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.

April 15, 2014

C & C in the Kitchen: Matcha Smoothies

I'm OBSESSED with smoothies. No really, I'd eat three a day if there was a travel version of my Vitamix. A friend recently sent me this recipe for Matcha vanilla smoothies from the blog Love and Lemons. 

First order of business...buy Matcha (thank you Amazon). Second, doctor the smoothie up to make it my own. Here's an estimate of what I put in.

1 frozen banana
1 cup Almond Milk
2 tsp Matcha
2 Dates
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp almond butter
3 ice cubes

Needless to say, it was delicious and the perfect energizer for a busy day at work. If you're not up on the Matcha, here are a few benefits - high in antioxidants, boosts memory and concentration, and fortifies the immune system.

If you're looking for other delicious smoothie recipes, my go-to is Dishing Up the Dirt. You can thank me later for this recommendation - it will change your life. 

April 14, 2014

Keeping it Real

I drive past the cemetery everyday...usually multiple times a day. It's a big, beautiful cemetery with acres and acres of green grass and trees. That is what I usually admire as I drive past.

However, yesterday as I drove by I noticed a man with two young children, a boy and a girl, all dressed up in their "Sunday best".  I'm assuming the man was their father. Suddenly I couldn't help but assume that since they were a family of three, that they were visiting their mother's grave (BIG assumption, I know).

In that moment, I was flooded with emotion, with sadness. The kind of emotion that you can feel coming from your heart, from your chest moving up into your throat, the kind that makes your mouth water, the kind that makes you gulp and the kind that brings color to your cheeks and ultimately tears to your eyes.

I cried.

We had a bit of a hectic morning, a stressful morning, and suddenly all of that seemed meaningless. That moment reminded me that life can be short, that tragic things happen and that we really must take care of the people we love, to cherish them and to love them as if every moment is our last.

Hug the people you love. Treat them with kindness, always. Tell them that you love them. Today and everyday.

That's all.

Products We Love

Remember when I promised I would find this necklace?

Well, thanks to a reader (Anne-Marie), I did! The designer is Diana Broussard. These resin necklaces are exactly like my Angela Caputi bracelet and necklace, just bigger! The necklaces range in size from 18-20 inches in diameter and are offered in a handful of colors for $250-$275. 

While $275 is a lot of money for plastic, I LOVE them, and I want one. Mother's Day is coming up. I hope my +1 is taking notes. 

Now the hard part...choosing a color.