Happy Friday!

Happy Friday friends! This week flew by, which was really unexpected since I had a few long days full of not fun things like the dentist. I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend, how about you? My husband is out of town so I’m going to watch so much girly TV and use Movie Pass to check out some movies he has not interest in. Any recommendations? I think Isle of Dogs is up first. 

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Along with movies, I have a few TV shows saved. If you are also looking to binge watch some fun bad TV I suggest Famous in Love, Southern Charm, and I'm excited to see how good Lost in Space is! 

Also, I’m not going to lie, I’m also going to do some shopping! Here's what I'm eyeing - 

GMG - The Gal Meets Glam collection drops at the GMG site and Nordstrom today at 9 am. I saw the look book (you can too if you are signed up Shop GMG emails!) and they are all absolutely stunning. I don't know how I'm going to pick! I hope they don't sell out before I get my favorite.

Sephora - It's the Sephora Spring Beauty Event! I've been eyeing the Drybar curling wand forever and now that it's finally on sale I'm going to spring for it! Don't worry, I'll do a full review once I've used it a few times!

Also, these J.Crew Factory Bow Shorts are so cute! I think these earrings would match a GMG dress perfectly. 

I found this bubble rocket I got my little cousin for her 5th birthday. Isn't it so fun? 

I think I will also be catching up with old friends and having an at home spa day. Do you have any favorite activities for a fun girly weekend? 

I hope you all have a lovely Friday and wonderful weekend,

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Spring Makeup Essentials

Spring Makeup Essentials

I love changing my makeup with the seasons, which is why I have narrowed down my spring makeup essentials. These spring makeup essentials focus upon pink glow cheeks, full but not overdone brows, thick lashes with a small cat eye, and pink hydrated lips. This year there are a host of great new and old products to achieve this look. Since Sephora is currently hosting the spring beauty insider event - it's 10-15% off everything and it's free to join-it's a great time to clean our your makeup bag and try out something new. I know I have been waiting to buy beauty products for a few months in anticipation of getting them on sale, and can't wait to go beauty shopping on Friday!  

For the face, I highly recommend a light weight foundation like the one made by Make Up Forever and a very light setting powder. Laura Mercier transluscent setting powder is the gold standard. 

Don't go too heavy on the bronzer- it will look cake since our winter complexions have not yet faded. Nars Laguna is your best bet, it deposits a sheer wash of color that isn't too shimmery. On top, layer a liquid blush like Nars O or a light weight powder blush like Dior Rosy Glow (it actually color matches to your skin tone!) and don't skip on the highlighter. I love Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks or highlighting powder

The best eye makeup products for spring are a shimmery eyeshadow, volumizing mascara, and liquid eyeliner to make a subtle cat eye. The shimmery cat eye plays well with a rosy pink lip, and looks fresher than a smoky eye. 

Finally, pick a rosy pink hydrating lip product. I LOVE the fresh lip products. While I love them all, the shade petal is my favorite. It adds a lovely pink color and is super moisturizing. The Dior Lip Glows are also perfect for spring, since they play up the natural color of your lip and make it brighter. A good tip is to use a light pink lipliner to make these balms last a lot longer. 

What are your favorite products for spring? 

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Essie Giveaway

Hi friends! In honor of my sixth month of blogging I'm doing another giveaway! This time you'll win essential manicure items, including the new Essie Treat Love & Color. One lucky winner will receive a Essie Treat Love & Color in Pinked to Perfection, a manicure tools set which includes a nail file, toe separates, and a cuticle pusher, and a travel sized of Philosophy Sweet Cream hand moisturizer. 

Essie Giveaway on All That Glitters

All you have to do to enter is subscribe for All That Glitters email updates between today and Sunday at noon. If you are already subscribed then you are all set! 

Essie Giveaway on All That Glitters

Please note that this giveaway is sponsored by me, and is not at all affiliated with Essie. 

Essie Giveaway on All That Glitters

Good luck! And, thank you so so much for reading. I love sharing all my favorite things with all of you, and it means so much to me that all of you are following along. 

I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday,

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Bridal Party Gift Ideas

Today for wedding tip Tuesday I have put together some bridal party gift ideas. I remember having a hard time coming up with gifts for my matron of honor and flower girl that felt both sweet and personal, while also being an appropriate bridal party gift. Therefore,  I wanted to provide some inspiration to anyone gift shopping this year (or years from now). I hope my gift ideas help you find something special for the women standing by their side on the big day. Plus, I think most of these would make wonderful Mother's Day gifts too.  

