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design project: bedding redo.

From L:

Maybe it’s spring fever, I don’t know…but I have been ITCHING to upgrade the bedding in my bedroom. It’s never been anything special – just a duvet cover from Target, TJ Maxx, etc that I switch out every few years. A few weeks ago, with the help of our friend Kristin at Alva + Austrie, I finally pulled the trigger and ordered real, grown-up pillows. I’m so happy with how it turned out – it’s an interesting mix of patterns (which I NEED/LOVE) in simple shapes and mostly primary, not-too-feminine colors (both of which are necessary to maintain my happy marriage).

WHAT I STARTED WITH:

I already had some basics I was happy with: a grey velvet headboard from Urban Outfitters that I bought when Joe and I got married (almost ten years ago!) and new, simple all-white bedding (duvet + matelasse coverlet).

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an almost blank canvas.

WHAT WE ADDED:

{Euro Shams} in one of my favorite fabrics, Thibaut Tanzania. Buy them here.

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euro shams in a straightforward – but still fun – print.

{Standard Shams} featuring a simple, black border by Crane + Canopy. Buy them here. Fun fact: every package from this company ships with a lavender sachet enclosed! I spent an embarrasing amount of time inhaling the one that accompanied my shams. Another fun fact: a handwritten note from “Brittany” was enclosed as well – she hopes I love my shams! Crane + Canopy gets my vote for Mail Order Company Most Likely to Make Your Day.

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i only ordered one set of standard shams.

{Throw Pillows} I actually already had two throw pillows in this amazing palm print…they were living at Social. Every time I passed them in the store I thought about how much I wanted them in my house. So I moved them! Buy them here.

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palm leaf pillow

{Lumbar Pillow} in Brunschwig + Fils “Gillian’s Zebras.” I knew I wanted a whimsical print accent on the bed, and Kristin and I both fell in love with this one. Buy it here.

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lumbar pillow in brunschwig + fils “gillian’s zebras”.

I’m not finished with the room (is any room ever finished?!), but at least now the bed makes me really happy. Have you upgraded any of your rooms this spring?

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friday five: link love.

Happy Friday! J’s honeymooning in Italy this week and next, so L is holding down the glitter fort.

Here’s what we’re feeling right now: a charming springtime salad, the cutest tote, a must-try cocktail, how to use your iPhone (really) and a quiz we dare you to take. Hope you love these links as much as we do!

The Glitter Life Friday Five
our weekend musts: two must-makes, two must-dos, and one must-have.

1. Salad Nicoise. We’re craving fresh flavor right now, and this gorg salad (half the joy is in the arranging) brought to you by A Beautiful Mess fits the bill perfectly.

2. Cutest Tote Ever. Yes. Just yes. We’re ordering this tote pronto.

 

3. Grapefruit PalomaWhat’s a Paloma, you ask? A delicious tequila-based cocktail with just the right amount of fizz. So refreshing. Just looking at this picture makes us wish it was happy hour.

4. 20 Cool iPhone Hacks. This article details 20 useful tricks to get the most out of your beloved iPhone. Some you’ll recognize, most you won’t. At least we didn’t! Upgrade to fancy quotation marks? Don’t mind if we DO.

5. Quiz. Flashback to our Seventeen magazine days – who doesn’t love a good quiz? Take the “How Design Savvy Are You?” quiz by Domaine and test whether you know your book-matched from your herringbone. Spoiler: L is a Design Master! But you probably knew that already. 😉

Hope you have a beautiful weekend!

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behind the scenes: j’s wedding weekend.

Okay, this is our last post about J’s wedding weekend. But we really wanted to share some behind-the scenes pics. Enjoy!

FRIDAY

bridesmaids brunch + bubbly at the ritz carlton.
bridesmaids fueled up on brunch + bubbly.
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l + j at brunch.
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l made this practice bouquet for j from hydrangeas (picked up at the local publix) and finished with satin ribbon from several of j’s wedding shower gifts. nail polish: essie bachelorette bash.
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bridesmaid kati made these adorbs champagne glasses, customized for each member of the bridal party. on the table: crafting materials (from ikea!) for the rehearsal dinner centerpieces. we all pitched in!
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jay’s mom karen assembled 100+ gift boxes for the cocktail reception guests. inside: georgia peanuts (in mason jars – cute!), bottled water, golf balls and customized koozies and golf tees.
the ritz carlton presidential house, the site of the rehearsal dinner and cocktail reception. also our home away from home for the weekend. 
bridesmaid mary + brendan on the patio at the rehearsal dinner.
bridesmaid mary + brendan on the patio at the rehearsal dinner. loved her maxi dress! 

