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reeling you in.

Dearest Catch NYC, We love you. We dined at this gem of a restaurant on J’s bachelorette trip and needless to say it was a crowd favorite. Add this hotspot to your to-dine list next time you’re in NYC. You may even spot a celeb or two

Our faves from the menu include: tartare trio, hellfire roll, lobster rolls, bourbon-miso sea bass “wraps”. The list goes on…

See below for the dirty dirty.

here fishy.
here fishy.
clearly the fellow in the back did not order this delicious entree. #snoozealert
clearly the fellow in the back did not order this delicious entree. #snoozealert
Catch 2
oh la la.

Last but certainly not least.

catch 3
lob-star.

 

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review: beauty + essex brunch.

Today we’re flashing back to J’s bachelorette party in New York City to bring you a restaurant review. On the recommendation of our girls at BCBGeneration, we booked a Sunday brunch reservation at Beauty + Essex, a bi-level, chandelier-lit restaurant and bar on the Lower East Side.

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beauty + essex.

B+E has a retro vibe and features a pawn shop entrance (cool but also a little confusing).

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random pawn shop goodies.
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shine bright like a diamond.
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stairway to…champagne. photo: newyork.citypudding.com
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this is what happened when we told maggie and mary to “act natural.”

After cocktails at the bar, we moved into the main restaurant for brunch. The real scene at B+E is the champagne brunch upstairs (which was just getting cranked up by the time we left)…but we were in the mood for something more chill after our flights the day before. If you’re looking for great people watching, definitely request to go upstairs!

We enjoyed brunch at a large round table (great for conversation) under a pretty skylight.

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imagine us right there, in the center.

What We Drank + Ate:

Plus mimosas, of course.

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delish roasted potatoes. photo: fitnessnycblog.com
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more brunch deliciousness. photo: you made me like you.

What We Loved:

Everything tasted seriously great, especially that biscuit. We also loved the quirky, speakeasy-ish atmosphere.

What Was Just Okay:

Our service was competent but not amazing.

Our Verdict:

Brunch was great, but if we ever have a chance to go back we’re going for dinner. We can’t stop thinking about the dinner menu – Lobster tacos, anyone?

What’s your favorite brunch spot?

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bonjour, mon amour.

Is it just us, or does Monday make everyone else want a macaron, too?

It’s no secret that we love our sweets, so we HAD to stop by the famed Laduree when we were in NYC a few weeks ago. How could we not? There are only 3 locations in the whole US to get these delicious macarons. The store is too precious to put into words. And the treats? To. Die. For.

Laud
a dream of a window display.
Laud 2
sweets on sweets on sweets.
Laud 3
tower of delight.
Laud 4
the main event.
Laud 5
OH HI!

PS – Don’t know your macarons from your macaroons? Mon dieu! This handy article explains the difference.

PPS – Check out some of our favorite sweet treat recipes here, here and here.

 

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weekend review: nyc.

We’ve been terrible about posting lately, but we’ve had a lot going on! To whit: we just returned from J’s whirlwind bachelorette weekend in the Big Apple. We’re hoping things will calm down soon – in the meantime, we wanted to share our pics (and some restaurant recs!) with you.

HOTEL:

Our homebase for the weekend was Hotel Hugo in SOHO. J’s friend Mary chose this place, and it was perfect for our group. We loved the decor (modern but warm) – we were immediately obsessed with the greenery wall behind the check-in desk. One drawback: the rooms are SMALL, so you have to leap around like a fairy to avoid cracking your shinbones on the bed platforms.

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photo credit: Food + Shelter

SATURDAY

After our group caught up over a quick lingerie shower for J, we headed to dinner at Revel in the Meatpacking District. The food was great (Annie ordered a pork chop that came on a lava rock – fancy!), but the place was so dark we couldn’t get any pics of it.

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revel: we sat just beyond the bar in the garden area.

After dinner, we walked down to Brass Monkey on the recommendation of the hostess at Revel. It was pretty chill when we got there but got a little more intense as the night wore on. We were forced to order a random apple pie dessert to hold our table (worth it – having a table was clutch), and it was NOT BAD.

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brass monkey (before we got there, obvs)
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maggie (fourth from left) did a great job harassing random bar patrons to take our group pics. job well done!

SUNDAY

In search of an early morning coffee / Breakfast at Tiffany’s moment, L explored a few blocks and stumbled on the new Hudson Square outpost of coffee roaster/bakery La Colombe. This place was calm and quiet…a nice change from the usual Starbucks.

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la colombe at hudson square.
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ham and cheese croissant (hey, we’re on vacation) + soy misto at la colombe.

