May 26, 2016

Products We Love

Thanks do my dear friend and loyal C&C reader, Stacy B, for introducing me to this most useful beauty tool, the Shiseido facial razor

I've noticed an increasing amount of chin hairs in the past few months (maybe it's an "aging" thing). I have considered getting laser hair removal on my face, but am not ready to spend the $$ quite yet. 

Last week at lunch I was talking with Stacy about the problem and she introduced me to this fabulous beauty tool. These little guys easily and effectively remove the peach fuzz, whiskers, whatever you want to call it from your face and are less than $12 for pack of 6! 

If you too have this problem, I highly recommend these as a solution! 

May 25, 2016

Bombshell Blake

I know I recently critiqued Blake Lively for her dress choice at a White House state dinner, but she has totally redeemed herself. 

I'm not really sure how many days she spent at the Cannes Film Festival, but there were certainly a lot of outfit changes. She's pregnant with her second child and, as always, looks amazing and totally knows how to work the red carpet. 

This is my favorite. Talk about an all American girl!

May 24, 2016

Keeping it Real: Bucket List

I had a small health scare last week. All is fine, but in the moment it was scary. It made me really think about my life, about my family and about what I live for.

I have thought over and over again about whether or not to write this post. I recognize that things most people keep private I post all over the world wide web (do they still call it that?), and maybe that's a bad thing. Maybe it's not. How much information is too much information? When is it "oversharing?"  As I write, I haven't yet decided the fate of this post. If you're reading this, then I decided to publish it.

Back to my "health scare". A few weeks ago I noticed a painful spot in my breast. I called my doctor. I went in for an exam, she identified it as a possible cyst, inflamed duct or lymph node, and she ordered an ultrasound and a mammogram to investigate.

Two days later I went in for the mammogram, my first given that I'm only 35. After not just one, but three "rounds" of boob squishing and uncomfortable positioning of my body around that damn machine I started to become a little worried. I then proceeded on to the ultrasound where the radiologist identified the area that I had been feeling and identified another area of concern, both of which she wanted to biopsy. This is when I started to become a lot more worried.

Three days after the initial tests I returned for the two biopsies. It was painful and uncomfortable and nerve wracking. And the worst part was waiting for the results. As I stated in the beginning of this post, "all is fine". The biopsies came back negative, and there is no cause for concern. But boy did they cause a lot of concern during those 7 days.

During those 7 days it was impossible not to think about the "what ifs". What if I have breast cancer. What if I die. What if...what if...what if.

I'm a glass half full kind of gal, so fortunately the "what ifs" didn't flood my mind for too long, but they did get me thinking about living life to its fullest and more specifically about my "Bucket List" and what things I want to experience in my life while I am young and healthy.

Here's the current version of my "Bucket List". I'm sure it will change over time, especially as the Mini Fashionista gets older. (I saw Garth Brooks in concert last year, so that has already been checked off the list)

- See Orca Whales up close in the San Juan Islands
- Take the Mini Fashionista to Sydney, Australia
- Go back to New Zealand
- Visit Machu Picchu
- Go fly fishing in Argentina
- Go hiking in Patagonia
- Spend a week at Rancho La Puerta with my girlfriends
- Visit Glacier National Park
- Drive Highway 1 down the California coast through Big Sur
- Visit the Grand Canyon
- Complete the 170K trek around Mt Blanc
- Visit Denmark, Sweden and Norway

What's on your "Bucket List" and most importantly, what are you doing to make sure you get everything checked off of it?

Oh, and as a reminder...listen to your body, when something doesn't feel right, get it checked out! :) It's better to know it's nothing early on than to find out it's something when it's too late.

May 23, 2016

Products We Love

I don't have a creative way of beginning this post except by saying that "I now drink wine that comes from a can." 

Union Wine Company here in the Portland area puts four of their wines in cans, and it's pretty awesome. I've been drinking the rosé on repeat the past few weeks, and I felt the need to share. 

You can find the wine at most major grocery stores here in Portland, in both traditional bottles and cans. If you don't live in Portland, you can order it online (here). 

I know what I'll be packing on my next camping trip...on our next trip down the Middle Fork...on my next picnic. You get the idea! 

May 20, 2016

Currently Coveting

Katie brought this sweatshirt to my attention last week, and I'd say we are both "currently coveting" it. I am guessing all of you who love navy and white stripes as much as we do will be coveting it too!

May 19, 2016

Currently Coveting

Day 4 of Currently Coveting, and despite the fact that it's nearly summer I can't help but lust have this gorgeous Vince sweater coat. It's the perfect mix of black and navy.

May 18, 2016

Currently Coveting

In case you haven't noticed I have a major shopping urge right now. This is day three of "Currently Coveting" this week, and it might just continue tomorrow.

I have been coveting these Steve Madden Shoes for over a year now. I first was introduced to the style when my friend Lyndsay had a pair that were similar from Target, and I have been eyeing them ever since.

Just last week blogger Sarah Tucker posted a photo of herself wearing the same shoes. I was hoping that Target had brought them back, but hers were also Steve Madden.

The biggest dilemma is which color to choose from!