Monthly Archives: May 2016


The Dreamiest Coastal Home in Seagrove Beach

Just wait until you peek inside this beach house with coastal interiors designed by Old Seagrove Homes; it’s a stunner. The details will give you all of those seaside vibes, in just the right dose.

Happy home-touring.

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I will forever crush on farmhouse sinks. And built-in breakfast nooks.

The Dreamiest Coastal Home in Seagrove Beach - Kitchen Nook

And as much as I love an all-white kitchen, the darker cypress cabinets, floating shelves, and backsplash in this home have me completely re-thinking my stance. This kitchen perfectly mixes rustic elements (the wood was kept natural with only a seal to keep it protected) and modern, polished elements like white quartzite countertops and sleek stainless steel appliances.

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I’m so taken with these drapey white curtains.

The Dreamiest Coastal Home in Seagrove Beach - Living Room With Fireplace

The living room features a tabby shell stucco fireplace. Such an incredible idea.

The Dreamiest Coastal Home in Seagrove Beach - Living Room with Stripes

The slipcovered sofas, pops of navy, and seashell accents all keep the nautical theme going without feeling too overdone.

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Are these not the coolest bunk beds ever?

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I love this sitting area just outside of the master bedroom. An arched doorway leads to the room and is flanked by built-in bookcases with distressed plank boards. And the vaulted ceiling with Cypress wood beams in that master? I’ll take it all, please.

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Now that’s a master bathroom.

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And that view …

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Lexi

Little Love Notes

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend! So looking forward to the lazy weekend ahead. Well, that and plenty of online shopping (the sales are SO good.) Because hubby is working on Monday, we’re keeping it low key this holiday, but I’m sure I’ll be whipping up a few things from this menu. I’ll be sharing what we’re up to throughout the weekend over on instagramfacebooktwitter, and snapchat → glitterinclexi (lots of fun behind-the-scenes there). Follow along!

How about you? Any exciting weekend plans?

With that, a few little love notes …

Dear end of the week giggles, Blake Shelton tries sushi for the first time and it’s hilarious.

Dear design lovers, major modern farmhouse inspiration, right this way.

Dear undergarment upgrades, have you tried Natori’s oh-so-popular Feathers bras? They’re life-changing. I have and love the Feathers Underwire Bra, but for Summer, I like the idea of wearing this more delicate version to show little peeks of lace. (This glam version also happens to be on sale during the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale!)

Dear weekend crafting, the sweetest DIY mini planters.

Dear mid-year fitness, the 30-day plank challenge that claims to transform your body.

Dear Laguna Beach fans, LC is returning to MTV.

Dear everyone, do you have any word aversions? These are the everyday words that make us go ‘ew.’ (For the record, the word “moist” has always bugged me.)

Dear weekend baking, apricot and lavender marmalade pull-apart bread.

Get the origins of these sweet little love notes, here, and catch up on love notes of the past.

image via Honestly WTF

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Lexi

The Very Best Memorial Day Weekend Sales

I am a girl committed to a sale; and holiday weekend sales: they’re some of the best. Summer has just begun and Memorial Day weekend sales are the place to stock up for the warm season ahead for you, your family, and your home. (Trust me, now’s the time to outfit your home, because the home sales are crazy good.)

So kick off your sandals, pull up a chair, grab an iced coffee, and get your online shopping on. I’m rounding up the best of the best of the Memorial Day weekend sales, all in one place, AND I’ll be updating this list daily … happy (discount) shopping!

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J.CREW:  Take 30% off your entire purchase with code WEEKEND. (Loving these studded lace-up gladiator sandals and you don’t want to miss their Father’s Day Shop.)

NORDSTROM: Nordstrom is holding their Half-Yearly Sale through June 5th. Save up to 40% off on clothing, shoes, accessories and more for women, men, and kids. (I have my eye on these Nikes, these Tory Burch sandals, and a few new summer clothes for hubby.)

JOURNELLE: Take 20% off everything during the Friends & Family Sale with code FNF2016. (Now’s the time to stock up on pretty lace underthings for the warm summer months ahead.)

BLOOMINGDALES: It’s the Big Brown Bag Sale! That’s up to 65% on almost all sale and clearance items with code BROWNBAG. Plus, Loyallists get a $50 reward credit for every $200 spent (it’s easy to sign up.)

GAP: Gap always has a huge Memorial Day sale and this year is no exception. All weekend long they’re taking 35% off the entire site, with code EVENT. (In case you’ve been considering high-waisted jeans, and you should, these are the best jeans ever. Also, I have big plans to stock up on baby girl’s clothes for summer.)

