April 18, 2018

Cougar Shoes

I'd never heard of Cougar Shoes before. It's a Canadian company that has been around for 65 years. 

This Kensington Chelsea Boot popped up in my Instagram feed a few weeks ago, so I had to check it out. 

It offers a unique take on an ankle height rain boot at an affordable price of $70. 

April 13, 2018

I'm in Love

I've been admiring my friend's bag for months now and had always assumed it was Chloé. Yesterday I noticed the branding and realized that it definitely wasn't Chloé...but in fact, it's from a London designer, DeMellier.

I'm not sure if I should love her or hate her for introducing me to this brand. Their bags are gorgeous and not outrageously priced compared to other brands like Chloé, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Channel, etc.

She has the Midi Venice in a beautiful grey (not currently available), but it comes in a handful of other colors, including this pink that I'm kind of crazy about.

This bag is at the top of my "wish list". It can be carried...

Or worn as a crossbody. 

Of course, the majority of colors are out of stock because Meghan Markle recently carried it. 

The Smaller, Mini Venice is also really fabulous and comes in a variety of color block options that I LOVE.

A DeMellier will, without a doubt, be the the next handbag I add to my closet. 

April 5, 2018

Since I've Been Gone

I apologize that it's been so long since my last post. I've been dealing with that thing called "life" lately and some additional stress added by parenting. I'll likely write a "Keeping it Real" post in the future, but for now I'll just say, "adulting is hard" and "parenting is really F***ing hard."

To get back into blogging I thought I'd share a few of the things I've been reading, wearing (or dreaming of wearing), and dreaming of in general.

1. The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right- This pretty much sums up my philosophy on food.

2. Stop Asking About My Kid’s College Plans- An article for all parents to read

This dress is adorable!
Main Image - Bardot Ibiza Check Dress

I need these sunglasses...in back and tortoise. 

This is the perfect summer clutch. I'm seriously contemplating ordering one. 
Image result for palm leaf round clutch mark and graham

I got this suit for our upcoming Mexico trip, and it's fabulous! And it's on sale! (wish I got mine at this big of a price reduction...) 
women's high neck x-back tank nautica - women's swim

women's high neck x-back tank nautica - women's swim
I'm obsessed with this house. It's extremely similar to my house...but a lot bigger and a lot more $$$. A girl can dream. 

March 14, 2018

New Found Favorites

It's been a busy week, so blogging has gone to the bottom of my priority list. In keeping with my "promise" to blog once a week, I thought I would share a quick list of some of my new found favorites.

Redd Bars
Thanks to C&C reader and my friend MD, I have a new bar to add to my on-the-go food list. The Peanut Butter and Mint are my favorites.
I've been buying them from Thrive Market where you can also buy my new favorite chocolate, Hu Chocolate, which I shared in my last New Found Favorites post. Do yourself a favor and order them 
both now (here).

Another one of my new found food favorites is Nuttzo, a seven nut and seed butter. I got the Crunchy Organic Power Fuel at my local Costco and have been using it in place of my go-to peanut butter. I haven't tried baking with it, but can't wait to try a few of my usual recipes and use this in place. 

Blue Lizard Sunscreen
We are going to Mexico in April, so I've been thinking about stocking up on sunscreen. While I love Kiehl's SPF 30, it has a less than ideal EWG rating. I recently searched the EWG list of best beach and sport sunscreens and found Blue Lizard. Their products are made in the US but were developed in Australia where ingredients are regulated much more closely. While I know it will be thicker (it's a mineral sunscreen), it will provide adequate protection without the presence of questionable or harmful ingredients, and that's worth the extra "rubbing in" time. 

Polar Raspberry Pink Lemonade
Sparkling water is my drink of choice and I think Ive found a new favorite flavor, Polar Raspberry Pink Lemonade. If you haven't tried it and enjoy these flavors, I highly recommend it. It is a favorite of the Mini Fashionista as well.

Kapla Blocks
Some friends recently introduced us to Kapla Blocks. Apparently these are found in nearly every french home and classroom. They are super fun and engaging for both children and adults. 
 You can build some seriously cool things with these!

