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BE MINE? MACCS THE LABEL VALENTINES TEES //

Monday, 16 January 2017














I am SO excited about these two new adorable valentines tees available NOW at MACCS the label!

I've always loved the idea of celebrating valentines with some of your closest girlfriends. The new Best Friends Tees are the perfect way to celebrate your bestie - just add rosé and chocolates!

The new Be Mine Tee also makes for the perfect little something for your sweetheart. Adorned with a gorgeous peachy/pink conversation heart, it's adorable dressed up or down.

Shop the new Valentines Gift Guide HERE!

xx
Tessa

STRIPED //

Thursday, 12 January 2017





Jacket: MACCS the label | Top: c/o Wild Blue Denim | Jeans: c/o Old Navy | Boots: c/o Le Chateau | Bag: Prada | Sunnies: Amazon

As soon as I saw this adorable striped top from Wild Blue Denim I fell in love! So cute dressed up or down - love it paired with our MACCS the label Alex jacket.

xx
Tessa


WHOLE30 - THE FIRST WEEK //

Monday, 9 January 2017

image via Pinterest

Well I am officially 8 days into Whole30!! I wanted to give you guys a little write-up as to how I've been feeling, what my go-to foods have been, and just a general overview of the past week.

Let me start by saying that this time around has been MUCH easier than the first time.. I don't know if it's because I knew what I was getting myself into, or that there are so many more recipe options out there now, or that we are now allowed white potatoes (it's probably the potatoes) but I am not finding it nearly as difficult as when I did it before my wedding in 2014. 

Let's start with the foods I've been gravitating towards:

BREAKFAST:
- scrambled eggs with veggies topped with avocado and hot sauce - 
- yam or white potato hashbrowns with sautéed mushrooms and cherry tomatoes with a poached egg -
- yam or potato hashbrown patty with avocado and a poached egg -
- banana/egg scramble with almond milk, almond butter, and shredded coconut -

LUNCH:
- green salad with grilled chicken and a balsamic/dijon dressing -
- green salad with oranges, avocados and tuna - 
- leftovers from dinner -

SNACKS:
- mixed nuts -
- apple or apple pear with almond butter - 
- turkey slices -
- apple or cashew lara bar - 
- banana -
- pineapple -

DINNER:
- coconut chicken with sweet potatoes -
- coconut thai chicken with bell peppers and zucchini over top of cauliflower rice -
- spaghetti squash with grilled chicken, marinara and vegan parm cheese -
- grilled chicken with sweet potatoes and roasted veggies -
- cobb salad with avocado, egg, chicken, and bacon -

This is pretty much the gist of how my week has gone. I also drink lots of green tea throughout the day and will have water or soda water with lemon at lunch and dinner. The biggest worry I had was my sweet tooth (if there's cookies or chocolate in the house it won't last more than an hour). But I have surprisingly been okay! I have had a couple minor cravings which were easily tided over with a lara bar (or half) and it really does the trick. 

Now onto how I've been feeling.. I'm doing this with a few other bloggers, and a few of them were saying around day 4 or 5 that they were super bloated and (sorry) had a serious case of the shits. I was like 'wuuhhh? not me!', then BAM! It hit.. around day 6 I was bloated and my bowels were that of a Mexican tourist. Now that I'm onto day 8 I think I'm over that.. It really is just your body detoxing and adjusting to eating real food! Other than that I have been feeling actually really really good, better than ever you might say. Being self employed I can have good days and I can have bad days.. Since embarking on whole30 it has been nothing but good days. I feel more motivated, more focused, I have more energy, and (other than when I come down with a carb craving) I'm happier. I'm doing things other than just going for drinks - Danny and I went to the movies on Friday, and me and my girlfriends went snow skiing on Saturday - any other time I would have opted for sitting in a pub with some pints but not being able to drink forces me to think outside the box and do actual fun or physical activities - which kind of actually scares me, because it makes me wonder if I should be adopting this as a lifestyle even after the 30 days. I think what has really been a factor in the change in my emotions is the sugar. Before, I would get bored.. have some sugar.. feel down.. not want to work.. have some more sugar, feel more down.. and it goes on. Also cutting out alcohol.. I am definitely a one glass of wine a night kind of gal, and I really feel that cutting that out has been a HUGE factor in my change in emotions and overall happiness. Last night instead of coming home and plopping on the couch with a glass of merlot, I made a cup of green tea, cleaned the kitchen, washed our bedding, took Gigi on a walk, and did all of our laundry - allowing me to feel fresh and ready for the week.

