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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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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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weekend wrap-up + glitter girl: mary clare.

Monday, we meet again.

The weather was beautiful in Georgia this weekend! We hope you enjoyed your two days off as much as we did. L participated in the usual weekend festivities at Locos, had a blast at a James Bond-themed black tie gala, and enjoyed a low-key Sunday night on beautiful Jekyll Island. J had a blast celebrating Jay’s sweet nephews fifth birthday, dove into spring with a bright mani, and enjoyed a cocktail or two around Atlanta. Our pics:

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guys with guitars at locos // our favorite moosekeeter // reubens and fries for st. patrick’s day // adore this vintage bag from joe’s grandmother // love a man in cufflinks // dressed to kill // kate and L // gorgeous evening on jekyll island // ahhhh, bubble bath
birthday boy on the trampoline / / snow cone truck / / jays sweet niece and nephew / / saturday starbucks / / breaking in a new pair of heels / / blue&baubles to watch the UK game / / loose curls / / gorg day in ATL / / essie tart deco mani
birthday boy on the trampoline / / snow cone truck / / jays sweet niece and nephew / / saturday starbucks / / breaking in a new pair of heels / / blue&baubles to watch the UK game / / loose curls / / gorg day in ATL / / essie tart deco mani

And now, for this week’s glitter girl. Meet Mary Clare, New York City hostess extraordinaire and one our most favorite people ever.

Glitter Girl: Mary Clare Silva

Mary Clare
mary clare: mother and marketing visionary.

About Me: I’m Southern by the grace of God; a former corporate fashionista; a New York City transplant now living in the mountains of Colorado with my husband; raising my scrumptious 17 month-old daughter and two rascally Cavalier King Charles Spaniel boys; and attempting to balance my life with my work in my company First Chair Creative.

1. What item or accessory do you wear the most? Pearl studs

2. What are your three favorite stores (for ANYTHING, online or bricks and mortar)? Gilt, CosBar, and eBay.

3. Fill in the blank. You would die if ____ followed you on Twitter. Not sure…Karl Rove?

4. Your last meal. What is it? I like, and cook, pretty much everything – this is tough – probably something wonderful at Gramercy Tavern or DanielNYC with my husband, who is also a foodie.

5. What’s your guilty pleasure? English period piece dramas! Downton Abbey is just the latest in my longstanding obsession.

Gah, the menus for Gramercy Tavern and DanielNYC have us dreaming of another weekend jaunt to the Big Apple. Are you planning any fun trips this spring?
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isty bitsy, teenie weenie…

We have a mid-week treat for you, Glitter Girls…

It’s finally warming up here in Georgia, and that’s got us thinking about a vacation. Actually, it’s got us thinking about bikinis. L and I are super excited to share our favorite swimsuits from Dish. We picked these out months ago in Vegas and were *beyond* excited when they arrived at the store.

L*Space stole our hearts last year with their fringe bikini tops and beautiful prints. This year, they’ve upped their game with braiding and a super sssssexy reptile print that matches their solids.

L*Space Bikini
image: South Beach Swimsuits
L*Space Torino
we adore the bright chevron print on this string bikini. image: l*space.

Our newest swim line, Malibu Gossip, delivers major style at totally affordable prices. each piece is around $30, and everything mixes-and-matches. Images: Malibu Gossip.

Malibu Gossip Nomad or What
get the l*space fringe look for less with this malibu gossip suit.
Malibu Gossip Orange Dream
we went gaga for this pretty print. coordinating solids also available.
Ipanema Flip Flops
pair your suit with a printed (but neutral) pair of ipanema flip flops.

All swimwear and flip-flops are in-stock at Dish. Call 912.871.3989 or email orders@shopsocialdish.com to order. We can also help you with fit information and advice!

Need a easy/safe tan before you hop into one of these adorbs bikinis? Answer: Yes. Check out our self tanning tips here.

What will you be wearing to the beach this spring/summer? Share your ensembles with us on Twitter and Instagram @glitter_blog_xo.

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J+L

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friday five.

Happy Friday, glitter girls!

This week has been total madness. J has had a bazillion work meetings & tried to get to the gym in the interim; L has been doing everything from shipping orders to ordering inventory to hosting a trunk show (more on that next week!). So thank you, Friday, for showing up on time. We’re looking forward to putting our work aside and trying some new things this weekend! Here’s what we’re thinking:

1. Pop of Color: Spring is the perfect excuse to brighten your interior. Start small – pick a room and add a little “P.O.C.”, as Mr. Brad Goreski would say. We found five images to inspire you on The Glitter Guide. (And tune into It’s a Brad Brad World on Wednesdays at 10PM on Bravo. Love him.)

Pop of Color
obsessed with this neon door.

2. Nails: Ease into spring with a bright, fun mani! (And glitter, naturally.)

essie tart deco. perfect peach.
essie tart deco. perfect peach.

3. Fun Recipe: It will be warming up in Atlanta this weekend (finally). Sixty-five and sunny = patio lunch/dinner. So glad the Brown Eyed Baker is sharing ninety-five of her favorite spring recipes. Why not try 1, 5, or 10?

