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spring party prep.

Hello, spring! After two weeks of unseasonably freezing temps, it’s beginning to warm up again. The weather has us in the mood to entertain, so we’re sharing our spring party essentials today. Because who’s not in the mood to throw a little party at home?

sparkling glassware and blue and white plates

We like to serve wine in short old-fashioned glasses, like these and these. Colorful plates (mine are Blue Italian Spode Dinnerware) perfectly complement spring’s colorful blooms.

 

Antique table (similar here) paired with reproduction mid-century chairs

Ice down beer and wine in a blue and white planter. Mine is on loan (permanently? eek) from my mother-in-law, but this one is super similar.

colorful cocktail napkins // well-loved tray

Display glassware and cocktail napkins (these and these from H&M are adorable and stupid cheap) on a pewter tray. I received this one as a wedding gift almost twelve years ago – it’s still available on Wayfair! – and we also like this simple one. A reptile tray would add sophisticated texture to a lacquered table, and this cute little pineapple tray is perfect for a cheeseball and crackers.

I’ve been using a basic acrylic ice bucket forever. This one by Kate Spade would be a nice upgrade! I’d also love this gold corkscrew (Mother’s Day is coming up…right?).

these monogrammed drink stirrers by entertaining maven Emily McCarthy were a gift from Jennifer

Check out more of our loves here. What are your favorite entertaining essentials? Tag us in your pics on Insta!

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friday five: weekend at home.

We’re sticking close to home this weekend. Can’t. Deal. With. This. Weather. Read on for our top five things to do around the house!

1. Finally create that gallery wall. This excellent article and video show you exactly how.

How to Create a Gallery Wall
photo: In Style

2. Make soup. Like this Cauliflower and Arugula Soup…or choose from sixteen other cold-weather soups here.

Cauliflower  Arugula Soup
we’re warming up just looking at this. photo: Food Republic

3. Clean out your closet. This article has great tips for a winter-closet cleanout.

Winter Closet Cleanout
photo: Bacon Smores

4. Whip up a quick sweet treat. Make yourself (or that special someone) a batch of 5-Minute Peanut Butter Fudge.

skinny and peanut butter are two of our favorite words. photo: Skinny Ms
made with coconut oil and raw honey, this is actually good for you. photo: Skinny Ms.

5. Start planning your spring parties now. Easter brunch, anyone? Be sure to include these adorable DIY gold lipstick champagne flutes on your bar.

DIY Gold LIpstick Flutes
repeat after us: it WILL be spring soon, it WILL be spring soon, it WILL be spring soon… photo: Sugar & Cloth
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how to: make a candle from an orange.

Scrolling through our latest edition of The Southern Coterie, we came across this genius post from Libbie Summers. She made CANDLES out of ORANGES. We can’t think of a better way to bring fresh, citrusy scent into your home in the middle of winter! Plus, her pics are gorgeous. Read on and try it for yourself – we’re going to!

How To Make a Candle From An Orange (makes 2 candles)

(By Libbie Summers, Assisted by Candace Brower)

Ingredients/stuff you’ll need:
1 orange (preferably with a thick skin)
Knife
Grapefruit spoon (optional/you can use your hands just fine)
Olive oil or vegetable oil
Lighter

Directions:

STEP ONE
Picking Oranges to make an orange candle: LibbieSummers.com
Pick/Buy/Steal/Borrow An Orange.

STEP TWO
Orange Candle Making: LibbieSummers.com
Use a knife to cut the orange in half across the middle.
Making an orange candle from libbiesummers.com
Use your fingers or a grapefruit spoon to remove the flesh down to the skin, being sure to leave the middle stem like portion intact. (I was worried about it ripping out, but the worry wasn’t necessary. The “stem” is tough and won’t pull out easily.)
Making an orange candle from libbiesummers.com

STEP THREE
Making an orange candle from libbiesummers.comPour oil over the stem (this is important, you need to get the stem/wick saturated with the oil to help start the flame). Fill to slightly below the top of the wick.

