Monthly Archives: January 2014


Little Love Notes

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Happy Friday, everyone!!  A few little love notes to get you through the weekend …

Dear Mary, your outfit posts are simply inspiring.  I can’t wait to click over every morning to see what you’ll be wearing … because it is all just so gosh darn beautiful.  (And by the way, dear readers, if you love that sequin skirt Mary is rocking – sadly now sold out from Calypso St. Barth – check out my post all about sequin maxi skirts; it’s a good one!)

Dear fans of a good cry, watch the trailer for The Fault In Our Stars.  Based on a bestselling novel by John Green, the film follows the love story of a teenage cancer patient named Hazel Grace (Shailene Woodley) who falls for the charming Augustus (Ansel Elgort), whom she meets in a support group.  The idea of watching this movie, and/or reading the book, actually sort of terrifies me.  I’ve put off reading the book for a while now, knowing that the story is about a girl who was diagnosed with stage 4 thyroid cancer.  For those of you who’ve followed along on Glitter, Inc. for a while now, you might know that I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer a few years ago, and even after the surgeries, etc., still have to have regular check-ups, bloodwork, and ultrasounds to always be sure.  Surety is the kind of thing you crave once you’ve had cancer.  (You can read a bit about my story, here, Getting Personal +A Thank You.)  But I’m a sucker for a love story, and my guess is, I’ll go see the movie, gripping my husband and sister’s hands at full strength while inhaling a soft pretzel and choking back tears.

Dear Verily, thank you for this amazing post all about how to photograph food.  So needed.

Dear Anna Kendrick, you are awesome, and totally super bowl commercial hot.

Dear best fashion inventions ever, Rag & Bone designed sweatpant jeans.  They’re sweatpants that are printed to look like jeans.  Comfy and adorable … and hello, they’re presentable sweatpants!  Genius.

Dear Lana del Rey, now I’m even more excited to see Maleficent.  This movie is going to be amazing, and Lana’s haunting cover of the 1959 “Once Upon a Dream” is no different.  Is anyone else noticing a trend?  So many good movies coming out in the next few months!  (Also, ridiculously excited to see Winter’s Tale.)

Dear Bleecker Tote, I am now loving new-to-me Australian handbag line, Vintage Princess; thanks for the intro!

Dear weekend breakfast (and snack every hour after that), try this amazing granola recipe – it makes perfect clumpy granola every time.


Lexi

How to Make the Perfect Clumpy Granola {Recipe}

There are a few tricks to my tried and true amazing at-home clumpy (emphasis on clumpy) granola.  Think olive oil, an egg white (it works like magic!), and a little bit of love.  And here’s the secret about granola, it’s always best when you do it homemade.  I’ve tried a few bagged and boxed varieties that are o-kay, but nothing compares to fresh do-it-yourself granola, straight from the oven.  (Seriously, as I type this, a fresh batch is baking, and the entire living room and kitchen smells ah-mazing!)  Hubby and I are granola addicts, whether we eat it topped with milk or in a fruity yogurt parfait concoction, we’re big fans of granola in this house.  I also love experimenting with granola – and because it’s not like a cake or a cookie that needs to take shape with just the right proportion of ingredients, it’s completely okay to mix it up each time.

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By the way, if clumpy granola just isn’t your thing (which frankly, I do not get at all!), skip the egg white and occasionally stir your granola as it bakes, and you’ll get mostly clump-free granola.  But that seems sad.  I say throw in the egg white, bake in a great big sheet, and break into clumps post-baking to your little hearts content!

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Perfect Clumpy Granola

Makes about 7 cups

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup pure maple syrup (you can also use honey or Smucker’s® Sugar Free syrup to keep the sugar content down)
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar (you can use up to a 1/2 cup if you like it extra sweet, or skip it all together, the syrup or honey keeps it sweet without the addition of sugar; or you can use 1/4 to 1/2 cup brown sugar instead of syrup if you like your granola a bit more dry)
  • Coarse salt (to taste)
  • Assorted dried fruit and nuts*
  • 1 egg white – optional for added clumps (beaten well so that it’s foamy and frothy)

*I love changing up my granola ingredients; this time I used:

Roasted peanuts (I just bought roasted peanuts in the shell, and peeled about a ½ cup)
Blanched Slivered Almonds (I used about ¼ cup and toasted them in the oven for about five – ten minutes just to add a little extra flavor)
Apricots (Chopped)
Craisins (dried cranberries)

You could also try: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pecan or walnut halves (left whole or chopped coarsely), unsweetened coconut chips, chocolate chips (I love using dark chocolate!), dried cherries, diced dried apples, etc.