Bridal Party Gift Ideas

1. Pajamas - I love these satin Kate Spade pajamas (I also love these for less than $35). hey are so pretty for spring, and everyone would look darling posing in them for the getting-ready photos. Plus, your bridesmaids can wear them for years to come and think of the great times you all had together. 

also love this nightgown for the flower girl. Aren’t the sleeping bunnies adorable? Your flower girl will be wrapped in bunny beauty sleep before the big day, what could be better?!

2. Cozy robes - I really like this cozy spa robe (I have it and love it), this fancy satin one, and this pink girls robe. A nice robe is a great gift because it’s little something extra that all of the bridesmaids, and flower girl, can enjoy on the morning of the wedding and for years to come after. You can also have them monogrammed for that little something extra. 

3. Jewelry - Basically, you can never go wrong with jewelry! It's a nice way to say thank you for all the work and support they gave you to prepare for my big day. f you pick a silver piece, having the item engraved would be a wonderful touch as well. Things Remembered has a number of pieces and does engraving, I love this bracelet

4. S’Well bottles - Aren’t these Liberty print S’Well bottles the prettiest? I think a nice water bottle is a great gift since it is something that will be used constantly after your wedding, and since S’Well bottles are on the more expensive side it’s a treat that your bridesmaid wouldn’t buy herself. 

5. lower Girl Doll - I bought this doll for my flower girl and it was a big hit. It’s hard to tell in the picture, but the doll’s sash comes embroidered with your flower girl’s name. The site often puts items on sale too (I got my doll 20% off).

6. Flower Girl Book - I love this customized flower girl book! It’s such a sweet memento. In addition, if you give it to her before the wedding it will help her understand her role a bit better so she isn’t confused or scared when so many people are staring at her the day of. 

s anyone getting married, or in a wedding, anytime soon? Or if your already married what did you get your bridal party? I’d love to hear!

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Baublebar Flower Earrings

I recently purchased the new Baublebar Flower earrings, the Amariella Flower Stud Earrings to be exact, and I love them! I think they add the perfect amount of drama and fun to a simple outfit. I’m also impressed with the quality. The earrings feel well made, but are surprisingly light. I wore them all day Saturday and didn’t find them at all heavy or annoying. 

Bauble Bar Flower Earrings
J.Crew Factory Tie-waist shirt

Baublebar Earrings / J.Crew Factory Top / Lilly Pulitzer Shorts (similar) / Jack Rogers (old, similar) / Mulberry Bag (similar) / KJP Bracelet

I bought the J.Crew Factory Tie-waist shirt and I’m so happy with the way it fits. The tie in the front makes it more fun than a traditional oxford, and since it’s made to tie it doesn’t lay strangely in the front or back. I’m excited to wear it with printed shirts and jeans all spring and summer long. 

J.Crew Factory tie-waist shirt
Jack Rogers sandals

I finished the ensemble with my trusty Jack Rogers. They just launched nude sandals and I’m so excited! Plus, the Blush Lauren sandals that sold out so fast last year are back in stock! 

The Breakers

My parents were in town so we all went to the Breakers for Cocktails at the Seafood Bar. It was a lovely day with a slight breeze and clear skies and small waves. The resort is one of our favorite places to relax at for a day on the weekend. The grounds are so pretty to walk through, and the courtyard is a beautiful place to sit and drink coffee.

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The interior is gorgeous as well, the flowers smell divine!

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The Breakers

Do you have any new spring staples? Isnt dressing for a new season so fun?  

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Rifle Paper Co. Desk Accessories

Happy Friday Friends! Did you all have a nice week? Any fun weekend plans? I have some family coming into town and I’m so excited to see them all! We are going to relax on the beach and be fancy and get some cocktails at the Seafood Bar at the Breakers. It’s such a unique spot, the whole bar is an aquarium! I’m also feeling inspired to knock out some to-do list items - I recently got some new Rifle Paper Co. desk accessories and I’m in love!

Rifle Paper Co Desk Accessories

What I’m loving this week:

My phone case was completely broken, it actually stabbed me once, and I love my new herb garden one. It feels very sturdy and makes me smile every time I look at it. I also ordered this weekly planner and I swear it makes tackling the to-do list far more fun! I'm also in love with this Kate Spade notebook, I might have to use my Amazon gift card on it. 

How cute are these sunglasses? I feel like they look like the Rifle Paper Co. card girl in real life! I’m also in love with this rattan bag by Palmgrens. They have been making them since the 1950’s - and here I thought the basket bag trend was new. 

We recently got movie pass, which Carly has talked about a number of times, and it’s great! We paid $9.99/month for a year of unlimited movies at the theater! You are limited to once a day, but that’s it. Now I feel free to re-watch movies I loved and see all those rom coms that I never want to pay full price for.  

