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From L: Happy Thursday, Glitter Girls! Long time, no post. Sorry, but I’ve been BUSY…busy planning the best baby shower ever, that is!

As you know, J is expecting a precious baby boy in May. Her bridesmaids and I (with a little help from my sweet mother) showered the beautiful mom-to-be with a brunch at Cook Hall in the W Buckhead. Each one of us is so seriously excited to meet this little guy! Here are the deets and a few of our favorite photos:

Menu||all served family-style|deviled eggs|salmon tartare|jalapeno fritters|homemade ricotta on crostini|shrimp and grits|roasted cauliflower hummus|mimosas (most importantly!)|cupcakes

Flowers||hydrangeas|roses (courtesy of J’s sweet step-mother-in-law)

Invitations||minted

cupcakes

J had one request: CHOCOLATE

framed invitation

framed invite for J to keep

cocktail napkins

hostess annie found the perfect cocktails napkins

JB Shower Sign

hostess kati doodled a cute chalkboard to say “welcome”

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OH HI!

JB Shower Cousins

from L to R: Beth, Jay’s stepmom / Becky, J’s mom / Britton + Ali, J’s sweet cousins

JB Shower Girls

we all love Baby James already!

JB Findlay Rowe

gift from J’s aunts Audrey + Barbara of Findlay Rowe Designs

US AND OUR MOMS! <3

Jan (Laura’s mom) / L / J / Becky

JB M+M

Mo + Maggie

JB Girls

aubrey, one of the Dish girls, created this cute Insta frame for us!

jb hooray

J + JMBIV can’t wait to welcome JMBV in just a few short weeks!

J: dress (sold out. similar here + here) | shoes | earrings

L: dress | shoes

instagram diary.

4.7.14

j + j do hawktoberfest, romes is happy to see SPRING (as are we), fresh veggies for grilling, john caparulo’s stand up at the improv was hysterical, gorgeous tulips in j’s kitchen, spring statement necklace by L, ARM PARTY, jay and his niece, ellery, at the atlanta auto show, special delivery from nuts.com, teeing it up at reynolds landing, “joe cool” enjoying his starbucks treat, the oh-so-famous chicken biscuit from buttermilk kitchen, cheering on jay’s alma mater, Kenucky, as they play for their 9th national championship!

instagram diary.

The Glitter Life Instagram Diary

red wine/essie mani=perfect sunday // j’s blow out via belle de jour. full review coming soon! // l’s blow out at dry bar! who wants to do their own hair? // a rose from our sweet friend, daphne // soup and sandwich at del friscos. tis the season! // j and mags tearing up saturday night // our friend rebecca’s adorable pooch // trying on holiday outfits // barbecue sandwich at the green room in greenville, sc // l and her nephew Hudson meet for the first time // love this gray herringbone tile floor // shopping for christmas decor!

instagram diary.

The Glitter Life Instagram Diary

we celebrated L’s birthday at Del Frisco’s // …the after party… // L’s birthday gift from J // distressed denim // J’s beauty purchase from Sephora // J and her friend Maggie at Sweetwater Brewery’s “Brew Your Cask Off” // amazing ahi tacos from Del Friscos // Mags playing dress up // hello, big city! can’t beat the view from Del Friscos patio // J spent Sunday afternoon with Jay’s niece Ellery and pup Riley // ahhh the red cups have arrived // scallop appetizer from Chops on Main in Statesboro (a much-needed date night after a week away) // baby joe the monkey

L spent last week in Atlanta, so we were able to do a little celebrating together. Love that. We’re gearing up for a busy week: stay tuned for a review of our experience at Roots Pressed Juices, our favorite holiday entertaining finds and a little dinner party how-to.

weekend instagram diary.

The Glitter Life Fall

L to R: J gets a warm welcome from the westin savannah harbor // L is fall-ready with a new centerpiece // L & Joe kicking off the weekend at mellow mushroom statesboro // fall fashion shoot for shopsocialdish.com // pit stop for J + Jay on the way home from Savannah // L + J REUNITED at Locos // heading over the talmadge bridge // lunch at vinnie van go go’s // DANCE PARTY // J and her childhood friend Kari catching up // baby joe picked out pumpkins // J + Jay relaxed by the fire with cocktails from Midnight Sun Bourbon Bar // Joe enjoyed a pineapple bowl from The Orchid Statesboro.

J and Jay swung through Statesboro on their way to Savannah this weekend. Did you catch up with any old friends this weekend? Tweet us @glitter_blog_xo!

meatloaf with roasted tomatoes.

After a weekend packed with travel, nothing sounds better on Sunday night than comfort food. L made Meatloaf with Roasted Tomatoes on Sunday night, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s super easy and can be adapted to your family’s tastes. Plus, you can make it ahead of time and pop it in the oven when you’re ready. Slices of leftover meatloaf make delicious sandwiches the day after. Enjoy!

The Glitter Life Meat Loaf

photo: real simple.

Meatloaf with Roasted Tomatoes adapted from Real Simple

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400¬į F. Whisk together ¬ľ cup of the ketchup and the brown sugar in a small bowl (OR use 1/4 barbecue sauce of your choice); set aside.
  2. Combine the oats and milk in a large bowl. Let stand until the oats are soft, 5 minutes. Whisk in the eggs, onion, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, the remaining ¬ľ cup of ketchup (or 1/4 cup of barbecue sauce), ¬ĺ teaspoon salt, and ¬Ĺ teaspoon pepper. Add the meat and gently mix with your hands until just combined.
  3. Transfer to a 9-by-13-inch or other 3-quart baking dish and form into an 8-by-5-inch oval. Brush the top and sides of the meat loaf with the sweetened ketchup or barbecue sauce. Arrange the tomatoes around the sides.
  4. Bake until an instant-read¬†thermometer¬†inserted in the center of the meatloaf registers 165¬į F, 40 to 50 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

This is a very forgiving recipe. Depending on your tastes, you could add a few cloves of finely chopped garlic to the meat mixture, omit the onion entirely, or substitute breadcrumbs for the oats. Bake this a few minutes longer if you like a super crusty crust on your meatloaf.

weekend wrap-up: instagram diary.

We hope you all had a wonderful long weekend. J jetted to Chicago for three days in the big city; L stuck close to home and had a laid-back family weekend.

The Glitter Life Initial Necklaces

these initial necklaces arrived at social just in time for the long weekend. {$19, call 912.681.7008}

The Glitter Life Memorial Day Weekend

thanks to all our friends who shopped with us over the weekend! L is always happy to text you a pic of the newest inventory. #saycheese

The Glitter Life Cross Bracelets

these new cross bracelets flew out the door at social. {$12, call 912.681.7008}

The Glitter Life Baby Joe

there’s nothing more awesome than a toddler in sunglasses.

The Glitter Life Grilled Asparagus

grilled asparagus.

The Glitter Life Lanier Pic

happy family: a sunday selfie.

The Glitter Life Pond House

peaceful afternoon on the pond.

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starbucks in hand and Chicago bound!

The Glitter Life Chicago

a bbq with a view.

The Glitter Life Delightful Pastries

picking up a sweet treat from delightful pastries.

The Glitter Life RPM

post dinner drinks at RPM.

The Glitter Life J.Parker

“eight pieces” cocktail from J. Parker. stay tuned for the recipe…

Follow along on Instagam @glitter_blog_xo.