Sweet Beats // November 2015

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Do you guys ever bicker with your family in the car about what music to listen to? I’m hoping this playlist will alleviate some of that while you all travel together this week. It’s got a whole of the classics, all of which are pretty guaranteed to make you go “awww I love this song!” or in Dad’s case “whoaaa I haven’t heard this since I played in on vinyl in college,” because he’s just soooo cool.

Click here to play on Spotify

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, all!

november 2015

hold on // john lennon

my sweet lord // george harrison

sittin’ on my sofa // the kinks

not fade away // the rolling stones

ooh la la // faces

fortunate son // creedence clearwater revival

turn! turn! turn! // the byrds

for your love // the yardbirds

sunshine superman // donovan

stuck in the middle with you // stealers wheel

all the young dudes // mott the hoopie

jeepster // t. rex

somebody to love // jefferson airplane

tiny dancer // elton john

never going back again // fleetwood mac

Chocolate “Acorn” Treats


How cute are these little nuggets?! My friend Brittany joined me for a fun Sunday afternoon in making these adorable mini bites, which are *super* easy to make. I made them a couple years ago for Thanksgiving and they were a big hit with the family ;)



1 bag of Hershey Kisses
1 bag of mini Nutterbutters
*optional – mini chocolate chips for “stem” of acorn (seen in instagram link above)


Empty out the bag of mini Nutterbutters and scrape filling out of sandwiched cookies. Throw away filling and keep cookies as filling-free as possible. Arrange on plate or table upside down, ready for the Hershey Kisses.

Unwrap the number of Hershey Kisses as Nutterbutter “tops” and have read next to stove with upside down Nutterbutter cookies ready to assemble.

Heat a medium sized sauce pan to low-medium and touch flat bottom of Hershey Kiss to hot pan. Using the melted chocolate, adhere Kiss to cookie. Continue matching Kiss to cookie until all are paired. *Scrape bottom of pan when necessary to keep chocolate residue from burning.

And enjoy :)


As you may have noticed, this time around I did not add the mini chip stem, which is super cute. Looking back now, I sort of wish we had added them, but at the time I didn’t feel like accidentally burning my fingers, ha. Your move, friends!


Happy Weekend!

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Hello, dearies — hope you all had a lovely week, and have an even lovelier couple of days ahead of you. We’re stunned that next week is Thanksgiving. How did that happen??? It feels like as we get older, time goes by so much quicker. Are any of you all feeling similarly?

This past week our small home town in CT experienced some devastating news about a young mother, a member of our graduating class, who suddenly passed. In combination of learning this, of the troubling news in Paris, as well as world-wide current events  — it’s definitely resulting in some self-reflection. This week we’re feeling especially grateful for our friends, family, and the wonderful community that we were raised in.

While we have mushy hearts this week, we also still have our care-free nature about us. We’ve rounded up our weekly links for you all, hope you enjoy, and we’ll see you on Monday :)

cct // Embroidery with sprinkles, say whaaa?

rkv // Don’t hold yourself back! How to ask for a raise

cct // I’ve just been lovin’ the half up/half down looks these days!

rkv // Last weekend I lopped off about 7 inches of hair, and this tutorial has been my everything ever since

cct // Why Do We Romanticize Stress?

rkv // 15 bizarre, yet amazing, hotels — #6!

cct // So I learned this smiling trick a while back (the last one on the list), and I really do think it helps! Give it a try this weekend while you’re takin selfies with your ladies before going out ;)

rkv // And the best article-title-ever award goes to…. How to Ron Swanson Your Life

Friendsgiving Recipes


The week before Thanksgiving is all about FRIENDSgiving — when we all get to hang with our closest pals, fill our bellies, and mentally prepare ourselves to hang out with our crazy extended families :) What are you guys planning to make for the upcoming weeks? We scoured the inter-webs and are totally ogling over these tasty looking delights to bring and enjoy with friends:

Clockwise from top left:
Gorgonzola Pomegranate Hasselback Potatoes
Dodge ‘Em Cocktail – Warm Whiskey, Rosemary & Date Syrup
Mississippi Pecan Pie
Pancetta & Sprout Stuffing


Love Want Need // Cross Body Bags & Blanket Scarves


Blanket scarves are definitely having a moment right now. And why shouldn’t they? I think we can all agree that when we leave the house and it’s in the 30s, feeling like you’re wrapped up in a giant blankie brings a tremendous amount of comfort. The key to not looking like Lenny Kravtiz when you wear this style, is to know your limits. Keep proportions, fabric, and texture in mind. Don’t forget that it is in fact a scarf, you are in public, and not on your couch watching Netflix. To balance it out, pair it with a petite cross-body and skinnies, to keep your frame looking lean and polished.

Forever 21 Cross Body // Zara Double Sided Check & Striped Scarf 

Old Navy Cross Body // BP. Geometic Scarf

Sole Society Cross Body // BP. Woven Stripe Scarf


Happy Weekend!

