Monthly Archives: August 2015

How to Wear Flare Jeans the Right Way

As fall approaches, it’s time to revitalize and perk up your wardrobe; and what better place to start than by investing in new denim? Despite the popularity of skinny jeans (and for good reason – skinny jeans are practically foolproof!), flare jeans – also known as bell bottoms – are here to stay. This trend’s got legs. (Ha, see what I did there? Puns are awesome.)

But seriously, here’s the secret to wearing these fancy pants: with flare jeans, styling is key.

How to Wear Flare Jeans the Right Way |

The trick to a great pair lies somewhere between the hem, and what top style to wear with them. So here it goes:

  1. THE PERFECT HEM: With a flare, it’s extremely important to get the right hem length. If you go too short, a wide flare can look unflattering and cut your leg off at a bad spot. If you keep the flare (or bell) too long, you’ll end up stomping all over them (and not in the cool 90s grunge way.) Your best bet is to head to a tailor with several pairs of shoes you plan on wearing with them. A good tailor will have you try on the flare jeans with different heel heights to see how they pair up, and at what length the hem will look best. (NOTE: The perfect hemline will look best where it is almost – but not quite – skimming the floor.)
  2. THE RIGHT TOP: The perfect top for a great pair of flare jeans flatters your waist. Try to picture the silhouette of flare jeans – tapered waist and more defined thighs with a bell at the leg; a top should complement that look. I love a flare with a higher waist, that way, most tops look great with the jeans:
    • a crop top,
    • a box top,
    • a tunic or coat – belted,
    • a loose shirt tucked in, even just a bit; or topped with a structured blazer, vest or sweater (the key with a looser top is to tuck in or hold in place to keep that waist. defined!)

How to Wear and Style Flare Jeans |

If you’re on the hunt for a perfect pair of flare jeans for fall, you might want to check out some of the amazing pairs below, in every price range. I’m particularly smitten with these dark-washed Rag & Bone bell bottoms (FYI: Rag & Bone makes the most amazing denim!), this perfectly distressed pair by Blank Denim under $90, and this sleek pair of black Victoria Beckham flare jeans.



A traditional flare is great, but there are plenty of takes on the slim bell and a wider, exaggerated flare. The options are varied and awesome.

Images via Style of Sam featuring an awesome shoot, Chic at Every Age: Flare Jeans, Photography by Mary Summers // A House in the Hills // Devon Rachel // Song of Style // Et pourquoi pas Coline // Prosecco & Plaid

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Little Love Notes


Hello, weekend! Truth be told, weekends have started to blur since hubby works all of the time. (Ahh, the life of a resident’s wife.) Saturday I’m attempting some work catch-up and Sunday, with luck, I’ll make it out to a local blogging event. Who knew it took so much coordinating once you have a child to go, well, anywhere. How about you? Any exciting weekend plans? As always I’ll be sharing fun snaps on instagramfacebook, and twitter (@glitterinclexi) throughout the weekend. Follow along!

With that, a few little love notes …

Dear not-so-great outdoors, This sums up exactly how I feel all of the time. Unless there’s an ocean. Maybe. “I’ve gotta bring all my snacks and my lotions.” Yes.

Dear Taylor Swift, you have had some amazing guest appearances during your tour, but this one, it takes the cake. Long live smelly cat.

Dear Elsie, your colorful dining room is pure awesome.

Dear fall, you’re almost here, and naturally, I’m already dreaming in boots. This lace-up over-the-knee pair is ah-mazing.

Dear brides, how great is this gorgeous floral escort card display?

Dear delicate bauble lovers, the prettiest affordable gold stacking ring set.

Dear weekend baking, in honor of summer winding down: marshmallow-stuffed s’mores cookies.

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

image via Cheetah is the New Black // Photography by Ashley Maxwell

image via Emily Henderson


Cake Mix Cinnamon Roll Waffles

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Cake Mix Cinnamon Roll Waffles with Cinnamon-Sugar Vanilla Frosting Drizzle. Say that three times fast. Dessert-meets-breakfast in these incredible (and simple) cake mix waffles with a vanilla frosting drizzle and cinnamon-sugar topping. As if a delicious cake waffle drizzled in frosting wasn’t enough, the mixes used to make the waffles and frosting also have no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. You can find Pillsbury Purely Simple Cake Mix and Pillsbury Purely Simple Frosting Mix at your local Target; perfect for the many trips I take to Target for my little family. And lucky them: these waffles are their brunch this weekend. I’m also thinking about make stacks of these for a “waffle cake” for Scarlett’s upcoming birthday party. How cute would that be?

I followed the directions on the box (for making a cake) but I also added in 1 teaspoon of vanilla and a cinnamon-sugar swirl. And then, because I just can’t help myself, I made a vanilla frosting glaze and topped my waffles with another generous sprinkling of cinnamon-sugar. These cake mix waffles are delicious on their own, but the vanilla frosting drizzle with a little cinnamon-sugar for texture takes these over the top and really makes them taste like cakey cinnamon rolls.


