COTE DE TEXAS: A MOTHER’S DAY GLAM GIRL

A MOTHER’S DAY GLAM GIRL

Recently - while researching the story “The Prettiest House Ever?”….

I discovered a blog I had never heard of before - probably making me the last person on earth to not have known about “Gal Meets Glam.”  The Gal behind the Glam, Julia Engel, was the first to photograph the beautiful manse, Le Mas des Poiriers, in Provence when she visited it last summer and thanks to her glorious photos, everyone is still talking about “The Prettiest House Ever.”

Le Mas des Poiriers’ dining room by Gal Meets Glam

All the Gal Meets Glam photographs from that Provencal trip were so beautiful - full of softly colored flowers and lush landscapes and always the perfectly coifed and dressed Julia – I became instantly hooked on the blog.

Photos on Julia’s blog are by Thomas Engel, partner in Gal Meets Glam and the husband!

The blog focuses on the Engels’ life, their home, Julia’s clothes, their travels, Charleston - and all are seen through a lens that captures the world at its prettiest.

The Gal, Julia Engel and her husband Thomas, have turned their lifestyle blog into a juggernaut.  She started it in college and 7 years later, Gal Meets Glam is exploding and Julia & Thomas are jumping off the precipice now.  Think: a young Rachel Ashwell who, instead of slipcovers, deals in cute dresses.  Even their palette is the same – pastel blue and pink.


After a visit to Charleston, the couple moved from San Francisco and started over,  buying a darling pink house they recently renovated.  No doubt their photos are a stage from which to sell merchandise, but the presentation is so beautiful you forget that. 

The couple use their global travels to showcase her aesthetic and their love of food and design and clothes, always clothes.  It’s all just so PRETTY!

Julia is the perfect model with a flawless face and cute figure - she looks beautiful in anything she puts on.   There is a very wholesome quality about it all.   There are no tattoos, no décolletage and certainly no nudity.  In the age of social media driven by the lusty Kardashians, this is nice haven to escape to.  She and Thomas make a darling couple and it’s obvious they are madly in love.    They are equal partners, though her aesthetic drives the visuals, no doubt. 

Thomas is a self taught photographer whose skills have grown with the blog.  He is there to capture Julia and her best angles, though I’ve yet to see a single flaw.

Their move to Charleston was genius.  The pink and blue buildings are the perfect backdrop for Julia.  It’s as if the city was designed with Gal Meets Glam in mind.

With all their success at such a young age, their future is limitless.

When they moved to Charleston, the couple bought this darling (of course!) pink (of course!) house, but they promptly moved out while a complete renovation took place. 

The front porch was the selling point.  Warm sea breezes were a welcoming factor after cold and rainy San Francisco.

Today their house is freshly painted bright white with soft blue shutters.   The couple have moved back into their house, but haven’t shown the newly renovated interiors yet – except in a few photos and on Instagram.

How pretty is this?  I thought the pink was cute, but the white house with blue accents is perfection!

Julia wrote that the windows were replaced.  You can see there is a pink lantern hanging and it looks like there are white floors here in the foyer.  The walls are all shiplap.  It looks beyond adorable!

A glimpse of the family room shows blues with custom cut seagrass and dark wood floors with a striped khaki and pink curtain fabric.  It looks like there is a screened porch out back along blue and white furniture.

The breakfast room has a banquette with more blue and white stripes and more shiplap. 

Thomas is the cook of the family.  The kitchen cabinets are beautiful, a light blue with white marble counters.  Notice the refrigerator behind square cut cabinetry.  Above the stove are blue and white tiles.

Along the kitchen is a row of three windows and a farm sink.

The master bath is gorgeous!   The same cabinetry with gold hardware and light pink paint.  A door leads to an outdoor balcony.

And from Instagram stories, the bathtub and the pink and white tiled floor.

I can not wait until they show more of the house!

Last year, Julia announced a collaboration between Lulu & Georgia – with this darling rug!   I fell in love with it!!! 

