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 

Great Barrington Stroll

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Curtis, our friends Lauren & Drew, and I took a lovely day trip this past Friday to Great Barrington, Mass. It was a nice sunny day where we walked up and down the main stretch, checking out local shops, grabbing treats, coffee and lunch.

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Right when we arrived we popped into One Mercantile – a dream shop for Lauren & myself. It had letterpressed cards, screen printed napkins, beautiful coffee table books, handmade soaps and much more. We both left with a couple items (we couldn’t help ourselves!) Next we browsed around Rubiner’s – a cheesemonger & grocer shop which not only had delicious cheese, but was a stunningly beautiful space. Attached to the back and owned by the same people was Rubi’s, a cafe where we grabbed some drinks and treats. Everyone was extremely happy with their warm drinks and we wandered around a little more until lunch at Baba Louie’s. This pizza place was perfection – I got the Dolce Vita pie – which was tomato sauce, wilted spinach, fresh mozzarella, california figs, gorgonzola, prosciutto and parmesan topped with infused rosemary oil (YUM). Lastly we poked around a couple other shops (Twigs was another favorite) and settled on some homemade ice cream at SoCo Creamery. It was a lovely little trip, and only about an hour and a half from Hartford – definitely doing it again!


My Outfit:
Gap Army Jacket, similar
Old Navy Sweater
H&M Floral Scarf
American Eagle Jeans
Old Navy Flats
Vintage Coach Purse, similar
Cole Haan Sunnies, Nordstrom Rack, similar


 

NYE Outfits

What are your NYE plans? We might be spending it together this year (which hasn’t happened in years!), with a delicious dinner out and then drinks with friends. Sounds pretty great to me! The other *awesome* option was to snuggle up with a cozy cocktail and watch a ton of movies. No matter what you’re up to – have a blast! Here are a couple outfit options for wherever your night might bring you…

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Drinks // There’s something about heading out to the bar later than usual that’s fun and exciting! Grab a cute dress, some bling and a cozy coat and be on your way to toast in the new year! Dress // Earrings // Coat // Knee High Boots // Fringe Purse
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Dinner // Whether it’s with friends or your significant other, a special dinner to bring in the new year is always a great time. Soft colors and textures feel romantic and girly. Faux Fur Scarf // Leather Jacket // Blouse Tank // Pleated Skirt // Heels

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Hangin’ in // Sometimes after dealing with all of the flutter and commotion of the holidays, a quiet evening at home sounds perfect. Cozy up with some soft cotton and celebratory accessories. Party hats // Champaign glasses // Cable knit sweater // Floral joggers // Heart socks

Happy Weekend!

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{image and recipe for Fall Sangria via}

Hello, and Happy Friday! This week seemed to do a number on us both, are you guys in the same boat? We’re pretty excited to curl up this weekend and do a whole lot of nothing, shamelessly. Walking to get coffee counts as cardio… right? Right.

cct // I just snagged a really awesome spindle bed on Craigslist with the intention of painting it, but the light finished wood is pretty nice – still debating what to do…

rkv // My coworker recently introduced me to the pretty wonderful pinterest board “My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter,” and I love it tenderly.

cct // Speaking of beds and bedrooms, this great Apartment Therapy article 10 Steps to a Better Bedroom sparked the desire to check Craigslist

rkv // 10 creative grilled cheeses to make your heart skip a beat

cct // I visited my brother at college last weekend and came back with an awesome Taylor Swift remix. I forgot what it’s like to listen to remixes at house parties of people you don’t know, and it was great

rkv // Since we’re on the T-swift note, this 80s aerobics/”Shake It Off” video is sheer joy.

cct // Aerie is my favorite for bras and underwear and I’m happy to hear their anti-photoshopping campaign worked for them!

rkv // It’s sad that it really never occurred to me that Banksy could be a woman.

Headband-Tuck Tutorial

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If you ladies are anything like the two of us, sometimes you get a little lazy with your tresses, so we’re all about finding some quick and simple ways to throw it all up and get out the door faster. All you’ll need for this is a headband and a few bobby pins. This trick works really well for unwashed hair, so don’t be shy with the dry shampoo. Reg is a big fan of Dove, while Christa opts for Baptist for her dark hair, both should be available at the drugstore or Ulta.

Check out below for a step-by-step:

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// 01. If your hair is a little dirty, spray some dry shampoo and give it a good shake/rub down. Then position your hair in front of your shoulders.

// 02. Place your headband on top of the hair, so the base of the band is along the nape of your neck, with the hair underneath it (sort of like a crown).

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// 03. Pull your hair to one side, gently creating one large twist over your shoulder.

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// 04. Wrap your twisted hair around the base of the headband, as many times as it takes for the hair to be completely wrapped (mine took about three times). It’s okay if this looks a little messy, embrace it!

// 05. Taking your bobbies, tuck the crazies into your bun to hide the headband. Don’t worry about it being perfect and feel free to let some loose pieces hang.

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// 06. All done! Just position your front pieces as you like. If you have a little time and want to take the look up a knotch, heat up a curling iron to give your whispies a quick wrap about the barrel.

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AE headband //  AE bracelet // Banana Republic tank // Essie nail color

Festival Fashion // Round 2

We still have festival fever over here in the North East, dreaming of being able to roam freely between music tents with lemonade in hand and not a care in the world. Feeling inspired from yesterday’s looks, we decided to pick up on some of the major trends we’ve been seeing and piece some outfits together that we hope to soon be wearing.

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Tribal Pants // Tribal pants are going to be everywhere at a festival, and for good reason. They’re fun, they’re playful and most importantly, they’re super comfy. We love this flattering wide leg with a slimming fitted tube top. Have some fun by mixing up the print with what else?…how about more print! These leopard sandals mis-match perfectly.

Headband // Pants // Tube top // Clutch // Sandals

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Playful Romper // Rompers are great because they have the ease of dress, but since they’re shorts, you won’t be worried about them flying around in the wind. This oversize floral pattern is eye catching, and festive. Pair it with some bold metallic jewelry, chunky sandals, and pinstripe backpack to really stand out.

Backpack // Beaded Necklace // Bangles // Romper // Sandals

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Crop Top // Crop tops are a little intimidating when you first see them on the hanger, and with good reason. Anyone who can pull them off with a low-rise bottom is basically a barbie-doll and should be studied in a laboratory. For us average people, these tops actually work very well with a high-wasted flowy skirt, to show just a little skin on the upper rib cage. Keep the outfit light and bright (and the sun out of your eyes) with a wide-brimmed hat, simple sandals, and a statement satchel.

Crop Top // Maxi Skirt // Sandals // Hat // Satchel