Happy Weekend!

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And it’s the weekend again, yes! Christa and Curtis are off to Syracuse to visit our good old pal, Johnny B and his delightful girlfriend, Emily, this weekend! We’re all wishing Reg could join, womp womp. Reg will be nursing a cold, but hoping to check an aboretum tour off of her Boston bucket list!

Have a great weekend, all!


cct // This house tour on Apartment Therapy is freaking amazing!

rkv // Planning your thanksgiving meal yet? Give the Thanksgiving-o-matic a whirl!

cct // What Makes a Friendship Work

rkv // All about that hygge

cct // Love a good reading list!

rkv // Tips for those of us who just do not like to run

cct // Guys, this instagram is pure gold!

rkv // I’m a bit of a morning person, and definitely like to follow some of these rules to make them that much more peaceful


 

Our Favorite Instagram Accounts

We love Instagram, like love love Instagram. Although we’re a little bummed out about the new algorithm, we’re still obsessed with scrolling through and seeing gorgeous pictures of food, history, flowers & much, much more. We’re always in the mood to look at the curated posts of bloggers, restaurants & cafes, magazines, adventurers and friends. We’re into it all! And if you haven’t found us on instagram yet – you can see Gardenias & Mint here, Christa here & Regina here. xo


Tatte Bakery

This beautiful little bakery has been blowing up all over the Boston scene. The interior of the cafes are stunning, and the food & coffee equally impressive!

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Wild Folk Studio

Insanely romantic, ethereal, and dreamy floral arrangements and photography from yet another Boston local.

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National Geographic

We love seeing these scenes from around the world – letting us feel slightly connected to places across the globe. 

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The EveryGirl

Travel photos, business advice, DIY – you name it, The EveryGirl has it! Their eye catching photos send us over to their blog all.the.time. Social media at it’s finest!

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Local Wanderers 

A gorgeously curated travel blog that focuses on the West Coast (at the moment I believe!) These two friends try to showcase the local food & retail spots that are beautiful and unique. #Jelly

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70s Babes

Just your daily dose of babe & inspiration ✌🏽️

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Rachleta

I was lucky enough to meet this lovely lady at Designer Vaca last year, and her instagram is a minimal dream. Clean lines, stark walls & inspirational all over the place.

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Lucy Mail 

Cute, quirky and bright! A little treat for every post.

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Molly Yeh

This gal has got the comfort food game locked down. Her photos are gorgeous and I want to make everything she posts!

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Happy Weekend!

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We’re feelin’ pretty pumped for this weekend, because it’s finally time for what we like to call… Winterfest! Which is basically just hanging out with some of our favorite people at our friend’s house in New Hampshire. We’ve been trying to plan the chill-sesh for a couple of years now, so we’re looking forward to taking it easy with good food, card games, and a lovely scenic view.

Have a beautiful weekend!


 cct // Did you hear that Bon Appétite shot their entire last issue with only iPhones?? Also, their 10 Commandments of Taking Instagram Food Pics

rkv // And at that, some iPhone photo tips

cct // Downton Abbey With American Accents is Absolutely Hysterical

rkv // I’ve never been much of a foundation person, usually thinking that it’s too much coverage, but lately I decided to give this guy a shot and so far am very pleased! Long-wear and blends in seamlessly.

cct // Because, YUM…Which Flavor Of La Croix Water Are You?

rkv // Two shows that I just started and am completely loving – Transparent and Togetherness. Such sharp, quiet humor, with a healthy dose of drama.

cct // 21 Things That Make Girls Say “FUCK” lol

rkv // I’m totally into the Dad Hat trend, and def wanting one for this summer


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 🙂

Happy {Long} Weekend!

