Mirrored Floral

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 74 0

H&M Baseball Peplum Top, Topshop Mirrored Floral Print Skirt, Nine West White Flax Heels

Topshop Mirrored Floral Print Skirt, Nine West White Flax Heels

H&M Baseball Peplum Top, Topshop Mirrored Floral Print Skirt, Nine West White Flax Heels

Top: H&M. Skirt: Topshop (old but really LOVE this one too). Shoes: Nine West. Rings: Coach, ASOS.

 

A handful of you might remember my post in early January where I stated my New Year’s resolution was to get healthy and one day fit back into this mirrored floral print Topshop skirt.  Well, 7 months later, and with a lot of ups and downs, I finally fit back into it . . .sort of.  It’s still a little snug, but in another month, it will hopefully fit like a glove.

 

I won’t bore you with the details, but I must say that diets do NOT work for me.  I lose the weight then gain it right back.  In April, we had a little health scare in my family which forced Justin and I to cut out all chemicals, processed and packaged foods.  It’s been surprisingly easy, and I don’t feel like I’m on a diet because it really has been a change in lifestyle.  We still eat pretty much everything we want, but we both find that our tastes have changed considerably.  We don’t crave sweets and junk food nearly as much.  When we do want a treat or something a little more indulgent, we try to find healthier versions of all of our favorites.  Here are a few examples:

 

1. Instead of buying chemical filled Jiffy or Skippy peanut butter, we buy organic peanut butter made only from peanuts (no additives), then add our own sea salt and raw sugar.

2. Instead of buying preservative-filled jam, we make peanut butter and jam sandwiches with peanut butter, fresh strawberries and a little honey.  Trust me, it’s the best PB&J sandwich you’ll ever eat.

3. Instead of buying granola with a ton of added sugars and chemicals, we buy granola sweetened with maple syrup.

4. Instead of buying ice cream which has a shocking amount of added chemicals, we buy Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss Ice Cream made from coconut milk.  You must try the chocolate peanut butter flavor!  We’re addicted!

 

If any of you are thinking about cutting out chemicals and processed/packaged foods from your diet, I highly recommend you do your research and give it a try.  It’s much easier than you think, and your body will love you for it.  Please feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment if you have any questions at all, and I’ll do my best to help!

 

I’d love to know, have any of you cut chemicals and processed/packaged foods out of your diet?  How has it worked out for you?  Do you have any tips and tricks you could share?

 

 

–SHOP THE LOOK–

 

 

 

P.S. I’m linking up with Lauren for her weekly Style Sessions link up!

 

 

 

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74 Comments
  • Lindsay Gaines
    July 30, 2013

    Congrats! This would be a great post for my link-up today – you definitely have reason to celebrate. I love how easy you make it sound to switch out those processed foods for more natural alternatives.

    • Jenny
      July 30, 2013

      Thanks Lindsay! Yes, it’s so easy once you put your mind to it! 🙂

  • Rebekah Gilmore
    July 30, 2013

    Great job on your new healthy lifestyle. Eating clean and cutting out the nasty preservatives works wonders! You look great!

    I seriously love this entire outfit. I really wish this was in my closet! I have a convention coming up that I could see myself wearing it 🙂

    Xo,
    Rebekah

    http://www.prettypracticalme.com

    • Jenny
      July 30, 2013

      Thank you so much Rebekah! You are so right, it really does work wonders, and I just feel so much better now!

  • Christina Storm
    July 30, 2013

    Love this look! The pencil skirt + the peplum is gorgeous and I love that print!
    So pretty!

    The Style Storm

    xo, Christina

    • Jenny
      July 30, 2013

      Thanks so much Christina! 🙂

  • Rebecca Lately
    July 30, 2013

    That’s awesome! Congratulations! We are slowly cutting out processed foods from our diet. It’s tough to do a major food overhaul, since my husband and I have three kids. I find it easier to change one thing at a time.

    • Jenny
      July 30, 2013

      Oh yes, I’m sure it is really challenging with children in the household. In that sense, we were lucky. We didn’t have to worry about feeding little ones, but I could imagine it would be much more difficult if you have picky eaters. The good thing about us is that we both LOVE food, so we have lots of options. A slow change sounds much more realistic for you. Every little bit helps. 🙂

  • Ellaprettyblog
    July 30, 2013

    Congrats in achieving your resolution! It’s so great that clean eating has helped so much – it seems win-win because it had long term health benefits while helping lose weight too.

