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Little Love Notes

A few little love notes to the things I loved most this week, including leftover flowers. Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Happy weekend! It’s a long one for us, and I after I cram in a bunch of work this morning, I am officially (a.k.a., trying to … sort of) take the long weekend off. We have farmers markets and flea markets to visit and so many restaurants to try (the list of must-see places in our still new-ish to us city is huge.) 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? Hope you’re having a great one full of the prettiest leftover Valentine’s Day flowers!

With that, a few little love notes …

Dear end-of-week giggles, 40 honest advertising slogans that will make you laugh out loud.

Dear Comic Relief, Love Actually is getting a mini sequel with the original cast and we are all SO excited.

Dear daily dose of beauty17 photos of dance that will take your breath away.

Dear wanderlust, these are the top 12 museums in the world. Have you been to any?

Dear mom jeans, if these can even be called that; they’re are edgy and way too cool (and affordable too!)

Dear made you think, here’s why you blush, according to science.

Dear growing pains, how to make a major career change long after your 20s.

Dear weekend baking, Martha’s peanut butter and jelly cheesecake squares.

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

image via @jcrew (cc: @BloomThat)

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Lexi

Spring Must-Have: The Mini Bag (+ We’re Giving Away a Gucci Bag!)

Though it’s taken me a long time to go with the “less is more” theory, in the past few years I’ve come around in a major way, thanks to the very adorable mini bag trend. Especially if you live in a city, or are always on the run, and really just need to be able to reach for the essentials, a mini bag is, well, essential. Mini bags are convenient and have become increasingly more high fashion and chic. I actually often carry a diaper bag and mini bag, so that I can just leave the diaper bag in the car or at home when I’m not with Scarlett or don’t really need the huge bag full of everything. Mini bags are where it’s at. They look chic, hold just what you need, and won’t overpower your look.

Read on to see the 12 must-have mini bags topping my Spring wish list and be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post for a chance at WINNING a Gucci GG Marmont Matelassé Mini Bag!

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1. Rebecca Minkoff Handbags Sand Leather Mini Darren Messenger Bag // 2. Mackage Rubie Cross Body Bag // 3. Loeffler Randall Dome Satchel (Love that this one has a little extra room but is still sleek!) // 4. Sole Society Faylina Studded Faux Leather Saddle Bag (Love the taupe color as well, and they’re both under $50!) // 5. Gucci GG Marmont Matelassé Mini Bag (WIN THIS BAG!) // 6. Rebecca Minkoff Chase Leather Saddle Bag // 7. 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Mini Leather Satchel Bag // 8. Phase 3 Grommet Faux Leather Saddle Bag (Less than $40!) // 9. Gucci Soho Leather Disco Bag (A blogger fave!) // 10. Chloé The Marcie Mini Textured-Leather Shoulder Bag // 11. J. Crew Signet Calf Hair Bag (Totally crushing on this little spotted bag!) // 12. Proenza Schouler PS11 Mini Leather Shoulder Bag #goals

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This week I am teaming up with an amazing group of ladies to bring you an INCREDIBLE giveaway. The winner will receive a Gucci GG Marmont Matelassé Mini Bag.

Gucci GG Marmont Matelassé Mini Bag

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You are sure to discover some amazing bloggers you may not already be following! Good luck!

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Lexi

J. Crew Fall 2017 Collection Presentation

Over the weekend, J. Crew unveiled their Fall 2017 ready-to-wear collection at New York Fashion Week. Not only was the clothing in the presentation chic and refreshing, but just as they did last season, the brand opted to show their new collection on “real people” J.Crew admires. How cool is that? J. Crew also did some archive-raiding this season; a few classic J.Crew pieces such as the striped rugby shirt and rollneck sweater have been brought back. Everything old is new again.

Below are some of my favorite looks from the fashion week presentation. Not a detail was missed, and I can’t help but want every piece from the outfits. All of that tartan and tulle and sparkle and leopard print. I love that punchier and somewhat glamorous pieces are made to work for a more everyday chic look with J.Crew‘s classic preppy staples with a twist.

If you’re looking to stock up for spring, J.Crew is currently offering 25% off your purchase or 30% off if you spend $150+.

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I’m over here just trying to come up with a place where I NEED to wear that skirt. It’s perfection.

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Cutest leopard clutch! Loving that striped ribbon pull closure.

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They had me at glitter booties.

