October 20, 2014

I Need Some Courage

We don't watch much TV. I used to have a more than a handful of recordings in my DVR but now it seems like there are only a few shows that I record and watch with any regularity. 

One of the shows that my husband and I watch together is The Profit. In each episode, Marcus Lemonis goes into struggling businesses to try and save them. He makes an offer that's impossible to refuse; his cash for a piece of the business and a percentage of the profits. I highly recommend watching it. 

In last week's episode Marcus invested money in a business called COURAGE B. Besides an online store, they have 6 retail locations: New York, NY, Greenwich, CT, Bethesda, MD, Palm Beach, FL, and Aspen, CO. He totally whipped them into shape, and I have no doubt their business is thriving and that tons of people like me rushed to their online site. 

I'm obsessed with their signature handbag, the COURAGE Bag. It comes in 7 colors and is water and stain resistant. Sounds like just the bag for my lifestyle. It's going on my Christmas wish list (is it too early to be making my list?). 




October 17, 2014

What I Wore: A Little Lux

Layering is my favorite part about fall. Vests, sweaters, scarves, jewelry, you name it. The added bonus, you get to layer without wearing tights. Every outfit needs a little luxury, whether that's a necklace or a cashmere sweater. For me in this case, it's both! 


In Paris I stopped into Uniqlo during a crazy sale! If you aren't familiar with the brand, they're a Japanese casual wear designer and they've got amazing basics. Like this crewneck cashmere sweater, which I got (in grey, navy, and black) for 49 euros. The quality is incredible for the price. Every girl should have a good cashmere sweater in her closet (I bought a medium if you're curious about sizing). If you're in NY, NJ, CA, CT, or PA, you can stop in to shop in person - otherwise, get thee to the interwebs. 


But the sweater wasn't enough to give this outfit that little extra je ne sais quoi - it needed a statement necklace. Also a Paris Zara purchase, this is going to be a go-to for work and play. I've already worn it twice since I returned. I can't seem to find it online (you might try in store), but did find several other pieces that give the same effect. Along with the earrings that match the necklace.








Looking at all these other options makes me think I need another Zara necklace - or maybe the earrings to match! Which is your favorite?


October 16, 2014

C & C on the Move: Sunny Santa Barbara

Let's all have a pity party for the horrible work travel I've had lately...Paris...now, Santa Barbara. And not just Santa Barbara proper, Montecito...which is even better! There's just something about it...I think it's probably one of my favorite places in the country, mostly because it feels like Sun Valley's beach side cousin. And did I mention my meeting was at the Four Seasons? If you haven't been to this hotel, it truly is one of the most beautiful resort properties. 


Before I resigned to meeting rooms for two days, my first stop getting into town was Alchemy for lunch with an old family friend...i.e. she has known me my entire life. One of the best parts about travel is catching up with people you don't usually get to see. And when you've known someone this long, you pick right up where you left off. Thankfully we had some incredible reboot friendly food (I owe you a post on the 6-week reboot I'm doing) to enjoy while we chatted away. I had some ridiculously delicious sweet potato quinoa cakes with a drool-worthy sauce and CH had the most beautiful kale salad...with perfectly massaged kale (you know what I'm talking about). 


And when the work was over, the play began. I have pipe dreams of opening a really good breakfast place in D.C. (in my humble opinion, we don't have one) and Jeannine's in Santa Barbara is exactly the kind of place I'd open. I finagled stops for breakfast and lunch during my trip. DO NOT miss their scones. I don't know what's in them, but they are unparalleled. 


And the real reason to stay for an extra day was to see one of my dearest college friends and to meet her baby. Little L and I became fast friends and I had the best time with her, and her mom and dad.


We took a great hike in the mountains - with a beautiful view of the city...


Followed by acai bowls (a first for me) at Backyard Bowls (I might have to open one of these too!)...

And the most perfect October day at the beach. 


Thanks for an awesome visit E and D! Every time I visit, I heart Santa Barbara even more.


October 15, 2014

C&C Gives Back

This past weekend I was a part of a very important event for the Junior League of Portland (JLP), an organization for which I serve on the Board of Directors.  At the League's Community Action and Revitalization Event (CAREs) , JLP members participated in a volunteer-a-thon to raise funds to advance the mission of promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community.  

On Saturday morning we sent volunteers to eight venues throughout the city and spent half of the day doing projects to enhance the services and facilities of these Portland community organizations. JLP CAREs is the signature fundraising event for JLP, with all funds going directly to the general fund. 

I volunteered at Peninsula Children's Learning Center and helped to clean up the outside of their facility (I wish I had taken a before photo of that garden bed), while others sewed aprons, stained a play structure and helped with deep cleaning of the kitchen and other interior spaces.


Then later that night we held the first ever JLP CAREs Harvest Soiree to celebrate all of the hard work we had completed earlier in the day and to raise more money for the League. So I grabbed my +1 and some friends and we went out for a night on the town.

Here I am with C&C loyal reader Amanda. She followed Katie's lead and bought this gorgeous black dress from Maggy London (post here).


I wore a Zara skirt (last seen here) a Miss Sixty keyhole blouse that I got at Seams to Fit consignment here in Portland for $16, nude Kate Spade heels (going way back) and my Danielle Nicole clutch!


Here I am enjoying the signature cocktail of the evening with Amanda and another loyal C&C reader and friend, Stacy.

