Monthly Archives: February 2017


The Shopbop Big Spring Sale Event (What to Buy)

It’s time for another Shopbop Sale; and this one is BIG. You can score up to 25% off full-price and sale items, including all of the brand new Spring styles. (Those are major nearly sitewide markdowns on brands we all love like Tory Burch, Citizens of HumanityLoeffler Randall, Free People, and 3.1 Phillip Lim, that are almost NEVER on sale.) All you have to do is enter the promo code GOBIG17 during checkout and BINGO: huge savings.

But here’s the catch, things sell out FAST at Shopbop‘s Big Sale Events. To help out, this season Shopbop is offering up a Sneak Peek of the sale TODAY, February 27th starting at 7:18am EST (the official launch is not until February 28th at 7:18am EST), and don’t forget, the sale ends March 5th at 4:00am EST.

Just before the start of Spring, during Shopbop‘s huge Buy More, Save More Sale, I like to add to a few new favorite seasonal pieces to my wardrobe. My advice: stock up on Spring and Summer fashion essentials – a new brand favorite pair of jeans for Spring (this Citizens of Humanity pair – my all-time fave denim brand – is also going in my cart for sure!), a super flattering basic bikini, the perfect getaway dress, the most flattering oversized sunglasses I own, my favorite bralette, the kind of necklace you’ll wear everywhere, and of course, a sleek new bag for Spring – and save really big; as in, up to 25% off everything big.

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Below are just a few of my favorite things at Shopbop right now, but I could spend hours on the site. They carry all of my favorite brands, offer free shipping AND free return shopping, and their customer service is the best.

 

Happy shopping!

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Lexi

Little Love Notes

A few little love notes to the things I loved most this week, including these adorable loafers, an awesome DIY playset, and almond lemon sweet rolls. Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Kick your feet up; it’s (almost) the weekend! Actually, it’s Friday morning, and we have a shoot day full of oh so pretty flowers, but by 5pm, I’m calling it quits. Today should be hilarious – since I’m bringing Scarlett with me. Stay tuned to my Instagram Stories for toddler adventures and flower-filled behind-the-scenes. Saturday night we’re finally headed out for a date night to check out the restaurant and grounds at The Carolina Inn and I am totally looking forward to it. I’ll be sharing what we’re up to throughout the weekend over on instagram → glitterinclexi (lots of fun behind-the-scenes there), facebook, and twitter. Follow along!

How about you? Any exciting weekend plans?

With that, a few little love notes …

Dear movie buffs, a fascinating explanation for why movie villains have British accents.

Dear foodiesthese will be the hottest food trends of 2017.

Dear tuned into tech, are you still on Snapchat? This author says everyone’s leaving. (I have to say, I actually prefer Insta Stories just because it’s SO convenient to have everything in one app.)

Dear warm weather, come quick … these ruffled slides have me dreaming of Spring. In the meantime, I’m all about adorable loafers and slides.

Dear DIY’s to try, this mom transformed an ordinary playset into an adorable country playhouse for her daughter and I kind of want to move in.

Dear lunch-timeschool lunches from around the world. (And most look WAY better than ours.)

Dear favorite accessory ever, a breakdown of the best sunglasses for every face shape.

Dear weekend baking, almond lemon sweet rolls.

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

image via @nisoloshoes

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Lexi

A Simple Modern Design Upgrade: The Round Mirror

Now that we’re totally moved in (well, with the exception of a few craft and miscellaneous boxes that occasionally give me side-eye from the corner of our upstairs loft), I’m always looking for small and simple ways to add design upgrades here and there. The goal is to add style and charm, without having to buy an expensive piece of furniture or embark on another big DIY project (#guilty).

A simple modern design upgrade is a round mirror. The round mirror can work in so many different rooms: an often forgot about entryway, a bathroom, over a bed in a bedroom or in a nursery, in the living room, even in a kitchen.

Now let’s break it down …

A Simple Modern Design Upgrade: the Round Mirror (Where to find them at every price + why they look so great in every space!) Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Why do round mirrors look so AWESOME?

Mirrors in particular are often used in interiors to make a space brighter and appear more open; and while rectangular mirrors are a more traditional staple, round mirrors stand out and make a stunning visual contrast. Most objects in design are square or rectangular, so a round shape placed in a room fosters that visual shift. Think about it, a round mirror over a rectangular desk or rectangular-backed sofa makes a striking statement.

