Happy {Long} Weekend!

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It’s the Friday of a long weekend, what is better than that?! Luckily this week flew by and we’re in for some chill time. Reg will have a new household arrangement this weekend with a new roomie moving in and an old roomie moving out – ah life changes! And Christa will be up at the Farm helping with some spring cleaning (closets here I come!) and hopefully taking a dip in the pond if it actually ends up being 93 degrees – eek! Doing anything fun for Memorial Day?

*ps – incase you need some Memorial Day outfit help or a recipe for an awesome pie to bring to a picnic 🙂


cct // We’re almost into humid hair territory (ugh). This tutorial for getting the perfectly tussled waves is spot on 👌(plus the other ‘dos are pretty awesome)

rkv // How to have a healthy and happy Memorial Day Weekend

cct // A very real and helpful diary of giving up diary & sugar for a month by the lovely Annie Reeves.

rkv // While we’re total thrift junkies, there are some things that just shouldn’t be second-hand

cct // A more natural teeth whitening regime that I might have to look into…

rkv // What actually happens when you drink a gallon of water per day

cct // Real talk – You’ll Probably Never Get Your High School Body Back, And That’s Totally OK.

rkv // Because I’m in a bit of a style rut – questions a personal stylist would ask you about your wardrobe


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The Best of G&M 2015

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How’s everyone feelin’ after the holiday? Full of food and love, we hope! We’ve got another short week ahead of us, and it will officially be 2016, what whatttt? We’re feelin’ excited about this new year, thinking of all of the projects, adventures and fun we’re going to have both in life and on the blog. We’ve also have been reflecting back on this past year, which has been full of posts that we’re very proud of. Reminisce with us for a moment and check out our favorite posts of 2015


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Boho Picnic
(Which got us featured on the Clogs Girls of the Day tumblr 2 times! Here & here


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Being featured on The Dinner Special Podcast
What an opportunity to talk with Gabriel Soh from The Dinner Special Podcast about our love of food (pizza especially) and our blog backstory.


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Travel Posts!
We were really lucky to travel to some great places in 2015 – Vermont, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, Old Lyme, Portsmouth & NYC.


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Easter Gift Bag DIY
This is still one of our favorite DIYs to date! We loved the pastels, fun stamps and delicious treats!


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Flourless Peanut Butter Blondies
Collaborating with our friend Lauren is such fun, and these flourless blondies were no exception.


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Artist Profile: Tara Shupe
Loved learning about the creative process of this talented little lady!


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Corn Salad
A perfect easy app to share with friends!


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Metallic Nail Art
DIY nail art to keep your style lookin’ on fleek


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Dining Chair Reupholstery
A quick afternoon project to update your furniture


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Pumpkin Pecan Muffins
Because muffins.


We hope you enjoyed the blog this year as much as us, and we’re looking forward to whatever 2016 brings! ❤ xo

 

 

Metallic Dot Nail Art

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Happy last day of November, lovelies! We’ll be festive & holiday themed in no time (…as in tomorrow…). But before we jump into gift guides and all things peppermint, we’re still loving ourselves some fall metallics, and thought we’d do a fun & easy nail tutorial! What we’re really digging about this is the subtle nude look, making it really versatile for any outfit color palette.

Follow instructions below!

You’ll need:

  • Nude or soft pink base — we used Essie’s Eternal Optimist
  • Metallic accent color with a subtle contrast — we used Penny Talk
  • Clear topcoat — we cannot recommend Seche Vite enough!
  • Toothpick
  • Wax paper or a plate

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01.  Pour a small amount of your metallic color onto your wax paper or plate and set aside

02. Paint 2 coats of your base color and allow to fully dry

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03. Once your base coat dries, use your toothpick to dip into the metallic paint

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04. Gently dot 3 points onto your nails in a straight line

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05. Once dried, apply your top coat, pop on the Netflix and allow to fully dry

06. Have a nail photoshoot!

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Happy Weekend!

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Hello, dearies — hope you all had a lovely week, and have an even lovelier couple of days ahead of you. We’re stunned that next week is Thanksgiving. How did that happen??? It feels like as we get older, time goes by so much quicker. Are any of you all feeling similarly?

This past week our small home town in CT experienced some devastating news about a young mother, a member of our graduating class, who suddenly passed. In combination of learning this, of the troubling news in Paris, as well as world-wide current events  — it’s definitely resulting in some self-reflection. This week we’re feeling especially grateful for our friends, family, and the wonderful community that we were raised in.

