Monthly Archives: November 2014


Little Love Notes

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Dear readers, thank you, from the bottom of my heart; for supporting this little site, for supporting me, for following along and laughing at my corny jokes and sharing your stories and recommending Glitter, Inc. to friends. Thank you for being awesome and amazing. I hope you are inspired and filled with happiness when you visit my site, and if you are or even if you’re not, speak up – I always want to hear from you, because you are, after all, the life of this site, and I couldn’t do it without you.

And with that, a few little love notes …

Dear holiday shopping, have you seen some of the amazing Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales? They are just so good.

Dear weekend plans, ten adorable things to do this holiday weekend.

Dear guilty-as-charged, weird things girls do when they’re alone.

Dear you, you’re getting old. But lot’s of cool stuff has happened since you were born.

Dear fun surprises, did you know there’s a secret apartment in the Eiffel Tower?

Dear inspiration, this photographer’s journey through Iceland in a red dress is spectacular.

Dear weekend cooking, if you’re still in the mood to cook, this leftover Thanksgiving turkey pot pie looks amazing.

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

Image via Kate Breuers Photographers (Be sure to check out all of her gorgeous photography!)


Lexi

Winter Travel: What to Pack

After getting back from the first few weeks of residency travel, and poised for several more big trips in the next few weeks and months, I’ve really started to get this Winter packing thing down. When knowing what to pack for winter travel, the only variable is how low the temps will be dropping … I’m a Miami girl through and through, so once we’re looking at thirty degrees and below, I’m packing my thermal underwear; other than that, a down coat is essential, plus clothes that layer well. I’ve also recently fallen in love with fleece-lined tights (love Gap’s Maximum Heat Tights, but I’ve heard amazing things about J.Crew Falke® warm deluxe tights!) Warm tights are a must for me, because I can’t live without my dresses (by the way, how gorgeous are all of these Isabel Marant sleeved dresses?)

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Coats/Jackets: Tory Burch Jess Reversible Jacket // Finders Keepers Careless Love Coat // J.Crew Woolrich John Rich & Bros. Techno Wool Eskimo Parka

Warm Accessories: Topshop Floppy Wool Felt Hat // Rag & Bone Keighley Cashmere Headband // Betsey Johnson Blusher Veil Beanie // kate spade new york quilted logo glove // Maison Scotch Check Print Wool Blend Scarf // Lulu Polka Dot Infinity Scarf // J.Crew Falke® warm deluxe tights (Also love Gap’s Maximum Heat Tights) // J.Crew Marled socks

Pajamas and Under-things: Eberjey Heather jersey pajama pants // Cosabella Dolce Soft Bra // Committed Love stretch-lace underwired bra // Sperry Top-Sider Seersucker Shorts // Honeydew Valerie Hipster // Eberjey Heather racer-back jersey pajama top // Eberjey Heather jersey pajama top

The Staples: Rag & Bone / Jean The Dre Jean // Rag & Bone / Jean The Dre Boyfriend Skinny Jean // Balenciaga Oversized Wool-Blend Turtleneck // J.Crew Tissue turtleneck tee in heather stripe // J.Crew Drapey ribbed tank // Raquel Allegra Muscle Tee // Thakoon Addition Embroidered Cuff Dress // Floral Print Long-sleeved Buttoned Chiffon Dress // Designers Remix Neondress oversize knit dress // BaubleBar Jewelry: Coordinates Cuff, Morse Code Cuff, The Courtney Bib, Hoop Hardware Pendant

Shoes and Bags: Stuart Weitzman Lowland Thigh High Flat Boots // Loeffler Randall Mercer block heel boot // Women’s Bean Boots by L.L.Bean, 10″ Shearling-Lined (Check out my full L.L. Bean Bean Boots Shopping Guide, here!) // Loeffler Randall Rider Bag Cheetah printed haircalf // Madewell Transport Tote

Now let’s talk about sales (because, ’tis the season!) Have you tried using Lyst yet? Lyst is this amazing site that allows you to create as many of your own, unique ‘wish lists’ as you like; then you’ll get an alert every time any of those items goes on sale or come back in stock! (Lyst partners with the best designers and stores to bring you the world of fashion in one place.) I love getting emails from Lyst telling me that a pair of boots or a gorgeous coat I’ve been dreaming about (but couldn’t quite afford) has gone on sale! It’s especially useful around the holidays when we’re all buying so many gifts and clothes for the upcoming Winter season. I mean, how great is that?

