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Defining Your Health Journey



Happy Wednesday! Did you see Monday's blog post!? I shared some big and exciting news! Today I wanted to do a little health update-ish and overall just share some thoughts on health journeys.

One thing I've noticed I do A LOT is feel the need to define my "health journey", how I eat, the fitness I do, etc. It is something I'm currently working on NOT doing because I've found it to be extremely stressful and anxiety inducing and to be honest who wants that?? I tend to be an extreme person hence why I like to strictly define things. Currently I'm dealing with some health issues (no need to be alarmed, nothing too serious) that have made me look at how I approach health in general.

**side note: I don't want this to be triggering to anyone who has/is dealing with disordered eating patterns. This is not what this post is about at all!!**

If you don't know for about 6 months I was vegan and I LOVED it, I had blood work done back in April and the results were great which I think is definitely because of cutting animal products out. BUT recently I've become extremely gluten intolerant *insert eye roll emoji here* which makes it very hard to be strictly vegan. Now I know it's doable but it goes back to above where I mentioned the stressful act of defining my health values/journey/whatever you want to call it.

I don't want eating food to be a place of anxiety so besides gluten and dairy (thank you digestive system for those intolerances) I eat WHATEVER THE HECK I WANT and I don't have a label for how I eat. There is nothing wrong with being vegetarian, vegan, carnivorous, ovotarian (I think that's where the only animal product you eat is eggs), blah blah blah and I do still eat mostly vegan/vegetarian still but I also gotta live. Now don't get me wrong I loved being vegan and didn't find it restrictive at all but with two big intolerances it makes it very hard to be strictly vegan and I'll say it again I gotta live my life!

Anyways, those were the thoughts I had on my mind and there isn't really any clear advice in here but hopefully it is helpful for anyone feeling like they always need to have a defined health path. Again, this isn't a post about disordered eating so if you're struggling with that please reach out to someone. Hope you all have a wonderful week!

XOXO, Maddy

I'm Moving To California!!!



Happy Monday!! I've got big news that I'm so excited to be announcing on the blog today! These plans have been in action for about a month now but I wasn't sure when to say anything because you never know what will happen (pessimistic much??). Since the two week countdown is starting tomorrow I thought I better get on saying something because moving day is approaching quickly.

As you can see from the title I'm moving to the golden coast! That's what they call California, right!? I'm moving to Los Angeles with Kyle and we couldn't be more excited yet totally nervous! I've wanted to move to LA since I was in elementary school and in middle school I'd look at houses online to try to convince my parents to move. Junior year of high school I almost moved to San Fransisco to live with two of my best friends (remember that, Kenz and Maddy??) so I could get instate tuition but it wasn't the right time with all the paperwork that goes into it. So as you can probably imagine I cannot wait to finally live in the sunny state of California!

While I will miss my home, Colorado, and family and friends so much it's time for me (us) to make this move so we can have new experiences and opportunities. I can't wait to see what this big move brings us!

XOXO, Maddy 

Summer Staple: Jean Skirt







Shop This Outfit: Shirt // Skirt // Shoes (sold out, linked similar)


Happy Friday everyone!! I wanted to share this look because I feel like it consists of some solid summer staples. I love having pieces in my closet that I can throw together easily and look like I tried because let's be real summer is all about minimal effort. A lightweight tee with subtle detail, jean skirt and platform sandals make up such a cute but effortless look. I bought this jean skirt last year after YEARS of not having one, the last time I had a jean skirt was sixth grade and it was Abercrombie lol,  and it was one of the best decisions! If you don't have a jean skirt get one because it is a summer sample, you can wear it with so many different summer tops. 

How do you style a jean skirt!? 

XOXO, Maddy

Summer Tanks Under $60



Happy Wednesday! Hope everyone had an amazing Memorial Day Weekend! Since I know in most places the weather is heating up and Summer is coming in hot (literally) I wanted to share some adorable tanks I've found. I think having some easy tanks for summer is key to having a versatile closet. Throw them on with shorts, skirts, under a dress, or with jeans and you look put together, what's better than that? Also, I didn't realize until I saw all the tanks next to one another how they're all pretty neutral which wasn't on purpose but adds to their versatility!

