friday five: things we love.

We have a sneaking suspicion that the weather is not going to cooperate with our pool/beach plans this weekend…so we might just spend the next 48 hours shopping on our phones. These five things top our must-have list!

1 // Gingham Shirtdress. Timeless and seasonless. This cotton dress by Shop Social Dish is easy and breezy now paired with sandals; it’ll also work in the fall with classic riding boots. Use secret code GLITTER when you check out to get 10% off!

Gingham Shirtdress

1 // Gingham Shirtdress

2 // Pineapple Phone Case. We actually love several of the offerings at this Etsy shop. L is probably ordering this pineapple case as we speak.

 

Pineapple Phone Case

2 // Pineapple Phone Case

3// Kate Spade Tote. We’re more than in love with this light grey Cove Street Tote. Perfect color, great shape…oh, and it’s on sale.

Kate Spade Cove Street Tote

3 // Kate Spade Tote

4 // ASOS Larissa Flats. J actually scooped these crazy cute flats earlier this week. So summer-y paired with a chambray shirt and white ripped skinnies. They also come in black, for those of you who aren’t as into pineapples as we are.

4 // Pineapple Print Flats

4 // ASOS Larissa Flats

5 // South China Seas Pillow. L continues to be obsessed with all things chinoiserie. This coral pillow (the print is Thibaut’s South China Seas) would be amazing on a navy sofa. We’ve used this Etsy seller before – great stuff. So. Many. Pillows.

Thibaut South China Seas Pillow

5 // South China Seas Pillow

Share your favorite things with us (and see snaps from our holiday weekend adventures) on Instagram at @glitter_blog_xo,

 

shift to neutral.

HAPPY JULY!

If you’re like us, you really put on the color during spring and summer months. Let’s face it, we live in neutrals the rest of the year (ask L about her black v-neck sweater…)

With all of this color being worn we need a solid, natural manicure to avoid clashing (the horror.) Here are some nude hues we’re feeling:

OPI Do You Take Lei Away?

Neutral

top of the list for good reason. the perfect nude polish.

Sally Hansen Lush

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a nude hue with a velvety finish.

Essie Jazz

neutral 3

#jazzhands

Zoya Kennedy

neutral 4

full coverage with 2 coats. perfection.

What polish are you wearing this summer?

friday five | food diary.

J:

Mercy mercy mercy. Friday is finally HERE.

I’ve been sifting through recent iPhone photos and realized I’ve been hoarding #foodpics and resto recommendations. For shame. Let’s catch up, shall we?

The Silver Moon | Lake Oconee: L and I had a girls getaway at Lake Oconee a few weeks ago and shared the most delicious fresh shrimp. It was photo-worthy obviously.

*Note: You may have trouble finding this gem of a restaurant because their sign simply says “Bar and Grill” so keep an eye out.

FF Silver Moon

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JCT Kitchen & Bar | Atlanta: You probably saw this gorgeous sight on our instagram page, but I had to give more info because it was THAT good. Steak tartare with a side of fried corn on the cobb. {not pictured MOMO sauvignon blanc}

FF JCT

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Joey D’s Oak Room | Atlanta: Keeping with the steak theme… Sometimes a great steak is exactly what you’re looking for. Look no further than Joey D’s Oak Room! Conveniently located across from Perimeter Mall with a bar you MUST see to believe.

FF Joey D's

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Gino’s East Pizzeria | Chicago: After dining here on my last two trips to Chicago, I definitely need to share the best deep dish in town. Gino’s East is exactly what they say it is… legendary. Can’t make it to Chicago? Gino’s will ship a pie directly to your door. #dangerous

FF Ginos

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Smith & Wollensky | Chicago: Exactly what a crab cake should be… crab. To die for. And highly recommend dining al fresco.

FF Smith and Wollensky

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Now. What | Where are we eating this weekend!?

quick and easy app: caprese bruschetta

So this delicious-looking concoction appeared on our Pinterest feed yesterday. It took some googling (don’t you hate how some pins don’t include links?!), but we finally found the recipe. This just might be the perfect summer appetizer – simple ingredients, fresh flavors and super quick and easy.

Pesto Caprese Loaf

all our favorite flavors in one delicious app. photo: Mommy’s Mayhem

Caprese Bruschetta (it’s not technically bruschetta but that sounds better than “Caprese Loaf”)

What You Need:

  • 1 loaf french bread
  • 1-2 containers prepared basil pesto, depending on how much you love pesto (make your own using the recipe here)
  • 1 log of goat cheese, sliced, or one 8 oz ball fresh mozarella, sliced
  • 1 container of sun dried tomatoes or freshly sliced grape tomatoes

What You Do:

  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Split loaf open lengthwise so that you have two long halves.
  • Spread the pesto on the two halves of the loaf.
  • Layer the goat cheese or mozarella over the pesto.
  • Top with tomatoes.
  • Place on a baking sheet and pop in the oven for about 8-12 minutes, depending on how crispy you like your bread.
  • Enjoy with a glass or three of your favorite wine.

Adapted from Mommy’s Mayhem

travel log | istanbul.

J:

Jay and I spent 2 days in Istanbul, Turkey on our honeymoon. It was one of the most beautiful places we saw on our travels second to Santorini {photos coming soon!} We were lucky to be there during the Istanbul Tulip Festival! Millions of tulips were planted throughout the city, basically anywhere open ground was available. We toured Topkapi Palace , Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque which were unbelievable. Shopped our way through the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. Ate the most amazing food {see video below.} Until we meet again, Istanbul.

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hi from the tulip festival!

Istanbul

just a persian rug made of tulips..

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cheese. for. days. heaven.

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spice upon spice.

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blue mosque bound.

Blue Mosque

J + Jay in the Blue Mosque.

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baby pass me the hookah.

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topkapi palace tulips.

On our first night in Istanbul, we came across a family owned restaurant called Old House Restaurant in the Lady Diana Hotel. They cook your meal in clay pots in the street which may look questionable, but it was absolutely delicious. See below see below for our chicken | lamb delight:

travel log | assos.

J: While on our honeymoon, one of the places Jay really wanted to see was Assos, Turkey. I was skeptical due to having to take an hour cab ride to get there and back, but totally worth it. So much history including the Temple of Athena plus these VIEWS.

on top of the world.

on top of the world.

these gorgeous succulent plants were everywhere. so fun.

these gorgeous succulent plants were everywhere. so fun.

hi from the theater! overlooking the aegean sea.

hi from the theater! overlooking the aegean sea.

From here we hop over to Istanbul, Turkey which was one of our favorite places. Get ready for gorgeous sights and delicious eats!

rule the pool.

EXCITING NEWS! We’re off to Atlanta Market to scoop the best fall/winter trends for Sole and Dish. Don’t tell anyone, but afterwards we’re sneaking off to Lake Oconee for a quick girls’ getaway. No agenda except…pool time. Read on for our pool-side must-haves.

 

The Glitter Life Pool Essentials

1 // Kitschy pool float? Check. Love this flamingo float by Urban Outfitters.

2 // Mirrored Sunglasses

3 // Ditch your usual flip-flops for glam gold gladiators.

4 // We’re big fans of wearing kimonos as cover-ups. This black one by BCBGeneration goes with everything.

5 // Go for a graphic bikini like this one that features bust-flattering underwire and tan-enhancing neon.

6 // We cannot resist this adorable Kate Spade pineapple pool tote.

7 // We stock these Bliss lipglosses by the dozen.