October Pizza Club // Luna Pizza

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Our Pizza Club meeting at Luna Pizza was a success (as we expected!). Kait and I have been fans of Luna for awhile now, and wanted to pass along our beloved white pizza to Lauren & Nina. It was dark out by the time we were able to get out of work, so unfortunately no outside pics, and the lighting was pretty dim inside (as you probably can tell), alas only a couple pictures this time.

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Kait and I both ordered a white pizza, mine with broccoli and hers gluten free with spinach – and they did not disappoint. There is another Luna Pizza in Avon, and I would come in for slices of white on my lunch break far too often. Personally I’m not a fan of Luna’s sauce and cheese ratio (way more sauce then cheese), so I stick to the white.

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This is Kait’s favorite gluten free crust in the area, so she was game to eat here. It isn’t too sweet and always cooked well. A 5 out of 5 for Kait!

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Lauren & Nina split a medium clam pizza and while it was definitely good, it wasn’t their favorite. As you can see, it was chock full of clams – almost too many clams. And there wasn’t enough cheese for these cheese lovers. Overall they enjoyed it, but might consider something else next time.

We had a lovely evening chatting away, and inhaling pizza  – so we give Luna 4 stars!

Band Profile // Cheerleader

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Have you guys heard of Cheerleader? If not, it’s time you oughta. We may be a little biased because they’re some of our best friends, but for real, their sound is just what you want on a sunny day. Known for their hazy indie pop tunes, they’ve been landing them some serious internet play, and have recently been featured on some of our favorite sites like Refinery29’s New Music September Nylon Magazine’s Band Crush.

Joe (middle) & Chris (2nd to the left) went to high school with the two of us in CT, and were biffies with Christa’s boyfriend Curtis long before she and him even began dating. Over the years they’ve been in all sorts of bands, and now Cheerleader is really crushing it. These gents just keep doing what they love, and it’s paying off.

Based out of Philly, they’re currently touring the North East — so if you have a chance to see them, we highly recommend it! They’re heading to NYC & Boston at the end of the month, but you can check out the other tour dates and locations here. Also make sure to take a look at their recent adds to iTunes!

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Love Want Need // Ponchos & Felt Hats

 

We admit that we’re fully giving into our grandma-style love when it comes to the ponchos. I mean, it’s essentially wearing a blanket in public and calling it clothing. But let’s be real, ladies have been making it work lately. Pairing it with a felt hat makes this look very 70s, but very stylish. You may turn a few heads in this number, but only because you’ll look like a total b.a.m.f. in your cozy fall layers.

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Love // Burgundy Hat // Camel Poncho

Want // Black Hat // Geo-print Poncho (* total splurge, but think about the wool!)

Need // Camel Hat // Cable-knit Poncho

And some more poncho pinsperation (some with hats and some without)…

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Rosemary Garlic Parmesan Popcorn

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We knew we wanted to make Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn, but when we found this recipe to use as a guide, of course we had to add in the garlic! This savory little creation is a great light snack for those of you who love your evening munch-time!

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Ingredients:

4 tablespoons butter (we used salted, because salt)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
3 tablespoons oil, we used olive
1/3 cup popcorn kernels
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
salt & pepper, to taste

To Make:

01. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Stir in the garlic and fresh rosemary. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until garlic is lightly browned. Remove from heat and set aside.

02. To pop the popcorn, heat the canola oil in a 3-quart saucepan on medium high heat. Put a couple popcorn kernels into the oil to see if it is hot enough. If they pop, then it’s ready.

03. Add the popcorn kernels in an even layer. Cover the pan with a lid, remove from heat for about 30 seconds. Return the pan to the heat and gently shake the pan by moving it back and forth over the burner. You will hear the popcorn popping. Keep the lid slightly ajar so the steam can escape. If you remove the lid completely, you will have a popcorn mess. When the popcorn is done popping, remove the pan from the heat. Pour the popcorn into a large bowl.

04. Pour the butter,garlic, and rosemary mixture over the popcorn and gently toss. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the warm popcorn. Season with salt, to taste.

* Note — you can use microwave or air-popped popcorn if you wish.

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Happy Weekend!

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‘Sup, ladies? Anybody else excited for the chilly autumn weekend ahead of us? The beginning of new seasons always makes us giddy. What’re your plans? If Saturday’s weather permits, Reg will hopefully be doing some apple picking and donut eating, and then likely curling up to finish Insurgent, the second installment of the Divergent trilogy (she’s discovered she has a thing for young-adult sci-fi love stories, very sophisticated stuff). Christa is going to a beer & chili event on Saturday (YUM) during the day and is then helping Hartford Prints! celebrate they’re 1st year at their downtown location! If you’re in the area, make sure to stop by!

cct // With inspiration coming from every direction, it can be hard to style your home – so make sure to set yourself some realist expectations!

