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!

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Julep Challenge // DIY Pedi

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Full disclosure — this feels sort of weird to be flaunting my feet for the world to see. But hey, it is what it is. Anywho, today we’re teaming up with Julep to give you a breakdown of how we keep our toesies looking fine & fresh for summer. A couple of weeks back we picked up the bright and sheer color “madison” and had at it! Check out the steps below for our routine (and more goregous Julep colors here)!

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01. Get the Goods // You’ll be needing the following — a medium-grit nail file, medium-grit nail buffer, a cuticle pusher, some creamy lotion, a paper towel (or actual towel), and some warm water for soaking. *optional — pumice stone for rough/cracked heals

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02. Shape Nails // Using gentle motions and moving in one direction (this avoids nail-splitting) begin filing to your desired shape.

03. Buff ‘em // Grab your buffing block and give your nails a rub down. This reduces your nail ridges and gives the polish a little something to grip onto.

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04. Soak It Up // Let your feet soak for five minutes in some warm water. If you have any roughness on your heals, this is the time to grab your pumice stone. Move the stone in circular motions to remove buildup.

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05. Moisturize // Using about a pea-size amount per foot, use your lotion to soften your cuticles, heals, and smooth dry skin.

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06. Push it Real Good // Once your cuticles have softened, use the smaller end of your cuticle pusher to clean out any buildup in and around your nails (sorry — gross, I know). Then go around your nails to push back any wonky cuticles (this usually happens to my pinky toes).10

07. Clean Up // Use a dry paper towel (or dap in in nail polish remover) to remove lotion from your nail. This will allow your polish to stick better and chip less.

08. Coat ‘em // Apply your first coat, starting in the center of each nail and working your way out. Allow be fully try (not tacky!) then apply your second coat. *Note — working in thinner coats rather than big globs helps in preventing chips.

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09. Top Coat // If you’re feeling ambitious, go ahead with a top coat once that second one dries. It’ll give your nails more shine, and hide little chips/bumps that may have happened along the way (that’s our specialty).

10. All Done! // Now put your feet up and watch a movie or read a book while you let those suckers fully dry. I’m also a fan of taking a cold shower to speed up the process — just be careful not to bump them on anything!

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Soo those are my feet. Hope you liked ‘em!

PS. In case you’re curious, the color on my hands is “clambake” by Essie!

xo, reg

Mount Monadnock

You may have seen us mention our hike in New Hampshire from a couple of weekends back, and now we’re finally getting around to posting about it!

We actually have renamed this epic hike to Profanity Mountain, because holy sh*t it was hard. We definitely didn’t quite know what we were getting ourselves into, but if you’ll notice in Exhibit B, picture #2, my body is lunging with all of it’s might up a massive incline — this was the entire hike up, for TWO hours. So yeah, needless to say we were exhausted, but so glad we did it. The view from the top was pretty unreal, and we were feeling mighty accomplished by the end of it.

So if you ever find yourself in this area of New England and are up for a bit of a challenge, this Profanity Mountain hike is a must. And now that we’re extremely experienced/advanced hikers (chyea, okay) we have a few tips for you. Check ‘em out as you scroll!

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01. Good gear — moisture-wicking clothes, shoes with solid traction, and a headband will save your lives

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02. Snacks! — don’t leave home without ‘em. We brought along a container of cashews, small turkey sandwiches, granola bars, and LOTS of water. If we didn’t have these, it’s quite possible that we would have passed out.

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03. Sunscreen — we lucked out and our day was pretty grey, but if it had been any sunnier, we would have likely been little lobsters. It’s easy to forget because you’re amongst so many trees, but your shoulders will definitely see the light of day, and a lot of it.

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04. Map it out — they’ll offer one to you, and you should take it. It’s pretty helpful in knowing which trail to take and figuring out what level you’re about to take on (plus they’re pretty!).

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05. Take breaks — if you’re pooped, you’re pooped! Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that. Find a nice comfy looking rock, pop a squat, take in the views, and thank your body for being so good to you!

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New Hampshire

As we mentioned in our cocktail post on Monday, this past weekend we spent some time unwinding at Christa’s family home in New Hampshire. Even though the weather was a little grey, it was still as beautiful and charming as ever. Take a peek below to see a glimmer of our quaint little retreat:

// Their little home:

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// Hiking: (sneak peek – more next week!)

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// Bopping around:

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// Shopping in Peterborough:

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// More hang time at home:

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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!

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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

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Grapefruit Lime Fizz

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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!

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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

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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!

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Happy Weekend!

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Ello ello! This weekend G&M heads to New Hampshire for some hiking, lounging, and blueberry picking. We’re excited for a nice little weekend of rural woodsy goodness with some surrious r&r. Hope you all have lovely weekends ahead of you!

cct // We offered up our 5 “do’s” for flea market shopping and Apartment Therapy has some great “don’ts”

rkv // I just ordered this powerful little portable speaker in white, and am very impressed so far

cct // Emily Henderson with another fantastic DIY that I need to do asap!

rkv // Have you guys seen this chick dominating American Ninja Warrior yet?? It’s freaking amazing.

cct // This song is my new jam (I’m not sure how I feel about the video, but still lovin the song)

rkv // Flat belly foods

cct // I’ve been finding hula hoops all over the place these days (I’m actually pretty good at it), and it finally clicked that I should do some hula hoop exercises! I’m looking into a weighted hula hoop like this one and it seems like there are a ton of fitness routines out there

rkv //  Blueberries, blueberries, and more blueberries.

 

Summer Desserts

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We’ve got a pretty serious sweet tooth between the 2 of us, and when summer is in full bloom with berries and ice cream trucks (don’t judge), we have desserts on the mind. These four different options have something for just about all taste pallets — nutty, crunchy, citrusy, or flakey. Bring these to any bbq to please the masses, or just have yourself a little me-party!

Clockwise from top left  // Peanut Butter Banana Bonbons // S’mores Ice Cream Sandwich (can you guess who picked this one?…) // Berry Slab Pie // Meyer Lemon Squares