dream office.

It’s Workspace Wednesday, glitter girls. We’re always thinking of ways to improve our office environment. I mean, we practically live at our desks. They shouldn’t depress us…but they kinda do. So here’s our plan.

First, the Inspiration. A glitter girl’s gotta dream, right?

Parsons Desk + Palm Beach Mirror
clean lines and bold accessories.
Elegant Sawhorse + Oriental Rug
our office fantasy. we love everything…but where do the cords go?
Parsons Desk + Sculptural Lamp
this office actually seems doable.
Parsons Desk + Chandelier + Zebra Rug
crushing on the chandelier…and that chevron tissue holder.
Chinoserie Desk + Pagoda Lamps
interior designer Mary McDonald gets to work in this awesome office everyday.

Now, the pieces.

1. Desk. First things first! Several of our inspiration images feature a West Elm Parsons desk. This adaptable style suits almost any aesthetic.

West Elm Parsons Desk
designers love this basic style.
Mirrored Parsons Desk
comes in a mirrored finish, for those who like shine. that’s us.
Metal Sawhorse Desk
go the DIY route with a painted metal sawhorse desk. warning: no storage.

2. Chair. There are lots of cute options…just make sure it’s comfortable.

White Tufted Leather Chair
elegant and functional. dig the casters.
Pink Desk Chair
love the nailhead trim on the back of this bright chair.
Toile Desk Chair
chevron in the front, party in the back.

3. Lamp. Light your space with something pretty, or go for industrial chic with a task lamp. Either way, choose a color, especially if your desk is white.

Pink Gourd Lamp
L has this Robert Abbey gourd lamp on her desk.
Yellow Task Lamp
this fun yellow task lamp really brightens up your space. get it?

4. File Cabinet. File cabinets are UGLY. Transform yours with this DIY from Better Homes & Gardens.

File Cabinet Redo
love, love, love.

5. Accessories. Style is in the details.

Turquoise Beaded Chandelier
go ahead, hang this in your home office.
Chevron Tissue Holder
hide that ugly box of Kleenex with this.
Green Faux Bois Mirror
this faux bois mirror adds whimsy to a boring wall.
Gold Skull
use this to top a stack of books. that’s a lot of style for $14.95.

Thanks for reading! Now get back to work.

xo

L + J

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pink pants.

Pink pants, pink pants! We’re obsessed. Skinny? Trouser? Wide-leg? We don’t discriminate.  Here are some of our fave looks:

1. Skinny

Pink Jeggings + Chambray Shirt
yours truly. dressed down with a chambray top.
Pink Jeggings + Sparkly Top
and dressed up with a little sparkle…

2. Wide-Leg

Wide Leg Pink Pants + Blazer
L modeling the wide-leg version with a blazer at Social.
Pink Wide Leg Pants + Chambray Shirt
we love this chambray/wide leg look by dsquared2.

3. Trouser

Pink Cropped Trousers + Jewel Tone Cardigan
obsessed with L’s pink trousers and jewel tone cardi.
Pink Cuffed Trousers + Long Sleeve Tee
pair them with a basic tee. chic and easy.

What’s your favorite way to wear pink pants!?

x0

J + L

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friday five.

Y’all. It has been the longest week ever. Here’s what’s on our agenda for the weekend:

1. Reynolds Plantation: It might officially be fall, but it is still *hot* in Georgia. There’s nothing I love more than a weekend getaway to Lake Oconee. It’s an hour ‘s drive from Atlanta–totally worth it.

reynolds
Jay is playing in the club championship tournament this weekend. you can’t beat riding along in the cart with this view.
pool
my downtime will be spent at the pool.

2. Fresh Fall Salads: We’re all about whipping up a new salad. Here are some fall recipes that look super delicious (and easy. love that).

salad
this Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette is amazing. total crowd pleaser.
salad 2
how pretty is this Ruby Salad with Crumbled Feta and Spicy Pepitas!? it’s the *perfect* side for a fall dinner party.

3. Tee It Up: This time, we’re not talking golf. Ditch your LBD and opt for a casual t-shirt paired with a fancy skirt this weekend.

t-shirt look
AND with bright heel. obsessed.
t-shirt 2
Miranda Kerr in Paris. Thanks to Anarchy Street for the image.

