November 24, 2015

Sun Sun Sun let it Shine

Remember these sunglasses Katie and I bought from Anthropologie nearly two years ago (post here)? I know many of you remember them because you went out and bought them too. Great minds think alike! 

To this day I get more compliments on those sunnies than any pair I have ever owned. I was on the Anthropologie website earlier this week and found some sunnies that are nearly as fabulous. 

 What I love about their sunglasses is that they are all reasonably priced. Paying over $100 for sunglasses is just ridiculous, especially when they get dropped, scratched, buried inside my purse, etc.

November 23, 2015

Deal Alert!

Last October we shared these boots that C&C reader Amanda introduced us to (post here). Can you believe they are Clarks?

After seeing them on Amanda again last week I decided that I "need" a pair. So I did a quick search and found them on Amazon for only $58! Prices vary by size, but there is a deal to be had!

Happy Shopping!

November 20, 2015

Copying: "Do" or "Don't"?

My friend JM has these boots on over the weekend, and I have major boot envy. And they are so much more amazing in person than in this photo. The picture does them no justice. 

What are your thoughts on buying the same things as your friends? Truth be told I already copied her once this year on a pair of Toms shoes. Remember when I blogged about these (post here)? 

So, is copying a "do" or a "don't"? 

November 19, 2015

I'm a Barbie Girl

I'm going to get a little controversial. I don't think Barbies are bad. While their bodies are totally messed up, I don't think Barbies themselves mess with little girls' minds. In fact, quite the opposite.

When Regan and I were girls our Barbies were rock stars. Literally. And they were lawyers, interior decorators and surgeons...often at the same time. It wasn't out of the norm for Barbie to get paged while accepting an Academy Award to go perform emergency surgery - which of, of course, she did. In her gorgeous peach gown, obviously.

My mom raised us to be strong girls, and we were...even playing with Barbie. And that play sparked our imagination, taught us to share (dividing up the furniture at the beginning was a feat of diplomacy), and even taught us about divorce (hey, it happens when you only have one Ken).

The folks at Mattel are out with this great new video that shows Barbie isn't all that meets the eye. I'm a Barbie girl, and I approve this message.

November 18, 2015

Christmas Countdown

When we were kids, December 1st was always a BIG day because we got to open our chocolate advent calendar for the first time. There wasn't really anything that special about them (the chocolate was probably sub-par to my current fixation with nice dark chocolate), but to us, they were everything.
Imagine my surprise on Saturday when a box arrived at the front door from Neiman Marcus (SCORE!). My mom showed up just like she did when we were kids, this time with the most incredible grownup advent calendar. Leave it to Christian Lacroix to take advent to the next level. 

This work of art will be so fun to open throughout the holiday season, and I know, unlike the chocolate ones, this will be around for a long time. Thanks mom!

November 17, 2015

Basement Remodel Update

The basement remodel is coming along! The drywall is up and it's actually starting to look like a finished space. I thought I'd give you a little progress update.
Laundry/storage area/hallway

main room (from the bathroom)

Changing things around in the current space, means we have to get rid of a few relics from the original house - including this incredible 1930s farmhouse drainboard sink. It's likely this sink was in the kitchen originally (before the days of laundry rooms). If we had a huge laundry room, this guy would definitely stay. But alas, it's got to find a new home.

We also have to find a new home for this pedestal sink. Know anyone refurbishing a farm house? These two gems would be the perfect addition! I'm selling both if you're interested (send me an email at - and I'll give you the C & C friends and family deal.


November 16, 2015

What I Wore: Trunk Club

Over three years ago I blogged about Trunk Club as a great option for guys that don't like to shop. But it's not just guys that need a little help sometimes. Regan and I have both tried Stitch Fix (read about it here), but I really wasn't impressed with the clothes - or the stylists' ability to pick things that appealed to me.
Ladies, our dressing prayers have been answered. Trunk Club (which was acquired by Nordstrom last year) is now catering to women! We're lucky enough to have a "Clubhouse" in D.C. so it's goes beyond the online experience and you can meet with your personal stylist in person. I've had ZERO time lately and knew this could be a great way to get some much-needed jeans and pants. I had a conversation with my stylist Nikki before going in for my first appointment. We talked about what I needed, where I shop, designers I like, sizing, price point and all sorts of other things to get an idea of my personal style. She pulled a bunch of cute things for me, but I tried to stay focused on what I really needed. I came away with three pairs of pants (including these flares), a white turtleneck that is the perfect layering piece (I might need the other two colors) and the most amazing cape (clearly I lost my focus on what I "needed").

As you can see flare jeans are back - and I have to admit, I'm LOVING them. There's nothing better than a good flare to slim and elongate the leg - especially when you pair them with a pointy-toe pump.

I'm hosting a few friends for a happy hour the beginning of December at the Clubhouse where the four of us are going to try on the things that Nikki has pulled (she'll do the same phone call with each friend before). It's going to be such a fun time! I'll make sure to report back with any other purchases. I'm not going to totally give over my shopping to Trunk Club (I love finding things on my own too much), but it's definitely something I'll do on a quarterly basis. It's good to have someone else shop for you every once and a while. You can sign up here!