I’m particularly fond of the round mirror in an entryway or in place of the conventional rectangular bathroom mirror above a sink, but truly, the round mirror is stunning just about anywhere it’s placed. Because round mirrors have become so popular in interior design, you can find a great round mirror in every price range. I actually stumbled upon this round mirror in Target the other day and it is totally beautiful in person (and a total steal!) This round mirror from Urban Outfitters, while a little pricier, is still a bargain considering how big it is; i.e., it would look awesome over a sofa, in an entryway with a lot of negative space, or in a large living room.

 

Scroll down for a bit of inspiration …

via West Elm

Palm Springs Bohemian Home Entryway (Plus, where to find the Round Mirror at every price + why they look so great in every space!) Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

via @brookesmithinteriors

Living Room with Blue Dyed Pillows and Round Mirror (Plus, where to find the Round Mirror at every price + why they look so great in every space!) Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

via @amberinteriors

Floral Wallpaper in an Entryway (Plus, where to find the Round Mirror at every price + why they look so great in every space!) Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

via @studiomcgee

Modern Bathroom with Round Mirror (Plus, where to find the Round Mirror at every price + why they look so great in every space!) Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

via @amberinteriors

Kitchen Open Shelving Organization (Plus, where to find the Round Mirror at every price + why they look so great in every space!) Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

via @citysage

Bohemian Entryway (Plus, where to find the Round Mirror at every price + why they look so great in every space!) Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

via @amberinteriors

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Lexi

Slow Cooker Chicken Vegetable Quinoa Soup

I don’t know about you, but for our family, easy dinners are the name of the game. I’ve always been a big fan of cooking, but the busier we get, the harder it is to open up a recipe book and throw together an elaborate meal to serve on a random Monday night.

We’ve had this crockpot meets rice cooker meets pressure cooker (a.k.a., an Instant Pot) in our pantry for years. Seriously, we got a slow cooker as a wedding gift and never opened the box … and we’ve been married six years. I know, I know. Clearly, I have a screw loose. Little did I know, the most magical kitchen contraption ever sat unused and unloved in our overcrowded pantry for all these years. I can’t fathom what I was thinking – or not thinking – by ignoring this mystical machine.

Anyhoo, I saw all the rage ALL over the internet about this fabulous pot (and why everyone loves a slow cooker and/or crock-pot so much), and I decided to take the leap … and OPEN the box. I started researching and trying recipes like a madwoman. I think I served hubby and Scarlett dinner out of a crockpot for two weeks straight. It was like a black hole of simple dinners. Basically, the beauty of an Instant Pot or crockpot, is that you essentially throw all of your ingredients in, set the machine to cook for several hours, and walk away. By dinner time, you have a tasty dinner. Granted, there are some crockpot meals that require a little more TLC; i.e., browning meat and veggies first, cooking in stages, etc., but I steered clear of those recipes, because, you know, if I’m going to attempt to make my life easier with a slew of crockpot dinners, I plan on doing it the EASY way.

On our Instant Pot dinner recipe journey, I discovered a few GREAT recipes, and over the next few months, I’ll share our favorites here, with some tweaks of course. (Because I just can’t help myself.)

Now let’s talk about that crockpot chicken vegetable and quinoa soup …

This amazing slow cooker (crockpot or instant pot) chicken vegetable and quinoa soup is healthy and hearty and requires so little work it's kind of embarrassing. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

First up is a variation on the crockpot chicken veggie quinoa soup from Chelsea’s Messy Apron. This dinner is definitely of the “empty out your fridge and pantry” variety. Our favorite crockpot chicken vegetable and quinoa soup is healthy and hearty and requires so little work it’s kind of embarrassing. I tweaked a few components to the original recipe, after a bit of trial and error, and my entire family is obsessed with the results.

You can really use just about any vegetables you happen to have on hand, though I do try to keep the carrots, onion, celery, and corn (because the little one loves it!) a constant, and I pretty much always have those hanging out in the back of our refrigerator produce drawer and pantry anyway. I also always tend to add a lot of beans – typically some combination of either black beans, white beans, and/or chickpeas. Adding in frozen veggies like corn and carrots works well too.

We’ve tried the recipe using first a can of diced tomatoes with green chiles (like Ro-Tel) and it was great, but then I got this wild idea to make the soup with a tub of fresh salsa we had forgotten about, and that resulted in a crockpot chicken vegetable quinoa soup that was even more flavorful. Both work, but if you’ve got the salsa on hand, go for it! You can thank me later.

