The Quarter

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Dress (old, similar here and here), Sandals (Gap), Sunglasses (Madewell), Necklace (Dogeared), Bracelets (MadewellJ. Crew), Earrings (Madewell, similar), Rings (Gorjana & Griffin)

The streets of the Quarter left me mystified. 

Rain or shine, wandering around the French Quarter was my favorite thing to do in New Orleans. I was content to wander through the ally ways popping into boutiques and coffee shops at my leisure, with no end goal but to experience all this little part of the city had to offer. The days J joined my, we did the same thing, finding cute little restaurants with unique bars for a bite of the most delicious plates I’ve ever tasted. 

There is something special about the streets of the French Quarter that transport you to another time and place entirely. There were stories to be told on the streets of the Quarter and if you listened hard enough, you might just hear them.

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Paleo Pointer: Read Your Labels

read your labels A few weeks ago I was thrilled when I came across a “paleo” section in my local market. I found jerky, granola bars and a number of other snacks made for the modern caveman – or cavegirl. Thrilled, and in a hurry, I scooped up a few things and headed to check-out. Unfortunately, when I sat down at home to look at what I had gathered, I found that I was duped. Even though these snacks claimed to be paleo on the packaging, the ingredient list told a different story.

The moral of the story is always read your label and don’t take marketing at face value. The only way to really know if something is compliant with the way you eat is to read the ingredients and determine for yourself. Above I have compiled a few helpful hints to help you navigate the market and weed through all of those “healthy” options.

Good luck!

Finding the Perfect Suit

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Bandeau Bikini (Lisa Marie Fernandez), Navy Scallop Bikini (TopShop), Printed Bikini
(Zimmermann), Banana Leaf Print Tassel Bikini (Topshop), Jungle Trip V-Wire Bandeau (Mara Hoffman)

Finding the perfect swim suit each summer can be stressful to say the least. Finding a flattering fit in a sea of trendy cut suits is like finding a needle in a hay stack. Sure those cut-outs look cute and that intricate beading is beautiful, but most swim suits these days are just not practical for a day on the beach. Most will have you constantly adjusting, while the rest leave you with less than desirable tan lines. What’s a girl to do?

Stick to what you know. Find a flattering cut bottom that covers what needs to be covered. If you are comfortable in a string bikini, just make sure to double know them! On top, it’s important to give the ladies some support, look for a bikini top with under-wire or a thick piece of fabric.

Above I’ve compiled five of my favorite suits from this season. Keep things simple in a basic black  bandeau, get girly in scallops or shake things up with a vibrant print

Café Au Lait

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Dress (Gap), Sandals (Madewell), Bag (Old Navy), Sunglasses (Madewell), Necklace (Madewell), Bracelets (Madewell, J. Crew), Earrings (Madewell, similar)

 It’s okay to treat yourself once in a while. And treat myself I did.

I had a frozen café au lait, beignets and a red velvet cookie ice cream sandwich, but I don’t feel guilty. Not one bit. I am proud of the changes I have made over the past few years to stay fit, both in my eating habits and in my exercise routine. But last week I took a break.

In the past, this kind of break would have left me feeling guilty after each meal. But instead I enjoyed every bite and this week I will jump right back into my routine. After all, life is all about balance right?

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New Orleans

photo 4 It was a whirlwind few days in New Orleans and it was a blast. Possibly one of the best trips I’ve been on in a while. I shared a lot of our trip in instagram but thought I would recap some of the highlights (aka the food) with some new pictures below. photo 3 I loved everything about the French Quarter (except maybe the smell of Bourbon Street). From pastel colored houses and intricate iron work to old fashioned window shutters and flower boxes. Each street emulated a distinct beauty that made me feel as if I had been transported abroad. Even the bathrooms were pretty! photo 3 Since J was in meetings during the day, I had a lot of free time. My plan to lay by the pool was squashed by the unpredictable rain, so instead I spent the days wandering in and out of the antique shops and book stores that lined the streets. photo 2 photo 1 Even in the rain, the streets were beautiful, perhaps even more so. I loved the romantic feeling that settled over the Quarter during the late afternoon drizzle when tourists retreated to their hotels. I bounced from coffee shop to coffee shop in search of the perfect café au lait and ate way to many beignets. Iy was definitely not a strict paleo trip, but life is all about moderation right? photo 1 In true tourist fashion I hit up just about every shop on Royal Street. My favorites were those boasting wall upon wall of unique cajun cooking ingredients. I stocked up on spices and scored this little sign for our new kitchen. photo 5 photo 4 It’s no surprise that my favorite part of the week was the food. I had gotten a long list of recommendations from friends who had visited the city, but instead of making reservations in advance, J and I decided to wander the city and pop into places that fit our mood. I was sure nothing would live up to our first dinner at Tableau, but I was wrong. Everything we ate, from dinner at five star restaurants to po’boys at the little dive bar down the street, was impeccable.

We even ended up visiting Kingfish (above) twice, because it was just that good! 

Muriel’s, in Jackson Square, was out last meal in New Orleans and it was the perfect way to end the trip! I highly recommend the Wood Grilled Tournedos of Beef, it was life changing.  photo 4 While I am happy to be home with Charlie snuggled on my lap, I can’t wait to go back. J and I are already planning our next trip! photo 1

Fitness Friday with Lexalicious

Happy Friday friends! I hope you are all having a lovely week filled with sunshine, relaxation and lots of cocktails – and if your at work and not on vacation like me, congrats on making it to the weekend!

