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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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XOXO

Cathy

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Fall menswear blazers and how to style one

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fall menswear blazers outfit: large gold hoop earrings / Bobbi Brown lipstick “Lilac” / black short sleeve tee / oversize menswear blazer / distressed boyfriend jeans / Chloe handbag / Chanel holiday nail polish / black boots (old, similar pair here on major sale!)

The menswear trend is still going strong, and fall menswear blazers are a huge way to rock this runway trend on the street. I love the menswear blazer trend, because it reminds me of one of my favorite trends from the 1990s; the blazer trend!

In the 1990s, the blazers we wore over jeans were usually gabardine, or a rougher wool fabrication. They were typically black, or near black. My blazer was by DKNY and it was such a dark shade of green, most people mistook it for black. I loved that blazer, and wore it often. Now that the trend has returned, I am sad that I don’t own it any more!

The difference between the menswear blazer trend of the 1990s, and the fall menswear blazers trend of 2017, is that we have more options this time around. The perfect fall blazer does not need to be black, or near black. It can be any color from this season’s color palette; plus, it can be houndstooth or plaid. Love that!

If you are wondering how to wear the fall menswear blazers trend, it is super easy; just add jeans! Menswear blazers look on point this season when paired with jeans. While you can throw one over a dress, the ideal way to wear one is with jeans. It is an easy outfit to create, it’s comfortable, and it can make any jeans and tee combo look put together. Love!

I’m really happy with the blazer I found for the fall season. It isn’t too heavy, so I can wear it when temperatures reach the 70’s. Since our fall season here in the Bay Area is typically moderate to warm, this weight of jacket is perfect. The oversize silhouette is flattering too; if you have some junk in the trunk you would like to hide, like I do. haha Lastly, I am in love with the frayed hemline on this blazer. I think it adds a little somethin’ somethin’.

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What do you think of the menswear blazer trend this season? Will you be rocking it too?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

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Seasonless nautical stripes

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wearing: bold blue earrings / Bobbi Brown lipstick “Plum” / nautical stripes dress c/o eShakti / stainless steel watch (sold out, also love this one) / Chloe bag / LondonTown nail polish “Black Thorn” / pewter block high heels (on major sale!!)

Have you ever wondered how to wear nautical stripes in the fall? Or perhaps, during any season? When I first spotted this dress from eShakti, I instantly fell in love! My only concern was that it had nautical stripes! How could I rock this in the fall? Would my accessories play well with it? As soon as I started playing around with my fall accessories, I realized you can wear nautical stripes any time of year! They don’t need espadrilles or boat shoes, this classic look can be paired with fall colors, and fabrications. Love that!

Have you ever shopped at eShakti? I have a few pieces in my closet from eShakti, and I love them! The website is full of different types of styles, to suit any taste. You can hate the neckline, or the length of a dress-and still ending up ordering it! This is due to the fact that you can customize just about everything on a piece you find at eShakti.

I love v-necks, and tend to think they are the most flattering necklines on me; aside from turtlenecks. So when I first spotted this nautical stripes dress, I knew the first thing I would do is change the neckline. I clicked into the dress, and then scrolled down to customize it. I changed the neckline to a v-neck, picked out flattering sleeves, left the length; and voila! I ended up with a really flattering, nautical stripes dress which transcends seasons.

You can customize anything you find on eShakti.com. The necklines, the sleeves, the hemline; you can even customize it for your measurements! This is a godsend for me. I am a petite on the bottom, and regular size on top. This makes dresses too long, or jumpsuits ill-fitting. With eShakti, I can shorten the hem if I need to, or adjust a full piece. Love that!

You can learn more about how to customize your clothing at eShakti.com

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XOXO

Cathy

*thank you to eShakti for gifting this dress. all thoughts and opinions are my own

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