Happy Weekend!

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Yay, it’s Friday! Reg is off on her work ski trip, and Christa is getting ready to spend the weekend tackling some wedding stuff. What are y’all up to? xo


cct // Oh because you know, he had so much extra time to casually read?! #amazing Every book Barack Obama has recommended during his presidency

rkv // A case for the can

cct // Amazing video of how they used to make marbled paper! *swoon*

rkv // Because I’m travel illiterate – traveling on a budget

cct // Some handy tips and tricks from Cupcakes & Cashmere on How to Do Your Own Makeup for a Fancy Event

rkv // Why being alone doesn’t have to mean being lonely #AllTheSingleLadies

cct // Guys, there is going to be a Britney Spears Lifetime Original movie – have you seen the trailer?!

rkv // “I am generally displeased with the current state of affairs”… and other amazingly British signs from the Women’s March


 

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Embracing Winter

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Poor winter gets such a bad rep. While we certainly are no strangers to a seasonal slump, we’re also all about embracing this time of year to basque in the good things it has to offer. This winter has been slightly warmer than usual, but we’re New Englanders – so we’re ready for you, harsh, cold February.

We’re both pretty active people through out the year, whether it’s being physically active or socially active, but we tend to slow down a bit during the winter months. While we do love the mini hibernation mode, that’s when we start to really feel the cold, darkness that New England winters are known for. We’ve decided to embrace winter this year and have the best winter yet. Reg is going on a work ski/snowboarding trip this weekend and Christa has been bundling up and taking walks at the reservoir even when it’s a tad chillier than she’d like!

Here are our favorite ways to take advantage of winter weather:

Cook and bake
Put on your favorite movie in the background, or a new album you’ve been wanting to listen to (ps. the new Childish Gaminbo is great, and people are loving the new XX album), and try that new recipe you’ve been eying!

Host
Having people over is always fun! We know it can be a little bit of work, but it can be as simple as hosting a movie night where people bring over their favorite movie watching treats, or having a potluck so you’re not the only one on the hook for food. Plus, what a good excuse to tidy up the house 😉

Winter walks and sports
As we mentioned above, Reg is getting back on the snowboarding-saddle after a couple years to go on a work ski trip, and as you probably saw on instagram, Christa was recently in Colorado for some skiing. Finding an outdoor winter activity is fantastic! Of course the first couple minutes of being outside in the cold, you are asking yourself, “why did I do this?!”, but from our experiences, we always feel amazing after!

Studio exercise classes
BUT, if you really, really hate the cold, you can be just as active inside! Reg loves yoga and Christa plays indoor soccer once a week, but it could be as simple as just warming up at the gym (we’re both loving the Nike+ Training app.)

Reading and writing
This is always one of our New Years Resolutions, because once things get busy, the lovely leisurely activity of reading and writing tends to get pushed aside. We’re going to try our best to keep this going, especially during the chilly months. Curl up in bed, on the couch or at a cozy coffee shop and dive into a new world. Christa is currently reading H is for Hawk, and Reg is searching for something great – any suggestions?!

Movies
Guys, this is *literally* the best time of year for movie watching! The Oscars are right around the corner and the last couple months have been filled with fantastic movies. We both saw Manchester by the SeaArrival and La La Land. Reg saw Nocturnal Animals, and Christa saw Loving, and we both still want to see Jackie and Moonlight.

Burn candles, incense and simmer pots
We’re big components of this (we’ve mentioned it a couple times here on the blog!) super easy mood setting tactic. Reg makes a mean simmer pot that really cozies up the house. Hoping to have a post on that someday! 🙂

Meditate and color
As mentioned in last week’s post, the better you feel, the better you’ll be equipped to handle the New England winter.

Make art
Do it! Any kind of art! Draw, doodle, knit, craft, sing, write. While you’re stuck inside, take that time to express yourself a bit – even if it’s for your eyes only.

Museums
We unfortunately forget what wonderful museums we have right at our doorstep. Christa has easy access to the Wadsworth Athenaeum, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Hill-Stead Museum, the Mark Twain House, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, and many many more. And with Reg in Boston…it’s endless! Her favorites are the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Pamper yourself
When you’re feeling frumpy from endless bundling up – why not treat yo’self! Get (or do your own) mani/pedi, get a massage, get that haircut you’ve been dreaming of. As we mentioned before, the better you feel, the better winter will feel!

