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Georgia

baby-mooning.

J: With Baby James’ arrival fast approaching, Jay and I decided to skip town for a little baby-moon. That’s a thing, right?

Not a tall order: something within driving distance from Atlanta, somewhere we’ve never been with a spa (ME) and golf (Jay.) We did our research and decided on… Waterfall Club | Lake Burton. A resort with everything we wanted and a backdrop like no other. You would never think you were less than 2 hours outside the city. A little look into our weekend:

Waterfall View
this. view.
Waterfall Wedding
stumbled across this wedding spot on my walk. quite the backdrop to say i do!
Waterfall Lunch
just a small lunch at the club… we stayed on property which was adorable and convenient.
Waterfall Brunch
our cozy Easter brunch.
IMG_9374
we didn’t want to leave! needless to say, we’ll be back soon. dress | shoes

Stay tuned for a review of this little gem of a restaurant we found in Clayton, Fortify Kitchen & Bar.

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peach, please.

Since we do live in the Peach State, we thought to share this amazing Georgia Peach cocktail with you on this Monday. Drink up!

peachy.
peachy.

Georgia Peach

Muddle 1/2 fresh peach, peeled; 3 mint leaves; 2 Tbsp. turbinado sugar; and 2 Tbsp. fresh orange juice in a 10-oz. glass.

Fill glass with crushed ice, and top with seltzer water or club soda.

Gently stir. Garnish with peach wedges and fresh rosemary.

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weekend instagram diary.

Our weekend was one for the books. L and the Joes were on the go all weekend, working, playing, cooking up a birthday dinner for L’s mom…and working some more Sunday night.  J and Jay traveled to tiny Alma, Georgia for the annual Blueberry Golf Tournament…and Jay WON! Winning = glitterous.

Our weekend in pics:

The Glitter Life Weekend Instagram Diary
j tastes a few martinis, NBD // l starts the weekend at barberitos // summer days call for a red convertible // fall styles begin to arrive at social statesboro // romeo checks the mail // swag from l’s bluefly purchase // oh hello. j makes a friend on the golf course // fresh blueberry margaritas at blueberry plantation in alma, georgia // strawberries // bltes on sunday // l, her mom and baby joe celebrate // l totally made this chocolate layer cake herself // shipping www.shopsocialdish.com orders // baby joe is all smiles for his first day of nursery school

This week, we’re focused on Social and Dish – updating www.shopsocialdish.com, working on some fun promos and getting our shopping list ready for our upcoming buying trip to Vegas. This week you’ll see a few more summer recipes, our fall shopping list, and a beauty post from J.

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friday five: cinco edition.

We love a reason to celebrate, so we’re super excited that TWO fun things are going on this weekend: the Kentucky Derby on Saturday and Cinco de Mayo on Sunday. Read on for our tips for a fabulous, fun fiesta on Sunday…and stay tuned for our Friday Five: Derby Edition.

Cinco de Mayo

1. Party:  Cinco is on a Sunday, so keep it low key with a girl’s night at home. Courtney from Pizzazzerie put together LITERALLY the cutest fiesta we’ve ever seen. Loving the non-traditional colors!

The Glitter Life Cinco

2. Recipes: Courtney (love her) does it again with these four easy recipes your amigos are sure to enjoy this weekend. {Really obsessing over the prickly pear margarita…}

The Glitter Life Cinco 2

3. Outfit: Look. Just because it’s Cinco doesn’t mean you have to throw on a sombrero and call it a day. Get festive with these Mexican-inspired “Blanket” Mamie Ruth shorts from Dish.

The Glitter Life Mamie Ruth

4. Nails: Our FAVE West Coast reader, JFAV, has done it again with her holiday nails. Talk about ambitious– she brought the Mexican flag into play.

The Glitter Life CINCO Nails

5. 5K: Do the calorie math. Chances are you’ll consume a lot of beer and/or queso on Sunday. Boost your metabolism by running a 5K Saturday morning! Click here for a complete list of runs in Georgia this weekend. There are TONS to choose from.

J & Jay after the Stache Dash at Burro Loco in Myrtle Beach last year!
J & Jay after Stache Dash 5K at Burro Loco in Myrtle Beach last year!

What are your plans this holiday weekend? Share with us on Instagram and Twitter @glitter_blog_xo. OLE!

