March 27, 2015

Splurge vs. Save

I have been admiring gold footbed sandals for a while now. They are clearly a hot trend this season, and I can't help but fall for them. That said, I wonder will I be so head over heels next year? 

I really like this pair from Sam Edelman, especially the texture in the gold. SE makes great shoes, and they are usually very comfortable. But, for a trend, I'm not sure I want to spend $100. 

Enter Target. Every summer I end up buying a "cheap" pair of trendy sandals from Target and wear them non-stop. 

I bought these Doris sandals earlier this week and am definitely don't feel any need to splurge. They fit well are super comfortable and cute!  I am usually a size 8.5 and bought the 8.

Another score for the Bullseye Boutique!

March 26, 2015

C & C Around the House

It's not often that I post pictures of my house, but I thought I would share some artwork we recently added you our walls.

These prints were given to us as Christmas gifts. They come from a well known Portland graphic designer, Aaron James Draplin, of Draplin Design.

Each "Things We Love" poster takes logos, places, and things relevant to the state and strategically places them. We hung the Oregon poster at the end of our hallway and the Idaho poster in our bathroom. 

You can currently buy a number of the states on his website. Unfortunately Oregon and Idaho are no longer available. 

And if you are interested in the towels, they are the Pendleton Glacier National park Towel, also an Oregon company, and can be found here

March 25, 2015

Products We Love: Juice Beauty

I was recently introduced to Juice Beauty through barre3. All of their products are organic and sourced mostly from local West Coast USDA Certified Organic farms so they can monitor the quality and limit fuel waste. Juice Beauty cares not just about the quality of the products but the quality of process by which they are made. They manufacture the majority of the products with solar power. They believe staying local is better for our community and eco-system. They believe harnessing sustainable energy is better for our planet.

I have been using the STEM CELLULAR CC Cream for the past few months and thought I should share it with all of you.

I use it on a daily basis to even my skin tone, to moisturize and to protect it from the sun (SPF 30). It provides a nice "dewy" look and leaves my skin looking and feeling fresh. It does have a bit of an "earthy" smell which I notice during application, but not after.

It doesn't provide the level of coverage that the Misha BB Cream does, but I'm pretty sure that the Misha product is filled with harmful ingredients I don't really want to know about. I still use the Misha cream for special occasions, but the CC Cream is my new daily go-to. I am currently using the Desert Glow, but I think next time I order it I will go one shade darker with the Warm Glow instead.

Here's a quick product video if you want to learn more.

March 24, 2015

Currently Coveting

What is it about ASOS and their black and white dresses that I continuously fall in love with? Remember these two that I blogged about and subsequently bought?

Well, now it's this black and white beauty that I am currently coveting. 

It's on sale for only $37, and of course my size isn't available. I keep hoping it magically reappears! I'm dying to add this dress to my collection.

March 23, 2015

Splurge vs. Save

I've had summer shoes on my mind lately despite the fact that the official beginning of summer is months away. We are going to Paris at the end of August, and I've been thinking a lot about what cute and comfortable shoes I could wear to walk the city. 

In my online browsing, I came across these Loeffler Randall Espadrilles. They come in black and tan and black and white. I really like them, but the $195 price tag is a bit more than I had in my head since I do have other shoes in my closet that would work just fine. 

Later in my online browsing I came across nearly the identical shoe, which also comes in the same two color ways but is half the price. 

I do like the Loeffler Randall pair a bit more, but $100 more? I'm not sure. I plan to go to Nordstrom later this week to try both on, so I will be sure to report back. 

So, what would you do, splurge or save?

Also, as you may have seen on Facebook, Katie is out of commission for a few months, and I would love a little extra support on the blog. So, I am looking for readers who might be interested in writing a guest post. Please email with your ideas! 

March 20, 2015

Beauty Counter Update

At the end of January, I wrote a post about a fantastic beauty company called Beauty Counter (post here). As you may have read, Beauty Counter creates safe and effective beauty products for the whole family.

After trying out a few of the products, and really liking them, I decided I should purchase more. Here's what I ordered.

1. Every Night Cream, 2. Every Day Cream and 3. Hydrate Everyday Body Lotion

I've been using these three products for a few months now, and I really like them. I haven't had any strange breakouts, and my skin feels and looks good. I am very sensitive to scented products, and many of them give me a headache. Luckily, none of the Beauty Counter products have that affect, and I'm sure that's due to the lack of harmful chemicals. I am also still using the Face Oil and eye cream and will most definitely be re-purchasing them when I run out. 

There is great comfort in knowing that the products I put on my skin everyday are not filled with harmful substances. And to that point, I feel good knowing these products I am using on the Mini Fashionista are the same.

1. Kids Counter Shampoo 2. Kids Counter Conditioner 3. Kids Counter Body Wash

I have used a variety of natural/organic products for the Mini, including Honest Company, which was the shampoo and conditioner I used prior to purchasing these. I actually think I like the Beauty Counter products more. While the Honest Company conditioner is one of the most effective conditioners I've ever used (it works great on the Mini's curly hair), I am not a big fan of the orange and vanilla scent.  While the Beauty Counter conditioner also has a "clementine-vanilla" scent, it's not as strong. 

I highly recommend trying them out! And, for anyone in the Sun Valley area who wants to learn more about Beauty Counter products, here is your chance. 

Happy Weekend!

March 19, 2015

C&C in the Kitchen

I'm a far better baker than I am a cook. My +1 does at least 85% of the cooking in our house, which is pretty much every girl's dream, right? I remember before I met him that I had a long list of attributes I was looking for in a man, and cooking skills was one of them. My dear friend DP told me that my list was a bit lengthy and unrealistic, so I took cooking skills off. It was weeks later that I met my husband and within weeks he had prepared me a 4 course meal. I showed her. 

Anyway, on to today's post. On Monday my +1 was out of town and a friend came for dinner. I had lots of veggies I wanted to use, so I decided to make a soup. I put it all together without any sort of a recipe, which is a small miracle. 

And luckily it turned out so well that I decided to share my "recipe" with you. 

Bean, Farro and Vegetable Soup

- Olive oil
- 2 small diced onions
- 1 small can tomato paste
- 3-4 chopped carrots
- 2 chopped red peppers
- 2 cans Cannellini beans rinsed and drained
- 1 can Garbonzo beans rinsed and drained
- 2 1/2 large boxes of Chicken Stock
- 1 bag of Trader Joe's 10 minute faro
- 1 large bunch of Kale (or other greens) with stems removed 
- 3 bay leaves
- salt, pepper, and garlic salt
- oregano and rosemary

- In a large pot (I used a Le Creuset) heat  2-3 tablespoons Olive oil 
- Add onions and sauté until softened
- Add carrots and red peppers and stir in tomato paste, sauté for about 1 minute
- Season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, oregano and rosemary
- Add beans and chicken stock, faro, bay leaves and kale
- Cover and simmer at low to medium heat. 
- It can stay on the stove on low for as long as necessary, and can be re-heated as well. You could also try this recipe in a slow cooker. 
- Season to taste when you serve