Best Kids Shoes For The Season:

I’m not one to invest in a million different pairs of shoes for my daughter.  I believe in these formative years it’s important to have good quality footwear, not necessarily quantity.  I have a couple of standby brands that have done Colette well from the time she started walking.  Now that it’s warm again, out with the boots and lace up sneakers and in with the Mary Janes and sandals.  Our color choice of footwear this season is silver–the perfect neutral.

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Cienta:   These come in a plethora of colors, but I especially love the neutral metallics (silver and gold), black sparkle or navy.  They are the perfect transition shoes, as the little ones can wear them with socks leading into Spring, and without socks (so far no blisters) come warmer temps.  They’re majorly cushioned, and they have a fruity yummy scent.

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Saltwater:  Especially when the kiddies are younger, a sandal that has a solid sole is well worth it.  It cuts down on tripping and is just good for them to walk on.  These were a staple last Summer (Colette wore them in gold) and this season she’ll be stepping out in them in silver.  They’re adorable, durable, and come in so many different variations (with or without heart cutouts, strap thickness, etc.) and colors.

And let’s not leave out the little guys.   Cienta makes adorable little boys slip on canvas sneakers (and they come in pastels for the girls too!).

 

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Shopbop and East Dane’s Friends & Family Is Here…Just For You:

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Who doesn’t love a good sale.  Especially when you can get a head start on the general public.  Shopbop’s  (and EastDane for the guys) infamous Friends & Family site-wide sale is almost here.  But starting at midnight, cocoincashmere fans can check out Shopbop’s Facebook page to get the advanced sneak peek code.  So start shopping, put your items in your cart, and check them out at midnight.  The early bird catches the worm!  You’re welcome.

 

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Burned Brussels:

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I’m not much of a chef and really don’t have a desire (at least not in my city kitchen) to slave over meals that take forever.  Last night I made my famous turkey meatball sandwiches (you should know that turkey meat is the one meat I’m proficient at using–turkey balls, turkey meatloaf, turkey tacos–just a little Forest Gump humor that’s unfortunately true).  I paired the sandwiches with burned brussels, which I can proudly say I perfected.  I’ve tried many times to make them and they’ve never turned out right.  I don’t want to use too much oil (in fact, I barely used any at all), and I like when they’re really crispy.  Last time I made the mistake of buying frozen brussels, so they never fully burned.  The broiler on my oven also was not cutting it.  Last night I used the broiler setting on my toaster, and 12 minutes later I was in heaven.  Here’s a really easy recipe where the key player is the broiler.  Oh, and don’t forget to flip them midway through.

1 bag of fresh brussel sprouts (I like them from Trader Joe’s

The tiniest bit of oil (I brush it on so barely any gets used, coating every leaf)

Sea salt (I like the consistency of the larger granules)

Olive Oil cooking spray

Quarter the brussels and spread them out on the tray.  Brush on a tiny bit of oil followed by a sprinkling of salt.  Spray one thin coat of the olive oil cooking spray.  Check on the brussels every few minutes and flip them when one side gets crispy.

Let me know what you think!

 

 

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Travel Cleansing Gel:

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The PR peeps at Revision Skincare were lovely enough to send me a makeup case full of facial products to try.  I was immediately drawn to the petite size (3.4 oz) of the Purifying Cleansing Gel.   Don’t be surprised by its small bottle, a little goes a very long way.  I was away last weekend so I packed the gel in my toiletry case to give it a try (you should know that normally I’m putting my favorite cleanser into a small little bottle for travel, so this made my life much easier).  The verdict was love–not only did the gel feel like it was cleaning, but it was toning as well.  If you’re a traveler, I highly recommend ordering one of these bottles.

*It’s noted for oily skin but it was great on mine (non-oily).

Purifying Cleansing Gel: Revision Skincare

 

 

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Isabel Marant x Oliver Peoples:

 

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I love a good collaboration, and this one from Isabel Marant x Oliver Peoples makes my heart happy.  I’m OP sunnies obsessed and Isabel Marant is one of my most coveted designers, so when the two blended their genius minds, the result is a couple of limited-edition styles.  This classic ’70′s- inspired retro pair boasts rose gold frames and pink lenses.  This aviator comes in five different color combos, but the light pink one is what caught my eye, and to me, boho-chic–just like everything Isabel Marant stands for.

Sunnies: Isabel Marant x Oliver Peoples/ Earrings: J.Crew (similar)/ Vest: Zara (similar)

 

 

 

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