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?
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.
2. Chair. There are lots of cute options…just make sure it’s comfortable.
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.
4. File Cabinet. File cabinets are UGLY. Transform yours with this DIY from Better Homes & Gardens.
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.
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).
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.
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:
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:
– 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.
– 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.
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.
– Parmesan – Grab a wedge of Parmesan and use a cleaver-style knife to break off a hunk or two.
– 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.
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).
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.
4. Bust out your cutest serving pieces.When else are you going to use them? We love these:
Gah, now we’re hungry for a cheese plate. What’s your favorite wine and cheese combo?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
What was in your September Birchbox? To join click here. TOTALLY worth $10/month.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
4. Tablecloth – Don’t be an amateur. Use a real tablecloth. Thrown over a lightweight table, it instantly elevates your space.
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?
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.
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.)
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.
3. Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies – This easy recipe satisfies sweet and salty tooths (teeth?) alike.
What’s your fave game-day cocktail? What snack can’t you live without? Let us know!
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:
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:
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 –
Showcase favorites –
Keep things accessible –
5. Nails: Nothing gets us more excited than the thought of deep fall hues on our nails. Here’s what we’re feeling:
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.
2. We prettied up this classic blazer/jeans/boots combo with a bright pink tee and pearls.
3. Maxi skirts are totally having a moment now. And actually, so are chambray shirts. Together they’re perfection.
4. You *can* do white jeans in for fall! Ground them with a navy blazer and riding boots.
5. Toughen up a retro blouse and lady-like shorts with a denim jacket.
6. Our model Brooke loved this sporty look!
7. Coral skinnies add a shot of color to your go-to fall neutrals…and go with pretty much everything.
What’s your favorite look? How do you mix and match your wardrobe to create new looks?
L + J
Special thanks to our model Brooke Brown Smith and photo shoot assistants Tiffany Kendrick and Lauren Thompson.