Chocolate Vanilla Bean Espresso Almond Butter Shakeology Ice Cream

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You would never believe this Summer treat is packed with Shakeology superfoods, antioxidants, protein and probiotics. It’s so simple to make and no-guilt! Enjoy!

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Chocolate Vanilla Bean Espresso Almond Butter Shakeology Ice Cream

1 Scoop Vegan Chocolate Shakeology

1 frozen Banana, sliced into chunks

1/4 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

1 Tbsp Vanilla Bean Espresso Almond Butter

Place almond milk, banana, shakeology, and almond butter in blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Top with your favorite nuts or coconut shreds.

Adapted from this recipe.

Tufted Cornice DIY

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Tufted Cornice DIY - TheSubtleStatement.com #homedecor #diy

What you need:

Upholstery Fabric

Heavy Duty Staple Gun

Heavy Duty Staples

Decorative Nailheads

Hammer

Scissors

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I covered old cornices that we already had instead of buying or creating new ones. My overall vision was during a textured grey cornice, tufting it with nickel nailheads, and adding textured drapes in a contrasting color, to give it depth, instead of trying to make it “matchy.” Tufted Cornice DIY - TheSubtleStatement.com #homedecor #diyMeasure the width of your cornice, including each of the sides and add at least 2″ to each side to staple, and determine the amount of yards of fabric you will need. Cover your cornice with the fabric, pulling it tight as you go, and stapling it along the edge to secure it.
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Next, measure a straight line around your cornice, making a square, of where you will apply your nailhead trim. Carefully, place the nails and hammer in to secure. Tufted Cornice DIY - TheSubtleStatement.com #homedecor #diy

I bought a basic curtain rod and we installed it underneath the cornice and added contrasting textured curtains.
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My Healthy Essentials

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21 Day Fix Program | Running Shoe | Dry Shampoo | Shower Cap | Water Bottle | Blender | Shakeology | Containers | Challenge Group

Fruit Topped Chia Seed Pudding

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Shakeology nixes a lot of my sweets cravings, but this refreshing “dessert” is actually packed with health benefits. Chia seeds are high in antioxidants, protein, omega 3’s, dietary fiber and vitamins and minerals. This means they help with keeping skin looking young, aid in digestive health, promote heart health, boost your metabolism, and promote muscle building and weight loss.

It makes a great “treat” for breakfast, snack or dessert, and fits into the 21 Day Fix meal plan. How cute are these footed dessert dishes?

Chia Seed Pudding 21 Day Fix - TheSubtleStatement.com

21 Day Fix Approved Chia Seed Pudding

4 oz Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

2 Tbsp Chia Seeds

1 Tbsp Rolled Oats

1 Drop Vanilla Creme Stevia (optional)

Mango, Strawberries, Blueberries (or fruit of choice)

Add chia seeds, oats, almond milk, and stevia (optional) to bowl. Mix well. Let sit overnight (for best consistency.) Add fresh or frozen fruit of choice. Enjoy!

1 Orange | 1 Yellow | 1 Purple (depending on the amount of fruit added)

Dewy Summer Beauty

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When It comes to summer beauty, I go for lightweight simplicity, with a touch of dewiness. This shimmery based primer, gives my skin the perfect subtle glow underneath my foundation, and this lightweight spray foundation is perfect for a simply flawless look. The key is to spray foundation onto an airbrush style makeup brush, and then apply to face in circular motions, so you don’t overuse the foundation, or look “too done up.” This has been my go-to concealer for years. I apply it underneath my eyes in an upside down triangle. It blends most naturally by patting the under eye area with a beautyblender.

Dewy Summer Beauty - TheSubtleStatement.com

In search of the perfect blush and lipgloss for my wedding, I came across this pair. The dual-intensity blush is perfect for taking your look from day to night, going super subtle or making a statement. This blush brush can be used wet for more intensity for dry for minimal color. The lipgloss is the perfect amount of pop, and my favorite lip plumper & glossy stain is essential.

Dewy Summer Beauty - TheSubtleStatement.com

blush | wet/dry blush brush |  lip plumper/hydrator | lip gloss | foundation | primer | concealer | beautyblender | bronzer | airbrush brush

Starting Over

  

In December 2012, I was preparing for my best friend’s wedding. I stuck to doing my at home workouts by running on the treadmill and a few toning exercises and sticking to my antioxidant filled vegan, gluten-free diet. No cheat days, just sticking to my strict regimen. A month prior I had also started a new birth control pill, being that the one I was on prior to that was highly publicized for to risk of blood clots. On vacation at the end of December, I noticed a change in my body. I had stuck to my normal healthy meals during the holidays so it couldn’t have been holiday bloat. So I started on a more intense meal plan and added spinning to my exercise regimen 6 days per week. 

