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From L: Happy Thursday, Glitter Girls! Long time, no post. Sorry, but I’ve been BUSY…busy planning the best baby shower ever, that is!

As you know, J is expecting a precious baby boy in May. Her bridesmaids and I (with a little help from my sweet mother) showered the beautiful mom-to-be with a brunch at Cook Hall in the W Buckhead. Each one of us is so seriously excited to meet this little guy! Here are the deets and a few of our favorite photos:

Menu||all served family-style|deviled eggs|salmon tartare|jalapeno fritters|homemade ricotta on crostini|shrimp and grits|roasted cauliflower hummus|mimosas (most importantly!)|cupcakes

Flowers||hydrangeas|roses (courtesy of J’s sweet step-mother-in-law)

Invitations||minted

cupcakes
J had one request: CHOCOLATE
framed invitation
framed invite for J to keep
cocktail napkins
hostess annie found the perfect cocktails napkins
JB Shower Sign
hostess kati doodled a cute chalkboard to say “welcome”
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OH HI!
JB Shower Cousins
from L to R: Beth, Jay’s stepmom / Becky, J’s mom / Britton + Ali, J’s sweet cousins
JB Shower Girls
we all love Baby James already!
JB Findlay Rowe
gift from J’s aunts Audrey + Barbara of Findlay Rowe Designs
US AND OUR MOMS! <3
Jan (Laura’s mom) / L / J / Becky
JB M+M
Mo + Maggie
JB Girls
aubrey, one of the Dish girls, created this cute Insta frame for us!
jb hooray
J + JMBIV can’t wait to welcome JMBV in just a few short weeks!

J: dress (sold out. similar here + here) | shoes | earrings

L: dress | shoes

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instagram diary.

4.7.14
j + j do hawktoberfest, romes is happy to see SPRING (as are we), fresh veggies for grilling, john caparulo’s stand up at the improv was hysterical, gorgeous tulips in j’s kitchen, spring statement necklace by L, ARM PARTY, jay and his niece, ellery, at the atlanta auto show, special delivery from nuts.com, teeing it up at reynolds landing, “joe cool” enjoying his starbucks treat, the oh-so-famous chicken biscuit from buttermilk kitchen, cheering on jay’s alma mater, Kenucky, as they play for their 9th national championship!
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instagram diary.

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red wine/essie mani=perfect sunday // j’s blow out via belle de jour. full review coming soon! // l’s blow out at dry bar! who wants to do their own hair? // a rose from our sweet friend, daphne // soup and sandwich at del friscos. tis the season! // j and mags tearing up saturday night // our friend rebecca’s adorable pooch // trying on holiday outfits // barbecue sandwich at the green room in greenville, sc // l and her nephew Hudson meet for the first time // love this gray herringbone tile floor // shopping for christmas decor!

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instagram diary.

The Glitter Life Instagram Diary
we celebrated L’s birthday at Del Frisco’s // …the after party… // L’s birthday gift from J // distressed denim // J’s beauty purchase from Sephora // J and her friend Maggie at Sweetwater Brewery’s “Brew Your Cask Off” // amazing ahi tacos from Del Friscos // Mags playing dress up // hello, big city! can’t beat the view from Del Friscos patio // J spent Sunday afternoon with Jay’s niece Ellery and pup Riley // ahhh the red cups have arrived // scallop appetizer from Chops on Main in Statesboro (a much-needed date night after a week away) // baby joe the monkey

L spent last week in Atlanta, so we were able to do a little celebrating together. Love that. We’re gearing up for a busy week: stay tuned for a review of our experience at Roots Pressed Juices, our favorite holiday entertaining finds and a little dinner party how-to.

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weekend instagram diary.

The Glitter Life Fall
L to R: J gets a warm welcome from the westin savannah harbor // L is fall-ready with a new centerpiece // L & Joe kicking off the weekend at mellow mushroom statesboro // fall fashion shoot for shopsocialdish.com // pit stop for J + Jay on the way home from Savannah // L + J REUNITED at Locos // heading over the talmadge bridge // lunch at vinnie van go go’s // DANCE PARTY // J and her childhood friend Kari catching up // baby joe picked out pumpkins // J + Jay relaxed by the fire with cocktails from Midnight Sun Bourbon Bar // Joe enjoyed a pineapple bowl from The Orchid Statesboro.

