motivation monday: new year’s resolution bowl.

It’s Monday, and we’re motivated! To eat healthy, that is. This New Year’s Resolution Bowl is the perfect dish to get your week started off right. Swing by the store tonight, make one for dinner, and then pack one for lunch tomorrow. Everyone needs a little detox after the weekend, right?

New Year's Resolution Bowl

ah mah gah…a bowl of healthy goodness.

New Year’s Resolution Bowl

Prep Time: 10 mins (practically nothing!) / Yield: 1 serving

What You Need:

  • 3 cups greens, chopped (kale, arugula, spinach – use a mix of your faves)
  • 2 cups raw veggies (for example, ½ cup shredded carrots, ½ cup shredded red cabbage, and 1 red bell pepper, sliced…or whatever mix you like to equal 2 cups)
  • ¼ cup Quinoa (or other healthy grain, like brown rice)
  • ¼ cup Chickpeas (or other protein, like tofu, 1 hard boiled egg, etc)
  • ¼ of an Avocado (or other healthy fat, like a handful of walnuts)
  • 2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard

What You Do:

  • In a large bowl, add the bed of greens.
  • Top the salad with the carrots, bell pepper, cabbage, quinoa, chickpeas, and avocado.
  • In a small bowl mix the red wine vinegar, lemon juice, and mustard. Adjust accordingly and drizzle over your bowl of goodness. Mix it up and enjoy!

View the original recipe (and tons of ideas for substitutions) here. Eat, feel good, repeat.

New Year's Resolution Bowl

another version, with tofu.

PS – Every Monday, we’re going to feature a healthy recipe from one of our favorite blogs The Whole Tara to carry you through the week. Can’t wait for next Monday? Check out Tara’s blog here.

all photos: The Whole Tara

friday five: pin for the win.

J: HAPPY FRIDAY! I’m prepping myself for a weekend envelope stuffing sesh… my wedding invitations are in! They’re beautiful. Totally perfect. Just wait…

With the big day only 84 days away, I’ve been spending an ungodly amount of time on Pinterest for last minute ideas. I’ve also accumulated a must have list along the way. Here are the Top 5:

1. James Read | Try Me Kit: I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about James Read sunless tanning products. Time to give them a go. Lord knows we need some color right now… #Casper

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get your glow on.

2. Tory Burch | Color Block Espadrille: Full disclosure… I already purchased these. The perfect shoe for honeymoon sightseeing? Duh.

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put a little spring in your step.

3. bkr | glass water bottle: So how adorable is this!? I noticed a girl at FlyBarre carrying one then came across it on Pinterest. Must be fate.

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stay hydrated and adorable.

4. Threshold | Gold Flatware: HELLO. It’s impossible to find affordable gold flatware. Until now. Threshold for Target has done it again. Love you.

oh la la.

oh la la.

5. Ray-Ban | Clubmaster: Last but not least. These sunnies must be mine. Right away.

sleek and chic.

sleek and chic.

 

 

how to: make a candle from an orange.

Scrolling through our latest edition of The Southern Coterie, we came across this genius post from Libbie Summers. She made CANDLES out of ORANGES. We can’t think of a better way to bring fresh, citrusy scent into your home in the middle of winter! Plus, her pics are gorgeous. Read on and try it for yourself – we’re going to!

How To Make a Candle From An Orange (makes 2 candles)

(By Libbie Summers, Assisted by Candace Brower)

Ingredients/stuff you’ll need:
1 orange (preferably with a thick skin)
Knife
Grapefruit spoon (optional/you can use your hands just fine)
Olive oil or vegetable oil
Lighter

Directions:

STEP ONE
Picking Oranges to make an orange candle: LibbieSummers.com
Pick/Buy/Steal/Borrow An Orange.

