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friday five.

Happy Friday, glitter girls!

This week has been total madness. J has had a bazillion work meetings & tried to get to the gym in the interim; L has been doing everything from shipping orders to ordering inventory to hosting a trunk show (more on that next week!). So thank you, Friday, for showing up on time. We’re looking forward to putting our work aside and trying some new things this weekend! Here’s what we’re thinking:

1. Pop of Color: Spring is the perfect excuse to brighten your interior. Start small – pick a room and add a little “P.O.C.”, as Mr. Brad Goreski would say. We found five images to inspire you on The Glitter Guide. (And tune into It’s a Brad Brad World on Wednesdays at 10PM on Bravo. Love him.)

Pop of Color
obsessed with this neon door.

2. Nails: Ease into spring with a bright, fun mani! (And glitter, naturally.)

essie tart deco. perfect peach.
essie tart deco. perfect peach.

3. Fun Recipe: It will be warming up in Atlanta this weekend (finally). Sixty-five and sunny = patio lunch/dinner. So glad the Brown Eyed Baker is sharing ninety-five of her favorite spring recipes. Why not try 1, 5, or 10?

Cucumber-Tomato Bruschetta in Phyllo Cups anyone?
Cucumber-Tomato Bruschetta in Phyllo Cups, anyone?

4. New Necklace: Speaking of a pop of color, why not shop for something to add a little pizazz to the basic chambray shirt you’ll be wearing all spring? 31 Bits is a socially-minded jewelry business giving women in Northern Uganda an opportunity to counter poverty by making jewelry. The “beads” on these beautiful necklaces are handmade using recycled paper. Thanks to 31 Bits, these women who make these necklaces now have access to English lessons, finance training, AIDS and health training, and more. We can’t think of a better way to update your wardrobe.

31 Bits Collage
$52 // $44 // $58 available at dish. call 912.871.3989 to order.

5. Recover: Cold temps and whipping wind can do a number on your locks. This weekend, get your hair back in business with the Winter’s Grasp Dry Scalp Mask from Homemade Living: Home Dairy with Ashley English. You can thank us later.

Winter Hair Care
a little damage control…

What are you ladies up to this weekend? Shopping? Cooking? Eating? Drinking? Tweet or Instagram us pics! @glitter_blog_xo. You could be our next Glitter Girl

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J+L

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weekend wrap-up + glitter girl: melanie herrington.

We’re a little late on our weekend wrap-up…we blame a manic, manic Monday. Here’s what we were up to:

J: Had a R&D session with my boss/coworkers on Friday at Chuy’s. Saturday, Jay and I headed to our home away from home, Lake Oconee, for a relaxing evening. Sunday we got in a little golf (even though it was frigid) and enjoyed a cocktail at Fado.

Weekend Collage
friday, saturday, sunday

L: Did a little cooking and experimented with up-dos (both will be on the blog this week!), had a mini-photo shoot, enjoyed a date night with Joe, and finished the weekend with a good friend and glass of wine at home.

Weekend Collage
modeling // shopping // chops // great friends // updo // orange + cream + turquoise // pizza with homemade kale pesto

And now, for this week’s Glitter Girl, Melanie Herrington.

About Melanie: Mel is an artist extraordinaire and stay-at-home mom to three adorable girls. She’s got city-girl tastes but lives in the small town of Dublin, Georgia. We love her style and couldn’t wait to share her with you!

1. What item or accessory do you wear the most?

Besides wearing a side braid almost each and every day, my most-worn staple would be my drop-hook diamond earrings.  My grandmother gave these to me before she passed and they have proved to be a classic pair!  Since they have no post, they are a comfy to sleep in, too.
2. What are your three favorite stores (for ANYTHING, on line or bricks and mortar)?
Etsy is my number one favorite store-if you can call it that.  I love that the stores on Etsy are filled with unique finds made by unique artisans.  This site brings a hand thrown bowl made by a potter in Oregon directly to my doorstep. I like that!  Check out these super finds:
Blood Orange Lip Balm. 100% Natural Lip Balm. Vegan. Shea Butter.
Fun Abstract Aztec Tribal Inspired Pattern Art Block Print 5 x 7 Home Decor / Gold / Hand Pulled Linocut / Gift
  little love notes teeny tiny note cards
Pottery Bowl - Seafoam Green Dot Bowl with Handle - Noodle Bowl
West Elm Market – Lately I just cant get enough. The utilitarian feel and the simplicity of the images in general keep me coming back for more. The clean look of the products and site is attractive for shopping and selecting the perfect piece for your home.  The spices, the sauces, the syrups, the appliances, the furniture, the cute little things–it is all so good.  Some of my faves are:
Krups Espresso Machine
Cake Kitchen Paper - Table Wrap
Spoonable Caramels
Labeled Kitchen Mixing Bowl Set
And last but not least…Hobby Lobby! I love a good craft store shopping trip. I find it hard to shop on-line for art or craft supplies unless I need something specific. One great thing about Hobby Lobby is their framing. Oh, their framing!  It is quick and reasonably priced, and therefore hard to pass up. Dont forget your 40% off coupon!
3. Fill in the blank. You would die if ____ followed you on Twitter.
What is twitter? We may have to change this question. Apparently none of our friends tweet as much as we do.
4. Your last meal. What is it?
Easy!  A goat bomb!  There is a small little Victorian on a side street in Savannah where The Starland Cafe lives.  This eatery makes the most delectable dishes.  One of these being a goat bomb.  It is piping hot bowl of tomato thai soup topped off with a gigantic dollop of goat cheese served with ciabatta bread wedges pressed and grilled.  Dip this bread in, swirl around and there you have it-all other food has lost its taste.
 