SATURDAY

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the bridal party got dolled up at The Spa at the Ritz Carlton. j gifted each bridesmaid adorable h&m pajamas to wear while getting ready. also pictured: vintage-y earrings, another gift from j.
bridal attire from head (j's mother's veil)  to toe (christian louboutins). photo: the willets.
bridal attire from head (j’s mother’s veil) to toe (nude peep-toe christian louboutins). photo: the willets.
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rain showers didn’t dampen j’s mood. her photographers were great sports, too! pictured: the pool at the ritz presidential house. our home away from home for the weekend.
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j’s something borrowed: an antique bracelet from l. the bride also borrowed gorg diamond earrings from her aunt.
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one of our favorite pics from the weekend. we snapped this selfie minutes before walking down the aisle!
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presenting mr. and mrs. james murray baker, iv! j’s dress: winnie couture.
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bridesmaids, post-ceremony. from l to r: annie (maid of honor), l (matron of honor), maggie, mary and kati. dresses: alfred sung via weddington way. bouquets: findlay rowe designs.
bridesmaid maggie + talmadge. photo bomb: brendan.
bridesmaid maggie + talmadge. photo bomb: brendan.
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j’s bouquet of peonies wowed everyone. bouquet: findlay rowe designs. cake: the ritz carlton.
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honestly one of the best meals we’ve ever had: filet of beef tenderloin, seared sea scallops and braised veggies. catering: the ritz carlton.
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the happy couple snapped a pic before digging in to dinner.
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j + maid of honor annie.
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l + joe at the reception. loved the handy pockets on our bridesmaids’ dresses!
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…and that’s a wrap! #jjb2015 was one for the books. photo credit: the willets.

 

 

 

 

 

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friday five: link love. 

Oh hey, Friday. We’re hanging at the Ritz Carlton at Reynolds Plantation today, NBD. This is J’s big weekend – she will officially become a MRS. tomorrow! Be sure to follow along with us on Insta (#JJB2015) as we chronicle what’s sure to be an amazing weekend. In the meantime, check out these links to stuff we love. xo

 

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#vibes

1. Coachella Survival Guide. Headed to Coachella this weekend? Say hello to Ryan Adams for us. Also read this article and check out Dish Statesboro for #festivalstyle inspo.

2. Tudor Tutor. Move over, Downton Abbey. We’re superrrrr excited that Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall is now on PBS. Palace intrigue can be confusing, so use this handy guide to distinguish between Tudor loyalists and Papists while you watch.

3. Sally Hansen Self Tanner. The quest for the perfect self tanner never ends. You could say it’s our holy grail. This one is our new fave. The color is totally natural, and there’s virtually no weird fading. Don’t let the orange tint freak you out–it washes off your hands.

4. One Pot Basil + Andouille Sausage Pasta.  You know we’re all about quick easy, one-pot dinners…especially those that can be repurposed for lunch the next day. This one uses tons of summer-fresh basil.

5. World Market Pendant Lamp. We think this simple-yet-special gold pendant lamp would look amazing in a powder room, small home office….or over a modern crib in a nursery.

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diy: flower crowns.

In honor of Coachella and the start of music festival season , we bring you a sweet little flower crown DIY from Lauren Conrad…accompanied by GORGEOUS pics of crowns designed by some of our favorite local glitter girls, the gals from Colonial House of Flowers. Even if this look isn’t your style (we can’t all take a week off to go to music festivals, after all)…we hope you take a moment to enjoy the beauty around you this spring!

The Glitter Life Flower Crown

The Glitter Life Flower Crown

The Glitter Life Flower Crown

The Glitter Life Flower Crown

 

See the DIY here.

Floral Design: Colonial House of Flowers. See more of their work here!

Photos 1 & 2: J Leigh Captures.

Photos 3 & 4: Diana Daley Photographers.

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friday five: link love.

Happy Friday! This weekend, J’s doing a trial run for wedding hair and makeup (EEEK!) and L’s working in the retail game, but we’re both going to make time to watch a little of the Masters and sip an Azalea Cocktail. In the meantime, take a few minutes to check out these links to stuff we love.

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it’s friday, we’re in love…

1. Masters Party Guide. Having some friends over to watch the tourney? We gave you some suggestions yesterday, but this is a more thorough post from the guys at Criquet.

2. Jack Rogers at Sole. We’re suckers for classic Jack Rogers sandals, and now they’re available here! Bonus: The girls at Sole are giving away a pair. You heard us! Enter the giveaway here.

3. Flat Iron Waves. Tis the season for beachy waves! This is a great, easy-to-understand (even for the hair-challenged) tutorial.

4. Banana Palm Pillow. Give your couch  or pool house chaise a spring update with these adorbs pillows. Bonus if you set yours up in front of a vintage VW van.

5. Essie Bachelorette Bash. You know we paint our nails every Friday. J gave her bridesmaids this bright, happy hue during our bachelorette weekend in NYC. Love love love!

What are you loving today?

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friday five | loves.

YAY for the weekend. It’s actually sunny today – we’re crossing our fingers this lasts for a few days. Here’s what we’re loving right now!

1. Nude Lip. After a winter of bright red lips, we’re really feeling this pared down nude lip. Now, if we can just get a tan…

Nude Uptown Lip
photo: the beauty department.

2. Homemade Pizza. L and Joe made this delicious Spinach Artichoke Pizza (sans artichokes – forgot them at the store!) this week, and it’s probably making a reappearance on Sunday night. It’s super easy, and we love the combination of flavors. Even Baby Joe gobbled it up.

