Monthly Archives: September 2016


Little Love Notes

A few little love notes to the things I loved most this week, including how to frost a cake, this gorgeous loose low bun hair tutorial, and salted oat and chocolate cookies.

Hello again! This Friday has already been a great day because Scarlett’s 2nd birthday party was featured on Style Me Pretty Living this morning! Plus, we have fun plans this weekend. Saturday we’re hitting up a bluegrass festival – so out of character for me (I grew up on hard rock and Outkast), but we went last year and had such a good time. Food trucks, live music, and Scarlett doing the wiggle; what’s not to love? Sunday hubby works, so Scarlett and I will be crafting in our new craft room (pictures coming soon!) 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 to the things I loved most this week …

Dear Erin, this is so incredibly beautiful.

Dear busy girl essentials, the prettiest loose low hair bun tutorial.

Dear weekend giggles, a timeline of major life changes.

Dear skills to master, how to frost a cake.

Dear fall staples, Madewell is taking up to 30% off sitewide (with code GOODBUY). Already ordered the Barlow Mule (after kicking myself for months about missing last year’s mule/clogs that everyone was raving about) and I have my eye on all of their gorgeous buttery leather totes.

Dear weekly dinner prep, 17 tips for faster, healthier, and easier weeknight dinners.

Dear black thumb, here’s how to pick the perfect house plant for your house.

Dear weekend baking, salted oat and chocolate sandwich cookies.

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

image via Camille Styles

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Lexi

The Easiest Way to Grocery Shop

This year I discovered something magical: online grocery shopping. I don’t know about you, but this was pretty life-altering for me. Sometimes I joke that “busy” is my middle name. Between running a business, a family, and trying to focus just the teensiest bit on myself every now and then, the groceries are usually at the bottom of my “to do” list. That is, until, we’ve run out of … well, everything. And then of course, if you have kids, you know what a struggle grocery shopping can be. Truthfully, long before I had a little one, trying to carve out time to shop for groceries (blah!), always seemed like such a chore, but having a toddler just amplified that tenfold. Scarlett is the cutest and makes friends with everyone in the grocery store. She also asks for a new snack on every single aisle, throws at least 75% of said snack on the floor, and by the frozen foods aisle, she’s about had it, and I find myself singing “The Wheels On The Bus” at least twelve times before we make it out of the grocery store in one slightly more frazzled piece. So when Walmart reached out with their new online ordering, I nearly jumped off of my sofa at the chance. I mean, online grocery shopping means I don’t have to get out of my car and someone does the shopping for me! Hallelujah. 

The Easiest Way to Grocery Shop: How to order your groceries for FREE right from home and pick them up without ever having to get out of your car. #GroceryHero

And you can order days out, or the same day. So convenient.

The Easiest Way to Grocery Shop: How to order your groceries for FREE right from home and pick them up without ever having to get out of your car. #GroceryHero

Every step of the Walmart Online Grocery ordering process was a breeze – from ordering online, to pulling up to the parking lot and waiting just a couple of minutes to have my groceries loaded into my trunk for me. The convenience factor alone was enough to make this busy mama happy, but the fact that you can pick up more than just groceries – without ever actually having to go into a busy store to shop for them – at amazing Walmart prices, made me a convert. I was able to get all of our groceries, including fresh produce and meat, pumpkins (it’s fall, y’all!), toys, hair products, baby gear, home décor, pots and pans, planets, gifts, crafts, the list goes on and on.

The Easiest Way to Grocery Shop: How to order your groceries for FREE right from home and pick them up without ever having to get out of your car. #GroceryHero

If anything is missing, someone from the store will call you and ask if any alternatives will do. My local Walmart had run out of Diet Peach Snapple (anyone else addicted?), and my store rep felt so bad about not having what I wanted, he sent a half-dozen free roses after I had asked about what kinds of flowers they had available. How nice is that?