Since their house was being remodeled, she showcased it here, in her beautiful office:

The “Garden Party Rug” by Gal Meets Glam.  HERE

See more of the sofa HERE

The jute coffee table is on backorder HERE

The blue chairs come in different colors HERE

Who wouldn’t want to get up and go to work at this office?!?!

The rug was quite an accomplishment for the 20-something girl, but the best of the best was still to come:

  Recently Julia revealed that she had developed a dress line that she will sell through Gal Meets Glam, but the major push is with Nordstrom’s!!  Further, the line will completely change every month!  The dresses are Julia feminine with cute bows and pastel colors, but there are also black and white fabrics too.

Needless to say the clothes have flown off the shelves.  Flown off – as if they were free.  Extra merchandise had to be quickly manufactured to meet the demand.  And this is just May.  There will be another monthly collection in just a few weeks.

I picked out some of my favorites of the line.  You can click on the word “Here” to see more or to order.

Also if Nordstrom’s is out of your size or to see more of the line, go to the Gal Meets Glam Collection web site HERE.

This is the perfect white dress, below the knee. There is a tone on tone floral pattern and a low back. 

HERE

Be sure to follow the links to see all the details.

One for the young or older, thin or above average, loose lines and a “Julia” bow.  HERE

This has a pretty pattern with a hint of the 40s.  HERE

Tiny buttons and a dotted pattern.  HERE

Blue and white stripes with fitted bodice. HERE

Blue & white checked with cute ruffled sleeves. HERE

  Oversized bow dresses this up.  Comes in back too.  HERE

Tailored with tiny pearls at the neck and sleeves which make it dressier.  Comes in black too.   HERE

On Gal Meets Glam web site only: HERE

This model shows it in full-figure size.  She looks so good! GAL MEETS GLAM WEB SITE: HERE

Most of the dresses go up to bigger sizes for us full-figured ladies.  Be sure to look around the Nordstrom site to see all the dresses and new ones that are added daily, as the original monthly collection sells out.  The prices are low, it’s very cost-friendly.  If you don’t see your size on Nordstrom, check out the web site HERE.

One last one, a dressy blush or navy lacy dress.  HERE

On Instagram, when girls buy their Gal Meets Glam dresses, they are posting their photos under the hashtag #galmeetsglam !!

Here are two everyday models:

She looks great even though the photo is blurry.  Sold out on Nordstrom’s but available at Gal Meets Glam HERE.

This is the one shouldered bow dress in navy. HERE

Now, if you buy one of her dresses – you have to show us!!!  Promise!!!

For more Mother’s Day Gift Ideas and Spring Ideas just for you, here are some of the things that have caught my eye.

