monday musings |6.27.16|

Happy Monday! Anyone else have a short week ahead? I’m jetting off to Austin for a long-weekend full of friends, Tex Mex + lake time and K’s hanging around Atlanta enjoying all the red white + blue activities around town. But before we check out, we’ve got our favorite links of the day to wind down this Monday.

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Handy Chart to Tell Which Shape of Sunglasses is Right for Your Face

Happy #NationalSunglassesDay! A guide to tell which sunglasses look best on you – where has this been all our life? This is something I’ve always struggled with. While trends can be fun (hello colored mirrored lenses), investing in a pair of sunnies that look fab is always in season.

Why Blogging is Good for Self-Development

Creative outlet? Check. Reason to go to yet another brunch? Check. Self-empowerment? Check. There are many reasons we started this blog, but this article really shines a light on the major #girlboss benefits.

14 Tips for Traveling on a Budget

For those of you who are loyal H+R readers (we <3 you!), it should come as no surprise that travel is always top of mind for us – and we’re always looking to get a good deal out of our tips. (ICYMI: Kristen recapped her AH-mazing Hong Kong adventure here). These tips are great and we’re all about #4 and #14.

Edible Obsession: Palm Tree Donuts

Whether you’re beach-side or pool-side this weekend, these fun treats are sure to be a crowd pleaser and are totally insta-worthy.

What are your plans for the long weekend ahead?

xo, H+R

monday musings |6.6.16|

It’s June, what? Anyone else feel like 2016 has been the fastest year on record? As K settles back in from her dream-vacay in Asia (more later), we’re welcoming summer with open arms and sharing some of favorite things for the week ahead.

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How to Balance Your Day Job and Your Passion Project 

Anyone with a blog or side hustle can relate to the feeling of needing more hours in the day. With our hectic careers in PR, our days (and nights) can be full and our blog is the first to become neglected. Read on to see how to do it all.

Color Schemes for Every Room

While neither of us are homeowners yet, many hours have been spent dreaming (and ‘pinning’) what our future homes will look like. Shutterfly makes it easy to visualize what the rooms in your house will look like with different color schemes. Simply pick a room, a color and they provide options from ‘Modern’ to ‘Rustic.’ Serious #DesignInspo.

10 Reasons Why You Should Travel More This Year

We think it’s safe to say everyone has travel on their summer to-do list, but if you need more motivation here are 10 more reasons to just GO. Any recommendations for weekend getaways from Atlanta and LA? Hello, summer hours.

Strawberry Shortcake Grilled Doughnuts

‘Tis the season for firing up the grill for just about every meal. The combination of one of our favorite desserts with doughnuts and on the grill? Happening.

xx, H+R

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

make a statement: warby parker’s fall collection

Warby Parker is a brand that’s been on our radar for a while. Their eye for detail, on-trend frames + emphasis on social good makes them our go-to shop for the perfect pair.

Their much anticipated Fall Collection launches today and includes styles with rich reds, golden browns, cool greys + other harvest hues to get you ready for pumpkin spice latte season autumn. Best of all, every frame is be available through their free Home Try-On program. That’s right – pick your fave frames, they send them to you (for free!) and you can try them on before deciding on a purchase.

We’ve picked four of our favorite styles from their new line and paired them with the perfect fall ensembles:

1 // otis antique shale fade  2// simone tea rose fade
3// caspar jet black  4// barnett quail egg grey

Our go-to look would be the Simone Tea Rose Fade – the perfect frame to pair with boyfriend jeans, a tee and sneaks. What’s your favorite style from the new line? Head over to their site and let us know in the comments below!

Summer Style // clover cloth

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You may have seen a few Instagrams or tweets from us across your feed about clover cloth, a new clothing line out of Los Angeles. To make a long backstory short, the PR company where I work decided we were going to start a clothing line with all the free time that comes with running a boutique firm 😉 What started as a passion project has quickly turned into a growing clothing line and another reason I love my job.

