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


 

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Spring Meal Inspiration

How is it that our weekends are filling up so fast?? Spring has sprung, and we’re finding ourselves attending brunches, dinners and all sorts of food related events (not complaining!) It’s been inspiring us to throw our own little gathering, and we’re smitten with these lovely dishes (and drinks, of course!)

We’ve collected some springy-faves from around the web that make our mouth water. *Take note these are not intended to be served all together… that would be some of the most random flavor complexity you could ever go for. This is mainly to get a sense of what’s out there, and how to keep your palette interested this season!


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Clockwise from top left:

01. Roasted Cauliflower Soup
02. Fleur de Lis Cocktail
03. Tabbouleh Salad
04. Rum Glazed Crullers


Happy Weekend!

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Ohh yes it’s here, the day we’ve we 9-5ers have all been waiting for. Was anyone else having a tough time waking up this week? We felt like each and every morning we were hitting the snooze button like, 47 times. Speaking of which, has anyone ever wondered why the iPhone’s snooze button is set for 9 minutes? I’ve heard it’s an homage to history. Anyways, hope you all have a wonderful couple of days off, and don’t forget to change your clocks forward!

cct // A cute & realistic way to look like a JCrew Model

rkv // Some more great career advice from the ladies at Cupcakes & Cashmere

cct // Apps, apps, apps – we’re always looking for the good ones! Here’s a good round up by Designlovefest

rkv // I try to be pretty good about keeping my cool, but sometimes I just can’t help it! Here’s a little tip on how to quickly stop yourself from crying. The image they paired with it cracked me up.

cct // It’s Girl Scout cookie season, what are you drinkin with yours?

rkv // How to get those cool-chick waves all the celebs seem to be sporting, with a flat iron

cct // I’m all about tips & tricks on improving Instagram pics, and this is a pretty great breakdown!

rkv // Because when I hear “weekend” I instantly think “eggs” — 8 great breakfast sandwich recipes

Max Wagner Photography

As a fellow blogger you probably already know about Max Wagner. His work has been shown on many of our favorite LA blogs like Designlovefest, Oh Joy! & Emily Henderson – and you should know about him, because his work is so enjoyable! We’ve been fans for a couple years now, but we’re always drawn back to his work this time of year because it’s so summery!

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He also does some non-summer themed work which is equally amazing —

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Check out his portfolio here and his shop here! Any artists you guys have been following lately? We’d love to know!

 

Sweet Beats // May 2014

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So I don’t know about you guys, but I become a completely different person once things start warming up and I can go outside without a wool item of clothing. It’s like a gear totally switches in my head and all I want to do is frolic and sing. One result of this gear switching is a (semi) regular fitness routine. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve started training for a 10K, and let me tell you, it is a process. I’ve always been much more of a yoga and strength training kind of girl, and cardio sort of makes me feel like I’m dying. It’s only been about a month, but I’ve definitely been making some endurance progress.

I could never do any of this without a solid playlist to keep me going. While I like to have a lot of your usual upbeat songs, I sort of need a little variety in tempo to keep me interested. I can only handle so much loud bass pounding in my ears before I rip my the earbuds out because I feel it mocking my agony. So here is a little playlist to keep you motivated, it has some highs and lows that hopefully you find equally enjoyable!

*PS. I would usually put them in a more fluid order, but Spotify won’t let me do it on my phone – my apologies!

01. shot // alice smith

02. cut it out // kitten

03. g# // kitten

04. all eyes on you // st. lucia

05. the seed (2.0) // the roots

06. waterfalls // tlc

07. wildfire // sbtrkt feat. little dragon

08. queen bitch // david bowie

09. xo // beyonce

10. modern love // david bowie

11. age of consent // new order

12. genesis // grimes

13. over your shoulder // chromeo

14. baby i’m yours // breakbot feat. irfane

15. take me over // cut copy

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Happy Weekend!

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Happy almost weekend everyone! I keep going back and forth on whether this week flew by or dragged…either way, it was an odd one, and we are extremely excited it’s Friday! The New England weather is bringing in April showers a few days early, so our weekend will most likely be super loungey (we’re ok with that). Stay dry out there and enjoy our Friday links! xo G&M

rkv // 10 Ways to Market Your New Blog or Website

cct // My newest folk song obsession from Inside Llewyn Davis – it’s so sad & beautiful

rkv // This is the most ridiculous looking hair contraption I’ve ever seen, yet I’m so intrigued!!

cct // Did you guys hear about the crazy story behind this stolen/recovered Renoir painting??

cct // How fantastic is this hops based skin & hair care line? They’ve got some stellar packaging as well!

rkv // How to clean your place for guests in 20 minutes

cct // This mint mocha shake sounds divine! Warm weather come sooner…

rkv // I recently made this skinny crock pot chicken chili and it has lasted me like 8 full meals. Freeze half of it and you’re good to go for quite some time!

Happy Weekend!

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We’re supposed to get major snow on Monday, but we’re in denial. Instead, take a look at these gorgeous green hills and think spring! Also make sure to check out our Friday links…

cct // I swear the sunsets have been extra great these days (they’re very cotton candy-ish), they remind me of this photography series

rkv // Christa recently bought me a new canvas tote by the artist KT Smail, and now we’re pretty much obsessed with her. So imagine my excitement when I saw some new desktop backgrounds that she made featured on DesignLoveFest!

cct // The Oscars are on Sunday, and these days the outfits are almost as important as the movies! Check out Marie Claire’s list of best Oscar dresses of all time.

rkv // Speaking of the Oscars…This weekend we’re hosting a small get together for the big event, so I may need to snag an idea or two from Cupcakes and Cashmere for party prepping

cct // This DIY has been circulating the web, and you can see why- it’s great! New project for this weekend perhaps?

rkv // I’ve been a bit behind on that New Years rezzie I made to myself about getting back into a gym routine, but I’ve finally got a little momentum going again so I appreciated these quick and effective moves by the Huffington Post

cct // Guys, I learned how to screenprint! This was my first piece, and I can’t wait for more projects 🙂 If anyone has any tips or tricks, I would love to hear them!

rkv // Love this simple idea for displaying old family recipes

Enjoy your weekend, all!

xo, G&M