My Love for Autumn

I decided to have a ramble of a blog post today about all the reasons I love Autumn.

Autumn to me is a chance for a new beginning, all the plants are preparing themselves for the new growth to come in spring, in the most beautiful way. The lush greens have become sunset tones, and much like the colors of nature fashion begins to reflect those tones as well.

I have always been one to wear a fluffy robe and curl up in bed within a plethora of blankets and pillows, and autumn is when it is finally socially acceptable. No chance of being laughed at when I wear a onesie now 🙂 ok well that is not true…

Food is a big favorite of mine, I love to bake and cook so when fall rolls around and new fruits and vegetables are ready for the picking I am ready to go. I am a big pick-your-own farm girl, this year I picked apples, pumpkins, leafy greens, turnips and radishes (and I’m still trying to get through all the pickings). With all the new goods I love to create news recipes or try out old saved ones I love to make pumpkin pies, apple crumble, pumpkin bread etc. I love getting the chance to hop right into the kitchen and experiment with spices and fruits and try to create something that not only gets the house smelling autumnal but with every mouthful reminds me of the chilly windy autumn outside. (I might have repeated ‘love’ twenty million times but I couldn’t help it, at least now you really understand my passion -nice synonym- for autumn).

I am the girl who waits for the weather to get chilly and constantly checks the weather channel in preparation for autumn fashion, as I have mentioned in other blog posts, I just love autumn fashion! I am someone who gets cold very easily and whose circulation is pretty bad (the girl with the cold hands) so any opportunity to layer sweaters upon sweaters upon coats upon scarves will be taken!

Autumn is also the season that teases my favorite time of the year, Christmas time! (I’ve already been preparing the blog posts for December, that is how excited I am!). Christmas is when everyone is out of school and people take time off of work to spend time in one another’s company and spread joy, and I love it! Autumn to me is the little taste of Christmas in which I can daydream about what I am going to bake during christmas time, what gifts I am going to get everyone, and plan cool trips.

I could probably write a book about my love of Autumn but I think I will leave it here and let a few pictures speak for themselves. Hope you guys are having a lovely day, October, Autumn season and year!

Love,

Phi ❤

Carpe Diem

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My ‘go to’ everyday hairstyles!

Here I have put aside a few hairstyles that I wear on a daily basis! I hope this can help a few of you out and inspire you to spice up your look- or not! Please let me know what you think and comment down below what you like to do- we can help each other out 🙂

  1. Messy Bun: A messy bun is the perfect casual hairstyle when you want your hair out of your face. The way I do mine is simple toss my hair into a ponytail then as I do the second loop in my hair-tie I throw all my hair into a jumble on the top of my head and tie it down. Next is the ‘messy’ portion of the look. Since the current bun is going to be tight on the top of my head I like to loosen it up a bit and shake it as to relax the top of my head. The I pull the baby hairs on the side of my face out of the bun so that they may frame my face!

 

2. Cute Half-Up Half-Down: I LOVE  half-up half-down looks. They are perfect because they keep your hair out of your face but you can still wear your hair down! This particular hair look I manage by twisting two pieces of hair by the side of my face and pining them at the back. I also make sure to leave my fringe and/or baby hairs out of the twisted hairs in order to allow them to frame my face- a pattern you will be seeing through all the looks. This also makes the hair-do appear more effortless and natural 🙂

 

3. Messy Pony-tail: I have no clue why but every time I put my hair into this messy ponytail I am always asked- How did you do that? So I figured maybe it is something people would like to know how I do… Here goes… I put my hair into a high pony tail and then pull out the baby hairs to — you guessed it– frame my face!! And that is literally it 🙂

 

4. Half-up Half-down Bun: This mixes two of my favorite looks- a messy bun and a half-up half-down look- so obviously I love it! The way I do this look it follow the end of my eyes to my hair line- from there I pull all the hair above that into a high pony tail and then make the same messy bun I did in the first look-just with less hair. And then Voila! It is done!

 

 

Hope you enjoyed- and this helped you out in some way or another!

-Phi ❤

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love chocolate chip cookies, they are one of my favorite cookies (right behind my favorite- oatmeal raisin cookie). Food should be something you enjoy and feel comfortable and happy eating, so I have created a guilt-free and delicious Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie! The creamy almond butter makes this the perfect paleo cookie- moist and chewy! (ooh I hate the word moist- it kind of just makes me cringe- sorry… haha)I hope you enjoy the recipe and find the cookies as wonderful and decadent as my friends and family did!

