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friday five.

EEEK Happy Friday!

So we just sort of blinked and it’s November. We’re shaking off our Halloween candy hangovers and gearing up for another month. Here’s what we’re feeling this weekend:

1. Drink: Jay got me this Keurig coffee maker for my birthday and needless to say, it was love at first sight. The best part: it doesn’t brew just coffee. Tea? Apple Cider? HOT CHOCOLATE? Absolutely. Just pop in the “k-cup” of your choice and enjoy!

Keurig
use this to brew a cup of coffee for your DIY pumpkin spice latte.
Nantucket Blend
our absolute favorite brew.

2. Nails: Y’all. Essie Winter 2012 colors are HERE! To say we’re obsessed is an understatement. We’ll be purchasing all six shades ASAP.

Essie Winter Collection
(L-R): Butler Please, Leading Lady & Snap Happy
Essie Winter Collection
(L-R): Where’s My Chauffeur, Beyond Cozy & She’s Pampered

3. Shop: Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale is going on NOW! Save up to 40% on select items. Here are a few things we’ve got our eye on:

Kensie Jacket
everyone needs a furry jacket for winter.
Free People Cords
dress them up pumps or down with booties. perf!

4. DIY: We lurve a DIY on the weekends. {{Check out previous DIYs here and here.}} And a DIY that involves glitter? Sign us up. Check out the mason jar glitter vase thanks to SUPER cute blog, The Knotty Bride:

DIY
just roll the jar around in gold glitter…
Glitter Mason Jar
and voila! how pretty is that!?

5. Festival: If you’re in Atlanta, check out the Chastain Park Arts Festival! This two-day fest draws people from all over the city for fun, food, and ART. Click here for more info.

Chastain Arts Festival
bundle up and head to the park.

What is everyone up to this weekend!? Tweet us @glitter_blog_xo

X0

J+L

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oxblood.

(To all of our email subscribers who received an incomplete version of this post on Saturday night…SORRY. Turns out jazz hands are not compatible with an iPad. We’ll stick to blogging from our laptops from now on.)

Happy Monday!

You can’t look at any fashion mag or shop online without seeing oxblood (which is just a creepy way of saying deep burgundy) everything. Trust us, we do a lot of both. Anyway, turns out that, despite its icky name, oxblood is THE color for fall. Here are some our fave ways to wear the shade.

Ann Taylor: Delaney Haircalf Stacked Platform Pump

Ann Taylor Delaney Pump
make a statement with these beauties. they’re on saaaale!

Sparkle and Fade: Pleat Front Trouser

Sparkle and Fade Trousers
it’s easy to take your look from day to night with these sleek wine colored trousers.

Banana Republic: Felt Panama Hat

Banana Republic Panama Hat
this adorbs panama hat screams rachel zoe.

Essie: Velvet Voyeur

Essie Velvet Voyeur
you know us. gotta have the latest polish.

Yves Saint Laurent: Rouge Volupte in Forbidden Burgundy

YSL Forbidden Burgundy
keep eye makeup minimal and let this beautiful burgundy shade speak for itself.

Have you purchased any oxblood for fall? Tweet us a pic! @glitter_blog_xo

X0

J + L

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guest post: austen hill.

Happy Friday, glitter girls!

The Glitter Life is about fashion, makeup, design, cocktails…but most of all it’s about the friendship of two girls (that’s us) who, despite no longer living in the same town (wah!), manage to talk all day, every day about everything. What color should I paint my nails this weekend? Do I need pink pants? My desk is ugly–what should I do? Honestly, our posts are really just summaries of our random conversations on any given day.

One of the best parts of our Glitter Life experience is discovering other bloggers. Every now and then we “meet” someone new that we can totally see ourselves being BFF with. One of our faves is Kelly of Austen Hill. We love her traditional-with-a-twist style, and seriously, the girl is always up for a wine tasting. She’s cute and funny and we are totally going to meet up with her in Atlanta soon. She promised! Austen Hill

Today, we are swapping posts with Kelly. You know, bloggers helping each other out and stuff.  So read down for Kelly’s take on the Friday Five...and then visit Austen Hill to read her other posts AND see our own Glitter Life Friday Five guest post. C’mon, you know this is the best day of the week. Take it away, Kelly!