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spotlight: mamie ruth.

One of the best parts of owning a boutique (or two) is discovering and supporting new designers. Our favorite up-and-coming line is Mamie Ruth, designed by Georgia native and Georgia Southern University alum Emily Bargeron. We began carrying Mamie Ruth at Dish back in 2010, and since then the line has exploded on the fashion scene. Mamie is now in over fifty stores in the US! We’re proud that we were one of the first.

We love that Emily has a truly unique point of view: her designs mix tribal prints with retro shapes with free-spirited abandon. For Spring 13, Mamie references Mexico and the Day of the Dead celebration. These blanket shorts epitomize the collection.

Mamie Ruth Shorts
mamie ruth blanket shorts {$74}. call 912.871.3989 to order.

Emily visited Dish a few weeks ago to hand-deliver our spring Mamie styles (love this girl!) and spend some time meeting our customers.

Mamie Ruth Trunk Show
in addition to our spring delivery, emily brought a few”trunk show-only” designs for our customers.
Mamie Ruth Spring
color, color and more color for spring.
Emily Bargeron
mamie ruth designer emily bargeron.
Mamie Ruth Jewelry
the mamie ruth line also includes jewelry hand-crafted by emily.
Mamie Ruth Esme Shorts
L wearing Mamie Ruth “Esme Retro” shorts. love the pom pom trim! {$74} call 912.871.3989 to order.

Click here for more coverage of the Mamie Ruth event on Bohemian and Bag, an adorable blog written by Colleen McNally (another local talent!).

Today is the first day of spring! Celebrate by getting your garden on with these tips from the lovely Lauren Conrad.

L+J

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weekend wrap up: charleston.

Happy Wednesday, glitter girls!

A few months ago, my Atlanta girlfriends and I decided we were long overdue for a road-trip.  We decided on Charleston: there’s brunch, shopping and scenery with zero requisite sunless tanning and/or bikini prep. Plus, it’s only a 5 hour drive from Atlanta. Why not? We needed to get away!

This past weekend, we stayed at the brand-new (only seventeen days old when we checked in) Holiday Inn on Meeting Street. Highly recommend. We spent a good bit of time at the hotel bar/restaurant (shocker) called The Meeting Room. Huge thanks to manager, Kevin aka Kev, for taking care of us.

The Meeting Room: Holiday Inn Downtown Charleston
the meeting room: holiday inn downtown charleston.
The Meeting Room: Holiday Inn Downtown Charleston
awaiting the fireball…

On Saturday morning, we drug ourselves out of bed for brunch at Toast of Charleston. They had us at bottomless mimosas. The food and service were also great.

Toast of Charleston.
toast of charleston.
cheers, ladies!
cheers, ladies!

Saturday night we ventured to Blossom for dinner. Superb service, great ambiance and delicious food. After dinner, we walked to Pearlz (not a typo) for oyster shooters. Don’t knock it til’ you try it…

down the hatch...
down the hatch…
hanging at Pearlz...
hanging at Pearlz…

Needless to say, lots of laughs and good times were had by all. Looking forward to where the road takes us next time!

Any places you would suggest for a girls weekend? Tweet us! @glitter_blog_xo

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P.S. I did manage to shop a little between cocktails. Here’s a little gem I picked up at Old Road Mercantile on King Street.

oh la la...
ooh la la…
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weekend wrap-up.

Happy Monday, glitter girls!

We don’t know about y’all, but we had a great weekend (except for the Falcons loss). Here’s what we did, in pics.

L’s Weekend:

Curling Iron
i spent an embarrassing amount of time trying to curl my hair. i’ll report soon on the best and worst YouTube tutorials.
i left my beloved navy blazer in atlanta last weekend. we were reunited friday night.
left my beloved navy blazer in atlanta last weekend. we were reunited friday night.
Dish Renovation
joe spent his saturday afternoon doing a little work at dish. #teamplayer
Locos Beer + Wine
joe and i caught the falcons game with friends at locos on sunday.
Falcons Mani
as promised, a falcons mani…not my finest work. i chewed the tips off during the game, anyway.

