Coffee Talk 02.05.17

Coffee Talk 02.05.17

Good morning, friends. Happy Sunday! It’s been a brilliantly sunny but COLD weekend here in PA. Winter definitely looks like it’s planning to stick around for a while.

I know it’s only the beginning of February, and it’s usually cold here well into March, but they way my job works, I’m always thinking ahead to the next season of clothing, and sometimes it’s hard to remember which season we are actually in. After I spend the day writing about spring trends, it can be a rude awakening to walk out the door. A cold blast of air quickly reminds me it is still the dead of winter.

That’s how I felt yesterday when I dressed in a thin turtleneck and a down vest for our morning photo shoot. It would be the perfect outfit for 50 degrees, but it was 24. I literally sprinted back to the car when we were done shooting. Fortunately I was wearing sneakers!

I’m not sure which is worse — roasting in sweaters and scarves for fall fashion in August or freezing in thin tops and sandals for spring fashion in February. Okay, I do know which is worse. I hate being cold, but you do whatcha gotta do. I was really glad our 2nd photo shoot was indoors.

I’m so grateful that all of my kids are well again and back to their regular activities. You forget what a blessing that is until you spend a couple weeks battling sickness. My dog is still doing a funny thing where she will shiver or tremble for a few minutes, but it isn’t happening as much, and she is acting more like herself, so hopefully whatever is going on will work its way out of her system.

Other than that, my weekend has been pretty quiet. I spent some time with friends, went out to lunch with my husband and daughter #1, made (gluten-free) pancakes with daughter #2, started a new book, and did some photo editing. (That’s always more fun for me than actually shooting the photos.) I’m looking forward to church today and a lazy afternoon here at home.

Clean Eating Update

A few of you have asked for an update on my clean eating endeavors. I’ve been pretty good about sticking to the plan over the past few weeks, but I’ve made more “exceptions” than I really should, and it’s slowly starting to catch up with me. I’m at the tippy-tip-top of my comfortable weight range, but what I’m really noticing is how I feel after I eat too many things that are outside of the guidelines I set for myself. I almost forgot how crappy I feel after I eat dessert or indulge in a large restaurant meal, and how icky it feels (and looks) to be bloated from too much heavy food.

I was so faithful about staying on track for so many months that I got used to consistently feeling good, and now that I’ve been diverging a bit from the plan, I’m reminded how much I like the way I feel when I’m eating clean. I’m determined to get back on track before I get totally derailed.

I need to get back to basics — meal planning, making sure the fridge is stocked with good stuff, and keeping the crap out of the cabinets so I’m not tempted in a weak moment. I also need to remember when I eat out thatI can get a salad with protein on it and be perfectly happy, and I’ll leave feeling so much better than when I indulge in fries or nachos.

It’s such a mindset, isn’t it??? And it’s so easy to get out of that mindset. Just a few detours from the plan, and suddenly the exceptions become the habits again. I feel like I’m at a crossroads right now and I need to reign myself in and get back on track. I knew this time of year would be a challenge because I’m not busy as I was before the holidays, and I always seem to crave comfort food and be more willing to indulge myself when I have more time on my hands.

Adore Your Wardrobe Update

In other news, I heard from my friend Kelly this week — she runs the Adore Your Wardrobe course I’ve talked so much about. If you missed the January registration, she is running another course in March. This is the perfect time to figure out how dress to flatter your body and get your closet situated for spring and summer.

I’ve said this a gazillion times, but this course was a game changer for me personally and as a fashion blogger. Not only do I understand my own body better and how to dress it, but I feel that I can offer better information to others when they’re looking to me for advice. I cannot recommend this course highly enough. It’s not just a course, but you get to be a part of a Facebook Group where Kelly and her team offers you personal advice to make sure you understand the course material and stay on track. It is truly excellent.

R​​​egistration for the March course starts on 3/12 and ends on 3/21. Click the JOIN THE WAIT LIST button to get an email as soon as registration opens up.

If you’re on the fence, Kelly is offering something new this time. It’s a FREE 14-Day closet challenge, and it is open to any current prospect in her database as well as any new prospective student. This is a four-lesson challenge that consists of lessons, videos, and worksheets in the exact same layout as the Adore Your Wardrobe course, so you can really get a feel for the course and how Kelly works.

  • Lesson #1 has you conduct a lifestyle audit.
  • Lesson #2 has you conduct a wardrobe audit.
  • Lesson #3 has you compare the audits and see where your closet may be out of sync, as well as describe the top two reasons for closet frustration (buying clothes for a fantasy life and not loving the clothes you own.)
  • Lesson #4 helps you purge and organize their current closet, make a wardrobe plan using items in your closet, and finally make a plan for purchases going forward.

This is a great preface to the Adore Your Wardrobe course, which teaches you how to best dress your unique body.

Challenge registration begins on 2/24, and the challenge runs from 3/3 – 3/17. 

Funny, when I sat down to write this Coffee Talk post, I thought I didn’t have much to say, and it turned out to be quite a long one!

I hope you all have a restful and blessed Sunday!