Casual vs Glam // Easter Sunday

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The Easter holiday means a lot of different things to lots of different people. It can be going to church, having a big dinner, hanging out playing games – you name it. This is why we’ve put together 2 completely different outfits for 2 completely different scenarios. These pieces are not only springy, but also easy to mix with each other or with items you already own. Now you can look fresh for the holiday with items that will last!

Casual : White Blouse // Leopard Loafers (on sale!)  // Essie nail color in Romper Room // Boyfriend Jeans // Chandelier Earrings

Glam : Blouse // Crossbody // Slouchy Pants // Lace Wedges // Dainty Bracelet

Chic Easter Egg Decorating

Just saying “chic Easter egg decorating” sounds a little funny – Easter eggs tend to be boring pastels or over saturated kid colors, aka not that interesting. But these days, with DIYs all over the place, people have been sharing their amazingly unique and beautiful alternative Easter egg decorating – and we’ve put together some of our favs!

PS. Click here for a tutorial for prepping your eggs before decorating

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We love this simplistic spin on egg decor. All you need in a white-out pen and some patterns!

 

// Marbleized

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Grab three nail polishes (probably ones you don’t use often!) that compliment each other well. In a tall tupperware container, fill up the bottom with water, just enough to cover the surface. Pour a couple drops of each nail color in the water, and gently swirl with a skewer to create marble pattern. Carefully place the egg into the water until covered, then quickly pull it out and set aside to dry. Repeat for each egg.

 

// Spray-Painted Pattern Play

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Using painters tape, yarn, or doilies, cover each egg. Spray each with desired paint and allow to dry!

 

// Gold-leaf

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Dye your eggs as your ordinarily would. Allow to fully dry, then cover with a thin coat of crafting glue like Elmer’s. While the glue is wet, cover each egg with a gold leaf metal sheet (available at most craft stores). Gently use your fingers to smooth out the surface. Allow the metal to peel exposing the cracks. And that’s it!

 

// Black & White

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White eggs. Sharpie. Imagination. Done.

 

// Watercolor

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Prep your eggs using 50/50 water:vinegar and wipe on each egg. While they dry, prep small cups with your favorite water colors (about 1/4 cup for each). Holding your egg over a bowl or container, use a spoon to pour your lightest color over the egg, rotating as you pour. Repeat on each egg. Allow each to fully dry, then repeat with the second darkest color. Continue until each color has been used. Allow to dry and admire your work!

 

// Opaque paint

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Using pastel acrylic paint colors of your choice, use a small brush to make little painterly dashes on dyed or un-dyed eggs. Allow to dry and you’re all done!

 

Hope you guys are feeling inspired by some of our favorite eggs. Now go eat some candy, and hop to it! Pun intended.

{tutorial sources: Natural & White // Marbleized // Spray-paint // Gold Leaf // Black & White // Watercolor // Opaque Paint}

Etsy Round Up // Vol 6

The past 2 Etsy Round Ups (Vol 4 & 5) were a tad neutral and beige-y, so I’m keeping up my promise and brightening things up! These days have been a bit warmer (this past weekend was fantastic!) and with April half way over, we’re officially in Spring here in New England. I’ve managed to find some colorful, fun items to spice things up – and even if you’re not ready to rock pastels and colored skinnies, you can still add bold accessories to feel Springy!

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Coachella might be over, but beaded bracelets are here to stay!

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Gorgeous packaging and gorgeous beachy hair – yes please!

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Floral prints add brightness and beauty to your home without the pollen!

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The Jumpsuit

I finally did it, I found a jumpsuit. After a long and arduous search, this black little number feels just right. With temps in the 60s yesterday (finally!), I was able to frolic around town feeling like I was wearing pajamas, yet looking like I read a fashion magazine from time to time. Christa and I decided to take advantage of our girls weekend in Hartford by shooting some pics of my fun new onesie. Now I just need to find some kind of heel so I can wear in out on the weekend. I’m thinking wedges…any suggestions?

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Forever 21 jumpsuit (similar) // Ray Ban sunnies // JCrew flats (similar) // Vintage Banana Republic bag (similar) // Madewell necklace (similar), bracelet & rings (similar)

Hope you all are having lovely starts to your weeks!

xo, Reg

Happy Weekend!

