Weekend Review

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This past weekend, as you likely saw on my Instagram, I was in Maryland visiting my brother, my sister in law, and my scrumptious nephew who I can’t get enough of. It was the best weekend, and I wanted to enjoy every moment so I didn’t want to spend too much time working, which is why 1) this blog post is being published later than normal and 2) it’s not a typical post, as it’s going to be mostly pictures from the weekend and a little recap.

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The Lineup // 9.9.16

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As I sit here writing this, I’m currently on a plane heading to Maryland. In being totally transparent (if you haven’t learned, I’m an open book here on the blog), I had a really rough couple days. I know I’ve spoken about my hatred for flying, but I don’t know if I can put into words the way it makes me feel. When I’m a couple days out from a flight, I turn into a different person. Ask anyone who speaks to me on a daily basis; I’m not myself. I call it ‘pre flight mode,’ and it’s pretty brutal. I consider canceling my flight, I crawl into a pretty dark place, and I just want to be curled up in a ball in my bed for the coming days. It’s not fun. At all.

However, what I know, and what I always try to remind myself of, is that sometimes (many times) in life, we simply have to do things we don’t enjoy, and sometimes it takes doing something we don’t like (and might be scared of) to get to a really, really good thing. We just have to. And those things sometimes turn out to be the most important and the very best.

I’m off to Maryland this weekend to visit my brother, my sister in law, and my RIDICULOUSLY SCRUMPTIOUS nephew, Blake. I don’t want to fly. I would rather do anything other than fly, but to see my nephew, to see my family, it’s more than worth it. In the moment, during the low points of my ‘pre flight mode’ I consider not going because it would be easier to just not go, but then I’d be missing out on one of my favorite things in life, my nephew, my family.

I’ve learned to not always take the easy route because usually (i.e. most of the time), the other route is the one you’re supposed to be on, the one you, ultimately, want to be on. I’m up here 35,000 feet in the sky, and it’s literally the last place I want to be, but in just a couple hours I’ll be in the place I want to be more than anywhere else. It’s worth it in the end. It really, truly is.

With it being the 15th anniversary of September 11th on Sunday, it’s going to be a tough day for many. My thoughts are with all those affected by the terrible tragedy of 9/11. Sending you lots and lots of love, this weekend and always. Hug your loved ones tight. xo Julie

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Graphic Design, Makeup, and Changing Jobs

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I could play around in Photoshop for hours and hours on end. Sometimes I won’t even have a graphic to design, but I’ll just make one for fun. #dorkalert. However, I’m honestly not that good; I just enjoy it. Morgan Ballot-Godsey, 26, gets to play around in Photoshop and other similar programs all day long every day for her job. Is that job envy or what? She is a Junior Digital Designer for Laura Geller (one of my all-time favorite makeup brands), she’s worked at prestigious fashion houses, such as Marchesa, and her previous clients include Man Repeller, Topshop, and many others. This NYC girl is stylish, creative, and has a kick ass work ethic. Let’s hear her story below.

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Brand Love: Liebeskind

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I popped into Richly Clad a few weeks ago to say hi to Kahia and Cara, and while I, of course, expected to shop, I didn’t expect to find my new favorite bag. In fact, I wasn’t even in the market for a bag. However, when I saw it, I immediately knew I had to have it. It was love at first sight, guys.

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Living Well, Helping Others, and Meeting Oprah

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She’s one of the most well-known and recognizable women in Houston, and she’s incredible at what she does. Lily Jang, News Reporter at KHOU, has known since she was in high school that this is what she wanted to do, and she made that dream happen. Aside from her career on air, she has a strong desire to give back, help others, and just live well. Keep on reading to see what Lily’s biggest ‘pinch me’ moment has been, what she’s doing when she’s not working, and why her job isn’t all glamour. Enjoy!

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The Lineup // 9.2.16

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As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized more and more how important it is to have quality friends. It’s not about the number of friends you have, it’s about the type of friends you have and the depth of the friendship. With all my moves, I’ve met A LOT of people over the years. And over time, some friendships have faded, sadly. It’s not because of a falling out or anything bad, it simply just happens organically. It can be disappointing, but it is what it is. When you have certain friendships that never fade, you should feel very lucky and fortunate. One of my friendships that’s never faded would be with one of my very dearest friends Alex. She and I have been friends for over 20 years, and I feel so lucky to be able to call her a best friend. And this weekend she’s getting married. I am giddy with excitement, and can’t wait to celebrate her happily ever after. She deserves it more than anything, and I am so pumped that the weekend is finally here! Whatever you’re up to this long, holiday weekend, I hope you have a great one! Surround yourself with only the best of people always, and enjoy my favorite links from around the web this past week. See you back here Tuesday!

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Stylist to the Stars

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I remember it like it was yesterday. It was my first day of classes freshman year at University of Miami, and into one of my classes walks the most stylish girl who I knew I wanted to be friends with. Not only was she insanely stylish, but so sweet and fun, too. We became friends that year at college, and after I transferred schools, we didn’t keep up much, but I followed her amazing career in the fashion industry. Dani Michelle, 30, is a fashion stylist based in Los Angeles. She has styled for some of the biggest celebs out there, her work has been featured in major magazines, and I’m not surprised one bit; her sense of style is so SO good. Keep on reading for a little dose of Dani and her fabulous job.

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Shifting Your Focus, Transformation, and The Tool of Power

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I talked about bumps in the road yesterday, and when I wrote that post I wasn’t even thinking it would be going up the day before today’s interview, but it couldn’t have worked out better.  Keryl Pesce, Author, Happiness Expert, and Radio Show Co-host, experienced a bump in the road years back, a big bump; a bump that would have made many people totally and completely lose it. In today’s interview, Keryl tells us her story, one that will inspire even the most cynical of people. Her book, Happy Bitch, is one I read a while back, and it still (and I’m pretty sure will always) goes down as one of the most motivational, inspiring books I’ve ever read. We’ve all experienced challenges in our life, and Keryl will show you that it’s all about how you choose to react and respond that will make all the difference in the world. 

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Bumps in the Road

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Remember that time in middle school you didn’t make the soccer team and you were devastated? You were absolutely heart broken and really felt like life couldn’t go on. But you got over it. And you came out better on the other end. It was a bump in the road, and you endured that bump and moved on.

Looking back, you probably laugh at that bump and wish all bumps were as ‘hard’ as that one. However, as you get older, life gets more complicated, more difficult, and the bumps get bigger. It doesn’t mean you can’t move on from them; it just means it takes a little more courage, a little more positivity, and the belief that it will all be ok. Because, hey guess what? It WILL all be ok.

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