Happy {Long} Weekend!

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Oh heyyy long weekend, fancy seeing you here. We’ve missed you, been needing you, and can’t wait to get our hands on you. Anyone have anything exciting going on this weekend? Christa’s going to be visiting me in Bean Town for a couple of days. We’re planning to hit up my favorite yoga class on Saturday afternoon, then go dancing at a local Chinese restaurant/night-club (yes, you read that correctly). Hopefully we’ll also be squeezing in a DIY or two to share with you all in the not-so-distant future. Have a lovely weekend all, see you on Monday!

cct // Yes, yes, yes! This instagram article is spot on (for my instagram usage at least!)

rkv // As much as I’m in love with the light & airy Portland Gray in my room, these dreamy dark bedrooms are awfully pretty

cct // We have a small friend book group reading Moby Dick at the moment, but I always love to find lists of great books – this Fall Reading List from The Every Girl looks great!

rkv // Oh me oh my I love ricotta

cct // Fig, Pistachio & Roasted Strawberry Smoothie (Reg, can we make this, this weekend?!)

rkv // 5 natural headache remedies

cct // I’ve got tattoo fever right now, and this website isn’t make it any better…

rkv // Anyone who knows Christa and I knows that we love ourselves some Old Navy, and this fall season they’re sort of killin’ it. I’m feeling on this guy, this guy, and this guy

Loving Now // High-Waisted Jeans

While it’s still a smidge too warm outside to bust out our jeans, we can’t help but get excited for fall layers when we see so many high waisted looks these days. Not sure where to begin looking? Try here, here, and so many options here.

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Back To School

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While we’re very happy to not be returning to school, there is something about the “back to school” shopping buzz that doesn’t really go away! With tax free week a few weeks ago, the stores switching over to their Fall looks, and the weather getting a little cooler (or it was…curse you Sept heat wave!), we want all of the things. The fun part about back to school shopping is that it’s not just clothes, or supplies – it’s both! Agendas, cute staplers and notepads for the office, unique sweaters and trendy flats for Fall, and a great useful bag full of goodies for your everyday look – happy adult back to school shopping to us!


Zara Kimono
Ban.do 17 Month Agenda
Topshop Lace Up Flats 
Moglea Notepad
Nake Berkus Stapler
Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipstick
Nate Berkus File Organizer
Herschel Hanson Backpack


 

Old Fashioned Churned Peppermint Ice Cream

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In early August, Curtis and I went up to my family house in NH for our family reunion. It’s always a lovely time, and one of my favorite parts is when my Great Uncle Ron makes his homemade Peppermint Stick Ice Cream. He makes it in his old fashioned ice cream maker and we all take turns churning (it’s really not as hard as it sounds, promise!). It’s super rich and comes out the most beautiful pink color!

Since this is the last weekend in August and you might be going away this weekend and/or next for Labor day, we figured we’d share this fun recipe! And I know the odds of you all having an old fashioned ice cream maker isn’t necessarily high, but if you do, or are interested in buying one, this recipe should be on your list!

It makes about 3 Quarts, and you are going to grind or crush:
1 1/2 lb peppermint stick candy (*optional – reserve some larger pieces of candy to add later for texture)

Soak candy for 4 hours in:
6 cups milk

Add to it:
6 cups cream

Instructions:
Mix together ingredients, and fill canister. Only fill three fourths full to allow for the expansion of the frozen cream.

To pack an old fashioned ice cream maker:
Allow from 3 to 6 measures of ice to 1 measure of coarse rock salt. The larger proportion of salt will bring quicker results, but the cream is finer grained when it is frozen slowly. Place canister containing ice cream mixture into bucket. Pack the bucket one third full of ice before adding any salt, then add the salt, and the remaining ice and salt in alternate layers around the container until the bucket is filled.

Turn the cream slowly at first until a slight pull is felt, then turn it rapidly. If the ice cream is to be used at once, turn it until it is very stiff. If the ice cream is to be left to chill, turn it only until it is the consistency of thick sauce. (If you do this with a group of people, it is fun to take turns!)