STEP FOUR
Making an orange candle from libbiesummers.com
Let the oil filled candle sit for a few minutes before lighting with the lighter. Even then, it still takes a couple of minutes to keep the flame from extinguishing. But, once you get it lit, it will stay lit for….wait for it.
How to make an orange candle from LibbieSummers.comFIVE HOURS!!!!! And, as far as the scent goes…think a homemade orange and olive oil body scrub. Just a slight citrus scent mixed with olive oil and something else you can’t quite put your finger on.
I will never throw away an orange rind again without illuminating it.

Read more from Libbie here!

 

If you guys try this, post your pics to Instagram and tag us @glitter_blog_xo.

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winery wedding.

The Glitter Life Winery 2

The Glitter Life Montaluce

The Glitter Life Tory Burch

The Glitter Life Place setting

dress: french connection (similar here) // bag: tory burch // ring: kate spade (similar here) // bracelets: david yurman, coach, bcbgeneration // nail polish: essie- butler please.

Jay and I attended a beautiful winery wedding at Montaluce Winery in Dahlonega, GA over the weekend. Such a chic venue!

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weekend wrap-up.

Happy Monday, glitter girls!

It was a busy busy weekend for these glitter girls. Holiday parties GALORE, birthday party, shopping…’tis the season!

J: This weekend was Jay’s nieces 3rd birthday party (her actual birthday is Friday). This came complete with farm animals and tons of gifts. She’s such a sweet princess and loved every minute. On Sunday, I accompanied my friend Kati to her holiday party at the W Downtown Atlanta. Love spending time with an old college friend!

Birthday Party
the kids were obsessed with all of the fun animals!
Ellery Birthday
that smile says it all.
Kati/Jennifer
the party before the party.

L: Joe and I were lucky to have a few party invites Friday night–it was nice to spend time with so many good friends. On Saturday morning, we had brunch at a restaurant Joe has been dying to try, Tortuga’s Grille, in Thunderbolt near Savannah. Best shrimp fritters ever, y’all.

Party Hopping Outfit
dressed to party hop in a bright sweater and leather shorts.
Mimosa
we sat outside, in the parking lot. it was worth it.
Shrimp Fritters
it took us two seconds to eat these delicious shrimp fritters.

We’d be lying if we said that this holiday season feels super duper festive right now. Friday’s school shooting as well as things that have affected each of us personally have taken some of the glitter out of this time of year. If you’re struggling to get into the holiday spirit, it’s okay to regret that party invite and stay in. For some of us, going through the motions is important–it makes us feel normal. Others need more quiet time. So however you choose to deal with everything, remember that there  is MUCH to celebrate!

To donate to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund click here.

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weekend wrap-up.

Hi Hi Hi!

Whew. This weekend *flew* by. L spent hers cheering on the Georgia Southern Eagles (they won! eeek!), engagement party hopping and wrestling with Christmas tree lights. J traveled back to Augusta to attend her first holiday party of the season. Our weekend in pics:

Laura Glitter
L’s game day glitter.
Braswell's Jelly App
cream cheese/ braswell’s red pepper jelly/ grapes/ crackers for J’s holiday party. easy and delicious!
J + J
J + Jay kicking off the holidays!
Country Club
a few of J’s Atlanta friends came down to Augusta to hang on Saturday night. here we are enjoying Amanda Daughtry at Country Club.

Hope all of you had a great weekend! We’ve got lots on tap for this week: must-have planners and calendars for 2013, our fave accessories and a recipe or two. Here’s to the week!

XO

J+L

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weekend wrap-up: holiday edition

Hi hi hi, glitter girls!