Yields about 5 large waffles.


For the Waffle …

Pillsbury Purely Simple Vanilla Cake Mix
1 stick butter
1 cup milk
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

For the Frosting …

Pillsbury Purely Simple Vanilla Frosting Mix
1 stick butter
1/4 cup water

For the Cinnamon/Sugar Swirl: 1⁄4 cup sugar and 1⁄4 cup cinnamon (to top the waffle dough before cooking and to sprinkle over the vanilla drizzle on top of the cooked waffles)


  1. Preheat your waffle iron. I set mine to low-medium heat.
  2. Make your cake mix according to the package instructions, adding in the vanilla with the eggs and milk. Allow the waffle mix to rest for a few minutes. Set aside.
  3. Make your frosting according to the package instructions.
  4. Before cooking each waffle, spray baker’s spray on either side of the waffle iron to prevent your cake waffle from sticking.
  5. Gently pour your batter onto the waffle iron. While the batter is still wet on the griddle surface, sprinkle a small amount of your cinnamon sugar mixture. You can spoon a tiny bit more dough on top to try to swirl your cinnamon-sugar within the waffle, just be careful not to over-fill your waffle iron.
  6. Allow to cook through in the waffle iron. Cooking these cake mix waffles will also need a few more minutes than typical waffles to cook because the cake batter is more dense. Just keep watching your waffles and remove carefully with a spatula once the top appears golden brown.
  7. Drizzle your frosting on each individual waffle and sprinkle a little extra cinnamon-sugar on top.

NOTE: Be sure not to over-fill your waffle iron. Because this is cake dough, it puffs up quite a bit with contact to heat.

FROSTING DRIZZLE TRICK: Using a spatula, scrape some of your frosting into one corner of a zip top bag. Hold the corner of the bag and use the other hand to twit the top until your frosting is all in one corner. Snip the end of the bag at that corner and gently squeeze to pipe your frosting drizzle on your waffles. Instead of piping cool frosting, you could also microwave a small amount of your frosting in a microwave-safe bowl for about 15+ seconds and using a spoon, drizzle the warm frosting onto your waffles.

How fun is that sandwich bag trick? Thanks, mom!

Back to the waffles … warm out of the waffle iron, these beauties are incredible. The frosting drizzle melts on the waffle and the cinnamon-sugar adds the perfect amount of subtle crunch to each bite.

While the offer lasts, you can save 25% on any Pillsbury Purely Simple product at Target. Pillsbury Purely Simple Cake Mix and Purely Simple Frosting Mix are new, and available at Target now.


Labor Day Beauty: Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

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Goodbye summer, Hello fall! (Well, almost.) Summer’s fun and all, but goodness, I love fall. Cozy scarves, pumpkin patches, boots, pie … what’s not to love? (And this year, for the first time ever, we’re getting our first real fall … though admittedly, I’ll miss my palm trees and midi dresses). Labor Day marks both the end of summer and the beginning of fall, so in honor of that, I thought I’d share my favorite go-to summer beauty look one last time and experiment with a classic fall look you’re going to want to try (ahem, this eye shadow palette will be your new BFF.) The transition between seasons is after all, the perfect time to refresh beauty routines for the changing trends, weather and occasions. Thanks to Target, I’m now completely smitten with PIXI products.

Summer Style:

Pixi LipLift Max in Petal Ice – A perfect moisturizing gloss with a creamy nude/translucent hue, LipLift acts as a lip treatment and perfect glossy lip.

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Pixi Pink – I actually used this lip balm as a cheek tint/blush; it’s the perfect shade of pinky blush and stays on straight through the day.

Pixi Eye Bright Primer – Once you use eye makeup primer/base, you’ll never go back. This eye shade base ensures long-lasting, no crease, smooth eye makeup; the light reflecting formula evens out skin tone and brightens tired eyes; it feels feather light on skin and helps neutralize oily eyelids; and optical pigments are added to diffuse and fill in fine lines and add a sculpted air-brushed finish. How’s that for primer?

Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Rich Gold – I love love love this palette. The colors go on rich and layer well; they also last and last and can be used for a variety of looks. The Rich Gold palette has the most versatile, yet standard, day-to-night looks from lasting mattes to semi-shimmers. For my summer look, I kept it light and bright, topped with a touch of black eyeliner on my eyelids.

Pixi Crayon Combo Eye Shadow Pencil in Almost Black and Wide Awake – I have a feeling these eye shadow pencils will be getting the most love from me. I’m actually not sure which I adore more: the pencil in Almost Black or in Wide Awake. Almost Black is the perfect pencil to layer from a black lined eye to a bold smoky eye, while the Wide Awake pencil lightens and brightens effortlessly.


