October 30, 2014

Beauty Booties

One of our reliable readers, AS, recently posted this adorable picture on instagram. Of course inquiring minds wanted to know where oh where did she get these adorable booties. Enter Clarks. Yes, you read that right - Clarks. The Purity Frost suede bootie comes in three perfect colors for fall - black, grey, and burgundy. And the wedge is super joint friendly for those of us who can't wear the stilettos like we used to in our younger years. 

I'd happily add a pair, or all three, of these beauty booties to my closet for fall. 

October 29, 2014

Bombshell Blake

You may have read in previous posts about my "girl-crush" on Blake Lively (here). So maybe it's not really a crush, but more like total body envy. Girl has legs, boobs, hair...a perfectly placed mole. And let's not even start on the arm candy. 

In case you missed it, she's pregnant. And damn her...she looks as fabulous as ever. 

Let's be real...surely she is just like the rest of us and will end up with stretch marks and boobs that aren't quite the same as pre-baby.

At least that's what I will tell myself.

October 28, 2014

Merin Designs Giveaway

If you read C&C regularly, you may remember this post back in August when I shared this amazing brand of tote bags called Merin Designs

Katie and I both ordered the Ketchum Bag, and we are obsessed. You can see in the top two photos that Katie has taken her bag from spinning to the office, and my bottom photos include the Ketchum bag on it's way to Ketchum, ID and at barre3 in the park. These bags go everywhere. 

I'm currently in the decision making process on my next Merin Purchase. It's definitely going to be a medium size tote...these two are the top contenders. 

On to the really exciting news! Today, thanks to Kea at Merin Designs, C&C is giving away a Big Ketchum tote to one lucky C&C reader. Use the rafflecopter link below for your chance to win. The winner will be announced on Friday. 

And, if you don't end up winning, you can use the code "preorder" for 25% off your purchase at Merin Designs (existing stock or pre-order). Pre-order bags are expected mid to late november. 

Happy shopping and good luck to all who enter the giveaway! P.S. You would be crazy not to!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

October 27, 2014

Splurge vs. Save

You know we love anything "Chain link" here at C&C. Our obsession started with the Angela Caputi bracelets, and now it has moved to necklaces. We love the Angela Caputi necklace (post here), and I have been coveting a larger version from Diana Broussard for months now. Remember when I first saw it on RHWNYC, and a reader helped me track it down (post here). 

Unfortunately, the $250+ price tag made the Diana Broussard version unrealistic. The price seems a bit ridiculous for resin. When I saw this photo of blogger Beth of Seersucker and Saddles, I was hopeful she had found an equally as large but less expensive version. I mean...she's wearing two of them. That must make them affordable, right?

Right! You can get these amazing acrylic necklaces from Ily Couture in 5 colors, including the white for only $34. It's almost too good to be true! 

With a price that good, why not buy two or three or all five? I placed an order last week when they were offering %40 off! 

October 24, 2014

Le Tote-Part Un

A dear friend sent me a belated and very fun birthday gift, a two month subscription to Le Tote. You ask, what is Le Tote? Well, for $49 a month it gives you access to unlimited "totes" of clothing that you select for your "closet". 

What happens next? A tote is sent to you with 3 items of clothing and 2 accessories that you have added to your virtual closet. You then have the choice to wear the clothes and send them back for another tote or to keep items and buy them at the "member price". It's a bit like Stitch Fix, but with the option to send the clothing back after you have worn it. 

I was really excited to select the items for my closet and receive my first tote. Without further adieu, here is my "Le Tote" Review. 

I received the following items. 

I didn't even try this shirt on. It would be great for warm weather, but it's cold and rainy here in Portland. I think if they collected more information about style preferences they would be able to send pieces more suited for the recipient. 

This shirt fit well, but was a cheap material and didn't feel any better than a shirt you would find at Old Navy. In fact, I have an Old Navy button down like this that feels higher quality and cost far less than $54.

I didn't wear either the bracelet or the necklace as I decided to send my tote back for other options after just two days.

The only thing I wore from my tote was this sweatshirt. 

I really liked the "quilting" and the elbow patches, but the quality was terrible. It was polyester and rayon and felt cheap. It was itchy and uncomfortable against my skin. I would NEVER spend $54 on something of this quality when I could easily find a similar style in %100 cotton for a similar price.

While I love the idea of this and think it is a super fun gift idea, so far I'm not overly impressed. I have another tote on its way, and I am hoping part deux will be better!

Stay tuned!

October 23, 2014

What I Wore: Tall Black Boots

My trip to Paris could also be called the jackpot Zara trip (remember the statement necklace and vest). I've been slowly rolling out my finds to you (hey, we've got to keep it interesting over here) and have been waiting for the right weather to break out the black stretch leather boots that made their way home with me (also wearing Uniqlo black cashmere sweater, J.Crew pencil skirt, and Zara vest from earlier posts and my new Danielle Nicole bag). 

I spotted these boots in the window walking down the street and knew it was meant to be. I've got a great pair of Cole Haan brown riding boots and have been on the hunt for a black pair. They go up a little over the knee, have great elastic in the back, and are crazy comfortable. 

With my Paris Euro discount, I paid $140, just under the U.S. price of $179. If you're in the market for tall black boots, you might consider a trip to Zara. I dare you to just by one thing. 

October 22, 2014

C & C in the Kitchen: Reboot Recipes

Earlier this month Regan mentioned that I'm doing a 6-week reboot run by a longtime friend, Katie of Dietitian on a Mission. It's too late to sign up, but I'm sure she'll do one again in the future - and we'll make sure to give you a heads up. Here's the Reader's Digest version (minus the awesome recipes, meal plans, and motivational Facebook Group) - week one you're a vegetarian and a vegan (but you can have eggs)(no alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and gluten all 6 weeks), week two add fish, week three and four add poultry, week four and five add red meat/pork and natural/unrefined sugar sources. I'm at the beginning of week three and it's going great so far. I've had 2 or 3 cheats (namely a glass of wine when visiting with friends), but I kept it at one, and that's success in my mind. I haven't succumb to sugar, which is my biggest win - if you know me, I have a killer sweet tooth. Overall I feel really good and it's getting me in the kitchen and meal planning/prepping a lot more. I thought I'd share a few of my favorite re-boot friendly recipes.

This Chickpea Coconut Curry from Oh My Veggies was delicious and Dr. B approved. I added spinach at the end before serving to give an extra dose of veggies. This went on the Pinterest "made and loved"board, and will definitely make repeat appearances.

This is my go-to butternut squash soup (I add apple as well). It's ridiculously good, easy to make, and reboot friendly. A win, win, win. We had it for dinner last night. 

Oh My Veggies freezer-friendly veggie loaded chili was also a huge hit. And just like the recipe says, I've got a bag stored away for one of those nights I don't want to cook. 

And just because you're rebooting doesn't mean you have to deprive yourself of a treat. This date-sweetened banana bread is perfect for fall. And if you're like me and LOVE everything pumpkin, this maple pumpkin custard will do the trick (I substituted dates for the maple syrup, but will definitely be adding it week 5 and 6). 

Happy healthy eating!