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Oh heyyy long weekend, fancy seeing you here. We’ve missed you, been needing you, and can’t wait to get our hands on you. Anyone have anything exciting going on this weekend? Christa’s going to be visiting me in Bean Town for a couple of days. We’re planning to hit up my favorite yoga class on Saturday afternoon, then go dancing at a local Chinese restaurant/night-club (yes, you read that correctly). Hopefully we’ll also be squeezing in a DIY or two to share with you all in the not-so-distant future. Have a lovely weekend all, see you on Monday!

cct // Yes, yes, yes! This instagram article is spot on (for my instagram usage at least!)

rkv // As much as I’m in love with the light & airy Portland Gray in my room, these dreamy dark bedrooms are awfully pretty

cct // We have a small friend book group reading Moby Dick at the moment, but I always love to find lists of great books – this Fall Reading List from The Every Girl looks great!

rkv // Oh me oh my I love ricotta

cct // Fig, Pistachio & Roasted Strawberry Smoothie (Reg, can we make this, this weekend?!)

rkv // 5 natural headache remedies

cct // I’ve got tattoo fever right now, and this website isn’t make it any better…

rkv // Anyone who knows Christa and I knows that we love ourselves some Old Navy, and this fall season they’re sort of killin’ it. I’m feeling on this guy, this guy, and this guy

Happy Weekend!

Guys, it’s Fridayyy! This week went by surprisingly fast actually and we’re definitely ok with that. We both have busy and fun weekends ahead of us – Reg will be in NYC visiting old friends, and Christa will be poking around NH and Mass, stopping in Portsmouth & Rockport. We’ll be trying to get some profesh photos with our nice cameras, but in the mean time, keep an eye out on our instagram!

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cct // Have you guys seen the ESPN Body Issue covers? Damn! Here are my 2 fav so far – Amanda Bingson & Ali Krieger

rkv // I have yet to have a beach day this summer, and am getting very antsy! Especially after looking at these best beaches in America… and now I want to go to Michigan! Also while you’re at it — how to turn your local beach into the South of France

cct // Travel’s Best Summer Foods 2015, yes please! Also my friend Manny‘s photo is the one shown for Bar Taco!

rkv // Uhhh this chick’s snapchats are insane!

cct // Ideas to Steal from 10 Clever Small Space Entryways

rkv // Since I’m a complete sucker for mind-mushing celebrity related anything, I always appreciate a good “before they were stars”

cct // I got a pair of mirrored sunnies from Old Navy the other day (love them!), and I am just obsessed! I’m especially loving the pink mirrored color, and I’m seeing it everywhere. Pink rocks!

rkv // Yummmm easy itsy bitsy lobster rolls

Artist Profile: Tara Shupe

Two Octobers ago I had the exciting and unique opportunity to be a Blogshop intern in NYC, and one of the best parts was meeting and co-interning with Tara Shupe! We clicked instantly, with people asking us if we had known each other prior to the weekend workshop. The answer was no, but we worked hard and had a blast getting to know each other and the fun students of Blogshop.

At that time this blog wasn’t even an idea yet (what!), but Tara had a blog, Old Socks and we chatted about her photography (which I didn’t know at the time was so beautiful). She was living in Stamford, thinking of moving to NYC and was interested in taking fern crown selfies with me (aka my kind of gal). Today she is traveling around the world, expanding her photography business and settling back in the midwest. This is her story…

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You get to switch up your focus and subjects a lot — Etsy product shots, European travels, Free People outfit shoots (uh, basically dream jobs!)— what have been some of your favorite career highlights so far? It’s funny because I think I always think my highlights have yet to happen, but I also don’t check in with myself as often as I should and tell myself, “look how far you’ve come!” Some of my personal fav’s though were definitely working with Carissa from “Us the Duo” (photo below) and being styled by Free People, also her wearing one of my deer antler necklaces while she partied with Fergie! I think for a while I got caught up feeling “cool” as I worked on large photo sets, or retouched for Birchbox, Clarins and other well known brands…but although I was learning I found the most success in seeing my personal work grow. Like having my first successful Etsy Holiday, (at least in my mind) or pushing my personal work with every photoshoot.

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What inspired your recent world traveling? How has the experience shaped you or your photos? Big changes were happening in my life and after making the decision that NYC was coming to an end it wasn’t long before I was searching flights ANYWHERE! I had promised myself I would backpack Europe before:
  1. I got married
  2. Turned 30
  3. Left NY – simply bc of flight costs

I still have a few years left before 30, but I made the decision, bought a flight and had about six weeks to plan my month long journey! It was a pretty emotional/crazy last month as I sold almost everything I owned and said bye to people and a place I loved. I was with my best friend the first ten days and then completely alone for 11 days before meeting up with my cousin in Lisbon. Traveling with my camera is never boring, and I actually found I really loved traveling alone…there was something empowering about relying only on myself and at times laughing with myself.

