Monthly Archives: July 2015


Little Love Notes

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Sunday, August 2nd is Sisters Day, and mine happens to be a great one. The best one. And we’ll be reunited NEXT Sunday. I cannot stinkin’ wait. Until then, we’re kicking off the weekend with a trip to the Saxapahaw Rivermill summer series (a farmers-market-meets-music-festival). After that, it’s getting this house ready for one very adorable little girl’s birthday party (coming up in just a few short weeks!) How about you? Any fun weekend plans? As always, I’ll be sure to share fun snaps on instagram and twitter (@glitterinclexi).

With that, a handful of little love notes …

Dear classy snackershow to mix wine and junk food.

Dear PopSugar, thank you for confirming my love for Amy Schumer with these 9 brilliant laugh out loud Amy Schumer quotes.

Dear fairy tale hunks, here’s what Disney princes would look like in real life.

Dear weekend crafting, a super simple DIY paper flower wall/backdrop.

Dear fashion-obsessed, the most popular celebrity fashion icons by city.

Dear fall outfit prepping, 5 alterations you didn’t know your tailor could do.

Dear {ambitious} weekend bakingbrown butter chocolate chip cake with bourbon caramel frosting. (By the way, it looks just as beautiful as it sounds.)

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

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Lexi

11 Lessons This City Girl Has Learned in the South

A lot has changed in the last two months: for starters (and most importantly), us city kids have moved to North Carolina for my husband’s residency at Duke. Scarlett, our beautiful baby girl, turned one (belated birthday party coming soon, I promise.) I left my steady job as a lawyer for a currently “undecided” career in blogging, consulting, and being a mommy full-time. Still not sure what I want to be when I grow up; but thankfully, so far, taking care of Scar and running my blog has kept me plenty busy. We also left all of our family and friends behind in Miami, which has been tough, to say the least. I’m (very) slowly learning to adjust to our new life in the South. We chose to live in Raleigh, North Carolina, and though it’s a bit of a commute for Mike to and from the hospital – which truthfully, I worry about all of the time – Raleigh felt like a real city (unlike the neighboring triangle cities, Durham and Chapel Hill; both great towns, but much much smaller than what we were used to, growing up in Miami.)

On the bright side, I’ve noticed and even learned to embrace a few of the funnier aspects of southern living. And full disclosure: I know Miami is technically in the South, but I’m pretty sure most South Florida natives would agree: it’s nothing like the South. I mean, for one thing: the South has trees, and hills. Miami is just … flat. I heard someone say recently that Raleigh is full of “trees, tees (t-shirts), and PhD’s”. It’s laid back and heady, and I think my husband is in love.

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So without further ado, a few of the things I’ve learned so far:

