September 30, 2014

Instacart

I have been so giddy about sharing this post since Friday night when my friend Margueritte made a life changing introduction to Instacart.

It went like this, "I used this today for the first time and it was fantastic! I rarely ever post these types of things, so I promise it's the real deal."


So, I clicked on the link to learn more...and I have been doing a happy dance ever since. Here's the long story short:

You can have groceries from Costco and Whole Foods (as well as other stores that are city specific) delivered to your home, in less than 2 hours for only $3.99!

Say What???? I don't have to drive to Costco anymore?


You mean to say I can have a Pixie Raw Pudding Cup delivered to my door without stepping a foot in Whole Foods?


As I said, this site is LIFE CHANGING! I have no doubt that many of you will be joining me in the Instacart movement. Did you just have a baby and run out of diapers? No problem, they can be delivered to your door in less than 2 hours. How about you just had a meeting scheduled and it's eating into your grocery shopping time after work? No big deal, just have your groceries delivered! You can even make special requests. This service is so crazy good I can't stand it.

The prices are "their own" which clearly means they are slightly higher, but I think I would still save money by not stepping foot in the store. My purchases will be need based and not impulse buys.

Currently Instacart is available in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Washington, D.C, and they are expanding rapidly!

September 29, 2014

C & C on the Move: Walla Walla Weekend

Katie is busy at work meetings in Paris this week (rough, right?), so I'm writing to give you a quick recap of our meet-up last weekend in Walla Walla, Wa. Katie attended Whitman College and was being honored during their reunion weekend as Young Alumni of the year, which was totally a big deal, but she would have NEVER written that! 

Where do I start? How about our amazing accommodations, Stone Creek Manor. This amazing property is owned by our dear family friends. It is spectacular. For anyone visiting WW, I highly suggest renting one of their two guest cottages. 


For those who don't know, Whitman is a small liberal arts college (about 1500 students) centered in the middle of the wheat fields in Eastern Washington. When Katie was in college, there wasn't a whole lot going on in WW, but in the years since it has grown into a destination for both food and wine.


We thought Katie's award was the perfect reason for a girl's weekend, so the Mini Fashionista and our mom joined in on the fun.


Katie enjoyed taking a tour down memory lane, including all the places she lived during her four years at Whitman.


I surprised Katie by inviting two of her BFFs from college. They had some good memories to relive. 


As I mentioned, WW has some incredible restaurants. We ate at the Maple Counter Cafe each morning of our visit (it was just so good). The oatmeal was fantastic (I had it three days in a row), and the "apple pancake" on the bottom left was unforgettable (just like the menu said). 


We enjoyed a delicious dinner at Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen and drank wine from one of our favorite wineries, Dunham Cellars.


And of course we couldn't leave WW without stopping at just a few wineries, and buying a few bottles of wine. Katie and I each bought a case!! FYI, if you are flying on Alaska Airlines out of WW, they will check a case of wine for FREE! 


It was a fun celebration weekend full of food, wine, family and friends! 


I can't wait for the next time that we can all be together again.

September 26, 2014

A new take on an old classic

Since I've long tired of my summer clothes and the weather in D.C. is starting to feel like fall, I've got cool-weather apparel on the mind. And with the change of the seasons, also comes change of footwear - although I'm "that girl" that wears shoes without socks or stockings throughout the winter. 

L.L. Bean has been around a long time, and everyone loves a good Bean Boot. My Rubber Mocs are a staple for the fall and spring when I don't want or need full coverage - or have to make a trip to the end of the driveway with the garbage cans. 


But sometimes that's just not enough shoe for the conditions....or your outfit. Problem solved with the Signature Wool Bean Boot, new this year. It's an updated take on old reliable. Each pair is handmade in Maine with Woolrich wool and the sturdy rubber soul will keep your toes nice and dry. 


These could be giving my Sorels (yes, plural) a run for their money. 


September 25, 2014

So Many Choices

I'm on the hunt for a new chambray shirt to add to my collection. My +1 bought me one from Land's End Canvas a few years ago, but somehow it ended up with a permanent stain on it. While the spot is not large, it's still noticeable, so I feel like it's time for another one. 

Here are some of the shirts I am considering. 






So many choices. Do you have a favorite chambray shirt?



September 24, 2014

Cute as a Cupcake

Truth be told I'm not a big fan of Halloween, and I can't remember the last time I dressed up in a costume. That said, I have enjoyed the last few years of dressing my Mini Fashionista, and I have already purchased her costume for this year. You will have to wait until Halloween to see it.

Here was last year's costume. I brought this at a consignment sale for $12! It's from Pottery Barn Kids and is still available (here). 

Isn't she the cutest little cupcake you ever did see?

Last weekend when we were in Bend visiting friends, the Mini enjoyed playing dress up in all of her little friend's costumes, these fox overalls included. 

My friend bought them on Etsy from the WildThingsDresses shop. The designer and creator, Kirsty, is a mother of three and makes these fabulous costumes at her home in rural England. The quality of the fabric is fantastic and the craftsmanship is impeccable. How cute is this little mouse dress and hat? 


Or what about this rainy day dress. It's a costume without being a costume....which is my kind of costume. 

I love the little pony. The mane is too cute. 

And how about this sweet little polar bear dress?

Finally, for the boys....a raccoon.

Or you could always go with the fox.

And the cute matching hat!

I love these little costumes. They are slightly on the expensive side, but as I said, the craftsmanship is fantastic, and they are definitely the type of thing I would save to pass on to future generations. They would also make great gifts for the special little people in your life. 

September 23, 2014

Day to Night

You may remember this ASOS dress that I posted last year (here). This past weekend in Walla Walla I wore the dress during the day paired with my Michael Kors flats that I bought earlier this summer at Consign Design. It was perfect for walking around the Whitman Campus, for Katie's award ceremony and for wine tasting. We will be sure to post a trip recap soon! 


That night I didn't want to wear the white jeans and blouse I had planned on wearing, so I took a Zara skirt that Katie had given me on the trip and put it over the dress.


Suddenly the dress became a top, and I took the outfit from day to night! Have you ever worn a skirt over a dress? It was a first for me. 

I paired it with these Manolo Blahnik cork wedges that Katie recently found for me for our birthday - she got them on MEGA-SALE (and this is no exaggeration). 


September 22, 2014

Double the Trouble

Thirty Four Years ago Katie and I came into this world. Ten days after my mom found out she was having twins and six weeks early. Can you imagine the surprise?

Let's take a quick trip down memory lane.

I'm not sure how old we were in this picture, but we were pretty tiny!

We don't hold hands like this anymore, but it was cute back then. The bowl cuts...not so cute. 

This was Christmas. I was really excited about the My Little Pony, but not so much about the wedgie from the costume. 

Apparently I thought perms were cool. It was the 80s, so please forgive my mistakes.

At least we made the mistake of crimping our hair together. The Popples and Care Bear lunch boxes were pretty cool though. And, yes, there was a thermos inside.

And who didn't love a trapper keeper?

Clearly we've made some fashion missteps over the years, but there is no one I would rather have made them with. Here's to many more birthdays with my amazing sister, and please Katie, please let's never let each other make these kind of fashion faux pas ever again.