Monthly Archives: September 2015


How to Wear the Trend: The Pleated Midi Skirt

Over the past few months I’ve fallen more and more in love with midi skirts and dresses. I’ve always been a skirt and dress lover, but now that I have a one-year old to chase around, wearing anything too short is just asking for trouble (and a peek at my derrière.)

The key to wearing a pleated midi length skirt, especially when you’re on the shorter side (I’m 5’2, a.k.a., just plain short), is choosing the right balance.

How to Wear the Trend: The Pleated Midi Skirt

When it comes to wearing midi skirts, balance is key.

I like a midi skirt with a bit of length, nothing that stops too high on the calf or else it cuts off my legs at a weird place and can actually leave me looking shorter. A higher-cut midi is stunning on someone with longer legs, it just doesn’t seem to work for me. Though on most people, even a shorter-length midi skirt can be pulled off with a pair of heels. At first, I wore midi skirts and dresses exclusively with heels, but now that I’ve found the right length for my legs, I pair mine with flats just as often as I do with heels, and I love the results.

The soft pleats of a great pleated midi skirt, paired with a pullover sounds like fall perfection to me. And now without further ado, a bit of midi eye candy for you …

How to Wear the Trend: The Pleated Midi Skirt How to Wear the Trend: The Pleated Midi Skirt How to Wear the Trend: The Pleated Midi Skirt How to Wear the Trend: The Pleated Midi Skirt

SHOP THE STORY / CLICK LEFT & RIGHT ARROWS TO EXPLORE

 

I’m particularly smitten with this pleated lace skirt and this simple cotton pleated skirt that looks so great with boots (and is currently on sale!) …. Any favorites?

images via The Sartorialist // Mishka Bags

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. Thank you so much for clicking through and helping to support this little blog business of mine! Read more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here.


Lexi

How a Backdrop Can Transform a Wedding or Party (Plus, a DIY Wax Paper Backdrop)

Now that I’ve started styling little parties and shoots here and there (more on that later!), I’ve learned the importance of a great backdrop for beautiful backgrounds.

A simple backdrop can really transform a wedding or party. For instance, with just a flamingo print sheet hung up as a backdrop, this flamingo-inspired birthday party is totally transformed, and the pictures are oh so cute.

How to Use a Backdrop to Transform a Party or Wedding - DIY White Wax Paper Hanging Backdrop - glitterinc.com

A few Clever Ways to Use a Backdrop to Transform a Party or Wedding:

  • a backdrop for the dessert table or drink station;
  • the bride and groom photographed in front of a great backdrop is pure gold! (They can even get married in front of the backdrop as a makeshift wedding arch/arbor);
  • as a room divider (picture pretty hanging flowers to separate a large ballroom space);
  • as an entrance or exit to and from a ceremony;
  • and of course, for adorable photo booth style photos.

Which brings me to this white wax paper hanging backdrop – which you can make yourself. It’s incredible how strands of wax paper circles can look so magical, but there you have it.

DIY White Wax Paper Hanging Backdrop, and why a simple backdrop can really transform a wedding or party.

Head over to Style Me Pretty for the full DIY wax paper backdrop tutorial, and be sure to tag me in your creations if you make a backdrop of your own!


Lexi

How to Wear Nude Sunglasses in Every Season

This may sound crazy, but hear me out: if ever there was a time to try nude sunglasses, that time is now (i.e., fall and winter.) I know it seems contrary to what most would consider to be a summer trend, but nude sunglasses were meant for glossed blush, vibrant red, creamy nude rose (love this one and it’s hard to find!), matte blood red, and deep berry-kissed lips (ahem … fall-through-winter.)

How to Wear Nude Sunglasses in Every Season | Wear Nude Sunglasses straight through fall and winter with this one foolproof beauty trick.