WOW, what a whirlwind of a holiday. We hope you all enjoyed as much time with friends/family as we did. L and I were both in Augusta for Thanksgiving (both sets of parents live there), and then we each had a few adventures on our own. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

L: The Joes and I enjoyed a wonderful Turkey Day dinner at the Augusta Country Club (fantastic food, and no dishes for L’s mom!). After a nice afternoon with family, Joe headed back to Statesboro while Baby Joe and I relaxed in Augusta. We loved having brunch and doing a little shopping at one of our favorite shopping centers on Saturday with my mom. On our way back home to Statesboro, we stopped by Locos to see Big Joe and watch the University of Georgia stomp Georgia Tech. Go Dawgs!

J: With Jay and Romeo in tow, we left for Augusta on Wednesday night and spent Thanksgving with my family on Thursday. On Friday, we decided to break up our trip back to Atlanta by stopping at Lake Oconee. We enjoyed a laid-back night drinking cocktails and roasting marshmallows at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation. Their holiday decor is BEYOND! We finally made it home yesterday, and I enjoyed brunch with some of my favorite ladies at West Egg Cafe.

Of course, we wouldn’t be glitter girls if we hadn’t met up for drinks on Friday. L, J and Jay reunited at Bar Oliviana, a cute new Italian place that J’s brother Thomas helped open.

Baby Joe
Baby Joe is ready for his close-up.
Romeo
too much turkey for Romes…
Baby Joe Starbucks
enjoying a misto (L) and some cheerios (Baby Joe) at Starbucks on Black Friday morning.
Linen Napkins
seeing these beautifully monogrammed linen napkins at Design Images & Gifts inspired L to personalize her plain ones.
L and J
reunited and it feels so good. yes, the bar is empty. it was early, okay?
Jen + Jay
J and Jay after dinner at Linger Longer Steakhouse.
West Egg
some of my favorite gals after brunch at West Egg Cafe.

OH! Exciting news! Our loyal reader, JFAV, is engaged! It all went down on the 7th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Course. Congrats to JFAV and Dan!

Engagement Ring
SO PRETTY! nails AND ring. 😉

We hope you all had a fantastic weekend with your family and friends. Tweet us your pics @glitter_blog_xo!

XO

L+J

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thanksgiving tablescapes.

Happy Monday, glitter girls!

This week and next, L and I will be sharing Thanksgiving holiday ideas, including our fave recipes and go-to playlists. We’re kicking off the countdown with these inspiring tablescapes. So when Mom asks you to do the place cards (you know she does that!), do her one better and replicate one of these fantastic tables.

Lantern Table Setting
for a later meal, turn down the lights and let the lanterns do the work.
Golden Harvest Table
try this Golden Harvest Thanksgiving Table by Martha Stewart.
Fall Colors Table
take your color cues from nature…
Modern Moroccan Table
or go bold with this GORG modern Moroccan table from Jayson Home.

All of these settings start with simple white dishes. Enhance your everyday tableware with votives (you can’t have too many), chargers (they don’t have to match) and pretty napkins tied with twine or ribbon. Get creative with your centerpiece–you can go tall and bountiful (if your vibe is formal) or long and low (perfect for a more casual gathering). Click here for a few more centerpiece ideas.

How will you be decorating your table this Thanksgiving? Share with us on Twitter @glitter_blog_xo

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guest post: austen hill.

Happy Friday, glitter girls!

The Glitter Life is about fashion, makeup, design, cocktails…but most of all it’s about the friendship of two girls (that’s us) who, despite no longer living in the same town (wah!), manage to talk all day, every day about everything. What color should I paint my nails this weekend? Do I need pink pants? My desk is ugly–what should I do? Honestly, our posts are really just summaries of our random conversations on any given day.

One of the best parts of our Glitter Life experience is discovering other bloggers. Every now and then we “meet” someone new that we can totally see ourselves being BFF with. One of our faves is Kelly of Austen Hill. We love her traditional-with-a-twist style, and seriously, the girl is always up for a wine tasting. She’s cute and funny and we are totally going to meet up with her in Atlanta soon. She promised! Austen Hill

Today, we are swapping posts with Kelly. You know, bloggers helping each other out and stuff.  So read down for Kelly’s take on the Friday Five...and then visit Austen Hill to read her other posts AND see our own Glitter Life Friday Five guest post. C’mon, you know this is the best day of the week. Take it away, Kelly!