5. What’s your guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure is a monthly subscription to the Jones Design Company printable collection.  This guilty pleasure won’t break the bank–it’s less than ten buck-a-roos per month.  I look forward to the end of the month when I find an email from Jones Design with the new collection attached.  Every monthly collection differs slightly.  I thoroughly enjoy these weekly calendar printouts, cute little shopping lists and a sometimes there is even a craft project to complete with the kiddos.  Check it out here.  It is worth the look.
Melanie
melanie herrington
Side braids, Hobby Lobby, goat bombs…so easy to see why we heart Mel. Hope you enjoyed her interview as much as we did! We’ll introduce you to another Glitter Girl next week. Dont forget to follow us on Instagram at @glitter_blog_xo.
XO
L+J
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friday five: fresh.

FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY!

Despite the wretched weather in Georgia, or maybe because of it, we can’t stop thinking about spring. This week’s Friday Five is dedicated to all things fresh.

1. Fresh Produce. Spring means fresh produce! Most farmer’s markets will really kick into gear in a few weeks. Drop by your local farmer’s market and scoop whatever looks best to you. Ask questions if you don’t know how to prepare a certain veggie – most vendors are happy to share a recipe or two. Learn how to master your farmer’s market and how to keep your produce fresh with a few tips from Lauren Conrad.

Fresh Produce
image: lauren conrad.
blueberries + vinegar
L tried this tip with fresh blackberries on wednesday. so far, so good. image: lauren conrad.

2. Ice Cream Colors. What better way to welcome spring than with cupcakes made with your new pastel KitchenAid mixer? We love every single thing on this collage by Design*Sponge.

ice cream colors
grrrrrrr we want that ikat console SO BAD.

3. EOS Mint Lip Balm. It’s minty. It’s tiny. It’s 95% organic (surely the other 5% won’t hurt us). We’re tossing our bright lipstick and using this natural lip balm this spring.

mint lip balm
buy a few: car, desk, handbag etc. ahhhh.

4. Mint Blazers. It’s no secret that we love a classic blazer. This time of year we start thinking about swapping our favorite navy jacket for a pastel version. Mint flatters every hair color and complexion, and it looks equally great with dark denim and white denim.

Mint Blazer + Pink Skinnies
image: riches for rags
Mint Blazer + Dark Skinnies
image: pop of style
Mint Blazer + White Shorts
{$48} call Social at 912.681.7008 to order.

5. White Denim. Speaking of white denim, now is the time to buy the perfect white jean. The Kaylie Slim & Sexy Bootcut fit by 7 For All Mankind will carry you through spring and summer. We love the curvy fit and the not-too-big boot.

7FAM White Bootcut
order here and use secret code GLITTER to get 10% off.

We’re working hard and playing hard this weekend. We’ll check back in on Monday!

XO

L+J

Wait, you didn’t think we’d leave you for the weekend without a cocktail recipe, did you? That wouldn’t be very Glitter of us. In keeping with today’s theme, swap your usual wine for one of these mint-cucumber-vodka cocktails. Fresh!

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how to: pack for a quick trip.

Happy Tuesday, glitter girls!

We’re headed back to Las Vegas this afternoon for a quick trip to the MAGIC tradeshow. We’ll land tonight, work all day Wednesday, and head home to Atlanta on the red-eye late Wednesday night. We’re packing light this time. Our plan:

Tuesday: Meetings + Flight

We both have meetings Tuesday morning (including a vanity necessary stop at DryBar) before our flight leaves, so we can’t just schlub it. Skinny jeans and vests will do us right and take us all the way to LV.

Skinny Jean + Lace Tee + Fur Vest
image: e vanity

Tuesday Night: Drinks

Once we get to Vegas, I’ll keep the fur vest but swap the skinnies for leather shorts, the lace tee for a flowy top, and the boots for heels. Once key to packing light is to wear your bulkiest items on the plane. For me, that’s the fur vest and boots.

Fur Vest + Leather Shorts + Heels
L’s leather shorts are black, but you get the idea…image: wendy’s look book.

Wednesday: Tradeshow + Industry Happy Hour + Dinner + Flight

We always fight the urge to dress like twins when we’re together–our brains work the same way, so it’s tough! We’ll both be wearing versions of this cute, layered outfit for the tradeshow, happy hour at BCBG, one of our fave vendors, dinner and flight home late Wednesday night.

Leggings Outfit
image: bexa style diary.

