Sunday, June 12, 2016

Travel Accessories & Conscious Cleanse Update

I used to not take any accessories on vacation, other than maybe a small silver necklace. But since I like to wear a lot of different accessories in “real life,” I never felt completely dressed. So this year the plan is to take a very small travel wardrobe of well selected pieces that all go together along with plenty of little scarves and necklaces to change up the look. And since I believe in the power of photos, I tried some of them on the other day to help me make a decision of what to take.

I shared some of them on Instagram last week, and it was interesting to see which ones people liked best.

Travel Accessories

I really like my statement pearl necklace, and it goes with other items in my travel wardrobe. It’s a bit bulky, but it may make the cut. One comment I got on Instagram was that the necklace really brightens up the outfit, and I agree.

Pearl Necklace

Travel Wardrobe

My goal this year is to photograph all my travel outfits before we go so that I can take a good look and see what works and what doesn’t. So often a photo tells the true story…  I’ll share more of my travel wardrobe with you soon.

The color palette of my travel wardrobe will be black, white, blue and a little green. The black and white neck scarf goes with everything, and it’s tiny, so it’ll definitely make the cut.  It was also a favorite on Instagram.

Black White  Neckscarf

I really like the blue necklace. It may actually go better with some of the other outfits though. 

Blue Necklace

I like the pink neck scarf with the blue top, but since the pink isn’t one of my travel colors, it’ll probably stay home. But then again, it’s so tiny and light, I may tuck it in somewhere just in case... 

Pink Neckscarf

The next necklace isn’t one of my travel colors either, but I love it, and it complements the colors I’m taking, so it’s coming with me.  

Peach Necklace

The next look reminds me a bit of a flight attendant, but I really love the colors. 

Light Blue Neckscarf 
 And this one is definitely a flight attendant look… It's probably staying home.

Blue Red Neckscarf

Finally, I’ll have to take my turquoise necklace. It goes with everything in my travel wardrobe, and it’s one of my favorite necklaces. Unfortunately, it’s quite heavy. Oh well... 

Turquoise Necklace
Outfit Details: Pleated Shoulder Blouse by Daniel Rainn (under $25 Nordstrom Rack), square scarves multipack

 

Conscious Cleanse Update


We are completing the five day transition period to the Conscious Cleanse today (Sunday), and the official cleanse starts tomorrow (Monday). The transition period is optional, but I find it really helpful to ease into the cleanse.

Here are the changes you are asked to make if you decide to participate in the transition period:

Wednesday: Add more vegetables and fruits to your diet. - This one was easy. To prepare, I had bought lots of fresh produce on Tuesday. I ate a delicious peach in the morning, a green smoothie mid morning, carrot soup for lunch, and chicken and a salad for dinner.

Thursday: Eliminate added sugar and alcohol. - Alcohol was easy, but added sugar is a bit more tricky. It’s actually a great way to eliminate most processed foods and condiments (which I love!), so I had to be more mindful. It’s a great reminder of all the little ways sugar had snuck back into my diet.

Friday: Eliminate or reduce your caffeine intake. - I had been working on reducing my caffeine intake since Monday (I was drinking way too much). Eliminating caffeine was TOUGH. Even though I reduced it gradually, I had terrible, pounding headaches and was very sleepy throughout the day. Two nights I slept very little because my headache kept me up. I took several epson salt baths, which are supposed to help with headaches (dunk your head under water), and it helped a bit, but the withdrawals were a very unpleasant experience. Luckily, I was completely off caffeine by Friday (and had only minimal headaches on Friday), and I was relieved that that part of the cleanse was behind me. It also made me vow - once again - not to get dependent on caffeine again. We’ll see how that goes long term…

Saturday: Eliminate dairy, eggs, and soy. - I was prepared for this and had bought groceries accordingly, so we actually ran out of eggs on Thursday and dairy on Friday.

Sunday: Eliminate gluten. I have been gluten free since my first cleanse three years ago, so this one is easy.

Stay tuned for more Conscious Cleanse updates. The real fun is just beginning. Click here for more Conscious Cleanse information.

Questions: Do you take accessories on vacation? If so, what kind and how many? Is there anything in your diet you would like to clean up? 

Linking up with: 
Saturday: Up Down All Around 
Monday: Inspire Me Monday, Classy Monday, iwillwearwhatilike, Style Nudge, VisibleMonday
Tuesday: WAYWOW, Confident Twosday, TurningHeads
Wednesday: Create28, Wednesday's Wardrobe, Style Me Wednesday, Fresh Fashion Forum
Thursday: Style Finds, Thursday Moda, Top of the World, A Labour of Life, Throwback Thursday, Thursday Fashion Files, Thursday Favorite Things
Friday: Edge of the Week, Sheela Writes, Sweet Inspiration, Fancy Friday, Fabulous Friday, Weekend Wear, Passion for Fashion, Fridays Fashions, Fun Fashion Friday

Be well,
Andrea

[Disclosure: I’m a Conscious Cleanse ambassador and will earn a commission if you decide to sign up for the cleanse using one of my links. Links to clothing items are affiliate links, and I may earn a commission on actions taken on the links.]