While we have mushy hearts this week, we also still have our care-free nature about us. We’ve rounded up our weekly links for you all, hope you enjoy, and we’ll see you on Monday 🙂


cct // Embroidery with sprinkles, say whaaa?

rkv // Don’t hold yourself back! How to ask for a raise

cct // I’ve just been lovin’ the half up/half down looks these days!

rkv // Last weekend I lopped off about 7 inches of hair, and this tutorial has been my everything ever since

cct // Why Do We Romanticize Stress?

rkv // 15 bizarre, yet amazing, hotels — #6!

cct // So I learned this smiling trick a while back (the last one on the list), and I really do think it helps! Give it a try this weekend while you’re takin selfies with your ladies before going out 😉

rkv // And the best article-title-ever award goes to…. How to Ron Swanson Your Life


Happy Weekend!

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Hey dolls — whatchya all up to this weekend? My house is gonna be a little on the quiet side this weekend, with one of my roommates out of town. I also have my first big hair chop in years coming up tomorrow. I’m freakin’ out a little, but looking forward to a fresh change. I’m also hoping to get in a thorough apartment clean AND a d.i.y. — this is probably all far too ambitious for two days, but we’ll see how it goes! Christa will be bouncing all around as well, with a friend’s birthday bonfire celebration, checking out Hartford’s Open Studios, and a swanky new cocktail bar that opened up, Little River Restoratives.

Hope you all have a nice weekend, see you on Monday!


rkv // What happened to hobbies???

cct // An Artist Magically Transformed 19 Disney Animals Into Humans – and they’re good too! 

rkv // The best foods to donate during the holiday season

cct // The One Thing Pedicurists Want You to Know

rkv // Christa and I are pretty much in LOVE with ABC’s Nashville — when I read the reason that Clare Bowen chopped off her long locks, I couldn’t help but feel moved (cct — same!)

cct// Doesn’t this Rosemary Citrus Ginger Cranberry Sauce sound so interesting??

rkv // Nordstrom is having a big fat fall sale

cct // Did you guys read #GirlBoss? It’s next on my list! But I might start with #Girlboss Radio, which is live!


{Almost} Fall Beauty Trends

Guys, 2 days from now it will officially be fall! Now that things are cooling off a bit and our faces won’t be melting off, it’s a perfect time to get a little funky with fun trends in the beauty department. Some big things we’re loving at the moment  —sharp cat eyes, smudged smokey shadows, vampy lips, rose-y cheeks & puckers, minimal nail art, romantic updos, fringy bangs with piece-y ends, braids galore, and balayage highlights.

What’re you all feeling at the moment??

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Happy Weekend!

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Hello dearies — what’s everyone up to this weekend? Christa and I have been feeling pretty tangled in a million different webs these days, and can’t help but look forward to catching on up doing things that settle us back into ourselves. I personally would love to go to yoga and perhaps bake something, two things that always help me in feeling centered and grounded. Hope you all have beautiful weekends, see you on Monday!

cct // We as bloggers really know this is true about Instagram & photography in general, but it’s always nice to remind ourselves that there are some days that you can fake it, and some days that it’s ok that you can’t (let’s just live in the moment a little more, right?).

rkv // The upcoming sweater weather also calls for a new fall book list, yay!

cct // I’m traveling to California for 6 days in early October and encountering 2 extremes – blog hang out at the Ace Hotel, and hiking in Joshua Tree – so I am welcoming these tips & tricks on packing a suitcase well. Btw, I’m only taking a carry on rolling suitcase and a tote – eek!

rkv // Oh right, Halloween is also around the corner, and this is adorable

cct // I’m always interested in seeing how other bloggers do their hair! I’ve been eying a curling wand vs a clamping curling iron, and I think it’s time! Also the tip of adding a little pomade to your ends is genius.

rkv // Picnic season ain’t over, and I love this DIY

cct // Yeah girl, yeah – why perfect abs aren’t me

rkv // Emily Henderson’s home line from Target has finally been released, and it’s everything I dreamed it would be 🙂

Head-to-Toe Summer Beauty Rescues

Happy Monday back, everyone! While we’re definitely having some withdraws from our nice long weekend, we were lucky enough to spend some time outside, and maybe get a little burnt in the process (so bad, I know!!). When the seasons kick in full-throttle like this, it makes us realize how much we need to mix up our beauty routines. We’ve put together a little list to help us out, as this heat and humidity take a toll on us!

