March 4, 2015

What I Wore: Caped Crusader

Remember when Regan blogged about a $50 Nordstrom gift card she had? Well, I had one too. And her post gave me a major hankering for the Topshop I did what any right-minded shopper would do, I ordered it! It was unavailable, and then they got more instock! It just arrived last week and was the perfect thing to wear for our flight to Sun Valley. 

J. Crew Navy Pixie Pant, Sam Edelman Johanna Boots,
Ann Taylor Loft Chambray Shirt, Uniqlo Cashmere Sweater,
Topshop Colorblock Geometric Cape

I'm cape obsessed this season. I can't get enough of long, well-draped coats, capes, and sweaters. Done right, they can be so sophisticated...and warm...and comfortable. Who knew those three things could go together. Since this is currently out of stock, here are a few similar options. 

Colorblock Stripe Cape
Topshop Super Soft Wrap

March 3, 2015

Mi Golondrina

Last week in Texas I got to spend the morning with the incredibly talented Cristina Lynch of Mi Golondrina. Inspired by her mom's Mexican heritage, she started the most incredible line of hand-embroidered dresses, shirts, and bedding. Golondrina means swallow in Spanish, and each of her pieces has a small embroidered bird included in the floral design. 

Each dress touches the hands of three groups of women in Oaxaca, Mexico who come from a long line of artisans. Her business employs many women that work from their homes, continuing on an art long-done by their ancestors.  

It was such a treat to visit her beautiful show room, see the incredible Mexican art on display, and chat with this incredibly inspiring, young woman who has entrepreneurship in her blood. And with my own personal affection for Mexico and its people, I love her passion for the Mexican culture and craftsmanship and wanting to bring a small piece of here it here to the states. 

And of course the hardest part of it all...having to decide which piece to buy. I came home this blue and beige top, which will be perfection with white jeans this summer or on our next trip to Baja. 

Cristina sells exclusively in two retail stores in Dallas and also on her website. No two pieces are the same and the detail is unlike nothing I've seen in this kind of garment - making it something I know I'll have for a lifetime. I'm already dreaming of my next Mi Golondrina purchase. 

Hasta manana. 

March 2, 2015

These Boots are Made for Katie

Last week I was in Texas for work (here's a little video about the project). And for one hot second of the trip I was in Austin (less than 24 hours). OF course we made a quick pit stop at the famous Allens Boots. 

If you want boots, this is the place to find them. They have every color, leather, price point... It's cowboy boot heaven. And of course you can't take this girl into a shoe store without finding at least ten one pair I want. 

Ariat and Pendleton got together in a little collaboration to make the Caldera Boots. And they make this Idaho girl swoon, hard core. 

I mustered up every little bit of self control in my body to not bring these home with me since I've bought a few things lately (posts to come) and am on a spending freeze. Thankfully (or not, as I'll have to see them and remember they're not mine), my colleague bought them so someone gets to enjoy these beauties. Enjoy MCL. I've got major boot envy. 

February 27, 2015

C&C in the Kitchen: Recipes on Repeat

When I find a recipe I have the tendency to make it over and over and over again...

Here are a few of the recipes that are currently on repeat in our house.

Spiced Almond Thumbprint Cookies with Chocolate-Cashew Cardamom Frosting from Dishing up the Dirt

Speedy Veggie ‘n Brown Rice Noodle Bowl with Homemade Teriyaki Sauce from Oh She Glows

No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars from Hummusapien

Roasted Cauliflower, Beet and Farro Winter Salad from Joy the Baker

Have a great weekend!

February 26, 2015

Products We Love: Pocket Fuel

As you may know, my family and I are great outdoor enthusiasts. We hike, fly fish, XC ski, downhill ski, camp, etc, and for the last two years I have spent a lot of time training for competitive XC ski races. Training sessions usually last 1-2 hours and sometimes more. During and after long and hard workouts, I am always looking for good, quick and easy "fuel" for my body. I hate gu's and gel's so my choices have been limited, until now.

My most recent discovery is called Pocket Fuel, a local Oregon company based out of Hood River (even more reason to like them). Their nut butters come in five flavors, my favorite being Chocolate Haze.

Chocolate Haze is made with hazelnuts, almonds and rich chocolate blended together into a silky smooth sweet delight and served up in a cute little pouch. It's loaded with essential minerals – potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and sodium – in the form of electrolytes. 

Even if you are not a competitive athlete, Pocket Fuel is a great snack to keep in your purse, at your desk, in the car, etc. They are 100% natural and 100% tasty! :) 

You can buy their products on their website and on amazon! Try it! You won't be sorry. 

Happy Trails! 

February 25, 2015

Head-to-toe Print

I happened upon this windowpane look on Ann Taylor Loft earlier this week (here), and it got me thinking about wearing the same print from head to toe. Given yesterday's post, head-to-toe looks must be on my mind. 

I'm not sure that I've ever done it....not because I wouldn't or couldn't....I just haven't. 

If you are going to wear one print from head-to-toe, this is how to do it! 

From Hapers Bazaar
J Crew
From Pop Sugar
Sincerely Jules
Olivia Palermo
photo from Paloma AMO

Kate Spade 15

Head-toe-toe print? Would you wear it in the city, would you wear it and feel pretty? Would you wear it at the beach? Would you wear it out to dinner? Do you think it would make your ass look thinner? Would you wear print from head to toe? Could you wear print from head to toe? Tell us, tell us we want to know!

February 24, 2015

Cardi Couture Challenge

It's been a while since our last Cardi Couture challenge, so I thought it was about time to bring it back again.

On Friday I actually had time (made time) to shower after my morning workout and before picking up the Mini Fashionista from school. I had about 3 minutes to get myself dressed and out the door, so there was no time to think about creating much of an outfit. So what did I go with?

Head-to-toe black and white. It never fails. Here's what my outfit came to. I admit, I'm not winning any style contests. This is "mom on the go" at its best.

Your challenge is to use this as inspiration for your own head-to-toe black and white look. Here a few others sources of inspiration that are far more put together than my look. 

The #Cardicouture challenge is on. Don't forget to use the hashtag when sharing.