How to Wear Nude Sunglasses in Fall + Winter:

I’ve long wanted to try a pair of nude sunglasses for myself, but with pasty pale skin, I figured it just wasn’t a trend I could get on board with. But then a lightbulb just sort of went on in my head: lipstick. As if lipstick wasn’t already my savior, I realized that although nude sunglasses may not provide much pop, topped off with a set of stained lips in a great fall/winter hue, nude sunglasses are totally do-able. Yep, you heard me right: The secret to wearing nude sunglasses in every season (regardless of your skin tone), is a swipe of lipstick.

How to Wear Nude Sunglasses in Every Season | Wear Nude Sunglasses straight through fall and winter with this one foolproof beauty trick. How to Wear Nude Sunglasses in Every Season | Wear Nude Sunglasses straight through fall and winter with this one foolproof beauty trick.

So tell me, would you try a pair of nude (or beige) sunglasses for fall and winter?

SHOP THE STORY / CLICK LEFT & RIGHT ARROWS TO EXPLORE

 

images via Tory Burch // Keiko Lynn // Chloe From the Woods

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. Thank you so much for clicking through and helping to support this little blog business of mine! Read more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here.


Lexi

Little Love Notes

Living room mantle

Hello, Fall! This past week we’ve been home in Miami visiting with family and it has been great, but I’ll admit, I’m excited to experience my first real fall in North Carolina. On the hunt for great coats, so if you have any favorites (from statement coats to major puffer coats – which I will most definitely need – send suggestions my way!) Of course, I’m sure I’ll bawl as we leave Miami on Saturday, but it has been such a nice trip home. Road tripping once again! 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 design genius, Emily explains why painting a small room white is the wrong thing to do. This woman is brilliant.

Dear fall slim-down, loving Jamie Oliver’s healthy ingredient swaps — a lot of these are really great suggestions!

Dear shoe lovers, meet the perfect suede sandal (with a chunky heel) for fall

Dear DIY’s to try, one seriously chic gold leaf frame.

Dear adventurous parents, this mom spent four years cooking more than 650 recipes from every country in the world and fed every dish to her daughter before her 5th birthday … of course the pictures are adorable.

Dear fall manicures, you must try this negative space nail art – simple and lovely.

Dear weekend baking, 17 fall-ready pumpkin desserts (because it’s about that time!)

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

image via Park & Cube


Lexi

How to Make Loaded Cauliflower Soup

Happy first day of fall, ya’ll! In celebration of fall, we’re making soup. Soup is one of the ultimate comfort foods, especially when topped with tons of melted cheese (French Onion, Broccoli Cheddar, Loaded Baked Potato – to name a few favorites.) These soups are known for being creamy and rich … and sadly, not so healthy. So when I came across the idea for a “healthified” version of one of my favorites – loaded baked potato soup (using cauliflower instead of potatoes), I knew I had to give it a try. Healthy loaded potato soup? What’s not to love? Plus, this soup is perfect for fall (and winter), and with temperatures finally starting to drop, soup is on the menu.

Guys, forget Loaded Baked Potato Soup; Healthy Loaded Cauliflower Soup is where it's at! | Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

This low-carb loaded cauliflower soup is a lighter – yet arguably just as delicious – spin on traditional “Loaded Baked Potato Soup.” It’s all of the things you (and I) love about the original – covered in crispy bacon, gooey cheese, sour cream, and green onions. However, there’s one big difference – it uses cauliflower as a substitute for potatoes!

Cauliflower is often overlooked for being slightly flavorless, but it’s such a versatile ingredient. It’s a blank canvas that can transform into so many different dishes, based on the flavors you add to it. Not to mention, it’s so much easier to prep and cook than a potato. With all of these benefits, I guarantee Loaded Cauliflower Soup will become a go-to weeknight dinner in no time.

Guys, forget Loaded Baked Potato Soup; Healthy Loaded Cauliflower Soup is where it's at! | Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

LOADED CAULIFLOWER SOUP

Serves 4.

