Watermelon & Feta Salad

1

Oh August, we hardly knew thee. It seems like summer came and went, but since I’m not quite emotionally prepared to jump on the pumpkin spice latte band wagon, I’ve decided to share with you how my stomach has decided to resist the season change.

We had a gargantuan melon sitting on our kitchen table for a while — half of it came to Newport with us last weekend, but that only did so much damage. The other half was lingering in our fridge, just begging to become something unusual. Since I’m a freak for sweet and savory, and had never made a melon salad before, this guy hit all the right notes for me.

Ingredients:
(makes one large salad, or two small)

For the salad:

1 cup largely diced watermelon
2 heaping handfuls of kale, stems removed
1/4 cup almonds
1 large chicken breast
1/4 cup crumbled feta

For chicken marinate:

1 tsp thyme
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp lemon juice
salt & pepper

For dressing:
(I’ll be honest, I just sort of eyeballed this part)

1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp fresh or minced garlic
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
salt & pepper

2

To Make:

01. Mix marinate ingredients well in a small bowl. Mix on chicken thoroughly and allow to sit for at least 10 minutes.

02. For dressing, place your olive oil in a small skillet with your garlic. Warm slightly just to infuse the oil. Then in small bowl, mix with the other dressing ingredients and set aside.

03. Give your de-stemmed kale a rough chop and put in a large mixing bowl with the rest of the salad ingredients (besides your chicken and dressing)

04. Put your skillet on medium-low heat and coat lightly with cooking oil. Cook your chicken until just cooked through and golden on each side. Allow to cool slightly and give it a rough chop (I like my chicken to be small little chunks in my salads).

05. Place chicken and dressing in your large with with the salad mixture and toss thoroughly.

And that’s it! I found this pairs really nicely with a crisp sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio.

A couple of tips:

* I’ve heard this goes very well with a little fresh mint mixed in. If you try let me know how it goes!

* There’s also a lot of hype these days about “massaging your kale.” Since kale is a pretty tough green, giving it nice little rub down with your hands and some olive oil for a few minutes goes a long way!

3

Dark ‘n’ Stormy

gm_DarkandStormy_9 copy

How in our adult lives had we never had a Dark ‘n’ Stormy?? This classic cocktail is pretty glorious. On paper, the combination of flavors actually sounds a little strange. But somehow the sweet vanilla of the rum, mixed with the spice of the ginger, and hint of acidity in the lime is pretty kick-ass.

gm_DarkandStormy_2

Ingredients:
(makes two drinks)

// 1 can ginger beer

// 4 shots dark rum (we were cheapos and went with good ol’ Trader Joe’s brand)

// 8 ice cubes

// lime

gm_DarkandStormy_4gm_DarkandStormy_5

And here is our crab friend, Hector, who assisted us with our beachy staging.

gm_DarkandStormy_6

To make:

01. Divide your 8 ice cubes between 2 tumblers

02. Fill your tumblers 2/3 of the way full with ginger beer

03. Slowly pour your rum over each to create the gradient look (about 2 shots per glass)

04. Squirt a lime wedge over the top, and create a pinwheel for a garnish

05. Take a photo for Instagram

06. Mix with a spoon and enjoy!

gm_DarkandStormy_8

We made these guys on an ironic evening, considering it was rather grey and rainy out, and were very pleased with the results. Do yourself a favor though and don’t drink too many — that sugar from the soda will get to your head, and you will not be feeling so hot the next morning…we may have learned from experience.

Copy Cat

gm_copycat_Aug14

As we begin our gradual transition into fall (le sigh), our wardrobe must do the same. An easy way to do so is by adding some structure to your ensemble, yet continuing to show off that tan you’ve worked so hard for. Shorts and a blazer are a great way to do this, and the look can easily transition from day to night with a simple swap of the shoes. Shout out to Gal Meets Glam for inspiring us with this killer look!

