August 29, 2014

What I Wore - Revenge of the J. Crew Summer Sale

Yesterday I shared with you the sweater I picked up at J. Crew when I had a little coffee mishap at work. And you thought I got out of there with just buying one thing...hah! Likely story. I had to peruse the sale section to make sure there wasn't anything I "needed." And, of course, there was! I've been feeling the Mexican-inspired/boho style that has been the thing this summer, and I'm hoping it continues into next. 

Because now I've got this embroidered pom-pom tank and it's kind of awesome. It was the perfect thing to wear on our drive down to the Inn at Willow grove to celebrate our anniversary (here's the recap in case you missed it on Monday), and I know it will make its Baja debut during Christmas. If the black and white isn't your thing, it also comes in "burnt crimson" and "autumn coral," aka burgandy and orange. 

You probably "need" one too. I'm just saying. 

August 28, 2014

Forced into Fall

I'm not totally ready for summer to be over - we've had a really mild summer in D.C., making this Idaho girl really happy. But…the other day at work I spilled coffee right down my front. It was bad enough that I couldn't go all day looking like a total idiot. Thankfully we've got a lot of retail by my office and I made a quick trip to J. Crew to find something to put on. Instead of buying any random top, I decided I'd rather find something I really liked. Thankfully it wasn't a scorching hot August day because I walked out with this. It was just the thing to get me excited for Fall attire.

The shirt is party in front, business in the back. I love the mix of knit and shirting fabric. They call it a "mixed media" sweater. I know I'll be getting a ton of wear out of this come fall. It's the perfect transition piece. I'm already planning an outfit with boyfriend jeans and a pair of loafers. It comes in two other colors if this combo isn't your bag. 

I guess spilling coffee all over myself wasn't so bad after all.

August 27, 2014

C & C in the Kitchen: Easy Weeknight Frittata

Weeknight cooking is my least favorite thing. And I don't say that lightly. Thank the Lord for Blue Apron which has truly added years back onto my life in the last 10 months. But…they only provide us with three meals, leaving four days to either cook, eat out, or order take out. Last week we'd made all of our Blue Apron meals but were home for the night. I needed to use up some eggs that were at their prime along with some veggies. Enter the frittata. The frittata is an Italian egg-based dish that similar to an omelet or quiche (but without the crust). It roughly translates to "egg-cake." And you can pretty much put anything in it. Here's how to make a frittata. 

8 eggs (beat the eggs in a small bowl)
1/2 cup grated pepper jack cheese (roughly)
1 cup diced peppers (roughly)
1 corn on the cob (cut off)
Handful of cherry tomatoes cut in half
2 tsp of basil (I used the frozen cubes from Trader Joe's)
1 tsp of Oregano
1 clove of garlic

*I wish I'd also had some onion and spinach to add
* You can add any ingredients you want - veggies, sausage, etc. - although I'd stick with a max of 3-4. 

Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. 

Heat olive oil in a pan until hot (I used my Le Creuset).
Add garlic and sauté until fragrant
Add the peppers (vegetables that take longer to cook) and sauté until soft
Add the corn and continue to cook
Add the tomatoes last (I don't' like mine too cooked)
Add in herbs and stir for 30 seconds
Evenly spread vegetables on the bottom of the pan, and cover with grated cheese until it melts slightly. Pour the eggs over top of the vegetables - continue cooking on the stove top until the egg cooks slightly around the edges
Transfer pan to oven for 10 minutes (you'll know when it's done by sticking a knife in the middle without having any egg run)
I stuck mine under the broiler for 1-2 minutes to slightly brown the top
Let cool for 5 minutes, cut, and serve!

August 26, 2014

Katie's Birthday Wish List

Regan shared her birthday wish list, so I thought it was only fitting that I do the same. Less than one shopping-month left non-existent extravagant gift-giving readers and friends (or captive audience of Dr. B). Because this is our blog and we can write and wish what we want, I'm going to go ahead and put it all out there. A few of these are somewhat reasonable, but others most are just down right pipe dreams.

Let's start with the realistic. Everyone and their sister (including mine) has one of these and swears by it. I should probably just go out and buy one, but let's put it on the list for practicality reasons. 

On my recent trip to Nashville I lost my favorite Chanel sunglasses....some lucky (sticky-fingered) conference attendee is sporting some nice polarized French sunnies. So now I'm in the market for a new pair. I'll take these "Marmonts" from Valley Eyewear under my birthday tree. 

A good carryon bag is a must-have. I've got a good bag for work travel but want something a little more sophisticated when we jet off to exotic places (i.e. go to New York for Jets games). This would do the trick for the Jet-setting....

Or perhaps a Goyard duffle with a monogram...what birthday girl doesn't love a good monogram?

But this is probably a more sensible (and budget-friendly) option and plays more to the mountain girl in me...

This might work too. 

