Introducing: Like Mother, Like Daughter…or Somewhere in Between

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Ever since I can remember, I’ve been extremely close with my mom. Some therapists would say we’re too close (in fact, one has told me that, ha!). Though, I don’t see anything wrong with a mother and daughter being close (most of my girlfriends are just as close with their moms). It’s a bond unlike any other. And while I can’t speak from having my own daughter, I know it’s different than any other relationship in one’s life. It’s a special one, a unique one, and for some, it can even be a challenging one. 

In honor of Mother’s Day this weekend, I thought it would be the perfect time to kick off a new series that’s been in the works, called “Like Mother, Like Daughter…or Somewhere in Between.” 

As close as my mom and I are, we are incredibly different in so many ways, too. Yes, we see eye to eye on many things, but then there’s a whole slew of things in which we couldn’t be more opposite. In this series, my mom and I will be bringing you content on all sorts of topics, from the light and fun to the heavier stuff, and giving our opinions and thoughts on each. We’ve talked about doing something like this for so long, and I’m really so excited to finally start! Keep on reading to hear a bit more of a backstory on the series (along with a fun infographic) and to get to know my wonderful mom, Marcee.

Take it away, mom! 

Welcome to our LMLD Series!

As long as I can remember, Julie and I wanted to have a business that we could share. We had so many different ideas, from invitations and stationery to magazine publishing and opening a boutique. We even came up with a company name and set up a website – we did a lot of dreaming! 

As of now we live near each other on a part-time basis, with hopes to be full-time sometime soon. We needed to find a business that didn’t require us to be located in one place at all times.

Recently Julie and I were talking about one of her blog posts, and a lightbulb went off! I thought why don’t we do a series together that would show our similar and contrasting opinions on anything lifestyle. As close as we are, which is as close as any mother and daughter can be, we are different in so many ways. 

We realized that at this point in time, this is the only way for us to have a business together. Thus, our “Like Mother Like Daughter…or Somewhere in Between” series was born! 

Our lives have been anything but typical. We both have lived in many cities in different parts of the country. We have shared, learned, laughed and cried so much throughout all our moves. Whether it is lifestyle, people, relationships, fashion or decorating, we have seen it all!

By writing this series together, it will be a great way for us to work together and stay connected in a very different way than ever before.

We hope you will enjoy reading it as I know we will enjoy writing it! 

Now, a little about me… 

I am a wife, mother of two, mother-in-law of two, and grandmother of two. I was born in Chicago and lived there until I went to college at University of Miami. I met my husband Chuck at school, and we were married two years after we graduated. After college I was an account executive for two public relations firms, and later the in-house communications director for a real estate development corporation. 

Five years later we started our family. We had our son Danny (who is married to our daughter-in-law, Joanna, with two sons, the greatest joys of my life, my grandsons Blake and Jace) and Julie (who is married to our son-in-law, Matthew). After another five years our adventure began. Our quiet simple Florida life took a big exciting turn. We moved to Houston for Chuck’s business opportunity.

Over the years his business required us to move to many different cities. In addition to Houston, we lived in Cleveland, Chicago, New York and Connecticut. We even lived in a few cities more than once. 

Moving and living in so many different places can be very challenging at first. However, I can honestly say that after organizing our family’s life, it always turned out just right! 

We made so many wonderful friends along the way. We lived in homes we loved in so many special communities. I even had the opportunity to restart a high school newspaper (with Julie), become a PTO president, and co-president of a school board. 

Julie and I will have so many things to share with you. From our similar or different points of view, we promise to always keep it interesting.  I look so forward to beginning this next exciting chapter in my life with my new business partner, my daughter!

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And, with that, welcome to our series! We hope you enjoy it. Please feel free to leave a comment below, on social media, or email us at likemotherlikedaughter@julielauren.com with any questions, comments, or topics you’d like us to cover in future installments. See you soon!