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Happy Friday! It was one of those weeks, and it’s almost over guys – yay! Reg and I get to hang this weekend (another yay!) and we thought this picture was appropriate because of course we’ll be brunching on Sunday (we’re thinkin Rizzutos, check out that drink list). With only a few hours left, enjoy our links and get out and about this weekend! The weather is supposed to be gorgeous here in CT, so we’re gonna take full advantage. xo G&M

cct // This list of the Worst Fictional Boyfriends of All Time might stir up some fightin words with friends (Big from SATC is up first), but it makes some valid points…

rkv // Considering I have almost no back-bone, I found this little article about how to ask for what you want pretty helpful

cct // Game of Thrones actors hanging out together in normal clothes – of course I want to see this!

rkv // Have you guys heard of oil pulling trend yet? After reading this I think I may start using coconut oil to whiten my teeth and strengthen my gums

cct // I’m really trying to get into the lip gloss game, but I’m having a hard time finding the right one! Any suggestions? I’ve heard great things about this, this, this, this & this - so I just need to pull the trigger and start testin them out!

rkv // I don’t celebrate Passover, but I’m think I may need to give this chocolate caramel matzo treat a try

cct // If you haven’t noticed, we’re pretty into pattern mixing. Check out The Everygirl’s guide to mixing & matching prints!

rkv // One of our favorite interior designers, Emily Henderson, is coming out with her own Target line! I read about her news on the Target blog a few weeks back, where they had an “ask Emily” section. So I asked… and she actually answered! Check out her response to my question about staying inspired here.

Dinner & Drinks

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With sunshine extending past work hours these days, the idea of having friends over and making a spring dish with a matching cocktail is sounding pretty good. Now that our hibernation mode is nearing an end, eating heavy foods just doesn’t sound nearly as appealing as it once did. We’re lightening things up a bit to jump-start spring, and these recipes sound like a wonderful way to do so!

We’ve paired 2 delicious sounding light dinners with equally delightful drinks. Enjoy!

Avocado Zucchini Noodles with Shrimp & Corn paired with Cucumber Sangria

Ginger Grapefruit Cocktail paired with Spring Tart

 

Hammerpress Shop

Although we’re partial to handmade cards, we get super excited for handmade-by-someone-else cards as well. When we saw the fun prints, post cards and posters over at Hammerpress we knew we had found a winner. (We also love their Kansas City, MO location – we both have MO/KS/midwest family!) Take a look at these beautifully designed and printed pieces, we want them all!

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Festival Fashion // Round 2

We still have festival fever over here in the North East, dreaming of being able to roam freely between music tents with lemonade in hand and not a care in the world. Feeling inspired from yesterday’s looks, we decided to pick up on some of the major trends we’ve been seeing and piece some outfits together that we hope to soon be wearing.

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Tribal Pants // Tribal pants are going to be everywhere at a festival, and for good reason. They’re fun, they’re playful and most importantly, they’re super comfy. We love this flattering wide leg with a slimming fitted tube top. Have some fun by mixing up the print with what else?…how about more print! These leopard sandals mis-match perfectly.

Headband // Pants // Tube top // Clutch // Sandals

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Playful Romper // Rompers are great because they have the ease of dress, but since they’re shorts, you won’t be worried about them flying around in the wind. This oversize floral pattern is eye catching, and festive. Pair it with some bold metallic jewelry, chunky sandals, and pinstripe backpack to really stand out.

Backpack // Beaded Necklace // Bangles // Romper // Sandals

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Crop Top // Crop tops are a little intimidating when you first see them on the hanger, and with good reason. Anyone who can pull them off with a low-rise bottom is basically a barbie-doll and should be studied in a laboratory. For us average people, these tops actually work very well with a high-wasted flowy skirt, to show just a little skin on the upper rib cage. Keep the outfit light and bright (and the sun out of your eyes) with a wide-brimmed hat, simple sandals, and a statement satchel.

Crop Top // Maxi Skirt // Sandals // Hat // Satchel

Festival Fashion

Happy Monday y’all! Hope all of your weekends were relaxing and fun all at the same time. In case you haven’t noticed, festival fever is in full throttle right now, and everywhere we look we’re seeing some fresh festi fashions.

Now before we jump into this, have you guys heard of the Coachella Diet? The diet focuses on amping up your workout to the max before a festival weekend begins. In recent years, the media has made these festivals very image-driven, with a particular focus on crop tops and booty cut-offs. While we love ourselves some bohemian looks, we can’t emphasize enough our passion for a healthy body image. Let’s try to remember that these festivals are about music, fun with friends, and being carefree. You can still be gorgeous and trendy without crash dieting and worrying about your pant size beforehand.

On another (and more upbeat) note… Have you guys ever seen Jimmy Kimmel’s Lie Witness News, which pranks “music loving” hipsters at festivals? It’s worth a watch for a quick laugh!

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PS – did you see our post about following us on Bloglovin’? Hope to see you there!

Bloglovin’!

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Hey guys, we hope you’re having a fantastic Sunday! We were too excited to wait until tomorrow to announce that we’re finally on Bloglovin’! You can follow us here! In case you don’t know what Bloglovin’ is, it’s an RSS blog manager/reader so you can have all of your favorite blogs in one spot. It’s a wonderful tool – so convenient!

xo G&M

PS. Who else is SUPER excited for Game of Thrones tonight??