Stilettos and Diapers: March 2016


Fashion || Whites and Brights

Melvin Tassel necklace, white peplum

Another tiny town in Georgia was the backdrop for this outfit. I love the simplicity of these little town squares! 

White peplum shirt, neon pants
Black Wedges, lime pants, white peplum
Shop Melvin tassel necklace, monogram clutch

Spring bright outfit

colorful spring wedges


Whole30: The RESULTS!

I did Whole30, y'all! It's been 6 days since we finished and I'm SO proud. Oh and I feel SO good. Here are day 29 and 30 meals and our results! 

Here are the previous meal plans: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 and Week 4.

Day 29: Back home from traveling and feeling so excited and terrified for the end! LOVE my new KitchenAid spiralizer and will be using it a ton. 
Whole 30 Meal Plan and Results
Breakfast: Spinach omelet with prosciutto and 1/2 avocado 
Lunch: Salad with turkey and dump ranch
Dinner: Zoodles topped with stir fry and a sauce made with coconut aminos, rice wine vinegar, chicken broth and coconut flour. 

Day 30: It's here! So proud! I loved every bit of the last day's food!
Whole30 complete menu with pictures

Breakfast: Prosciutto egg cups
Lunch: Salad topped with chicken salad, tomato, olives, carrots and onion
Dinner: Taco salad, avocado lime dressing (just avocado, lime juice, garlic and salt in the blender!) and sweet potatoes sliced with the spiralizer and roasted
Snack: Coconut Cream Pie Larabar

So now what you all really want to know! What were my results? 

Weight: lost 9lbs
Measurements: lost 4.5" from waist and hips

This was shocking to me. I really can't believe I lost that much weight or inches. But I feel great. My stomach is flat and everything in my closet fits without muffin top!

The Hubs lost 6.5% of his body weight and about 5". He's extremely happy with his results and people have noticed the difference in us both, which is really exciting. 

A big part of Whole30 is the non scale victories. I started this hoping to clear up some psoriasis and kick some bad habits. Here are things that changed in the 30 days. 

Better Habits. I'm not snacking as much, I'm not grabbing my afternoon chocolate/candy fix and I'm not guzzling coffee like it's my job. All things that needed a serious change. I also discovered that I actually like drinking my coffee when it tastes like coffee. I have been putting a splash of almond milk in it still and haven't had coffee creamer at all. 

More energy. No, I never got the crazy "Tiger Blood" energy that so many talk about, but I do feel more energetic. I didn't really expect anything to change with this because I sleep about 4-5 hours most nights with the little guy waking up every 2-3 hours still. I used to go right back to bed after Cooper left for school and now I'm up being productive in those precious minutes that everyone is still asleep. 

Better workouts. I think part of that is from the increased energy and just the motivation to get my body in shape while I'm eating better. 

Psoriasis...the main reason I decided to do this! The first 2 weeks, it was absolutely better. Then, I felt like it started to be more like it was? But then I realized I changed shampoos at some point. So I changed it back and I've been far less itchy. In the past several days since we finished, I really have seen a difference. 

Healthier kids. With the large amount of fruits and vegetables in the house, my kids have been eating much healthier, too. They have been having their usual breakfasts and lunches for the most part, then eating what we eat for dinner. 

Discipline creates discipline. I have purged through my house more in the past 2 weeks than ever before. I really have a desire for health in all areas of my life, so I'm getting rid of clutter! 

Would I do it again?

I told my friend a very fast "NO" on day 25 or so. I felt like I was missing out on so much! But I've changed my mind. I would totally do it again. Now that I'm done and I have the freedom to eat what I want, I'm not wanting much. The first day afterwards, we had a glass of wine and had brown rice instead of potatoes for dinner. We also added in some corn last week, both of which settled fine. For Easter dinner, we ate everything our hostess made, which was a little cheese in potatoes and sugar in the sweet potatoes. I did eat some Reeses Eggs and they were good. But, I don't feel like I need more. I don't think either of us have any real sensitivities to certain foods, but the gluten and dairy are the things I suspect makes my psoriasis worse, so I'll keep them out/low. I can't wait to do some more paleo type baking. I don't like that you can't make regular foods out of compliant ones, (for example, pancakes out of banana and egg) but I think that was good for my habits. I will be doing it now, though, since I will be able to add a lot more variety that way. I already have my eye on these Chocolate Brownie Bites, Raw Mini Carrot Cakes and Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Muffins

