Best Discoveries This Year

Before I start this post, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the tragic shooting that occurred just a few days ago in Aurora, CO. It’s always hard to hear and read about these horribly sad events, but even more so when they happen in your own state, only about an hour’s drive away from where I live. Please keep all the victims and their families in your thoughts and prayers!

Now onto something lighter! Yes, I realize it’s not the end of the year yet–but it will be soon if the year keeps flying by like it has–but since my birthday is just around the corner, it kinda feels like a new year for me.

Anyways, I’ve made a lot of new purchases and discoveries since last July 27th so here are some of the best! They’re not all food related but knowing me, most of them are šŸ˜‰

Whole Foods Hot/Cold Bars

The most recent edition, and one of my favorites so far!

Honestly, if I could, I would eat at Whole Foods once a week, it’s just that good! But $7 salad boxes just aren’t in my budget so I’ve only had them about 5 times over the past year. But each one is amazingly delicious, and I can always find something new. Oh, and I never stick with the boring spinach leaves and black olives…no, I load my boxes up with flavored tofu (they have the best stuff), cold veggie salads, fresh fruit and yummy grains. They never disappoint!

LabelBox (and Phonto)

I love all the colors!

Move over, Instagram, you’re old news! LabelBox and Phonto are the perfect way to jazz up your Instagram’d photos and if you’re as much of a font nerd as I am, you won’t be able to live without them. Plus they’re free, and who doesn’t like free?

Veganism

Who says vegan foods have to be boring and tasteless?

My decision to go vegan a little less than a year ago has been seriously life-changing. During my eating disordered days, I relied on low-cal, low-fat things too much because I thought they were ‘healthy’. Now as a vegan I’m eating mostly whole foods and minimally processed foods, with plenty of nuts, grains like quinoa and oats and tempeh, all things I neverĀ wouldĀ have touched a few years ago. I feel healthier, happier and more vibrant. I feel okay treating myself to things like coconut milk ice cream and tons of guacamole because they have health benefits and make my life better. Not to mention, I’ve become more creative in the kitchen and ordering things at non-vegan restaurants. I am not 100% vegan, as I do enjoy gelato or froyo and honey on occasion, but I know I’m doing a good thing for the animals, the environment and myself and that’s why I continue to do it.

Pinterest

I still want this for my apartment!

I don’t go on this as much as I should (or could?) but I still love how inspirational it is. I pin a lot of fashion and decor stuff and when I’m done, I get some closet and apartment inspiration. Sure, some of it is unrealistic but it’s so fun!

Kale

Kale: a nutritious part of this complete dinner!

How did I not discover what’s become my favorite veggie until February? I first tried this superfood in kale chip form and was hooked. I didn’t love it raw at first but when I figured out you have to massage a dressing or sauce into it, I fell in love. It’s also really great crisped up in a dry skillet with salt, pepper and garlic. Basically it’s awesome no matter how you use it, and I love that I feel like a superhero when I eat it!

Zevia

My second-fave flavor so far. This root beer’s got a bite!

I’ve never been a big soda drinker, but I would always always always stick to diet versions. But all that fake sweetener isn’t the best and it gives me headaches. So I went soda-less for awhile, until I stumbled upon Zevia. I love stevia as a sweetener and thought why not. Yeah, $5 or 6 is kinda a lot for a 6-pack, but it’s worth it for a 0 calorie natural soda. The cream soda is the bomb, and I also love the cola and root beer. Still have yet to find the lime cola and strawberry but I’m on the hunt!

Bold Shorts

Dark grey and hot pink make a perfect outfit!

I’ve never been one to shy away from bright colors, but I wasn’t so sure about the neon shorts trend. Luckily I got over that quickly because I love my hot pink shorts! They’re fun and different while still being polished and pretty. I’m planning on investing in a few more pairs of bright shorts (and some bright jeggings) before the summer’s over!

Sweet Quinoa

I need to have this deliciousness from breakfast again soon!

Who knew quinoa could be tasty for dinner andĀ breakfast? I was skeptical at first but after seeing some mouthwatering breakfast quinoa pictures on Instagram, I knew I needed to try it for myself. And now I’ve got a new breakfast obsession, along with fluffy homemade waffles and overnight oats. Give them a try if you haven’t already, they’re worth the weird stares you might get from people šŸ˜›

What’s one of your best discoveries from the past year?Ā What’s your favorite veggie?

