Giving Up Dairy + Sugar…


SO, I did it! I finished up my sugar and dairy cleanse challenge (minus about two cheats – one bite of an ice cream sandwich and one 100-layer donut, the latter of which was beyond worth it). A few people had asked me to share what I thought so I figured now would be the best time. Note: I ended up being more strict about cheese than general dairy, but I don’t eat yogurt or drink milk, so that really just left any sauce/butter used at restaurants.

  • What did I miss the most? Cheese. 100%. Until about 3 weeks in. Then, the desire decreased and I actually didn’t have any until yesterday’s slice of lobster quesadilla. It was amazing, but more because of the fresh seafood and salsa on top than the cheese. 

  • Cheese is addictive. You guys. This is a straight fact. After a few weeks, I really didn’t crave it the way that I had before, and to be honest, I don’t have much of a desire to start eating it again. This is coming from a girl whose favorite foods are grilled cheeses and cheese plates. Will I still eat those things? Absolutely. I’m not about cutting things out completely – especially when you really love them like I do those two. However, whenever I can, I’ll be skipping the cheese on salads, sandwiches, etc.

  • What are the best foods to eat as pescatarian who doesn’t eat cheese? This was difficult. I was essentially vegan? Plus seafood + eggs (I would die without eggs – pretty sure that’s a fact, too). A few tips if you want to give it a try: 1) Curry is your friend. I ate a ton of Thai Curry, extra spicy. It seemed like this was my best comfort food when I’d had a long day or was especially hungry. (I’m an emotional eater, no doubt.) 2) Mexican food is easier than you think! Fill up on tons of guac and salsa, skip the cheese on your taco, and treat yourself to a margarita. 3) You can order pizza without cheese! I really wasn’t sure about this one, but I did it at both Monza and Indaco and was incredibly satisfied with my meal each time. At Monza, you can add an egg to your pizza which gives it this amazing creamy factor, and I actually don’t think I’ll order differently there from now on. 4) Avocado toast, all day, everyday. Duh. 

  • What about sugar? So, I really didn’t miss sugar all that much. The problem was feeling not as satisfied with my meal (because of the lack of cheese) and then wanting a little more after dinner. Hidden sugar is everywhere, though. I ordered 1-2 cocktails that I then realized absolutely had sugar of some type in them. But, I was actually more excited to order dessert this week than I was about eating cheese. That really surprised me!

  • Okay, but what were the benefits? You guys…so many. First, and I think this is more of a state of mind thing, I felt so much thinner. I probably lost 5-6 pounds, but it felt like much more. A lot of the bloating that I’m usually feeling disappeared, and my face definitely thinned out some. I’m not sure if I have an allergy of sorts to dairy (this is likely – I’ve never tried giving it up until this month!), or if it was a combination of the sugar/dairy cleanse. Regardless, I loved it. Cutting out something that’s bad for you makes you feel better and therefore exude more confidence. This was probably my favorite aspect! Also, my face and scalp for the past year or so have been abnormally dry. Like, my skin would be peeling off my nose for absolutely no reason. This is gone!!!! What?!!! If nothing else, the cleanse really helped me realize how important a well-rounded and healthful diet is for your body and skin! 

  • What were some of your go-to foods, drinks, snacks, etc.? I started eating more bananas and sometimes cherries or strawberries. I didn’t want to cut this type of sugar personally, though I know some people go cold turkey in a cleanse like this! Like I mentioned, takeout Thai was a lifesaver. I also started making homemade guacamole to snack on (I’m over hummus ATM), devouring sriracha popcorn (okay, I can’t buy this anymore because it’s so freaking good I eat it in like 2-3 sittings), really savoring a glass of wine when out with friends, and drinking a whole lot more water. A Mango or Grapefruit La Croix (or the Strawberry-Kiwi for a seemingly sweeter option) really helped when I wanted something sweet after dinner. 

  • Anything else you learned? I think one of the more important take-aways I had is that no matter what – there’s always another good meal coming. Obviously, from my Instagram, blog, etc. I really enjoy a great meal. I like to plan weekends, trips, and time with friends around them. However, I found myself thinking often, “Okay, this is not the last good meal you’ll ever have at Indaco. You don’t have to order your favorite thing on the menu every single time.” Meals are meant for nourishment and community, but that doesn’t mean they have to be indulgent every time. I firmly believe they should be sometimes, though 🙂 There’s a happy balance and moderation, which I’m still learning (and putting into practice).

