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.
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.
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.
Yay for the weekend! L and the Joes are headed to Greenville, South Carolina, this weekend for a mini family vacay. Today’s Friday Five is dedicated to weekend warriors everywhere.
1. Packing List. No matter where you’re going, it pays to plan your outfits ahead of time. We’re big believers in packing light – it’s no fun to lug around a bag of clothes that you end up not even wearing. For a weekend away, you really just need a few things: a great pair of skinnies, a couple of tops (one dressy, one casual), flats (unless you have a big nighttime event, leave your heels at home) and medium size bag in a bright color. Here’s L’s packing list for Greenville:
2. Homemade Snacks. It’s so much healthier (and cheaper) to make your own snacks rather than relying on the offerings at some nasty gas station. You can whip up your very own trail mix in a matter of minutes! Make a big batch and package it in small portions for the trip. Use this recipe from Taste of Home for inspiration.
3. Travel Mask: Long road trips can leave your skin looking super tired. Wake it back up with the Travelmate Mask by When. This high-quality Essence Gel Mask uses a bio-cellulose sheet created by fermenting coconut juice, each containing a high volume of fluid that is very effective in transferring the liquid nutrients to skin. We also recommend When’s 10:00PM mask for anti-aging…
4. Weekender Bag: Kate Spade Saturday is the latest and greatest from the Kate Spade New York family. KSS believes that “getting dressed should be a lot of fun” and we couldn’t agree more. We were really intrigued by Saturday’s “Design a Weekender” program where you build your own travel bag. SO FUN! You really can’t go wrong there.
5. A Good Book: Atlanta girl, Emily Giffin (you may recognize her name from other amazing books such as Something Borrowed and Something Blue…) has done it again with her latest novel Where We Belong. If you can’t read in the car, it’s also available on audio! We won’t spoil it by giving details, but trust it’s a must read.
What are you up to this weekend? Traveling anywhere fun? Tweet us! @glitter_blog_xo.
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…
‘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.
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.
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.
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!
What are your go-to travel products? How do you deal with layovers? Tweet us at @glitter_blog_xo!
L + J (+ B!)
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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.
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!
We hope you all had a fantastic weekend with your family and friends. Tweet us your pics @glitter_blog_xo!
So, we basically blinked and the holidays are here. And you know what that means (besides family drama)…TRAVEL. L and I are seasoned road warriors, and we’re sharing our top five travel essentials on today’s Friday Five.
1.Dry Shampoo: Sitting in a car/plane for hours on end can make your hair feel totally flat and/or greasy. Liven up your locks with Psssssst Instant Spray Shampoo. Hair looks, feels and smells freshly shampooed without water. Easy.
2.Moisturizer: When winter weather leaves our faces feeling dry and chapped, we rely on Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Perfecting Water Moisture Mist. Not sure what is in this “water,” but our skin loves it! Skin looks hydrated and softened with the first use. This product is *key* when traveling.
3. All-In-One Products: It’s one thing to spread all your stuff out on your own bathroom counter (JENNY), but the holidays often mean sharing cramped quarters. L really loves this Garnier Ultimate Cleanser–it doubles as an exfoliating scrub (scrub your face for two minutes) and *triples* as a purifying mask (leave it on for five minutes). You basically get an entire face cleaning arsenal in one tube. We’re all about multi-tasking.
4. Flats: How in the world are some of these ladies running around the airport in 5” stilettos!? Tone it down with some cute and comfortable flats, okay?
5. Travel Pouch: Don’t stash your luxe travel products in a boring ziplock bag. We suggest Kate Spade:
*Don’t forget your phone/iPad/laptop chargers! We’ve been guilty of that too many times to count.*
And speaking of travel, L and I are reuniting in Athens this weekend for the University of Georgia/Georgia Southern football game. One or both of us will probably end up painting our nails in public. It’s a tradition. Hope you are as excited as we are for the weekend!