This post is sponsored by lyst. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors that make Glitter, Inc. possible!


Lexi

Black Friday + Cyber Monday Sales {Updated Daily!}

Black Friday is essentially the holy grail of shopping. The discounts are unbeatable, and with the addition of huge online sales (now several years in the making, of course), the days of lining up outside major retailers are long gone (thankfully!) This year, so many of the sales that start the week of Black Friday will run straight through Cyber Monday, giving you the entire holiday weekend to score major deals for all of your holiday shopping.

So enjoy, have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and let me know if you get anything good!

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SHOPBOP: Take 15% off $250, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000 from 11/25 – 12/01 with code: GOBIG14.

WAITING ON MARTHA: Cyber Monday Sale, 20% off orders of $200+ on 12/01 with code: CYBER20.

ANTHROPOLOGIE: Friday Only! Take 25% off ALL items with code HOLIDAY25.

PIPERLIME: 25% off sitewide until 11/29 with code: THANKFUL25. // Cyber Monday 30% off sitewide + 40% off markdowns from 11/30 – 12/01 with code: CYBERSALE.

EMERSON FRY: 20% off all full-priced merchandise on 12.01 with code: EFMONDAY14.

ASOS: Black Friday 30% off from 11/27 (8pm EST) – 11/30 (8pm EST) with code: TGIBF. // Cyber Monday 30% off from 11/30 (8pm EST) – 12/02 (3am EST) with code: ILOVEMONDAYS.

GAP: Black Friday Sale, 50% off sitewide from 11/27 – 11/28 with code: BLKFRIDAY.

LULU & GEORGIA: Spend $250 and get 20 percent off with PUMPKINPIE20; spend $500 and get 25 percent off with PUMPKINPIE25; spend $1,000 and get 30 percent off with PUMPKINPIE30. (November 28-December 2)

KATE SPADE: Check out the Surprise Sale through Satuday, with free shipping on orders $200 and up.

KATE SPADE SATURDAY: Take 30% all full price items at www.Saturday.com with code DEALME from 6am ET 11/26/14 until 3am ET 12/1/14. Plus, free ground shipping to all 50 states!

MADEWELL: Take 25% off your entire purchase with code GIFTON.

FREE PEOPLE: Black Friday Sale, up to 50% off select items on 11/28. // Cyber Monday Sale, additional 25% off all sale items on 12/01.

ALLSAINTS: Take 20% off all styles from 11/28 – 12/01 with code THANKS.

SOLE SOCIETY: Black Friday 30% off all footwear on 11/28.

EXPRESS: Black Friday 50% off sitewide on 11/28. // Cyber Monday 50% off sitewide + free shipping on 12/01.

BROOKS BROTHERS: 15% off + free shipping from 11/27-11/29. // Cyber Monday 30% off select styles + 10% off your entire purchase on 12/01.

OTTE: Extra 40% off already marked down items with code: BLACKFRIDAYEA.

URBAN OUTFITTERS: Additional 25% off all sale online, additional 50% off all sale in-stores on 11/28. // Cyber Monday Sale, take $15 off $75, $25 off $100 and $50 off $150 on 12/01.

NASTY GAL: Get 30% off all black items during the Black Friday Sale.

BODEN: 30% off sitewide + free shipping and free returns from 11/27 – 11/30.

J. CREW: Black Friday 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping, no minimum from 11/26 – 11/30 with code: HOLIDAY. // Cyber Monday 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping, no minimum on 12/01 with code: MONDAY.