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Bookshelves: Before and After

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A few months back I got on a major reorganization kick. I was just feeling cluttered, in every form of the word. I did a major closet overhaul (though, that’s still in progress), and I have piles upon piles upon piles to go through and sell/donate. I also got fed up with my home office. For some reason, I wasn’t using it. I’d do work on my couch downstairs or at the table instead. Why on earth was I not using my home office? It bothered me. SO, I decided to clear it out. I thought that maybe if I decluttered it would help rejuvenate the space in a big way. 

When I first set up the bookshelves in my home office, I loved them. They weren’t too cluttered, and I thought they looked awesome. Well, fast forward a few years, and over time, things have been added to them, and they just got busy looking, and not pretty, in my mind. I was simply sick of them. 

SO, I removed every single solitary thing from the shelves and dumped it all on the floor (see picture below for the mess I made), and I mindfully put things back. I have to say, I’m thrilled with the outcome. It’s so much more clean and open. See below for the before and after shots, along with some tips and pointers I have if you get inspired to rejig your bookshelves. 

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Just Dance, and Then Dance Some More: My Experience at Dance with Me (Part 2)

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Hey guys and hellllllo May! Crazy that it’s already May, I must say. Though, now that it’s here, I’m counting down the seconds to summer.

If you follow along on Instagram, Snapchat, or Facebook (or read this blog post), you likely saw that a couple months back I partnered with Dance with Me Studios for 5 private lessons at their Woodlands location. And, seriously, each one was SUCH a blast.

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An Interview with Actress Hannah Shankman

You know that feeling you get at a Broadway show (or any theater performance, really) while watching? It’s an escape to something magical. Whenever I’m watching a show, I’m simply in awe. Of everything. Well, Hannah Shankman, 31, gets to HannahHeadshotSmhelp bring that joy to people every day of her life. Hannah is an actress on Broadway who has been in some of the biggest shows out there (Wicked, Hair, Les Miserables, to name a few). Though, it hasn’t always been in a walk in the park. She’s been told “no” plenty times, she hasn’t always gotten the role she’s wanted, but she pushes through, and keeps going because this is her passion and what she’s meant to do. She is insanely talented and is truly living her dream. Keep on reading for what her favorite part about acting is, what a day in her life looks like, advice for those wanting to become a professional actor/actress, what inspires her, and much more.

How long have you been acting and singing?

I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. I used to sing all the Disney songs as a kid and pretend to be the characters! But I’ve been doing plays since I was in 3rd grade. I started with school shows and then started doing after school theatre programs, and now I’ve been acting professionally for about 10 years. 

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An Interview with Tracy Eisenman, Director of Integrated Sales, Teen Vogue

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How would you like to see Anna Wintour in your office building fairly regularly? Pretty cool (albeit intimidating?), if you ask me. Well, while Tracy Eisenman, 29, worked at Teen Vogue, this is something that became rather “normal!” For over a image1year, Tracy held the position as Director of Integrated Sales at Teen Vogue, and she very recently started a new job at Goop. At the time of this interview, she was still with Teen Vogue, so the questions are based around that. Aside from Teen Vogue and Goop, Tracy has GQ on her resume, as well as WIRED. This girl has quite a career, and she’s not stopping anytime soon. She lives in NYC, works incredibly hard, but also has time to unwind at The Boom Boom Room. Keep on reading for what inspires Tracy, what she loved most and found the most challenging at her Teen Vogue job, her biggest ‘pinch me’ moment of her career, thus far, her favorite spots in NYC, and much more. 

How long have you been working at Teen Vogue? What were you doing prior?

I have been at Teen Vogue for 1 year and 4 months.  Previously I was at WIRED, fully immersed in a thought-leader brand.  WIRED took pride in breaking news, like Edward Snowden’s whereabouts, as well as sharing economic theories, like The Long Tail and Crowdsourcing, that would soon be picked up as daily rhetoric. 