(By the way they are great dunked into a cup of tea or crumbled a top of vanilla ice cream- though that option is not as guilt free…haha)

Ingredients: 

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk
  • 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

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Steps: 17 cookies

  1. Firstly preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking tray with coconut oil or use parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl beat an egg with the vanilla extract. Then add in the almond butter, maple syrup and coconut sugar and mix until incorporated.
  3. Then slowly add in the almond flour, coconut flour and baking soda. Mix all the ingredients together. If the dough seems a bit too rough add in the tablespoon of almond milk.
  4. Once all the dry ingredients have been incorporated add in the semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  5. Roll the dough into balls and dot them on the greased sheet.
  6. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown.

Enjoy!

-Phi ❤

Autumn Lookbook

Fashion for me is what I feel most comfortable and happiest in (and if it happens to look good that’s a plus!). I have put together four outfits for one of my favorite times of the year and I absolutely love them! I love cookbooks, they are a great source of inspiration for outfits (especially when I have been trying on outfits for an hour and am convinced I have nothing to wear… please tell me I am not alone in that… haha). I hope that this can provide some inspiration or help for your outfits!

I hope you enjoy! (and as always I will provide links for the exact or similar clothing)

First Look: Comfy and Cute

I love this look because the comfy joggers mean that you feel as if you could sleep in this outfit but at the same time you actually look put together!

Striped 3/4 length sleeve T-shirt: I have been really into stripes lately (as you will see from this post) I enjoy throwing stripes into a ‘plainer’ outfit to spice it up a little bit. This particular shirt is from Forever 21 but I could not find it online so I have posted a similar link down below.

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http://us.asos.com/asos/asos-crop-top-in-stripe-rib/prd/7005440?iid=7005440&clr=Blackwhite&SearchQuery=striped%20shirt&pgesize=36&pge=0&totalstyles=66&gridsize=4&gridrow=2&gridcolumn=1

The next part of the outfit is the army green joggers. I recently jumped on the joggers bandwagon as they are super comfortable but you still manage to look presentable and fashionable. These joggers I purchased from the brand 32 Degrees Cool at Cotsco, but you can also buy them on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/32-Degree-Womens-Jogger-Medium/dp/B01KN49XLO/ref=sr_1_1?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1477002147&sr=1-1&nodeID=1040660&keywords=32+degrees+cool+jogger

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Lastly there is the Nude Glossy Ballet flats. Plain ballet flats are the most practical and cute shoe type because they go with everything!!! These particular ones are from Target but if you don’t have a Target near you I have attached an alternative link.

http://www.target.com/p/women-s-ona-scrunch-ballet-flat-mossimo-supply-co/-/A-16590734

http://us.asos.com/asos/asos-lily-pad-two-pack-ballet-flats/prd/5763768?iid=5763768&clr=Blackandnude&SearchQuery=nude%20ballet%20flats&pgesize=5&pge=0&totalstyles=5&gridsize=4&gridrow=1&gridcolumn=1

Second Look: Nice and Proper

I LOVE this look, it might be one of my favorites. I personally felt like a super on trend power ranger.. haha! I love every aspect of this outfit from the snowy white sweater, to the A-line pumpkin colored skirt and the brown over-the-knee boots!

Snowy White Sweater: White sweaters are what I LIVE in during the Autumn and Winter season, I just love them! This particular one is from Abercrombie and Fitch, it has a small sewn pattern in it and it is tight enough to fit under a skirt! I could not find the exact one on the site so I attached a similar one from ASOS that is just as cute!

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http://us.asos.com/river-island/river-island-co-ord-textured-cropped-knit/prd/6154546?iid=6154546&clr=White&SearchQuery=white%20sweater&pgesize=36&pge=3&totalstyles=159&gridsize=4&gridrow=2&gridcolumn=2

Orange A-Line Wrap Skirt: This skirt is absolutely adorable. Recently the A-Line skirt has been very popular and I got to say I love this trend. I have found the exact skirt I bought online at Abercrombie and Fitch!

https://www.abercrombie.com/shop/us/p/a-line-wrap-skirt-6982574_02?ofp=true

Brown Over-the-Knee Boots: Over the knee boots are my absolute favorite, I love to pair them with skirts, leggings, tights, jeans etc. (The list could honestly go on). The dark brown color of my pair of boots are perfect for the Autumn season and look so great matched with sunset tones and crisp whites. Unfortunately these exact UNISA over-the-knee boots are sold out so I will try to link something similar down below!

