Glitter & Pearls

Pretty in PINK + The Cork Debate

A few years back, MAV (Maria Alexandra Vettese) created a now very well-known and well-styled campaign for Victoria’s Secret PINK, and that campaign and brand re-haul stuck.  MAV now keeps these stunning little vignettes and inspiration boards neatly photographed on her site, so that we all may swoon just a little bit.

In addition to being a magpie to all things pink, I’m in love with the “old-fashioned” inspiration board.  I’m sort of torn about internet inspiration – the internet has sort of swallowed our inspiration up whole and also helped to foster it in a big way.  Though many of us have become Pinterest addicts, there’s something genuine and ever-inspiring about a back-to-basics cork board.

Inquiring minds want to know (me, me, me), are you a child of the future – i.e., online pin boards are your calling, or is the cork and push-pin more your style?

Images via Maria Alexandra Vettese


Weekend Plans

My weekend lies somewhere between this + this …

i.e., working/writing + drinking (cheers to green beer day!)

Happy Saint Patty’s Weekend!

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Guest Posting on A Newfound Treasure

Happy Wednesday, all!  Today I’m guest posting over on A Newfound Treasure.

A peak at what I’m lusting after …

I’ve always been a lover of gold.  A few years back when shopping engagement ring styles (he knows better than to surprise me … too much), I only wanted a yellow gold ring.  The jewelers all frowned and gave me a list of reasons why platinum was classic and I’d tire of yellow gold.  I never have, and I never will — I love, love, love my yellow gold setting, thank you very much.

It’s no surprise really that I swoon over yellow gold home accents as well.  There’s something so elegant about a heavy piece of gold armor on a tabletop or a surprising gold and cream chevron print on the wall.  But what I really love about gold home accents, is that because of their already formal “feel”, the mediums have a whole lot more legroom to get funky.  Take the AREAWARE gold piggy bank – it’s a pig, used in every trendy designer, fashion blogger, and magazine editor’s home design – but it’s a pig, people!  What makes this little piggy so special? That perfect gold metallic sheen …

Design Images: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7  // 8

Visit A Newfound Treasure for the full post!

Interview With The Satirical Stylist
January 25, 2012, 5:16 pm
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I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Anne of The Satirical Stylist in the way most blogger friendships are formed – via Twitter.  Anne is is tenacious and fashion forward and when I read her blog, I feel like I’m having a conversation with her (which I absolutely love!)  She also liberally speaks in French soundbites and wears leopard print like a rockstar.  Is it any wonder I adore her?

We did a bit of a guest blog swap, so check out my interview here.

A bit about Anne

1.    How did you come up with the name of your blog?

It was actually my friend Holly who came up with it. I knew I wanted the word stylist but didn’t want to be mistaken for a serious platform only for those who stumble across to be disappointed, Holly came up with Satirical which felt perfect.

2.    How did you get started in blogging?  Is it blogging full-time or part-time for you?

I started my first blog in 2009. I was learning to cope with the NY dating scene and my writing reflected this; it was quite scandalous. I began to feel guilty about my bitter/overly-open self and stopped typing. I missed blogging and began to write again March last year. Blogging is part time, I write every evening on average I would say I spend between 2 to 4 hours a day on my blog.

3.    I know you do a lot of freelance writing, for those of us trying to break into writing careers, how did you get started?  How is it working out?

I got into this through my old roommate in NY, he had suggested I do some work for him at the time but I already had enough on. When I got back to the UK I was looking for work and asked if his offer still stood, which it did. My freelance lifestyle is perfect for the minute. I am trying to move out of my current city and am looking for an office based situation, being freelance ensures that I don’t end up getting tied to anything while I look. I also enjoy the freedom, I can travel around and take my laptop too.

However, I am always broke and find the self-motivation part really tricky. I am defs ready for some structure!

4.    What’s your favorite trend this season?  What’s your least favorite trend?

I am enjoying patterned jeans and am not into maxi dresses or skirts.