I've been "needing" a good trench coat for a while, and no one does it better than Burberry. This would be a piece I'd have forever. I'd go for the Kensington Long Heritage Trench, if you're asking. 

And last on the list....the most practical (and most expensive) is a built-in for our mud room. Yes, this is what happens in your mid-thirties...but man, would I have a pretty place to hang my imaginary Burberry trench. 

August 25, 2014

C & C On the Move: Celebrating 2 Years of Wedded Bliss

Today Dr. B and I celebrate our second anniversary. I can't believe it has been two years since our wedding (and honeymoon) - aka the best party I've ever been to and the beginning of not just an amazing marriage, but the most fun I've had with one person. I'm so lucky that my husband makes me laugh and brings joy to my life every single day (I'm not saying it's always easy, but we've definitely got a good thing going). 

To celebrate we decided to take a quick little weekend getaway down south to the Inn at Willow Grove. The 40-acre private estate is just north of Charlottesville, VA at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's been open for four years and has received rave reviews from Southern Living, among others. And I've got to echo that sentiment with a strong ditto. 

There are 14 rooms and suites on the property, some in the main house and others in the form of cottages on the property. We stayed in the Loft on the third floor of the inn. It was beautifully appointed with frette linens and towels, l'occitane bath products, and a welcoming anniversary treat of prosecco and chocolate covered strawberries. The suite was a complimentary upgrade from another room, which was a nice treat and touch. 

Adding to the truly first-class experience, not only do they bring us a tray of tea and sweets to bid us goodnight, but in the morning, the day started out with French press coffee and warm beignets. Did I mention we were told at least 10 times happy anniversary?

One of the best things about a stay there is that you never have to leave the property. Their restaurant Vintage is wonderfully delicious - and, again, the service rises above and beyond. We were greeted by name and treated to complimentary glasses of prosecco, once again. I had an incredible shiitake mushroom soup, salmon, and finished the dinner off with a Virginia peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream. Thankfully I just had to roll myself up three flights of stairs to get in bed. 

The anniversary weekend ended in pure perfection with two of my favorite things - Dr. B and a nine mile hike up Old Rag Mountain. With all the rain on Saturday, the cloudy weather, and school starting today, it wasn't too busy (the top can sometimes look like the line waiting to summit Everest, or so I've heard). 

The views at the top were gorgeous, and I was glad to have Dr. B at my side to give me a boost here and there for all the bouldering. Yesterday's hike is a good metaphor for our relationship. Through ups and downs and the long hike that is life, there's no one I'd rather have by my side. We are truly a team. We can walk in silence or talk about any number of topics - from travel and sports to politics. I'm so thankful to call him my husband and best friend. Happy anniversary! If you're reading, I'm definitely re-upping your lease for at least another year. 

August 22, 2014

Products We Love

It feels like I have been on the go nearly all summer. We leave the house by 9 a.m. every morning and don't usually arrive home until 2-3 p.m, if not later. That means that every morning I pack a lunch for myself and for the Mini Fashionista to take with us. If we ate "out" every day we would be spending a small fortune, so I try to limit it. 

The Mini Fashionista's lunch gets packed in her Yumbox, which I blogged about back in March (here)! 

They've even added a new box called the Panino that is for adults and kids! 

Anyway, I don't have a Yumbox, but I recently purchased another fantastic and green lunch container from U Konserve. They sell a variety of quality, safe and reusable food storage.

I got this stainless steel square box that is perfect for salads. 

They have a number of other containers including these nesting sets.

And this insulated food jar, great for hot or cold food. 

These containers are great for kids and adults alike. I think I might be ordering a few more of their products. 

Do you have favorite reusable lunch containers?

August 21, 2014

Regan's Birthday Wish List

Katie and I have a birthday coming up, September 22nd to be exact. My husband laughs when I tell him I have a birthday wish list, but I do. I always have a "wish list", and my birthday provides the perfect opportunity to check a few things off!

Here's what my list currently looks like.

I've been wanting a pair of short rubber rain boots, and these are just what I have been looking for. I had my eyes on the short Hunter boots, but I think I like the style of these (and the price) much better., and I really like the color.

We all know I spend a lot of time in workout pants. My friend Katie has these pants, and I need them. 

Vimmia Compression Stirrup Legging $127

As a side note, the product description lists the benefits of compression fabric as: increased blood circulation and skin elasticity, reducing cellulite and signs of skin aging, improved blood flow and oxygenation to muscles and tissues during your workout, increased recovery speed after workout or exertion, less wasted energy, less cramping, and greater running/workout efficiency, and reduced vibration that occurs as a muscle is flexed or experiences impact.

As someone who has their Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology, may I take a moment to tell you that these are just pants, and there is no scientific evidence to prove that a pair of yoga pants can actually do all those things. I could go into detail, but I won't!

And then a few things on my list that I have already shared with you in previous posts....

We will be in Sun Valley next week and a trip to Consign Design is inevitable. Chances are I will find a birthday present there and this list will be good as gone!