1 Item, 3 Ways // Leather Jacket

 

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01.  Felt Hat // Graphic Tank // Suede Flats // Sexy Boyfriend Jeans

02. Merlot Flowy Tank // Skinnies //  Leather Booties // Crossbody Bag //

03. Long Pendant Necklace // Two-Toned Belt // Leopard Print Dress // D’orsay Sandals

 

The Dog Years

Everyone talks about the “college years,” the “engagement years,” and the “wedding years,” but no one mentions the “everyone buys a dog years”. I know that’s kind of an odd statement, but have you noticed that everyone is getting a dog?? It might be more noticeable for us previous dog owners, since we grew up with a dog and now we’re settling into our homes with no pup wandering around.

The thing about getting a dog though, is that as much we want one so badly, we still don’t feel responsible enough for one. Is that bad? We’re in our mid twenties now, doesn’t that mean we should automatically be responsible adults? Part of us feels like we are, but then it’s like…welllll, I kind of want to go away this weekend, or suuure, I’ll go and get drinks right after work — but having a dog makes all of that complicated.

I guess part of being a responsible adult involves being responsible enough to know that right now, we can’t handle a dog. We should probably be able to keep house plants alive for at least a year before even considering it, amiright? Or maybe be able to comfortably pay a cable bill without cringing? Just a thought.

So for now, we’ll just enjoy our friend’s dogs (and those we find on pinterest)…

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{Baby Penny – missing Timber!}

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…and the most adorable pinterest pups

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Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Do you guys ever find yourself getting annoyed when you just want to make a traditional baked good? I feel like every time I search for something simple like “banana bread” or “blueberry muffins” I get results like “rolled oat banana bread with cream cheese filling” or “greek yogurt vanilla bean blueberry muffins.” While I’m all about playing around with recipes, sometimes I just want something simple, ya know?

So on this chilly weekend, my roommates and I decided to make the kind of chocolate chip cookies your grandma makes. Chewy in the middle, crispy on the edges, and no Mediterranean pink sea-salt flakes in sight.

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Ingredients

1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups chocolate chips or chunks

 

To Make
(serves about 30 cookies)

01. Preheat oven to 375 degress

02. Mix butter, shortening, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla together.

03. Add in eggs, blend well.

04. Stir in flour by hand, then baking soda, and chocolate chips

05. Bake for 9-10 minutes until the edges become golden.

06. Allow to sit on baking sheet for ten minutes before moving to a cooling rack

07. Dip in milk, and enjoy!

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Pizza Club // Backstage Pizza

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You may have noticed that pizza is taken very seriously on G&M…because it’s one of our favorite items of food ever, haha. And I am lucky enough to have found that my coworkers are as into pizza as I am. I’m not sure how the idea sparked, or how it actually managed to come to fruition, but the gals of Hartford Prints! have created a delicious Pizza Club.

We are fortunate to get out early on the 2nd Friday of the month, so we thought it would be a perfect time to grab some za. We picked our spot, grabbed a beer and had a wonderful afternoon. The main gist of Pizza Club is to find all of the delicious pizza places in our area (and eat at all of them), and the only “rule” per say, is that the location has to have a gluten free pizza option for our coworker Kait.

We started off with Backstage Pizza in West Hartford Center.

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I was the only person who had been in our group, but it had been awhile ago, so we decided to give it a shot. And it didn’t disappoint!

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I ordered the BBQ chicken, Lauren ordered a white pizza with chicken, Nina ordered the Classic – which consisted of sausage, peppers and onions, and Kait got a gluten free margarita. We were very happy to see that their small was pretty much the perfect personal sized pizza (we were starving, so we finished them pretty quick haha).

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We got a beer, chatted away and scarfed our pizza, overall it was a wonderful 1st Pizza Club meeting! The weather was amazing, we ate on the patio and there was some casual light music to set the mood. We all enjoyed our pizzas, and Kait was pleasantly surprised by the gluten free option (with gluten free beer as well!). Kait’s gluten free pizza below:

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We’re giving Backstage pizza 3.5 stars!

We’re not quite sure where our next Pizza Club will bring us, but we’re already getting excited already. Do you guys have a favorite pizza place in the Hartford area? We’d love to hear about it!

Happy Weekend

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Holy wow, where did this week go? I guess it’s not such a bad thing, having the days fly by and then suddenly it’s Friday. I’m sure we’re all in serious need of it.

So as some of you may have noticed, this only our third post this week. Since the beginning of G&M nearly one year ago (that sounds so epic), we’ve been pretty loyal to our five-post-a-week cycle. We stuck with it because simply, we loved when other blogs did it. We loved waking up in the morning, checking out our favorite feeds, and starting our days by reading something new in the blog-o-sphere.

But lately, we’ve been noticing it to be a bit of a challenge to keep up. We’re slackin’, and we don’t wanna be! When we embarked on this project of ours, we did it because we loved it. We wanted to find a way to stay creative and connected, even in our different cities. But we’re beginning to realize that adulthood involves a whole lot of work-life balance — and it is not an easy act to toggle.

