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


 

G&M’s Fall Bucket List

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Fall is in full force now that it’s somehow the middle of October! The temps have finally lowered a bit and the sweaters are coming out. Before winter hits, we’re hoping to have the best fall ever…

Christa’s fall bucket list:
Hit up as many farmers markets as possible
Make donuts with my new donut pan (post coming soon!)
Figure out a storage system for storing my boots so they look this good next fall!
+ Actually watch Rosemary’s Baby this year
+ Travel to Boston more to visit Reg!
+ Hike more while the leaves are this gorgeous
+ Walk, instead of drive, to as many local things as possible
Finish Moby Dick by Thanksgiving

Reg’s fall bucket list:
Sunset wine on the Charles River with blankets
Hike Monad again!
Biking around the city
Make mulled spiked cider and wine
Walk the Arnold Arboretum
Teach a yoga class for my friends in the park
Get up early to take photos before the city wakes up
Bake all of the apple everything

What’s on your fall bucket list?


 

Travel Diary // Portland, Maine

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Oh Maine, you’re so good to our bellies and souls. Such a pretty little city with such amazing food and sites. My group of close gal-pals in Boston have some big changes coming up (with one of them moving back to England next month, nooo!), so we decided to take a mini girl’s weekend vaca to have something memorable in the books.


We drove in Saturday morning and arrived just in time to grab an AMAZING lunch at Even Tide Oyster Co. Have you guys ever had a Bubbly Mary? Being that it’s prosecco and Bloody Mary mix, it sounds a little funky, but as their menu described, don’t knock it till you try it, because it was a killer pairing with my insanely delicious lobster roll. The lobster roll was less traditional than I’m used to, in that it came on an Asian-style bun, but ended up being one of the best I’ve ever had (which is quite a few!).


We then putzed around town just to see the sites and bop into the local shops. This peacock chair was HUUUUGE and I wanted it.

The above photo was taken in a store dedicated to Scandinavian design and food, which was total eye candy.

^ Just a straight up silverware collection, but I thought it was pretty 🙂



After lots of walking, we swung into Central Provisions to grab a pre-dinner bottle of wine and some snacks. We ended up sitting at the bar right as the early-dinner crowd came in and it was glorious. All of the food looked so beautiful, with a lot of care and detail that goes into it. We split a small flatbread, but wish we had more! We felt silly knowing that we had our full dinner coming up elsewhere in just a few hours!


We grabbed a more casual dinner at David’s where I got the shrimp and scallop screwers. Perfectly charred with a delicious tomato puree underneath. It hit the spot for sure.


The next morning I woke up super early (because we had PASSED OUT from being tired from all of the walking the day before) and I took a walk around town and grabbed some coffee at Bard Coffee with my roommate. Really high quality coffee, nice and nutty with a bold kick.

Above: an AMAZING chai donut from the Holy Donut


Lastly before heading home we checked out the beautiful Portland Head Light. The weather was perfect for it, and we had a really fun time doing the cliff walk and exploring the nearby fort ruins in the area.

Have you guys been to Portland? Any other recommendations for the next time we stop by? xo


 

Happy Weekend!

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This weekend is going to be glorious! Great weather and fun times ahead. Reg is celebrating her roomie Liz’s birthday, and Christa is going to be in NYC visiting her college gal pal, Brit.

What do you all have planned? Hope it’s a good one! xo G&M


cct // Because, duh! Here’s Where to Find all the Cool Stuff from the Shosh in Japan Episode of Girls

rkv // Sweet & savory midnight snacks

cct // Raindrop cake!! If we actually head into Brooklyn on Sunday for the flea market and Smorgasbord – I might be tempted…

rkv // Treat-yo-self rewards that aren’t food or shopping

cct // When to Travel This Year, Based on Your Astrological Sign

rkv // And now that you’ve figured out where to go, here’s how to get there

cct // Adorable

rkv // 7 ways to dress up your boring Ikea frames


 

Happy Weekend

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Can we just talk about this delicious looking truck for a second?! We don’t know if we’ve ever seen an automobile look so damn fine. Carb City, and we want in on that.

ANYWAYS, back to real life. We’re here with our Friday links (sorry for the radio silence last Friday, life can be so hectic sometimes!) Christa was in Colorado with Curtis visiting her brother from last Thursday-Tuesday (you may have seen some instagram pictures here & here), and this week has just been insane! I think the full moon week crazy-vibes came a week early…

But is everyone amped for the weekend? We’ll be spending it in Hartford together, shooting our first official contribution post for CT Eats Out! Can’t wait to team up with these guys and share with you all what we come up with. We’ll be doing a monthly post for them, so stay tuned!


cct // Still trying to do the “eat less sweets” thing, but it’s girl scout cookie season, and things like this mock me…

rkv // Yum yum dan dan

cct // I love finding DIYs that are beautiful and not that hard (insert heart eye emoji here)

rkv // Often times when I tell people that I can be pretty shy, they’re a little surprised (considering I definitely have a boisterous side). But one arena that always makes me tense up is networking, so I found this to be a nice read.

cct // Love me some Boho outfits

rkv // 13 personal trainers giving some of their best advice

cct // Design*Sponge is killing it right now — loving this, this & this.

rkv // All the single ladies — Refinery 29 ranks the best dating apps out there

Happy Weekend!

