Friday Things


So this is it, guys. The last weekend in August. How weird is that? The past week has felt like a blur…the new site launched on Friday, I was running around trying to make small changes all weekend (but did get to finally visit what is now one of my favorite restaurants in DC), and found out on Monday that I’ll be starting a new job in a couple of weeks. A whirlwind for sure, in a good way. This long weekend will be spent with friends who are visiting from out of town and I can’t wait for our little reunion. So many people are traveling for the long weekend that it feels kind of nice to just stay put.

Any plans to soak up the “last weekend” of the summer? Sounds like a lot of people have beachside + outdoorsy plans! Whatever you’re doing, I hope it’s a great one! Stay tuned for a roundup of some Labor Day sales tomorrow AM and a post with my picks on Monday :)

Of note…

- Potentially upsetting news about one of my favorite foods.

- A real Central Perk? This news alone makes me want to plan a trip to NYC…

- Immaculte coif at risk/things I didn’t expect to see: Anna Wintour doing the Ice Bucket Challenge.

- What happens when a 4-year old reviews one of the highest rated restaurants in America. It’s amazing!

- In the spirit of September issues: fascinating Vogue facts + figures.

- Victoria posted about this awesome perfume line that has me smitten with their intriguing scents + delicious packaging. Pricey? Maybe. But start with the fitting kit for $9 and try them out on your own time!

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Things I Love Thursday


I’ll be the first to admit that today’s post is a weird hodgepodge of things seasonally… but it’s excusable because we’re caught in that awkward time between seasons where both summer + fall pieces are everywhere.

ONE/ GiGi New York Crossbody: I’m in the marketing for a new crossbody and this one is a contender. I love the slightly boxy shape and how you can add a small, simple monogram. Plus, it comes in so many different colors! What’s your favorite?
TWO/ Sole Society Pumps: How sophisticated is this shoe? I think tweed is so classy for winter and am really digging it in shoe form!
THREE/ Pomander Place Earrings: I reallllly can’t get enough of these earrings! I keep coming back to them but just haven’t purchased them. I’m especially tempted now, since they’re $16 + free shipping in Tuckernuck’s Labor Day sale. How cute would they look with white jeans or with a simple black dress for evening?
FOUR/ Lulu & Georgia Throw Pillow: Something nautical, what a huge surprise! But really…this pillow + print is everything. Plus, it’s an indoor + outdoor pillow and would be the perfect accent pieces to my nonexistent patio. Or consider the nautical ropes/navy in shirt form
FIVE/ Sperry Topsider Sandals: The huge Sperry fan that I am, I had to share these adorable classic sandals. This is the time to buy for next/spring summer (funny how that works, right?! I always get my swimwear around this time) and this pair is under $50 + seem to be quite comfortable!
SIX: Collection XIXX Scarf: Never heard of this brand, but I’m a huge fan of this scarf! Talk about a perfect summer wrap for chilly nights. Why is it that everything I pick out with for summer goes perfectly with white jeans? Note to self: buy more white jeans next year.
SEVEN// Kate Spade New York Bag: I’ve been eying this bag for awhile now. It comes in many colors and is the perfect size to carry a small planner, makeup bag, camera, etc. Love that it can be worn two ways, too!

Breaking It Down: The New Site



The new site has some pretty cool features that I want to point out since they’re new + awesome. Hopefully this will save you some time from trying to figure out what’s different and what hasn’t changed. The recipe index (to be housed under “Categories”) is still in the works, so I’ll let you know when it’s up and running. It’s going to be great though…way better than the simple list of recipes on the old version!

Onto the good stuff. I’m planning to embed links into my graphics more (like they were in yesterday’s post). When you see the little plus sign in the black square associated with a product, that’s the link to that product’s webpage. Right here:


The “Shop My Favorites” tab is a place houses items that I’m currently coveting. You can shop by clicking on each product:

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Commenting/sharing is a little more exciting now! This snazzy box lets you do everything..follow C&L on Bloglovin’ or by email, lets you share the post on social media, and lets you leave a comment. It also indicates in what categories the post is listed.


I’m sharing some of my fav daily reads under, you guessed it: “Daily Reads” (housed under the “Misc.” tab). I go through quite a few blogs on a regular basis, but this is a pretty good sampling without me going way overboard. Definitely check out these ladies if you’re looking for some more blogs to peruse!


Other minor things…the sidebar now has a place for you to shop my favorite stores and a scrolling feed of my Instagram. Exciting, right? Of course, let me know if you have any questions about any of these features or if you come across any glitches! Any other things you’d like to see? I’d love your feedback :)