    I like the simple switches you made to similar versions of what you already loved – and that your taste buds have adapted and now prefer healthier foods. Am so inspired 🙂

    • Jenny
      July 30, 2013

      Aww, thanks so much! Yes, it’s really funny how much my taste has changed. I’m not joking when I say that I used to eat sweets all day long. We always have them around the office and I would sometimes actually just eat cake or cupcakes throughout the entire day! Now, I can’t even look at sugar before dinner. My body has become really sensitive to it, and I can actually feel the sugar running through me if I eat it on an empty stomach. It’s shocking how quickly our bodies adapt to things. The human body really is a miraculous thing.

  • Code Overdressed
    July 30, 2013

    Yay! Congrants on accomplishing your resolutions, most people never do, but you my dear a great example! That skirt is definitely worth the effort, also love the peplum top, the silhouette of it is just gorgeous!

    Cee. ?
    Code Overdressed

    • Jenny
      July 30, 2013

      Aww, thanks Cee! I think it’s really all about mindset. People have to really want to accomplish their goals, otherwise it just won’t happen.

  • Gaby
    July 30, 2013

    Couldn’t agree more with cutting on the chemicals, I make my own granola bars instead of buying processed ones, I make cheese sticks to reduce Matthew’s intake of gold fish, I also like making my own pesto, salad dressings, I think it’s exactly what you say it is, it’s a lifestyle 🙂
    Before I leave, I have to say that that skirt is soooo gorgeous, looking pretty!

    • Jenny
      July 30, 2013

      Aww, thanks Gaby! I completely agree. We make our own salad dressings too, but usually we just use olive oil and vinegar. It actually tastes way better than store bought dressings anyway. We also make sure that we always have a good selection of fruit and vegetables in the house so we can snack on those instead of junk food. We also make our own hummus and bean dips, but we found a brand of hummus and baba ganoush that doesn’t have any added chemicals or preservatives. I eat a lot of hummus! 🙂

  • Susan
    July 30, 2013

    You look (you always did) amazing!
    And we’ve been on this train for a while now…trying to cut out preservatives and additives. It is HARD. Everything is full of garbage isn’t it? My kids make it even tougher because they want all of the junk we are trying to cut out. We’ve been juicing more…eating greek yogurt with natural honey…lots of fruit…spelt pasta. Little steps! xo

    • Jenny
      July 30, 2013

      Thanks Susan! 🙂 Yes, I’ve been eating a lot of greek yogurt too. It’s either that with fruit and granola, or eggs with fruit for breakfast. We just got a juicer and have been playing around with that too. I really love fresh fruit juices with a bit of veggies in them, but Justin’s not really loving the added veggies, so we are trying to find some recipes that we both enjoy. Hmm, I’ve never tries spelt pasta before. I’ll have to look into that. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Sarah
    July 30, 2013

    Congrats on your hot bod and lifestyle change! I am very impressed.

    ~Sarah of Sarah’s Real Life

    • Jenny
      July 30, 2013

      Hahahaha, thank you so much Sarah!

  • Alyssa
    July 30, 2013

    I saw your sneak peek of this outfit on Instagram, and I couldn’t wait to see how you styled it. You look so gorgeous!

    • Jenny
      July 30, 2013

      Aww, thanks so much Alyssa!

  • Ann
    July 30, 2013

    You are looking great in this stunning outfit! I’ve done the same with my diet and it has made such a difference in how I feel plus I lost weight so easily. It amazing how much you can eat if you only eat real food! Congratulations on our success!!!!!!!

    blue hue wonderland

    • Jenny
      July 30, 2013

      Thank you so very much Ann! Yes, it’s so surprising how easy the weight comes off without even trying. What I really love is that it’s extremely easy to maintain my weight. I always struggled with easily gaining weight, then having to each healthy for a few weeks to take it off. Eating like this, my weight just always stays the same! 🙂

  • Kendall
    July 30, 2013

    I thought that was the infamous skirt – great work! And even better that it has come from a lifestyle change that you feel great about and are able to sustain. Congrats Jenny, hope you are having a great summer! xo K

    • Jenny
      July 30, 2013

      Haha, thanks so much Kendall! It feels like so long since we spoke! Hope you are having a wonderful summer too!

  • sheree@itsnotthatdee
    July 30, 2013

    awesome work Jenny..we don’t really eat anything processed at all…the last thing I have to get rid of are those horrible ice pops that the kids still love…i switched to almond butter which I love so much and the ice cream with coconut milk we have as well…it does feel so good to know you are taking care of your body.
    Sheree xxx

    • Jenny
      July 30, 2013

      Aww, thanks Sheree! Hahaha, yes, those stupid (but delicious!) ice pops are all sugar! 🙂 I tried almond butter but didn’t really care for it. It might be one of those things that you have to develop a taste for. Sort of like greek yogurt for me. At first I hated it, and now I LOVE it!