Our long term plan is to eat this type of diet 80% of the time, but with brown rice, legumes and some greek yogurt. This will be the majority of the week, with some freedom on the weekends. I think it will be good to have certain days to not eat anything bad, because it seems to be a slippery slope for me. The Hubs is already talking about doing it again, maybe even a 2 week one after vacation or just if we feel like we need a reset. 

Would I recommend it? 

Absolutely. It was hard in the beginning. I'd say the first 2 weeks were the hardest and I felt like I was in the kitchen all the time. Or maybe I was. Haha. The second 2 weeks were pretty easy. I felt like I was in the downhill swing and I knew exactly what foods I needed to have for meals. I could whip up food way easier once I got a good grasp on what was allowed. You do need a buddy, though! Having The Hubs do it with me as well as my friends Laura, Lisa and Candace, made all the difference. I had those days where I wanted to quit and they talked me off the ledge! You'll want to do some serious planning ahead. Think about events before you set your start date, then plan out your meals, at least for the first 2 weeks. Trader Joes and Whole Foods were great for me. If you have any questions, I'm happy to help! 

Have you done Whole30? 

Any tips for others? 


Fashion || Train to Georgia

J. Jill Tunic, Mint tote

While we were in Georgia, we went to a nearby town to see a show my family is in. The town consists of a square with a little shopping around it and that's about it. They did have murals everywhere that were all so pretty. This one was my favorite and looked like you would imagine that little town did 100 years ago. 
Train mural, spring style

J. Jill Tunic, tassel necklace
Mint tote, Miu Miu tortoise sunglasses
Fashion blogger, spring style, train mural

Caged black sandals
Black sandals, mint bag, floral tunic

Mint purse for spring, splurge or save

Top: J. Jill c/o | Jeans: Loft | Shoes: Last year, here are good splurge and save versions | Sunglasses: Miu Miu via Ditto (I LOVE this program with new sunnies whenever I want! Use STILETTODIAPERS for a free month)Tassel Necklace: J. Jill c/o | Bag: Old, but a favorite! Very similar here and here

I wanted my outfit for the show to be a little dressy, while comfortable and easy to walk around bouncing babies in. I felt feminine in this printed tunic and love how lightweight it is. It's perfect for spring and summer! 


Georgia Trip Wrap-Up

Last weekend, we made our way down to South Georgia to my parents house. There is absolutely nothing more relaxing to me than being at my momma's house. I don't know if it's just being taken care of by my parents, or the slow pace of small town living, but it's pretty magical in their little town. 

We went for a visit and also because my brother, sister and mom perform in a play every year. We were able to see the show last year and I'm glad the timing worked out for use to see this years, too. It didn't hurt that the boys all sat through the whole show without making a peep! It was a miracle! 
Little man hammed it up for everyone at the theater. They wanted to add him into the show, but decided his "hey girl, hey" onesie and Converse weren't quite fitting with the 1900's clothing theme.

The rest of the time there was spent relaxing. My parents have a great backyard, where Lincoln and I sat to watch the boys play baseball. 

And Linc spent a lot of time on Marmie's cushy new rug. 
My little sis works at a boutique doing all their monogramming and vinyls. I drug her into the store on her day off with a laundry list of things I needed. 

One was this shirt to wear to opening day of baseball. Complete in NY Met colors!

There was some Simply Southern gear that jumped into my bag as well. Hehe. 

The trip was far too short, but I'm glad we go to squeeze it in between basketball and baseball seasons. Starting next weekend, we're booked through mid June! Which is probably a good thing, since this guy HATES the car. He doesn't want to be strapped in and he lifts his head up as high as he can so he can see the movie playing over his head. There were some epic bouts of screaming, which made for an interesting drive. Finally, we did complete fruit basket turnover of the carseats and I did some gymnastics to nurse him to sleep, while he was strapped in. The things we do for our kids, y'all! 