Hello, lovely to meet the fabulous readers of The Glitter Life! It’s Kelly from Austen Hill and I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to be a guest on this fantastic blog. I am a huge fan of Jennifer and Laura! Not only are they super sweet, but they have flawless taste and I always know I can count on their recommendations.

Like you, I follow The Glitter Life all week but I especially look forward to Friday Fives! J + L never fail to give me great ideas for a little weekend fun and highlight awesome finds. When they asked me to do a Friday Five post {a la Austen Hill} I jumped at the chance.

I’m happy to report this week has been pretty darn good! For my day job travel is the norm, but luckily this week I was able to stay close to home. This weekend I’m hoping to enjoy the amazing fall weather, start decorating for my annual Halloween Party, and most importantly have some fun! Read on for more of my Friday Five picks and don’t forget to check out J + L’s Friday post on my blog.

1. Wine Festivals

If you read my blog you’ll notice that I consider wine a food group. Luckily I live in Virginia where wineries are plentiful and wine festivals are a fall staple. Saturday I’m pouring for my friends {Cooper Vineyards} at a local festival. You can find out more about Cooper and other Virginia Wines here.

I love outdoor festivals but they can present some wardrobe challenges as they tend to go on rain or shine, freezing or sweltering. I’ve put together a fun look that will ensure you’re comfortable but still look put together while you’re braving the elements this weekend.

Fall Wine Festival

I’m mildly obsessed with J. Crew so I can’t leave without dropping a line about their new on-line factory store, check it out here!

2. Fall/Winter Skin Care

If I don’t take precautions, a negative effect of all of this outdoor, wine-drinking awesomeness can be dry skin and sunburn. To protect my skin during the fall/winter months my go-to line is Kiehl’s. Their products are gentle but affective and they absolutely work!

Kiehls Faves

Some of my favorites include:

  1. Midnight Recovery Concentrate: A little goes a long way and it smells amazing!
  2. Ultra Facial Cream: Lightweight 24-hour moisture
  3. Lip Balm #1: Never leave home without it
  4. Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+: Trust me you can absolutely wear this under make-up

3. Pumpkin Pancakes

I love to savor flavors when they’re in season so right now I’m on a pumpkin kick! This recipe for Pumpkin Pancakes from Martha Stewart looks yummy and easy {two of my favorite things}. Sunday morning I predict you’ll find me tucked under a blanket with a plate of these babies and some strong coffee.

Pumpkin Pancakes

4. DIY Halloween Fascinator

I’m a self-professed Anglophile, so you’ll hardly be surprised to find I’m a Royals junkie and that I adore Kate Middleton’s style. Fascinators are back in a big way because of the “Middleton Effect” and what better way to look chic on Halloween?! I came across this DIY Halloween Fascinator from the always amazing Fabulous K, so I think my weekend DIY project is set! Can’t wait to wear this at my Halloween Party! Pinterest has tons of other fun options like the one below or be creative and come up with an entirely new design on your own.

Fascinator

5. Take Charge of Your Health

Through my day job I have the privilege of knowing Lindsay Avner, an amazing woman and the founder of Bright Pink, a non-profit organization that focuses on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. Read Lindsay’s story here.

Lindsay Avner

While these types of cancers are far less common in young women, they do tend to be linked within families. Knowing your families medical history is crucial to assessing your risk factors for these types of cancers. Visit Bright Pink’s website here for valuable information and resources. October is breast cancer awareness month so I challenge you to take control of your health and Be Brilliant, Be Bold, Be Bright Pink!

Have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget to visit Austen Hill here and follow me on Twitter @AustenHill and Facebook!

SEE?! We knew you would love Kelly. Hope yall have a fantastic weekend!

xo

L+J

P.S. We are totally making that fascinator.

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feathers.

Y’all.  Y’ALL. We are battling a serious feather obsession lately. Whether it’s on the runway or on our front doors, we can’t stop thinking about them.

Fashion:

Feather Fascinator
sure, this Panthera dress is great…but it’s the feathered fascinator that had us at hello.
Feather Skirt
gah. want.
Feather Skirt
YES.
Fendi Fall 2012
where to wear this Fendi Fall 2012 ensemble? oh you know, anywhere.

Peacock Headband
we have a crush on this peacock headband.
Shop more Etsy-fied feathers here.

