Wednesday, October 07, 2015

5 Student must haves!



After settling back into student life and moving into mine and Asha's new place in Manchester, we have filled our apartment with what we believe are the new home essentials!
Firstly I LOVE my home comforts and I have recently spent my time investing in things to make our new place a comfy little bubble. Here are 5 FAVES that are perfect when you move into a new place:

1. The Teddy Bear Mattress Enhancer
It is as fabulous as it sounds - trust me! We might all be past the age at which it is acceptable to have a teddy bear but trust me this is the best mattress topper.
I was so jealous when Asha got hers that I had to get my own. It can turn any pathetic excuse for a mattress at uni into a comfortable cloud, that I can no longer bare to leave each morning. So good luck making those 9am classes or early meetings!

Asha loving her new teddy bear!
2. Sugr Cube Wifi Speaker
It is as cute as the name suggests- this is my fave new speaker! It is soo easy to set up, and it runs using wifi rather than bluetooth- about time! Myself and Asha are constantly hosting various guests (often unexpected) so this is perfect to play music from our laptops or phones in another room using the cool Sugr Cube app.  It may be small and adorable yet the sound quality is amazing!

I can not talk about this without mentioning the touch sensitivity features, as they make life a little bit easier. For somebody like me who loves to snooze the alarm at least 3 times every morning, it is the best invention ever! I can pick whatever sound I want to wake me up, then literally hit the top of the Sugr Cube to give me an 10 (or 30) minute snooze!
Maybe be a little more gentle with the Sugr Cube.
Andddd who doesn't love a good party trick- well I have zero! So I bought one in the Sugr Cube ;) It can blow out your candles, so I know what I'll be bringing to the next birthday party I get an invite to.

There are 4 different colors it was hard to choose which one I wanted! Check them out for yourself on the Sugr Cube site here!

3. Candles
Speaking of candles, they are another great purchase to make any house a home by making it smell fabulous! Everybody loves a good Yankee Candle but my current fave is baby powder which we have scattered in every room. 

LOVE these 3!

4. Fluffy blanket/throw
After a hard day at Uni myself and Asha spend the evening chilling (procrastinating) on the sofa watching TV so having a fluffy blanket is ideal! They make our depressed little sofa seem snug and cozy when used as a throw, and are perfect for those afternoon naps when used as a blanket. 

Wine + blankets > Uni work

5. Fairy Lights
No new home would be complete without decorative fairy lights!  As Asha and I are true girly girls, we have pretty pink rose lights as well as some more standard ones we used to drape on our windows to brighten up our living room.

lights: Ikea

I know our must-haves will brighten up any dorm or uni apt.  What is on your must have list?   What do you love to do to make your apartment/dorm more homey?  We'd love to hear so drop us a line below!  
 Sam xox

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me…

Taking the blog on a bit of an empowering journey today. Last month’s “Are you ok?” campaign for suicide prevention raises the importance of taking the time to ask each other how we are doing. Reaching out is such an easy thing we can do to show support to our loved ones. So consider this as our way of reaching out to you! Y’all know you’ve had the Taylor Swift song “Shake it off” stuck in your head at some point in time (yes boys, you too!), but I think Swifty has a good point. 

I’ll keep it short and sweet and not get too deep with it, but we have all had those times when (whether people have meant it or not) someone’s words deflate your spirit and can make you question who you are. 
It could have been the other day at the gym, or out to lunch with work friends, or even just a passing remark you heard in the dorms/around college. We just want to check in with all of you out there and say we all are not alone in feeling that way! So don’t think you need to change who you are. Embrace yourself!! We probably sound like a nagging mother in your mind now as you read this, but it really is true, and we think too often the focus on the one small incidence and we forget how good life can be. 

Here is your challenge for the day: go up to one of your friends or family members, even a stranger, and simply ask how they are doing. Though some may be super casual about it and care more about their lunch order, for others, they may have been waiting for the chance to get something off their chest, and you could turn their day around!

Personally, we love these mean tweet segments on Jimmy Kimmel’s talk show. An extreme, yet great example to show us all to not take what others have to say about us too seriously, and also the importance of laughing at yourself.

Now go and embrace the day because you are awesome!!! So go spread the love!  

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Wipeout Run

Have you ever seen the TV show Wipeout?  I used to watch that show all the time.  People doing an obstacle course while wiping out is hilarious.  I've always always wanted to do it so when I heard the Wipeout Run was coming to Atlanta I knew I had to be a part of it!  Skeptical though because "theme runs" sometimes turn out cheesy and not what you expected so I was a little cautious but still game to try it out.  

It definitely wasn't as fun as the real thing on TV and no whacky hosts were there but it was still worth it.  The foam pit and the gigantic water slide were by far my favorite part. 

These are the obstacles that we had to slide, run, and dodge.  And yes I went under water twice a bunch falling in on the wrecking ball, the foam of fury, and the drop! Check out our video below!

Has anyone else done the Wipeout Run?  What do y'all think?  Would you be game to try it? 

**More event photos to come!  Stay tuned for some embarrassing action shots!

- Ady

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Sunday, October 04, 2015

Trendy, Nerdy, Affordable Glasses... ARE IN + FREE PAIR

Take notes, trendy, nerdy, affordable glasses are in!  I know you want them and I have the solution for you!  Trendy glasses are popping up everywhere and they are just so darn cute, no matter who you are or what your style is. Add a touch a sophistication and smarts to your #OOTD!  Nerdy or not, hipster or not, big black and bold glasses are in and we are loving it!  


