On Meditation

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With the day to day stresses that sometimes feel never ending, we’ve become increasingly more interested in finding ways to eliminate the anxiety that can inevitably manifest. The topic seems to be gaining momentum, and people have been increasingly more interested in opening a dialogue about the health of your mind & body.

I started practicing yoga about 12 years ago, and while I love the physical exercise aspect of it, I honestly don’t feel like session is complete without it having a strong mediative aspect — which some classes don’t always bring much attention to. I’ve had several classes that have brought me to tears (in a good way), all because I allow myself to get into a mental exploration of my own self.

Strangely enough, it wasn’t until recently that I started to incorporate this into my life’s routine outside of the studio. While I’ve always been a slightly anxious person, adulthood really seemed to emphasize the constant racing of my mind. It started to impact my sleep habits, diet, exercise, and relationships. In an effort to quiet my head and soften my irritability, I began incorporating some meditative techniques into my daily life, which I’ve found it to be so helpful over the last few months.

Some tools that I’ve personally found to be supportive —

Guided Meditation Apps
Headspace and Calm are both great apps that will slowly bring you into the process of incorporating meditation on a regular basis. I like to use Calm in the evenings once I’ve turned out the lights and gotten into bed — it helps me to escape from the frustrations of the day that are still lingering in my mind, and instead focus on the present. I’m personally a big fan of the Body Scan technique, which focuses on finding areas of tension in your body, and mentally releasing it through the breath.

Sleep Routines
Mine is simple but has made a huge difference for me — drinking a glass of water, turning the lights dim, burning incense, putting lavender oil on my wrists, and putting a sleep mask over my eyes while I use to my meditation app. Having a calming process that I’m familiar with, and look forward to, allows me to get into the sleepy mindset I need to get a full night of rest.

Self Care & Mindfulness
It’s very easy to forget about ourselves when we’re racing around trying to get everything done over the course of the day, but allowing yourself the time to do small things that make you happy will go a long way in the end. Even things as simple as a shower — closing your eyes and embracing the warm water, giving yourself a mini head massage with the shampoo, using an exfoliating scrub and noticing the tingle on your skin. Be present in the moment where you’re treating yourself, rather than rushing through just another daily shower.

Coloring Books
These have become all the rage, and I’m a total fan girl. A couple of weeks ago I had one of the most peaceful Saturday mornings I could imagine — I put some soothing music, made a cup of coffee, watched the snow fall outside, and colored in my new mandala coloring book. It was glorious and I felt so at ease afterward. It made me want to treat my body kindly for the rest of the day, and let me take a couple of hours to have some personal reflection. This is also another great tool to incorporate into your sleep routine for ten minutes before bed.

Have any of you been using meditation as a relaxation tool? If not, I hope I’ve inspired you to give it a spin. Take care, and happy Wednesday 🙂


— rkv 

Happy Weekend!

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Anyone have fun plans this weekend?? Christa is still in Denver shredding the gnar with her mom & bro, and Reg will be relaxing in Boston while she wraps up her most recent read The Girl on The Train. Things have been pretty low-key these days, and we’re not complaining! Have a beautiful weekend, lovies!


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Happy Weekend!

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Hey, girl. I see you’re wearing your party pants because it’s Friday.

Yaaaaas it is indeedy! We’re jazzed to recover from our first week back to reality. How did you all hold up? Hopefully it wasn’t too bad! Ours started out rough but smoothed out as the week went on. Now we’re ready to get back to the Friday Night Lights marathon that we left off on! See ya on Monday!


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We’re back!

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Hi friends! We’re back from our little hiatus and we’re feelin’ refreshed (or as refreshed as you can be while you desperately want to continue staying home binging on shows…). We had a lovely week of bopping around town, hanging with friends, and eating everything in sight. We’re excited to share our holiday hangs with you, but sorry in advance that all of our photos are iPhone pics…we really went hard with the “no blogging” thing 🙂

We started the vaca week off with exciting news that Christa and Curtis got engaged!! (She’ll be putting together a post all about it real soon, so stay tuned!) It added some additional fun to their annual Christmas Party, which was festive and joyous as usual! We ate our little hearts out (pot luck dinners, man, they’re intense!), stayed up way too late, and made Reg’s first Dutch Baby, using Chrissy Teigen’s recipe from her new Cravings cookbook that Christa gave Reg for Christmas. #YUM

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Christa & our friend Lauren


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We tried out a new West Hartford bar, Noble & Co. with our lady loves, Julie & Rachael, and had way too much fun taking selfies all night…that’s what happens when you don’t get to hang out as much as you’d like!

