G&M’s Fall Bucket List

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Fall is in full force now that it’s somehow the middle of October! The temps have finally lowered a bit and the sweaters are coming out. Before winter hits, we’re hoping to have the best fall ever…

Christa’s fall bucket list:
Hit up as many farmers markets as possible
Make donuts with my new donut pan (post coming soon!)
Figure out a storage system for storing my boots so they look this good next fall!
+ Actually watch Rosemary’s Baby this year
+ Travel to Boston more to visit Reg!
+ Hike more while the leaves are this gorgeous
+ Walk, instead of drive, to as many local things as possible
Finish Moby Dick by Thanksgiving

Reg’s fall bucket list:
Sunset wine on the Charles River with blankets
Hike Monad again!
Biking around the city
Make mulled spiked cider and wine
Walk the Arnold Arboretum
Teach a yoga class for my friends in the park
Get up early to take photos before the city wakes up
Bake all of the apple everything

What’s on your fall bucket list?


 

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Happy Weekend!

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How pretty are those puppies up there? We want ourselves some figgy fizziness and we want it now. What are you guys up to this weekend? Christa will be traveling in Cali with her bae, while I’ll be supporting my recent addiction to American Horror Story. There’s also the possibility of taking a day trip with my roomies on Sunday to check out the fall foliage. We aren’t sure where yet, but I’ll keep ya posted. Have a beautiful weekend, all!

cct // Curtis and I will be arriving in Joshua Tree this afternoon after an awesome trip up to the Palm Springs Tramway (so cool!) Have any of you guys been there?! Any tips, tricks or recommendations?

rkv // I have a very plain frame-less mirror at home that is screaming for this makeover

cct // These gorgeous paintings are such an interesting idea! Check out all of the paintings here.

rkv // Use this infographic to see if your Halloween costume is offensive

cct // Reg got me hooked on Lord Huron from her last playlist, and now I’m obsessed! I’m not sure I can pick a favorite song yet, but this one is up there.

rkv // 8 ways to use your free time to impress your boss

cct // Guys, not get to get basic on you, BUT Pumpkin Spice Butter

rkv // Ugh, head-cold season is nearly upon us… let’s jazz up your chicken soup

 

Travel Diary // Vermont, Year 2

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Around this same time last year, Curtis and I went to visit my aunt and cousin in Vermont, and fell in love with it! We had our next visit planned for this year (2 weekends ago) and unfortunately due to some annoying car issues, Curtis couldn’t come. I did however go with my mom and grandparents which was equally as lovely. Once again we stayed at my aunt’s in-laws vacation house in town that was just perfect for us – a kitchen, a place to hang, and a gorgeous view! (Seriously though, isn’t that view great?!)

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We explored Middlebury for a bit, took lots of walks, and relaxed a bunch – aka perfect fall weekend!

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We also got a tour of my aunt’s garden (both vegetables and flowers), and it was gorgeous!

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And lastly we popped over to the Woodchuck Cider House again, and had an awesome time with the self guided tour and samplings. YUM!

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How’s your fall going? We’re always looking for cute New England day trips – what is your favorite spot to travel to this time of year?

Travel Diary // NY, NY

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Happy Monday, all! Hope you all had lovely weekends and had a chance to enjoy some of that sunshine. This time of year our weekends tend to be filled with lots of local traveling, and recently mine included popping over to New York to hang with some ol’ pals. It’s funny, I grew up in New England, but have never actually been to NY in my adult years, (mainly because I loathe the bus) so this was a treat!

Stop No. 1 // After a lengthly 4 hour drive filled with Beyonce and No Doubt, my biffie Xiao and I were hungry. Our hostess Sarah and her boyfriend love Latin American cuisine and knew just where to take us – Coppelia. It is an amazing Cuban 24-hour diner that hit all the right notes. We had a spread of nachos, ceviche, and an amazing dish called lomo saltado which I highly recommend. We topped it all off with some caipirinhas and were basically rolling out of the place.

Stop No. 2 // Since we had pretty much eaten our weight in prime rib the night before, by the next morning we weren’t feeling our hottest. I picked up a tasty little peach parfait to hold me over in the morning, and then we swung into Joe Coffee for some iced caffeine. As previously mentioned, I haven’t spent a whole lot of time in NY, so I was pleased to do the touristy things like putz around Central Park — and that just what we did! Sarah only lives about 10 blocks from it, so we had a nice little afternoon checking out the musicians and entertainers.

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Xiao’s Instax polaroid film took the cutest photos!

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These pants are so comfy — you can grab a pair at Old Navy!