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http://us.asos.com/asos/asos-king-fisher-suede-over-the-knee-boots/prd/6487641?iid=6487641&clr=Chocsuede&SearchQuery=dark%20brown%20over%20the%20knee%20boots&pgesize=5&pge=0&totalstyles=5&gridsize=4&gridrow=2&gridcolumn=1

This is the exact same shoe just not in the same color: http://www.dsw.com/shoe/unisa+gillean+over+the+knee+boot?prodId=dsw12prod7430057

Third Look: Lazy Days

This is a sportier look, in which you can feel comfortable and warm.

Light Blue Rollneck Sweater: I love this sweater, it was one of my first purchases from ASOS for the new autumn season and I think it is so cute and cozy (I could practically live in it!)

http://us.asos.com/monki/monki-roll-neck-sweater-with-pocket-detail/prd/7225988?iid=7225988&clr=Blue&SearchQuery=blue%20sweater&pgesize=36&pge=0&totalstyles=82&gridsize=4&gridrow=1&gridcolumn=3

Black High Waisted Pants: I mentioned these in my last fashion post (you can now get to understand just how much I love them then!) I won’t bother to mention what I love about them again I’ll just say that they are a great pair of pants and a black pair of pants is a necessity in everyones wardrobe!

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https://www.ae.com/women-aeo-denim-x4-hi-rise-jegging-rich-onyx/web/s-prod/0433_9528_088?cm=sUS-cUSD&catId=cat7010084&N=4294960659,4294960599

White Converse: White Converse are a staple for every season, but I find them especially cute with this outfit 🙂

(I feel confident enough that you guys know a place to buy white converse, so I don’t have to link it 🙂

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Last Outfit: Preppy and Sweet

This might be my favorite outfit, just because it really represents my style! It obviously includes a form of stripes and a pair of boots and that is typical me!

Striped Mock Neck Vest: I love this top, it is so unique and cute! It is a navy blue and white stripy vest from Abercrombie and Fitch.

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https://www.abercrombie.com/shop/us/p/ribbed-mock-neck-tank-6786071_02?ofp=true

High Waisted Tomgirl Jean Capris: Jean capris are my go-t0 when it is cold outside but just not cold enough for a pair of jeans. Capris are my sneaky way to pretend that it is decent to wear a sweater on those 70 degree days. These particular capris are from American Eagle, they are supposed to be baggy, but they did not have my size so I got a size smaller, therefore they are tighter than they are meant to be but I still really like them 🙂

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https://www.ae.com/women-tomgirl-jean-purssian-dark/web/s-prod/3437_9545_935?cm=sUS-cUSD&catId=cat7240079&N=4294960600,4294960598

Gray Booties: I love a pair of Booties, they are basically all I wear during the autumn and winter seasons! I bought this pair of boots in a independent store so I will be linking similar shoes down below!

http://us.asos.com/dune/dune-penelope-gray-suede-ankle-boot/prd/6704883?iid=6704883&clr=Gray&SearchQuery=gray%20boots&pgesize=36&pge=0&totalstyles=67&gridsize=4&gridrow=2&gridcolumn=1

http://us.asos.com/new-look/new-look-high-ankle-heel-boots/prd/7150717?iid=7150717&clr=Gray&SearchQuery=gray%20boots&pgesize=36&pge=0&totalstyles=67&gridsize=4&gridrow=6&gridcolumn=4

 

I hope you enjoyed this post and got some inspiration! I hope you have a wonderful day!

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Life is short, so enjoy every bit of it 🙂

-Phi ❤

 

 

 

 

 

Delicious Paleo Banana Bread Recipe!

“This is paleo?”

“Yes!”

“There is no sugar, gluten, or dairy in THIS?”

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“YES!”

“That’s incredible, can I get the recipe?”

