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gift guide: last minute mother’s day gifts.

Woof, it’s Wednesday. And in four days it will be SUNDAY. Mother’s Day. You didn’t forget, did you? To help you last-minute shoppers, we picked out eight perfect Mother’ Day gifts…most available to ship or purchase ASAP.

Mother's Day Gift Guide

1. MacBeth Weekender Polo ($49). Preppy perfection with white skinnies. Express shipping available.

2. Custom Pet Illustration ($55). Obviously this wouldn’t be ready in time for Sunday…but it’s such a sweet gift, we think you should consider it anyway.

 

3. GroVert Mini Planter ($30). Those of us with black thumbs (ahem, both of us) love a good succulent garden. If you don’t have time to order one online, check with your local florist for delivery. In Statesboro, check with our friends at Colonial House of Flowers (912.764.6097).

4. Tory Burch In Color ($36). A gorgeous coffee table book featuring an inside look at the designer’s life with her boys. Get it in two days with Amazon Prime.

5. Elizabeth & James Nirvana White Gift Set ($75). Notes of peony make this set (eau de parfume, rollerball and body lotion) one of our faves. Plus, Sephora has TONS of gift sets. One- and two-day shipping available.

6. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Tasting Odyssey ($10). Sometimes only chocolate will do. Hopefully Mom will share! Available at Trader Joe stores everywhere.

7. Jack Rogers Nantucket Sandal Gold ($118). These classics will go with everything in her closet this summer. Express shipping available.

8. Dani Rae Gold Quatrefoil Earrings ($29). Lightweight style for every day. Call 912-764-7463 for express shipping.

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friday five | sweet picks.

Valentine’s Day is one of our favorite holidays. What’s not to love about a day filled with happiness, treats, cheesy cards, hugs, kisses etc etc? Here are five things we’re crushing on this weekend:

1. Diptyque Rosafolia Candle: If you’re in Atlanta, check out the new Diptyque boutique in Buckhead Atlanta. You’ll never want to leave.

rosafolia_candlepack_722. ASOS Sweater With Heart Elbow Patches: Wear your heart on your sleeve. Literally.

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3. Chloe Love Story Perfume: So fresh. So amazing.

Chloe Love Story4. Kate Spade Heart Dish: Because you need the constant (adorable) reminder.

854766_6505. J. Crew Foliage Earrings: Girls…We always need fun jewels. Always.

jcrew earrings

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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.

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spring fragrances.

Spring is in full force here in Georgia, and we could not be more excited (though we could definitely do without the pollen). The dawn of a new season always inspires us to switch up our fragrance, and this spring we are craving light, fresh scents. Here are some of our faves.

Kate Spade Twirl: J received a sample of this in her Birchbox and immediately fell in love. This scent is emblematic of the Kate Spade brand: cheerful, fun and flirty.

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twirl twirl twirl twirl.

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino: We have both been wearing Tom For Black Orchid for YEARS, so it’s no surprise that we are obsessed with his latest, Neroli Portofino. One spritz and you’ll feel like you’re on the Italian Rivera.

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vacation in a bottle.

Viktor & Rolf Flower Bomb: There’s something so fresh about this scent. Light and not-at-all over powering…just gorgeous. It’s similar to J’s old faithful, Chanel Coco Mademoiselle.

The Glitter Life Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb
oriental. gourmand. floral.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh: Marc Jacobs knows fragrance (among other fabulous things); his various scents are always best-sellers. Eau So Fresh is totally spring-y and sweet.

The Glitter Life Marc Jacobs Daisy
exhilarating. bubbly. playful.

Sephora Fragrance Sampler: Look. Shopping for perfume is tough. Sephora has made the experience a little easier for us all! Here’s the drill:

1. Purchase the Beauty To Go Fragrance Sampler For Her from Sephora.

2. Sample Sephora’s most popular scents.

3. Choose a favorite.

4. Redeem a roller ball at no additional charge.

The Glitter Life Sephora Fragrance Sampler
which will it be?

Don’t see your fave spring scent on our list? Tweet us! @glitter_blog_xo.

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peanut butter + jelly muffins.

I’m always looking for fun recipes to make with Joe Jr. I saw this recipe for Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins on the cute blog Two Peas and Their Pod (we featured another of their recipes here). Saturday morning seemed like the perfect time for the two of us to do a little baking…and a little tasting.

The Glitter Life PB&J Muffins
peach preserves ooze from golden peanut-y goodness.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod

What You Need:

  • 1 2/3 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite jelly, preserves or jam
  • Standard muffin tin (recipe yields 12 muffins)

What You Do:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 12 muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray or line with paper cups.
  • Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, peanut butter, oil, egg, and vanilla.
  • Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
  • Scoop a heaping tablespoon of batter into each muffin cup. Spoon a heaping teaspoonful of jam on top of each cupful of batter. Then spoon about 2 tablespoons of batter over the jam.
  • Divide any remaining batter equally among the muffin cups.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the muffins have risen in the middle and are firm to the touch. (Original recipe from The Recipe Girl Cookbook)
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dry ingredients.
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wet ingredients.
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baking is better with farm fresh eggs.
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stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
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hey batter, batter…
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place a teaspoon of jam/jelly on top of a heaping tablespoon of batter.
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cool your muffins on a wire rack.

