October 8, 2015

C & C on the Move: When in Rome

I'm back on the blog! Thanks for your patience as work and travel have taken over my life. I promised a Rome food recap so here it is! Let's start with the most important thing...gelato. I had it every day I was in Rome and loved both spots - San Crispino and Don Nino.  

I had two incredible meals that are DEFINITELY worth sharing. Let's start with Cul de Sac, located near the Piazza Navona. One of Rome's oldest enoteca's (wine bars) delivers in wine and food! The lasagne was hands down the best I've ever had. And of course I ordered mozzarella and tomato salad. When in Rome, right?!

Rome also delivered the best seafood I have ever tasted - and I'm not really a seafood person. Assunta Madre was off the charts. When you walk in the restaurant you're greeted by an insane assortment of fresh fish caught that day. It's so fresh that whatever isn't eaten that night goes to the fish market for the next morning.  

I was proud of myself for trying some things I wouldn't normally eat. My favorite dish was pasta with shrimps that had just the right amount of spice (not the most daring, but so delicious). 

And, of course, dessert. The presentation was nothing short of awesome. Chestnut and walnut ice cream presented in the actual nut shells. 

If you're headed to Rome, I'd definitely hit up these four spots. I know I'd go back in a heartbeat. 

October 7, 2015

Products We Love

Today I'm sharing my latest find from PharmacaMop haircare products. I love the basil mint shampoo!!! If you haven't tried these products, I highly recommend them. 

Happy hair washing!

October 5, 2015

Currently Coveting

Jillian Harris recently posted this picture on her Instagram account, and I have been coveting her shoes ever since.

Then she posted this one, and I want the shoes even more. 

I might just have to buy them. 

October 2, 2015

Keeping it Real: Onward and Upward

As you may have noticed Katie and I have been busy lately, and unfortunately that means that C&C has gone to the bottom of the priority list. While I would love to post everyday, I've come to terms with the fact that I (we) will write when we can and hopefully all of you, our readers, understand that.

I've had a lot of changes in my life the last month. We returned from our trip to Europe, I started a new consulting job, and the Mini Fashionista started full-time school. These are her "first day of school" photos from the last three years.  Can you believe what a difference a year makes?

So, like I said, I've had a lot of changes in my life in the last month. Probably the biggest change being my "retirement" from Barre3. During the last six months I've been dealing with a variety of injuries, including sciatica and a torn meniscus. I've spent a lot of time feeling conflicted and overwhelmed by the reality that my body is not standing up to the repetition of teaching and taking barre3 on a weekly basis. I think have been in denial about the overall state of my body for a while now. The bottom line is that it can't handle any high level of repetition, be that from barre3, cycling, cross country skiing, etc. (Melissa, if you're reading....I finally get it...as much as I hate to accept it).

I worry about the longevity of my body given all of my injuries at such a young age. I don’t want to do any permanent damage that would prevent me from living the athletic life that fuels my body and soul and really is at the core of my existence. So after some soul searching on my trip to Europe, I decided that I needed to focus on my own health and well being. It was a really hard decision, but it was the right one.

I team taught my last class a few weeks ago with my dear friend Bonney, who was the first person I reached out to about becoming an instructor 4 years ago. I was overwhelmed by the love and support shown by the other instructors and clients, and I couldn't have asked for a better way to end it. 

My dear friend Jennifer gave me this water bottle for my birthday not long after my last class, and it is probably one of my most favorite gifts ever.

Not only do I love a fun water bottle to encourage proper hydration, but the message seemed so timely and poignant (my friends know me well). 

Barre3 has influenced me and changed me more in the last 5 years than any other one single thing in my life. It has provided me with an incredible community of friends, some that have become like family. It has brought me more awareness about my own body and health than my undergraduate and masters degrees in physiology. It has offered me the opportunity to connect with and educate people about their bodies through my classes and online workouts. And above all else it has taught me the importance of honoring my body and striving for balance in everything that I do. So, it's time to do that, to practice what I teach. It's hard to walk away from something so powerful, but I know that Barre3 will be in my life in some capacity for many years to come. 

One of my favorite quotes is "We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us." 

