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friday five: links we love.

You guys. It’s been a long week. We’re being lazy today and sharing five links to stuff we may do (or may not do) this weekend. Can’t call it.

1 How amazing do these grilled peach + pesto quesadillas look? They will be made this weekend. 100%.

The Glitter Life Grilled Peach

2. J is working on a gallery wall in she and J’s bedroom and bought this piece to kick off the project. Stay tuned for before and after photos!

The Glitter Life Mount

3. We may not be going back to school, but who doesn’t love new office supplies!? These Rifle Paper Co. notebooks are everything.

The Glitter Life Rifle Paper

4. With fall approaching, it’s time to get organized. Check out BuzzFeed’s tips for a clean and neat closet and make room for new stuff! YAY

The Glitter Life Closet

5. Treat yourself. You deserve an entire cookie skillet this weekend, girlfriend.

The Glitter Life Cookie

 

 

 

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party post: l’s baby shower.

L:

J and three sweet friends threw the most amazing baby shower for Baby Ed and me at Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro. You may have seen a few pics on Instagram. These are a few more of our favorites! We’ll start from the beginning…

Our favorite girls at Colonial House of Flowers set the mood with this gorgeous centerpiece. See more of their work here and here.

Centerpiece
we love every single thing the girls at colonial house of flowers come up with.

I was so glad my mom was able to make the trip. We all missed my mother-in-law, who was (smartly) cruising in cooler temps.

Joe + Laura + Jan
big brother-to-be joe, my mom jan and me. our coordinating lilly pulitzer outfits were unplanned.

My favorite surprise of the day was…a FLOWER CROWN! I have never been so excited (or so glad that I didn’t do my hair in a top-knot). I had a really hard time taking it off at the end of the day brunch.

Laura + Jennifer + Kate
from left: jennifer, me, kate.

I was so excited and flattered that three of the hostesses were repping my stores! From left: Christa is wearing a skirt from Social Statesboro and Jack Rogers “Georgica” sandals from Sole Statesboro. J’s wearing an ASOS gypsy dress and fringe booties from Lulu’s (sold out, similar here). I’m wearing a vintage Lilly Pulitzer dress (a hand-me-down from my mom – I actually wore this five years ago to a baby shower for Joe!) and Tory Burch heels (incredibly old, also seen here). Kate’s wearing a Love Poppy leather tassel necklace from Sole Statesboro. Niki’s wearing Spanx cropped denim leggings (they’re also a favorite of mine), Jack Rogers “Lauren” sandals and a Sneak Peek top, all from Sole Statesboro.

Laura + Hostesses
photo op before the guests arrived…

Everyone who knows me knows I live for brunch. I was so happy to see quiche and mini-pancakes on the menu!

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i crushed two *big* pieces of quiche before the brunch was over.
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a little cheese, a little fruit…
Polka Dot Straws
i heart printed straws.

Jennifer brought cupcakes from the Atlanta outpost of Georgetown Cupcake. I am obsessed with peanut butter, so she set aside one of those just for me. #truefriend The “E” flags are from Etsy.

Georgetown Cupcakes
dry ice may or may not have been involved in the transport of these beauties from atlanta.

I had the cutest little helpers opening gifts: Joe and his BBFL Leo.

Laura + Joe + Leo
these two were so excited to open all the presents!
Opening Gifts
joe is going to be a great big brother.
Christa + Jennifer
oh hi, christa and jennifer!
Valerie + Shellie
my friend Val (left) is exactly two weeks ahead of me…she’s due any day now!
Joe Cupcake
this was joe’s SECOND red velvet cupcake of the morning.

Kate arranged these simple and cute rock candy favors. Joe was fascinated with these…and then he really flipped when he realized it was actual CANDY.

Rock Candy Favors
a little something sweet for guests to take home.
Hostess Gifts
gifts for the hostesses with the mostestes.

Each hostess received a small succulent in mercury glass from Colonial House.

Hostess Gifts
succulents are my jam. because i kill pretty much every other plant.

Post-shower, Joe and I hung out in Ed’s new nursery. He told me “Mom, that was a GREAT PARTY.”…and I totally agree. I was overwhelmed at how beautiful everything was, and how these four friends nailed all of my favorite things. Baby Ed and I are so lucky to have four such incredible women in our lives.

Laura + Joe Nursery
five hours later and i’m still wearing the flower crown.
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friday five | beauty buys.

‘Tis the season for a bathroom + product overhaul and this is the weekend to stock up… it’s tax-free weekend in Georgia! Here are some items we’re currently coveting. ATTN: Chipotle fans. There’s a little something special in here for you!

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friday five: tropical fever.