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Hair
The Ultimate Braid Guide for Summer
9 Great Anti-Frizz Hair Products
Workout Hairstyles That Aren’t a Boring Pony


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Face
6 Homemade Face Masks
Heatproof Summer Makeup Must Haves
DIY Skin Clearing Face Mist 


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Body
3 tricks for rough elbows and knees
Self-tanner 101
Homemade Coconut-Coffee Body Scrub


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Hands & Feet
How to get sandal ready feet at home
Fixes for a botched mani or pedi
Eight Mani/Pedi Color Combos


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Happy Weekend!

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Well, it was a short week, but it sure didn’t feel like it! Reg has been tackling her move into the new place (yay!), and Christa has had a lot of exciting Connecticut Art Directors Club things going on this week and weekend. We’re just excited for a couple days off from work to tackle house projects, hang with friends and take it easy.

Btw- how was everyones Memorial Day?? This was one of the first years we both didn’t attend any sort of big bash or BBQ, but as you might have been able to catch — we’re crazy busy, so we didn’t mind!

cct // My Oma brought Curtis and I some purple basil for an apartment warming present and I’ve been searching for some fun recipes to use this unique looking herb! This Purple Basil Pesto looks damn good, especially on the bruschetta!

rkv // I’m not generally a heels girl, but I’m kind of obsessed with these

cct // This lady has got style – love her Free People profile

rkv // I’m sorry, what? Spicy chocolate-covered tortilla chips. Yep.

cct // Have you guys heard of reverse washing? It’s when you use conditioner first, and then shampoo – strange right?! This super informative article has got me very excited to give it a shot!

rkv // Some good tips on how to shop like an interior designer

cct // Our friend Tara (last mentioned here in her artist profile), has been posting photo diaries from her European travels, and we are now crushing hard on Dingle, Ireland ❤

rkv// 20+ animal bellies that need to be rubbed right now

Music Festival Packing List

Reg and I went to Bonnaroo a few times in college and boy did we wish we had some guidance that first year! Between the extreme Tennessee heat, the all-night galavanting, and the 16 hour road trip… music festivals can do a number on ya. That being said, having a well stocked bag can make all the difference!

01. Sun Protection

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You’re going to want to get some sun (and we don’t blame you — I could totally use some rays right about now), but that pesky heat wears you out. It’s inevitable that you’ll get a little color, but be prepared for HOURS in the sun. This gal above has it all right — layers, a hat & a water bottle.


Straw Sunhat // Sunglasses // Sweat-Proof SPF


02. Daily Gear

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You might be able to run back and forth to your tent or car, but you’re not going to want to — so pack a cute and useful bag. Don’t let it get too heavy, but make sure you have your essentials  – wallet, camera, phone, external battery charger, snacks & water bottle, and something to sit on to you’re not on itchy grass all day. Check out Lauren Conrad’s Festival Bag from last year.


Turkish Towel // Bag // Water Bottle // Phone Charger // Snacks // Camera


03. Beauty

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Pretty hippie hair and festivals sort of come hand-in-hand. But to be totally honest, you won’t be showering nearly as often as you’re used to. It helps to be prepared with handy toiletries to help you feel glow-y, not smelly. On the plus side, dirty hair usually makes cool braided styles much more easily!


Dry Shampoo (this brand comes in different hair colors!) // Head Bands // Mattifying Moisturizer // Water-Proof Mascara // Yes to Cucumbers Face Towels // Bobby Pins


04. Trendy Clothing

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These days music festivals are almost more about the fashion than the music! Standard outfit rules just don’t apply here, and it’s the only time where it feels totally appropriate to wear fringe, a flower crown, and those random metallic tattoos you bought on Etsy one night. Feel free to get a little weird!


Bathing Suit // Flouncy Skirt // Rain Boots //  Lacy Bralette // Strappy Sandals // Tunic Dress // Denim Shorts // Temporary Metallic Tattoos //



05. The Real Clothes

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You know what most people don’t tell you about when it comes to camping? It’s FREEZING at night! So here you are packed for your cute sunny outfits, and all of a sudden you’re scrambling for appropriate sleepwear. You can still look good while being comfy, ladies — we live at the perfect time where it’s acceptable to go out in joggers and slouchy graphic sweatshirts — so use that! You’re going to be tired, hung over, deydrated and wishing for anything but your shortest jorts pretty fast. It’s going to feel amazing to pull those leggings on. Before you leave, mentally put together some outfits revolving around your comfiest joggers, so you know exactly how to dress down.


 Cozy Sweatshirt // Joggers // All-Purpose Leggings // Slouchy Tee // Chunky socks // Breathable Sports Bra // More Undies Than You Think You Need // Lightweight Sneakers // Rain Boots // Rain Jacket