Sweet Beats // February 2015

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Lately I’ve been finding myself straying from my typical love of breathy folk music (#chickmusic) for something with a little more beat. This type of tune just feels so right when doing a little evening yoga before bed, walking home from the train, or sinking into the couch to get into the photo editing zone. I’m definitely the day-dreaming type, and all about detaching from everyday stresses to take in a few intrinsic moments. What kind of things have you guys been doing these days to unwind?

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february 2015

get good (infinitefreefall remix) // st. south

every other freckle // alt-j

don’t wanna fight // alabama shakes

hospice gates // lower dens

the stars in spring // epic45

great escape // washed out

no stranger // small black

party talk // craft spells

lately // memory house

genesis // grimes

suddenly // junip

inside out // spoon

james dean // dale earnhardt jr. jr.

bloodflood pt. II // alt-j


 

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Etsy Round Up // Vol 14

Happy humpday friends! (Where’s my camel emoji when I need it?!) I can’t believe it’s the last week of February — when did that happen? To finish out the month strong, we’re back with February’s Etsy Round Up.

Although it’s cold as sh*t out there still, it’s time to start thinking (and preping) for exposed skin and warm weather outfits, hence the wishful thinking items you see below. Cheers to warm thoughts…

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Get your skin back into shape with this beautiful exfoliating soap

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I’m super into those brass minimal hooks! And how adorable is this phone stand catch-all?

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This vintage bag is calling my name – think of the spring styling possibilities?!

Bird Notebook // Pink Clay Soap // Brass Wall Hook // Walnut Iphone Catch-All // Brass Fringe Rope Necklace // 70’s Ratan Tote 

Oscars 2015

Did you guys get a chance to watch the Oscars last night? I always have a soccer game right in the middle which bums me out, but this year I was able to catch a large chunk. While it wasn’t the most entertaining Oscars of all time (a tad boring if you ask me), it was full of love and social awareness. Lady Gaga was absolutely amazing singing songs from the Sound of music, Birdman & The Grand Budapest Hotel each took home a couple statues, and I was very happy with the overall winners! Did you guys think anyone got snubbed?

*If you missed out and are catching up online – here is a fun recap of the best moments!

And while the awards show is the main focus, how can we not talk about the fashion?! It was as beautiful as ever – check out some of our favorites…

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And these couples were killing it!

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* And make sure to check out some of the after party looks!*
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Happy Friday!

cheesecake5-1-of-1blogsize copyOh sweet, sweet Friday. The only thing that could make you any sweeter would be the this featured orange-chocolate cheesecake by The Vanilla Bean Blog. The  idea of curling up with this & a cafe au lait by the window and a blanket sounds positively divine, don’t you think? Hope you all have lovely weekends, complete with sweetness in any form!

cct // Although I’m not British, I thought this list of American slang that Brits found confusing, to be pretty cute! Also – check out these idioms from around the world!

rkv // Some time-saving freeze ahead of time meals

cct // Have you guys been able to see most of the Oscar movies? These “if Oscar nominated movies were a little more straight forward” posters are pretty spot on!

rkv // 30% off new arrivals at JCrew Factory, woot!

cct // Ten Things You Should Know Before Getting Into a Relationship With Someone Who Loves Food 

rkv // Pretty little DIY marble beads

cct // Everything Molly Yeh makes is beautiful (like seriously beautiful!), but I need this homemade funfetti cake in my life asap!

rkv // A cardio workout for people who hate cardio *raises hand*

Loving Now // Burgundy Lips

We’ve been feeling awfully cooped up these days, and in ultra hibernation mode. While sitting on the couch with fuzzy socks and binge watching Nashville is all well and good, it can easily lead to feeling a little frumpy. Sometimes we gotta just force ourselves out of the house and onto the town. What’s a good way to push you into that? An edgy new beauty look.