Today I am very excited to welcome a dear friend to Cave Girl in the City. Lex ad I have known each other for years and have been through many ups and downs together. I asked Lex to share her fitness story with you in hopes that it inspires you to find a balance in fitness training. I hope you learn as much from her story as I have. So with out further ado, take it away Lex!

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Well, howdy. I’m Lex from LexaliciousDaily and I’m pretty excited to make an appearance here today. I’ve been following this CaveGirl for two years now (Happy Blogabirthday!) so when Kenzie asked me to write a little something for Fitness Friday, I was thrilled! Thrilled and a little stumped. I’m not really one to give advice or fitness tips because, honestly, I’m still figuring everything out for myself! So I guess I’ll just have to tell you all a little story.

My workout regime has evolved a lot this year. I used to be a runner, beasting out 20 miles every morning before work and then I’d still go lift in the evenings. I was spending many hours each day working out or obsessing over working out and looking back it wasn’t healthy. I was working out hard, but not smart, burning out one muscle group and ignoring the rest. In January, I finally reached my breaking point and fractured my hip so severely that I was on crutches for four months. After many hospital trips and tests, I discovered that I had a serious case of osteoporosis and high impact sports (such a running) were off the table permanently.

So what is an athlete to do? It seems that fitness programs use words like “pain is gain” or “push your limits” to motivate us or imply that working out harder is better. It’s been a hard transition to tune out those voices out and listen to my own body.

Just because I can’t work out the way I used do, doesn’t mean I have to stop being active. I just needed to find a way to be fit with these new limitations. In searching for exercise I could still do while injured, I found yoga and fell in love.

I had done yoga in the past on my recovery days because I thought it was just stretching and kind of a snooze, but once I started taking it seriously I quickly realized how wrong I was. (Proving myself wrong seems to be a trend here, no?)

Through yoga, I regained strength in my hip faster than my physical therapist thought possible and I finally was able to quiet my mind. Since my initiation as a yogi, I’ve branched out and tried all different kinds –bikram, vinyasa, even aerial! It’s a great feeling to think of exercise as fun and exciting, not just a chore. I’m so happy with where I am now, that I don’t even miss my old lifestyle, which is something I never dreamed possible.

I guess the moral of my story is to find a way to live a balanced life to avoid injury. There is no one-size-fit-all lifestyle when it comes to fitness, so you have to find what works for you. Oh, and have fun. If you don’t enjoy it, what’s the point after all?

Paleo Taco Dip

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No matter how much preparation you do, eating healthy while traveling is a challenge. Not only can eating out every meal be a strain on your wallet, but it is also tough on your stomach.

Call me crazy but when I am on vacation, the thing I miss most (besides Charlie of course) is my stove. Whenever possible I like to stay somewhere with a kitchenette so that I can prepare a few dishes for myself. Unfortunately that’s not the case this week, so I am enjoying all the yummy Cajun food New Orleans has to offer (poor me, right?).

Any who, I thought I’d share a quick and easy recipe that is simple enough to make while traveling and can be carried on the go in a mason jar. This recipe is also great for your next paleo party! 

Taco Dip
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
22 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
22 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb beef
  2. 1 jar of salsa
  3. 1 tub of guacamole
  4. 1 can black olives
  5. 1/2 head iceberg lettuce
  6. 1 bag of plantain chips
  7. Your favorite taco seasoning (mine is below)
Taco Seasoning
  1. 2 tsp. chili powder
  2. 1 tsp. onion powder
  3. 3/4 tsp. garlic salt
  4. 1 1/2 tsp. paprika
  5. 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
  6. 1/2 tsp. salt
  7. Dash of cayenne
Instructions
  1. Cook the beef in a pan until brown (about 5-8 minutes)
  2. Add taco seasoning and 1/2 cup of water
  3. Let simmer for 5 minutes
  4. While beef is simmering, chop lettuce into small pieces
  5. Drain beef
  6. Layer beef, guacamole, salsa, lettuce and olives
  7. Serve and enjoy with plantain chips
Notes
  1. Let the kids help! This is the perfect opportunity to let them get creative and fill each layer!
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What to Wear: Destination New Orleans

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Sweater (Madewell), Shorts (Madewell), Sunnies (Karen Walker), Tote (Madewell), Sandals (Gap)

This morning I am almost all packed and ready to head off to New Orleans! I have a jam packed week of laying by the pool, shopping and eating planned. – hopefully I can squeeze in time to see a few of the sights too!

If you have any recommendations of places to eat and things to see while in New Orleans, please share!

The Best Paleo Snacks for Travel

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Finding healthy snack options on the go can be tricky. That is why I like to pack a few paleo friendly treats to help me stay on track while traveling. Whether you are hoping on a plane to the Caribbean or headed on a road trip down the coast, these snacks will be sure to keep you feeling full and satisfied. Plus they are east to pack! 

Two Years

DSC_0071 Dress (Zara, similar here and here), Sunglasses (Francesca’s Collection, similar), Shoes (Zara), Earrings (Chloe + Isabel), Rings (Gorjana & Griffin)

I can hardly believe that today I am celebrating Cave Girl in the City’s second birthday. This little corner of the internet has grown so much in just two short years and I am so happy that I have gotten to share them with you.

I am so thankful for the wonderful people Cave Girl in the City has allowed me to meet and could not be more appreciative of the constant support from my family, friends and followers.

When I started this blog as a way to document and hold myself accountable during my paleo journey, I never imagined it would turn into the amazing creative space it is now. This little engine that could continues to help me grow both personally and professionally, in so many ways.

I decided to commemorate this special two year anniversary with a black gown and a gold balloon. Let’s just say balloons don’t always cooperate.

I hope you all have a lovely week!

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