Monthly Archives: January 2015


Little Love Notes

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Happy weekend, everyone! This week I’ve been back home, juggling my three work hats – mom, lawyer, and blogger – while hubby has been away on the last of his residency interviews. I am so tired. I hate to admit this, but I had no idea how heavily I rely on him for so many things. I nearly cried when I realized no one was going to make me a cup of coffee on Monday morning. Luckily, my knight in shining scrubs comes home on Saturday, and we have so much going on this weekend to make up for time lost. My BFF is adding a new sweet baby to our crew (Early congratulations, B!), my sissy is coming to town (#reunited), we have two really exciting photo shoots for the site on Sunday, and to top it all off, the Super Bowl on Sunday night. Any fun weekend plans? Will you be heading to a Super Bowl party? (Or throwing your own?)

And with that, a few little love notes …

Dear fellow coffee addicts (because you know it’s getting me through the week!), coffee marble … the prettiest take on coffee you ever did see.

Dear February, decorating my desktop with this Valentine background (that doubles as an adorable printable Valentine postcard.)

Dear inspired, this photographer spends his days capturing dancers in their natural element and it is incredibly beautiful.

Dear good reads, why foodies and food bloggers don’t talk about weight.

Dear everyone, the world’s coolest teacher choreographs a dance to to “Uptown Funk” and performs with his high school students.

Dear motivated, you have to check out Oh Joy!’s “The Art of Being a Goal-Getter” series.

Dear little black dress, a mini velvet version on sale at under $75; yes, please.

Dear last-minute party planners, Everything You Need for an Epic Super Bowl Party. Throw in our Nutella chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert and you’ve got a party!

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

Image via Paris in Four Months


Lexi

Chocolate and Nutella Covered Strawberries

Valentine’s Day is by far one of my favorite holidays. I am shamelessly charmed by the hearts, the tulle, the streamers, the love notes, and of course, the chocolate. Nothing says cheesy wonderful romance like chocolate-covered strawberries for Valentine’s Day. Nutella swirled in with that melted chocolate … on top of strawberries … well, that’s just decadent. This recipe has it all – plus you can make it in just a few simple steps. Hope you enjoy (and let me know how yours turn out!)

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Seriously, I wasn’t kidding about the easy part … the very best thing about this recipe: how unbelievably simple it is. (Oh, also … the Nutella. Nutella is always the best.)

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Chocolate and Nutella Covered Strawberries

Yields 12 strawberries.

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INGREDIENTS

12 large strawberries
½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
2 heaping tablespoons of Nutella
Slivered almonds (optional garnish)
Shredded coconut (optional garnish)

DIRECTIONS

Wash and dry 12 ripe strawberries. In a small bowl, microwave 1/2 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips in 30-second intervals, stirring in between. Once melted, stir in 2 tablespoons of Nutella until smooth and completely combined with the melted chocolate.

Carefully, grab each strawberry by the stem and dip it into the warm chocolate mixture, being sure to coat each side evenly. (Tip: Make sure that the strawberries are completely dry before attempting to dip them into the melted chocolate.) Allow excess chocolate to drip off, and then set the strawberry onto a parchment lined baking sheet.

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Repeat this process until all of the strawberries are coated. If desired, garnish your chocolate covered strawberries with shredded coconut, slivered almonds, white chocolate, sprinkles, etc.

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Chill until the chocolate coating is hardened – and serve!

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Recipe by Rachel of Sugar-Coated Inspiration for Glitter, Inc.


Lexi

Travel Photo Diary: San Diego, California #glittertravels

San Diego is one of those cities I could get lost in. Hubby and I love driving around a new city – house dreaming – i.e., fantasizing about all of the gorgeous homes we could live in (you know, with an unlimited budget). La Jolla in particular, is chock full of incredible houses; the whole town has this very cool throwback beach vibe, with stunning views and equally great food. So I thought I’d do a little review/guide to our favorite places in San Diego and particularly, in La Jolla. Let me know your favorite spots in the area! (If you’re headed to California anytime soon, check out the LA guide as well.)

VISIT

One of the first places to check out is Black Beach. Whether you head out to the the bluffs of Torrey Pines overlooking the Pacific Ocean or you make your way down to the beach to check out the stingrays along the coast line and the dolphins swimming just beyond, this beach is not to be missed. The views from above the bluffs are breathtaking.

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The architecture here is stunning – from the massive science buildings at UCSD to the footbridges over roads – all of the modern design looks gorgeous set against the desert-meets-beach backdrop.