Burgundy lips can be surprisingly versatile as far as style goes. Throw the color on with your leather (or faux) jacket and metallic earrings for a rocker look, a deep side part and waves for your inner 40s vixen, or try out a boho-etherial vibe with some braids or a felt hat. For you ladies with those big pouts out there, please do us a favor and give this velvety look a shot, so we can live vicariously through your show-stopping ways. This lip color positively screams dinner & drinks with the girls.

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1 Shelf, 3 Ways

Happy Monday, loves! Hope you all had a nice weekend and were able to relax a bit!

Recently in the blog hemisphere we’ve been noticing a whole lot of posts for “one item, several ways,” be if for clothing or decor. In particular, one of our favorite little lady designers, Emily Henderson, has been all about showcasing a staple piece styled four ways, like with this credenza. We were feeling inspired by her ideas and decided to give it a go!

Below is a ladder shelf that I picked up from good ‘ol Walmart a couple of years ago to add a little more storage to my tiny kitchen — it’s proven to be very helpful for the bits and bobbles that we’ve run out of room for. We decided to give it three key looks that could work for your kitchen — the bar, a baking station, and the miscellaneous items.

Shelf: 

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With a big blank slate like this, it’s all about the layering. I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to pretty little trinkets, so the layering thing was pretty easy to accomplish. :)

01. Baking

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The great thing about this ladder shelf is that it has some room for over sized items like mixing bowls and baskets, as well as the tiny knickknacks like butter dishes and mixing cups. Another crucial component to styling this guy was height and greenery. Cutting boards and vases are a great way to give the shelf the height you’re looking for, and some big leafy plants look awesome in mason jars, like this dried eucalyptus.

When making a baking station, you’ll definitely need your essentials. Hide your flours and sugars in pretty canisters, while tucking away baking powder and such in baskets. Showcase some of your fancier items like your good vanilla, and don’t be afraid to display items with some character, as we did with the aged baking pans. We also draped an apron over the edge of the shelf for a little bit of flair.

02. Bar

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This is a fun one to set up, because it makes you feel like an actual *gasp* adult. We’ve collected some pretty old empties for our top row, but it definitely would feel a little more impactful if you have an actual collection to show off. Throw in some of your good liquors, as well as the tools you’ll be needing, like openers, shakers, napkins, and glasses. We also made things colorful with a bowl filled with essential citrus fruits, and an aloe plant for a pop of green.

03. Everyday 

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So this is helpful if you’re kitchen is like mine, with a whole lot of little things in need of a home. Pots and pans will stack nicely on the bottom, as well as linens and cookbooks. Display your favorite tea boxes and layer with nice cutting boards. It’s great for the random things you have lying around, like my scallion-growing science project, and Christmas gifts from Christa like a DIY cheese-making kit.

Hope these looks were helpful for you guys, and you’re feeling inspired to get a head start on the spring cleaning! If you liked any of the above items, check out below to see where we got some of the key pieces!

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Look 1:
cutting boards, Home Goods
porcelain milk dish, H&M
fox cookie jar, Target
cake stand, Home Goods
cookbooks, Anthropologie & vintage
red canisters & utensil holder, vintage
flour canister & dish towels, IKEA
wire baskets, Pier 1

Look 2:
cocktail shakers, vintage and Crate & Barrel
brass bottle opener, vintage
copper mugs, Sur La Table
etched highball glasses, Anthropologie
deer antler, vintage
porcelain juicer, West Elm

Look 3:
DIY mozzarella kit, Etsy
garlic bowl, H&M
fruit bowl, handmade
etched glasses, cutting boards, baskets (see above)


Happy Weekend!

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Happy Valentine’s Day weekend, friends! Hope you’re all staying toasty out there with the ones you love! What’re your plans for the weekend? Ours will likely involve a whole lotta flannel, because it is freezing out there! We may both attempt to go sledding, depending on the weather, because there is ANOTHER potential blizzard heading our way… I just don’t even know what to say any more.

