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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”
JB Shower 6 t
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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five ideas: homemade valentines.

We’re not big crafters, but something about Valentine’s Day inspires us to actually MAKE something for our loved ones. These are our five favorite ideas for homemade cards and gifts. (Difficulty level: SUPER EASY)

Pop-Up Paint Chip Card by All You / Click here for how-to.

Pop Up Paint Chip Card
these adorable cards use leftover paint chips…OR you can just pop in to Lowe’s or Home Depot for some. these card are perfect for mailing, since they fold flat.

You Light Up My Life Card / Click here for how-to.

You Light Up My Life Card
who doesn’t have leftover birthday candles in a drawer? put them to use!

Homemade Chocolate Chip Banana Bread by I Heart Naptime / Click here for free printable and how-to. Click here for the amazing recipe.

homemade treat, topped off with a precious printable.
perfect friend gfift: homemade treat, topped off with a precious printable. 

You’re a Real Cutie by The Cards We Drew / Click here for free printable.

Youre A Real Cutie Valentine
love this idea for kids or co-workers.

Ex-STRAW Special Valentine by Lil Luna / Click here for how-to and printable.

Ex Straw Special Valentine
we’re both obsessed with colored vintage drinking straws. it would be so awkward if we gave these to each other.

Show us your Valentines crafts on IG at @glitter_blog_xo!

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friday five | going green.

J: My friends Maggie, Mary and I decided to take our girls night to the Atlanta Botanical Garden this week. Amazing decision. We cruised (while sipping wine, of course) and admired the super impressive sculptures. Love being a tourist in our own city. Here are my top five moments from the night:

photo 1
Maggie and the belly of the beast.
photo 2
The bush version of Romeo.
photo 3
Ribbet.
photo 4
Love the artichoke accessory.
photo 2(1)
Walls of orchids. SO pretty.

 

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Us. And an Ogre.
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our favorite thanksgiving appetizers.

Why don’t you invite a few friends over this weekend for cocktails and light appetizers? Here are two of our favorite recipes. (These also work if you’ve been asked to contribute something to your family or Friendsgiving meal this year. The second one travels well!)
Browned Butter + Sage Crostini
recipe + photo from Glitter Guide.
Browned Butter + Sage Crostini
What You Need:
  • French baguette, sliced and toasted
  • Prosciutto
  • Buffalo mozzarella, sliced thin
  • Fresh sage leaves
  • Salted Butter

What You Do:

  • 1. Butter slices of French baguette and toast under the broiler until golden. Set aside
  • 2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • 3. In a small skillet melt butter over medium low heat. Add fresh sage leaves and cook until sage is crispy and butter begins to brown in bits on the bottom of the pan. (you may need to remove sage before butter is browned).
  • 4. Top toasted bread with prosciutto and cheese. Bake at 375 until cheese begins to melt.
  • 5. Remove from oven and spoon browned butter over crostini. Top each with a crispy sage leaf or two.
  • 6. Serve while hot! Enjoy.
Pumpkinseed Cheese Log
we like this recipe so much we posted it last year, too.

Pumpkin Seed Cheese Log

What You Need:

  • 1 5oz log goat cheese/chevre
  • 1/2 tsp canola or corn oil
  • 3/4 cup raw pumpkinseeds
  • salt & pepper
  • 3 tsbp pumpkinseed oil
  • crackers (we like sweet wheat crackers)

What You Do:

Let cheese come to room temperature. Place a small skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes; add canola or corn oil and pumpkinseeds. Toss for a minute, then season with salt and pepper. Once seeds have popped but are still green, transfer to a plate; let cool.  Roll cheese in seeds to coat. Drizzle with pumpkinseed oil and serve with crackers.

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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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instagram diary: lake edition

It feels like we just got back from our weekend at Lake Oconee, and it’s already time for another holiday. J is headed back to the lake, and L is excited for a family pool day at home.

Before we check out for 24 hours, we’ll share our pics from the weekend.

The Glitter Life Fourth of July Collage
low-tech directions for L // ahhh // fruit + cheese tray at the pool // kalamata-basil spread for cocktail hour // sparkle + shine // reynolds cup // cotton candy at linger longer steak house // more sparkle // happy hour at reynolds landing

Now, let’s talk fashion for tomorrow. Need some last minute red+white+blue inspiration?

