April 23, 2014

Products We Love: Dang

My husband, Dr. B, recently brought these toasted coconut chips home. A patient brought them in for him. The name says it all. Dang, these are good!! 

You can eat them plain, put them in oatmeal (my favorite), bake with them, use as an ice cream or frozen yogurt topping....the list goes on. They've even got a coconut chip cookbook you can download with some really awesome recipes. The roasted coconut brussels sprouts look amazing!

These are so dangerous, yet so good to have around the house! Yet another way to put my Amazon prime membership to use. 

April 22, 2014

What I Wore: Work-Appropriate Denim

Denim can be appropriate for work. Especially on a casual Friday. Chambray is usually my go-to. The tailored nature of this shirt, paired with a black skinny ankle pant was relaxed, comfortable, and still put together enough for a day at the office. 

I couldn't let things get too boring, and these sparkly smoking shoes were just the pop the outfit needed. 

Here are a few work-appropriate denim pieces you might consider adding to your closet.

Jeweled Collar Chambray Shirt
Drapey Chambray Trouser Leg Pants
Adrianna Papell Chambray Trim Skirt
J. Crew Schoolboy Blazer

Is denim a part of your work wardrobe?

April 21, 2014

C & C in the Kitchen: Strawberry Milkshake...But Not

I love finding new smoothie recipes. This one is like a strawberry milkshake (at least in my mind) and I knew it was worth sharing. 

Here's what you'll need (give or take - I usually eyeball the ingredients).

1 cup almond milk (I use Almond Breeze)
4 or 5 large frozen strawberries (I like to use frozen fruit, because it gives it that milkshake-like quality)
1 frozen banana
1/4 cup cashews (you could also substitute it with almond butter or sunflower butter - I've done both)
2 or 3 dates (depending on how sweet you like it)
1/4 cup oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon
A dash of vanilla

Blend and enjoy! It's the perfect sweet and refreshing treat. 

April 18, 2014

Spring Trend: Jumpsuits

Jumpsuits are all the rage for spring. And under the right circumstances, and with the right fit (absolutely imperative), they're the perfect way to make a statement. I "jumped in" to the trend back in 2011 with this Marc Jacobs. Here are some jumpsuits appropriate for work, play, and evening.

For the office (*these may not fly in every office):

Tinley Road Ashley Jumper
Vince Silk Short Sleeve Jumpsuit

For daytime:

Trina Turk Clover Jumpsuit
Parker Wilson Silk Jumper

And for an evening out...

DVF Lucy Jumpsuit
Marchesa Voyage Joplin Jumpsuit

For the record, an endorsement of jumpsuits does not mean I'm for the return of overalls.

April 17, 2014

Happy Birthday Keeping it Real

It seemed fitting to take to the interwebs to memorialize my birthday wishes to my sweet niece, the mini fashionista, on her 3rd birthday. 

When babies are born in families, you hear a lot of talk about the grandparents and how that first grandchild will change everything. And in our family, that's no exception. I've seen a side of my dad I never saw before...and it makes me love him even more. It warms my heart. And if only you could see the way she follows my mom around like she has the key to all the fun in the world....absolute preciousness. But what isn't talked about as much is the treat of becoming an aunt. 

I never knew the love I could feel for a child until this little person entered the world. Maybe because Regan and I are twins, or maybe it's just the beauty of being an aunt - either way it's one of the most special parts of my life. I can't imagine the love I will feel for my own child if it tops this!

Despite being on the other side of the country, I've watched her grow up (thanks Face Time) from a little tiny thing to a smart, hilarious, funny, and pretty little girl. 

And along the way, not only have I felt the most wonderful joy from being an aunt, but also watching my twin sister, my best friend, take to motherhood so naturally. She is loving, a nurturer, a teacher, and has some ridiculous patience....I hope someday to be the kind of mother she is. The mini has one bright future with a mom like hers. 

So while I can't be there to sing and tell her in person, I hope the mini's third year brings as much fun and joy as the last three. I know with a personality like hers, the best is yet to come. 

Happy Birthday

The days are long, and the years are short. I say that multiple times a week. It's hard to believe that today the Mini Fashionista turns 3!

Happy Birthday to my favorite little Mini. She brings more joy to my life than I ever thought possible.

Here's a quick trip down Mini Fashionista memory lane...

April 16, 2014

Designer Profile: Corilynn

I recently came across designer Corilynn when another blogger posted a picture of this dress on Instagram. Isn't it cute?

Corilynn's designs are classic, preppy and oh so cute! How can you not fall in love with her prints and timeless silhouettes?

She is currently running a campaign on Kickstarter to take her business to the next level. Check out the video.

And here are some of the goregous pieces you can get your hands on by supporting Corilynn.