Happy Weekend, and July 4th!

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Hello lovies! Are you lucky enough to have today off?! It’s a glorious day to celebrate our nation, especially with tomorrow’s weather not looking quite as nice. Enjoy the outdoors, hang with friends and wear as much red, white and blue as possible!

p.s. – and if you like fireworks, check to see if your city is on this best place to watch fireworks list.
p.p.s – also the sales are out of control this weekend, if tomorrow’s weather doesn’t look to great, hit the mall!

cct // Oh snacks from the 90s, you were so good to us…

rkv // Simply adorable scalloped planter diy

cct // This period ad is hilarious 

rkv // 20 summer-staple side dishes

cct // How amazing is this 4th of July cheese plate?!

rkv // 12 summer outfit ideas for people who don’t like shorts

cct // Secrets From The O.C., Gossip Girl, and More Favorite Shows From Executive Producer Stephanie Savage

rkv // I know Christa will like this one — how to tone up using nothing up a soccer ball

4th of July Food

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Seriously though, what is this weather?? We’re very much hoping that New England is just getting this rain out of it’s system before the weekend, because we want sunshine! We have activities on the brain, and rain just doesn’t go along with any of them. One thing, however, that we know that our weekends will certainly be full of is wonderful food. We’ve got the whole shebang here to inspire your kickoff to summer— apps, dogs, and dessert — woot!


4th of July Spiked Snow Cones
Food52’s Cookout Essentials
Dilled Cucumber Salad
Grilled Corn with Basil


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Etsy Round Up // Vol. 17

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Although the weather wasn’t great, our company was! A weekend full of friends and fun. We had at least 2 people sleeping over on both Friday & Saturday night, and it was perfect. All that entertaining got me excited for the rest of the summer – sitting out on the deck, having drinks with friends, and staying up late. This month’s Etsy Round Up reminds me of those things. Take a look yourself…

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Although I have no connection to Virginia, this print (along with the Kansas, New York and California prints) are beautiful! My parents have a gorgeous dogwood in the front yard, so maybe that’s why I like it so much :)

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Between taking printmaking classes in college and working at a letterpress studio for a bit, this adorable play on an ink container is super adorable!

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How cute are these little flamingo stirrers?!


 Concrete Table Lamp
Virginia State Flower Print

“Little Swimmers” Silk Scarf
Mandarin + Citrus Soy Candle 
No.1 Fiber Tassel Necklace 
Flamingo Acrylic Stir Stick 


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Happy Weekend!

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Hello loves! Wow, it’s already Friday?! This week has been busy and we’ve been looking forward to this weekend so much that I’m astonished it went by so fast! We’ve got a full weekend ahead of hanging out, catching up with friends and partying it up, and we can’t wait! What are you up to this weekend?

cct // Since moving into the new apartment, decluttering and really paying attention to what we want vs. need has been a big priority in our house. Curtis got this great book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, and it really has changed our lives!

rkv // Oh, hello there, blackberry mojito

cct // This overhead lighting DIY is gorgeous!

rkv // Just when we thought that snow was gone

cct // Find ways to travel people, it’s life changing! 

rkv // While cardio certainly is not my favorite thing, it’s nice to have some tips on how to get an effective workout on the elliptical

cct // There are 2 kinds of people

rkv // This couple quit their jobs to sail the world with their cat <3

Sweet Beats // June 2015

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I must say, I was very excited when I went online last night to see that Leon Bridges had finally released his first album. A few months back I heard a couple EPs and was totally swooning. He was pretty much plucked out of 1956 and I’m so into it. I decided to make an entire playlist based on a similar sound — retro, soul, funk, doo-wop, with a tiny bit of grit at times. The timing is perfect because this coming Saturday, Christa will be having a house-warming party in her new digs, and I’m thinking this list will be perfect while we’re getting things set up.

Click here for the link on Spotify, and have a happy hump day!


june 2015

01. smooth sailin’ // leon bridges

02. 100 yard dash // raphael saadiq

03. the river // son little

04. foodcoma // shoos off

05. psyche’s dagger // fly golden eagle

06. next time // curtis harding

07. dear someone // walker lukens

08. saturday night // the lovers key

09. everywhere i’m local // har mar superstar

10. broken heart // dr. dog

11. the hour // valerie june

12. coming home // leon bridges

13. shame // otis heat

14. you’re the kind of girl // lee fields & the expressions

15. twistin’ & groovin’ // leon bridges


Honey Ginger Broiled Grapefruit

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Happy Monday, lovelies! This weekend’s weather did not hold strong in CT…it was rainy, muggy and gross both Saturday & Sunday! Luckily it didn’t really matter, and I was able to get a bunch of things done around the house and try out some new projects for the blog! Before it started raining on Saturday I ran out to do some errands pretty early and came back to make these delicious nuggets for breakfast. My boyfriend has stated many times that he does not like grapefruit, and he was pleasantly surprised by these!

The best part is they are super easy to make!

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Honey Ginger Broiled Grapefruit adapted from She Wears Many Hats

Ingredients:
1-2 grapefruit
Honey
Ginger (fresh, ground or both!)

Directions:
Cut grapefruit(s) in half, and if you have a grapefruit knife, use it to seperate the individual sections. If you do not have a grapefruit knife, a serrated knife is fine. *If you eat grapefruits a lot, I would highly recommend getting a grapefruit knife, they are life savers!* Next, drizzle or spread honey atop the halved grapefruits, following up with a generous sprinkle of ground or chopped ginger. Pop into the oven and broil until the honey has melted (about 6 minutes). I sprinkled a little more ground ginger on top because I love ginger, but that is optional! Serve immediately, or chill and eat later- up to you! :)

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As I was getting all of my ingredients ready, I realized I only had jarred raw honey, not the squeezy-bear kind. It worked well and tasted great, but as you can see above, it is not the prettiest looking assembly, and it’s a little difficult to spread onto such a juicy surface.

