Happy Weekend!

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Friday again, my friends, TGIF. Even with a short week, things have been cray cray. Christa is heading to NYC tomorrow for another Trashion Fashion event on the High Line at 3pm, and hoping desperately to not be too tired to go to Brimfield on Sunday. And Reg is planning on popping around town, enjoying the last bit of summer in the city. xo.

cct // Cool story about creating a new tradition of women in Japan making sushi. Speaking of sushi, have you ever seen the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi? I think it’s still on Netflix!!

rkv // 2016 hair crimping 

cct // I love screen printing, but it’s such a process – this is such a fun little DIY!

rkv // Traveling more, even with a full time job

cct // These pups (and sometimes kitties!) are living large! #jelly!

rkv // Holy crap breakfast boats

cct // lols. Can We All Just Admit That Smoothie Bowls Are Big Fat Lies?

rkv // The art of tuning out

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Happy Weekend!

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This weekend is a weekend of travel for us ladies. Reg will be heading to the Cape, while Christa will be in New Hampshire. We’re making sure we’re taking advantage of every last summer weekend, y’know?! What are ya’ll up to?


cct // Thoughts on canned wine? They don’t have as much of it on the East Coast as they do in CA, but I’ve tried Underwood and the Sofia minis and I want more!

rkv // 15 cocktail recipes for your 2016 Olympics fiesta

cct // Woah, gorgeous! Polish artists recreate traditional Slavic wreaths to keep old traditions alive. Also, make sure to click on that first link about traditional Ukrainian headpieces.

rkv // Obama demonstrates 5 things that are harder to do than registering to vote

cct // Jeans for ladies with curves!! Gotta hit the mall, stat!

rkv // Your end-of-summer bucket list

cct // Guys, have you ever heard of leather paint?? I feel like my DIY mind has been blow! This before & after is everything I’ve ever wanted!

rkv // Snapchat stories vs Instagram stories

 

Happy Weekend!

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What a hard week it has been. Along with the devastating Orlando tragedy, our hometown has been hit with yet another young soul gone too soon. We are loving extra hard these days, and are happy to be together this weekend for both G&M actives, and Father’s Day. On a lighter note, here are some links that will hopefully brighten your day in some way! xo


cct // LOL, Amy Schumer & Anna Wintour switch lives 

rkv // Yummy looking summer couscous salad

cct // I am loving me some ricotta crostinis recently! I’m down for fruit or veggies 🙂 These sweet pea & ricotta crostini look fantastic!

rkv // DIY tassle top and pom pom dress

cct // I’m always down for exploring new cities, and we’ve been meaning to check out Philadelphia more. As we’ve mentioned, we’ve got some cool-cat musician friends living down there, and this guide looks pretty awesome!

rkv // Small things to do today to lead to a less complicated life tomorrow

cct // Want to get sucked into a deep, deep hole of interesting, delicate, minimal, beautiful tattoos??

rkv //  What shinsplints actually are, and how to nix them

Happy Weekend!

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What a glorious day it is – National Donut Day! It’s the perfect start to our weekend of celebrating Reg for her 27th birthday, and as you may have noticed, we love donuts (evidence from our trip here and our recipe here). And knowing us, we’ll be finding more donuts in Boston this weekend 🙂


cct // A good lip stain is hard to lock down – I love a good beauty breakdown from a source I trust!

rkv // It’s road trip season — here’s how to pack for it

cct // I guess I’m on a DIY curtain kick 🙂

rkv // Pushing my maxi dress love onto all of you

cct // Just fueling my National Park travel bug even more!

rkv // Though I may never stop biting my nails, this helps me to reconsider

cct // Can this really be?? PJs that help you sleep? 

rkv // For the chronically late

Happy Weekend!

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Hola, loves! It’s Friday again, how wonderful is that?? We’re definitely ready for some weekend hang time after a bit of a stressful week. It’s looking like a weekend of family time for each of us, with Christa having visiting relatives from Cali, and Reg seeing her rents for lunch and putzing in the North End on Saturday.

What’re you all up to? Hope it’s a good one, see ya on Monday!


cct // I recently discovered the awesome gal-pal traveling duo, Local Wanderer, and I am obsessed! They share some wonderful new business insight on Design*Sponge!

rkv // Hoops are coming back and I’m digging these dainty little dudes

cct // I love good book recommendations, and these all sound wonderful!

rkv // Are you just living for the weekend?

cct // Love pom-poms, love DIYs…love this pop-pom curtain DIY 🙂

rkv // What’s your sign’s signature cocktail?

cct // I’d really like to go to England someday, and this little post about How to Know If You’re in a Legit English Pub is pretty great! There’s something so much more fun about being in an authentic restaurant or bar when you’re traveling abroad. I hate the touristy trap places!

rkv // A beautiful photo series melding old & new

Happy Weekend!

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This weekend is going to be glorious! Great weather and fun times ahead. Reg is celebrating her roomie Liz’s birthday, and Christa is going to be in NYC visiting her college gal pal, Brit.

What do you all have planned? Hope it’s a good one! xo G&M


cct // Because, duh! Here’s Where to Find all the Cool Stuff from the Shosh in Japan Episode of Girls

rkv // Sweet & savory midnight snacks

cct // Raindrop cake!! If we actually head into Brooklyn on Sunday for the flea market and Smorgasbord – I might be tempted…

rkv // Treat-yo-self rewards that aren’t food or shopping

cct // When to Travel This Year, Based on Your Astrological Sign

rkv // And now that you’ve figured out where to go, here’s how to get there

cct // Adorable

rkv // 7 ways to dress up your boring Ikea frames


 

Happy Weekend

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This weather is crazy! Foggy & warm one minute, chilly and snow in the forecast the next – stop screwing with us Spring! Typical New England, TYPICAL. At least fog and snow make for pretty photos, right?

