No Resolutions. Cake for Breakfast. More Good Beer.

New YearOh, hey 2k14!

A new year means new resolutions, right? Yeah… no. Not with me. I have actually never given myself a New Years resolution. Resolution means to resolve, kill bad habits, make new habits. Well, I don’t hate my bad habits and as I sit here, 6 days into the new  year, eating Junior Mints and watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, I can confidently say that I haven’t broken a resolution and am not stressing about one either.

I think a new year should mean new goals, pushing yourself to achieve those goals and eating cake for breakfast. Just kidding… I would never! Your goals have to be achievable. I know I’m not going to lose 30 pounds before one of FIVE weddings this summer. I know I’m not going to learn to cook. And, I’m probably not going to save money this year either. (That’s what a 401K is for when you’re in your early 20’s, right??)

Realistic goals, in my eyes, are goals that inspire you. Goals that you’ll kick ass at. Goals that are going to make you a better, smarter and more successful person at the end of the day, week, month or year. After all, goals can be short and long-term. I’m not going to bore you with my goals, but I challenge you to set goals for yourself. Maybe, unlike me, you can save a certain amount of money in time for a summer vaca. Maybe make it to three spin classes this week. Maybe ask your boss for that raise you know you deserve. Maybe do something outside of your comfort zone at work, in your relationship, in social settings. Go crazy!

Now, I am going to go to bed (on time) so I make it to the gym; not because I have resolutions to keep up with, but because I like to drink beer, okay!

 

Cheers and happy New 2K14!

Jordan

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Detox, Cleanse, Whatever…

After painfully stuffing the last bite of the fifth Christmas meal in my mouth, my sister and I decided that we need to immediately start a crash diet. Well, she can go on her juicing crash diet. I just want to feel better. So, detox it is! Yes, now I realize New Year’s Eve is like tomorrow. I clearly didn’t plan accordingly, but that’s okay. I get excited about things and am slightly impulsive.

So, I came up with my own detox cleanse to fit my lifestyle. I am on day 3 and I’m feeling pretty good. It’s easy too! It basically consists of whole foods, detox pills to enhance the “cleanse” and oil pulling. What the eff is oil pulling? I found it on Pinterest and it is actually kind of cool. The pin said to swish coconut oil in your mouth for 15 minutes to pull the toxins, via your mouth, I guess? As soon as I repinned this very holistic approach to cleansing, I rushed to Central Market to buy the stuff. There’s that impulsiveness again. I set up a shot in a “Bottoms Up, Party Down” shot glass and started swishing. Now, my teeth are slimy like I just got braces off and I might have lost my taste for coconut rum. I hear this helps whiten your teeth, is good for your gums and has even helped with colds, (which I currently have) so I’ll deal.

I would let you know if I lose weight from this, but I don’t own a scale and I am doing this to simply rejuvenate.  

Want to join me? Might as well! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Fresh or steamed veggies (Ziploc steamer bags are awesome)
  • Apple-cider vinegar (You can take shots of this in the mornings and at night, use it as salad dressing, or add a tsp. to your water.)
  • Filtered water
  • Lemons or lemon juice
  • Black coffee if you’re a coffee drinker. It has to be plain, though! If you’re not a coffee drinker, you should try a cup in the mornings. It helps with your metabolism. Beginners, water it down.
  • Chicken, tilapia, albacore tuna, or crab (Plain yellow mustard and Seasoning is okay, as long as it doesn’t have sugar.)
  • Plain popcorn to munch on (They’re full of antioxidants. Who knew?)
  • Gluten free, 100% real fruit snacks for something sweet
  • Coconut oil for the oil pulling (I added a pic below because it took me forever to find it.)
  • Detox pills (Your local GNC and most whole foods grocery stores have shelf-fulls.)

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No sugars, carbonated beverages are gross anyway, stay away from bread, dairy products are usually a no-go, and no alcohol (unless it’s New Year’s, of course).

Side tip: Sweating is the same as detoxing, so a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio a day wouldn’t hurt. Wash your face every night and morning to prevent detox break outs. Yuck.  

Oh yeah, how long is this supposed to last? However long you want it to! I would do a minimum of a week, though!

Happy rejuvenating!

XOXO,

Jordan

Bringing in 2012 the Right Way

New Year’s Eve: What’s a better excuse for an extravagant night out on the town, as if being young and single in Dallas isn’t enough? NYE is one of the few nights of the year that girls can buy a fun dress and rock dramatic make up and guys can wear fedoras. No, I’m not talking about Halloween. Yes, fedoras should be limited to be worn on this one night of the year unless you’re Britney Spears.

Here are a few tips for looking good, having fun, and being safe while bringing in the new year:
Sequence aren’t just necessary, they are essential this year. Good riddance, rhinestones!
You won’t look like a drag queen if you go for the dramatic eyes and bold lips look, I promise.
Absolutely no flats! Hell, I’m 5’7″ and will be wearing at least 4″ heels.
If you’re single, go out with your fellow single girls. Let’s be honest, it is hard to mingle and get a few free drinks if you’re with your guy friends.
If you are in a relationship, go out with couples. There’s no need to emphasize on that topic…
Don’t skip your pre NYE meal just because your dress is a little tight. You will regret it. (That’s Drinking 101)
Typically when you drink, you dance, which can be embarrassing the day after when you are looking a your night’s pics. Please don’t pull a Snooki, dancing against a glass wall. Yikes…

I assume boys need a few tips as well:
Pin stripe suits were made for mafia/gang related movies, and white shoes with black pants or jeans don’t go together. (stereotype fashion tip… Had to do it!)
If you see a girl that you want to introduce yourself to, buy her what she’s drinking. Study your bitch drinks so you can master this. Vodka waters w/ lemon, Vodka sodas, skinny Margaritas on the rocks and Michelob Ultras are going to be your most common bitch drinks.
If you are more of a ‘shot buyer’, buy a round of shots to include her friends. Buying one girl a shot or two just conveys the wrong message.
The way you talk to your bartender and interact with the strangers around you reveals a lot about you to people watchers. I’m definitely a people watcher.
It IS okay for guys to dance like Pauly D. and Vinny. I know you are relieved after reading that! Haha… It’s fun and shows that you like to have fun.

Most important tip:
Be safe and DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!
It usually isn’t hard to find a cab in Dallas, but you might have to help out that person who didn’t read dallasbelle.com and is passing out on the curb at 2AM. Call the Tipsy Tow for them. 1-800-AAA-HELP.
tipseytow.com/AAA

Here are some websites and blogs you should also reference:
NYE Events in Dallas via @frontburner- frontburner.dmagazine.com/NYE
Find the Perf NYE Dress via @fabfitfun- fabfitfun.com/NYEdresses
Make up and Beauty Tips via @CosmoOnline- cosmopolitan.com/hairandbeauty
Tools You Need to not Look Hungover on New Year’s Day via @fabfitfun- fabfitfun.com/hangoverkit

I hope you have a fun and fabulous New Year’s Eve and a successful new year!

XOXO,

Jordan