Friday, June 29, 2012

High Five for Friday

It is that time again! I am especially excited because I am about to embark on a FIVE day weekend!

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As usual, linking up with Lauren!


1. I came down with a major cold this week :( Fortunately, I invested in an economy pack of Halls cough drops to get me through the week. They had darling little sentiments of encouragement on them. So cute!




2. These e cards get me every time!


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3. I am attending a friend's bridal shower this Saturday. I love wedding festivities!


4. I love finding new outfit inspirations such as this, especially when I have all the items needed to recreate a similar look.


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5. Snickers got a haircut earlier this week and I just can't get over how cute she is! Doesn't she look embarrassed in this photo?






Have a fantastic weekend!


- C

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Blogging Lessons

As I continue to work on my newly founded blog, I learn more and more about the ins and outs of blogging. The lesson for last week? If it is supposed to rain, take your pictures early!

I wore this last week and had planned on working in time for pictures after I got home from work that evening. Upon arriving home Brady and I get distracted and did about one hundered little tasks around the house before I realized I still needed outfit photos.

You can't really tell in the pictures but I am dodging raindrops!



This was my little effort to do come pattern mixing. I always love the pattern mixing on others but I am not quite as enamored when I put a similar ensemble on myself.





Sweater: Banana Republic
Skirt: H&M
Shoes: Payless
Necklace: Francesca's

These aren't the greatest photos, I am working on quality! Afterall, it was raining and we were in a hurry to get down to this...



Thank you for reading!

- C

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Words of Wisdom


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There is a lot to be said for simple kindness. In my opinion, kindness is what gets you places in life. You don't work your way to the top or have a fantastic life by being mean and nasty.

Even if you don't feel like it, be kind. Others will remember it.


Happy Wednesday!


- C

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Boating Adventures

Last weekend my family went out on a little weekend adventure to celebrate my brother's birthday. My step mom planned the festivities and did such a great job! We all met in Seattle and rented a boat for the afternoon and cruised around on Lake Union.

We were all super nervous about the weather (seeing as it had been about 50 degrees and absolutely pouring the day before) but it was such a gorgeous day!


It takes a certain person to put up with the unique weather that Western Washington has to offer but it is days like this that make all of the rain and cloudy days worth it!



We packed up snacks and drinks and headed out on the water for a few hours, it was spectacular.



The coolest part was it was just us, they taught the adults how to drive the boat and sent us on our way!



For anyone living in or visiting the Seattle area, this would be such a fun activity! We worked through The Electric Boat Company and it was a huge success.

We finished up the day with dinner at Ivar's Salmon House, a staple in Seattle.


Just looking at the pictures makes me antsy for another sunny weekend!

Thank you so much for reading!

- C

Monday, June 25, 2012

Blazer Blues

Happy Monday! As usual, they weekend went by far too fast. Brady and I had my four year old nephew and he kept us on our toes. We had a great time!

This is another work ensemble from last week featuring a blazer that (until now) I rarely wore. You know those crowning glories you have in your closet? The dress/jeans/shoes you got for a steal and are oh-so-proud of? This blazer is one of mine.

I got it last fall when I was "accidentally" early for the dentist so I happened to have time to step into Loft to do a little shopping. At the time, they were having a 40% everything promotion and I scored this blazer for $4.

Yes, four.

It was like a love story, I spotted it on the sale rack from across the store. There was one left and it was in my size. It was destiny!

However, upon bringing it home I was not pleased with the sleeves. They were baggy and weird around the wrists. I wore it a few times and there it hung in my closet unworn until a month or two ago when I had the thought to roll up the sleeves to reveal the pinstriped lining. I should have thought of that much earlier.

The blazer was revolutionized!


Linen blazer: Loft
Cropped pants: New York and Company
Top: Halogen via Nordstrom
Flats: Steve Madden
Necklace: Made by me!





I think it is the window placement on our house but I look four feet tall in the first picture. This outfit blogging is a learning experience! Brady will be a professional photographer in no time! Also, my apologies on the supremely wrinkled top and blazer. Sitting at a desk all day does terrible things to my clothes.

Happy Monday!

- C

Friday, June 22, 2012

High Five for Friday

Friday is here again already! As usual, I am linking up with Lauren to celebrate the occasion.

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1. The beautiful weather we were graced with earlier this week. I want more!



2. Brady and I are watching my 4-year-old nephew this weekend. It will definitely be an adventure! Brady and I live about 2 miles from a zoo so we will be taking Jack there on Saturday. I am pretty sure I am just as excited for the trip to the zoo as he is!


3. I saw this on pinterest earlier this week and could not stop laughing! I think this every time I see some kid walking down the street with his pants around his knees. I also wonder how he would manage if he had to run...

