Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Flamingo Lovin'



Have y'all picked up any flamingo gear this season? Kate Spade has so many things I want covered in the pink birds, and Im trying to contain myself. more flamingo inspired items here

Have y’all ever seen a REAL flamingo? Aaron and I went to Punta Cana a few years ago and I saw one in person. I was convinced that is was a fake lawn ornament, and then it moved! They are the most unique creatures and so delicate looking and beautiful at the same time. Very slow and graceful, I could probably watch them all day. That’s why I’m convinced I need something Flamingo in my wardrobe stat. I love those slide on sneakers, how fun! Or maybe I’ll start small with some earrings (I already have pink lipstick). Regardless, pretty sure this is coming to Hilton Head with me later this summer (but I already bought this tube, so I need to try and convince Aaron we need another)!

What about you, have you added any flamingo into your wardrobe this summer? Do you plan to?



Monday, June 29, 2015

Red / White

 Jeans (better price point here) / Shoes c/o (here) / Bag (sold out in the color, similar) / Sunglasses / Scarf c/o (similar) / Top / Earrings / Jacket (similar) / Bracelet / Bracelet Yurmans

Well, this outfit has a little bit of blue with the scarf, but more green than blue so I guess it's a Fourth of July fail. Ina ll honesty though, this is exactly the kind of look I love for a summer holiday like 4th of July. White denim can't be beat and casual is the way to go in my opinion. Last week I shared some 4th looks here which you can check out. I think our friends Mike and Juli are coming to visit and Im very excited! I haven't seen them since Christmas and it was brief!






I hope y'all had a good weekend, we ate, sat by the pool and celebrated birthdays! It's been so hot here it's hard to make yourself leave the air conditioning, but we really try! The pups still need walks and I get cabin fever easily! 

Have a great Monday, make it a fantastic start to your week! And thanks for reading!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Paisley


Did you see Tuesday's post? I am loving maxi dresses more than ever this summer because of their versatility. I am crushin' on this one right now, but wondering if it's too similar to the one I'm wearing in these photos. I know I've been carrying this straw tote  a lot lately, but I just find it to be a great summer staple. I actually bought this bag years ago from J.Crew (probably 5-6). I am pretty sure I had it in college, I can't remenber. Anyway, I love it, but it's showing some wear, so I recently picked this one up (which is on major sale) and Im loving it. 






Aaron is off this weekend and we previously had planned to go to a cabin for a little R&R, but we recently decided to just stay put in Durham and enjoy our house and each other for the weekend. Nothing like a little stay cation, am I right? Still though, I have such an itchin' to get away for a bit. We have a family vacation planed in September, but that just seems so far away!

What are your summer plans?



Thursday, June 25, 2015

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

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When I was a little girl, I loved drinking coffee. I would spend countless hours each week at my grandpa’s house and he would always let me have a little bit while he drank his. Of course, being a child I would drown my coffee with sugar and milk making it taste like perfection. Perhaps coffee truly does stunt your growth and that’s why I’m only 5’2 now.  Anyway, my fondest memories are spending my days at his house, sipping coffee on the porch while my grandma made delicious baked goods and brought them out to us on the porch. Occasionally I would help her and we would use the most interesting ingredients to make items that later tasted like heaven. Some of my favorites were any baked goods made with zucchini. All of my life I have been a huge fan of zucchini baked goods; cookies, bread, you name it. So today, I wanted to try to recreate the zucchini cookies she made and I am contacting her this week to get her zucchini bread recipe which I can’t wait to share with y’all soon. SO GOOD. 

With that said, I am a huge coffee + dessert person. I just think a cup of espresso or coffee pairs so well with cookies, scones, etc. Aaron is not a coffee drinker, but he’s always dipping items into my morning coffee. While during the week I typically drink my coffee black, I always look forward to my creamer on the weekend. I love that Coffee-mate has a variety of flavors and lately I’ve been nabbing Toll House Chocolate Chip. It’s amazingly delicious and I knew instantly it would pair well with these cookies (considering they use Toll House Chocolate Chips). I used this recipe, but switched up a few things due to what I had in my baking basket. For one, I left out the nuts. I also used half whole wheat flour and half white. I should also note, the recipe yields a huge batch of cookies! I half it and it’s much more manageable for two people (and also so my pants still fit!). 