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The Lineup // 4.8.17

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If I had to describe this past week in one word, that word would be fulfillment. Each day was the perfect amount of jam packed, with loads of inspiration on the work side of things, and scattered about were great breakfasts, lunches, happy hour’s and dinners with dear friends and inspiring creatives. It was just a solid, fulfilling week. It further validates my realization I’ve had this past year that I thrive on connection, as well as creative energy. I will say, I did feel extremely overwhelmed as Friday progressed because I left for Florida this morning, and I started feeling like I had far too much to get done prior. Lo and behold, I got done what I needed to, and had to push the rest out to today. And, you know what? The world didn’t end because I had to push a couple things out. You can only do what you can do, am I right? Anyway, as I said, I’m off to Florida for the week to visit lots of family, and I can hardly wait. Whatever you’re up to this weekend, I hope you have a great one. And below, as always, you’ll find some great reads and finds from this past week! xo Julie P.S. That photo above is from Levy Park, which is a new park in Houston, and it’s absolutely incredible. If you haven’t checked it out, I urge you to do so! I spent lunch there one day this past week with my dear friend and her adorable little. 

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An Interview with Terin Matlock, Owner of Luxington Boutique

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I remember when I worked retail in college, as much as I didn’t consider myself good at the sales aspect of it all, I loved being around the clothes and finding out what the next big trend was. In fact, I first became interested in fashion during my freshman year of college when I worked at Intermix on South Beach (I was going to University of Miami at the time). What I don’t think I realized at the time is, while it’s fun to be around such fabulous clothing, it’s also a lot (as in A LOT) of work to run a boutique. It might look glamorous on the outside, but, spoiler alert, there’s a lot that goes into it behind the scenes.

Terin_Luxington BoutiqueThis brings me to today’s interview. Terin Matlock is the Owner of Luxington Boutique, which is a fashion forward women’s boutique based in Houston. But what you won’t believe is that Terin not only owns this store; she also still works her corporate job. Yes, really! This woman is BUSY (and the definition of a #girlboss). She always had the goal of owning a store, and she made it happen. She saved up and worked (and continues to work) insanely hard. One of the many things I love that she talks about below is how important it is to love what you do because it makes the bad days good and the good days great. And that, my friends, is what it’s all about. So, keep on reading for what inspires Terin, what a day in her life looks like, what she loves most about her job, and much more.

How long has Luxington Boutique been around? And what inspired you to open it?

Luxington is still pretty new.  We have been open for about 8 months.  I was inspired to establish Luxington because, as a consumer, I wanted to shop at a store that was ultra fashion forward, super chic and not overly expensive.  Often times, it was really tough to find all 3 attributes in one location.

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An Interview with Daniel Goetz, Founder and CEO, GoodPop

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They say inspiration strikes when you least expect it. I don’t know who the ‘they’ is in this case, but I certainly agree with the notion. And that’s exactly what happened for Daniel Goetz, Founder and CEO of GoodPop, which are the all natural frozen popsicles I’m sure you’re Daniel Goetz_Good Popsall familiar with. He was 22 years old and on a trip in Mexico when he stumbled upon something he thought was lacking back where he lived. Daniel saw that void in the market, and things started to click (of course, with lots of hard work, too). The cherry on top of it all (or at least the part that makes me the most excited) is the company’s values when it comes to giving back. And what I love most about Daniel’s story is that he didn’t grow up necessarily thinking he’d start his own company (in fact, you’ll see he says below that he can’t even recall hearing the word entrepreneur growing up), and it shows you can do whatever you want to do, as long as you have the passion and drive to do it. Keep on reading to see how Daniel started GoodPop and why, what he loves most about his job, the biggest ‘pinch me’ moment he’s had of his career, thus far, advice for someone wanting to start their own business, and much more. 

When did you launch GoodPop and what were you doing prior?

GoodPop was initially launched in 2009, while I was a senior advertising student at the University of Texas. While a student and prior to launching GoodPop, I worked for an advertising agency and as an intern in the state capitol and in sustainable housing. So I was kind of all over the place until I found an industry I was excited about – popsicles.

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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

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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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