I don’t know how long its been since I’ve worn overalls. I just never thought of myself as someone who would look good in them. As some of my friends like to tell me, I sometimes have a New England mom look. Now, I don’t really know what that entails or whether that’s a really bad thing or a good thing. I guess it’s up to interpretation. My whole point is that overalls don’t quite go well with “that” whole get up.

But man, have I been missing out on a whole world of comfort. These overalls are like sweatpants on steroids. Because they still qualify as a cute outfit without people giving you the side-eye that you’re wearing something as comfortable and casual as sweatpants in public. Mind you, I have absolutely nothing against sweatpants. In fact, I have too many pairs at home and I ONLY wore sweatpants in middle school. It’s just that when you live downtown and everyone around you is dressed nicely 24/7, it’s hard to put up a brave face and wear sweats whenever you want.

When I walked out with this outfit, I felt like I was wearing pyjamas. The black is perfect because you can pair it with almost any colour shirt underneath- white, grey, tan… or if you’re more adventurous you could go with some pastels or any colour really!

The fabric is super light weight and the wide legs open up space for air to flow out and about! It’s really the perfect summer outfit! Mind you, I wore it on a very hot and humid day and I made it out alive! When I was wearing these, I felt like I could go run a marathon or do the splits…both something I’ve never done before, with the exception of the splits, but I haven’t been able to do that since I was 4 years old.

I just paired it with a pair of white shoes but there are endless possibilities! You could go with some white sneakers or sandals too!! In fact, I think tan sandals would look so cute with these!

IMG_0158

I also brought my little brown shoulder bag along with me that day and the gold chains really dressed up the outfit! Black and gold are probably one of my favourite colour combinations so it definitely worked out well!

I was thinking that even a small backpack could look really good too or a big shoulder bag if you have a lot of stuff to carry around (like me).

That’s it for today!!!

xoxo,

Sindy Spencer

Follow:

Hello everyone. My name is Sindy and I am a coffee addict (or..was). But…I want to tell you the story of how I stopped drinking coffee and switched over to tea.

Now, I feel like I should start off with a bit of a disclaimer because while I know I have a big coffee problem, there are many people suffering from extremely serious addictions.  So, here is a light read for everyone and hopefully a lot of you can relate!

My journey with caffeine started in middle school when I would drink coffee that was 99% milk and sugar. My intake was heavily monitored and in moderation of course because what middle schooler needs to be drinking coffee anyways. I liked the taste of “coffee” and never understood the appeal of black coffee… something that my mom always drank. Now, coffee used to have absolutely no effect on me and I used to pride myself in being able to drink coffee right before bed and sleep like a log. For me, coffee seemed like something only adults would do, at least to a younger version of me. And…even though what I was drinking was borderline coffee flavored milk, I still felt pretty badass.

I even got a milk frother one year in hopes of learning how to make latte art…that didn’t go so well. What came out was foamy, watered down milk. YUM! Anyone wanna come to my cafe? I promise you some state of the art lattes.

Fast forward to high school, I spent a few months in the 11th grade drinking one cup of green tea and one cup of black coffee every single morning on an empty stomach. Healthy, I know. I was scolded at by my mom every morning telling me how bad it was for my body, but I argued- nothing bad was happening to me!

Then one day after going to my favourite deli for dinner with my friend and then to a museum event where I excitedly met David Suzuki, I came home and was hit with what felt like the worst stomach “illness” I’ve ever gotten. Keep in mind that this did happen quite a few years ago but the fact that I remember the details so vividly should give you a taste of just how bad it was.

Now, here’s where things get a little…fuzzy.  I really don’t know whether it was my food that made me so ill or the harm that excessive amounts of caffeine did to my body. I had been to the restaurant before so it shouldn’t have been the food, but I also wasn’t sure if coffee and tea could create such a storm. Nonetheless, I stopped drinking caffeine altogether. It really takes throwing up for two days straight to start being careful. Better safe than sorry right.

I never completely cut coffee out because I did have a cup here and there but it really wasn’t a constant in my life. Coffee then was something that I drank if I remembered and sometimes it was a treat if I wanted to get a special drink once in a while.

Lets skip forward again to college. This is really when the addiction comes into play.

This past year was really the peak of my coffee addiction and my body certainly paid for it. It started during the summer when I would wake up to a cup of black coffee every single morning without fail. Then, if I was still feeling sleepy after breakfast, a cup of tea. Sometimes around lunch time, the sleepiness would crawl back and of course, that would call for another cup. Slowly but surely, the dependency started to grow. I would wake up tired, no matter what time I woke up and drinking a cup of coffee was the only thing that could make me feel..normal. My catch phrase when people ask me how I’m doing is pretty much always, “I’m tired.” The thing is, I wasn’t lying. I just always felt…tired.

Because of this daily routine, exams became difficult because coffee stopped having effects on my body and I was starting to get immune to it. All it did was make me feel like a normal human being again. Feeling awake and alert was a feeling very foreign to me. It just meant that I had to double my intake and drink fast to try to “wake up” faster. Drinking coffee was really no longer a leisurely activity but a means to stay ….alive?! Haha. Some people chug alcohol in college, I chugged coffee. Same thing right??

I would make myself a big cup of coffee as soon as I woke up and then get an iced coffee (which was made with espresso) when I got to the library and then another brewed coffee later in the afternoon. I discovered the Starbucks double shot on ice – which if you order a venti, is five shots of espresso (I think). Sometimes when I had a free drink, I would get a venti double shot on ice with an extra two shots. Even then I wasn’t even super awake…But lets just say my heart rate was irregular for a solid month and my hands were shaky as well. It’s not that I never tried to stop, but I really couldn’t! Cut back the coffee and you’ll find me on the ground passed out with a headache and a pile of work to catch up on.