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This was my 1st broiled grapefruit experience and I am hooked! I’ve been seeing slight variations all over pinterest, and this is going to be my next try!

 

Happy Weekend!

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Hey all, and happy almost summer! We’re just two short days (well, long days, according to the Earth’s rotation), away from one of our favorite seasons. And what better way to kick it off but with a day where you get to show your Dad a little extra appreciation?? This weekend is full of all sorts of goodness, hope you enjoy it!

cct // 50 States of Doughnuts: The Best Shops in America, YES PLEASE! I will say tho — I’m not impressed by Connecticut’s donut shop…I’m not a fan of Luke’s, and I’ve been seeing some great CT donut shops on the CTEatsOut instagram

rkv // I don’t know about you guys, but my mama raised me to have a healthy appetite. Because of that, I always have snacks readily available (mainly to avoid getting h-angry :) ) So I was very happy to see this list of 10 high-protein snacks to keep you hungry… and the first one has chocolate!

cct // Amy Schumer is amazing, and this couple is so beautiful – all around a solid post (insert the A-Ok emoji here)

rkv // I’m deeply in love with summer, but the insects? Not so much. Here are some ways to get rid of household pests

cct // I love when exercises are broken down in GIFs rather than still shots or video, and I need to start doing these moves asap!

rkv // As much as I appreciate a tasty burger or dog, I also love myself some seasonal veggies in the summer. Here’s a way to get the best of both worlds!

cct // 10 Summer Fashion Trends We Can’t Wait to Wear from The Everygirl

rkv // Looking for a little inspiration this summer? Check out these 5 TED Talks to get you going!

Summer 2015 Movies

While summer movies are’t always necessarily Oscar worthy, they are just what they need to be – entertaining, exiting, and a way to veg out in some comfy seats & air conditioning. We’ve seen a couple of the films below, and were very happy with what we saw — what movies are you looking forward to this summer?

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01. Ex Machina
We both saw this a few weeks back and completely loved it. An artistic yet thrilling view of technology in a world not too dissimilar from our own, this movie will definitely have you thinking about it long after you leave the theater. I believe the term “so meta” is completely applicable here.


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02. Spy
We saw Spy a few weekends back when we were all together in Boston, and let me tell you, there were some hilarious spots. We looked over at each other a couple times, with tears in our eyes from cracking up so hard. And as mentioned before, it was just what we expected and just what we needed.


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03. Jurrasic World
Reg saw this last night and I’ll be seeing it soon – I mean, how can you not?! We re-watched Jurassic Park a few weeks ago and are pretty pumped to be back. Also, if you’re up for waiting until the credits, Christa’s dad worked on it (Doug Tubach), and he’s in the Visual Effects section somewhere :)


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04. Pitch Perfect 2
This gloriously self deprecating flick has everything you want in a comedy sequel — it’s vulgar, blunt, and didn’t ruin your love of the first movie, yay!


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05. Love & Mercy
We had to throw one serious film in there, so your brain doesn’t become total mush! This biopic chronicles the rise and fall of one of music’s most iconic voices — Brian Wilson, front man of the Beach Boys. With two actors playing two different phases of Wilson’s life, it should be interesting to see how he’s portrayed in cinematic form.


And don’t forget about fun movie nights in the park! Most cities have them, and they’re always a blast! Hartford’s round up of movies starts this Friday and goes until Aug 21st, rotating Hartford Parks for the showings, while Boston has a whole list of spots to set up an evening picnic with friends!

Father’s Day 2015

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Why are Dads so difficult to shop for?? They’re such simple people with simple desires, and that makes it tough to find them a good gift. The key for Dad is getting him something that he’ll actually use, hence all of the food related items. Then there’s also the practical items, like the grill thermometer and stretching band (my Pop is always complaining about his hamstrings and calves), and of course personal items for things that strike his interest, like movies and books. Hope our finds help to inspire you in your gift hunt before Sunday!


01. iDevices iGrill2
02. Men in Green by Michael Bamberger
03. Popcorn Seasoning Set
04. Dijon Black Truffle Mustard
05. Jurassic World movie tickets
06. iPhone 6 Battery Case
07. Stretching Band and Booklet


 

Happy Weekend!

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Did you guys know that tomorrow is National Rosé Day?? We’re awfully excited, because nothing says “I’m a fancy person enjoying this delightful weather” quite the way a nice cold crisp glass of rosé does. Enjoy, and have a great weekend, everyone!

cct // These ladies look gorgeous without makeup, and it’s great to hear what they have to say about it!

rkv // The actual Japanese dishes for all of those emojis you’ve always wondered about.

cct // As mentioned earlier, tomorrow is National Rosé day (yay!), and these dry Rosé pairings look delish!

rkv // 5 ways to stay balanced when you’re crazy busy

cct // Speaking of makeup, did you guys see this inspiring video called The Power of Makeup?

rkv // So simple, yet so wonderful sounding — the watermelon paloma

cct // So apparently the Hipster phase is dead, and the next despised group of people sounds a little too familiar…it’s the “I want to be creative and fulfilled in my job, even if it means taking a pay cut” person. You fall into this category if you: really want to go to Austin soon because you heard it’s incredible, love Seinfeld even though it went off the air when you were 16, and you have thousands of Instagram followers, but almost no Twitter followers. YUP sounds about right…

rkv // I may have gotten a little carried away with Loft’s additional 40% off of sale styles