The Spring/Summer 2015 Collection features tanks and tees with bold messaging, bright colors and gold embellished designs that can be worn to drinks or in down dog. Created with the belief that mindfulness doesn’t trump style, clover cloth was made for the style-savvy girl who wants to make a statement with her clothes and her social consciousness — she wants to spread love, do good and look good.

Locally conceptualized, designed and produced in LA, clover cloth‘s cuts are made with 100% organic, fair trade cotton, grown using sustainable irrigation systems and manufactured by employees making twice the minimum wage. Every clover cloth purchase plants a tree and each season’s limited edition design supports a specific social cause. This season’s limited edition design is the ‘Free Everyone’ tank where 25% of the proceeds are donated to Save Elephant Foundation – a non–profit organization dedicated to stopping elephant trafficking, slavery and abuse in Thailand. Anyone who knows me knows saving the world is on my (very long) to-do list, so Free Everyone is easily my favorite style. K, on the other hand, loves the IM POSSIBLE tank and has been spotted once or twice rocking clover cloth on her travels near and far.

Get your hippie glam on at www.clovercloth.com and keep up with clover cloth on Instagram + Twitter for updates + sneak peeks into the Fall/Winter line!

 

do, eat, see: Santa Barbara

I recently visited Santa Barbara for a weekend getaway (my Christmas present courtesy of the boy) and instantly fell in love with the charm, architecture and feel of this California staple. Just a short two hours north of LA up the Pacific Coast Highway makes Santa Barbara the perfect escape from hustle and bustle of the city. Our visit wasn’t long enough (what vacation ever is?), but we managed to pack a lot into the weekend and I’ve made a list of my favorite things to do, eat and see while in Santa Barbara.

– do –

Wine Tasting Rooms

Santa Barbara = the epitome of wine country. While there are many vineyards in the surrounding mountains and valleys, look no further than the numerous wine tasting rooms in the heart of town. Similar to a brewery, you taste flights of local wine and enjoy the quaint open-air tasting rooms with friendly bartenders + people to meet. My three favorites were Municipal Winemakers (pictured above), Oreana Winery and Corks n’ Crowns. The best part? Most of the wine tasting rooms are all within the same few blocks of each other which makes for a fun afternoon stumble stroll.

State Street

State Street is runs through the heart of Santa Barbara and a good place to reference when you’re looking for a place to stay – the closer to State Street and the water, the better. It’s a great place to start your day and shop, eat, peek in galleries, people watch and just enjoy the pretty Spanish architecture and palm tree lined street.  

– eat –

The Lark

Santa Barbara, California; The Lark

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Our first meal in Santa Barbara set the bar high. The Lark is located in the same part of the city as the wine tasting rooms and is beautifully designed with the perfect ambience. Our meal went as follows: Pimento Cheese Fritters with schrimshaw beer aioli + pickled chiles, Grilled Spanish Octopus with Israeli​ couscous, guajillo chile + avocado and Crispy Lamb Papardelle with butternut squash puree, goat cheese + rosemary. Need I say more?

Santa Barbara Public Market 

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A mix between Chelsea Market and Krog Street Market, the Santa Barbara Public Market combines the wonders of a food hall and a supermarket complete with a bakery, an artisanal ice cream shop, a ramen bar and more. It was the perfect place to have a meal or pack a picnic which is exactly what we did for the next stop on our list which brings me to…

– see – 

Douglas Family Preserve 

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I don’t know about you, but before I moved to California I envisioned all of the beaches with cliffs, breaking waves and surfers, which is exactly the picturesque scene you get at the Douglas Family Preserve. Seventy acres of undeveloped land, trails and views make this a must-see when you visit Santa Barbara.

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This is sort of a given seeing as you drive this scenic highway when you come and go from Santa Barbara. I’m not saying I played California by Phantom Planet while we drove down this highway, but I’m not going to say I didn’t.

