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 |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

summer bag essentials

Though it definitely already feels like it in Atlanta, this weekend officially marks the start of summer. (Sunday also happens to be Father’s Day AND the summer solstice, so be sure to make plans to soak up the longest day of the year with dad!)

To both of us, a perfect summer means one thing – travel. Weekend trips, week-long vacations and even month-long adventures (more on this later!) are in the works and we couldn’t be more excited. It’s safe to say that we both inherited the wanderlust gene and are always scheming + dreaming about our next places to cross off our lists.

E just got back from Yosemite, an amazing trip that I’m sure couldn’t be done justice through lots of snapchats but still looked oh-so-incredible and is prepping for a Fourth of July vacation to San Diego, while I’m gearing up for a weekend in Chicago and then a month of working + visiting my family in Asia which I still can’tevenbelieveishappening. With so many trips in order, the fun has to wait until you can get done with the dreaded preparation, also known as packing (or more commonly referred to as every girl’s worst nightmare). While I’m always going to remember things like socks, shirts and black jeans (obviously), I always seem to forget the fun stuff. It’s the last thing on my mind, but the first thing to make a trip super fun. Luckily, we’ve got you covered – here are our essentials to the perfect summer bag:

Summer Bag Essentials

 

ONE // the perfect suit. With as much time as we (and hopefully you) plan to spend at the water this year, it’s a no-brainer that having a bathing suit that’s A. fashionable and B. comfortable is a necessity. I recently bought a new one from overseas at Triangl, the creators of the color-blocked neoprene suit trend and am absolutely in love – however, if you’re looking to pay a little less and avoid the high international taxes, you can try this one from Rotita or this one from VS.

TWO // a bag to get through it all. You can’t have the perfect summer bag essentials post without the perfect bag, right? For us, simplicity and versatility are key. You want something you can use throughout the summer that can transition from the beach to daytime errands to taking work to the coffee shop. We love this one from Nordstrom and this bright choice from J. Crew.

THREE // lip products with spf. Did we emphasize that enough? If you’ve ever gone out in the sun for a while and NOT used a product with SPF on your lips, you know where we’re coming from. Trust me: lip. sunburns. are. the. worst. I wish them on none of you and only on your worst enemies. This Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF 15 is my absolute favorite, sun or no sun – a hint of color and super moisturizing. I recommend it in rosé!

FOUR // dry shampoo. What did we do in the days before dry shampoo? (Well, baby powder, but #ratchet, so) I’ve been on the hunt for a while for a good one and fell in love after I got this Klorane one in my Birchbox. It’s a winner in my book (plus it snagged the Allure Best of Beauty award, so I trust it). It contains oat milk extracts and never leaves any yucky color or residue behind. I’ve never been one to get that super awesome beachy hair, so this is a lifesaver.

FIVE // good sunnies. I’m sure we all have 50 pairs of sunglasses laying around, but this season, I’m really loving the new color mirrored trend. The ones pictured above are the ones I’m currently lusting after – Ray-Bans, of course. For a cheaper find, these ones from LOFT are only $24.50 and are 40% off right now!

SIX // a captivating read. Last but certainly not least, you’re going to need a good book (or a few) to get through the summer, whether you’re at the pool or hanging out in the park. We’re just working on starting a monthly book club with a few friends and our first choice is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I haven’t started yet (sorry guys), but have heard it’s a great one. If you have any other suggestions for good summer reads, please let me know – gonna need quite a few on two 24-hour plane rides!

What else do you guys always keep in your summer bag? Tell us below – there’s always room for more!

P.S. – Wanted to put the selfie stick in here, but avoided it for you guys. You’re welcome.

 

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!

 

august moodboard: what i’m loving.

Can you guys believe it’s August? It might be the most overused phrase in recent memory, but it’s true when they say the time passes faster every year.

I’m expecting some great things from this month, however. Birthday month (we’re old), summer and only one more month standing between me and a trip to California to visit the other half of this crew (yay!). They’re going to be some busy, wonderful weeks and I’m feeling good about it.

Time for a first-of-the-month moodboard with what I’m loving this August:

[1 / anthropologie] [2/ solebich] [3/ etsy] [4/ pinterest] [5/ vlinspiratie] [6/ amber interiors] [7/ natasha oakley] [8/ food & wine] [9/ diy balamoda]

I am dying for that Anthro tee and a lighted patio to sit on. Summer is for simple, sweet things – stripes, braids, calm colors and mismatching. Live in something comfortable this summer, enjoy the outdoors and get ready to vacation next month. On another note – I really need to learn that braid. Anyone have any good tutorials?