Fall Style:

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Pixi Pink – I used this lip balm both on my lips and as a cheek tint/blush. This super-nourishing balm is lightweight and gives a gorgeous wash of color to lips (and cheeks) – it’s the perfect pick-me-up anytime! It’s also packed full of beneficial ingredients, like Shea butter and Vitamin E, that soothe and nourish your lips long term.

Pixi Eye Bright Primer – See above, and get your hands on this primer.

Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Rich Gold – For a fall look, I started with the lighter brighter matte coat, and then built up my smoky eye color using the grey, brown, maroon, and black.

Pixi Crayon Combo Eye Shadow Pencil in Almost Black and Wide Awake – I built up my smoky eye with the pencil in Almost Black and used small smudges of Wide Awake at the inside corners of my eyes to keep my eyes bright.


My birthday is September 1st, so we’ll probably be doing a bit of belated celebrating over the weekend. What are your Labor Day weekend plans? Don’t forget to enjoy the holiday weekend with your favorite summer or fall look – or both!

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15 Favorite Summer Tomato Recipes

Over the weekend we made quite the awesome discovery: the garden in the backyard of our new home, that we mayyybe had ignored for two months, was chock full of tomatoes of every variety. Being a tomato fanatic, I pretty much rejoiced in my black thumb luck. We filled a strainer full of tomatoes, and now I’m dreaming in bright juicy red tomatoes. Summer rocks.

I have big plans for these little guys and I thought I would share a few of my favorite ways to use late-summer tomatoes; a.k.a., all of the best tomato recipes where the tomato is the star of the show.


Tomato and fried provolone sandwich via Smitten Kitchen.

Heirloom Tomato, Feta & Thyme Pastry Pizza flatbread

Heirloom Tomato, Feta & Thyme Pastry via One Kings Lane.


Sundried Tomato, Spinach, and Cheese Stuffed Chicken via Yammie’s Noshery.


Classic Homemade Tomato Sauce via Carpé Season.


Tomato Salad with Fresh Ricotta and Grilled Bread via Alexandra’s Kitchen.

Summer pasta with smashed tomatoes mozarella and peaches

Summer pasta with smashed tomatoes, peaches and mozzarella via Green Kitchen Stories.

Gourmet BLT Sandwiches

Gourmet BLT Sandwiches via Martha Stewart.


Easy homemade caprese pizza with balsamic glaze via Glitter, Inc.

Drunken Chicken Marsala with Tomatoes

Drunken Chicken Marsala with Tomatoes via Pinch of Yum.


Panzanella with Cherry Tomatoes and Bell Peppers via A Couple Cooks.


Grilled Tomato Skewers on Toast via White on Rice Couple.


Brown Butter Garden Vegetable Pasta Skillet via How Sweet Eats.


Tomato Artichoke Soup via A Couple Cooks.


Tomato Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Reduction via Little Broken.

Heirloom Tomato Tart with Ricotta and Basil

Heirloom Tomato Tart with Ricotta and Basil via Williams-Sonoma.

Any favorite tomato recipes? I’ve got plenty of tomatoes!


Little Love Notes

white small bedroom

We’re back from a perfect family vacation in Maine. Missing my family something fierce but glad to be back with our little family of three in our house. Scarlett and I had the cutest errand-running adventure yesterday complete with grocery shopping, dry cleaning and dog pick-up. Errands become a full-on adventure when accompanied by a one-year old. We actually hit a record at the grocery store yesterday: ten people came over to tell me how sweet Scar is. She has personality for days and I couldn’t be more proud. Man, this kid. This weekend is another busy one. Saturday I’m working on a styled shoot with Ana and I am so excited (dreaming in vintage dishes, delicate rose-colored vases, and gold flatware.) After that, hubby and I are hitting the town with a few residents (our first night without baby girl here in North Carolina; thankfully we found an amazing babysitter. Phew!) Sunday, I’m staying in bed as long as baby girl let’s me (so you know, until like, 7am), and then I’ve got blog work catchup. How about you? Any fun weekend plans? I’m sharing fun snaps on instagramfacebook, and twitter (@glitterinclexi) throughout the weekend. Follow along!

With that, a few little love notes …

Dear Instagram crushing, flowers, flowers, and more flowers.

Dear what’s for dinner, summer pasta with smashed tomatoes, peaches and mozzarella.

Dear perpetual home decorators (raise your hand if you can’t stop buying throw pillows), 10 great vintage home Etsy shops.

Dear brides, would you rock a tank and flowing skirt in lieu of a wedding dress? This one has got me seriously pro-skirt.

Dear Anthropologie, how is it that you read me like an open book? These florencia flats; they’re everything.

Dear North Carolina, though I’m terrified of your winters (I know, I’m a wuss), I couldn’t be more excited for your fall. Currently inspired by this; apple orchards for the win.

Dear weekend baking, chewy café-style chocolate chip cookies, because I will never stop trying chocolate chip cookie recipes. Not ever.

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

via Coco Lapine