78 comments:

  1. I did a similar cleanse years ago. I've been thinking for the past several months we should probably do one. The funny thing is when I read "caffeine, dairy and eggs", I think "Oh no...those are 3 of my favs. How will I do without them?" but I like the fact that after 2 weeks, things can be gradually introduced again to see how your body reacts. I need to go back and read your prior posts on this program. Hope your first day goes well tomorrow!

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    1. Yes, knowing that you get to reintroduce everything you eliminated after two weeks really helps. Although I am planning on not reintroducing coffee. This time the withdrawal symptoms were just no fun at all. I still don't feel 100%... I did a lot of prep work and cooking today, so I'm confident tomorrow will be a good day! :-)

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  2. Forgot to say...I like your travel accessories I also take outfit photos before a trip so I can remember looks I put together.

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    1. Thanks! And, yes, having photos to remind yourself how to wear things really helps!

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  3. Great to take a small accessory capsule with you! I love the way you style your neckerchiefs, xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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  4. I wish I had your sense of style - well, I can have it, I'll just look at what you are wearing and copy it! Blue is my favorite color so I love all the blue necklaces :D

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    1. Copy away! :-) You look great in blue!

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  5. Good luck with your cleanse!! You will feel great! You have the BEST necklace and scarf collection!!

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    1. Thanks, Andrea! I'm already feeling so much better (except for a few lingering caffeine withdrawal headaches...). I spent all day prepping and cooking today, so I feel I'm prepared! :-)

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  6. I'm loving all 3 of those bold necklaces! Love them with the blue - they would also look fab with black or white! If you are an accessory girl - pack 'em up and take them with you, or you won't feel fully dressed!
    XO
    Suzanne
    www.AskSuzanneBell.com

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    1. Thanks, Suzanne! And, yes, I never felt fully dressed when I traveled without accessories.

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  7. This post is such an interesting read ! I bring many accessories with me when I travel ! I am also embracing your detox program, or at least trying to ;) Kisses

    Fashion and Cookies - fashion and beauty blog

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    1. Thanks, Vale! You have fabulous accessories!

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  8. I like your travel accessories ! You look fabulous :) x

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  9. I definitely take a bunch of accessories on vacation! They are usually smaller & lightweight so it's easy. I also count on accumulating a couple more on the trip...ha ha!!
    I'm really loving the small neck scarves---I've been copying you!! (And I'm not sure it's bad to look like a flight attendant!)
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. The small scarves are fun! And you are right, it's not bad to look like a flight attendant! I'll just make sure not to wear it on our flight! ;-)

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  10. Do you have a jewelry bag for traveling? I bought one a few years ago and it is amazing! I can take all the jewelry I want and it stays neat and tidy and is not cumbersome at all. Every item fits into it's own little clear zipper pocket then the whole thing rolls up. It has a hanger, so when I get to my hotel, I just hang it up. Every time I travel I wear different jewelry everyday. I do plan outfits in advance and write down everything I'm wearing in that outfit just like you plan on doing with your photos. I did the photos one year, but found I prefer just writing it down.

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    1. No, I don't have a jewelry bag for traveling, but I have seen them. I'll have to look into getting one!

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  11. Love your styling, and your cleanse update was so interesting! I can only imagine how tough it must be to give up caffeine!! Hang in there, my friend!

    Happy Monday, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    www.WhatWouldVWear.com

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa! Yes, no caffeine is tough. Luckily, I'm over the headaches, but I'm still sleepy in the afternoons. But I know that'll pass in a few days...

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  12. I like the idea of taking photos to help you decide what to bring and what not to bring. It really helps! That turquoise necklace is beautiful!

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    1. Yes, taking photos really helps and actually also helps me to take fewer clothes!

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  13. Are your husband and the Kid also cleansing? I think it is a great diet actually. You have got some beautiful necklaces! I also used ro leave my accesories at home on Holiday, but had the same feeling about it as you. Never felt complete!

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    1. My husband is doing the cleanse with me. The kid is eating cleanse food when he is at home, but he also eats some other foods that are not cleanse approved (at school, camp, his friend's house, etc.).

      And, yes, taking accessories is so important!