JOIE: 25% off sitewide from 11/26 – 12/01 with code: THANKS.

CURRENT ELLIOTT: Black Friday 25% off sitewide from 11/26 – 12/01 with code: THANKS.

THE DRESLYN: Black Friday 20% off sitewide from 11/27 – 11/30 with code: BLACKFRIDAY. // Cyber Monday 20% off sitewide on 12/01 with code: CYBERMONDAY.

ALICE + OLIVIA: 25% off sitewide + free shipping on 11.26-12.01.

DESIGN DARLING: 20% off sitewide from 11/26 – 12/01 with code: MANYTHANKS.

CLUB MONACO: Check ClubMonaco.com for their biggest sale of the year on Cyber Monday, 12.01.

T & J DESIGNS: 30% off sitewide with code: THANKYOU30.

THEORY: 40% off sitewide from 11/25 – 11/30.

WEST ELM: Buy more, save more — up to 25% off from 11/26 – 12/01 with code: SUPERSALE.

HUDSON + BLEECKER: 30% off and free shipping with code: THANKS.

Image via Park & Cube


Lexi

{Baby} Fashion: Rylee & Cru

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Long before I had Scarlett, I adored Kelli Murray’s gorgeous blog. Kelli’s style is bohemian yet chic (with just the right touch of edge), and her site is such a treat for the eyes (not to mention she designs the most gorgeous artwork). She also happens to be a mama to two impeccably dressed little ones, and as of this Wednesday, she’ll be the owner of a very adorable childrens’ line: Rylee & Cru. To say I’m excited would be quite the understatement. I’m practically bursting, waiting for the big launch. Scarlett needs everything.

Tomorrow can’t come soon enough!

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via Kelli Murray // Photos by Jackie Wonders


Lexi

Glitter Giveaways: The Perfect Fall-to-Winter Handbag

‘Tis the season, which means Glitter, Inc. is about to roll out some very amazing holiday giveaways, starting with an incredibly gorgeous leather bag (a.k.a., the perfect Fall-to-Winter handbag) with a retail value of $760. Oh yes, you heard that right …

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We’re giving away a luxe nearly-$800 leather handbag!

Here’s the deal: Hammitt has created an exclusive, limited edition, hand-made, custom bag for Stearns & Foster, one which embodies Stearns & Foster values of American-made, timeless styling, superior craftsmanship and the world’s finest materials. Called, “The Lockland” after the birthplace of Stearns & Foster, the bag is a highly versatile, go-anywhere, carryall satchel handcrafted in a timeless silhouette with Hammitt signature rivets and rough-edge. The bag is made of buttery soft Italian leather and is adorned with gold-plated hardware … it is such a great bag.

Stearns & Foster has partnered with 20 bloggers to give away 20 bags on the Stearns & Foster Facebook page, and I’m giving away one of these lovelies exclusively for Glitter, Inc. readers! (See below for details.)

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What I’m Wearing: Theory Space Dye Open Cardigan // Rag & Bone Shredded Skinny Jeans // J.Crew Kiki Calf Hair Ballet Flats // Hammitt Handbag 

THE GIVEAWAY:

To enter to win the exact bag I’m wearing, all you need to do is “Like” the Stearns & Foster Facebook page and like/be a follower of Glitter, Inc., and let me know you’ve done so via the Rafflecopter box below. (Once you’re on the S&F Facebook page, you can enter their separate contest for more chances to win this handbag, just don’t forget to the Glitter, Inc. x Hammitt contest by commenting via the Rafflecopter box below.) One lucky winner will be chosen at random; U.S. addresses only. Good luck!

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Abbreviated Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited by law.
Open to legal US residents (incl. DC), 18 years or older (19 years old in AL and NE, 21 in MS) at start of Sweepstakes. Promotion consists of 4 separate Sweepstakes the first of which begins at 12:00 a.m. ET on 8/13/14, and the last of which ends on 12/14/14, at 11:59 p.m. ET. To enter, go to the Stearns & Foster Facebook page, “like” the page, and complete and submit the registration form. 20 prize winners will receive a limited edition Hammitt® Handbag. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of each: $760. One winner will receive a Stearns & Foster® mattress set (ARV: $1499). Limit one (1) prize per person/per household. Odds of winning are based on the number of eligible entries received per sweepstakes. For complete rules and eligibility requirements, visit www.stearnsandfoster.com Sponsor: Tempur Sealy International, Inc.