Blazer // Sunnies // Patterned Shorts // Blousy Tank // White Loafers

Old Lyme

Two weekends ago we spent some quality time with our old buddies in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Over the last couple of years our paths have taken us all to several different cities across the East Coast, so whenever we can manage big group hangouts, it’s always a blast. This year was nothing short of awesome — complete with lots o’ grilling, games, and goofballs. Take a looksie at some snap shots from our weekend retreat!

gm_OldLyme_1 gm_OldLyme_2 gm_OldLyme_3 gm_OldLyme_4 gm_OldLyme_5 gm_OldLyme_7 gm_OldLyme_8 gm_OldLyme_9 gm_OldLyme_10 gm_OldLyme_11 gm_OldLyme_12 gm_OldLyme_13 gm_OldLyme_14 gm_OldLyme_16 gm_OldLyme_17 gm_OldLyme_18 gm_OldLyme_19 gm_OldLyme_20

Patio Envy

Since we both grew up with lush backyards and now live in cities, we are always on the lookout for great outdoor space. Unfortunately neither of us has any yet, but that’s ok – we can invite ourselves over to peoples houses (porches/patios/yards) whenever possible and browse pinterest until we cool down in the AC. Someday though…someday…

If you’re reading this and you have a lovely outdoor space to retreat to – we are extremely jealous (use these pics as decorating inspiration), and if you are in the same boat as us, check these out and pretend you’re there!

19363446dc3572e38ddc619ffe0f06f540e98344827520a10a45fb71e87121f9d32da7f2b5580c414d100ec6b210d6b6f0389457896b4496fb6c86d8d6e09f7894bb2492a9f164de4d98709a79541ec2 copy1234

 

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10

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!

9       10 2 1 4 7 5 6 11 12 8 3

{ image sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // 12 }

 

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 }

Grapefruit Lime Fizz

gm_GrapefruitFizz_6

This past weekend the ladies of G&M had a little r&r in New Hampshire. On Saturday, after what was quite possibly the most excruciating hikes of our lives (more on that later this week) we decided we needed to treat ourselves to a little fizzy fruity fun. While shopping for dinner, we concocted in our heads a simple and refreshing cocktail to make our evening that much more relaxing. The Fresca was a last-minute decision after we got back to the house, since we realized it would go perfectly with the flavor combo — shout out/thanks to Christa’s Oma for having it on hand!

Behold, the grapefruit lime fizz!

gm_GrapefruitFizz_1

Ingredients:

(makes 4-6 cocktails, depending on size of glass)

// 1 bottle of Prosecco

// 1 jug of ruby red grapefruit juice

// 1 can of Fresca (or your preferred of fruity soda)

// limes

// ice

// pretty straw

gm_GrapefruitFizz_2gm_GrapefruitFizz_4gm_GrapefruitFizz_5

To make: 

01. Put 3-4 ice cubes in glass, then fill about half way with your Prosecco.

02. Pour grapefruit juice on top to fill the glass about 3/4 of the way.

03. Top off with a splash of Fresca to add a little sweetness and an ombre effect to your drink.

04. Squeeze a wedge of lime on top and garnish with a lime pinwheel.

05. Add your pretty straw and cheers to summer!

gm_GrapefruitFizz_7

4th of July Outfits

Yup, summer is in full throttle right now. With the 4th of July long weekend ahead of us, and some seriously humid days, we’ve got some light and airy outfit choices to keep your holiday cool and easy.

July_beach

Beach – Aveeno SPF 50 // Target Sunnies // Madewell Bikini Top // Topshop Bikini Bottom // Madewell Sundress // H&M sandals

July_bbq

BBQ – Ray-Ban Aviators // Star Tank (Christa has this tank and is obsessed) // Striped Clutch // Denim Cutoffs // Patterned Slip On Sneaks

July_Fireworks

Fireworks – Star Studs // Denim Jacket // Navy Flowy Blouse // White Skinnies // Embellished Sandals

Happy Weekend!

weekend

{image source}

Hey all! Hope you’re all having lovely Fridays so far! Are your summer plans filling up as quickly as ours are? We got a lot coming up in the near future, so we’re taking this weekend to take it easy and enjoy this blissful weather. Hopefully you all get to do the same!

xo, G&M

cct // Saw this and had to laugh!

rkv // Ugh, as wonderful as summer is, it also comes with the great invasion of the fruit flies.  Because I refuse to let these little buggers impede my banana consumption, I will be trying this reusable trap this weekend!

cct // Proud of Hartford for their World Cup support!

rkv // This looks equally adorable, healthy, and tasty

cct // Pretty cool collab we did at work (Hartford Prints!) with Vineyard Vines

rkv // Tips for my fellow friends with a shopping addiction

cct // I saw Tegan & Sara on Sunday night with friends from college and it brought us BACK. Here is one of my favorite old albums!

rkv // I really respect this person’s commitment to packing a perfect sandwich