Have any of you ever taken a trip here? What were your favorite spots? Let us know in the comments!

gypsy gold

I love when my jewelry has a story behind it. When someone compliments you on your jewelry, there’s nothing better than telling them all about how you searched and searched for that one ring to complete the perfect ring stack and you stumbled upon it at flea market; or the feeling you get when wearing a piece of jewelry with sentimental value.

One of my best friends has been perfecting the craft of jewelry making for years but most recently has taken her habit to the next level, producing top quality, one-of-a-kind pieces that are unique and perfectly on trend. Jillian’s pieces are classic with a bohemian twist which is why Gypsy Gold is the perfect namesake.

 

 

The first Gypsy Gold bracelet Jillian gave me has, you guessed it, a story. We were at the beach with friends and family and Jill asked one of the people on the trip about her bracelet. The woman explained that she had had matching bracelets made for her and her best friend and the tassel, beads and charm all meant something different. A week later for my birthday, Jillian had made an almost identical bracelet for me, and made herself a matching one too.#besties

All of Jill’s pieces are hand-beaded and the beads themselves are carefully picked out and imported from countries all over the world. Everything is made with 100% natural elements such as wood, semi precious and precious stones, paired with scintillating gold, sterling silver, and brass that only gets better with time.

Check out Jillian’s next trunk show! We’ll share details ASAP. You can see more Gypsy Gold goodies on Instagram @gypsygoldjewlry and on her website: www.gypsygoldjewelryshop.com

october mood board // welcoming fall

As much of a cliche it is, I just LOVE fall. And no it’s not all the Pumpkin Spice Lattes on every corner (fyi, how I feel about the coveted #PSL). This is my first fall on the west coast, and while the temperatures are slower to drop here and the palms trees are evergreen, there is still a crispness in the air that reminds me of the changing season. Bring on the seasonal eats (um, butternut squash everyday), sweaters and apple cider!

Here’s my mood board with some of the things I’m loving/dreaming of this month.

 

[1/Not Without Salt] [2/Cereal Magazine] [3/My Name is Yeh] [4/Style Me Pretty]

[5/My Ideal Home] [6/Pinterest] [7/The Fresh Exchange] [8/Pinterest]

 

That apple cider rum punch looks like the quintessential fall libation, am I right?  I’m thinking about taking a special trip to Big Sur in late November, but may be putting it on hold; I have been dreaming of driving that PCH route forever and am looking forward to it someday. Speaking of rum punch, that bar cart is perfectly styled for hosting a fall get together – I can’t wait to have a backyard to host outdoor dinner parties. A book and coffee in bed is exactly what I need to relax and fall style is all about staying comfortable – I’ll be rocking some combo of a big sweater, skinnies and booties all season long.

What are some things you’re loving this month?

Austin to LA

Between road-tripping across the country, moving to a new city and starting a new job I have been a little (ok, a lot) MIA on the H&R-sphere.

It’s officially starting to hit me that L.A. is now my city and I couldn’t be happier about this new chapter. But before I start down all-things LA on here, I wanted to share a few highlights from the rest of my road trip.

AUSTIN, TX

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I was so excited to get to Austin not only because it’s such a great city, but because two of my best friends lived there. Alexis is an ATX-native and was in the same sorority as me and K at UGA. Laura was another UGA-bestie and she moved to Austin in January this year.

Saturday morning Alexis and I started the day off with a little kick-boxing action at Fight Club – a gym that she opened in Austin. We did it all through college, and when graduation came and Alexis moved back to Austin she brought her passion with her and we are so proud of her. Check it out if you’re ever there and are in need of a serious work out!

After our late breakfast we headed over to Town Lake and went paddle boarding, and it was awesome. I had wanted to try paddle boarding for a long time now, but it’s usually done in the ocean or a bay and I’m terrified of the ocean (aka sharks). I thought the hard part of paddle boarding would be trying to balance on the board, but I got the hang of it pretty quickly. Turns out the hard part isn’t balancing, but the paddling that turns it into a real workout. There was something so serene about being in the middle of a busy city while also being outside and enjoying nature.