Spinach Artichoke Pizza
photo: two peas and their pod

3. Mimosa caddy. Making mimosa caddies is tops on our spring to-do list because we love champagne, we love pink, and we love DIY. And just because.

DIY Mimosa Caddy
photo: a fabulous fete.

4. ASOS Floral Midi Skirt. J’s wearing this adorable floral midi to brunch in NYC during her bach party. Stay tuned for details!

ASOS Floral Midi
photo: merricjk’s art.

5. Good read. We love this article about finding your style when you hit 30.

Turning 30
photo: cupcakes and cashmere.

J and L reunite at Mount Vintage this weekend for J’s bridal shower – hope you guys get to spend the weekend with good friends, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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friday five: weekend at home.

We’re sticking close to home this weekend. Can’t. Deal. With. This. Weather. Read on for our top five things to do around the house!

1. Finally create that gallery wall. This excellent article and video show you exactly how.

How to Create a Gallery Wall
photo: In Style

2. Make soup. Like this Cauliflower and Arugula Soup…or choose from sixteen other cold-weather soups here.

Cauliflower  Arugula Soup
we’re warming up just looking at this. photo: Food Republic

3. Clean out your closet. This article has great tips for a winter-closet cleanout.

Winter Closet Cleanout
photo: Bacon Smores

4. Whip up a quick sweet treat. Make yourself (or that special someone) a batch of 5-Minute Peanut Butter Fudge.

skinny and peanut butter are two of our favorite words. photo: Skinny Ms
made with coconut oil and raw honey, this is actually good for you. photo: Skinny Ms.

5. Start planning your spring parties now. Easter brunch, anyone? Be sure to include these adorable DIY gold lipstick champagne flutes on your bar.

DIY Gold LIpstick Flutes
repeat after us: it WILL be spring soon, it WILL be spring soon, it WILL be spring soon… photo: Sugar & Cloth
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five ideas: homemade valentines.

We’re not big crafters, but something about Valentine’s Day inspires us to actually MAKE something for our loved ones. These are our five favorite ideas for homemade cards and gifts. (Difficulty level: SUPER EASY)

Pop-Up Paint Chip Card by All You / Click here for how-to.

Pop Up Paint Chip Card
these adorable cards use leftover paint chips…OR you can just pop in to Lowe’s or Home Depot for some. these card are perfect for mailing, since they fold flat.

You Light Up My Life Card / Click here for how-to.

You Light Up My Life Card
who doesn’t have leftover birthday candles in a drawer? put them to use!

Homemade Chocolate Chip Banana Bread by I Heart Naptime / Click here for free printable and how-to. Click here for the amazing recipe.

homemade treat, topped off with a precious printable.
perfect friend gfift: homemade treat, topped off with a precious printable. 

You’re a Real Cutie by The Cards We Drew / Click here for free printable.

Youre A Real Cutie Valentine
love this idea for kids or co-workers.

Ex-STRAW Special Valentine by Lil Luna / Click here for how-to and printable.

Ex Straw Special Valentine
we’re both obsessed with colored vintage drinking straws. it would be so awkward if we gave these to each other.

Show us your Valentines crafts on IG at @glitter_blog_xo!

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sneak peek: pb weddings photo shoot.

It was just a normal Tuesday…and then our friend Christy, the super talented owner of Colonial House of Flowers, asked Dish to join in on her collaboration with Pottery Barn Weddings. Also in on the fun were our friends (and former Shop Social Dish girls!) Kristin and Anna of Alva & Austrie. What could be more fun? We had to say yes!

We rounded up our favorite model Maggie and headed over to a beautiful home in Statesboro for the shoot. We were amazed at what the girls at Colonial House and A+A had achieved – a welcoming, spring-y bridal shower in the middle of January (complete with hand-lettered banners, flower crowns, and more fresh flowers than we’ve ever seen this time of year). There was a REAL photographer, of course (the adorable and amazing Izzy Hudgins) and we can’t wait to show you those pictures. But until the official post is up, check our behind-the-scenes pics.

Welcome one, welcome all
alva + austrie magic: a hand-lettered banner adorns this gorgeous home’s front door. photo courtesy of alva + austrie.
Flower Crown
flower crown by colonial house of flowers.
Pottery Barn bar cart
DYING for this Pottery Barn bar cart. photo by alva + austrie.
Succulent Board
gorgeous “succulent board” created by colonial house of flowers. hand-lettered sign by alva + austrie. (wine glasses available at dish statesboro)
Laura + Maggie
most #awkward photo of the afternoon. (L’s scarf, tee and socks and Maggie’s piko dress and Dani Rae necklace available at dish statesboro).
Basket of Flowers
wine + a basket of flowers in the middle of winter? don’t mind if we do!
Instagram Photos
a little instagram action, courtesy of @colonialhouseofflowers. in case you guys are wondering, L’s dog (and dish mascot) Ladybird did not cooperate when we asked her (VERY NICELY) to wear the flower crown.

We can’t wait to show you the professional pics – stay tuned!

All creative by colonial house of flowers, alva + austrie, and izzy hudgins photography.

 

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