Happy Friday, glitter girls!

The Glitter Life is about fashion, makeup, design, cocktails…but most of all it’s about the friendship of two girls (that’s us) who, despite no longer living in the same town (wah!), manage to talk all day, every day about everything. What color should I paint my nails this weekend? Do I need pink pants? My desk is ugly–what should I do? Honestly, our posts are really just summaries of our random conversations on any given day.

One of the best parts of our Glitter Life experience is discovering other bloggers. Every now and then we “meet” someone new that we can totally see ourselves being BFF with. One of our faves is Kelly of Austen Hill. We love her traditional-with-a-twist style, and seriously, the girl is always up for a wine tasting. She’s cute and funny and we are totally going to meet up with her in Atlanta soon. She promised! Austen Hill

Today, we are swapping posts with Kelly. You know, bloggers helping each other out and stuff.  So read down for Kelly’s take on the Friday Five...and then visit Austen Hill to read her other posts AND see our own Glitter Life Friday Five guest post. C’mon, you know this is the best day of the week. Take it away, Kelly!

Hello, lovely to meet the fabulous readers of The Glitter Life! It’s Kelly from Austen Hill and I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to be a guest on this fantastic blog. I am a huge fan of Jennifer and Laura! Not only are they super sweet, but they have flawless taste and I always know I can count on their recommendations.

Like you, I follow The Glitter Life all week but I especially look forward to Friday Fives! J + L never fail to give me great ideas for a little weekend fun and highlight awesome finds. When they asked me to do a Friday Five post {a la Austen Hill} I jumped at the chance.

I’m happy to report this week has been pretty darn good! For my day job travel is the norm, but luckily this week I was able to stay close to home. This weekend I’m hoping to enjoy the amazing fall weather, start decorating for my annual Halloween Party, and most importantly have some fun! Read on for more of my Friday Five picks and don’t forget to check out J + L’s Friday post on my blog.

1. Wine Festivals

If you read my blog you’ll notice that I consider wine a food group. Luckily I live in Virginia where wineries are plentiful and wine festivals are a fall staple. Saturday I’m pouring for my friends {Cooper Vineyards} at a local festival. You can find out more about Cooper and other Virginia Wines here.

I love outdoor festivals but they can present some wardrobe challenges as they tend to go on rain or shine, freezing or sweltering. I’ve put together a fun look that will ensure you’re comfortable but still look put together while you’re braving the elements this weekend.

Fall Wine Festival

I’m mildly obsessed with J. Crew so I can’t leave without dropping a line about their new on-line factory store, check it out here!

2. Fall/Winter Skin Care

If I don’t take precautions, a negative effect of all of this outdoor, wine-drinking awesomeness can be dry skin and sunburn. To protect my skin during the fall/winter months my go-to line is Kiehl’s. Their products are gentle but affective and they absolutely work!

Kiehls Faves

Some of my favorites include:

  1. Midnight Recovery Concentrate: A little goes a long way and it smells amazing!
  2. Ultra Facial Cream: Lightweight 24-hour moisture
  3. Lip Balm #1: Never leave home without it
  4. Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+: Trust me you can absolutely wear this under make-up

3. Pumpkin Pancakes

I love to savor flavors when they’re in season so right now I’m on a pumpkin kick! This recipe for Pumpkin Pancakes from Martha Stewart looks yummy and easy {two of my favorite things}. Sunday morning I predict you’ll find me tucked under a blanket with a plate of these babies and some strong coffee.

Pumpkin Pancakes

4. DIY Halloween Fascinator

I’m a self-professed Anglophile, so you’ll hardly be surprised to find I’m a Royals junkie and that I adore Kate Middleton’s style. Fascinators are back in a big way because of the “Middleton Effect” and what better way to look chic on Halloween?! I came across this DIY Halloween Fascinator from the always amazing Fabulous K, so I think my weekend DIY project is set! Can’t wait to wear this at my Halloween Party! Pinterest has tons of other fun options like the one below or be creative and come up with an entirely new design on your own.

Fascinator

5. Take Charge of Your Health

Through my day job I have the privilege of knowing Lindsay Avner, an amazing woman and the founder of Bright Pink, a non-profit organization that focuses on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. Read Lindsay’s story here.

Lindsay Avner

While these types of cancers are far less common in young women, they do tend to be linked within families. Knowing your families medical history is crucial to assessing your risk factors for these types of cancers. Visit Bright Pink’s website here for valuable information and resources. October is breast cancer awareness month so I challenge you to take control of your health and Be Brilliant, Be Bold, Be Bright Pink!

Have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget to visit Austen Hill here and follow me on Twitter @AustenHill and Facebook!

SEE?! We knew you would love Kelly. Hope yall have a fantastic weekend!

xo

L+J

P.S. We are totally making that fascinator.