2018: Life+Style Goals and Improvements

Hey y’all, happy new year!

I’m not a “new year, new me” person but I’m all about improving. It’s been about a year since I’ve knowingly stopped eating meat and this year I’m striving to improve my awareness. I’m also implementing more natural products into my lifestyle. I’ll hopefully be doing more reviews of the natural products I try. I’m not trying to sway anyone to my way of life, but maybe I can answer questions or ease the skepticism of anyone who may be on the fence.

One of the things I hope to accomplish this year is to visit more vegetarian/pescatarian/vegan friendly restaurants in Charleston. I’m all about trying new things, so this should be a fun goal to fulfill. This weekend I visited the new location of one of my favorite places–Dellz on the Macon! Dellz is family owned and operated and has some of the best food I’ve ever had. They serve up a great combination of good, healthy food with robust flavor. It’s feel good food with friends because it’s a small and cozy environment.

Ireana of XOXO, I. Joelle and I had a great meeting over their Dellz Nachos (with meatless meat crumbles).

This was her first time trying Dellz and I think I’ve got her addicted to their fresh, vegan chocolate chip cookies. Those cookies are honestly heaven on earth!

We also ran into the homie, KJ Kearney, who dropped some real business knowledge. This year needs to be more about coming together, finding, and securing all the bags we can. Shout out to KJ’s mom, Miss Karen, for also putting us on to some new ways to put ourselves out there!

Dellz on the Macon really is full of magic. It’s a melting pot of good food, good music, good people, and good vibes. Pay what you can and pay it forward–they’re all about putting good karma out into the universe. The Macon couldn’t have gained a better new gathering place.

What would this outing and this post be without outfit details? I finally got a chance to break out my new dress from the Tracee Ellis Ross for JC Penney collection! Amazing fit and quality and I’m so sad the collection isn’t permanent! My wardrobe needs more from Tracee!

Dress: TER 4 JCP $34 (currently on a limited time sale $18.99 😱)

Denim Jacket and Bangles: Old Navy (personalized by moi)

Belt Bag and Earrings: Forever 21 $15.80

Boots: Arizona (JCP) $19.99

📸: Ireana Nathan

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lifestyle changes

Hey y’all! Happy February! I’m taking a quick break in this looks for less week to just let you in on something I’ve been mulling over for awhile. Today is the first day of a lifestyle change that I hope to carry with me for the rest of my life.

Today I’m officially a dairy free pescatarian. I’ve been off beef (consciously) for maybe 2 years and I’m not a big poultry fan. The only meat I could eat constantly was pork. I’ve been watching my eating habits for awhile and decided that I wanted to cut meat from my diet. I also realized there was an option to keep seafood as a source of protein. I live in a port city. There’s seafood everywhere! This seems perfect for me.

I’ve gone back to meal planning and making sure I have enough good snacks to get me through the day. This first month might be mainly trial and error, but I’m determined to stick to it. I’m working on dealing with family and friends who probably won’t understand my dietary choices. I’m hoping for more support than criticism, but you can’t determine what people will say or think.

I’ve also started a board on Pinterest for pescatarian recipes and guides and you can feel free to follow and give me suggestions. Thanks so much for reading and giving any possible support!