The Lineup // 8.12.16

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It’s the weekend, baby! This week has been a mix of super productive, extremely busy, but also fairly relaxed, if that makes any sense at all. Wednesday was a non stop day, as you saw if you follow me on Snapchat (jlb4567). It started with a Great Day Houston segment in the morning, followed by a fall trends brunch at Neiman Marcus, and that evening was rewardStyle School Night. I tried a rowing class for the first time on Tuesday, and yesterday I did yoga at a studio I hadn’t been to before. And TODAY I’m doing Jazzercise. Yes, you read that right…Jazzercise circa 1987. I did it a few times a couple years back, and I really liked it! So, hopefully you’re following along with the #ClassPassChallenge and trying some new things on your end. Anyway, what do you have going on this weekend?! Whatever you’re up to, have a great one! 

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A Writer, A Comedian, A Speaker, and A Dope Ass Mom

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Ok, here’s the deal. I’m not a mom, not even close to being a mom, BUT if I were a mom, I’d want to be a dope ass mom (aka Andrea Levoff). While I do have nephews and a niece, I can’t speak to being a mother, but I can see that, at times, it can be stressful and a lot of work (totally worth it, I know, but a lot of work). However, Andrea, 34, makes it look like SO. MUCH. FUN. This woman is HILARIOUS, and she honestly makes motherhood look pretty damn fantastic. She’s not only a writer, performer, comedian, and speaker, but most recently launched a web series aptly named Dope Ass Mom, and you guys, I promise, you’ll practically be peeing yourself laughing while watching. I was so excited to get to ask Andrea about her life, her kids, what inspires her, and so much more. Keep on reading…

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Blogger Crawl

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You’re all familiar with what a bar crawl is, I assume. You know, when you go from bar to bar to bar to bar until you can’t stand up anymore. Well, let me introduce you to the Blogger Crawl. This is where you go from store to store to store to store all while shopping and visiting with the bloggers who are partnered with the individual stores. Sounds fun, right?!

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A Life Full of Music

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Imagine if listening to music was part of your job (sign me up!). Well, it is for Brittany Schreiber. At 29 years old, she is the Music Booking Producer at NBC News. This means, for example, all the artists that come on the TODAY Show, Brittany books. All the concerts, she handles. Yes, I know, you’re all green with envy right now! I’m SO excited to be featuring her today, and I can’t wait for you to get to know her and all about her journey. From being an SNL Desk Page to Andy Cohen’s Executive Assistant to being included on multiple Billboard lists, this girl has really made a name for herself. Let’s dive in…

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Challenge Yourself

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How the HECK is it already August?! I can’t wrap my head around that one, guys. However, what I can wrap my head around is that the #ClassPassChallenge is kicking off TODAY. I’m pumped, and I hope you join in on the fun.

As I mentioned in this post, I’ve teamed up with ClassPass and 3 other bloggers for a fun challenge the month of August. We will be trying 1 new thing every day in August, and you should, too! I know 1 new thing everyday is quite a commitment, so do as much or as little as you can (even just 1 new thing the entire month will be fine!). Pick that new thing (a new recipe, a new workout class, a new gym via ClassPass, a new activity, so forth and so on…), take a photo of you doing that new thing or if you don’t want to be in the photo you don’t have to be, but still need a photo of some sort, and make sure to use the hashtag #ClassPassChallenge on Instagram and/or Twitter. Each time you do that you’ll be entered in to win some pretty a-mazing prizes, such as 3 free months to ClassPass, and more! If you do post all 31 days, you’ll get a bonus entry, as well.  You’re limited to 31 eligible entries (1 per day) and this is only open to those in the US at this time. The ClassPass Blog will have the official rules and details, so be sure to check that out. And, of course, if you just want to jump on the ClassPass bandwagon, you can purchase a package HERE.

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The Lineup // 7.28.16

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How’s your week been? Mine has SPED by. Like at NASCAR style speed. Have you guys been watching the DNC coverage? I’m not a political person even a little bit, but I can’t stop watching it. The speakers have been so so good. Don’t you worry – not even about to go remotely political on this blog, promise! Ok, let’s get to these links, shall we? Lots of good reads for you. Have a great weekend, friends, and hope to see you Houstonians on Sunday at the Mamas and Makers Market!

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From Comic Books to Marc Jacobs

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I transfered to Lasell College going into my junior year for their Fashion and Retail Merchandising program. I can’t remember when exactly, but soon into my time at Lasell I met Christian DiPietro. We instantly clicked, and even though he was taking design classes and I was going the merchandising route, we still overlapped in certain courses and at the annual fashion show. Christian went off to NYC right after he graduated, and he started his career at Marc Jacobs. I wasn’t surprised he instantly got such an incredible job because he was such a hard working, talented guy, and I knew he was going places. When I moved back to NYC from Boston, Christian and I got to hang out a bit more, and while I now live down in Texas, I still keep tabs on him and his amazing envy-worthy career. At only 28, he is a Designer for Little Marc Jacobs and Marc Jacobs Special Projects. How’s that for dream job?!

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Monogamy and Gyms (plus a fun giveaway and challenge)

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I’ll admit it. I’m not in a monogamous relationship with my gym. At least I’m honest, though, right?!

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Here’s the thing. I get bored with the same old workouts over and over again. I just do. I have my ‘home base gym’ where I go for my standard cardio workouts (i.e. elliptical, arc trainer, etc) and group classes from time to time, but I’m antsy! I want to try new things like pilates reformer (lately I’ve been obsessed with Defy) and spinning (my beloved Revolution) and yoga (I adore Joy Yoga) and hip hop (still looking for a dance studio!). And this is why I think ClassPass is such a genius concept. I talked about them a while back, and I’m sure most of you are familiar with ClassPass, but if not, let me explain. In a nutshell, it’s a gym membership that allows you to access thousands of classes at tons of gyms in your city. Pretty great for us serial gym daters, I must say.

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Job Love, Swoon Worthy DIYs, and a Singer at Heart

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Work takes up a good portion of our lives, so it’s pretty cool when you love what you do and genuinely look forward to going into your office each day. Chanel Dror, Executive Producer of Camille Styles, not only loves what she does, but she also adores her colleagues, who have become some of her very best friends. At only 27, Chanel has worked her way up the ladder and into a role she is so extremely passionate about. She has one of those Instagram feeds that you just want to keep scrolling through and her DIYs are some of the best I’ve seen.

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I’m Not a Mama, but I am a Maker

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It’s true: I’m not a mama, but I am a maker! And I’m so pumped for the first annual Mamas and Makers Market happening next Sunday! If you live in Houston, you should really mark this one on your calendar because it’s going to be an event you won’t want to miss, and if you do miss it, you’ll see it plastered all over social media and you’ll wish you had attended!

The amazing duo behind this is none other than Esther Freedman of cuteheads and Beth DeLozier-Hayes of Manor, both who have very well known (and seriously fabulous) online shops. There will be 30 local vendors all under one (air conditioned) roof for one day only. And it’s not just shopping, but there will be music, food, drinks, all sorts of fun things. Kids are welcome and encouraged to come, so bring those little ones!

Megan and I will be sharing a booth because that’s just how we roll. She’ll be selling both her books and I’ll be selling my book and my new line of greeting cards. You’ll want to hang with us at our booth because, well, we’re fun, but we’ll also have candy and other things to win you over, like wine (jk about the wine…maybe).

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