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  14. Oh wow, Andrea, you're so organised. I never have a packing list for when I travel let alone a colour wheel. I just throw stuff in GRIN and good going with the cleansing. I went gluten free in February, as part of my medical plan, as well as removing all processed foods from my diet (including white and brown rices), eliminated all but one spoon of raw sugar a day, and took away all lactose/dairy as well too. Weight loss aside, I've never felt more alive :)

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    1. I used to not have a packing list either... But one year I ended up taking all of my colorful tops and cardigans (I don't have that many and I managed to put them all in my suitcase) and nothing ended up going together. I wore only 1/4 (if that!) of what I brought and didn't feel very good. Plus, I had no accessories, which felt just not like me. So I decided I had to change things...

      And, yes, eating foods that work for your body makes such a difference!

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    2. I found myself in that same predicament when we went to Melbourne last Summer. I'd forgotten it was Winter there and had several light cardigans, one pair of boots and one thin sweater. Sigh. And absolutely on the foods. I've managed to stave off several months of Lupus flare-ups through diet, so pleased xoxo

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    3. I'm so happy you have been able to keep the Lupus flare-ups at bay!!!

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  15. I love all of your options for accessories to take on your trip! It would be difficult to choose, but it seems like you made some wise choices. Also, I think taking photos is a great way to plan out how things look before you pack them for your trip, I would never think to do that. You are indeed very organized!

    -Katie
    http://hellokatiegirl.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, Katie! Well, I learned from my mistakes (see my reply to Sheela right above...).

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  16. Love the turquoise necklace and those neck scarves are so cute. I am looking to add some of those neck scarves to our shop soon. Good luck with your cleanse, they are not easy to do so you are brave :)
    Nora
    www.jacketsociety.com

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    1. Thanks, Nora! And how fun that you are adding neck scarves to your shop!

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  17. I do take accessories on vacation. I usually lay my outfits with accessories on my bed to see what colors I am packing. I have always tried to have some warm color outfits and some cool color outfits but recently read how much easier it is to plan a color palette of shades of one color for a trip. Easier to pack less and mix and match. Fun to see how something around your neck (scarf or necklace or bandanna) can make all the difference in one top.

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    1. Ha! I think I read about travel palettes here!!

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    2. Yes, I think a color palette makes things a lot easier... I used to take a lot of "fun vacation colors" and then nothing went together...

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  18. Love how you put all the fun and chic details to the blue dress!

    Come see how I’m wearing ruffles for work & play this week at the blog – Happy Tuesday!

    Rebecca
    http://www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! I'll be sure to stop by!

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  19. I have to admit Andrea, I'm not a big wearer of scarves, especially in the summer. But you really suit these and so I can understand why they're coming along with you. As far as the necklaces go, I love the pearl one and have a big pearl necklace too which is just like yours - chunky pearls are very contemporary and really do lift an outfit.The other favourite for me is the turquoise one. It's absolutely fab and I covet it more than just a little...
    Anna x
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    1. Thanks, Anna! The pear necklace & the turquoise one are definitely my favorites, too! I could wear them every day... :-)

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  20. accessories are a great way to change up outfits on vacation!

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    1. Yes! And they don't take up a lot of space!

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  21. You picked some great accessories to take with you! I tend to stick with simple accessories and not change them up much when I travel, only because I worry I'll lose things if I take a lot of delicate pieces!

    Good luck with your clense! The closest I've come to doing anything like that was when I was on an 'elimination diet' to diagnose what foods I was reacting too. That was a hard few months, haha!


    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Yes, I think I was always worried about losing things in the past. I'll take a chance this time! :-)

      The cleanse is very close to an elimination diet as you don't eat common allergens and then reintroduce them one by one at the end of the cleanse.

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  22. I've never heard of this cleanse before...off to check it out. I always take accessories with me...usually it's just one or two necklaces that will work with everything. Loving the turquoise one, so pretty! And that pearl one is so pretty on you too! I just saw someone who did a packing list and packed specific colors, I love that, so you can mix and match everything, so smart!

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    1. Thanks, Foxy! And, yes, taking specific colors is very helpful! I used to take all my colorful tops and then nothing went with anything...

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  23. Depends on the length of the trip how much jewelry I take. If its a weekend trip, I usually keep it minimal to keep my packing light but if I have to take a larger bag anyway for a longer trip then I tend to pack my favorites.

    Erica
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    1. Yes, for short trips I also take very few things.

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  24. My favourite is the turquoise. I have the same issue with taking heavy jewellery when travelling.

    I find I can only pack in outfits. I'm such a blogger. LOL Summer packing isn't too hard, but winter is very difficult.

    I eat pretty healthy aside from a love of peanut butter and chocolate. I don't eat meat, or drink, smoke, or drink caffeine, very little dairy, I figure having a couple of vices isn't terrible.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. I love the turquoise necklace. And, yes, it sounds you eat very healthy, so peanut butter and chocolate are absolutely allowed! ;-)

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  25. I really love the pink neck tie with the blue shirt! So pretty! I am getting ready for a trip soon, too! I need to get going on it.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. Thanks, Carrie! Good luck packing!