Paired with my coffee and Coffee-mate, these cookies are amazing, these cookies are amazing. I also like to think they are a little healthier since they have zucchini in them! I’m going to contact my grandma this week and see if she can give me her recipe for the bread which I'll also share, you definitely want to make it if you like zucchini bread. 



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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Three Looks for 4th of July



Outfit 2: Dress / SandalsBag / Hat / Sunglasses / Bracelets 

I know I always struggle with holiday wear, so I thought it would be fun to put a few different looks together for y'all today! I never want to be too overdressed and definitely don't want to be under dressed for friend's parties and gatherings! I love a good maxi for that reason (although I think summer BBQs are typically pretty casual). Aaron is actually off for the 4th, so that's reason enough to celebrate! We don't have plans, but hopefully something will come up and we will get to see some fireworks and play with sparklers! Here is hoping you have super fun plans to celebrate! 

Happy Wednesday, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Swing It

Dress / Flats (other gold flats here) / Tote (similar) / Sunglasses / Bracelet / Watch / Heels c/o (similar) / Blush Bag c/o  / Earrings c/o / Belt

If you follow me on Instagram (@amy_cbandbp), you know I've posted this dress a couple of times. I picked it up one day when I popped into Anthropologie and they were having 20% off on dresses and shorts. At first, I wasn't 100% sold on the dress, but once I got it home I loved it. I wear it baggy and loose during the day with my Jack Rogers for a relaxed and comfortable look and pair it with heels for a date night change. It actually looks adorable belted and I love how flowy the skirt is worn either way. I know it will be perfect for our vacation in September, so I'm glad I snagged it. It's also still on sale for those who are interested!







Again, I just want to take a moment to thank y'all for stopping by this blog everyday. It truly means so much to me and I appreciate the feedback, encouragement and kind words y'all always send my way. You're amazing, and I truly mean that!

Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Simply White


Necklace c/o / Heels / Dress (sold out, similar here) / Vitamins Olly / Bag c/o (other straw totes here) / Bracelet / Sunglasses c/o

How was everyone's weekend? Aaron worked, but I spent the day hanging with Lauren and sitting by the pool- not bad, not bad. I'm super tired this Monday morning, but so thankful to have had a great weekend and also that I have my Olly Energy Vitamins. I recently incorporated the Olly Energy Vitamin into my morning routine along with my other Olly vitamin products. It has green tea and caffeine blended in an all natural way to help give me an extra pep in my step (as opposed to six cups of coffee). I love it. A few months ago, I realized I needed to start a daily vitamin regiment and I found out about Olly through Target. I literally throw them in my bag when I'm running out the door and take them once I get to work. This helps me remember them them and gives me something to look forward to when I sit down at my desk- my boss laughs at me!

I love that the line is tailored based on your needs and designed to meet specific health benefits you may be looking for. My husband even takes them now (Olly for everyone!). I've also been taking the Women's multi simply because I think as adults we all should be taking a multivitamin and I mean, come on- who doesn't love a gummy? I feel like I'm eating gummy candy when I'm actually just being a responsible adult. Win/win!

To be honest though, there are still so many products from this line that I could incorporate and plan to eventually. Next time I'm at Target, I plan to pick up the Restful Sleep and the Undeniable Beauty vitamins. You can read about the benefits of each of the products on Target's website before you purchase to understand the benefits of each- there are so many varieties!









What's even better than a multivitamin that helps ease day to day life? Giveaways that involve these products! Entrants have a chance to win a Day Spa package for two, a 6 month supply of Olly Vitamins and a personal wellness consultation with Olly's resident nutritionist! 100 runners up with also receive Olly product of their choice. To enter to win, head to the Sweet Bliss Sweepstakes homepage!

On another note, I am so sad this dress is sold out, but I've linked similar onesincluding this one below. But really, who doesn't love a little white dress? Hopefully you've picked one up for summer and if not, check out those I've linked because you definitely need one!

Tell me, do you take a daily vitamin? I'd love to hear what kind(s) and if you've seen Olly on your Target shelves! 

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