Happy Weekend!

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So many mixed emotions this weekend! Tonight Reg will be bringing one of her very good friends to the airport to move back to England (don’t go!!), which will be a very heart wrenching process, but then is immediately following it with a weekend of girl fun time with Christa. We’ll be flea-marketing all day tomorrow at Brimfield, with fun photo shoots on Sunday.

What do you guys have a going on? Is it as much as an emotional roller coaster as ours?

Have a great week ended, loves


rkv // For my many friends about to move with their June lease — how to make moving less stressful

cct // How rainbow sprinkles are made – my favorite!!

rkv // The trick to making many many Dutch babies (the food, not the tiny humans)

cct // Anthony Bourdain’s 5 Favorite Whisky Joints in America, and the 1st is in Boston!

rkv // The 4-minute fitness circuit you can do anywhere

cct // Have You Ever Traveled Alone?

rkv // Grapefruit mint mojitos

cct // We designers have pretty dope cookie decorating skillz 😉


 

 

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Birch & Bourbon

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Happy Monday everyone! It’s the new year, we’re returning to work, and we’re getting back into the swing of things today. Cheers to 2016!

This past weekend I was able to break out the amazing new lens, wireless remote and tripod Curtis gave me for Christmas for a fun photoshoot. And it just so happened that we have amazing friends who gave us these beautiful and tasty bottles of booze for the holidays that also just so happened to pair together perfectly! Photoshoot dreams coming true!

That gorgeous tall skinny bottle is from Hartford Flavor Company, a local place that sells the most beautiful flavored liqueurs! I’ve been lucky enough to sample them at some Hartford events, and with flavors like chai, rose, cucumber, lavender and birch – how can you go wrong??

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After doing a little research on the Hartford Flavor Company’s website about recipes which used their birch liqueur, we settled on the simple and extremely tasty, Birch & Bourbon which we paired with our newly acquired Kings County Distillery bourbon.

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And finally, the actual recipe…

Birch & Bourbon

1 oz Wild Moon Birch
2 oz Bourbon

Optional Garnish: Cinnamon stick

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Cheers!

St. Patty’s Day Recipes

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Even if you aren’t Irish, this time of year is never short on some good eats! Usually geared toward lots of cheddar, beef, whiskey, and butter, Irish cuisine is pure comfort. With winter coming to a close, why not indulge a little for one last hoorah? Just don’t forget to wear your green while doing it 🙂


 01. Irish Mac & Cheese
02. Iced Irish Coffee with Coffee Ice Cubes
03. Irish Soda Bread
04. Scones with Pear, Irish Cheddar, & Honey


24 Great Coffee Table Books

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We love books, people love books, people poking around your house love books — so give them some great ones to sift through! As you can tell we’re big fans of gorgeously designed, interesting & beautiful books to sit down with — and your guests will thank you! But don’t forget yourself! Use these books for inspiration, lounging around, or a gift to yourself — because these amazing things will last a lifetime.


TRAVEL
The New York Times 36 Hours: USA & Canada
The Book of Everything: A Visual Guide to Travel the World
The Best Places to be Today: 365 Things to Do and The Perfect Day to do Them

FASHION
Grace, A Memoir
Tori Burch: In Color
The Little Dictionary of Fashion

MUSIC
The Greatest Album Covers of All Time
The Beatles Anthology
1,001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

PICTURES
Kate Spade Things We Love
Underwater Dogs
The French Cat

ART & DESIGN
The Wes Anderson Collection
Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color
Alex Katz: Revised and Expanded Edition

DIY
A Happy Handmade Home
How to Hang a Picture: And Other Essential Lessons for the Stylish Home
Homemakers: A Domestic Handbook for a Digital Generation

COCKTAILS
Vintage Cocktails
Whiskey, Bourbon, & Rye: A Guide to the Nation’s Favorite Spirit
Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails

HOME DECORATING
Domino
Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home
Mountain Modern


 

 

For Your Valentines & Galentines

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February is here, and it’s time to start planning those little somethings for whoever it may be in your life. We’ve curated a few pieces that we think could be a perfect thoughtful trinket to let that person know they’re in your heart and mind – be it guy or gal!


Valentine
Red Velvet Pancake Mix
Timex Watch
Talisker
JCrew Factory Gingham Shirt
Garden State Vinyl
iPhone 6 Armband

Galentine
Ban.do Heart Weekender
JCrew Factory Drop Earrings
Tocca Roller Perfume
West Elm Heart-Dot Mug
Ban.do Drink Sleeve
“You Had Me at Merlot” Sweatshirt
Abercrombie & Fitch Sleep Shorts


Birch Hill Tavern Beer Dinner

We’re stickin’ with the alcohol theme going on, and I’m here to tell you about the most delicious beer/spirits dinner I have ever been to! I guess the Birch Hill Tavern has had quite a few beer dinners, but this was my 1st and I’m glad it was — because besides tasting Maine Brewing Company‘s beer, we also got to try 3 spirits from the New England Distillery.

Birch Hill Tavern curated a delicious menu to go with the 3 delicious MBC beers — Another One, Lunch & Dinner, and the 3 NED spirits — Eight Bells Rum, Inginium Gin & Gunpowder Maryland Rye Whiskey.

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We started off with Maine Beer Co.’s 1st beer “Another One” to go alongside some awesome appetizers — meatballs and bruschetta. Next up was an antipasti plate which consited of smoked gouda, prosciutto, hot peppers, capicola, olives & a pickled medley (cauliflower and carrots) which went fantastically with MBC’s beer “Lunch”. To be honest I was a bit skeptical after tasting these very vinegary, salty foods, but this beer was paired perfectly.