Pickup is super easy. At your designated time – that you choose – go to your store’s grocery pickup location. Your local store will call and text you 15 minutes before the start of your time slot and will text and send you a “thank you” e-mail after you’ve picked everything up. You simply wait in a spot and someone comes to you.

The Easiest Way to Grocery Shop: How to order your groceries for FREE right from home and pick them up without ever having to get out of your car. #GroceryHero The Easiest Way to Grocery Shop: How to order your groceries for FREE right from home and pick them up without ever having to get out of your car. #GroceryHero The Easiest Way to Grocery Shop: How to order your groceries for FREE right from home and pick them up without ever having to get out of your car. #GroceryHero The Easiest Way to Grocery Shop: How to order your groceries for FREE right from home and pick them up without ever having to get out of your car. #GroceryHero

Oh, and did I mention the service is totally FREE? Someone shops for you for items at Walmart’s Same Every Day Low Prices, and then loads your car while you and your little one jam to Taylor Swift. I call that WINNING.

The Easiest Way to Grocery Shop: How to order your groceries for FREE right from home and pick them up without ever having to get out of your car. #GroceryHero

Want to be a #GroceryHero too? Head to Walmart’s Online Grocery site to see what stores are offering online grocery in your area. And the next time you order online, share your win by tagging @walmart with the hashtag, #GroceryHero and tag me –@glitterinclexi – so that I can send you a virtual high five! Happy online shopping!

Photos by Annie Watts Photography

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Lexi

How to Make DIY Milk Glass

In the past few months I’ve started a bit of a milk glass collection. I can’t get enough of the clean white vases and jars with that cool retro feel. Fun fact: Milk glass originated in Venice in the 16th century and has been gaining in popularity ever since.

Blame all of the amazing vintage fairs and antique co-ops around North Carolina, but I just keep buying up piece after piece. (I already have several vases in varying shapes and sizes and three milk glass cake stands. Yep, told you I was obsessed.) But even used pieces of milk glass and reproduction milk glass can start to add up; so when Patrón shared their “Art of Patrón” Bottle Art Competition and asked if I wanted to try my hand at a DIY project using Patrón bottles, I knew just what I wanted to make. You guessed it … I decided it was time I try creating my very own DIY milk glass.

How to Make DIY Milk Glass. Click through for the easy step-by-step guide to making your own inexpensive version. How to Make DIY Milk Glass. Click through for the easy step-by-step guide to making your own inexpensive version. How to Make DIY Milk Glass. Click through for the easy step-by-step guide to making your own inexpensive version.

In truth, there are two ways to go about making your own milk glass. You can either (a) fill glass bottles and vases with a matte white paint (rolling it around in the bottle and allowing it to coat the inside completely before pouring the remainder out, or (b) spray paint or hand paint bottles with a white matte or white glass paint to look like milk glass. I decided to go with option (b), i.e., coating my glass bottles with paint, in case I decided to use the glasses to fill with drinks or food at any point.

How to Make DIY Milk Glass. Click through for the easy step-by-step guide to making your own inexpensive version.

HOW TO MAKE DIY MILK GLASS (THE EASY WAY)

  1. Source old glass bottles and vessels. Anything from an olive oil bottle to a jam jar, inexpensive florist vases you’re not crazy about, wine and liquor bottles, etc. can work.
  2. Clean your glass really well. You can use a glass cleaner or wipe the glass with alcohol on a cotton swab to clean the surface.
  3. Either spray paint or paint with a paint brush or sponge brush an even coat of white paint. Allow to dry completely.
  4. If you want to add a bit of sheen* to your DIY milk glass you can coat your project with a clear gloss paint like Martha Stewart Crafts Gloss Transparent Glass Paint in Clear or use a spray paint with gloss. I’m actually kind of digging the matte white effect that some of my bottles have, and they mix in so well with my real milk glass, so I made a mix of matte and gloss bottles.

