2016 Gift Guides // The Minimalist

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First off ‚Äď we hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving, ours were wonderful ūüôā

And secondly, Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we’re jumping right to Christmas! While we still can’t believe the holiday season is actually upon us, we can’t pretend it isn’t happening anymore…time is ticking!

We’re starting with the minimalist gift guide ‚Äď for that person in your life that wants, simple, meaningful, thoughtful gifts that err on the side of handmade, sustainably produced and/or detail oriented.¬†The minimalist doesn’t want much, but they want quality items that they can rely on. Be willing to spend a little more on the minimalist in your life for a piece they will cherish.


1. Wall Clock
2. Pendant Necklace
3. Beanie
4. Turtleneck Sweater
5. Tote Bag
6. Porcelain Travel Mug 
7. Jewelry Stand
8. Copper Book Ends
9. Sea Salt Soap
10. Wool Socks


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This outfit right here, might be our uniform. It’s perfect for pretty much any weekend hang, and it would¬†be spot-on for a St. Patrick’s Day parade¬†(which we’re assuming some of you might be attending this weekend).¬†With our unpredictable New England weather, it covers the basics ‚Äď can you add or take off a layer? do you still have a shape/style/look cute¬†while maintaining correct layers? can you walk for long periods of time in this outfit? Check, check & check! Plus it’s green without screaming green (eek!), no pinches here ūüėČ


Clockwise from top right:
Wide Brimmed Hat
Antique Gold Cuff
Zara Jeans
Lucky Brand Booties
JCrew Factory Blouse
H&M Army Jacket 


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1 Item, 3 Ways // Winter Boots

While it might not be snowing at the moment (we heard you¬†Punxsutawney Phil — early, rainy spring coming soon…), the dirty and muddy streets are by no means clear of wintery-mix slush. We want to protect our favorite¬†leather booties and suede flats as long as possible, so stylish and functioning winter boots are a must in New England.

Christa received a pair of Sorel Joan of Arctic boots for Christmas and fell in love! And the Sorel boot collection is no joke! We pretty much want a style for every wintery condition.

We thought we’d dress up¬†some winter boots…Hartford & Boston style ‚Äď out on the town, on the commute, and daytime weekend in the snow – in these multipurpose¬†Sorel Slimboot Lace-Ups.


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Look One ‚Äď Out with Friends
Chicwish Grey Jacket
H&M Back Lace Peplum Top
Zara Jeans

Nordstrom Scarf
Asos Tote


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Look Two ‚Äď Weekend Wear
Dorothy Perkins Poncho Sweater
North Face Beanie
H&M Tee Shirt
JCrew Chunky Socks
Carbon38 Solow Leggings


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Look Three – The Commuter
H&M Gray Beanie
Dorothy Perkins Tote
Dorothy Perkins Blouse
Topshop Skinny Slacks
JCrew Factory Flats (to throw in your bag!)
 LL Bean Coat



Mom & Dad Holiday Gift Guides // 2015

 

How are you doing on present buying, friends? While it might be early December, we’re feelin’ a tad stressed! We’re excited to shop for our parents¬†though, because they’re the most fun to surprise! We’re looking to treat mom to some luxurious beauty care she might not buy for herself, some great DIY or cook books that she’ll dive right into, and some fun and comforting items for around the house, like a good calendar, a useful tool or some cozy slippers!

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01. Origins Gift Set
02. Knitting in Plain English
03. Alex & Ani Bracelet 
04. Rifle Paper Co. Calendar
05. J.Crew Factory Slippers
06. Bag Stand
07. Mexico Cookbook 


And onto Dad!¬†Treat him to some fun items like poker chips, unique¬†&¬†delicious beef jerky or some quirky album coasters, and hit his practical side with a fitness tracker, a comfy tee or an Amazon Fire TV stick so he can lounge on the couch. We can see the smiled on his face now ūüôā

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01. Poker Set
02. Chipotle Adobo Jerky
03. Garmin Fitness Tracker
04. Record Coasters
05. Grand Canyon Tee
06. Amazon Fire TV Stick


 

Summer-End Sales

Pretty much the only thing okay about summer ending, is the fact that every store puts all of their summer goodies on super sale. We’re personally big fans of stocking up on items at the end of the season, because by the time you pull it out for next year, it’s like new! Check out some of our favorite items form around the web:

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JCrew Factory // Extra 30% off (almost) everything, including clearance. Use code TIMETOSHOP. Also loving this, this & this.