It's easy to have regrets, but I know that great things are waiting for me....Onward & Upward. 

September 29, 2015

Trina Turk 20th

Trina Turk is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. And while sometimes her prints are a bit bold for me, I've been a long-time fan of the brand. It makes me want to mix a cocktail and attend glamorous Palm Springs pool-side fetes. For the big birthday, she designed a capsule collection that is screaming my name. And while lately I've been on a minimalist kick, there's just something about a big, bold floral.

I would pair this oversized jacket with solids - dresses, shirts and pants...you name it. Talk about a statement piece. I'm a true believer that you can wear bold prints as long as you don't go overboard. So while I wouldn't carry this purse...

Or wear these shoes with the jacket, they would add that little extra punch to any solid-colored outfit. I'd love the shoes with a cobalt blue dress. 

Happy 20th Anniversary Trina Turk! 

September 28, 2015

C&C in the Kitchen

Tuesday marked the first day of fall which means tis the season for pumpkin everything, pumpkin cookies, bread, smoothies, cake...you get the picture.

Canned pumpkin is back on the shelf at Trader Joe's, and last week I decided to try out a new "healthy" pumpkin bread recipe. I took this recipe and adapted it into my own, much healthier version. 

Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Banana Bread

1½ cups gluten free flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1-2 Tbs pumpkin pie seasoning (depending on how flavorful you want it)
½ tsp. sea salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 large, ripe banana
½ cup pumpkin puree
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
1 Tbs maple syrup or coconut sugar (you can use up to 1/4 cup if you don't care how "healthy" it is)
Optional add-ins: chocolate chips, nuts, Trade Joe's seeds blends, cranberries, etc.

- Preheat your oven to 350ºF, and lightly grease a 9 x 5 bread pan. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt. Stir until well combined and set aside.
- Lightly beat the eggs in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add mashed bananas, pumpkin, Greek yogurt, maple syrup or sugar, and vanilla. Stir until well combined.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir gently. Do not over mix. Fold in your optional items (I added Trader Joe's seed blends)
- Pour the batter into the loaf pan, spreading it out evenly. Then I added more Trader Joe's seed blends (hemp, chia, etc.). Bake for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. 

Here's what my bread looked like! I'll be honest...it's not the most amazing pumpkin bread you've ever tasted (it's better with more sugar), but it is moist, flavorful and it's made from all good things! So, when you need a pumpkin fix and you want something healthier than the pumpkin muffin at Starbucks, try it! 

September 25, 2015

Roman Treasures

If you follow us on instagram you probably saw I was recently in Italy for a work trip - or my #romanworkaday as I called it.

For the record, work travel looks more glamorous on social media than it is in real life, but I'll take it. I love travel and anything that brings me some place old or new. Fortunately our hotel was at the top of the Spanish Steps right in the center of all of Rome's best shopping. And I had to find time to do my part for the Italian economy. Before I left, I knew the one store I definitely wanted to visit was Mario Luca Giusti.

And as I've shared in previous posts, I inherited my mom's love for dishes, and they do them right. And while you can't tell from their incredibly eye-catching displays, the products are all acrylic. Mom readers, who says you can't have beautiful dishes your kids can use too! 

It was so hard to pick what I wanted because I wanted IT ALL. Fortunately or unfortunately I'd carried on my luggage leaving little room to bring anything home so I had to go with something small and stackable. The "Double Face" glasses are perfect for outdoor or everyday. Note to shoppers, while you can get their products in the U.S. they are much less expensive in Italy. I"ll definitely be adding to my collection next time I head that way. 

Two spots I didn't actually buy anything, but wanted to (thank you carry-on luggage) were Ballerette and Francesco Rogani. 

Ballerette had the most amazing assortment of flats I've ever seen at quite reasonable prices. 

Francesco Rogani was a stop recommended by a trusted, fashionable friend. If you're looking for beautiful Italian leather, they've got some incredible hand bags. And since they are only in Rome, it's highly unlikely anyone else will be carrying it (always a bonus in my book). They too are right near the Spanish Steps. 

Stay tuned for an update on where we ate! Ciao!