Health and Wellness · Uncategorized

Always Eat After 7pm Week 2

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 Those of you that have been following me for awhile know that a few years ago I lost a bunch of weight and was really focused on my health and fitness.  I fell off of the wagon and I need to kick start that process so this came at the right time! (woop woop) Catch up by checking out my first post about this!  This time is a great time for me to reset and continue to develop healthier eating habits and create a routine that works for my creative lifestyle!

The research behind “Always Eat After 7 PM” by Joel Marion”, is very precise and clear!  Joel talked about this in some questions:

Q3: What was the most surprising discovery when you were researching scientific data for the diet? A: That almost everything my college education and certifications taught me was NOT grounded in published scientific research.

Wow, this was big. For Joel to really break this down and talk about his own education is very transparent and helps me understand how passionate he is about the book and plan!  Digging deeper into this book and finding out that the majority of what we are taught about diets are false makes me look at things so much differently.


(My eyes are opened yall) “Research shows that the average person’s metabolic rate is no different during sleep than during the day. In short, your metabolism doesn’t slow down at night. Nor does your body store fat at the end of the day. Whether it’s 8 am or 8 pm, you use food for energy the same way.”’

As a creative sometimes I find myself eating later in the evening because I usually stay up late and feel more awake and creative at night! (I’m always burning the midnight oil)   It’s so good to know that I wasn’t necessarily  sabotaging myself.

We’ve been traditionally taught to avoid carbs, have an early dinner, and never eat before bed. But the fact is, the latest scientific research shows us this earlier model is not the most ideal” 

With Always Eat After 7 PM I’m now understanding that it’s about WHAT I eat that makes all the difference.  

Joel head shot (1)
Joel  Marion

Joel broke it down EVEN more  here:

Q4: You’re a six-time best selling author, what is different about this book compared to your others?

A: Although many of the concepts are similar, the biggest difference is that you don’t have to deprive yourself of your favorite foods. You don’t have to deal with the burden of eating every few hours. And you don’t have to skip the carbs at dinnertime or avoid eating before bed. 

This is going to get good guys, with my schedule this will be a game changer for managing my food intake! I’m excited to see my results and how I will feel in the next few weeks!  Learn more about the book and how to purchase here 

Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase.

Follow along and come back for update #3!




Always Eat After 7pm

Tracking PixelThis post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own.

I am always finding ways to be better (Come on elevation) and when I heard about “Always Eat After 7pm by Joel Marion, I was very intrigued!  I was really excited when I had the opportunity to get my hands on an advance copy! (yay!) 


Over the next 4 weeks I will be sharing how I did and what my experience is with the plan. To give you all an overview of what Always Eat After 7 pm is, A 14-day Acceleration phase, which gets you in gear and allows for rapid results.

Breaking down how it all works, here is what the plan consists of broken down by phases!

 The Main Phase provides you with all the foods to eat in order to achieve maximum results, The Lifestyle Phase is the final phase and it is designed to keep the weight you lost off for good!  Ummmm,where do I sign up?


Starting off I’m like I can really eat at night?! Joel explains that yes, I can.

 “Based on surprising science, Always Eat After 7 PM debunks popular diet myths and offers an easy-to-follow diet that accelerates fat-burning and allows you to indulge in your most intense food cravings: Eating the majority of your calories at night”

When eating late, It’s important to eat the RIGHT foods. Joel provides all of the receipts in why this actually will work. Joel goes through his research AND his personal experience. ( He backs this all up) 

As I dig deeper I am learning how much our bodies and brains work together to process our foods and how eating correctly can provide maximum benefits in overall quality of life! “Your brain will release the neurotransmitters and hormones that will help you regulate your hormones and burn more stored fat each day.

You don’t have to be burdened with trying to eat every few hours. With intermittent fasting, dieting becomes much easier to adhere to and the benefits are remarkable.”

My goals for this plan is to:

Get healthier habits

 Create a Routine 

I will be bringing you all along for the ride so come back next week to see how I did! 

Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase. 

 This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own.

Stay tuned to see how it goes next week!



Life is Good

Feeling really thankful for everything I have despite everything going on and fully taking advantage of this season of our world! I’ve been the most productive,creative and clear I’ve been in a long time!


Before the pandemic,I was working 4 jobs and juggling everything was getting very difficult, I wasn’t getting accurate sleep, Ya girl was burnt out! So this time of stopping the world has been needed and wanted. It’s been a great time for reflection for me.


What have you learned about yourself through this time?




Quarantine +Chill

Hope you all are staying home and safe!

I have been taking time to really create and enjoy this “stillness”. I’m loving being at home and staying cozy and this Hanes set is perfect for every single day! (I got it from Amazon)


I added a pop of glam to this set by pairing my Custom Jasper necklace from Affirmation Crystals!



How are you all holding up? What are you doing in this time?  How have you grown? Let’s chat in the comments!


Blogger · chicago · Uncategorized

The Recap: Altiro Latin Fusion

The moment I walked in, I knew that I was going to have a great night! The warm and inviting decor and the friendly staff set the vibe for a great evening at Altiro Latin Fusion newest location in Downtown Aurora!