Has anyone else noticed that a lot of the new J.Crew Factory arrivals are items that were on sale at the main J.Crew store last season?  I'm sure they are the same because they are items that I wanted but didn't pull the trigger fast enough when they went on clearance! Now, they are all even cheaper. Cue my shopping happy dance. 

I have seen so many cute resort stays on Instagram this week. Palmetto Bluff (on Ashley's blog) and Sea Island (on Sarah's blog) look particularly wonderful. I have been hoping that we will get to take a trip over Memorial Day weekend, any either of these would be so lovely!

Have any of you gone anywhere fun lately? Any recommendations? 

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How to Decorate a Console Table

I recently learned how to decorate a console table. When properly decorated, it brings a lot of light and texture to a room, as well as awkward spaces that you aren’t sure what to do with. This is the first place I’ve lived where I’ve had the space for one, and love the way it looks. After some trial and error I come up with a few rules of thumb for how to decorate our console table in our home now and in future spaces. 

How to Decorate a Console Table

First, you need a thin table. Ours is 7 inches wide. If you have the room, feel free to go wider but make sure it is still on the narrow side. It shouldn’t take up too much space, and make sure it doesn’t make the area in your home awkward to walk by. If you have a shorter wall I really like this table, and this glass one is lovely and so unique.

Next, the decorations. They should add color and texture, and brighten up the space.

1 - Lamp. A lamp adds some height to the table, as well as more light. I suggest a lamp with lighter coloring that isn’t too short. I ordered this one, and I also love this blue and white one and this one from Target.

2. Stack of books - A short stack of a few books is a great way to add extra color and texture. Pick books that you like the ascetic of, and that aren’t wider than the table. I also suggest books that you like looking at since they will be the focal point of the room.

3. Knick knack - I like having places to put interesting knick knacks, especially ones with good memories attached to them. For instance, we have a conch shell we got on one of our first vacations that looks perfect stacked on top of the books. Other great options are small air plant terrariums (on sale!), an urchin statue, or a small picture frame. Depending on how large your table is, a small orchid would like pretty next to a larger vase as well. 

4. Vases - Add a few vases to add extra color and texture. The number of vases that will fit depends on the width of your table. If yours is wide enough, I think a clear glass vase (or this one) with some palm fronds or fake branches sticking out the top looks really pretty. Michaels and JoAnn Fabrics are great places for fake flowers and branches since you can use a 40% off coupon. If your table isn’t wide enough, so I have put together an few vases of different widths and colors. I have these and really like the style. I also ordered this one, I love the added texture! 

5. Wall art - Whatever you place above the console table is going to be a focal point of the room, and needs to be large enough to not be dwarfed by the table. I suggest hanging a mirror. It will make the space seem a lot larger. In addition, a large mirror is a lot less expensive than a large piece or art (or a large framed print).  

6. Below the console table - Placing a few larger objects ompletes the look. I think a large ginger jar would look beautiful! A large basket like this one is a good option as well; it adds even more texture and can also double as storage. Also, if you table is wide enough, some small stools like this could look very cool as well. 

Do you have any good decorating tips for console tables, or for small and awkward spaces? I’d love to hear your thoughts!  

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Glossier Lidstar Swatches

Glossier Lidstar

I am in love with the new Glossier Lidstar eyeshadows. They are shimmery but not glittery, and can be layered for a look that varies from sheer to opaque. They apply very smoothly, are easy to blend, and the doe applicator means you can apply them quickly on the go. Since buying makeup sight unseen I have put together a look that uses Lidstar and also did swatches so everyone can see the colors.  

Glossier Lidstar

For this look I started with Glossier Priming Moisturizer and Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow primer. I then used Bare Minerals Serum concealer under my eyes and around my nose. I mixed together Glossier Skin Tint and Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation on the back of my hand for a light coverage foundation that perfect matches my skin color. I used this foundation brush. 

Glossier Lidstar

For my brows, I used the Anastasia Brow Definer in taupe, and blended with the attached spoolie. I used the Anastasia clear brow gel to hold them in place, and finished the look with Boy Brow applied to the middle of my brows to thicken. 

Glossier Lidstar

On my eyes, I started with Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Demolition. I then blended in Glossier Lidstar in Fawn (this is my favorite of the bunch) all over the lid, and used Moon in the inner corner to brighten the look. On my lashes I used two coats of Benefit Cosmetics BadGal Bang.

Glossier Lidstar

To add some watch and dimension to my face, I used Nars classic bronzer in Laguna. I used a fluffy domed brush and applied the bronzer under my cheek bones, on the sides of my forehead, along my jaw and lightly on the sides of my nose. I then used the shimmery highlighter shade from my Anastasia contour palette to brighten up the look. I finished my face with Armani cheek fabric in 502

Glossier Lidstar

On my lips I used my favorite lipliner, Charlotte Tilbury in Pillow Talk. On top I added two layers of Glossier Generation G in Crush, which is my current favorite.

