Thursday, May 31, 2012

Grad Party Ensembles

So, we received a tumblr request for some grad party outfits. Here are some of our favorite ideas!

Look #1: This can basically be appropriate for any occasion from an open house to a more formal affair. Also good if the weather is iffy/chilly.
Look #2: This one is good for a little bit more formal occasion. Or more casual. You can go both ways. Also good for in between weather.
Look #3: This is good for open houses or barbecues. Still appropriate but not overly dressy. Also, no one wants to wear pants in 95 degree weather!

Let us know what you wear!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Grad Gifts at $150 and Under

For family members or very close friends, or maybe ideas for yourself, these are all great gifts. Note: we're trying to be as gender neutral as possible!

These are truly the most perfect gift for any college girl. We both love these and use them often. Small runs $125, more purselike, and large $145, more tote bag/book bag like.

This is the perfect boy or girl gift. Everyone loves to have music, but this is an easy thing to forget, but will be used a lot!

These range in price, from $100 and up (one pictured is at $150) But an essential for those college all nighters!

Again gender neutral. While these will not be wearable quite yet, the students up east will appreciate this once an unexpected cold day strikes.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Grad Gifts at $30ish

If you're like A and I, you're attending tons of graduation parties for everyone. Whether it be your bestie from high school, a family friend, or your vice president of French club, we all need gifts. When you're buying lots of gifts for people, it can get expensive. Here are our ideas for gifts at around $30, or under, except for one at $32.

These are so cute and easy. You can pick gold or silver, and at $24, they are easy to stock up on. Plus, Nordstrom will box them for you!

Bonus points if you know the school, though neither of us live/go here! This is an awesome gift. They are $25 and are relatively new. Useful for everyone, boys too!

These are a steal at $23. These are the perfect and durable bags that can go with you to work out when all you want to take are your keys, ipod, and headphones. Cute and unique!

This is our most expensive gift at $32, but still so cute and so easy. Multi purpose use: tailgates, beach, overnight bag, you name it!

Again totally gender neutral, and unique. These are so perfect and contain the little things you might forget. A great steal at $25.

What will you be giving your graduating friends?

Monday, May 28, 2012

Born and Raised

It's no secret. We both love John Mayer. We've been listening to his latest album, Born and Raised quite often in the last week. 

1."Queen of California"  4:10
2."The Age of Worry"  2:38
3."Shadow Days"  3:53
4."Speak for Me"  3:45
5."Something Like Olivia"  3:01
6."Born and Raised"  4:48
7."If I Ever Get Around to Living"  5:22
8."Love Is a Verb"  2:24
9."Walt Grace's Submarine Test, January 1967"  5:08
10."Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey"  4:39
11."A Face to Call Home"  4:45
12."Born and Raised (Reprise)"  2:01
13."Fool to Love You (iTunes bonus track) "   

Have you listen to John Mayer's latest album? Let us know what you think!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sun Safe

It's almost memorial day weekend!! Yay! It's super important to stay protected, especially this first weekend! No one wants to be fried the first week into the season!

Sunscreen is clearly a summer necessity. As tempting as it is to rub on that banana boat oil, it's going to hurt badly later on. Both of these are via Neutrogena

Of course, hats are essential! See this post here for baseball caps! And we cannot resist this Marley Lilly hat!

Of course, sunglasses! Who does not love a good pair of Wayfarers?
via Nordstrom

Stay protected this summer!! Happy almost Memorial Day weekend!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Literary Classic Turned Modern Day Motion Picture

At one point or another, I think its safe to say that most of us have read The Great Gatsby. It actually happens to be one of our favorite books! Seriously...we've each read it like 3 times. Not only is it an American classic, but it is a timeless piece of literature above all.
One of the many Great Gatsby covers

Well for those of you who haven't heard, Leo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and others are starring in The Great Gatsby (the movie!!) coming out on Christmas day of this year.  The trailer came out today, and needless to say, it looks as magical, spectacular, grandiose, and over the top as expected. Leonardo also looks beautiful (comeback, anyone?!).