Pour off the salt water in the bucket. Wipe the canister lid carefully, remove it, remove the paddle, scrape it and pack the cream down with a spoon. Cover canister with plastic wrap and replace lid. Repack the bucket using 4 parts of ice to 1 part of salt. Cover with newspapers and a blanket to insulate and hold it in place.

Let it sit and rest until ready to use, but for no more than two hours.

Our favorite way to serve it is with chocolate chocolate cake :)

Homemade Lemonade with Maple Syrup

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You may have made traditional lemonade before, but this batch has something a little different – maple syrup instead of sugar! It’s the Flatbread style, and it’s become our style. Back in the day when Regina, Curtis and I all worked at Flatbread, having a server make you a lemonade was a glorious thing! It has since been a fun treat to make at home and we’re excited for you guys to give it a try!

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Ingredients
Lemons
Maple Syrup
Ice Cubes
Water

…Easy, right!

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Your preference of sweet or tart lemonade will guide your lemon juice, maple syrup and water ratios. I’ve only ever seen or personally made this mixture one drink at a time, so grab about 2-4 lemons per cup, your jar of maple syrup and a pitcher of water – then get to mixin!

Directions
Cut and squeeze the juice of 2-4 lemons into glass. Pour in desired maple syrup (enough to coat the bottom is usually a good start). Next add water and stir! At this point you can add more maple syrup or lemon juice to even out your drink to your liking.

And enjoy! :)

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*Photos of me cutting & pouring taken by Ernesta McIntosh


 

 

DIYs Around the Web

With the summer coming to an end, we’re going to have more time on our hands (free weekends, what what) — and we’re excited about putting those hands to work! We are thinking about some great DIYs for around the house, something that Pinterest never has a shortage of! We’ve gathered up some of inspiration for the upcoming change of season:

DIY Pom Pom Throw


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DIY // TWILL WOVEN STOOL


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DIY // COLOR BLOCK CLOCK 


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DIY // COPPER LAMP SHADES


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DIY // MARBLE TABLETOP


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DIY // WATERCOLOR WALL ART


Sweet Summer Sangria

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In case you haven’t noticed, we’re BIG fans of Fridays around these parts, and we’re pretty shameless in our celebrations of them. We decided to show our appreciation for them with this festive summery treat we made a couple of weekends back while we were hanging at the beach.

Before we go any further — how ridiculously adorable/hilarious are they straws??? We happened upon them hiding in the cabinets at our friend’s house, and it was fate.

Alright, moving on. This recipe is very simple, but is best if made early in the day so that the wine has time to infuse with the fruit juices.

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Ingredients

1 bottle of mid-grade sauvignon blanc
1 cup pineapple
3/4 cup canned peaches (you can also use fresh, but we opted for canned so we could use the syrup in them)
3/4 cup strawberries
Splash of club soda to top with

Optional:
Instead of club soda, you can use a splash Fresca, 7Up, or any fruity regular soda. Just don’t use too much, or you’ll go into sugary overdrive.

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To make

01. Pour your wine into a pitcher or jug

02. Chop up your pineapple and peaches and place into your wine, and give it a good stir. You don’t want to add your strawberries at this phase — they’ll lose there color and look anemic and sad — we learned the hard way!

03. Place in the fridge for a couple of hours so everything can infuse

04. To serve — stir well, pour into your glass until about 3/4 full, slice your strawberries and add in. Top with club soda (or regular soda), and say cheers!

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Summer-End Sales

Pretty much the only thing okay about summer ending, is the fact that every store puts all of their summer goodies on super sale. We’re personally big fans of stocking up on items at the end of the season, because by the time you pull it out for next year, it’s like new! Check out some of our favorite items form around the web:

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JCrew Factory // Extra 30% off (almost) everything, including clearance. Use code TIMETOSHOP. Also loving this, this & this.

