St. Patrick's Day Weekend

Happy Friday friends! Do you have any fun weekend plans? I know it's spring break for a lot of people - if you are off I hope you get to do something fun. Over here we are going up to our alma mater for the day today and I am so happy to be here. We met here at UF and this is the first time we've been back since our wedding. It's so wonderful to walk down memory lane to where we met and fell in love. Plus, tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day! Since I'm a proud Boston Irish lass there are some fish and chips and pints in our future that I'm looking forward to. 

 WIshing we were back in france

WIshing we were back in france

Have you guys checked out the Lilly Pulitzer for Pottery Barn collaboration yet? It debuted today and I love everything. I've been on a Lilly kick again lately (...surprise surprise haha) and really love the new print Catty Shack. I think the pink and green are so fun and preppy. I've got my eye on these scallop shorts and I really love the romper, which would be a unique addition to my wardrobe. If you don't have any scallop shorts yet I highly recommend them - I wear them all the time as a comfier and more flattering alternative to jean shorts. Here are some white ones, navy ones, these are a lovely purple (and under $20), these are also under $20, and these Loft ones go on sale all the time.

My recent Lilly kick is not well times because I had been saving up room in my closet for the new Gal Meets Glam dress collection that is debuting soon. It launches at the end of April, and until then there have been bi-monthly updates with behind the scenes glimpses. I love reading about how all of Julia's ideas are coming to life. I always enjoy reading about people's passion projects, I find it really inspiring for my own projects. 

This fish and chips recipe looks delicious if you are staying in for St. Patrick's Day. Or, the Gordon's Fisherman Cod and the Trader Joe's frozen cod fillets are excellent options. As for St. Patrick's day attire, you can never go wrong with a fisherman sweater, am I right? Especially with the weather you guys are having up north. Oh March... I've always loved this L.L.Bean one, and their quality just can't be beat.

Finally, has anyone watched Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld? I watched a few episodes years ago, and recently re-discovered it as the perfect right before bed show. It's funny but also soothing since it's so mellow. All of the episodes have been very good, but my favorites are Tina Fey and Larry David. What are your favorites?

Have a wonderful weekend! 


How to Style Bar Cart

We are currently decorating our new living room, and one of the pieces I am most excited about putting together is our bar cart. A well styled bar cart add a lot of character to a room and over the years I have finally figured out how to style a bar cart so that it’s a statement piece. We have started to decorate our living space before, I always find a few items I like and then get distracted and the project is indefinitely halted. Not this time! I very excited to continue decorating (which is a key difference this time around) and putting together our bart cart. Here is how I’m styling it so it stands out in the best way -


First, you need to find an inspiration picture. I think it works best if you find one that reflects your personal style, and that also reflects the ratio between beverage items and non-beverage items that you are looking for.


Now you need to put together your favorite glasses. We received these as a wedding gift, and I love leaving them out on the cart because they have such a special memory. 

bar tools

Next, collect your bar tools. We love copper accents and have a copper mixing set, along with bottle opener. Personally, I think it looks best if your bar tools all match, and at least are made up of the same metal so they look like a cohesive set.


You also want to find a tray to place these items on. It adds a lot of cohesion so the top of the bar looks arranged, and not like you’ve just placed a lot of copper items on top. Also, if your bar tools are a different color than your cart it really makes them pop. I love this marble and wood one (and it’s from Target!)


Fourth and fifth, I love the look of “live” items. Peonies in a small vase look beautiful, and a bowl of lemons (they sell fake ones) adds a pop of color. If you opt for live ones, it is nice to have them on hand as a garnish. On that note, a bowl of limes works great too.


A stack of coffee table books is a great way to add some personality. Place the lemon bowl on top. I like to collect books that say something about what we are interested in, such as a collection of photos of the Cape, an anthology of Audrey Hepburn, or a Kate Spade style book.


Another way to add personality is through a knick knack or two, such as a pineapple or other statue. I love pineapples since they also mean welcome.


Last but not least, add your favorite drinks and mixers. It doesn’t hurt if the labels aesthetically appealing. You could also add tea or coffee, or wine if that's more your style.

Do you have a bar cart? What have you done to personalize it? I’d love to hear!  


The Best Makeup Products Right Now

Best makeup right now

I love makeup and always have. Many of my childhood memories involve slathering on makeup from Fisher Price-type kits and thinking I looked fantastic (though I actually looked more like a clown). Since then my collection has increased and improved, and have gotten infinitely better at applying it. My recent obsession include light coverage foundations, bright blushes, moisturizing lip products, and thick and defined lashes. Everything has an overal glowy, golden look, with lots of pink. Above are what I think are the best makeup products right now-

best foundation

CT Wonderglow / CT Light Wonder / BareMinerals bareSkin concealer / beauty blender / Glossier Wowder / Glossier Skin Tint / Chanel Tan de Soleil 

My current favorite foundation is sunscreen, with the Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow on top. I like to let it set, and then apply my concealer and foundation. Charlotte Tilbury call it supermodel in a bottle and it truly is. For the rest of my base, I apply bare minerals bareSkin complexion coverage serum concealer under my eyes and around my nose, and tap to blend. I next mix together Glossier Skin Tint in medium and Charlotte Tillbury Light Wonder foundation and apply it with a slightly damp beauty blender. I then set it with Glossier Wowder to get rid of shine. 

best blush

Glossier Cloud Paint / Chanel Tan de Soleil / Nars Laguna Bronzer / Dior Rosy Glow Blush

I love how easy it is to create a custom color with the Glossier Cloud Paint blushes. I mix together Puff and Beam on the back of my hand and dab it on with my finger for a bright wash of color. They layer on seamlessly, so you can keep adding more until you get the level of intensity you want. When I’m in the mood for powder products I love the Dior custom color blush and NARS Laguna bronzer. The Dior blush looks very bright, but it applies much shearer and truly adjusts to the shade of your skin. When I look in the mirror after a few minutes it has settled into a lovely rose glow - which is my favorite type of glow.

I love, love this Chanel highlighter. The Tan de Soleil is just so lovely - it adds a luminescence without any glitter, and makes me look like I have a sunkissed glow. I dab it on the top of my forehead, cheek bones, my chin and cupid’s how, as well as the bridge of my nose as the final step in my makeup routine.  

best makeup right now

Glossier Lidstar / Mascara / Anastasia Brow Gel / Anastasia Brow Filler 

The new Glossier Lid Stars are stunning. I will do a full tutorial with swatches of all of them, I’m just waiting for two more in the mail. They are shimmery without being too glittery, and have that perfect wash of color that I’ve been trying to achieve ever since makeup artists joined Instagram. I also love a good Benefit Cosmetics mascara and Anastasia brow products. Her clear brow gel sets brows like nothing else- your hairs will not move. 

best lip products

CT Pillow Talk / Fresh Sugar Petal / Glossier Generation G in Crush / Kevyn Aucoin lipgloss / Burberry Kisses / Bare Minerals in Snarky / Bobbi Brown in Rose Brown

Finally, I’ve been loving lip products that add a nice rosy-tint. My favorites are the Glossier Generation G in Crush, Fresh Sugar in Petal, and Bare Minerals gloss in snarky. All of them are super flattering, and perfect for day or night. I also love how the Burberry gloss adds a nice extra glossy pink - a subtler version of Elle Woods- and while the movie might be old, glossy lips will never be. 

What are your favorites? Anything on your wish list? I’d love to year your favorites, and your impressions of any of the above! Also, if you haven’t tried Glossier yet, you can get 20% off your first purchase with my rep link - and why doesn’t love makeup coupons?  


How To Pack Makeup So it Doesn’t Break

Whenever we travel I’m always faced with the same conundrum - do I bring my powder makeup and risk it breaking and getting everywhere, or do I leave it behind even though I really want to wear it? Well, I found the perfect way to pack powder cosmetics so that they never break. 

How to pack makeup so it doesn't break

Are you ready? All you have to do is put a cotton pad on top of the powder. The cotton pad absorbs any powder dust that would otherwise get everywhere, and cushions the makeup so it doesn’t break. Voila! No more makeup mess in your toiletry bag and you can bring all your makeup with you when you travel. Pretty much the dream (seriously, I love traveling with as much makeup as possible). 

How to pack makeup so it doesn't break

I love hearing new packing tips. What are yours? 


Giada’s Beef Stew Recipe

By far our favorite beef stew recipe is Giada’s Beef and Butternut Squash Beef Stew. It is hearty and savory, easy to make, and lasts for days. I also love how it’s easy to adjust the recipe to what’s in your pantry or what you are in the mood for. For example, we sometimes add carrots or mushrooms, and have increased the volume so it lasts a few more days. I also love that you make it in the morning and smell it cooking all day long. 


