November 22, 2017

The Spirit of Giving

In the spirit of giving we've partnered with one of our favorite artists and jewelry designers, Irene Wood of History + Industry, for a holiday giveaway.

Between now and next Tuesday you can enter to win this GORGEOUS Layer Necklace in mauve.

To enter please leave a comment at the bottom of the blog post telling us what you are thankful for this holiday season.

Irene is also offering an extra 5% off to C&C readers for a total of %35% off. Here are a few of the things I have my eye on.

These two necklaces are fabulous and would be the perfect accessory for my winter crewneck cashmere sweater uniform!

If I had my ears pierced (I know...shocker...who doesn't have their ears pierced??), I would buy these Katsura earrings

And lastly, have you seen her beautiful artwork? Katie has two amazing pieces in her home (see them here).

You too can have one of her beautiful paintings...

 Make sure to follow Irene on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with her beautiful jewelry and artwork. The winner will be announced next Wednesday!

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2017

Sorel x Chloe

Feast your eyes on these! 
"Paris meets the Pacific Northwest with the collaboration of Sorel and French Maison Chloé to design an all-weather boot that is both utilitarian and chic." (from SGB Media)

While a somewhat unlikely partnership, Sorel and Chloé have come together on this spin of Sorel's classic Joan of Arctic boot. 

The functional nature of the boot is true to Sorel, while the shearling tongue/lining, oversized gold hardware and large metallic laces scream of high fashion Chloé.

Unfortunately with a $515 price point,  I won't be running out to get a pair, but I am certainly admiring them from afar.  

November 20, 2017

Kids Gift Guide

Black Friday is nearly open us, which means that the Christmas shopping season is about to kick off! We try to focus on more "experience" or learning based gifts, so I thought I would create a gift guide along those lines. 

The nice thing about the majority of these gifts is that they are truly gender neutral, so any child in your life will delight in receiving them! 

Kits & Crates
These first few gifts are involved projects that provoke thought and creativity. 

Little Bits offers a variety of inventor kits, including this Droid Inventor Kit
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Next up is Kiwi Crate. We actually blogged about this a few years ago, as Katie got the Mini Fashionista a subscription for Christmas. These STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subscription boxes come once a month, can be selected by age and chosen in a variety of durations. 
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For the little chef in your life, Raddish Kids is a great way to engage the entire family in cooking. Raddish is a cooking club, culinary lesson, and mealtime solution all-in-one.
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For the young reader in your life, there are all sorts of great options. Here are a few of my favorites. 

Ranger Rick has been around since I was a kid, so it's pretty amazing that this kid's wildlife magazine is still around. It's now offered in three age ranges, so there's an option for all the little animal lovers in your life. 

My mom got the Mini a subscription to Highlights Magazine about a year ago, and she eagerly awaits its arrival each month. We enjoy reading it together and doing the interactive activities. I also remember enjoying this as a child!  
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For the older children in your life, here are two great magazines. 

Kazoo is a new kind of quarterly print magazine for girls, ages 5 to 10—one that celebrates them for being strong, smart, fierce and, above all, true to themselves. We had a subscription to it last year, and it was a little too old for the Mini. I think this definitely leans towards the 8+ age range. 
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Almost Fearless magazine is actually for Parents, but I thought I would include it anyway. I just recently subscribed and can't wait for our first issue to arrive.

We are big fans of the author Andrea Beaty and her books. The characters are fun, they encourage interest in STEM and the illustrations are fantastic.

If you already have the books, the new Project Books are a great option to add to a child's library. The project books inspire young readers will all sorts of fun activities. 

Wonderbly creates gorgeous customized books with beautiful illustrations, fun characters and thoughtful story lines. I've already order a few for my favorite little people. 

November 16, 2017

Keeping it Real

Since the "keeping it real" posts seem to be among our reader's favorites, I thought I would jump back into blogging with a fresh breath of reality.

A friend posted this photo on Instagram the other day, and it really resonated with me.

I reposted it to my personal Instagram and have been thinking about it ever since... Are these things really all that new?  And are they in fact independent of one another?

Can't rich people be happy and healthy? Why can't success accompany inner peace? And who says the cool kids can't also be kind?

To me the takeaway is about perspective and priorities. It's easy to get caught up in money and success and being cool. There's no denying that our society focuses on these things, sometimes too much, and like it or not, they are important.

These analogies are much like the saying "strong is the new skinny". They are statements that are meant to shift our priorities. There's nothing wrong with being skinny. However, the focus on being skinny has taken much of society to an unhealthy extreme, an extreme that comes with negative consequences. Shifting the focus to "strength" is more positive. The negativity attached to the goal of being "skinny" is much like the negative associations made with success, wealth and being "cool".

So we shift our focus.

If you live with purpose and with the priority to be happy, healthy, kind and at peace, then chances are you will be. It's also quite possible that you will be cool and wealthy and successful (however you define those things) as well.

If you live with the latter as your priorities, it's like the kindness, happiness, health and inner peace in your life will be lost or diminished.

So here's to everyone putting messages like this in their windows. It certainly won't fix all the worlds' problems and won't cause everyone to change their priorities, but it may cause a few people to shift their focus, and sometimes a little goes a long way.

November 13, 2017

Trader Joe's Favorites

For those of you with a Trader Joe's nearby, you definitely want to read this post. Today I'm sharing some of my favorite TJ's items. 

These are my new favorite "healthy sweet treat". They are made of dark chocolate, honey and mint! That's it! So simple and so good. 

I have been eating this red pepper spread on nearly everything....eggs, rice cakes with avocado, salad. It's very low in sugar, and it's delicious! We go through nearly a jar a week.

Katie turned me on to this tasty curry cauliflower quinoa salad. It is sweetened with a little honey but still only has 2g added sugar per serving. 

After spending 3 weeks in Europe this summer I have been on a bit of a muesli kick. This one is simple, has no added sugar and is super tasty! 

I've been enjoying it with the TJ's Plain Icelandic Yogurt. 

My husband is the cook in our house, and he's very particular about his cooking products. Apparently he's done some research, and this Trader Joe's California Estate olive oil is the best quality for the price. 

Lastly, these are one of the Mini Fashionista's favorite snacks. They are far less expensive than similar products and are somewhat far as snacks in a package go. 

So, what are you favorite TJ's products?

November 10, 2017

Currently Coveting

In my year hiatus from blogging some things have changed, but my love for navy and white stripes has not.

This L.L. Bean Rugby shirt is on my "want list" for the upcoming holiday sales! 

It comes in two other color combinations as well...but I'm not ready to change that much quite yet.

November 9, 2017

Red Carpet Rundown

I've been writing "Red Carpet Rundowns" since the inception of this blog, so I couldn't let the CMA Awards pass without a quick review...

She was the belle of the ball, and this was only one of 11 outfits Carrie Underwood wore as the host of the CMA's. (see all 11 here)

I love this dress, but am not sure how much I love KK as a platinum blonde. 
Karlie Kloss in Elie Saab

Pink brought her daughter as her date. And while I like the dress, I think it needed a few alterations. Take away the shoulder draping, shorten the train and slim out the skirt with fewer layers and this dress would be less Bow Peep and more chic! 

Miranda Lambert kept it simple and beautiful! 
Miranda Lambert in Tony Ward

The king and queen of country music didn't deliver like I would hope. I like Faith's dress, but the top looks like it's eating the side of her face. 
Faith Hill in Armani Privé

And worst dressed goes to Michelle Monaghan in Paco Rabanne. There is just nothing good about this situation.