J and Jay swung through Statesboro on their way to Savannah this weekend. Did you catch up with any old friends this weekend? Tweet us @glitter_blog_xo!

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meatloaf with roasted tomatoes.

After a weekend packed with travel, nothing sounds better on Sunday night than comfort food. L made Meatloaf with Roasted Tomatoes on Sunday night, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s super easy and can be adapted to your family’s tastes. Plus, you can make it ahead of time and pop it in the oven when you’re ready. Slices of leftover meatloaf make delicious sandwiches the day after. Enjoy!

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photo: real simple.

Meatloaf with Roasted Tomatoes adapted from Real Simple

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Whisk together ¼ cup of the ketchup and the brown sugar in a small bowl (OR use 1/4 barbecue sauce of your choice); set aside.
  2. Combine the oats and milk in a large bowl. Let stand until the oats are soft, 5 minutes. Whisk in the eggs, onion, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, the remaining ¼ cup of ketchup (or 1/4 cup of barbecue sauce), ¾ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Add the meat and gently mix with your hands until just combined.
  3. Transfer to a 9-by-13-inch or other 3-quart baking dish and form into an 8-by-5-inch oval. Brush the top and sides of the meat loaf with the sweetened ketchup or barbecue sauce. Arrange the tomatoes around the sides.
  4. Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the meatloaf registers 165° F, 40 to 50 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

This is a very forgiving recipe. Depending on your tastes, you could add a few cloves of finely chopped garlic to the meat mixture, omit the onion entirely, or substitute breadcrumbs for the oats. Bake this a few minutes longer if you like a super crusty crust on your meatloaf.

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weekend wrap-up: instagram diary.

We hope you all had a wonderful long weekend. J jetted to Chicago for three days in the big city; L stuck close to home and had a laid-back family weekend.

The Glitter Life Initial Necklaces
these initial necklaces arrived at social just in time for the long weekend. {$19, call 912.681.7008}
The Glitter Life Memorial Day Weekend
thanks to all our friends who shopped with us over the weekend! L is always happy to text you a pic of the newest inventory. #saycheese
The Glitter Life Cross Bracelets
these new cross bracelets flew out the door at social. {$12, call 912.681.7008}
The Glitter Life Baby Joe
there’s nothing more awesome than a toddler in sunglasses.
The Glitter Life Grilled Asparagus
grilled asparagus.
The Glitter Life Lanier Pic
happy family: a sunday selfie.
The Glitter Life Pond House
peaceful afternoon on the pond.
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starbucks in hand and Chicago bound!
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a bbq with a view.
The Glitter Life Delightful Pastries
picking up a sweet treat from delightful pastries.
The Glitter Life RPM
post dinner drinks at RPM.
The Glitter Life J.Parker
“eight pieces” cocktail from J. Parker. stay tuned for the recipe…

Follow along on Instagam @glitter_blog_xo.

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kale + quinoa salad.

Kale + Quinoa Salad

L’s sister-in-law Jaclyn brought a delicious kale quinoa salad to a recent family gathering in Statesboro. The healthy and delicious dish had everyone talking (in a good way)! In true glitter girl spirit, she agreed to share the recipe with us.

What You Need:

  • a few cups of cooked quinoa
  • a few cups of chopped kale
  • crumbled feta
  • golden raisins
  • chopped red onion
  • a few TBSP of dressing (balsamic vinegar, olive oil, fresh lemon juice, spicy brown mustard, herbes de Provence). Jaclyn says: I’ve made the dressing, but I think any olive oil balsamic blend would work. I only used 2 – 3 TBSP of Organicville Herbes de Provence Vinaigrette for the big bowl (doubled recipe) I took to the reunion.

What You Do:

Just mix it all up and chill for a few hours to blend flavors. This salad will keep for several days…as long as you don’t eat it all at once.

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feta + raisins + red onion
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yummm.
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the salad is healthy and delicious even before you add the kale.
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you don’t have to add this much kale! i love kale–probably went a little overboard.

This is an easy and forgiving recipe. I couldn’t find plain quinoa at the grocery in Statesboro, so I used an Olive Oil and Rosemary flavored box. Totally fine! I also added a little basil from my herb garden. Chopped walnuts and diced carrots could turn this side salad into a hearty meal. Bottom line: add whatever sounds good to you.

Thanks to Jaclyn for sharing this recipe with us! Do you have a favorite salad recipe? Tweet or Instagram us at @glitter_blog_xo. Check out our other recipe recommendations on Pinterest here.

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glitter girl: britton rowe.

Meet our latest glitter girl, Britton Rowe. J’s beautiful cousin (who’s getting married this July EEE!) and L’s former intern at the Georgia State Capitol. Could the world be any smaller?

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britton rowe: software developtrix, bracelet queen and reality tv junkie.

About Me: I’m a fashion-focused girl working my way through the Star Wars-infested waters of the software development world.

1. What item or accessory do you wear the most? My David Yurman bracelets. No matter the outfit, they work perfectly and I can layer them with other fun accessories.

2. What are your three favorite stores (for ANYTHING, online or bricks and mortar)? 1. Kate Spade for statement investment pieces 2. C.Wonder for on trend basics 3. Etsy for interesting, personalized pieces that no one else has.

3. Fill in the blank. You would die if ____ followed you on Twitter. Kim Kardashian, because let’s be real she doesn’t follow anyone. People just follow her.

4. Your last meal. What is it? This is tough because I really like food, but if I had to choose it would be Rotier’s cheeseburger and french fries. It’s this hole in the wall place in Nashville near where I used to live but it’s rumored to be the cheeseburger Jimmy Buffet wrote ‘Cheeseburger in Paradise’ about…yeah, it’s that good.

5. What’s your guilty pleasure?  Reality TV. My fiance can’t stand it, but I just love the drama. It makes me feel like my life is much,much more sane!

L and I can definitely relate to Britton’s favorite accessory. We wear at least one Yurman bracelet everyday. #armparty

About our Glitter Girls: Once a week-ish, we highlight one of our favorite friends/readers/fellow Glitter Girls with a pic and a brief questionnaire. We’ll feature girls who are living in interesting places (from Atlanta to Alaska) and doing interesting things (from stylish stay-at-home moms to corporate ladder-climbers). We hope you enjoy getting to know The Glitter Life community!

In other news:

3.26.13 Collage
J had a birthday!

We’ve got an exciting week of posts planned! Stayed tuned for the perfect spring appetizer (Mango Avocado Shrimp Cups); a make-up bag makeover; and spring’s best denim.

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holiday wrap up.

Hi Hi Hi!

WOW! What a whirlwind the end of December was. We still managed to have a blast despite the hustle and bustle. Let’s recap with some of our pics.

Ellery lipstick
ellery trying out her “lipits” from uncle jay and jennifer!
Ciate Caviar Manicure
J’s Ciate Caviar Manicure.
J Augusta
J the day after Christmas brunch with her parents in Augusta.
Champagne
New Years Eve EVE!
Reynolds Plantation
Our NYE table at Reynolds Plantation Lake Oconee.
J New Years Eve
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Photo Booth
L’s family kicked off the week with their annual Christmas Eve EVE party. thanks to Kate for creating the photo booth!
Wrapping Paper
christmas eve at social was total chaos. thanks to all our last minute shoppers!
Mantle
l’s mantle…we love nutcrackers! but how do you make stockings hang straight?
Baby Joe
baby joe was tired after opening gifts. SO TIRED.
after a hectic week, joe and l enjoyed the fire pit at home for NYE.
after a hectic week, joe and l enjoyed the fire pit at home for NYE.

Hope your holiday festivities were wonderful. We’re looking forward to what 2013 holds for us. Tweet us your holiday pics @glitter_blog_xo!

XO

J+L

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