Besides your art, what else do you like to fill your time with? Collin (my Fiance) and I love to travel, and we’ve always been long distance so I think it has really created this love for adventure and traveling between the two of us. I also love being outdoors, or working with my hands on misc. projects – these days crafting for the Etsy Shop.

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You’re originally from Missouri, studied in Iowa, lived in Connecticut and NYC, and now have settling back in Kansas City – have you found a difference between the Midwest and the East Coast as far as inspiration goes? They’re inspiring in so many different ways. The Midwest connects with my soul – I’m inspired by the quiet of nature. It recharges me when I’m not always able to be amongst the craziness. The East Coast however is a creative Mecca! It’s screaming at you everywhere you go and you’re constantly inspired at the talent you see. However, for me it could feel overwhelming, especially if I couldn’t find a balance. At times I think I found that balance, but I was desperate for that mental break to calm my creative mind.

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How has your work progressed over the years — either aesthetically or content wise? Oh man…I love seeing progression in my work and the day I don’t I’ll be quite worried! I would say the biggest changes are in my editing styles. I’m not sure at first I was doing it consciously, but over time it’s molded into a style filled with dark/muted tones with a very intimate feel.

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How do you find a balance between your personal photography from the ones you make a career of? Do they tend to lead into each other, or do you like to keep them separate? I think I used to maybe feel that I needed to do that, but naturally they became one. I feel like you start to create what you’re drawn to and love anyway, so having two styles wouldn’t make sense unless you’re just experimenting. I like to have fun with different editing styles, and I’ve started playing around with Polaroids that I wouldn’t consider my “professional” work. I of course have hopes that some day somebody will be paying me for them! ;)Inspiration can spark from anywhere – memories, places, books, music – what do you like to use as tools to stay enlightened? I should try to be better at this, but my personal muse is my alone time. Sitting, meditating, coffee drinking and really getting in my own head. I like to step away from pinterest and so many common creative “outlets” that can make my ideas foggy with too many ideas and really focus on what I’m really trying to do. I also get inspired by listening or interacting with people that I look up to or admire and it really encourages me to keep following my dreams. Recently I helped contribute to an amazing heartfelt workshop, called Monarch and I left feeling ready to conquer the world!

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Do your photos tend to portray your general personal style? Or would you say you use it more as an outlet to express something you may ordinarily not? Absolutely! I think one thing I’m the most proud of is how my style happened naturally. Although it has evolved, I never had to stop and say…and now I want my photos to look like this! I’m drawn to nature and my friends even used to tease me about only wearing neutrals colors, but there’s something intimate about connecting with the earths color palette.

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Anyone in the art field knows that it’s not always the easiest path to make a living out of — how did you get the business end of things started for yourself? Do you ever partner up with other creative talents, or do you prefer to ride solo? Let’s just say I struggle! There are still SOO many things I have left to figure out. Taxes have become more complicated, but this last year I was lucky to have a lot of longer term freelance work – which can be good and bad. I suggest really understanding your needs, like if you’re going to need really good health insurance, keep that in mind. It seems like with every individual client I figure out something new, (sometimes the hard way) but as long as I’m learning how to do it better I’m okay with that. I use freshbooks for quick invoices and love square for a 3% fee you can brand beautiful invoices and clients can pay with ease. As for collaborating, I LOVE IT! I can be a HUGE introvert and it’s easy to get into the “I’ll do it myself” mindset, but it’s been on my projects I worked with other creatives that I found myself wanting even more to do my absolute best work. I felt like people invested in me and it’s always a great learning experience!

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Any photo or travel gear you’d be lost without? I don’t go on any job, trip or day adventure without one of my three lowepro bags (1, 2, 3), and since I’ve had a lot of bad Hard drive problems, this is my go to rugged HD. And then I always carry a journal.

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Go to late-night junk food? Stupid queso dip & chips, and always hot coffee

Night owl or morning bird? I’m the most productive in the mornings, but I’ve pulled more than my share of all nighters to finish some things!

