friday five: fall fashion.

L:

So I’m right here at the end of my pregnancy, and I’m DYING to wear real clothes again. No bump-friendly outfits for me after August 31! Fall is by far my favorite fashion season, and I am dreaming about SO MANY looks. Here are some of the trends I can’t wait to get into, post-baby Ed.

1 // Plaid Accents

is it time for blanket scarves yet?

is it time for blanket scarves yet?

classic, classic, classic.

metallic heels are unexpected.

Blazer + Denim

masculine plaid toughens up pearls and ladylike heels.

2 // Wide-Leg Pants

Wide Leg Trousers

wide-leg trousers + cropped sweater

Flares + Button Down

everyday chic: dark wash flares, like these from Shop Sole Dish, + loose button-down.

3 // Patterned Tights

Herringbone Tights

obsessed with these herringbone tights.

polka dot tights are the perfect finishing touch to this navy + black mix.

the perfect finishing touch to this navy + black mix? polka dot tights.

4 // Camel Coat

Camel Trench

this camel trench is the peak of chic.

Camel Coat

you guys know i die for a popped collar.

5 // Pop of Pink

pop of pink.

pink + statement jewels glam up a classic combo.

slim sweater + skinny pants.

slim sweater + skinny pants.

See more of my favorite looks on our Pinterest board Fall Fashion 15. Happy weekend!

 

baby buzz.

J: Two of my greatest friends in the world are expecting precious baby boys this year and I could not be more excited! We celebrated L and Baby Ed a few weeks ago in Statesboro and this past weekend surprised my BFF Annie with a shower for Baby Parker while she was in Atlanta visiting from Chicago. The details:

shower

our setup at Roswell Provisions for the luncheon.

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precious name banner.

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gifts galore for baby boy.

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adorable favors made by annie’s mom, rhonda.

Shower 2

succulent place card holders that doubled as favors.

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lunch is served.

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sweet treats.

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post-lunch pick me up.

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the guests of honor!

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ladies who lunch.

Kitchen Girls

annie with her sweet mom and sister.

J+A

me and m’girl (and boy!)

design project: style your shelves.

True confessions: we’ve both been nesting lately (J’s a newlywed, and L’s expecting any day now!). Since a whole-house overhaul isn’t an option for either one of us, we’re always on the lookout for ways to improve/enhance our abodes with found objects and a little (or a lot!) creative styling. One of the easiest ways to refresh a room is to re-style a bookshelf or cabinet. Read on for our tips on styling your shelves.

First, a little inspiration from one of our favorite designers Windsor Smith:

Next, assess your books. Start by dividing them by spine color. Remember to peek under dust jackets – sometimes the actual book spine works better with your scheme than the shiny jacket. Give yourself options! If that doesn’t produce compelling results, try sorting by size. This process is trial and error – just keep rearranging your piles until you get several groupings you like. Don’t be scared to venture outside your living room – sometimes you can find the perfect size/color book in your kitchen, child’s room, etc. Don’t be afraid to mix it up!

Now, experiment with placement. Switch up your stacks on the shelves – place some books vertically, some horizontally. You can vary the arrangements within the same shelf, or do one shelf horizontally, the next vertically, etc.

Finally, incorporate non-books into your arrangements. Plants, textiles, pretty boxes, ceramic animals or bowls, etc are what give your shelves personality! Don’t run out and buy stuff – just go on a treasure hunt around your house. This cheat sheet from Domaine home is a great starting point.

To get you started, here are two shelfie looks using some of our favorite objects.

The Glitter Life Shelf Styling Traditional

leopard-bound books // malachite boxes // ginger jar // antler bowl // framed silhouette // loving cup // ceramic dogs // hydrangea arrangement // mark twain book collection

TRADITIONAL trappings like a chinoiserie ginger jar and gold loving cup get punched up with leopard-bound books and malachite boxes.

GLAMOROUS black and white accessories are the perfect partner to pink and gold accents.

Now, start styling! And share your pics with us on instagram at @glitter_blog_xo!

Sources: Target and One Kings Lane

going green.

J: True confessions: We’re a little succulent obsessed right now. What’s not to love? They’re gorgeous and low maintenance. Much like ourselves? I digress…

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L gave me this gem from Colonial House of Flowers as a hostess gift last month and I’m determined not to kill it. While these plants don’t require a ton of work, they do need a little TLC. We don’t want no scrubs, so these tips from Simplicity Relished are what we need to follow:

How To Avoid Killing Your Succulents

1) Use loose “cactus” soil.

Succulents need to drain well. They won’t survive in sand or rock, and some other soils hold too much moisture. You can purchase cactus potting soil from your local garden shop. Stick with that stuff.

