Magical Pink Wall

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Happy hump day, friends! We’re trying to brighten up this gloomy day with fun walls! If you’re in the Hartford area, you should check out these cheery murals (on the side of the road on Pope Park Highway) – there are green, purple and blue ones too!

With the weather finally cooling down, it was the perfect day to break out the clogs and a long cozy sweater. To be honest, this outfit is pretty much my uniform in the fall! I love classic neutrals with some gold jewelry and a fun shoe.

I was most excited about my DIY necklace though! I grabbed some thin leather from Michaels and tied myself a little chocker. Thinking about doing a DIY post with a couple variations of what you can do with the leather strips! Stay tuned!


Gap Sweater (similar) // Gap Belt (similar) // American Eagle Jeans // White Tank from Marshalls (similar) // Lotta from Stockholm Clogs // Vintage Purse (similar) // Madewell Cuff // Urban Outfitters Sunnies 

Etsy Round Up // Vol 27

Happy Monday, loves! How is October a week away?! We’re officially into Fall and we’re excited for Fall things, like apple picking, Halloween & socks! We’re also into crafty goods, neutrals and graphic typography – visible below!

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^ Yes, please!!


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^ Just so dainty & beautiful


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Happy Weekend!


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Hello first Fall Friday🙂 We welcome you with wide open arms. This weekend is looking like it’ll be just the right amount of crispiness in the air and we are mega amped. We also get to have a little galpal time, with us both hanging out on the Hartford scene for some catching up, dining out, and a photo shoot with our collab team over at CT Eats Out. Can’t wait!

See ya all Monday!


cct // My go-to Fall nail color for years! Just ran out, gotta stock up!

rkv // I can vouch for the longevity and ease of this house plant

cct // Proof Architectural Details (Even Fake Ones) Are Worth It

rkv // 15 career tips from smart women

cct // We’re in the golden age of TV, people! 🙌

rkv // 3 celebrity style hacks for curvy girls in a size 2 world

cct // An interesting history of pockets in women’s clothing

rkv // For my fellow home cooks without the luxury of a dishwasher – 7 one-pan meals

The Bang Conundrum…

Hey guys, Christa here. Every year around this time, when the weather gets cooler, the humidity goes away and the clothing gets cozier, the idea that *this is the right time for bangs* sneaks into my head. I did bangs once, in college (seen at the end of this post), but I just kind of hacked them myself. I’m thinking that if I actually go through with this, that I’ll set up an appointment and get them cut by a professional, ha.

Here are the photos I’ve been seeing that are making me crave bangs…

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Or it might just be that I just want to be Alexa Chung…

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What do you think? Should I do it?! It’s only hair🙂

And because you were dying to see what I looked like with bangs (plus some side bang action) in college…


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Love Want Need // Bomber Jackets & Headphones

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With those chilly autumn days on the horizon, we’ve been ogling the fall layers and colors we’re anticipating wearing once the crazy New England humidity ends. We love the street-style look of a bomber jacket with some chunky headphones — the combo just makes us want to strut down the sidewalk looking fly as a mofo, listening to the BeeGees and pretending that we’re cooler than we actually are🙂


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Sony Headphones // H&M Bomber

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Taylor Frends Headphones // River Island Satin Bomber

Need 
Yenona Wireless Headphones // Chloe & Katie Printed Bomber


Happy Weekend!


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Wowie, how is it already mid September?! The days just fly by! Christa has another busy weekend, with her sold out CADC Aaron Draplin event that she’s been waiting months for! And Reg is taking it easy spending time with a couple of friends who have had a rough go at things lately, unwinding and consoling with morning brunch and evening veno.

