July 31, 2015

Mollusk

I went to the pool earlier this week with two other moms and their kids. Both women were wearing the cutest suits. Inquiring minds (i.e. me) had to know where they got them.

Say hello to Mollusk. Thanks MB and AB for the fabulous find. These suits are on my short list for next summer.

I love the Seea Capitola Bikini. Stripes and Polka dots....what is there not to love?


It's definitely a lot less coverage on the bottom than I am used to though. It might take a burst of confidence to wear. 

The Saladita has the perfect amount of va-va-voom with the intricate back.
I love the colors on the Seea Jalama bikini. Not sure I could pull it off.

The Atoll bikini comes in a variety of patterns and colors and seems like a great basic and sporty bathing suit for swimming, paddle boarding, etc. 


They also have some really cute rash guards. Of course this one is my favorite! Go figure...navy and white stripes! 
Have a great weekend! It's going to be hot here in Portland and perfect weather for bathing suits! Now if only I had a pool in my backyard. 

July 30, 2015

Dagmar Daley

I'm not sure if I should be thanking my friend Meaghan or cursing her for introducing me to this amazing line of kids clothing called Dagmar Daley.  Dagmar Daley creates stylish, simply detailed clothing. Timeless designs (both nostalgic and modern), quality fabrics, and fine detailing are inherent in her collection. The line has been produced in San Francisco since the beginning, and has been committed to local production since before it was fashionable. 

Here are some of my favorite things from the collection. There are so many cute things for boys and girls that it was hard to choose just a few for this post. 












I took advantage of a sale, and the Mini Fashionista will be sporting this dress and this adorable navy and white polka dot skirt come fall. They were just too cute too pass up. I blame it all on you MF

July 29, 2015

Lola

There are many products that we use everyday (or every month in this case) that are not pretty. They are not chic, but they are functional. Today's post is 100% about functionality. Today's post is about tampons. Exciting, right? 

I was recently introduced to Lola. A company that is taking a modern approach to feminine care.  
Lola tampons are 100% biodegradable, made with cotton sourced from Europe and a BPA free compact plastic application, utilized for comfort. “We realized if we want to get into the tampon industry, we’re going to have to brand our own products where we are 100% straightforward with women about what is in it and make it a natural ingredient,” says Friedman.


Since today's world is all about convenience, Lola makes it easy to avoid your monthly trip to the grocery store to buy tampons. They deliver exactly what you need when you need it. And not to worry, commitment phobes—you can pause, adjust, or cancel your subscription anytime.

Unlike the major tampon brands that don't disclose their ingredients, Lola tells you absolutely everything. No BS, no mystery fibers, no more doubts about what's going in your body.


Since I care so much about everything that I put on or in my body...food, cosmetics, etc. Lola is the perfect product for me. I took advantage of their "first time buyer" offer and got two boxes for $9. Unfortunately my shipment arrived just after "Aunt Flo's" departure, so I will have to wait for next months visit to give you my verdict. I'm pretty sure I'll be saying adios to Tampax. 

July 28, 2015

What I Wore: Perfect Pieces

I recently shared with you the awesome maxi dress I found at Ann Taylor Loft and mentioned that I picked up a few other items on crazy sale. I finally got around to wearing them and know you're probably going to want to add these perfect pieces to your closet. 

This striped long pencil skirt is pretty much like wearing sweats it's that comfortable. And I thought I got a steal paying $25, but it's now $20. For work or play you can't go wrong. It's going to be a replacement for this skirt that is starting to show just how well-loved it is. 


And I seriously don't want to take off this striped summer softened shirt. It's the perfect fit and the perfect length, and you know I'm a sucker for blue and white stripes. It has Friday casual written all over it and is 30% off.  


After finding these perfect pieces, I'm definitely going to shop Loft more often. 

July 27, 2015

C & C in the Kitchen: Sunday Sweet Swap

Last weekend I invited a group of women over for a sweet swap. What does that mean? Each person brings one dozen treats and they go home with a bakery box full of everyone else's goodies. Or in my case, you take all the leftovers to the office the next day. I was in the mood to make something totally over the top, but with a lot going on, couldn't take on something too time-intensive. Enter these loaded M & M Oreo Cookie Bars. The awesome thing about these delicious, sugar-packed morsels is that you can pretty much pick your "poison" - peanut butter cups, M & Ms, you name it. 


I doubled the recipe to make sure I had enough for all my guests. As you can tell from the table, we had no shortage of sweets. At one point I walked into the dining room and was overwhelmed by the smell of chocolate - and it was still lingering the next morning when I left for work. 


I set up a bar of drinks - Arnold Palmers, sparkling water, prosecco and mango puree, and watermelon juice. It was my first time making watermelon juice and it was a HUGE hit at the party.  


Fresh Watermelon Juice

1 Watermelon
1 Lime

Cut up the watermelon and place in blender (I've got a vitamix). 
Add one juice of lime. 
You can strain it if you don't like a little pulp, but I prefer it. 
Pour into a pitcher. 
Serve chilled. 

Enjoy!







July 23, 2015

C&C in the Kitchen

Early sunday morning the Mini Fashionista and I were enjoying some time together when we realized that our bananas were looking pretty tired. So I asked her what she wanted to bake with them, and her response was "banana bread."

I've made this Paleo Banana Bread recipe a few times before and have since altered it slightly into my own recipe (below). This bread is spongy and moist and totally delicious. And what I love most about it is the complete absence of any sweetener besides the bananas! In the words of the Kix commercial, this bread is "kid tested, mother approved".

Happy Baking!

Spongy Banana Bread
Ingredients
4 ripe bananas
4 eggs
1/2 cup almond butter (or other kind of butter such as coconut, sunflower, peanut, etc)
4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup almond meal
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of sea salt
chocolate chips, walnuts etc. (optional)

Instructions
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Combine bananas, eggs, nut butter and coconut oil into a mixing bowl and mix well. I used a Kitchen Aid mixer and suggest that or a handheld mixer.
- Add in coconut flour, almond meal, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, and sea salt and mix well.
- Pour into a week greased loaf pan (I used coconut oil spray to grease my pan)
- Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean
- Remove from oven and flip your bread out onto a cooling rack

July 22, 2015

Keeping it Real: It Can Wait

When I saw this ad, I knew I had to share it. As you may know from previous posts, I was in a very serious car accident over 4 years ago. The Mini Fashionista was 7 weeks old. I had nightmares for years afterwards. I still have them every now and again.

You would think those nightmares would stop me from doing anything to risk my life, the life of my family or anyone else while driving a car, but they don't always. Sometimes I do exactly what you see in this video. And I'm ashamed.

But not anymore.

No post is worth a life.
No glance is worth a life.
No email is worth a life.
No search is worth a life.
No text is worth a life.

It can wait!



From now on, my phone will be closed in my center console or secured inside my purse to avoid the temptation of picking it up. Join me! It could save a life, including your own.