Anywho, have a fabulous weekend, all 🙂


cct // What I Wish I Knew About Home Decor When I Was 22

rkv // Anybody else have disgusting rental-kitchen floors? I do, and I’m over them. Found myself an outdoor rug that I’m hoping will be kitchen friendly!

cct // This vine makes me so happy

rkv // Because we want dogs but need to make adult choices — 5 Things I Learned From Getting a Puppy

cct // Type A problems, whaaaa?

rkv // Because we can’t get enough marbleizing

cct // Umm, guilty pleasure much?

rkv // Great beauty buys from Whole Foods


 

Yoga Mat Cleaner

While I’ve been practicing yoga for nearly 10 years, I’m definitely a little lazy when it comes to cleaning my mat, and yeah, those things can get funky. My Sunday vinyasa class has an amazing smelling cleaner for community use, but there’s only one spray bottle, and about 30 students, so I usually get impatient and head home before giving my mat the cleaning it needs.

I had been wanting to make my own for a little while now, and since the ingredients used in it are so multi-purpose, last weekend I decided to whip one up!


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These two oils are great for a lot of reasons — tee tea is a natural antiseptic that can also be used as a topical treatment for conditions such as acne or fungal infections, and I like to keep the lavender on my nightstand, dabbing my wrists right before bed. The aroma knocks me out cold. Either can be picked up at Whole Foods or your local natural food section.

You’ll need:

  • 20 drops of tea tree oil
  • 20 drops of lavender oil
  • 1 small spray bottle
  • 1 cotton rag

There’s pretty much nothing to this little concoction, just drip the oil into your bottle, top off with water, and you’re all set! Mist your mat with the spray, and using a damp cloth to wipe down. Allow to fully dry before rolling back up, and you’re ready to go!


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Ultimate Galentine’s Day Brunch

#Weliterallycannoteven handle how stoked we are for Galentine’s Day. It’s that oh-so-special time of year where we get to hug our lady friends, dance around the room to the Backstreet Boys, braid each other’s hair, and pillow fight. Because those are things that girls actually do, right? Maybe (probably not). BUT we likely will be gossiping about our dating lives while having tasty pink cocktails.

The internet is exploding with ideas for your gal-pal party, and we couldn’t help but share the best of it with you:


Crafts, Decor, & Activities:

6a00d8358081ff69e201b7c80c8a9a970b-800wiBalloon Arch via A Beautiful Mess

VALENTINE-2527S-DAY-PAPER-FLOWER-DAFFODILSPaper Flowers via The House That Lars Built

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Tissue Paper Garland via Be Crafty Workshop

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Confetti Balloon via Knot & Bow

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Chick Flick Movie List via Studio DIY


Personal Style:

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Printable Lady Tattoos
via Studio DIY

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Valentine French Manicure
via Studio DIY


Food & Beverage:

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Sprinkled Brownie Phrases via Studio DIY

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Blood Orange French 75 via Cookie & Kate

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Besties Cookie Cake via Studio DIY

Thyme-Pink-Grapefruit-Greyhound-645x968Thyme & Pink Grapefruit Greyhounds via Freutcake


DIY: Vanity Redux

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So, I have quite literally been trying to redo this dresser for 15 years. My mom and I picked it out from a handmade pine furniture store when I was 11 years old — and even as a wee lass I had DIY on the brain! However, this brain has also always been indecisive (and lazy), and just couldn’t figure out to do with this clunky little nugget.

While part of me actually wouldn’t mind keeping it as pine, it had just gotten so dirty over the years that I had to do something to it. There was an odd pink stain on the top, among many other mystery globs. Plus, it’s a pretty hefty piece, and I generally think pine looks much better with slimmer/sleeker lines.

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See above? Ew.

I mulled over options at the hardware store for a solid 45 minutes trying to pick the right color, because once you stain unfinished pine, there isn’t really any going back.

TIP: Be sure to use the stain sample charts that the brand displays in store, because the colors pretty much don’t look anything like they do on the face of the cans.

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The rest was really pretty straight forward! I gave it a good sanding because of all those nasty stains, decided to condition because the unfinished wood was looking parched (and the kind man at the hardware store said it would allow a more even finish), and used a silicone brush to add the two coats of stain.

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Tip: If you’re doing this indoors (because you’re an idiot like me who decided to wait until late fall for a big DIY) prepare yourself for some seriously fowl aromas. I chose not to sleep in my bedroom for three nights, keep the windows open, and fans on 24-7, and the smell still took about 2 weeks to finally dissipate.

So a better tip? Maybe wait until spring/summer when you can air it outside overnight.

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But the horrid smell was worth it! I’m so happy with the color choice of — not too red and not too dark. The handles are mismatched feathers that I had picked up on sale at Anthropologie years ago, waiting for this moment to finally arrive, but If I had my choice of any handles I may go with something like these brassy guys.

I should probably also seal it, but that may take another 15 years or so.

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If you like what you see:
Wood Stain, Minwax in English Chestnut
Storage Ottoman, Target
Frameless Mirror, Ikea
Glass Table Lamp, Ikea (similar)


— rkv