After the silent auction ended (I made one purchase), we headed over to Biwa for some amazing Japanese food. It was a wonderful night, and I've heard estimates of over $40,000 were raised between the volunteer-a-thon and the Harvest Soiree which is pretty awesome!

October 14, 2014

What I Wore: Vest Obsessed

You may remember this vest I bought last January...It was a winter staple. I'm so glad fall is here so it can make its seasonal debut.  



When you find a good thing, you stick with it, right? The perfect fitting pair of jeans - buy two or three pairs. That's kind of how I feel about long vests these days - and Zara has heeded the call. I can't decide if I love my grey one or this camel shawl collar vest, or waistcoat as they call it, more. One feels very Philip Lim, and the other Max Mara - which is code for not going wrong either way. 



And on my recent trip to Paris (post here) I picked up a few things at Zara (which I'll try to share on the blog in the coming days) because it's actually cheaper there than in the states! Trust me, I did the math. One of those things was this double pocket vest. While this isn't a 10 on execution when it comes to the outfit, I'm pretty sure I can do better, and I'll definitely be trying in the coming winter months. 


Who will be investing in a vest this season? 

October 13, 2014

Baby it's Cold Outsid

It certainly hasn't felt like fall (or winter) here in Portland the past few weeks. Until these last few days, we had been having an Indian Summer with temperatures in the low 80s, so cold weather has been far from my mind..

The other day a friend posted a photo of herself in this amazing, printed "sleeping bag" like coat.
Given that I am ALWAYS cold, I had to know what it was and where she got it.

Say hello to the Poler Napsack. Katie actually posted on this product two years ago (here).


"The Napsack has zippers at the shoulders, so you can stick your arms out, and a cinch at the bottom so that you can open it up and stick your legs out. Hike it up to your waist, cinch it, and wear it like a puffy coat around the campfire, and then crawl right back into your tent without ever having to leave the warmth of your bag.

Perfect for summer trips, couch surfing, music festivals, jumping into after snowboarding, surfing or any other activity that brings your core temperature down. Its not too hot for inside and is awesome for wearing around the house in the winter.

The chest pocket fits a phone and has a pass through hole for your headphones to run internally, and it has pockets like a puffy jacket."


My friend ordered a small size and uses it just for wear, not for sleeping, so it comes slightly below her knees. I love the print, and I think I need one of these. It would be the perfect thing to keep me warm during the winter months. Because I am ALWAYS cold, and we live in a 1953 house and my husband likes to keep the heat much lower than I do. 

He says it's a "Snuggie" and that its ridiculous. Yes, so it's basically a Snuggie, but it's way cuter, and I totally want one.

October 10, 2014

C&C in the Kitchen

Every now and again we come up with our own recipes, but usually we use our blog as a way to share recipes you might not have come across otherwise.

Today, I am sharing a recipe from our dear friend and Dietitian on a Mission, Katie Kahn. We have known Katie for pretty much our whole lives, and while we see each other rarely, we continue our lifelong friendship through social media, barre3 online, texts and the much too infrequent in person visits.

Here we are many, many years ago in the Wagon Days Parade in Ketchum. Katie K is on the far right and Katie and I are front and center in the matching hats and shirts...in case there was any confusion.


And then here we are just a few years later (6 years ago) at a family friend's wedding.


Katie is not only a Dietitian, but she is also a very busy mother of four. Let's be honest, she's pretty much Super Woman! Her little peach is the same age as the Mini Fashionista, and if those two lived in the same place, they would surely be up to all sorts of fun and trouble together, just like their mamas! I'll keep dreaming (Portland is lovely Katie...hint, hint!).

In the coming weeks you may be hearing more about Katie K, as Katie of C&C is currently participating in her 6 week health reboot.

On to the recipe... for Blueberry-Almond-Oat Scones. I made these little morsels earlier this week and knew immediately I had to share. They are SO delicous and nutritious (as far as scones go), my favorite combination.



I already have plans to try different nut butters and ingredients to make other versions of these tasty treats. Today I am sharing the original recipe. For her Original post and tons of other fabulous recipes, visit Katie's Blog here

Ingredients:

3/4 heaping cup oat flour (blend heaping 3/4 cup oats in your food processor until fine and powdery)
1/4 cup raw honey
1/4 cup organic peanut butter (or nut/seed butter of choice)
1 small banana, peeled
1 egg (you can also use a flax 'egg', 1 Tbsp flax meal + 3 Tbsp water, let rest for 5 minutes)
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut, optional
3/4 cup oats
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp each chia seeds and hemp seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/3 cup slivered almonds
2 Tbsp sunflower seeds
1/2 cup frozen organic blueberries

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 350. In your food processor, pulse 3/4 cup of oats until flour-like in consistency (about 1-2 minutes).  Set aside in small bowl.

2. In the empty food processor, add banana, honey, peanut butter. Puree until very smooth. Add the egg and pulse until incorporated. Add the coconut oil and the vanilla and blend well.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oat flour, oats, salt, baking soda, baking powder, chia, hemp, and sesame seeds, and almonds and sunflower seeds. Mix until combined. Fold in the frozen blueberries gently. Let batter rest for 10 minutes.

4. Divide batter into 8 cookie-like portions on a lined baking sheet (I use a Silpat). Bake for about 12 minutes or unit lightly browned. Remove from oven to cool. Scones will keep fresh for 3 days in a sealed container, so freeze what you won't use right away.