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Paddle-boarding on Town Lake!

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The next adventure of the day: Lick. Guys – the ice cream here is amazing. Between Lex and I, I’m pretty sure we tried nine different flavors before we each narrowed it down. I had the dark chocolate olive oil & sea salt and the tangy toasted coconut, while Lex had peach thyme & goat cheese and land of milk & honey. Definitely an instant Austin-fave.

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I was too busy enjoying my ice cream to actually get a picture of it.

That evening I met up with Laura and we ventured over to Rainey Street – more of a hip, ‘trendy’ neighborhood. We ate dinner at Banger’s which was an outdoor biergarten and gourmet hot dog restaurant. I’m not a huge hot dog or sausage person and Laura is a vegetarian, but both of our meals were excellent. We started with Wisconsin cheese curds, which I had never had but Laura raved about them, and they did not disappoint. 

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Can you tell I like food yet?

The ambiance of this place was so fun and laid back. I could spend hours out there under the string lights with a Austin-brewed beer and listening to music. We had an eventful night out at the bars on the famous sixth street and we said our (sad) goodbyes because early the next day, my parents and I hit the road once again headed to Arizona. 

The rest of the roadtrip consisted of a lot of this:

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Walt and Jesse – are you out there?

Miles and miles… and miles later this was a happy site:

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When we crossed the California state line it started to hit me that we were headed to my new home, in my new state. We eventually exited the 10, pulled into the apartment and Drew and I were finally reunited in our new home 🙂 We rapidly unloaded the car and fled to the nearest sports bar to watch team USA. 

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#ibelieve

Next post: my L.A. bucket list for the remainder of the summer. But let’s be honest – does summer in LA ever actually end? Stay tuned!

xo,

E

So the journey begins.

My parents always knew that I wouldn’t be staying in Atlanta forever, both to their excitement and dismay (#onlychildprobs). When the prospect of Los Angeles became more serious, my mom asked for one thing: to make the move into a road trip with her and my dad. So we piled into my car and drove for seven days, stopping in three cities and a total of 38 hours in the car.

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Our first stop of the trip was New Orleans, “The Big Easy.” This was my first time in New Orleans, and Louisiana for that matter. My parents have been many times for the famous jazz festival and the French Quarter fest – my dad has been more than 20 times! As the biggest music lover I know and member of a jazz/blues band, my dad was in his element.

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We spent the first day wandering the French Quarter and wandered into a bar (on Bourbon Street, of course) for the USA vs. Ghana game not five seconds before Clint Dempsey scored the first goal for the U.S. 29 seconds into the game. Talk about an exciting first Bourbon Street experience. 

That evening we went to the famous Preservation Hall to see live jazz. The venue opens at 8 p.m. but you have to be in line by 7:00 at the latest in order to get in. There’s usually a small cover charge, and sometimes you don’t even know who will be playing. When you walk in you are transported directly back into the 1920s. With no food or drinks served and and no air conditioning, this is truly a no frills place. Most of the audience is standing shoulder to shoulder in this small, dimly lit room. My parents and I managed to get a seat on the floor on the side of the room and at 8 on the dot, a six-piece jazz band waltzed in a began to play traditional NOLA-style jazz. You could feel the history of some of the greats who had graced the stage before them, such as George Lewis and Sweet Emma Barrett. Definitely a place I’ll go back to if when I visit New Orleans again. I’m feeling a Mardi Gras trip sooner than later. K – you in?

The next day was spent wandering, shopping, eating & drinking and exploring more of the French Quarter and beyond. The architecture in this city is so beautiful. I found myself constantly looking up at the wrap-around balconies, brightly colored shutters and the beautiful brick buildings that have stood the test of time.

We listened to music again this night, but wandered in and out of places hearing a couple songs at each. There’s a reason New Orleans is the jazz capital of the world. Music, delicious food and sites to see – what more do you need? Until next time, New Orleans.

-E