I have no idea if this is interesting or not, but I had such a good experience giving these two things up, I had to share. Overall, I just felt better and healthier and thinner. I definitely wouldn’t ever give both items up for good, but I will be much more aware of how often I eat them and try to limit them to just a few times a week. Have you ever given up a food that made you feel better? Worse? I’m really interested. I stopped eating meat about 2 years ago, and I don’t know if I’ll ever go back. Maybe I’ll share more about that sometime soon! Anyway, happy Tuesday! 

Rosé Sangria Recipe

This post is in partnership with World Market.


Summer is almost here, and everyone knows what that means… rosé season. I had never even tasted this delicious wine until I moved to Charleston, and now it’s one of my go-to summer refreshments. I prefer the super light and not too sweet varieties, but I wanted to test out something a little bit more fun for an upcoming rosé wine night that I’m hosting!

Again, because I’m not a huge sweet cocktail fan, I wanted this to be light and refreshing with the perfect balance of sweet and tart. I researched different types of cocktails to make with rosé, which fruits and spirits would best mix, and I finally came to this recipe (adapted from this one): a pink grapefruit rosé sangria! Grapefruit cocktails and chilled rosé are my drinks of choice in the warmer months, so it seemed like a no-brainer. 

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I couldn’t resist the adorable watermelon and pineapple wine glasses from World Market’s outdoor collection – I actually just picked up another set at World Market in West Ashley because they look so cute on my (recently acquired!!!) bar cart. Served on this awesome galvanized tray, they’re perfect for a rosé soiree 🙂 ALSO, I got this awesome rosé at WM while I was out there. It, most importantly, tastes great, but when you hold it by the neck and turn it upside down, the bottom of the bottle is shaped like a rose. Is that not the cutest thing ever?!

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Details c/o World Market: wine glasses // drink dispenser // galvanized tray // white bench // pink wicker stool // bright rug //

Of note: there are no delivery surcharges at World Market right now on online outdoor furniture (literally never happens) and everything is an additional 20% off with free shipping over $150 (code: WM20150)…if you’re looking for outdoor furniture/accessories for the summer, now’s your chance.

Pink Grapefruit Rosé Sangria
Serves 6
A refreshing summer cocktail!
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
  1. 2 ruby red grapefruits, thinly sliced
  2. 2 limes, thinly sliced
  3. 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  4. 12-15 strawberries, sliced
  5. 1 orange, thinly sliced
  6. 1 bottle of rosé
  7. 1.5 cups pink grapefruit juice
  8. 1 cup vodka
  9. 1/2 cup simple syrup
  1. Wash and slice fruit and place (or arrange) in cocktail dispenser.
  2. Muddle strawberries.
  3. Pour grapefruit juice, vodka, and simple syrup over fruit.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for 1-8 hours.
  5. Serve over ice.
  1. If you prefer a sparkly cocktail, I think a little bit of sparkling grapefruit-enhanced water would be a delicious way to top each cocktail!
Annie Reeves

Weekend Browsing

The happiest of Fridays! I am running a few last minute errands, finishing up scheduled posts for work and the blog, dropping Hasell off (the mom guilt is so real when I leave her – can’t even talk about it), and then hitting the ROAD. Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Snapchat because I’ll definitely be using them both a ton next week. Harbour Island is the most picturesque place I’ve ever visited! Hope everyone’s weekend is great – xoxo.

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3 Days to Harbour Island!

On Saturday morning I’m headed to Harbour Island for our annual vacation. I am SO excited to take a work break and get to spend some time (on the beach) with my family. We’ve been going to Harbour Island for several years now, and I don’t think we’ll be changing destinations anytime soon.

When it comes to packing this year, I’m trying to keep it as simple as possible. The island itself is pretty casual, but it is fun to get dressed up – especially with a fresh tan! I’m packing all of my basics – most of which you’ve seen over here or on Instagram. I realized as I was putting this together, I haven’t purchased a single new item for the trip – which is a little bit out of character. I may run down to Forever 21/H&M (go-to spots for summery/trendy items) for some last-minute, late-night purchases, but I still have a good bit to get done before I leave.

I’m excited about this graphic above because you can actually shop it just by clicking the (+) beside each item. It’s either my pick (if it’s a wishlisted item) or what I’m actually taking. Lately I’ve been all about simple investment pieces paired over and over again with fun statement jewelry and accessories. It makes packing much easier too. The book mentioned above comes out on Tuesday and will be sent straight to my Kindle. The synopsis sounds so interesting and perfect for a beach read!


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