Glitter, Inc. was compensated to promote the sweepstakes run by Tempur-Sealy. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors that make this site possible! 


Lexi

Dear Hair: A Coming of Age Story

We all have a love/hate relationship with our hair. Here’s my story … (What’s yours?)

I grew up with a head full of curls. Big bouncy curls that operated as tangle magnets. Literally, everything and anything could make my curls tangle into one big unruly mess. (i.e., a gust of wind, a ponytail holder, a pencil, sleeping.) My Dad used to sit on the bed – I would sit on the floor beneath him – and he would use no-tangle spray trying to comb out curl by curl. For the record, he’s a pretty great Dad. This went on for years, and truth be told, sometimes, even well into being a grown-up myself, I wish my Dad would get the knots out for me.

So of course, like every other girl on the planet, I’ve dreamt of perfectly straight hair. You know the type: hair you just roll out of bed with, hair you can step out of a shower with and watch it air-dry to perfection. My sister has that kind of hair. Her hair is thick too. So jealous. I just have tons of fine curly-meets-wavy hair. (Oh yeah, somewhere around high school, my hair threw me for another loop and decided to turn-coat and become curly/wavy, I guess the big curls got tired of holding on and fell into big wavy things … thanks a lot, hair.) Today I over-use a hair iron like it’s going out of style.

I’m also a hair chicken. I’ve highlighted my hair a whopping one time in my whole life, I sat terrified in the stylist’s chair the entire time with the support of my perfect friend, Isabel, and I paid a pretty penny at a pricey salon (scared to do it any other way) for the faintest (nearly undetectable) highlights you’ve ever seen. That was years ago, so you can imagine, I’ve never had the courage to do it again.

And of course, I’ve had hair scares. Cancer can really shock you into the fear of losing your hair. It may sound petty, you are up against a much bigger battle, and yet you find yourself, in those weeks and months, running shaking fingers through your scalp praying, just praying, that your hair holds on for dear life.

The hair scare really stunned me into being grateful. My hair stood by me, through the thick and the thin. My hair is my coat of armor and I wear it as such. The idea of cutting any length of it off sends shudders down my spine, and even now, as a new mama, with a four-month old grabbing fists-full of my hair so frequently that I constantly find strands of my long dark hair tangled around her little baby fingers, I can’t bear the thought of converting to “mom” hair (whatever that is). I love my hair.

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Sometimes, I actually hide behind my hair. And most often, my hair gives me that little bit of courage I need. When I blow out my hair, I feel extra fancy pants, and gain a little pep in my step that day, just because my hair is killing it that day. Even with a baby, I manage to get up and shower and do my hair, because I need that vote of self confidence, despite being covered in baby spit-up an hour later. My husband loves the way my hair smells and feels and he runs his fingers through my hair and I want to cry for the extra bit of attention, especially when our world is so squarely centered around our beautiful little girl right now.

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So thanks, hair. You’ve been good to me, and I’ll try, sometimes in vain, to be good right back. [Even though you know I’ll continue to use a way-too-hot blow dryer and flat iron, I promise to use L’Oreal Paris Advanced HaircareVolume Filler (to give you a bit of oomph) and Smooth Intense (for serious repair), and give you a few breaks now and then too.]

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by L’Oreal’s Advanced Hair Care via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of L’Oreal.

We ladies know that not all locks are created equal, and so does L’Oréal Paris. With the Advanced Haircare line, Glam girls have the power to pick their shampoo, conditioner and treatment based on their specific strand needs, taking their tresses to luxurious levels. Beautiful hair has never been more personal.


Lexi