Happy Weekend!

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It’s a hot one, guys, but it’s Friday! We’re trying to stay cool & keep our heads up after another terrible world tragedy – ❤ sending love to France.

Christa had family in from Germany (hi Alicia & Timm :)) yesterday so she & Curtis showed them around New Haven & Hartford, with a stop at Flatbread (duh). Reg has been busy busy at work, and we’re all ready for a loungey weekend. Stay cool and give hugs to your loved ones. xo G&M


cct // Fresh corn chowder with zucchini?? Sign me up!

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cct // Have you guys seen the instagram The Atlas of Beauty? Female photographer Mihaela Noroc travels and captures the natural beauty around the world showing the diversity of our planet through portraits of women – it’s gorgeous!

rkv // The nutritionist approved store bought protein bars

cct // Let’s be decisive!

rkv // Little way to start living a more authentic life


 

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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Can we just talk about this delicious looking truck for a second?! We don’t know if we’ve ever seen an automobile look so damn fine. Carb City, and we want in on that.

ANYWAYS, back to real life. We’re here with our Friday links (sorry for the radio silence last Friday, life can be so hectic sometimes!) Christa was in Colorado with Curtis visiting her brother from last Thursday-Tuesday (you may have seen some instagram pictures here & here), and this week has just been insane! I think the full moon week crazy-vibes came a week early…

But is everyone amped for the weekend? We’ll be spending it in Hartford together, shooting our first official contribution post for CT Eats Out! Can’t wait to team up with these guys and share with you all what we come up with. We’ll be doing a monthly post for them, so stay tuned!


cct // Still trying to do the “eat less sweets” thing, but it’s girl scout cookie season, and things like this mock me…

rkv // Yum yum dan dan

cct // I love finding DIYs that are beautiful and not that hard (insert heart eye emoji here)

rkv // Often times when I tell people that I can be pretty shy, they’re a little surprised (considering I definitely have a boisterous side). But one arena that always makes me tense up is networking, so I found this to be a nice read.

cct // Love me some Boho outfits

rkv // 13 personal trainers giving some of their best advice

cct // Design*Sponge is killing it right now — loving this, this & this.

rkv // All the single ladies — Refinery 29 ranks the best dating apps out there

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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Happy Weekend!

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Hello, all! What’s everyone up to this weekend? We’ve been LOVING this weather lately. Bright & sunny with a little chill in the air — perfect for a morning jog, afternoon bike rides, or apple picking. Too many adorable options to choose from (*cough, cough* basic b*itches?? Yup). Hope you all get a chance to enjoy these next couple of days, see you on Monday!

cct // What Should Your Old-Timey Name Be?

rkv // Oh scarf season, how we’ve missed you so — 20 scarves under $20 

cct // Guys, are any of you as excited as I am for Emily Henderson’s new book?? Love that lady

rkv // For those of you who are like me and constantly switch up things in their living spaces — 15 stylist secrets to transform a room

cct // Free People’s guide to New England Fall Road Trips (Also Flatbread made the list, woot woot!)

rkv // Some workout moves for us ladies with weak knees

cct // Cup of Jo with the perfect fall wardrobe 

rkv // 15 Halloween recipes inspired by monsters

Embracing Alone Time

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After reading a recent post from Julia of Lemon Stripes about the importance of down time, we too thought it was a great topic to talk about. And with chillier weather comes semi hibernation mode (before turning into full hibernation mode), and while it might seem a little boring at first, taking time for yourself is super important. Here are our ways of taking time for ourselves…

01. Creating to-do lists
Oh I know, sooo relaxing right?! It might seem daunting at first, but 2 of my favorite feelings come after getting my life in order – 1. the gratifying feeling of getting organized and being in control of your situation & 2. the inspiration that comes from making plans and putting ideas on paper. Make separate lists so things don’t become too overwhelming. Think day-to-day todo, long term goals and aspirational projects. It will recharge your feeling of self.

02. Going to the movies alone
The feeling of total control over what you see, when and where you see it is a very under rated alone time activity. Sure you could pull up something good up on Netflix, but you should really think about treating yo self once in awhile to a good old fashioned movie date. Maybe even preceded or followed up with some dinner or ice cream ;).

03. Experimenting with a new hobby (even if you’re slightly embarrassed)
This is the time to take those risks! Even if you feel a little self conscious, we can almost guarantee that no one is watching or judging! Usually people are too wrapped up in their own insecurities to even notice. Give that hot-yoga class a try, sign up for a 5K, give a new art or craft a shot (jewelry making, painting, photography, music), try cooking or baking something you’ve never made before, whatever strikes your interest. It’s okay to feel challenged, it’ll make you feel that much more accomplished afterward.