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*Real milk glass has a bit of translucency and sheen, but I love that with a little paint and a cool glass jar or bottle, you can make your own version of inexpensive and easy-to-create DIY milk glass.

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Be sure to check out ArtOfPatron.com and enter your own DIY Patrón bottles. The “Art of Patrón” Bottle Art Competition celebrates the iconic Patrón bottle and encourages fans and artisans across the country to share their artistic vision, using Patron’s signature bottle as inspiration, for a chance to win $10,000 and a national platform for their work. Year after year, fans create incredible, unique pieces of art that honor the bottle. Entries have included everything from a chess set, to gorgeous waterfalls, to striking light fixtures. It’s amazing to see what everyone comes up with! This is the third annual competition and it will run through October 14, 2016, where Patrón fans 21 years and older can visit ArtofPatron.com to enter.

If you share your creation on social media tag @patron and use #ArtOfPatron and tag me – @glitterinclexi – so that I can see what you’ve dreamed up!

How to Make DIY Milk Glass. Click through for the easy step-by-step guide to making your own inexpensive version.   How to Make DIY Milk Glass. Click through for the easy step-by-step guide to making your own inexpensive version.

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Photos by Annie Watts Photography

This post has been sponsored by Patrón. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors that make Glitter, Inc. possible!

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Lexi

These Are the Must-Have Beauty Products in My Fall Bag

This post has been sponsored by Burt’s Bees in partnership with Ahalogy. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors that make Glitter, Inc. possible!

I’ve been waiting on the arrival of fall a little too excitedly. Once those temperatures start to drop, I’m all in: boots, scarves, dark nail polish, all of the pumpkin spice. I just can’t help myself. Truth is, I grew up in Miami; a tropical oasis that sits in a 90-degree bubble all year long. Moving to North Carolina was an eye-opener. There are seasons, y’all. And I stinkin’ love it.

These Are the Must-Have Beauty Products in My Fall Bag

So I’m wasting no time and swapping out my fall bag, stat. The key is to update your beauty must-haves to fit the season. I’m not one to carry my whole beauty arsenal in my day-to-day bag. (I’m too busy stuffing my purse with everything else. Yep, I’m a chronic heavy-purse-wearer; so my beauty bag has to stay light.)

When it comes to my beauty bag – the one I carry with me on a daily basis – I try to keep it simple:

  • Matte Powder
  • Under-eye concealer (Picked this up in the beauty aisle of Target recently and I can’t say enough good things! It hides stubborn dark under-eye circles and also conceals unwanted blemishes and discoloration.)
  • Travel-sized Perfume
  • Eye-liner (In case I have plans to head to dinner after a busy day, I always try to keep an eyeliner on hand to refresh my look for nighttime.)
  • Eyeshadow Stick (See above.)
  • Small blush (Any time I’m tired I start to fade into the palest shade of pale. Keeping a small blush is my brightened-up secret weapon.)
  • Burt’s Bees Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm (Guys, I’m obsessed.)
  • Sunglasses (When all else fails, sunglasses fix everything.)

These Are the Must-Have Beauty Products in My Fall Bag These Are the Must-Have Beauty Products in My Fall Bag

Now here’s the secret: If you’re a pumpkin fanatic like I am, stock up on your Burt’s Bees Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm now; there’s a limited availability and it will only be in Target stores through October.

These Are the Must-Have Beauty Products in My Fall Bag These Are the Must-Have Beauty Products in My Fall Bag

Oh yeah, you read that right: you can only get Burt’s Bees Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm a couple of months every year, and you know I’m stocking up. It’s sold exclusively at Target stores and you should be able to find a whole bunch at your local Target store in the Burt’s Bees side-
cap within the Natural Beauty aisle.

I’ve long been a fan of the Burt’s Bees Lip Balm formula. It’s super moisturizing but doesn’t leave a weird, gunky wax buildup like some lip balms do. All of the Burt’s Bees flavors smell incredible but I’m extra partial to Vanilla and the Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice. The Pumpkin Spice in particular is subtle and warm, with notes of cinnamon and vanilla.

