operation detox.

Girls! This cucumber detox smoothie is not only full of vitamin C, potassium and magnesium but, it also contains silica, which improves your complexion and keeps skin glowing. So refreshing for the Spring days ahead!

The Glitter Life Detox Smoothie
fresh + fantastic.

All you need:

1 cucumber
1/2 Bosc pear
3-4 ice cubes

Place cucumber into your juicer with the skin on. You can also peel the cucumber and place it into a food processor. Either way! Purée the cucumbers for about two minutes. Pour the into a cheesecloth or strainer and use a spoon to separate the mash from the juice. (If that’s too much work, peel the cucumber, slice into quarters, and blend it with a little water. Done and done.)

Blend the cucumber juice and pear in a powerful blender until smooth and creamy. Thin with water or thicken with ice, if desired. Ready. Set. DETOX.

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fresh cucumber salad.

Is there anything better than a simple salad made with the freshest ingredients? My mother-in-law made this delicious cucumber and avocado salad on Sunday, and I had to have the recipe. It’s fresh, healthy and colorful – perfect for an outdoor summer meal.

The Glitter Life Fresh Cucumber Salad

The Glitter Life Fresh Cucumber Salad

Fresh Cucumber Salad via Summer Cottage magazine

What You Need:

  • 2 avocados
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 English cucumbers, peeled, cut in half lengthwise, seeded and sliced
  • 1 (12-ounce) package heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3/4 cup olive oil (I think you can get away with less)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • garnish: fresh torn herbs

What You Do:

  • Peel, core and dice avocados. In a large bowl, combine diced avocado and lemon juice. Toss gently. Add cucumbers and tomatoes. Gently stir to combine.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together oil and vinegar until smooth. Add herbs, salt and pepper, whisking until combined. Pour over cucumber mixture, stirring gently to combine. Serve immediately. Garnish with fresh herbs, if desired.

The Glitter Life Fresh Cucmber Salad


PS – And how good does that grilled corn look? We’ll have that recipe for you later this week!

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weekend instagram diary.

The Glitter Life July
fresh figs // creamy roll from shogun // cucumber avocado salad // j jets to boca raton for work // l shows off this adorable dress from social // guster, ben folds five & barenaked ladies at verizon amphitheater // the adorable nash porter jones, j’s friend molly’s baby boy // a relaxing sunday on the links at reynolds landing // weekend flowers // romes soaking up the sun // j enjoyed the carl black vip club at verizon amphitheater // grilled corn with herbs

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On tap for The Glitter Life this week: three fantastic summer recipes, a hot-weather-hair tutorial, and J’s latest nail polish obsession. Stay tuned!

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friday five: beat the heat.

We love a three day weekend – the next Friday seems to roll around that much faster. It’s hot here in the South, and we’re headed for the pool tomorrow. Here, five of our favorite ways to cool off:

1. Watermelon Floats. These refreshing frozen-yogurt floats are a must have for your guests this weekend. Brighten up the glasses with fresh limes! We are making these. Period.

The Glitter Life Watermelon Float
image: bon appetit.

2. Tomato Zucchini Pasta Salad. This cold pasta salad is easy to prepare, absolutely delicious…and can sit safely in the sun for hours (it’s bound by a Sherry Shallot Vinaigrette, not mayo).

The Glitter Life Pasta Salad
image: the cooking photographer.

3.  Cucumber Lemonade Chiller. We ADORE rosemary in cocktails, so of course we fell hard for this adult lemonade. Make a pitcher and sip all day. Another summer cocktail option? Raspberry Beer Cocktails.

The Glitter Life Cucumber Lemonade Chiller
image: delish

4. Refreshing Face Mask. When the heat gets to be too much, venture inside and whip up one of these masks using ingredients you probably already have on hand.

The Glitter Life Facial Mask
image: saidaonline

5. Refreshing Body Spray. Hop on over to Thank Your Body and learn how to make a refreshing body spray. Honestly, it sounds really easy.

The Glitter Life Body Spray
image: mookychick.

How do you keep cool during the summer? Tweet or Instagram us at @glitter_blog_xo.

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