2) Expose it to reasonable sun, shade, and temperatures.

All plants need sunshine (remember photosynthesis?), just varying levels of it. Succulents are flexible, but they won’t do well in darkness OR in sweltering direct sun. Moving the succulent in and out of reasonable levels of sunlight will help it thrive.

3) Don’t over-water.

This was definitely one of my rookie mistakes– too much TLC. The problem is, no one can really tell you how often to water your succulent; you have to monitor it yourself. Depending on your climate, the soil will dry out at varying speeds. Water only when the soil has completely dried from the previous watering. Succulents won’t quickly die for lack of water, but they do need it. Allowing the water to drain completely through the soil is the best way to avoid root rot. Otherwise, a misting bottle can be helpful to regulate water quantities.

4) “Plant food” is not a joke.

I used to think that “plant food” was just a marketing ploy. It’s not. Since these plants aren’t growing in their natural habitats, they can’t absorb the nutrients (e.g., calcium) that they naturally need. Cactus/succulent food is cheap and will last a long time; you only need one drop for every gallon of water.

5) Give them air circulation.

Contrary to popular belief, succulents won’t thrive in a closed container (like a terrarium with a lid). They need air.

6) They need room to grow.

Little succulents are cute and cheap, but they’ll stay that size unless you occasionally repot them. Some succulents can grow to be over ten feet tall, while others will comfortably grow within a foot or two. Occasionally repotting them might mean re-creating a pretty arrangement, but it will help the plants live longer.

7) Water before potting.

Unless the dirt is already damp, give the succulents some water before repotting. The new potting soil will be pretty dry, so the extra water will spread out.

 

Cheers to not killing our fun plants!

try the trend: nude lips.

 

While a bright, bold lip will always be in style (and looks SO GOOD on people not named Laura and Jennifer)…we’ve always been pretty loyal to a nude lip. SO, we were psyched to see this look on the fall runways. Here are our picks for the best nude lipsticks, plus a few tips for a flawless application.

  1. Laura’s Favorite // Covergirl Colorlicious Lipstick in Creme (#230) // This super creamy lipstick is infused with shea butter, making it extra moisturizing. It glides on really smooth and while it’s not matte, it’s definitely not super shimmer-y.

    The Glitter Life Nude Lipstick

    this is not as bronze-y in real life.

  2. Jennifer’s Favorite // Wet N Wild Megalast Lip Color in Bare It All (#902C) // Great color, great price.

    The Glitter Life Nude Lipstick

    it’s $1.97. so just try it.

  3. Laura’s Second Favorite //  Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate in #113 // This is truly matte – a great look if you’re doing a sultry cat-eye and dramatic lashes. The only drawback is that the matte “lasting finish”can be kind of drying.

    The Glitter Life Nude Lipstick

    just add a cat-eye.

  4. Christa’s Favorite // LORAC Cream Lipstick in Long Kiss // Our friend and makeup guru Christa recommends this peachy nude. It feels great going on, and provides a hint more color than these others.

    The Glitter Life Nude Lipstick

    peach perfection.

Once you’ve picked your shade, try these tips for an application worthy of a make-up pro:

  1. Exfoliate // Use a lip scrub, or improvise with an old toothbrush and vaseline.
  2. Apply Lip Balm // Choose one that’s waxy, not oily or glossy. Easy does it.
  3. Apply Concealer// Pat it on and around your lips with your finger. This neutralizes the natural pink of your lips.
  4. Line Lips // Use a nude liner one shade darker than your skin tone, and then fill in your whole lip with the pencil to create a neutral base.
  5. Apply lipstick //
  6. Apply gloss // Use a clear gloss with no shimmer or sparkle. TA-DA!

friday five: links we love.

You guys. It’s been a long week. We’re being lazy today and sharing five links to stuff we may do (or may not do) this weekend. Can’t call it.

1 How amazing do these grilled peach + pesto quesadillas look? They will be made this weekend. 100%.

The Glitter Life Grilled Peach

2. J is working on a gallery wall in she and J’s bedroom and bought this piece to kick off the project. Stay tuned for before and after photos!

The Glitter Life Mount

3. We may not be going back to school, but who doesn’t love new office supplies!? These Rifle Paper Co. notebooks are everything.

The Glitter Life Rifle Paper

4. With fall approaching, it’s time to get organized. Check out BuzzFeed’s tips for a clean and neat closet and make room for new stuff! YAY

The Glitter Life Closet

5. Treat yourself. You deserve an entire cookie skillet this weekend, girlfriend.

The Glitter Life Cookie