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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Town Center Cold Pressed Juicery



Healthy juices and smoothies are my go-to when I want to jump start my mornings.  I love making my own smoothies for breakfast, but sometimes time just isn't on my side so getting something to go works best.  Whenever I need a good cleanse or want to follow a vegetarian meal plan for the week juicing is a great option.  

I always love it when I discover a new spot that I can enjoy that offers healthy options on the go.  It can be very frustrating sometimes trying to find local restaurants or businesses that caters to clean eating.  I couldn't believe it when I discovered Cold Pressed in Virginia Beach!  I had been interested in finding a cold pressed juicery for quite some time, so learning that this place was in my work neighborhood had me running to try this place on my next lunch break!



Needless to say I was really excited when the company invited me to come out and try a few of their juices!  Towne Center Cold Pressed is a cool rustic spot that sits inside of the Daily Grind Unwind cafe. The menu serves up cold pressed juices, pre/post work out shakes, smuice (a smoothie & juice combined), and get this...smoothie bowls!  You guys know I love those, check that post out HERE.  You can also make your own by choosing your produce of choice and can add supplements like flax seed, maca, or chia seeds.  They have so many options guys.  Sweetener options include agave, raw cane, or honey.  It doesn't get any better than that!






I chose two drinks:  'Sex in the City' from the cold press juice line and 'The Perfect Kiss' which is a smuice.  'Sex in the City', the cold pressed juice, was so delicious!  The ingredients are pineapple, watermelon, lemon, apple, and maca.  Watermelon is good for the skin, heart, and hydration.  This intrigued me the most!  It tasted like an apple punch with hints of watermelon.  This drink is incredibly smooth and perfect for a refreshing morning or afternoon drink.  Next was the Smuice, which is a smoothie and juice combined.  'The Perfect Kiss' ingredients are blueberry, strawberry, orange, and mango!  So much flavor!  Orange is excellent for heart health, immunity, and anti-aging.  The orange taste was the more dominate flavor of all of the ingredients.  Again, Cold Pressed gets it right with the smoothness of their drinks.  What I especially loved about this smoothie is that there aren't any seeds or lumpy textures in this drink.  Thumbs UP!

Do you enjoy smoothies or cold pressed juices?  I'm interested in knowing what some of your favorites are!  My wedding is only a few months away--I'm trying to keep my diet clean, I keep telling you guys, lol.  

If you are in the Virginia Beach area you HAVE to visit this place.  I love that Cold Pressed stands for health and wellness.  The ingredients are 100% raw and releases vital elements while processing the drinks without heating or oxidizing.  With proper refrigeration each juice will maintain its full nutritional and medicinal benefits for up to 5 days.  Visit Town Center Cold Pressed online to look over their menu options and everything they have to offer!  One of my new favorite spots now.

 
 
**This post was brought to you by Town Center Cold Pressed Virginia Beach**
 

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Best Leave-In Conditioner for your Type 4 Curls






I know the title is a pretty bold statement.  Especially seeing how there are A LOT of products on the market, but girl, Girl, GIRL!!  You have to try this if you're a type 4 natural (kinky, curly, curls). There I was, minding my own business, washing my hair the other day and then I realized I needed a leave-in conditioner.  So I searched through my stash and came across some samples I received at a few hair shows a few months ago.  "Hmmm...", I thought, "Let me try this..."  It was the Taliah Waajid Great Detangler.  The name alone drew me in because de-tangling my hair is probably the most time consuming element for me as a natural.  Another thing that was interesting is the fact that the label stated that it "eliminates tangles on contact".  "Mmmh, we will see."  I said to myself.

I promise, as soon as the product touched my hair, my hair immediately just melted.  I kid you not.  It did absolutely everything that it claimed to do.  My hair was soft and the product really aided in helping me get through the tangles.  Cut my time down to 15 minutes.  I also really loved how defined and springy my curls were and the smell was amazing.  Needless to say I was at Target the next day to purchase the full sized bottle. Also, because I was so in love with this leave-in, I thought it would be perfect to pair it with the African Healing Oyl to lock in moisture!

As much as I style my hair in different ways, it's always so cool to just wear my hair as is.  In my natural texture.  I've grown to appreciate the way my curls are and how the look with little to no manipulation.