Decor: Is it just us or does most fall decor look like a third grade classroom? You can have your cheesy orange and yellow leaves; we’ll take feathers.

Feather Tablescape
simple and elegant.
Feather Bouquet
view more images from this beautiful fall wedding here.
Feather Wreath
love that long ribbon.
Double Door Fall Wreaths
oh, to have double front doors! feathers dress up the twig and white gourd wreaths.

What are you obsessed with, fashion-wise or decorating-wise (or both), these days? Hope you all have a fantastic week! (And a nice Columbus Day holiday, if you have today off. Sadly, J and I do not.)

XO

L + J

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friday five.

Y’all. It has been the longest week ever. Here’s what’s on our agenda for the weekend:

1. Reynolds Plantation: It might officially be fall, but it is still *hot* in Georgia. There’s nothing I love more than a weekend getaway to Lake Oconee. It’s an hour ‘s drive from Atlanta–totally worth it.

reynolds
Jay is playing in the club championship tournament this weekend. you can’t beat riding along in the cart with this view.
pool
my downtime will be spent at the pool.

2. Fresh Fall Salads: We’re all about whipping up a new salad. Here are some fall recipes that look super delicious (and easy. love that).

salad
this Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette is amazing. total crowd pleaser.
salad 2
how pretty is this Ruby Salad with Crumbled Feta and Spicy Pepitas!? it’s the *perfect* side for a fall dinner party.

3. Tee It Up: This time, we’re not talking golf. Ditch your LBD and opt for a casual t-shirt paired with a fancy skirt this weekend.

t-shirt look
AND with bright heel. obsessed.
t-shirt 2
Miranda Kerr in Paris. Thanks to Anarchy Street for the image.

4. Matte Nails: As always, we gotta have new nails for the weekend. We were unsure about matte nails at first, but now we’re in love. Check it:

matte about you
Essie makes it super easy to dull down your polish.
*obsessed* with the shiny/matte mix.
switch it up with a reverse french mani.

5. Football: Both of our teams play at home this weekend! L and the Joes will be cheering on the Georgia Southern Eagles in Statesboro, and the University of Georgia Bulldogs take on Vanderbilt in Athens at 7:45pm. No matter what team you’re cheering for, check out our tips for tailgating in style.

YAY, the weekend’s here!

xo

J+L

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friday five.

It’s that time again, Glitter Girls! Here’s our guide to the weekend:

1. iPhone 5 pre-sale: I’ve always been Apple-obsessed. It took L a little longer to get on the team, but she’s finally ditched her Blackberry and is now sporting an iPhone. So we’re both super excited about the launch of the iPhone 5. Be cool and pre-purchase it here or through your provider’s website. Check it:

eeek a bigger screen! get excited for a new row of icons.
iphone 5
aluminum backing! now i only have to worry about not shattering the front…
iphone 5
new and improved ear-buds.

2. Nails: As always, we have to share what nail colors we’re feeling for the weekend. I repainted my nails a zillion times engaged in some scientific research to discover the best Essie shades for fall. You’re welcome.

bobbing for baubles
bobbing for baubles. the perfect sapphire shade.
merino_cool
merino cool. a sensuous autumn mulberry.
smokin_hot
smokin’ hot. a stone-cold fox gray that burns hotter than any flame…

3. DIY: Looking for an easy way to spice up a room in your house/apartment? We’ve got the solution. First, purchase the rast chest from Ikea (available at the Atlanta Ikea location or online). Then, read apartment therapy’s suggestions on how to transform this simple piece into a (practical) show piece.

chest 3
try using two next to each other. at $34 each, why not?
chest
*obsessed* with the tiffany blue paint and orange accessories.
chest
dorothy draper style. major.

4. Fall Hair Trends: One of our *fave* things to do over the weekend is try a new hair trend. Here are a few we’re feeling thanks to Elle:

hair
big hair! love this retro bouffant at dsquared2.
hair2
a sleek, precise pony is perfect for day or night. ralph lauren pictured.
rachel zoe hair
a random braid can jazz up the most simple hair. leave it to rachel zoe to get it right.

5. Fall Make-Up Trends: You can’t have amazing fall hair without matching make-up, right?

red lips
red lips by keiko lynn. love her.
cat eye
L and I *long* for the perfect cat-eye! check out Glamour’s tips here.
smoky eye
if the cat-eye is too much, try a smoky eye instead. step-by-step instructions here. obsessed.

