Sweet Beats // September 2014

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Mostly, these playlists keep me company during my morning commute, which means easy listening. Not like, light 100.5 easy listening with Kenny G., but rather your indie guitar with soft vocal harmonies and such. I’m just a much more pleasant person in the morning if there’s calming music in my ears and a vanilla latte sprinkled with cinnamon in my hand. Is that so wrong? I didn’t think so.

So friends, if you too need a little soft musica in the morning, click here to listen on spotify.

01. the future pt. 1 // voxtrot

02. can’t get it out of my head // telekinesis

03. day go by // karen o

04. bad bad love // alexander

05. friend of the devil // grateful dead

06. daughters of the soho riots // the national

07. to connect // floating action

08. gun shy // widowspeak

09. don’t throw me away // the mumlers

10. day glo // brazos

11. arizona // ed masuga

12. so long, marianne // leonard cohen

13. wanna be on your mind // valerie june

Headband-Tuck Tutorial

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If you ladies are anything like the two of us, sometimes you get a little lazy with your tresses, so we’re all about finding some quick and simple ways to throw it all up and get out the door faster. All you’ll need for this is a headband and a few bobby pins. This trick works really well for unwashed hair, so don’t be shy with the dry shampoo. Reg is a big fan of Dove, while Christa opts for Baptist for her dark hair, both should be available at the drugstore or Ulta.

Check out below for a step-by-step:

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// 01. If your hair is a little dirty, spray some dry shampoo and give it a good shake/rub down. Then position your hair in front of your shoulders.

// 02. Place your headband on top of the hair, so the base of the band is along the nape of your neck, with the hair underneath it (sort of like a crown).

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// 03. Pull your hair to one side, gently creating one large twist over your shoulder.

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// 04. Wrap your twisted hair around the base of the headband, as many times as it takes for the hair to be completely wrapped (mine took about three times). It’s okay if this looks a little messy, embrace it!

// 05. Taking your bobbies, tuck the crazies into your bun to hide the headband. Don’t worry about it being perfect and feel free to let some loose pieces hang.

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// 06. All done! Just position your front pieces as you like. If you have a little time and want to take the look up a knotch, heat up a curling iron to give your whispies a quick wrap about the barrel.

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AE headband //  AE bracelet // Banana Republic tank // Essie nail color

Happy Weekend!

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Wait, it is fall, right? Then why have some of these last few days felt like some of the hottest we’ve had all summer? Seems like mother nature may be playing tricks on us, but hey, we don’t hate it. Pretty soon I’m sure it’ll be nice and chilly, and we can all partake it a little apple-fritter and mulled wine action. But until then, I suppose we can just keep rocking those open toed shoes and strappy tanks.

cct // Have you guys ever heard of this at home fragrance testing service? It’s like the Warby Parker at home glasses trial, but with fragrances – sounds so cool!

rkv // So, apparently we’re colonizing Mars. This podcast is sort of amazing and tells you all about it.

cct // Get better posture and stretch it out

rkv // A smokey eye for girls who struggle with smokey eyes

cct // Curtis and I watched 2 great documentaries this week - I Know That Voice & Samm, I definitely recommend both! (and they’re both on Netflix!)

rkv // Yayyy it’s cold out so I can eat oatmeal again! Love the carrot cake idea.

cct // These guys got it right – I would love to spend some serious time traveling across the country like this!

rkv // Free ideas to instantly re-energize your space

Etsy Round Up // Vol. 11

It was officially Fall yesterday, and it finally felt like it! A beautiful crisp day with a bright blue sky that made me want to wear wool socks and grab a light jacket – perfect. This Etsy round up feels very fall, with browns, blues and bronzes, coming together nicely for the new season. As usual, I’m hiding my credit card because I want it all…

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I pretty much wanted all of the scents, but this felt especially good for Fall

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Who doesn’t like an adorable cat shaped eye-mask? The perfect gift for those lovable cat loving ladies in your life

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I love stamps, and I love gems – this is perfection to me

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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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…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

rkv // Toasted almond chocolate chip cookie recipe

cct // Home envy is real, here are a few ways to stop being envious and start being productive!

rkv //  This image made me very happy

cct // I’ve never been a perfume girl (but I wanna be!), so I think I might try this scent out for Fall – I’ve always been attracted to the scents that are bit more masculine.

rkv // Three rules for clump-free lashes

cct // I need more pompoms in my life – these (here & here) DIYs seem pretty great. Don’t be suprised if you see some pompoms hit the blog sometime in the near future…

rkv //  Best red lipsticks tested by Oh Happy Day

cct // We’re still binge eating peaches, but we’ve been thinking lately about how to bake with them. Curtis made a peach pie last night (delishhh), but I’ve been eyeing this delicious recipe...

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!