My Best Tips and Tricks to Help You Get Glam on a Budget

My Best Tips and Tricks to Help You Get Glam on a Budget

I hope y’all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. I celebrated the holiday with one of my best friends. And our holiday went from not-so-glam to super glam. We had take-out Crisp salads for dinner and then we went to Dallas Opera’s The Ring of Polykrates + Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D major. It was the perfect production for Valentine’s Day. I had never heard of this opera before, but it was absolutely delightful. And adorable.

As we were getting ready for the opera and getting the lettuce out of our teeth (glamorous, I know), I started thinking about what I would post today. And then I took a look at my counter and realized I use the same products every time I need to get glam. It’s seriously almost mechanical. I go to so many events that it now takes me less than 20 minutes to go from fresh-faced to fancy AF.

So, I thought it about time I share all of the products in that routine with y’all… as well as the best dupes to help you get glam on a budget. All of my budget-friendly picks are under $15 and almost all of my non-budget-friendly picks are still under $50.

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Perfect Sparkly Sequin Dresses for NYE + a Giveaway!

Perfect Sparkly Sequin Dresses for NYE

First I got sick with a killer cold. Then I had two ten-page papers due over the weekend. Which somehow made me even more sick. But now I’m back and sooooo ready to talk sparkles.

In particular, sparkly sequin dresses for NYE. Best part? There’s a giveaway at the very bottom of this post… for $1000 for you to spend as you wish this holiday season! Need more presents? You’re set. Need your very own sparkly dresses for NYE? You can buy my whole look from today and still have money left over!

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The Best Places in Dallas to Help You Get in the Holiday Spirit

The Best Places in Dallas to See Holiday Lights, Places in Dallas to Help You Get in the Holiday Spirit

If you’re anything like me, Christmastime is your favorite time of the year. I love driving around Highland Park at night, looking at all of the pretty lights, jamming out to all of the Christmas carols. In my jammies. With a steaming cup of hot chocolate. This has become my nightly ritual ever since I got back from celebrating Thanksgiving in Austin.

While Highland Park is definitely my most-frequented spot, there are plenty of places in Dallas to help you get in the holiday spirit to help you get in the holiday spirit. Because there are 0 Scrooges allowed here, folks.

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What to Wear to Your First Opera!

How to Dress for an Opera Premiere

This post was supposed to go up yesterday… but in between group project meetings, my mom coming to town, and my event with MiniLuxe last night, the day got away from me.

So lucky y’all: you get two posts today instead of one!

If you’ve been following for a while (or have checked out my 30 Before 30 list), you know that I attend a lot of operas. I try to see at least six operas per year. And – quite honestly – few things give me as much joy as a fancy night out, all dolled up, to go see an opera.

Years ago, when I was first starting Glitter & Spice, I wrote a post about what to wear to your first opera. Since then, that post has gotten hundreds of clicks (and I’ve received almost as many emails!). So I thought it about time I do a follow-up post with real examples for y’all to shop!

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How to Maintain a Long-Distance Friendship

J.O.A. Ribbon Tie Flare Dress in Nude, How to Maintain a Long-Distance Friendship

I’ve gotten a lot of requests for this post over the years. Most of y’all know that I went to undergrad in Upstate New York. As a result of my days as a big red bear, the majority of my friends from undergrad are far, far away.

But how do I keep those friendships strong from afar? At most, we see each other 2-3 times a year. So, over the past 6 years, I’ve figured out how to maintain a long-distance friendship – a few tips and tricks to ensure that my friendships stay strong no matter what.

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