OLD NAVY: All tanks, tees, shorts, and swim are 50% off.

MADEWELL: Take an extra 30% off all sale styles with code THISCLOSE. (These striped pull-on striped shorts and pants are going to be summer staples.)

ANTHROPOLOGIE: Take an extra 30% off all sale styles through the weekend. (If you’re looking for a little Summer bedroom refresh, their sale bedding is SO good right now; i.e., this quilt gets rave reviews.)

ANN TAYLOR: Throughout the weekend save a whopping 50% off full-priced styles with code SUMMER50. Check out all of their new arrivals.

LOFT: Take 60% off summer faves and 40% off tons of new arrivals.

LORD & TAYLOR: Huge savings all throughout the store with up to 60% off. (Psst … so many great purses on sale!)

ASOS: Take 20% off everything with code HISUMMER. (I’m crazy for this beachy cardigan and this totally adorable smock dress.)

WEST ELM: Buy more, save more — up to 25%, with code MEGASALE. It’s time to finally design the home you’ve dreamed of.

SHOPBOP: Shopbop, a personal favorite, is having their BIGGEST sale of the season. (This Free People dress is the dreamiest.)

FOREVER 21: This weekend only, everything is 30% off with code EXTRA30. (Say hello to the cutest crochet mini dress.)

CALYPSO ST. BARTH: Take an additional 50% off ALL sale styles through Monday, May 30th.

NASTY GAL: All weekend long, the edgy chic site is taking 40% off all markdowns. (I’m in love with this lace blouse and these crazy cool booties.)

Pottery Barn: All of the Pottery Barn sites (PB, PB Teen, and PB Kids) are having a Buy More, Save More Sale with up to 25% off (code SAVEMORE), so if you’ve been dreaming of designing that kids’ room or office, nows your chance.

KATE SPADE: Enjoy up to 75% off all sale items during their Surprise Sale.

SERENA & LILY: Get 20% off everything at their Memorial Day Sale! In case you don’t know Serena & Lily, they have the most perfect home design goods. These bar stools have been on my wishlist for ages. (I mean, who doesn’t secretly want a hanging rattan chair? And how cute are these pom pom storage bins?)

image via J.Crew

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Lexi

Healthier Vegan Banana Cake With Almond Flour

I love when happy miracles happen in the kitchen. Like deciding I would make a banana cake lower carb by replacing some of the flour with almond flour. Sometimes, when you do that, all you get is a dry, flattened, disaster; but lucky for me (and you!), this healthier vegan banana cake turned out to be incredible. The almond flour was a welcome addition. Three cheers for little cooking victories!

With a very busy toddler in the house these days, bananas are frequently on our counter. Though we love this vegan chocolate chunk banana bread recipe (It’s a little more dense and rich, as a chocolate-filled banana bread should be!), I wanted a lighter, fluffier banana cake to add into the mix. This cake came out a winner. The cake is soft and moist and subtly sweet in the perfect way. And let me tell you, you’ll never be able to tell at all that this cake doesn’t have any dairy or eggs. Happy cake-making!

Healthier Vegan Banana Cake With Almond Flour (You'll never be able to tell this moist, fluffy cake doesn't have any dairy or eggs!)

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour + 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup white sugar (depending on how sweet you like your cake)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 small bananas)
  • 1 cup canola oil or coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 cup coconut milk or almond milk (I used almond milk but either would work!)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 in pan (or 12 muffin cups.)
  2. Mix flours, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt together in a large bowl. Stir bananas, oil, and milk together in a separate bowl; mix banana mixture into flour mixture until just combined.
  3. Fill cake tin or muffin cups with batter.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a tooth pick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes.

Healthier Vegan Banana Cake With Almond Flour (You'll never be able to tell this moist, fluffy cake doesn't have any dairy or eggs!)

This recipe is really so adaptable. I was easily able to sub out one cup of flour for almond flour (and I may even go half regular flour, half almond flour next time), but I easily could have used whole wheat flour instead of the white flour as well. Melted coconut oil also works in place of the canola oil for a better-for-you result.

Healthier Vegan Banana Cake With Almond Flour (You'll never be able to tell this moist, fluffy cake doesn't have any dairy or eggs!) Healthier Vegan Banana Cake With Almond Flour (You'll never be able to tell this moist, fluffy cake doesn't have any dairy or eggs!)