No NYC weekend is complete without Sunday brunch. Our girls at BCBGeneration (New Yorkers through and through) recommended Beauty & Essex to us, and it didn’t disappoint. This place deserves its own post – so stay tuned for the details!

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just outside B&E…right after L lost her gloves. #drama

Mo, our group’s fearless navigator (she really is good at it) found a precious place for after-brunch cocktails. Hotel Chantelle is a Parisian-style cocktail lounge with $.92 mimosas (you heard us) and disco tunes. We sat in the bar (presumably the old hotel lobby). Our only complaint? Really intense heater action. We were sweating by the time we left. We didn’t make it up to the rooftop (place was PACKED)…but we will definitely try again next time we’re in NYC. This would be a great spot for brunch!

Hotel Chantelle
hotel chantelle: the bar.
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hotel chantelle: the rooftop.

After wandering the streets of the LES and SOHO (no noteworthy purchases), we regrouped for a sweet treat at the famed tea salon Laduree. This place ALSO deserves its own post – coming soon!

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laduree: mmmm, so many goodies.
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#ladylike

We headed to celebrity favorite Catch for dinner Sunday night. The food was unreal; we’re going to be dreaming about the lobster rolls (J) and the tartare (L) for weeks. The service left a little to be desired, and we had a strange elevator experience on the way down, and we didn’t see any celebrities…but other than that, we loved. Stay tuned for details!

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catch: the bar. we’re digging those huge copper pendant lights.
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tartare trio: salmon, hamachi and tuna.

We ended our night at the The Standard Biergarten.

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beirgarten at the standard: enjoying our last night in the city.

MONDAY

We grabbed a quick brunchy-breakfast at Jack’s Wife Freda before heading to the airport. The food at this Mediterrenean-style diner was amazing…but it was packed (hey, at least we knew it would be good!), and we were a little cramped. We both highly recommend the fresh-squeezed cantaloupe juice.

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L’s breakfast: poached eggs+ grilled tomatos + THE JUICE

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friday five | loves.

YAY for the weekend. It’s actually sunny today – we’re crossing our fingers this lasts for a few days. Here’s what we’re loving right now!

1. Nude Lip. After a winter of bright red lips, we’re really feeling this pared down nude lip. Now, if we can just get a tan…

Nude Uptown Lip
photo: the beauty department.

2. Homemade Pizza. L and Joe made this delicious Spinach Artichoke Pizza (sans artichokes – forgot them at the store!) this week, and it’s probably making a reappearance on Sunday night. It’s super easy, and we love the combination of flavors. Even Baby Joe gobbled it up.

Spinach Artichoke Pizza
photo: two peas and their pod

3. Mimosa caddy. Making mimosa caddies is tops on our spring to-do list because we love champagne, we love pink, and we love DIY. And just because.

DIY Mimosa Caddy
photo: a fabulous fete.

4. ASOS Floral Midi Skirt. J’s wearing this adorable floral midi to brunch in NYC during her bach party. Stay tuned for details!

ASOS Floral Midi
photo: merricjk’s art.

5. Good read. We love this article about finding your style when you hit 30.

Turning 30
photo: cupcakes and cashmere.

J and L reunite at Mount Vintage this weekend for J’s bridal shower – hope you guys get to spend the weekend with good friends, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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frozen hot chocolate.

Frozen-Hot-Chocolate
via Big Girls Small Kitchen.

If you’ve ever been to Serendipity, you know why they’re famous for their frozen hot chocolate. It’s amazing. We were super excited to come across this recipe to re-create the delicious treat:

Frozen Hot Chocolate
Based on the Serendipity original
Technically, this serves one person drinking from an enormous goblet. But you might want to share amongst 4 smaller cups, especially at a party.

Ingredients
3 ounces milk chocolate, roughly chopped
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups milk, divided
Dash salt
3 cups ice
Whipped cream, peppermint sticks, hot fudge, chocolate squares or shavings, or marshmallow syrup for garnish, if you’re in the mood

In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the chocolate, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, salt, and 1/2 cup of the milk, stirring as the chocolate melts so that the whole thing becomes a smooth chocolate base.

Cool this completely to room temperature, or go ahead and put it in an airtight container in the refrigerator to use later.

When ready to drink, put the chocolate base in a blender, and add the remaining 1 cup of milk and the ice. Blend until thoroughly combined and slushy. Spoon the frozen hot chocolate into cups, mugs, or bowls, and garnish as desired.

Adapted from Big Girls Small Kitchen.

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beauty buys.