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4. Delicious dinners! I really stepped up my game this week and made some fabulous meals. I neglected to photograph this recipe that I made on Tuesday, which was so, so good. You should make it immediately. However, I did snap the buffalo chicken wraps from Wednesday night. We will just pretend I made something fabulous on Thursday instead of going out for sushi...




5. After sushi on Thursday, we just happened to stop by the mall. While in the mall, I just happened to see that Francesca's was having a huge sale. Several weeks ago I spotted this necklace and loved it but wasn't in love with the full price. I was lucky enough to find it on sale for $7 last night! Woooo!

Don't mind my creepy looking hand...



Happy Friday!

- C

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ruffles and Paisley

I wore this little number to work earlier this week. I work in a very conservative office but summer is our "off" time where we aren't as busy and don't have as many people coming in and out. Therefore, summer dressing is more relaxed and is an absolute treat after a winter and spring of nothing but suits.

Seriously. All suits, all the time. It gets incredibly a little boring.

It is so refreshing to have color back into my daily work wear! This is one of my favorite blouses from Banana (*B-A-N-A-N-A) Republic. It looks marvelous both tucked and un-tucked and is a great shade of rorange. Not too red, not too orange.

*Thank goodness Gwen Stefani came out with that song or none of us would know how to spell banana.

I apologize for the shadow in the first few photos, I need to get on the ball and start taking outfit photos before the sun starts to set and shadows envelop the back yard.




Blouse: Banana Republic
Skirt: Forever 21 (very, very old)
Shoes: Payless
Necklace: Gift from my grandmother
Sunglasses: Nordstrom BP (also quite old)




I am not a big fan of these sunglasses. My favorite pair met an unfortunate demise and I have been using this super old pair as a stand in until I can find the time to treat myself to a new pair. Such a great excuse to do a little bit of shopping!



A special thanks to Brady for being such a kind and patient photographer!

Happy Thursday!

- C


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Words of Wisdom


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These are absolutely words to live by!

Now get dressed up, grab yourself a book and have a wonderful Wednesday!

- C

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Satchel Obsession

I pinned this dreamy J. Crew satchel a few months ago only to discover that it was way, way out of my price range. Ever since then I have been on the prowl for a similar handbag, all the while obsessing over how perfect this color and style was. Oh J. Crew, I don't think they have ever made something I don't just love. I was anxious to find something in a similar color.



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I received this one in the mail from Target a few weeks ago. It is a perfect stand in! The color is a bit lighter than the J. Crew one in the photograph and it is a bit smaller, both changes I was completely okay with. The best part was the under $30 price tag!


 

If you are searching for a perfect summer bag, I suggest giving this one a try. It comes with a detachable shoulder strap that can be lengthened to use as a cross-body. It is the perfect size to use as a cross-body bag on vacation. You can fit everything you need inside without having to carry around a large shoulder bag.

Target has done it again! I never used to be such a Target fan, they have really stepped up their game in the last year or so. Happy shopping!

- C


Friday, June 15, 2012

High Five for Friday!

Woooo! Friday again! Although this was a four day week for me, it still felt like five days. I am crossing my fingers for nothing but sunshine this weekend, we need it here in the Northwest!

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Linking up with Lauren over at From My Grey Desk again!

1. I got a package in the mail from my sweet sister yesterday. She lives in Florida and happened to stumble upon this Washington State University Victoria's Secret tee and picked one up for me too! We both graduated from the same university, now we just need to be in the same state so we can wear our shirts together!




2. Brady and I explored some areas around Mineral and Morton last weekend (both towns in Washington that I did not know existed) and I just can't get enough of how beautiful our state is!



3. I met Brady and Costco after work yesterday to pick up a few items. Here are our cars in the parking lot. Think we like the color red?




4. These are absolutely delicious. Am I the only one that didn't know they made coconut M&M's?



5. Just discovered these bad boys at the grocery store. Needless to say I picked up all three flavors. I tried the strawberry daiquiri last night and it was so good!



I hope you have a fun filled weekend!

- C

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Pinspired: Yellow Blazer

I stumbled across this photo from Damsel in Dior on Pinterest last week. From head to toe, I loved the outfit she put together.




Yellow blazer
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Here is a version that is a bit more budget friendly. I am seeing yellow blazers everywhere. I think it is about time I added one to my closet. Paired with classic pieces such as stripes, dark denim and a red bag, you can never go wrong.

- C

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Words of wisdom


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I stumbled upon this last week and it reminded me of an interview I'd read in a magazine several years ago. The magazine (which I can't remember the name of ) was doing a feature in which they interviewed elderly people and asked about their advice on life.

Everyone had different things to say about the best advice for living a good, satisfying life. They said anything from eating chocolate every day to never going a day with out saying "I love you" (both of which I firmly believe in) were the secrets to old age. However, among all the light-hearted sentiments, there was one piece of advice that was mentioned in each and every interview.

Collect moments, not things.

