Wellness Wednesday: The Clean Eat Diet featuring Melissa from Faith Family Fashion

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Hey Everyone!!!

I am so happy to announce my new blog series called “Wellness Wednesday”! Each Wednesday my posts will be geared toward living a healthier lifestyle. Blog posts will range from workout tips/techniques to interviews from amazing individuals who focus on their health! I am really excited about today’s featured guest, Melissa W. from Faith Family Fashion!

Melissa is a 35yr old personal style blogger from Sarasota , Fl. She’s also a wife and mother whom works full time in the field of Aviation as a Certified Electronic Tech. When Melissa is not working a 10hr workday, she’s enjoying her free time away from the office doing what she loves the most which consists of, shopping, blogging, and spending quality time with family and friends. 

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ASW: What prompted you to start clean eating?

About a year ago I decided to change my health. It all started with lower back pain. I went to two Doctor’s who ran lots of tests, x-rays, ultra sounds, etc and a large bill but in the end one of the Doctor’s just sat me down and said look you’re 5’2 1/2 and you’re over weight 217.8 to be exact ! You need to lose some weight. I think he was the first person in my life to keep it 100 with me and if it wasn’t for his honesty I wouldn’t be where I am today!

ASW: In addition to clean eating, do you work out regularly? 

My workout of choice is walking, cycling, and jump roping. May favorite of them all is walking! I love to listen to Gospel music and walk the bridge, the neighborhood or a beautiful park. I just love being outside. It’s my peace sometimes and I sing along with William Mcdowell or my favorite Tasha Cobbs :)

ASW: You have been blogging for a while now, how has your lifestyle change affected the way you view blogging/fashion? Or has it changed?

My blogging life has definitely taken a backseat due to my new lifestyle because I’m more focused on staying healthy.  Before it was all about “I must update my blog weekly no matter what.” I plan on posting more looks soon. I’m kinda in this new phase of changing my style not sure of the direction yet. I’m just excited for the new me :)

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ASW: Do you have any cheat days during the week or on the weekends? If so, what foods do you indulge in? 

In the first 4 months of my journey you couldn’t get me to have a cheat day. Now I must admit I have too many lol. But I try and I recommend one cheat day a week my favorite thing to indulge in is chinese food.

ASW: What advice can you give to those who would like to try a clean eat diet? 

The best advice I can give anyone  is be honest with yourself, if you fail start over. Consistency is key and remember why you started every time I want to give up I remind myself why I started. For me it was more about my health not about the number on the  scale. I hope that my journey will inspire many, am I where I want to be? No! but I’m not where I was I’m a happy, healthy, curvy, beautiful 180lbs!!

Below are a few examples of foods Melissa uses for clean eating! 

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It has been a pleasure to know Melissa for a couple of years and to watch her weight loss journey has been inspirational. Melissa looks amazing and now I have ideas on clean eating meals that I would like to try. Not only is Melissa a health nut but is also fashionable. Please check out her blog Faith Family Fashion!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great Wednesday!

With Love,

Ashley

B.O.R.N. to Style


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Hello Loves, I would like to share with you all a new show that is premiering on FYI network July 15 called B.O.R.N. to Style. B.O.R.N. stands for Borrow, Old, Refurbished, and New and there are six fashion heros that help those in need of a style makeover. Jonathan Bodrick is the manager of the B.O.R.N. Shop in Harlem and has been styling since the age of five. The stylists on B.O.R.N. to Style are fierce, fashion-forward and fabulous.

 

B.O.R.N. to Style - cast imageCast Members: Jonathan Bodrick, Brandon Hood, Joseph “JJ” Langan, Kristen Brown, Terry Artis and Devin Stokes

FYI Network is youthful, current, improvised, honest and personal.  FYI covers a range of stories and experiences that reflect how people actually live their lives today, not defined by just one passion or interest.

B.O.R.N. to Style premieres at 10 pm EST on 7/15 on FYI Network. Your Makeover Needs a Makeover is the shows tagline!

 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by FYI Network through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about B.O.R.N. to Style, all opinions are my own. 

Anchor Print

8Good Morning Loves! These past few weeks in Florida have been extremely hot and sunny. We are not even into the summer season and we are already roasting lol. Nevertheless, the heat did not stop me from rocking my matching navy anchor print crop top and skirt that I was given to review from Eshakti

1This was my first time wearing clothing from Eshakti and my overall experience with the pieces were excellent. My outfit is versatile and can be worn to brunch or even on a shopping trip! I love that each item is customizable so no body type can feel left out. In addition, Eshakti’s items are affordable and appeals to woman’s style preference.

2One of the reason’s why I chose this dress was because it came with pockets. Skirts and dresses that have pockets are so chic!

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7Do you shop at Eshakti?

Thanks for stopping by ✌

With Love,

Ashley

Tourist behavior

Tourist Behavior 1Good Morning Loves! I titled this post “Tourist behavior” due to the fact that when I put on this outfit and walked around the plaza, I honestly felt like a tourist. From my cross body bag to my fedora hat and to my sandals. I could totally see myself wearing this outfit on vacation! With that said, let’s check out more pictures from my shoot.

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TB 17Top: J. Crew (Similar)/Floral Pants: Forever 21 (Similar)/Sandals: H&M (HERE) /Bag: Phillip Lim X Target/Sunnies: Kate Spade/Fedora: BCBG

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TB 21Photo Credit: K. Amey Photography

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Tourist behavior 18I hope you all have a great Wednesday and thanks so much for stopping by!

Olay Fresh Effects Hydrating Moisturizer


DSCN7552Good Morning Loves! Happy Hump Day. I would like to share with you all an amazing moisturizing cream that I have been using for the past month. It is called Olay Fresh Effects Hydrating Moisturizer. Sometimes we may not get an adequate amount of sleep and this cream allows an individual to become a beauty in an instant. It eliminates puffy eyes and brightens up your tone in just few seconds of use. Recently, I traveled to Puerto Rico and Olay Fresh Effects surely came in handy since I slept less hours and also when I did not want to put on make-up each day. One of my friends who has oily skin tried this cream and loved it. She plans to start using Olay Fresh Effects this week!

DSCN7557Olay fresh effects has a light texture and works great when applying make-up since it has a natural glow. This hydrating gel moisturizer is oil free and does not clog your pores. It is formulated with a powder and it absorbs quickly so the skin does not appear oily.

DSCN7558Overall, my experience with this cream was fantastic. I highly recommend purchasing it from your local super market or drugstore. Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Olay Fresh Effects through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Olay Fresh Effects, all opinions are my own.

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