We’ve been doing some shopping lately – no surprise – and we’ve been feeling especially grabby in the cosmetics department. Here’s the low-down on what we scooped in the last few days:

1. Dior: Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation. Worth every penny. It’s not heavy- looking, but it does give you a nice finished look that lasts throughout the day. It dries a little darker, so try a shade lighter than your skin tone. And wear a headband when applying so it doesn’t look like you’re due for a dye job!

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2. Benefit Cosmetics: Dandelion Luminizer. This product typifies the great quality I’ve come to expect from all Benefit products. Apply it lightly for a subtle, natural-looking pink; build up from there.

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3. Tigi Your Highness Shampoo/Conditioner. Sometimes our long, heavy hair needs a LIFT. J’s mom introduced her to the Your Highness (cute!) Volume Collection, which does the trick and smells delicious.

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4. L’oreal: Sublime Bronze Airbrush.  We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. We’re obsessed with L’Oreal’s sunless tanning products. J was super eager to try their new deep natural tan shade. It’s perfect (we could have guessed that).

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5. Garnier Nutrioniste Ultra Lift Pro Intensive Deep Wrinkle Night Cream. It’s a mouthful…but L loves this stuff. It feels nice and thick going on, but dries to a super smooth finish on your skin.

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6. Wet N Wild MegaSlicks Lip Gloss in Bronze Berry. You know we’re suckers for a neutral (and cheap) lip-gloss. This Wet N Wild gloss may replace our go-to gloss this summer. It’s a little darker than our beloved NYC Everlasting Blossom…but we’re feeling it!

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What are your go-to beauty products!? Tweet us @glitter_blog_xo or Instagram your finds @glitter_blog_xo.

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spring cleaning: makeup bag.

In the spirit of spring cleaning, and inspired by this on the Glitter Guide, I decided to clean out my makeup bag this week. Things needed tossing, replacing…and it was a good excuse to do a little shopping.

First, the bag: J gave me this Tory Burch makeup bag five years ago, and I’ve been faithful to it ever since. It’s the perfect size for me, and I love how it stands up on its own.

L's Makeup Bag
full disclosure: i don’t think this has ever been zipped.

I’m a creature of habit when it comes to makeup. I wear the exact same products every day – too many choices stress me out! While I do keep a little box in my vanity for “special occasion makeup” (stuff I wear every now and then, like bright lipstick), my makeup bag is reserved for my everyday routine. Here’s what’s inside:

this is what it takes to make me look presentable.
it takes all of this to make me look presentable.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in Nude. This formula has SPF and offers a good amount of coverage. Liquid foundation has a shelf life of one year, so I’ll need to replace this soon, even though it’s only half gone. The price is nice, so it’s totally fine.

Rimmel True Match Foundation
Rimmel True Match Liquid Foundation. {$8}

Gross, Disgusting Foundation Sponge. TOSS (and then REPLACE). I should know better. Makeup sponges should be replaced every month, and (ideally) should be washed every week.

Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Concealer. Er, I don’t even know how old this is. My mom gave it to me a year ago, so it’s definitely past its prime. But the consistency seems fine…do I have to toss it? According to this article, yes. Bummer.

Lancome Effacernes Concealer
Lancome Effacernes Concealer. {$30}

I may replace it with this.

Origins Concealer
Origins Quick, Hide! concealer. {$16}

Laura Mercier Eye Shadow Primer in Linen. Same situation as the concealer – no clue how old it is.

Laura Mercier Eye Shadow Primer
Laura Mercier Eye Shadow Primer. {$25)

That shade is kind of light for me, anyway. I may replace it with this:

Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer. {$20}
Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer. {$20}

Franche Pressed Powder in Douce. FINALLY! Something I can keep. Pressed powder will last two years (and loose powder will last three). I have a love/hate relationship with pressed powder, so I don’t use a ton. This should be good for another year. I heard a rumor that this line has been discontinued…and my suspicions were confirmed when I tried to find a link to this product. At least I have another year to go!

Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer Pencil in Noir. KEEP. Ironically, the product with the longest shelf life (three years) is the one I go through the quickest! I love love love this eyeline, and it’s good thing it’s cheap because I go through a pencil every six months or so. I keep one in my purse for touch-ups, too.

Rimmel Eye Liner
Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Liner. {$6}

Diorshow Mascara in Black. KEEP, but not for long. Mascara only lasts three months, so I will have to replace this in a few weeks. My mom gave me this for Christmas (seriously, I wouldn’t have any makeup if it weren’t for her!), and I am in love. The brush is tiny, which took some getting used to…but now that I have the hang of it, my eyelashes seem to have doubled.