The Glitter Life Fourth of July

 We also love this outfit from Social Statesboro.

The Glitter Life Fourth of July

Check out more of our fave red+white+blue images here. We hope you have a fantastic Fourth of July!

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friday five: weekend getaway.

HAPPY FRIDAY!

We’re heading to Lake Oconee this afternoon for a MUCH needed weekend together. Here’s what the next 48 hours look like for us.

1. Cocktail: No boring wine glasses for us this weekend! L is bringing mason jars and paper straws to hold our cocktails. Stay tuned to see if we use J’s sparklers.

The Glitter Life Mason Jar
obsessing over this ribbon detail.

2. Appetizer: As J was cruising pinterest looking for an app to make for us this weekend, she came across this alternative to a full caprese salad. Easy to transport and perfect for us to munch on while getting ready. We had to graduate from Goldfish some time.

The Glitter Life Caprese Salad
so easy, colorful and cute.

3. Pool Accessory: Everyone. Cross your fingers and toes that the rain holds out long enough to give us a pool day. We need it. And also this Sunnylife San Remo Beach Towel for lounging.

The Glitter Life Sunnylife San Remo Beach Towel
we heart the blanket accents.

4. Outfit: Lake Oconee is super laid-back, so we’re all about an easy wardrobe for the weekend. REALLY feeling this Embroidered Halter Dress from shopsocialdish.com.

The Glitter Life Dish Statesboro
this print/color combo is PERFECT for summer.

5. Something New: You don’t always have to dish out dollars to enjoy delicious wine. We’re trading our usual pinto grigio for Barefoot Refresh this weekend.

The Glitter Life Barefoot Refresh
crisp white. all. day. long.

If there’s one thing you do this weekend, follow us on instagram. It will be worth it. We promise.

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April 2013 Birchbox.

Hi Glitter Girls!

This month’s Birchbox review is brought to you by our favorite nail artist and most loyal West Coast reader Jennifer Favela.

“So excited about April’s Birchbox! Let’s get into it!:

Atelier Cologne, Orange Sanguine.

I wasn’t too sure about this one just because I am not big on reeeeally citrus-y (that’s a word right?!) scents. But I was so wrong! It smells wonderful! And a big plus that I always look for in a scent? It lasts the whole day without needing to re-apply! Win-win right? This particular scent is very concentrated so you only need a little dab and you are good to go.

fresh, crisp, sweet.
fresh, crisp, sweet.

 Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate.

I LOVE anything Kiehl’s. AND since I am now in my last year of my 20’s (eek!) I have found myself starting to freak out about lines and wrinkles so I was so excited about this product. It is packed with vitamin C which apparently not only helps me kick colds to the curb but is great for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. Yay!

pure vitamin c, ladies.
pure vitamin c, ladies.

Nexxus Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Elixer.

Okay, how did Birchbox know I wanted this?? As an avid flat-ironer, curling iron user, hair color-er, my hair is always in need of extra moisture! I may just have to purchase the full size on this one…

rejuvenate and hydrate. it is key.
rejuvenate and hydrate. it is key.

Mirenesse Glossy Kiss.

Lipstick pencils are my new obsession and this one is awesome! It is a mix between a lip stain and a creamy balm. Mine came in the perfect shade of red (called, “Flirty Kiss”) and I can’t wait to wear it out this weekend during my mini-getaway to San Diego! It glides on SO smooth and feels very moisturizing. Bonus: it can double as a cheek stain! I don’t know if I would use red for my cheeks, but the pink color they make (“Cheeky Kiss”) would be adorbs! The one downside? It’s not very long lasting on the lips. BUT it is the perfect little skinny size to fit in my clutch for re-application throughout the night!

a birchbox exclusive! get it here.
a birchbox exclusive! get it here.

Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-on

Not only is this an amazing product at a great price that you can pick up at your local drugstore, but it really works! I just swipe it under each eye, let it absorb and go on with my morning beauty routine! It reduces puffiness AND softens. I love how it rolls on smooth and I think my favorite thing about it is that it doesn’t have any harsh perfume scent to it. Just clean and refreshing! It is just what I need when wedding planning has kept me up all night and I only get 4 hours of sleep!”

wake up those tired eyes...
wake up those tired eyes…

And there we have it! What was in your April Birchbox? Tweet/Instagram us! @glitter_blog_xo.

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