new york fashion week picks.

New York Fashion Week comes to a close tomorrow.  This is probably a good thing for our day jobs, given the inordinate amount of time L and I have spent obsessing over show gossip researching the web for photos.  Here are our three favorite shows:

1. Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2013 RTW: “She’s a sexy tomboy with a bit of bon vivant,” Rebecca Minkoff said backstage before her show. We would say that’s pretty accurate. This was absolutely one of our favorite shows. And it didn’t hurt that Ryan Lochte was sitting front row…

R Minkoff Dress Print
*obsessed* with the print and neckline.
R Minkoff Dress Short
so many fun details, from the pockets to the slits at the neck. perfection.
R Minkoff Bag
GSU gameday anyone?

2. Tory Burch Spring 2013 RTW: As previously documented here and here, we have just a smallish obsession with Tory Burch (the woman AND the brand).  So it will come as no surprise that we are in love with her latest. The gorgeous colors, great fabrics, fun shoes and accessories… we die.

Tory Burch 3
fringe detail! and those SHOES!
Tory Burch 2
the chunky necklace added to the soft dress works.
Tory Burch
i can totally see myself wearing this at a garden party in the Hamptons.

3. J Crew Spring 2013 RTW: Honestly, does anyone even remember when J Crew was just a catalog?  Jenna Lyons has so *totally* revamped this brand into a quirky-sexy powerhouse, its origins as a go-to for boring-yet-dependable basics seem unfathomable.  We fell hard for the latest genius mix of prints and materials.

J Crew S/S 2013 Look
will everyone just start mixing stripes and florals already?
J Crew S/S 2013 Look
clean hair & makeup let the pattern(s) shine.
J Crew S/S 2013
the finishing touch? minty pumps. naturally.

We’re dying to know: what were your #nyfw faves?

xoxo

J + L

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tailgating.

Happy Monday, Glitter girls!

Can you believe it’s already SEPTEMBER? It’s actually chilly (ish) this morning in Georgia. *Fingers crossed* that this amazing weather continues.

September is exciting for several reasons.  One of the best is college football tailgating (see also: New York Fashion Week).  J and I are pretty much professional tailgaters.  Here are our tips for a glitter-fabulous event.

The Set-Up:

Make it pretty.

1. Picnic Basket – If you’re tailgating on the grass (as opposed to a parking lot), a real picnic basket lends a little vintage flair to your set-up. Plus, it holds all your stuff and makes clean up easier.

Picnic Time Basket
cuteness.
Gingham Picnic Basket
perfect for a smaller family gathering.

2. Napkins – Of course, you can always buy napkins in your team’s colors. from your local party supply store. Or you can go with something a little cuter/dressier, like these napkins designed for fans of L’s alma mater, the University of Georgia.

UGA Napkins
found these on etsy, of course. go dawgs!
Pewter Napkins & Holder
a napkin weight is key on a windy day.

3. Cocktails: Sure, you’ll want to put in plenty of time playing hostess at your tailgate…but (if you’re anything like us) you’ll also want to take a few laps and visit old friends you don’t get to see everyday.  Grab one of these and go!

Stacked Wines
how cute are these stacked wines!?
Sofia Pink Champagne Minis
drinking champagne with a straw is kinda our fantasy.

4. Tablecloth – Don’t be an amateur. Use a real tablecloth.  Thrown over a lightweight table, it instantly elevates your space.

Gingham Tablecloths
use these tablecloths for your next bbq, too.
Ticking Stripe Tablecloth
this Pottery Barn ticking stripe goes with everything.

5. Entertainment – You gotta have tunes at your tailgate (unless you’re one of those people who insists on listening to the “pre-game show” or whatever it’s called).  You already know how much we love our Sound Freaq. Make a playlist and get your friends to do the same–this wireless blue-tooth speaker will play music for hours, straight from your iPhone. Also, who doesn’t love to play a little corn-hole (or bean bag toss) before a big game?

Sound Freaq
play the fight song on this sleek wireless speaker.
Corn Hole Board
this will keep the boys occupied while we gossip.

The Invite:

Everything is so casual these days: mass texts, Facebook invites, etc.  Why not do something extra special for the big game? Etsy (where else?) has some super cute printable invites.  We love these and these.

