Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles

Hi friends, it's Jess.  Last week, watermelons were on sale at the grocery store for only $2.50, so I grabbed one that weighed more than my preschooler.  Needless to say, we had more watermelon than we could eat on its own, so I looked for some recipes on Pinterest.  I found this super easy three ingredient watermelon-strawberry popsicle recipe and decided to give it a go!

Here's all you need to get going--watermelon, strawberries, a lime, blender and popsicle molds!


Basically, you just add everything to the blender.  I know, super complicated, right?



We like lime a lot, so we added both the juice and the zest.



Blend it and then pour into your molds.  Ours are from IKEA, but you can find popsicle molds all around in the summertime.  Try the Target Dollar Spot!


Freeze these babies for 3-4 hours and that's it.  Popsicle time, y'all!



Grab a watermelon while they're out this summer and make these popsicles!  Let us know how it goes in the comments below!  Happy Summer!!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Twins Take on the Brand: Who What Wear for Target

We love shopping at Target for everything, including clothes.  We were sad to see that Target is getting rid of the Merona brand, but always enjoy the Who What Wear line.  Here are some of our current favorites in the Who What Wear collection!



1.  This ruffle-trim shell would be adorable with skinny jeans and ballet flats or underneath a black suit.

2.  You can wear this lace mini-dress now with sandals or with opaque black tights, booties and a black blazer in the winter.

3.  These velvet strappy block heels scream holiday party!  Pick them up now!

4.  We love a grey t-shirt and this one is slouchy enough to wear casually with leggings and New Balances or on date night with faux leather leggings and moto booties.  Multi-tasking for the win!

5.  This color-block scarf is the perfect way to take your outfit into fall.  Jess is addicted to wearing blanket scarves and this one has to be added to the collection.

6.  This basic-with-a-twist sweater with tie sleeves is classic and work approved!

Do you have any items from the Who What Wear collection?  Let us know in the comments below!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Pick-Six: 8/11/17

Here's what we're loving and living for this week!

1.  We've been looking for a new show to binge watch and we are planning to give Amazon's The Last Tycoon a try.  It takes place in 1930's Hollywood and stars Matt Bomer (from one of Jess's fave shows, White Collar), Kelsey Grammar and Lily Collins.

2.  One of our favorite things to do on our annual beach vacation is read!  The hands-down favorite book of the trip was My Husband's Wife by Jane Corry.  This book has mystery, intrigue and relationship drama.  Read it and thank us later!



3.  If you're anything like me, you have a lot of tomatoes right now!  Our garden is insane and we have more tomatoes than I know what to do with!  I saw this recipe on Real Simple's Instagram and plan to give it a try this weekend. --J



4.  One of our favorite jewelry sources, Three Sisters Jewelry is offering an extra 50% off sale items this week with the code SALE50.  There are some great deals, so check it out!



5.  Believe it or not, I cooked dinner this week!  I used this recipe to make an easy tortellini pasta salad.  I added some cubed grilled chicken and a half of a seeded jalapeƱo!  Easy and delicious! --J

6.  Sale alert!  GAP is offering up to 50% off EVERYTHING (including jeans, which are hardly ever on sale) plus an additional 20% off your order AND free shipping with the code BESTDEAL.  Check out Monday's post for some of our favorite new arrivals and get ready to shop.  You can also earn GAP CASH, too.

What are you loving and living for this week?  Let us know in the comments below and TGIF!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Shellac Manicures--Are They Worth It?

Everyone knows that a mani-pedi is imperative on a beach vacation.  As we prepared for our trip last week, we decided to try a little something new.  Usually we do our own nails and we're pretty great at it.  However, we were looking for something with a little lasting power, so we decided to splurge on shellac manicures at a salon.  (Okay, it wasn't a large splurge, since Jess's generous students gave her a gift card!)  We know we're a little late to the party, but we figured we would give you our review of the hits and misses of shellac!

Hits:

  • Staying Power:  Boy, did the shellac last!  We can be a little hard on our nails between typing and house work, so a regular manicure never lasts more than a week.  With shellac, our nails were still going strong long past Day 10.  Jess decided to remove on Day 11, but Ry is still rocking hers.  If you're looking for a manicure that will last you for a while, then this shellac definitely the way to go!
Day One--Love that color!
Day Nine--still going strong!
  • Color Choices:  The salon we visited used CND Shellac colors and there are so many amazing shades!  We were both looking for something bright and summery, so Jess chose Winter Glow and Ryan chose Be Demure.  


Misses:

  • Price: Obviously this varies from place to place, but in our area, shellac manicures will run around $35-50.  This would be a splurge item for us, as we can purchase several bottles of nail polish and use them MANY times for this price.
  • Removal:  Most salons provide removal service too, but we wanted to try to do it on our own. With a little help from a regular reader (Thanks, Denali!), I set out to remove her own polish, armed with cotton balls, aluminum foil and acetone polish remover.