I was so ready to dig into this Ala papa Brava + Ala Pina drink! ( this drink had a spicy +sweet flavor which was super yummy)


My server, Jessica was amazing at recommending all the favorites and must haves! Food is Tapas style and great for sharing! (perfect for date nights or A girl’s night out)


Do you all see THIS spread! (SO GOOD)


This dish, the Ala Paella was top on my favorite dishes, so flavorful and had all of my favorite seafood with each bite!


The owners are Erika and Roberto who are husband and wife dream team and every bit of #goals! Roberto is the executive chef and Erika is behind the beautiful decor throughout the restaurant! (can you say Power Couple?!)

Altiro Latin Fusion


And of course I couldn’t leave without dessert and it was plantains with a chocolate sauce and sprinkles!! ( I love sprinkles,how did they know?)

Altiro Latin Fusion

If you are coming to Downtown Aurora make sure you check out Altiro Latin Fusion’s newest location!

Tell them I sent you when you go! Thank you so much to everyone at Altiro Aurora for their hospitality!

I will be back very soon!

All photos by: Amy Nelson Photography

XOXO, Arella

Blogger · chicago · Fashion · Uncategorized

Graphic Tees+ Prints

The best  advice on mixing prints and graphic tee’s is to have fun and don’t be afraid to mix up looks that normally wouldn’t go! Play around with your white and colored tees and see how they look with leopard prints, cheetah, snake etc. Using a plain shoe will also help bring out the look and not become to “busy”.



I paired a black graphic tee from She knows her worth with a pair of stretchy knit paints from my fave place, Discovery Clothing Company! They were 5.99 and I wear them all the time!

Do you mix prints? How do you mix them? Let me know!!



chicago · Events · Uncategorized

The Recap: House of Beetle Pop Up Bar

Last week I was invited to the opening night of the House of Beetle Pop-up bar located at Bassline in Chicago.

The popup bar is inspired by the Tim Burton classic movie, Beetlejuice and features a interactive experience with remnants of the movie all over the venue!

Carefully curated cocktails and food were served and movie characters were roaming around taking photos with guests. I met BeetleJuice YA’LL.

I don’t do “Scary” stuff so this was just the right amount of scary for me. Fun fact: When I went to Disneyworld as a kid I always went to the BeetleJuice Graveyard review event. 😂 it has since closed but it was very popular back in the day.

I enjoyed the whole ambiance of the popup and to top it all off my favorite cupcake truck, A Sweets Girl has exclusive cupcakes available for purchase outside of the bar that are all themed.

Did you like the movie Beetlejuice? If your in Chicago you gotta go and check it out!

Tickets can be purchased here and It is selling out so fast!


chicago · Events · Fashion · food · Uncategorized

The Recap: African Festival of the Arts

Every year The African Festival of the arts puts on a amazing mix of fashion, food and live music during the weekend of Labor Day and it holds a special place in my heart as a summertime Chicago staple.

I go to find unique pieces for my closet and I love supporting the local artists from all over. Some of the best items to get at the fest, Art Work ( Mind Blowing) and Accessories ( I always grab earrings).

With foods from all over you can try lots of amazing traditional foods and also some cool new options. I’ve been going to the African Festival of the Arts for years and I always opt for trying something new, that didn’t change this year.

Food gets me excited.
My Girl Cherita from Beauty Marked Vintage enjoyed the #AFAchi30
Vegan “shrmp”from good2go

Along with seeing the culture, seeing the look and enjoying the #blackgirlmagic and #blackboyjoy energy you can always count on a dope musical lineup.

After the show I can’t stop playing his new song BGM ( Black Girl Magic)

This year had headliners Wale and Rotimi (If you follow my Instagram you know Rotimi and I go together. Just Kidding.🤪

Connect with The African Festival of the arts and head out next year!

Have you been?

XOXO, Arella

beauty · Blogger · Uncategorized

The Recap: Sip and Slay with ORS.

A few weeks ago, Hair Care brand, ORS,Launched their new line, #orsfixit with a beautiful launch party featuring a live hair demo by Viral Hair stylist, Anthony Cuts.

MR. Cuts and I ( Is he a model also because?)

Cuts is know for his amazing transformations with wigs, weaves and makeup and went right along with the product line ORS unveiled. I had the honor to attend the exclusive event and it was fun but also inspirational, because ORS is the first multicultural hair brand to launch a collection for Wigs and Weaves specifically.

The complete #orsfixit Line!

The line includes 3 main products that keep lace fronts in place, keep edges together and tame leave outs and flyaways associated with wearing, wigs and weaves. The products can also be used on natural hair as well.( Dual Hair Care,yass ORS) Mr. Cuts did a live hands on tutorial on how he uses the new products on his lace front wig clients and the results were amazing!


The venue for the festivities took place in the newly remodeled ORS Salon in the South Loop, who knew that they had a Salon Space?! Instaworthy bloggers, youtubers and stylists were all in attendance. ( including Ya Girl!)

Mini Banana Puddings for the win!
Anthony Cuts with his finished model!
Finishing the last few touches before the models wig is slayyed!


Youtuber MsVaughnTV and I (I just love her)
The attention to detail was real real ,down to the table cloths! The Wine is a local brand , LCS
Décor added such a glam touch to the ambience.
The newly remodeled ORS salon was done so beautiful!

All products are available in Walmart and your local Beauty Supply Stores and you can also get more information at the ORS official website! Have you used ORS products before? What’s your favorites? Mine is the Hair Repair line!

XOXO, Arella