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Next up was my favorite of the night, butternut squash ravioli with a brown butter rum sauce, parsnips and raisins topped with crispy shitake mushrooms paired with the Eight Bells rum. The surprise of the night was that each liquor drink came 2 ways, straight up and in a mixed drink form (holy amount of drinks…)! I’m not usually a fan of rum, but damn this was good. It actually tasted surprisingly similar to whiskey (but still rummy) because it is aged in bourbon barrels. So. Good.

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Once we settled in after the delicious ravioli, we were presented with the amazing beer battered eggplant with smoked mozzarella and sweet marinara. Holy hell this thing was HUGE and went extremely well with it’s paired beer, “Dinner”. I had never had smoked mozz before and it is really good! I almost didn’t finish it I was so full, but I managed 😉

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Before dessert, came a fruity and refreshing Gin drink which tasted like a strawberry lemonade (with gin of course). By this time in the evening, the place was loud and happy!

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And for dessert, we had layers of fried dough with whiskey soaked berries, sweet mascarpone & rum whiskey cream paired with the Gunpowder Maryland Rye & a Manhattan style cocktail. The dessert was so light and fluffy (thank god, I really wanted to finish it, but damn was I full), and wrapped up the meal so perfectly.

As I had mentioned before I had never been to a beer dinner, but boy do I recommend them now! These people know what they’re doing, and anytime you can experience the genius of a kitchen matching food and booze so perfectly, I say go for it!

Have you guys been to any good beer or liquor dinners?

 

Happy Weekend!

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It’s finally Friday, yay! And it’s officially Spring! Things just seem brighter and warmer (by like 2 degrees…). Let’s keep our fingers crossed for the continuation of Spring weather for this weekend and soak it all in! Before you escape outside, enjoy our Friday links and have a fantastic weekend friends!

cct // I stumbled upon Afar Magazine’s Guide to Florence, and I am so glad I did! Wonderful reviews from people’s travels, and I’m getting unbelievably excited for our trip (only about a month away!)

rkv // This watercolor mug diy is so simple and pretty!

cct // Apartment Therapy is one of my favs, but this particular post really caught my attention. Simple graphics that really demonstrate the power of pillows…

rkv // To pass the time during her half-marathon, this woman instagramed selfies of herself and hot men for every mile. She’s sort of my hero.

rkv // An egg personality test – what your favorite style egg says about you.

cct // When my friends and I started getting into whiskey I had no idea there were so many options! Check out this break down, it’s super helpful!

rkv // Because we ain’t made of money…how to give yourself an easy at-home mani/pedi

cct // The Every Girl’s idea about how “luxury” is changing is spot on. I am definitely with the idea of luxury being about experiences rather than things.

The “Guy in your life” Gift Guide

Whether it be a boyfriend, guy friend, or that guy you’ve been texting (a lot), we’ve got you covered. We’ve got a range of gifts for the guy who keeps ya smilin’.

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Cutting Board // This gift might be a selfish one… this handcrafted cherry wood cutting board is so stylish and handy.. you’ll both be using it! Give him this and set a romantic date night where you can both show off your cooking skills.

Wool Sweater // LL Bean’s lifetime warranty makes it a pretty awesome option for a gift. If the materials ever start wearing down, the company fully refunds your purchase, which is a pretty rare and honest quality for a company these days. This crew neck sweater is classic, warm, and chunky – a recipe for love.

Americana Matches // Most people our age have a bundle of miss-matched matches from bars and restaurants they’ve been to. Although these can hold memories and stories, these matches he can keep on display.

Green Moss Candle // So now he has these cool matches and nothing to light! Although I’m sure you’ll be stealing them to light your amazing girly-smelling candles, give him a chance to light something you’ll both like that doesn’t smell like flowers and cookies. {image via}

Swiss Army Knife // Most of the guys in my life carry a Swiss Army knife at all times, and let me tell you…it is CONVENIENT. This one has some character with it’s cool wood paneling, and I think he’ll be pretty excited to realize how handy these are.

The Drunken Botanist // Most of the guys we know are whiskey guys (and we’re cool with that), but let him learn about how that and all sorts of other cocktails are made from plants all over the world. *And then borrow it, because this book sounds awesome!

All Natural Beard Toner // Beards are hot right now, and we LOVE them. Help his beard smell extra nice and feel extra soft with this all natural beard toner.

City Glasses // We have quite a few guys in our lives that have moved all over the country. Let them reminisce with these gorgeous personalized city glasses. These will make anyone feel at home.

Field Notes 3 Pack // This 3 pack has all of the options he’ll ever need! They’re basic looking (not too girly), compact, and with the options for graph, lined and plain pages he’ll have all of this bases covered. *Side note, Christa met Aaron Draplin, the designer and creator behind Field Notes, and he is one bad ass dude. {image via}

Portable Speakers // This blue-tooth speaker is convenient and has some pretty decent sound quality for it’s compact size and low price. We’ve been in far too many group-hang out situations where we’ve said “um.. does anyone have portable speakers??”.. Now someone finally will!

Clash Vinyl // Let me tell you, I have this album on vinyl, and I feel pretty badass every time I listen to it. Additionally, every dude who has ever looked at my collection has said “OMG you have this album?!”.. So in summation, you should buy this for a guy in your life.

JCrew Hat // Basically the hat version of the above crew neck sweater – toasty, classic, and he’ll look very cute in it (in a sexy-kind-of way, not a kitten-kind-of way). *Right now JCrew is offering 30% off with code GIFTNOW