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Photography can require a surprising amount of confidence and knowledge — any advice you’d give a budding photographer? With very situation I give myself a pep talk. I tell myself, “look you’ve never came out with zero images you’ve been proud of, so keep calm and get into your zen.” For some reason that has always helped, but being mainly self taught there have been moments I have felt very self conscious of the middle aged tech talk – yes I stereotyped it! This has happened to me on multiple occasions, every where from the camera store to shooting and I simply acknowledge my humility and go figure it out for myself. There’s nothing wrong with not knowing, but understand there are far more important things than just having top notch equipment, like composition, lighting and connecting with your subject.

I try to explore new things, like shooting a single scene in different apertures and look at it later and learn what I liked or didn’t like. Take a reflector even on a cloudy day, ask a friend to assist you so you can try something new – make it fun!

A big thank you to Tara for answering our questions! Make sure to also check out her work on her facebook & instagram!

 

 

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

Happy Weekend

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Holy wow, where did this week go? I guess it’s not such a bad thing, having the days fly by and then suddenly it’s Friday. I’m sure we’re all in serious need of it.

So as some of you may have noticed, this only our third post this week. Since the beginning of G&M nearly one year ago (that sounds so epic), we’ve been pretty loyal to our five-post-a-week cycle. We stuck with it because simply, we loved when other blogs did it. We loved waking up in the morning, checking out our favorite feeds, and starting our days by reading something new in the blog-o-sphere.

But lately, we’ve been noticing it to be a bit of a challenge to keep up. We’re slackin’, and we don’t wanna be! When we embarked on this project of ours, we did it because we loved it. We wanted to find a way to stay creative and connected, even in our different cities. But we’re beginning to realize that adulthood involves a whole lot of work-life balance — and it is not an easy act to toggle.

So we’ve restructured things over here just a bit. We’ve decided to get on a three-post-a-week schedule, which will usually fall on Monday, Wednesday, Friday. We’re trying to put an end to the half-assed scrambling that has occurred a time or two (see Mom, college did teach us something!).

We still love this little creation of ours and plan to keep it going strong! And thanks so much to everyone for being such loyal followers — having you all stop by here really does make our day! So stay tuned with our new schedule, we don’t plan to disappoint!

Have you guys been finding it hard to find a life balance? No one ever warns you about this stuff, man. Ok. The rant’s over. Here are our links! xo G&M

rkv // Toasted almond chocolate chip cookie recipe

cct // Home envy is real, here are a few ways to stop being envious and start being productive!

rkv //  This image made me very happy

cct // I’ve never been a perfume girl (but I wanna be!), so I think I might try this scent out for Fall – I’ve always been attracted to the scents that are bit more masculine.

rkv // Three rules for clump-free lashes

cct // I need more pompoms in my life – these (here & here) DIYs seem pretty great. Don’t be suprised if you see some pompoms hit the blog sometime in the near future…

rkv //  Best red lipsticks tested by Oh Happy Day

cct // We’re still binge eating peaches, but we’ve been thinking lately about how to bake with them. Curtis made a peach pie last night (delishhh), but I’ve been eyeing this delicious recipe...

Happy Weekend

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Ello! How’s everyone’s week been? Mine somehow became much busier than anticipated,   but that’s not always such a terrible thing, because it flew by. I get to head home to Connecticut tonight so I can spend the weekend with the family for Mother’s Day. Our family tradition for this holiday is to do weeding in the yard for Mom (leave to to my mother to put us through manual labor!), and eat a lot. We’ll be going to our old-time family favorite Italian restaurant for lunch with my Dad, Sister and Brother-in-law on Sunday, so it should be a well-rounded time.

Hope you all have the chance to get out there are appreciate any mother in your lives – have a great weekend everyone!

PS. Christa will finally be back on Monday – yayy!

cct // Some uplifting inspirational quotes that look mighty fine as well

rkv // I’m gonna be so happy I found this once those 100 degree humid nights come to Boston

cct // Since I’ve got the most finicky feet of all time, I’m kind of excited for this collab – those chambray clogs are callin my name!

rkv // Game of Thrones theme song… as played on household items. 

cct // Rock the perfectly dirty hair” gf!

rkv // 14 florists to follow on Instagram

cct // I can’t get enough of tassels right now, and this DIY is fulfilling all of that for me!

rkv // 100+ tips for frugal living