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Hey dolls — whatchya all up to this weekend? My house is gonna be a little on the quiet side this weekend, with one of my roommates out of town. I also have my first big hair chop in years coming up tomorrow. I’m freakin’ out a little, but looking forward to a fresh change. I’m also hoping to get in a thorough apartment clean AND a d.i.y. — this is probably all far too ambitious for two days, but we’ll see how it goes! Christa will be bouncing all around as well, with a friend’s birthday bonfire celebration, checking out Hartford’s Open Studios, and a swanky new cocktail bar that opened up, Little River Restoratives.

Hope you all have a nice weekend, see you on Monday!

rkv // What happened to hobbies???

cct // An Artist Magically Transformed 19 Disney Animals Into Humans – and they’re good too! 

rkv // The best foods to donate during the holiday season

cct // The One Thing Pedicurists Want You to Know

rkv // Christa and I are pretty much in LOVE with ABC’s Nashville — when I read the reason that Clare Bowen chopped off her long locks, I couldn’t help but feel moved (cct — same!)

cct// Doesn’t this Rosemary Citrus Ginger Cranberry Sauce sound so interesting??

rkv // Nordstrom is having a big fat fall sale

cct // Did you guys read #GirlBoss? It’s next on my list! But I might start with #Girlboss Radio, which is live!

Two Years!


Hey guess what?! Yesterday was our two-year anniversary! Being the space cadets that we are, we totally overlooked the birthday, and didn’t realize it until WordPress reminded us. You go, WordPress! So in honor of the big T-W-O, we’re doing a roundup of some of our favorite posts over the last 730 days:

Raspberry Sorbet Mimosas

Classic Blueberry Pancakes

Embracing Alone Time

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Headband – Tuck Tutorialgm_headband_4


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1 Shelf, 3 Waysgm_shelf_bake_2


Do you guys have any personal faves of ours? We’d love to know! Also, if you missed it, we made delicious cupcakes last year for our 1st year blogiversary!

Mushroom Asparagus Risotto


My appreciation for mushrooms has only recently developed. In fact, I think this is the first time I’ve ever cooked with them. For the longest time I would avoid them, mainly because their texture just didn’t do it for me. However, I’ve recently learned that if they’re covered in enough butter, garlic, and wine, I’m a very happy camper. Last week I was craving something rich and delicious, and this dish hit just the spot.

The original recipe I made (adapted from Pinch of Yum) yielded wayyy more servings than I needed — about eight total. Considering I’m generally over a meal after about three servings, eight was definitely over kill. I ended up making a whole lot of risotto cakes to keep my palette interested (to make — form little patties, dip in egg wash, cover in panko, pan fry, and serve with a side of Greek yogurt). A very tasty interpretation, if I must say!


(makes about 4 servings)

3/4 cups arborio rice, uncooked
1/4 lb of bacon
2 cups vegetable broth
1/4 cup white wine
2 cups button mushrooms
2 cups chopped asparagus
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 medium Spanish onion
2 tbsp butter
salt & pepper to taste
parmesan for garnish

In a large skillet, cook your bacon over medium-low heat. Once crispy, allow the grease to settle on a plate with a paper towel. After it has cooled, chop roughly and set to the side to prepare the rice.

On medium-low heat, melt the butter to a nice sizzle. Add your garlic, onion, rice, and a splash of the wine. Allow to toast slightly before adding the rest of your wine and vegetables. Cook your vegetables down slightly before adding 1/4 of your broth.

The next few steps are all about watching your rice. Once it has soaked up the liquids, add another 1/4 of your broth. Repeat this step twice more until all of your broth has been added. This is should take about 20 minutes. At this point add in your bacon, a dash of salt and pepper, and mix well.

By now your rice is cooked and ready to serve. Top it off with some grated parm and dive in.


Happy Weekend!

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Happy Friday, loves. How has everyone’s week been? Has your personal clock settled into daylight savings yet? While I really don’t look forward to the darker evenings, I will admit that waking up to a brighter morning has been nice. I’ve been rising before my alarm on most mornings, which is so much more pleasant than the sound of an alarm. It also helps me to get a little more done earlier in the day on the weekends. I’m going to try to get to a morning spin class tomorrow. Considering I much prefer working out in the evenings, we’ll see how that goes! Hope you all have a beautiful weekend ahead of you. See you on Monday!

cct // A great way to make your flowers look pertty every time!

rkv // I can just never get enough chocolate chip cookie recipes, and this vegan one looks heavenly

cct // Can You Identify These Books By Their Covers?

rkv // When it comes to gym workouts, I want them to be quick and challenging (get me out of here!), so I appreciate this 2-minute ab routine

cct // Apparently yesterday was National Donut Day (wah, I didn’t get a donut!) – do you agree with your state’s “best donut shop”? I’ve never been, but I see a road trip happening soon! Also I can vouch for Glazed in Confused in Denver, SO good!

rkv // 31 songs from the early 00’s no woman will ever forget

cct // Need something interesting to do? What about participating in National Novel Writing Month? It seems like it could be a cool way to open up, think differently and give yourself some structure yet freedom with a new hobby. I just might have to give it a try…

rkv // 9 natural ways for a better night’s sleep