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18

Apr

Tasha recently posted about the number one selling shoe at Nordstrom, she made her feelings about this shoe pretty clear…I have no clue how she knew this was the number one shoe at Nordies (maybe since she is in China she gets the inside scoop).  I am a Nordstrom girl deep down, but there are two places I love to look to get a pulse on the trends and peruse what everyone else is into.  I always like to check the best sellers at Saks.  They provide a best sellers list for pretty much every category and it is a great way to window shop expensive looks and look for a copycat, lower priced version.  Shopbop does a similar list, it is just a little less extensive.  I love checking in on their Top Sellers too.  They always leave me wanting something new.  Am I the only one that likes to internet window shop this way? I think you should give it a try!-MEG

Tasha recently posted about the number one selling shoe at Nordstrom, she made her feelings about this shoe pretty clear…I have no clue how she knew this was the number one shoe at Nordies (maybe since she is in China she gets the inside scoop).  I am a Nordstrom girl deep down, but there are two places I love to look to get a pulse on the trends and peruse what everyone else is into.  I always like to check the best sellers at Saks.  They provide a best sellers list for pretty much every category and it is a great way to window shop expensive looks and look for a copycat, lower priced version.  Shopbop does a similar list, it is just a little less extensive.  I love checking in on their Top Sellers too.  They always leave me wanting something new.  Am I the only one that likes to internet window shop this way? I think you should give it a try!-MEG

16

Apr

Could it be Over?
Jer and I have been to the Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s Great Arizona Picnic for the past 6 or 7 years.  We have always loved it.  We always arrive early to avoid the lines so we can try everything and spend the day eating, drinking and people watching.  It’s usually a hot weekend so we always pop into The Blue Moose to cool down and check-in on The Masters.  But, for some reason this year just wasn’t the same.  I can’t quite pin-point it, but Jeremy and I were both disappointed and we only lasted a little over an hour.  I’m not sure if it is because the vendors were totally lacking this year or if it is because now that we have been to Devoured nothing else will compare.  Or, could it be we are just too old?  Probably a mixture of all three, but still its sad.  I have a feeling it won’t make the calendar next year.-MEG

Could it be Over?

Jer and I have been to the Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s Great Arizona Picnic for the past 6 or 7 years.  We have always loved it.  We always arrive early to avoid the lines so we can try everything and spend the day eating, drinking and people watching.  It’s usually a hot weekend so we always pop into The Blue Moose to cool down and check-in on The Masters.  But, for some reason this year just wasn’t the same.  I can’t quite pin-point it, but Jeremy and I were both disappointed and we only lasted a little over an hour.  I’m not sure if it is because the vendors were totally lacking this year or if it is because now that we have been to Devoured nothing else will compare.  Or, could it be we are just too old?  Probably a mixture of all three, but still its sad.  I have a feeling it won’t make the calendar next year.-MEG

15

Apr

Sworkit

How in the world do people who juggle a job, family and a social life, work out?  I for the life of me cannot figure it out.  Working out used to be easy, I would hardly skip a day a the gym, but slowly and surely that has slipped away.  And now with sweet little Kate, I don’t have time after work and after she goes down, I am too tired to even think about putting workout clothes on.  It is so hard!  And I am so jealous of the people that can figure it out.  How do you do it?????

But instead of just wallowing in this, I have come up with a little plan.  This is not a total solution because it honestly doesn’t include hardly enough cardio and is a far cry from a serious workout, but I am so far from that point, that just a little bit is good enough. 

So the plan, this little app called Sworkit.  (www.sworkit.com)

It is genius.  You pick how much time you have (I have only been able to eek out 20 minutes) and this app throws out the exercise you need to do for 30 seconds.  It times you, a little chime dings when the time is up, it gives you the next exercise, and low and behold, before you know it, your little 20 minute workout is done.  And honestly it is a good mix of challenging and easy so you can keep it up.  (They even throw in break intervals.)  I love it and I am able to do the exercises while watching Kate.  She thinks it is hysterical, especially when I have to do mountain climbers.  For some reason me doing those really crack her up.  And I feel good, like I accomplished something and did something for myself.

So if you are having trouble finding time to workout, I totally recommend it.  And even if you have you are a dedicated workerouter, also worth a try just to switch things up.  And it’s free!

-Tash

10

Apr

First Look Paint and Floors

Here are a few pics of the first coat of paint and the beginning of the floors.  As usual it doesn’t translate well in the pics, but it gives you a little feel for the progress.  In the 3rd picture you are looking in at the bathroom and the red is the insulation for the shower, I can’t wait to see the tile on that sucker…..

-MEG

09

Apr

Following Meg’s shoe trend…

First, I am so sorry, this was supposed to post on Monday.  I am failing on all things technology these days, please, please, please forgive me.

I wanted to jump on Meg’s shoe train.  I am so out of the loop with everything cool.  I see what people are wearing on the blogs, on tv, in the mags, but it’s hard when you aren’t there in real life, seeing what normal people are wearing everyday, or what is in stores.  Of course I can shop online, but it’s not the same as seeing the displays and what is really trending wth normal people.  But whatever, I am sure I will get over it — I move back to America in 3 months!

Anyway, the whole point of this little entry is talk about what if you only followed trends, if that was all you had to go by?  Well this is the number one selling shoe at Nordstrom right now:

The Olivia Sandal by Louise et Cie.  (Sister company to Vince Camuto.)

