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. 

March 2, 2018

More than Just a Boot Brand

For a number of years Sorel has been trying to show the world that they are more than just a boot brand, and that they are a fashion forward footwear brand. You may have seen my recent post about their collaboration with Chloè (post here), a smart move to show their place in the world of high fashion. 

I've noticed a drastic improvement in the style of their boots and continued expansion into other footwear over the past few years, and their spring/summer collection truly shows the evolution from being just a boot brand to a footwear brand. 

A friend of mine works for Sorel and introduced me to these Campsneak Slip-On Sneakers. I saw them at her house and then had to get a pair for myself. 

Not only are the cute, but they are crazy comfy. As my friend said, "aren't they like walking on marshmallows?" And they are. Here's what they look like on. 

I seriously might need to get a second pair. 

There are so many cute shoes in Sorel's Spring/Summer collection, like the Ella Sandal, It comes in a variety of color combinations, these being my two favorites. 

I'm also kind of obsessed with these sneakers. 

Well done Sorel. You officially have me sold on being more than just a boot brand. 

February 28, 2018

On Target

Last week Katie saw this fantastic black and white gingham shirt on one of our favorite blogs, Proper Hunt

So of course, she had to order it and then send the link to me to show her fabulous find. Can you believe it's Target? Unfortunately it must have been popular as it's nearly sold out and is on sale for $19.99. 

While that style is nearly gone, I did find some other fun summer shirts that are in stock and equally as fabulous.

I love this in both colors!

Cleary this season Target is...well, on Target! :) Happy shopping! 

February 22, 2018

Golden Hour

I've been an acupuncture enthusiast for many years now; often going on a weekly basis. It's one of the only times when I am completely still and can reach a state of total relaxation. It's about as close to a meditative state as I've never gotten and it seems to help with a number of my chronic muscular/joint problems.

While I loved having regular acupuncture, the cost adds up. About a month ago my friend AM and I planned a "mom date" that started with smoothies at Kure and then we went to check out Golden Hour.

In their words..."Golden Hour is unlike anything you have ever experienced.  They are a wellness studio that believes in the power of continuous care.  They are anything but a traditional clinic.

Their unique sessions include acupuncture, massage, aromatherapy and other modalities. They will help you celebrate in mind, body and soul, the daily ceremony of health, beauty and balance."

We went in for the 45 minute chair treatment ($35) during which you receive a head/neck massage, acupuncture (knee and wrist down) and an arm/hand massage at the end.

It's 45 minutes of pure bliss. Despite there being 6 chairs in the space, it's still peaceful and relaxing. Janet, the owner, and her team are warm, inviting and radiate a sense of calm. Liz, the practitioner I've seen on both my visits has been lovely. I bought a 5 pack of the chair treatments which came with a $30 discount from buying them one at a time. Next I'm going to try the 60 minute Stress Relief that includes massage, acupuncture and cupping.

I love that Golden Hour offers a quick and affordable way to get the benefits of acupuncture, R&R and self care. Their approach is not focused on treating a specific ailment but about the overall benefits of the treatments on health and wellness.

I highly recommend that everyone in Portland tries it.