rkv // This app will help you to determine whether or not you’re addicted to your phone

cct // I am on a total kale binge right now – these all sound soooo good! A warm kale salad, a kale salad with brie, & a kale salad with brussels sprouts, my other favorite veggie

rkv // If you’re in the mood for something heartbeakingly beautiful

cct // I’m going with a big group to the USA Men’s soccer game vs. Ecuador tonight and it’s Landon Donovan’s last game, and I have a feeling it’s going to be a crazy one! Speaking of soccer – this article is scaring me a bit!

rkv // Some helpful money lessons for your 20s

cct // 10 Quotes from “How to be Parisian”

rkv // Loving this donut pumpkin DIY

 

Travel Diary // Lincoln, Middlebury & Bristol, Vermont

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Curtis and I went up to Lincoln, Vermont to visit my Aunt Wendy and cousin Nesta this past weekend, and it was just what we needed! We woke up to a super rainy Saturday but that didn’t hold us back. We got a delicious breakfast from the Bristol Bakery & Cafe, poked around town (got my first henna by the super talented Bridgette - she freehanded our designs!) and drove all around Lincoln, Middlebury & Bristol making stops along the way.

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Our first stop was the newly built Woodchuck Cidery in Middlebury, which was so much fun! It had a small self guided tour, and then a quick and delicious tasting. You got to pick 4 samples off of their list, and we were pleasantly surprised how much we enjoyed all of them! To be honest, none of us had really explored Woodchuck ciders before, but we definitely will now! We mixed and matched with each other, sips here and there – and ended up getting a very broad taste of their menu. * My favorite was the Pink, it tasted a bit like rosé!

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We then stopped at a Danforth store which specializes in pewter, and they were having a pewter demonstration. It turns out, the Danforth pewter lineage goes back to Connecticut in the 1730’s!

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This view was gorgeous! I bet it’s even better without the fog!

We got up early on Sunday, Nes made us delicious waffles and we started out on a hike! It didn’t quite go as planned, but we got to drive around a bit more checking out Sugar Bush & Warren, VT.

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I would definitely recommend any New Englanders to take a weekend trip up this way. It is peaceful, beautiful and you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous views and friendly people!

Have any of you guys been to Lincoln, Bristol or Middlebury? How did you like it?

Cider Bourbon High Ball

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A little while back, the folks from the wedding planning site Lover.ly reached out to us about a feature cocktail that would be a festive option for a fall wedding! Considering we love making ourselves some pretty drinks (see here and here), we were game!

We put our noggins together and came up with something that combines three things we just can’t get enough of — bourbon, apple, and bubbles! Check out below for our recipe!

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You’ll be needing:
(serves one)

1/4 cup bourbon
1/2 cup apple cider
1/4 cup ginger ale
4 ice cubes
a few pieces of diced apple
a sprinkle of cinnamon & nutmeg for garnish

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To make:

01. In a mason jar or shaker, combine your ice cubes, bourbon, cider and ginger ale.

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02. Put the top on, and shake it like a polaroid picture, or salt shaker, or any other hip hop song lyric of your choosing.

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03. Strain into a glass and garnish with apples & spices!

Optional: for a little extra something special, twirl the rim of the glass in a little cinnamon sugar mixture!

Hope you guys are enjoying these crisp autumn days! If you end up trying this out, hashtag #gardeniasandmint, we’d love to see them! And make sure to check out other cocktail recipes on Lover.ly!

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Happy Weekend!

Image courtesy of Alanna Taylor Tobin | The Bojon Gourmet

{image & recipe for Farmer’s Market Cornbread}

Happy Friday, friends! It looks like it’s going to be very Fall-ish this weekend, unlike last weekend, and we’re pretty excited! Christa is heading up to Vermont to visit family and check out the foliage and Reg is making brunch with the ladies tomorrow, followed by who knows what!

We’ve got our usual links below. Have a fabulous couple days off! xo G&M

cct // Speaking of foliage, how’s your state doing? CT is getting there, but it probably needs about a week or 2 for peak colors. Vermont looks like it should be just right for our visit this weekend! You can check out the US here, and state by state estimation here.

rkv // 20 ways to style the classic white button-down

cct // I heard a snippet of Lena Dunham’s Fresh Air interview with Terry Gross, and came across some videos she made to promote her book, and I’m impressed! I was happily surprised that although she is similar to Hannah on Girls, she is a much more aware and less self absorbed in real life (from what I could tell haha). This video made me like her even more!

rkv // Love this idea for DIY mismatched painted flatware

cct // I need to do this. right. now! Such a perfect DIY for my little apartment!

rkv // I mean, just because it’s Britain’s smallest horse.

cct // I have such a thing for bedding, and it’s always great to find out more tips and tricks! 

rkv // It’s October, so we can officially start thinking about Halloween costumes without seeming like the over-planners that we are. If you’re looking for some deas, here’s Buzzfeed’s “Which 90’s Halloween Costumer Should You Be?” quizz.

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