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Who says it has to be the holiday season to enjoy a little cranberry!? And there’s never a bad time for brie. We stumbled upon this delicious recipe during a routine check of one of our fave websites Apartment Therapy for reviews of the LexMod Ghost Chair. Enjoy!

Baked Brie with Cranberries

ooey, gooey cheese + tart cranberries = deliciousness.

Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce

Serves 4 to 6 as an appetizer

What You Need:

  • 8-ounce round brie cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup cranberry sauce (try this Perfect Cranberry Sauce recipe¬†or¬†this more advanced¬†Spiced Cranberry Sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts, unroasted and roughly chopped
  • Fresh rosemary, to garnish
  • Assorted crackers (we recommend Carr’s Water Crackers)

What You Do:

  • Preheat the oven to 425¬įF. Peel or slice off the top rind of the brie and scrape out a small amount of cheese to form a shallow hollow in the center. Place the cheese in a small baking dish like a pie pan. (If you plan on transferring the cheese to a serving dish after it’s baked, line the pie pan with a square of parchment paper.)
  • Mix the cranberry sauce, brown sugar, vanilla, zest, and nutmeg. Top the brie with this cranberry mixture and sprinkle the hazelnuts over it.
  • Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until the fruit is bubbling and the cheese is gooey. This is a delicate process, and baking time can vary. The goal is to take the cheese out after it has softened, but just before it collapses into a heap.
  • If desired, lift the parchment paper and use a spatula to carefully slide the cheese onto a prettier serving dish. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and serve immediately with assorted crackers.

friday five: links we love.

Whew, we made it through another week! J’s been jetting around the South for work and L’s been getting used to having an infant in the house again…so we’re feeling especially grateful for the next 48-ish hours. Here’s hoping your weekend will be a mix of fancy cheese, champagne and DIY design!

1 //¬†Modern cheese plate // Tailgating spreads don’t have to be fancy. Sometimes all you need is a little cheese and some cornichons. Cupcakes and cashmere shows us how to create a modern cheese plate here.

2 //¬†Champagne // Apparently there are 22 reasons to have champagne on hand at your house. That’s 21 more than we needed.

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photo credit: domaine

3 //¬†Sunburst Light Fixture // We’ve both been on renovation rampages at our houses. This (fairly) easy DIY sunburst light fixture¬†from the girls at A Beautiful Mess just might fit into our weekend reno plans.

Sunburst Light Fixture

photo credit: a beautiful mess

4 //¬†Stylish Survival Guide // No, we’re not coming to you live from #NYFW (this year)…but this “How To Survive Fashion Month” article by Whitney Port does have real life application for us. And for anyone who happens to be traveling out of town for “work.”

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photo credit: Bauble Bar

5 // Perfect Sunday Afternoon Project // After a weekend of football (and possibly struggling to re-wire that Sunburst Light Fixture), indulge your creative side and re-style your coffee table. Use this handy tutorial from Domino as a guide. As if we needed another excuse to purchase pink peonies! Happy Friday, yall.

Coffee Table Tutorial

photo cred: Domino

friday five: tropical fever.

It’s Friday, and we’re dreaming of blue skies and palm trees. In fact, the insane Georgia heat is giving us both a touch of tropical fever. We’re feeling these five pretties¬†right now…

1 // No Guilt Mixer¬†// We’re thirsty…and dying to try every variety of Be Mixed mixers. Hello, NO CALORIES. Shop the site here.

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just add tequila (j) or seltzer (l, for now) for a refreshing treat.

2 // Pineapple Mango Bar Soap + Dish // This cute soap set would make a perfect hostess gift. Now, quick. Someone invite us to your beach house.

Target Pineapple Mango Soap Set

reward the hostess with the mostess with this set.

3 // Palm Print Bench DIY //¬†L whipped up this quick DIY last weekend using leftover paint from Ed’s nursery and our favorite Tommy Bahama Swaying Palm fabric. J’s going to do something similar on Sunday.

Palm print bench

freshen up a stale interior with fresh aloe paint and palm print fabric.

4 // Tropicana Dress // Channel a tropical climate in this cute neoprene dress from Shop Sole Dish.

Shop Sole Dish Tropicana Dress

use promo code GLITTER to save 10% on this dress (and everything else!) on www.shopsoledish.com.

5)¬†Girl’s Pineapple Dress // Got a mini-me? We love this adorable gold pineapple print dress – wish it came in our size.

Target Pineapple Dress

mini-me tropical style. available in sizes newborn – 24 months.

Speaking of tropical, J is traveling further south to Statesboro this weekend to help host a baby shower for L. Follow along on Instagram @glitter_blog_xo!

friday five: links to stuff we love.

You guys. Two big pieces of news. 1) J IS BACK. Stay tuned for posts on her amazing honeymoon. 2) We are ready for the WEEKEND. We know you’re shocked. Check out five things that are making us happy right now:

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bikini + shades + cocktails + watermelon = our perfect weekend

1. L Space Print Wrap Top.¬†L*Space makes the best bikinis; every year, one silhouette dominates Pinterest. Last year it was the Audrey¬†fringe¬†top; this year it’s the Chloe wrap top. We love how the wrap-style gives us maximum adjustability. Bonus: the print reverses to basic black.