So we’ve restructured things over here just a bit. We’ve decided to get on a three-post-a-week schedule, which will usually fall on Monday, Wednesday, Friday. We’re trying to put an end to the half-assed scrambling that has occurred a time or two (see Mom, college did teach us something!).

We still love this little creation of ours and plan to keep it going strong! And thanks so much to everyone for being such loyal followers — having you all stop by here really does make our day! So stay tuned with our new schedule, we don’t plan to disappoint!

Have you guys been finding it hard to find a life balance? No one ever warns you about this stuff, man. Ok. The rant’s over. Here are our links! xo G&M

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Favorite Fall Footwear

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Shoes. Shoes shoes. Shoes. How we love them so. They just pull an outfit together so perfectly, and fall just screams for new footwear to fall into your lives. So without further ado, I present to you my top faves for this upcoming season:

01. Oxblood Penny Loafer // These menswear inspired little numbers will have you looking sharp and classy. But you may also need to get a pipe, readers, and bow-tie to pull the look together (jk, please don’t do that).

02. Heeled Ankle Bootie // Seriously though, what was I wearing in the fall before booties came into my life? I feel like they just recently came about, and quickly became a fashion staple. Hail to the bootie!

03. Nude Flats // How adorable are those scalloped edges? #icant. Nude flats are simply a must for ladies, and pretty much work year round.

04. Classic Black Heels // I have to admit I don’t have a single pair of classic black heels. Sinful, I know. But now that I’m officially in my mid-twenties (eek), I think it’s about time I get a pair. They just make your legs and bum looks so killer. I really want to wear these with some skinny denim and a plaid button up.

05. D’Orsay Flats // One of the latest trends in the world of flats is the d’orsay. For ladies with little feet like me, they do a great job of elongating your foot a bit to make them look more proportionate to your legs. I got a similar pair to these with a mini wedge from Marshall’s that I’m stoked to wear out.

06. Tall Leather Boots // I’m getting these. It’s official. I mean, that leather. AND they’re a wide-calf. It’s been an honest struggle for me to find boots to fit around my tree-stump like calves, so I’m really hoping these work out!

Brimfield & 3 More Tips for Flea Marketing

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Brimfield was a blast as usual, but this trip tested me on a few levels, and I’m here to share some more tips on how to come out of Brimfield with as much ease as possible.

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01 // Prepare for the Big Stuff
If you’re planning on coming home with anything big…bring a cart, wagon, dolly – anything to help aid you. And here is why, you’re not going to want to deal with traffic, and driving over to the area you bought this item, and you’re going to carry it. And hate yourself for doing so. I have been on both ends of the situation of being asked to help a friend carry something heavy, and asking a friend to help me, and it sucked both ways. For the most part it’s doable, but man does it help to have something to take the weight!

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02 // Prep for Weather
Brimfield covers spring, summer and fall, and any weather can happen. This weekend was extreme heat and humidity. Each farmers’ market or flea market will be different, so even if you find out they have areas to fill up or buy water, bring some of your own just in case. Drinks and snacks are always a good idea (and sunscreen!). And since we’re heading into fall, be prepared for some rainy or nippy weather. Throw a reusable bag in your car with extra layers so you can add or subtract as you go.

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03 // Pay Attention to Parking

It seems like a no-brainer, but where you’re parked and where you’re headed can make a big impact on how your day and your purchases go. We mentioned bringing a dolly since you’re not going to want to brave extra traffic, but my biggest tip is try to find the secret ways in and out of these big flea markets. It might not happen the 1st time you go, but pay attention to a map and figure out where you’ve been coming in and out, and how bad the traffic is. If it’s bad, see if there are any side streets that lead to the main strip. We’ve got a prime spot that let’s us miss all traffic in and out of Brimfield (hence why so opposed on getting into the mess to pick anything up from another lot). These areas sometimes have the best prices for marking also, since it’s not the 1st lot you see or settle on.

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I hope these added tips help! Now that we’re heading into fall, you’ll probably be heading out to more flea markets – have you guys been to the Mansfield Drive-in or the Elephant’s Trunk (my next venture!)? They’re the big CT flea markets. Where do you guys do your thrifting?

Happy Weekend!

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Happy Friday, everyone! We hope your 4 day work week treated you well! This picture above has officially sparked a DIY list (that bench tho…) and I don’t even want to know how expensive it is – so plans will be made to figure out how to make it! And since it’s the last Brimfield weekend of the year, projects and trinkets are on our minds! If you can brave the heat and possible rain on Saturday (good luck!) we’re thinkin’ Sunday looks a little better!

Have a fab weekend, friends! xo G&M

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Iphone Cases

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While we anxiously await the new iphone, there are still a few of us who can’t afford to immediately jump on the preorder wagon. In the mean time, we’ll be doing just fine with our 5’s & 5C’s, fancied up with some fun cases like these…

wooden star chart // classic leopard // sleek marble skin // lace white overlay // pansies print // graphic triangles