Is along the lines of the conversations that I have with friends and family who try this delicious Paleo Banana Bread recipe. This is my ‘go-to’ healthy recipe, I have made this recipe countless times and I never tire of it! The ripe bananas create the perfect moisture and sweetness in this rich and chocolaty banana bread. My recipe is adapted off of one of my favorite blogs’ banana bread recipes, check her site out at: http://www.perchancetocook.com

Recipe: Yields 16

  • ¾ cup almond flour/meal
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tbs vanilla
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 2 Tbs coconut oil (melted)
  • 3 mashed bananas
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

Steps:

  1. First you are going to want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. The next thing is to blitz the ripe bananas in the blender (I find that this gets the best even consistency).
  3. Then you are going to want to mix everything including the mashed bananas into the bowl (except for the chocolate chips).
  4. Then when everything is mixed you are going to want to incorporate the chocolate chips.
  5. Spray a 8×8 tray with coconut oil or you can use parchment paper.
  6. The last step is to pour the mixture into the tray and bake in the oven for around 35 minutes depending on your oven. After 35 minutes put a toothpick in the bread and if it is not clean check the bread in 5 minute intervals.
  7. Oh, one last step, Enjoy!

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My AUTUMN Tray (ESSENTIALS)

There is this tray in my room, full of everything that I absolutely love. And like most items in my room it transitions through the seasons. I really enjoy reading and watching other peoples Autumn Essentials so I thought perhaps some of you would enjoy it too!

My first essential is going to obviously be my lovely wooden tray, its simplicity makes it perfect for all seasons. I love the fact that if I am in bed I can put some snacks and tea on the tray to prevent it from spilling (probably the best quality of the tray). I got my tray from Target:

http://www.target.com/p/threshold-acacia-wood-serving-tray/-/A-15367072

The next essential I am going to mention is the SUPERFOOD magazine I recently got at Barnes and Noble. When the weather starts to become colder and the holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas start looming around the corner all the magazines begin having a festive twist and I LOVE IT! (Especially when the christmassy baking magazines come out- but Ill try to restrain myself from buying those for at least a little longer.. haha). It makes me feel so cozy to curl up in bed with a cup of tea and read a book or magazine. This specific one is great for you health nuts out there who also want to put some festive yummy twists on your food!

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One thing I absolutely love about Autumn is the autumnal scents wafting through the air. I love the the pumpkin, the apple and the spices! And if I can’t be in my room smelling those lovely candles at all times the next best option is a hand cream! Which is why I recently purchased the Trader Joes Pumpkin Body butter and in case you were wondering it smells divine 🙂

You can buy it at Trader Joes or if you don’t have one by you, you can buy it here:

https://www.amazon.com/Trader-Joes-Pumpkin-Body-Butter/dp/B00FOC562G/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1476832038&sr=8-1&keywords=Trader+Joes+Pumpkin+Body+Butter

In relation to good smelling things, I could not have an Autumn essentials post without mentioning candles!!! These two small ones I have are two of many!!! They are from Yankee Candle. The plum colored one is Candied Pecans and the sunset orange toned one is Pumpkin Apple. And i’ll have you know these tiny candles can really make the whole room smell as if you just baked a delicious pie. And let me tell you it is way easier to light these candles to achieve this autumnal scent than to actually bake a pie 🙂

If you want to buy some of these Yankee Candles you can go to these sites:

http://www.yankeecandle.com/product/candied-pecans/_/R-1510010

http://www.yankeecandle.com/product/apple-pumpkin/_/R-1244653?green=38C79F57-76E1-55F0-02B6-05BC1068A2D2

You can get the larger versions of these on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Yankee+Candles+fall

Autumn is not complete, makeup wise, without a gorgeous new lip color. These lip colors can vary from dark reds, rich berry tones, and darker nudes. One of my favorite lip sticks right now (and brands) is the vegan makeup brand ‘Mineral Fusion’ and this specific lip color is ‘Molten Fusion’.

If you are interested in purchasing this lip color you can go to this link:

https://www.amazon.com/Mineral-Fusion-Lipstick-Molten-Ounce/dp/B002LA222G/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1476833081&sr=8-1&keywords=mineral+fusion+molten+fusion

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*They have plenty of other colors to check out on their site 🙂

Next item is a good book! I can always feel cozy, comfortable and at ease with a soft blanket, curled up in bed with a book! The one I am currently reading (or rereading) is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I would love to read some other books so if you have any great ones to suggest please let me know in the comments 🙂

 

Then this is my favorite essential and that is a nice mug 🙂 I am a mug collector (as I am a tea aficionado, I must have a home for my tea!).  This mug is from The World Market, a store near where I live that imports goodies from around the world. My favorite section is the European section as it makes me feel like I am home (in the Netherlands). This cute little mug is of a little doggy and it reminds me so much of my puppy, I love it!

