Sparkling Elderflower Frosé

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And we’re back!! We’re happy to be here, but we’re sad to not be waking up to the sound of waves and watching sunsets like these (below) every night, womp womp. We are excited to share our first post in collaboration with Our Niche Spirits, who were kind of enough to send us some alcohol to play with:)

We’re starting off with a cocktail that killed it with the ladies this weekend – frosé.


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Our tasty cocktail used Schlumberger Sparkling Rosé as a base, along with a bit of Elderflower Lemonade to add a little sweetness and flavor (which we added before we froze). We then topped off the slushy cocktail with more of the Schlumberger Sparkling Rosé to make sure we felt some of the bubbles!


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Making the drink is pretty easy, you just need to take your time freezing. We chose to use the Chef John method of freezing (pour your rosé + elderflower lemonade into a shallow dish and freeze, taking it out every so often to stir with a fork, creating the texturized pieces) but you can also do it this way.

Easy, right?! Serve up in your cutest glasses and top with more sparkling wine, and fruity garnish of your choosing!


Special thanks to Our Niche for the tasty Schlumberger Sparkling Rosé & to Treasures Old Lyme for the complimentary glasses. 

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

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🙌 Yes, please! What a perfect little treat on a hot & humid day! As you’ll see below, things are pretty self explanatory in the homemade ice cream sandwich world – 2 cookies of your choice, ice cream of your choice, and toppings of your choice. We went with chocolate chip cookies with fruity pebbles, froot loops and traditional sprinkles.


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Our only tips are:

+ work fast, the ice cream will start to melt stat.
+ if you’re planning on serving these, make them and freeze for a couple hours so everything can set. This will especially help when biting into a hard cookie with soft ice cream……
+ go wild with your flavor combinations and toppings – the options are endless!


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Enjoy, and have a great rest of the week, friends! We’ll be back next Wednesday – but in the meantime, make sure to keep up with us on the G&M instagram and our personal instagrams – Christa & Regina. xo


 

Sweet Beats // August 2016

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We are so very close to our vacation time in Old Lyme, CT with our old pals, and we are beyond ready to soak up that sun with the gang. This kind of vibe definitely gets us into an upbeat poppy kind of mood, with of course a splash of indie because I just can’t help myself.

Click here for some ill beats, yo


august 2016

reaper // sia

hold on (feat. sampha) // sbtrkt

i won’t take you for someone else // fantastic mister zguy

love that girl // raphael saadiq

town & country // bibio

1998 // chet faker

hanoi cafe // bleu toucan

the call // a rainmaker

black memories // the growlers

pretty girls // little dragon

rendez vous // la plage

way to be love // tops

hold on we’re going home // astr

400 lux // lorde

too good // drake & rihanna

say you’ll be there // mo


 

Happy Weekend!


Happy Friday, loves! What a week! All we can think about is how we’re only a half week away from next week’s annual friend beach hang in Old Lyme (previous posts here & here), and we’re dreaming of total chill. We’re trying to stay cool with this outrageous New England humidity, but it’s been hard. Looking forward to being near the coast and soaking up some friend time! We’ll be posting on Monday & Wednesday, but you won’t be hearing from us again until the following Wednesday, so keep an eye out on instagram for beachy pics:) xo


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*Getting Inspired*

Happy hump day, friends! We’re back :) We were just so beat from our weekends away that we didn’t get our sh*t together for Monday morning. Oops. On a high note, my trip to New Hampshire with Brittany was fantastic. We used it as a way to step back, clear our heads and really get our creative juices flowing. We decided we wanted to take some creative photos, so we packed a million outfits and took a million photos. Some highlights of the trip included going to the top of Pack Monadnock for a gorgeous views and lovely light & staying up until 2am on Saturday night creating videos for Brittany’s dance instagram, haha.

Here are our favorite photos from the weekend…NewHampshire_1NewHampshire_5NewHampshire_13NewHampshire_22NewHampshire_3NewHampshire_10NewHampshire_18 NewHampshire_2 NewHampshire_6NewHampshire_15 NewHampshire_12NewHampshire_11 NewHampshire_8 NewHampshire_19NewHampshire_21 NewHampshire_17NewHampshire_14

Happy Weekend!

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This weekend is a weekend of travel for us ladies. Reg will be heading to the Cape, while Christa will be in New Hampshire. We’re making sure we’re taking advantage of every last summer weekend, y’know?! What are ya’ll up to?


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August Moodboard

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These summer months just fly by don’t they?! We’re pretty excited about August because we’ll be meeting up with our closest friends for our annual Old Lyme long weekend away (last seen here & here).

August to us is fun, quirky, and full of ice cream, tacos and cocktails, hehe. Our moodboard is full of bold, bright statement images and we’re trying to live similarly – bold & bright ;)


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Our Favorite Instagram Accounts

We love Instagram, like love love Instagram. Although we’re a little bummed out about the new algorithm, we’re still obsessed with scrolling through and seeing gorgeous pictures of food, history, flowers & much, much more. We’re always in the mood to look at the curated posts of bloggers, restaurants & cafes, magazines, adventurers and friends. We’re into it all! And if you haven’t found us on instagram yet – you can see Gardenias & Mint here, Christa here & Regina here. xo


Tatte Bakery

This beautiful little bakery has been blowing up all over the Boston scene. The interior of the cafes are stunning, and the food & coffee equally impressive!

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Wild Folk Studio

Insanely romantic, ethereal, and dreamy floral arrangements and photography from yet another Boston local.

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National Geographic

We love seeing these scenes from around the world – letting us feel slightly connected to places across the globe. 

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The EveryGirl

Travel photos, business advice, DIY – you name it, The EveryGirl has it! Their eye catching photos send us over to their blog all.the.time. Social media at it’s finest!

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Local Wanderers 

A gorgeously curated travel blog that focuses on the West Coast (at the moment I believe!) These two friends try to showcase the local food & retail spots that are beautiful and unique. #Jelly

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70s Babes

Just your daily dose of babe & inspiration ✌🏽️

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Rachleta

I was lucky enough to meet this lovely lady at Designer Vaca last year, and her instagram is a minimal dream. Clean lines, stark walls & inspirational all over the place.

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Lucy Mail 

Cute, quirky and bright! A little treat for every post.

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Molly Yeh

This gal has got the comfort food game locked down. Her photos are gorgeous and I want to make everything she posts!

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Happy Weekend!

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It’s one of those rainy Fridays over here, which may linger into the weekend, but we’re strangely okay with that. While of course we love a beautiful sunny day, sometimes you can feel very on-the-go because you’re trying to make the most of it while you can. There’s definitely something to say for the every now-and-then lazy weekends, where you can see the grey sky and feel at peace with unwinding and reflecting.

Hopefully you guys all get to enjoy your weekends, rain or shine. See ya Monday!


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Etsy Round Up // Vol 25

Guys, it’s almost August, what! This summer is flying by, and we’re nowhere near ready to let it go. We’re embracing summer in full force (heat and all), and I think these Etsy items showcase summer in the best way – beautiful jewelry, hues of pink and purple, cocktail cups and more. Check em out…

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^ I know, I know, a fanny pack…but it’s leather and cute! Perfect for bike rides and short spontaneous trips around town!


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^ Those colors are speaking to me. They remind me of trips to Kansas in the summertime – steamy humid air, peachy sunsets and earthy grass tones. LOVE.


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Druzy Rings // Rose Fanny Pack // Firefall Yosemite Candle //  LE Longhorn PRINT // Colored Pencils // Copper Cup