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a bit o’ green for st. patrick’s day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St Patrick's Day Outfit
i actually wore this last night…and again today. that’s okay, right?

Speaking of tonight, Jennifer, Jay and baby James are on their way to Statesboro as we speak. We’re all excited for the Schenkel Invitational Golf Tournament this weekend, which is happening right next door. We’ll be taking pics (hopefully less grainy than the above – the photo struggle is real!), so follow us on Insta to get in on the fun. Happy Friday, and try not to get pinched!

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and we’re back!

Um, hi? It’s been awhile…we’ve been BUSY (see: Baby Ed and Baby James). We’ve got a few things cooking right now, including a revamp of our website. In the meantime, we’re working on posting more regularly.

Sorel Boots The Glitter Life
don’t be fooled by this pic. the azaleas are blooming…but it’s 33 degrees. sorel boots // blank nyc skinnies // tory burch polo (old, but you can find a white one here) // utility jacket (similar) // toms shades

Supposedly it’s spring…but it’s f-f-freezing in Georgia this week! Not great for those of us wanting to bust out our new spring stuff. The upside is that we’re getting more wear out of our winter pieces, like these amazing Sorel “Cate the Great” boots (they have a hidden wedge heel – so comfy). View all the outfit details here. Or follow us on Insta and use the Emoticode app (what, you don’t have it already?) to view our outfit details in an easy-to-shop format.

 

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how to: translating flowers into fashion.

insta-good
{notes from the presentation}

From L: Last week I had the fun opportunity to speak to a floral design class hosted by our sweet friends at Colonial House of Flowers (you’ve seen their work here, here and here – to say that we are obsessed with them is an understatement). I was super excited to be included, but…what to talk about? Because while I admire (and purchase!) their work on the reg, I’m a total dunce when it comes to floral design. I *do* know a little about creating outfits, however, and the more I thought about it the more I realized that arranging flowers in a beautiful way and creating an amazing outfit share the same principles.

I used this gorgeous front door featured on the Pottery Barn Blog and created by Lavin Label with the help of Kelli Boyd Photography, The Vine, Camp Makery and Colonial House as my inspiration to create a fall outfit.

 

Double Front Doors
{THIS DOOR}

After I finished drooling over these double doors, I got to work translating the floral design into a fall outfit (below). You can use floral design to inspire your fashion, too. Just follow these four principles…

Laura + Mannequin
{just a girl and her mannequin}. on mannequin: clothing + boots available at sole statesboro. on l: french connection sweater, spanx denim leggings, sole leopard heels (sold out).
  • First, build a basic structure or line using classic shapes. Monica of Lavin Label started with circular wreaths of classic greenery, which provide a great canvas for creativity. Of course, it helps that they’re hanging in front of gorgeous double doors! Similarly, I created the foundation of the outfit using three classic styles that work for a variety of ages and body types: a chambray button-down shirt, a corduroy A-line skirt and a cotton crewneck sweater.
  • Second, use rich, in-season neutrals. Fall provides the most amazing range of colors. Monica’s palette included navy, green, burgundy, gold, cream (floral examples include rose hips, amaranthus, bittersweet, olive branches and David Austin garden rose). I used the same palette for our outfit: the camel skirt references the matte gold stool, the cream scarf stands in for the cream roses. The olive anorak provides the “greenery,” and tan riding boots mimic the dark wooden doors and bronze lanterns. Originally I used a rich merlot HOBO clutch for the purple trailing flowers, but it sold at Sole right before the class, so I subbed in a ruby one. #improvise
  • Third, add texture. In both floral arranging and fashion, the more texture the better! Monica used natural branches and berries to create texture both on the wreaths and on the steps. I used skinny-waled corduroy, wool, and cotton cable-knit to create textural layers in our outfit. Cool-weather fabric offerings provide a wealth of texture – try tweed and cashmere, too.
  • Fourth, add points of focus. Light is essential in all design, whether home, floral or fashion. Monica added flameless candles in recycled glass lanterns, which plays off the subtle shine on the accent stool. The cream roses provide a point of light in the wreaths. We used a plaid scarf (any print creates interest) and added sparkly earrings to draw the eye upward. A note about sparkle: we absolutely believe in bright jewelry for day, no matter what the season…but it looks especially rich in the fall and winter when the rest of our palette gets darker. Other ways to add sparkle include a sequin top (ground it with a navy wool blazer or tweed jacket and jeans), a metallic leather clutch, and a pretty brooch pinned on a blanket scarf.