Summer break might mean a break from coffee for a lot of people but I still needed my daily cup. Then I started my internship which meant waking up early and working all day which officially added one small cup in the morning and a mug full during the day to help me stay awake. Even then I was still sleepy by 11pm the latest on my almost two regular sized mug fulls of black coffee.

Here’s where the story gets interesting. There was one day where I didn’t drink coffee right when I woke up but I had a sip an hour later and I was hit with the worst headache I’ve ever had in my entire life. Thank God it was a Saturday but I spent my entire day in pain. Even though I eventually had some coffee later, the headache didn’t disappear. In fact, I feel like it made it worse. I even had a sip of coke in hopes that the caffeine in there would suddenly solve all my problems. I remember sitting in the back of the car in a weird state of nausea, exauhstion and irritation at the same time. It didn’t help that the heat outside was making my headache worse by the minute. I’m not joking when I say that I wanted to pull my hair out I was so in pain and didn’t have direct access to advil or anything to treat headaches. Eventually a few hours later the headache went away but it left me feeling very very bitter and terrified about not drinking coffee.

I went on a short trip recently where there was really not a lot of coffee around and I didn’t have access to any the first day when we got there. I had woken up at 4:30am in order to get on a 7am flight. But even though I didn’t drink any coffee, I fell asleep at 3pm and slept all the way until almost 10pm. Woke up, got ready for bed officially and fell asleep again at 11pm and woke up the next morning at 8am. So, without any sort of caffeine pushing me, my body was capable of sleeping…a lot…my theory is that it was catching up on all the sleep that it missed over the last year, but who knows!

The next day I didn’t have coffee in the morning either, but I don’t know whether it was the fact that I slept too much or that my body started to realize I hadn’t had coffee in a whole day that my heartache started to creep back. I took two Advils and waited for the headache to go away but there was still this dulling pain in the back. I caved and got a small black coffee to share,  that made me feel instantly better and happier.

The next day was a lot better, sure I was grumpy but my headache didn’t come back and I somehow survived. The next few days were a breeze and I had zero caffeine in my body! Now that was the easy part because I was on a trip and with no agenda, I didn’t need to wake up early every single morning. However, I decided that when I go back to work, I wouldn’t have coffee in the morning but tea instead.

The first morning was fine, I woke up right before my alarm clock and due to the fact that at that time, I hadn’t had coffee in three days, I didn’t feel immediate fatigue upon waking up. I had one cup of green tea to sip throughout the day, slept at my normal sleeping time and woke up gracefully when my alarm clock woke me up the next morning.

Its been almost two weeks since I’ve had any coffee and I’ve made the switch over to tea in the morning when I get to work. I have been feeling a lot less sluggish and now that I know I can be okay without having coffee in my system, my body seems to understand that it doesn’t have to feel tired all the time. It’s incredible how one small change can change how my body feels on a day to day basis!

Stay tuned for a one month update soon?? Will I survive or not…why knows!!

xoxo,

Sindy Spencer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow:

I used to own a hot pink softshell jacket that I wore non-stop. My mom considers that one of her best purchases for me because I definitely made the most out of that poor jacket. It really didn’t matter the weather, I would wear it everywhere.  I’ll tell you a secret though, I still have that jacket and I do occasionally STILL wear it.

The whole point of that story is to say that I haven’t worn anything even remotely as vibrant as that pink jacket in a really long time. My jackets range from a dark blue to black- sometimes wandering into the grays but that’s really about it. I didn’t think that I liked super bright colours and to be honest, I don’t really need my jacket to stand out that much- what If I was being chased down the street, why would I want to be so easily spotted?! All jokes aside, I really do like wearing neutral palate colours and I rarely stray away from the basics.

On my recent trip, I forgot to pack a jacket, to my dismay and shock because I am usually very well prepared for trips. I really didn’t expect the weather to be rainy or as cold as it was. I felt like I was left stranded and freezing my butt off. The one sweater I packed was a little baggy, looked slouchy and I wasn’t really a fan of what it was doing for me. I low key looked like a light grey garbage bag…just saying…to give you all a visual.

However, my mom did pack this lovely bright red jacket that she claims to be the best jacket ever. I swear if she could be a salesman for any brand, it would be for Arcteryx! She raves about it and I have to say she has a good reason to love it! They make incredible stuff! It’s incredibly lightweight with an adjustable hood and not only is it waterproof and wind resistant,  but it keeps you warm as well. What I love about this jacket is the shape of it.

 

 

 

It perfectly hugs the back of the waist with its silhouette shape. The jacket isn’t super short which is something I love and covers the derriere quite nicely- I used this to my advantage when I wanted to sit down but the seat was slightly wet from the rain. No fear, I’ve got my jacket.

This red isn’t incredibly overpowering and it really is a very vibrant but fresh looking colour that is very welcoming to look at. Sure it stands out but certainly not in a bad way. The jacket isn’t tacky and if paired with the right colours, it can look amazing. I mean if you chose to pair this jacket with say a pair of neon pink leggings then you could have some colour clashing problems… but even with just plain black jeans and a solid colour shirt- like black – you’ll be fine.

So, here’s to experimenting with more colours!! Any suggestions as to what I should be trying next?

xoxo.

Sindy Spencer

Follow: