friday five: party girl tips.

In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re heading into the holiday season – that wonderful/stressful time of year when there’s something to do and somewhere to go every.single.night. Behold, our top five tips for looking and being your best at a party. You’re going to need them!

1. How to keep your lipstick off your wine glass. 

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courtesy of real simple.

2. How to choose wine (whether you’re ordering one glass at the bar or a bottle for the table). 

The Glitter Life Red Wine Flow Chart
courtesy of cupcakes and cashmere.

3. How to hail a taxi.

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need a ride?

4. How to fix chipped nail polish.

The Glitter Life Chipped Nail Polish
courtesy of bella sugar.

5. How to leave a party early.

The Glitter Life Party Girl
bye bye.

Now, bring on the parties! Hope your weekend is fabulous.

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friday five: derby edition.

There’s a lot to love about the Kentucky Derby, also known as the Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports: the traditions, the horses, the drama, the HATS. We felt strongly that this awesome event deserved its own Friday Five. Read on for our guide to everything Derby.

1. Cocktail. The Derby calls for a classic mint julep, the quintessential Southern cocktail. Learn how to make yours here. And go ahead and invest in some pretty julep cups. You can use them for flower arrangements, pencil cups – all kinds of things, really – later.

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pace yourself, ladies. these are stronger than they taste. image: southern living.
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or put a twist on the traditional with these lavender mint juleps.

2. Appetizer. Ham biscuits are perfect Derby fare, and they’re totally doable – with flair! – on short notice. Buy frozen biscuits and a glazed ham from your favorite grocer; serve with homemade condiments like Blackberry Mustard and Lemon Herb Butter. Easy (and fancy!).

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elevate easy ham biscuits with homemade condiments. image: southern living.

3. Outfit. This is a ladylike event, girls…no skinny jeans (gasp!), no slouchy tees. You need to bring it, even if you’re just watching the race at a friend’s house. Race day essentials include a bag big enough to hold your binoculars AND a pair of flats, pearls, and – duh – a huge hat. Still not sure? Check out Southern Living’s authoritative guide to Derby fashion here.

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our take on derby fashion. dress + necklace + heels + hat + sunglasses: social. bag (available here.) + cuff (no longer available): tory burch. photo credit: chelsey navin.

4. Speak the language. Click here for an informative guide to the new qualification system for the Derby and a list of the likeliest winners on Saturday.

5. Place your bets! Pick the horse with the most awesome name (we loved I’ll Have Another last year – this year we’re betting on Overanalyze) and make a little wager. Then sip on a mint julep and enjoy this American sporting tradition.

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more race-day inspiration from pinterest.
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friday five: cinco edition.

We love a reason to celebrate, so we’re super excited that TWO fun things are going on this weekend: the Kentucky Derby on Saturday and Cinco de Mayo on Sunday. Read on for our tips for a fabulous, fun fiesta on Sunday…and stay tuned for our Friday Five: Derby Edition.

Cinco de Mayo

1. Party:  Cinco is on a Sunday, so keep it low key with a girl’s night at home. Courtney from Pizzazzerie put together LITERALLY the cutest fiesta we’ve ever seen. Loving the non-traditional colors!

The Glitter Life Cinco

2. Recipes: Courtney (love her) does it again with these four easy recipes your amigos are sure to enjoy this weekend. {Really obsessing over the prickly pear margarita…}

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3. Outfit: Look. Just because it’s Cinco doesn’t mean you have to throw on a sombrero and call it a day. Get festive with these Mexican-inspired “Blanket” Mamie Ruth shorts from Dish.

The Glitter Life Mamie Ruth

4. Nails: Our FAVE West Coast reader, JFAV, has done it again with her holiday nails. Talk about ambitious– she brought the Mexican flag into play.

The Glitter Life CINCO Nails

5. 5K: Do the calorie math. Chances are you’ll consume a lot of beer and/or queso on Sunday. Boost your metabolism by running a 5K Saturday morning! Click here for a complete list of runs in Georgia this weekend. There are TONS to choose from.

J & Jay after the Stache Dash at Burro Loco in Myrtle Beach last year!
J & Jay after Stache Dash 5K at Burro Loco in Myrtle Beach last year!

What are your plans this holiday weekend? Share with us on Instagram and Twitter @glitter_blog_xo. OLE!

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friday five: green with envy.

It’s that time again!

Since we live near/have lived in Savannah, GA, St. Patrick’s Day is near and dear to our hearts. We won’t be making it down for the big parade on Sunday, so here’s how we’ll be celebrating:

1. Host a party: Don’t feel like venturing out to your local pub? Have your friends over and go green with your food/decor!

St. Patrick's Day at home
celebrate St. Pat in the comfort of your own home!

2. App: Channel your inner leprechaun with Irish Grilled Cheese Sandwiches from the Food Network.

Food Network Irish Grilled Cheese
better than a pot o’ gold.

3. Festive mani: We can’t let the weekend go by without a mani… This holiday sent us on a hunt for the perfect shade of green. Essie came through (as always)!

Essie Mojito Madness
Essie Mojito Madness

4. Outfit: Girls. The weather is supposed to be beautiful this weekend! Time to break out your Springs best. And make sure it’s green. We don’t want you to get pinched…

St. Patricks Day Outfit
green. spring. fun.

5. Festival: For those of you in Atlanta this weekend, Fado Irish Pub is the place to be. They’re celebrating St. Pat all weekend long with Bagpipes, Irish fare, and Guinness to your hearts content. Click here for tix/more info.

Fado Irish Pub Atlanta
Fado Irish Pub Atlanta

How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? Tweet/Instagram us pics! @glitter_blog_xo.


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