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Book Club: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

One of my goals in the new year, and one that has been in the works for the past few months – starting with hosting book club* at my house here in our new town every other month – has been to read more.

It all started when I read this great article on The Huffington Post, “I read 52 books this year. Here’s what I learned.” Aside from mostly foregoing resolutions this year, and sticking with happiness, I was pretty enthralled with the idea of bettering myself with something that made me truly happy: books. From the author, “… this year, I resolved to take a different tack with my New Year’s resolution: Rather than making vague promises to eat right or work out, I turned to books as my method of self-betterment.” Well, that’s just brilliant.

*And can I just say, I LOVE book club. I don’t know what was holding me back, but I’m totally hooked. I’m already a fan of hosting parties and little gatherings, and throwing a shindig to celebrate a great book; well, that’s pretty much perfection in my book. Hosting book club has also really helped me to make amazing new friends. Seriously, looking to make friends as an adult? Start a book club!

With that in mind, I’m going to be trying something new here on the blog: I’m going to talk about the books I’ve read and loved. Because … I read. A lot. And it turns out, so do you. (This post was by far one of the most popular posts on my blog last year.) So stay tuned, read along, and join the conversation by tagging me (@glitterinclexi on InstagramFacebook and Twitter) and #GlitterBookClub in your posts.

So without further ado, book club is in session! First up: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

This book was hilarious, romantic, adorable, painful, and real. The writing was what drew me in right away. The book, mostly written as a conversation, is fast-paced and cheeky. It’s swoon-worthy and scheming and you’ll hold your breath right up until the very end. You really have to “keep up,” but it’s worth it. If you like a good old-fashioned rom com (romantic comedy), with pretty fantastic writing, this book is your jam.

It all boils down to that fine line between hate and love, in the workplace.

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.

                       2) A person’s undoing

                       3) Joshua Templeman

From Amazon: Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job … But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

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Come on, you know you want to join in on the #GlitterBookClub fun!

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So grab a cup of coffee or tea, curl up on on the couch, and dive into this adorable book. Then head back to this post, or find me on social media (on InstagramFacebookTwitter, and Snapchat → glitterinclexi ), and let me know what you thought! You can tell me what you think by tagging your picture and/or review with #GlitterBookClub on Instagram!

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What Everyday Jewelry Do You Wear Most?

I’m a creature of habit, and one of those habits is wearing the same jewelry always. It got me thinking: what everyday jewelry do you wear most?

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I am undoubtedly a ring girl. Stacks for days. I started with one or two simple gold bands, and from there the collection just sort of grew. Obviously I wear my wedding ring and wedding band on my left hand every day; and a few years back, I added my mom’s ring to the stack. (My Dad gave my mom the ring when she had me, and when I had Scarlett, she gave it to me. I love it, and never take it off.) I’ll also sometimes add another delicate gold ring to the stack (love this one from Catbird), for a little extra drama. Told you I like to stack my rings up high.

Because I like my jewelry simplified, all of my rings are made of real gold. As much as I love costume jewelry, I’m not the best about remembering to wear it. With rings that are real gold and/or silver, I can sleep in it, shower with it, basically never take it off, which suits me perfectly. The gold also feels a bit vintage and classic, and the thin bands keep them subtle.

My favorite go-to companies for delicate gold rings are Catbird and Bittersweet NY. These Bittersweet NY letter stamp rings are my favorite for collecting special memories – right now I have one that says “Scarlett,” one with her birthdate, one with our wedding anniversary date, and one that says, “Glitter, Inc.” I have and love this Catbird heart ring, teardrop ring, twisted ring, threadbare ring, V ring, and hammered ring. I also love adding these Catbird delicate gold memory rings to break up stacks with a lot of texture and as knuckle rings.

I want to add the tomboy ring to my pointer finger, stat.

 

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I wear a gold nameplate necklace with the words “Scarlett Everly” for my little girl. It’s light enough that I can also sleep with and even shower with that one. I got this nameplate necklace a few years back when Jennifer Meyer did a collaboration with BaubleBar.