It’s Friday, and we’re dreaming of blue skies and palm trees. In fact, the insane Georgia heat is giving us both a touch of tropical fever. We’re feeling these five pretties right now…

1 // No Guilt Mixer // We’re thirsty…and dying to try every variety of Be Mixed mixers. Hello, NO CALORIES. Shop the site here.

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just add tequila (j) or seltzer (l, for now) for a refreshing treat.

2 // Pineapple Mango Bar Soap + Dish // This cute soap set would make a perfect hostess gift. Now, quick. Someone invite us to your beach house.

Target Pineapple Mango Soap Set
reward the hostess with the mostess with this set.

3 // Palm Print Bench DIY // L whipped up this quick DIY last weekend using leftover paint from Ed’s nursery and our favorite Tommy Bahama Swaying Palm fabric. J’s going to do something similar on Sunday.

Palm print bench
freshen up a stale interior with fresh aloe paint and palm print fabric.

4 // Tropicana Dress // Channel a tropical climate in this cute neoprene dress from Shop Sole Dish.

Shop Sole Dish Tropicana Dress
use promo code GLITTER to save 10% on this dress (and everything else!) on www.shopsoledish.com.

5) Girl’s Pineapple Dress // Got a mini-me? We love this adorable gold pineapple print dress – wish it came in our size.

Target Pineapple Dress
mini-me tropical style. available in sizes newborn – 24 months.

Speaking of tropical, J is traveling further south to Statesboro this weekend to help host a baby shower for L. Follow along on Instagram @glitter_blog_xo!

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friday five | food diary.

Friday. You are back. And we love you.

If you’re like us, you’re always looking for new restaurants to try over the weekend. Need suggestions in Atlanta? Look no further.

1. C&S Seafood + Oyster Bar: J took cover here Monday night during a legit monsoon and stumbled upon one of the most delicious shrimp cocktails (and actual cocktails) ever.

c&s shrimp
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2. Joey D’s Oak Room: We’ve suggested them before. For a reason. If you’re looking for really GREAT food every visit, Joey D’s is your spot. I mean how delicious does that sandwich look?

JD BBQ2
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3. Home grown GA: Homegrown came HIGHLY recommended by J’s coworker, Bill, mainly because of their award winning sloppy joe. The best part is that the sloppy joe is… wait for it… VEGAN. And amazingly delicious.

HOMEGROWN SLOPPY JOE
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4. American Food + Beverage: L and I gave this new Buckhead Atlanta spot a try when she was in town a few weeks ago. LOVE it. Going in for round 2 tonight with some girlfriends. Boiled peanut hummus is definitely on the agenda.

Boiled peanut hummus
i promise to get a great photo of this tonight, but in the meantime one from @ATLFoodSnob.

5. Turner Field: Okay so this may not be a restaurant BUT the Braves are playing the Cubs in Atlanta this weekend. Take in the game. Share some patriotic dippin dots with your love, but not the wine of course.

BRAVES
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friday five: our favorite maxis.

We’re in the dog days of summer…and yet the invitations keep coming. Engagement parties, weddings, baby showers. So what are we wearing? Let’s start with these five maxi dresses.

Shop Sole Dish Flying Tomato Maxi
gorgeous neckline and simple-yet-special details. available here.
ASOS Supertrash Floral Maxi Dress
we both love kimono-sleeve maxis, and this palm print/floral is right on trend. available here.
Shop Dish Skinny Strap Maxi
this neutral print is the perfect canvas for bright accessories. available here.
Nordstrom Eliza J Maxi Dress
in a sea of summer florals, this graphic print really stands out. available here.
Shop Dish BCBGeneration Faux Wrap Midi Dress
technically not a maxi…but this faux-wrap midi is seriously the perfect LBD for any/all occasions. available here.

And don’t forget that you get 10% off on www.shopsoledish.com when you use the discount code GLITTER. Happy shopping…and happy weekend!

 

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viva las vegas.

It’s no secret that we love a good getaway to Vegas {you can see our past trips here and here.}

Our travels out west include work and play while shopping for L’s boutiques Sole + Dish. With such a packed schedule on short trips, we’ve become experts in transitioning our outfits from day to night. Needless to say when Juliana from Vegas.com challenged us to create the #UltimateVegasOutfit, we accepted. Let’s set the scene for a day in Vegas:

Bonjour: Well, good morning! Time to fuel up for the day at one of the best breakfast | brunch spots on the strip, Mon Ami Gabi. From there, hit the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian for a little retail therapy and maybe a gondola ride! Need a pick me up after shopping? (and that means a cocktail) Skip over to Sugar Factory for a “grown-up drink“.