From December to February I had gained 20 pounds. I was devastated and could not figure out the reason why, even going to the doctor and getting tests ran without any answers. Finally, in May I had realized the only thing that had changed was the pill that I switched to. I then started to Google, finding horror stories of rapid weight gain in small time spans and became horrified that I had been taking it for the previous 8 months. I immediately stopped and so did the weight gain… But after trying everything imaginable with diet and exercise nothing would take it off. After a year of working out intensely and sticking to a strict diet and nothing happening I gave up. I started adapting my then fiancé’s l, now husband’s last night dinner habits because of his work schedule and began indulging in whatever vegan foods sounded good without any portion control. Over the course of another year I eventually gained 15 more pounds, making me completely miserable and effecting every part of my life. I stopped the thing I was most passionate about, my blog. 

I no longer could take a mass amount of photos to create style posts without cringing. I refused to buy clothes in a new size because I didn’t want to get “comfortable” looking the way I did, so I resorted to Lululemon leggings and oversized sweaters (you know that is not my “style.”) 

I tried doing “low carb” or “no starches” but it would only last a couple days and I would be starving. In July 2014, I decided to purchase the 21 Day Fix and Shakeology. I loved the meal plan but never decided to get serious and go full force until January 5, 2015. In the first 21 days, I saw an enormous difference in everything from the way my body looked, to the way I felt. I had so much more energy, I was always full, and ate a variety of nutrients each day with recipes that were actually delicious. 

From the first round, I kept going. This became a lifestyle. It taught me how to eat, what to eat and how much of it. All of the tools I needed to know exactly what my body required, and one 30 minute workout per day. 

Prior to this I was eating less (but not so healthy foods) and working out more, I would have never imagined eating more and working out less would actually be the solution to losing weight and getting fit again. After the first round I didn’t see any pounds lost again for a while, I assumed I was just maintaining at this point, until I tried on dresses in April for a trip to Florida, that I had previously tried on in February for a trip to Las Vegas that at the time didn’t fit, I was amazed at the difference in how great they fit now without losing actual “pounds.” The entire time I had been losing inches and gaining muscle. Non-scale victories are much more beneficial! They tell you way more than the scale.

 This program changed my life in so many ways. I’ve gained more confidence in feeling like myself again, being able to wear all of my old skinny jeans and clothes again is the best feeling ever, feeling fit and not bloated is amazing and I was able to go down two sizes in my wedding dress from the time I purchased it until my first fitting. A week into the program I decided to start coaching and creating challenge groups with recipes, meal plans and grocery lists for groups of people wanting to get healthy and change their lives. I’ve always had a passion for fitness and nutrition, as I always posted recipes and health benefits of my favorite foods on here, but it made me so happy to be able to use that passion and help others who were in the same position I was once in. I’ve helped so many family members and friends (including my husband who loved junk food and now is obsessed with Vegan Chocolate Shakeology.) 

A revamp of The Subtle Statement was much needed to start over, now that I’ve started over and I’ve gained back everything to continue my passion of my blog again. It was never easy to share my story and why I stopped posting, but now the most important thing is knowing that someone else may be in the shoes I was in and this post may be a life changer for them too. If you have any questions about the meal plan and workouts and the program itself, feel free to email me, I love sharing information about it because it has been such a life changer for me. Fashionmeetsfit@gmail.com or visit beachbodycoach.com/bshick. I look forward to sharing my favorite fix approved recipes, which I also have included so many already on my fitness page Facebook.com/fashion.meets.fit 

  

Detox Lemonade

Detox Lemonade - TheSubtleStatement.com

A lot has happened since my last post. I took my passion of sharing recipes, nutrition and fitness and became a health and fitness coach, we moved into a new house, and I got married! Now that things have settled down, I’m back and combining my usual healthy recipes, along with beauty, home decor, and fashion relating it more to my current life as a lifestyle blog. I hope you follow along :)

Detox Lemonade

  • 3 Lemons
  • 10 Shakes Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Packet SweetLeaf Stevia
  • 1 Pitcher Purified Water

Slice one lemon, thinly and add to pitcher. Cut the remaining two lemons in half and squeeze juice from all four pieces into pitcher. Add packet of Stevia, and Cayenne Pepper. Fill pitcher with water. Refrigerate.  Enjoy :)

Loose Waves Hair Tutorial

 

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detangling brush / volumizer / protein cream / hydrating oil / shine spray / shine brush / curling rod / hairspray  / dry shampoo / shower cap

I rock my best “loose/undone waves” once they have been slept in. I sometimes style my hair the day of, but it gives a more done up look instead of an I woke up like this perfectly fallen waves (literally.) Doing this routine the night before makes for an extremely easy morning, eliminating any styling, while achieving perfectly fallen waves, that with the help of dry shampoo and shine spray will last a day or two afterwards.