Have you tried the Taliah Waajid leave-in conditioner?  Right now it's my absolute favorite.  Definitely a new curly girl staple product!


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sunday Brunch At Three Ships Coffee


How's it going?  Better yet, how was your weekend?  Well like most of you, I spend my weekends catching up with family and friends mostly.  I also use the time to get things done at home, have date nights with hubby, work, and as of late plan for our wedding.  No matter how many things I have on my 'To-Do' list, I try to pencil in some leisure time to relax and explore my local area.  My sister and I decided to grab brunch after church this past Sunday at this nice little coffee shop in Virginia Beach.  In case you didn't know, I love spending time in coffee shops.  Definitely a great place to sit and reflect, catch up, or spend time on my laptop.  

Sunday we sat down at Three Ships Coffee, a shop with a bit of a vintage vibe, that's located in Virginia Beach.  There we sipped on Pungo Lattes (sweetened with blackberries) and had yummy waffletinas!





Yes, it was even better in person.  This is the beacon, egg, tomato, and mixed greens waffletina.  Waffletina is pop-up restaurant that makes waffle sandwiches in and around the Hampton Roads area!  So flavorful and filling!  I've been trying to eat a little cleaner since the wedding is coming up, but sometimes you've got to treat yourself!  Not too bad!



Sunday was awesome.  After this refreshing brunch I went home to prepare for the work week.  Oh and this is Day Two of my wash and wear hair style.  I always find it so refreshing that it doesn't take too much for my natural hair texture to look fab!  It's definitely more convenient to wear my hair as a wash and wear style in this heat and humidity!  Later this week and I'm going to share the ends and outs of this style and a new product that I absolutely fell in love with this weekend!  More later!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Giveaway with Firmoo.com!


Exciting news guys!  Remember earlier this year when I blogged about these cute pair of glasses?  If not, you can check that post out HERE.  Firmoo.com is an online optical store, for those of you who aren't familiar.  I love the site because it provides a large amount of cool and modern styled glasses for both men and women!  I loved my frames so much that I wanted to give you all a chance to share in the experience as well!  You all have been very loyal readers and I would like you to know that I appreciate you very much.  Your support does not go unnoticed.  I wanted to show my appreciation today by giving one reader a pair of glasses from Firmoo.com!

One of you will win a pair of Firmoo glasses that comes with free shipping for U.S. residents only.  You will be able to choose the pair of glasses you love from the site HERE.  Glasses include the frames and standard 1.50 index single vision lenses.  If you want to upgrade your lens and have add-ons you will be charged for the extra fee.

Rules

Like  my Styled Chic FB page & the Firmoo FB page!

Follow  Styled_Chic & Firmoo on Twitter!

Comment  in the section below with the link to which glasses you would like to win.  Make sure you view that page HERE.

The contest ends this Sunday, August 16th at 12 PM.  I will announce the winner via Facebook on Monday, August 17th.  Oh, and GUYS, you are more than welcome to enter the contest too!  I hope you win!

Monday, August 10, 2015

5 Reasons Why You Never Have Anything to Wear



It happens ALL the time.  Whether it's a job interview, birthday dinner, date night, grabbing lunch, or just simply going to work everyday, it's the same old thing.  We rummage through drawers or stand and stare into our open closets with not a clue as to what to put on.  To make matters worse, this dilemma normally occurs only a few hours before it's time for you to leave the house.  You find yourself frantically running around your bedroom growing more and more irritated until you finally just "throw something together" and that settles it.  How crazy is that?  Talk about the ultimate struggle.  With all that shopping we've done it just doesn't make sense!  Here are a few things to get you going with your wardrobe so that you don't find yourself with a closet full of clothes and "nothing to wear".


1.  You Don't Have the Basics

Think of an outfit like preparing a meal.  Before you begin, you've got to have the essentials like cooking oil, salt, pepper, a little flour, some butter--see where I'm going?  So you need to have the basics in your closet to create a decent outfit.  Your essential pieces that go with EVERYTHING. A few years ago I did a post on fashion basics.  Although it's a few years old, the principles remain the same.  Read up on it HERE to get a break down of where you should start.  Keep in mind that having items like:


*Blazer
*Black Pumps
*White button up
*Dark Denim Jeans
*Little Black Dress
*Everyday work bag

are key.  It makes it that much easier to create an outfit, especially when you are in a time crunch.  Also when you have these in classic colors like black, white, grey, blue, or red, it's also a plus.  These are classic colors that will never go out of style.  You can have these pieces for years and still look current.


