Travel Diary // Tudor City, NYC

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One of my best friends from college, Brit moved out to NYC about 6 months ago and I hadn’t had a chance to visit her until this weekend. I must confess that I wouldn’t consider myself a NYC gal, but after visiting her little quiet pocket of the lower east side, I could almost be convinced, ha.

We had a lovely chill weekend catching up, visiting with her roomie Lauren and some of her friends from out of town, meeting Brit’s new kitty Dorian, hanging out in Central Park with my good friend Emily and her adorable pup Pico, and eating delicious food.

Here are some pics from the trip!
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^ Our picnic in Central Park was a success!


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^The Tudor City block with gorgeous little gardens flanking the neighborhood.


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^ Mini photoshoot in the park and a glorious hibiscus Dough Doughnut for breakfast!


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^ And last but not least, Dorian! What a little nug.


 

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Happy Weekend!

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This weekend is going to be glorious! Great weather and fun times ahead. Reg is celebrating her roomie Liz’s birthday, and Christa is going to be in NYC visiting her college gal pal, Brit.

What do you all have planned? Hope it’s a good one! xo G&M


cct // Because, duh! Here’s Where to Find all the Cool Stuff from the Shosh in Japan Episode of Girls

rkv // Sweet & savory midnight snacks

cct // Raindrop cake!! If we actually head into Brooklyn on Sunday for the flea market and Smorgasbord – I might be tempted…

rkv // Treat-yo-self rewards that aren’t food or shopping

cct // When to Travel This Year, Based on Your Astrological Sign

rkv // And now that you’ve figured out where to go, here’s how to get there

cct // Adorable

rkv // 7 ways to dress up your boring Ikea frames


 

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

NSS2015

You might be thinking, what is NSS2015? WELL, it’s something you should know about – it’s the National Stationery Show, and it’s amazing. Unfortunately it’s not something everyone can attend (womp womp), but you can definitely be kept in the loop by social media. It’s a massive showcase of stationers large and small, and the best place to spot new trends, beautiful cards and hardworking companies. We’ve been keeping tabs via instagram (#nss and #nss2015) and here are some of our favorite sneak peeks!

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BTW — if you’re wondering,”how big is this NSS thing anyway?” here are some numbers for ya:

Anticipated Exhibitor Participation: 800
Anticipated Worldwide Trade Attendees: 10,000
Attending Stores: 8,500

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So take a look at the awesomely gorgeous #nss and #nss2015 for some inspiration! And make sure to check out Oh So Beautiful Paper this week while they spotlight some amazing companies and cards!

Band Profile // Cheerleader

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Have you guys heard of Cheerleader? If not, it’s time you oughta. We may be a little biased because they’re some of our best friends, but for real, their sound is just what you want on a sunny day. Known for their hazy indie pop tunes, they’ve been landing them some serious internet play, and have recently been featured on some of our favorite sites like Refinery29’s New Music September Nylon Magazine’s Band Crush.

Joe (middle) & Chris (2nd to the left) went to high school with the two of us in CT, and were biffies with Christa’s boyfriend Curtis long before she and him even began dating. Over the years they’ve been in all sorts of bands, and now Cheerleader is really crushing it. These gents just keep doing what they love, and it’s paying off.

Based out of Philly, they’re currently touring the North East — so if you have a chance to see them, we highly recommend it! They’re heading to NYC & Boston at the end of the month, but you can check out the other tour dates and locations here. Also make sure to take a look at their recent adds to iTunes!

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Five Minute Date Makeup

Happy Monday everyone! We hope you had a wonderful weekend, and although it’s only Monday, I’m sure some of you are already dreaming of the weekend. Here is a simple make up tutorial for a midweek after-work hang out, whether it be with that guy you’ve just started seeing or drinks with your girlfriends!

I’m very simple when it comes to make up on a day to day basis, and honestly I don’t mind…I can’t imagine having to wake up any earlier (I need my sleep!). So this is my basic makeup routine with a little extra pizazz for your after-work meet up!GM_Beauty_1_GM_Beauty_2_

*Make sure to bronze a little below your cheek bones (do the unflattering fishy face and sweep a little bronzer into your hollowed cheeks). With blush, whether it be cream blush or powdered blush – brush onto the apples of your cheeks and bring back towards your ears. A little can go along way with some blushes, so play around at home a few times before heading out in public.

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Use your most dramatic mascara for your date! You might feel a little weird at work with your fullest lashes, but you’ll be happy you do when you head out after a long day and your lashes are still flirty and full.

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The highlighter is the beginning of your date night look, it brings just the right amount of attention to your eyes and is a little sassier than your work makeup.

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The greatest thing about a lot lip stains are that they can also be used on your cheeks! So if you’re feeling a little drab after work, pop this on both your lips AND cheeks.

And then you’re done! After just a little bit of concealer, bronzer, blush, eyeliner, and mascara you’re ready for work, and then you can transform yourself for that date night with a little highlighter and lip color – easy peasy!

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My everyday products:

Face: Garnier Dark Circle Roller // Smashbox Concealer // Cover Girl Loose Powder // NYC Color Wheel Bronzer // Sephora Collection Blush // Benefit High Beam Highlighter

Eyes: NYX Eyeliner // Shiseido Eyelash Curler // Benefit “They’re Real” Mascara

Lips: Benefit Benetint Cheek and Lip Stain

Gap Sweater // Kathleen Whitaker Staple Earrings // Vintage Turquoise Ring // Silver Wave Ring // Midi & Pinky Rings