The only problem I run into is that I want several colors - tortoise shell, black, brown, red, purple, you name it - I want it.  It just hasn't been affordable... until now. makes it possible to match your glasses to your #ootd.  If you're blind like me and need prescription eyeglasses they do that too! Bonus, they even have sunglasses

It's your one stop shop for cheap glasses. brand themselves on affordable glasses but I was impressed with the quality of my prescription glasses. They are comfortable, the prescription is perfect and so far, they seem durable. 

Glasses // Blouse // Leather Leggings // Necklace // Booties // Lipstick 
Now, aren't you tempted to give a try?  Good!  They have a big campaign happening called First Pair of Glasses Free (yes, for free) for new customers. You just have to pay the shipping and handling fee. This applies to both optical glasses and sunglasses. You're. Welcome!  It's super easy to order on their website plus you can even try them on from your couch!

If you by chance miss this offer, they are also giving our Verbal Gold readers 50% off on eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses (sale frames excluded), just use code GSHOT50. Now stop reading this post and go check out some new glasses for fall!

xoxo, Lindsay

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Friday, October 02, 2015

I workout with the Olsen Twins Why am I not Skinny Yet

My Olsen twin mojo is on point.  Everywhere I am... there they are.  It's like they're following me.  (I wish) What's my secret?  Just go to a trendy workout class and voila ... an Olsen twin.  I just thought they didn't eat and were naturally small... but apparently they workout too.  (No offense)

First it was MK at a spin class in the Hamptons and just recently I was at SLT in NYC working out next to Ashley.  Literally, in a class of 10 people.  Sadly enough, I wasn't the one to notice.  Mainly because before the class she had her head down in her phone in the corner so I didn't pay much attention.  My adrenaline is always so high at new workout classes making sure I get a good spot and trying not to look like an idiot that I didn't even notice who was there.  

The instructor said to watch the other people in the class to watch their form etc so I was watching how Ashley was doing the SLT moves the entire time and never noticed who she was.  She was in baggy workout clothes sporting a lovely RBF (that's resting bitch face) looking like any other girl in there.  Now that I think about it she probably thought I was staring at her the whole time.

If you don't know what SLT is ... be happy.  It's a new trendy class in NY called Strength Lengthen and Tone and resembles Pilates on steroids.  It's HARD AF.  It's like doing Barre on an unstable moving table.  Our instructor is known as the "superhuman trainer".  Whatever that means.  Let's just say he's in great shape.  My only goal the entire class was not to fall on my face!  I thought it was a joke and didn't feel like I was getting a good workout but I will tell you the next day and the day after that.... HOLY CRAP I was sore!

These contraptions are what you workout on - The Megaformer.

So if you can't find the motivation to workout... just think... an Olsen Twin could be there.  And that should be motivation enough.

What would you do if you ran into MK or Ashley at a workout class? 

 I mean the worst thing she could say is no ...

xo Ady

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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Asian Cabbage Rolls Recipe

Happy First Day of October!

We will be posting more and more fall, winter and warm recipes as the weather starts to get colder. While we all love comfort food, one downside of cold weather food is it is much heavier (which adds on some extra cushion - wink wink)! 

This recipe is light, warm, bursting with flavor, and easy to make! (Did I mention fun!?) I literally made it with ingredients leftover in my fridge and pantry. Feel free to substitute the chicken with Tofu (would be AMAZING, I am going to do that next time), or turkey, other vegetables, etc.

- 16 oz Chicken Breasts (as mentioned earlier, feel free to substitute this with lean ground turkey, tofu, shrimp, or veggies) 
- 1 Head of Green Cabbage, fresh
- 1 Large Egg
- 1 Medium Onion, raw 
- 3 Slices Ginger Root (if you don't have - you can use the powder)
- 1 Garlic Clove (if you don't have, you can use 1 Tsp minced or the powder)
- 2 Cups of Kale, Raw*
- 2 Cups of Spinach, Raw*

- Soy Sauce, 5 Tbsp
- Honey, 2 Tbsp
- Sesame Oil, 2 Tsp
- Garlic, 1 Clove - or 1 Tsp Minced Garlic

1. Boil water in a large pot with entire cabbage head in it. Let boil for 10-15 minutes. 

2. Finely chop onion, garlic and ginger, and steam kale and spinach.

3. In a large bowl, mix chicken/tofu, egg, onion, kale, spinach, ginger, garlic, and 1 Tbsp soy sauce (to taste).

4. When the cabbage is done boiling, remove from water and rinse with cool water until you can touch it. Discard outer leaves if damaged, otherwise use them all!

5. Gently remove and stack individual leaves. If any of the inner leaves are still stiff, just place the remaining cabbage back into the water and boil for 5 minutes to soften them up.

6. Once you have all of the cabbage leaves stacked, grab a baking sheet. Take each individual leave, one at a time, and place a generous spoonful of veggie/chicken mixture into each leaf. Fold the edges to make sure the roll is securely packed, and place on the pan with the folded side face down. If your rolls are not staying together, feel free to use a toothpick to help secure them while baking.

7. Bake at 350 F for 25-30 minutes, or until the rolls start to turn golden brown.

8. Meanwhile, to make the sauce: mix remaining soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, and garlic in a small pan over medium to low heat, to reduce the sauce.

9. Once the rolls are done, pour the sauce over the rolls to serve. If you have toothpicks in the rolls, take those out. :)


Servings: About 4
Calories per Serving: 308
(Unless you use as an appetizer, then 8-10 servings at 125 calories/serving)

*If you would like to use 2 cups of brown rice instead of spinach and kale, some people prefer that. 

xo Alex

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