Monthly Archives: October 2014

Little Love Notes

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Happy Halloween (and weekend), everyone! I am a HUGE fan of Halloween, and now that I have a little one to dress up, I’m loving the holiday even more (if that’s possible.) We’re in Central Florida this weekend, and I’m sharing a bunch of sweet snaps over on Instagram, @glitterinclexi, in case you want to check out the costumes I’ve got lined up for Scarlett (you heard right … costumes … plural … told you I like this holiday!)

Any fun Halloween plans?

And with that, a few little love notes …

Dear awesome costumes, Lauren Conrad’s DIY mermaid costume is gorgeous.

Dear Fall/Winter design inspiration, this moody bedroom has me dreaming in grey walls and fur throws.

Dear leopard shoe love, these Matisse booties are everything … comfort, style, fierce leopard print. Ordered.

Dear playlist, just added Taylor Swift’s new album 1989 and it is SO GOOD. So far, loving Blank Space, Wildest Dreams and Style.

Dear baby moccasins that.I.cannot.get.enough.of., as if I wasn’t already in love with tiny moccs, I stumbled across this pair … gold dots for the win.

Dear weekend baking, blueberry swirl muffins.

Get the origins of these sweet little love notes, here.

Image via New Darlings // black tank dress // cardigan // watch // necklace


Crisp White Home With Pops of Foliage

It’s no secret that I’m having a major white decor moment in my current design-obsessing. After living in our bright and funky apartment for a few years now, I’m hankering for a bright white space.  The shocker here is how much I’ve fallen for all of the lush greenery in this home tour … given my black thumb, filling our own space with plants would seem like a major no-no, but this place has me second-guessing that stance. I mean, white and green, totally working here.

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The copper details in the kitchen – like copper faucet and copper handles and drawer pulls – are so subtly glamorous on the clean white cabinets.

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Both bedrooms are equally beautiful, cozy and simple. Makes me want to climb right back into bed this morning.

Via Stadshem // Found on Coco Lapine Design



How to Create a Hot Cocoa Bar

With October nearly through, it’s time to start planning for the holidays (time is flying, isn’t it?) We’re party people, so the festivities start as early as November, which means my party-planning starts sooner than that. When Starbucks asked me to try out their new Mocha K-Cup® Packs, I knew just how I would dream up my mocha coffee. The trend I’ve had on my mind since last season: the DIY hot cocoa bar. I absolutely love the idea of an over-the-top cocoa and coffee station with all of the yummiest toppings and add-ons. So I rounded up a bit of hot cocoa bar inspiration, to get you started.


The key to a great hot cocoa bar is creativity. Great mix-ins and toppings should be fun (and cute), so don’t be afraid to go beyond the marshmallows. Though homemade marshmallows are always a good idea. (Throw in the option of s’mores with a stack of graham crackers and chocolate bars and your guests will love you forever. Love this DIY s’mores kit!)

Offer more than one variation on the traditional hot cocoa. I love Starbucks® Mocha K-Cup® Packs. They’re single serve and hot and fresh as each person is ready to craft their creation. Plus, it’s coffee, with mocha flavor … a winning combination in my book. You can also stock the cocoa bar with chai tea and hot milk; let your guests experiment with flavors and toppings.

Print up a few of these printable chalkboard tags and signs to complete your bar!


Hot Cocoa (mix, packets, K-Cup® Packs)
Starbucks® Mocha K-Cup® Packs
Warm Milk
Whipped Cream
Chocolate Syrup
Chocolate Fudge
Marshmallows (mini, Mallow Bits, PEEPS Marshmallows, even flavored marshmallows!)
Chocolate Chips
White Chocolate Chips
Butterscotch Chips
Peanut butter Chips
Toffee Bits
Crushed Candy Canes
Crushed Cookies (chocolate chip and/or Oreos)
Peppermint Bark
Caramel Sauce and/or Caramel Bits/Squares
Chopped Nuts

For stirring:
Candy Canes
Cookie Rods (Pepperidge Farm Pirouettes or homemade cigarettes russes are perfect for this! Try your hand at Martha Stewart’s recipe … basically a buttery sweet wafer dipped in chocolate. So good.)
Salted Peanut Bars (Another great Martha recipe!)
Pretzel Rods
Chocolate Sticks
Decorative Straws
Gold or Silver Plastic Spoons

Mugs (Love these Crate & Barrel copper mugs – and they’re on sale!)

