Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day

Don’t have a mate? Don’t worry, It’s time to celebrate!
Holidays. They start earlier each month with the aisles of the grocery store filling up months in advance, but what are they really all about? Ever since I was a little girl, my mom would celebrate each holiday without overlooking any details. We wore our matching socks, our outfits coordinated with the colors of the holiday, accessories were worn, and sometimes our food was even different colors.
From a young age, I began to appreciate these little celebrations amongst the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. As another holiday, the one associated with love, approaches there is much debate about this somewhat Hallmark holiday. I understand people should not need a day to celebrate someone they love, but to me, who said it has to be about one person? Valentine’s Day reminds me of all the love that I have in my life. Whether it is the reminder of the best friend, a phone call away, or the dark chocolate M&M’s that always satisfy the chocolate craving, or the new shoes I just bought, all of these add love to my life.
Whatever love is in your life, take this day to embrace it. The holiday doesn’t amount to who you are spending it with, but rather take it as a love day for yourself. Maybe write down some things that you love the most (remembering to add yourself to the list) and see how these things, people, or places enhance your life. Send your best girlfriends those funny or homemade cards you used to get. Embrace the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine and with the perfect pairing, chocolate. No matter what the celebration may be, I have vowed to thoroughly embrace each holiday to the best that I can. 
So if you see me on February 14th, I will be following the advice of a holiday extraordinaire, Lilly Pulitzer, who once said, “Wear pink and make the boys wink!” And that I will do Lilly! 
What do you all think of Valentine’s day? What ranks highest on your loveable list?

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Making Acquaintances

Hello!  We are the Hunter-Gatherers, aka Katie and Courtney.

For some reason we have our specific sides when it comes to picture-posing.

You might be wondering, "Why the strange title for a blog like this?  Why not something girly and fun like 'Make-up and Macaroons' or 'Lattes and Lanvin'?"

It all originated one rainy Sunday morning at the downtown Columbia Panera (this morning, actually).  I was so psyched that it was raining because my purple Hunter boots had just arrived in the mail and I needed that cost-per-wear assurance.  For a college student, they don't run cheap!  Katie was wearing her dark green Hunters as well.  We'd been entertaining the idea of starting a blog for a while, and suddenly these boots proved to be the perfect inspiration.  We would be the Hunter-Gatherers.

The name not only showcases our love for the brand, but also the fact that we are huge foodies. Healthy snacks or sinful desserts, we don't discriminate.  And lastly, we love the thrill of the hunt when it comes to finding new closet gems or the perfect soundtrack to a certain situation.  With this blog, we hope to encompass all of these things as well as our thoughts on more serious issues, and life in this weird transitional stage called college.

So enough about that.  We conjured up a little questionnaire so you, our lovely readers, can hopefully get to know us a little better if you don't already!


I take my coffee with... Stevia and a generous splash of some dessert-y creamer.
I'd love to visit... Paris! Or anywhere in France, really.
My most prized possession is... My handy dandy MacBook.
My signature scent is... Burberry "The Beat".
My go-to recipe is... Anything that can be made in a CrockPot.
My girl crush is.... Karlie Kloss. She's like not even human and I'm slightly jealous.
My guy crush is... Bradley Cooper. This was reaffirmed in Silver Linings Playbook. If you haven't seen it, go! Now!
I'd love a bouquet of... Peonies, please:)
I'm saving my pennies for... Decorating my future place!
I'm currently listening to... Electric Light much ELO.

I take my coffee with... a splash of half and half and a dash of cinnamon, oh and a good friend!
I'd love to visit... Ireland, the Hamptons, all 50 states; I'd really travel anywhere!
My most prized possession is... my high school ring.
My signature scent is... Viva la Juicy.
My go-to recipe is... salmon finished off with anything sweet!
My girl crush is.... Kate Middleton
My guy crush is... Prince William and Harry.
I'd love a bouquet of... daisies!
I'm saving my pennies for...Italy this summer.
I'm currently listening to... the Avett brothers and as always, Sara Bareilles.

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