The Menu:

Every girl has her favorites.  Our non-negotiables:

1. Bloody Marys – Vodka. Zing Zang Mix. Ice. Lemons, limes, celery, pickles. Garnish to your heart’s content. (Or, check out three more exotic Bloody Mary recipes here.)

Bloody Marys
yum, we love football. image courtesy of Dixie Caviar.

2. Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches – A Southern classic and a tailgate staple. Buy your pimiento cheese at your local deli or make it yourself–it’s super easy! Try our sophisticated four-cheese recipe, or go old-school with this one.

Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches
the perfect sandwich.

3. Salted Chocolate Chip CookiesThis easy recipe satisfies sweet and salty tooths (teeth?) alike.

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
these are seriously delicious. image courtesy of Mom It Forward.

What’s your fave game-day cocktail? What snack can’t you live without? Let us know!

xoxo

L + J

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friday five.

Glitter Girls!

There is SO MUCH going on this weekend! Let us fill you in…

1. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: NYFW kicked off yesterday in The Big Apple. L and I have already decided we’re attending next year;  in the meantime we will be watching the shows live here. Here are the shows we’re MOST looking forward to:

DVF
Diane Von Furstenberg’s bold prints + classic silhouettes = our obsession. spring 2012 pictured.
Tory Burch and Models Spring 2011
L and I are *huge fans* of Tory Burch’s neo-preppy style. spring 2011 pictured.
rachel-zoe-fashion-week-1
Rachel Zoe herself is no stranger to Fashion Week, but her clothing line is fairly new. How can you not love these flattering looks? spring 2012 pictured.

2. Football: Whether you’re cheering on the Falcons from your fave watering hole (it will be The Ivy for me as per usual) or watching Georgia Southern take down The Citadel in Charleston, you’ll need an outfit. We don’t wear jerseys around here, ladies…

gameday
hats are a MUST in the South. How cute is this look from L’s store, Social!?
GSU gameday
it’s super easy to add your team’s color with a fun accessory!
Tailgate Couture
game day looks from Tailgate Couture. designer Shannan Lewark is one of our fave Glitter Girls.  available at both of L’s stores, Social and Dish!

3. Baby Shower: My sweet friend Casey is expecting baby #2 in October! It’s a girl this go round, so we MUST shower her in pink. Here are a few of my favorite decor looks. Thanks, Pinterest:

shower 2
so simple, yet fun! loving the ceiling piece.
shower
#quirky. how good do all of those milk treats look!?
shower 3
fun, girly drinks are a MUST.

4. Closet Clean-Up: Ladies, time to replace those bikinis and flip-flops with sweaters and boots. Get your closet in check this weekend. Check out these tips from Emily at Cupcakes and Cashmere (ADORE):

Organize by color –

blouses
suddenly, your random purple blouse looks right at home.

Showcase favorites –

favorites
we play favorites, and so do you. let’s look at them daily.

Keep things accessible –

dream closet
i know, i know. ridiculous. but i HAD to post a pic of my dream closet.

5. Nails: Nothing gets us more excited than the thought of deep fall hues on our nails. Here’s what we’re feeling:

velvet nails
how amazing is this wine color!? and the velvet texture!? WE DIE.
essie
essie: going incognito is the *perfect* shade of green.
glitter nails
glitter is appropriate year-round. OPI Glitzerland.

YA Y for Friday! What are y’all up to?

xo

J+L

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sneak peek: photo shoot.

A few weeks ago, the Social and Dish girls and I snapped a few pics of the looks we’re loving for fall.  We took five key pieces (a denim jacket, a navy blazer, a reptile print top, riding boots and nude heels) and paired them with statement items like coral skinny jeans, red matchstick pants, and a bright blazer. Here’s how we mixed and matched.

1. A bright blazer perks up a neutral print top and belted shorts.

Fall 1
bright blazer + print top + belted shorts

2. We prettied up this classic blazer/jeans/boots combo with a bright pink tee and pearls.

Fall 2
sweatshirt blazer + dark skinnies + jewel tee + boots

3. Maxi skirts are totally having a moment now.  And actually, so are chambray shirts.  Together they’re perfection.

Fall 3
maxi skirt + chambray shirt

4. You *can* do white jeans in for fall!  Ground them with a navy blazer and riding boots.

Fall 5
blazer + tie-neck top + white skinnies + boots

5. Toughen up a retro blouse and lady-like shorts with a denim jacket.

Fall 6
denim jacket + print top + scalloped shorts

6. Our model Brooke loved this sporty look!

Fall 8
matchstick pants + button-down + denim jacket + aviators

7. Coral skinnies add a shot of color to your go-to fall neutrals…and go with pretty much everything.

Fall 10
Print top + coral skinnies + denim jacket + nude heels

What’s your favorite look? How do you mix and match your wardrobe to create new looks?

xo

L + J

Special thanks to our model Brooke Brown Smith and photo shoot assistants Tiffany Kendrick and  Lauren Thompson.