Here are the swatches of Glossier Lidstar

 From left to right: Slip, Lilly, Cub, Moon, Fawn, Herb

From left to right: Slip, Lilly, Cub, Moon, Fawn, Herb

And here is what I used:

Have you tried Glossier yet? If you haven't, you can use my rep link for 20% off your first order. Isn't the Fawn color beautiful? I think it's my favorite eyeshadow I've tried out in a couple of years. It's just so beautiful and easy to apply! 

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Wedding Tip Tuesday - Take Dance Lessons

My wedding tip for this week is to take dance lessons. We bought an 8 lesson package, which included learning a short choreographed first dance. The whole experience was so magical, and feeling confident performing our first dance in front of everyone we love made all the work worth it.

First Dance

I highly recommend taking a few dance classes together before the big day. Your first dance is a magical moment, and it should be an experience that you enjoy instead of dread. Because we took dance lessons we loved performing our first dance, and still dance it around the apartment. We learned it bit by bit over the course of eight lessons, and also learned basic dance steps so that we could dance to everything the DJ played throughout the wedding reception. 

First Dance

If you don't want a choreographed first dance however, I think taking some lessons is still worth it. Learning the basic steps to a number of dances, like the hustle and the fox trot, made both of us enjoy dancing throughout the entire wedding reception. In addition, we have enjoyed dancing at parties ever since. For instance, we are so excited to dance the night away at the wedding we are attending at the end of April.

First Dance

Finally, learning to dance together was just fun! It was a wonderful experience that we will cherish forever. 

Have any of you taken dancing lessons? Did you have a choreographed first dance? I'd love to hear!

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Healthy Blueberry Muffin Recipe

Today I am excited to share my favorite healthy blueberry muffin recipe. These muffins don’t have flour, sugar or oil and they taste delicious. I’ve been making them on the weekends to replace the granola bars my husband and I were eating for breakfast. They are simple to make, and I feel so much healthier eating some thing homemade and oil free in the mornings instead of breakfast bars with who knows what in them. 

Healthy Blueberry Muffin Recipe

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Here’s what you need:   

2 1/2 caps old-fashioned oats

2-3 overripe bananas

2 eggs

1/3 cup honey

3/4 cut milk

2 tsp vanilla

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tsp cinnamon

Blueberries to taste (I used about 1.5 cups of frozen blueberries)

Healthy Blueberry Muffin Recipe

To make: 

1. Preheat oven to 325. Spread the oats out on a baking sheet and toast until lightly browned, about 5-10 minutes. Once you remove the oats, increase the oven to 350.

2. Pleace 1.5 cups of the oats into a food processor or blender (I used a ninja bullet) and pulse until they look like flour. 

3. Mash the banana until there are no lumps. I used my mixer  with the paddle attachment. Add in honey, vanilla, and eggs and mix to combine. 

4. Add in the oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and mix to combine. Let the mixture sit for at least 10 minutes to soak the oats. 

5. Add in your add in of choice. Scoop into a greased muffin tin and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.  

Enjoy! 

Healthy Blueberry Muffin Recipe

Do you have any healthy recipes? I love brining in a homemade baked good for breakfast at work - anything made with love tastes so delicious and is such a bright start to the day!

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Happy Friday Friends

Happy Friday! We made it to the weekend and I’m so excited to snuggle indoors with my husband for the next couple of days. We got MoviePass so the plan is to kick the weekend off seeing a movie tonight, and then stay in and watch the Masters for the rest of the weekend. I’ll probably do crafts and bake a little more than I watch the golf tournament, but it will be nice to spend some quality time together with not much going on. What about all of you? Any fun plans?

Spring Flowers

What I’m reading - I have been plugging my way through The Witches by Stacy Schiff.  I really enjoy it, but to be honest I don’t think I’ll be done any time soon. I also started The Ministry of Utmost Happiness and love it so far. The God of Small Things is one of my favorite books, and this feels very similar. 

Watching - This weekend we are watching the Masters. I’m also excited to catch up on Silicon Valley and Southern Charm is back!

Shopping for - We are going to a wedding in a few weeks and I’m trying to put together my outfits. I think this dress with these earrings would be perfect.

I’m also trying to finish decorating our living room before my family visits next weekend, and I think I’m going to pick up this lamp, I really like this planter (from Target!), I’m hoping to find a dupe of this print, and maybe some Home Goods tchotchkes. I also really like this wall hanging, I’m thinking about trying to make it! 

 Congratulations to the giveaway winner! Thank you everyone for entering, there will be another giveaway soon! And thank you all again for reading and following along! It means so much to me. 

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