After washing my hair I use a detangling brush to smoothly brush out my wet strands. I then spray a volumizer at the roots, a protein cream from the crown down and the layers around my face (it works wonders!), and use a couple drops of a hydrating oil on my ends (it keeps ends shiny & speeds up the drying time.)

After blow drying or letting it air dry, or a combination of the two, I spritz on a shine spray from the crown down, and around my face. I grab a section of hair and smooth through it with a shine brush (this helps eliminate frizz & great for blow drying too) and use a curling rod to make slightly undone curls. (Video tutorial coming soon!)

To do this, I hold the curling rod upside down, vertically, and wrap the section of hair around it in the direction away from my face, and holding the ends with my fingers to secure it. I hold each curl for about 20 seconds and then unravel, as I still hold the curling rod vertically upside down. I do this until all sections are complete, in no particular order so it doesn’t look too uniform, then spray my favorite medium finish hold hairspray throughout. It keeps curls intact, but keeps hair feeling and looking soft, instead of crunchy or straw-like. Once cool, you can work your fingers through it.

By the next morning the sections have fallen into the perfectly loose waves. I have never been a fan of shower caps, because they have always held more humidity and moisture, until I came across this one by Drybar (at Sephora) The terrycloth lining prevents moisture, and keeps your locks looking exactly the same before you slipped it on. I usually throw my hair into a loose messy bun and slip on the shower cap while showering. When I’m finished, I remove and spray a little dry shampoo at the roots for volume and to avoid greasiness, while holding the rest of my hair away, not to get it anywhere else. I then spritz a little shine spray and work my fingers through if needed, and it’s complete! Having extra time in the morning without having to style and having a good hair day at the same time equals double perks! For the following days, repeat with the shower cap, dry shampoo (roots only), and shine spray around the face and crown down. You can use the shine brush and redo any waves to touch up, as well.

Loose Waves Tutorial | TheSubtleStatement.com

 

Tempeh Taco Salad

Tempeh Taco Salad | TheSubtleStatement.com

Mexican food is my fave. Lately I’ve become obsessed with the 21 Day Fix. I’ve always eaten super healthy, but it has changed the entire way I think about food, by learning how to balance nutrition and portion control. I’ve become super innovative in recipes I make for my fiancé and I (vegan & non-vegan for him), so I had to find new ways put a healthy spin on my favorite style of food.

This tempeh taco salad is delicious and unlike most mexican dishes, it’s super light. The flavor of the spices, peppers, and onions blend perfectly with pico de gallo and guac. For a non-vegan version I made the same recipe and substituted lean ground turkey for my fiancé’s.

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Servings: 4

21 Day Fix Nutrition: 1 Red, 2 Green, 1 Blue, 1/2 teaspoon Per Serving

Ingredients

lettuce, chopped

16 oz tempeh (or 1 lb lean ground turkey)

2 t coconut oil

bell peppers, minced (red, green, yellow, orange)

red onion, minced

3 – 4 tsp Wow-a Chihuahua Seasoning (I got mine at Whole Foods) or another taco seasoning can be substituted (salt-free options are the best route)

Pink Himalayan Sea Salt (optional)

5 oz Tomato Sauce

1 C Water

Pico de Gallo (Whole Foods, Walmart, etc. have it in produce)

Guacamole (Whole Foods house-made is the best)

Daiya Cheddar or Pepper Jack Shreds

Directions

Crumble tempeh, set aside. Wash & dry lettuce, and chop. In a large skillet, heat coconut oil. Add crumbled tempeh. Let brown, then add seasoning. Mix well. Add peppers and red onion, and let cook a minute or two. Add water and sauce, and mix well. Cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes. Take off heat and let thicken. Prepare salad with lettuce, cheese, pico de gallo, guacamole, and top with tempeh (or turkey) mixture.

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Him

The Subtle Statement Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Duffle  /  ‘Moscow Mule’ Cooper Mugs  /  Whiskey Rocks  /  Shave Kit  /  Jawbone  /  Polo  /  Running Shoes  /  Board Shorts  /  Clarisonic   /  Beer Making Kit

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, make it easy with this gift guide for your guy.