on this later). Plenty of plants contain high amounts calcium, you just have to know where to look!

So What is Calcium?

Calcium is our most essential mineral that is not only needed for strong bones but is also involved in so many functions such as muscle contraction & relaxation, blood clotting, the transmission of nerve impulses & enzyme activity. No matter how much calcium we consume out bodies naturally maintain the ideal amount of calcium in our blood and inside our cells with a very complex system.

Calcium Balance

To understand a little bit more about calcium you need to learn about Calcium Balance: which is the relationship between calcium intake and calcium output from the body. Our goal as adults is to maintain our calcium balance, ( ie Calcium Intake = Calcium Output ), however our absorption, excretion, & retention can differ from person to person and be affected by many different circumstances.

Calcium Absorption

Absorption of calcium can differ from person to person but usually we absorpb about 15-20% of the calcium in food/beverages.

Here are 3 Tips to Improve Calcium Absorption:

  1. Make sure you are getting enough Vitamin D
    • Vitamin D helps to maintain blood calcium at the correct levels by regulating the calcium movement in three places: absorption in the intestine, losses through the urine & the storage in the bones.
  2. Absorption of calcium occurs better when consumed in small amounts throughout the day rather than one large dose at a single time
  3. Certain substances in vegetables such as Oxalates ( found in spinach, Swiss chard, rhubarb & beet greens ) as well as some phytates can bind to the calcium, decreasing absorption.

Calcium Excretion 

Our diet has a large impact on the composition as well as the acidity of our urine, which then affects how much calcium we are losing. Overall there are two substance that are know as “Calcium Thieves”: Proteins & Sodium as well as Coffee & Phosphoric Acid to a lesser extent.

Calcium Retention

There are many lifestyle factors that can affect how much calcium we retain, although there are two main considerations:

  1. Estrogen – which appears to help in calcium absorption & help our bones to retain this mineral
    • Research has shown that by consuming foods high in estrogen ( ie soy products ) may improve our bone density
  2. Exercise – when exercising a message is communicated to the bones to preserve the calcium and to keep the bones strong.
    • 45 minutes – 1 hour of weight bearing exercises ( walking, running, cycyling etc. ) 3-5x per week as well as resistant training 3-5x per week is reccomended.

Calcium Rich Plant Foods

*roughly*

  1. Greens:
    1. Bok Choy, Raw, 2 Cups – 147 mg
    2. Broccoli, Raw, 2 Cups – 84 mg
    3. Collard Greens, Cooked, 1 Cup – 226 mg
    4. Kale, Raw, 2 Cups – 181 mg
    5. Romaine Lettuce, Raw, 2 Cups – 40 mg
  2. Fruits
    1. Figs, 5ish – 137 to 197 mg
    2. Orange, Medium – 52 mg
  3. Legumes & Soy Foods
    1. Garbanzo Beans, Cooked, 1 Cup – 80 mg
    2. Lentils, Cooked, 1 Cup – 38 mg
    3. Pinto Beans, Cooked, 1 Cup – 82 mg
    4. Green Soybeans (edamame), 1 Cup – 185 mg
  4. Nuts/Seeds
    1. Almonds, 1/4 Cup – 115 mg
    2. Flaxseeds, 2 tbsp – 47 mg
    3. Hazelnuts, 1/4 Cup – 38 mg
  5. Black Strap Molasses, 1 tbsp – 176 mg

Plants are filled with all of the essential vitamins, minerals & macronutrients that we as humans need to survive, without the added “bonus” of cholesterol, additives or hormones. By just switching to one or two meals per week ( or even participating in Meatless Monday ) you will be making leaps and bounds towards better health as well as a better environment!

Joy xx.

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Faux Suede Jacket & Denim Cut Off Shorts

Transitioning into Fall, Fall Outfit, Fall Fashion, Autumn Fashion, Vegan Suede Jacket, Faux Suede Jacket, Levi's 501 Denim Cut Off Shorts, Outfit

Women's Fashion, Fall Fashion, Fall Outfit, Early Fall, Faux Suede Jacket, Vegan Suede Jacket, Blush Pink Camisole, Levi's Denim Cut Off Shorts

Wearing 

Aritzia Talula Morton Jacket – Here

Aritzia Babaton Galen Camisole – Here

Levi’s 501 Denim Cut Off Shorts – Similar Here

GEOX Amalthia Sneakers* – Here

 It’s almost fall ya’ll, and I could not be more excited!!! Don’t get me wrong I love summer: the shorts, the sun & the carefree days, but I live for fall! Now, where I live fall comes early and doesn’t stay very long, the tree down the street has already changed color, so in this short amount time I will be indulging like crazy in all the goodness that fall has to offer.

For today’s transitioning-into-fall look I styled my brand new Faux Suede Moto Jacket with a Blush Pink Camisole and my Classic Levi’s 501 Denim Cut Off Shorts. To complete the look I decided to throw on my Blush Pink Sneakers and some Simple Gold Rings as well as the two necklaces that I always wear.

Happy Wednesday

Joy xx.

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Win Free Jeans for a YEAR for You & Your BFF

Garage Clothing, Win Free Jeans for a Year for You and your BFF

Navy Blue Bomber Jacket, Back to School Outfit, Back to School, Blue Skinny Jeans, Jeggings, High Waist Jeans, Blue, Navy, Black Sneakers

Wearing

Garage Clothing Navy Bomber Jacket* – Here

Garage Clothing Bodycon Sweater* – Here

Garage Clothing High Waist Jeggings* – Here

Converse Dainty Sneakers* – Here

As I am sure many of you know by now, I absolutely love anything that has to do with denim ( obviously, I mean my Instagram name is @denimjoy_ ) so when my wonderful family at Garage Clothing asked if I could help share their “Win Free Jeans for a YEAR for You and Your BFF” competition you guys should know that I just had to say yes!!! It’s really simple! All you have to do is click this link: HERE in order to enter :) Good luck!

Now let’s get onto the outfit! Here I am styling this beautiful Navy Bomber Jacket that Garage Clothing kindly sent to me with a simple Navy Body Con  Sweater and a pair of Classic High Waist Skinny Jeans. To complete the look I added on some Classic Converse, because no outfit of mine would be complete without some form of sneaker!

Joy xx.

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FINE JEWELRY GIVEAWAY

Mejuri Pop Chain Ring 14k Gold, GIVEAWAY, Coffee, Cozy

Good Morning and Happy Monday everyone! I hope you are all well! I must admit that after posting 5 outfits in a row last week for Back to School, I am a little wiped out and lacking motivation…but don’t worry! We are returning to out regular scheduled programming this week, and I have quite a few exciting projects to share with you all, including a GIVEAWAY!!!!!! That’s right folks I have partnered with the beautiful jewelry company Mejuri to giveaway one of these beautiful Pop Chain Rings in 14k Gold in the stone color of your choice!!!

The rules are simple:

Enter the competition by clicking this link HERE! ( *by entering this competition you will be added to the MEJURI mailing list. You can opt out at any time* )  and the contest begins today and will end on August 29th 2016. Only one winner will be chosen!

Good luck to all that enter!

Joy xx.

*Thank you Mejuri for providing me with this beautiful ring and for giving one one of my lucky readers the chance to win a ring as well!*

Back to School Style – Friday + DEZZAL Review #2

Back to School Outfit, Back to School Style

White T-Shirt, Blue Jeans, Kapten&Son Watch, Denim Overalls, Denim Dungarees, Denim Jumpsuit

Wearing

Generation Love White T-Shirt – Similar Here

DEZZAL ‘Tyzee Light Blue Denim Ankle Overalls”* – Here

All White Adidas Superstars – Here

Kapten & Son ‘Sky” Campina Watch* – Here

Well, we made it guys! IT’S FRIDAY!!!!

Friday is honestly one of the best days of the week, and I cannot wait for the weekend to start! For today’s look, and for the last outfit of my Back to School Series, I am keeping it casual cool with a simple pair of light wash denim overalls from DEZZAL and a simple White T-Shirt by Generation Love. Of course this outfit wouldn’t be complete without my favorite All White Adidas Superstars and I added on this Kapten & Son Watch to complete the look.

REVIEW

*I recently received these DEZZAL “Tyzee Light Blue Denim Ankle Overalls” to review and style. All opinions and photos are my own.*

If you read yesterday’s post then you already know that I would highly recommend this online shop. I am very impressed with the customer service, the fairly speedy delivery and quality of the product. Out of the two products I was sent these overalls are by far my favorite, but for no other reason than I have always wanted a pair of full length overalls. Again they are of high quality, the product was true to size and they also matched the photo found on the website exactly.

I will definitely be shopping at www.dezzal.com again!

Joy xx.

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Back to School Style – Thursday + DEZZAL Review

Back to School Style, Business Casual Outfit, DEZZAL, Citizen's of Humanity, Status Anxiety, GEOX Sneakers, Casual Outfit

DEZZAL Bow Silk Blouse, White Bow Blouse, Bow Collar Blouse, Silk Blouse

Wearing

DEZZAL ‘Umi Eason White Bow Collar Blouse’* – Here

Citizens of Humanity Rocket High Rise Crop Jeans – Here

Status Anxiety ‘Antiheroine’ Clutch* – Here

GEOX ‘Amalthia’ Sneakers* – Here

I like to think of this outfit as my ‘Presentation Outfit’, perfect for those days when you have to stand up in front of your peers and somehow not stutter through your speech. Casual yet chic this basic ‘white blouse & blue jeans’ outfit is elevated with the bow detailing found on this DEZZAL silk blouse and made school appropriate with the addition of the off-white sneakers. I kept it comfortable with these Citizens of Humanity Rocket Crop Jeans and added on this textured Status Anxiety Crocodile Leather Clutch just in case you forget your next point during the presentation!

REVIEW

*I was recently sent this DEZZAL “Umi Eason Bow Collar Silk Blouse” to style and review. All opinions and photos are my own.*

Would I ever shop on www.dezzal.com again?

 Yes I would, there clothes are beautiful and I am very impressed with their customer service as well as the quality of the product. I highly recommend this online shop!

Once I received my blouse there was no loose threads or rips, the blouse was true to size ( I am wearing a small ) and it resembled the photograph perfectly. After I was able to wash and steam the blouse I saw the true beauty of it and found it incredibly easy to style!

 

Thanks for reading!

Joy xx.

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