As seen in London

Hey!  So for the last month or so I was a world traveler.  I started out April in Stockholm, then spent 2 weeks in NZ, and finished it all off by going to England in early May.  Yes, it was as crazy as it sounds.  But no, I’m somehow not sick of airplanes or traveling to and from Europe yet.

I’m not going to give a million details about my trips, but I do want to share with you some of the fabulous things I saw in London.  I had almost forgotten what a fabulous shopping Mecca London is…  Seriously.  I wanted to buy everything.  But because I am a poor scientist, I had to window shop instead.

Let’s start with: I didn’t realize I was a Kate Spade fan until I stepped foot into one of her stores.  So much colour!  So whimsical!  The details!  It’s safe to say I fell in love on the spot, especially with these shoes.

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Kate Spade Dallas Wedge 230 GBP

I took a friend to an Anthropologie store and immediately fell in love with this dress.  I have a wedding to attend later this year and this would absolutely fit the bill…

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This anthropologie dress: $168 USD

And finally…  the one I nearly bought.

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This topshop jacket: 185 GBP

Seriously…  You have no idea how close I was to bringing this jacket home with me.  There were only 2 things that stopped me: #1.  It was a tiny bit small – I think I could have used the next size up and there was only 1 left in Topshop and #2.  My husband would have probably divorced me for spending $350 AUD on a jacket.

Yes, I did end up buying a few things in the UK – and even something from topshop!  But mostly they were really exciting basics, like a black blazery thing, a tan sweater and a beige cardigan from h & m.  I did help my sister pick out the cutest pair of sneakers, however…

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My sister bought these in black…  I have so much shoe envy right now!

 

A few other things I noticed while window shopping:  mustard yellow, rust and navy were everywhere, which might be another reason I wanted to buy everything.  Also, suede, fringe and 70s boho was still around.  It’s fun seeing my colours and style preferences out in full force!

And it would seem the off shoulder, ruffle, and ripped jeans trends seem to be staying strong for spring and summer in the northern hemisphere.  I honestly can’t wait for these trends to die.  As a 30-something who spends most of my time at work in an office, there is literally no where I would ever wear anything ripped or off the shoulder…  Also, apparently there is currently a trend for enormous bows on shoes.  Again – I’m not a fan.

Thank goodness we’re going into winter here in the southern hemisphere, and I can fully embrace the joy that is scarves and boots.

Would you try a vegan diet?

Hey readers!

So I read a really interesting study this week about Whole Food Plant Based diets.  The other week at yoga our teacher was going on about plant based diets and I was kind of like “yeah whatever” (I’ve always been more of an “everything in moderation” sort of woman) but then I saw this – admittedly smallish (~70 participants, I think) –  NZ study, where participants lost weight without counting calories.  There is also some evidence that such a diet has added health benefits such as lowering glycemic index, etc. etc.

Now readers, you may have noticed that I am not overweight, but this is only because I watch what I eat very carefully (D and I cook almost every single meal at home, I bring my own lunch every single day to work, I eat vegetables with every meal, I only drink water or tea).  I actually do count calories, bike to work 4-5 days a week, go to yoga once a week, and go to the gym between 2-4 days a week on top of that.  It honestly gets exhausting – I’m hungry like all the time.  And right now, I’m the heaviest I’ve been in over 2 years (admittedly still not overweight, but lets just say the trajectory is off).  I feel like I’m doing “all the right things” – apart from my minor chocolate addiction…  yet every day is a constant uphill battle and I really struggle to maintain my weight.

So when I read about a study where people didn’t count calories but still lost weight, I was curious.  It turns out they essentially stuck to a vegan, no oil, no refined sugar diet – but could actually eat as much as they wanted and still lost weight.

Now, I’m not obese and technically don’t need to lose weight – but maybe being a vegan might make it easier for me to maintain.  And would it really be that difficult to switch?  My lunches are already exclusively brown rice, veggies and tofu or beans…  but always include oil and usually cheese.  I barely get any servings of dairy these days as it is because counting calories (and dairy products usually have too many).

I’ve already been leaning towards trying to eat less meat in the last year or so.  But I never thought that I could go fully vegan (yogurt and ice cream are food of the gods).  However, it would be pretty awesome to be able to eat more and not have to count calories…  so I’m seriously thinking about it.  Given how much I feel I battle my weight and the disappointment I have had with my fitness results for several years now (I work out more than almost anyone I know…  I can even do pull-ups – which for most women is quite rare!  Yet I’m still quite ‘fluffy’)…  maybe switching to be a vegan would help me get the results (and slightly leaner physique) I’ve been seeking.

Furthermore, as I’m getting older I’m realizing that not only much of what we learned about nutrition is wrong, but that so many of us have a sedentary lifestyle (desk jockeys!) and that our knowledge about nutrition just hadn’t really caught up to the modern lifestyle.  And obviously, factory farming of animals is terrible.

Do you think you could give up meat, dairy, oil and refined sugar in exchange for health benefits?  Or are you skeptical that this is just another fad diet?

 

 

OOTD: Leaves

Hey reader! Thanks for stopping by.

So I finally have an outfit to post!  It’s been really difficult to get any photos lately with my cycling to work (i.e. I get ready at work almost every single day, so I can’t snap a quick photo before I leave the house like I often used to).  I spent some time this past weekend organizing some outfits so took some time to grab a photo of an outfit that I wore recently and felt quite good in.

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top: aliexpress, bag: aliexpress, trousers: uniqlo, shoes: dune london

The top is from aliexpress.  I loved the print – however the fabric is much shinier than I like – though with aliexpress there isn’t much to be done.  The armholes were also absolutely ginormous so I sewed them up quite substantially.  However, I still think it’s quite wearable.  I like the boxy shape and think it will also pair well with jeans, and maybe even a high waist skirt.  We shall see.

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back view – please disregard the wrinkles…?

Anyways, it’s one of a number of printed blouses I’ve been incorporating into my wardrobe  – at least 3 of which are from aliexpress because….  cheap.

I’m also loving the shoes and would love to pick up another pair in black.  They were also a bargain from Dune London – who are well worth a look – their sale prices are fantastic and their shipping reasonable.  The quality isn’t absolutely the best, but it’s not bad and if you like genuine leather (which I do) they might suit.

Happy Shopping!