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review: beauty + essex brunch.

Today we’re flashing back to J’s bachelorette party in New York City to bring you a restaurant review. On the recommendation of our girls at BCBGeneration, we booked a Sunday brunch reservation at Beauty + Essex, a bi-level, chandelier-lit restaurant and bar on the Lower East Side.

The Glitter Life Beauty & Essex
beauty + essex.

B+E has a retro vibe and features a pawn shop entrance (cool but also a little confusing).

The Glitter Life Beauty + Essex
random pawn shop goodies.
BE
shine bright like a diamond.
The Glitter Life Beauty + Essex
stairway to…champagne. photo: newyork.citypudding.com
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this is what happened when we told maggie and mary to “act natural.”

After cocktails at the bar, we moved into the main restaurant for brunch. The real scene at B+E is the champagne brunch upstairs (which was just getting cranked up by the time we left)…but we were in the mood for something more chill after our flights the day before. If you’re looking for great people watching, definitely request to go upstairs!

We enjoyed brunch at a large round table (great for conversation) under a pretty skylight.

The Glitter Life Beauty + Essex
imagine us right there, in the center.

What We Drank + Ate:

Plus mimosas, of course.

The Glitter Life Beauty + Essex
delish roasted potatoes. photo: fitnessnycblog.com
The Glitter Life Beauty + Essex
more brunch deliciousness. photo: you made me like you.

What We Loved:

Everything tasted seriously great, especially that biscuit. We also loved the quirky, speakeasy-ish atmosphere.

What Was Just Okay:

Our service was competent but not amazing.

Our Verdict:

Brunch was great, but if we ever have a chance to go back we’re going for dinner. We can’t stop thinking about the dinner menu – Lobster tacos, anyone?

What’s your favorite brunch spot?

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closet confidential.

As promised, I spent the weekend spring-cleaning my closet. It actually wasn’t super painful, and the satisfaction I feel when I open the door – and see a clean floor, neat stacks of sweaters and jeans and racks of uniform hangers – makes the experience worth it.

Closet 1
shorts, skirts and pants hang to the right. vests, blazers and jackets hang above folded jeans.
Closet 2
apparently, i own a LOT of button-down shirts. whatever, they always work.
Closet 5
stack your skinnies and sweaters in ROYGBIV order or we can’t be friends. kidding. but not really.

closet3

Closet 4
hats, stacked on top of each other, sit atop a plastic chest of drawers containing bikinis, flip flops and beach towels.

Here’s the how-to:

1. Evaluate. Divide everything (and I mean everything, not just your hanging items) into four piles: KEEP, ALTER, RE-SELL, TOSS. My guidelines for each pile:

KEEP – You MUST have worn this garment at least once in the last year. The only exceptions are things that you love but don’t fit, or cocktail/formal dresses that you would DEFINITELY wear again. Please note: bridesmaids dresses and old prom dresses hardly ever qualify.

ALTER – If you really really love something…but it’s too big or too long (too small is another story), you may put it in the ALTER category. Items that qualify include designer jeans, great cocktail dresses, suits…and that’s pretty much it. Get the item/items altered as soon as possible. And honestly, if you don’t feel a sense of urgency to alter the item, it belongs in one of the next two categories.

RE-SELL – Not sure about you, but I had  a LOT of stuff that fit into the re-sell category. A striped Tory Burch polo handed down from my mom (never looked right on me), a pair of Tony Lama cowboy boots (great looking, but not nearly as comfy as a pair I carry at Dish – and scooped for myself – last year),  a few Juicy Couture dresses that I bought a size larger when I was pregnant but haven’t worn since…you get the idea. TheRealReal is a great luxury consignment site, and Facebook is an awesome way to unload your gently used but-not-designer items. Fact: Those Tony Lamas sold within THREE MINUTES of me posting them on Facebook.

DONATE – 5K t-shirts, impulse buys from Forever 21 that never delivered and well-worn gym clothes all belong in the DONATE category. Sure, Goodwill is great, but ask around (your friends, your church, your civic club). There may be a needy individual or family able to put your goods to use ASAP.

2. Organize. Once you’ve got your KEEP pile sorted out, put everything on matching hangers and re-hang by category, color, or cut. Do whatever works for you. My closet is divided by item (tops, sweaters, dresses, pants), then fabric (all cottons together, all dressy materials together, etc), then color. Honestly, my closet has always been organized this way…but after removing about half of the items, the order makes much more sense. And I can actually thumb through the hangers. I did move my cold-weather items (coats and fur vests) and cocktail dresses to another closet.

A word about hangers: At some point I’m going to invest in those grippy hangers that everyone loves…but until then, clear my plastic hangers will have to do. Whatever hangers you choose, make sure you’re able to get every kind you need in that material. I need shirt hangers, pant/shorts hangers, and that hybrid hanger that works for strapless dresses as well as two-piece suits.

3. Shoes & Bags. I don’t think you have to be as ruthless when it comes to shoes and handbags. Shoes and bags can make or break an outfit, and unless you wear them to DEATH, they should be okay to hang around for five or ten years, or even longer. I have heels I haven’t worn in years but I am still making room for (just be patient, blue suede pumps. your time will come.). At the same time, if the leather on the stiletto is peeling back or the suede on the bag is irreparably dirty (or if they don’t fit your feet or your  life – be honest), move them to the RESELL or DONATE category.

4. Corral. Items like scarves, belts and clutches are easily contained in plastic drawer towers. Label the drawers, and finding accessories becomes a breeze. I keep my flashy costume jewelry plus my nicer pieces that I don’t wear everyday in a plastic bin in my closet. My everyday stuff sits out on my dresser in plain view.

5. Prettify. I didn’t get to this step on Sunday, but I will soon. My plans include painting a chandelier and hanging it in my closet. I’m also going to place an unlit scented candle (Voluspa is our fave brand) on one of the shelves.

Chandelier
this lowes chandelier is just sitting in my garage; i think i’m going to paint it red. a pop of color will help wake me up in the morning!

Have you tackled any spring cleaning projects yet? Tweet or Instagram us at @glitter_blog_xo!

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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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friday five: vegas edition

Happy Friday!

Since we still have Sin City fresh in our hearts and minds, we’re dedicating this week’s Friday Five to the one and only Las Vegas. We know you’re dying to see what we did when we weren’t tearing up MAGIC. Here are our top five Vegas dos.

1. Hard Rock Hotel and Casino: To say that L and I are amateur gamblers is an understatement…but we actually had good luck here! We learned how to play craps with some very friendly folks and drank free wine. Can’t beat that.

J + L
#highrollers

2. Pink Taco Happy Hour: After a long day at the pool, we decided happy hour was in order. We were pleasantly surprised to find Pink Taco (located right in our hotel) had a $5 happy hour menu! Margaritas, wine, shrimp cocktail, quesadilla…all $5. Too bad we didn’t stumble upon that earlier into our trip.

Pink Taco Menu + Drinks
scary menu, good drinks.

3. The Cosmopolitan: Chandelier Bar : Y’all. This is one of the most beautiful spaces we have ever seen. You literally sit INSIDE the chandelier to enjoy your cocktails. Check it:

Chandelier Bar
surrounded by twinkling lights!
L + J
fresh from the pool… hence the fedoras.
Glitter Girls
glitter girls.

4. Style Limousine Service – L and I are business-class travelers…on coach budgets. So imagine our delight when my boyfriend, Jay, arranged for us to ride to and from the airport in a private limo. So one-percent! We highly recommend our friends at Style Limousine Service. Not only did the driver pick us up from the airport at the UNGODLY hour of 630am…but he cheerfully obliged when we begged politely asked him to stop for bagels at Panera. Um, and we really like the name.

Style Limo
vegas here we come!

5. Nails – We can’t have a Friday Five without nails! We searched high and low for the perfect Vegas-y, glitter-y shade…and of course we didn’t find it until after we got back from our trip. Whatever, we’re going to rock it this weekend and reminisce about our great time.

24K Gold Nail Polish
perfect.

Have you been to Vegas? What are your top five dos?

YAY for the weekend!

J + L

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