J’s Weekend:

After trying to catch a movie at Phipps Plaza with everyone else in Atlanta, we ended up at Fork &Screen. Love it!
after trying to catch a movie at Phipps Plaza with everyone else in Atlanta, we ended up at Fork & Screen. love it!
Tailgating
jay and i tailgated at The Georgia Dome before the NFC Championship game.
Zac Brown Band
the Zac Brown Band, georgia boys, singing the national anthem.
Falcons Fans
trying to get to our car after the game with a few of our closest friends…

What did y’all get into this weekend? Tweet us your pics @glitter_blog_xo!

L+J

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cheese, please.

There are few things J and I like more than wine and cheese.  Take us to a fancy restaurant, and we will order a cheese plate.  We will also grab one at the airport Starbucks. Whether it’s lunch, dinner, apps or a late night snack, a few nibbles of different cheeses and a bottle glass of wine sounds like heaven to us.  Here are our tips for creating the perfect cheese plate at home.

1. Include a few different kinds of cheese. The best variety includes something soft, something hard and something strong. Our picks for the plate:

Soft Cheeses

– Brie is our favorite soft-ripened cheese. Slice it and serve cold with a grind or two of sea salt, or let it get really mushy and smear it on a slice of french bread. Check out the Whole Foods Market Brie Guide for ideas.

– Over Brie? Try Sweet Grass Dairy Green Hill. Made in Thomasville, Georgia, this double-cream cheese (sorta like Camembert) will surprise and delight you.

Sweet Grass Dairy Green Hill Cheese
sweet grass dairy green hill cheese.

– We also love goat cheese (chevre), a mild, soft cheese that spreads easily. Feeling Pinterest-y? Try this awesome recipe for Cranberry Cinnamon Goat Cheese spread and wow your friends for sure.

Cinnamon Cranberry Goat Cheese Spread
photo courtesy of Sweet & Salty Southern Comfort

Medium to Hard Cheeses

– Try an aged cheddar, Gouda or even a wedge of  Parmesan. We like Ewephoria Sheep Milk Gouda (mainly because the name is awesome).

Flat Creek Lodge Cheddar – Another local fave (hello, farm to table?).  This firm cheddar is aged a minimum of six months. It’s smooth, not overpowering…and will make you forget bright orange grocery store cheddar forever. Unless that’s your thing. We’re not haters.

Flat Creek Lodge Cheddar
flat creek lodge cheddar.

– Parmesan – Grab a wedge of Parmesan and use a cleaver-style knife to break off a hunk or two.

iGourmet Parmesan Cheese
iGourmet has a great selection of hard, aged cheeses.

Smelly/Stinky Cheeses

– Bleu cheese is delicious on its own and is the perfect end to your cheese course. You seriously only need like two bites, and you’re done. Cabrales and Point Reyes are two of the best varietals.

Point Reyes Original Blue Cheese
“just original blue” cheese from Point Reyes Farmstead in California.

2. Include accompaniments like nuts, fruit and baguette slices. This is the beauty of the cheese platter: you can go simple (a sharp cheddar, a creamy brie, some grapes and a few Triscuits) or deluxe (four to six varieties, walnuts, almonds, honey, marmalade, the works).

Cheese Plate
photo courtesy of The Picky Eater.

3. Can’t do cheese without wine. We definitely don’t believe that expensive wine is better (plus, we’re saving for Loubotuins), so we usually end up with something from Trader Joe’s.  Check out the Trader Joe’s wine guide, and pour your choice into a cute wineglass.

Kate Spade Larabee Wine Glass
these Kate Spade wineglasses are adorable and practical. just try to tip one over.
Crate & Barrel Oregon Stemware
find a glass for your favorite wine in the Crate & Barrel Oregon stemware suite.

4. Bust out your cutest serving pieces.When else are you going to use them?  We love these:

Mariposa Cheese Board
got this Mariposa cheese board as a wedding gift. it’s the most-used piece in my kitchen.
Pottery Barn Cheese Dome and Tools
monogram this Pottery Barn cheese dome for your favorite cheese-lover…or snag it for yourself.
Picnic at Ascot Cheese Board
J busts out this cute Picnic at Ascot cheese board when I come to visit! #hostesswiththemostest

Gah, now we’re hungry for a cheese plate. What’s your favorite wine and cheese combo?

xo

L+J

PS – To make a cheese course lunch, just add a romaine salad tossed with extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt and a sliced baguette. Done!

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