Featured above: Pleated Wrap Skirt // Floral Tank // Yellow D’orsays // Jumpsuit


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Gap // Card members earn $25 in rewards for every $50 spent, plus tons of items on clearance

Featured above: Floral dress // Cinch-waist tank // One-piece // Leather sandals


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Loft // Extra 40% off of sale styles

Featured above: Romper // Abstract shorts // Pencil skirt 


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Asos // Up to 70% off Final Clearance & free shipping both ways for orders over $40

Featured above: Striped cropped cami // Rounded sunnies // Straw hat // Peach satchel


Corn Salad

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Sooo it’s Monday, and while that may not be so fun, at least this corn salad is!

Last weekend while at our friend’s beach house for a little get away, we found ourselves craving something with a little more substance that our typical lazy (yet wonderful) burgers & dogs. Our new best friend Emily (she’ll be thrilled to know that she’s getting a shout-out here) is obsessed with it, and I hope you are too! It’s seriously so simple to make, and a great way to add a little color and flavor as a side dish.

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Ingredients

1 package frozen corn (about 10oz)
2 cups grape or cherry tomatos, quartered & halved
1 can black beans (about 15 ounces, low sodium if you can find it)
1/2 cup red onion, minced
3/4 cup feta (or more, if you’re a feta freak like me)
Juice of 1 whole lime
Chilli powder, salt & pepper to taste (optionalcayenne pepper or red pepper flakes)

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You can serve this colorful app either cold or hot:

To serve cold:
Allow frozen corn to thaw in a bowl a couple of hours before you intend to serve. Once thawed but still chilled, mix it up with the other ingredients. Let chill in the fridge prior to serving.

To serve hot:
Place corn in a lightly oiled skillet, allow to fully heat before tossing in the rest of the ingredients. Allow to slightly cook (you want your onion to still have a little crunch, and your black beans to not turn into mush). Serve straight away.

Note
To turn this appetizer into a heartier meal (perfect for a bring-to-work-lunch), I added a bit more protein. You can mix it up with some sliced up chicken sausage, chorizo, shredded chicken, ground beef or turkey, or for all of you vegetarians out there — any soy/veggie version of your favorite dog or patty.

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Summer Wedding Wear

Tomorrow, I am going to 2 weddings in 1 day (!!!). I am so excited to celebrate these wonderful couples and get our dance moves on. One perk of 2 events in 1 day is that I only had to buy 1 dress, ha. Luckily the vibes of the wedding are very similar – one is in a flower garden and the other is at a winery. Summer weddings can span many different occasions though – destination, black tie, cabin, etc., but we’ve got you covered for any weddings you might be attending in the last couple weeks of summer…

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Garden Party // You don’t need to go overboard with your dress because the location is going to be so colorful and beautiful! Accessorize with natural, soft colors with a fun pop every now and then. *Bonus points for bringing the adorable pastel instant camera to capture the moment!

Instax // Necklace // Clutch // Dress // Heels 


 

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Black Tie // Summer Black Tie’s are still a thing! And it’s a great place to break out your beloved black jumpsuit and metallic accessories. Think dramatic makeup and sassy dance moves (the jumpsuit & chunky heels will help with the later).

Necklace // Eyeliner // Jumpsuit // Purse // Mules 


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Farm House // Rustic settings call for a bouncy flirty fit ‘n flare dress, and a little pop of an unexpected color. This ochre color is a little quirky, and you can pair it easily with pretty much any neutral palette, making it easy to accessorize.

Drop-earrings // Dress // Bracelet // Clutch // Flats


 

 

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Beach Wedding //  Summer ain’t over yet, and the beach weddings can easily last through September. For this scene, thing light, flowy, and ethereal — this baby blue dress has a gorgeous neckline, which you can show off through some long drop earrings. Pair it with light colored accessories to fit the easy breezy vibe.

Dress // Rings // Earrings // Clutch // Sandals