November 21, 2014

Spotted Stills

Last month at the Junior League of Portland's fund raiser, I purchased a photography session in the silent auction. We've never had professional photos taken before (excluding our wedding), and I have always wanted to. Much to the reluctance of my husband, we bundled up on a chilly day and ventured out with the amazing Jenn of Spotted:Stills Photography.

Here are some of my favorites. We started at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens and then moved on to the Reed College Campus.

November 20, 2014

Blue Suede Shoes

I love everything navy. So when I saw these fabulous navy suede booties from Seychelles, I know I had to share them. 

Aren't they fabulous? 

November 19, 2014

Keeping it Real...and Safe

For those of you with children...especially those who live in cool/cold climates, I encourage you to read this post and watch the videos. You won't be sorry.

I try to keep the kid related content to a minimum here on C&C, but this is something I feel is very important to share. I am a bit neurotic when it comes to car seat safety. You see, when the Mini Fashionista was just 7 weeks old, we were in a very serious car accident. A woman ran a red light, t-boned our car which proceeded to roll...and roll...and roll...all the way back to four wheels.

Fortunately the Mini and my husband were not hurt. I unfortunately suffered two fractured vertebrae (compression fractures) in my spine. While the injury still bothers me over three years later, I am so thankful that none of us were hurt more severely. It could have been far, far worse. car seat neuroses are therefore totally warranted. So here is what I want to share with you. The five point harness is the safest way to buckle your child into your car. However, in the winter we layer our kids in coats and sweaters and that can prevent the five point harness from doing it's job.

So today I am sharing with you (thanks to these videos), how you can safely buckle your child in their car seat while still wearing a coat. I encourage you to watch both videos.

November 18, 2014

C&C Challenge

We are starting something new here on C&C called the #cardicouturechallenge. It actually came as a suggestion from my friend and fellow fashionista AS (you saw her beautiful ankles in a previous post about booties). Her idea...each week we post a fashion challenge for our readers: "wear something that delights you, wear sunglasses and sweaters, try a new combination in your closet, etc." In each challenge we hope to involve more of our readers through the various forms of social media: Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. We plan for it to be a weekly challenge, but I'm not making any promises. 

So, without further adieu, here is the first ever #cardicouturechallenge. This week's challenge is to wear stripes and plaid. 

I was inspired by blogger Lacey of A Lacey Perspective to not only wear stripes and plaid, but also to replicate her outfit. 

Conveniently, I have the exact same scarf from Zara (last season) that I paired with an H&M striped shirt, Citizens for Humanity jeans and Cole Haan Boots. 

I finished off the outfit with a nude patent J Crew belt, a J Crew Clutch and a red Angela Caputi bracelet.

Now it's your turn! We challenge you to wear stripes and plaid together. Feel free to replicate a similar look or put your own pieces together. Here's the order for this to be interactive, you will have to share your posts with us through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Post your photos to the C&C facebook page, post to Instagram and use the hashtag #cardicouturechallenge.  Feel free to email your photos to and we will post them for you! 

Ready, set…stripes and plaid! 

November 17, 2014

Trader Joe's Tricks

Happy Monday! Katie here. 

I'm a Trader Joe's shopper (blogged about some of my favorite items last year). It's amazing how much you can get for your money compared to "Whole Paycheck." I thought I'd share one of my latest Trader Joe's tricks with you. I like roasting veggies on Sundays to eat with quinoa, beans, tofu, etc. for lunch during the week. My latest obsession is taking the bag of shaved brussels sprouts, mixing in some olive oil or coconut oil spray, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper, and roasting them for about 35-30 minutes (for two bags worth) on 400 degrees. They're perfect to add to bowls or even an egg scramble. 

And while we're on the subject, you must know about Trader Joe's flowers. You can make the best arrangements for crazy cheap. This weekend I put together these berries and added some cranberries to the water for that little extra bit of festivity. Tis the season, right?

And just because you're our trusted readers, you should probably know that the holiday goodies are in stock now! I picked up my two go-tos, Joe Joe's and Candy Cane Green Tea. I bought two boxes of the tea because it's only around this time of year and it's my ABSOLUTE favorite. A perfect after-dinner sweet, and warm, treat. 

Share your favorite TJ's products with us!

November 14, 2014

Dying for a Dress

We have a black tie event coming up in December, and I am dying to buy this dress. Too bad I hesitated, and when I went back to pull the trigger, they were out of my size (in both the red and the black). 

Here's hoping someone sends back a size 4!

November 13, 2014

C & C in the Kitchen: Date Cookies

I love a good "health treat," as Dr. B calls them. He won't let me call them cookies because anything made without butter or chocolate doesn't qualify in his book. I beg to differ. Especially with this recipe for Date Cookies from Dietitian on a Mission.  

On Veterans Day I made a double batch - some for me and some to take to work. Before day's end I'd eaten five cookies. Yes, five. They were a big hit at work, and just as the recipe says, are worth freezing. I may like the frozen cookie even better - so don't think it will help in self control. Thanks Katie for the awesome recipe - these are definitely going to be a go-to in my "health treat" repertoire. 

Date Cookies 

1.5 cups almond flour
1/4 cup Gluten-free flour blend
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3 Tbsp melted coconut oil
1/2 of a ripe banana, mashed
3 Tbsp honey or agave
1 egg (or flax egg made with 1 Tbsp ground flax + 3 Tbsp water)
1 Tbsp vanilla extract 
1/4 cup slivered almonds or chopped pecans (I used pecans)
1/3 cup dates, chopped (into a mush)

Preheat oven to 350.

Stir the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. In a small separate bowl mix the mashed melted coconut oil, banana, honey, egg, and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients.

Finish by stirring in the nuts and dates. Mix until combined.

Portion into 14 cookies and bake for about 12 minutes. Freeze what you don't want.