Etsy Round Up // Vol 18

Happy August, friends! As you read this, I will most likely still be on the plane to Denver! I am going with my brother to get him settled into grad school there (so cool!). I have never been, and am super excited to check it out!

As usual, it was very difficult to curate only 6 items for our monthly round up, because everything is so amazing! As far as themes, this round up has a little less rhyme or reason that some in the past, but each piece is unique and beautiful none-the-less. Check out the beautiful items below:

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I have an unreal amount of tote bags – but this one is just so adorable! Perfect gift item as well ;)

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Removable wallpaper is as good as it gets for us apartment dwellers – and this shop has some amazing patterns! Accent walls here I come…

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This gorgeous ring is a bit of a splurge, but think about how versatile it is! Something to save for this fall!


Hawkmoth Bandana 
Thanks A Million Reusable Tote
Bohemian Festival Earrings
Bright Eyes Removable Wallpaper
Botanical Candleblock
Black Diamond Mai Ring


 

 

Happy Weekend!

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Happy happy Friday, wonderful people! What a week! Christa was wrapping things up for some time off from work next week, with a trip (actually many little trips) to New Hampshire, Denver and Old Lyme (woo!), and Reg’s been keeping busy with a hectic work week, sprinkled with social gatherings of friends. What are you all up to this weekend? Hope it’s a good one!

cct // Any Nashville fans in the house? We’re loving this Free People interview with Clare Bowen (aka Scarlett)!

rkv // Well this sounds positively delightful

cct // This Here Is What The Same Person Looks Like In Dressing Rooms For 20 Different Stores photo essay is both infuriating and oh so true. I feel your pain girl, shit’s hard.

rkv // I actually don’t know how I feel about this

cct // Do you guys love Food52 as much as we do? An old college friend, Kenzi, is the Managing Editor there, and this profile on her is great!

rkv // Movie sequels that really just shouldn’t have been made

cct // Guys, Amy Schumer is the best…also I need to see Trainwreck asap, I’ve heard such great things!

rkv // My everyday gold earring studs are looking a little bit dingy lately, thinking of giving this DIY cleaning technique a whirl

Parmesan Asparagus with Heirloom Tomatoes

While I’m no stranger to some ice cream and burgers on these hot summer days, I’m also a big fan of eating colorfully and fresh. This quick little veggie appetizer goes great as a side dish for a light summery dinner (maybe with some lemony grilled chicken or a lean cut of steak), or even for breakfast served up with some eggs (poached, scrambled — your call!).

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You’ll need

  • 1 bundle of fresh asparagus
  • 3/4 cup fresh heirloom tomatoes (any tomatoes will do, but I just love how colorful these little beauties are)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • Drizzling of olive oil
  • 3-4 pinches of garlic salt (regular salt will do too)
  • 2-3 pinches of black pepper

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To Make

01. Preheat oven to 425

02. Trim the white stalks off of your asparagus and spread out the stems onto a baking sheet

03. Dice your onion, quarter your tomatoes, and mix in with asparagus

04. Drizzle with olive oil, and season with garlic salt & pepper

05. Top with grated parmesan and pop into the oven for 12-15 minutes. I like my asparagus to have a little crunch, but if you prefer it on the softer side, simply cook it a little longer.

06. Serve up and enjoy!

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Our Fave Southern New England Beaches

It’s heatin’ up this week and we’re dreaming of warm sand and partly sunny skies. While we’re sitting in air conditioning with wanderlust, we’ve compiled some of our favorite New England ocean getaways for you all in the area!

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Watch Hill Beach | Westerly, RI

Watch Hill was probably not on your radar until Tay Tay came around and bought a house there, and to be honest, it’s kind of messed things up for the normal Watch Hill goer. Christa spent her childhood going to Watch Hill – popping into the shops, getting peppermint ice cream at the St. Clair Annex Ice Cream Fountain, and riding the super old carousel. It has real waves, and the soft sandy beaches are perfection. While the parking costs have gone up (and you need to be there before, like, 9am), we still recommend giving Watch Hill a try. We’re thinkin’ maybe early September after the kids are back in school and the summer crowds have died down.

Distance:
From Boston: about an hour and a half, from Hartford: a little over an hour and 15 mins


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Old Lyme Beach | Old Lyme, CT

A few weekends from now we will be beachin it with our old friends from high school in Old Lyme (check our last year’s pictures). While it doesn’t have those RI waves we were talking about in Watch Hill, it has exactly what you need out of a beach – water, sun and sand. We don’t venture too far from the beach itself, but we’ve heard it has a couple rowdy beach bars and if you’re looking for some fresh produce on the way home, we love this little farm stand off the main road that has amazing pies and local berries!

Distance:
From Boston: about 2 hours, from Hartford: a little over 45 mins


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Hammonasset State Park | Madison, CT

This Connecticut State Beach has a lot of things going for it – a set parking price of $13 for instate residents (YES), 4 main beaches to choose from, and it has spots for grills, camping and parties. It does fill up fast on the weekends with an unbeatable parking price like that, so get there early.