STEP TWO
Orange Candle Making: LibbieSummers.com
Use a knife to cut the orange in half across the middle.
Making an orange candle from libbiesummers.com
Use your fingers or a grapefruit spoon to remove the flesh down to the skin, being sure to leave the middle stem like portion intact. (I was worried about it ripping out, but the worry wasn’t necessary. The “stem” is tough and won’t pull out easily.)
Making an orange candle from libbiesummers.com

STEP THREE
Making an orange candle from libbiesummers.comPour oil over the stem (this is important, you need to get the stem/wick saturated with the oil to help start the flame). Fill to slightly below the top of the wick.

STEP FOUR
Making an orange candle from libbiesummers.com
Let the oil filled candle sit for a few minutes before lighting with the lighter. Even then, it still takes a couple of minutes to keep the flame from extinguishing. But, once you get it lit, it will stay lit for….wait for it.
How to make an orange candle from LibbieSummers.comFIVE HOURS!!!!! And, as far as the scent goes…think a homemade orange and olive oil body scrub. Just a slight citrus scent mixed with olive oil and something else you can’t quite put your finger on.
I will never throw away an orange rind again without illuminating it.

Read more from Libbie here!

 

If you guys try this, post your pics to Instagram and tag us @glitter_blog_xo.

baked spinach + ricotta shells.

The weather has been BLAH for weeks now, and that means we’re spending more nights at home. L whipped up this quick/healthy (but also deliciously comforting) pasta dish on Saturday night.

Ingredients: 
  • 16 jumbo pasta shells
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 pound baby spinach (or 8 oz frozen spinach, thawed)
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 16 oz skim ricotta cheese (or 8 oz ricotta and 8 oz part-skim mozarella, grated)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil
  • 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Method:
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta shells and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain well then toss with olive oil in a large bowl; set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Heat some olive in a wide pan over medium heat. Add red onion and garlic and cook a few minutes, stirring constantly. Add spinach and cook until wilted (or softened, if you used frozen), a few minutes more.
  • Add spinach, onion and garlic to bowl with ricotta, mozzarella (if using), egg and basil to make the filling.
  • Spray the bottom of a shallow baking dish (large enough to hold the shells in one later) with non-stick cooking spray. Add a few spoonfuls of marinara sauce in the bottom. Fill each shell with spinach mixture and arrange in the dish.
  • Pour remaining sauce over and around the stuffed shells and top with Parmigiano Reggiano. Cover with foil and bake until hot throughout, 20 to 30 minutes, then uncover and continue baking until golden brown, about 10 minutes more. Adapted from a Whole Foods recipe.
  • Spinach Filling

    spinach filling.

    Shells

    we squeezed as many shells as possible.

    Ready to Bake

    ready to bake.

    Finished Baked Shells

    of course we forgot to take a pic of our finished product…so here’s one from Whole Foods

    Pour remaining sauce over and around the stuffed shells and top with Parmigiano Reggiano. Cover with foil and bake until hot throughout, 20 to 30 minutes, then uncover and continue baking until golden brown, about 10 minutes more.

work it.

J: The day has come. Operation Bride Body is in full effect. Jay and I are 101 days from the big day. (Where did the time GO?) At any rate, it’s time to kick it into full gear.

Behold the fitness membership where you’re not confined to one location… Class Pass! There are thousands of locations available to members that include yoga, pilates, cycling, barre, etc. You may take as many classes as you wish per month (thank goodness) and BONUS there’s no annual or long term commitment. Traveling? Class Pass Flex will travel with you allowing you to workout in other cities who participate in Class Pass! (Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle , Washington, D.C.)

First up for me… FlyBarre Buckhead. Stay tuned to our instagram page for updates from the session!

Class Pass The Glitter Life

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#PassTheHappy

hello, style.

our winter uniform

novelty sweatshirt // chambray shirt // olive puffer vest // ripped-knee skinnies // hunter rain boots // shark tooth necklace (similar at dish) // leopard scarf (similar at sole)

We’re fantasizing about all the new spring trends…but  in real life we’re still wearing what we’ve been wearing for the last two months: layers, layers, layers and at least two prints. Here, the bold leopard of the scarf is complimented by the touch of plaid on the sweater.

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