Style Phile: Apartment Design, Pinterest Style

Happy Friday ladiesssss! Did you all make it through the week okay? For some reason, this week really dragged on for me, which is weird because last week, the first week back from my spring break, flew by. Maybe it’s because this weekend is being spent at home–whenever I look forward to something, it takesĀ Ā foreverĀ to get here! Anyways, I’m just glad it’s finally the weekend.

Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I am officially moving into my first apartment in August and I couldn’t be more excited. I can’t wait to have a place of my own to decorate the way I want. Having a dorm to myself has been great, but I’m definitely limited by space/stupidĀ dorm rules. Of course, there are still a few limitations next year, but it will be so much better. That being said, I’ve started to brainstorm ideas about how to design my future apartment. Of course, I turned to Pinterest, aka the blogging world’s mecca for some cool ideas. Sure, some of them are a little out there, but who said I can’t create my dream apartment?

Anthro has the best dishes.

Such a cool room divider.

The perfect closet for a girly-girl like me.

I love how bright and open this kitchen is.

Now I know my ABCs...

A seriously awesome light fixture.

A must-have for my future kitchen.

I love the purple, black and white combo.

Great room layout.

I like how the green pops against the white.

I want fish just so I can have this amazing fish 'tank'.

Ummmm, yeah. I need a hanging bed in my life.

Such a pretty glass.

This looks like such a fun room!

Now this is my kinda bed.

Love the lime and aqua dishes.

This rug is just too cool, especially with the chair.

How would you decorate your dream place? Do you like colorful rooms?

Style Phile: Personal Style Blogging 101

Hi all, hope you had an amazing weekend! Mine was nothing special, but it was nice to have a little break from school, and have the chance to sleep in til 10 both days. Who am I? I guess I needed all that extra sleep šŸ˜›

Well, it’s been waaaaaay too long since I did a Style Phile post (in fact, it’s been almost 5 whole months–eek!) so I decided to do a quick one, all about my experiences with personal style blogging. In case you didn’t know, I have a Blogger-based blogĀ called Apparel AddictionĀ that’s all about fashion. I started it back in 2009, so it’s been going strong for almost 3 years! That’s definitely a testament to my love for style. Anyways, here are a few tips I wanted to share about it, whether you have your own personal style blog, like to read them or just want to know what they’re all about!

1. Design the blog to fit you

I've had this design for awhile, but I like to tweak it every once in awhile.

If you don’t like how the blog layout looks, how likely are you to stick with it? Luckily, most blogging platforms have plenty of customizable designs, so you can make it fit your personality. Also, make sure it fits with the theme of your blog. If you have a beauty blog, and the background has pictures of dogs, that doesn’t really make people relate to the content, no matter how good it is.

2. Have a ‘twist’ that makes your blog unique

I'm always down for a good sale!

Maybe you’re really into hunting down the best deals (I wish I were a bargainista, but that’s usually not the case), or DIY fashion is your thing. Whatever niche of personal style blogging you fit into, work it!

3. Include a bunch of pictures!

If you don't have your own photographer, use a tripod!

Personal style blogs only work if you show off your personal style–and the only way to do that is through pictures, of course! When I first started my fashion blog, I rarely had photos, but how boring is that? Now in every single post, I include at least one or two pics, whether it’s self-shots of my outfit of the day, Polyvore collections or photos of new arrivals from a store’s website. Visual appeal is key, so try to switch up the photos. You can use programs to make collages, or have close-ups of your accessories. Whatever you do, make sure you have them!

4. Learn the tools of the trade

Polyvore is a lifesaver!

This includes sites (like Polyvore, for creating outfit collections, or Picnik, for cool collages) and terms, like OOTD (outfit of the day) and lookbook (a category or tab on many blogs where they keep all their outfit posts). The more you know about what you’re doing, the easier it will be. And no worries, it definitely comes with time. Just brush up by checking out other personal style blogs and soon you’ll be a pro.

5. Get inspiration

One of my favorite sites for fashion inspiration!

Don’t think that your style is set in stone! Like most people interested in fashion, my personal style has changed over the years and is constantly shifting. Read up on other fashion blogs, check out magazines (Vogue for high fashion, People StyleWatch for celebrity fashion, etc.) and go on sites like Polyvore and look at other people’s collections and sets to get inspiration if you feel like you’re in a style rut. I personally like to do this when the seasons are changing and I need some ideas for what to invest in and try out.

Do you read personal style blogs? What’s a tip you have for blogging in general?