Monthly Archives: May 2015


Little Love Notes

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In case you missed the big news: we bought a house! We’re busy unpacking boxes (they never end), shopping for paint colors, and hunting down furniture and decor. It’s so much fun starting from scratch. This weekend we’re headed to this great local farmers market complete with food, produce, and antiques. I am so stinkin’ excited. Sunday we’ll head to Charlotte for a quick trip; can’t wait to start exploring the surrounding areas. How about you? Any fun weekend plans?

As always, you can follow along on instagram and twitter (@glitterinclexi), plus read the newest series: Life Lately.

With that, a few little love notes …

Dear Summer wedding inspiration, the dreamiest dress, ceremony, setting … this sweet hilltop celebration has it all.

Dear Oreo addicts of the world, it’s not your fault, says science.

Dear fellow mamas, 31 strange addictions only moms understand.

Dear Gilmore Girls fans, rumors are swirling that a reunion could be in the works and I’m so excited, I could cry.

Dear Summer lovin’, the sweetest lace tank I ever did see.

Dear design lovers, you have to see this gorgeous gender neutral nursery (for twins!)

Dear Amy Schumer, obviously you can’t possibly turn down this offer#TheBachelorette #DraftAmy

Dear wanderlust, stunning bodies of water from around the world.

Dear weekend giggles, Game of Thrones: the Musical.

Dear weekend baking, simple nutty granola for the {healthy} win.

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

image via Green Wedding Shoes // Photography: Maddelynn & Amari of Foot Candles Photography


Lexi

15 Favorite Summer Salads

There is nothing like a bright salad for lunch or dinner to get Summer vibes going. Summer and salads just seem to go hand in hand. Salads are also entirely necessary when my bikinis are a not-so-subtle reminder that it’s high time I get back in shape. Lucky for us, these salads are relatively good for you and are packed with flavor (and the occasional cheat, like toasty croutons, bacon, or a creamy dressing … I mean, I am eating salad after all!)

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These are a few of my favorites (some tried and true, some at the very top of my “must make” list) …

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Watermelon, Feta, Basil and Pistachio Salad with Reduced Balsamic Vinaigrette via Iowa Girl Eats.

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Chili Grilled Shimp, Polenta Crouton and Frico Salad with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette via Cooking for Keeps.

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Summer Corn, Avocado & Black Bean Salad via Produce On Parade.

 

Garlicky Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Garlicky Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas via Minimalist Baker.

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Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad via Lexi’s Clean Kitchen.

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Peaches and prosciutto with arugula, ricotta, and almonds via Refinery 29.

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Toasted Bread, Parmesan, and Kale Salad via Pinch of Yum.

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Tomato, Peach, & Burrata Salad via Two Peas & Their Pod.

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Greek Salad with Avocado via Foodie Crush.

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Roasted Potato and Paprika Chickpea Salad via A House in the Hills.

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Spicy Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Miso Dressing via A Pinch of Yum.

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Strawberry Caprese Salad via The Forest Feast.

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BLT Panzanella via Annie’s Eats.

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Chopped Thai Chicken Salad via Pinch of Yum.

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Classic Tomato Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Reduction via Little Broken.


Lexi

We Bought a House!

You may have guessed it by now (you know, I just couldn’t help but share a few little peeks on Instagram); we bought a home! Ever since learning that we would be relocating to North Carolina for hubby’s residency at Duke (you can read all about that, here), finding a place to live has been an absolute whirlwind. After renting for years, somehow it just felt like time to dig in some roots and buy ourselves a home. I think we were tired of crazy apartment rules (“No running water from 9am to 5pm this week for repairs” … blech) and the endless struggle with guest parking for our family and friends. We’ve also been longing for a backyard, especially as Scarlett is getting older and more mobile and her mama, ahem, wants to throw a few really great parties in celebration of that, of course.

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The trick to home-buying was, we had a pretty limited amount of time in which to purchase, or jump ship, and find yet another temporary apartment, given Mike’s work timeline. We got lucky, with an amazing realtor, and then got lucky again, because the realtor knew of the perfect home not yet listed on the market. I promise to share our home-buying story soon, because I now know how crazy the process can be and every little piece of advice helps; but until then, I thought I’d share a few snippets of our new home (wow, that feels crazy to type!)

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Right now we’re still mostly in boxes, though I’m hoping we’ll be up and running in no time. Until then, we’re taking advantage of the handful of weeks Mike has off until he starts his residency training to shop for furniture and explore the area. North Carolina boasts some of the most gorgeous hand-crafted and relatively affordable furniture in the country, so we’re taking full advantage and attempting to design the home of our dreams. We’re also going a bit crazy remodeling (in small-ish doses), painting most of the walls, and tearing out carpets. I don’t know if it’s a Miami thing, but we’re really not fans of carpet though it seems everyone up here has carpet almost exclusively across the bedrooms and upstairs floors. Hoping we don’t regret the decision to yank the carpet come winter. Yikes.

Now I’m off to hunt down bed frames on One Kings Lane. Wish me luck!

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And as always, I’ll be sharing updates on Instagram and twitter, @glitterinclexi, and here on the blog.


Lexi

Working Moms: Bringing Kids to the Office

Earlier this month Rachel Zoe shared an interesting approach at her own workplace: an in-office nursery. Since becoming a mom, Rachel has managed to actively include her kids in her career, bringing her kids to the office, cuddling with them in editorial meetings, even taking them along on business trips. While all of that sounds great, it also makes sense – Rachel is, after all, the head of her own major fashion empire. But Rachel takes it one huge step further, by allowing her employees to bring their own children to work, every day of the week.