Key points to remember when creating your own masterpiece, whether floral or fashion:

  • Layer, layer layer textures and colors
  • Always include a point of focus or levity in your designs – Colonial House tucks tiny plastic animals into terrariums and other arrangements, and they make us so happy!
  • More is more this time of year – colors can be richer, go for more texture, add plenty of sparkle.

Fashion Credits: Sole Statesboro (@solestatesboro) and The Glitter Life (@glitterblogxo)

Double Door Styling and Photo Credits: the creative geniuses at Lavin Label, Camp Makery, The Vine, Kelli Boyd Photography and Colonial House of Flowers. Be sure to follow all our awesome friends @lavinlabel, @campmakery, @colonialhouseofflowers, @vinegardenmarket @kelliboydphotography and @colonialhouseofflowers on Insta!

Class dismissed!

 

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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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neon + neutrals.

The Glitter Life Neon + Neutrals

The Glitter Life Neon + Neutrals

The Glitter Life Neon + Neutrals

The Glitter Life Neon + Neutrals

The Glitter Life Neon + Neutrals

The Glitter Life Neon + Neutrals

The Glitter Life Neon + Neutrals

top and skirt: bcbgeneration at social statesboro // blazer (buy here, also seen here, and similar here), pumps and sunglasses: social statesboro // bag: tory burch, also seen here // nails: essie tart deco

We couldn’t decide which way we liked this top best: tucked in or out. Normally we’re tucking in, but we really like the flowy lines created when left untucked. Which look do you like best?

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ruffles + tassels.

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The Glitter Life BCBG

The Glitter Life Tory Burch

Special shorts, like this pair from our fave brand BCBGeneration, require nothing but a simple tank and neutral heels for an evening out. Up your game with a statement necklace and bright clutch.

{top: h&m // shorts: bcbgeneration at social (call 912.681.7008) // shoes: tory burch // bag: tory burch (no longer available) // necklace: h&m //sunglasses: ray-ban // nail polish: lilacism by essie (hands) & bachelorette bash by essie (feet)}

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friday five: weekend style.

CHEERS to a three day weekend! These are our picks for laid-back, long weekend style.

1. Outfit. It may feel like summer during the day, but nights can be cool. Pair your shorts with a light sleeve to stay comfy all evening long. Plus, pink!

chic and easy.
chic and easy.

2. Nails. We’re really feeling Essie’s latest neon collection. DJ Play That Song, Bottle Service {always}, Boom Boom Room… Where do we start?

The Glitter Life Essie
get your groove on.

3. Skincare. We love nothing more than being out in the sun…but it’s bad, bad bad for our skin. An effective sunscreen is an absolute must this time of year all year long. Beautiful Makeup Search lists their top ten sunscreens right here:

The Glitter Life Sunscreen

4. Accessory. Shade your face (and hide your 3-day hair) with this adorable diamond-print fedora from Dish Statesboro.

The Glitter Life Fedora
call 912.871.3989 to order. it’s only $16…

5. Hair. Whether you’re at the pool, beach or lake this weekend, you need something cute to do with your hair. Try this adorable double braided ponytail by Kate from The Small Things Blog:

What are your plans this long weekend? Tweet us! @glitter_blog_xo

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how to: pack for a quick trip.

Happy Tuesday, glitter girls!

We’re headed back to Las Vegas this afternoon for a quick trip to the MAGIC tradeshow. We’ll land tonight, work all day Wednesday, and head home to Atlanta on the red-eye late Wednesday night. We’re packing light this time. Our plan:

Tuesday: Meetings + Flight

We both have meetings Tuesday morning (including a vanity necessary stop at DryBar) before our flight leaves, so we can’t just schlub it. Skinny jeans and vests will do us right and take us all the way to LV.

Skinny Jean + Lace Tee + Fur Vest
image: e vanity

Tuesday Night: Drinks

Once we get to Vegas, I’ll keep the fur vest but swap the skinnies for leather shorts, the lace tee for a flowy top, and the boots for heels. Once key to packing light is to wear your bulkiest items on the plane. For me, that’s the fur vest and boots.

