The Lineup // 3.24.17

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Hi from Asheville! Have you ever been here? I hadn’t, and I think it’s my new favorite place. I absolutely love it and want to come back soon (I’ve already been telling my friend that I want to do a couples trip here!). Anyway, how has your week been? I was in New York and Connecticut for the first part of it, and I just love being in the northeast. Honestly, I miss it so much. I love my life in Houston, but I’d be lying if I said I’m not itching to move back at some point! I’ll be back home Saturday, and I’m looking forward to getting organized, back in my routine, and in my own bed. I hope you have a great weekend whatever you’re up to and enjoy my favorite links and finds from the week below! xo Julie

My friend Esther shared this the other day, and I found it so moving. Powerful. If you did something back in the day you might regret, it might not be too late to apologize. // A Junior High Bully Sent a Powerful Note to His Victim Twenty Years Later via 22 Words

I think this Amazon bookstore is pretty much the coolest thing. Thanks, Dad, for sending this one! // We Visited Amazon’s First Neighborhood Bookstore and Saw How It Could Change the Industry for Good via Business Insider

What’s your passion? Figure that out and then do it. // How to Find Your Niche and Get Paid for It via Camille Styles

I don’t think I’ve ever heard of these cookies before, but now I want to try them. Maybe I’ll give it a go this weekend (likely not, but maybe?!). // These Cookies Have a Cult Following – But You Can Make Them at Home via Real Simple

I don’t know the last time I was in a Forever 21 (well, until a few days ago), and I stumbled upon a denim jacket (I think it was under $30!!) that I’m basically obsessed with. I can’t find the exact one on the website, but they have some other good options. // Denim Jackets via Forever 21

I loathe flying so I don’t think this would be the job for me, but if you’re one that likes it, I urge you to apply. How cool!!? // This Company Will Pay You $10,000/Month to Travel the World and Stay in Luxury Homes via Thrillist 

I really respect Selena Gomez for opening up about her mental health. Props to her. // Selena Gomez Says This Type of Therapy Completely Changed her Life via Well + Good

Interesting article about simply not wanting to travel. I know most people can’t relate to it, but in a way, I kind of can. #homebody // I Don’t Want to Travel via The Huffington Post

I was in a Saks Off 5th the other day, and they had a great Rag & Bone (my favorite!) section, so I checked online, and they also have some great things on their website. Worth checking out! // Rag & Bone at Off 5th

Have you been feeling the statement earring trend? I have! Even though I wear studs mostly, I’m in the market for some fun, statement earrings. It was fun putting this article together – so many great ones out there! // 48 Ways to Embrace the Super Popular Statement Earring Trend via Wear + Where + Well 

On the blog this week (it was a light week!) / An Interview with Sarah Dubbeldam, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Darling Magazine

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An Interview with Sarah Dubbeldam, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Darling Magazine

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There’s a lot of talk out there about models and actresses in magazines and how much they are re touched and ‘photoshopped.’ It can really be hard for a girl growing up to only see ‘perfection’ in many of these magazines and to not understand that oftentimes that ‘perfection’ they’re seeing is actually not so ‘perfect.’ Media feeds us content all day every day, and it can become very easy to get caught up in it and start feeling bad about yourself because of what you see in the magazines and online.

Well, one magazine that doesn’t re touch any woman in their magazines is Darling Magazine. I’m sure most of you know of Darling, but if you don’t, it’s a quarterly publication that is seeking to broaden those ‘ideals’ of beauty in media by using all sizes of models and it is the first magazine to not retouch women’s bodies or skin in photos. It’s truly incredible. The content within Darling is absolutely beautiful and so well curated, and the cherry on top of it all is that it’s authentic and real. It celebrates women and their pages are filled with inspiration, style, beauty, and beyond.

SarahHeadshotSarah Dubbeldam is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Darling Magazine. She and her friend Kelli started Darling directly out of college, and through lots of hard work and a clear vision, they have taken this magazine to incredible heights. Sarah doesn’t only work full time on Darling; she also has a 6 month old baby. Her days are certainly full, but she loves what she does. Keep on reading for what Sarah loves most about her job, what she finds the most challenging, what a day in her life is like, what the Darling office environment is like, advice for someone wanting to become an Editor of a magazine, and much more. 

How long have you been with Darling Magazine and what were you doing prior?

I’ve been with Darling since the beginning. My friend Kelli and I started the magazine together right out of college and prior to that, I was working at a restaurant.

I was a part-time teacher and doing a ton of different jobs (modeling, acting and doing freelance copywriting) in order to pay my bills and work on Darling on the side.

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The Lineup // 3.17.17

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Hi from New York! FINALLY got here yesterday. It was quite the ordeal (if you follow me on Snapchat, I’m sure you saw). Let’s just say I talked to United Airlines no less than 27 times on the phone this past week. But who cares because I’m HERE and I may never leave, haha! Kidding. Anyway, as I mentioned on Monday, I won’t be attending my conference this go around due to being sick earlier in the week and all the travel changes and such, BUT I still have a jam packed weekend ahead and I can’t wait. I’ll be spending time with family and friends, having some good meals, I’m sure lots of drinks, and just soaking up this cold New York weather! How has your week been? Whatever you’re up to this weekend, I hope you have the best few days off (and end of spring break if you’re currently on break!). Some really great reads and finds below, so enjoy! xo Julie

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An Interview with Carly Scher, Co-Executive Producer and Supervising Producer, Food Network

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I love watching TV. There, I said it. The excitement I feel when I know I have a full DVR is probably not normal. I just love it. However, I also know that the shows we see on TV take a long ass time to produce and film. A lot goes into the production of a TV show, and long hours are spent on fueling our TV addiction. Carly Scher, 31, has worked for Food Network for a while now. She’s either a Co-Executive Producer or Supervising Producer, depending on the show. She’s wanted to be a TV Carly Scherproducer ever since she was little, and she made it happen. It’s long hours and sometimes unpredictable schedules, but at the end of the day, she loves it and wouldn’t want to be doing anything else. Keep on reading for what Carly loves most about her job, her favorite projects/shows she’s ever worked on, advice for someone wanting to break into the industry, and much more. 