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Lexi

My Absolute Favorite Red Velvet Cupcakes (in a Jar)

I make a lot of recipes. Some need tweaking, some totally flop, and some are so good that they become instant favorites in my family. The recipe for these red velvet cupcakes (a.k.a., red velvet cake) is one of those go-to recipes. We can’t get enough. These red velvet cupcakes (in a jar) really are SO good. The red velvet (a.k.a., chocolate cake) in these cupcakes is moist and subtly sweet and the cream cheese frosting is decadent and the perfect addition to the red velvet cupcake.

How to make my absolute FAVORITE moist red velvet cupcakes. Put them in jars for the sweetest gift! Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc How to make my absolute FAVORITE moist red velvet cupcakes. Put them in jars for the sweetest gift! Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

This amazing red velvet cupcake recipe is originally from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook. And I should probably explain how we stumbled upon these ridiculously amazing red velvet cupcakes.  We went to London many moons ago and took a trip to one of my favorite markets along Portobello Road. We just kind of fell into Hummingbird Bakery while there. Actually, we waited in a line that bordered on not-worth-the-wait; but you know, the bigger the line, the more worth the wait it must be.  Besides, we were American tourists, and if the locals were lined up at this tiny little bakery (when the market is full of street vendors and pretty yummy quick food to go), we knew it had to be good. It wasn’t just good, it was amazing … like, hurt-your-face-it’s-so-rich-and-sweet-and-delicate amazing.

We bought two cupcakes, much to my husband’s dismay (he was definitely plotting to tackle at least a dozen or so), sat on a curb, and ate the sticky sweet cupcakes with our fingers. We had pigeons as an audience. And it was heaven. Clearly we weren’t the only ones who thought so; clusters of people were all sitting on the curb scarfing down on cupcakes, cookies, pie, all from that tiny little bakery … which probably made my husband wish we had picked out at least ten other desserts. Long story short, the trip came to an end way too fast and we never got that chance to swing by for a second trip to the bakery. But trust me, it’s on our list the second we find ourselves back in London.

Well hubby ended up hunting down The Hummingbird Bakery cookbook on Amazon, and to my front door it arrived! Years later and I’ve baked several awesome recipes from that cookbook. As for these red velvet cupcakes, I made minor alterations to the frosting, only because I like my cream cheese frosting with full cream cheese frosting impact, but other than that, I stayed very true to the very fabulous Hummingbird Bakery recipe.  A few secrets to these incredibly moist cupcakes: not too much cocoa (just the right amount!), buttermilk, and vinegar … plus the ever decadent classic cream cheese frosting. Like I said, these are the best.

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THE BEST RED VELVET CUPCAKES, EVER.

Makes 12 cupcakes or one sheet pan of cake.

INGREDIENTS

For the Cupcakes:

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2½ tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons red food coloring
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup buttermilk
1 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1½ teaspoons distilled white vinegar

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

4 ounces butter, at room temperature
8 ounces (1 bar) cream cheese, at room temperature (Note:  The recipe calls for 4 ounces, but I’m a glutton!)
2½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

NOTE: If you decide to make your cupcakes “in a jar,” you’ll actually be baking a red velvet sheet cake in a rectangular baking pan, and then scooping out the finished cake to create your cupcake layers. Both cupcakes and cupcakes in a jar taste delicious!

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a standard muffin/cupcake pan with cupcake liners or spray a rectangular baking pan with baking spray. (I’m a big fan of coconut oil cooking spray; it’ doesn’t have any weird aftertaste and it’s made with 100% coconut oil.)

2. On medium-high speed, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Turn the mixer to high and add the egg. Scrape down the bowl and beat until well incorporated.

3. In a separate small bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, vanilla extract and red food coloring to make a thick paste. Add to the batter and mix on medium speed until completely combined. You may need to stop the mixer to scrape the bottom of the bowl, making sure that all of the batter gets color.

4. Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly add half of the buttermilk. Add half of the flour and mix until combined. Scrape the bowl and repeat the process with the remaining milk and flour. Beat on high until smooth.

5. Again, reduce the mixer speed to low and add the salt, baking soda and vinegar.* Turn to high and beat for another couple of minutes until completely combined and smooth.

6. Divide the batter evenly between the cupcake liners or our all of the batter into a rectangular baking pan (if you’re making the cupcakes in a jar) and bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the largest cupcake comes out clean. (Be sure not to fill the cupcake liners with batter any more than 2/3 of the way up – these babies rise.)