I guess we do it because they flash these grins and pretend none of the crazy ever happened! 


Whole30: Week 4 Progress and Meal Plan

OMG. I've been 28.5 days without sugar. I seriously can't believe it. This has been SO good and I'm So glad we did it! Here are week 1, week 2, and week 3 menus, in case you want to check those out. I will be updating again after we are officially done with the 30 days, but for now, here is week 4's meal plan! 
Whole30 menu, week4 meal plan with pictures

Day 22: This day I felt super bloated, right after a day of feeling really good. I was actually bloated and had a bit of a stomach ache 4 days in a row this week, in the afternoon. I tried to figure out if it was something I was eating, but couldn't pinpoint anything. Without making any changes, it stopped and I've been good since then. I guess it's all part of the cleaning out! 
Easy whole30 meals
Breakfast: Spinach omelet, homemade sausage, strawberries
Lunch: Cobb salad with leftover macadamia crusted chicken strips
Dinner: Ahi tuna with pineapple salsa, roasted potatoes and green beans
Snack: Pineapple upside down cake Larabar, seltzer

Day 23
whole30 prosciutto egg cups

Breakfast: Prosciutto egg cups (MAKE THESE!) with spinach and tomatoes, strawberries
Lunch: 1/2 sweet potato stuffed with leftover stuffed pepper filling, coleslaw salad
Dinner: Buffalo chicken bites over salad (tried a new recipe and didn't like it. Will stick to the ones from week 2) homemade tater tots (huge hassle and not worth it, fyi) with dump ranch.
Snack: Apple with almond butter

Day 24
whole30 easy menu, recipes, meal plan
Breakfast: Monkey salad, homemade sausage patty, hard boiled egg
Lunch: Prosciutto, turkey, guacamole and spinach in a collard wrap, coleslaw salad. Here is a great tutorial on the collard wrap
Dinner: Aidell's chicken apple sausage roasted with peppers, onions, zucchini and potatoes. Super easy meal! Everything on the cookie sheet, toss with olive oil and spice, then bake at 400 for 30 minutes
Snack: Pecan Pie Larabar 

Day 25: It was St. Patrick's Day and felt weird to not celebrate much! I did make a shake, which I know isn't technically encouraged, but it was mostly spinach, with almond butter, almond milk and a little pineapple. It was too think and not that tasty. Much like you'd imagine drinking spinach would taste like. Haha. 
whole30 recipes
Breakfast: Spinach and almond butter smoothie, boiled egg and homemade sausage patty
Lunch: Chipotle! Salad with guacamole, salsa and carnitas.
Dinner: Buffalo chicken bites over salad
Snack: Leftover coffee and almond milk over ice. It will be a favorite this summer. 

Day 26: We left right after lunch this day to go to my parents in Georgia. I brought my almond milk for coffee, Applegate turkey, sweet potato hash seasonings and Larabars. We mapped out a Chipotle on our route and all went well! 
whole30, recipes, meal plan, results
Breakfast: A favorite! Leftover chicken apple sausage, peppers and onions, mixed with spinach and 2 sunny side up eggs. I'm not even hungry right now and I want to eat it. 
Lunch: Chicken salad, made with homemade mayo, pecans and grapes in a collard wrap. 
Dinner: Chipotle salad with carnitas, guacamole, mild and medium green salsa. 
Snack: Lemon Bar Larabar

Day 27: My mom was so great and had tons of fresh veggies, fruit, eggs and chicken for us at her house. Made traveling much easier!
whole30 meal plan, week 4
Breakfast: Sweet potato hash, egg over easy
Lunch: Salad with avocado, turkey, sugar snap peas, oil and vinegar
Dinner: Grilled chicken, baked sweet potato, 1/2 avocado, raw veggies
Snack: Pecan Pie Larabar

Day 28: We drove 8 hours home from Georgia this day. It was hard to find dinner since we really didn't want Chipotle again, but we did it!
Whole30 restaurants
Breakfast: Sautéed mushrooms with 2 eggs and 1/2 avocado 
Lunch: My first forgotten picture! My mom made chicken apple sausage with potatoes and onions, much like we ate on day 24. 
Dinner: Both bottom pics are actually dinner on the road. A bunless burger from 5 Guys and a classic salad with egg, onion, cucumber, tomato and pecans from Panera. We just asked them to not put the dressing on.
Snack: An apple while on the road. 

