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Five Facts

Two fab blogger friends, Sarah and Taylor recently tagged me in their Five Facts Posts. So I’m sharing five fun facts you may not have known about me, and tagging these stylish gals to give it a go Caity, KendallAngela & Alexa, BethannDonnaAlex and Lynsey. (I couldn’t pick just five! 😉 )

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1. I don’t match my swimsuits or mani-pedis. These are two examples where you have the most room to have fun with fashion. I love mixing and matching prints and complimenting colors.

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2. I’ve been a vegetarian for 17 years, and a vegan for 7 years, and within the past year I became gluten-free. Since I was a child, I never understood the concept of eating meat, and I always went with it to it. I’ve eliminated things like refined sugar, and artificial coloring, because I like sticking to whole foods, and lucky for me, I’ve never met a vegetable I didn’t like. 😉

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3. I love baking and decorating. Before an exam in college, baking was always the best stress-reliever for me. I was always whipping up my the best ever banana bread recipe (no really, it’s called that) or pumpkin chocolate chip cookies from this cookbook. Styling cupcakes, a coffee table or an ensemble share a creative aspect that I love doing.

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4. I love to organize. This totally ties in with the fact of starting my own personal style consultation business. See my closet organization tips here. I’m definitely OCD when it comes to my closet. It’s organized by category, color and then sub-categories. These lucite organizers keep my nail polish and lipstick addictions under wraps.

Five Facts | The Subtle Statement

5. I subscribe to 19 magazines monthly. I can’t get enough knowledge and inspiration from fashion, home decor, and fitness. I tear out pages that inspire me and place them in a binder (trailing back to the OCD), it serves as inspiration for outfits, decorating, and new toning routines and recipes.

Friday Finds {Fab Last Minute Gifts}

Friday Finds {Fab Last Minute Gifts}

  1. Gift a Glossy. This current deal from LivingSocial is a 2-year subscription of yours, or the recipient’s choice of 12 fab titles, for just $7!
  2. Drybar Gift Certificate. Gift a good hair day, well a fabulous hair day. *Order by today at 10am & select overnight shipping, or drop into your local Drybar
  3. Frame a Memory. I always keep frames on hand, because they make a great gift. Add your favorite photo for a meaningful present.
  4. Fandango Digital Gift Card. Give the gift of Channing Tatum (Don’t worry, he’s only in a bazillion movies in 2013) Who cares if you have to wait until Feb 8
  5. Send an Ebook. Instantly stream a best seller to your recipient’s Kindle, iPad or Nook.

This Week in Meals

I have a strong interest in maintaining a whole foods lifestyle and the benefits it provides. I’m always researching and reading new books on different approaches and diets to see which ones work best for me. It’s important to me to incorporate super foods into my diet, because of their amazing benefits.

Lucy Danziger, the Editor-in-Chief of Self Magazine, created the Drop 10 Diet: Add to your Plate to Lose the Weight. The basis of the diet is incorporating one or more of 20 super foods into your daily meals. The 1600-calorie per day diet includes Breakfast: 350 calories, Lunch: 450 calories, Snack: 150 calories, Dinner: 450 calories, and 200 Happy Calories per day. The book includes recipes and meal ideas, but is completely flexible, not sticking to a particular “meal plan” or eliminating certain foods after a specific time. I began following the concept of the diet this week. The recipes are very filling, and don’t leave me feeling hungry in between meals.

As I have shared before, as much of a health nut as I am, I have a serious “faux” sweet tooth. The 200 “happy calories” per day let’s me get my sugar fix and stay satisfied. The perfect balance! Depriving myself of any “junk” foods, only results in whipping up a batch of vegan chocolate chip cookies and having one too many. (i use the term “faux” sweet tooth; though the sweets I eat are vegan & whole foods (no processed ingredients here!).. as like any other food, they aren’t exactly healthy when they aren’t consumed in moderation.) The Drop 10 Diet leaves plenty of room for creativity, and even lists possible options to choose from at a variety of restaurant locations. Once you learn which foods have great “fat-burning” properties, it’s simple to incorporate them into any type of diet. The Stuffed Sweet Potato was delicious! I from a recipe on Happy Healthy Life.

Don’t forget about dessert! I was excited to find that the Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie from Chocolate Covered Katie rings in right around 200 calories, making it the perfect “happy calories” treat. It’s pretty amazing.. would you believe that the main ingredient is chickpeas? Trust me, you wouldn’t believe if you tried it.