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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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

New Years Resolutions

gm_2014 Resolutions can be tough to take seriously when you set the bar too high. This year we tried setting some realistic goals that we always find ourselves wanting to improve on.

1 // Be more creative

We got a head start with this one this year when we made our blog. We were dying for a way to vent our creative energy by doing something fun and carefree together. It’s been a big motivator to do a lot of projects we’ve had on our lists but never set the time for, as well as a way to step outside of our comfort zones with ideas we may have been too nervous to pursue in the past. We’re planning on picking up old hobbies and gaining new ones for 2014.

// Read more often

Reading calms your nerves and allows you to unwind while removing yourself from the daily bustle we deal with. This year we want to make a point of regularly putting our phones and computers in one room, and ourselves and a book in another. Cuddle up with some cocoa and a blanket and take it easy.

3 // Stress less

Speaking of unwinding from daily bustle…we’re actively making a point in 2014 to stress less all together. Becoming an adult has proved to be pretty difficult, and our bodies and minds are taking a toll. Whenever we find ourselves tense this year, try to remember that in the grand scheme of things, this little bump is most likely a microscopic blip on the radar.

4 // Wear more sunscreen

So important yet so underutilized! This is the only skin we have, and it’s our responsibility to be kind to it. We’ll thank ourselves years from now when we’re still healthy and supple.

5 // Travel more

This can be tough when we find ourselves in financial pickles, but it doesn’t need to be an extravagant get away in order to be worthwhile. This past summer, we went camping with a friend to Cape Cod. We had all grown up in New England, yet only 1 of the 3 of us had ever been! That trip was a hot mess, and totally worth it. We also had one of the most amazing things we had ever eaten…a hot buttered lobster roll that had been caught that morning. If you’re ever in P-town, get one here.

6 // Stay in better touch with family and old friends

There have been some major life changes going on around here, and sometimes it can be really difficult to keep in touch with the people you love. This year we want to reach out more, try to let go of grudges, and just become stronger with communication overall.

Six resolutions might seem like a lot, but these points are just guidelines for things we should have been doing all along…and even if we only briefly touch some of these we’ll be happy! We hope your resolutions are as exciting and attainable as ours, and 2014 is your best year yet!

*ps – I saw this list of the top 10 best designed Champagnes & Sparkling Wine bottles featured on The Dieline (a packaging design website) to celebrate the New Year and had to share! Drink up!

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