  1. Southern hospitality is real. The first week we were here, our neighbors baked us a cake. Woah. Everyone in North Carolina smiles, says “hello,” holds open doors. Even our DMV experience was nice (and seriously, who likes going to the DMV?); getting our North Carolina drivers licenses was a breeze and everyone was just so darned friendly. Having a baby – especially one as social as Scarlett – is a total people magnet. I can’t get through the grocery store in under an hour because so many people want to stop the two of us to play with Scarlett and share their own baby stories. I’m not opposed – it makes heading out for groceries an event – and this mama could use all the entertainment. Plus, it’s made me a nicer person. I’m a fan.
  2. Driving is terrifying. I thought I could handle intense driving … we are from Miami, after all. But here in North Carolina, there is no such thing as a left lane, or a right lane for that matter. The highways are sort of a free-for-all, with exits on either side, barely any room to merge, and the strangest/fastest on-ramps. Also, let’s not forget the hills. I’m preparing for the worst, come winter. Gird your loins.
  3. Wildlife hangs out by your mailbox. In Miami, iguanas and frogs were pretty much the extent of our neighborhood wildlife. In North Carolina, a family of rabbits hang out in our front yard, a squirrel has taken up residence in our roof, deer frolic through backyards, and in the mornings when you first wake up, birds are actually chirping, storybook style. The downside: did you know you can buy a deer whistle for your car? Roadkill is no joke here.
  4. BBQ Turf Wars are real. Apparently, there are a myriad of different barbecue styles here, and everyone thinks theirs is the best. I’ll report back with my findings.
  5. Craft beer and farm-to-table restaurants are king. It seems like every restaurant has their own garden and in-house brewing (or at least one very awesome selection of craft beer.) It’s survival of the fittest, and only the best eateries make it. North Carolina is foodie heaven.
  6. Hipsters abound. I was expecting cowboy boots and hats – there are plenty beyond the city limits – but in town, hipsters have taken over. Watch out Asheville: Carrboro and Downtown Raleigh are coming for ya.
  7. Weekends are for beach trips, barbecues, and swim meets. No one has their own pool here (a huge bummer for us, coming from Miami where absolutely everyone had an in-ground pool in their backyard and we grew up playing in swimming pools). In fact, most realtors in the South will tell you having the only pool in the neighborhood can be seen as a pain in the butt (think, lots and lots of summer guests and major upkeep.) Swim club and local pools are a big deal here. Everyone who’s anyone is a member of a swim league. (I’m just glad Scarlett is still too little for all that, because this mama is so not ready to slip into a bathing suit.) On the weekends everyone is hanging out at the local pools or their family beach house (#goals).
  8. Lawn-drinking is a thing. No pool? No problem. Neighbors get together and drink beer and wine on front porches and lawns. Sprinklers are kids’ best friend.
  9. Restaurants close by 9pm, same goes for takeout/deliveryThe first few weeks we lived here, naturally with pots and pans still in boxes, all we wanted was some great delivery (thai, sushi, indian) … yeah, not gonna happen. You’re lucky if the local chinese delivery and pizza place are still open at 8pm any night of the week. Trader Joe’s has become our new best friend.
  10. Most places aren’t open on Sundays. It’s actually kind of nice to food shop on Sundays – the place is empty – it’s awesome. Better still, the mall on Sunday is my jam. Especially earlier in the day on Sundays, you can run down the halls singing The Sound of Music soundtrack, and other than a few tired shop clerks, no one would bat an eye. And hey, at least Scarlett appreciates my singing; wonder how long that will last.
  11. Southern women have a style all their own, and it’s undeniably preppy chic. Speaking of the mall, my goodness do Southern women dress well. Everyone adores Tory Burch and Lily Pullitzer here, and gorgeous boutiques (as opposed to the huge retail department stores) do incredibly well here. Everything is monogrammed and women spend real money on handbags. I even caved and scooped up two pairs of Tory Burch sandals for summer; they are just about the comfiest sandals I now own.

I’m sure I’ll add to this list as fall and winter roll in – this Miami girl is pretty panicked about snow and ice. How about you: thoughts on the South? Anything I missed?

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Sleek Bohemian Rustic Family Home

Maybe it’s the summer air, but lately I’m inspired by everything bohemian; especially bohemian with a sleek/upgraded twist. In our new house, I’m trying to mash together modern, rustic, and bohemian – and though we’re working in baby steps – so far I think (hope) it’s working. This family home, has that aesthetic nailed. (And I’m saving every bit of it to my New Home Pinterest board, stat.) A bit of background: lifestyle site, The Beetle Shack, shares these great family homes in a Family Home Project series – a beautiful look at real, lived in family homes – and in truth, they’re all just great. This one in particular, though – home toLevi (business owner), Claudia (full time mummy + food stylist) and Eve Indigo (almost 2 year old) – really caught my attention, with it’s bohemian vibe, slick black-washed wood floors, walls of books, and rustic touches.

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Subway tiles, a chalkboard wall, copper pots and pans and wood bowls – this is basically my foodie dream kitchen.

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Doesn’t this home tour make you want to buy dozens of indoor plants?