I also layer a longer chain with a few charms and wear it every few days. My charm necklace is costume jewelry, but it’s light and fun and layers beautifully. I actually fell out of the habit of wearing long necklaces for a while because babies and necklaces don’t mix. (It took years to get Scar to stop eating my necklaces.)

 

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You may have noticed that I’m rather shy around these parts. I haven’t been super comfortable on the other side of the lens for a long time (here’s why, in case you’re curious), and as a mom, I’m always the one snapping pictures of Scarlett. Back in December, my friend Merritt helped me come out of my shell just a little bit, and took the prettiest family photos for us. As we were wrapping up, Merritt said to me, “Come on, it’s your turn!” Admittedly, I was awkward, but she helped pull me out of that shell and I love the result.

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What I’m Wearing: MAC Lipstick in Diva // Free People Lieutenant Ruffled Shirtdress (also available here) // Spanx Luxe Leg Blackout Tights // Free People Joe Lace Up Boots // Vince Coat (similar)

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Little Love Notes

A few little love notes to the things I loved most this week, including this blush pink and grey book shelf styling. Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Happy (long) weekend! I am SO looking forward to the break. No concrete plans, but a little extra time with the family is always a good thing. Plus, I always need extra work catch-up time, especially after a busy morning of shooting today. You can catch the behind-the-scenes from today’s marathon photo shoots and I’ll be sharing what we’re up to throughout the weekend over on instagram stories and snapchat → glitterinclexi. Follow along!

How about you? Any exciting weekend plans?

With that, a few little love notes …

Dear end-of-week giggles, an honest museum audio tour.

Dear addicted to the Bachelor franchise (It’s me … I’m addicted), a look at what women spend to compete on The Bachelor.

Dear cold-weather must-haves, 7 ingenious hacks to make hot chocolate even better. (And here’s how I upgrade instant hot chocolate.)

Dear fellow mamas, try this sweet mindfulness game for kids.

Dear pretty little kitchen tweaks, my favorite measuring spoons now come in copper. Swoon.

Dear type-A, Beyoncé and Solange on the value of being control freaks.

Dear way back whenwhat life was like in 2007.

Dear simple beauty tricks, some really great tips on how to do no-fail cool girl hair.

Dear striving for zen10 ways to challenge yourself in the New Year.

Dear weekend baking, flourless chocolate cake (that looks amazing.)

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

image via @saramueller (Check out all of the talented girls I shared in today’s #FollowFriday on my Instagram → @glitterinclexi.)

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How to Make Easy Overnight Oats (3 Ways!)

When it comes to resolutions, well, I’m just not very good at them. I like to give myself attainable goals. (i.e., 5 ways I plan to be happier in the new year.) And one of the ways I keep things attainable is by making sure they’re EASY. If I try to add something complicated to my already busy routine, it’s probably not going to stick. Something told me I was going to love overnight oats as I started seeing recipes pop up for them the last few months. I already love oatmeal and I’m always looking for healthy and simple breakfast options, because despite wanting to just guzzle nothing but coffee in the morning, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. (My mom would be so proud!) But for someone reason, I was slow to try the overnight oats trend, and I’ve gotta say, I’m just bummed I missed out on all of that easy (and good-for-you) breakfast goodness!

Once you learn how to make easy overnight oats – and the recipe couldn’t be easier – it will hands-down become your new breakfast obsession.

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Because I’m so smitten, I’m bringing you THREE, yes 3, of my favorite overnight oats recipes. The mix-ins are pretty endless, giving you plenty of variations on breakfast. Things like mini dark chocolate chips, crushed peanuts, nut butters, jellies and jams, cocoa powder, fresh fruit, seeds; all of these make awesome additions to your overnight oats.