Distance:
From Boston: 2 hours and 15 minutes, from Hartford: a little less than an hour


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Wingaersheek Beach | Gloucester, MA

If you’re into taking mile-long strolls on crystal-blue sand bars, this beach is definitely for you. While not ideal for swimming, it’s great for a picnic, laying out, and taking a dip in the pockets of cool water. If you’re going with a family, be sure to bring some supplies for crabbing and digging up snails, because these flat rocks make the perfect little eco-systems for them! Turns out Gloucester has an adorable town center as well — we did some thrift shopping and also popped into a renowned seafood restaurant for lunch, Short & Main (if you’re an oyster fan, they do $1 oysters for the first hour of opening every Sunday!).

Distance:
From Boston: About 50 minutes, from Hartford: 2 hours 10 mins


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Crane Beach | Ipswich, MA

Grassy dunes and long boardwalks welcome you to this awesome stretch of beach. This beach is roomy, giving you lots of space to set up camp. But prepare yourself for that cold Atlantic water, because it is not forgiving! We went when there was a storm approaching, so it was hot & humid, but with waters that actually hurt to be in — I’m hoping that was just a fluke! On the bright side, we went on a busy Saturday, but didn’t have any problems parking in their giant lot at a reasonable price.

Distance:
From Boston: about an hour, from Hartford: 2 hours 20 mins


 

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Happy Weekend!

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Hello, all! How’s everyone’s week been? We were both able to keep busy, but not hectic, which is always appreciated! This weekend we have all sorts of things on the agendas… Christa will be celebrating her boyfriend’s birthday as well as a friend’s bachelorette party, while I’ll be mostly taking it easy since I’ve been away the last few weekends. I’m thinking of making brunch tomorrow and having my first attempt at paddle-boarding on Sunday, wish me luck!

rkv // Love this giant framed leaf DIY

cct // #tallgirlprobelms

rkv // 15 cobblers, crumbles, & crisps

cct // I am always looking to connect and collaborate with friends or people I admire creatively – this was a good read about how to make that happen!

rkv // 20 iconic movie scenes that were improvised — who knew?

cct // I sort of like all of these looks (is that weird?!) – 100 Years Of Italian Beauty In Just Over A Minute

rkv // Hmmm a 30 day push up challenge... I’m intrigued

cct // Woah, this is an interesting take on how to permanently keep those eyebrows on fleek 

Floatin’ Around

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This hot hot weather has got us dreaming of being near water, and what better way to cool down than in the pool with some amazing floaties! So these quirky floaties have been “floating around” the internet all summer (get it??), but incase you missed them, take a look…

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And if you already have something to float on but want some adorable pool float decor, check out these flamingo drink holders, drink preserver floating cup holders, and inflatable ice cream cones!


Flamingo Pool Float
Pretzel Pool Float 

Pizza Pool Float 
Doughnut Pool Float
Swan Pool Float
Watermelon Pool Float
Jousting Pool Float Game
Hotdog Joust Pool Float Game


PS — these may or may not all be from Urban Outfitters :)


 

Travel Diary // NY, NY

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Happy Monday, all! Hope you all had lovely weekends and had a chance to enjoy some of that sunshine. This time of year our weekends tend to be filled with lots of local traveling, and recently mine included popping over to New York to hang with some ol’ pals. It’s funny, I grew up in New England, but have never actually been to NY in my adult years, (mainly because I loathe the bus) so this was a treat!

Stop No. 1 // After a lengthly 4 hour drive filled with Beyonce and No Doubt, my biffie Xiao and I were hungry. Our hostess Sarah and her boyfriend love Latin American cuisine and knew just where to take us – Coppelia. It is an amazing Cuban 24-hour diner that hit all the right notes. We had a spread of nachos, ceviche, and an amazing dish called lomo saltado which I highly recommend. We topped it all off with some caipirinhas and were basically rolling out of the place.

Stop No. 2 // Since we had pretty much eaten our weight in prime rib the night before, by the next morning we weren’t feeling our hottest. I picked up a tasty little peach parfait to hold me over in the morning, and then we swung into Joe Coffee for some iced caffeine. As previously mentioned, I haven’t spent a whole lot of time in NY, so I was pleased to do the touristy things like putz around Central Park — and that just what we did! Sarah only lives about 10 blocks from it, so we had a nice little afternoon checking out the musicians and entertainers.

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Xiao’s Instax polaroid film took the cutest photos!

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These pants are so comfy — you can grab a pair at Old Navy!

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3-cheers for Sarah’s sister Alla for snapping the only candid photo EVER of me to not involve snarled lips and a double chin…

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Kissing pigeons in the window!

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Stop No. 3 // After having lunch at Mario Batali’s Italian eatery Otto Pizzeria we continued to stroll around Soho and Little Italy for some window shopping and treats at M’o Il Gelato — so refreshing on a 90 degree day!

