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Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Peach Box Review + How to De-Stress in 2017

*Note: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting those who support Chow Down USA! Outfit & watch photos by Icy Li Photography.
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It's now mid-February and the new year is in full swing! Many new years resolutions that I saw included a focus on de-stressing in 2017, which is always a good idea! Keeping calm and carrying on are good for you mentally and physically, which in turn supports all other areas of your life. Read on to see my go-to stress relievers!

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(See outfit details on my Valentine's Day post!)

1. Treat Yourself

Parks and Rec fans, you already know what I'm talking about! Tom and Donna had it right when they set aside a full day each year to reward themselves for working hard. Treating yourself can mean different things to different people, but the main goal is clear: go above and beyond to give yourself something that makes you happy. 

I'm a big fan of retail therapy. Sometimes I'll splurge on pretty pieces like this watch and bangle combo from The Peach Box (you may have seen the short video I posted about it on Insta)! Just looking at these shiny accessories gives me a little pep in my step throughout the day. The Peach Box is based in Australia and offers the most gorgeous, sleek and glamorous pieces! I love the gold mesh strap (a second blush leather band comes as a complimentary alternative), and the large, clear watch face. The Roman numeral bangle is also on heavy rotation in my closet and goes with absolutely everything. Use code chowdownusa for 15% off!

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2. Make A To-Do List

Sometimes it feels like there are so many to-do's, be it for work, blogging, or general life errands. It helps me to write them all down in my planner and on color-coded post-it list pads. Once it's out of my head and all organized, I feel a sense of relief as I can formulate a game plan to prioritize and tackle the lists. 

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3. Laugh

I can't stress this one enough - it is the best medicine, after all. Whether it's watching your favorite comedian on tv or getting together with a group of friends for a game night, do whatever you can to let yourself laugh. Psychologically, even just smiling if you're stressed will send your brain the message that you're happy, tricking your mind into de-stressing! So you can imagine what genuine laughter can do. This weekend for example I went to see Louis C.K. perform stand-up on his last show of the tour, which was hilarious!

4. Exercise

Exercise releases endorphins which make you happy and relieves stress. Find a routine you like and stick to it. I'm a big fan of yoga, dance, snowboarding, swimming and kayaking. 

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5. Take News and Social Media Breaks


This is a rough year for politics to say the least. While it's important to stay up-to-date on the world around you, it's ok to take sanity breaks now and then. The same goes for social media, which is a great source of inspiration but can also be an exhausting show of everyone's highlight reel and take up huge amounts of time. It's ok to take a break every now and then to recharge.

6. Write in a Gratitude Journal

I know this one sounds extra cheesy, but studies have shown that gratitude is one of the most stress-relieving emotions. It forces you to focus on the positive and realize all of the great things in your life, instead of focusing on all of the things that need to get done.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Blaze Pizza Review

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I've always been a pizza fiend. In fact, this was one of the toughest parts about going gluten free about a year ago - getting my pizza fix! You may have seen my past post on Oath Craft Pizza, which I love since they provide gluten free crust. Blaze Pizza just opened up in the Fenway neighborhood, and they ALSO offer gluten-free pizza crust! Now I just feel spoiled. 

They kind of are the Chipotle of pizza, where you can go down the line and choose which super fresh cheese, meats, and other toppings you'd like. They also offer side salads (which I haven't tried yet, because pizza, but I'm sure they're great). It's all high-quality ingredients and delicious every time. I always get chicken, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and extra spinach (so I can tell myself there's vitamins in there). 

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I'm definitely a fan. From their wide range of fresh toppings, to friendly staff and gluten free crust options, Blaze is doing it right in my book. Love their retro to-go boxes too! Blaze is a pretty big chain, so if you have one near you then I definitely recommend trying it out!

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Red Lace Dress in the Snow for Valentine's Day

*Note: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting those who support Chow Down USA! Photos by Icy Li Photography.
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Red Lace Dress: c/o Bailey Blue Dress ($44 and 40% off with code Valentine40) & similar here and here | Coat: old (similar here from Target for $15) | Polka Dot tights: Forever 21 (sold out but similar here from Anne Taylor) | Stud Boots: c/o Naot

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and whether or not you're a fan of the holiday it's always fun to have an excuse to dress up and do something fun! If the weather is good (we've had a few blizzards hit Boston recently as you can see by all of the snow), we will be headed to a nice dinner at a spot in Cambridge we've been wanting to check out for a while - so stay tuned for that foodie post! 

I have been looking for the perfect red lace dress for the holiday and found it in this fun number by Blue Bailey Dress (only $44 and get 40% off until valentine's day with code Valentine40). If that brand sounds familiar it may be because they also made the stunning burgundy lace maxi I featured in my last outfit post by the Golden Gate Bridge!

I love the double layer of this sweetheart dress - opaque red on the bottom with red lace on top. It gives it a romantic feel while keeping it modest. The back also has incredible lace-up detailing which I'm the biggest fan of!

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Saddle Bag: Target (Similar here and here)
I got this fun bag from Target as part of my Secret Santa gift exchange with my friends this year. We have been doing Secret Santa since middle school and it's still going strong! I think this year took the cake for my presents so far - I got this bag, a white saddle bag, and socks with PIZZA on them (one of my favorite foods ever)! That will be tough to top. I've been wearing this bag everywhere lately since it's so handy, sleek, and goes with everything. 

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Polka Dot tights: Forever 21 (sold out but similar here from Anne Taylor)

I love these polka dot tights! They bring a fun, carefree vibe to any outfit, which is much needed on a snow day like the ones we've been getting. You may remember these NAOT shoes from my trip to NYC and my NYE Resolution post. They're waterproof, super warm, and have memory foam in the sole so they're so comfortable too.

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Didn't I tell you the lace up back detail was perfect? I'm a sucker for an interesting back design on everything from dresses to sweaters! This number is so perfect for a Valentine's date night, Galentine's brunch or just a fun day out in the snow! Don't forget to use code Valentine40 for 40% off of your order!

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