  • still being molly
    July 30, 2013

    congrats, jenny!! you are looking amazing as usual!! and you always rock peplum so well!

    • Jenny
      July 30, 2013

      Aww, you are too sweet, Molly! Thank you!

  • Carly
    July 30, 2013

    That skirt is AMAZING, I love it!

    Carly
    http://www.lipglossandcrayons.com

    • Jenny
      July 30, 2013

      Thanks Carly! 🙂

  • Kacie's Kloset
    July 30, 2013

    Saw this look on your instagram and loved it! It looks even better on!

    http://www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com
    http://www.daisyraeboutique.com

    • Jenny
      July 30, 2013

      Aww, thanks so much Kacie!

  • Clare
    July 30, 2013

    I totally agree. Taking out a lot of those processed foods really makes a difference. Your work is going to pay off later, trust me! Your health is more important than squeezing into that skirt, I’ve learned the hard way! Still, you are looking fabulous, and keep up the small changes, they make a big big difference!

    • Jenny
      July 30, 2013

      I totally agree with you Clare! Our little health scare really brought things into perspective, and the real reason we cut out chemicals and processed foods was because of the health benefits. Losing weight is just a fabulous added bonus! Thanks so much!

  • Rachel
    July 30, 2013

    Love this peplum top with the skirt!

    • Jenny
      July 30, 2013

      Thanks so much Rachel!

  • Annick
    July 30, 2013

    Wow! Congrats! It must be a great feeling fitting in older clothes!

    I’ve never really “cut-out” processed food because I don’t often buy some. I don’t really buy cooking sauces, or canned food. For supper, I try to cook fresh meat or fish, then add brown rice and a fresh vegetable, or salad (with home made dressing) to go with it. But it’s pretty hard to keep up the routine when you’ve got a busy schedule! You’ll find when you cut down on processed foods, your sodium levels will go way down too!

    I really like your idea about the peanut butter – sounds amazing!

    Lovely peplum as well Jenny – you wear peplum so well!

    Bold Subtlety

    • Jenny
      July 30, 2013

      Thanks so much Annick! Yes, it’s really a shame that I started eating processed foods to begin with! 🙂 But it’s just so convenient! Now that we are reading the labels of everything we buy, we realize how hard it is to find food in the grocery store that doesn’t have chemicals and junk added to it. We cheat a little when we are out or in a rush, but our everyday diet consists of whole foods.

  • Shira
    July 30, 2013

    So happy to hear that you’re not doing any crazy diet but just eating more balanced and healthy. Can’t stand stupid diets that cut out entire food groups. Also, you look amazing but you always have. Health isn’t defined by a number or a size. So much more important to focus on health and balance and the weight falls where it needs to. In any case, you are gorgeous and have always been! On another note- this outfit is perfection:)

    http://asequinloveaffair.com/

    • Jenny
      July 30, 2013

      Aww, you are just the sweetest! Thank you so much Shira! You are totally right, health should be our focus, and not weight. The fact that the weight is coming off is just a bonus! No, I definitely don’t do well with diets that cut out certain food groups because I just feel too deprived. Right now, I don’t feel deprived in any way at all!

  • adore to adorn
    July 30, 2013

    Love the look and congrats to you for focusing on your health!
    My husband and I have done the same and cut out tons of processed foods in our life and it’s been incredibly beneficial. It sounds like it might be difficult but the “extra” steps in prepping food items to make for meals or the extra mile to get some fresh produce at the farmer’s markets have made the world of difference. I totally agree with you and it’s been a lifestyle change rather than a diet change. I find the word diet too restrictive and almost assuring I’ll fail! haha

    xo,
    nancy

    • Jenny
      July 30, 2013

      Hahaha, I agree with you 100%! For me, dieting wasn’t good for my self esteem either. If I would “cheat” and eat something that wasn’t on my diet, I would feel extremely guilty and get upset with myself for cheating. It wasn’t mentally healthy. With this change in lifestyle, I never get down on myself for eating what I’m eating. 🙂

  • kiwifashionblog
    July 30, 2013

    Lovely look Jenny. The skirt is just so chic and I am loving the cream colour on you!

    • Jenny
      July 30, 2013

      Thank you so much!

  • respect the shoes
    July 30, 2013

    Beautiful skirt – and I’ve always adored that top on you!

    • Jenny
      July 30, 2013

      Aww, thank you so much!

  • ashleigh
    July 30, 2013

    You can always buy an ice-cream maker and make your own ice cream as well! At my house we have cut out soda and red meat. we’re a mostly chicken family anyway. We always are making sure the majority of our plate is vegetables like spinach and roasted broccoli.

    • Jenny
      July 30, 2013

      Oohhh, an ice cream maker sounds so delicious and like so much fun! Haha, I could never cut out red meat. I’m definitely a steak girl, but we have tried to cut back to only a couple times a week. We now do 2 vegetarians nights a week also, because I personally don’t think it’s healthy to consume meat every single day.

  • Jessica
    July 30, 2013

    Congrats!! Love this outfit too. That’s so awesome that you’ve been staying away from processed foods. I just try to stick to items that don’t have a long ingredient list! And that peanut butter and strawberry sandwich sounds amazing!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

    • Jenny
      July 30, 2013

      Thanks Jessica! Trust me, once you try the PB & J with fresh berries and honey, you’ll never go back to jam!

  • Hanna
    July 30, 2013

    So lovely & feminine, love ur outfit 😉 Great tips & alternatives on eating natural!
    http://www.speakstyleandrock.com

    • Jenny
      July 31, 2013

      Thanks so much Hanna!

  • Meredith
    July 30, 2013

    You go Jenny! Congrats on getting back into that skirt!! And what a fab skirt it is!
    Meredith
    createthatoutfit.com

    • Jenny
      July 31, 2013

      Haha, thanks Meredith!

  • Ani
    July 30, 2013

    Jenny, I am glad you feel comfortable with your new eating life style. Doesn’t it feel so much better? Also I must admit, it’s insane that most of the food that is out there consists of chemicals and preservatives. I am trying to cook everthing fresh but once in a while I am cheating 😉

    I loved this pencel skirt right from the moment I saw it on you and remember how hard it was for you to get it, right? 😉 Great great found 🙂 Miss you on my blog dear 🙂

    Ani
    http://www.fleurani.blogspot.de

    • Jenny
      July 31, 2013

      Haha, don’t worry Ani, I cheat once in a while too. I don’t feel guilty because I try to lead a clean lifestyle most of the time, so a little cheat here or there is totally fine. I’m so sorry I’ve been away for so long! I’ll be back today! 🙂

  • Jen the Librarian
    July 30, 2013

    Great tips! I totally want some coconut milk ice cream now. And yum, peanut butter. And what a cute, fresh look! Love the peplum with the floral pencil skirt! 😀

    Jen @ Librarian for Life & Style

    • Jenny
      July 31, 2013

      Aww, thanks Jen! YES, you definitely need to try Luna & Larry’s Cococnut Bliss ice cream! It is absolutely delicious! 🙂

  • Lauren
    July 30, 2013

    Ok – I’m obsessed with this entire outfit! You are gorgeous 🙂

    Thank you for choosing to link up with Style Sessions.

    Lauren xx
    http://www.stylelixir.com

    • Jenny
      July 31, 2013

      Aww, you are the sweetest! Thanks for hosting the link up, Lauren!

  • Kelly
    July 30, 2013

    This look is stunning!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

    • Jenny
      July 31, 2013

      Thanks Kelly!

  • Alice
    July 31, 2013

    Congrats Jenny! I have been cutting out processed food out of my life for sometime though, I have a lot of slips. I try to eat as clean as I can and follow a loosely based Paleo lifestyle. I am still struggling with my weight and just need to keep my portions sizes in control. A good resource for clean eating is the Gracious Pantry. I used to subscribe to Clean Eating magazine which sadly shut down earlier this year.

    BTW – I love this peplum top. Very unexpected with the baseball tee sleeves.

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

    • Jenny
      July 31, 2013

      Thanks so much for the suggestions Alice! I’ll definitely check out Gracious Pantry. I have a few slips, probably once or twice a week, but overall I know my body is so much healthier so a few slips here and there aren’t going to hurt me. I still have a major weakness for Haagen Dazs Pralines & Cream ice cream. I’ll never be able to give that up! 🙂

  • Janet Mandell
    July 31, 2013

    hey jen! i have cut all processed foods junk food and most carbs. i feel better and have lost so much weight. its a lifestyle change and hard to adjust but in the long run its the best for you and your body! LOVE LOVE the outfit. try sticking to carbs that are great for you like fruit. i eat fruit when i crave sugar and stay away from ice cream cookies and etc. i indulge once a week and take a bite here and there…..im only human and you live once right!!!! good luck!

