VERY Last Minute Halloween Costumes

Oh no wayyy, we all slacked on Halloween again. Don’t worry — WE GOT YOU.

01. Holly Golightly

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You need: black dress, stunner shades, and the tiara that you obviously have lying around (or any sparkly barrette). Feline friend optional.

02. Annie Hall

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You need: white button down, vest, khakis, felt hat, and necktie. Bonus points: loafers, oversized glasses, and neurotic boyfriend.

03. Rosie the Riveter

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You need: collared shirt, red bandana, liquid liner, and a ticket to the gun show.

04. Wednesday Addams

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You need: black crew-neck shirt or dress, white collared shirt, two side braids, and a general morose demeanor.

05. Flapper 

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You need: LBD  (you know you’ve been waiting for a chance to wear that trendy F21 drop waist you got on a whim), heels, those long pearls you got in high school & that cigarette you told yourself you wouldn’t smoke tonight

You know you’re creative enough to make one of these happen – Happy Halloween!

Image sources: Holly Golightly // Annie Hall // Rosie the Riveter // Wednesday Addams // Flapper

Sweet Beats // October 2014

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I have been feelin’ on the spook factor these days. All I want to do in October is drink pumpkin beer (Pumking is my newest fave) while I watch anything freaky. I’m a big fan of the classics like Rosemary’s Baby, The Shining, Silence of the Lambs, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Eat, Pray, Love (hah, jk). Since I had never seen any Hitchcock films, a friend of mine recently leant me a few from his collection. This past Friday I finally saw Vertigo, and I think tomorrow night may be Psycho. My roommates and I have also been trying out some newer stuff, this month has basically just been one massive Walking Dead binge-fest (luh you Daryl!).

Another wonderful thing about this month, is that I get to listen to screechy garage rock and eerie 60s tunes incessantly. So this is what I bring to you today, friends. I hope it makes you feel ghoulish.

Click here for a link on Spotify.

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spooky // dusty springfield

ana // los saicos

my body’s a zombie for you // dead man’s bones

i put a spell on you // creedence clearwater revival

straight to hell // the clash

out of limits // the challengers

recurring // allah-las

too much in love // the king khan & bbq show

poison ivy // bleached

i walked with a zombie // ricky erickson

werewolf // carl bonafede

we’re laughing // the psychedelic aliens

haunting eyes // baron

you’re gonna miss me // the 13th floor elevators

evil hoodoo // the seeds

dig a little deeper // the cherokees

wondrous place // the cherokees

Cinnamon Sugar Almond Flour Donuts

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We’ve collabed with our friend Lauren before and she is always down for a delicious healthier treat. Donuts are one of our fall favorites, so when she called saying she had gotten a super cute donut mold, we were super excited to indulge in these baked goodies!
Cinnamon Sugar Almond Flour Donuts, adapted from Roost (makes 6 donuts)
1 1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 eggs
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
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Preheat oven to 350F. Whisk all dry ingredients together in a bowl, then transfer them to a blender. Combine all wet ingredients in a bowl, then pour them into the blender. Blend until batter is very smooth. Pour batter into greased donut molds, filling them about 2/3 the way. Bake for 10 minutes and allow to cool on a baking rack.
Cinnamon-Sugar Topping
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
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The cinnamon sugar mixture needs something to grab onto (we know this because we forgot to add anything). To make sure your topping stays on, melt the butter in a sauté pan, and in a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon together. Once the butter is melted, remove pan from heat and lightly dip each donut in the butter, then in the cinnamon sugar.
And enjoy :)

Happy Weekend!

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G&M will be reunited this Sunday to see Cheerleader (check out their band profile here), and we’re pretty pumped to meet up with a bunch of friends to cheer them on (ha, get it?). Christa will be visiting her brother at Roger Williams for family weekend, and Reg is going to be having a weekend of hostessing, with her old college from coming to visit on Saturday, and then Christa on Sunday and Monday. We’ll be wandering the streets of Boston on Monday, camera in hand – so hopefully we’ll have a post soon of our galavanting!

cct // Madewell’s sweater tips are much needed for this chilly sweater weather

rkv // Such a pretty Halloween face makeup idea!

cct // So I know that I just mentioned that it’s sweater weather, but I stumbled upon this drink and it’s beautiful and delicious looking, so I kind of want to make it now…

rkv // I’ve been super into watching scary things these days, so I was pretty pumped to see this list of the “25 Best Horror Movies Since The Shining

cct // I always wondered how people had such smooth looking faces back then! 

rkv // I’m a bit of an antsy person, so this list of ways to prep before public speaking

cct // I went to buy a ring on etsy the other day and I realized I didn’t exactly know what size that finger was (not one of my usual ring fingers I guess), and I remembered that Catbird has an amazing ring sizing cheat sheet that every girl should have!

rkv // The best way to store your salad greens so they keep longer

Honey Pot Hill Orchards

This past Saturday my galpals and I were full throttle New Englanders when we went apple picking at Honey Pot Hill Orchards. It was the last weekend that this farm would be open for picking, and basically a perfectly crisp and sunny fall day, so it was slight mayhem. So many children. So many squished apples under our feet. And so soo many times we were nearly hit by the hayrides (we apparently couldn’t tell the difference between walking paths and hayride paths).

I live with three other ladies, and we all love ourselves some apples, so we thought “yeah! Let’s get the big bag!” No. In retrospect, that was an overzealous decision on our end. We wound up having to swap who carried the bag every four minutes, with apples falling all over the ground, and eventually putting in the large Ann Taylor Loft shopping bag that we found in the car trunk. That bag is full, and now sitting on our kitchen floor because we have no where else to put it. Apparently I’m gonna have to make a lot more than the one muffin recipe I had planned out for this endeavor (I have this apple bacon brussels sprout guy in mind).

And then donuts happened. Oh my word did donuts happen. Probably the best donuts I’ve ever consumed. Pretty much just perfect in every way… warm, soft of the inside and crispy on the outside, with a cinnamon sugar coating. I shall dream of these donuts and tell stories of their wonderment.

 

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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

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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!

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rkv // Loving this donut pumpkin DIY