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a few things you need…

Down here in south Georgia, we are slowwwwwly transitioning from winter to spring…which means I’m beginning to incorporate warmer-weather styles into my wardrobe. I’m excited to share a few of my finds with you guys – I think you will love them as much as I do!

Chiffon Bow-Sleeve Top
chiffon top + shredded hem skinnies.

I am beyond in love with this romantic chiffon wrap-hem top. The bow-sleeves are so pretty, and the relaxed fit is super flattering. It’s longer in the back, so you could also wear it with leather leggings. The best part? Um, it’s $12. It comes in several other colors, too! Shredded hem skinnies are still a thing, and I found several styles similar to mine (which are sold out). This Kut From the Kloth pair is almost exactly like mine, and this Asos pair is only $32 and features a cool retro pocket. In other news, I’m trying to drink water with lemon and cayenne pepper throughout the day. This cute “I AM VERY BUSY” cup (which I got for Valentine’s Day) makes that chore a little more bearable. There’s a matching coffee mug, notebook and agenda, too.

Seed Bead Necklace
new favorite necklace.

This multi-color sead beed necklace screamssss spring. It’s from Sole Statesboro (you can order it via Insta!), and I found a few other similar styles here.

Tie-Front Skirt
sunday best with my littlest.

This cotton tie-front skirt feels so fresh for spring, and it’s only $39. I’ll pair it with a tank later, but for now I love it with my favorite oxford button-down and fox sweater. My exact sweater is sold out, but you could recreate this look with this one from GAP (hurry, cause it’s going fast!) or this one – it comes in petite and plus sizes. My red flats from J Crew Factory have been sold out for a while, but J Crew Factory just introduced THESE, which are almost identical and also come in a pretty grey. Also, these Tory Burch studs are my new everyday earrings.

Have you guys started purchasing spring pieces yet? Share them with us on Insta!

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outfit roundup.

Last week was packed with travel and work meetings, and I’m still playing catch-up. The downside is that I am exhausted. The bright side is that I scooped a few new transitional items I know I’ll be wearing all spring. Here’s a look back:

Funnel Neck Look
casual style for a longggg day of traveling

Joe and I had an almost-full day of travel last Thursday that dovetailed immediately into a meet-and-greet event, with no time to change in between. Knowing that we wouldn’t have any downtime, I chose my travel outfit carefully. My knit funnel-neck top is cute, relaxed and absolutely will not wrinkle. I love the elbow-length sleeves, which will work into the spring. My exact top is sold out, but I’ve rounded up several similar styles below (a few of which I’m purchasing as soon as I finish this post!). I’m wearing a new fit from my favorite denim brand Blank NYC – the high-rise skinny. I’ve been waiting for years for Blank to make a high-rise skinny, and I’m pumpppped that I scooped these. Oh and my exact pair is on sale for less than $50 with most sizes in stock!

White Blazer Look
simple outfit for dinner with friends.

We were treated to a bit of warmer weather later in the week, and I wore one of my favorite jeans + blazer combos for dinner with friends. BCBGeneration makes this blazer in tons of colors year after year. The style is so flattering – not boxy at all. I’ve got a few left at Sole Statesboro (on sale!), and you can also buy it here and here.  My Sam Edelman Hazel pumps are on sale in a few colors, including the nude color I’m wearing here. My exact skinny leopard belt is sold out from J Crew Factory, but this one from Gap is super-similar and less than $30. I scooped these Tory Burch studs before our trip last week…because, no reason. Do you ever get that feeling that you just HAVE to have something new for a trip? Er, me neither.

Minnetonka Sneaker Look
mom must-have: comfy, cute sneakers.
I did a separate post about these Minnetonka suede sneakers last week, but I had to include them in this round-up as well because I just can’t stop wearing them. They come in several different colors and have the dreamiest padded insole. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t feel my best in a blazer and heels…but for those days when I’ve got a ton of errands to run / a soccer game to watch / or just need to feel cute with a minimum of effort, these slip-ons are perfect. I’m also in love with this J. Crew Factory knot-front shirt. I get a new white button-down every year, and this one is my pick for 2018. The fabric is light and linen-y, and the shirttails in front are extra long so you can make the perfect knot. It’s currently on sale for $40! My exact Blank NYC cropped mid-rise skinnies (how cute is the frayed hem??) are sold out right now, so I linked a few other colors in the same fit below.  