In terms of my physique, I definitely feel like it's having some effect.. Within the first three days the scale showed 3 lbs less than when I started.. but that could just be my normal fluctuation. I've yet to weigh myself again, but overall my body feels really good.

I have 22 days to go and will be sure to continue posting my meals on IG stories and giving you guys weekly updates! Still undecided on having a glass of champagne on my birthday.. I'll keep you posted..

xx
Tessa

BRAVING THE COLD //

Friday, 6 January 2017










Dress: c/o Wild Blue Denim | Jacket: BB Dakota (old, also love thisand this) | Boots: c/o Le Chateau | Scarf: c/o Le Chateau | Sunnies: Ray Ban

As soon as Christmas ends, I'm about ready for the snow to hit the bricks and bring on the sunshine and good vibes! It seems like winter is never ending this year with another snow warning for this week! Looks like I'll have to bundle up a little longer. 

xx
Tessa


PINK + POMPOMS //

Wednesday, 4 January 2017









Sweater: c/o Chicwish | Jacket: Missguided (sold out, similar) | Denim: Zara (old, similar) | Bag: Prada | Boots: c/o Le Chateau | Rings: c/o Mejuri

When I saw this sweater on Chicwish I knew I had to have it! Pink + pompoms? Yes please! I love the look of this cute and fun sweater paired with an edgy jacket and black denim. 

xx
Tessa

WHOLE30 //

Tuesday, 3 January 2017


There's no better time than the new year to take a step back, refresh, and re-excite. Over the past few months I have been indulging in every waist growing item from hot cocoa, to cookies, to way too much takeout. I decided that I would embark on the January whole30 to help detox and reset my body. I've done whole30 before (well, let's be honest, it was more like whole14) so I know what I'm getting myself into. What will make January especially difficult is my birthday is on the 17th. I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I will allow myself to cheat and indulge in a glass of champagne.. we'll see..

For anyone unfamiliar, whole30 is basically a 30 day program where you eliminate certain foods that could potentially be harming your body, like alcohol(duh), sugar, grains, dairy(fml), and legumes. It's used to help not only reset your body but also to aid with any aches/pains, trouble sleeping, skin issues, or low energy levels. What I intend to get out of the program is to generally feel better about myself, I'm pretty happy with my body, however there's a difference between being skinny and being healthy and feeling good. The past few weeks I've just felt a little gross and sluggish. I'm hoping this will help reset my body and mind and help change the way I see food and my relationship with it. I'm also hoping this will help with any low energy levels and clear my cloudy holiday head. 

WHAT I BOUGHT:

VEGGIES
cauliflower: great for cauliflower rice or roasted
sweet potatoes: great as a side, use as toast, or hash browns
cherry tomatoes: roasted or as a snack
cucumber: add to salads or slice and have with vinegar and a little salt for the perfect snack
spaghetti squash
zucchini: another great spaghetti sub
mushrooms: to fry as a side or to have with scrambled eggs
bell peppers: to roast, add to salads, or have with eggs
white onions: to roast or have with eggs
iceberg lettuce
cabbage: great for healthy slaws and asian salads
carrots
baby carrots

PROTEINS
eggs
egg whites
chicken breasts
salmon
sliced turkey

FRUITS
 apples
asian pears
bananas
oranges
pineapple

EXTRAS
marinera sauce (no added sugar)
dijon mustard
balsamic vinegar
franks hot sauce
lara bars: only cashew and apple are compliant     

This is everything I've purchased to start and will add to as the days go on. There are SO many amazing recipes on pinterest to help you get creative and excited.

The program started yesterday and so far I've had scrambled eggs with veggies and avocado topped with hot sauce for breakfast, some green tea, and some turkey slices and baby carrots with mustard for lunch (sounds gross but it was good!). Last night we had steak with roasted veggies. My biggest struggle has always been sweets - I have the BIGGEST sweet tooth. The last time I did whole30 I found microwaving a banana with some almond butter was the best quick fix - it smells sort of like cake batter or cookie dough and tastes amazing. I've also decided to kick coffee for the month because I'm not a huge fan of having it with almond milk and I think I will be much more satisfied with green tea or other herbal teas. I'm also going to try to get my butt to the gym 2-3 times a week but no guarantees..

