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 |5.16.16|

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

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

california pt. 2

I am slowly yet surely becoming one of those people who abandons their blog for the sole reason of being too busy. Eek! Don’t let it happen, H & R! You are far too cute to abandon because of work.

That being said, I still owe you all a little catch-up on the second half of our trip to California (and I promise, after this, we’ll get back to things that enhance your lives instead of the story of mine). There were just too many amazing sights not to document them all in the travel folder we’re building up here.

//monday//

We’ll go ahead and call this what it was: tourist day. As Emily and Drew had to go back to the real world of work, Andrew and I headed up to Hollywood to see the sights and see if we could catch a celeb sighting to cap off our quintessential Cali experience.

One of the things I had wanted to do while we were there was hike at one of the many outdoor areas in town to get a view of the city and the Hollywood Sign. Emily had suggested the trails around Griffith Observatory which turned out to be amazing advice. If y’all ever make it out there, I highly recommend it for a fun walk-around with amazing views. We walked around the outside of the observatory and ventured up the hilly trails for a while before snapping a selfie in front of the Hollywood Sign, because obviously, and getting ready to down head down into Hollywood.

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After Griffith, we drove through the Hollywood Hills down to the center of the action to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Andrew found his favorite star for #mcm (Kevin Spacey) and I made sure to find Meryl Streep’s during our adventures. We saw the Chinese Theatre, walked up and down the stars (they stretch for miles on both sides of the street) and eventually decided to take the touristing to a whole new level with a tour of stars’ homes (when in Rome, right?). It turned out to be a great investment, as we saw tons of really neat celeb homes, including Madonna, the Beckhams, Ellen Degeneres, Michael Jackson’s last residence, the Playboy Mansion, Steven Spielberg, Morgan Freeman, Justin Timberlake and, obviously, Lindsay Lohan (among others). It was a fun way to spend the afternoon on another beautiful day in Los Angeles.

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Justin Timberlake’s house. Yep.

For dinner, we headed back to Venice and checked out the infamous Whole Foods that Emily has described to me as the most amazing thing…which was not an exaggeration. This thing’s hot bar put my Whole Foods to shame! We picked up assorted meats and cheeses and snacked on the lifeguard stand as we watched the sunset – a true Venice dinner.

Venice Sunset

And yes, that’s #nofilter.

//tuesday//

Not really much to report on here as I sat on the beach all day – which is perfectly fine with me! Emily and I grabbed lunch, I got to see her office, try her favorite snack at Sunny Blue (omg, omusubi, google it) and drink a few beers at Venice Ale House before bidding goodbye to our friends after a wonderful, amazing time in Los Angeles. Everything was wonderful (how could it not be), but the best part was getting to put a picture to so many places I had heard Emily describe in their lives and feeling like I could picture her life now instead of just imagining it.

//wednesday – friday//

Early Wednesday, we left L.A. for a small vacation from vacation off the coast at a place called Catalina Island. Guys…I don’t even have words for this place. Quaint, beautiful, peaceful…all of the wonderful things. We stayed in the main town on the island (there are only two), Avalon, all of which is walkable. Everyone on the island knows each other and was so friendly to us during our stay. Catalina is a popular stop for cruise ships during the week as well – we saw a boat docked off the coast on our last day.

We stayed downtown at a small hotel, Hotel Vista del Mar. I’d recommend this place over and over again, as the staff was so nice and helpful – and look at the view from that lobby! The lobby/hallway is all open-air and the rooms are beautiful, complete with fireplaces. I’m going on and on, I know, but seriously y’all – yes.

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Our main outing on Catalina was to take their island zipline, a course of long lines that goes through the high hills of the island and provides unreal views of the ocean and scenery. We’re both a little scared of heights, but it was absolutely worth it! Such a cool experience.

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Overall, we beached it, walked around and enjoyed time together – a perfect, lovely few days in paradise.

//friday – monday//

While this doesn’t technically fall under the title, we did visit another state on our vacation – Texas! One of our good friends from college moved out to Ft. Worth after graduation, so it was only fitting that we stopped and saw his life, too, on the way back home.

In true Texas fashion, we did everything big: a Billy Currington concert at an absurdly large megabar called Billy Bob’s (yes, it’s a thing.), a sleepy breakfast at the Ol’ South Pancake House and, of course, a big W by our Dawgs on Saturday.

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So there it is – you did it! If you’ve made it this far, congratulations – you can now relay Kristen’s vacation to anyone who asks. Like I said, we’ll be getting back to useful things soon, but wanted to document our amazing time. Traveling is such a wonderful, fulfilling thing, isn’t it? I’d rather spend all my money on a plane ticket than anything I can touch and hold. The memories from exploring new parts of the world are truly things that, to me, are priceless.

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?

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?