Cozy Sweaters & Fires: Sure Signs of Fall ❤

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BMfire{ Sweater: Bethany Mota Collection at Aeropostale| Boyfriend jeans: Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s| Ankle Booties: Bethany Mota for Aeropostale }

Healthy Eating Habits Made Easy!

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Eating healthy ALL the time can be really frustrating. I try to make my eating and cooking habits a lifestyle rather than a diet so I feel like I am not depriving myself. Here are a few tips I swear by that will help you stay healthy, on track, and still satisfied.

1. Always be prepared. If you have a crazy day at work, when you get home and there is nothing to eat, you are more likely to indulge in something unhealthy because you are so hungry. When I go grocery shopping (usually on Sundays), I plan out what is for lunch and dinner for the week. For example, Monday: crock pot bean soup, Tuesday: Seared Eggplant with veggies, Wednesday: Grilled chicken with butternut squash, and so on.

2. Before a big party or event that you know there will be tempting food, eat something before the event. Heading to a gala where dinner is at 8pm and you know you will eat all the bacon-wrapped scallops in sight? Munch on something before the event to fill up your tummy. Some carrots with hummus or whole grain toast with some peanut butter will hold you over until dinner!

3. Cut out added sugar. Whether it’s juice, soda, snacks, try to avoid foods that are sweetened. Drink water as much as you can and eat foods that are naturally sweet like fruit, cinnamon, and coconut flavors. I even put cinnamon in my coffee instead of sugar and it’s delicious! Also, when I do drink juice, I mix up half with water, For example, if I am drinking cranberry juice, I fill the cup up halfway and the rest with water. This way you get the benefits of the juice with half the sugar.

4. If it’s 10 cents, it’s probably crap. You are better off raising your grocery budget or spending more time coupon-clipping then you are trying to eat on $20 per week. Veggies are actually cheap compared to meats so you can get a cart-full of organize veggies, skip the steak and you will have spent less money! I try to eat organic and watch for sales as well as being resourceful with leftovers.

5. Eating out can be healthy too. I love to dine out and eat well at a nice restaurant; I just pay attention to the menu. First, if it’s a table with bread, I tell them to take it away… It’s way too tempting to just sit there. Also, try to do a veggie side. Craving a burger? Go for it once in a while but get a side salad instead of the fries and you will save half the calories. Checking out the menu online beforehand is also a great idea so you can see if they have healthy options or provide nutritional information.

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New Way to Shop: Boutikey + Promo code!

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I am always on a mission to find statement pieces that are unique.  There are hundreds of boutiques but let’s be honest, finding each little boutique across the country for awesome unique items is a ton of work.  Talk about shop til’ you drop!  That is why I love Boutikey- convenience, variety, and awesome deals.  I’ve got my eye on this adorable Indie Ella Beaded Clutch (below.)

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Boutikey is a shared community where users can discover the latest fashion trends from their favorite boutiques.  The best part? Rewards and sales right to your phone and email! Each purchase you make, you get points toward rewards for future purchases.  I love that you can shop at boutiques across the country right from your phone.  The app is available now on iPhone and coming soon to Android.

Connect with Boutikey on Facebook to stay up to date on sales and promotions.

 

Boutikey would like to offer all Candy Stilettos readers 15% off their purchase at Boutikey!

Expires October 15th. The coupon code is CANDYSTILETTOS15.

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{The creator of the Boutikey app pictured above, Tiana Haraguchi, expresses “it’s online digital tools that are helping to get shoppers into the offline world of brick-and-mortar stores by personalizing the shopping experience.” (Boston Globe)}

Festival Season is Here!

Festivals, fairs, and my personal favorite: Oktoberfest, all in full-swing. This weekend I attended the largest Oktoberfest in the Northeast in downtown New Britain. I was also one of the judges of the Miss Oktoberfest pageant, alongside the mayor of New Britain, CT, Erin Stewart. It was a weekend full of delicious foods from all over the world, Oktoberfest beer from Germany, and lots of German-inspired attire and traditions.

Below are just a few photos from this weekend. Also, the beautiful sunset after the festivities when I returned home was priceless.

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{Me and the hubby enjoying the festivities}

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{Mayor Stewart and myself judging the Miss Oktoberfest pageant}

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Orange Lips & Aztec Print

The print of this adorable long sleeved romper has the colors of fall but holds on to the comfort of summer. It’s light and cozy and the print is perfect with these gladiator style sandals.
As I transition my wardrobe from summer to fall, I find myself trying to get every wear of my summer clothing such as maxi dresses, printed shorts, and tanks but layering them just in case it gets chilly at night. How do you transition your wardrobe in September?

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{Aztec print romper: Marshall’s| Gladiator Sandals: Macy’s| Lipstick: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak}