Sweet Beats // August 2015

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Ohhhh my goodness, this week has been insane! Not only has work been a  hot mess, but yesterday I went across the street to the laundry mat and realized it was closed. PERMANENTLY. I mean come on man, what is that? Considering I live in a city with no car, I was pretty distraught, I’m not gonna lie. But you know what made me feel better? The glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel — I get to have a long weekend at a beach house with Christa and friends! And you know what goes well with lounging on the beach? REGGAE MUSIC.

Please click here to enjoy on Spotify 🙂


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54-46 was my number // toots & the maytals

007 (shanty town) // desmond dekker

rivers of babylon // the melodians

dubby conqueror // bob marley & the wailers

funky kingston // the maytals

country boy // the heptones

i want to go home // derrick morgan

rock steady // alton ellis

train to skaville // the ethiopians

blow roland blow // joanne gordon

must catch a train // symarip

try me best // symarip

queen majesty // the techniques

make me yours // phyllis dillon

baba boom time // the jamaicans


Parmesan Asparagus with Heirloom Tomatoes

While I’m no stranger to some ice cream and burgers on these hot summer days, I’m also a big fan of eating colorfully and fresh. This quick little veggie appetizer goes great as a side dish for a light summery dinner (maybe with some lemony grilled chicken or a lean cut of steak), or even for breakfast served up with some eggs (poached, scrambled — your call!).

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You’ll need

  • 1 bundle of fresh asparagus
  • 3/4 cup fresh heirloom tomatoes (any tomatoes will do, but I just love how colorful these little beauties are)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • Drizzling of olive oil
  • 3-4 pinches of garlic salt (regular salt will do too)
  • 2-3 pinches of black pepper

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To Make

01. Preheat oven to 425

02. Trim the white stalks off of your asparagus and spread out the stems onto a baking sheet

03. Dice your onion, quarter your tomatoes, and mix in with asparagus

04. Drizzle with olive oil, and season with garlic salt & pepper

05. Top with grated parmesan and pop into the oven for 12-15 minutes. I like my asparagus to have a little crunch, but if you prefer it on the softer side, simply cook it a little longer.

06. Serve up and enjoy!

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Floatin’ Around

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This hot hot weather has got us dreaming of being near water, and what better way to cool down than in the pool with some amazing floaties! So these quirky floaties have been “floating around” the internet all summer (get it??), but incase you missed them, take a look…

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And if you already have something to float on but want some adorable pool float decor, check out these flamingo drink holders, drink preserver floating cup holders, and inflatable ice cream cones!


Flamingo Pool Float
Pretzel Pool Float 

Pizza Pool Float 
Doughnut Pool Float
Swan Pool Float
Watermelon Pool Float
Jousting Pool Float Game
Hotdog Joust Pool Float Game


PS — these may or may not all be from Urban Outfitters 🙂


 

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

Head-to-Toe Summer Beauty Rescues

Happy Monday back, everyone! While we’re definitely having some withdraws from our nice long weekend, we were lucky enough to spend some time outside, and maybe get a little burnt in the process (so bad, I know!!). When the seasons kick in full-throttle like this, it makes us realize how much we need to mix up our beauty routines. We’ve put together a little list to help us out, as this heat and humidity take a toll on us!

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Hair
The Ultimate Braid Guide for Summer
9 Great Anti-Frizz Hair Products
Workout Hairstyles That Aren’t a Boring Pony


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Face
6 Homemade Face Masks
Heatproof Summer Makeup Must Haves
DIY Skin Clearing Face Mist 


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Body
3 tricks for rough elbows and knees
Self-tanner 101
Homemade Coconut-Coffee Body Scrub


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Hands & Feet
How to get sandal ready feet at home
Fixes for a botched mani or pedi
Eight Mani/Pedi Color Combos


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Happy Weekend!

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Hello loves! Wow, it’s already Friday?! This week has been busy and we’ve been looking forward to this weekend so much that I’m astonished it went by so fast! We’ve got a full weekend ahead of hanging out, catching up with friends and partying it up, and we can’t wait! What are you up to this weekend?

cct // Since moving into the new apartment, decluttering and really paying attention to what we want vs. need has been a big priority in our house. Curtis got this great book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, and it really has changed our lives!

rkv // Oh, hello there, blackberry mojito

cct // This overhead lighting DIY is gorgeous!

rkv // Just when we thought that snow was gone

cct // Find ways to travel people, it’s life changing! 

rkv // While cardio certainly is not my favorite thing, it’s nice to have some tips on how to get an effective workout on the elliptical

cct // There are 2 kinds of people

rkv // This couple quit their jobs to sail the world with their cat ❤

Sweet Beats // June 2015

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I must say, I was very excited when I went online last night to see that Leon Bridges had finally released his first album. A few months back I heard a couple EPs and was totally swooning. He was pretty much plucked out of 1956 and I’m so into it. I decided to make an entire playlist based on a similar sound — retro, soul, funk, doo-wop, with a tiny bit of grit at times. The timing is perfect because this coming Saturday, Christa will be having a house-warming party in her new digs, and I’m thinking this list will be perfect while we’re getting things set up.

Click here for the link on Spotify, and have a happy hump day!


june 2015

01. smooth sailin’ // leon bridges

02. 100 yard dash // raphael saadiq

03. the river // son little

04. foodcoma // shoos off

05. psyche’s dagger // fly golden eagle

06. next time // curtis harding

07. dear someone // walker lukens

08. saturday night // the lovers key

09. everywhere i’m local // har mar superstar

10. broken heart // dr. dog

11. the hour // valerie june

12. coming home // leon bridges

13. shame // otis heat

14. you’re the kind of girl // lee fields & the expressions

15. twistin’ & groovin’ // leon bridges


Happy Weekend!

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Hey all, and happy almost summer! We’re just two short days (well, long days, according to the Earth’s rotation), away from one of our favorite seasons. And what better way to kick it off but with a day where you get to show your Dad a little extra appreciation?? This weekend is full of all sorts of goodness, hope you enjoy it!

cct // 50 States of Doughnuts: The Best Shops in America, YES PLEASE! I will say tho — I’m not impressed by Connecticut’s donut shop…I’m not a fan of Luke’s, and I’ve been seeing some great CT donut shops on the CTEatsOut instagram

rkv // I don’t know about you guys, but my mama raised me to have a healthy appetite. Because of that, I always have snacks readily available (mainly to avoid getting h-angry 🙂 ) So I was very happy to see this list of 10 high-protein snacks to keep you hungry… and the first one has chocolate!

cct // Amy Schumer is amazing, and this couple is so beautiful – all around a solid post (insert the A-Ok emoji here)

rkv // I’m deeply in love with summer, but the insects? Not so much. Here are some ways to get rid of household pests

cct // I love when exercises are broken down in GIFs rather than still shots or video, and I need to start doing these moves asap!

rkv // As much as I appreciate a tasty burger or dog, I also love myself some seasonal veggies in the summer. Here’s a way to get the best of both worlds!

cct // 10 Summer Fashion Trends We Can’t Wait to Wear from The Everygirl

rkv // Looking for a little inspiration this summer? Check out these 5 TED Talks to get you going!

Summer 2015 Movies

While summer movies are’t always necessarily Oscar worthy, they are just what they need to be – entertaining, exiting, and a way to veg out in some comfy seats & air conditioning. We’ve seen a couple of the films below, and were very happy with what we saw — what movies are you looking forward to this summer?

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01. Ex Machina
We both saw this a few weeks back and completely loved it. An artistic yet thrilling view of technology in a world not too dissimilar from our own, this movie will definitely have you thinking about it long after you leave the theater. I believe the term “so meta” is completely applicable here.


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02. Spy
We saw Spy a few weekends back when we were all together in Boston, and let me tell you, there were some hilarious spots. We looked over at each other a couple times, with tears in our eyes from cracking up so hard. And as mentioned before, it was just what we expected and just what we needed.


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03. Jurrasic World
Reg saw this last night and I’ll be seeing it soon – I mean, how can you not?! We re-watched Jurassic Park a few weeks ago and are pretty pumped to be back. Also, if you’re up for waiting until the credits, Christa’s dad worked on it (Doug Tubach), and he’s in the Visual Effects section somewhere 🙂


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04. Pitch Perfect 2
This gloriously self deprecating flick has everything you want in a comedy sequel — it’s vulgar, blunt, and didn’t ruin your love of the first movie, yay!


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05. Love & Mercy
We had to throw one serious film in there, so your brain doesn’t become total mush! This biopic chronicles the rise and fall of one of music’s most iconic voices — Brian Wilson, front man of the Beach Boys. With two actors playing two different phases of Wilson’s life, it should be interesting to see how he’s portrayed in cinematic form.


And don’t forget about fun movie nights in the park! Most cities have them, and they’re always a blast! Hartford’s round up of movies starts this Friday and goes until Aug 21st, rotating Hartford Parks for the showings, while Boston has a whole list of spots to set up an evening picnic with friends!

Music Festival Packing List

Reg and I went to Bonnaroo a few times in college and boy did we wish we had some guidance that first year! Between the extreme Tennessee heat, the all-night galavanting, and the 16 hour road trip… music festivals can do a number on ya. That being said, having a well stocked bag can make all the difference!

01. Sun Protection

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You’re going to want to get some sun (and we don’t blame you — I could totally use some rays right about now), but that pesky heat wears you out. It’s inevitable that you’ll get a little color, but be prepared for HOURS in the sun. This gal above has it all right — layers, a hat & a water bottle.


Straw Sunhat // Sunglasses // Sweat-Proof SPF


02. Daily Gear

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You might be able to run back and forth to your tent or car, but you’re not going to want to — so pack a cute and useful bag. Don’t let it get too heavy, but make sure you have your essentials  – wallet, camera, phone, external battery charger, snacks & water bottle, and something to sit on to you’re not on itchy grass all day. Check out Lauren Conrad’s Festival Bag from last year.


Turkish Towel // Bag // Water Bottle // Phone Charger // Snacks // Camera


03. Beauty

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Pretty hippie hair and festivals sort of come hand-in-hand. But to be totally honest, you won’t be showering nearly as often as you’re used to. It helps to be prepared with handy toiletries to help you feel glow-y, not smelly. On the plus side, dirty hair usually makes cool braided styles much more easily!


Dry Shampoo (this brand comes in different hair colors!) // Head Bands // Mattifying Moisturizer // Water-Proof Mascara // Yes to Cucumbers Face Towels // Bobby Pins


04. Trendy Clothing

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These days music festivals are almost more about the fashion than the music! Standard outfit rules just don’t apply here, and it’s the only time where it feels totally appropriate to wear fringe, a flower crown, and those random metallic tattoos you bought on Etsy one night. Feel free to get a little weird!


Bathing Suit // Flouncy Skirt // Rain Boots //  Lacy Bralette // Strappy Sandals // Tunic Dress // Denim Shorts // Temporary Metallic Tattoos //



05. The Real Clothes

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You know what most people don’t tell you about when it comes to camping? It’s FREEZING at night! So here you are packed for your cute sunny outfits, and all of a sudden you’re scrambling for appropriate sleepwear. You can still look good while being comfy, ladies — we live at the perfect time where it’s acceptable to go out in joggers and slouchy graphic sweatshirts — so use that! You’re going to be tired, hung over, deydrated and wishing for anything but your shortest jorts pretty fast. It’s going to feel amazing to pull those leggings on. Before you leave, mentally put together some outfits revolving around your comfiest joggers, so you know exactly how to dress down.


 Cozy Sweatshirt // Joggers // All-Purpose Leggings // Slouchy Tee // Chunky socks // Breathable Sports Bra // More Undies Than You Think You Need // Lightweight Sneakers // Rain Boots // Rain Jacket