(Why oh why won’t my links work?!?!  But here it is: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/louise-et-cie-olivia-2-sandal-nordstrom-exclusive/3615488)

Anyway, when I see things like this I get so confused.  I absolutely under no terms like this shoe, but then I start questioning myself.  If it is the number one selling shoe at Nordstrom, it has to be fab.  Right?!?!  Maybe if I could try it on, see people wearing it, I would know for sure.  But here I am, just wondering if I am missing out on something amazing.

So the question is, do you like this shoe?  Is it that great?  Would you wear it?  I need to know!

-Tash

08

Apr

Silhouettes
I spotted this picture on A Piece of Toast Blog.  I immediately fell in love with Bobbi Brown’s necklace. I want one SO bad.  I try to get James’ silhouette done every year and I would just love to wear it in charm form around my neck.  Its almost like an update on the popular initial necklace.  I did some internet sleuthing and found custom silhouette jewelry at both Love and Victory and Le Papier Studio.  I will probably be saving my pennies for one of these bad boys, since I love gold I will be saving for a little while….I also think this would make an amazing Mother’s Day gift.  They take about 4 weeks, so if you order now you might be able to get it right in time.  -MEG

Silhouettes

I spotted this picture on A Piece of Toast Blog.  I immediately fell in love with Bobbi Brown’s necklace. I want one SO bad.  I try to get James’ silhouette done every year and I would just love to wear it in charm form around my neck.  Its almost like an update on the popular initial necklace.  I did some internet sleuthing and found custom silhouette jewelry at both Love and Victory and Le Papier Studio.  I will probably be saving my pennies for one of these bad boys, since I love gold I will be saving for a little while….I also think this would make an amazing Mother’s Day gift.  They take about 4 weeks, so if you order now you might be able to get it right in time.  -MEG

04

Apr

Back to Shoes

I am on the hunt for a low to medium block heel sandal.  The recent purchase of this dress (it’s cheaper in store) has me dying for a block heel, good news is I know I won’t only wear them with this dress and they will likely be my sandal of choice as it gets hotter.  Here are a few that have caught my eye across many price points.

Am I the only one totally feeling this style right now?  -MEG

03

Apr

Shredded Chicken

This is such a random post, but seriously something I think about often. 

Why is it so hard to make shredded chicken?  Or as they say in Chinese, such a mafan.  Mafan, meaning total pain, hassle or annoyance.  One of my favorite words to throw in the mix.  Anyway, why does every single recipe call for hours of cooking and prep or even the crock pot?  It makes me crazy.  It’s just plain, shredded chicken.

Well finally, problem solved.  And of course, who is to the rescue?  America’s Test Kitchen.  I have shared their recipes often, but I don’t think I have ever put it in writing — I LOVE America’s Test Kitchen!  If you don’t subscribe to Cook’s Illustrated of have any of their cookbooks, get on it.  Such a great staple in our house.  Just this week alone we’ve made three of their recipes.  Seriously.

Okay, the shredded chicken recipe that is going to change your life:

2 chicken breastssalt and pepper to taste
1 tbs olive oil
1 cup low sodium chicken broth

Pat the chicken breasts dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Heat the olive oil in a skillet (I use our small Le Creuset) and when hot and almost smoking, throw in the breasts.  Let cook on one side for about 5 minutes until nice and brown.  Flip over, add the broth, cover the pot and let simmer for 10 minutes.  After ten minutes chicken should be cooked.  If not, let it go a bit longer, but don’t over cook because you don’t want gross, dry chicken.  Let cool for a bit, then shred with two forks.  That is it.  So easy and so perfect. 

I have also added different spices to make things a bit more interesting.  If I am shredding the chicken for tacos, when adding the broth I will often add:

1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp chili powder1 tsp garlic powder

This recipe has been a revolution for me.  Hope you love it too!

-Tash

02

Apr

Progress Report

Here are a few photos of the remodel progress.  It is really hard to capture the scale of things.  As you can see the drywall is up and we meet with the painter today to go over our color choices for the rooms.  We made our final tile selection, so a lot of the big stuff has been decided.  I am excited to start looking at furniture and stuff.  More to come!-MEG

01

Apr

Farewell Daily Candy!

When I heard the news that Daily Candy was shutting down shop I was really sad, much sadder than I thought I would be.  I mean I still subscribe to the emails, but can’t tell you the last time I read it closely.  The city guides don’t fit my life any more, but I did like their shopping and gift guides and would check them out from time to time, but long where my days of daily devotion.  So why so sad?  Well, really, Daily Candy was one of the first websites I subscribed too.  We had just moved to DC, they covered DC (so rare at the time), so cute and so chic and made me feel so in the know.  They were the first, simple, and cool, and I always loved their little daily drawings. 

And honestly, thinking about Daily Candy makes me miss the old days when Meg and I lived in DC (how was that ten years ago?) and trying to find our way.  It’s funny that Daily Candy is all of that to me, but it is. 

I found this great quote from the founder: “I just think large corporations don’t understand the value of holding on to something that may not be making a lot of money but aren’t losing a lot of money. It was something that was special to a lot of people. It had a good life.”  So true, right?!?!?

So here’s to you Daily Candy, you were a great site, that I loved for many years, I am sad to see you go.

-Tash