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weekend wrap up: charleston.

Happy Wednesday, glitter girls!

A few months ago, my Atlanta girlfriends and I decided we were long overdue for a road-trip.  We decided on Charleston: there’s brunch, shopping and scenery with zero requisite sunless tanning and/or bikini prep. Plus, it’s only a 5 hour drive from Atlanta. Why not? We needed to get away!

This past weekend, we stayed at the brand-new (only seventeen days old when we checked in) Holiday Inn on Meeting Street. Highly recommend. We spent a good bit of time at the hotel bar/restaurant (shocker) called The Meeting Room. Huge thanks to manager, Kevin aka Kev, for taking care of us.

The Meeting Room: Holiday Inn Downtown Charleston
the meeting room: holiday inn downtown charleston.
The Meeting Room: Holiday Inn Downtown Charleston
awaiting the fireball…

On Saturday morning, we drug ourselves out of bed for brunch at Toast of Charleston. They had us at bottomless mimosas. The food and service were also great.

Toast of Charleston.
toast of charleston.
cheers, ladies!
cheers, ladies!

Saturday night we ventured to Blossom for dinner. Superb service, great ambiance and delicious food. After dinner, we walked to Pearlz (not a typo) for oyster shooters. Don’t knock it til’ you try it…

down the hatch...
down the hatch…
hanging at Pearlz...
hanging at Pearlz…

Needless to say, lots of laughs and good times were had by all. Looking forward to where the road takes us next time!

Any places you would suggest for a girls weekend? Tweet us! @glitter_blog_xo

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P.S. I did manage to shop a little between cocktails. Here’s a little gem I picked up at Old Road Mercantile on King Street.

oh la la...
ooh la la…
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friday five: love is in the air.

EEEE HAPPY FRIDAY!

Next Thursday is Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re spending it with your significant other or your girlfriends, we’ve got five things to get you in the spirit.

1. Nails (of course). Go all out with this perfectly red mani.

Lollipop by Essie
lollipop by essie.

2. Sweet Treat. You’ve got fifteen minutes, right? Whip up this easy (you can even make it ahead of time) “Cupid’s Cloud” raspberry and cream dessert from the fabulous blog A Pretty Life. It’s romantic enough for the two of you, but it’ll also please a crowd. Winning!

Raspberry Cream
step up your game and present this in wine glasses. you have some, right?

3. Cards. L’s friend Lauren went Pinteresting and made adorable valentines for her daughter’s class (a riff on the one below). You could also go old-school with retro kiddie valentines from the Dollar Store.

Sucker Valentine
freakin cute. image: the coterie blog.
Baby Joe
baby joe went with thomas the train cards this year. yay for stickers!

4. The perfect gift. Guys are under a LOT of pressure on Valentine’s Day. Come on, get him something too. Think out of the box (zing!) and put together a cute a grab-bag of his favorite things.

these are a few of his favorite things.
every guy needs duck tape. image:____

5. Outfit. We heart these lovely looks from Forever 21. OMG, we are on fire today.

val1
so, so cute.
Heart Sweater 2
love.
Polka Dot Sweater
pretty in pink polka dots.

J’s off to Charleston for a girls’ weekend. L’s doing a re-set at Dish (gotta make room for our new spring stuff!). What are y’all up to this weekend? Tweet us at @glitter_blog_xo!

Xo

J+L

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weekend wrap-up: photo shoot + super bowl.

Hi hi hi… Happy Monday!

What a weekend! Busy as usual. Here’s a look at what we were up to:

J’s Weekend: J jetted to Lake Wales, FL on Saturday for a Warrior Dash mud run with her boss (and witnessed a proposal!), did a little shopping, and watched the BIG GAME at her fave watering hole, The Ivy.

Warrior Dash Proposal
she said yes! mud and all…
Lush Cosmetics
after hearing so many good things about Lush, I decided to pick up a few items! stay tuned for reviews…
The Ivy
my sunday really wouldn’t be complete without a mani at The Ivy. {Essie Fiji (my fave) and Good to Go top coat}
J + J
hi from J and Jay! i’ve basically lived in this chambray/mint combo lately…

L’s Weekend: Whew. On the work front, L styled a “Bond Girl” photo shoot for the Statesboro Chamber of Commerce on Thursday and spent all day Friday and Saturday participating in a semi-annual warehouse sale with Threads, another cute Statesboro boutique. In the nightlife department, L and Joe pretty much spent the weekend at their family’s restaurant, Locos Grill & Pub. Between live music Friday and Saturday nights and the Super Bowl on Sunday, Locos was hopping. L’s mom was in town, and (as usual) brought lots of goodies.

