Love Want Need // Cross Body Bags & Blanket Scarves

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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.


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

Want
Old Navy Cross Body // BP. Geometic Scarf

Need
Sole Society Cross Body // BP. Woven Stripe Scarf


 

Sandals Galore

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We’re finding ourselves pretty stoked on this warmer weather, and in dire need of some pedis after a long winter. Time to bust out those toesies with some fun new looks from some of our favorite places!


01. Michael Antonio Drea gladiator sandal
02. Georgia Sole Society mini wedge
03. Sarena Sole Society slip-on
04. Faithful Asos mint leather sandal
05.JCrew Factory striped peep-toe
06. Humorous Asos brown leather heel


Copy Cat

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Yayyyy it’s crazy cropped high-waisted patterned pant season! Get wild, ladies. Bust out those ankles and make those weird trousers that you’ve always loved work. The above look is great because it combines the comfort of a flouncy chambray with the a little bit of edge through the funky pants and height in the shoes. The trees are blooming, and so is our love of a swanky pants.


JCrew Factory Chambray
Forever 21 Jeweled Necklace
Target Cateye Sunnies
Fossil Drawstring Satchel
JCrew Factory Trousers
Franco Sarto Wedges



Love Want Need // Ponchos & Felt Hats

 

We admit that we’re fully giving into our grandma-style love when it comes to the ponchos. I mean, it’s essentially wearing a blanket in public and calling it clothing. But let’s be real, ladies have been making it work lately. Pairing it with a felt hat makes this look very 70s, but very stylish. You may turn a few heads in this number, but only because you’ll look like a total b.a.m.f. in your cozy fall layers.

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Love // Burgundy Hat // Camel Poncho

Want // Black Hat // Geo-print Poncho (* total splurge, but think about the wool!)

Need // Camel Hat // Cable-knit Poncho

And some more poncho pinsperation (some with hats and some without)…

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Iphone Cases

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While we anxiously await the new iphone, there are still a few of us who can’t afford to immediately jump on the preorder wagon. In the mean time, we’ll be doing just fine with our 5’s & 5C’s, fancied up with some fun cases like these…

wooden star chart // classic leopard // sleek marble skin // lace white overlay // pansies print // graphic triangles

Happy Weekend!

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Happy Labor Day weekend, errbody! Time to kick back and take off that extra day that you deserve!

xo, g&m

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Our Fashionable Men

Both Boston & Hartford came up on top in a recent survey of the best dressed men, and we couldn’t agree more! We’re pretty impressed with our stylish cities, and we’re pretty picky. Hartford has great resources for style such as the Hartford Denim Co., creating custom sized jeans made from hardy materials, and Boston has endless boutique options, like Bobby from Boston, which won a spot in Boston Mag’s Best of Boston 2013 Best Men’s Clothing. While we don’t have any specific pictures of Boston or Hartford men, this is the general aesthetic we’re seeing and loving…

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Velvety Goodies

I’m not sure if I’ve ever been as ambitious to find a piece of furniture as I was when it came to a velvet couch. It all started innocently enough, by scanning Pinterest and getting a “hm, that’s really pretty” feeling. But before I knew it, a fire ignited and I became crazed. I was constantly on websites like Wayfair, Joss & Main, and West Elm trying to figure out a way to make it happen. As it turns out, these pieces of statement furniture aren’t exactly the easiest to get a good deal on. You either need to be willing to splurge a bit, or make thrifting your new full time job. I chose the latter.

When I first moved into my current apartment a couple years back, it came furnished with the saddest excuse for a couch you’ll ever see. Seriously. It’s possible that something died on it. I wish I could show you, but your computer may catch flame. Not only was it hideous, but it was also a sofa bed on a third-floor winding staircase, so that ten-ton puppy wasn’t going anywhere any time soon. After living with the thing for an embarrassingly long span of time, velvet-couch-fever set in.

Images like these inspired my search:

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Warning: you’re about to read my life story about the day I found my couch 

Now, rule #1 for me when thrifting for a specific piece is to not get discouraged right away if you can’t find it. These things take time, effort, and patience. You also need to be conscious of your location and timing. I live just outside of Boston and don’t have a car. So looking at items on Craigslist from a seller who isn’t walking distance and won’t deliver, probably isn’t my best bet. I knew that I had to find it at a vintage shop in my area that wouldn’t charge an outrageous amount for shipping. I also needed to act quickly. In my area, if you find something good, you sort of have to bite the bullet and go with your gut. Vintage items in Boston have a turnaround like you wouldn’t believe, so it’ll be gone in a flash.

Maybe it was just dumb luck and good timing, or maybe I’m a more gifted thrifter than I thought I was, but somehow the stars aligned and I found it. A peacock blue-green tufted velvet love-seat with not a scratch on it. It was like a magnet drew me in. My first test: comfort. I like to lounge. A LOT. I sat in it. Bingo. I could basically fall asleep right there in the store. Second test: my haggling skills. I was intimidated by this part because I don’t need to negotiate often. However, I did the math and realized the couch plus delivery would cost about $300, which was a smidge higher than I was prepared to spend. But praise those wonderful women who owned that store! Somehow my kind smile and obvious obsession with this piece talked them down to $250, including shipping!

But just when you thought you were safe…there’s still the ugly couch on my third floor. Well, I’ll have you know that I was on a roll that day, and talked my delivery men into removing that big ol’ thing for some extra $$. They [grudgingly] agreed, and swept it away to the land of gross couches. Side note: during this process, my potted plant fell on top of a mover and the soil fell down his pants…

So here she is! I took this while still in the store, sending it to my mom and Christa so they could justify my purchase for me. (They loved it)

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It has some flaws, like the fact that the seat cover isn’t removable and I’ll have no idea how to clean it if it ever gets a bad stain, (dry cleaner?) but overall I’m in love!

And that’s the story of the girl who bought a velvet couch. The end!

So if you’re as infatuated with velvet as myself, but aren’t sure if you’re ready to buy an entire couch of it, here are some affordable pieces to luxe up yourself and your house.

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Any other textures like velvet you guys are using these days? We’d love to hear about them!

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