What are you guys up to this weekend? Are you feeling fall as much as we are!?
X0

J+L

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friday five.

Glitter Girls!

There is SO MUCH going on this weekend! Let us fill you in…

1. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: NYFW kicked off yesterday in The Big Apple. L and I have already decided we’re attending next year;  in the meantime we will be watching the shows live here. Here are the shows we’re MOST looking forward to:

DVF
Diane Von Furstenberg’s bold prints + classic silhouettes = our obsession. spring 2012 pictured.
Tory Burch and Models Spring 2011
L and I are *huge fans* of Tory Burch’s neo-preppy style. spring 2011 pictured.
rachel-zoe-fashion-week-1
Rachel Zoe herself is no stranger to Fashion Week, but her clothing line is fairly new. How can you not love these flattering looks? spring 2012 pictured.

2. Football: Whether you’re cheering on the Falcons from your fave watering hole (it will be The Ivy for me as per usual) or watching Georgia Southern take down The Citadel in Charleston, you’ll need an outfit. We don’t wear jerseys around here, ladies…

gameday
hats are a MUST in the South. How cute is this look from L’s store, Social!?
GSU gameday
it’s super easy to add your team’s color with a fun accessory!
Tailgate Couture
game day looks from Tailgate Couture. designer Shannan Lewark is one of our fave Glitter Girls.  available at both of L’s stores, Social and Dish!

3. Baby Shower: My sweet friend Casey is expecting baby #2 in October! It’s a girl this go round, so we MUST shower her in pink. Here are a few of my favorite decor looks. Thanks, Pinterest:

shower 2
so simple, yet fun! loving the ceiling piece.
shower
#quirky. how good do all of those milk treats look!?
shower 3
fun, girly drinks are a MUST.

4. Closet Clean-Up: Ladies, time to replace those bikinis and flip-flops with sweaters and boots. Get your closet in check this weekend. Check out these tips from Emily at Cupcakes and Cashmere (ADORE):

Organize by color –

blouses
suddenly, your random purple blouse looks right at home.

Showcase favorites –

favorites
we play favorites, and so do you. let’s look at them daily.

Keep things accessible –

dream closet
i know, i know. ridiculous. but i HAD to post a pic of my dream closet.

5. Nails: Nothing gets us more excited than the thought of deep fall hues on our nails. Here’s what we’re feeling:

velvet nails
how amazing is this wine color!? and the velvet texture!? WE DIE.
essie
essie: going incognito is the *perfect* shade of green.
glitter nails
glitter is appropriate year-round. OPI Glitzerland.

YA Y for Friday! What are y’all up to?

xo

J+L

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sneak peek: photo shoot.

A few weeks ago, the Social and Dish girls and I snapped a few pics of the looks we’re loving for fall.  We took five key pieces (a denim jacket, a navy blazer, a reptile print top, riding boots and nude heels) and paired them with statement items like coral skinny jeans, red matchstick pants, and a bright blazer. Here’s how we mixed and matched.

1. A bright blazer perks up a neutral print top and belted shorts.

Fall 1
bright blazer + print top + belted shorts

2. We prettied up this classic blazer/jeans/boots combo with a bright pink tee and pearls.

Fall 2
sweatshirt blazer + dark skinnies + jewel tee + boots

3. Maxi skirts are totally having a moment now.  And actually, so are chambray shirts.  Together they’re perfection.

Fall 3
maxi skirt + chambray shirt

4. You *can* do white jeans in for fall!  Ground them with a navy blazer and riding boots.

Fall 5
blazer + tie-neck top + white skinnies + boots

5. Toughen up a retro blouse and lady-like shorts with a denim jacket.

Fall 6
denim jacket + print top + scalloped shorts

6. Our model Brooke loved this sporty look!

Fall 8
matchstick pants + button-down + denim jacket + aviators

7. Coral skinnies add a shot of color to your go-to fall neutrals…and go with pretty much everything.

Fall 10
Print top + coral skinnies + denim jacket + nude heels

What’s your favorite look? How do you mix and match your wardrobe to create new looks?

xo

L + J

Special thanks to our model Brooke Brown Smith and photo shoot assistants Tiffany Kendrick and  Lauren Thompson.

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