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salted chocolate chip cookies.

I’ve been on a quest for the perfect salty-sweet cookie/brownie/dessert recipe for a while now. I’ve tried several, only to be disappointed with the results. {{Surely the recipes–not my lack of baking skills–are to blame.}}

I tried this one yesterday, and I have to say…it’s pretty perfect.

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar (the original recipe called for dark brown–I used light brown because that’s what I had on hand)
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (the original recipe called for two teaspoons…but I ran out)
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoons sea salt, plus more for sprinkling on top of each cookie dough ball
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (the original recipe called for 2 1/4 cups…but it seemed silly to me to buy another bag of chips just for that extra 1/4 cup. If you like a TON of chocolate chips in your cookies, go for it…but I didn’t miss the extra chips.)

Method:

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or using a hand mixer, like I did), cream the butter and sugars together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy (about two minutes in a stand mixer, three with a hand mixer). Reduce the speed to medium-low and add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each egg is added. Add the vanilla. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt. Mix in the chocolate chips using a wooden spoon.

Now, THIS IS KEY. Cover and chill the dough overnight. Chilling cookie dough (this and any other recipe) prevents the cookies from spreading when they bake. You should also put the cookie dough back in the fridge while each batch of cookies bakes, otherwise your first batch of cookies will be perfectly round while the later batches are a big spreading mess.

Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a cookie sheet with cooking or baking spray. Using a cookie scoop or melon baller, scoop out small balls of cookie dough and place about two inches apart on the cookie sheet. Sprinkle a few flakes (or do a few grinds) of sea salt on each dough ball. Bake for 15 minutes, until the edges of the cookies are brown. Remove to wax paper to cool and repeat with remaining {{chilled}} dough.

Voila! You now have the perfect salty-sweet dessert for your next party. Or your next Sunday afternoon cookie binge (NOT ME).

xo

L

Cookie Dough
is it bad that i never want to actually BAKE the cookies? #iheartcookiedough
Dough Balls
fifteen minutes to salty-sweet deliciousness.
Baby Joe
baby joe helped!

Recipe adapted from Savory Sweet Life: 100 Simply Delicious Recipes for Every Family Occasion by Alice Churrah, with tips from Mom It Forward.

 

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friday five: vegas edition

Happy Friday!

Since we still have Sin City fresh in our hearts and minds, we’re dedicating this week’s Friday Five to the one and only Las Vegas. We know you’re dying to see what we did when we weren’t tearing up MAGIC. Here are our top five Vegas dos.

1. Hard Rock Hotel and Casino: To say that L and I are amateur gamblers is an understatement…but we actually had good luck here! We learned how to play craps with some very friendly folks and drank free wine. Can’t beat that.

J + L
#highrollers

2. Pink Taco Happy Hour: After a long day at the pool, we decided happy hour was in order. We were pleasantly surprised to find Pink Taco (located right in our hotel) had a $5 happy hour menu! Margaritas, wine, shrimp cocktail, quesadilla…all $5. Too bad we didn’t stumble upon that earlier into our trip.

Pink Taco Menu + Drinks
scary menu, good drinks.

3. The Cosmopolitan: Chandelier Bar : Y’all. This is one of the most beautiful spaces we have ever seen. You literally sit INSIDE the chandelier to enjoy your cocktails. Check it:

Chandelier Bar
surrounded by twinkling lights!
L + J
fresh from the pool… hence the fedoras.
Glitter Girls
glitter girls.

4. Style Limousine Service – L and I are business-class travelers…on coach budgets. So imagine our delight when my boyfriend, Jay, arranged for us to ride to and from the airport in a private limo. So one-percent! We highly recommend our friends at Style Limousine Service. Not only did the driver pick us up from the airport at the UNGODLY hour of 630am…but he cheerfully obliged when we begged politely asked him to stop for bagels at Panera. Um, and we really like the name.