I made it on Sunday, and it was the perfect dinner for a relaxing day at home. I made it in the morning, and set my slow cooker to low so that it cooked for 8 hours. Come dinner it was ready to eat and simply delicious, especially when paired with crusty bread from the bakery. Here is the recipe, including some of the adjustment we sometimes make:

1 onion, pellet and chopped (I typically use half) 

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon rosemary

1 tablespoon thyme

olive oil

2 pounds stew beef, cut into 2 inch cubes (I’ve used 1.5 and also 3 pounds, simply adjust the amount of broth up or down to accommodate) 

salt and pepper to taste

2 tablespoon flour

1 cup Marsala wine

1 pound butternut squash, cut into 2 inch cubes (I’ve also used frozen butternut or kabocha squash) 

1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes

3-4 cults beef broth


I’ve also added diced carrots and portobello mushrooms.  

To cook, sauté the garlic and onions in olive oil with the rosemary and thyme. Coat the stew beef in flour in a separate bowl, and brown with the garlic and onions. Add in the Marsala wine and simmer. Place in the slow cooker (unless your slow cooker browns, then it’s already in there) and add in the remaining ingredients. Cook on low for 8 hours. 

Do you have any favorite stew recipes? What about slow cooker recipes? I’d love to hear! I love trying new recipes, and am hoping to make a pot roast soon. Happy Monday!  


Happy Friday!

Once again we’ve made it to the weekends friends. I’m pretty happy about it. I’m hoping to 100% finish settling into our new apartment, including hanging pictures in the wall and making the final good will run. Do any of you have any fun plans? 

Did anyone watch the Oscars on Sunday? I, as always, loved all the dresses. I thought Allison Janey looked simply stunning (and she wore Glossier!). I also really loved Nicole Kidman’s blue dress with the bow and Lupita Nyong’o (and the whole Black Panther cast) looked so, so amazing. What were your red carpet favorites?

I’m obsessed with this seersucker dress and matching Jack Rogers. I’m so tempted to pull the trigger, especially since it is 25% off right now! Here are some of my other Vineyard Vines favorites:

I always struggle with what to bring to work for lunch, and recently have been really enjoying this opened faced avocado sandwich I saw on Carly’s blog. I also love the idea of this lunch bowl I saw on Jess's blog. Do any of you have any go to lunches? 



5 of the Best Mascaras

I love mascara, but I am also extremely picky about the formula. I have tried dozens, if not a hundred, at this point and I'm always looking for the same thing - a formula that doesn't clump, adds lots of definition, and washes off easily. If it holds a curl that's extra points. After lots of hits and misses, I have found what I consider to be the 5 best mascaras right now. 

1. Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara - I found this mascara over on Gal Meets Glam and it truly delivers. It delivers a lot of volume (I've actually been asked if I'm wearing fake lashes) and removes relatively easy with baby shampoo in the shower. It also never smudges or smears during the day, and only flakes when the tube is basically empty.

2. Benefit Roller Lash - This mascara provides lots of definition and holds a curl. My mom complimented my eyelashes once when I wore it, and she never ever notices makeup. It comes off in a breeze in the shower, and also never smears, runs or flakes. 

3. Benefit BadGal BANG - This mascara also provides a lot of definition and also volume. I love that the brush finds all of the teeny tiny hairs on the outer corners of my lashes and lower lash line. It also comes off pretty easy in the shower, and I haven't had any issues with flaking or smudging, even after a workout.

4. TooFaced Better Than Sex - This mascara provides lots and lots of volume, and is really easy to layer. It comes off easy, especially considering how much of it is on your lashes. I haven't had issues with smudging either. The only "issue" with this product is that I think the trial size is better. The mascara doesn't have any time to dry up, so you don't get clumping and flaking issues like you do in the full size tube. 

5. L'Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes - This mascara provides a lot of volume and is the cheapest of the bunch. Since it is a tubing product it doesn't smear or flake, and it comes off in the shower. If you've never worn tube mascara before, however, be aware that it doesn't wipe off. You kind of have to rub and it pills off (without damages your lashes). 

Do you have any favorite mascara? I love having go to products that I know will look good all day. Not worrying that my mascara is all over my cheeks adds that little bit of confidence in my step, and having go to products makes shopping and getting ready in the morning so much faster. Sometimes it's the little things, like a tiny tube, that make all the difference. 


How to Clean Out Candle Jars

This tip is a little less style and beauty based than usual, but it’s one of my favorites. Part of what I want to do on All That Glitters is help make people’s livesmeasier so they feel like they have some more skills necessary to go live their best life. Cleaning candle wax is obviously not the most important life skill out there, but keeping a clean home and re-purpose if items is something that brings me a lot of joy, so I thought I would share in the hopes that it helps all of you out as well. 