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HOW TO MAKE OVERNIGHT OATS

SERVINGS: 1
PREP TIME: 8 minutes
COOK TIME: 4-5 hours, preferably overnight

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup Quaker Oats Standard Old Fashioned Oats
1/2 cup fat-free milk or nut milk like almond or cashew
2 tsp. honey

DIRECTIONS

Put the rolled oats into your container or jar (I love these jelly jars!) and then add the milk and honey. No need to stir before placing the mixture into the fridge overnight. Seal the container and place in the refrigerator overnight, or for at least 4-5 hours so that the oats absorb all of the liquid.

The next morning, all you got to do is grab the oats from fridge, stir, and enjoy. (Yep, it’s that simple.)

NOTE: You can either add in your flavors the night before, or make the simple version the night before and add your toppings the next morning. It’s totally a personal preference!

You can eat this cold right out of the fridge or you can heat it up in the microwave for 1-2 minutes and enjoy hot. (I actually love it cold!)

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The 3 ways I love eating my overnight oats are …

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Strawberries and Nutella

Because sometimes you just need a little bit of chocolate (or Nutella.) I am strawberry fanatic, and the little drizzle of Nutella makes me feel like I’m eating a decadent dessert. SO good.

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Blueberries and Pepitas

I love how nuts and seeds like pepitas (a.k.a., pumpkin seeds), crushed peanuts, almond slivers, walnuts, and sunflower seeds add that extra crunch to the overnight oats. Blueberries are lightly sweet and tart and pack plenty of fiber.

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Apples, Almond Butter, and Cinnamon

This is one of my favorite combinations. I actually throw the diced apple chunks into the oats, milk, and honey the night before so that the apples soften a bit overnight as well. In the morning I just stir in a tablespoon of almond butter and top with cinnamon.

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Have you tried overnight oats? Are you hooked yet? What are your favorite mix-ins or toppings?

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How Often Do You Update Your Bedding?

It wasn’t until just the other day – you know, since we’ve been homebound for going on five days thanks to the snowpocalypse – when I stumbled upon this utterly gorgeous, yet surprisingly simple white pom pom fringe bedding, that I realized I hadn’t changed the “look” of our master bedroom bedding in years.

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We’ve had the same white pintuck West Elm duvet since we were married, and though I love it, it’s starting to look a bit lackluster, and well, plain. And while I love plain-ish when it comes to our bedding — seriously, you’d be amazed at how quickly you’ll fall in love with white bedding; it can always be bleached — even white fabric gets tired after the millionth wash. My devotion to white bedding is pretty unwavering, but it may be time for a new set.

(By the way → 7 tips for creating the perfect white bedroom.)

It got me thinking: how often do you update your bedding? Do you have different sets for different seasons? Do you switch out the throw pillows and blankets with new seasons? Do you mix in patterns and colors?

Or do you splurge and buy yourself a new bed set every few years? How do you decide it’s time for a new bedding set? And why do we neglect our poor beds, though we’ll happily splurge on a new outfit for events and the like?

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And most importantly, do you love this pom pom fringe bedding as much as I do? And should I go for it? I’m thinking my bed deserves a little TLC right about now.

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images via Urban Outfitters (Bohemian Pom Pom Fringe Duvet Cover and Pillows)

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Snow Day(s)

By Friday night the house was covered in snow and come Saturday morning, Scarlett could barely contain her excitement. We’ve been playing in the snow in spurts – It’s 10º out right now; so you know, there’s only so much we can be outside!

As much as I love the snow, the ice, not so much. But I also love the traditions we’re starting to make when it snows. Aside from playing in the snow as soon as it’s light out, each year, on the first snow, we make a big batch of cookies (you can get the recipe for our favorite vegan chocolate chip cookies right here), and of course, I take ALL of the pictures.

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In Miami, we never really got “seasons,” but here in North Carolina, there are very clearly defined seasons – all four of them – and I totally love that. The novelty of snow and a real winter still hasn’t worn off.

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Did you get hit by the storm? Are you playing in snow or enjoying your sunshine?

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Seriously, SO excited.

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We’re still working on mastering a proper snowball.

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How do you celebrate the arrival of winter?

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Stay warm, friends!

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