The Packing List:

skinnys // lace tee // fur vest // scarf // pashmina (for the plane) // black leather shorts // peachy flowy top // nude heels // black leggings // oversize tunic // gray suede boots // leather jacket // striped tee and extra sweater (you never know!) // curling iron //dry shampoo // notebooks and office supplies // phone charger

The Luggage:

We both have a version of the same Coach duffle, which is no longer available. This is probably the swan song for L’s duffle, though–ten years of weekly trips have taken their toll. Any suggestions for a replacement purchase?

old faithful.
old faithful.

The Manicure:

We’re both wearing Essie Sand Tropez, a perfectly neutral shade that won’t show chips during our whirlwind trip.

Essie Sand Tropez
essie sand tropez is our go-to shade for travel.

We’ll post pics of our trip (and our outfits!) on Friday. Until then, be sure to follow our twitter feed @glitter_blog_xo for behind-the-scenes pics of MAGIC.

XO

L+J

PS – For more outfit ideas, check out our Pinterest boards Layers We Love and Leather Shorts–EEEK!

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one kings lane: decorate your home like a movie set.

We’re back…

Have you ever wanted to decorate your home with iconic pieces you see and love in the movies? Us, too! Head over to the One Kings Lane Safe Haven Event. Everyone’s favorite home decor flash sale site One Kings Lane is selling actual items from the set of Nicholas Sparks’ new movie Safe Haven. There are some really cool pieces! And an extra bonus, proceeds go to the Nicholas Sparks Foundation, which is a nonprofit committed to inspiring and transforming students’ lives through education, curriculum development, and life changing international experiences, so they are prepared to embrace a life of being active learners and engaged global citizens. Check out this amazing sale before it ends on 2/16.

One Kings Lane Lamps
vintage lamps.
One Kings Lane Wine Mug
vintage wine mug. {we prefer to drink our wine out of a mug, anyway.}

How can you resist? Now, if they only had one of these for Breakfast at Tiffany’s. We want that bathtub sofa so bad!

Bathtub Sofa
please?

Are any of you going to see Safe Haven and/or shop the sale? Tweet us at @glitter_blog_xo with your reviews!

XO

L+J

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how to: pink and red.

Happy Valentine’s Day, glitter girls! We heart you.

Inspired by Valentine’s Day and this cute feature on The Glitter Guide, we have pink and red home decor on the brain.

Mary McDonald
one of our favorite rooms by mary mcdonald.
Erin Featherston
erin featherson‘s living room, as seen in an old domino via moodboard. [domino, we MISS YOU.]
Pink Painting
this pink oil painting would also look fantastic against a pale grey wall. image: martha stewart.
Strawberry Living Room
bright strawberry walls are the perfect backdrop for a chinoiserie mirror and pop art in this miles redd room.
Miles Redd Living Room
another fantastic miles redd room.
Pink Parsons Desk
a pink parsons desk pops against a blue wall. image: design manifest.
Mary McDonald Rooms
more by mary mcdonald.

L says:

Over the years, my home decorating style has evolved from a strictly neutral palette (cream, black and khaki – classic to be sure, but also pretty boring) to one with more and more colors (a little green here, some turquoise there). Over the last year, I’ve added a few red and pink accents to my home. Here, my two faves.

Red Jenny Lind Bed
inspired by this Land of Nod catalog photo, i painted joe jr’s Jenny Lind bed from Target red. bed no longer available.
Robert Abbey Gourd Lamp
this robert abbey gourd lamp sits in my living room next to a stack of books.

And now, a few things on my To Buy list. Joe, stop reading.

For Like Ever
i’ve wanted this poster for…like…ever. buying it!
Red Metal Chairs
wouldn’t these be perfect on your patio for this summer? they’re on SALE.
West Elm SMEG Refrigerator
west elm smeg refrigerator. just, love.
Fucshia Chevon Rug
this land of nod fuchsia chevron rug would be amazing in a neutral kitchen OR funky office.

What do you think? Are you a neutral-only person, or is your house a riot of color? Tweet us @glitter_blog _xo!

XO

L+J

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get organized: nail polish.

Happy Tuesday, glitter girls!

“Get organized” is no doubt on your list of New Year’s resolutions. Ours, too. We decided to start small, tackling our nail polish collections.

We 1) have a LOT of nail polish, and 2) use it every day. The bottles are so pretty that we hate to hide them, and we definitely need easy access since painting our nails is a nightly occurrence. This is what we WISH our collections looked like:

Essie Nail Polish Shelf
heaven.

Here are some other, easy ideas to organize your own.

Nail Polish Lazy Susan
spin the wheel! use a lazy susan to keep polish upright.
Nail Polish Caddy
place neatly in acrylic drawers with your tools.
Nail Polish Vase
store all your bottles in a pretty vase.

What we decided on:

Nail Polish Tray
J’s keeping her polish collection on a pretty tray in her living room.
Nail Polish Vase
L went the vase route, using a Kate Spade rose bowl to top a stack of design books.

How do you organize your polish? Tweet us! @glitter_blog_xo

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J+L

P.S. Check out this Glitter Guide article for more ways to organize your beauty products.

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