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“I wanted to create an environment where these new mothers wouldn’t have to make a choice between career and motherhood,” the mom of two sons said on her website, The Zoe Report. “I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to grow my company from just a few people to more than 40 while having my kids — and my husband — by my side, and so I knew I had to do everything in my power to give my staff that same luxury.”

Rachel went on to share that opening a nursery in her West Hollywood office was “one of the best business decisions [she’s] ever made.”

As a young professional (part-time lawyer, part-time blogger), balancing work and life and finding a way to ensure my young daughter is in a safe nurturing environment while I work, is ever a hot topic. Friends and I often talk about the huge companies that have in-house nurseries. While even those scenarios are not always perfect, being able to bring your kids to work each day, to run down on breaks and lunch to see their sweet little faces, to not have to panic over a less-than-perfect daycare (especially when babies barely seem old enough) or under-qualified or hard-to-find sitters, seems like the dream.

“Seeing how motivated and committed the mothers on my team were after returning from maternity leave and being able to set up their babies in the nursery has only solidified my belief that every company should consider this option. Sure it required us to make additional investments—the physical space, the insurance required to protect everyone, the furnishings—but what we are getting in return is invaluable; the working mothers at our company can improve and grow our business without having to sacrifice spending precious time with their babies at such a crucial stage in their mother-child relationships.”

Right now, I myself am trying to figure out just what I should do in my own situation. Scarlett is 10 months old, and though I know she would be okay at a good daycare program, the protective urge to keep her home and/or with my own mom just a little bit longer tends to win out. And as I’m learning, finding a good nanny is incredibly difficult; most are looking for full-time work (which can get pricey, almost prohibitively, especially when my own creative job may barely cover the cost justification of a full-time employee like a nanny) and the really great ones are typically already taken. When I do go into the law office, I take Scarlett, nestled in her Maxi-Cosi infant car seat, but I know she’s under the watchful eye of my mom who is just in the other room.

So tell me fellow mamas, how do you make it work? If you work from home, how do you get anything done with a little one ruling the roost?

Are you a fan of Rachel Zoe’s in-office nursery plan? (I know I am!)

And as for Rachel: “My advice to you: Never apologize for being dedicated to your kids and challenge those around you to not only acknowledge, but celebrate your ability to be a mother and an asset in the workplace.”

Read more PopSugar on The Zoe Report.

image via A Well Traveled Woman


Lexi

And We’re Off

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We spent all day yesterday driving up to our new home in North Carolina. Scarlett has been such a trooper, mostly sleeping or singing at the top of her lungs (she’s apparently a big big fan of Mumford). Today we’re in a hotel and we’ll be running around the city. Stay tuned for some huge adventures. I can’t wait to share so much more with you all. In the meantime, you can follow along on instagram and twitter (@glitterinclexi), plus read the newest series: Life Lately.

image via New Darlings // Photography by Jaci Marie Smith


Lexi

Summer Beauty: How to Wear Natural Blue & Coral

This post is promoted by Target (a brand that I love!)

I love makeup, especially the classics: cat eyes, creamy skin, a swipe of red lipstick. My sister happens to be amazing at applying makeup and I regularly refer to her for, well, everything. My mom is quite the opposite, barely wearing a stitch of makeup and looking so very much in her element always. But I adore makeup, even with my limited repertoire. I love everything about it. I love the ritual of putting it on in the morning, shopping for it, discussing tips and tricks with my friends and sister.

I’ll be the first to admit I’m a bit vanilla with my makeup choices: black eyeliner (always), a coat of mascara, a bit of concealer under the eyes, two swipes of soft pink blush, and I’m out the door. Lately though, I’ve forced myself outside of my self-imposed makeup box. I’ve been trying trends, often thanks to the help of my sister and some very helpful YouTube tutorials, and I’m on the hunt for more. Summer makeup is a tough one to tackle for most. You want to keep your Summer makeup natural looking, while still embracing those Summer brights. Take color, for instance; so beautiful in fashion, but tough to translate into makeup, especially if more complicated looks intimidate you (guilty). But I was determined to try a bit of color with a natural beachy vibe (because I am a Miami girl after all.)

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And then I took my look for coffee (because, coffee.)

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I absolutely loved this shade of lilac/blue essie® Bikini So Teeny nail color – it’s a nod to a cool beachy/sky blue with soft tones and a touch of shimmer that makes it perfect for summer. The polish formula also has a thicker opaque finish, which helps it to last and last: perfect for long weekends at the beach.

As for that blush stick, it’s the Maybelline Face Studio™ Master Glaze™ Glisten Blush Stick and I am completely smitten. I studied the tube in the Target makeup aisle for way too long, doubting whether I could pull off a color called “Coral Sheen”, but I was determined to give coral a try for the sake of summer, and so I went for it. I love makeup aisle decisions. Best decision ever. I am living in this blush stick. The color is deceptively delicate, and can be layered for added “pow,” especially for a night out on the town, which I love. The blush stick packs liquid shimmer pearls and shea butter that just glides on and provides blendable blush color and smooth, even application. The coral is also that kind of color that works on every skin type, including my own shade of very pale olive skin. Such a win.

I’m also wearing Maybelline® Baby Lips® Moisturizing Lip Balm (my go-to Summer lip balm) and Maybelline® Volum’ Express® The Rocket™ Mascara from Target.

Have you tried any summer beauty trends? Do you have a go-to Summer beauty look? 

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Find your style @targetstyle.


Lexi