    http://www.fashion-a-holic.com

    • Jenny
      July 31, 2013

      I totally agree with you! I completely believe that moderation is the key. A bite hear, a dessert there, it won’t hurt you. I just try to keep it balanced and not do it every day. 🙂

  • Kate
    July 31, 2013

    That is amazing, Jenny! Totally inspiring! I have to admit I’m pretty bad with some processed foods – I make generally healthy meals (chicken, veggies, brown rice) but fall default to bottled sauces/condiments, and am also a huge sucker for diet pepsi. Terrible. Though I have to agree, it is the BEST feeling to lose weight without feeling like you’re really trying! That has happened to me lately too after gaining gaining gaining weight for the last couple years, I felt like I was never going to lose weight. I joined hot yoga and have been going twice a week and riding my bike more now that the summer is here, plus eating mostly bbq’d chicken and salads for supper and the weight is finally coming off. But I’m not killing myself in a gym or being super strict with eating, and it feels so much more do-able this way! And it’s sooo nice to be fitting back into some of my old clothes. Congrats on the new healthy lifestyle and for fitting back into that ADORABLE skirt! I love it!

    • Jenny
      August 1, 2013

      Aww, thanks Kate! I totally hear you on the sauces/condiments. I think that actually might have been the hardest for me to give up! 🙂 Mustard generally doesn’t have a lot of added junk to it. I’m so glad that you are feeling more comfortable with yourself too! Isn’t it the best! I’ve actually been considering trying out yoga for a while now. I really should just do it! 🙂

  • Miranda
    August 1, 2013

    I was going to ask you the other day if you had lost some weight! I can definitely tell a difference. I’m glad you’re feeling better too!

    • Jenny
      August 2, 2013

      Thanks so much Miranda! 🙂

  • Elisse
    August 1, 2013

    This post is great because I’m currently in the process of cutting out processed foods from our diets. I’ve been doing research for a while and it felt like everyday I’d find new info. It got so overwhelming that I just did nothing. Then I realized I have to start SOMEWHERE! My fear of not doing it perfectly terrified me. Silly but true. So now I’m just going slowly and feel good that I’m being proactive. I have a 2 year old daughter and I thought it would be hard. But I’ve been blessed with a naturally non-picky eater who actually chooses healthful foods over junk! I recently offered to buy her ice cream (I admit I was looking for an excuse so I could have some too) but she flat out refused and requested…wait for it…broccoli and carrots! And she was super happy when that’s what she got. So she’s actually inspiring ME to eat healthier! How can I munch on junk food and sweets when she’s requesting fruits and veggies? It’s amazing and I need to encourage that. Sadly, I can’t afford to just throw out whatever processed foods are already in the house so they’re getting eaten BUT I’ve not been buying anymore of it as it finishes. So hopefully soon I’ll have replaced most everything with healthy unprocessed food and I can finally (hopefully) start feeling some relief from my chronic illnesses.

    • Jenny
      August 1, 2013

      Hi Elisse, thank you so much for sharing this! That is way too funny that your 2 year old is requested broccoli and carrots! 🙂 Hahaha, I think that just goes to show that our bodies actually want to eat healthy foods, and we don’t need chemicals or processed foods! Good for you for starting. I agree, it seemed overwhelming at first. And, also, we’ve made a TON of mistakes, but we just remind ourselves that it’s a learning process. We tried to buy organic meat once and ended up paying $22 for two tiny pieces of pork that we would have paid $8 for at another grocery store. $22!!! We quickly decided that we wouldn’t be buying organic meat again. 🙂 We’ve also picked up the wrong items in stores accidentally. For example, we read a hummus label that didn’t have any chemicals, but then accidentally picked up the roasted garlic hummus which had a whole bunch of chemicals in it. We still ate it because we didn’t want to waste it, but we’ve learned to be a little more careful. I wish you so much luck on your journey to clean eating!!! 🙂

  • Diva In Me
    August 8, 2013

    Congratulations on staying healthy and get back in shape through a healthy diet. It’s the best way to get back in shape.
    Like you, I’ve been trying to adopt more organic products into my life, walk a lot more and tried eating a healthier breakfast. I use to skip breakfast altogether but now I’ll make a point to at least have yogurt and fruits in the morning.

    • Jenny
      August 8, 2013

      Thank you so much! I’m with you, I used to NEVER eat breakfast! Now at the minimum I make a smoothie, but I try to have fruit with greek yogurt and granola, or eggs and toast. We’ve been trying to get out and walk more too. 🙂 Good luck with your journey too! 🙂