INGREDIENTS

1 medium head of cauliflower (about 6 cups florets)
3 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
6 slices cooked turkey bacon, chopped
1/2 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
4 cups chicken stock
2 sprigs green onion
1/2 cup colby jack cheese, grated
1/3 cup sour cream

Guys, forget Loaded Baked Potato Soup; Healthy Loaded Cauliflower Soup is where it's at! | Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc Guys, forget Loaded Baked Potato Soup; Healthy Loaded Cauliflower Soup is where it's at! | Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc Guys, forget Loaded Baked Potato Soup; Healthy Loaded Cauliflower Soup is where it's at! | Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc Guys, forget Loaded Baked Potato Soup; Healthy Loaded Cauliflower Soup is where it's at! | Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and chop the cauliflower. On a large baking sheet, coat the cauliflower in 2 tbsp. of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 45 minutes, flipping the cauliflower pieces halfway through cooking.
  2. As the cauliflower roasts, heat up a large pot with the remaining 1 tbsp. of olive oil. Add the sliced turkey bacon once hot. When the bacon is crisp, remove it from the pot and set it aside (for topping the finished soup.)
  3. Add the chopped onion along with the white ends of the green onion into the remaining olive oil and bacon grease. Cook until translucent (about 4 minutes.) Then, add in the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. Next, add in the chicken stock and bring the whole mixture to a boil. Once bowling, lower the heat and add in the roasted cauliflower pieces. Simmer everything on low heat, covered.
  5. After the 15 minutes are up, puree the soup with an immersion blender (or in a regular blender – very carefully, and in two batches at a time. Be sure to remove the middle lid and cover with a thick towel, so that heat is able to escape as the soup blends.)
  6. Place the smooth cauliflower soup back into the pot and reheat, adding in a heaping spoonful of sour cream and a handful of cheese for added creaminess!
  7. Serve the soup in four bowls, and top generously with turkey bacon, extra cheese, sliced green onion, and sour cream. Dig in!

Guys, forget Loaded Baked Potato Soup; Healthy Loaded Cauliflower Soup is where it's at! | Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc Guys, forget Loaded Baked Potato Soup; Healthy Loaded Cauliflower Soup is where it's at! | Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc Guys, forget Loaded Baked Potato Soup; Healthy Loaded Cauliflower Soup is where it's at! | Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Recipe adapted via Sprinkled Side Up

Special thanks to Rachel of Sugar-Coated Inspiration for this amazing recipe! (Check out all of Rachel’s posts for Glitter, Inc., here.)


Lexi

When Food and Fashion Collide (on Instagram)

I’m a huge fan of stumbling upon and sharing Instagram accounts with major style, and Gretchen Röehrs‘ account takes the cake. (Here’s to hoping she uses cake soon!) Röehrs is a fashion illustrator who brilliantly incorporates real food (think fruits, vegetables, bread, even oyster shells) into her fashion illustrations; and then, like every great modern-day artist, shares her adorable creations on her Instagram account. Her captions are also cheeky and fun, and each of her creations is more fabulous than the last.

Food Fashion Sketches - Crudité Crew

I mean, she titles this one “Crudité Crew.” That’s adorably brilliant.

Food Fashion Sketches - Croissant Girl Food Fashion Sketches - Radish Girls

Aptly captioned: “watch me dip / watch me nae nae #radishing”

Food Fashion Sketches - Oranges Food Fashion Sketches - Oysters Shells Girls Food Fashion Sketches - Watermelon Dress - Summer Ice Cream Food Fashion Sketches - Pears Girl Food Fashion Sketches - Rainbow Fruit and Vegetables Girls Food Fashion Sketches - Tartine Bakery Toast Girl Food Fashion Sketches - Raspberry Skirts Girls Food Fashion Sketches - Banana Peel Girl Food Fashion Sketches - Summer

I’m particularly smitten with toast girl and banana peel girl (talk about an adorable yellow jumpsuit!)

http://diana212m.blogspot.com/2015/06/foodie-fashion.html


Lexi