feathers.

Y’all.  Y’ALL. We are battling a serious feather obsession lately. Whether it’s on the runway or on our front doors, we can’t stop thinking about them.

Fashion:

Feather Fascinator
sure, this Panthera dress is great…but it’s the feathered fascinator that had us at hello.
Feather Skirt
gah. want.
Feather Skirt
YES.
Fendi Fall 2012
where to wear this Fendi Fall 2012 ensemble? oh you know, anywhere.

Peacock Headband
we have a crush on this peacock headband.
Shop more Etsy-fied feathers here.

Decor: Is it just us or does most fall decor look like a third grade classroom? You can have your cheesy orange and yellow leaves; we’ll take feathers.

Feather Tablescape
simple and elegant.
Feather Bouquet
view more images from this beautiful fall wedding here.
Feather Wreath
love that long ribbon.
Double Door Fall Wreaths
oh, to have double front doors! feathers dress up the twig and white gourd wreaths.

What are you obsessed with, fashion-wise or decorating-wise (or both), these days? Hope you all have a fantastic week! (And a nice Columbus Day holiday, if you have today off. Sadly, J and I do not.)

XO

L + J

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friday five.

Well hello, Friday. We meet again. Time to sort out our weekend plans. Here’s what we’re thinking:

1. Lipstick Love: Update your fall beauty routine with a new lipstick. Add a little sass to your everyday outfit, or some extra glam to a night look:

YSL Lipstick
YSL Rouge Pur Couture Mat Lipstick 201 Orange Imagine. perfection.
Guerlain Lipstick
for a peachy/nude look like L loves, try Guerlain Rouge Automatique: Violette de Mad 101.
Two Faced Lipstick
Two Faced La Creme: Marshmallow Bunny is J’s idea of the perfect pink pout.

2. Crazy for Curls: We’re obsessed with perfectly twisted tendrils. Tight curls? Loose curls? Beachy waves? Love. Them. All. Here are our favorite looks:

Tight Curls.
tight curls.
Loose Curls
loose curls.
Beachy Waves
beachy waves.

3. Anna Dello Russo at H&M: The Vogue Japan editor and style icon is debuting her signature over-the-top accessories line at H&M. Here’s a peek:

Anna Dello Russo Jewelry
eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!
Anna Dello Russo Luggage
how amaze is this luggage!?
Anna Dello Russo Jewelry
WE DIE.

4. Face Mask: After months of summer stress and workplace stress, L and I are getting our skin in check. A deep cleansing mask is a great way to start. Our suggestions:

Dr. Jart Face Mask
Dr. Jart+ Pore Medic: Pore Clear Mask: leave on for 15-30mins and you’re left with tight pores and smooth skin.
Caudalie Face Mask
Caudalie: Vinopure Purifying Mask is absolutely amazing. You instantly feel tightening and softening of the skin. No harsh acids!
Jeunesse Face Mask
this quick and easy peel (from my fave, CVS) gets rid of dead skin in an instant.

5. Relax: By some miracle, L and I are both enjoying relaxing weekends at home with NO PLANS. After we wash off our masks (hello, new skin), we’re going to chill on our patios and enjoy this beautiful fall weather.

Beverage Dispenser
let your guests sample a little of everything with this trio beverage dispenser!
Keep Calm Drinks Tray
our mantra for the weekend.
Tavern Outside Table
love this rustic outdoor furniture from pottery barn.

Here’s to a fantastic weekend!

xo

J + L

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peplum love.

It’s Wardrobe Wednesday, glitter girls! J and I (and practically everyone else in the fashion world) have embarked on a passionate love affair with peplum-waist styles. We work it all: tops, skirts and dresses.

Here are a few of our favorite looks:

teal peplum top
L pairs a teal top with dark skinnies.
wine peplum skirt + leather trimmed blouse
a peplum skirt looks best with a simple top. (at Social)
peplum maxi + striped tee
our girl Blair at Atlantic-Pacific does it again. we <3 this peplum maxi skirt.
turquoise peplum dress
eeeek! obsessed with this peplum dress from Tobi
floral peplum skirt
floral + peplum!?! YES, PLEASE.

How do you wear your peplum?

XO

L + J

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boo.

It’s October! To kick off L’s birthday month (pretty much the best month of the year), we put together must-buy/must-do list for Halloween.  Here’s what we’re feeling:

1. Sophisticated Pumpkins. The cute blog Feeling Lovesome has inspired us to go beyond the standard carved pumpkin (ours never looked that great anyway).  We’re totally going to try this chevron pumpkin–we’ll report back later in the month!

Chevron Pumpkin
A little masking tape, some spray paint, and voila.

2. Skulls. We love them. Halloween just gives us an excuse to love them more than usual.

Skull Soaps
skull soaps from our fave Waiting on Martha
skull
this skull from Z Galerie tops a stack of books in L’s living room.
Head-waiter
frighten your guests with a head-waiter tray (get it?!). click here for the how-to.

3. Creepy cocktails. Because let’s face it, we love a fun cocktail. Holiday or not.

Bleeding Heart Martini
eeeeek! a pickled beet pierced by a cocktail spear garnishes this Bleeding Heart Martini.
Black Lagoon Cocktail
we love the black ice cube in this Black Lagoon Cocktail. genius.

4. General Halloween cuteness. Go trad with these orange and black party ideas.

Paper straws
festive paper straws jazz up any cocktail…
Candy Dishes
get creative with your candy dishes. thanks, pinterest…

So…spill! Your fave Halloween decorating ideas, costumes, trick or treat goodies, etc. We wanna know.

xoxo

L + J

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friday five.

HAPPY FRIDAY! We’re *super* excited this work-week is coming to an end. Here’s what’s on our weekend agenda:

1. Bloomingdale’s Friends & Family: We love a sale. Now through Monday, October 1, take 20% off almost all regular and sale price purchases at Bloomingdales. Use code FRIENDS12 online (they’re also offering free shipping!). We’re feeling:

frye boot
loving the heel on these frye “jane” boots! $278 after discount…
kate spade clutch
obsessed with this kate spade portia resin clutch. $278 after discount…
jbrand brocade jean
as seen on wendy’s lookbook, jbrand gold brocade denim. $205 after discount…

2. Nude Nails: As you know, we are ALL about glitzing up our nails. But, sometimes you have to tone it down:

sand tropez
sand tropez by essie.
topless and barefoot
topless and barefoot by essie.
and my personal fave… jazz by essie!

3. DIY: It’s no secret that we’re *huge* fans of Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere. Is it because she shares our love for glitter and beverage trays? Most likely. Weekends are for DIY projects. We love the rustic/sparkly look of this glitter tray. See tutorial here.

TRAY
perfect for a drinks presentation.
TRAY
a little string goes a long way…
TRAY
glitter tape is our friend.

4. Ankle Boots: Ditch your heels tonight and slide on a pair of ankle boots. Less punishing than stilettos but just as fun (maybe even more so?).

Blazer + Shorts + Lace Top + Ankle Boots
black blazer + grey shorts + cream lace top + chestnut ankle boots
Ankle Boot Close Up
pescara boot available at Dish (912.871.3989). $49

5. Brunch: L and I have been frequenting Treehouse in Atlanta for years. It’s a hidden gem in Buckhead with the cutest patio and amazing food. My sweet friend Anny is moving to Chicago on Sunday so we will be sending her off with an AMAZING brunch.

TREEHOUSE
there’s always a line to get in. for good reason.
TREEHOUSE
grab a drink before you wait for a table on the patio.
Me and Annie
cheers to Chi-Town!

YAY for the weekend! What are y’all up to?

xo

J + L

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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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