Not each of them said it in those exact words but each mentioned something about how, in their old age, the memories and moments are what has stuck with them and weathered the storm of life.

I have put a lot of thought lately into living up to the phrase and have been focusing on remembering. It seems like an odd concept but, for me, it is easy to get caught up and let the little moments slip by. Collect memories, big and small. Those are evidence of a life well lived.

- C

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Juicy

A few months back I inherited a Jack LaLanne Power Juicer from Brady's parents. They had been sucked into an infomercial and decided juicing was right up their alley. Turns out juicing wasn't anywhere near their alley, they hated it. In an effort to save the nearly brand new juicer from the Goodwill pile, I scooped it up and took it home.

I immediately began researching the benefits of juicing and came up with a great set of green juices to try out.

Brady, poor sweet Brady, cautiously agreed to be my test subject as we embarked on a week of juicing. I immediately learned a one things: I prefer to eat my vegetables. Drinking them is not nearly as appealing.

Oh, I also learned that celery juice is gross.

While we made it through the week of green juices I decided (thanks to Brady's pleading) that fruit juices were probably a better option. We aren't nearly as hard core as we thought.

I am currently have a good juicing routine down. I do one big juicing session each week (on Sunday or Monday) and that provides us with enough juices for the week.

Seeing as Brady and I are up and at it quite early, I store the juice in mason jars. It makes it super easy to grab a juice on our way out the door.



Start with a large pile of fruit, all of this made eight large glasses of juice.I ended up with two extra oranges and apples.

- 7 oranges
- 3 grapefruit
- 5 apples
- 1 small case of strawberries


The strawberries were so delicious.


Cut your fruit into pieces small enough to fit into the juicing chute. I tend to cut apples into smaller pieces.




Peel the rind off your citrus before juicing it but leave the white, fuzzy pith, it contains lots of nutrients.


Let the juicing begin!


There are lots of books that provide juice recipes, I tend to go free form and just make the juice that I think sounds the best and uses the fruit I have. The one pictured above is orange grapefruit. I also made apple strawberry and apple orange.



It is so simple, very quick and (most of all) quite delicious. 


- C

Friday, June 8, 2012

High Five for Friday!

I could not be happier that today is Friday! I have had a fairly slow week and work and I am ready to get the weekend started! Brady and I are headed out of town on a mini getaway and won't be back home until Monday.

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Linking up with Lauren over at From My Grey Desk again!




1. Waking up to big, furry dog feet. She has her giant paws wrapped around my heart!

2. I really outdid myself this time and made the most delicious pizza for dinner on Tuesday. I may or may not have made it again on Thursday. No judging.

3. After running errands around town this week, Brady and I stopped to watch the sunset over the water. I can't imagine not living as close to the ocean as we do. I definitely need to take advantage of it more often.

4. Every day now and then, a piece of chocolate really hits the spot. I picked up a pack of these last week and have stashed them in my desk drawer at work for the perfect 4 o'clock pick me up.

5. A three day weekend away with this guy is going to be the best. I can't wait to have nothing to do. More silly pictures just like this are sure to follow.

Have a wonderful weekend!

- C

Thursday, June 7, 2012

8 oz. Burger Bar Review

As I mentioned last week, we celebrated the birthday of a good friend over the weekend. Before going out on the town, we stopped at the 8 oz. Burger Bar for dinner.

After reading review after review online I was so excited to see what all the hype was about.

Let me just tell you now, all the glowing reviews were spot-on. This place is fantastic!

The decor inside is a bit barn-esque. The walls are covered partially in old wood and partially in giant cow murals.

While the food was amazing I could probably have done without staring a cow straight in the udders while consuming my burger.

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The restaurant also boasts a full bar and a wide selection of beer. They have all your tradition drinks with a few unique options, such as a pinepple, Malibu rum and vanilla icecream float. I will definitely be recreating that one soon!

Naturally, we started off with mojitos.



I ordered the Madison, a beef burger (they offer a variety of meats) with caramelized onions, mushrooms, Gouda cheese, arugula and a garlic-pesto aoli.


So. Good.

While I love burgers, I can be a bit of a burger snob. Most restaurants use pre-made, frozen patties that are far too thin and then proceed to cook them until they resemble charcoal.

I guess you could call me a burger purist. I think burgers should be large, hand-formed, juicy patties that are cooked to order and served on quality buns with quality toppings.

The 8 oz. Burger Bar used all premium toppings and offered an extremely wide array of toppings in the "create your own" burger section of the menu.

As for fries, they hit it out of the park. The 8 ox. Burger Bar offers fresh-cut fries that are crispy in all the right places. They also give you a bucket full, literally. Don't worry, I polished mine off.

Stuffing my face with french fries while staring a cow in the udders wasn't my proudest moment.

When it comes to putting a high-quality spin on your traditional buger and fried, this place gets it all just right! If you are in the Seattle area I would highly recommend checking it out.

- C