Have a fantastic weekend! PS I want that thumb ring.

rkv // this little list on how to make some mulla on Ebay is so great! I think I may actually give it a go!

cct // baha nail color names are pretty ridiculous

rkv // I found this post on Valentine’s Day from a dude’s perspective to be pretty cute — go figure they all involve being low-key and just spending time with another. Sounds about right, considering my guy and I will be enjoying a wonderful pizza dinner for two :)

cct // Well this sounds delicious! Fried lemons, who knew?!

rkv // Om nom nom homemade chia seed jam

cct // I see a fun typography project this spring, anyone have a blank wall?

rkv // The best way to reheat a slice of pizza. Man, I talk about pizza a lot, huh?

cct // I’m all ears on help in the landing-a-great-job department, and these tips are very insightful! I can’t wait to see what else she’s got to share!

Love & Cheese

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It ain’t easy being cheesy. Actually, I take that back. It’s super easy, and much advised. We here at G&M take great pride in our adoration of cheese in all regards, and embrace it to the fullest. With not just one, but TWO snow days so far this week, and with Valentine’s Day on the horizon, we figured it was the perfect opportunity for cheesy heart-shaped pepperoni pizza!

These little beauties aren’t rocket science to make, and they’re sure to make your valentine this year swoon.

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Ingredients
(makes two thin-crust pizzas)

1 package of pizza dough (note — it’s easier to roll out at room temp)
3 cups shredded mozzarella
1 cup shredded parmesan
1 cup tomato sauce
1 package of turkey pepperoni
Roughly 1/2 cup flour for stretching the dough

Tools

  • Kitchen scissors
  • Rolling pin
  • Pizza pan — we’re huge fans of this perforated style pan, which will make your crust nice & crispy
  • Oil brush

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To Make

Using your kitchen scissors, begin to make your roni-hearts. This will take a few minutes, so take a seat and throw on some music. Once your desired amount of roni is made, you can begin on the pizzas.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

To roll your dough (the basics, for beginner rollers):

On a flat clean counter space, disperse some flour for dough rolling. Cut your dough in half with a sharp knife. Taking one of the dough balls, put a small amount of flour around the outside of the dough. Gently pat the dough ball into an even sphere. Once rounded, use your palms to flatten it out, and your thumbs to stretch it into a small flat circle. Place your flat dough on the floured surface, and begin using your rolling pin to flatten and stretch. Be sure to alternate the sides you stretch, to get a nice even circle. Once you’ve rolled it out as much as you can, stretch the rest by hand. Putting your hands in two fists facing each other, place the center of your stretched dough on top. Starting from the center and gently working your way outward, begin stretching, moving the dough around your fists in a circular motion (be patient with this, dough is an art!) Once you’ve reached the outer edges, you can stretch the edges of the dough to let it sag in front of you. After a few minutes of stretching, your pizza should be about 12″ across. Don’t worry if it rips, you can fold it on top of itself.

To make the pizza:

  • Lightly coat your pan in a little olive oil and place your stretched dough on the pan.
  • Put a light coating of olive oil on top of the pizza, focusing on the crust, so it gets nice and golden.
  • Put a couple tablespoons of tomato sauce on the dough and evenly spread.
  • Evenly spread 1/2 of your mozz and parm onto the dough, then place your pepperonis
  • Bake for about 12 minutes until cheese is bubbling and browned
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving

All done! Serve it up with a nice chilled beer and have yourself a nice cheesy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Cocktails

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Valentine’s Day has a lot going on – gifts, dinner, drinks, romance, etc. If you’re going out to a lovely dinner, why not start your evening with a cocktail for 2? Or if you’re hanging in with your boo, let them handle the dinner while you take care of the drinks & dessert. Sounds pretty great to us!


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Blackberry Thyme Sparkler
Raspberry & Rosewater Gin Ricky
Pucker Up Punch
Nutmeg Love Potion


Sweet Notes

Valentine’s Day can be the cause for an array of emotions, but if you’re sipping on that hater-ade, you have to admit, this holiday sure knows how to make a cute card. It’s pun-city up in here, and we’re soaking up every bit of it. It’s also becoming more and more apparent through the cards that we’ve seen, that these designers are total fat kids at heart, which we are so on board with. I mean… bagels, hotdogs, and butter? Don’t mind if I do.

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