 

If you are interested in purchasing this mug you can go to:

http://www.worldmarket.com/product/dog++mug.do?&from=Search

Next item is my favorite Autumn/Winter perfume, Euphoria by Calvin Klein. I got it as a gift a while back and I have been in love with it ever since. The spicy undertones make it perfect for this season and the festive one to come! I just love to spray this one during the Autumn season, for me this scent is the mark of the beginning of the festive season!

 

Where to purchase the perfume:

https://www.amazon.com/Calvin-Klein-euphoria-Eau-Parfum/dp/B000BIPMC2/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1476834143&sr=1-1&keywords=euphoria+calvin+klein

The last item is the item that puts me into the best mood no matter what. And no its not my phone, its Adele! What always instantly gets me in good mood is a warm cup of tea and some Adele. Recently I have been loving her new album, 25, and though it has been out for a while I never tire of hearing her music. Lately I have been really enjoying ‘Remedy’, if you haven’t checked out my Spotify already check out: sophiaelisabethgarcia to see what I have been listening to!

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Thanks so much for reading,following, commenting and liking my last posts! Hope you enjoyed this one too!

-Phi ❤

 

Working Out During Fall Time (and outfit)

At the start of every new season I always love to switch up my workout routine. If I maintain the same routine every day I become so bored of the routine that I dread having to workout (which I already do on some days).

I am posting my routine in the hopes that this routine might inspire others and help them stay fit and healthy.

My routine is based around what I enjoy to do and what I feel comfortable doing, I am by no means an expert on nutrition or exercise but I do have some routines that I would love to share (as it is something I also enjoy for people to share with me).

I personally attempt to work out 5 times a week at least but this number fluctuates. If for example I do not have a lot of time one week and shorten my run I try to change this number to at least 6 times a week. Or if I am feeling unwell the number will go down etc.

My routine:

  • 3.1 mile (5k) run (I use the Nike Running App to calculate the distance- it is FREE to download) I just plug in my ear buds and play my Spotify workout play list and it really gets me through the run! If I am in a pinch and don’t think I have enough time to workout I at least try to get 1 mile in.(Please ignore my awkward intense running face… haha)

 

  • Then I do a crunch routine of:

– 25 crunches

-25 crunches with legs at 90 degree angle

-25 crunches with legs straight up

-25 crunched with legs at a 90 degree angle again

-25 normal crunches again

-25 crunches with legs straight on the floor

-25 crunches turned to your right (basically the fetus position you sleep in)

-25 side crunches to the left now

 

I know this sounds like a ton but I usually get this done in 3 min (depending on how tired I am) I just put an upbeat song on and get it done!

In case you were confused by some of the positions:

*if you are feeling neck pain/strain it means you aren’t supporting your neck enough here is an image of where your hands should be to support your neck. Another reason for neck pain may be that you are looking at the wrong place make sure your face is facing up towards the sky 🙂

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  • And lastly I do 25 bicep curls on each arm, for my weight and height I use 10 pound weights, for your safety start off with lighter weights and then build them up as you get stronger!

I hope this routine gave someone some help in finding out what they would like their work out routine to be!

Comment down below what you like to do to stay fit, we can help each other out!

If you are interested in following my Spotify for my Workout Playlist it is under the name sophiaelisabethgarcia

Enjoy!

 

Workout Outfit:

What really gets me going and willing to work out on some rough days is a good and comfortable (slightly fashionable) workout outfit. When fall rolls around I usually wear leggings or yoga pants, as well as an athletic t-shirt. If it happens to be a chillier morning I like to through on a three-quarter zip hoodie. Here I have attached some closer images of what I am wearing and where you can find the exact same clothing/shoes or similar!

 

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Old Navy Active Black Yoga Pants:

http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?vid=1&pid=633125032

Green Scoop Neck Cool Tee:

https://www.amazon.com/32Degrees-Weatherproof-Womens-Short-Sleeve/dp/B01D3JCFOS?th=1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Nike Running Shoe (similar):

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http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/product/lunarglide-8-id-shoe/?piid=42693&pbid=836167518#?pbid=836167518

If the weather is cold enough I like to add my three-quarter zip athletic hoodie by Abercrombie and Fitch. Unfortunately they don’t sell anything similar on their site anymore so I have found an alternative on Fabletics. It isn’t the same color but the style is the same and just as cute (or cuter) than mine 🙂

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http://www.fabletics.com/product?id=3725119&membership_suggestion_type_id=0&original_master_product_id=3725119&featured_product_location_id=0

Now please enjoy my exhausted face after a long run 🙂

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