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On our first day here we visited Balboa Park to meet Erica of Acres of Hope Photography, who is undoubtedly amazing, by the way. I actually found her by searching for “mommy and me photographers”. I had seen that Erica taught a mommy and me class to aspiring photographers, and I e-mailed her hoping for the best. She typically holds a class every other month or so and because there was no class being held when I would be there, Erica offered to teach me in a one-on-one session; very cool of her. So proud to announce, that after a bit of Erica’s amazing teaching skills, I am off automatic mode … I hope for good. If you’re in the San Diego area, you must must must take one of Erica’s photography classes. She typically posts the new classes to her Instagram account, so be on the lookout when you have some time. (Pssst, the next class is being held in March!)

Balboa Park is an enormous and amazing place to visit, complete with gardens, walking paths, museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

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… now if only I could get them to smile in unison.

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Mt. Soledad: Drive to the top of Mt. Soledad, where the Veterans Memorial is, and just stare out at the views. Snap a few pictures while you’re at it, you won’t want to forget those views.

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La Jolla Cove: If you do nothing else, spend a few minutes at La Jolla Cove. The views are spectacular and there are so many seals.

In the last few pictures, you can see a mom and her baby seal – she gave birth to the baby that very morning. How fun is that?

EAT

Tacos range in San Diego anywhere from simple (and cheap) street tacos to gourmet tacos.

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These shrimp tacos were inexpensive and good.

Puesto: We also stumbled upon Puesto and found a really great (dare I say it … hipster) taco paradise. Homemade corn tortillas, spicy but amazing guacamole, and truly unique flavor combinations. Basically any taco with their signature “crispy cheese” is a winner here.

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As for our traveling little lady, someone discovered babbling and just can’t stop. I can hardly believe how quickly Scarlett has grown … just looking at these photos, seeing her through another perspective (rather than in my own arms), has me all teary-eyed. At six months, she holds her head up so well, is just about sitting up on her own, babbles and coos and smiles at absolutely everyone, plays with toys, eats fruits and veggies (so much avocado on this California trip!) and is generally adorable.

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Wahoo’s Fish Tacos: By the way, if you’re ever in California, make your way over to a Wahoo’s Fish Tacos and order a fish taco and a shrimp taco … you’re welcome. These were my fave, hands down.

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Get the Look: Isabel Marant Étoile’s Enery Dress // Loeffler Randall Rider Bag // Theory Space Dye Open Cardigan // Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Sunglasses // Stuart Weitzman 50/50 Over-the-knee boots

Thanks so much for following along on our travels! I have a whole rundown of our residency travels coming soon. Stay tuned.


Lexi

5 Simple Winter Hair Styles with SheaMoisture

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

I actually first spotted SheaMoisture on store shelves – the pretty pink packaging caught my attention immediately. Then friend after friend kept mentioning it, so I knew I had to get on board. I’ve teamed up with SheaMoisture for today’s post to share a few of my favorite winter hairstyles and to talk about just how truly awesome the SheaMoisture products are.

My hair is my thing. I know that sounds funny, but I’ve totally accepted just how hair-crazy I am. For instance, good hair day = good day. Bad hair day and I’m hiding beneath a big ol’ hat and a venti iced coffee. When I have a big event … really anything from a meeting with an awesome brand to a run-of-the-mill doctor’s appointment, you can bet I’m blowing out my hair. I just don’t feel like myself when my hair is in a ponytail. But with that comes some serious damage. I am so hard on my hair. SheaMoisture’s Superfruit Complex 10-IN-1 Renewal System works to correct that damage. That and a bit of a hair break. For starters, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite lazy girl’s winter hair trends … you know the type, hairstyles that look deceptively chic but are actually totally effortless — a.k.a., the best kind.

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5 Simple Winter Hairstyles:

  1. Wear a stylish hat or a beanie over your air-dried hair (images via The Red Closet Diary and Cheetah is the New Black)
  2. Braid your hair into a soft updo (image via Barefoot Blonde)
  3. Tuck your hair into a headband, headwrap or turban (image via Harpers Bazaar)
  4. Tuck your hair into an oversized or chunky scarf  (image via Chicago Street Style)
  5. Throw your hair into a chic topknot (image via Happily Grey)

Now onto the SheaMoisture Superfruit Complex 10-IN-1 Renewal System: made with certified organic shea butter and other natural ingredients, this powerful system provides anti-aging benefits, heat and color protection, hydration, nourishment, rejuvenation, shine and so much more!

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When used together, the four products (a shampoo, conditioner, masque, and hair & scalp serum) help to perfect and renew vibrancy due to dull, lackluster hair. The Superfruit blend of Red Raspberry, Ketones, Goji, Acai, and Guava Extracts will leave your hair feeling soft and smelling delicious!

I want to know, how do you spoil your hair? Do you use at-home treatments, give your hair a break from the blow dryer/flat iron/curling wand, wash less often?  (I’m sharing my own tips over on social media with the hashtag #abetterwaytobeautiful and the handle @SheaMoisture4u.)

