Glitter & Pearls

Win Friends and Influence People Cookies
April 11, 2011, 10:52 pm
Filed under: GLAMOUR, in the KItchen

I recently got my very own copy of Glamour Magazine’s 100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know:  Engagement Chicken and 99 Other Fabulous Dishes to Get You Everything You Want in Life.  Written by Cindi Leive, the editor-in-chief of Glamour, this cookbook is chock full of Glamour‘s most-loved, best-reviewed dishes, all designed to get you exactly what you want in life, exactly when you want it. And the best part:  all of the recipes are written with your real life and real needs in mind, a.k.a., not too tricky.

My first target:  “Win Friends and Influence People Cookies.”  The title won me over.  The cookies won everyone else over.

My attempt in pictures …

And the end result – ooey gooey perfection.  Although, the batter was so incredible I was hardly inclined to bake these.  But upon baking (and much to my hubby’s dismay – who 5 minutes into the process had chocolate batter all over his hands and face … he’s 28), the final product was perfection.  Seriously, these cookies could win over the wicked witch of the west.

Win Friends and Influence People Cookies, the Recipe:

Makes about 48 cookies

1 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 & 1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter (1 cup), softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 & 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
One 12-ounce package semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips (2 cups)
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 375.  Position the racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, with a mixer on high speed, beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.
  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.  Mix in the vanilla until combined.  Add the flour mixture and combine thoroughly.  Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts.
  5. Drop rounded tablespoons of the mixture onto un-greased baking sheets about 2 inches apart.  Bake for about 8 minutes, until puffy and the bottoms are golden brown.  Let cool on baking sheets about 2 minutes, then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely.

Simon G. Challenge
April 7, 2011, 6:21 pm
Filed under: GLAMOUR

Glamour asked the Glambassadors to design a look around these gorgeous Simon G. rose gold earrings, and here’s what I dreamed up …

In no particular order – my outfit inspirations:  I won’t walk out of the house without a piece of Juicy Couture (they had me a decade ago at velour tracksuits – it’s the 80-year-old Jewish Bubba in me), I die for a Hermes scarf,  a girl should always wear a bit of lace (and who doesn’t swoon for Free People?), loving all of Melinda Maria’s rings right now, and there is nothing in the AllSaints store that I wouldn’t buy (given a twist of good fate and a winning lottery ticket).

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer
March 2, 2011, 6:14 pm
Filed under: Beauty, GLAMOUR, Good Face

{image a la}

My favorite Magazine, Glamour, sent over a full-sized bottle of Dior Addict Lip Maximizer.  Yay!

From GLAMOUR + Dior:  This revolutionary product boosts volume instantly thanks to a unique blend of fillers that smooth and moisturize leaving lips irresistably plump.  Apply over lipstick or under gloss for volume and shine.

Let me preface this guinea pig attempt by saying, I am totally wary of lip plumping anything.  For starters, the word “filler” scares me.  And lip plumpers make your lips tingle.   I’m fairly certain your lips weren’t meant to tingle, set to cell phone vibrate.  But I go for it.

The bottle is gorgeous.  I am so taken with the pretty packaging I am tempted to rate this product with five stars and call it a day.

The first thing I notice is the minty taste/smell of the gloss – yum.  The consistency is perfect – thick but in a good way and glossy enough to not need anything over it.  The color is a creamy clear whitish-pink – easy “A” in my book.  My lips are tingling and it’s freaking me out a little.  Then again, if they didn’t tingle, would I think it’s working?  Probably not.  (The tingling eventually subsides and your lips wind up feeling cold – which I actually like.)

BONUS:  Use the code (GLAM1) for free shipping at!

ModSquad Street Team
March 1, 2011, 7:01 pm

The nerd in me is jumping for joy.  I was chosen for the 2011 ModSquad Street Team!  (Check out ModCloth’s Blog for more info.)  I’m fairly certain that between this and my stint as a Glamour Glambassador, I’m awesome (or I can convince people that I am … on the internet … sort of.)

Messy Bun How-To
February 23, 2011, 9:34 am
Filed under: DIY, GLAMOUR, Hair

I Love Paris.  I therefore love Laduree macarons, all things Louis Vuitton, toy dogs, and chic messy buns.  As far as the Parisian bun goes, I am also ever the fan of dirty hair how-tos.  Yes, I’m that lazy (and Parisienne, of course).

The details:

Step #1: Make your hair dirty. “I wash my hair only once a week,” admits C (hair stylist extraordinaire). “When your hair is too clean, it won’t stay put.” After showering, she massages in either Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion or a homemade spray, made with one part sea salt, three parts water and a few spritzes of leave-in conditioner. “It makes my hair piece-y enough to work with,” she says.

(During the week, C. uses dry shampoo to keep her hair from getting greasy. Rene Furterer Naturia is her favorite. “And it smells like roses!” she says.)

Step #2: Next, pull together your hair and hold it straight up (“like Lucky Troll Doll,” she laughs).

Step #3: Then twist your hair down to a few inches above the crown.

Step #4: Wrap your hair around itself until it forms a loose bun, right on top of your head.

Step #5: Pin the bun in place with bobby pins. “Anywhere from four to eight, depending on how thick your hair is,” C. says. “You want it loose but secure.”

Step #6: Finally, pull loose strands of hair from the nape of your neck and around your face to make it look like you’ve worn the bun all day (or even slept in it!) And there you have it: That certain je ne sais quoi.

{Photos & Instructions a la Experience Parisienne by Anna Wolf, discovered via Dress Design Decor}

Little Touches of Glamour
February 21, 2011, 12:21 am
Filed under: GLAMOUR, Inspiration

I’m always amazed how the smallest touches add to any picture, event, and so on.  It’s those little things that bring the whole scene to life.  Even on my worst hair/skin/everything day, I remind myself to wear a rhinestone bracelet or my highest heels, and it helps.

{images a la pop culture afternoon}

I Love Glamour + DIOR!
January 28, 2011, 1:23 pm
Filed under: Deals, GLAMOUR, Good Face

Head over to & use code GLAM1 to receive complimentary shipping on all your beauty must haves. Dior’s award-winning Diorshow Mascara is hands-down my favorite mascara!