Archives for May 2016

monday musings |5.16.16|

Monday…how did you get here so quickly? Wasn’t yesterday Friday? Siiigh…it was a big weekend around here, as baby sis graduated from college (still can’t believe it). I definitely wasn’t ready for Monday morning when it rolled around, but there’s nothing a fresh smoothie and some great reads can’t fix, right? If you missed last week’s post, we started a new weekly roundup of some of our favorite links that week around the interwebs called Monday Musings. This week features some tips on how to live your best week, an awesome new app from Google and of course…sprinkles.

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How to Make Your Week Feel More Like the Weekend

There’s a reason this one is first, guys – in strong need of some weekend vibes over here! We love Emily’s tips on how to avoid the #sundaysads.

10 Coffee Shops You Need to Visit in Paris

Always Paris dreamin’. Thinking I’ll settle down with a good book (our book club is currently reading Me Before You, if you want to follow along with us!) and sip some tea while imagining I’m sitting at one of these. If only I had saved some macarons from my boss’s trip to France a few weeks ago…guess I’ll just have to find some more!

Confetti Cookies

Because whose Monday doesn’t need sprinkles?

Google’s Weird New App (That Might Change Your Group Message Forever)

We might just need to transition all of our group messages over to Spaces, Google’s new app that lets you share links you read with your friends with the touch of a button. Group chats = life at this point – for how many links we share, this could definitely be a game changer. (And speaking of Google apps, if you haven’t downloaded Gboard yet, get on it. ASAP.)

5 Ways a Digital Detox Will Leave You Feeling Refreshed

E and I will be the first ones to tell you we’re never more than a few heartbeats away from our phones. That being said, I think digital detoxes could do a lot of us some good. I’m heading off to Asia in a few days (more on that in a second) and it’s one of the nicest opportunities to turn off my phone and live in the moment.

Bonus link! Tips for Long-Haul Flights

Okay, this is totally cheating because it’s ours, but you guys get an extra link today because I’m heading to Asia again in THREE DAYS! EEP! The fam and I are heading back to their home in Singapore with a few other stops along the way – check with us on Insta to see where I’m at throughout the next two weeks.

xx, H+R

long-distance relationships: BFF edition

It’s that time of year again: graduation. Every May, the dreaded bittersweet last moments in college towns give way to first steps in the real world for many seniors. It seems like that was E and I just yesterday…but can you believe three years has passed?

I think I speak for both of us when I say the biggest transition (other than not being able to take mid-day naps) is adjusting to the inevitable fact that your friends aren’t going to live next door anymore. Friends that used to be 30 seconds away are in different cities, on different coasts and in different time zones.

E and I at graduation, circa 2013 (eek!)

E and I at graduation, circa 2013 (eek!)

Annual reunion trip in 2015 <3

Annual reunion trip in 2015 <3

Our friend group spread far and wide after graduation – a tight-knit group that had lived together for three years is now a plane ride away from one another. One thing we can say, though, is that after three years, we’re still best friends and stay involved in each other’s lives on a daily basis.

Staying friends and supporting your BFFs from across the country takes time and effort, but it’s always worth it. Co-authoring a blog is one way to make sure you stay in touch (hint hint), but if that’s not your scene, here are our best tips to stay in touch with long-distance BFFs:

1. Make Gchat your new best friend – Gchat is the lifeblood of young professionals everywhere. Think of it as AIM, but for grown-ups (and without cute Dashboard quotes in your profile). I use the Hangouts extension for Chrome, allowing my chats to stay docked at the bottom of my screen. Emily and I use this as our primary way of communicating – it’s a great way to stay in touch as everyone is usually in front of a computer screen all day!

2. Set a standing phone date – Yes, young people, even we have to pick up the phone and call people sometimes to keep in touch. It can be hard to connect online with friends who don’t have a desk job or are in different time zones, so pick a time that works for both of you and set an hour out of your day to catch up. The most important part? Sticking with it! Things come up from time to time, but be sure to make your friends a priority before canceling to catch another episode of Scandal.

3. Snail mail – Sending small, thoughtful gifts can be one of the best ways to let your friends know you’re thinking about them. Flowers are a great way to celebrate life events (like graduations – proud of you Pharmacist Gin!) and can be affordable if you find a coupon from Gilt or Groupon. You can even split amongst friends to make it cheaper – ain’t nobody got $50 to spend on a bouquet, am I right? Another fave? Cookie delivery. Whether it’s a breakup, a promotion or, let’s be real, any day of the week because cookies are everything, treats are always welcome and a sweet (pun intended) way to appreciate your friends.

4. Travel! – My one rule about missing long-distance friends is to try to plan the next time you’re going to see them before you separate from the last trip. I find this helps with the sadness, as you can say “see you in a few weeks/months!” instead of “not sure when I’ll see you again.” I recently went to visit E in LA (more on that later) and our goodbye was made less upsetting by knowing I’ll see her in Atlanta for Labor Day! One of the benefits of the real world is real money and even though we don’t have a lot of it, travel to see friends has been one of the best things to spend it on so far. I recommend searching on sites like Kayak or Expedia and subscribe to the emails from your favorite airline to see their deals.

No matter the way, a little effort goes a long way to keep in touch with those who will always have your back. What are some of your favorite ways to stay in touch with long-distance friends? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @highlandandrose!

monday musings |5.9.16|

Happy Monday! In case you missed our last post, we’re back in the blogosphere and starting a new weekly post, Monday Musings. From recipe inspiration to work tips, we’re bringing you our favorite things of the moment. Without further ado…

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Best Places to Travel in June

This list is #goals. It’s safe to say we both have a travel bug – K’s about to jet off to Asia + the Maldives (take me with you?) and I’m in the process of planning mini weekend trips and a potential trip to Cuba in September! Stay tuned.

Pimento Cheese Chicken Salad on Honey Butter Biscuits

Need we say more?

Bedroom Before + After

Summer always has us thinking of new design + home projects. Currently loving bright + simplistic spaces – this room is serious #decorinspo.

What to Wear to a Bridal Shower

‘Tis the season! We’ll take all the Paper Crown.

5 Ways to be Happier at Work

I think everyone can relate to the craziness in their career, not matter how much you love your job. Working in PR often means long days, unexpected mini-crises and being creative on-the-go. These tips are a great reminder to stay grounded + focused on doing what you love.

xx, H+R