Bond Girl Photo Shoot
my beautiful friends Niki and Valerie doing their best “blue steel” for the camera.
Yurman Necklaces
after months of wearing my jumble of pearls, i switched it up friday night with these old-school David Yurman necklaces.
Locos Grill & Pub
locos had standing room only for Brent Stephens and company friday night.
Pimiento Cheese
an hour before our super bowl party, i realized i had forgotten to thaw the puff pastry for the cheese twists (grrrrrr). i went with plan b: pimiento cheese and pumpernickle rounds.
Fries + Ranch
french fries + ranch = recovering after three nights on the town. please don’t tell anyone i ate this.
Amaryllis
my mom brought me this beautiful “Dancing Queen” amaryllis. it bloomed last night!

Did you guys do anything fun this weekend? Super Bowl parties? Tweet us pics! @glitter_life_xo

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J+L

PS: You still have 3 days to enter our Shabby Apple Giveaway!

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friday five: super bowl edition.

Wait, is there a football game on Sunday?

Girls, we can’t lie. We are BUMMED that our beloved Atlanta Falcons won’t be taking the field on Sunday. We do love a party though, so we’re making the most of it and planning to take part in the Super Bowl festivities anyway. Whether you’re invited to a party or hosting your own, today’s Friday Five is here to inspire you.

1. Classic Appetizers. If you’re a guest, show up in a party mood and bring an appetizer. We love apps that introduce new twists on old favorites. Here are our picks:

Marinated Mozzarella

Marinated Mozzarella
yummy, with or without the rosemary skewers. image: myreceipes

Cheese Twists.

Cheese Twists
These are EASY (but do budget yourself an extra 30 minutes for them to chill before baking) and will impress every guy in the room. image: martha stewart.

Pigs in a Blanket.

Pigs in Blankets
poppy seeds add sophistication to this retro fave. image: martha stewart.

Fried Olives.

Fried Olives
these will be the talk of the party! the frying is really NBD. image: martha stewart.

2. Sliders. If you’re the host, ask guests to bring appetizers while you take responsibility for the main course. Chili is a Super Bowl party staple, but why don’t you get creative and serve sliders? They’re a little more work, but they’re cute, easy to grab, and don’t require silverware. Buzzfeed lists thirty slider recipes (some ridiculous, most delicious). Enlist a friend or two to help you assemble them.

Fried Oyster Sliders
fried oyster sliders from Food Republic.
Reuben Sliders
mini reuben sliders from eat at home cooks.
Pulled Pork Sliders
pulled pork sliders from Framed Cooks.

3. Drinks. Goodness knows J loves a theme party. Check out these football-inspired beverage ideas. Cheesy? Yes. Fun? ABSOLUTELY.

Football shaker
score a touchdown with this cocktail shaker from amazon.com.
Midori Cocktail
get a kick out of this Midori cocktail from She Knows Food and Recipes.
Red/Purple Paper Straws
details, details, details. score paper straws in your team colors from etsy.

4. Drinking Game. Timeouts. Commercials. Half time. The Super Bowl just lends itself to drinking games, right? Check out these (hilarious) suggestions from nerdscholar.

Beyonce Halftime Show
Beyonce will be singing (for reals?) at the halftime show.

5. Dress Code. No wardrobe malfunctions this year, ladies. Ditch the jersey and show your team spirit with a fun pair of colored denim!

Ravens or 49ers? Check out these outfits from Wendy's Lookbook!
Ravens or 49ers? check out these outfits from Wendy’s Lookbook!

L’s making cheese twists for a Super Bowl party Sunday night, and J will be watching the game at a local watering hole.  What do you have going on for the Super Bowl? Tweet us your party pics @glitter_blog_xo.

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J+L

PS: Don’t forget to enter our Shabby Apple Giveaway!

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weekend wrap-up: bulldog 100 + spring mani

Happy Monday, glitter girls!

WOW, what a great weekend. Shop Social Dish was honored at the Bulldog 100 event as one of the top ten fastest growing businesses started by a University of Georgia graduate. L and Joe (and L’s parents) spent a fantastic night at the awards dinner in Atlanta. J had family obligations but was there in spirit. L participated in a Strategy Cafe roundtable with the other honorees – what an awesome networking opportunity.

Thank you to all of our fantastic friends and customers (and those of you who are BOTH) who have made Social and Dish boutiques a success. We have big plans for 2013, and we can’t wait to share them with you on The Glitter Life.

Wine + Cheese
L’s sweet friend Mika sent over a bottle of wine and a cheese plate. a girl after our own hearts!
Print Blouse + Pajama Pants
the dress-code for the “Strategy Cafe” roundtable before the dinner stumped us. L settled on a printed blouse, cropped lounge pants, and heels. blouse: H&M (no longer available). pants: bcbgeneration (call Social at 912.681.4008). belt: Dish (no longer available).
Blazer + Dress
view of the atlanta skyline from our room (and more importantly, L’s outfit for the dinner). dress: bcbgeneration (no longer available). blazer, necklace and pumps: Shop Social Dish.
Bulldog 100
L + Joe.