Hello, gorgeous. 

While the idea of the book being made into a major motion picture is thrilling, we can't help but wonder if some of the magic of the story will be lost through watching a movie version of the story as opposed to reading it. Realistically though, we're probably going to see the movie regardless.

Thoughts? Will you be seeing the movie?


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Change is Good

So this is a bit of a personal post. Less than 12 hours ago I (A) finished my last high school assignment EVER. I can't even put my feelings into words right now. Its surreal. It feels like just a few months ago I was "moving up" from middle school and starting high school as a tiny little freshman.

So much change is happening in my life right now. I'm graduating from high school in under a month. I'm going to be going away to school next year. But before all that, I'm starting my first official job today!

At my school, all of the seniors get internships at different businesses for the last month of school. I'm interning at a non profit organization in New York City and I could not be more excited! I'm looking forward to doing great work for a great cause. And while I'm sad to be done with classes, I feel like this internship is going to be a wonderful experience for me.

So here's to change and wonderful new opportunities. And naturally, I had to share my outfit with you all!


Monday, May 21, 2012

Lemony Deliciousness

Here is a perfect lemony tasting treat for the summer. We love these for picnics, bbqs, graduation parties, and any time you need a little snack to give in to your sweet tooth. Enjoy! 


For the crust:

  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

For the filling:

  • 6 extra-large eggs at room temperature
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest (4 to 6 lemons)
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup flour
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
For the crust, cream the butter and sugar until light in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Combine the flour and salt and, with the mixer on low, add to the butter until just mixed. Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and gather into a ball. Flatten the dough with floured hands and press it into a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking sheet, building up a 1/2-inch edge on all sides. Chill.
Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes, until very lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack. Leave the oven on.
For the filling, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour. Pour over the crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the filling is set. Let cool to room temperature.
Cut into triangles and dust with confectioners' sugar.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

What We Need For Exams

So, as A wraps up exams, and as C's exams commence this week, we realize that there are a few things we must have during exams. No, not the our binders and books, but a few other things that help along the way.

Colored pens are way more fun than the traditional black and blue options. Not only are they cute and fun, they also make it much easier to stay organized from topic to topic, especially for visual learners.
Gum. While we certainly do not support chewing gum in public, we also realize it can help while studying. It gives you something to do mindlessly, and doesn't eating a whole bag of sour patch kids in one sitting (so guilty...). Plus, they say chewing gum helps keep you focused, while I have no idea if it's true, you never know!
We both love iced coffee. It helps us get through exams, Starbucks or not.
Oh, and we have to say that we love love Pandora, as you already know. It's great to study to, or to listen to in between breaks or just as you get organized.

Do you have anything you love to help study?

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Exam Week Chic

Dress for success is said all the time. What about exam week? Wearing yoga pants and a tee shit makes us want to sleep and feel sloppy. Here is what we wear!

Look 1: The maxi. Easy and comfy. Make sure you have a cardigan so you don't get cold. Wear: Jack Rogers or flip flops.
Look 2: Shorts and a cardigan. Cute and put together. easy. Wear with Jack Rogers or Sperry's
Look 3: Go this route if it's not blazing hot where you live or if you're cold. Flats work best here,

Remember: LAYERS!

What do you wear for exams?

Friday, May 18, 2012

Exam Week 101

Exams. Blah. The APs are mostly over, but soon it will be time for you to start studying for typical school exams. We've both been through many semesters of exams, and have found a few helpful tricks along the way.

we all feel this way sometimes, don't we?