Puzzles and games
And last, but not least, play some games! Reg has been loving putting together puzzles, and Christa and Curtis have friends over all the time to play board games. They’re a lovely way to spend an afternoon with friends.


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Happy Weekend!

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What a beautiful Friday! The sun is out, and we’re hoping it stays that way for the long weekend! Christa is heading up to New Hampshire and Reg is chillin in Boston to go apple picking/cider donut eating with her gal pals. We’ll both continue to binge on the new Bon Iver album – which is amazing. What are y’ll up to?


cct // Prove Your Pattern Prowess with Our Pattern IQ Quiz, I got 7/7, NBD 😉

rkv // How to style a reading nook

cct // Guys, read all the way through…it’s that good – All 47 Vice Presidents, Ranked By Hotness

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cct // These 100-Year-Old Colour Portraits Of New York Immigrants Reveal Incredible Outfits

rkv // A flowchart for clearing out your beauty product supply

cct // I’m hoping to actually watch some scary movies this October! This list is helping us pick really good ones. The ones I really want to watch are: Rosemary’s Baby, Let The Right One In, The Wicker Man (1973), Jaws, Psycho, and Carrie.

rkv // The 18 best TV shows currently airing now


 

Happy Weekend!


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Wowie, how is it already mid September?! The days just fly by! Christa has another busy weekend, with her sold out CADC Aaron Draplin event that she’s been waiting months for! And Reg is taking it easy spending time with a couple of friends who have had a rough go at things lately, unwinding and consoling with morning brunch and evening veno.

Have a great weekend, all!


cct // I just found out about Book Marks – which is the Rotten Tomatoes of book reviews – very excited to keep tabs on this site when looking for a new book!

rkv // 5 Things to Leave Until Monday So You Can Enjoy the Weekend

cct // Can We Guess Your Age Based On Your Taste In Dessert? I’m 18 apparently haha

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cct // How To Dress Like A French Girl On A Budget...aka note to self, pop over to H&M soon 😉

rkv // Gotta keep that heart healthy!

cct // 9 LaCroix Cocktails That Will Only Fuel Your Obsession

rkv // Need to hit up a craft store to make this happen


 

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 Weekend!

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Hello loves — hope you all had stress-free weeks and have exciting weekend plans ahead of you, even if that excitement is in couch form. What are you all up to? Christa and I are both moving out of our current apartments in the near future, so we’ll likely each be doing lots and cleaning and packing, which can be refreshing, especially in early spring — cheers to fresh starts!

cct // Beautiful flower wall hangings that play on animal head trophies

rkv // Eating seasonally is one of my favorite ways to feel strong and healthy, so I was amped to see these detox recipes for spring

cct // Are you or someone you know colorblind? As someone who relies on color every day, this Valspar project is so touching! (hint – just go to the last page and watch the video!)

rkv // A chart for removing any stain, ever

cct // Curtis & I are moving May 1st (yay!) and Cupcake & Cashmere’s 10 House Rules are pretty great!

rkv // We bloggers sure do love us some Trader Joe’s

cct // I love finding new books to read! These all sound promising! Do you have any to recommend?

rkv // Just your average breakfast cereal fan-art

Happy Weekend!

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Today’s Happy Weekend image is probably the most fun one we’ve posted – and while it might seem a little odd since the 1st day of spring is today – it’s also the first time Reg and I have hit the slopes together in YEARS. Like the last time we skied & snowboarded together might have been junior high! So when I saw this awesome image, I realized it was perfect for today. Anyway – enjoy this crazy spring snow shower if you’re in the North East, and keep an eye out for some ski bunny instagrams 😉

 

Happy Weekend!

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It’s Friday guys…took long enough, right? I am so thankful for this wonderful day and a weekend full of world cup games and possible thrifting (Brimfield weekend no. 2!).

cct // I always love finding new ways to use bobbi pins! Number 4, 7 & 14 are my favorite!

rkv // July produce!

cct // These pics are pretty fantastic

rkv // Anyone who knows me well, knows that I’m in lurve with eggs benny, so I think it’s about time I learned how to poach an egg

cct // The Italian’s take their wine making very seriously – this article is so interesting!

rkv // So I’ve only had my iPhone 5c for about a month and the home button already went kaputz. Have you guys heard of assistive touch? It’s a life saver, and bought me some time before I’m able to head to the Apple store!

cct //  We readers are pretty sexy…

rkv // 7 friends every woman needs

 

Enjoy your weekend!!

