Saturday, September 2, 2017

Maxi Dress in Monterey and A Conscious Cleanse

The Bay Area has been experiencing extremely high temperatures; 105+ F in the last few days where we are. Since Andy and I are off for a bit before the new quarter starts, we decided to escape the heat on a weekday, and we headed to Monterey.

When we arrived there at 10 a.m., it was 57 degrees; almost too cool, but we didn't complain...

Monterey California

I never get tired of the beautiful coastline. We walked along the coast for about 1.5 hours and also took time to sit down and enjoy the cool temperatures and the scenery a bit. 

Relaxing in Monterey

I decided to wear my striped Tommy Bahama maxi dress that I hadn't worn very much yet this year with a cardigan. I was really glad I brought the cardigan... I bought the striped maxi dress at a Tommy Bahama outlet store on the way to Lake Tahoe a few years ago, and whenever I wear it, I remember that trip...
 
Tommy Bahama Striped Maxi Dress

Tommy Bahama Striped Maxi Dress

I also wore one of my favorite necklaces that had been tucked away in one of my drawers instead of being hung up on my bedroom wall. It was nice to be reunited with it...

Turquoise Necklace

After our walk along the coastline, we headed to Alvarado Street Brewery, where Andy enjoyed a beer flight.

Alvarado Street Beer Flight

We shared the Caprese salad that was made with homemade mozzarella. 

Alvarado Street Caprese Salad

We also got the gluten-free Asian chicken salad, which had plenty of chicken, lettuce, and soba noodles.

Alvarado Street Asian Chicken Salad

Escaping the heat for a bit was really nice, especially since I haven't been feeling all that well in the past few weeks, partly because my gallbladder is acting up again. It may be time to look into getting it removed, but I know that what I eat and drink definitely affects it as well. Unfortunately, so does stress, and I've had a bit more of that than I'd like in the last few weeks as well.

Luckily, I'm already signed up for the September 6 Conscious Cleanse, a food-based cleanse I have been doing a few times a year since 2013. And the Conscious Cleanse always makes me feel as good as possible. In full disclosure, I am a Conscious Cleanse ambassador, and I will earn a small commission should you decide to sign up for the cleanse using one of my links. 

September 2017 Conscious Cleanse

What I love about the Conscious Cleanse is that it makes me eat foods that make me feel my best (I first discovered that I'm very sensitive to gluten by doing a Conscious Cleanse and that information truly changed my life). The key for me is that it's a food-based cleanse and that I'm never hungry. Also, a big component of the cleanse is self care in general, which always calms me down, even in the most stressful times.

Finally, there is lots of support throughout the cleanse - daily, supportive emails, a private Facebook group (with cleanse participants from all over the world), access to health coaches that are very responsive and helpful, five live teleseminars where you can ask questions (they are also recorded). All the support and focus on more than food is what makes the cleanse so special to me and always leaves me feeling my best.

In case you are interested, here are few of my previous posts about the Conscious Cleanse.

 

September 2017 Conscious Cleanse Coupon Code

If you want to sign up for the cleanse, I have a $25 OFF COUPON CODE: ANDREA25. Here is more information about the Conscious Cleanse as well as sign up information.

Questions: Have you worn all your summer clothes this summer? If not, what do you want to wear before fall starts? Is what you are currently eating making you feel your best? Are you making enough time for self care?


Be well,
Andrea

35 comments:

  1. Being by te water is always so relaxing! And to reward ourselves with a lovely drink and food is fantastic! That necklace is fabulous band looks so good wearing it with that dress!

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    1. Thanks, Nancy! And, yes, being by water always relaxes me...

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  2. How wonderful to be able to get away like that, with a short drive. We could do that by going up to the mountains, but we haven't done that in ages!! We may have to plan that for next summer!!
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    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Yes, it was really great to get way from the heat...

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  3. I'm envying your temperatures Andrea! It's horrible here in London today. The maxi dress is lovely. I like the vibrant colours xx
    www.vanityandmestyle.com

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    1. Thanks, Laurie! Our weather was really hot and humid for quite a while, but it's finally nice...

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  4. Having a time off is part of the healing process. Hope your health will improve, Andrea
    https://lookingfabulousat50.blogspot.com.au/

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  5. love your dress! You look beautiful!

    Edwige | http://www.hypnozglam.com

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  6. Your maxi dress is beautiful! I like it with the cardigan too :) I try to wear my maxi dresses year-round but they are certainly worn more in the warmer weather.

    Hope that you manage to destress and you feel better on the cleanse - it's so hard when health issues crop up.


    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Thanks, Mica!

      You have a great collection of maxi dresses. I'm determined to wear them more this fall and winter as well.

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  7. We, too, made an escape from the heat in SoCal this past weekend but our nearby beach community was still in the upper 80's and low 90's and not quite the temperature relief we were seeking (it was still nice to get away). You look lovely in your rediscovered dress and necklace. I hope that you're feeling back to your old self soon. Thanks for joining up with my Fine-Whatever link up.

    Rena
    www.finewhateverblog.com

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    1. We made it just on time on Thursday as the weekend was also very warm on the beaches around here... A little relief is better than none, right!?!

      Thanks, Rena!

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  8. What a fun lil getaway and am AMAZING maxi! I love it!

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  9. That's such a pretty dress, those vibrant colours stand out beautifully. Your day sounds wonderful and the food looks very tasty. x Jacqui
    www.mummabstylish.com

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  10. How great to get away to the cooler coastline. And it looks like you had a terrific visit. And it's only 9 AM here, but I am craving that noodle salad right now! xox

    Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Thanks, Patti! It was a great salad for sure... :-)

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  11. That maxi dress is beautiful and all the food looks delicious!

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  12. Love the maxi dress on you with the blues and green in it. The beer sampling looks fun and the food scrnumpoius. best wishes on your cleanse
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Thanks, Jess! I'm still having caffeine withdrawal headaches at the moment, so it's not fun yet. Can't wait to feel great in a few days... :-)

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  13. Andrea that is such a lovely outfit. Paired with the sweater, it is perfect for a cool summer evening walk. I tend to eat a lot of fruits and veggies during the summer, even more than the other seasons because all of my favorite fruits are in season now.

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    1. Thanks, Mary! And, yes, I also ate more fruits and veggies in summer along with ice cream and other splurges... ;-)

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  14. Thank you for the idea of wearing a sweater atop a sleeveless maxi dress. I have on hanging on my closet door that I have yet to wear and was thinking it was getting to cold. Guess what I will be wearing tomorrow! #TopoftheWorldLinkup

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  15. What a fun getaway! I love the colors and print of your maxi dress! The conscious cleanse sounds like something I should check out.

    Jill
    Doused in Pink

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    1. Thanks, Jill!

      Once I'm over the detox phase (which I'm still in right now, mainly due to coffee), I always love how great I feel on the cleanse...

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  16. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Great photos. You look stunning in that maxi dress.

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  17. This maxi dress is so colorful and makes a beautiful statement! Your necklace is perfect with it and I like how the black anchors the bold colors. I have never heard of the Conscious Cleanse. It sounds somewhat similar to a Whole30. I will definitely be reading more about this. Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday, Andrea!

    Jennie - A Pocketful of Polka Dots

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  18. thank you for sharing your trip at TFT I pinned and featured xo

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    1. oops sorry, forgot to mention you look lovely!

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