04. Pamper yourself
This can be a little tough, because sometimes we feel like we may not deserve to spoil ourselves, but trust us, you do! You work hard, and it’s alright to do something small for yourself to make you feel your best. Don’t get all crazy and max out your credit card or anything — everything in moderation! If you’ve been saving and eyeing that pair of shoes for like two years, get the shoes! This can even be smaller things like getting your nails done, a fresh hair cut, an amazing smelling face-mask, whatever brings you into your element and makes you feel as wonderful as you are.

05. Quiet time
We all struggle with this one, and we’ve all heard it before — turn off the tv, phone, iPad, computer, any and everything with a screen. It’s so important for our personal well being to give ourselves at least an hour to get away from the technology and consumes our daily lives, and just chill, man. This may make us feel a little anxious at first, but that’s to be expected — you’re basically going through withdrawal. Unwind with a book or magazine, straighten up your apartment, use it as a time to decompress and do something just for yourself.


 

Parmesan Asparagus with Heirloom Tomatoes

While I’m no stranger to some ice cream and burgers on these hot summer days, I’m also a big fan of eating colorfully and fresh. This quick little veggie appetizer goes great as a side dish for a light summery dinner (maybe with some lemony grilled chicken or a lean cut of steak), or even for breakfast served up with some eggs (poached, scrambled — your call!).

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You’ll need

  • 1 bundle of fresh asparagus
  • 3/4 cup fresh heirloom tomatoes (any tomatoes will do, but I just love how colorful these little beauties are)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • Drizzling of olive oil
  • 3-4 pinches of garlic salt (regular salt will do too)
  • 2-3 pinches of black pepper

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To Make

01. Preheat oven to 425

02. Trim the white stalks off of your asparagus and spread out the stems onto a baking sheet

03. Dice your onion, quarter your tomatoes, and mix in with asparagus

04. Drizzle with olive oil, and season with garlic salt & pepper

05. Top with grated parmesan and pop into the oven for 12-15 minutes. I like my asparagus to have a little crunch, but if you prefer it on the softer side, simply cook it a little longer.

06. Serve up and enjoy!

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Happy Weekend!

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Hello loves! Wow, it’s already Friday?! This week has been busy and we’ve been looking forward to this weekend so much that I’m astonished it went by so fast! We’ve got a full weekend ahead of hanging out, catching up with friends and partying it up, and we can’t wait! What are you up to this weekend?

cct // Since moving into the new apartment, decluttering and really paying attention to what we want vs. need has been a big priority in our house. Curtis got this great book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, and it really has changed our lives!

rkv // Oh, hello there, blackberry mojito

cct // This overhead lighting DIY is gorgeous!

rkv // Just when we thought that snow was gone

cct // Find ways to travel people, it’s life changing! 

rkv // While cardio certainly is not my favorite thing, it’s nice to have some tips on how to get an effective workout on the elliptical

cct // There are 2 kinds of people

rkv // This couple quit their jobs to sail the world with their cat ❤

Pins We Love

Good morning! How was everyone’s weekend? Hope it was both relaxing and exciting all at once. It’s finally sort of starting to feel like spring around here (and by that, I mean that we can wear flats and rolled up jeans without our ankles shivering), so we’re feeling inspired and light. We feel like cleaning, painting, cooking, & exercising all at once. While of course that’s probably over-ambitions and we’re likely to only get one of those tasks done if we’re lucky, it’s nice to dream! Here are some of our favorite pretty pins keeping us inspired this week:

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Happy Friday!

cheesecake5-1-of-1blogsize copyOh sweet, sweet Friday. The only thing that could make you any sweeter would be the this featured orange-chocolate cheesecake by The Vanilla Bean Blog. The  idea of curling up with this & a cafe au lait by the window and a blanket sounds positively divine, don’t you think? Hope you all have lovely weekends, complete with sweetness in any form!

cct // Although I’m not British, I thought this list of American slang that Brits found confusing, to be pretty cute! Also – check out these idioms from around the world!

rkv // Some time-saving freeze ahead of time meals

cct // Have you guys been able to see most of the Oscar movies? These “if Oscar nominated movies were a little more straight forward” posters are pretty spot on!

rkv // 30% off new arrivals at JCrew Factory, woot!

cct // Ten Things You Should Know Before Getting Into a Relationship With Someone Who Loves Food 

rkv // Pretty little DIY marble beads

cct // Everything Molly Yeh makes is beautiful (like seriously beautiful!), but I need this homemade funfetti cake in my life asap!

rkv // A cardio workout for people who hate cardio *raises hand*