Cucumber-Tomato Bruschetta in Phyllo Cups anyone?
Cucumber-Tomato Bruschetta in Phyllo Cups, anyone?

4. New Necklace: Speaking of a pop of color, why not shop for something to add a little pizazz to the basic chambray shirt you’ll be wearing all spring? 31 Bits is a socially-minded jewelry business giving women in Northern Uganda an opportunity to counter poverty by making jewelry. The “beads” on these beautiful necklaces are handmade using recycled paper. Thanks to 31 Bits, these women who make these necklaces now have access to English lessons, finance training, AIDS and health training, and more. We can’t think of a better way to update your wardrobe.

31 Bits Collage
$52 // $44 // $58 available at dish. call 912.871.3989 to order.

5. Recover: Cold temps and whipping wind can do a number on your locks. This weekend, get your hair back in business with the Winter’s Grasp Dry Scalp Mask from Homemade Living: Home Dairy with Ashley English. You can thank us later.

Winter Hair Care
a little damage control…

What are you ladies up to this weekend? Shopping? Cooking? Eating? Drinking? Tweet or Instagram us pics! @glitter_blog_xo. You could be our next Glitter Girl

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J+L

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caramelized onion and goat cheese tarts + glitter girl: mika kawana.

Happy Tuesday, glitter girls!

J and I capped off our busy weekend by watching (separately) the 2013 Academy Awards Sunday night. I didn’t have a full-blown Oscar watching party, but I did make a fun appetizer to celebrate. These tarts are the perfect small bite to pair with a glass of wine. The onions/goat cheese/thyme combo would also be delicious on toasted baguette slices.

Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Tarts

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme, plus more for garnish
  • 1 puff pastry sheet, thawed (from a 17 oz. package frozen puff pastry sheets)
  • 1 log soft mild goat cheese, at room temperature

Method

  • Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 450 degrees.
  • In a heavy skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Saute onion, stirring occasionally, until golden (about 10 minutes).
  • Add wine and deglaze skillet, scraping up any brown bits.  Cook until water evaporates and onion is an even deeper brown (about 10 more minutes).
  • While onion is cooking, cut pastry sheet lengthwise into thirds. Cut each strip into 8 triangles.
  • Place triangles on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Prick pastry all over with a fork. Bake until golden (about 10 minutes). Slice each pastry in half to create two thinner tart bases.
  • Spread goat cheese onto pastry triangles. Top with caramelized onions.
  • Garnish with fresh thyme leaves and serve immediately.

Makes 48 tarts. Adapted from the March 2013 issue of InStyle magazine.

Goat Cheese Tarts
caramelized onions + goat cheese + thyme
Goat Cheese Tarts
yummmmmm
Puff Pastry
golden pastry triangles.
Caramelized Onions
caramelized onions.

And now, for this week’s Glitter Girl. Once a week-ish, we plan to 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!

Let’s meet Mika Kawana!

About me: I’m a University of Georgia grad (like L!), fashion hound and political junkie. I’ve worked as the finance director of the Georgia Republican Party since 2007. I learned all of my meticulous tendencies as Laura’s intern in Governor Sonny Perdue’s office years ago. 🙂 And I use them every day as I shake people down at the GAGOP.

1. What item or accessory do you wear the most? My grandmother’s onyx ring.

2. What are your three favorite stores (for ANYTHING, online or bricks and mortar)? Social/Dish (that counts as one, right?), Arden’s Garden (hello…who doesn’t love wheatgrass? If you haven’t juiced before, you need to get on it), and World Market (they have great deals on wine and decorations).

3. Fill in the blank. You would die if ____ followed you on Twitter. Uhhh.  I don’t have a twitter account.  Maybe one day, I’ll jump on the bandwagon.

4. Your last meal. What is it? It’s Mexican.  It is always Mexican.

5. What’s your guilty pleasure? Massages at my sketchy foot massage place. It’s called Foot Massage. Fact. You can’t beat an hour massage and a 30 minute foot massage for $70.   If you live here in Atlanta, Foot Massage is located in the Pinetree shopping center on Buford Hwy.  Ask for May.

Mika Kawana
Mika Kawana, fashionista and falcons fan

Did you make anything special to watch the Oscars? Tweet us at @glitter_blog_xo! And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram at @glitter_blog_xo.

xo

L+J

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recap: MAGIC.

Hi, glitter girls! HAPPY FRIDAY!

We’re back from a whirlwind trip to Las Vegas for the MAGIC apparel trade show. We had a blast, but more importantly we scored some seriously great inventory for Social and Dish. We also used our trip to launch The Glitter Life Instagram feed (@glitter_blog_xo). Thank you for all the “likes” and comments on our pics! Now, for the details…

MAGIC by Numbers

Number of hours we were gone: 39

Number of room-to-suite upgrades: 1 (thanks to the awesome staff at the Rumor Boutique Hotel!)

Number of new lines picked up: 7 (more about that later!)

Number of glasses of free champagne consumed: 8 (hey, there are two of us.)