J was a little under the weather this weekend. Time was spent time resting, snuggling with Jay’s niece and nephews, and updating her mani.

Survival Kit
with jay out of town and J on her death bed friday, J’s friend Kati brought her this amazing survival kit. SO thoughtful of her!
Ellery Smiles
ellery was super excited for Saturday cartoons!
Essie Fiji
dreaming of spring with this essie ‘Fiji’ mani and mint jeans available at shopsocialdish.com!

PS: L opened the January issue of Jezebel magazine to find a familiar face!

j snapped at the C. Wonder VIP shopping event. image: Jezebel magazine.
j (far left) snapped at the C. Wonder VIP shopping event. image: Jezebel magazine.

What did you get into this weekend, glitter girls? Tweet us at @glitter_blog_xo!

XO

L+J

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friday five: wardrobe staples.

WTF Should I Wear Today?
good question.

Ladies, it’s time for the truth. How often do you ask yourself that question? Pretty much every time you look in your closet? Same. Here. We’ve learned a few things over the years, though.

Getting dressed in the morning is a LOT easier when you have a few staples pieces at your fingertips. We’re talking pieces that pull together the random stuff in your closet. Your mission for this weekend: get your wardrobe in check with these five wardrobe essentials:

1. Solid blazer. Blazers are so versatile. Wear one over a crisp button- down or striped tee for day, and a sparkly tank or neon tee for night. Pair your blazer with pretty much any bottom: trousers, a mini skirt, a pleated skirt, shorts (even cut-offs). L legit wears a navy blazer every other day.

J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer
j.crew schoolboy blazer.
Photo Shoot 1
a navy blazer anchored this spring look at the 2013 spring Social Dish photo shoot.

2. Ankle Pant. A tailored pair of pants work for the office, cocktails, brunch, etc. Wear with a button-down and/or jacket for the office; pair with a slouchy tee for the weekend. You’ll get tons of wear out of basic black (duh), but a printed pair is also versatile. Make sure you choose ankle-length pants, so you can wear them with flats or heels.

Asos Ankle Pants
asos jacquard pant with zips
Black Ankle Pant
ankle pant + dressy tee + heels. love this look.

3. Patent Pumps. A classic pair of black patent heels is always appropriate. Don’t be afraid to wear them with navy–we love that combo.

available at shopsocialdish.com!
zara pump available at shopsocialdish.com. (only $39…EEK!)

4. Chambray Shirt. Chambray is a no-brainer for casual occasions, but it also works for the office and evening. Wear it under a suit for work (just make sure your jewelry is dressy), and pair with your brightest shorts or sparkliest skirt for an evening out. Pop your collar, roll your sleeves, and carry a fun clutch.

Chambray + Maxi Skirt
chambray shirt + maxi skirt. image: shop social dish.
Chambray + Blazer + White Denim
cute and casual. note the navy blazer! image: Only Boring People Are Bored.
Chambray + Floral Skirt
pair chambray with a floral skirt. image: Sydne Style
Chambray + Sequin Skirt
see? chambray looks great with a sparkly skirt.

5. Go-To Bag. A handbag in a classic shape works for day or night. Choose one with a fun detail (like neon trim) to make a statement.

Melie Bianco Scarlett Bag
neutral + neon = the perfect spring bag. this one by Melie Bianco made an appearance in the Social Dish Spring 2013 photo shoot!

What are the go-to pieces in your closet? What do you need to add to make your wardrobe complete? Share with us on Twitter! @glitter_blog_xo.

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J+L

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weekend wrap-up.

Happy Monday, glitter girls!

We don’t know about y’all, but we had a great weekend (except for the Falcons loss). Here’s what we did, in pics.

L’s Weekend:

Curling Iron
i spent an embarrassing amount of time trying to curl my hair. i’ll report soon on the best and worst YouTube tutorials.
i left my beloved navy blazer in atlanta last weekend. we were reunited friday night.
left my beloved navy blazer in atlanta last weekend. we were reunited friday night.
Dish Renovation
joe spent his saturday afternoon doing a little work at dish. #teamplayer
Locos Beer + Wine
joe and i caught the falcons game with friends at locos on sunday.
Falcons Mani
as promised, a falcons mani…not my finest work. i chewed the tips off during the game, anyway.

