Get Cozy With These Fall Essentials

I honestly feel kinda ripped off living in southern California, we don't have a real fall. I mean really though, I just care about Halloween anyways so whatevs!  Wait, am I even eligible to make a fall post when it's been 100 degrees for the last week?  I'm feeling kinda left out seeing people break out the scarfs and boots on Instagram. I wanna join in on the fall fun too, so I'm gonna share some of my favorite things even if I don't get to utilize them. Hey, I grew up in New England, I know what real fall is, I can do this.

:: Let's just get the most important one out of the way first... candles! I've already burned through one Sweater Weather and started on a Marshmallow Fireside last night.

:: When I'm trying to get cozy in the blasting AC, I've been rocking this super cute "California Pull Over" from Sweet Blossom Boutique. I have it in Burgundy and Grey, but they sell it in black as well!

:: Whats fall without some olive green and/or camo print? Dying to grab this overside camo jacket! Also from Sweet Blossom, but they're sold out right now cuz it's that bomb. Their IG says it will be back in two weeks!  I also love this camo button up from Charlotte Russe.

:: For sure go out and get a bunch of the cutest scarves you can find. Although it's never scarf weather here, I like to pair one with a work outfit sometimes because the office is so cold.

:: A couple of hats - I'm hat obsessed and I also need to hide the grays growing in.... But really though, I want this pizza one.

:: Decorative leggings are always fun! Especially paired with an over-sized sweater and boots!

:: Of course, a faux leather jacket to go with everything!

I'd rock all of this if it wasn't 108 degrees out.

And lastly.... absolutely nothing that has anything to do with Pumpkin Spice. yuck!  I will take any and every thing apple & cinnamon flavored though! Like some suuuuper simple snacks and drinks I've shared here before.
:: Caramel Fireball Hot Toddy
:: Spiced Warm Apples

What are some of your fall favorites? 
Is it legit fall yet where you're living? 



Why I Stopped Being Vegan

I'm bracing myself for my first ever hate comment with this post...

And you're probably thinking, "but Kelly, didn't you just start being vegan?!" Well, yea. And as much as my heart and soul wanted to be vegan, my body wasn't having it. Every body is different and for some (maybe most) vegan changed their body in a positive way. My body was fighting against this change and I couldn't take it anymore. For months and months I've tried to find the perfect vegan way for myself and it sadly just wasn't working out for me. While I'm still staying away from red meat, pork, and dairy (aside from the occasional pizza) I've added chicken back into my diet. So therefore - no longer vegan.

I learned through all of this that my body needs some lean protein. I wasn't getting nearly enough protein from the few options I had. I couldn't get the right amount of protein without consuming way way way too many carbs. I figured all this out by tracking my macros on the MyFitnessPal app, and I was exceeding my daily carbs, even with working out! I know the whole protein debacle is a big battle between vegans and non-vegans and I will tell you that from my experience and for me, there is not enough protein. I thought for sure I'd be ok but unfortunately that was just not my experience and I changed up my foods in many different ways over the months and it never worked out for me. Once all those carbs started packing on the weight I knew something had to change.  For my body, this is the fastest way for me to gain a lot of weight very quickly. So I made the tough choice to no longer be vegan so I can get the protein I need and drop these 9 pounds I gained. 

I feel awful about it because I was doing this for the animals and now I just feel guilty and like an asshole. I will still be making conscious vegan choices often, but eating up tons of mock meat is not a choice I want to make anymore. I still very much support the vegan lifestyle, I'm just not living it right now. And I of course felt obligated to come on here and share this since I've been so open about transitioning to vegan to begin with.

I've had a lot of big life changes this year and I'm incredibly overwhelmed by them still and I realized that I was very over stressed about making vegan work for me. I tried, but I just couldn't handle another big change. Not right now. 

Ok but now having said all that... here's a quick 1 minute video I made of "What I Ate Today" a couple weeks back - all vegan!  oh the irony...

here is the 1st video in a new "One Minute" series! whether it will be what I ate, what I did, or anything at all - 
I want to make fun short one minute-ish videos! Let me know if this is something that you like :) 

I hope I'm not disappointing anyone. I'm just trying to do what I feel is best for me day by day.