 

OPI Black Cherry Chutney
the perfect deep purple.
My nail-color these days is Black Cherry Chutney by OPI. I’ll probably lighten it up in the next few weeks, but for now this feels so right. Do you have a go-to nail color for this time of year? Share it with us on Instagram at @theglitterlifexo!
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my favorite slip-on sneakers.

So it’s taken me a while to come around to the slip-on sneaker trend. (Is it even a trend at this point? It feels like they’re here to stay.) At first I felt like I couldn’t pull off something so sporty. Dressier options like pointy-toe flats, ballet flats, etc were more “me.” But I’ve slowly come around. I started with the Minnetonka “Pacific” suede sneaker, with which I ended up falling in love. CUTE. COMFY. EASY. And they’re on sale right now for $41, which is a total steal.

Minnetonka Pacific Sneaker
I wore the *heck* out of my Minnetonka Pacific sneakers last year, including to the Bear Hollow Zoo during our Hurricane Irma evacuation.

Then I was introdued to the Minnetonka “Gabi” sneaker in black suede: a little edgier, and – if you can believe it (I couldn’t) – even more comfortable. Seriously, it feels like I am walking on clouds when I wear them.

Minnetonka Gabi Sneaker
complete and total love

How cute are they? I’m wearing them here with a J Crew Factory knot-front button-down and Blank NYC cropped skinnies (similar shredded-hem styles here and here), and I’ve also been pairing them with my favorite Spanx camo leggings and a slouchy tee. These are a great option if you run marathon-level errands (me) and/or work retail and are on your feet all day (also me). Minnetonka is offering free shipping right now with promo code VALENTINE18, so go ahead and treat yourself!

Fit note: These are sized like running shoes. I recommend ordering your normal SNEAKER size. I wear a 6.5 in heels and most flats, but a 7 (which is my Nike/New Balance size) fit me best in both Minnetonka sneakers.

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2018: first round.

HOW is January half-over already? Oh wait, I know…holidays, snow days and three-day weekends have totally distorted my calendar. Jennifer and I have been struggling to get back in the swing of things – nothing new. At what point will we just recognize that life at this stage (married, young kids, demanding jobs, busy schedules) is NEVER going to feel calm and collected? Hmmm…how about now? K, done. 🙂 These days, taking an outfit pic in the morning feels like a mini-victory. Or maybe a major victory, depending on the day. Here are a few looks worth repeating…click each photo for shoppable links, or (if you’re viewing this on our website) click each product pic for how-to-buy info.

Saturday Look
“running important errands” (i.e. going to Hobby Lobby)

Favorite distressed skinnies + chunky turtleneck  + short puffer (other options here and here) + Sorel boots.

Changing up my distressed skinnies for Spanx denim leggings (LOVE this wine color) and swapping my puffer for a cute utility jacket. My knot-front tee is from Sole Statesboro. Use code GLITTER to take 10% off!

workflow.

Can’t say enough about Spanx denim – the high-waisted fit and built-in shaping make them the *perfect* post-holiday legging. New go-to nail color: OPI Black Cherry.

Freezing rain wreaked havoc with my hair last week. Also, why don’t I own a cuter umbrella?

rain, rain, go away…come back never.

Gingham button-down: check. Blazer: check. Hunters: check. Preppy style at its (my) best – just add distressed skinnies (other options here and here) for a little bit of edge.

On Friday our SEPTIC TANK crashed/exploded/quit. Which, if you know anything about plumbing – I don’t, and I don’t want to learn – is especially bad news if you’ve had weeks of rain and all area wastewater facilities are full. The boys and I couldn’t deal without toilet flushing and showers, so we (very happily) went to my in-laws’ for the weekend.

very gross hair.

Same gingham button-down, paired a few days later with a geranium sweater ( the “Teddie” sweater from J Crew Factory – an all-time favorite) and 7 For All Mankind mid-rise skinnies.

And finally, a pic of my new front door! We painted it Quietude by Benjamin Moore, and I love how it turned out.
Hope you have a wonderful day! xo
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New year, new outfits.

You guysssss…

We hope you had a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year’s! We definitely did – not only did all of our boys have a large time (tools and 4-wheelers ruled this year), but my Georgia Bulldogs are GOING TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP! 2018 is going to be epic. I just have this feeling.

Here are a few of my favorite outfits from the last few weeks…

Bernardo Coat
i would have DIED this winter without this coat.