2. TOMS Aviators.¬†We are both devoted Ray-Ban wearers…but right now we’re really loving these Kilgore aviators at our favorite do-good company, Toms. For every pair sold, Toms will give a child the gift of sight.¬†We’re offering a special discount on these just for you. Call Sole at 912-764-7463, mention “The Glitter Life” and get an extra 15% off a pair for yourself.

3. Cocktail Napkins. MUST HAVE. This adorable cocktail napkin (comes in a set of four) would look even better sitting underneath a Grapefruit Paloma.

4. Watermelon Salad. One of our favorite summertime recipes. So easy to throw together Рall you need is watermelon, mint and feta.

5. How To: Host a Successful Sale on Instagram! If you need a little extra cash to support your bikini and sunglasses habit (ahem), check out these handy suggestions for throwing a killer closet sale on Instagram. Haul out your gently-used duds, snap some pics, and start making money. Then spend it on cute cocktail napkins.

PS – We’re excited to celebrate our wonderful mothers this weekend! Share your Mother’s Day pics with us on Instagram (@glitter_blog_xo).

 

 

 

 

 

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?

friday five: link love.

Happy Friday! J’s honeymooning in Italy this week and next, so L is holding down the glitter fort.

Here’s what we’re feeling right now: a charming springtime salad, the cutest tote, a must-try cocktail, how to use your iPhone (really) and a quiz we dare you to take. Hope you love these links as much as we do!

The Glitter Life Friday Five

our weekend musts: two must-makes, two must-dos, and one must-have.

1. Salad Nicoise. We’re craving fresh flavor right now, and this gorg salad (half the joy is in the arranging) brought to you by A Beautiful Mess fits the bill perfectly.

2. Cutest Tote Ever.¬†Yes. Just yes. We’re ordering¬†this tote pronto.

 

3.¬†Grapefruit Paloma.¬†What’s a Paloma, you ask? A delicious tequila-based cocktail with just the right amount of fizz. So refreshing. Just looking at this picture makes us wish it was happy hour.

4.¬†20 Cool iPhone Hacks.¬†This article details 20 useful tricks to get the most out of your beloved iPhone. Some you’ll recognize, most you won’t. At least we didn’t! Upgrade to fancy quotation marks? Don’t mind if we DO.

5. Quiz. Flashback to our Seventeen magazine days – who doesn’t love a good quiz? Take the “How Design Savvy Are You?” quiz by Domaine and test whether you know your book-matched from your herringbone. Spoiler: L is a Design Master! But you probably knew that already. ūüėČ

Hope you have a beautiful weekend!

behind the scenes:¬†j’s wedding weekend.

Okay, this is our last post about J’s wedding weekend. But we really wanted to share some behind-the scenes pics. Enjoy!

FRIDAY

bridesmaids brunch + bubbly at the ritz carlton.

bridesmaids fueled up on brunch + bubbly.

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l + j at brunch.

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l made this practice bouquet for j from hydrangeas (picked up at the local publix) and finished with satin ribbon from several of j’s wedding shower gifts. nail polish: essie bachelorette bash.

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bridesmaid kati made these adorbs champagne glasses, customized for each member of the bridal party. on the table: crafting materials (from ikea!) for the rehearsal dinner centerpieces. we all pitched in!

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jay’s mom karen assembled 100+ gift boxes for the cocktail reception guests. inside: georgia peanuts (in mason jars – cute!), bottled water, golf balls and customized koozies and golf tees.

the ritz carlton presidential house, the site of the rehearsal dinner and cocktail reception. also our home away from home for the weekend. 

bridesmaid mary + brendan on the patio at the rehearsal dinner.

bridesmaid mary + brendan on the patio at the rehearsal dinner. loved her maxi dress! 

SATURDAY

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the bridal party got dolled up at The Spa at the Ritz Carlton. j gifted each bridesmaid adorable h&m pajamas to wear while getting ready. also pictured: vintage-y earrings, another gift from j.

bridal attire from head (j's mother's veil)  to toe (christian louboutins). photo: the willets.

bridal attire from head (j’s mother’s veil) to toe (nude peep-toe¬†christian louboutins). photo: the willets.

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rain showers didn’t dampen j’s mood. her photographers were great sports, too! pictured: the pool at the ritz presidential house. our home away from home for the weekend.

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j’s something borrowed: an antique bracelet from l. the bride also borrowed gorg diamond earrings from her aunt.

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one of our favorite pics from the weekend. we snapped this selfie minutes before walking down the aisle!

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presenting mr. and mrs. james murray baker, iv! j’s dress: winnie couture.

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bridesmaids, post-ceremony. from l to r: annie (maid of honor), l (matron of honor), maggie, mary and kati. dresses: alfred sung via weddington way. bouquets: findlay rowe designs.

bridesmaid maggie + talmadge. photo bomb: brendan.

bridesmaid maggie + talmadge. photo bomb: brendan.

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j’s bouquet of peonies wowed everyone. bouquet: findlay rowe designs. cake: the ritz carlton.

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honestly one of the best meals we’ve ever had: filet of beef tenderloin, seared sea scallops and braised veggies. catering: the ritz carlton.

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the happy couple snapped a pic before digging in to dinner.

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j + maid of honor annie.

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l + joe at the reception. loved the handy pockets on our bridesmaids’ dresses!

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…and that’s a wrap! #jjb2015 was one for the books. photo credit: the willets.