The Lineup // 12.2.16

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Happy December, guys! How are we in the home stretch of 2016? WHERE did the year go?! I know it’s so cliché to say that, but seriously!! This could be the fastest year I can remember in a LOOOONG time. I’m trying to savor these last few weeks of the year and really be in the moment. As I’ve said before, this time of year is my favorite. I love how happy everyone is and how cheerful and joyful everything seems. And, rumor has it, temperatures are dropping this weekend here in Houston, and I CANNOT WAIT to cozy up on the couch. Best ever. This week was my first one back in town after 3 weeks away, and it was good to get settled back into my ‘normal’ routine. I have a weekend full of dinners (and drinks), catching up with friends and family, and working out, and I’m pretty excited about it. Have the best weekend whatever you’re up, and enjoy some great finds and reads from around the web this past week! P.S. Did you see I launched my 2016 gift guides? So far, I’ve done The Best Gifts Under $100 and The Best Beauty Gifts. And lots more coming your way!

The Lineup // 12.2.16

A trick to get more done in less time

Life principles to live a greater life. 

TED Talks you must listen to. 

Pretty little notecards

Give me all the cheese! The makings of a great cheese platter. 

Awesome Etsy finds inspired by iconic patterns. 

The ultimate facial guide

Have you ever seen a cuter, more fabulous clutch?

How Vogue editors are accessorizing for their holiday parties. 

Don’t be driven by your aversions

See previous lineups here

 

 

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Gift Guide: The Best Beauty Gifts

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Gift Guide: The Best Beauty Gifts 

Back with another gift guide! Today it’s all about beauty. I’m not just referring to lipstick, eyeshadow, and bronzer. From hand creams to shower caps to a DIY nail polish kit, face masks and more, there is sure to be a gift idea in here that the beauty lover in your life will swoon over. 

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Gift Guide: The Best Gifts Under $100

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Gift Guide: The Best Gifts Under $100

‘Tis the season! The season for gift guides galore! I, personally, love gift guides, and I hope you do, too, because I have 2 per week (among other fun content!) coming for you through the end of the year. When it comes to gift giving, it can be rather difficult to find those perfect gifts for the special people in your life (or maybe they’re not so special and you are just obligated to get them something…either way). Well, I’m here to hopefully make that a tad bit easier for you. In today’s guide you’ll find the very best gifts to get for under $100. Enjoy!  

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Cyber Monday Sales You Don’t Want to Miss

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Cyber Monday Sales You Don’t Want to Miss

Welcome back, guys! Did you have a good Thanksgiving? I’ve been out of town for a few weeks, and am finally back home, and I must say, it feels good to not be living out of a suitcase. Granted, I had hours of laundry to do Saturday when I got back, but it’s nice to get organized for this last stretch of the year. 

Now onto the fun stuff. In all honesty, I’m not the biggest Black Friday fan. Cyber Monday is more my jam because, well, I tend to get lazy, and it causes me anxiety even thinking about going to the stores the day after Thanksgiving. However, give me a good sale online and I’m a happy girl. Well, today is the day. Some of these sales have been going on all weekend, but if you haven’t gotten your shopping in yet, now is the time. Whether shopping for yourself or getting a head start on your holiday gifts, now.is.the.time. Below I’ve listed some of my favorite retailers’ sales going on, and a few of my favorite picks from each. Happy Shopping! 

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Colorful Doors to Love

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When painting the outside of your entire house is not an option, painting just the door is a great alternative. You might not want a purple or orange house, for example, but a purple or orange door? Yes, please! After all, your door sets the tone for your entire home if you think about it, and imagine your guests walking up your steps to be greeted by the most captivating front door. Pretty neat, if you ask me. I live in a loft building, so, sadly, painting our door is not really an option, but that doesn’t mean I can’t gush over other people’s. Keep on scrolling for some serious colorful door inspiration. It might just spark a weekend project for you. 

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The Lineup // 11.11.16

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Oh, what a week. I’m not about to go political on you (I think you’ve probably heard enough of that on your Facebook feeds), but I will say one thing. Try to love a little harder, smile a little more often, spread positivity wherever you go, be compassionate, and above all, be kind. In life, things don’t always go the way you want them to, but you have to deal with the hand you’ve been dealt. Fight harder. Stay strong. Never give up. Let’s spread love this weekend, shall we? I’m off to Boston for my friend’s wedding, and I can’t wait to simply celebrate love and happy things all weekend long. Whatever you’re up to this weekend, I hope you have a good one, and enjoy some great reads and finds from the week! xo Julie

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A Day in The Village

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Houston is a large city…very large (4th largest I believe?!), and there are TONS of places you can go within the city. The restaurant options are endless and the shopping destinations are pretty vast.

A part of Houston that I have always loved and tend to frequent quite often is Rice Village. Aside from the parking situation (but rumor has it, they are working on this!), I adore everything about this cute corner of the city. Houston, in general, doesn’t allow for too much walking, and it makes me so happy that I can park anywhere in Rice Village and walk around from store to store, stopping for a good meal along the way.

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An Interview with Marla Murphy of The Blonde Pantry

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One of the things I love about blogging and what I do is meeting some pretty kick-ass people. Marla Murphy and I met a couple years back I believe it was, and she is exactly that…a kick-ass person. Marla is a Registered/Licensed Dietitian and owner of The Blonde Pantry. Something I love about Marla and her approach to food and healthy eating is that she doesn’t believe in restricting yourself. She is ALL about indulging every now and then, all the while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle. She’s not into fad diets and she believes in cheat meals! Marla is a ball of energy, hysterical, and she is such a good cook. If you live in the Houston area, you should check out her meal delivery service and her nutrition consulting services, and if you don’t live in the area, don’t worry – you can still get in on the fun with her shirts and e-guide! Keep on reading to learn how Marla became interested in nutrition, her thoughts on breakfast, her favorite healthy snacks, what she feels about cheat meals, and much more.

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Combining Fashion and Art

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It must be artist week on the blog because today I’m bringing you another fabulous artist that I’m sure many of you have already heard of. Rongrong DeVoe, 32, is a Houston-based Fashion Illustrator who has already taken the fashion illustrating world by storm. She’s been featured in magazines, such as Vogue and In Style and her client list includes the likes of Chanel, Neiman Marcus, Maybelline, and more. Rongrong is so insanely talented and her sketches are full of color and life! I’m such a fan of this lady (she’s so sweet, too!), and I’m thrilled to be featuring her in today’s interview. Keep on scrolling for a look into Rongrong’s world and to see a sampling of her incredible illustrations. 

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Spotlight on: Portraits by JoEllen

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I know you might not believe it, but today is November 1st, which means the holidays are around the corner, and gift giving is upon us. While you might not be ready to think about all of this, it’s happening. NO idea where this year went, but I do know that it FLEW by  lightning fast. 

With that being said, I wanted to bring to your attention an artist who creates the most beautiful, life like portraits (perfect for holiday gift giving…or really for any gift!). I’ve, personally, gotten a couple of these for friends in the past, and lately the baby portraits have been my mom’s go to ‘new baby’ gift. JoEllen Cornrich of Portraits by JoEllen is an extremely talented artist based in Ohio. Her portraits have been commissioned throughout the United States and have been featured in many galleries. I ADORE the ones she does of dogs and of babies. 

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