friday five | necessities.

It’s back to basics this weekend, girls. When a new season rolls around, you realize you need a lot of NEW things and not just fashion “essentials”…

1. Glasses: Time to update those specs, girlfriend! We came across GlassesShop.com and scooped these adorable wayfarer tortoise glasses. BONUS: GlassesShop.com is offering The Glitter Life readers 20% off with code GLITTER20. Get your orders in!

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click here for the ludington wayfarer. totally adorable.

2. Moisturizer: Don’t let you skin suffer during these cooler temps. Lather on this moisturizer from Dermalogica and you’re golden.

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no blotchy skin here.

3. Polish: Essie has done it again {no surprise} with their Fall 2014 collection. “Take It Outside” is hands down our favorite shade.

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many manis will be had with this one.

4. Phone: The mad rush has calmed. Time to scoot into the apple store and upgrade to the latest and greatest. How else will we bring you these Instagram gems!?

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show me the gold.

5. Lip Care: There’s nothing better than Smith’s Rosebud Lip Balm. Scoop every flavor and thank us later.

weddington way | style challenge.

J: The Weddington Way bridesmaid style challenge couldn’t have come at a better time. As you know, I’m right in the middle of planning a wedding and L is my Matron of Honor! We haven’t started shopping for bridesmaid dresses yet (life is BUSY), so this was a great way to get my wheels turning on what look I’m going for. Behold:

Our wedding is at 7PM and black tie optional. This sleek, classic look totally fits the bill. Add a pop of color on the lip and voila! Perfection.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Be sure to check out the latest bridesmaid dresses from Weddington Way here.

weekend wrap up | chicago.

J: WOW. What a weekend. A group of girlfriends and I took over Chicago to celebrate Mary’s 30th. Here are a few snaps to sum it up:

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pre-flight presents! marge by mac for this Simpsons lover.

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first stop. pizza at Gino’s East.

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post pizza picture. <3

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annnd now we’re brunching. at chicago q. amazing.

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the cucumber margarita at bar takito is out of this world. highly recommend.

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until next time!

friday five | the windy city.

J: You guys. Tomorrow is my friend Mary’s 30th birthday! YAY! Here we are the night Jay and I got engaged. I hope she has that same smile on her face all weekend long in CHICAGO.

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HBD, MARES <3

We’re skipping town to meet up with our girls, Anny and Shaili, in The Windy City. I can hardly contain my excitement.

With that, here are 5 things that are on our agenda this weekend. As you will see, we’re eating our way through the city. Reviews to follow after we’re back and recovered.

1. Gino’s East: Mary’s first birthday request… to eat pizza at Gino’s East. She says it’s the best. I’ll be the judge of that.

2. Tanta Chicago: We were lucky to land a reservation at this Peruvian hot spot. Let’s see what this cebiche is all about.

3. Chicago Q: Who doesn’t love a good BBQ joint? The bruleed macaroni and cheese is calling my name.

4. Bar Takito: Just the decor in this place looks so fun. Already dreaming of a cucumber margarita

5. Bottlefork: This will be me: “One bag of sour cream donut holes, please.”

I have my BFF and Chicagoan, Anny Kitchen, to thank for this amazing itinerary. Stay tuned for trip pics on our Instagram page!

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J: As I was recently updating literally everything in my makeup bag (sometimes you need to just PURGE and replenish), I realized I needed a really GOOD primer. Guess what? Found it!

Dermalogica has done it again. Their redness relief primer (with SPF20!) soothes and leaves you with a velvety barrier for your makeup. It can also be used as a spot treatment for particular areas of redness.

Click here to purchase or, if you’re in Atlanta, visit their amazing concept space in Atlantic Station.