These Are the Must-Have Beauty Products in My Fall Bag

I’m thinking Burt’s Bees Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm would also make for a perfect little gift. I mean, who doesn’t love pumpkin spice everything in the fall?

These Are the Must-Have Beauty Products in My Fall Bag

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Photos by Annie Watts Photography

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Lexi

Little Love Notes

A few little love notes to the things I loved most this week, including my new favorite fall sweater.

Thank goodness for the weekend! It’s been a whirlwind week full of photo shoots, a doctor’s visit (flu shot for Scarlett that she took like a champ), and ALL of the errands. Saturday I have plenty of work catch-up to do, mostly drafting content, and a bit of online shopping … I mean, there is the BIG Tory Burch 30% off EVERYTHING sale happening this weekend.) Sunday we have big plans to go on adventure, and so long as the rain holds out, we’ll try to get to one of the many fall kickoff festivals happening this weekend. 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 to the things I loved most this week …

Dear sweater weather, this might be my new favorite fall sweater.

Dear what’s for dinner, lemony linguini with zucchini.

Dear hair, what would it be like if we tried five different hair colors in seven weeks? This woman tried it, and I’m totally intrigued.

Dear small talk woes, 5 conversation starters to make you a networking pro.

Dear wedding planning, this couple came up with a clever seating idea/solution. Would you ever try something like this?

Dear home office dreaminghow to create a stylish & functional workspace.

Dear make it happen, 5 rules for hosting a crappy dinner party (and seeing your friends more often). And other fall bucket list items.

Dear weekend baking, pistachio-lemon bars.

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

image via @fakeleather

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Lexi

What’s On Your Fall Bucket List? (Here’s Mine)

And just like that, today marks the first day of fall. It’s the season of apple cider, pumpkin patches, hayrides, and cozying up by the fire, and I couldn’t be more excited. So I’m pulling out my notepad, or in this case, blog post, and making a fall “to do” list.

What's On Your Fall Bucket List? (Here's Mine)

MY FALL BUCKET LIST:

  • Go to a Pumpkin Patch and buy enough great big pumpkins to line our brand new front porch steps. (Here’s last year’s visit.)
  • Go to our first apple orchard. (Check!)
  • Plan a picnic where we actually pack a yummy lunch, in a basket, and go somewhere beautiful.
  • Transition our home for the season. I’m breaking out the blankets, pinecones, scented candles (I’ve heard this scent is incredible!), and fall décor.
  • Go all out for Halloween this year.
  • Plan a movie-viewing party in our backyard. I’ve always wanted to do this, complete with a drop-down screen (i.e., a white sheet hung over our back deck) and I’m determined to try to make it happen this fall.
  • Find the perfect shade of vampy lipstick.
  • Serve spiked cider at a party. Always a huge hit.
  • Go for a walk with the family along the trail by our house and pick our favorite fall leaves to decorate our dining room table.
  • Learn to bake a few recipes I’ve had on my must-try list. (Plus, ALL of the pumpkin everything.)
  • Take a trip to the Farmers Market to check out all of the new things they have to offer for fall.
  • Get creatives with pumpkins. There are so many awesome pumpkin DIY’s out there and I’m definitely going to try out a few this season. (Remember these glitter-dipped pumpkins?)
  • Go through our closets and finally donate clothes hubby and I haven’t worn in more than a couple of years.
  • Plan a fall dinner party.
  • Take a staycation somewhere local, complete with hotel or Bed & Breakfast stay so that we really feel like we’re getting away.
  • Use our fireplace for the first time. (And toast marshmallows, naturally.)

What's On Your Fall Bucket List? (Here's Mine) What's On Your Fall Bucket List? (Here's Mine)

What’s on your fall bucket list? Do you have any “must do” activities in the fall?

What's On Your Fall Bucket List? (Here's Mine)

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Lexi