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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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 }

Love Want Need // Bikini Mix & Match

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When it comes to mixing & matching on the beach, we’re big fans — and we’re also okay with things getting a little weird. If you wanna play with spots and stripes, you go on with your bad self. The trick with pattern/print play is all about making sure the colors compliment each other, as well as the print proportions. If you’re feeling a little less adventurous, it’s always a safe bet to have a solid bottom and saucy top. This is an awesome way to make your beach-wear stand out, and having a new suit that’s totally custom to your style.

Love // Floral Top (Part of a set, but then you’ll have even more pairing possibilities!) // Black Scalloped Bottoms

Want // Red Seersucker Top // Blue Patterned Seahorses Bottoms

Need // Two-Toned Bandeau // Polka Dot Bottoms

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!