Yellow Sweatshirt, Double Denim + My Pantry Staples

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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*

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.*

5 Simple Ways to Boost Your Mood

Garage Clothing Lace Up Sweatshirt

Wearing

Lace Up Sweatshirt c/o Garage – Here

Good Morning sweethearts! I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far! Today I wanted to post something a little different, if you have been a reader of my blog for some time now you know that I used to incorporate health/wellness into my weekly posts and I kinda miss them! So today we are starting simple with just 5 Simple Ways to Boost your Mood!

This time of year can be extremely hard: exams are coming up, the winter blues are seriously setting in and you are already wondering how it is already the 3rd month of 2017 and you haven’t really accomplished any of your New Years resolutions yet…Well no worries, because these tips are sure to put a smile on your face!

Tip # 1 Go off of social media

Probably the hardest, yet the simplest tip I have on this list. We are a generation attached to our phones, and sometimes it can become to much. Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my Insta-fam and am just so thankful for every single one of you, but sometimes the simple act of logging off and putting down your phone can do wonders for your mood!

Tip #2 Eat Some Happy Foods

Weird I know, but there are some foods that have been proven to improve one’s mood because they increase the levels of Serotonin and other happy hormones in your brain. Try eating some Popcorn, Salmon, Dark Chocolate or Bananas for a simple mood boost!

Tip #3 Go Outside

This tip strongly relates to tip #1, but I find that by removing myself from what is frustrating me instantly puts me in a better mood. So take your dog for a walk,  go for a coffee run or maybe do a little bit of shopping. Anything to take your mind off whatever is bothering you!

Tip #4 Do Something for Someone Else

Have you ever seen that episode of Friends where Joey and Phoebe argue if there is in fact a selfless deed because you always feel better about yourself after? Well Joey is right in this sense, you always feel happier helping someone else. So go and volunteer at an retirement home or a Humane Society, cook dinner for you Grandparents, or simply go to the local park and pick up some trash. It’s the little things that will make the biggest difference!

Tip #5 Watch a Mood-Booster

Tip #5 relates to tip #4, watch a TV show or a Movie that you know will put a smile on your face and make you forget about your problems. My favorites are Friends, Corner Gas, The Pink Panther and Morning Glory! These are all great things to watch when you are in a little bit of a slump!

I hope that these little tips were useful, and today I am wishing you all an amazing day :)

Joy xx.

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Layered Choker & Lace Camisole

NA-KD, Choker Necklace, Layered Necklaces, Brandy Meliville, Pink Sweater, Lace Camisole

Wearing

Layered Pendent Choker c/o NA-KD – Here

Good morning and happy Monday everyone! Can you believe that Chrstmas is less than a week away? Crazy right?!

Today I wanted to share with you all this gorgeous Tripplechain Suede Pendant Choker from NA-KD! It makes the perfect gift for that hard to buy individual on your list, or if you want to treat yourself to a little something special without breaking the bank this is the thing for you! Want a 20% off discount code to use on your next NA-KD purchase? Then head on over to my Instagram account ( “@denimjoy_” ) to receive your code!

Joy xx.

Parisian Vibes

Parisian Inspired Outfit, Garage Clothing, Citizens of Humanity, Aritzia, Status Anxiety

Fall Fashion, Summer Fashion, Paris, Parisian, Off the Shoulder Top, Blue Skinny Jeans, Black Bandanna Scarf

Stripe Off the Shoulder Top, Citizens of Humanity Rocket Crop Blue Skinny Jeans, Black Bandanna Scarf

Wearing

Garage Clothing Striped Off the Shoulder Top * – Here

Citizens of Humanity Rocket Crop Skinnies – Here

Aritzia Bandanna Scarf – Similar Here

Converse Dainty Sneakers – Similar Here

Status Anxiety Antiheroine Clutch* – Here

I have never been to Paris, or to Europe for that matter, but I dream of going someday. I picture myself walking along the Parisian streets, enjoy a latte in a little cafe and sitting on the grass in front of the Effiel Tower in this outfit. A simple Striped Off the Shoulder Top paired with some High Waist Denim Jeans screams tres chic to me! I added on this cute Bandanna Scarf for an even more European feel, and completed the look by throwing on some Converse Sneakers ( because I hear all you do is walk and the cobblestones can be brutal on your feet ), and this gorgeous Status Anxiety Clutch.

Have you ever been to Paris?

Joy xx.

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