Friday, March 23, 2012

Trend Schmend! Be You.

Trend Schmend! Be You.

Trend Schmend! Be You. by joanniel featuring peeptoe shoes

Okay, so the new Spring Fashion colors are in and I have to say that I like them a lot. BUT, I don't follow fashion trends. Never have and probably never will. I understand the idea of having set colors to work with. However, at the same time, I find it kind of pretentious to think of a panel of people deciding what colors the rest of us are going to wear. So, yes, I wear coral lipstick in Winter, I have had the same navy sweater vest for over 10 years, and I wear what I want without asking myself, "Is this trendy?" I buy clothes because I like the way it looks and because it makes me feel good. Whether it's 'in' right now isn't really a concern. I create my own look.

Who says you can't wear emerald green shoes with a purple dress? Certainly not me. Whatever YOU like, just go for it. Create yourself and don't worry what everyone else thinks. Choose a style that makes YOU happy.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Food Series - What's for Breakfast

Food Series - What's for Breakfast

Food Series - What's for Breakfast by joanniel on

Pictured here: Mushroom and tomato omelet, fruit smoothie, coffee, almonds, bananas.

Many times throughout my life I have decided to go on a 'diet'. Miserable failure! At this point in my life I want to be healthier and happier without feeling like I'm cheating myself out of a good thing. I want to be in good shape so that I can keep up with my child and just feel better all around.

I have ordered a fitness dvd. The Tracy Anderson Method. I have tried some of the exercises for a few days a few months back and really enjoyed it. I should be receiving it soon. I ordered the post pregnancy dvd because I haven't really worked out since having my child almost 4 years ago. It's time to get back into shape.

I'm creating these food charts for myself to remind me that healthy food can taste good too. I need to reorganize my daily eating habits to meet my new goals. The meals I make for myself and my family are great tasting, healthy meals, but it's in the late hours of the night that I snack on not so healthy foods.

I think eggs are a great source of protein and I really love how versatile they are. I also enjoy a fruit smoothie for breakfast as well. I replace my milk with coconut milk because I am intolerant to dairy but it tastes just as good. A handful of almonds are also a good choice but I don't have nuts all that much. I like a piece of banana on toast or by itself. Sometimes I will have a bowl of frosted flakes. It feels so good to have a sweet treat sometimes. Even for breakfast.

Step 1. Replace soft drinks with water or natural fruit juice.
Step 2. Always have some protein for breakfast.
Step 3. Order take-out only once per week.

I'm starting small this time around and replacing my habits with better, healthier ones. Although I am very busy being a mom and taking care of my jewellery business, it's not an excuse to stop taking care of myself. I will make the time to improve my health and my life. This new lifestyle is also coinciding with an uncluttering of my home and a reorganization of my space. It's time for everything to change. Everything that's been bothering me but never had time to do. Well, now, I'm making time to do it all.

Monday, March 19, 2012

My Style - The Perfect Look

My Style

My Style by joanniel featuring panel leggings

This is totally my style. I love grey! But since having my son a few years ago I've gotten into a bit of a rut. When people start telling you to dye your hair there's a problem. LOL. I'm not really comfortable in my body right now and I have quite a bit of weight to lose. But in a perfect world this would be my look. A simple yet elegant outfit and a bit of makeup. Minus the purse. I really don't like carrying a purse but this one just looked so neat I had to include it. Oh, and I have to have flat booties. I can never go back to heels.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spring Sale - 20% off

Joanniel Creations is having a Spring Sale. All items are reduced by 20%. Sale runs from March18 to March 25.

I also want to take the time to give a huge thank you to Vibrant Serenity for hosting my most recent giveaway. Congratulations to the winner, Maegen M. for winning my art photo key chain.

Have a great week!