This was sadly not as easy as I was hoping.  I think my problem was having an acetone-based remover, instead of 100% acetone (which I struggled to find at Target and Ulta).  I soaked cotton balls in the remover and applied them to my fingers and wrapped with foil.  Then I sat (and caught up on Bravo on my DVR) for about 10 minutes.  After that time, I was able to peel or scrape most of the polish off using my other hand and/or a cuticle stick.  This was kind of a tedious process (especially since I couldn't figure out how to wrap my second hand once the other was done, so I did one hand at a time).  I assume you probably get better at this over time and actual acetone would probably work better, but it was kind of a pain. -- J

Overall, we loved the look and staying power, so we could probably put up with the removal.  We'll probably add shellac in for special occasions and holidays, but stick to DIY manicures on the average week.

Do you like getting shellac manicures?  Do you have any tricks to keeping shellac going strong or removing shellac?  Let us know in the comments below!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Twins Take on the Trip: Beach Packing List

Every summer, we head to one of our favorite places, Outer Banks, North Carolina for a beach vacation.  This year, we flew instead of driving and we carried on luggage.  As chronic over-packers, it's always a challenge to make sure that we can get everything we need but this really forced the issue!  Here's our tips to traveling light on a beach trip!
  • Multi-taskers for the win: When you're short on space, you don't want to pack items that can only be worn one way (Swimsuits are an exception to this rule).  Try to think about clothing that you'll wear more than once and in different combinations with your other pieces.  Your workout leggings can double as traveling gear.  A swing dress might be worn to dinner or thrown over your swimsuit at the beach.  Be sure to include at least a couple of items like this to maximize your space!
  • Pick a color scheme and stick to it: This tip works for any short trip.  We always pick a color scheme and stick to it, which allows us to mix and match everything we've brought.  You can often get a clue as to what color scheme will work by spending some time studying your closet.  If you're like me, there are colors you gravitate towards and some that you never wear.  If you choose one color scheme, you'll know that all of your items will coordinate well.  Make sure to include jeans or chambray for your pants/shorts options.  This ensures that you have something to go with every top you have. 
  • You don't need all those shoes (We promise!): Jess is decidedly a reformed over-shoe-packer.  Her husband likes to joke that to calculate the number of shoes she might pack for a trip would be "number of days of the trip multiplied by 3".  However, shoes take up lots of space in the suitcase and often you end up wearing the same pair over and over again.  Think carefully about the activities you will be participating in during the trip.  At the beach (at least for us), this usually means one pair of sandals for the beach, one pair of nicer sandals (for dinner out) and tennis shoes (for workouts and/or travel).  
  • If it's an option--share:  We grew up sharing a room, and we're more successful at sharing as adults than we were when we were 13!  We don't wear the same size, but we often share accessories on vacation.  To maximize your sharing, chat with your friends before you leave on the trip.  We try to talk first so we bring different options, especially since we have a lot of the same items!
What are your keys to packing successfully for a trip?  Let us know in the comments below.





Monday, August 7, 2017

Twins Take on the Brand: GAP New Arrivals

Have you guys noticed that all the fall clothes are starting to come out already?  Even though we are still rocking our beach wear, we are keeping our eyes peeled for items we love at our favorite stores.  Here's what we plan to purchase at GAP for the fall!


1.  As you know, we're stripe-obsessed and this midi-length dress looks like it would work perfectly with sandals now and booties and a blazer once fall hits.

2.  This floral swing top is adorable and the burgundy is on-trend for fall.

3.  Jess is addicted to ponchos and draped cardigans, and this one is not going to escape her clutches. Seriously, you guys, it's a problem...

4.  If there ever was a pair of leggings that were made for Barre class, it's this pair!

5.  A scarf is a great transitional piece and this floral print seems fresh, but the colors take it into the fall.

6.  OMG Moto jeans!  These will look great with a sandal now and tucked into boots all fall and winter.

Have you noticed anything you like in the new arrivals at GAP?  Let us know in the comments below what you plan to order for the fall!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday Pick-Six: 8/4/17

Here's what we are loving and living for this week!

1.  Do you have a spiralizer yet?  These veggie slicers are a great way to create ribbon-like strands of vegetables that you can cook up like noodles.  Hooray for eating more vegetables!  You can find some great recipes with zucchini noodles, like these summer shrimp zoodle bowls!

2.  You know we're addicted to fact masks and recently I tried this Yes to Cucumbers Buh-Bye Bags and Dark Circles Kit.  This kit comes with a cucumber cooling mask for your eyes as well as a treatment cream that you can use after the mask.  The results weren't long lasting, but I did feel like my dark circles were a little brighter than usual post-mask. --J



3.  We've talked about our love for Treat, Love Color, Essie's awesome nail treatment with a hint of color.  Lucky for us, they've come out with even more colors!  The blog EssieBuff has some swatches if you want to check out what they look like before you buy.

4.  We're not quite ready for fall fashions yet, but have still been checking out the fall new arrivals.  How cool are these leggings?  Combining black and navy is one of our tricks to looking instantly chic.


5.  We both have a love of rose gold jewelry and how adorable is this necklace from Three Sisters Jewelry?  Putting it on the Christmas list STAT!



6.  In honor of our beach vacation, here's a great article with seven cocktails that are perfect for summer parties!  We'll take one of everything, please!

What are you loving and living for this week?  Let us know in the comments below and have a great weekend!