What are you guys inspired by this month?

to-do list: summer in atl edition

If you’re anything like me, your life revolves around to-do lists. Not a day goes by that I don’t start with a fresh list, empty check boxes and a looming sense of satisfaction to be had at the end of the day when those tiny squares are crossed off.

Every morning, I also start with an e-mail in my inbox from one of my favorite sites, Thrillist. Side note: Little did I know this was supposed to be a men’s site, but if you’re sending me e-mails about rooftop bars, I’m just going to assume this is for chicks, too. Thrillist has pages for most major cities (I think Emily has since updated her subscription to the LA edition) and is an awesome way to find out about new restaurants and cool happenings in your city.

A few weeks ago, I received my daily list on “A Hood-by-Hood Guide to ATL’s Best Patios” and it got me thinking – 1. Patios, yes, a thousand times yes. 2. As it’s my first summer in the city, I need to take advantage of the exciting things Atlanta has to offer.

The Midway PubThe Midway Pub (I actually visited last week for the USA game) – Photo via FB

So, in an effort to put everything in an easy place to cross off for mental satisfaction, here we go: my to-do list, summer in ATL edition:

1. Attend a festival in (or around) the city.

There have been so many great beer/food/music/arts festivals lately and I feel like I’ve only just begun to experience the awesomeness that is the Atlanta festival scene. After wandering around the Inman Park Festival and Virginia-Highland Summerfest, a whole other side of weekend fun was unveiled to me. A few I’m looking to attend this summer: the Grant Park Summer Shade Fest and the the Decatur BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass Festival.

2. Take advantage of the outdoors.

Atlanta Beltline
Atlanta Beltline, via FB

While it’s hot here over the summer – they don’t call it Hotlanta for nothing, amIrite (no, seriously – don’t call it that.), there are still some great places to get outside during the summer. As it’s my first year being stuck under florescent lights all day, time in the sun is more precious now than ever. While Piedmont Park is a popular favorite (deservedly so), the Atlanta Beltline is one of the single most awesome things in Atlanta. Per their website, “The Atlanta Beltline is a sustainable development project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other.” Basically, it’s a giant trail around the city made for walking, running, biking, rollerblading, etc. Being the Atlanta native, Emily introduced me to the trail a few months back, allowing me to consider myself a “cool” Atlantan who knows what’s what about the trail. I’ll actually be running my second 5K on the Beltline this weekend, so wish me luck!

3. Peruse the soon-to-be-newly-opened Krog Street Market.

This one’s for you, E – I know you’ve been waiting for this since the announcement came out that a new market was planned for your neighborhood. The eagerly-awaited Krog Street Market is finally set to open this summer/early fall and I can’t wait to put on my ATLien shoes and explore like the local I (now) am. With tenants like Hop City Beer & Wine, Little Tart Bakeshop and Jeni’s Ice Cream, it’s safe to say I’m going to be spending some time (and calories) here.

4. Catch some tunes outside.

Concerts in the Garden
Atlanta Botanical Gardens – Concerts in the Garden – Photo via website

Among many things, Atlanta shines in the realm of great outdoor music venues. From concerts in Chastain to those in the Botanical Gardens, I’ll definitely be getting some good listening in around the city. While I’ll be in California the weekend of Sept. 19-20 (say it with me: YAAAY), a don’t miss outdoor music event this summer is the biggie: Music Midtown. Featuring artists like Eminem, John Mayer, Lorde and Zac Brown Band, it’s going to be an awesome time in Piedmont Park.

5. Cross a few lot more off the restaurant bucket list.

Back to my Thrillist e-mails — there are so many new restaurants and dishes they’ve sent me to try in Atlanta that I couldn’t possibly narrow them all down. A few I’m looking to hit up this summer:

  • The Painted Pin – a bowling alley/pizza place/bar in my neighborhood (Buckhead)
  • The General Muir – a place I’ve been dying to go for brunch since my love affair with brunch began (but more on that later)
  • Bar Amalfi – okay, so I’ve already been here, but it was so awesome I’m dying to go back. Look, guys – you can order Antico pizza to an outdoor bar with couches and umbrellas. It’s basically everything.
  • Republic Social House & Cameli’s – because what list would be complete without some rooftop restaurants to drink at? These two are supposedly some of the best.

There we have it: My long-but-short-enough-to-actually-be-accomplished-in-a-few-months summer list.

What am I missing? Anything you guys would suggest? Always looking for new places & things to try!

-K