South Georgia has had an unseasonably cold winter – in fact, it’s actually SNOWING here today (more about that later). This hooded Bernardo puffer coat saved my life – it’s super lightweight and packable but also *somehow* manages to keep me very, very warm. This exact coat is sold out, but I’ve linked a ton of super-similar options by the same brand, as well as my black Spanx denim leggings and this cute J Crew Factory blanket scarf (psssttt…it’s now 60% off with promo code CHILLY).

Bow Tie Look
festive Christmas Eve outfits for the oldest and me.

I hestitate to refer to the bow-tie “trend’ because to me this is a classic style and not at all trendy…but Gucci did them this year so they’re on everyone’s radar now. Sole Statesboro has a great dupe for the Gucci version (which I wore Christmas Eve, above!), andhere are lots of similar styles available at lower price points. I paired my grosgrain bow-tie with this turtleneck sweater and skater skirt (both from Sole) and added the same Spanx tights and super-comfy Toms booties I’ve been wearing all winter. And yes, I dress my boys in knee socks, and NO they don’t complain…yet.

 

All Black + Touch of Silver
ready for NYE!

Now that the holidays are over, an all-black outfit kinda fits my mood. I especially love it with just a touch of silver, like this cute crossbody bag.  My BCBGeneration vegan leather skirt (seen here paired with the same turtleneck, tights and booties as above!) is not yet available online, but I linked a ton of similar options in a variety of lengths, sizes and prices.

 

 

Joe Snow Angel
yes, this really happened in Statesboro!

Meanwhile, we’re in the midst of a legit winter storm…check out our Insta stories for more pics! Stay safe and warm!

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holiday dressing.

As promised, here are a few of my favorite looks for the holiday season. You don’t need much: a fun little skirt and a few special accessories will get you through.

Plaid Skirt
merry little holiday skirt.

I wore this adorable plaid skirt for a family holiday event. It’s sold out for now (but keep looking – this brand has a habit of restocking popular items!), so I rounded up some other equally cute little plaid numbers for you guys.

Spanx Tights
best. tights. ever.

Here I am, wearing my trusty “Sidewalk Skirt” again. Also, I’m a big believer in tights. They really do make a huge difference as far as warmth! But all tights are not created equal. These Spanx Luxe Leg Tights are the only tights I will ever wear – they are 100% opaque, never lose their shape and do a LOT for you as far as holding everything in. They’re a big confidence booster! I’m wearing them in the first pic as well.

Calf-Hair Leopard Clutch
so much love for this clutch.

Continuing my love for all things leopard…this clutch is perfection. Mine is from Sole Statesboro, but this baby is EVERYWHERE this season. Click here to see some super-similar options in a range of price points.

Bow Earrings
festive bow earrings.

Jennifer scooped these cute black ribbon hoops, and I’m going to do the same. They’re the perfect finishing touch to any holiday outfit.

What pieces do you have on repeat this holiday season? Tag us in your outfit pics on Insta (@theglitterlifexo)! xo

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my fall/winter capsule, part 2.

Merry, merry everything! The holidays are in full swing, and since both of us have little ones our posting may become a little spacy as we (try to) focus on our boys during this special time of year. Here’s a look at some of my favorite outfits from the last couple of weeks. As I mentioned in this post, I tend to do “capsule dressing” AKA buying a few new pieces every season that work with 1) what I already have and 2) also work with each other. It makes getting dressed in the morning so much easier! Click each photo to shop the look, or (if you’re looking at this on our website), click each piece in the product widget below the photo.

Sidewalk Skirt
The skirt I’ve been wearing all fall.

I’ve put this wool “Sidewalk Skirt” in heavy rotation this fall/winter (and it’s on MAJOR SALE right now – less than $20! – so scoop several colors!). The gathered/ruched/ruffled/ waistband is super-comfy, and the high-waisted fit is so flattering. It’s perfect with tights as well. I’m wearing it here with my all-time favorite sweater (I have it in several colors – can’t stop, won’t stop) and leopard-print heels.

And speaking of leopard…

Leopard Print Faux Fur Jacket
is leopard-print a neutral? 100%.

This faux-fur jacket makes me SO happy. I love the length and how cozy it feels – it’s honestly warmer than some of my “serious weather” coats. Leopard-print looks great with literally EVERYTHING (the only exception: something else leopard-print). I wear mine with everything from jeans and a button-down to an LBD. My exact coat sold out super fast, but I rounded up a ton of other options for you guys in a range of price points.

