2016 Gift Guides // The Traveler

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Happy hump day, friends! We’re excited about today’s gift guide – gifts for your traveler! Whether they’re new to traveling, wanting to get into traveling, or are seasoned travelers, these items will excite the curious minds of people looking to experience new places.

Travelers want small, packable items that make life easier while on the road. Notebooks to document their trips, technology gadgets to ease their minds while being without power, and miniature sized items of their favorite things (cocktails, travel books, toiletries), are all great gifts for the traveler. We’re thinking we might add couple things to our wish lists…


1. Cordito Supreme Rollup
2. Plaid Sleep Set
3. The Carry On Cocktail Kit
4. Leather Luggage Tags
5. Kindle Paperwhite
6. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Collection
7. Clarity Clear Pouch 
8. Zagg iPhone Power Amp 6
9. The New York Times: 36 Hours USA & Canada
10. Field Notes Notebook


 

2016 Gift Guides // The Minimalist

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First off – we hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving, ours were wonderful 🙂

And secondly, Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we’re jumping right to Christmas! While we still can’t believe the holiday season is actually upon us, we can’t pretend it isn’t happening anymore…time is ticking!

We’re starting with the minimalist gift guide – for that person in your life that wants, simple, meaningful, thoughtful gifts that err on the side of handmade, sustainably produced and/or detail oriented. The minimalist doesn’t want much, but they want quality items that they can rely on. Be willing to spend a little more on the minimalist in your life for a piece they will cherish.


1. Wall Clock
2. Pendant Necklace
3. Beanie
4. Turtleneck Sweater
5. Tote Bag
6. Porcelain Travel Mug 
7. Jewelry Stand
8. Copper Book Ends
9. Sea Salt Soap
10. Wool Socks


Office Space Refresh

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Reg’s office is relocating to their new building this morning and she has been on the lookout for updated items for her new spot — and because we’re as obsessed with decorating our cubicle as we are for our apartment, we thought we’d share some of our favorite office-sprucing pieces from around the web that can help organize and personalize your space!


From the Top Left:

Oversized Gold Paperclips
Two-Toned Mug
Wire Organizer
Metallic Dipped Notebook
Leather Mousepad
Mint Tape Dispenser
Paper Storage Bag
Copper Book Ends


Happy Weekend

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This weather is crazy! Foggy & warm one minute, chilly and snow in the forecast the next – stop screwing with us Spring! Typical New England, TYPICAL. At least fog and snow make for pretty photos, right?

Anywho, have a fabulous weekend, all 🙂


cct // What I Wish I Knew About Home Decor When I Was 22

rkv // Anybody else have disgusting rental-kitchen floors? I do, and I’m over them. Found myself an outdoor rug that I’m hoping will be kitchen friendly!

cct // This vine makes me so happy

rkv // Because we want dogs but need to make adult choices — 5 Things I Learned From Getting a Puppy

cct // Type A problems, whaaaa?

rkv // Because we can’t get enough marbleizing

cct // Umm, guilty pleasure much?

rkv // Great beauty buys from Whole Foods


 

Babes for Bernie

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While we don’t usually get political here on the blog, my highly anticipated “Babes for Bernie” sweatshirt came in late this week and I was super excited about it! I had stumbled upon Print Liberation awhile back and had been waiting to buy something good, and when I saw this sweatshirt I knew it was time. It’s cozy, cute & let’s people know where I’m at this election season. If you’re not a Bernie fan, you can grab a Hillary top, or if you’re not into politics, feel tree to grab one of my favorite shirts – more pizza & more whiskey 🙂


Outfit: Anorak, Target (similar), Babes for Bernie Sweatshirt, Jeans, Gap (similar), Sunnies, Urban Outfitters (similar), New Balance Sneakers, DSW (similar – actually, I really want these!), Purse, thrifted/vintage


 

DIY: Vanity Redux

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So, I have quite literally been trying to redo this dresser for 15 years. My mom and I picked it out from a handmade pine furniture store when I was 11 years old — and even as a wee lass I had DIY on the brain! However, this brain has also always been indecisive (and lazy), and just couldn’t figure out to do with this clunky little nugget.

While part of me actually wouldn’t mind keeping it as pine, it had just gotten so dirty over the years that I had to do something to it. There was an odd pink stain on the top, among many other mystery globs. Plus, it’s a pretty hefty piece, and I generally think pine looks much better with slimmer/sleeker lines.