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Glam up your toppings: I love the idea of using candy canes or pretzel rods as marshmallow skewers, and chocolate-dipped stirring spoons are always a winner (dip them in melted chocolate and cover in sprinkles – then set to cool – for some added flair!)

Have fun with your cocoa bar. The beauty of this kind of set-up is there are no rules. Buy candies and sweets and whatever other toppings your heart desires, throw everything into cute dishes and bowls, stack a few pretty mugs, print out a little sign, and voilà – one adorable hot cocoa bar!

Images via Red Stamp // Yellow Bliss Road // Whimsy & Spice // Love From the Oven // Pen & Paper Flowers


The rich aromas and sweet flavors you love from Starbucks®, now brewing at home. Introducing two new K-Cup® flavors for fall, inspired by our café favorites.

LEGAL: Developed in partnership with Starbucks Coffee Company and their new Starbucks® K-Cup® packs. K-Cup® packs for use in Keurig® K-Cup® brewing systems. Keurig, the Cup and Star Design, Keurig Brewed, K-Cup and the Keurig brewer trade dress are trademarks of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., used with permission.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Starbucks Coffee Company, via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Starbucks Coffee Company.


Shop the Trend: 20 Adorable Plaid Coats

I have coats on the brain (did you catch my post on the cutest early Fall coats to wear right now?) Lately, I can’t take my eyes off of the chic plaid coats spotted everywhere. I’ve always loved that plaid is a little bit preppy, a little bit grunge – such a winning fashion combination. These coats are also timeless, which is always a trend in coats you can count on. Are you a fan?

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Images via Liz Marie Blog // Fashion Vibe // Penny Pincher Fashion // This Time Tomorrow // Style Bistro // Kylie Jenner // Sequins & Stripes // Maffashion // Gal Meets Glam // A Lacey Perspective // Collage Vintage

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DIY Halloween Candy: Homemade Twix Bars {Recipe}

With Halloween only a few days away, I have candy on the brain (specifically, these unbelievably yummy homemade twix bars.) Soft shortbread cookie and gooey caramel inside, dipped in thick milk chocolate … really, these are the perfect sweet treat. And in case you’ve never tried it, homemade candy is where it’s at. These homemade twix bars are moist, soft, delicately rich and buttery and surprisingly simple to throw together.

To keep the recipe extra easy, we used pre-packaged soft caramels (melted down) for the caramel filling, but you could make your own melted soft caramel using this recipe. The shortbread is homemade, but requires only six simple ingredients for an irresistibly good shortbread inside. Then of course, comes the melted milk chocolate … a.k.a., the best part. This is a chocolate candy lovers dream, and really Halloween is just a good excuse, but I’m thinking handmade chocolate twix bars in little tins as Christmas and Holiday gifts are the perfect present.

How to make simple and amazing homemade DIY twix bars - perfect for Halloween! Click through for the details. | | @glitterinc How to make simple and amazing homemade DIY twix bars - perfect for Halloween! Click through for the details. | | @glitterinc How to make simple and amazing homemade DIY twix bars - perfect for Halloween! Click through for the details. | | @glitterinc


Makes about 18 bars


For the shortbread layer…
1 stick of softened butter
¼ cup sugar
1¼ cup flour
1 tbsp. milk
½ tsp. vanilla extract
A pinch of salt

For the caramel layer…
About 20 unwrapped caramel squares (Kraft works well)
1 tsp. cream, or milk

For the chocolate coating…
1 (11.5 ounce) bag of milk chocolate chips
2 tsp. coconut oil (optional)