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Stop No. 4… 5, 6, 7 // After having dessert for lunch (hehe) we spent the night in Brookyln where we had some amazing Mediterranean tapas for dinner at Olea. We followed up with a little bar hopping — a fancy lavender cocktail at Dick & Jane’s Bar, some video games and beer at Barcade, and and all-night 90s dance party at The Bell House. Pretty much the most hipster Saturday night ever, and it was wonderful.

Stop No. 8 // Feeling a just a wee bit tired from our dance party the night before, I was ready for my first New York bagel… H & H Midtown Bagels East was loud, greasy, and had a nice long line… aka exactly what I wanted. The perfect bacon egg and cheese on a toasted everything to top off my weekend!

We had such a good time, and are definitely planning to return on the next long weekend, because 1 1/2 days just ain’t enough! Thanks Sarah for the foodie tour! :)

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Travel Diary // Portsmouth, NH

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On Wednesday you got to see what I wore in Portsmouth, but today you get to see where we went – and oh, it was all delicious. I’ve been joking about “eating our way through Portsmouth”, but we ate at 3 places between the hours of 2pm-5pm and I wish we ate more!

Stop No. 1 // Vida Cantina

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Our first stop was Vida Cantina, and I actually found out about it after discovering the branding was done by a Portsmouth design firm that I follow on dribbble. I knew we needed to stop after I found out that they totally revamped an old Friendy’s with gaudy, bright Mexican decor (also, the yelp reviews were pretty damn good) – and boy did they NOT disappoint. We ordered the salsa flight to start, Curtis ordered the fish taco, the carnitas taco, rice and beans to share, and an orange soda. I ordered the fried avocado taco, the fried shrimp taco and a limeaid (basically a mojito without the booze), and oh my god it was amazing. The cherry on top was that it was a super fun place with great music and a killer atmosphere (even the bathrooms were cool)! I hope we make it back soon…

Stop No. 2 // Portsmouth Brewery

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So the shark mural technically wasn’t at the brewery, but it was pretty close by! We stumbled upon the mural on our exploring route, and after snapping a few pics we popped over to the Portsmouth Brewery. We were surprised to be seated immediately, and were even happier to find out that a flight of six 3oz. beers (anything on tap) was $6! The music was great, and the pretzel was even better – a caraway seed pretzel with spicy mustard, YUM.

Stop No. 3 // Old As Adam Antiques

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Old As Adam might have been the smallest (but coolest) antique store I’ve ever been into. It had the perfect mix of preppy New England and old English antiques us North Easterner’s love! I obviously tried on many hats and admired beautiful canvas bags I wish I could afford…

Stop No. 4 // Flatbread

The stop at Flatbread was probably the most exciting and personal place we spent time at in Portsmouth. Curtis and I met working at Flatbread, and Reg got me the job there! After almost 8 years of dating, neither of us had been to another Flatbread, and it was really cool stepping into such a familiar but unique place. We were SO jealous to see that they have a taco pizza on the menu at all times (#jelly), and ended up ordering some tried and true za’s – buffalo chicken and the punctuated equilibrium (goat cheese, kalamata olives, red onions & red pepper on a white pizza).

Other notable stops in Portsmouth: We quickly popped into the adorable Gus & Ruby Letterpress Shop, Bull Moose record store, and Diversions Puzzles & Games. We didn’t get a chance to grab any ice cream (le sad), but passed by the über busy Annabelle’s Ice Cream and really wished we had time to stop in! 

Overall we had an amazing quick day in Portsmouth and can’t wait to stop by again! Do you have any favorite spots we should visit next time we’re there?


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Shark Week

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This post has nothing to do with shark week besides this awesome mural we stumbled upon while exploring Portsmouth, NH (and I think technically we took these photos during Shark Week)! But whatever, because this mural is amazing!

We had a busy weekend of New England day tripping, covering South Central New Hampshire, Coastal New Hampshire (Portsmouth) & Rockport Mass. These flowy shorts (Old Navy rings them up as a skort…) were perfect for our walk around town, and my simple tee and sandals keep the look easy and breezy. I am in love with my Target fedora which has a similar look to the beloved J. Crew Panama Hat.

We basically ate our way through Portsmouth, stopping at 3 places to eat while we were there, and on Friday I’ll be breaking down the delicious spots we stopped at!

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RAWR (^^^) <— does anyone remember doing the shark emoticon on fb messenger?!


Target Fedora (not sold online, similar)
H&M Tee (old, similar)
Old Navy Skort
BCBG Generation (old, similar)
Rayban ‘Youngster’ Sunnies


 

Love Want Need // One Pieces & Tumblers

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This season we’ve realized that there’s just something so cool about a one-piece swim suit… they allow you to be a little modest by providing a bit more coverage, AND you can body-surf & cannonball without worrying if your top will still be on when you come to the surface :) . And whether you’re by the pool or on the beach, a cute cold cup or tumbler will serve you well — fill it with some homemade spa water or a summery cocktail to keep things fresh and seasonally festive!


Love // Volcom Party Crasher Suit + Kate Spade Tumbler
Want // J. Crew Factory Floral Suit+ Starbucks Gradient Gold Cold Cup
Need // Topshop Cutout Suit + Ban.do Sip Sip Tumbler