  • Start early. Yes, we know this is hard. Studying early doesn't always work out because you're working on other things. But it's so important to not procrastinate, trust us, we've learned that the hard way.
  • Sleep. Yes, we know that pulling all nighters is super common before exams. We also know that we won't really remember cellular respiration we studied at 4AM for an exam at 10AM. There have been many studies shown that prove you need at least some sleep.
  • Plan out a schedule. This doesn't have to be down to the minute, but it should be planned out so that you know you have enough time to get it all together.
  • Do you get study guides? If so, lucky lucky you. Do them. All by yourself. Yes, collaborating with your bestie might save time, but you're not going to retain things that Janie Smith emailed you the day before the exam. 
  • Dress for success. (see post soon!) No, you don't need to wear a suit, but being put together is crucial, you'll feel better about yourself.
  • Take time to relax in between subjects. Just 10 minutes. Mediate. Shower. Play with your pet. something to clear your head.
  • Morning of, do something that makes you feel good. Does getting a skinny vanilla iced latte make your mornings better? Anything like that or even as simple as using a different soap in the shower. Something to start your day off positively.
  • Eat breakfast. No one wants a growling stomach in exams.
  • Lastly, and most importantly, let go post exam. It's over. You can't change it. Whatever happens, happens. You just need to know you tried your best.

Keep watching for more tips! Study hard.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

A's Summer Go To Looks

Grace- Great suggestion!! Love it. FYI- Any of our followers who have any suggestions for posts, don't hesitate to let us know. Seriously though, we love hearing from you. 

Look 1: I'm not going to lie, this is undoubtedly my favorite look of the three. I'm all about looking chic on the beach. I'm also 100% terrified of the sun, so naturally I had to include a big floppy hat for this look. And don't forget the sunnies! And the tunic! 

Look 2: I'm a big supporter of the nautical look. Throw on some cute white jeans, navy and white stripes, and some cute espadrilles and you're ready to go for basically any occasion. Whether its a meal at the club or a casual day at work, this look is so versatile. Please note- These Jack Rogers espadrilles add a whole other level of cuteness with the metallic color!

Look 3: I'm such a foodie. Any allocation of time that allows me to stay out late dining with friends is a love of mine (that's like...what the summer is all about). I'm also a big supporter of wearing as much white as possible during the warmer months because HELLO- it makes you look tanner than you are! This is my go to dinner outfit. White Lilly dress and turquoise Jack Rogers sandals. Done and done. 


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Graduation Dresses

So, we've received a few requests of graduation dress ideas. It's difficult to come up with something to wear under your cap and gown! Here are a few ideas.

Let us know what you are wearing, grads!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

C's Summer Go To Looks

Our friend Grace at SmileCouture suggested this post to us, so thanks Grace! Here are my three go to summer looks! Watch for A's in the near future!

Look 1: This is obviously my favorite look-the swim suit, shades, and flip flops. I live in bathing suits all summer. This was my favorite one last summer.
Look 2: The cardigan and white jeans look. I wear this so much, from dinner at the club to meeting my friends at Starbucks. I love my white jeans and how polished they feel.
Look 3: Running around. Naturally, J.Crew 3" chinos are my summer uniform.

We apologize for the lack of post Monday, we just messed up!!

Watch for A's soon!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

We love our mothers. There is no doubt how much love and spend time with them. We would not be the young ladies that we are today without them. 

We hope you can all spend time with your mothers, grandmothers, aunts etc. We're going to be cherishing our day with our mommies!

Let us know how you're celebrating, and to any moms reading, Happy Mothers Day to you; you're amazing!


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Roof Down, Music Blasting

The weather in NY is finally starting to feel like Springtime weather should feel. The sun is out and the temps are up. Today, I (A) fully intend on driving around town with my hair down, the windows open, the roof down, and the music blasting. Here's one of my current favorites that I will undoubtedly have on repeat.

What songs will you be blasting as you cruise around enjoying this beautiful weather?


Friday, May 11, 2012

Macaroon Madness

Macaroon have become a total phenomenon. They have become the trendy dessert, right with cake pops! My (C) neighbor recently made some and brought a few over for my family to try. While nothing beats Laduree, these were pretty darn good. We had lemon ones. My mother recently ordered this book from Amazon that my neighbor used.

[aside: there seems to be some debate over the spelling: "macaroon vs. macaron" They are indeed two different things, but I have been seeing it both ways. If anyone knows for sure, let us know.]


Have you  made these delish treats? Let us know! I'll get back to you when I've made them myself! Happy Friday.