Recipe adapted via All Recipes


Lexi

Exploring Durham: Family Fun at Foster’s Market and Sol Food Mobile Farm

This post is sponsored by Crocs x Zappos. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors that make this little blog of mine possible! Read more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here.

Recently, Crocs and Zappos challenged us to #FindYourFun with the whole family. Well, challenge accepted. Because hubby works most of the week, we decided to start exploring our new neighborhood here in Durham, bit by bit. We’ve driven by Foster’s Market a handful of times, and every time we drive by, I insist we check it out soon. Once I heard there was a mobile farm on the property as well, I was all over it. So this past weekend, when hubby happened to have a morning free, we took advantage for some family fun.

Exploring Durham: Family Fun at Foster's Market and Sol Food Mobile Farm

Foster’s Market was a treat. The place has a bit of a retro vibe, with plenty of indoor and outdoor (picnic table) seating, complete with a General Store and candies by the vintage register. The restaurant boasts scratch made soups, salads, casseroles, sandwiches and baked goods. Oh, the baked goods. If you’re a chicken salad lover, get their tarragon chicken salad; it’s full of grapes, celery, and lots and lots of fresh tarragon. Hubby had the Greek pita and seemed very happy. I could have also eaten at least three more bowls of their vegan spinach, sweet potato, and lentil soup. A little bit spicy and so good. Foster’s is one of those places where I eyed every single plate that went past our table and thought, “Oh, I should get that next time!” That’s always a good sign.

Just out front of Foster’s Market is the Sol Food Mobile Farm. Sol Food Mobile Farm is a traveling, teaching, mobile garden classroom and farm stand. We had missed their hours, but lucky for us, there was an adorable farm open for anyone to check out.

Crocs for the whole family! Exploring Durham: Family Fun at Foster's Market and Sol Food Mobile Farm Scarlett-Everly-and-her-Daddy-in-Crocs Crocs for the whole family!

As for these Crocs, I’ll be the first to admit I’ve always been a bit hesitant about the Crocs trend. Usually, I’m the stubborn girl in too-tall high heels preaching style over comfort. Of course, that’s changed a bit since having a baby girl – and now very wiggly toddler – of my own. Crocs and Zappos have totally changed my mind on the matter. All of the family-friendly Crocs styles are cute, comfortable, and durable. (Music to my ears after Scarlett splashed in puddle after puddle of wet, sticky mud on our little farm adventure. Once home, I threw all of our Crocs in the sink, rinsed them off a bit, and voilà: they were like new.)

Crocs for the whole family! Love the jellies. Crocs for the whole family! Love the jellies.

The Crocs Scarlett is wearing – the Crocs Kids Isabella Glitter Jelly Flat – are her new favorites. She’s obsessed with the sparkles, and I’m admittedly obsessed with the fact that we have matching mommy-and-mini-me throwback jellies! Any other 90s kids can relate; I mean, who didn’t love their jellies?

Crocs for the whole family! Love the jellies.

Everywhere we go, Scarlett has to pick a few flowers. “Flowies,” to be exact.

Crocs for the whole family! Crocs for the whole family! Love the jellies. Exploring Durham: Family Fun at Foster's Market and Sol Food Mobile Farm Crocs for the whole family! Crocs for the whole family! Exploring Durham: Family Fun at Foster's Market and Sol Food Mobile Farm Crocs for the whole family! Love the jellies.

Plus, Zappos has and always will be a favorite shopping destination for me. For starters, there’s the Zappos’ promise of fast, free shipping. Zappos also has an easy peasy return policy, awesome customer service, and a huge selection of clothes and shoes that our whole family loves.

Crocs for the whole family!

So now I’m challenging you to #FindYourFun with the whole family this summer! Get out, splash in mud puddles, and explore.

Discover a huge assortment of Crocs styles on Zappos.com.

WHAT I WORE:  Crocs Women’s Isabella Flat // Little White Lies Dress, here and here // Free People Cardigan// Citizens of Humanity Jeans // CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Sphynx // Sunglasses (They’re $9.99!)

WHAT HUBBY WORE:  Crocs Men’s CitiLane Roka Slip-On // Michael Kors Linen Shirt // Old Navy Shorts

WHAT SCARLETT WORE:  Crocs Kids Isabella Glitter Jelly Flat // Carter’s Overalls // Old Navy Top // Gap Cardigan

Also Pictured:  Crocs Women’s Rainfloe Boots // Crocs Kids Handle It Rain Boots // Crocs Kids Bump It Shoes

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Lexi

How to Get Perfect Date-Night Eyebrows (the Easy Way!)