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  26. You have an amazing scarf and necklace collection! They really transform the look! Good luck with your cleanse!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. Thanks, Jill! Yes, I have a "few" scarves & necklaces... But I have been accumulating it for many, many years... :-)

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  27. So many pretty choices! I really love your turquoise necklace and can see why it is a favorite of yours. I enjoyed reading about your cleanse. It is amazing how many products have sugar in them you don't even realize.

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    1. Thanks, Jennie! Yes, sugar (and salt!) is in pretty much everything processed. And it's easy to not realize how much sugar is in things since many of the foods don't taste sweet at all...

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  28. I always find it difficult to choose accessories to bring on holidays and often leave at home the right ones. Your method sounds good as photos don't lie...I will try to do the same this year...
    You have chosen beautiful neck scarves and necklaces, my favourite is the last one:it will go perfectly with all outfits!!

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    1. Thanks, Dan! And, yes, the turquoise necklace is my favorite!

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  29. I definitely take accessories with me on vacation. Not only a few necklaces that work with several outfits but I also bring bracelets, rings, and maybe another pair of sunglasses. I vote for all of the necklaces you shared. Thank you for adding your post to my Up Down All-Around link-up.

    Rena
    http://www.finewhateverblog.com

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    1. I wear my Fitbit in a Tory Burch bracelet, so that's the only bracelet I bring. And I haven't been wearing rings in quite some time. I should change that!

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  30. Great post, Andrea! I absolutely hate packing for travel because I never know what to bring and accessories totally stress me out when packing! My good friend recently gave me one of those fold up hanging accessory bags which I find helpful for keeping my accessories getting all tangled up, but I still can never decide which ones to bring! I may to follow your lead of trying it all on ahead of time! Or maybe stick with cute little neckerchiefs...they don't get tangled!

    Thanks so much for joining my On the Edge of the Week Link up! I look forward to seeing what you will link up next week!

    Shelbee
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    1. I've been thinking of getting a fold up hanging accessory bag! I think I'll pick one up to make things easier!

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  31. great packing tip and love the way you wear neck scarfs

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! I became somewhat obsessed with neck scarves a few months ago... :-)

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  32. First off, good luck on the cleanse. It sounds like a good idea to prepare for it the week before. You were gradually able to remove things without having to remove everything all at once. I am so sorry about your caffeine headaches! I hate that part of removing caffeine. I only drink it in the morning, I love my coffee. But if I have it after noon I won't sleep.

    Ok, my travel wardrobe is similar to yours. Most everything matches and I use scarves and jewelry to give the pop of color needed to change an outfit up. I like to take all knit dresses and tops so they don't wrinkle and I can roll them up small in my case. Gotta make room for the shoes! LOL They take up the most room!

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    1. Coffee withdrawal is no joke. I love coffee, and if I could keep it to one or two cups a day, I would probably reintroduce it again. But it always seems to get out of hand, especially when I teach evening classes... We'll see what happens.

      Yes, clothes that don't wrinkle are important! I have a pair of pants I want to take - very wide legged pants in a fun print, but they wrinkle, so I'm not sure yet if they'll make the cut...

      I'm only planning on bringing three pairs of shoes total (including the one pair I'll be wearing): "cute" black athletic shoes, pointy flats, and Birkenstocks. We'll see how that'll go...

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  33. I tend to keep my accessories pretty low key on vacation. I already overpack so if I add accessories, it will just be bringing more unused items. Good luck on your cleanse! I would love to hear how you feel after the cleanse and what your plans are after it.

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. I'm trying to take fewer clothes this year but switch things up with accessories (I often take way too much but not things that can be mixed and matched very well...). We'll see how that goes.

      The cleanse is going well, and I'm finally feeling great! It took about a week for the headaches, etc. to go away. We have done the cleanse several times and have made many permanent changes because of it. I look forward to incorporating more cleanse recipes into our weekly menus and continuing to make veggies the focus of our meals.

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  34. I started with a cleanse about 3 years ago and then I decided to keep it as a way of life. The most difficult part is sugar as what you say, because it is in every processed food. Good luck on yours, I am sure you will feel great!
    Thanks for stopping by at Sweet Inspiration.

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    1. I also try to eat according to the Conscious Cleanse guidelines most of the time. I feel so much better when I eat real, unprocessed food.

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  35. This waa fun. It shows so clearly what a difference an accessory is to an outfit. I love the look on your face in the fifth photo (with the pastel beads necklace).
    Greetje

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    1. Thanks, Greetje! I like that photo, too! We were having fun! :-)

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