Have a great weekend, all!


cct // I just found out about Book Marks – which is the Rotten Tomatoes of book reviews – very excited to keep tabs on this site when looking for a new book!

rkv // 5 Things to Leave Until Monday So You Can Enjoy the Weekend

cct // Can We Guess Your Age Based On Your Taste In Dessert? I’m 18 apparently haha

rkv // #adultingsohard — 6 Tips for Getting Your Adult Financial Life Together

cct // How To Dress Like A French Girl On A Budget...aka note to self, pop over to H&M soon😉

rkv // Gotta keep that heart healthy!

cct // 9 LaCroix Cocktails That Will Only Fuel Your Obsession

rkv // Need to hit up a craft store to make this happen


 

We Heart Guac

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We heard it was National Guacamole Day on Friday, and we’re pumped! We wanted to make sure you had the inside scoop {pun much intended} for Friday so you too can be prepped and ready to go with delicious guac. Here are some guac recipes that caught our eye!

+ Fruity guac – pineapple & mango
+ Guacamole bruschetta toast
+ Greek yogurt guac
+ Pomegranate guac with fried plantains
+ Triple layer guac


{Img – Valerie McKeehan}

September Moodboard

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I think the Fall weather is finally on it’s way! It’s been nice to finish out the summer with some warm weather, but this humidity has got.to.go. We’re lookin’ to bake, snuggle, and wear pants comfortably again! #welovejeans. Here’s to a beautiful, crisp {but not too cold}, inspiring & delicious Fall everyone!


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Happy Weekend!

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Friday again, my friends, TGIF. Even with a short week, things have been cray cray. Christa is heading to NYC tomorrow for another Trashion Fashion event on the High Line at 3pm, and hoping desperately to not be too tired to go to Brimfield on Sunday. And Reg is planning on popping around town, enjoying the last bit of summer in the city. xo.

cct // Cool story about creating a new tradition of women in Japan making sushi. Speaking of sushi, have you ever seen the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi? I think it’s still on Netflix!!

rkv // 2016 hair crimping 

cct // I love screen printing, but it’s such a process – this is such a fun little DIY!

rkv // Traveling more, even with a full time job

cct // These pups (and sometimes kitties!) are living large! #jelly!

rkv // Holy crap breakfast boats

cct // lols. Can We All Just Admit That Smoothie Bowls Are Big Fat Lies?

rkv // The art of tuning out

Savory Bread Pudding

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I’m a huge fan of sweet bread puddings, filled with raisins and cinnamon galore, but in this case I was in need of dinner, had a bag of spinach that was on it’s way out, and a baguette that could knock a burglar cold. In an effort to avoid as much food waste as possible, I decided to make something a little out of the ordinary that seemed like it would be a challenge to mess up. This tasty little delight is filled with ham, cheese, and all things savory and wonderful. It’s also boy-approved (if you’re needing to please the bae), and could easily serve as a breakfast option as well.

For anyone else ever looking into options for stale bread, check out this helpful little post. Next time I may do meatballs.


Ingredients
1 large baguette, stale (roughly 1.5 ft long)
3 cups 1% milk
2 large eggs
1 cup asiago (I used a blend of asiago of parmesan)
2 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped
2 cups ham, shredded
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder


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To Make
Preheat oven to 375 and set aside an 8 x 8 baking sheet.

In a large mixing bowl, combine your milk and eggs, whisking until thoroughly mixed. Add in your garlic powder, salt, and pepper, continuing to mix well. Set aside your mixing bowl to cut your stale/hardened baguette into cubes. Be careful in doing so, as it’s very challenging to cut once the crust has been hardened.

Once cut, combine your bread into the mixing bowl and thoroughly mix, allowing the bread to soak up the milk. Once combined, chop your spinach and shred your ham over the cutting board. Add these ingredients to the pan mixture

Spread this mixture onto your pan. Once combined, chop your spinach and shred your ham over the cutting board. Add these ingredients to the bread mixture, as well as most of the cheese (leaving some to sprinkle on top). Once everything is fully incorporated and settled into the pan, add the remaining cheese on top then place into the oven for 45 minutes.

When fully cooked, the inside should be a little more gooey than cake, and the top golden brown.