J’s Weekend:

After trying to catch a movie at Phipps Plaza with everyone else in Atlanta, we ended up at Fork &Screen. Love it!
after trying to catch a movie at Phipps Plaza with everyone else in Atlanta, we ended up at Fork & Screen. love it!
Tailgating
jay and i tailgated at The Georgia Dome before the NFC Championship game.
Zac Brown Band
the Zac Brown Band, georgia boys, singing the national anthem.
Falcons Fans
trying to get to our car after the game with a few of our closest friends…

What did y’all get into this weekend? Tweet us your pics @glitter_blog_xo!

L+J

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friday five.

It’s FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY, glitter girls!

We’ve had a very productive week here at the Glitter Life. We’ve been selected as contributors to Lucky Magazine’s online community, and we are SUPER excited to announce that we have been selected as a Birchbox affiliate (more details on that later)! After such a busy week, we’re definitely looking forward to the weekend. Here’s our to-do list!

1. Watch THE BIG GAME. This Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons take on the San Francisco 49ers at the Georgia Dome to see who will head to New Orleans to compete in the Super Bowl. Even if you’re not a big football fan, you have to admit it’s been fun to see the Falcons advance so far this year. Stay tuned to our Twitter feed (@glitter_blog_xo) on Sunday as J will be tweeting LIVE from the game.

matt ryan and tony gonzales.
matt ryan and tony gonzales.

2. Try a new recipe. Speaking of football, these hummus cups from Inspired Taste are the perfect thing to make if you’re watching the game at home (or someone else’s home – they travel well). It’s easier to say no to chili cheese dip if you have a healthy, delicious alternative!

Hummus Cups
easy, fresh and healthy.

3. Paint Our Nails (duh).  Since we’re Falcons fans–rise up!–we’re going to attempt this red and black manicure we found on Habisky Nails.

Red & Black Nails
we can do this!

If you’re not from Georgia, take a cue from our West Coast BFF Jennifer and go with this fun Essie shade, seen on our Emerald City post last week.

Essie - Going Incognito
going incognito, by essie.

4. Play in our closets. Yall, the weather has been WEIRD here lately. It’s been in the seventies all week, but it’s supposed to be freezing again this weekend. Since we’re saving our clothing dollars for new spring styles, we’re going to play stylists in our closets and create some fun transitional outfits from pieces we already own.

Layered Looks
L’s formula: skinnies + l/s tee or button down + vest
Layers - Glitter Pinterest
on pinterest? SO ARE WE! check out our new board Layers We Love for more layering ideas!

5. Catch a movie. The oscar noms were just announced, and we have to admit… only one us (J) has seen any of the Best Picture nominees. She *highly* recommends Django Unchained ,btw. L really wants to see Argo, and next on J’s list is Zero Dark Thirty. So make some popcorn and relax for a few hours before the work week begins again!

Don’t forget to check our Twitter on Sunday for J’s updates from the Georgia Dome! As always, tweet us your weekend pics @glitter_blog_xo.

XO

L+J

P.S. If you’re in Atlanta this weekend, here’s your Daily Candy Weekend Guide!

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friday five: top five friday jams.

Haaaaappy Friday!

So today we’re in Atlanta playing fashion/home decor editor, shopping for Social and Dish. Play our Top Five Friday Jams (in this order) and pretend like you’re here, too.

1. Tongue Tied by Grouplove (Gigamesh Remix)

Tongue Tied
it’s the remix! “take me to your best friend’s house…”

2. Helena Beat – Foster the People

Helena Beat
on the playlists at dish and chase54. perfect for a stressful friday drive.

3. Dog Days – Florence and the Machine

Florence & The Machine
and now, work (and dog days) are over.

4. I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston
the ultimate “getting ready” song. don’t roll your eyes. we know you love it.

5. Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show

Wagon Wheel
there’s no better way to end your night.

We hope you have a fantastic Friday. What are you listening to this weekend? Tweet us! @glitter_blog_xo.

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L+J

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weekend wrap-up.

Happy Monday, ladies!

We are back to the grind after a weekend that passed entirely too quickly (as usual). J celebrated her boyfriend Jay’s birthday with a fun dinner complete with photo cake at Kobe Steaks Japanese Restaurant. L had a marathon Saturday afternoon in her office (New Year’s resolutions, we hate you) followed by dinner with Joe and live music at Locos, her family’s restaurant.

Jay Birthday
Happy Birthday, Jay! (yes, that’s skee ball in the background.)
Photo Cake
a birthday at Kobe isn’t complete without a photo cake.
Jay Photo Cake
mmmm!
Neon Outfit
neon + neon + navy for saturday night.
Tuna Tartare
tuna tartare at Emma’s, my favorite meal in Statesboro…
Locos Grill & Pub
…followed by live music at Locos, the best live music venue in town!

Hope you all had a great weekend–tweet us your pics at @glitter_blog_xo. Look for a few posts on fashion and interiors this week…plus a Glitter reunion when we meet up for a buying trip for Social and Dish!

XO

J+L

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