Fall Favorites: Shopping Haul Edition

One of the best parts of fall is, of course, the clothing. Oversized sweaters, cozy knits, burnt oranges and mustard yellows and fiery reds and forest greens. Yesterday I went on a shopping trip to stock my closet with a few such essentials.

From H&M, I picked up this darling patterned cardigan. I purposely got it a few sizes too big so I could wrap myself in coziness. Additionally, I stumbled upon this wool infinity scarf in a gorgeous mustard yellow.

At the Macy’s shoe department, the odds were in my favor; there was only one pair left of these incredible moccasins, and they were in my size! Talk about luck. I’ve been looking for moccasins like these for ages to no avail, and when I finally found them, it’s as if they were waiting just for me.

At Forever 21, I got this gorgeous knit sweater and a cozy, colorful hat. I love the sweater’s rusty red color, and the pockets are always a plus. I also got this one in a bigger size, because almost all sweaters are better when they’re overlarge.

What are your favorite fall essentials and outfit pairings? Leave a comment and let me know!

(And, as always, I apologize for my lack of scheduled posting. I’ve been up to my ears in work, not to mention balancing my watercolor class at the local art center and the fall theatre production. I’ll try my best to write posts in advance from now on!)

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How does nutrition impact your life?

Answer: in every possible way.

I’ve always been fascinated by nutrition, especially in more recent years. It amazes me how big a difference our daily choices make on our overall well-being, whether immediate or fifty years into the future. When you look at how the human body works on a molecular and cellular scale, it’s really no wonder our diet directs our lives so completely, but I won’t get all science-geeky on you. Basically, nutrition matters. A lot.

There are a hell of a lot of medications in today’s world for the plethora of problems that are springing up in greater numbers year after year. As incredible as those scientific achievements are, and as necessary as they can be for some individuals, the truth stands that most people probably wouldn’t need half the pills they take every morning if they altered their lifestyle. Doctors are quick to put patients on anti-depressants and acne medication and metabolic stimulators and steroids and all their other miracle pills, and their patients see results. Yes, the drugs work. But why do you “need” them in the first place?

Take me, for example. Over the summer I spent a lot of time outdoors, taking walks and hiking, snacked on fresh fruit, and prepared for myself balanced meals in the comfort of my home. Cue the start of junior year: suddenly my nose is pouring, I have a splitting headache, my stomach is on-and-off nauseous, I’m breaking out left and right, and I just can’t stay awake. Is this a sudden bout of sickness brought on by the germ-infested school? Should I take a tylenol and bring a pocket-pack of tissues in my backpack? Or is there a simpler answer?

In fact, there is. Due to my hectic school schedule (and the fat-saturated cafeteria food), on most days I would bring myself a little bag of cheerios, maybe a muffin, and some water. I’d wolf down a sorry Eggo waffle for breakfast if I even had the time, munch on a small handful of carbs throughout the day, return home to a sweet snack and maybe eat a little bit of chicken for dinner. What’s wrong with this picture? On the fourth day of my sickness, the second week of school, I realized. The next morning, I got up a little earlier, poured myself a small glass of orange juice (note: you’re only meant to drink about 3 oz of juice at a time. Please, for the love of god, don’t pour yourself a 12 oz glass of juice in the morning. You wouldn’t eat twenty oranges at once, so don’t drink that much juice. Your body can’t process it, which is why it turns to fat.), made a bowl of old-fashioned oatmeal, and sat down to eat it. Though my in-school diet wasn’t much better, I made up for it with a super-food snack of apples and peanut butter when I got home, and made sure I had a balanced dinner. The next day, after a good night’s sleep, my ailments nearly disappeared, and after another day of mindful eating I was back on track.

Why is nutrition so important? Why can’t we just take diet supplements and eat as much junk as we want? If we exercise, can’t we cheat a little bit in the food department? Well, I won’t get too in-depth about the biology behind it, but your body is meant to intake whole, unprocessed food directly from nature. That’s why fast foods, desserts, and diet pills hit your body with a wave of energy and then quickly diminish, leaving only fat behind: your body is not meant to intake that many nutrients that quickly. Whole wheats are complex carbohydrates, enormous polysaccharide chains, and your body will break down those slowly, giving you energy over a long period of time and leaving little left over to be stored as fat. The same concept is true for meat on the bone, fresh fruit in its natural form (such as whole oranges), and raw vegetables. When at all possible, eat food as it is found in nature, because whole food, real food, is the only type of food your body is designed to make the most of.

Nutrition greatly impacts all portions of your life, so it is absolutely vital to be mindful of what you put in your mouth. You’ll find that it isn’t nearly as hard as you would think to start eating a healthier diet; most typical meals can be made more nutritious with a quick fix. Like with exercise and most other things in life, small steps amount to big results, and every bit matters. I’ll probably start posting meal ideas and some delicious, healthy recipes on the blog soon, seeing as this is something I’m so passionate about. Until then, I hope you find the courage to break out of the Kraft mac-and-cheese and pop-tart cycle and fuel your body the right way!

(Not to say that Kraft mac-and-cheese isn’t delicious. Because it is. Especially when shaped like Perry the Platypus.)

A glimpse of everyday life

GAH, I’m sorry, everyone. I’ve already failed at this whole blogging schedule thing. With the start of a new school year, it’s so eat to become busy and forget about things like blogging. Anyway, I think I’ve finally begun to adjust to my hectic routine after the lull of summer, and posting will become regular again.

In the mean time, I thought I’d post a few photos to summarize my life this past week (god, it feels like longer than that). Yay for my new iPhone capturing the little moments!

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My grandma and I go to Starbucks together every other weekend or so. She’s like an older version of me, so naturally we have so much fun together.

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Taking peaceful walks at the reservoir across the street from my house.

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This year’s fall drama has started! Our little theatre family is so dysfunctional, but I love everyone so much. This is me and my close friend Ricky on the day of auditions.

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Sitting outside of Starbucks on a gorgeous autumn day will make even AP English homework bearable.

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A selfie of me that everyone really seemed to love, so I thought I’d post it here.

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My darling Pete climbing a tree; yesterday we hiked a local mountain together! The weather is absolutely gorgeous, and you can see the NYC skyline from the summit.

20120916-133413.jpgAnd last but not least, today I went apple picking with my family! Our local farm has been family-owned since the 1800’s; the atmosphere of the place is so quaint. And I will never pass up a chance for some delicious apple-cider-donuts…