Fur Vest + Leather Shorts + Heels
L’s leather shorts are black, but you get the idea…image: wendy’s look book.

Wednesday: Tradeshow + Industry Happy Hour + Dinner + Flight

We always fight the urge to dress like twins when we’re together–our brains work the same way, so it’s tough! We’ll both be wearing versions of this cute, layered outfit for the tradeshow, happy hour at BCBG, one of our fave vendors, dinner and flight home late Wednesday night.

Leggings Outfit
image: bexa style diary.

The Packing List:

skinnys // lace tee // fur vest // scarf // pashmina (for the plane) // black leather shorts // peachy flowy top // nude heels // black leggings // oversize tunic // gray suede boots // leather jacket // striped tee and extra sweater (you never know!) // curling iron //dry shampoo // notebooks and office supplies // phone charger

The Luggage:

We both have a version of the same Coach duffle, which is no longer available. This is probably the swan song for L’s duffle, though–ten years of weekly trips have taken their toll. Any suggestions for a replacement purchase?

old faithful.
old faithful.

The Manicure:

We’re both wearing Essie Sand Tropez, a perfectly neutral shade that won’t show chips during our whirlwind trip.

Essie Sand Tropez
essie sand tropez is our go-to shade for travel.

We’ll post pics of our trip (and our outfits!) on Friday. Until then, be sure to follow our twitter feed @glitter_blog_xo for behind-the-scenes pics of MAGIC.

XO

L+J

PS – For more outfit ideas, check out our Pinterest boards Layers We Love and Leather Shorts–EEEK!

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guest post: home for the holidays.

Happy Thursday, glitter girls!

‘Tis the season for holiday travel…and all of the headaches that go with it. Lucky for you, honorary glitter girl Brooke Carney is a travel expert. She regularly flies from her home in Alaska back to Georgia, Florida and points in between. Girl makes it look easy. Today, she shares her top air-travel tips with us.

1. Carefully consider your travel outfit. Whether you’re going by plane, train or auto, this is one of the most important (yet most overlooked) decisions you can make. I like a maxi dress or skirt with a tank, sweater (like a blanket) and scarf (like another blanket) and boots. When I land in Atlanta, the bulky stuff goes in my luggage, the flip flops come out of the purse, and I’m ready for the south.

Travel Outfit
don’t forget your movie star shades.
Travel Outfit
perfect, sans sky high boots.
Travel Outfit
casual, comfy, cozy.

2. Bring real books. I just picked up two from my favorite used book store–two best sellers for $4.50! As handy as a Nook or Kindle is, there’s something comforting about reading a real book, and holiday travelers need all the comfort we can get. Plus, I don’t have to stop reading when we get down to 10,000 feet. When I arrive at my destination, I pass the books along to family or donate them at the local library.

3. Load up your iPhone with calming music. I just put together a play list with Ray LaMontagne, Fleet Foxes, and old, slow country. Put your ear buds in and tune out the airport obnoxiousness.

iPhone Cases
courtesy of Shop Sweet Things.

4. Make a good layover plan. Mine involves a mani/pedi at Butter in the Seattle airport (there are nail salons in most major airports–do your research!), followed by a glass of wine at the airport bar near my gate. Getting my nails done on the run eliminates one thing from my pre-travel to-do list.

love this glittery mani for the holidays.
love this subtly glittery mani for the holidays.

5. Pack an I-didn’t-just-get-off-the-red-eye kit. Airplanes are really drying, so be sure to hydrate during the flight. For a little extra help, I use cleansing towelettes to get the grime off, a cooling gel to de-puff my eyes, and dry shampoo to revive my hair. Remember to make sure that your products meet TSA guidelines!

Yes to Cucumbers Eye Gel
Yes To Cucumbers eye gel smooths and brightens.
Burt's Bees Towelettes
choose products for sensitive skin even if yours isn’t. fewer chemicals, dyes and perfumes can’t be a bad thing.

What are your go-to travel products? How do you deal with layovers? Tweet us at @glitter_blog_xo!

XO

L + J (+ B!)

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