 

Wild Outfit Pairing

It took me about a year to finally read Wild by Cheryl Strayed after I had decided I wanted to read it. Once it became a New York Times best seller & apart of Oprah’s Book Club, it was checked out of every library within driving distance…and FINALLY I got my hands on it! I loved it, and after talking to many friends who have recently read it, it was evident how this story really makes you think about your own life. With that being said, you don’t need to do a solo-hike into some of the hardest hiking trails in the country just to find yourself, but this story can help put things into perspective.

Cheryl, a 26 year old struggling with the untimely death of her mother, issues with drugs, and the inevitable failure of her marriage, decides to get out of Minnesota. With no backpacking experience and a broken heart, Cheryl starts on her solo journey on the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to the boarder of Washington State to find herself. With where to settle up in the air, Portland Oregon will do for now.

*I know that might be a short description, but the joys and hardships in the book are better described by Cheryl herself – get reading!

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Although the trail and your past are behind you, somethings never die – like your general sense of wanting to wear comfy clothes. This tie dye shirt is the perfect combo of lived in, slinky, and a tad bit hippie. Your Bob Marley shirt might not be around anymore, but this will do. You’re done with sports bras for good and love the feeling of slipping into something sexier like this lacy black bra. And those jeans. They may seem like regular jeans to everyone else, but after months of gym shorts – hip hugging jeans are damn sexy. The idea of having a purse seems so foreign after barely having any money to store and always having a MASSIVE pack on your back. But you can’t give up that feeling, so a lightweight leather backpack will be the perfect alternative. After having many issues with shoes throughout your trip, a new pair of dependable footwear/boots will give tribute to your travels. And lastly, another nod to Portland – the parka. This weather might seem mild compared to Minnesota, but a light pink jacket will help add some girl factor back into your life.

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Tie Dye Tshirt // Black Lacy Bra // Pink Lightweight Parka // Jeans // Leather Backpack // Leather Hiking Boots

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Swamplandia! Outfit Pairing

With our resolution of reading more in 2014 underway, I thought a fashion/book mash-up would be fun! My lovely boyfriend got me the new Kindle Paperwhite for my birthday in December (so I’ll be reading up a storm) but right before that, my super-reader Aunt sent me a package of a few books, one being Swamplandia!. I had never heard of it, but the cover was cool (yeah I judge books by their covers, I’m a graphic designer), and it ended up being one of my favorite books of the year.

Swamplandia!, written by Karen Russel in 2011, takes place off the coast of Florida, where 13 year-old Ava Bigtree and her family own an alligator wrestling theme park (loose term). Her mother is the star wrestler and park attraction, but after learning she has ovarian cancer the park has to shut down, and the family is stuck figuring out how they’ll keep themselves afloat. While the financial burdens fall on Ava’s father, The Chief, and older brother, Kiwi, the day to day upkeep and emotional strain hit Ava and her sister Ossie pretty hard. The Chief and Kiwi leave the island in search of ways to save the family while Ava & Ossie stay alone on the island. Ossie acts out by becoming completely intertwined in the after-life and underworld causing a lot of tension between Ava and Ossie, when one night Ossie runs away from home. Ava, now completely alone and confused goes in search for her sister, encountering a life changing adventure on the way.

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It’s hot and humid in the swamps of Florida, so a white breezy shirt with allow for as much air flow as possible, and shorts are a no brainer. A playful hat will keep the blazing sun from your eyes as you’re exploring the winding channels of the Florida back country coast. Trusty converse will allow for comfort on your long journey, and the ability to run from your past or future. The nautical sweatshirt reminds you of your sister and her sailor ghost stories and will keep you warm on those dark and lonely nights. And lastly, your bird scarf will show your uncertain love for your new trail buddy, The Birdman.

I hope you have a chance to read this wonderful book and this outfit will all make sense. In the mean time, it’s a pretty cute getup for an outdoor adventure!

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