This post is sponsored by European Wax Center® through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about European Wax Center®, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors that make Glitter, Inc. possible!

Though date night doesn’t happen all that often for us nowadays, I still relish in getting dressed up and going out for the night with my hubby. But let’s face it, I am a busy mom. One of the saddest truths about being a mom is how much we neglect ourselves. As moms, we matter. We juggle it all, and our families need us. They really need us. But we neglect that very person, and truth is, it starts to show. I can’t remember the last time I had a proper haircut or a pedicure. I only go to doctor’s visits with plenty of not-so-subtle prodding from my own mom. The gym? Ha. What’s that? But with a little spoiling from European Wax Center®, and some gentle encouragement from my own husband – who really does want me to get out and enjoy myself a little – I strutted to date night feeling sexy and confident. I kid you not.

A gorgeous pair of eyebrows can transform your face, play up your eyes, and give you a clean, fresh face. My mom always taught me that eyebrows frame the face, and Mama most definitely knows best. Today’s beauty trends are all about a bold, flawless eyebrow, and let me tell you, a bold pair of eyebrows will have you date-night ready with minimal effort. I’ve never been a beauty whiz when it comes to my eyebrows, so it’s nice to let European Wax Center® do the hard work.

How I Get Perfect Date Night Eyebrows (the Easy Way!)

First stop: European Wax Center®, obviously.

Once the experts at European Wax Center® shaped my brows (seriously, wow), European Wax Center®’s Browfection™ was my ticket for those movie star date-night eyebrows, and I’m obsessed.

How to Get Perfect Date Night Eyebrows (the Easy Way!) - European Wax Center Browfection

The collection includes the Browfection Brow Liner and Shaper, the Browfection Brow Powder Duo, the Brow Pals Dual-Ended Brow Brush, Sucha Tweeze Slant Tweezer, Oh My Brow! Brow Highlighter, and Ready. Set. Brow! Perfect Brow Groomer.

How to Get Perfect Date Night Eyebrows (the Easy Way!)

Using the Brow Pals Dual-Ended Brow Brush and the Browfection Brow Powder Duo, I gave my eyebrows a quick brush and a little oomph by filling in a touch of dark color to really fill in my brows, and then I used a swipe of the Ready. Set. Brow! Perfect Brow Groomer to keep them in place. (Anyone else have the kind of eyebrows that never, ever want to stay in place? This stuff helped me save the day.) Trust me, achieving browfection has always seemed really intimidating to me, but once European Wax Center® shaped my eyebrows, and with the right tools in hand, I simply did a quick brush and tiny dab of color at home, and they looked incredible

How to Get Perfect Date Night Eyebrows (the Easy Way!)

Then it’s a bit of foundation, powder, a pop of eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, and a fun orange-red lipstick, hair in a bun, because let’s face it, blowing my hair out was just a little too much work, and we were out the door.

*By the way, please excuse my princess bandaid. Occupational hazard.

And if you’re a European Wax Center® fan, they have great news. They’ve just come out with Strut 365 ™ portfolio (a collection of skin care, bath & body and brow care products), giving us the chance to continue the in-center experience, every day, through 3 new collections: Strut Smoothly, Strut Lavishly, and Strut Boldly. Whether you’re searching for something to maintain gorgeous skin in between waxes, something to bring out your skin’s natural radiance, or something to achieve daily Browfection™ with, there is something in it for everyone, every day, in every collection.

Their skincare products are also impressive. The EXCLUSIVE Comfort Blend™, featured in eight products, is designed to help replenish the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Infused with the highest grade Roman chamomile, aloe vera, vitamin E, English cucumber and Mediterranean sea kelp, this nourishes and restores to reveal your most beautiful skin. EWC’s hair growth inhibitor (Narcissus Tazetta Bulb Extract), featured in ten products, helps visibly slow hair regrowth between waxes and promotes hair to grow finer and softer than before. The bulb of this flowering plant has been shown to significantly reduce the length of the hair shaft while inducing the hair into the catagen stage of the hair cycle at which time the hair stops growing and gets ready to shed. How genius is that?

And, drumroll … Did you know, when you go to to European Wax Center® for the first time, your first brow, underarm or bikini line wax is always complimentary? Basically, if you’ve been dreaming about getting your eyebrows in tip-top shape, now’s the time to go for it!

You can shop the products at a European Wax Center® near you!

This post is sponsored by European Wax Center®, but all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors that make Glitter, Inc. possible!


Lexi