With the new year comes all sorts of dieting, fitness goals and abrupt changes to accomplish being “a better YOU”. I’ve never really been into resolutions for the new year or implementing new life goals for the new year. However, this year my aunt spoke with me about the Daniel Fast and asked me to participate along with her. Since she told me this 2 days beforehand, I agreed to fast but with modifications. I had to mentally prepare for this thing you know since it started on New Years day. I decided to eliminate all meats, bread and sweets for the duration of 21 days and I started this commitment on January 2nd.
Just to give you guys a little background about me, I absolutely love food! It’s kind of my thing being a foodie and all. I jot down restaurants that I see on my drive home, follow other foodies and see their suggestions and pretty much indulge in anything food related. So, to commit to this fast was a big deal for me. The first couple of days were a bit tough because I didn’t realize how much stuff I consumed that had bread as the base and neither did I realize I ate so many sweets. After the harsh first few days, my body became acclimated somewhat quickly. The mornings were simple. My favorites were fruit and smoothies. For lunch and dinner, I normally sautéed veggies and I ate a ton of sweet potatoes and avocados. While on this fast, I learned about various vegan and vegetarian restaurants in the LA area too. I hadn’t paid attention before but there are a lot of options if you’re a part of the vegan community.
On the last day, I called my aunt and told her I made it through the fast. I will be truthful and say I had 2 French fries and 2 alcoholic beverages during the 21 days. I didn’t commit to giving up fried foods or alcohol but those kind of fall in that “don’t eat category” when I thought about this fast so I just gave those up as well. Water became my best friend and now I just go for water more now as my first beverage choice as I should anyways. I haven’t even indulged in coffee since the fast ended on 1/23 and I feel pretty good about that since I normally start my day with a fresh cup of coffee. The fast helped me to see and appreciate a lot of principles that I normally don’t pay attention to. Discipline, faith and commitment are the biggest ones I would like to mention. We often doubt ourselves and say we can’t do or commit to something before we even try. I was so proud of myself throughout this journey because to be frank it was quite tough to go out and order the “healthy food” or all veggies or NOT stop by neither of the 100 donut shops in LA you pass everyday. I can say I feel better energy wise and overall I just feel more connected and in tune with myself. Now I will not say I’m not eating meat again but I will be mindful of the intake of it along with other things that I was so use to consuming before. I’m a continuous work in progress so here’s to a better me!
I was able to get my hands on this hoodie awhile back at YG’s pop up in NYC. I love, love camo so getting this was a no-brainer for me. I finally decided to pop the plastic and wear this. Just an FYI, this hoodie is greatly made and the material inside feels wonderful on my skin. Now that that’s been covered back to the basics. I simply paired this with black ripped denim from Old Navy. Since its fairly cold, I wore fishnets underneath. I thought this gave a pretty cool look to have the nets show through the rips. Also, fishnets keep you quite warm. For the shoes, I immediately thought about a chill, Cali look. You know what that means. Bring out the classic vans! These paired well with the camo and black. Simple street style at its best. Check out more pics below.
Summers in NYC are made for a nice tee and shorts on a perfect day. Here I’m wearing a New York edition tee made by The Hundreds and I paired it simply with denim shorts. To add a bit of color, I decided to wear my comfy slip on sneakers by Steve Madden. The rose gold compliments the black and white nicely. Also to add a little flair, I used a black bandana as a headband and made a cute little fun bun for a hairstyle. You also never know what an NYC night can lead to so grabbing a long sleeved shirt or light jacket is never a bad idea, even when it’s 100 degrees out. Just tie it around your waist and head out! More full outfit pictures below.
Living in New York, you come to learn that dressing comfortably is key. I eyed this t-shirt dress from H&M for awhile and finally decided to just grab a small and see how it fitted later. To my surprise, this dress fit perfectly! A great investment for the summer and definitely worth the $14.99. I paired it with a quilted rose gold patterned ‘Van-like’slip on shoe from Steve Madden. These shoes are pretty comfy as well. Pairing these with all black seemed to highlight the shoe more in my perspective and went well with this street comfy style. I was Soho ready with this look. Check out more pics below.
Own the Day. These 3 simple words mean so much and definitely represent my motto in life. Designed by Brooklyn-based company WCIBF, the white Champion sweatshirt with the black writing compliments my denim dad hat so well. I think I’m officially obsessed with the new dad hat trend but that’s okay. Urban Outfitters made it so easy once they made this ‘Babe’ hat. There was no second guessing the purchase of this. I’m also wearing the oh so popular NMDs, which can be seen in the other pictures below. Be sure to ‘Own It’! Each and everyday we have 24 hours to make something happen that we want to happen. Let’s do this!
Last weekend while doing some much unneeded shopping in the Soho, I decided to stop in the DASH store. For those of you who may not know, the DASH store was founded by Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian. They often have some cute pieces so I figured hey, why not. It must have been my lucky day because I notice this bright royal blue tee with writing that looks oh so similar to that of the “I Feel Like Pablo” tee that circulated during the Season 3 fashion show hosted by Kanye West. It is the Pablo tee!! The associates eagerly said ” Grab something now if you want it. We posted this to instagram about an hour ago and not many things are left”. To go back just a bit for you guys, Kanye West held a pop up in the Soho about a month ago and the line was just way too long to even remotely think about getting merch unless you camped out the night before or just woke up and immediately went to stand in line around sunrise. Without a question, I grabbed the only medium size left and left with an unexpected treat for the weekend. Soho adventures never disappoint and I’m glad I decided to stop in.
After Kanye joined Adidas, it seems that they’ve upped their game a bit with a lot of their products. Not sure if they have different designers or a new team of people in creative development but something at Team Adidas is definitely new and are game changers in both the retail and sneaker industry. This brings my focus to the NMDs. Apparently, I was able to get my hands on a pair of some of the hottest sneakers on the market right now and I’m pretty glad about it. NMDs have to be some of the most comfortable sneakers I’ve owned. The various color blocks available and the sleek design of this sneaker lets me know Adidas put some time into making a sneaker that can speak for itself in terms of comfort and style and in turn be in suchhigh demand. Check out close ups of the NMDs below.
Spring has arrived and it’s important to make good transitions with your wardrobe. In New York, it often doesn’t get too warm until May or June so I’m always looking for something that compliments the weather here. This lightweight sweatshirt from H&M was a hit for me. It’s perfect for the cool mornings and late nights. Not to forget the $9.99 price tag which made it an even better purchase. I paired it with an olive faux leather pant (also from H&M but purchased years ago)and added a pop of color with the blue suede shoe.
Living in New York, the main thing that I have come to focus on is being comfortable. A lot of my clothes are not that casual but I’ve learned I do not have to compromise my look . It’s perfectly fine to incorporate sneakers and still be quite stylish. Here I kept it pretty simple with a black turtleneck, faux fur vest and faux leather pants paired with the Jordan 11’s. Now this is when chic meets street.