5.    How long does it take you to get a ready for a date?  (I take hours!)

Hmmm I will have to have a think about this… I don’t think it takes me much longer than my usual getting ready, although this would depend if I’m washing my hair and if the weather is messing with what I want to wear. My makeup regime is so dull, I wear the same thing for day, dates or nights out… Except for less blotted out red lippy and more eyeliner (I want to change this.) I would say 30/40 mins if I concentrate and don’t get sidetracked.

6.    What’s the last book you read?

I just finished The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I liked it, I think. It was all a bit odd, I couldn’t tell if i was being swept away or standing at the sidelines.

7.    What is your favorite retail shop (online or in store)?

I suppose Topshop, it’s affordable and always a good fit.

8.    Heels or Flats?

Flats, I love boots. Especially ankle boots, I think heels and wedges look fab but I like to feel steady when I walk and in heels I don’t.

9.    What is your favorite Disney movie? (I swear you can tell a lot about a person based on which Disney Princess they grew up adoring!)

Dumbo was my fave, although I’m not sure what a male elephant says about me… As i got older Aerial and Jasmine were my fave princesses.

10.    If you could steal any Celebrity’s wardrobe, who’s would it be and why?

Automatically Kate Moss springs to mind. I have long admired Kate’s style I love her anti-trend looks, she wears what she wants and her clothes are almost always spot on.

11.    What is your dream couture item?

A vintage chanel jacket would do nicely.

12.       And if you could only wear one designer for the rest of your life (and money was no object, haha), what designer would you live in?

At the minute I am obsessed with Swedish label Acne, I want just about everything. However I think Chanel would be better for the long-haul. I like the idea of being a glam granny (or great aunt).

January 18, 2012, 6:51 pm
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PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

As a small blog owner, a defender of the laws (sounds way cooler than “lawyer”), and an all-around big fan of the internet and free expression, in protest again SOPA and PIPA, and instead of blacking out my blog for the day, I’m posting this video and providing links to learn more about SOPA/PIPA.  Today, major sites like Wikipedia, Google, Reddit, Mozilla, WordPress, I Can Has Cheeseburger, Twitpic, Wired, Greenpeace, Vimeo, and many more have shut down in protest against SOPA.  Read up, learn more, and get involved.

Also, here is a letter from several musicians, artists, and creators you may know, who are standing against PIPA and SOPA.  “We, the undersigned, are musicians, actors, directors, authors, and producers. We make our livelihoods with the artistic works we create. We are also Internet users.  We are writing to express our serious concerns regarding the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) …

Even Google has blacked out its logo.

Read up on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) on Wikipedia.

Happy New Year!
December 31, 2011, 1:00 pm
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I just wanted to send a quick thank you for all of the love and support! Never in a million years could I have imagined a life, a passion, and a potential career on it’s heels from the world of blogging – but I’ve found all of that and more, plus a lot of inspiring friends!  Thank you for loving and laughing along with me over at Glitter & Pearls, and thank you for helping to make Glitter Weddings a reality.  Both, still babies, I’m hoping for much bigger and better in 2012 {with glitter on top!}

Cheers to a lovely New Year’s Eve, and a wonderful New Year!

Via // // Confetti System // // // // Ginny Branch // // //


A Very Happy Thanksgiving
November 24, 2011, 9:34 am
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Wishing you and your families a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!

I’m thankful for the friends and family who are always there, always supportive, always wildly funny and inappropriate and perfect; a wonderful new hubby who I fall in love with just a little more each day; the best puppies ever; a diverse career that has me running in twelve different directions at all times (and I love it); my health; and all of my fabulous blog readers who keep Glitter & Pearls running and kept me motivated to unleash my wedding babble with Glitter Weddings.  Thank you, dear readers, for your continued comments, laughter at my inane jokes, and all around camaraderie.  Love you all!

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