I will be posting on IG stories as much as I can with my daily meals and any updates so be sure to follow along! @Tessalindsaygarcia

For more info visit the whole30 website HERE

FIVE THINGS I LEARNED FROM GETTING A PUPPY //

Thursday, 29 December 2016


As I sit here and write this post Gigi is clamouring all over me and typing gibberish onto the page. Since bringing our little Gigi girl home our lives have undoubtably changed in every way. 

Danny and I have always had a strong dog obsession and decided it was time we take our obsession from tagging eachother in doggie memes to our very own little bundle of joy. Since we married in 2014 we knew we wanted a dog but could never decide on what breed. We finally decided on a little brown/orange poodle - enter Gigi.

1. PUPPIES ARE EXPENSIVE
We attempted to go the more cost effective route by bringing Gigi in from Danny's hometown of Mexico City. Gigi herself cost around $250 and another $100 for her to fly here. $350 and we would have our little bundle of joy, life would be great, and we would live happily ever after.. WRONG! Days after getting off the plane Gigi became very ill - vomiting, diahhrea, the works. After a few trips to the vet we found out she had a hookworm.. after that situation was figured out, along came another problem.. the poor thing had mange. All in all our vet bills probably ran us close to $700. On top of any health issues you may face with your new little one, be prepared to throw away another couple hundred on pooped on rugs, chewed shoes, ripped housecoats etc. This of course goes along with all the other puppy accoutrement - food, medicine, pee pads, leash, bowls, beds, toys, treats and of course having them spayed or neutered. 

2. WERK WERK WERK
Before we bought a dog, we knew what we were getting into. We knew she would be a huge amount of work and we knew it wouldn't be easy living in an apartment - we were prepared for and accepted this. Well we really should have taken what we were prepared for and timesed it by ten. I knew I would be picking up poop, but I never knew I would be washing my sheets every other day due to Gigi not only peeing but POOPING the bed.. that's right. She would pee or poop on every square inch of our shag area rug which I would steam clean until it came to the point where it was bye-bye gorgeous shag area rug, we hardly knew ye. Even though she would continually 'go' inside, that didn't mean we could stop taking her outside - she still had to learn! We take Gigi out 4 - 5 times a day and with the walk to the elevator etc, each (successful or unsuccessful) trip outside runs us about 15 - 20 minutes. Thank god she's now learned to hold it when on our bed and we have a rough schedule going for eating and pooping.


3. PEOPLE GET WEIRD.. AND SO DO YOU.
I've never had a child, but I can imagine that this is also what happens when you have one - you get weird, and so do the people around you. You become weirdly protective and self conscious over this new being you've brought into your life. You wonder if she really is as cute as we think she is or if her scruffy coat and extra toe (yup) make her look like a homeless mutt. You get super embarrassed and stressed out when they won't stop barking or have an accident and people will get mad at YOU even though you're doing the best you can at training the little one and spend all your time and energy trying to mold them into a model doggie *this is getting a little intense*. You also learn some people are super easy going, and some definitely are not, and it can be surprising to learn the ones that aren't, and you end up taking it personally.. you DON'T like MY dog?! MY dog! But we're best friends, how can YOU not like MY dog?! She's like an extension of me! As weird as it sounds, it happens, and as even more weird as it sounds, you take it to heart. 

4. THEY WILL FORCE YOU TO BE CLEAN AND ORGANIZED
With Gigi thinking the house is her very own toilet and chew toy, we are forced to keep the floors clean (we are notoriously bad for leaving clothes on the ground). We also don't want Gigi finding a scrap on the floor that will make her sick so not only are the floors clear, they're vacuumed. Gigi also still uses pee pads and sometimes she misses, so not only are the floors clear and vacuumed, they're washed. We have also learned to plan ahead and try to be as organized as we can so we can schedule her trips outside, meals, etc. I worry sometimes about the amount of time and energy it will take to raise a baby and whether or not we can do it, so I like to think of Gigi as the perfect trail run lol (does that sound bad?!)


5. THERE'S NOTHING YOU'LL LOVE MORE
Yes, Gigi is a TON of work, she costs us a pretty penny, and she's caused a riff or two between friends and family. But we have never loved anything more. There is nothing like caring for another creature and have them love you endlessly for it. It may take a little more work and preparation but everything we do is better with Gigi - movie nights in, walks, trips to the Okanagan. Gigi has brought us endless joy and I don't know how we ever lived without her - she completes our squad (for now).

xx
Tessa

Check out this article from The Every Girl that inspired this post.