How long have you been working at Food Network? What were you doing prior?   

On and off since 2011 I’ve worked freelance, but always end up back on Food Network projects because it’s such fun TV to produce.

Did you always know you wanted to be a Television Producer? If not, when did you decide this is what you wanted to do?

I have wanted to be a TV Producer since I was in Middle School. Anyone that knows me from growing up and knows what I do now can speak to that. I was pretty lucky to figure out what I wanted to do when I was young and worked to make it happen starting in high school. I worked for my High School TV station and then studied broadcasting in college. 

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6 of the Best Tips for Spring Cleaning and Organizing Your Closet

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Up until recently, my closet was not looking too good. Yes, I had shoes on shelves and such, but then there would also be shoes all over the floor (same with bags). Clothes weren’t coordinated in any which way. It was just kind of a free for all. Well, a few months back, I emptied out all my hanging items from my entire closet, and put everything back in an organized fashion. Along the way, I made piles of things to donate and sell. I haven’t done anything with those piles, but the point is, they have been made!

Now, fast forward to a couple weeks back, and I was thinking about spring cleaning and organizing. While, yes, I did make a big step towards mission closet organization, I knew there was still more to be done. Lots more. 

Enter: my friend and professional closet organizer, personal shopper, and stylist, Valerie Halfon of Shop with Val. You likely remember reading about Val this past fall in an interview we did. 

Val came over and helped to completely organize all my shoes and bags, and it was SUCH a good feeling. Val is so great to work with; she’s honest, fun, and knows how to get the job done. We got so much accomplished in so little time, too. Can’t wait to have her come back soon to do more.

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When Things Don’t Go As Planned

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Sometimes (oftentimes) in life, things simply don’t go as planned.

Originally, I was supposed to leave for New York on Wednesday for a conference Thursday – Sunday, and then I was going to stay up in the northeast for a few days to be with family and friends. However, due to this crazy winter storm heading up to NY, flights are being canceled Tuesday into Wednesday, so I moved my flight to Monday (today). I was packed and ready to go. Or so I thought.

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The Lineup // 3.10.17

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TGIF! This is my last weekend at home before I head to the pitch conference in NY on Wednesday, so there will be lots of working on the book, and finishing up some assignments the conference is having the attendees do prior to it beginning. Aside from work related things, I have dinner plans, a baby shower tomorrow, and a yoga date on Sunday! As I write this, I’m sitting at a restaurant over at Market Street in The Woodlands having some eggs before I head to my next dance lesson at Dance with Me. It has been such an awesome experience, and I can’t wait to recap it for you in the coming weeks. In the meantime, be sure to keep up on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, and/or Twitter. I hope you have the best weekend whatever you’re up to, and enjoy great reads and finds below! xo Julie

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An Interview with Beth Levine, a Jill of All Trades

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After illness and mourning the loss of a loved one, I’d venture to say divorce would go up there as one of the hardest things one would go through in their life time. While I can’t speak to divorce from personal experience, from those I know who have gone through the dissolution of a marriage, it’s never easy. However, it’s truly inspiring when one rises above it and makes the very best of the situation.

Enter: Beth Levine. Beth is an Executive Assistant by day and a blogger and yoga accessories business owner by night. Basically, she’s a ‘Jill of all trades.’ But, not only that. Beth very recently went through a traumatic divorce, but rather than dwell on it, she has taken the high road. She’s truly turning her mess (and according to Beth, it was a big, big mess) into a meaningful message. And, that, my friend, is what life is all about.Beth Levine

Life isn’t always going to go your way, and sadly, unfortunate things might happen, but, as we spoke about last week, it’s how you handle the situation and how you take control of your life and your happiness. In today’s interview, Beth is opening up about her divorce, the aftermath, and what she’s doing now, in the hopes of helping others who go through something similar. Whether you’re single, dating, married, or divorced, I think you’re going to really enjoy this one. Keep on reading!

Earlier this year, you went through a massive life change, a divorce with your now ex-husband and partner. Can you tell us a little bit about that?

Yes, earlier this year I divorced my husband. Towards the end of 2016, I filed and decreed in the span of barely 3 weeks (yep that fast), after uncovering a myriad of infidelities, among other things on the ex’s part. It was and still is a public divorce, given his occupation (he was a foreign touring sound engineer, now working locally for some prominent venues), my writing for various publications locally and nationally, immigration allegations, and that the case involved several close friends, family members, co-workers and many acquaintances in the states and overseas (it’s been a running joke that we need an NCIS who’s who chart to keep track of everything).

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7 Ways to Make Your Monday Better

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Monday, dreary Monday! Ugh this weather. I don’t like to be one who talks about the weather, but it doesn’t stop raining in Houston. However, to be honest, I LOVE rainy weekend days when I have nowhere to be, and yesterday was one of those days. It was so nice just cozying up on my couch all day. Literally, all day. BUT now it’s Monday, and I’m not cozying up on my couch. In fact, this was an exceptionally early morning for me (oh, and I’m NOT a morning person). I moderated a blogger panel earlier which was really fun, and now I’m getting work done before I meet Monica and her sweet, adorable son for lunch. 

If you’re dragging this Monday (like me), this post might help you get through the day.  Because the thing is, Monday’s don’t have to suck. They really don’t. Even if you don’t go into your Monday ready to tackle the week, you can switch gears throughout the day to get you feeling the good vibes. 

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