April 24, 2015

Guest Post: Making La Madre

Hi C&C readers! I have been following Katie & Regan’s blog for the past five years and am happy to have my first guest post today. I started my blog, Making La Madre, back in September as I entered my third trimester to document my experience as a ‘hesitant madre’.

I post about maternity style & adjusting to motherhood with my four month old Mo.

Today I am here to share some of my favorite maternity style finds and hopefully introduce you to some new favorites.

THE HATCH COLLECTION BATEAU DRESS Have you heard of this brand? I love the concept. Well made & stylish clothes that you can wear before, during and after pregnancy. The cuts and draping make the clothes look great on all shapes and figures. I splurged on the Bateau dress early on in my pregnancy as I was looking for some retail therapy to help me usher in this new chapter of my life and I absolutely love the dress. I have already worn it post pregnancy and it still looks great.

TOPSHOP MATERNITY JEANS I did not splurge on any ‘designer denim’ for my pregnancy. I debated doing so but in the end it was not really worth it to me. Early on I bought some jeans from TOPSHOP’s maternity line and at the roughly $70 pricetag was very satisfied with them throughout my entire pregnancy. I also loved their denim cutoffs which I wore all summer.

MADEWELL TOPS & SWEATERS You likely already are a fan of Madewell and their tomboy style. I was not a big Madewell shopper prior to my pregnancy but after a walk into their shop at five months pregnant I was surprised to learn that so many of their silhouettes not only fit but also flattered a growing belly. A couple of my favorite items were: The Oversize Button Down Shirt & Anytime dress. Both fit all the way through my pregnancy and both have been items that I continue to wear now that the baby is out.

ASOS, ESPECIALLY THE DRESSES No surprise here, as this is a post on C&C, that ASOS would be mentioned! Katie & Regan were the ones to introduce me to the online shop and I have been a fan ever since! I ordered probably 30 different items throughout my pregnancy and was always pleased when they arrived within two days and I could try them on in the comfort of my own home & return the ones that didn’t work.

COS At about six months pregnant I took a work trip to Paris and had to visit the COS, the higher end sister store to H&M. Still affordable pieces but all designed with a more sleek aesthetic. I LOVE their stuff. Most of it is a line and again, much like Madewell, very flattering for a bump. I scooped up a black jersey dress & long wool cardigan. Very simple, well made & good looking basics.

Thanks for letting me share this with your readers! Happy to answer any maternity style questions and share more in the comments below!

xx Ly

April 23, 2015

Kardashian Confession

Dear readers, it's me, Katie. I've got a small confession. I watch and LIKE Keeping Up with the Kardashians. There, it's out. Judge away. My loyalty transfers between the sisters and Kris regularly. Kris is a front runner right now, for no other reason that she recently wore these sun glasses and I'm jonesing for them big time. Because spending almost $400 on a pair of Porsche sunglasses seems totally acceptable...right (they are on pretty major sale...)?

While my adult affections wander, little Penelope Disick is a steadfast favorite. In this season of the show they've been talking about their kids line, and I've got to admit, it looks pretty cute. So I decided to check it out...and I like what I see (and the price point)!

Let's start with the boys. 

Chambray Coveralls with Gingham Accents
Animal Print Knit Jogger
Shorts, Chambray Shirt, Knit Hoodie
Now for the little ladies...

April 22, 2015

Diving into the One-Piece Deep End

Last spring I blogged about one-piece swimsuits. Other than a Speedo for lap swimming, I don't own a one-piece. It's been on my mind for a while - there are so many cute ones out there - but I just hadn't tested the waters (get it?). Until now. A friend recently posted a pic of her in this J. Crew suit on instagram. 

The suit looked great on her and is super figure flattering, so I figured it might work for me too. And it did! For me, the low back is what sealed the deal. I'll definitely be rotating this in with my two-pieces this summer. 

The pattern also comes in a two-piece if you're not ready to dive into the one-piece deep end. 