4. Matte Nails: As always, we gotta have new nails for the weekend. We were unsure about matte nails at first, but now we’re in love. Check it:

matte about you
Essie makes it super easy to dull down your polish.
*obsessed* with the shiny/matte mix.
switch it up with a reverse french mani.

5. Football: Both of our teams play at home this weekend! L and the Joes will be cheering on the Georgia Southern Eagles in Statesboro, and the University of Georgia Bulldogs take on Vanderbilt in Athens at 7:45pm. No matter what team you’re cheering for, check out our tips for tailgating in style.

YAY, the weekend’s here!

xo

J+L

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cheese, please.

There are few things J and I like more than wine and cheese.  Take us to a fancy restaurant, and we will order a cheese plate.  We will also grab one at the airport Starbucks. Whether it’s lunch, dinner, apps or a late night snack, a few nibbles of different cheeses and a bottle glass of wine sounds like heaven to us.  Here are our tips for creating the perfect cheese plate at home.

1. Include a few different kinds of cheese. The best variety includes something soft, something hard and something strong. Our picks for the plate:

Soft Cheeses

– Brie is our favorite soft-ripened cheese. Slice it and serve cold with a grind or two of sea salt, or let it get really mushy and smear it on a slice of french bread. Check out the Whole Foods Market Brie Guide for ideas.

– Over Brie? Try Sweet Grass Dairy Green Hill. Made in Thomasville, Georgia, this double-cream cheese (sorta like Camembert) will surprise and delight you.

Sweet Grass Dairy Green Hill Cheese
sweet grass dairy green hill cheese.

– We also love goat cheese (chevre), a mild, soft cheese that spreads easily. Feeling Pinterest-y? Try this awesome recipe for Cranberry Cinnamon Goat Cheese spread and wow your friends for sure.

Cinnamon Cranberry Goat Cheese Spread
photo courtesy of Sweet & Salty Southern Comfort

Medium to Hard Cheeses

– Try an aged cheddar, Gouda or even a wedge of  Parmesan. We like Ewephoria Sheep Milk Gouda (mainly because the name is awesome).

Flat Creek Lodge Cheddar – Another local fave (hello, farm to table?).  This firm cheddar is aged a minimum of six months. It’s smooth, not overpowering…and will make you forget bright orange grocery store cheddar forever. Unless that’s your thing. We’re not haters.

Flat Creek Lodge Cheddar
flat creek lodge cheddar.

– Parmesan – Grab a wedge of Parmesan and use a cleaver-style knife to break off a hunk or two.

iGourmet Parmesan Cheese
iGourmet has a great selection of hard, aged cheeses.

Smelly/Stinky Cheeses

– Bleu cheese is delicious on its own and is the perfect end to your cheese course. You seriously only need like two bites, and you’re done. Cabrales and Point Reyes are two of the best varietals.

Point Reyes Original Blue Cheese
“just original blue” cheese from Point Reyes Farmstead in California.

2. Include accompaniments like nuts, fruit and baguette slices. This is the beauty of the cheese platter: you can go simple (a sharp cheddar, a creamy brie, some grapes and a few Triscuits) or deluxe (four to six varieties, walnuts, almonds, honey, marmalade, the works).

Cheese Plate
photo courtesy of The Picky Eater.

3. Can’t do cheese without wine. We definitely don’t believe that expensive wine is better (plus, we’re saving for Loubotuins), so we usually end up with something from Trader Joe’s.  Check out the Trader Joe’s wine guide, and pour your choice into a cute wineglass.

Kate Spade Larabee Wine Glass
these Kate Spade wineglasses are adorable and practical. just try to tip one over.
Crate & Barrel Oregon Stemware
find a glass for your favorite wine in the Crate & Barrel Oregon stemware suite.

4. Bust out your cutest serving pieces.When else are you going to use them?  We love these:

Mariposa Cheese Board
got this Mariposa cheese board as a wedding gift. it’s the most-used piece in my kitchen.
Pottery Barn Cheese Dome and Tools
monogram this Pottery Barn cheese dome for your favorite cheese-lover…or snag it for yourself.
Picnic at Ascot Cheese Board
J busts out this cute Picnic at Ascot cheese board when I come to visit! #hostesswiththemostest

Gah, now we’re hungry for a cheese plate. What’s your favorite wine and cheese combo?

xo

L+J

PS – To make a cheese course lunch, just add a romaine salad tossed with extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt and a sliced baguette. Done!

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september birchbox.

It’s that time again! My September Birchbox is here! (Not familiar with Birchbox? Read here .)

birchbox
all the goods.

1. Color Club Custom Collection Polish: I had never tried Color Club polish before, but I must say it’s pretty great. This rose gold shade transitions perfectly into fall.

color club polish
rose gold love.

2. Kate Spade New York Twirl Perfume: Attention-getting, but not overpowering. This fruity floral scent is great for the office OR a night out.

kate spade twirl
fruity. floral. perfect.

3. Sedu Anti-Frizz Polishing Treatment: Y’all. I use so much heat on my hair it’s out of control. This argan oil keeps my strands from looking dull and frizzy. It absorbs right away and smells fresh. I recommend.

sedu anti-frizz serum
the fight against heat damage continues.

4. Tili Bags: I don’t feel like I can ever have enough small bags. Whether it’s to group small items together in my handbag or keep jewelry detangled while traveling, I can always find a use for one. Lurve these fun prints.

tili bag
makes staying organized easy and fun.

5. WEI To-Go Sleepover Kit: No need to neglect your beauty regimen when you’re traveling. This cleanser leaves your skin glowing and comes in a re-sealable plastic pack. Perfect when you’re jet-setting.

WEI To Go
the key to a fresh face.

6. Twistband Hair Ties: Let’s face it. By 3:00pm Monday-Friday, I’m looking for a hair tie. These are way cuter than a brown rubber band…AND they don’t cause the dreaded “ponytail crease.”

twistbands
loving the glitter bands. naturally.

What was in your September Birchbox? To join click here. TOTALLY worth $10/month.

X0 J

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friday five.

It’s that time again, Glitter Girls! Here’s our guide to the weekend:

1. iPhone 5 pre-sale: I’ve always been Apple-obsessed. It took L a little longer to get on the team, but she’s finally ditched her Blackberry and is now sporting an iPhone. So we’re both super excited about the launch of the iPhone 5. Be cool and pre-purchase it here or through your provider’s website. Check it:

eeek a bigger screen! get excited for a new row of icons.
iphone 5
aluminum backing! now i only have to worry about not shattering the front…
iphone 5
new and improved ear-buds.

2. Nails: As always, we have to share what nail colors we’re feeling for the weekend. I repainted my nails a zillion times engaged in some scientific research to discover the best Essie shades for fall. You’re welcome.

bobbing for baubles
bobbing for baubles. the perfect sapphire shade.
merino_cool
merino cool. a sensuous autumn mulberry.
smokin_hot
smokin’ hot. a stone-cold fox gray that burns hotter than any flame…

3. DIY: Looking for an easy way to spice up a room in your house/apartment? We’ve got the solution. First, purchase the rast chest from Ikea (available at the Atlanta Ikea location or online). Then, read apartment therapy’s suggestions on how to transform this simple piece into a (practical) show piece.

chest 3
try using two next to each other. at $34 each, why not?
chest
*obsessed* with the tiffany blue paint and orange accessories.
chest
dorothy draper style. major.

4. Fall Hair Trends: One of our *fave* things to do over the weekend is try a new hair trend. Here are a few we’re feeling thanks to Elle:

hair
big hair! love this retro bouffant at dsquared2.
hair2
a sleek, precise pony is perfect for day or night. ralph lauren pictured.
rachel zoe hair
a random braid can jazz up the most simple hair. leave it to rachel zoe to get it right.

5. Fall Make-Up Trends: You can’t have amazing fall hair without matching make-up, right?

red lips
red lips by keiko lynn. love her.
cat eye
L and I *long* for the perfect cat-eye! check out Glamour’s tips here.
smoky eye
if the cat-eye is too much, try a smoky eye instead. step-by-step instructions here. obsessed.

What are you guys up to this weekend? Are you feeling fall as much as we are!?
X0

J+L

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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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