Featured above:¬†Pleated Wrap Skirt¬†// Floral Tank // Yellow¬†D’orsays¬†// Jumpsuit


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Gap // Card members earn $25 in rewards for every $50 spent, plus tons of items on clearance

Featured above: Floral dress // Cinch-waist tank // One-piece // Leather sandals


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Loft // Extra 40% off of sale styles

Featured above: Romper // Abstract shorts // Pencil skirt 


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Asos // Up to 70% off Final Clearance & free shipping both ways for orders over $40

Featured above: Striped cropped cami // Rounded sunnies // Straw hat // Peach satchel


Love Want Need // Espadrilles & Totes

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Happy Monday, all! Hope you all had pleasant weekends! This past Saturday was my birthday, so Christa and her boyfriend came to pay me a visit in Boston. The weather turned out to be much nicer than we anticipated, so we got to go on some nice long walks. It got me thinking about how day-trip season is upon us — pleasant afternoons filled with slow strolls in destination towns, checking out local shops and markets. Days like those call for lightweight comfy shoes and easy carry-all totes for your finds along the way, with canvas being the perfect material for both! Check out some of our finds:


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Target Cap Toe Espadrille
Tri-Coastal Watermelon Tote

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Soludos Classic Espadrille
Dogeared Random Crap Tote

Need
JCrew Factory Geo-Print Espadrille
Becksondergaard Agave Tote


Sandals Galore

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We’re finding ourselves pretty stoked on this warmer weather, and in dire need of some pedis after a long winter. Time to bust out those toesies with some fun new looks from some of our favorite places!


01. Michael Antonio Drea gladiator sandal
02. Georgia Sole Society mini wedge
03. Sarena Sole Society slip-on
04. Faithful Asos mint leather sandal
05.JCrew Factory striped peep-toe
06. Humorous Asos brown leather heel


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 ‚ÄĒ 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

Graduation Outfits

No, neither of us are graduating – but you probably know a few cousins, siblings or significant others who are. This upcoming weekend in Rhode Island, Christa’s brother is graduation from Roger Williams with a degree in Architecture (yay!), and she, Curtis, her parents, and both sets of grandparents will be there to celebrate. We’ve already had to deal with the graduation dress fiasco (what to wear??), but realizing that she’ll be in almost as many pictures as the graduate, the question about what to wear has come up again.

The biggest problem is weather. You never know what you’re going to get in New England in¬†the beginning of May. Christa’s graduation was outdoors and POURING rain, while Regina’s was a nice day, but inside. Nick’s will be outdoors under a tent, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for that the mid 70’s party cloudy forecast that we saw today.¬†We’re breaking down a couple Graduation activity outfits for you ‚ÄĒ the actual ceremony, the afterparty and Sunday brunch with the fam ‚ÄĒ but feel free to mix and match if one outfit seems more appropriate for your event. And most importantly, layer up, fuel up (pack extra snacks and water), and sunscreen up if you’re outside, because you’re going to be there for awhile!

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Straw Hat 
Mirrored Sunnies
Gold Bangle
Scarf Print Dress
Yes Way Róse Tote
Sandal Wedges


02. The After Party

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Patterend Jumpsuit
Statement Necklace
Purple Suede Crossbody
Cocktail Ring
T-Strap Sandals


03. Sunday Brunch with the Fam

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Chambray Top
Sunnies
Cargo Skirt
Metallic Leather Clutch
Strappy Slip Ons


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Yayyyy it’s crazy cropped high-waisted patterned pant season! Get wild, ladies. Bust out those ankles and make those weird trousers that you’ve always loved work. The above look is great because it combines the comfort of a flouncy chambray with the a little bit of edge through the funky pants and height in the shoes. The trees are blooming, and so is our love of a swanky pants.


JCrew Factory Chambray
Forever 21 Jeweled Necklace
Target Cateye Sunnies
Fossil Drawstring Satchel
JCrew Factory Trousers
Franco Sarto Wedges