Number of outfit  changes in airport or hotel bathrooms: 3

Number of things L left at home: 6 (comb, q-tips, laptop charger, business cards, socks, stapler)

Number of free bracelets scored: 6

Number of times we typed “#roadtomagic” (the official hashtag of the show) into our Twitter and Instagram feeds: 89

Now, for our journey in pics.

Travel Collage
champs with jay and our friend rebecca at mirko the night before // packing light // a stop at dry bar for pretty hair // dressed for the plane ride // hummus and a glass of wine after a long trip // we made it through security wearing all of this // rumor boutique hotel // upgrade // bye bye hotel, we’ve got work to do
MAGIC Collage
it’s official // loved these colorful bracelets // rifling through the racks // crushed on these flats // this “joe” bracelet joined L’s arm party // bright silks for summer // can’t wait to get these nude patent wedges in // clutches // view from the vip lounge
MAGIC Collage 2
bcbgeneration lounge // printed leggings for fall // our boots got a workout // threads 4 thought booth // swag // palm tree // photo booth // we heart our bcbgeneration sales rep raleigh // done, finally
Travel Collage 2
our luggage // pretty orchid in our suite // we were so tired… // but our hair wasn’t… // project at mandalay bay // obsessed with these kicks at the airport // home sweet home for j // truth // long drive back to statesboro for l

Whew! Did any of you go to PROJECT, ENK or MAGIC? We’d love to hear about your trip! Tweet us at @glitter_blog_xo. And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram at @glitter_blog_xo.

Next week we’ll meet some more glitter girls and give you a summer/fall preview for Social and Dish. xoxo

L+J

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how to: pink and red.

Happy Valentine’s Day, glitter girls! We heart you.

Inspired by Valentine’s Day and this cute feature on The Glitter Guide, we have pink and red home decor on the brain.

Mary McDonald
one of our favorite rooms by mary mcdonald.
Erin Featherston
erin featherson‘s living room, as seen in an old domino via moodboard. [domino, we MISS YOU.]
Pink Painting
this pink oil painting would also look fantastic against a pale grey wall. image: martha stewart.
Strawberry Living Room
bright strawberry walls are the perfect backdrop for a chinoiserie mirror and pop art in this miles redd room.
Miles Redd Living Room
another fantastic miles redd room.
Pink Parsons Desk
a pink parsons desk pops against a blue wall. image: design manifest.
Mary McDonald Rooms
more by mary mcdonald.

L says:

Over the years, my home decorating style has evolved from a strictly neutral palette (cream, black and khaki – classic to be sure, but also pretty boring) to one with more and more colors (a little green here, some turquoise there). Over the last year, I’ve added a few red and pink accents to my home. Here, my two faves.

Red Jenny Lind Bed
inspired by this Land of Nod catalog photo, i painted joe jr’s Jenny Lind bed from Target red. bed no longer available.
Robert Abbey Gourd Lamp
this robert abbey gourd lamp sits in my living room next to a stack of books.

And now, a few things on my To Buy list. Joe, stop reading.

For Like Ever
i’ve wanted this poster for…like…ever. buying it!
Red Metal Chairs
wouldn’t these be perfect on your patio for this summer? they’re on SALE.
West Elm SMEG Refrigerator
west elm smeg refrigerator. just, love.
Fucshia Chevon Rug
this land of nod fuchsia chevron rug would be amazing in a neutral kitchen OR funky office.

What do you think? Are you a neutral-only person, or is your house a riot of color? Tweet us @glitter_blog _xo!

XO

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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behind the scenes: spring 2013 photo shoot

Happy Thursday, glitter girls!

Just finished up Part 1 of the spring photo shoot for Shop Social Dish. We’re pretty psyched about these photos! Our model looked lovely (despite a recent bout with the flu–BEEN THERE), and it cheered us up just to see these bright spring colors. We hope you enjoy this (un-edited) behind-the-scenes look!

Photo Shoot 1
artichoke bcbgeneration shorts + basic white button down + navy blazer + ankle boots + envelope clutch
Photo Shoot 2
mint skinnies + bcbgeneration tank + denim jacket + zebra heels
Photo Shoot 3
white 7FAM shorts + costa blanca ruffle tank + tulle jacket + melie bianco bag
Photo Shoot 4
level 99 lavender skinnies + chambray shirt + denim jacket + rampage boots
Photo Shoot 5
fuchsia lace shorts + ivory tunic + olive vest + rampage boots + classic shades
Photo Shoot 6
emerald skirt + striped tee + pearls + ankle boots + melie bianco bag
Photo Shoot 8
yours truly, behind the camera.
Photo Shoot 7
we were all losing it by the end of the shoot!
Photo Shoot 10
we tried to make this coral jacket work, but ultimately we nixed it.
Photo Shoot 9
our tiny “studio” doubles as my office.
Look List
our cheat sheet.

We’ll have the finished product up soon on Shop Social Dish. What do you think? What’s your fave spring look?

XO

L+J

Special thank to our beautiful model, Brooke Smith, and our (also beautiful) assistants Chelsey Navin and Mekensie Jackson. All styles shown may be ordered by calling 912.681.4008. Select styles are available at www.shopsocialdish.com.

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