7. Cool for 10 minutes and then remove cupcakes from the pan and place them on a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

8. To make the frosting: Using the whisk attachment, beat the powdered sugar and butter together.  Mix on slow-medium speed until it comes together, being careful to keep the powdered sugar in the mixing bowl.  Add the cream cheese all at once and continue mixing, scraping the bowl down as necessary. Add the vanilla and mix to combine. Increase the speed to medium-high and whip for a few minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy, scraping the bowl as necessary. Do not over-beat as the frosting can quickly become runny.

Recipe Adapted from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook by Tarek Malouf

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I love that cupcakes in a jar can act as the perfect sweet little gift to give to family and friends. I mean, who wouldn’t want a cupcake in a jar on Valentine’s Day?

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We made these fun little sticker labels – “handmade with love” – to top each of the jars!

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You can find the adorable hand drawn wreath vectors on Curly Made to create your own labels.

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Psst … if you’re looking for Valentine’s Day inspiration, why not try the prettiest marbled graham cracker toffee barkthe perfect sugar cookies for decorating (we used pink rock candy!), throw together a last-minute date night (from the comfort of your sofa!) or Galentine’s Day party, DIY the cutest mess-free craft with your little ones, make strawberry cheesecake macarons, big and fluffy homemade raspberry marshmallowsOreo macaronsnutella-chocolate covered strawberries, boozy strawberry slushies, or any one of these 14 favorite valentine’s day desserts?

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Lexi

Little Love Notes

A few little love notes to the things I loved most this week, including these light pink velvet heels, hilarious parents' missed connections, and DIY travel mugs. Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Happy almost Valentine’s Day weekend! Do you all have big date night plans? Hubby works all weekend, so we’re planning a low key takeout and movie night on Saturday. Any awesome movies we should rent? Friday is a shoot day, so stay tuned on Instagram stories for a little behind-the-scenes peek at what we’re up to. Other than that, it’s a lazy (and COLD) weekend, so we’re staying bundled. 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 living room revamp, check out this handy guide to a few favorite rug types.

Dear end of week giggles, parents post hilarious missed connections on Craigslist.

Dear DIY’s to try, the cutest make-it-yourself travel mugs.

Dear workaholics, how to set realistic work and personal life boundaries.

Dear wanderlust, could you put your phone away for your ENTIRE vacation? (ha, probably not.)

Dear party time, is this slab grilled cheese the new party sub? I sure hope so.

Dear date night, the prettiest pink heeled sandals (and they’re under $27!)

Dear weekend baking, roasted cauliflower shells and cheese. Yum.

Psst … if you’re looking for Valentine’s Day inspiration, why not try the prettiest marbled graham cracker toffee barkthe perfect sugar cookies for decorating (we used pink rock candy!), throw together a last-minute date night (from the comfort of your sofa!) or Galentine’s Day party, DIY the cutest mess-free craft with your little ones, make strawberry cheesecake macarons, big and fluffy homemade raspberry marshmallowsOreo macaronsnutella-chocolate covered strawberries, boozy strawberry slushies, or any one of these 14 favorite valentine’s day desserts?

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

image via @kateymcfarlan

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Lexi

The Cutest Ruffle Tops to Add to Your Closet

Has anyone else spotted the ruffle tops trend just about everywhere this season? And while you may be seeing ruffle tops now, just wait until the Spring; perfect Spring temperatures were made for soft, romantic ruffled tops and blouses. The ruffle trend is going to be bigger than ever this Spring. And this trend is the kind after my own heart; I love feminine details in fashion wherever I can get them. I mean, this breezy long-sleeve version with a forgiving ruffle hem is at the top of my must have list, and I can’t stop staring at this striped ruffled tank from the Who What Wear collection for Target (the $17.99 price tag doesn’t hurt either!)

The cutest ruffle tops to add to your closet this Spring and Summer (with plenty of affordable options too!) | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

So I’m rounding up the cutest ruffle tops to add to your closet this Spring, and most are actually pretty affordable. (Because I am all about savings when it comes to shopping the trends; though I will say, ruffles are always a good idea!)

Happy hunting!

What do you think? Are you loving the trend? Have you found your perfect ruffle top yet? It really is such a versatile, fun trend, and it’s easy to go casual, dressy, or even work-appropriate with so much variety out there.

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Lexi