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friday five | sweet picks.

Valentine’s Day is one of our favorite holidays. What’s not to love about a day filled with happiness, treats, cheesy cards, hugs, kisses etc etc? Here are five things we’re crushing on this weekend:

1. Diptyque Rosafolia Candle: If you’re in Atlanta, check out the new Diptyque boutique in Buckhead Atlanta. You’ll never want to leave.

rosafolia_candlepack_722. ASOS Sweater With Heart Elbow Patches: Wear your heart on your sleeve. Literally.

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3. Chloe Love Story Perfume: So fresh. So amazing.

Chloe Love Story4. Kate Spade Heart Dish: Because you need the constant (adorable) reminder.

854766_6505. J. Crew Foliage Earrings: Girls…We always need fun jewels. Always.

jcrew earrings

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friday five | cupid shuffle.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Whether cupid is stupid or you’re spending the day with someone special, you NEED a fun playlist. Now, drop the chocolates and get down:

1. Mark Ronson | Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars.

2. Rihanna + Kanye West + Paul McCartney | FourFiveSeconds.

3. Maroon 5 | Sugar.

4. Betty Who | Somebody Loves You.

5. Ed Sheeran | Thinking Out Loud.

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five ideas: homemade valentines.

We’re not big crafters, but something about Valentine’s Day inspires us to actually MAKE something for our loved ones. These are our five favorite ideas for homemade cards and gifts. (Difficulty level: SUPER EASY)

Pop-Up Paint Chip Card by All You / Click here for how-to.

Pop Up Paint Chip Card
these adorable cards use leftover paint chips…OR you can just pop in to Lowe’s or Home Depot for some. these card are perfect for mailing, since they fold flat.

You Light Up My Life Card / Click here for how-to.

You Light Up My Life Card
who doesn’t have leftover birthday candles in a drawer? put them to use!

Homemade Chocolate Chip Banana Bread by I Heart Naptime / Click here for free printable and how-to. Click here for the amazing recipe.

homemade treat, topped off with a precious printable.
perfect friend gfift: homemade treat, topped off with a precious printable. 

You’re a Real Cutie by The Cards We Drew / Click here for free printable.

Youre A Real Cutie Valentine
love this idea for kids or co-workers.

Ex-STRAW Special Valentine by Lil Luna / Click here for how-to and printable.

Ex Straw Special Valentine
we’re both obsessed with colored vintage drinking straws. it would be so awkward if we gave these to each other.

Show us your Valentines crafts on IG at @glitter_blog_xo!

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be mine.

Love is in the air and what better way to celebrate that with a deliciously romantic cocktail? We’re totally feeling this festive toddy from The Stylish Type:

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Serves 1
1.5 ounce of Patron silver tequila
1 ounce Organic brand lemonade
splash of Rose’s Red grenadine syrup
red sugar for rim
lemon wedge
ice
Pour sugar into a shallow plate or bowl. Wet the rim of glass with the lemon wedge. Dip glass into the sugar. Fill glass with ice. Combine tequila, lemonade, and grenadine into a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake for 45 seconds. Strain into the prepared sugar rimmed glass. Garnish with lemon wedge. Enjoy with your love!
red-lemon-cocktail
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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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the best cupcakes you will ever eat.

Happy Monday, glitter girls!

We hope you all had a fantastic weekend. J had a blast in Charleston this weekend (pics coming soon). L spent the weekend being domestic, which included making THE MOST amazing cupcakes on Saturday. Here’s the super-awesome, very easy, amazingly-delicious recipe. Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis, passed on by L’s mom.

Chocolate Brownie Cupcake
yum.

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 box brownie mix (yep)
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. light cream cheese
  • 4 oz marscapone cheese (which I didn’t think they’d have at Walmart but they totally did)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Method:

  • Place walnuts and chocolate chips in bowl and add 1/4 cup DRY brownie mix. Stir to coat.
  • Mix brownie mix, eggs, oil and water until well blended. Fold in walnut/chip mixture.
  • Spoon mixture into 12 muffin cups. If you can master the ice cream scoop method to get perfectly uniform cupcakes, go for it. I can’t (WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?), so I just used a spoon.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes.
  • Place cupcake on wire rack to cool.
  • After cupcakes have cooled completely, make frosting.
  • Beat cream cheese, marscapone and powdered sugar with a hand mixer until fluffy. Frost cupcakes. I used a butter knife to frost, but you can get fancy and use this professional method.
Step 1
step 1: chips + walnuts + brownie mix
Step 2
step 2: stir it up. baby joe helped!
Step 4
beat it!
Finshed Product
cool cupcakes on a wire rack before frosting.

The original recipe called for toasted walnuts, but I forgot and threw them in un-toasted. I don’t think it mattered – toasted walnuts would be delicious, but they don’t make or break the recipe. The original recipe also called for mini chocolate chips, which I couldn’t find. Again, nice if you can get them but not necessary. I actually liked the big chunks of chocolate in the cupcakes! The original recipe called for THREE CUPS of powdered sugar (my teeth hurt just thinking about that), but I only used one. I prefer a tangier icing, but if you like super sweet, go for it and use all three cups.

What sweet treats are you making for Valentine’s Day? The Cupid’s Cloud dessert from our Friday Five is perfect for two OR for a family; these cupcakes are just the thing for a party or the office. Tweet us your ideas @glitter_blog_xo!

XO

L+J

P.S. Check out Lauren Conrad‘s review of the Kate Spade Fall 2013 show. EEEE we love it all!

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friday five: love is in the air.

EEEE HAPPY FRIDAY!

Next Thursday is Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re spending it with your significant other or your girlfriends, we’ve got five things to get you in the spirit.

1. Nails (of course). Go all out with this perfectly red mani.

Lollipop by Essie
lollipop by essie.

2. Sweet Treat. You’ve got fifteen minutes, right? Whip up this easy (you can even make it ahead of time) “Cupid’s Cloud” raspberry and cream dessert from the fabulous blog A Pretty Life. It’s romantic enough for the two of you, but it’ll also please a crowd. Winning!

Raspberry Cream
step up your game and present this in wine glasses. you have some, right?

3. Cards. L’s friend Lauren went Pinteresting and made adorable valentines for her daughter’s class (a riff on the one below). You could also go old-school with retro kiddie valentines from the Dollar Store.

Sucker Valentine
freakin cute. image: the coterie blog.
Baby Joe
baby joe went with thomas the train cards this year. yay for stickers!

4. The perfect gift. Guys are under a LOT of pressure on Valentine’s Day. Come on, get him something too. Think out of the box (zing!) and put together a cute a grab-bag of his favorite things.

these are a few of his favorite things.
every guy needs duck tape. image:____

5. Outfit. We heart these lovely looks from Forever 21. OMG, we are on fire today.

val1
so, so cute.
Heart Sweater 2
love.
Polka Dot Sweater
pretty in pink polka dots.

J’s off to Charleston for a girls’ weekend. L’s doing a re-set at Dish (gotta make room for our new spring stuff!). What are y’all up to this weekend? Tweet us at @glitter_blog_xo!

Xo

J+L

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