Corduroy Skort
skorts are so sporty!

This corduroy skort from Sole Statesboro is a super-versatile piece – it’s lightweight, so it looks great with bare legs and loafers…but it also works great with tights (these Spanx tights are the ONLY tights I will ever wear!) and booties. I’m wearing the skort here with the same wool sweater from above and and a ruffle coat from several years ago. If you love dressy coats like there, click here for my round-up of the best ruffle coats this year!

Teddie Wool Sweater
bright orange + COFFEE on a beautiful fall day.

Here’s my go-to sweater in bright orange. Orange is one of my favorite colors – it works so perfectly with olive, navy, etc. I’m wearing it here with Spanx denim leggings (which you should REALLY check out if you haven’t yet) and a statement necklace. I’m definitely in favor of wearing statement necklaces for everyday – they elevate basics and make them feel special.

Stay tuned for my favorite holiday dressing! Hope the rest of your week is wonderful – xo

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best of: metallic loafers

Happy #ShoesdayTuesday! Metallic loafers are huge right now, and I’ve been wearing this pair from Sole Statesboro non-stop lately.

Metallic Loafers
fall must-have: metallic loafers

They’re only $29 (what!), and you can take 10% off when you use the discount code GLITTER at checkout. 🙂

I’ve also rounded up nine more of my favorite metallic loafers here. You should snag a pair for sure! Happy shopping!

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travel blog | asheville, north carolina.

Two weeks ago, I made a quick  jaunt to the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina for m’girl Maggie’s wedding. Needless to say, a good time was had by ALL. Let me break it down for you:

Friday-

I linked up with my BFF, Annie, and her husband, Alex, for dinner at The Nightbell. We basically tried one of everything and it was phenomenal.

not your typical deviled egg… corn sabayon, sunburst smoked trout gravlax, pimenton.
a meal out is not complete without steak. in our opinion.
i know. we’re all obsessed with annie’s bodysuit. unfortunately, for all of us, it isn’t online. HOWEVER, here is my jumpsuit and jacket.

Saturday-

Annie and I took in the sights of Asheville including the biggest general store we’ve ever encountered, Mast. A few sights along the way:

coffee on a bus. casual.
many fall sights.
while wearing this sweater we’re all obsessed with.

THEN THERE WAS THE MAIN EVENT #TALFOUNDTHEDUNN

THE BRIDE (similar wedding guest dresses here and here and here)
MY GIRLS
THERE WERE DONUTS.
AND CHAMPAGNE.

It’s like you were there right?

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my fall capsule, part 1.

Gah I LOVVVEEE this time of year – the last few weeks have been gloriously cool, and it really feels like the holidays are about to begin! Here’s a look at some of my favorite outfits from last week. I tend to do “capsule dressing”, buying a few new pieces every season that work with 1) what I already have and 2) also work with each other. It makes getting dressed in the morning so much easier! Today I’m sharing a few of my new pieces, and I’ll share a few more next week. As you can see, I gravitate towards classic shapes and bright, clear colors. Click each photo to shop the look, or (if you’re looking at this on our website), click each piece in the product widget below the photo.

Gucci Belt Look
preppy style is LIFE – love this combo!

This look is pretty typical of my style – I love a great blazer paired with jeans. This belt was a definite splurge but I have worn it almost every day this fall. Every girl needs a navy blazer in her closet, and this one from J Crew Factory fits perfectly. My striped tee is another favorite J Crew purchase – there are a few sizes left. If those don’t work for you, this one is almost identical and also comes in a red stripe – cute!

Ruffle Button Down
polka dots AND ruffles? yes, please.

I’m always looking for a great button-down – but they are HARD to find! So many of them are bulky and bother me under sweaters…so I was super excited when I found this polka-dot one from J Crew Factory. It’s got a lot of stretch but it’s not clingy. It works great alone or under a sweater. I love it so much that I got it in two colors (see below). My favorite distressed skinnies are sold out everywhere, but I found some other options for you from 7 For All Mankind, Free People and New York & Co. And that’s my favorite bag in the background – you can read more about why I love it here.

Red Ruffle Button Down
love this pop of red

Okay, here’s the same ruffle button-down in red. So cute! I’ve added my favorite Frye boots – I love how they look more and more beat-up every year.

Hope the rest of your week is wonderful! xo

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