For decorating…
Halloween sprinkles (optional)

How to make simple and amazing homemade DIY twix bars - perfect for Halloween! Click through for the details. | | @glitterinc


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F, and prepare an 8×8 inch pan by greasing and lining the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar using an electric mixer. Once smooth, slowly incorporate the flour. Lastly, add in the milk and salt. The dough will be very crumbly, (this is normal!) Pour dough into the greased pan, and press down until packed in tight. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
  3. Once the shortbread is cooled, remove it from the pan and use a sharp knife to slice about 18 rectangles. (They don’t have to be perfect!) Line them up on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Next, unwrap and microwave the caramels and cream, until melted. Using a spoon, carefully spread caramel onto the tops of each shortbread rectangle. (It helps if you let the caramel cool slightly after melting so that it doesn’t run off the sides of the shortbread.)
  5. Place the caramel-layered shortbread into the freezer for about 5 minutes to set. While they are chilling, microwave the chocolate chips and coconut oil in 30-second increments, until melted.
  6. Remove the caramel shortbread from the freezer. Flip each of the cookies over, and spread a thin layer of chocolate on the bottom. Place the chocolate covered bottoms down onto the parchment paper, and refrigerate for another 5 minutes until the chocolate is set.
  7. Finally, spread a thin layer of chocolate on the top and sides of each caramel shortbread cookie—in order to completely coat them. Place them back onto the tray, decorate with each with Halloween sprinkles (optional), and chill.
  8. Cover and store in the fridge or freezer until you’re ready to eat them! You could also wrap each individually and give them away to friends.

NOTE: With this recipe, the shortbread bakes fairly soft and moist (but not as crisp as an original Twix bar cookie filling.) To fix this, you could bake the shortbread off for another 5-10 minutes after slicing, like you would biscotti, to make it extra crisp. (They’re delicious either way, though!)

How to make simple and amazing homemade DIY twix bars - perfect for Halloween! Click through for the details. | | @glitterinc How to make simple and amazing homemade DIY twix bars - perfect for Halloween! Click through for the details. | | @glitterinc

How to make simple and amazing homemade DIY twix bars - perfect for Halloween! Click through for the details. | | @glitterinc

How to make simple and amazing homemade DIY twix bars - perfect for Halloween! Click through for the details. | | @glitterinc

Shortbread recipe adapted via Tablespoon

Special thanks to Rachel of Sugar-Coated Inspiration for this amazing recipe!


Little Love Notes


Oh man am I ever happy for the weekend! Scarlett had one of those weeks where crying was the norm after 7pm (and didn’t stop.) On Wednesday, I walked around with a velcro baby swaddle sack stuck to my butt. It’s been that awesome. But tonight, she seems a bit better, so we’re creeping around the apartment with fingers crossed. Friday I’m in the law office, then it’s pizza and a movie. Sunday morning I have a blogger brunch at West Elm that I am so excited for; the rest of the weekend it’s blog catch-up and errands and my Daddy’s birthday. We’re also hoping to take advantage of the gorgeous Miami weather and pack for next week’s road trip for hubby’s residency interview number two. Any fun weekend plans?

And with that, a few little love notes …

Dear prettiest shade of Fall lips, this foxy date night Autumn lip look is just perfect. (Get the look with this ruby red.)

Dear Fall party-planning dreams, Abby Larson’s go-to Fall dinner party tips are just perfect.

Dear Half Baked Harvest, this is the most gorgeous Fall cake ever. Salted caramel apple snickers cake. Yes.

Dear food wanderlust, 10 amazing dishes from around the world.

Dear kids at heartThe New York Time sent a few adorable kids to one of the NYC’s fanciest restaurants.

Dear what’s for dinner, autumn grilled cheese, three ways.

Dear Instagram crushing, I have this thing with floors.

Dear weekend inspiration, not sure what I love more here: the outfit or the salad. Need that rowhouse sweater.

Get the origins of these sweet little love notes, here.