April 28, 2016

Rebel Girls

I've only participate one Kick Starter campaign before. But, when I saw this video, I knew I had to help support this project.



 I can't wait to share these 100 stories about kick ass "rebel girls" with the Mini Fashionista.

April 27, 2016

What I Wore: Maternity Update

About 10 days ago this little baby turned from an awkward spare tire to a full on bump...project camouflage has become embrace basketball. So yesterday with abnormally warm temps in D.C. I broke out a dress I bought at ASOS months ago. You know we're big fans of ASOS here at C & C...and so far my two favorite maternity dresses have come from there. This is going to get some heavy use in the next 12 weeks before baby McB arrives.


Unfortunately I bought it so long ago it is sold out, but here are a few other floral ASOS options that are pretty darn cute. 

Bonded Skater Dress
 
Wiggle Dress


Midi Dress

And for those that aren't pregnant, please shop some of the non-maternity options for me - and have a glass of wine or two as well while you're at it.

Pencil Scuba Midi Dress

Mix & Match Midi Skater Dress

Lime Floral Bandeau Midi





April 26, 2016

Ear Candy

We're back! Sorry for the radio silence last week. Regan, our mom, and the mini fashionista came to D.C. for the week to throw me an amazing baby shower and we were busy girls!

But we've returned and hope to get back to our regularly scheduled programming. You may remember my post last year on the Lisi Lerch tassel earrings (I've got them in turquoise and black). These are the perfect accessory as we move into the summer months and are even come in two new colors - fireball and lemon!

But wait, that's not all...there's a new twist to the tassels...and I like what I see. The Coco earrings are definitely a show stopper.
 
 
Moving into my third trimester, I'm definitely looking for statement earrings to draw attention away from my growing mid-section :-)


April 14, 2016

She Can Do No Wrong

Prince William and Duchess Kate are on a tour of India, and Kate (per usual) is killing it with every outfit...and there have been lots of outfit. 


This dress is my favorite. Stunning. 





She can do no wrong. My mild obsession continues.

April 13, 2016

Mix or Match

I'm digging this Ann Taylor Geo Eyelet top, skirt and shorts. I'm a fan of an entire outfit of matching prints. 




What do you prefer when it comes to prints? Mix or match? 

April 12, 2016

C & C Around the House: A Confession

 
I'm making a confession to you, our trusty readers. This isn't easy. I've done something I NEVER thought I'd do in a million years. We are now the owners of a La-Z-Boy recliner. Yes, you read that right. Dr. B has been wanting one for a while and since I generally get to be point on a lot of the design choices, he was due. 
 
 
 
That being said, this isn't your grandfather's La-Z-Boy...don't you know, Brooke Shields has one too (at least that's what she says in the ads). They have a pretty good selection of fabrics and it doesn't actually look like a recliner (unless it's reclined). I'd be remiss if I didn't say that it's really comfortable. I could do some serious reality TV watching in this chair. If it had to be done, the Jennings High Leg Recliner was the only option. 
 

Since there's a new chair in town, this Broyhill oversized chair has to go. If you live in the D.C. area and are in the market, it was originally $700 and I'm selling it for $150. It's basically new and very comfortable. Send me a note at cardicouture@gmail.com if you're interested.

 
I may have to eat crow once this baby arrives and that chair becomes my favorite spot in the house. Until then I'll play the reluctantly willing card. 


April 11, 2016

C & C on the Move: Zika Free Holiday

As you might have read here, we recently returned from a week away...or a babymoon...or a Zika free holiday...whatever you want to call it, vacation is simply good for the soul. We spend a lot of our vacation with my family in either Baja or Sun Valley, which is great, but there's something to be said for some one-on-one time  with Dr. B and being 100% on our own agenda.
 
We started the week with two nights at The Montage in Laguna (where my cousins live...one of which is the executive chef at the property). This is truly one of my most favorite hotels.

 
We were welcomed by the most amazing treats (their macarons are seriously good...they give Pierre Hermes in Paris a run for its money), cocktail fixings for Dr. B, and some Wine Soda for me. This product is new to me and I love the concept. Put it in a wine glass and you almost feel like you're getting the real deal. 

 
While the weather wasn't Mexico-warm, we did get a day by the pool (70 degrees is warm enough for me)...where we sat next to Kristin Chenoweth and Leah Remini...no big deal. Both mornings we walked into Laguna Beach to Banzai Bowls for acai bowls. Seriously one of my most favorite breakfasts. I wish we had a good place for them here in D.C. One of these days when I open my own restaurant we'll have them on the menu. 

 
From Laguna we drove to Palm Springs, where neither Dr. B or I had been. The weather there was about 15 degrees warmer, which was just what the doctor ordered. We stayed at this awesome "micro resort" called The Wesley Palm Springs that friends recommended. It was in a great location close to town, had a nice pool, bikes for guest use, and comfortable accommodations. We were in "flat 3." If you're looking for a reasonably-priced spot in the area, this was excellent. 
 
 
The highlight of our time there was definitely a day in Joshua Tree. Any time there's a hike involved, I'm a happy girl. It was only about 65 degrees up there and a bit windy the day we went, but it was perfect. We did the Lost Horse Loop Trail which was about 7 miles with a little hike up to the Lost Horse Mine.


The landscape is absolutely incredible and the only way to describe a Joshua Tree is as something right out of a Dr. Seuss book.


 
We ended with lunch at the suggestion of friends at Pappy + Harriet's. This place is NOT TO BE MISSED. It's off the beaten path, kind of in the middle of nowhere and a total find. We got there at 2:30 p.m. and there was still a bit of a wait. We saddled up to the bar where I enjoyed an Arnold Palmer (a favorite of my pregnancy) and a wicked-good pulled pork BBQ sandwich. Their BBQ sauce had just the right amount of vinegar (another one of my cravings) and the coleslaw on top made it. 

 
Another morning we hiked Tahquitz Canyon which was in walking/biking distance from our place. It's a great hike for kids (a short 2 mile loop) with a really pretty waterfall at the half-way point. That being said, once was good for us. You have to pay to hike here ($12/person) which is a hard pill to swallow for this Idaho girl.

 
And now to the really important stuff...where we ate. Aside from Pappy + Harriet's my most favorite meal (meals really) in Palm Springs was at Cheeky's. We had breakfast here twice and it's right up my alley. The menu changes weekly and everything we had was delicious. I would have loved to eat lunch here too (next trip). 
 
 
We had dinner at their sister restaurant Birba next door, which was also good (and kid friendly). 

 
Drinks at The Parker and dinner at So.Pa. The Parker is a total design trip courtesy of Jonathan Adler. And So.Pa., at L'Horizon Resort & Spa, was a truly beautiful setting. The entire restaurant is outdoors and has a very cool vibe. Our food was over-salted, but other than that no complaints.
 
 
We also got lunch and smoothies from Palm Greens Cafe, which is my kind of food. I wanted to try everything on the menu. I guess another reason to go back.

 
 
Which we'll definitely be doing at some point. An easy two hour drive from LA (with plenty of In-N-Outs along the way), I see why it's a popular vacation spot...especially during the winter months. The last big trip (we've got a few weekend jaunts) before Baby McB arrives in July, we definitely enjoyed every minute.