Style Limo
vegas here we come!

5. Nails – We can’t have a Friday Five without nails! We searched high and low for the perfect Vegas-y, glitter-y shade…and of course we didn’t find it until after we got back from our trip. Whatever, we’re going to rock it this weekend and reminisce about our great time.

24K Gold Nail Polish
perfect.

Have you been to Vegas? What are your top five dos?

YAY for the weekend!

J + L

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vegas pt 1: fall forecast.

Hi Glitter Girls!

As most of you know, L and I were in Vegas last week working {and playing}. We spent our days at MAGIC buying inventory for Laura’s super cute stores Social and Dish.

We’ll post about the play later this week. For now, here’s a sneak peek of our favorite fall finds:

Chinese Laundry Flats
animal print AND studs!? yep.
Very J Tribal Sweater
tribal print sweaters.
BLVD Blazer
jewel tone blazers. (in case you can’t tell, L *really* loved this one…)
Melie Bianco Tassel Bag
how amazing is this melie bianco bag!?
Rampage Shoes
fall shoes by rampage.
Pink & Pepper Ankle Boot
we think these pink & pepper boots will fly.
Utility Jacket
how cute is this utility jacket!?
Thread & Supply Bomber
loved this bomber jacket!
Desigual Booth
desigual had one of the most fun booths. champagne and finger painting? sure.
L + J
still smiling after a long day.

Did we get it right?  What’s on your wish list for fall?

xo

J + L

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august birchbox.

We’re baaaack! Vegas was amazing y’all. As we get our pics together to share with you this week, check out what was in my August Birchbox:

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Birchbox, here’s the low down: it is a monthly (or yearly) beauty subscription service that sends 4-5 deluxe samples based on your profile right to your door for only $10 a month (or $110 a year, you get one month free!). Click here to sign-up! We highly recommend…

And now for the goods…

it came in this super cute beauty school packaging!
the goods. (sans razor)
in lionfish! a pretty brown/bronze.

1. stila smudge stick waterproof eyeliner: I love this liner! Just enough smudge and the tip is the right size for finer lines. It stays on too! The color is easily adjusted for a light or heavier look.

juicy’s bottles are always GORG.

2. juicy couture viva la juicy la fleur: Between L and I, we have purchased every Juicy perfume ever made. Literally. This one smells very similar to the original Viva La Juicy, but still very pretty!

so fresh and so clean.

3. caldrea hand soap: The ginger pomelo smells amazing! They sent 2 cute minis that I immediately tossed in my bag.

yu-be, you see.

4. yu-be moisturizing skin cream: I received a sample of this previously from Sephora and LOVED IT. This is a awesome moisturizer. It feels light, yet rich. Not greasy at all! There is a slight camphor smell, but that goes away pretty quickly. Use it anywhere: face, hands, legs, arms, and even lips!

And for the grand finale…

a full-size razor!

5. schick hydro silk razor: I was *super* excited to find a full-size razor in my Birchbox! And a fancy one at that… The water-activated moisturizing serum has marine extracts and shea butter and hydrates your skin. This came to vegas with me.

What was in your August Birchbox, Glitter Girls?
X0 J

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pack your bags.

Happy Monday, Glitter Girls!  J and I are running around today, getting ready for our trip. (Maybe you’ve heard about it?) Packing for a whole week has been a bit of a challenge. Here’s what we made room for in our suitcases…

L’s List:

Straw Fedora
necessary for the plane and the pool.
Matisse Coconuts Gaucho Boot
we’ll be on our feet all day, and these are SO comfy.
Leopard Print Denim Cut-Offs
slightly obsessed with these leopard print denim cut-offs.
ViX Angola Bikini
vix swimsuits are pricey, but the fit and the fabric are worth the money. we’re hoping we’ll have at least one afternoon to relax a little by the pool.
with super weird flight times and time changes, a sleep mask is a MUST.

J’s List:

glitter heels = vegas
we are *obsessed* with peplum right now. spice this up with some jewels and we’re vegas ready.
vintage chanel.
this chambray shirt will jazz up my MAGIC ensemble.
vegas is loud, y’all. and we will need SOME beauty sleep.

Clearly we’re taking more than this…but these are our highlights.  What are we missing?  What would y’all take if you were going with us?  Eeeeeeek, we’re leaving tomorrow!

xoxo

L + J

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