I didn't do too much planning this week for breakfasts and lunches. I feel like I have a good handle on the foods I need in the house and it's easy to make meals when I have a stocked fridge. Here are my must haves:

Applegate Oven Roasted Turkey (from the deli counter): for lettuce wrap or on salads.
Avocado and guacamole: I add one to almost every breakfast or lunch!
Coleslaw Mix: adds good variety in a salad, or mix with homemade mayo as an easy side.\
Mixed Field Greens: So easy to have a big container of salad you can grab a handful of. 
Eggs: The nectar of Whole30. 
Spinach: I cook it with eggs and use in wraps and salads.
Chicken Apple Sausage: Easy and quick protein. Aidell's is compliant and they have it at my Costco, BJ's and Target. 

I'm super excited to finish, but we plan to keep the majority of these things implemented when we're eating at home. I do plan to do a little paleo baking this week for Easter. Just adding in some honey to the ingredients we're already eating. I'll be back later this week with our results!


Fashion || Tan and Black

FRIDAY! I'm especially excited today because we're headed down to visit my parents in Georgia! My brother and sister are in a production that we're going to see tomorrow and I'm looking forward to some coffee sipping on my mommas porch. 

I wore this outfit a couple weeks ago and forgot to post it. I got these booties at the end of last summer, but just found them on Amazon in tan and black! I will be wearing them out this year! 
Sheer black tunic, Tan peep toe booties
Tassel Backpack, Peep Toe Booties
Prada Sunglasses from DITTO, Sheer tunic

Pleione Tunic, Prada Sunglasses
J. Jill Tassel Backpack

Tan and black

Booties: Reportsimilar here and here | Backpack: J. Jill | Top: Pleione last season, similar here | Leggings: J. Jill (my favorite ones!) | Ring Set: Kohl'sSunglasses: Prada via Ditto. (Use STILETTODIAPERS for a free month of Netflix for sunglasses!)

Shop the look:

Happy Friday, y'all! 


Easter Under $100!

Easter is the perfect time for lace, pearls and all things pink, in my opinion. Growing up, not an Easter went by that we weren't dressed to the nines. I like to think that is still how it should be! The big day may be just over a week away, but there's still time to grab a great dress for a fabulous price! Here are some I'm crushing on:


What Molly Wore: Instagram Roundup

It's clearly been awhile since I posted one of these Instagram outfit round-ups! I need to try to make them monthly, but then again, I need to try to do a lot of things. Hehe. 
Cape, stripe sweater, Milksnob cover

Spring Transition outfit

Leopard leggings, snow
Leggings: Target | Cardigan: Old Navy | Boots: Target last year, similar here

Prada sunglasses via shop Ditto, scarf, long cardigan
Jeans: Old Navy | Sweater | Scarf: J. Jill | Sunnies: Prada via ShopDitto (STILETTODIAPERS for a free month of designer sunglass rentals!) | Boots: similar here

elbow patch stripe tunic, floppy hat

Hunter boots, rainy day outfit

Long drape cardigan via J. Jill, All black outfit

How to wear jeans with sneakers

Coffee pajamas
Pajama Set: Old, similar here and here

Dressing room stories, leather backpack, kohls lace top,

Sales I'm loving! 

J. Jill: Today only, extra 50% off sale styles (including my fave leggings!)
Target: BOGO 50% off clothing for the family 
Kohls: $10 off $50 women purchase with code SPRINGSTYLE, $10 off $30 juniors purchase with code DRESSLOVE

Happy humpday! 
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