Does anyone else’s book selection vary based on Season? In Summer I like a light, fun read and in the Fall/Winter I tend to go a little heavier. I love to curl up under a blanket with a good murder mystery or maybe even something sad. It may be Halloween’s influence but right now I am craving something dark. Tana French’s new book has been in my cart for months. I am so glad it finally comes out today because her books are perfect for when I am looking for something intense and a little scary. (Same definitely goes for Sophie Hannah!) Continue reading
(Obligatory cab selfie!)
The space was absolutely beautiful and everything from the lighting the to music played by DJ Olivia Dope made for a really fun and beautiful evening.
Immediately upon entering the space I came across the booth for Peony (which was pretty exciting for me since I have been stalking them on social media and couldn’t wait to check out the collection in person). How fabulous are their leggings? I also got to meet their Creative Director, Stephanie Feldenkreis, who was a total sweetheart.
Next up, I had the opportunity to speak with a rep from Thierry Mugler to learn more about their fragrances, Angel and Alien. While I was familiar with these products before the event I had not smelled them and I had no idea the amount of time and effort that went into their gorgeous reusable and eco-friendly packaging. Each bottle is a one off and it is “yours”. When you run out of fragrance you simply take your unique bottle and have it refilled (instead of going out and wasting money on a new bottle). I though that was really cool.
Ode à la ROSE was on hand to show their GORGEOUS flowers and run a fun contest where you can guess how many roses made up a giant bouquet. (I didn’t even come close to guessing the right amount.) This Company does something that I wish all of them did, they send you a picture of the bouquet you are sending. This way you can tell it is perfect! I love that!
(Some of you may recognize that pretty lady in the middle! Hey B!)
I was ecstatic to see that Gardein was serving up their delicious fishless fish tacos. I first encountered this brand at InStyle’s Celebrate the Season event last year (you can read my recap here) and I have posted about them a few times since. They make plant-based products that you can use in recipes in place of meat and they taste amazing. I am a total Gardein groupie.
My fishless fish tacos paired extremely well with the delicious wine provided by Brancott Estate. I am not a huge drinker and I had TWO glasses of their Flight Song Sauvignon Blanc! (An added bonus is that it is 20 percent fewer calories than regular wine! Between that and the healthier options provided by Gardein I had a very successful evening dietetically.)
After making sure I was thoroughly nourished I headed over to be pampered. InStyle and Single Edition Media really took care of business in the grooming department. On hand were nail technicians giving out manicures using Essie products, stylists from the Jose Eber Salon doing blow-outs, the team from Sarah Potempa was curling hair with the help of their awesome Beachwaver, Sally Hansen was demonstrating how to use their Airbrush Legs spray to get a flawless glow and Neutrogena was showcasing their Hydro Boost Moisturizer, which is a hybrid between a facial moisturizer and a cooling gel.
Neutrogena also brought in a fun photo booth, which I used after drinking those glasses of Flight Song to create these crazy gifs with Megan from Fashionista Momma and Stella from Fab Gab Blog. (You are welcome, internet.)
I had so much fun hanging with my blogger friends, mingling with PR reps, learning about products and brands and getting pampered.
I’d like to thank all the amazing sponsors of the evening:
- Brancott Estate
- Jose Eber
- Nicole Benisti
- Sally Hansen
- Sarah Potempa
- Sun Chips
- Thierry Mugler
- Think Thin
I cant wait to try out all the lovely things in my swag bag!
Today I am going to introduce you to a real crowd pleaser around these parts. Meatloaf! This recipe is not fancy, but I can prepare it in advance and when I tell my picky hubby and daughter we are having that for dinner they both respond with, “YUMMMMMM”. That is good enough for me. This can be modified to suit your needs. You can make it with turkey, add things, subtract things. Dont ever be afraid to experiment.
Basically, I start off with a mix of meat that I picked up at the supermarket. It is about 2.5 pounds of beef, pork and veal. I toss that into a big bowl.
Then, I crack two eggs into it. I add an envelope of onion soup mix, bread crumbs, ketchup, worcestershire sauce, a bit of cumin and cubes of mozzarella cheese. (I know that I can buy shredded cheese or even shred my own but I like the cubes. They form little pockets of cheese within the meatloaf and the ones on the bottom of the pan crisp up in the oven. I prefer the cubes for that reason but feel free to substitute in shredded cheese if it tickles your fancy.)
Next, you mush the ingredients together. The best tool for this job (unfortunately) is your hands. I think it is gross but I take one for the team. If you have a child that loves messiness, this would be a great way to involve them. My little princess would never deign to squish uncooked meat though, so I am on my own.
