Indulging in an eggnog latte and my battle with caffeine

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wearing: silver ball earrings c/o Sugarfix by BaubleBar / Bobbi Brown lipstick “Plum” / blue and navy McQueen scarf / cozy blue jacket / black and white stripe tee / Chanel fall nail polish / black and rose gold watch / skinny jeans / black Chloe bag / blue velvet booties

OK, so it is true, I drank a coffee. I have been so good. I haven’t had coffee in roughly four years. It has been such a good run; and I am proud of myself for having such good self control! If you don’t know me too well, you might be wondering what in the world I am talking about! Let me start from the beginning. . .

I used to have a severe caffeine addiction, which caused massive headaches by noon if I didn’t indulge in at least three cups of coffee. My addiction to coffee started when I was young. I started drinking coffee when I was in high school. My days used to start at 4:30am because I had swim practice before school. I used to line up with the teachers in the school cafeteria after morning practice and buy a cup of coffee every day before the first bell. My Mom was really against caffeine, so she never bought coffee for me, or really allowed it. I was buying a cup at school on the down-low. -Don’t get too excited, that was as rebellious as I ever got. haha

My coffee addiction increased when I was in college, and then progressed as an adult. Caffeine kept my headaches away, but it also gave me jitters. It started to rule my life. I could not get through a day without head pain unless I drank coffee.

Then one day, it all came to an end when I had my teeth bleached in 2013 by my dentist in order to get rid of all the icky coffee stains on my teeth. After she bleached my teeth, my dentist told me I could only eat white foods for 72 hours; and that meant no coffee whatsoever! She didn’t tell me this ahead time. She looked at my coffee cup on the counter, and told me to dump it. Oh no! What was I going to do?

I have to say, the next 72 hours of my life were painful. No over-the-counter pain-killer could make my headaches go away. It was awful, I couldn’t function. By the forth day, when I could go back to coffee, my head was starting to feel better. I still felt tired and dragged out, but my headaches had gone away. Maybe this was my chance to quit coffee! So I did!

Withdrawal from caffeine took a full thirty days. I was exhausted for a month. My brain was slow to respond, and all I wanted to do was sleep. I spoke with my doctor who told me it was all part of caffeine withdrawal, and to gut it out. After a month, he said I would feel better then ever! He was right!

A month later I felt amazing. I was a calmer person.  I wasn’t jittery at all. I could get up in the morning without feeling like I needed coffee. In fact, the thought of coffee made me sick to my stomach. It was unbelievable how good I felt without coffee! Who knew such a common beverage could be so detrimental to daily health?!

Now that I have gone through caffeine withdrawal, I do my best to stay away from anything considered addictive. I don’t drink alcohol, and I stay away from caffeine. Now, as you read this, you might be thinking “Um, you’re holding a coffee cup in all these photos!” haha, you’re right! Let me explain. . .

My middle child loves everything pumpkin spice. So, when she saw an ad for a pumpkin spice latte at Starbuck’s, she wanted to try it. I told her she could try a decaf, but she couldn’t drink the whole thing. So a few days ago I took two of my three kids to Starbuck’s for breakfast. They ate breakfast sandwiches and tasted a decaf pumpkin spice latte. They didn’t like it all, and only drank one sip each. I love pumpkin spice, but not as a latte; that being said, I really love eggnog which is also a seasonal offering.  Since I love eggnog, I decided I would indulge in one eggnog latte; the only one of the season.

I didn’t drink the whole thing, and I have the willpower to not drink another one. I feel like I conquered a demon by tasting a coffee drink without craving, or needing, another one. I will never go back to drinking coffee everyday, I have learned my lesson. But, once a year or so, I think I can indulge in a small amount of eggnog latte.

Have you ever tried to quit coffee? How did it go?

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Cathy

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Holiday Gifts for her under $100

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Holiday Gifts for her under $100 from top left:  cozy plaid blanket scarf / lip balm gift collection / trendy tassel earrings avl in a ton of colors! (I own a pair in turquoise and love them!) / luxurious mini bundt cakes / tic tac toe coffee table game / cozy fuzzy slippers / beautiful counter-top set of makeup brushes

Holiday shopping is in full swing! If you are like me, you are working on getting your Christmas or holiday shopping done as soon as possible; and under budget! The easiest way to stick to your budget is by looking at gifts within a certain price point.

There are so many types of gifts to give which are priced under $100 this holiday season. I love giving fun, on trend jewelry, as well as cozy items such as fuzzy slippers, lounge-wear, throws (blankets), and scarves. I also love giving people things they will display and love for years to come. Thankfully, there are so many items like this priced under $100!

I love finding gifts which are priced under $100 in order to stay on budget. So, I rounded up a ton of fabulous, and fashionable, gifts for her priced under $100 and placed them all in one handy place; this post! Love that!

I hope you love all these fabulous Holiday Gifts for her under $100, I know I would love to receive them all!

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What are you hoping for this holidays season?

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Cathy


Classic mustard wrap dress for fall by San Francisco designer Karen Klein

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pictured: silver ball earrings c/o SugarFix by BaubleBar / Bobbi Brown lipstick “Plum” / mustard wrap dress c/o Karen Klein / Chloe Nile / black and silver leather watch / Chanel fall nail polish / bold silver cuff (on major sale!) / Gucci slides

Mustard is such a hot color this fall! Although it is a traditional autumn hue, it has not been as popular as it is this season for many, many years! This is actually the first time mustard has been popular that I have put it into my closet, and loved it!

I was thrilled when Karen Klein reached out to me to introduce me to her collection. Her collection has several mustard pieces in classic, and fashion-forward styles; so I was excited to learn more about her, and share the collection with you! Karen Klein is a local, San Francisco Bay Area designer. Her designs come to life right here in San Francisco! I love that her clothing is not only made in the USA, it is made in San Francisco! Love!

Karen Klein clothing is fabulous because it is made to fit any shape or size. When I attend fashion week in New York, I see SO MANY styles go down the runway that can only be worn by a size 000. If you look around you, how many people are a size 000? Um, I rarely see one! Most people walking around are wearing sizes much higher then 000, 00, 0, 2, and 4. The last time I wore a 4 I was a freshman in high school. I wear an 8 now, and I am perfectly happy with my size. It is so refreshing to look at Karen Klein’s collection and know that all of it will not only fit me, but it will look good on me! Let’s face it, just because something comes in your size, does not mean it will look good. Karen Klein’s clothing just looks good on any size body!

When I look good, I feel good. I love clothing which makes me feel secure in myself. This wrap dress looks good, and it is really comfortable, Plus, it can double as a topper over jeans, and a thin sweater when the weather gets cooler this winter. I look forward to wearing it over jeans-and yes, I will post that look later in the season when the weather calls for it.

In addition to this dress, I also have this black dress by Karen Klein, and this fabulous jacket. Those too, will come to the blog soon! So stay tuned. . .

Be sure to check out more from Karen  Klein at her website, UbyKarenKlein.com

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Cathy

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