Hey everyone! I have the second part of my Baltimore recap to share with you all today plus some fashion and food trends I’ve come across lately (partially inspired by my time at Expo East!). Aside from that stuff, get ready for a slew of reviews coming your way this week…a lot of companies that were featured at the Expo sent me stuff before hand to review so I definitely want to get those done for you all!
Before I dive into the rest of the Baltimore shenanigans I wanted to announce the winner of my Love with Food giveaway and announce a NEW winner for my “personal picks” giveaway since the winner never contacted me!
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And now back to Baltimore…
All these pics were taken in various spots in downtown Baltimore. My mom and I went through the whole city on foot and even though I did not track miles or anything…I know we walked A BUNCH! The beautiful weather and equally beautiful sites were so worth it though. And sometimes taking things in at a slower pace is nice. You can absorb more of your surroundings I think. Some of the neighborhoods we explored were Mount Vernon, Fells Point, and the Inner Harbor.
There were a lot of trends to take note of at Expo East. I definitely noticed some patterns emerging among the new product releases and in the big companies in general! Some of the things I took note of:
- COCONUT– Coconut flour, coconut milk, coconut flavored things! Everything is being made with coconut now! Its the new ‘IT’ ingredient and is at the forefront of all vegan, gluten free, and alternative product companies!
- Adding Chocolate to everything!– from bars to yogurt to kale chips! Everyone seems to be coming out with a new ‘chocolate’ variety of their product!
- Alternative sweeteners– Not only did I see a TON of new stevia companies, but a lot of food companies were marketing their use of alternative sweeteners like erythritol, stevia, lo han guo, monk fruit, and sugar alcohol. (not my favorite trend)
- Using Organic Ingredients– Most of the companies I stopped to talk to made sure to mention that their products were exclusively made with ORGANIC ingredients. Not sure what the big selling point here is, especially with the latest reports about organic foods not being more nutritionally beneficial than conventional foods.
- Gluten Free Baked Goods– SO many new gluten free baked goods companies! Move over Pamela’s and Udi’s! There are a ton of new contenders on the market!
- Drinks with Coconut Water in them– So they can market the natural hydrating properties in it.
- “Special” Waters– Ones that are distilled, have added electrolytes, are sweetened with out calories….all kinds!
And on to another type of trend…my mom and I did a little shopping! I can’t even tell you the last time I went clothes shopping, let alone bought something full price, so this was quite the little splurge (even though the prices at H&M were actually pretty affordable!). Lace, crop tops, fringe, oversized/billowy tops, buttons, zippers, puffy sleeves, and vintage graphics are all in style right now, so I made some purchases that fit the trends!
But actually I just bought this stuff because I like it…I don’t really buy things according to trends (or even season! bad shopper!). This little shopping spree was also my first time using my debit card. It had to be christened at some point I guess. I can totally see how people can get into credit card debt! Handing over a card makes it seem like you’re not spending anything! When I have to fork over cash, a little part of me dies inside. #cheapgirlproblems I am definitely a saver, not a spender.
Anyways, the weekend was certainly a whirlwind, but a lot of fun none the less!
Here’s to a good week for you all! Stay tuned for lots of reviews, a reader question answered, and fun guest post on staying healthy in college!
What trends have you noticed lately in the food industry?
Whats your favorite way to get around an urban area?
Big spender or frugal cheapskate?
Today’s Healthy Help: Did some laundry for my mom and made some food for a neighbor who hasn’t been in the best of spirits.