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SheaMoisture Superfruit Complex 10-IN-1 Renewal System is made with certified organic Shea Butter and other natural ingredients, providing a better way to beautiful.


Lexi

Little Love Notes

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Surprise! We’re in NYC … again. Crazy, I know. Hubby decided to re-visit a few schools, so Scarlett and I are joining him for the weekend (and I’ll be checking out Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party on Sunday … yay!) Follow along on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and the hashtag: #glittertravels) for pictures and updates. How about you: any fun weekend plans?

A few little love notes …

Dear frequent travelers, you absolutely need this in your life. #HGQ04

Dear music lovers, did anyone catch Hollywood Anderson’s tryout on American Idol earlier this week? One word: wow.

Dear Burberry cape look-a-like, you are the cape of my dreams … and at $60, I’m all over it.

Dear restaurant-obsessed20 Things Only People Obsessed With Going Out to Eat Understand. Yes, yes, and yes.

Dear design inspiration, one very awesome rustic modern living room.

Dear fun Etsy finds, giant sparkly letter piñatas.

Dear what’s for dinner, just discovered Skinny Taste (thanks to The Average Girls Guide), a blog chock full of better-for-you meals. Anything to get out of the “chicken for dinner” rut.

Dear fellow mamasCan the U.S. Ever Fix Its Messed-Up Maternity Leave System?

Dear resolutions-out-the-window, namely my willpower against sweets … starting with these caramel brownies with a pretzel crust.

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

Image via Egg Canvas


Lexi

Travel Photo Diary: LA, California #glittertravels

We just got home from sunny California on Sunday, and I’m already having California withdrawals. We divided the trip up between  San Diego and LA, so I thought I’d share Part one first, the LA update with a few highlights and favorite places around LA.

By the way, LA is one of those cities you could spend weeks in and still miss out on so much. We’re hoping to get back soon, but in the few days we were there (and with hubby’s residency interviews in between), these are the things we were able to hit up. Such a crazy cool city. Have you been?

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VISIT

The Grove/LA Farmers Market: Between the awesome outdoor mall (The Grove) and the LA Farmers Market chock full of great food, you could play here all day long. Let’s just say I found it hard not to walk away with arm-fulls of succulents and candied nuts.

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Anthropologie at The Grove: Like most Anthropologies, the Anthro at the Grove is a great one. Also, biggest Sale section I’ve ever seen at an Anthropologie … I call that a win.

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The Rose Bowl Flea Market: Held the second Sunday every month at the Rose Bowl Stadium, this is the mother of all flea markets. Basically the Rose Bowl Flea Market is a yard-sale-meets-estate-sale on steroids, the Disney of flea markets – from metal signs to wedding dresses to antlers to furniture to lion statues to gaudy jewelry to antique everything. It is awesome. (Read my full Rose Bowl Flea Market Shopping Guide, here.)

Rodeo Drive: Iconic shopping … that most of us can’t afford. But hey, there’s always window shopping (and the window displays are bananas, natch.)

Beverly Connection T.J.Maxx and Nordstrom Rack: Wear your comfiest shopping gear and go with your game-face on … these discount stores are crowded and cluttered and full of magic and couture. Enjoy!

Beverly Hills: Take a drive through Beverly Hills – the houses are incredible.

Santa Monica Pier: There’s a ferris wheel and a gorgeous ocean view … it doesn’t get much better than that.

Abbot Kinney Boulevard: This area is hipster shopping paradise.

EAT

Haru Sushi: Thanks to my Dad who is the master at finding incredible and affordable meals in any city, we wound up in this tiny sushi restaurant. Truly a hole in the wall, with rules on the menu like “Substitutions will be politely declined”, on first glance, this restaurant seems … well, meh. I kid you not, the meal was anything but meh. It was so ridiculously good, I’m still having dreams about the tuna. Order the Lava Stone (fried rice balls topped with spicy tuna, black caviar and avocado) and the Tuna Carpaccio.

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Joan’s on Third: I love love love Joan’s. I nearly cried when I found out it was exclusive to LA, because I would happily visit this place at least once a week in my own hometown.  Joan’s on Third is a Gourmet Marketplace and Café complete with homemade mac ‘n cheese, soups, cheese, bread, desserts and more. Take a load off and sit at one of the communal farm tables for one of their huge salads in awesome stainless steel salad bowls. (Mental note: never serve salad in ordinary bowls again.)

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Bob’s Coffee & Doughnuts in the LA Farmer’s Market: Both the coffee and the doughnuts are solid at Bob’s, but it’s the cinnamon rolls that are truly epic. A little bit like eating a homemade packaged cinnamon bun, this thing just tastes like childhood.

Thank you so much for all of the LA recommendations! We can’t wait to go back.


Lexi