Hello, lovely to meet the fabulous readers of The Glitter Life! It’s Kelly from Austen Hill and I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to be a guest on this fantastic blog. I am a huge fan of Jennifer and Laura! Not only are they super sweet, but they have flawless taste and I always know I can count on their recommendations.

Like you, I follow The Glitter Life all week but I especially look forward to Friday Fives! J + L never fail to give me great ideas for a little weekend fun and highlight awesome finds. When they asked me to do a Friday Five post {a la Austen Hill} I jumped at the chance.

I’m happy to report this week has been pretty darn good! For my day job travel is the norm, but luckily this week I was able to stay close to home. This weekend I’m hoping to enjoy the amazing fall weather, start decorating for my annual Halloween Party, and most importantly have some fun! Read on for more of my Friday Five picks and don’t forget to check out J + L’s Friday post on my blog.

1. Wine Festivals

If you read my blog you’ll notice that I consider wine a food group. Luckily I live in Virginia where wineries are plentiful and wine festivals are a fall staple. Saturday I’m pouring for my friends {Cooper Vineyards} at a local festival. You can find out more about Cooper and other Virginia Wines here.

I love outdoor festivals but they can present some wardrobe challenges as they tend to go on rain or shine, freezing or sweltering. I’ve put together a fun look that will ensure you’re comfortable but still look put together while you’re braving the elements this weekend.

Fall Wine Festival

I’m mildly obsessed with J. Crew so I can’t leave without dropping a line about their new on-line factory store, check it out here!

2. Fall/Winter Skin Care

If I don’t take precautions, a negative effect of all of this outdoor, wine-drinking awesomeness can be dry skin and sunburn. To protect my skin during the fall/winter months my go-to line is Kiehl’s. Their products are gentle but affective and they absolutely work!

Kiehls Faves

Some of my favorites include:

  1. Midnight Recovery Concentrate: A little goes a long way and it smells amazing!
  2. Ultra Facial Cream: Lightweight 24-hour moisture
  3. Lip Balm #1: Never leave home without it
  4. Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+: Trust me you can absolutely wear this under make-up

3. Pumpkin Pancakes

I love to savor flavors when they’re in season so right now I’m on a pumpkin kick! This recipe for Pumpkin Pancakes from Martha Stewart looks yummy and easy {two of my favorite things}. Sunday morning I predict you’ll find me tucked under a blanket with a plate of these babies and some strong coffee.

Pumpkin Pancakes

4. DIY Halloween Fascinator

I’m a self-professed Anglophile, so you’ll hardly be surprised to find I’m a Royals junkie and that I adore Kate Middleton’s style. Fascinators are back in a big way because of the “Middleton Effect” and what better way to look chic on Halloween?! I came across this DIY Halloween Fascinator from the always amazing Fabulous K, so I think my weekend DIY project is set! Can’t wait to wear this at my Halloween Party! Pinterest has tons of other fun options like the one below or be creative and come up with an entirely new design on your own.

Fascinator

5. Take Charge of Your Health

Through my day job I have the privilege of knowing Lindsay Avner, an amazing woman and the founder of Bright Pink, a non-profit organization that focuses on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. Read Lindsay’s story here.

Lindsay Avner

While these types of cancers are far less common in young women, they do tend to be linked within families. Knowing your families medical history is crucial to assessing your risk factors for these types of cancers. Visit Bright Pink’s website here for valuable information and resources. October is breast cancer awareness month so I challenge you to take control of your health and Be Brilliant, Be Bold, Be Bright Pink!

Have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget to visit Austen Hill here and follow me on Twitter @AustenHill and Facebook!

SEE?! We knew you would love Kelly. Hope yall have a fantastic weekend!

xo

L+J

P.S. We are totally making that fascinator.

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