Dark ‘n’ Stormy

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How in our adult lives had we never had a Dark ‘n’ Stormy?? This classic cocktail is pretty glorious. On paper, the combination of flavors actually sounds a little strange. But somehow the sweet vanilla of the rum, mixed with the spice of the ginger, and hint of acidity in the lime is pretty kick-ass.

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Ingredients:
(makes two drinks)

// 1 can ginger beer

// 4 shots dark rum (we were cheapos and went with good ol’ Trader Joe’s brand)

// 8 ice cubes

// lime

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And here is our crab friend, Hector, who assisted us with our beachy staging.

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To make:

01. Divide your 8 ice cubes between 2 tumblers

02. Fill your tumblers 2/3 of the way full with ginger beer

03. Slowly pour your rum over each to create the gradient look (about 2 shots per glass)

04. Squirt a lime wedge over the top, and create a pinwheel for a garnish

05. Take a photo for Instagram

06. Mix with a spoon and enjoy!

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We made these guys on an ironic evening, considering it was rather grey and rainy out, and were very pleased with the results. Do yourself a favor though and don’t drink too many — that sugar from the soda will get to your head, and you will not be feeling so hot the next morning…we may have learned from experience.

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Copy Cat

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As we begin our gradual transition into fall (le sigh), our wardrobe must do the same. An easy way to do so is by adding some structure to your ensemble, yet continuing to show off that tan you’ve worked so hard for. Shorts and a blazer are a great way to do this, and the look can easily transition from day to night with a simple swap of the shoes. Shout out to Gal Meets Glam for inspiring us with this killer look!

Blazer // Sunnies // Patterned Shorts // Blousy Tank // White Loafers

Old Lyme

Two weekends ago we spent some quality time with our old buddies in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Over the last couple of years our paths have taken us all to several different cities across the East Coast, so whenever we can manage big group hangouts, it’s always a blast. This year was nothing short of awesome — complete with lots o’ grilling, games, and goofballs. Take a looksie at some snap shots from our weekend retreat!

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Loving Now // Sun Hats

Soon we’ll be at the beach for a nice long weekend, and while we want to be in the sun as much as possible, we know it’s not good for us — so of course big summer beach hats crossed our minds. It feels like the perfect beachy, boho, surfer girl combo to us, and we hope we can find some cute ones asap to look as pinterest-worthy as these ladies!

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Beachin’ it // Summer Towels

 

… Because what’s summer without some pretty textiles to plunk your tush on? Time to layout and unwind with some surf & sand, while keeping things fresh from head-to-toe. GM_BeachTowels

{ Clockwise from top left: Nautical // Pastel // Artsy // Preppy // Cali }

Grapefruit Lime Fizz

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This past weekend the ladies of G&M had a little r&r in New Hampshire. On Saturday, after what was quite possibly the most excruciating hikes of our lives (more on that later this week) we decided we needed to treat ourselves to a little fizzy fruity fun. While shopping for dinner, we concocted in our heads a simple and refreshing cocktail to make our evening that much more relaxing. The Fresca was a last-minute decision after we got back to the house, since we realized it would go perfectly with the flavor combo — shout out/thanks to Christa’s Oma for having it on hand!

Behold, the grapefruit lime fizz!

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Ingredients:

(makes 4-6 cocktails, depending on size of glass)

// 1 bottle of Prosecco

// 1 jug of ruby red grapefruit juice

// 1 can of Fresca (or your preferred of fruity soda)

// limes

// ice

// pretty straw

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To make: 

01. Put 3-4 ice cubes in glass, then fill about half way with your Prosecco.

02. Pour grapefruit juice on top to fill the glass about 3/4 of the way.

03. Top off with a splash of Fresca to add a little sweetness and an ombre effect to your drink.

04. Squeeze a wedge of lime on top and garnish with a lime pinwheel.

05. Add your pretty straw and cheers to summer!

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4th of July Outfits

Yup, summer is in full throttle right now. With the 4th of July long weekend ahead of us, and some seriously humid days, we’ve got some light and airy outfit choices to keep your holiday cool and easy.

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Beach – Aveeno SPF 50 // Target Sunnies // Madewell Bikini Top // Topshop Bikini Bottom // Madewell Sundress // H&M sandals

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BBQ – Ray-Ban Aviators // Star Tank (Christa has this tank and is obsessed) // Striped Clutch // Denim Cutoffs // Patterned Slip On Sneaks

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Fireworks – Star Studs // Denim Jacket // Navy Flowy Blouse // White Skinnies // Embellished Sandals

Happy Weekend!

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Hey all! Hope you’re all having lovely Fridays so far! Are your summer plans filling up as quickly as ours are? We got a lot coming up in the near future, so we’re taking this weekend to take it easy and enjoy this blissful weather. Hopefully you all get to do the same!

xo, G&M

cct // Saw this and had to laugh!

rkv // Ugh, as wonderful as summer is, it also comes with the great invasion of the fruit flies.  Because I refuse to let these little buggers impede my banana consumption, I will be trying this reusable trap this weekend!

cct // Proud of Hartford for their World Cup support!

rkv // This looks equally adorable, healthy, and tasty

cct // Pretty cool collab we did at work (Hartford Prints!) with Vineyard Vines

rkv // Tips for my fellow friends with a shopping addiction

cct // I saw Tegan & Sara on Sunday night with friends from college and it brought us BACK. Here is one of my favorite old albums!

rkv // I really respect this person’s commitment to packing a perfect sandwich

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 // June 2014

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Oh, yes. It’s here – that time of year where we can bask in the sunshine (with high SPF), flip on our sunnies, and simply be. The vitamin D has certainly been making a big difference in my mood lately, and summer plans have been flying into our schedules left and right. In honor of this upcoming season (4 days!), I’ve created a little playlist with some sweet surf-rock sounds to keep you feeling cool on these long warm days.

Click here for your listening pleasure.

 

 01. we tried // the drums

02. i got the moves // habibi

03. all things come to pass // the babies

04. back to the sea // the sandwitches

05. third ave // the king khan & bbq show

06. i think i knew // cate le bon

07. sleepover // hospitality

08. mad sounds // arctic monkeys

09. easy // pure x

10. don’t stop loving me now // floating action

11. the truth // dr. dog

12. killin the vibe // ducktails

13. wonder years // real estate

PS. If you’re in the need of some upbeat jams to keep you motivated for bikini season, check out last month’s playlist!