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party post: l’s baby shower.

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J and three sweet friends threw the most amazing baby shower for Baby Ed and me at Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro. You may have seen a few pics on Instagram. These are a few more of our favorites! We’ll start from the beginning…

Our favorite girls at Colonial House of Flowers set the mood with this gorgeous centerpiece. See more of their work here and here.

Centerpiece
we love every single thing the girls at colonial house of flowers come up with.

I was so glad my mom was able to make the trip. We all missed my mother-in-law, who was (smartly) cruising in cooler temps.

Joe + Laura + Jan
big brother-to-be joe, my mom jan and me. our coordinating lilly pulitzer outfits were unplanned.

My favorite surprise of the day was…a FLOWER CROWN! I have never been so excited (or so glad that I didn’t do my hair in a top-knot). I had a really hard time taking it off at the end of the day brunch.

Laura + Jennifer + Kate
from left: jennifer, me, kate.

I was so excited and flattered that three of the hostesses were repping my stores! From left: Christa is wearing a skirt from Social Statesboro and Jack Rogers “Georgica” sandals from Sole Statesboro. J’s wearing an ASOS gypsy dress and fringe booties from Lulu’s (sold out, similar here). I’m wearing a vintage Lilly Pulitzer dress (a hand-me-down from my mom – I actually wore this five years ago to a baby shower for Joe!) and Tory Burch heels (incredibly old, also seen here). Kate’s wearing a Love Poppy leather tassel necklace from Sole Statesboro. Niki’s wearing Spanx cropped denim leggings (they’re also a favorite of mine), Jack Rogers “Lauren” sandals and a Sneak Peek top, all from Sole Statesboro.

Laura + Hostesses
photo op before the guests arrived…

Everyone who knows me knows I live for brunch. I was so happy to see quiche and mini-pancakes on the menu!

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i crushed two *big* pieces of quiche before the brunch was over.
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a little cheese, a little fruit…
Polka Dot Straws
i heart printed straws.

Jennifer brought cupcakes from the Atlanta outpost of Georgetown Cupcake. I am obsessed with peanut butter, so she set aside one of those just for me. #truefriend The “E” flags are from Etsy.

Georgetown Cupcakes
dry ice may or may not have been involved in the transport of these beauties from atlanta.

I had the cutest little helpers opening gifts: Joe and his BBFL Leo.

Laura + Joe + Leo
these two were so excited to open all the presents!
Opening Gifts
joe is going to be a great big brother.
Christa + Jennifer
oh hi, christa and jennifer!
Valerie + Shellie
my friend Val (left) is exactly two weeks ahead of me…she’s due any day now!
Joe Cupcake
this was joe’s SECOND red velvet cupcake of the morning.

Kate arranged these simple and cute rock candy favors. Joe was fascinated with these…and then he really flipped when he realized it was actual CANDY.

Rock Candy Favors
a little something sweet for guests to take home.
Hostess Gifts
gifts for the hostesses with the mostestes.

Each hostess received a small succulent in mercury glass from Colonial House.

Hostess Gifts
succulents are my jam. because i kill pretty much every other plant.

Post-shower, Joe and I hung out in Ed’s new nursery. He told me “Mom, that was a GREAT PARTY.”…and I totally agree. I was overwhelmed at how beautiful everything was, and how these four friends nailed all of my favorite things. Baby Ed and I are so lucky to have four such incredible women in our lives.

Laura + Joe Nursery
five hours later and i’m still wearing the flower crown.
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so this was christmas.

We hope you had a wonderful time with your families this holiday season. We enjoyed a few days off…and now we’re ready to dive headfirst into 2014! Best of all? We’ll be ringing in the new year together (YAY). In the meantime, today we’re sharing some choice Christmas pics.

L's Christmas Collage
baby joe meets santa and IS NOT SCARED // gift wrap at social statesboro // oh, christmas tree // mistletoe courtsey of the friendly elves at colonial house of flowers // love these containers designed by kristin marks // popcorn: the best gift ever // plaid skort for the unseasonably warm statesboro weather
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As for J: channeled my inner figure skater at the ritz lake oconee // christmas day with the fam in augusta // the BEST surprise from santa jay // jays niece holding the newest member of their family // mr. cocoa bean {for now} // life-size gingerbread house at the st. regis // here goes nothing… // spent a cold, rainy staurday by the fire //pre-skating cocktails at gaby’s // post-skating cocktails at gaby’s… // just call me jenny mac // a furry romes soaking up the sun // fabulous bar snacks at the ritz oconee.

What did Santa bring you this Christmas!? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram!

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weekend instagram diary.

The Glitter Life Instagram Diary
romes relaxed during happy hour // baby joe turned THREE! stay tuned for a party post. // j cheered on the atlanta falcons as they pulled out a win against the st. louis rams // l’s baked mac & cheese (recipe coming soon) // j+j took in a braves game // friday afternoon golf round

Hope your weekend was fabulous! Coming up this week: baked macaroni and cheese (seriously, the best thing ever), strawberry shortcake skewers, leather we love, and our latest nail polish obsessions. Stay tuned!

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weekend instagram diary.

Our weekend was one for the books. L and the Joes were on the go all weekend, working, playing, cooking up a birthday dinner for L’s mom…and working some more Sunday night.  J and Jay traveled to tiny Alma, Georgia for the annual Blueberry Golf Tournament…and Jay WON! Winning = glitterous.

Our weekend in pics:

The Glitter Life Weekend Instagram Diary
j tastes a few martinis, NBD // l starts the weekend at barberitos // summer days call for a red convertible // fall styles begin to arrive at social statesboro // romeo checks the mail // swag from l’s bluefly purchase // oh hello. j makes a friend on the golf course // fresh blueberry margaritas at blueberry plantation in alma, georgia // strawberries // bltes on sunday // l, her mom and baby joe celebrate // l totally made this chocolate layer cake herself // shipping www.shopsocialdish.com orders // baby joe is all smiles for his first day of nursery school

This week, we’re focused on Social and Dish – updating www.shopsocialdish.com, working on some fun promos and getting our shopping list ready for our upcoming buying trip to Vegas. This week you’ll see a few more summer recipes, our fall shopping list, and a beauty post from J.

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poolside picnic (featuring cucumber honeydew salad).

One of our favorite things to do this time of year is pack a picnic that’s easy to eat poolside. We make a few different sandwich fillings (including our favorite egg salad recipe) and whipped up a few sides. Here’s what L threw together for the Fourth of July:

The Glitter Life Egg Salad
we both love a classic egg salad sandwich.
The Glitter Life Cucumber Honeydew Salad
cucumber honeydew salad with feta. (recipe follows)
The Glitter Life Watermelon
no summer picnic is complete without a watermelon.
The Glitter Life
baby joe takes a sandwich break.

Honeydew Cucumber Salad adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod

What You Need:

  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 medium honeydew melon, seeded and cut in bite-size cubes (about 5 cups)
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese

What You Do:

  • Whisk lemon juice, olive oil, honey, salt, and pepper in a small bowl until combined.
  • Combine honeydew melon, cucumber and onion in a large bowl. Toss to combine. Drizzle dressing over the salad and stir. Top with feta and serve.
  • Leftovers will definitely keep a few days in the fridge, but you will want to strain the remaining salad before serving.

Need more ideas for a poolside picnic? Check out these posts:

Friday Five: Super Bowl Edition (for some great slider recipes)

Recipe Round-Up: Memorial Day (for creative sandwich ideas)

Pimiento Cheese (for classic and classic-with-a-twist pimiento cheese recipes)

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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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