Here’s the tip - freeze the candle. If you have a burned out candle jar and you want to reuse it as storage or a makeup brush jar, simply freeze the glass container for a couple days nd the wax should pop right out. Also, if you have a taker or a votive that you don’t want to drill while you burn it for a little bit, freeze them for a few days ahead of time. Finally, if wax does drip in your linens, freeze the linen and the wax is way easier to remove. Pretty amazing right? 


This is a candle jar I made into a makeup brush container. Easy right? 


Statement Earrings for Less

I love earrings and I always have. Back when I was a pre-teen I would spend hours and hours in Claire's looking for the perfect earrings, and arranging and re-arranging them on my earring tree. Now that my style has evolved a little, I love all the statement earrings that I've seen at the boutiques and on Instagram. What I can't get beyond, however, is the price. I think that earrings that are over $100 better involve fine metal and jewels, sorry I'm not sorry,. I'm sure I'm not the only one that feels that way, so I put together a list of some of my favorite statement earrings for less. 


Martina Stud / $47.60 Vibrant Life Leather Statement Earrings / Sugarfix Hoop Earrings with Fringe / Sugarfix TieredT Tassel / Sugarfix Modern Hoop / Marissa Hoop EarringsSugarfix Gold Coin Drop

I particularly love all the Sugarfix ones, which are from Target. They have a ton of fun styles. Go Target! 


Glossier Lidstar

I am so excited to announce that Glossier has released eyeshadows. I have been hoping Glossier would release eyeshadow ever since they released their first products, and these shadows look worth the wait. Lidstar are a shimmery wash of color, which is exactly what I look for in eyeshadow. Plus, they debuted at the Oscars! Lidstar, debuted at the Gloscars on Allison Janney, Greta Gerwig, Taraji P. Henson, Tiffany Haddish, Maya Rudolph, Salma Hayek and Rosie Huntington Whiteley and Tracee Ellis Ross at the Vanity Fair After Party. 

 All image are the work of Glossier (I'll share my own as soon as I it comes in the mail, hopefully today!)

All image are the work of Glossier (I'll share my own as soon as I it comes in the mail, hopefully today!)


I also love that Lidstar comes in a tube, which makes them easier to apply on the go, or to re-touch throughout the day. I often want to layer on my eyeshadow more after work before I go out, but I don't want to bring my palette and brushes. With Lidstar, you don't have to. You can drop one (or more, they are mixable) into your bag and switch it up throughout the day. 

Glossier Lidstar
Glossier Lidstar

The gorgeous colors are: Lilly (sheer lilac with blue and violet pearls); Fawn (taupe with violet and gold pearls); Cub (rose gold with warm shimmer); Moon (sheer cream with blue opalescent glimmer); Herb (smoky green with yellow gold pearl); Slip (baby pink with holden highlight)

Glossier Lidstar

Lidstar is $18 a tube, and you get $6 off if you order two. Plus, you also get 20% off your first order with my rep link.

What's your favorite color? Have you ordered yours yet? I can't wait to show you guys swatches as soon as mine arrives in the mail!


Oscars Weekend

 I'm very excited that my orchid is blooming again!

I'm very excited that my orchid is blooming again!

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a nice week. We decided to switch apartments last weekend at the last minute, so we moved without any prior packing or organizing. We did it, but this week has been full of unpacking and sorting. I’m tired, haha. Hopefully once we get a bookcase this weekend we can finish it up and relax in time to watch the Oscars. 

Speaking of which, I love the Oscars. Ever since I was little I dress up and cook something special to watch. Even though I haven’t seen a lot of the movies this year I’m really excited to cook some good food and fill out some scorecards. Aren’t this crudite platter, this cheese plate, and these gold flecked rice krispie treats beautiful? This year I’m thinking the theme will be lots of finger food, so all of them are perfect. 

I’m trying to organize all of our stuff into a new place with less closet space, and efficiency is key. This over the door show rack and space bags have been a game changer. If you are trying to organize a small space I highly recommend both of them.

There have been a number of blog posts I’ve enjoyed reading this week. This editorial calendar template on the Champagne Edit is particularly great and helpful. 

Finally, there are a number of cute things I don’t need but would really like in stores right now. This keychain looks so cute, and I love the idea that your home is a luxury resort, haha. These pajamas are the cutest I’ve seen yet, and I can’t decide whether I need this basket bag, this one or this one

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!