This amazing slow cooker (crockpot or instant pot) chicken vegetable and quinoa soup is healthy and hearty and requires so little work it's kind of embarrassing. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc This amazing slow cooker (crockpot or instant pot) chicken vegetable and quinoa soup is healthy and hearty and requires so little work it's kind of embarrassing. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

SLOW COOKER CHICKEN VEGETABLE QUINOA SOUP

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 6 hr

Servings: 6-8

INGREDIENTS

1 pound (approx. 2 large) boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 cans of beans (we use some combination of black beans, pinto beans, white beans, and/or chickpeas)
1 can corn OR 1 bag of frozen corn
1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery 2 stalks
1/3 cup diced yellow onion
3/4 cup quinoa
1 container of fresh salsa OR a can of diced tomatoes with green chiles (like Ro-Tel)
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
2 teaspoons minced garlic
5 cups chicken broth/stock
1/2 cup orange juice or extra broth
Salt and pepper
1-2 leaves bay (optional)
1 teaspoon chicken seasoning blend or 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika

Optional Toppings: sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, fresh cilantro, fresh lime wedges

DIRECTIONS

  1. Trim the fat off the chicken breasts. Cut each breast into 3 large even pieces.
  2. Place the chicken breasts chunks in the bottom of a large crockpot.
  3. Add in the drained and rinsed beans, drained corn, thinly sliced carrots (you want them to cook all the way through), sliced celery, diced onion, quinoa (rinse if not pre-rinsed to remove the bitter saponin coating), undrained container of fresh salsa OR can of diced tomatoes with green chiles (such as Ro-Tel), tomato paste, minced garlic, chicken broth/stock, and orange juice (or extra broth).
  4. Add about 1 teaspoon of salt (or to taste) and 1 teaspoon of pepper (or to taste), bay leaves, chicken seasoning or bouillon, oregano, and paprika. Just use your favorite soup seasonings here. The idea is that crockpot soups tend to really soak everything up, and need a little extra seasoning to maintain that rich flavor.
  5. Give everything a good stir and then cover and cook on high for 5 hours or until the chicken easily shreds. The longer it cooks, the more liquid the quinoa absorbs, but I prefer to cook it for awhile so that the veggies (like the carrots and celery) cook all the way through and the flavors really meld.
  6. Remove the chicken and shred. (I’m a big fan of throwing all of the cooked chicken chunks into my mixer, and mixing it for a few minutes – shreds it perfectly every time!) Return shredded chicken to the crockpot and cook for another hour.
  7. Remove the bay leaves and then enjoy the soup topped with optional toppings such as fresh cilantro or parsley, fresh lime, sour cream, and/or shredded cheddar cheese.

NOTE: For a “brothier” soup just add a few extra cups of chicken broth.

Also, I’m a big fan of throwing all of the ingredients for a crockpot meal – veggies, raw chicken, everything but the broth – into a gallon ziploc bag until we’re ready to cook it. I’ll write in permanent market on the bag how long it needs to cook in the crockpot and how much broth to add, store it in the freezer; then when we’re ready to make it, just take it out, let it thaw, throw the contents in the crockpot, and BAM – a few hours later we have dinner!

Recipe adapted via Chelsea’s Messy Apron

This amazing slow cooker (crockpot or instant pot) chicken vegetable and quinoa soup is healthy and hearty and requires so little work it's kind of embarrassing. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

You can keep this soup healthy by eating it just the way it is or topping it with a bit of fresh parsley or cilantro or a squeeze of lime, but it also tastes great topped with shredded cheddar cheese or a dollop of sour cream.

This amazing slow cooker (crockpot or instant pot) chicken vegetable and quinoa soup is healthy and hearty and requires so little work it's kind of embarrassing. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Our toddler absolutely LOVES this crockpot chicken vegetable and quinoa soup. It’s super flavorful, is packed with healthy ingredients, and everything cooks down really soft with a hint of sweetness (thanks to the carrots and corn.) Both hubby and Scarlett always ask for seconds of this soup and considering how little effort the entire meal took, I call that a serious MOM WIN.

This amazing slow cooker (crockpot or instant pot) chicken vegetable and quinoa soup is healthy and hearty and requires so little work it's kind of embarrassing. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

How about you? Have you hopped on the Instant Pot bandwagon yet? What other crockpot meals do you love? Send me your suggestions!

And if you love this post, check out all of our great recipes here. Especially our 3-Ingredient Trader Joe’s Thai Coconut Curry Chicken and No-Fuss Apple Crisp – both made in a slow cooker!

You can find our favorite slow cooker here.

Photography by Coffee Beans & Bobby Pins


Lexi

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!

Spring Must-Have: 12 Mini Bags in Every Price Range. Click through for the details. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

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