XOXO, Maddy



3 Simple Ways To Be Environmentally Friendly


Let's talk about how to be more environmentally friendly! This is a newer venture for me and by that I mean I've always recycled and things like that but I've never deep dived into this topic. This has because more prevalent for me because I've realized how it is so incredibly important to be aware of how we're affecting our world. This subject can honestly seem very overwhelming and has overwhelmed me at times but the most important part is that I'm trying!

Once you start looking into all the ways to help the environment it feels daunting but remember it isn't about being perfect that's why I wanted to share some simple and easy ways to contribute to bettering the environment. I hope as I continue to learn more about how to help the environment I can share with you all and we can take this journey together!

3 Ways To Be Environmentally Friendly 

1. Use Reusable Straws 

This one is a biggie for me because I drink a smoothie just about everyday and I NEED to drink it with a straw. For a while I was using plastic throw away straws every. single. day. which makes me cringe now because that is so much extra plastic I was putting into the world! A couple months ago I went to Target and found some BPA free reusable silicon straws that have now replaced my gross plastic straws. 

2. Use Reusable Shopping Bags 

This one seems like a no brainer coming from someone who lives in a city where they charge you extra if you use a plastic or paper grocery bag but I know that in most areas that's not the case. It is so easy to purchase a few reusable grocery bags, keep them in your trunk and use them when you're out shopping. They're also way more sturdy so you don't have to worry about them braking when you're carrying your groceries to your car!

3. Donate/Sell Your Old Clothes

Unless something is truly disgusting or beaten up donate or sell any unwanted clothing! The fashion industry is really taking its toll on the environment, in multiple ways, so giving a new life to old clothes helps lessen the impact. Fast fashion is huge right now but, like I said, is very damaging to the environment so be conscious about what you purchase and don't just throw things out once your over a certain item. 

Let me know what you do to help the environment in the comments or on Instagram!

XOXO, Maddy 

5 Things I've Been Loving Lately



Welcome to a new week! That was my weak attempt at not saying "Happy Monday!" lol like I always do. I've been feeling inspired lately to put aside worrying about SEO and I just wanted to share a few things I've been loving recently. Feel free to post what you've been loving lately in the comments or on Insta!

5 Things I've Been Loving Lately


1. This article from the blog Emtalks - in this blog post she talks about judging our self worth based on Instagram and I absolutely loved what she said. It's always a good reminder!

2. Oliver Hudson on The LadyGang - yup Oliver Hudson is Kate Hudson's brother and he came on the LadyGang to talk about his new show but holy moly cannoli he is so funny! Seriously just listen for some laughs. 

3.  Mind Body Green Instagram Story Takeovers - I don't have a particular takeover I love but I just recommend keeping up with their Insta stories. They have all sorts of people in the wellness industry take over their Insta stories to share what they do or their experiences in wellness; it's so interesting! 

4. These Shoes - if you follow me on Insta I feel like you've seen these shoes so many times but that is because I'm obsessed! They are so comfortable, no break in time needed, and they go with just about any outfit. 

5. This Recipe - even though I'm not paleo I'm obsessed (obsessed actually might be an understatement) with Danielle Walker from Against All Grain. I found this recipe on her youtube page, adjusted it to make it vegan and omg it is seriously so good! It's now one of my go-to recipes because it's easy and Kyle really loves it aka boy approved!

XOXO, Maddy

Affordable Memorial Day Outfit









Shop This Look: Dress // Shoes

Happy Friday!! Who's excited for the Royal Wedding tonight/tomorrow!? Yes, I'm one of those people who is obsessed with everything Royal and will be getting up at 2 am to watch all the action!

Anyways, how cute is this dress!? I thought this would be such a perfect dress for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and a summer barbecue. It is under $65, comes in yellow too, and most of the time Neiman Marcus Last Call offers extra deals so you can get it cheaper! I love buying versatile pieces I can wear more than once and this dress is definitely that. Also, I'm 5'4" and wearing a size small for reference! 

Have a good weekend!

XOXO, Maddy