I knew I took pictures for a reason (Paleo 1)

I disappeared. Honestly I lost interest in maintaining a blog. It is honestly hard work and takes a lot of time. For me to edit photos, upload, and write it is about an hour each post. I want to continue to document my life, though. So I will through posting my pictures and having quick picture based posts every so often.

Recently I have change my lifestyle to that of the Paleo diet. I read It starts with Food and have given up all added sugars, grains (including oatmeal), legumes (including peanut butter), no seeds (including soy anything, and quinoa) and no dairy (no cheese or yogurt.) ((Those examples are just the hardest things for me to give up)) All in an attempt to live a healthier life. I have been doing this for 18 days now, going strong, and feeling great. I went through a "carb flu" when my body adjusted to burning fat for fuel and got used to the lack of carbs and sugary sweets. Just a slight fogginess in my head for a couple days and now I feel great. No more stuffed "I want to die" feeling after eating. Eating meat, fish, veggies, sweet potato (and occassionally fruit) has left me feeling full for hours after I eat. When before I wanted to eat all day. I was engorging myself on sugars and carbs, and I gained weight over the past 2 years because of it.

I am trying to make wise choices as to what I put into my body, reading labels, not buying food if it has any chemicals or strange words in the ingredients label, shopping for grass fed meat at my local farmers market, and staying away from highly processed foods and drinks. (NO SODA 2013, WOOO!)

Kale bun burger with home made Extra virgin olive oil mayo, bacon, and sweet potato fries.

Chicken breast with squash and zucchini, with a side of bacon wrapped asparagus.

Salmon with a delicious glaze, sugar snap peas, brocolli, zuchinni, and parsnips.

Lemon tilapia with asparagus, assorted olives, and half a sweet potato covered in cinnamon. Side bowl of various green and orange veggies (I can't remember what.)
Baked eggplant covered in coconut flakes for crunch, Grape leaves stuffed with Lamb (Dolmas), and a carrot, shallot, squash and tomato salad. Served with a side of homemade Tzatziki made with coconut milk instead of yogurt.

Pumpkin/banana pancakes with blueberry and banana topping. 

No flour, except for coconut flour if needed. Just eggs, baking soda, pumpkin and banana. Oh and cinnamon.

We made rice-less sushi one day, using avocado or riced cauliflower in place of white rice. Found sashimi grade salmon, added cucumber, sweet yellow pepper, carrots, avocado, and calamari on nori.

And sweet potato sushi too.

For a snack we made kale chips . Delicious with garlic salt sprinkled on top.

Some pastured eggs I got from a local farmer. Delicious, I love how they lay different colored eggs. I start every morning with a couple eggs, scrambled, over easy, or sunny side up, omelet, or a frittata. I need to make a quiche soon.

I have already lost 10 pounds, and the first month is only half way over! I have so much energy and wake up happy and ready to go in the mornings. I have learned so much about cooking in the last 18 days than I have in my whole life, by trying new recipes. I have also gained a new appreciation for these whole foods as I can now taste their full flavor.


China Glaze Cirque du Soleil Nails

The China Glaze Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away Collection (Well some of them!) Hanging in the Balance, Creative Fantasy, Def Defying, It's a Trap-eze!, & *Whirled Away on top in the above photo.*


Autumn Love Update

Sorry this blog has been mostly dead, but I hope to change that real soon. Honestly this update is in procrastination of an exam I need to be studying for.

But I just wanted to say. I LOVE FALL. This is the best time of the year.

I tried a whole lot of pumpkin beers. I definitely have to say Schlafly (from St. Louis) is my favorite, perfect for the weather.


My first lot of home made polishes, honestly I made these for myself because they were polishes I dreamed of, but I also had enough left to make a couple more to give away on a Nail Polish blog. I even made up stickers for them.

Things I plan to do soon: Make my own indie polish for my stop at seaskyy.etsy.com. Learn more graphic design/photoshop/web development. Take more pictures of the beautiful fall leaves.


Teal + Gold Chevrons

I finally bought a gold nail polish. I had been avoiding it for so long because I really do not like gold, But I actually really like this polish. I used it with my new Zoya Zuza and some french tip guides to get a chevron and triangle effect. I also used the NYC Matte top coat over Zuza.
Sorry for not have a more interesting update, nail polish has engulfed all of my non-working hours. Well nail polish and school.


Safety Not Guaranteed

I don't normally do movie reviews, but we went to see Safety Not Guaranteed at a local indie movie theater, and I loved it.

"Generic indie movie with a big heart."-Anthony.
"Most indie movies have a big heart, and this one's even bigger." -Me

My lame summary without spoiling anything: A journalist goes to Seattle with coworkers to find the author of this wanted ad (below) and write a story about him. Soon they realize it is much more serious than they think.

The movie ended up being a lot more touching than I expected. It was a very emotional movie, when I just expected it to be funny, of which it definitely also was. I like indie movies because of their down to earth normal-ness. The characters are much more relatable but still tell a compelling out-of-sorts story.  And it was quirky, cute, funny, interesting and refreshing. I want to see it again but sadly it isn't playing near me and has a limited release.

Go see it!

 Photos courtesy of the Safety not Guaranteed Facebook page.

 The Trailer: