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friday five: links we love.

Whew, we made it through another week! J’s been jetting around the South for work and L’s been getting used to having an infant in the house again…so we’re feeling especially grateful for the next 48-ish hours. Here’s hoping your weekend will be a mix of fancy cheese, champagne and DIY design!

1 // Modern cheese plate // Tailgating spreads don’t have to be fancy. Sometimes all you need is a little cheese and some cornichons. Cupcakes and cashmere shows us how to create a modern cheese plate here.

2 // Champagne // Apparently there are 22 reasons to have champagne on hand at your house. That’s 21 more than we needed.

Champagne
photo credit: domaine

3 // Sunburst Light Fixture // We’ve both been on renovation rampages at our houses. This (fairly) easy DIY sunburst light fixture from the girls at A Beautiful Mess just might fit into our weekend reno plans.

Sunburst Light Fixture
photo credit: a beautiful mess

4 // Stylish Survival Guide // No, we’re not coming to you live from #NYFW (this year)…but this “How To Survive Fashion Month” article by Whitney Port does have real life application for us. And for anyone who happens to be traveling out of town for “work.”

Bauble Bar Headphones
photo credit: Bauble Bar

5 // Perfect Sunday Afternoon Project // After a weekend of football (and possibly struggling to re-wire that Sunburst Light Fixture), indulge your creative side and re-style your coffee table. Use this handy tutorial from Domino as a guide. As if we needed another excuse to purchase pink peonies! Happy Friday, yall.

Coffee Table Tutorial
photo cred: Domino
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friday four: links we love.

Happy Friday, glitter girls! Check out these links to what we’re loving today. There are only four because we have had a TIME this week (who says #MayMayhem is over?!)

Friday Four The Glitter Life

1 ΙΙ Delish Snack Recipe. We’re definitely into brown-bagging (more money to spend on our nails!), so we’re totes baking a batch of Rosemary Parmesan Chickpeas for lunch next week.

2 ΙΙ Cocktail Napkins. Our love affair with linen cocktail napkins continues. How cute would these be at your next backyard fiesta?

3 ΙΙ Inspiring Words. You may have already seen Sheryl Sandberg’s essay on the death of her husband. If you haven’t, this beautifully-written perspective on love and loss is worth the read.

4 ΙΙ Happy Dance. If watching this video doesn’t make you want to throw a dance party, nothing will. In fact, we’re going to do just that when we go to the lake next weekend!

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friday five: link love.

Happy Friday! J’s honeymooning in Italy this week and next, so L is holding down the glitter fort.

Here’s what we’re feeling right now: a charming springtime salad, the cutest tote, a must-try cocktail, how to use your iPhone (really) and a quiz we dare you to take. Hope you love these links as much as we do!

The Glitter Life Friday Five
our weekend musts: two must-makes, two must-dos, and one must-have.

1. Salad Nicoise. We’re craving fresh flavor right now, and this gorg salad (half the joy is in the arranging) brought to you by A Beautiful Mess fits the bill perfectly.

2. Cutest Tote Ever. Yes. Just yes. We’re ordering this tote pronto.

 

3. Grapefruit PalomaWhat’s a Paloma, you ask? A delicious tequila-based cocktail with just the right amount of fizz. So refreshing. Just looking at this picture makes us wish it was happy hour.

4. 20 Cool iPhone Hacks. This article details 20 useful tricks to get the most out of your beloved iPhone. Some you’ll recognize, most you won’t. At least we didn’t! Upgrade to fancy quotation marks? Don’t mind if we DO.

5. Quiz. Flashback to our Seventeen magazine days – who doesn’t love a good quiz? Take the “How Design Savvy Are You?” quiz by Domaine and test whether you know your book-matched from your herringbone. Spoiler: L is a Design Master! But you probably knew that already. 😉

Hope you have a beautiful weekend!

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friday five: things to try.

Weekends are the perfect time to break out of your rut and try something new. Read on for our suggestions for a fabulous summer weekend, starting now!

1. Make a Golden Girl Cocktail. We love, love love trying new cocktails…especially when they’re easy to make. And ESPECIALLY when they’re named after one of the most fantastic sitcoms of all time. Click here for the recipe.

The Glitter Life Golden Girl Cocktail
image and recipe: a beautiful mess

2. Have Dinner Somewhere New. J and Jay dined at at Atlanta hotspot The Optimist for the first time last week and absolutely loved it. Their menu changes daily, and if you’re lucky enough to dine there when bank scallops are an option,  DO IT. You’ll be glad you did.

The Glitter Life Optimist
dress: h&m // ring: ann taylor loft // nails: essie- dj play that song.

3. Try a Waterfall Braid. We’ve been dying to try a waterfall braid, but um…it doesn’t look easy.

The Glitter Life Waterfall Braid
must…learn…how to do…

We’re going to attempt it though, using this helpful video tutorial from Hair and Makeup By Steph.

4. Bring on the Bling. We love the idea of a simple white dress paired with amazing statement earrings for the weekend. These Kate Spade beauties fit the bill.

The Glitter Life Kate Spade Earrings
color + sparkle.

5. Style Your Coffee Table. The weekend is the perfect time to tackle one area of your home and re-style it. If you’re like us, you’re more creative on the weekends, and you have time to run out and scoop some new accessories if you need them. Plus, tackling one area at a time keeps us from getting overwhelmed. So dust off your table and clear away the junk (and the remotes). Add some pretty books (check out Lauren Conrad’s list of favorite coffee table books here), a scented candle, and a few of your favorite random objects. We also love these inspiring links: the every girl, cupcakes and cashmere, and house beautiful. Re-styling this oft-neglected area can really change the feel of your home.

The Glitter Life Coffee Table Styling
image: the every girl

Send us your weekend pics (or videos!) on Twitter and Instagram at @glitter_blog_xo.

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friday five: weekend to-do list.

1. Have an Indoor Picnic.  The weather in Georgia is going to be seriously terrible this weekend.  Rather than going out, whip up a simple supper of a sliced baguette, fancy cheeses, charcuterie and cornichons (check out this link for inspiration – or just grab takeout), spread a blanket on the living room floor and listen to the rain.

The Glitter Life Indoor Picnic
image: sfgirlbybay

2. DIY Braided Cord Cover. Exposed cords really bother us. We work hard to conceal them (we’ve been known to tape them to the bottoms of tables, weave them through tiny nails hammered into the wall, etc), but sometimes we have no choice but to let them show. Fabric Paper Glue to the rescue! In the time it takes you to watch a cheesy TV movie, you can create this adorable braided cover.

The Glitter Life Braided Cord Cover
image: fabric paper glue

And if cords REALLY make you nuts, try these washi tape cord covers perfect for phone chargers.

The Glitter Life Washi Tape Cord Cover
image: whimseybox

3. Style Your Shelves. This is a perfect rainy day project! Think like a stylist: scour your house for interesting objects (random vases, figurines, tiny photos); group similarly-colored books together; and give the eye somewhere to rest every now and then. This is a great article with more how-to advice.

The Glitter Life How To Style Bookshelves
organize your books by color. baskets scattered throughout the shelves give your eyes a break.
The Glitter Life How To Style Bookshelves
neat stacks bring order to random objects and books.
The Glitter Life How To Style Bookshelves
love the pops of coral.

4. Visit a Flower Market. IT’S PEONY SEASON! We both love peonies; their explosive beauty is perfection in arrangements short and tall, simple and complex. If weather permits, visit your local flower market, scoop some peonies (or whatever flowers you love), and create an arrangement yourself. We love these ideas from Apartment Therapy.

Pink Peonies
a rectangular container looks modern.
Pink Peonies
choose flowers in various stages of bloom – your arrangement will be more interesting.
Pink Peonies
this low arrangement would be stunning on a coffee table.

This Design*Sponge video has some great tips and tricks for floral market first-timers:

5. Bake Something. Sundays are for baking at our houses. Try these peanut-butter pretzel brownies from on the ADORABLE blog A Beautiful Mess. Chevron pretzel pattern optional.

The Glitter Life Pretzel Brownies
salty, sweet and semi-homemade.

Cheers to the weekend!

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