March 9, 2018

Hello Sunshine

I'm longing for sun and warm weather and counting down the weeks until our trip to Mexico. Last week I found this fabulous packable visor from Land's End.

It was 25% off, and I got 6% cash back on ebates (more here from a previous post), so it was a great deal! I can't wait to wear it! Only 44 days, but who's counting? 

March 7, 2018

Dear Mom

Dear Moms,

Sometimes you need a glass of wine, and you don't want to open an entire bottle. Well, Dear Mom Wine has a solution for you. I recently discovered this gem of a brand, and I'm sold.

Say hello to the perfect glass (uh...can) of wine!

They have a white, a red, a sparkling and a rosé that are offered in a the cutest little can that holds just a little over 6 ounces of wine, the perfect pour!

They are sold in an equally charming and well branded 4 pack box.

Complete with a place to write a message to your favorite mom.

Like my other favorite canned wine, Union Wine Co., they are an Oregon company. For those of you not in Oregon, fear not, you can buy online. 

They make a great gift for your best girlfriend, your mom and better yet, for yourself. Try them! You won't be sorry. 

March 5, 2018

Red Carpet Rundown

Truth be told I haven't seen any of the films nominated for best picture in last night's Academy Awards. Second truth, we were en route back from the mountain when the pre-show/red Carpet was on, so today's Red Carpet Rundown is brought to you courtesy of People Magazine....who had a full slide show that allowed me to pick my "hits" and "misses" from last night's carpet.

After my last Red Carpet Rundown I took some heat for the superficial nature of these reviews. Please know that they are meant to be lighthearted, and remember that fashion is completely subjective, so what I like may be different from others, and neither of us are right or wrong. That's the beauty of fashion....that there is always something for everyone.

Anyway, on with the show! Let me start with the "misses".

Emma Stone is one beautiful and talented leading lady, but her choice of this satin pants and blazer missed the mark for me as they're a bit too casual for Hollywood's biggest night.

I debated on whether or not I liked this dress. In fact, it caused a lot of debate in the fashion world. Some loved it, while others hated it.  I LOVE the top. The neckline is stunning, as is the seam down the center, and it fits her perfectly. But, the bottom half just doesn't do it for me. The size of the slit against the gigantic bow feels off. Bottom line, we've seen better from Nicole Kidman. 

While I'd imagine this gown and the feathers are incredible up close, from a distance it looks like something one might wear on Survivor when you have to make your own clothes from the indigenous grasses. 

This is a miss for so many reasons. Enough Said. 

Actress Blanca Blanco continued her award season trend of wearing the most revealing dress of the evening (here). I'd like to know how one sits down in such a dress?

Salma Hayek's dress left much to be desired. 

And to finish up my list of "misses", Indie Singer St. Vincent. This outfit reminds me of something Bjork would wear. 

And now for the "Hits". Margot Robbie has been consistently stunning on the Red Carpet. Now this is how a leading lady dresses for the biggest night in Hollywood. 

Jennifer Garner's dress is probably my most favorite of the night. I LOVE it, but her hair is a miss. I would have liked to see something a little more sleek and elegant to match how stunning this dress is. 

I don't know what it is, but I really like this dress. 

I love that Rita Moreno re-wore her dress from 1962. 

Too bad she didn't leave the top the same, as it was even more fabulous back then.

God I hope I look this good at 80! Jane Fonda is classic and timeless and the epitome of chic. 

Laura Dern was also stunning in white! 

Allison Williams brought out the Old Hollywood Glamour in this stunning gown. 

Allison Janney really nailed it with this dress. The neckline, the sleeves, the train. This dress is what the Oscars are all about. If I had to choose best dressed, including the hair and makeup, she wins it for me.

Lastly, I will say that Kelly Ripa and Marc Consuelos had my best dressed couple of the night when I saw this photo.  I love a ballgown, and it's even better when it has pockets!! 

And then I saw this photo of the other half of the back of her dress. It could have been so good...but it wasn't. Sigh. 

So my best dressed couple of the night goes to Sam Rockwell and Leslie Bibb.

Mainly because I love her J. Mendel gown.