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And we finished off the week hang at one of our favorite places to get caffeinated – Dom’s Coffee. It’s just so tasty, and the atmosphere is spot on. We ran into two of Christa’s friends – Victoria & Karri, both working hard on their businesses! #bossladies

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Now we’re back in the real world, hoping this short week flies by so we can resume lounge mode. Christa is off to Denver on Sunday for a week of skiing, so stay tuned for that as well! How were your holidays?! xo


 

Holiday Vaca

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Welp, it’s Monday again…but at least it’s the last Monday until Christmas – that’s exciting! While we love, love, looove the holidays, they are always busier than we expect –meet-ups with friends who are home, last minute shopping trips, family cookie decorating afternoons, and then of course the usual hustle and bustle of work and real life.

With all of this going on at once, we’ve decided to take ourselves a little Holiday vaca from the blog. We’ll miss you, but we need a week or so to chill and be present with our friends and family. We still plan to post periodically via instagram, but we’re taking a break on here until after the New Year.

We hope you have a fantastic holiday, and we’ll see you soon!! xo G&M.


In the mean time to keep yourselves busy…

Christmas Eve Cocktails – 1 & 2
Last Minute Christmas Decor
Holiday playlists – 1, 2, 3, 4
Holiday Host & Hostess Gifts
Festive outfits: Christa & Reg


Happy Weekend!

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Another weekend down, friends! We’re feeling a wee bit beat ourselves… just lots to do before our vacay! But we’re gearing up for lots of holiday parties and lounging ahead. How’re you all feeling? Ampin’ up??



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Sweet Beats // December 2016

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You guys! It’s Christa’s birthday! Happy 27th boo boo kitty!! In the spirit of December 14th, the holidays, and everything joyful and grand, I was feeling on the Motown and funk vibes. Some of the titles of these songs are kind of hilariously anti-joy — aka, “the world is going up in flames” — but hey, it’s all about the feeling, yeah?

Click here to listen on Spotify!


december 2016

beacon // matt duncan

celebrate // anderson .paak

a new day // the notations

la turnaround // nick waterhouse

the world (is going up in flames) // charles bradley

please come home for christmas // sharon jones & the dap-kings

didn’t i // darondo

merry christmas baby // otis redding

it was you // james brown

something’s gotta hold on me // etta james

son of a preacher man // dusty springfield

i’ve got a woman // ray charles

baby don’t go // the supremes

where did our love go? // the supremes

we’ve got (honey love) // the velvelettes

oogum boogum song // brenton wood


December Moodboard

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Happy snowy-slushy(?!) Monday, friends! What a lovely weekend we had! We had an early birthday weekend celebration in Hartford for Christa (whose real bday is on Wed), with dinner at Present Company on Saturday night, and lots of bopping around town, getting our nails done, shopping and snacking. Christa is pretty into December 😉


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2016 Gift Guide // The Homebody

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So in making these gift guides, we’re actually just realizing that we’re pretty much just making lots and lots of wish lists, haha (hint hint: that wine rack, though!). This is yet another extremely relatable theme – for that person who just likes to snuggle up watching Netflix, only getting up when absolutely necessary. Someone who is happy as a clam with a glass of wine, music, pjs, dim lighting, and a jigsaw puzzle/knitting needles/coloring book. Our hearts are warming just thinking about it.


1. Dreamy Cotton PJ Set
2. Geo Wine Holder
3. Embroidered Pillow
4. Cozy Socks
5. Faux Fur Throw
6. Fifty/Fifty Candle
7. Marble Incense Holder
8. White Sage Bodywash
9. Desk Lamp
10. African Black Soap Face Mask


Happy Weekend!

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December already?! December is going to fly by – our calendars are already filling up with holiday parties, cookie-swaps, happy hours and a trip to Hartford for Christa’s birthday! Yay! 🙂 What is your favorite December event?!


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