Thursday, September 4, 2014

Things I Learned on the South Beach Diet

Hello everyone!

So I've been on a journey to become a better me lately. A lot has changed in the last couple months. In this particular blog I want to focus on my health. I've been a quest to lose weight. My doctor actually told about the South Beach Diet about a year ago. But when she told me what it entailed I say "Oh no!". Then a little earlier in this year the scale went in a scale that I'd never imagine. So desperate times caused for desperate measures. Here are seven things I learned while doing this diet (Ten sounded good when I started to write this post, but I ended up with seven lol!)

1. It Works.

South Beach claims to aid you in the loss of up to 10 pounds in the first two weeks of the diet. I can vouch for this. The most I’ve lost is 8 pounds in the first two weeks.

2. It’s Hard.

I’ll be the first and the last person to tell you that this diet is not easy. No you aren’t hungry all the time, but you are restricted to a particular group of foods. In order for the diet to be effective you must stick to it! I love cupcakes…and cupcakes just aren’t a part of the diet. The first two weeks both the most rewarding and the most difficult.

3. You get creative.

With the foods you are restricted to you definitely start thinking of ways to shake things up a bit, or mimick some of the meals you are use to eating. For example, I really like pasta, but you can’t have that. So I tried spaghetti squash, and it is divine!

4. Pinterest is your friend!

Pinterest became my best friend. There are other people that have done all the work for you and are willing to share their recipes, food lists, and tips for success. Tap into it.

5. Try not to cheat!

It you cheat on this diet it is very hard to go back. Believe me I know, this minute I convinced myself it was okay to cheat after my first time on the diet, I never quite got back on track. Unless your incredibly disciplined I don’t recommend you “give yourself a treat”. Beside you’ll welcome fresh fruit with open arms once you can have it again after the first two week.

6. You learn a lot about your body.

I really learned a lot about my body and really started to question it. When I thought I was hungry I questioned it. Was I really hungry or did I just want to eat. You’ll learn that there is definitely a difference.

7. Your weight loss progress depends a lot on your diet.

This could just be my opinion, but honestly if your are not at least trying to eat correctly your weight loss chances are slim. You cannot “out work” a bad diet. You’ll never become achieve your personal best body, it you don’t have a healthy diet.  My sister always says “These girls are all watching what they put in their hair, they need to be watching what they’re putting in their bodies”, she’s got a real point.

I hope this helps anyone that's on a weight loss journey!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Culture Queen Moment: Anne Cole Lowe, Black Fashion Icon

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Happy Black History Month guys! I'm starting the month off by enlightening you guys on some little known Black History, and guess what it's also Fashion History! Contrary to popular belief June Ambrose was not the first Black Fashion Icon, I'm kidding! But if one asked you guys who are some noteworthy characters in fashion who are black we'd run off Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, June Ambrose, and we'd probably struggle to to think of others. Well I'm here to help widen your repertoires, and mines! I was strolling through my Instagram feed and ran across a picture similar to the one above by @harlemsfashionrow telling me to get the deets on the pic from @tallglassofstyle . Here I learned about Anne Cole Lowe, the not so famed African American designer. Her MAJ moment was designing Jacqueline Kennedy's wedding dress AND her ten bridesmaids' dresses!

It doesn't stop there, two days before the wedding a water line burst and it completely ruined the dresses. Lowe remade all the dresses in RECORD TIME!!! Can you image, we're talking one dress that used 50 yards of silk taffeta. Take that Dior!!! Lowe also designed dresses for the likes of the Vanderbilts and the Rockefellers. She was know has high society's "best kept secret" because she was a black woman. Google her! Happy Black History Month! I'll be scouring my sources to uncover more like Anne Cole Lowe.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Funky Flair Boutique: FUNKY FASHION

 Hello Boutique Freaks!!! Guess what? I'm out of school for Winter Break!!! I'm definitely going to use this time wisely, and I'm gonna start by telling you guys about an amazing boutique. I had the pleasure of being invited to check out Funky Flair Boutique. And you know what I discovered? Not all the good spots are in the city, sometimes you gotta leave the nest to get your treasure. In this case, I was led out to good ol' Marietta, Georgia and met Funky Flair Boutique owner Kesha Denise.

Kesha is the one you will probably see when you walk into Funky Flair boutique. She will be there to offer you great service, style advice, and help you walk out of Funky Flair, Funky and Fabulous! I really enjoyed her awesome personality and genuine spirit, if I didn't know any better I'd have thought she was a Sweet Georgia Peach like myself!

So why should you come shop here? I'll gladly tell you, Funky Flair embodies the true essence of 
boutique shopping. It's an intimate and stylish space, bursting at the seams with unique fashions. To make it even better, it's extremely affordable. So no ladies you don't always have to pay the price to go to Phipps to find something amazing and exclusive. Funky Flair Boutique is here for you! So Boutique Freaks, make sure you stop in and visit Kesha at Funky Flair Boutique, you'll be glad you found this jewel. Happy Shopping! Remember Shop Small Saturday is coming this week! Add this spot to your list and support small businesses!!! You can visit Funky Flair Boutique at or walk in at 3020 Canton Rd #220 Marietta, GA 30066. Now go shopping!! GO!!!!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Boutique Freak: California Dreaming

Hello Boutique Freak! How have you been?? Well I've been busy! With a full time job, an internship, graduate school, and adjusting to having a long term relationship with a 3 hour time difference, I have to say I've been doing a weird balancing act! But it's actually been kind of great! I recently, recently being a month ago, visited my boyfriend in California. He's attending graduate school at the University of San Diego. But before he started class we took a little vacation before things got hectic and I got to see, feel, and taste the west coast. If you've visited my YouTube channel House of Cramel, you've already seen a video from my trip but if you haven't already here's the link ~~>
Of course while I was there I did one of my favorite things I love to do when I travel and that is check out the boutiques! I walked the famous Gas Lamp district and found some great spots!


When I tell you I met the were the sweetest people, I thought I might have been in the south. But these wonderful at Bubbles Boutique.

This funny sign greeted me at the door. I met Ms. Gaylenne "Bubbles" Nichols, the owner of the boutique. She is an A+ merchandiser and she was wonderful to me when I came in. She showed me all around the store and even showed me pieces from some of San Diego's local designers, like these cool rings by Suki Bijoux. She takes everyday items like maps and music and creates jewelry. It's very unique!

SECOND STOP - Bettie Page

Bettie Page is a "Pin Up Girl" themed boutique affectionately named after the Queen of Pinups. I probably wouldn't wear any of the clothes but they were awfully cute. I'm just too short, and a little light on curves. But if your not like me and love the pin up girl style, this is the place for you. I felt like I was in a museum.

THIRD STOP - So Good Jewelry

This place is the ultimate in accessories, while I recommend it for a VARIETY of reasons (CLEARLY) I was extremely overwhelmed and couldn't stay long because of the sheer tidal wave of accessories that were approaching me.

FOURTH STOP - Eden Boutique

I was pulled into Eden by the design of the boutique. It's decorated as if your sitting in the middle of a beautiful plant garden. Awesome right?

LAST STOP aka MY FAVORITE -  Dolcetti Boutique

Dolcetti is Italian for SWEETS! And boy was it. At Dolcetti you can get your entire look together, I mean literally hooked up from head to toe. Downstairs and is an amazing clothing boutique for both men and women, and upstairs and an amazing hair salon upstairs called the Style Concierge. I thought this was an extremely cool concept.

Hope you enjoyed touring these amazing boutiques with me in San Diego! Next stop? Who knows! Where would you like to see me go? XOXO