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See above? Ew.

I mulled over options at the hardware store for a solid 45 minutes trying to pick the right color, because once you stain unfinished pine, there isn’t really any going back.

TIP: Be sure to use the stain sample charts that the brand displays in store, because the colors pretty much don’t look anything like they do on the face of the cans.

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The rest was really pretty straight forward! I gave it a good sanding because of all those nasty stains, decided to condition because the unfinished wood was looking parched (and the kind man at the hardware store said it would allow a more even finish), and used a silicone brush to add the two coats of stain.

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Tip: If you’re doing this indoors (because you’re an idiot like me who decided to wait until late fall for a big DIY) prepare yourself for some seriously fowl aromas. I chose not to sleep in my bedroom for three nights, keep the windows open, and fans on 24-7, and the smell still took about 2 weeks to finally dissipate.

So a better tip? Maybe wait until spring/summer when you can air it outside overnight.

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But the horrid smell was worth it! I’m so happy with the color choice of — not too red and not too dark. The handles are mismatched feathers that I had picked up on sale at Anthropologie years ago, waiting for this moment to finally arrive, but If I had my choice of any handles I may go with something like these brassy guys.

I should probably also seal it, but that may take another 15 years or so.

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If you like what you see:
Wood Stain, Minwax in English Chestnut
Storage Ottoman, Target
Frameless Mirror, Ikea
Glass Table Lamp, Ikea (similar)


— rkv

2016 Planners

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We’re getting excited to ring in the new year with, wait for it…organization! And with planners this pretty, it seems like it won’t be too hard! But for real, with 2016 on the horizon, the best way to approach a new year is to get organized. As addicted to our iPhone calendars as we are, it felt weird to go back to a paper planner, but we found it to be much easier to see little notes and appointments spread out in one space. So think about a physical planner option this year…because you never know when your iPhone might crap out. Sorry, what a terrible thought — fingers crossed it won’t 🙂


Floral Planner
Desk Planner
Marble Planner
Field Notes Planner
Pink Light Planner
2016 Kraft Planner


 

 

Holiday Host & Hostess Gifts

We’re finally at the short week we’ve all been waiting for! And we are so excited to have some down time with family & friends. Not sure about you all, but for the past few years we’ve been feeling more and more like adults. We can discuss careers with our families at get togethers (and actually be semi-knowledgable), eat brussel sprouts voluntarily, and choose to have breakfast and coffee with our family on Christmas morning before opening gifts. It’s a nice change of pace to feel a little more mellowed out right before the holiday, and not anxiety-ridden about not falling asleep or else Santa won’t come.

But if there’s one thing that adults do for one another, it’s bring a gift for your hostess or host. It’s makes that person feel appreciated and special, and shows that you aren’t just there for the free food 🙂 And while a nice bottle of wine or beer will always be a wonderful gift, we’re looking at some nontraditional gifts for this holiday season. Here’s some things we’ve been eyeing that we know our party-throwing pals would appreciate:


 

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Potted herb of your choice (image via)


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Wooden serving tray for all that food


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Beverage mixer they normally wouldn’t splurge on


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Feather bottle opener to make drinking beer that much more fun


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Holiday scented candle


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Fuzzy blanket to unwind after the parties have ended


 

 

Boho Picnic

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I’m on a plane to LAX for my Designer Vaca trip in Palm Springs!! SO excited! Keep an eye out on my instagram for pics from PS & Joshua Tree 🙂

Anyway, so when my friend Brittany and I were browsing Brimfield this year, we stumbled upon one of the most beautiful tents we’d seen all day – a floor to ceiling, wall to wall tent full of Kantha quilts. The price was right and we both found throws we fell in love with. The company is String Theory, and they had the most gorgeous blankets we had ever seen! (Ps they sell to Anthropologie to resell!). We each bought one and started day dreaming about how we wanted to use them – at home, for picnics, at the beach, on our beds, etc. and since the weather has been perfectly fall these past few weeks we figured it was time to give picnic-ing with our new blankets a try!

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On Christa: Gingham Top (Target, similar), Jeans (similar), Clogs, Hat (Vintage, similar)
On Brittany: Hat (Yellow 108), Sweater (similar), Jeans (Urban Outfitters), Clogs


 

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 🙂