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Happy Friday, loves — how’d you guys hold up this week? The week after Thanksgiving can sometimes feel extra long, but this year it didn’t seem too bad. This year we’re trying to be a little more conscious of our holiday habits — actively trying to keep our nutrition and exercise in check, and budgeting ourselves so we don’t overspend. It can be a challenge at times, but it seems to be helping, because we’re feeling good! Are you guys doing anything differently this year to feel a little more balanced? Hope you guys have a great weekend — see you on Monday!


cct // An older and wiser friend of mine always swore that sipping on a little whiskey when you’re feeling like you’re going to get sick will fend everything off – and I’m thinking he was right 🙂 So long cough syrup, and hello hot toddy’s!

rkv // Have you guys tried the mediation app Headspace yet? I have two friends with rave reviews!

cct // Purge the closet…you know you never wear it..do ittt (stop overthinking it!)

rkv // Why, hello holiday mai tai

cct // Which 2015 Pop Hit Are You?

rkv // Because sometimes the holidays aren’t always merry & bright — how to beat the holiday blues

cct // These 9 Trends Prove That the Way We Travel Is Changing (also Afar mag is the best of the best, if you love travel and design, think about subscribing, it’s my favorite magazine!)

rkv // How to make friends in adulthood

 

 

Happy Weekend!

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Hello, dearies — hope you all had a lovely week, and have an even lovelier couple of days ahead of you. We’re stunned that next week is Thanksgiving. How did that happen??? It feels like as we get older, time goes by so much quicker. Are any of you all feeling similarly?

This past week our small home town in CT experienced some devastating news about a young mother, a member of our graduating class, who suddenly passed. In combination of learning this, of the troubling news in Paris, as well as world-wide current events  — it’s definitely resulting in some self-reflection. This week we’re feeling especially grateful for our friends, family, and the wonderful community that we were raised in.

While we have mushy hearts this week, we also still have our care-free nature about us. We’ve rounded up our weekly links for you all, hope you enjoy, and we’ll see you on Monday 🙂


cct // Embroidery with sprinkles, say whaaa?

rkv // Don’t hold yourself back! How to ask for a raise

cct // I’ve just been lovin’ the half up/half down looks these days!

rkv // Last weekend I lopped off about 7 inches of hair, and this tutorial has been my everything ever since

cct // Why Do We Romanticize Stress?

rkv // 15 bizarre, yet amazing, hotels — #6!

cct // So I learned this smiling trick a while back (the last one on the list), and I really do think it helps! Give it a try this weekend while you’re takin selfies with your ladies before going out 😉

rkv // And the best article-title-ever award goes to…. How to Ron Swanson Your Life


Travel Diary // Vermont, Year 2

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Around this same time last year, Curtis and I went to visit my aunt and cousin in Vermont, and fell in love with it! We had our next visit planned for this year (2 weekends ago) and unfortunately due to some annoying car issues, Curtis couldn’t come. I did however go with my mom and grandparents which was equally as lovely. Once again we stayed at my aunt’s in-laws vacation house in town that was just perfect for us – a kitchen, a place to hang, and a gorgeous view! (Seriously though, isn’t that view great?!)

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We explored Middlebury for a bit, took lots of walks, and relaxed a bunch – aka perfect fall weekend!

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We also got a tour of my aunt’s garden (both vegetables and flowers), and it was gorgeous!

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And lastly we popped over to the Woodchuck Cider House again, and had an awesome time with the self guided tour and samplings. YUM!

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How’s your fall going? We’re always looking for cute New England day trips – what is your favorite spot to travel to this time of year?

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 ❤

Happy Weekend!

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Well, it was a short week, but it sure didn’t feel like it! Reg has been tackling her move into the new place (yay!), and Christa has had a lot of exciting Connecticut Art Directors Club things going on this week and weekend. We’re just excited for a couple days off from work to tackle house projects, hang with friends and take it easy.

Btw- how was everyones Memorial Day?? This was one of the first years we both didn’t attend any sort of big bash or BBQ, but as you might have been able to catch — we’re crazy busy, so we didn’t mind!

cct // My Oma brought Curtis and I some purple basil for an apartment warming present and I’ve been searching for some fun recipes to use this unique looking herb! This Purple Basil Pesto looks damn good, especially on the bruschetta!

rkv // I’m not generally a heels girl, but I’m kind of obsessed with these

cct // This lady has got style – love her Free People profile

rkv // I’m sorry, what? Spicy chocolate-covered tortilla chips. Yep.

cct // Have you guys heard of reverse washing? It’s when you use conditioner first, and then shampoo – strange right?! This super informative article has got me very excited to give it a shot!

rkv // Some good tips on how to shop like an interior designer

cct // Our friend Tara (last mentioned here in her artist profile), has been posting photo diaries from her European travels, and we are now crushing hard on Dingle, Ireland ❤

rkv// 20+ animal bellies that need to be rubbed right now