Kaleidoscope ring halter bikini

I also ordered these two suits and they did NOTHING for me. The full back just made me look wide everywhere. 

Gingham seersucker v-halter
This suit had the same back coverage issue, but also had the smallest top...and I'm not even in need of much in that area, so that says something. 

Just with clothing, it's important to find what fits and flatters your body best and stick with it. And sorry friends, but it probably means you're probably going to have to kiss a lot of frogs before you get your bathing suit prince.

April 21, 2015

C & C in the Kitchen: Katie's Morning Smoothie

We're HUGE fans of smoothies here at C & C (check out previous recipes), and like the mini fashionista, a smoothie is a daily part of my diet. I'm not one of those people that wakes up in the morning, has a cup of coffee, reads the news and leisurely takes time to get ready for the day. Nope, not me. I'm maximizing every second of sleep I can possibly get and rushing out the door to the office with little time to spare.

That means on most days my morning smoothie can't have too many ingredients. That being said, it still needs to be packed with protein, fruits and veggies to power me through the day. And that can be done with four simple ingredients.

Katie's Morning Smoothie

- 1 scoop Vega Chocolate Protein & Greens protein Powder (20 grams of protein)(
  Sometimes I'll switch up the protein powder with Vega vanilla)
- Trader Joe's frozen organic spinach
- 1 frozen banana
- Coconut Water (or almond milk)

I'm trying to switch things up as much as I can during the reboot, but love that old reliable is always there when I need it. 

April 20, 2015

What I Wore: Pairing Peplum

Any Madame Secretary fans? Even though I typically shy away from D.C.-related political dramas (I'm too quick to knit-pick all the things that are completely unrealistic), I really like the series - especially Tea Leoni. Hillary Clinton should take some fashion cues from her wardrobe. So on a recent episode, Daisy the press secretary's outfit gave me some sartorial inspiration. 

She paired this Oscar de la Renta peplum top (of course a State Department employee wears Oscar...said no one ever) with a white button-down, and I majorly swooned not just for the top itself, but for how smart looking the combo is. And...it's a perfect way to transition sleeveless through spring. 

Straight to the closet I went to outfit plan. C. Wonder peplum top, Brooks Brothers non-iron shirt, Joe Fresh cropped straight-leg trousers, and Cole Haan patent mary janes had me feeling like I was ready for a Madame Secretary audition. 

I started out the day with the collar open, but once I got to work decided it looked more sophisticated closed. You might also note I got my cast off (insert sounds of heavens opening up at the idea of being able to shower without a plastic bag on my arm)! Serendipitously, the brace I "get" to wear for the next four weeks paired perfectly with the outfit. 

Don't have a sleeveless peplum? Here are a few options you might consider. 

Neiman Marcus Last Call - $24.12

H & M - $29.95

H & M - $29.95
Blue Fly - $59.99
Nordstrom - $68
Kate Spade - $198

April 17, 2015

Currently Coveting

Mother's Day is just a few weeks away, and I've got some things on my wish list. I'm hoping the Mini Fashionista and her partner in crime are reading. 

Then again, a massage would be nice too. 

April 16, 2015

C&C in the Kitchen

I've never been a big lover of egg salad, but after decorating Easter eggs, I had a refrigerator full of hard boiled eggs, and I needed to do something to avoid wasting them. Because I hate wasting food.

Somehow, I happened upon this recipe for Avocado Egg Salad from Two Peas and Their Pod.

I served it to two friends for lunch last week, and it was a big hit. And, I liked it so much that I actually boiled more eggs earlier this week and made it again! I'm pretty sure I will NEVER make egg salad with mayonnaise ever again. There is no reason to when this is so healthy and so good. 

Avocado Egg Salad
2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
2 hard boiled egg whites, chopped
2 small avocados, pitted and peeled
1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1. In a medium bowl, combine the hard boiled eggs and egg whites, avocado, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, green onion, and mustard. Mash with a fork. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.