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3-cheers for Sarah’s sister Alla for snapping the only candid photo EVER of me to not involve snarled lips and a double chin…

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Kissing pigeons in the window!

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Stop No. 3 // After having lunch at Mario Batali’s Italian eatery Otto Pizzeria we continued to stroll around Soho and Little Italy for some window shopping and treats at M’o Il Gelato — so refreshing on a 90 degree day!

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Stop No. 4… 5, 6, 7 // After having dessert for lunch (hehe) we spent the night in Brookyln where we had some amazing Mediterranean tapas for dinner at Olea. We followed up with a little bar hopping — a fancy lavender cocktail at Dick & Jane’s Bar, some video games and beer at Barcade, and and all-night 90s dance party at The Bell House. Pretty much the most hipster Saturday night ever, and it was wonderful.

Stop No. 8 // Feeling a just a wee bit tired from our dance party the night before, I was ready for my first New York bagel… H & H Midtown Bagels East was loud, greasy, and had a nice long line… aka exactly what I wanted. The perfect bacon egg and cheese on a toasted everything to top off my weekend!

We had such a good time, and are definitely planning to return on the next long weekend, because 1 1/2 days just ain’t enough! Thanks Sarah for the foodie tour! 🙂

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Happy Weekend!

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Happy Valentine’s Day weekend, friends! Hope you’re all staying toasty out there with the ones you love! What’re your plans for the weekend? Ours will likely involve a whole lotta flannel, because it is freezing out there! We may both attempt to go sledding, depending on the weather, because there is ANOTHER potential blizzard heading our way… I just don’t even know what to say any more.

Have a fantastic weekend! PS I want that thumb ring.

rkv // this little list on how to make some mulla on Ebay is so great! I think I may actually give it a go!

cct // baha nail color names are pretty ridiculous

rkv // I found this post on Valentine’s Day from a dude’s perspective to be pretty cute — go figure they all involve being low-key and just spending time with another. Sounds about right, considering my guy and I will be enjoying a wonderful pizza dinner for two 🙂

cct // Well this sounds delicious! Fried lemons, who knew?!

rkv // Om nom nom homemade chia seed jam

cct // I see a fun typography project this spring, anyone have a blank wall?

rkv // The best way to reheat a slice of pizza. Man, I talk about pizza a lot, huh?

cct // I’m all ears on help in the landing-a-great-job department, and these tips are very insightful! I can’t wait to see what else she’s got to share!

Travel Diary // Lincoln, Middlebury & Bristol, Vermont

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Curtis and I went up to Lincoln, Vermont to visit my Aunt Wendy and cousin Nesta this past weekend, and it was just what we needed! We woke up to a super rainy Saturday but that didn’t hold us back. We got a delicious breakfast from the Bristol Bakery & Cafe, poked around town (got my first henna by the super talented Bridgette – she freehanded our designs!) and drove all around Lincoln, Middlebury & Bristol making stops along the way.

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Our first stop was the newly built Woodchuck Cidery in Middlebury, which was so much fun! It had a small self guided tour, and then a quick and delicious tasting. You got to pick 4 samples off of their list, and we were pleasantly surprised how much we enjoyed all of them! To be honest, none of us had really explored Woodchuck ciders before, but we definitely will now! We mixed and matched with each other, sips here and there – and ended up getting a very broad taste of their menu. * My favorite was the Pink, it tasted a bit like rosé!

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We then stopped at a Danforth store which specializes in pewter, and they were having a pewter demonstration. It turns out, the Danforth pewter lineage goes back to Connecticut in the 1730’s!

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This view was gorgeous! I bet it’s even better without the fog!

We got up early on Sunday, Nes made us delicious waffles and we started out on a hike! It didn’t quite go as planned, but we got to drive around a bit more checking out Sugar Bush & Warren, VT.

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I would definitely recommend any New Englanders to take a weekend trip up this way. It is peaceful, beautiful and you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous views and friendly people!

Have any of you guys been to Lincoln, Bristol or Middlebury? How did you like it?

Labor Day Weekend Fun

With Labor Day right around the corner, we found it only fitting to fill your minds with some ideas on how to spend your weekend! We’re really looking forward for taking an extra day for ourselves while we embrace the remainder of the warm weather!

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// 01. Backyard BBQ
An extra day off is music to our Mon-Friday-workin ears! If the weather is nice, round up those friends of yours and sit outside, light the grill and eats lots and lots of chips! Extra points if you can whip together a Pinterest worthy cocktail like above – cheers!