These muffins were tasty…but I learned something the first time I made them. The original recipe called for two tablespoons of batter on the bottom, but when I did that I ran out of batter for the tops of the muffins. The second time around I did a heaping tablespoon of batter, followed by a heaping teaspoon of preserves, followed by a heaping tablespoon of batter. I did have a little left over using that method, and I just divided it among the muffin cups. I made six muffins with peach preserves (my fave) and six with grape jelly (Joe’s choice).

Joe Jr and I had fun making these- his favorite part was licking the peanut butter spoon.

The Glitter Life PB&J Muffins
don’t panic, it’s just peanut butter.

Did you do any baking this weekend? Do you have a favorite Saturday morning baking ritual? Tweet us @glitter_blog_xo!

PS – We both had rather domestic weekends. In pics…

baking inspiration // shopping for patio furniture // saturday snap // experimenting // knockout roses // me and my mini-minnetonka-me
L: baking inspiration // shopping for patio furniture // saturday snap // experimenting // knockout roses // me and my mini-minnetonka-me
unwinding / / took romes to chastain park for a little exercise / / a few goodies from sephora / / GOOD MORNING / / starter m'guy andy cohens book 'most talkative' / / packing to MOVE.
J: unwinding / / took romes to chastain park for a little exercise / / a few goodies from sephora / / GOOD MORNING / / started m’guy andy cohens book ‘most talkative’ / / packing to MOVE
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friday five: inexpensive indulgences.

We’re looking for {inexpensive} ways to indulge this weekend. Here are our favorites for around $50 or less. So do a little shopping. Pamper yourself. Grab a sweet treat. Let’s do this, ladies.

1. Accessory. This BCBGeneration bright coral leather clutch {$58} dresses up your standard jeans and tee outfit. Arm party optional. (No, it’s not.)

The Glitter Life BCBGeneration
available at social statesboro. call 912.681.7008 to order.

2. Something for the bar. Jay and J are in the process of moving into new digs soon, and J is craving an update to her standard glassware. Celebrate your home (old or new) with these sophisticated glasses {$54} from the affordable-yet-always-amazing C. Wonder. Then pour yourself a drink!

The Glitter Life C.Wonder
cheers!

3. Beauty Boost. Sephora is offering their Beauty Insiders 15% off EVERYTHING on their site this weekend (including this Dry Bar round brush). Isn’t there a new product you’ve been dying to try? Use code CHIC if you’re ordering online.

Dry Bar Round Brush The Glitter Life
get smooth strands with this sephora exclusive. {$40 before discount}

4. Mind/Body. Relaxation doesn’t have to be an all day, super fancy affair (although that would be NICE). Grab a quick massage and start your weekend off nice and loose. Massage Envy has 22 Atlanta area locations and offers a 1-hour massage for the crazy-low introductory price of $49. If you’re further south, try a 30-minute massage at Serenity Day Spa. {$40}

The Glitter Life Massage Envy
ahhhh.

5. Sweet Treat. We think it’s time to check out the Atlanta Food Truck Park and Market that everyone has been raving about. Food? From a truck? Why not? Let’s start with a sweet treat {$2.50} from King of Pops. We’ve heard GREAT things.

The Glitter Life King of Pops
deliciousness on a stick.

How are you indulging this weekend? Tweet/Instagram us pics! @glitter_blog_xo.

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spring cleaning: makeup bag.

In the spirit of spring cleaning, and inspired by this on the Glitter Guide, I decided to clean out my makeup bag this week. Things needed tossing, replacing…and it was a good excuse to do a little shopping.

First, the bag: J gave me this Tory Burch makeup bag five years ago, and I’ve been faithful to it ever since. It’s the perfect size for me, and I love how it stands up on its own.

L's Makeup Bag
full disclosure: i don’t think this has ever been zipped.

I’m a creature of habit when it comes to makeup. I wear the exact same products every day – too many choices stress me out! While I do keep a little box in my vanity for “special occasion makeup” (stuff I wear every now and then, like bright lipstick), my makeup bag is reserved for my everyday routine. Here’s what’s inside:

this is what it takes to make me look presentable.
it takes all of this to make me look presentable.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in Nude. This formula has SPF and offers a good amount of coverage. Liquid foundation has a shelf life of one year, so I’ll need to replace this soon, even though it’s only half gone. The price is nice, so it’s totally fine.

Rimmel True Match Foundation
Rimmel True Match Liquid Foundation. {$8}

Gross, Disgusting Foundation Sponge. TOSS (and then REPLACE). I should know better. Makeup sponges should be replaced every month, and (ideally) should be washed every week.

Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Concealer. Er, I don’t even know how old this is. My mom gave it to me a year ago, so it’s definitely past its prime. But the consistency seems fine…do I have to toss it? According to this article, yes. Bummer.

Lancome Effacernes Concealer
Lancome Effacernes Concealer. {$30}

I may replace it with this.

Origins Concealer
Origins Quick, Hide! concealer. {$16}

Laura Mercier Eye Shadow Primer in Linen. Same situation as the concealer – no clue how old it is.

Laura Mercier Eye Shadow Primer
Laura Mercier Eye Shadow Primer. {$25)

That shade is kind of light for me, anyway. I may replace it with this:

Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer. {$20}
Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer. {$20}

Franche Pressed Powder in Douce. FINALLY! Something I can keep. Pressed powder will last two years (and loose powder will last three). I have a love/hate relationship with pressed powder, so I don’t use a ton. This should be good for another year. I heard a rumor that this line has been discontinued…and my suspicions were confirmed when I tried to find a link to this product. At least I have another year to go!

Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer Pencil in Noir. KEEP. Ironically, the product with the longest shelf life (three years) is the one I go through the quickest! I love love love this eyeline, and it’s good thing it’s cheap because I go through a pencil every six months or so. I keep one in my purse for touch-ups, too.

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Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Liner. {$6}

Diorshow Mascara in Black. KEEP, but not for long. Mascara only lasts three months, so I will have to replace this in a few weeks. My mom gave me this for Christmas (seriously, I wouldn’t have any makeup if it weren’t for her!), and I am in love. The brush is tiny, which took some getting used to…but now that I have the hang of it, my eyelashes seem to have doubled.

Diorshow Mascara.
Diorshow Mascara. {$25}

Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil in…brown? TOSS. This thing is so old that the words have rubbed off. I kinda think it may be the wrong color for me, anyway…but I do like the little brush on the cap. Handy!

Rimmel Eye Brow Pencil
Rimmel Eye Brow Pencil. {$4}

Rimmel Natural Bronzer in Sun Dance. Can you tell I’m a big Rimmel fan? I like this color a lot, but I hate the cheap plastic top. I wish it was a compact! J recommends Hoola Bronzer by Benefit, so I’m going to try it (even though I could use the Rimmel bronzer for another year or so). REPLACE.

Rimmel Bronzer
Rimmel Natural Bronzer. {$6}
Hoola Bronzer
Hoola Bronzer by Benefit. {$28}

Rimmel GlamEyes Liquid Liner. Okay, this is one Rimmel product I don’t really love. The brush is kinda flimsy, so it’s hard to put on. I couldn’t find any guidelines about how long liquid liner goes, but I’m assuming it’s the same as mascara…so, TOSS. I don’t think I’ll replace though; I’m over the cat-eye thing. Are you?

Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Liner
Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Liner. {$6}

Sephora Blinged Eyeshadow Palette. This is an indulgence. It takes up a lot of real estate in my bag, but it holds EIGHT shadows and had a huge mirror on the inside. Good news: Eye shadows last for three years, so I can keep it! Thanks, mom.

Dr. Lipp Lip Balm. Lip Balm lasts forever (or until the consistency changes), but this tube has been squeezed to within an inch of its life after only a few months. J and I both use this fantastic, thick balm. I’m going to buy multiple replacements. I also had Fresh Sugar lip balm hiding in my bag – I’m going to keep that somewhere else (my car?), so I don’t have multiple lip balms in my bag.

Dr. Lipp Lip Balm
Dr. Lipp Lip Balm. {$14}

NYC Cityproof Gloss in Everlasting Blossom. I love this gloss so much that J gave me TWO tubes for Christmas this year. I must dispute NYC’s claim that this an “eight hour” gloss…but I love it anyway. I go through a tube every two months.

NYC City Proof Lip Gloss
i buy this many at a time. {$3}

Various Makeup Brushes. KEEP, but it’s time to wash them. I use this Sephora spray wash – just mist and wipe! No water necessary.

Whew! Are you going to clean out your makeup bag this spring? Tell us what you’re keeping and what you’re tossing on Twitter @glitter_blog_xo!

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emerald city.

Emerald Pantone
good choice.

Emerald was named the color of 2013 by Pantone, and ever since the announcement, it seems the color is popping up everywhere! From nail polish to accessories, we’ve rounded up our favorite emerald products! Get ready to find yourself green with envy…

ASOS Emerald Dress
ASOS Skater Dress In Ribbed Texture
C-Wonder Wallet
C-Wonder Calf Hair Continental Zip Wallet
Essie Going Incognito
Essie: Going Incognito
Sephora Eyelash Curler
Emerald eyelash curler!? Of course!
Zara Necklace
Zara Edwardian Necklace. On sale, ladies!

We are absolutely LOVING this color trend! What are you thinking, glitter girls? Love it or leave it? TWEET US @glitter_blog_xo.

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J+L

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