After everything is totally incorporated, transfer it to a baking dish. (I use a rectangular Pyrex one.) Mold it into a nice little loaf shape.
Then, I cover the whole thing with a layer of ketchup and smooth it out with a butter knife like I am icing a cake.
Cover the dish loosely (be careful not to let it stick to the ketchup) and put it in the oven. I bake it at 350 degrees for one hour covered and then remove the foil and cook for another 20 minutes uncovered.
The beautiful thing about this recipe for me is that it can be made in advance. (My husband actually prefers me to make it the night before. He thinks it tastes better.) I cooked this last night and then put it in the fridge. Today we have a particularly busy day with work, school, religion for Taylor and then an orthodontist appointment for Taylor. Now, when my hubby gets home he just has to reheat the meatloaf in the oven for about twenty minutes and make some sides and we are all set to have a nice meal.
I hope you try this one – it is delicious!
- 2.5 Pounds of Meatloaf Mix (or 1.5 Pounds of Ground Beef, .5 Pounds of Ground Veal, .5 Pounds of Ground Pork)
- 1 Envelope of Onion Soup Mix
- 2 Eggs
- 2 Cups of Bread Crumbs
- .5 Cups of Ketchup
- 4 Oz. of Cubed Mozzarella Cheese
- 2 Tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon of Cumin
- 2 Cups of Ketchup (For Topping)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine meat mixture, eggs, onion soup mix, bread crumbs, mozzarella, cumin, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce.
- Transfer to baking dish and mold into loaf shape. Top with ketchup. Smooth the ketchup using a butter knife.
- Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Remove foil and cook for an additional 20 minutes.
Alright my darlings, we are about to get nerdy up in here! It is time we embark on our first lesson in blog design. I just finished creating custom social media icons for my WordPress blog so I think that is a good place to start!
As I may have mentioned in the past, I decided to start this website with no formal education in web design. I have been able to glean all the information I need to make A Little Glitter look the way I want from the internet. Sometimes, I have to learn through trial and error and Google along the way. (Such was the case with my social media buttons.) I knew what I wanted them to look like but I had a very difficult time figuring out how to make that happen.
I tried to look for WordPress plug-ins but I could not find anything that had a Bloglovin’ button I liked. Eventually, through internet tutorials I was able to figure it out and bypass the plug-ins altogether. Once you know what you are doing it is actually a very simple process.
To begin, you should figure out what you want your buttons to look like. There are tons of free buttons online. Here, here and here are some options. If you dont like anything on those sites you can Google whatever you are looking for and find more. Still not loving anything? You are very picky! (It’s okay. I am, too.) Your other options are to purchase custom icons on Etsy for a few dollars or to design your own. Something Swanky has a great tutorial on how to create your own icons here.
I chose some plain black ones because I knew that I was going to bedazzle them. I am about to share a great tip here. Consider it a Christmas present. I use this site to add sparkle to things on A Little Glitter. It was $8.99 a year (so worth it) and very user friendly. I did not want the icons to be too crazy so I only bedazzled the Bloglovin’ one. Once I was finished I created a new folder on my computer’s desktop and saved the image files for all the icons in there (including the bedazzled Bloglovin’ one).
Then I logged into my WordPress account and created a new post. Do this as if you are going to create another blog post.
When the window opens click on the tab to add media.
Now click on the tab that says, “upload files”. Then select one of the social media icons you saved earlier. I chose to do my email icon first. In the attachment details to the right of the page scroll down to the box that says, “Link To” and select “Custom URL” from the drop down menu. Now in the box below that insert mailto:youremailaddress. My email address is email@example.com so I pasted mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org in the box. Then click the blue “Insert Into Post” button at the bottom.
You should now see your icon. Click next to it and repeat the process with your next social media icon. Except in the box below “Custom URL” you want to insert the URL of your account. For example, I want to do my Bloglovin’ icon next so I would upload that file and then paste http://www.bloglovin.com/pamelaglitter in the box for the custom URL.
Once you have the row of icons uploaded in your post you can center them. Also, if you hover over an image and click on the box that appears you can use the slider to change the size. When you are happy with it’s appearance, click on the text tab and copy the html code that comes up.
Save the post to a draft. Now open up the widget menu.
Click on a new text widget and drag it up to where you want your social media icons to go. I wanted mine on the right sidebar at the top so I dragged the text box there.
Then paste in your html code and click save. Take a look at your website and see if you like it. If not go back into the draft post and fiddle with the size and layout of your icons and then copy and paste the new html code in the text box widget.
Hopefully this was able to help you! Enjoy your new social media buttons! If you have any questions or need help please send me an email. Thanks for reading A Little Glitter!