Diorshow Mascara.
Diorshow Mascara. {$25}

Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil in…brown? TOSS. This thing is so old that the words have rubbed off. I kinda think it may be the wrong color for me, anyway…but I do like the little brush on the cap. Handy!

Rimmel Eye Brow Pencil
Rimmel Eye Brow Pencil. {$4}

Rimmel Natural Bronzer in Sun Dance. Can you tell I’m a big Rimmel fan? I like this color a lot, but I hate the cheap plastic top. I wish it was a compact! J recommends Hoola Bronzer by Benefit, so I’m going to try it (even though I could use the Rimmel bronzer for another year or so). REPLACE.

Rimmel Bronzer
Rimmel Natural Bronzer. {$6}
Hoola Bronzer
Hoola Bronzer by Benefit. {$28}

Rimmel GlamEyes Liquid Liner. Okay, this is one Rimmel product I don’t really love. The brush is kinda flimsy, so it’s hard to put on. I couldn’t find any guidelines about how long liquid liner goes, but I’m assuming it’s the same as mascara…so, TOSS. I don’t think I’ll replace though; I’m over the cat-eye thing. Are you?

Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Liner
Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Liner. {$6}

Sephora Blinged Eyeshadow Palette. This is an indulgence. It takes up a lot of real estate in my bag, but it holds EIGHT shadows and had a huge mirror on the inside. Good news: Eye shadows last for three years, so I can keep it! Thanks, mom.

Dr. Lipp Lip Balm. Lip Balm lasts forever (or until the consistency changes), but this tube has been squeezed to within an inch of its life after only a few months. J and I both use this fantastic, thick balm. I’m going to buy multiple replacements. I also had Fresh Sugar lip balm hiding in my bag – I’m going to keep that somewhere else (my car?), so I don’t have multiple lip balms in my bag.

Dr. Lipp Lip Balm
Dr. Lipp Lip Balm. {$14}

NYC Cityproof Gloss in Everlasting Blossom. I love this gloss so much that J gave me TWO tubes for Christmas this year. I must dispute NYC’s claim that this an “eight hour” gloss…but I love it anyway. I go through a tube every two months.

NYC City Proof Lip Gloss
i buy this many at a time. {$3}

Various Makeup Brushes. KEEP, but it’s time to wash them. I use this Sephora spray wash – just mist and wipe! No water necessary.

Whew! Are you going to clean out your makeup bag this spring? Tell us what you’re keeping and what you’re tossing on Twitter @glitter_blog_xo!

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friday five.

Ah, Friday…we thought you would never get here! Here’s what we’re wearing/doing/loving for the next forty-eight hours.

1. Nails. We’ve done mint, we’ve done lilac…this weekend we’re rocking this pretty yellow shade. NYC Lexington Yellow is the perfect yellow: not too neon, not too school bus. Sure, this sunny shade screams summer…but we also love it for fall. Picture it with grey, black and cream.

NYC Lexington Yellow Nail Polish
photo courtesy of f yeah i love nails

2. Fresh Flowers. Whether you get them from Bi-Lo (L) or the Farmer’s Market (J), fresh flowers make the *biggest* difference at home. Here are some cute ideas you can totally do with a grocery store bouquet.

Pink Tulips
so pretty and simple, by ariston flowers nyc.
White Flowers
not too girly, by a city wedding.
Pink Peonies
your closet needs some floral love, too. via lucky magazine.

3. Sweet Treat. Making these Sea Salt Fudge Brownies on Sunday night sure would ease the transition to Monday.

Sea Salt Fudge Brownies
yumminess courtesy of the adorable blog The Curvy Carrot.

4. Movie. It is so seriously hot right now. Watching Celeste and Jesse Forever in a dark, cool movie theater sounds like a plan, right? Check out this excellent list of movies to see  before Labor Day, brought to you by The Daily Candy. (In Atlanta? Check out Cinebistro in Town Brookhaven! You can’t beat having a glass of wine and a great meal while watching a movie.)

Rashida Jones & Andy Samberg
how cute are rashida jones and andy samberg!?
Cinebistro Bar
the bar at cinebistro
Cinebistro Theater
enjoy the show!

5. Travel. Our trip to Vegas is quickly approaching, and we can’t help but lust for new luggage. Here are our top picks:

Tory Burch Robinson Weekender
tory burch robinson weekender in our fave color, orange.
Tiffany Jitney Tote
brought to you by tiffany. yes, THAT tiffany.
Louis Vuitton Pegase 65
louis vuitton pegase 65.
Gucci Passport Holder
eeek champagne passport case!

Now, let’s all get our weekend on!

xoxo

L + J

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