Vegas.com Challenge
Bonjour: romper | fedora | flats | cross-body bag | aviators      Bonne Nuit: romper | belt | heels | clutch | earrings

Bonne Nuit: Let’s take on the night. After a quick change at our home away from home, Hard Rock Hotel, we waste no time and head to dinner downstairs at our favorite, Pink Taco. Keep in mind happy hour is from 3-7PM! Post-dinner drinks at The Chandelier Bar in The Cosmopolitan are a must then maybe a little blackjack in the casino. #winning

Fill us in on some of your favorite Vegas hotspots and restos!

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friday five: things we love.

We have a sneaking suspicion that the weather is not going to cooperate with our pool/beach plans this weekend…so we might just spend the next 48 hours shopping on our phones. These five things top our must-have list!

1 // Gingham Shirtdress. Timeless and seasonless. This cotton dress by Shop Social Dish is easy and breezy now paired with sandals; it’ll also work in the fall with classic riding boots. Use secret code GLITTER when you check out to get 10% off!

Gingham Shirtdress
1 // Gingham Shirtdress

2 // Pineapple Phone Case. We actually love several of the offerings at this Etsy shop. L is probably ordering this pineapple case as we speak.

 

Pineapple Phone Case
2 // Pineapple Phone Case

3// Kate Spade Tote. We’re more than in love with this light grey Cove Street Tote. Perfect color, great shape…oh, and it’s on sale.

Kate Spade Cove Street Tote
3 // Kate Spade Tote

4 // ASOS Larissa Flats. J actually scooped these crazy cute flats earlier this week. So summer-y paired with a chambray shirt and white ripped skinnies. They also come in black, for those of you who aren’t as into pineapples as we are.

4 // Pineapple Print Flats
4 // ASOS Larissa Flats

5 // South China Seas Pillow. L continues to be obsessed with all things chinoiserie. This coral pillow (the print is Thibaut’s South China Seas) would be amazing on a navy sofa. We’ve used this Etsy seller before – great stuff. So. Many. Pillows.

Thibaut South China Seas Pillow
5 // South China Seas Pillow

Share your favorite things with us (and see snaps from our holiday weekend adventures) on Instagram at @glitter_blog_xo,

 

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friday five | food diary.

J:

Mercy mercy mercy. Friday is finally HERE.

I’ve been sifting through recent iPhone photos and realized I’ve been hoarding #foodpics and resto recommendations. For shame. Let’s catch up, shall we?

The Silver Moon | Lake Oconee: L and I had a girls getaway at Lake Oconee a few weeks ago and shared the most delicious fresh shrimp. It was photo-worthy obviously.

*Note: You may have trouble finding this gem of a restaurant because their sign simply says “Bar and Grill” so keep an eye out.

FF Silver Moon
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JCT Kitchen & Bar | Atlanta: You probably saw this gorgeous sight on our instagram page, but I had to give more info because it was THAT good. Steak tartare with a side of fried corn on the cobb. {not pictured MOMO sauvignon blanc}

FF JCT
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Joey D’s Oak Room | Atlanta: Keeping with the steak theme… Sometimes a great steak is exactly what you’re looking for. Look no further than Joey D’s Oak Room! Conveniently located across from Perimeter Mall with a bar you MUST see to believe.

FF Joey D's
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Gino’s East Pizzeria | Chicago: After dining here on my last two trips to Chicago, I definitely need to share the best deep dish in town. Gino’s East is exactly what they say it is… legendary. Can’t make it to Chicago? Gino’s will ship a pie directly to your door. #dangerous

FF Ginos
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Smith & Wollensky | Chicago: Exactly what a crab cake should be… crab. To die for. And highly recommend dining al fresco.

FF Smith and Wollensky
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Now. What | Where are we eating this weekend!?

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travel log | istanbul.

J:

Jay and I spent 2 days in Istanbul, Turkey on our honeymoon. It was one of the most beautiful places we saw on our travels second to Santorini {photos coming soon!} We were lucky to be there during the Istanbul Tulip Festival! Millions of tulips were planted throughout the city, basically anywhere open ground was available. We toured Topkapi Palace , Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque which were unbelievable. Shopped our way through the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. Ate the most amazing food {see video below.} Until we meet again, Istanbul.

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hi from the tulip festival!
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just a persian rug made of tulips..
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cheese. for. days. heaven.
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spice upon spice.
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blue mosque bound.
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J + Jay in the Blue Mosque.
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baby pass me the hookah.
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topkapi palace tulips.

On our first night in Istanbul, we came across a family owned restaurant called Old House Restaurant in the Lady Diana Hotel. They cook your meal in clay pots in the street which may look questionable, but it was absolutely delicious. See below see below for our chicken | lamb delight:

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