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gift guide: last minute mother’s day gifts.

Woof, it’s Wednesday. And in four days it will be SUNDAY. Mother’s Day. You didn’t forget, did you? To help you last-minute shoppers, we picked out eight perfect Mother’ Day gifts…most available to ship or purchase ASAP.

Mother's Day Gift Guide

1. MacBeth Weekender Polo ($49). Preppy perfection with white skinnies. Express shipping available.

2. Custom Pet Illustration ($55). Obviously this wouldn’t be ready in time for Sunday…but it’s such a sweet gift, we think you should consider it anyway.

 

3. GroVert Mini Planter ($30). Those of us with black thumbs (ahem, both of us) love a good succulent garden. If you don’t have time to order one online, check with your local florist for delivery. In Statesboro, check with our friends at Colonial House of Flowers (912.764.6097).

4. Tory Burch In Color ($36). A gorgeous coffee table book featuring an inside look at the designer’s life with her boys. Get it in two days with Amazon Prime.

5. Elizabeth & James Nirvana White Gift Set ($75). Notes of peony make this set (eau de parfume, rollerball and body lotion) one of our faves. Plus, Sephora has TONS of gift sets. One- and two-day shipping available.

6. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Tasting Odyssey ($10). Sometimes only chocolate will do. Hopefully Mom will share! Available at Trader Joe stores everywhere.

7. Jack Rogers Nantucket Sandal Gold ($118). These classics will go with everything in her closet this summer. Express shipping available.

8. Dani Rae Gold Quatrefoil Earrings ($29). Lightweight style for every day. Call 912-764-7463 for express shipping.

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chocolate peppermint bark martini.

Chocolate + vodka + peppermint = yes. This delicious cocktail was recently featured on Waiting On Martha, one of our most favorite blogs.
Chocolate Peppermint Bark Martini
someone make us a round of these. please.
Chocolate Peppermint Bark Martini
What You Need
  • 1 oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • 0.5 oz. Peppermint Schnapps
  • 0.5 oz. Vodka
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Crushed Peppermint Candy Cane
Instructions
  • Add Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, Peppermint Schnapps, Vodka and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake, shake, shake.
  • Place chocolate syrup and peppermint candy on to 2 different plates. Press the martini glass rim in to the chocolate syrup and twist making sure to get plenty of chocolate on the rim then immediately dip into the peppermint candies.
  • Pour into martini glass and enjoy. We mean it. ENJOY.
Via Mandy Kellogg Rye @Waiting On Martha
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december ’13 birchbox.

bIRCHBOX

Eslor Skincare System: Really enjoyed sampling this line. The cleanser leaves your skin feeling soft, then following it up with the facial scrub made my skin feel super clean. You don’t need a lot of the moisturizer to cover your face. A little bit goes a long way!

Fatty Sundays Gourmet Chocolate Covered Pretzels: Such a yummy treat! Sweet and salty perfection.

Camille Beckman Glycerine Hand Therapy™:The CURE for wintery, chapped hands. This feels great and is hydrating, but doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy so I can’t touch things after I use it!

Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss: This gloss is great for a sheer, shiny tint of color alone or on top of your favorite lip stick!

Number 4 Non-Aerosol Hairspray: Meh. Nothing exciting to report here. It didn’t leave my hair feeling crunchy, however, I don’t think it had as much hold either.

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the best cupcakes you will ever eat.

Happy Monday, glitter girls!

We hope you all had a fantastic weekend. J had a blast in Charleston this weekend (pics coming soon). L spent the weekend being domestic, which included making THE MOST amazing cupcakes on Saturday. Here’s the super-awesome, very easy, amazingly-delicious recipe. Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis, passed on by L’s mom.

Chocolate Brownie Cupcake
yum.

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 box brownie mix (yep)
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. light cream cheese
  • 4 oz marscapone cheese (which I didn’t think they’d have at Walmart but they totally did)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Method:

  • Place walnuts and chocolate chips in bowl and add 1/4 cup DRY brownie mix. Stir to coat.
  • Mix brownie mix, eggs, oil and water until well blended. Fold in walnut/chip mixture.
  • Spoon mixture into 12 muffin cups. If you can master the ice cream scoop method to get perfectly uniform cupcakes, go for it. I can’t (WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?), so I just used a spoon.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes.
  • Place cupcake on wire rack to cool.
  • After cupcakes have cooled completely, make frosting.
  • Beat cream cheese, marscapone and powdered sugar with a hand mixer until fluffy. Frost cupcakes. I used a butter knife to frost, but you can get fancy and use this professional method.
Step 1
step 1: chips + walnuts + brownie mix
Step 2
step 2: stir it up. baby joe helped!
Step 4
beat it!
Finshed Product
cool cupcakes on a wire rack before frosting.

The original recipe called for toasted walnuts, but I forgot and threw them in un-toasted. I don’t think it mattered – toasted walnuts would be delicious, but they don’t make or break the recipe. The original recipe also called for mini chocolate chips, which I couldn’t find. Again, nice if you can get them but not necessary. I actually liked the big chunks of chocolate in the cupcakes! The original recipe called for THREE CUPS of powdered sugar (my teeth hurt just thinking about that), but I only used one. I prefer a tangier icing, but if you like super sweet, go for it and use all three cups.

What sweet treats are you making for Valentine’s Day? The Cupid’s Cloud dessert from our Friday Five is perfect for two OR for a family; these cupcakes are just the thing for a party or the office. Tweet us your ideas @glitter_blog_xo!

XO

L+J

P.S. Check out Lauren Conrad‘s review of the Kate Spade Fall 2013 show. EEEE we love it all!

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