2.  You Aren't Planning Your Outfits

I'm actually guilty of this.  I'm quick to say "Oh, I'll just figure it out in the morning."  But what happens is, I rarely really figure it out in the morning.  Taking the time to think about whatever event we are attending is the first step.  If you have a wedding to go to that is cocktail attire and you don't have a cocktail dress and now here it is, the week of the event and you don't have anything to wear, you're forcing yourself to rush through everything and just settle.  Start thinking about things in advance.  By allowing yourself the time to plan what to wear, it gives you time to really put together something nice, and therefore look your best.

3.  You Don't Know What You Have In Your Closet

Ever purchase that cute dress that you just have to have, take it home, hang it in the closet only to never think about it again?  Yea girl, I've done that too.  Sometimes we have some really cute pieces that are buried and hidden and we forget all about them.  Take some time to look through your wardrobe and just take inventory.  I especially like to do this before I go shopping, just to ensure that I don't buy the same thing twice.  You need to know what you have, it's as simple as that.

4.  You Aren't Shopping Correctly

So back to my food analogy.  You can't buy olives, chips, and peanut butter and expect to get a hearty meal out of that.  Everything should compliment what you already have or be cohesive  to the meal you are trying to prepare.  Same goes with your clothes.  You can't buy several crop tops and midi skirts in the middle of November and expect to have something to wear to work Monday through Friday.  I'm not trying to tell you what to purchase, but in this case, it only makes sense to be a little more practical when you shop.  You've got to have more everyday clothes + work clothes than you have going out clothes.  Better yet, shop according to your lifestyle.

5.  You Need To Organize Your Closet

There's just absolutely no way you're going to find anything to wear if your closet is a mess.  Ugh, just thinking about digging under a mountain of clothes is frustrating.  Take some time to properly hang the appropriate clothes.  Organize by blouses, pants, skirts, etc.  Line up your shoes.  For the most part, organize everything in such a way that you are able to see most of what you have.  That will make it that much more easier to pair things together.  Group your items so you know where you can find everything.  Coats, blazers, long sleeved blouses, short sleeved blouses..get it?  Now you can literally just grab and go.

Do you consistently find yourself with a closet full of clothes and still have nothing to wear?  I hope these helpful tips can get you on track.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Off-the-Shoulder Top + Boyfriend Jeans

 







Seems as if I took a cue from my own style guide with this look!  If you missed it, check it out HERE.  So who am I kidding?  I'm just a jeans all the time kind of girl.  I literally have to force myself to switch it up a bit by wearing dresses and skirts to keep things interesting.  When it boils down to it, I'm just the most comfortable in a good ol pair of worn jeans.  Plus I like to have clothing that does all the work for me.  I can't stress it enough.  Distressed denim is a statement item.  The pairings with these babies are easy and endless.  You literally can't go wrong with styling them.  Oh, and this off-the-shoulder top is my favorite because of it's alluring appeal.  Very demure, yet flirty.  I like to show off unexpected features sometimes, like my shoulders.

As far as life goes, things have been good..and busy.  From weekend entertainment at home with friends and family, to date nights with hubby, to taking care of our 4 year old black lab, and several other side gigs--I've got my hands full.  I'm only a few months out from my wedding (our family and friends celebration), so things are really starting to pick up.  We will be sending out our formal invitations pretty soon.  It's getting close!  Can you believe summer is just about over?  Yea, neither can I.  This month will also be pretty eventful as I also begin a new position with my 9 to 5.  A different location that's closer to home and a great opportunity to learn more and grow--I'm excited!  Other than that I'm just keeping it casual and chic of course!  How's your summer wrapping up?



Wednesday, August 5, 2015

How-To Style

6 Ways to Wear Boyfriend Jeans




The boyfriend jean is just an item you HAVE to have in your closet.  You just have to.  It's a staple that looks good on any body type.  Trust me.  If you're a bit of a fashion girl, you already know this.  If not, take note.  If you're looking to up your style game or are interested in making a distressed boyfriend jean work for you, here's a guide that is super helpful.  From professional to trendy, I've got you covered.  Keep this chart as a point of reference and I promise you'll never say you don't have anything to wear again!

 
 

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