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Holidays

Have you guys recovered from the long weekend? Ours was glorious…but Tuesday hit us like a ton of Monday-sized bricks. After struggling yesterday, we’re back in the game today. We put a few items to the test last week – read on for the deets.

Striped Button Down The Glitter Life
vegas-bound

Jennifer and Jay traveled to Vegas last week, and as you probably know that East Coast-to-almost-West Coast flight is BRUTAL. A cocktail and this H&Mย comfyย striped button-down (paired with Blank NYCย white denim – of course) made the flight a little more bearable. The top comes in a few more colors/prints!

Pool Look The Glitter Life
bikini top // bottom // cover-up // sandals

Poolside, Jennifer mixed high (classic Jack Rogers sandals – there’s also a wedge version) with a sweet little scalloped bikini top and bottom from Target and aย palm print over-up from Old Navy. That’s our style – mixing cute, inexpensive pieces with our fave classic stand-bys.

Cold Shoulder Top The Glitter Life
cold-shoulder top // black denim leggings // tassel ankle-wrap wedges

Back in Georgia, baby Joe graduated from kindergarten! Yes, I’m still going to refer to him “Baby Joe”. And yes, I wore my comfiest basics because sitting on gymnasium bleachers for an hour is no joke. This BCBGeneration cold-shoulder top (re-stocked in all sizes!!), Spanx black denim leggings (also seen here, and virtually once a week), and Coconuts by Matisse ankle-wrap wedges have been on repeat since spring.

Striped Swim Look The Glitter Life
bikini top // bottom // sunblock

The Joes and I didn’t go ANYWHERE for Memorial Day weekend, and it was magical. Sometimes relaxing at home is the best way to recharge. We did have a few friends over for a pool party Saturday night, and this striped bikini top and bottom from Target got a lot of compliments. As I’m writing this post, all sizes are still available! I love how the top feels so secure, and it’s true to size. The bottoms are not as cheeky as most styles right now – I probably could have sized down, but with two kids…better safe than sorry. Also, have you guys tried this SPF 30 Brush On Block yet? It’s a truly genius product – you just twist the brush and a translucent SPF powder materializes on the brush. No greasy sunscreen lotion getting in your eyes, no kids coughing exaggeratedly “ughhhhh it’s in my mouth!!!!” as you spray them. Wait, are mine are the only ones that do that? Seriously, try it.

Flamingo Float
the best $39 you will spend this summer

This flamingo pool float is EVERYTHING. I *hate* floats that don’t keep you above water – if I wanted to get wet, I would SWIM. -_- This giant pink beauty keeps me suspended above the water and provides plenty of room to relax. I do recommend using an air compressor or similar-ish thingy (idk what they’re called, I’m not a scientist) to inflate it. Don’t ask me how I know.

Off Shoulder Striped Top
happy memorial day!

On Memorial Day, Jennifer sipped a few margs in this adorable striped off-shoulder top. It comes in petite AND tall and – unbelievably! – it’s under $20. You’ll have plenty of money left over for queso.

We’ve got tons of cute stuff planned for the next few weeks. Follow along on Instagram and tag us in your own pics!

 

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give thanks.

give thanks the glitter life

Happy thanksgiving! 2015 has been an especially wonderful year for us. We celebrated Jennifer and Jay’s marriage in April, we welcomed Baby Ed in September… and there have been countless other small victories and miracles in between. And of course we are thankful for all you who read this blog! We are truly blessed beyond measure. We hope you all have a relaxing day with family or friends (or maybe both!), with plenty of time to reflect on your own blessings as well. xo

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bacon-y brussels sprouts.

From L:

You know how adult children are always assigned something non-essential at family Thanksgiving, like an appetizer or “the salad”? Well, I’ve graduated from the salad to…side vegetable!

I’m actually really excited because I lovvve sides at Thanksgiving. Turkey isn’t my thing, so I always load up on veggies. Behold, my vegetable contribution this year: Bacon-y Brussels Sprouts. Bonus: this recipe is SUPER SIMPLE and easy – the perfect thing to whip up for that last-minute Friendsgiving celebration tonight.