LONG, CUTE BLUE & WHITE:  HERE

BLACK & WHITE WITH A POP OF PINK: HERE

ANTHROPOLOGIE, LOVING FULL PANTS: HERE

J CREW JACKET, LINEN HERE

BEACH COVER UP OR SHIRT, LINEN JCREW, HERE

NET A PORTER, DRESSY WHITE SHIRT: HERE

SAME LOOK BUT LESS EXPENSIVE AT TUCKERNUCK: HERE

TUCKERNUCK PURSE!  SO CUTE!  HERE

ANOTHER ONE AT TUCKERNUCK:  HERE

OK, ONE MORE!  TUCKERNUCK PURSE: HERE

SOFT SURROUNDINGS CAFTAN: HERE

SOFT SURROUNDINGS LINEN, ALL COLORS: HERE

SOFT SURROUNDINGS, LINEN, PULL OVER, IN ALL COLORS: HERE

SOFT SURROUNDINGS, STRUCTURED LINEN, ALL COLORS: HERE

EILEEN FISHER LINEN BLAZER: HERE

EILEEN FISHER BEAUTIFUL LINEN SHIRT HERE

EILEEN FISHER BEAUTIFUL TUNIC: HERE

NET A PORTER – LOVE THIS PURSE!! HERE

NET A PORTER, LARGER IN WHITE

OTHER SIZES AND COLORS: HERE

LOVING THESE NATURAL LOOK PURSES: HERE

Slide View: 1: Marcia Woven Crossbody Bag

ANTHOPOLOGIE, HOTTEST BAG THIS YEAR:   HERE

NET A PORTER – THIS PURSE WAS SO POPULAR, THEY HAD TO REORDER IT.  DARLING!! HERE

HERE’S A CHEAPER VERSION FROM TAR-JAY’ HERE

THIS STYLISH NECKLACE IS SO MUCH CHEAPER THAN STORES WITH THE SAME EXACT ONE – ELISABETH ORDERED THIS AND IT’S BEAUTIFUL. REAL DIAMONDS, REAL GOLD.  HERE

ANOTHER ETSY, PRICED SO WELL!  HERE

ETSY, STACK THESE!  DARLING!  HERE

ETSY.  ANOTHER OF THE POPULAR TINY DIAMONDS TO STACK:  HERE

HERE ARE SOME IDEAS FOR THE HOUSE THAT MAKE GREAT MOM’S GIFT TO YOURSELF!!

OK, THIS IS FOR ME.  I WANT THIS SET.  TARGET,  ALL WEATHER, SO CHEAP $261 HERE

FOR THE SOFA OR THE BED OR A PICNIC. LOVE!  HERE

WORLD MARKET, THESE ARE GREAT.  HERE

Amber Tortoise Double Old Fashioned Glasses Set of 4

FABULOUS!!  HERE

TARGET, SO CUTE – WOULD LOOK SO GOOD WITH A WHITE SAARENIN TABLE! HERE

ANIMAL LOVERS WHO LIKE THE SHAPE – FAUX COWHIDE: HERE

GREAT PRICE AT HOME DEPOT – THIS IS STILL MY FAVORITE CHAIR:  HERE

A NEWER SHAPE, SO CHEAP TOO: HERE

AERIN BLUE SCALLOPED PLATES, COMES IN GREEN TOO: HERE

BLUE LINENS, MIX & MATCH, COST PLUS!  HERE

The Pioneer Woman Paige Crackle Glaze 4-Pack Dinner Plates

WHITE SCALLOPED PLATES – FOR A SONG, FROM WALMART!  HERE

The Pioneer Woman Farmhouse Lace Dinner Plate Set, 4-Pack

FAUX JALISKA LACE: HERE

Decmode Set of Three - 14 X 5 Inch Farmhouse Ceramic Bud Vases, White

CUTE FOR KITCHEN SHELVES: HERE

SCALLOPED BEDDING MIX AND MATCH: HERE

MIX & MATCH AERIN BEDDING: HERE

BEAUTIFUL MONOGRAMS: HERE

BLUE & WHITE DHURRI: HERE

LETTREFINA – DESIGN YOUR OWN MONOGRAM, BEAUTIFUL  HOUSTON SHOP, NOW ON ETSY: HERE

CUTEST CHECKED BLINDS, FROM PENNEYS!!!  SHOCKER!   LAYER WITH WHITE LINEN PANELS.  HERE

Safavieh Sandra Upholstered Slipcover Chair

SLIPCOVERED DINING ROOM OR FAMILY ROOM CHAIR – FROM WALMART!  HERE

Buffalo Check Premium Cotton Blend Lounge Bolster Bed

CHECKED DOG BED IN MANY COLORS:  HERE.

BLUSH PLATES, BEAUTIFUL!  FROM WORLD MARKET: HERE

FROM TARGET.  USE ON THE TABLE, COUCH, OR BED: HERE

FROM WALMART?!? SERIOUSLY?  YEP.   HERE

PINK DHURRI:  HERE

BLUSH VELVET CHAIR, TWO WOULD BE SO CUTE ON THE PINK DHURRI: HERE

BLUSH PURSE:  HERE

TORY BURCH, NICE SIZE – NOT TOO SMALL HERE