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//02. Day Trippin’
The best part about living in New England is the easy access to wonderful places within driving distance. An extra day off can extend any weekend trip into something a little more! Check out the dunes on Block Island, explore the mansions in Newport, or head to the woods – you’ve got a whole extra day, use it!

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//03. Bike Ride
Sometimes a quaint little bike ride is all you need to make your extra time off that much better. In Boston and CT we’re big fans of the Charles River and Farmington River Trail. Where you guys like to cycle around?

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//04. Movie Day
With the weather as unpredictable as it is round these parts, we sort of always need a plan b. A movie day with delicious treats sounds like just the thing! Make yourself a little spread and just let yourself be shamelessly lazy!

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//05. Picnic
Picnic in the park anyone? Don’t mind if I do! A chilled glass of white and a caprese sandwich with a book sounds like an extremely pleasant way to spend these final few weekends of warmth. Relax and live it up!

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Good Ol’ Blueberry Pancakes

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While we have a few weeks of summer left, take full advantage of your summer fruits and lazy weekends! Blueberry pancakes are where it’s at. When Reg and I were in New Hampshire a few weekends ago, we woke up early to pick some fresh blueberries and had pancakes on the mind – it was quick, easy and delicious. This recipe has the perfect amount of fluff, while maintaing a little density.

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// Ingredients {makes between 8-10 pancakes}

Nonstick Spray (or butter for the pan)
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg
1 1/4 cups buttermilk (if you don’t have buttermilk, this is how to make it easily at home)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 heaping tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup cooking oil
pinch of salt
blueberries (or any fruit you’d like!)

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// Instructions

01. Preheat a skillet over medium-low heat. Use nonstick spray or butter to grease up the pan.

* At this point if you’re making the buttermilk, do so now so it has a few minutes to sit.

02. Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder & salt into a medium sized bowl.

03. In a large bowl, whisk your milk, oil, and egg together.

04. Add dry ingredients slowly to the wet, whisking until well mixed and there are no chunks.

05. Pour your desired sized pancake into the skillet

06. Sprinkle in your desired fruit (as many as you’d like!)

07. Flip when edges are bubbling/appearing to harden. They should be golden brown.

08. Cook until the pancakes seem cooked all the way through and the bottom is golden, about another 2-3 minutes.

09. Repeat!

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Garnish with powdered sugar and extra fruit if you’d like! It makes them extra cute!

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And most importantly – enjoy!

 

Mount Monadnock

You may have seen us mention our hike in New Hampshire from a couple of weekends back, and now we’re finally getting around to posting about it!

We actually have renamed this epic hike to Profanity Mountain, because holy sh*t it was hard. We definitely didn’t quite know what we were getting ourselves into, but if you’ll notice in Exhibit B, picture #2, my body is lunging with all of it’s might up a massive incline — this was the entire hike up, for TWO hours. So yeah, needless to say we were exhausted, but so glad we did it. The view from the top was pretty unreal, and we were feeling mighty accomplished by the end of it.

So if you ever find yourself in this area of New England and are up for a bit of a challenge, this Profanity Mountain hike is a must. And now that we’re extremely experienced/advanced hikers (chyea, okay) we have a few tips for you. Check ’em out as you scroll!

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01. Good gear — moisture-wicking clothes, shoes with solid traction, and a headband will save your lives

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02. Snacks! — don’t leave home without ’em. We brought along a container of cashews, small turkey sandwiches, granola bars, and LOTS of water. If we didn’t have these, it’s quite possible that we would have passed out.

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03. Sunscreen — we lucked out and our day was pretty grey, but if it had been any sunnier, we would have likely been little lobsters. It’s easy to forget because you’re amongst so many trees, but your shoulders will definitely see the light of day, and a lot of it.

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04. Map it out — they’ll offer one to you, and you should take it. It’s pretty helpful in knowing which trail to take and figuring out what level you’re about to take on (plus they’re pretty!).

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05. Take breaks — if you’re pooped, you’re pooped! Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that. Find a nice comfy looking rock, pop a squat, take in the views, and thank your body for being so good to you!

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Copy Cat

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When we came across this image, we found it perfect to replicate since it can so easily transition from the office hours to happy hour. So now that things have officially warmed up in the New England, we’ve been flashing our ankles like crazy, and poppy red stilettos are a perfectly saucy way to do so. Keep the heat turned up with a bright lip, but tone it down with some jeans and a flowy blouse, plus neutral accessories.

Hope you’re all having a great start to your week!

Zara blouse // Forever 21 bag // H&M belt // Tarte lip stain // H&M jeans // JCrew pumps

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