DIRECTIONS

The directions for making your own granola are pretty simple: lots of stirring.  Stir the oats, nuts and/or dried fruit, brown sugar, salt, olive oil, and honey/syrup until well-coated.  Spread the wet granola mixture onto a sheet of parchment paper on a rimmed baking sheet (the parchment paper really helps; everything is pretty sticky), and bake at 300 degrees for about 45 minutes.  Everything should slowly bake up to a toasty crackle.

Tips for Making Your Granola Extra Clumpy:

Add a beaten egg white — make sure it’s foamy and frothy — to your granola after you’ve mixed it all together. The protein in the egg will help bind the oats together, creating those perfect clumps.

Once you’ve spread the wet granola mixture onto a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, throw into the oven and resist the urge to stir.  Once the granola is out, let it cool completely and then break the sheet into clusters.

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Serve as cereal with cold milk, on top of plain or vanilla yogurt, or eat by the fistful from a big Ziploc bag.

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Clumpy Granola tricks via Food 52 // Recipe Loosely Adapted from Nekisia Davis’ Olive Oil and Maple Granola (via Early Bird Foods’ Farmhand’s Choice Granola)


Lexi

Flowers in Her Hair: Romantic Braided Bridal Style

We may still be in the midst of Winter, but I spotted this romantic braided hairstyle, complete with little white flowers woven in, and all I could do was dream of Spring.  If you’re a bit of a free spirit or a serious flower lover, or the idea of a delicate floral crown just gets you every time, why not try weaving in a few flowers into a braid or updo for either the ceremony or the wedding party, that way the funkier floral look will only be in some of the pictures.

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Image via Once Wed // Hair and Makeup by Steph


Lexi

Snail Mail: Valentine’s Day Cards

With Valentine’s Day only a few weeks away, it’s time to get started on a few sweet, handwritten valentines to your favorites.  There’s something so special about getting a handwritten letter in the mail, so why not send it to someone you love for a day dedicated to love?  Stuff a few candies in the envelope and you’ll be a hero!  And you know … in case you missed the whole holiday card boat (I feel your pain!), a little inspiration:

“Valentine cards had become a tradition of ours, born of the fact that we could never get ourselves organized in time to send out Christmas cards.” – Julia Child, My Life in France.

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Get the Valentine’s Day Cards:  1., 3., 5., 7., 8., 9. – Sugar Paper // 2. Sending You Love Valentine Card // 4. XOXO Valentine’s Day Card // 6. Always Love You Card

And speaking of Valentine’s Day (it’s so soon!), have you entered to win one of three amazing sweet delivery couture gift boxes?  (The three winners can either give themselves the gift of sweets, or they can choose to send their prize to a loved one for Valentine’s Day!)


Lexi

Beauty Trend to Try: Jewel + Gem Tone Nails

Did you know Target carries all of your favorite nail polish brands?  I always get lost in the Target beauty department, and on this last visit, I spent at least fifteen minutes hoarding Essie nail polish colors … and just in time for Winter!  The beauty of nail polish is that you can easily and inexpensively update your wardrobe for every season with just a splash of great color on your fingernails.  Last Summer, I wore candy-colored polishes like they were going out of style, in the Fall, I went a little glitter crazy, and on this visit, I had one objective in mind: think Winter.  So warm jewel and gem tones it was!

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I’m loving my mis-matched jewel- and gem-inspired manicure.  I chose Essie‘s sable collar (a metallic purple-grey), good as gold (one of my favorite metallic gold shades), mind your mittens (a blue-ish emerald green), toggle to the top (a glittery blood red), and penny talk (the perfect rose gold).

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Essie nail polish colors via Target (Sable Collar, Good as Gold, Mind Your Mittens, Toggle to the Top, and Penny Talk) // Kate Spade 2014 Agenda // Sweater (old) // Silver Ring (flea market find)

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.


Lexi

2014 Grammy Awards Best Dressed

I really fell in love with all of the silver, gold, and ethereal metallics worn at this year’s Grammy Awards.  (And you can check out all of my Grammy’s fashion updates over on twitter.)  In no particular order, and totally subject to change if I see something even more jaw-dropping in the next few hours of the show (we are only about 50 minutes in after all!), my Grammy red carpet favorites …

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Chrissy Teigen in Johanna Johnson stunned.  The head-to-toe gold sparkle, the deep sweetheart neckline, the satin contrast lining, the daring slit revealing one great pair of shoes, gorgeous – and so Grammys-appropriate.

Taylor Swift in Gucci Premiere looked like perfection.  I know she tends to stick to metallics, but it just works for her.  And that ponytail: adorable.

Kacey Musgraves in Armani Privé wowed the heck out of me.  The pictures don’t really do her soft shimmery pink dress justice.  And the sheer neckline?  So so pretty.

And though it came after the red carpet, can we talk about Beyoncé’s white floral dress?

Be sure to catch my Golden Globes Best Dressed from a few weeks ago!

Images via E Online


Lexi