Brussels sprouts the glitter life
green goodness

Bacon-y Brussels Sprouts

What You Need:

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 lbs baby brussels sprouts, washed and trimmed (halved if very large)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 6 ounces diced bacon (3 – 4 slices)
  • 3 tablespoons minced shallots (about 2)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (1-2 cloves)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • chopped fresh parsley, if desired

What You Do:

  • Heat the butter and olive oil in a medium skillet. Add the brussels sprouts and season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook until lightly browned, tossing often.
  • Add the bacon and saute for ten more minutes, or until well browned.
  • Reduce the heat and add the shallots and the garlic. Saute for two more minutes.
  • Increase the heat to high and slowly add the chicken broth, a little at a time. Cook for ten more minutes or until the sprouts are tender, tossing often.
  • Sprinkle with parsley if desired.
Brussels sprouts the glitter life
bacon, shallots and garlic make everything better.

NOTE: This recipe is adapted from Par 3: Tea Time at the Masters (a Glitter Life favorite). The original recipe called for the addition of balsamic vinegar and fresh bread crumbs at the end. We don’t think you need either one…the brussels sprouts are SO GOOD on their own that we didn’t want to mask their flavor or beautiful color. But if you’re new to brussels sprouts (or you think your family will be weirded out by them), you may want to experiment by adding one or both of those ingredients to this recipe. Honestly, if you get fresh Brussels sprouts you can’t go wrong!

 

 

 

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’tis the season.

We woke up this past Sunday like it was Christmas morning… Sugar Paper Holiday for Target had ARRIVED. We legit couldn’t get our orders in fast enough. Here are a few of the gift-wrapping goods we scooped, but let’s be honest… we scooped pretty much everything.

Psssst Order today and get 10% off the prices below! 15% off if you order 3 items! Ridiculous…

Merry Must-Haves
star wrap | mitten wrap | bell tie ons | mint box | foil gift bag

Now, time to buy presents to wrap! Shouldn’t be a problem…

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easter weekend style.

It finally feels like SPRING! Whether you’re headed to a golf tournament (J), hosting an egg hunt (L) or just relaxing with family, this beautiful weather calls for fresh spring threads. These are our top five looks for the next 48 hours.

1. Sophisticated Simplicty.ย Church and brunch with the family calls for a simple shape in a pretty pastel. Add a metallic clutch and sandals.

The Glitter Life Easter
this one sold out, but you can find tons of other options here.

2. Classic with a Twist. Repurpose your favorite white button-down by adding a pastel midi skirt and ladylike heels.

The Glitter Life Easter
buy a classic white button down here.

3. Just Add Flowers. Spring-ify your favorite dark skinnies with a lightweight floral kimono and bright heels. This look is perfect for meeting up with friends for lunch on Saturday. Check out more casual outfit ideas here.

The Glitter Life Easter
see some of our favorite kimonosย here and here.

4. Prints Charming. This playful look works beautifully for a fancy brunch or Easter celebration. Tone down the pattern with a kitten heel or even a cute flat. Bonus points: add a low bun and bright pink lip.

The Glitter Life Easter
via a spooful of style.

5. Hey, Shorty. We DIE for short sets. Love this patterned one, or you can keep it simple in all-white. Perfect for an afternoon shopping or walking the golf course. Shorts call for a great tan – fake one with our helpful hints!

The Glitter Life Easter

Whatever your plans, we hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend.

 

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friday five | bunny brunch.

Hard to believe, but EASTER is a little less than a month away… Time to plan your tablescapes! Here are 5 must have items for your bunny brunch via Joss & Main + One Kings Lane:

1. Cora Beaded Chargers. The perfect base for your place settings.

Bunny Brunch

2. Moss Bunnies (Because why not? EEE!)

Bunny Brunch4

3. Adorable serving tray. A Lela Rose favorite.

Bunny Brunch 7

4. Peonies for days. Our most favorite Spring bloom. Bunny Brunch 5

 

5. Stemless wine glasses. That of which are hilarious.

Bunny Brunch 6

 

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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 Breadย byย 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.ย 

You’re a Real Cutieย 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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