Claudia describes her home’s styles as “70’s bohemian era, natural textures and country style living.” She explains: “I’m drawn to functional, creative spaces. I love white walls, woven materials, wood and a lot of greenery. It’s what suits this house, and I’ve committed to it. I think it’s important to know what style you like, but also make sure it suits the type of house you’re living in. Also, everything needs to serve a purpose. We use a lot of open shelving, and it’s for convenience more than anything else. I also want to make sure our home is child-friendly with a lot of play space for Eve, there’s not really anything on display that she’s not allowed to touch. It’s her domain as much as ours.

I love that.

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Trend to Try: ASOS Low-Block Pointed Toe Heels

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It started with these rainbow pom pom “Say You Don’t” heels, spotted here and here. Then I fell down the rabbit hole that is ASOS and I discovered so many adorable variations on the low-block heel; from fluffy pom poms to jeweled embellishments to loads of glitter and gems; these darling little heels have it all (the comfortable low blocked heel, slim ankle strap, stylish pointed toe), plus a side of vintage throwback charm.

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Little Love Notes

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Hello, weekend! So happy for Saturday – that’s hubby’s day off (I hope!) Truth is, when you’re married to a resident, you learn to plan your whole schedule around their crazy schedule; nine days on, one day off, five overnights, two days off, and so on. Because we’re in a new city, and I really don’t know too many people yet, I try to cram as much in as possible for the days he’s home (and not desperately trying to catch up on sleep.) So this Saturday, the plan is to run a few house decorating errands and attend a fellow resident’s daughter’s birthday party. So excited to be social! How about you? Any fun weekend plans? As always, I’ll be sure to share a few fun snaps on instagram and twitter (@glitterinclexi).

With that, a few little love notes …

Dear summer hair, a new take on a simple top knot … I like it, a lot.

Dear weekend hostesses, a few really great cooking tips from celebrity chefs.

Dear moms and dads, Harvard researchers suggest these seven tips for raising good, caring kids.

Dear wedding dreaming, the most stunning gondola elopement in Long Beach California you’ll ever see; I guarantee it.

Dear summer fashion musts, you may just fall for a romper after you lay eyes on the cutest linen romper of all time.

Dear weekend (no)baking, easy no-bake french silk pie.

By the way, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is still going strong! Have you picked up anything amazing yet? (These are a few of my favorite things.)

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

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Lexi

Summer Beauty: What to Pack for a Getaway

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I love taking little weekend vacations away – whether it’s a few hours to the beach, or up to my parents’ house in Maine, far from the city. We actually have some great things planned in the month of August (can’t wait to show you more), but until then, I thought I’d share a mini guide to packing your beauty essentials for a mini summer getaway (by land, or by sea.) When packing for a quick summer getaway, start with a great weekender bag. I’m hands-down obsessed with my new leather weekender bag (Quality leather for a steal, I might add!), but I also have my eye on this striped canvas weekender (under $35.) As for what to pack, keep your personal care/beauty items to a minimum … it is vacation after all (e.g. toothbrush, facial cream, hair brush, etc.). The rest of your beauty bag should really include those must-haves.

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This summer, I’m really trying to minimize my hair and makeup routine. With rising temperatures and gorgeous long days calling my name, I’ve taught myself to skip the hair tools and embrace my natural waves, and wear just the right touch of soft makeup for that sun-kissed glow. If you’re staying land-bound, focus on keeping your look easy and relaxed: a wide-brimmed floppy hat; hair ties; an illuminating face powder or bronzer; and comfortable sandals. If you’re headed to the beach, you’ll want a great beach waves tousling spray (something that will allow you to hop out of the ocean or shower and hit the town with just a few sprays); sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen to stay protected; light makeup; and of course, an adorable swimsuit. I’m in love with all of my recent summer finds at Target – especially in their never-ending beauty department. You can easily pack for any type of summer trip with Target.

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What are your summer getaway beauty essentials? Do you give your hair iron a break? What about makeup? Do you keep it simple or over pack on beauty supplies?

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