The Lineup // 1.27.17

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…and weekend! This one is a busy one. I have dinner plans with a girlfriend tonight, then tomorrow I’m going to a gym class, followed by my nephew’s birthday party, followed by dinner, and then out for Matthew’s birthday. Yes, that means I’m actually going OUT two weekends in row, and yes I’m impressed with myself due to that fact. And Sunday is my friend’s 1 year old’s birthday party, followed by a big family dinner for Matthew’s birthday. Like I said, busy! I plan to get some work and writing done throughout, so we’ll see how that goes. What are you up to? Whatever you’re doing, hope you enjoy this last weekend of January! How is it already the end of January?!!! Lots of good reads and finds below. Keep on scrolling! xo Julie

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How to Handle Toxic People

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We’ve talked about removing yourself from negativity and how it’s so important to surround yourself with only those who lift you higher. However, what if you simply can’t remove yourself from a certain person (or certain people), such as a family member or a colleague. Yes, of course, you have the choice to speak to whoever you want to speak to, but there are times when you and this other person have to exist in the same space. So, how do you deal? How do you handle that?

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An Interview with Grace Atwood of The Stripe

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In the ever changing (and growing!) industry of blogging, it can be difficult to stand out and take it from a hobby to a full time job. However, if you’re dedicated, hard working, and authentic, it can happen. And Grace Atwood of The Stripe has made it happen. Seven years ago, she started a website (originally called ‘Stripes and Sequins’) in her little corner of the web, and now she’s partnered with some of the biggest brands out there, been featured in some of the most well known Grace Atwoodpublications/websites, and, personally, I check her blog daily (it’s one of my very favorites). Based in NYC, but constantly traveling the globe, Grace’s blog covers everything from fashion and style to wellness and fitness to DIY projects and beyond. Keep on reading for what a day in her life looks like, advice for new bloggers, staying authentic to your brand, her favorite place in NYC, and more. 

When did you start your blog and what inspired you to do so?

I started my blog in January 2010 – I was unfulfilled in my corporate job and wanted a creative outlet.

What is your favorite part about your job? Most rewarding? Most challenging?

My favorite part of the job is the flexibility. I hate crowds love that I can do things in the middle of the day – grocery shop and go to the gym when it is empty. Living in New York (which is always crowded), that is invaluable! Also,  am a night owl and do my best writing at night, so I like that I can set my hours to work for when I am most productive. I also love all of the amazing people I have met… designers, brands, fellow bloggers… I’ve met some amazing people.

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A Day In My Life

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Let me preface this post by saying I know I’m not anyone ‘special’ and typically ‘day in the life’ posts are meant for celebs or those who have beyond interesting things going on. HOWEVER, personally, I’m nosy and I love reading these types of posts and watching these types of videos, so I imagine some of you out there might feel the same way. If that’s you, keep on reading for what a typical weekday in my life looks like. 

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36 Things to Be Happy About

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36 Things to Be Happy About

In this crazy world in which we live, it’s nice to find things to be happy about on a daily basis. Whether big or small, it’s important to find them and smile about them. Below you’ll find a list of 36 things to be happy about. In no particular order…

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The Lineup // 1.20.17

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It has been a rainy mess here in Houston this week, but it’s looking up for the weekend! On Wednesday, a lot of the streets were flooded, so I worked from my bed for the first part of the day, which was basically heaven. Then I went out to an appointment, and the roads were awful, so I came right back home after. It wasn’t the most productive of days, but it sure was enjoyable!

In terms of the weekend, it’s my MIL’s 60th, so we have a luncheon/party and a dinner to celebrate! As well, I have a girls night out happening tonight, so follow along on Snapchat, as I’m sure we’ll be up to no good (username: jlb4567). Otherwise, laying pretty low and finishing my closet clean out. I went through all my hanging clothes, now it’s onto drawers, shoes, and accessories!

In other news, I decided I’m putting a kibosh on weekday plans as of this coming Wednesday until my book is done. As much as I love going out for drinks and such during the week, doing that on top of my regular work and this book deadline, I have no time for me/to work out/to breathe. Don’t worry, I’ll still be drinking wine – just won’t be going OUT for wine during the week, if you were concerned.

I hope you have a great weekend whatever you’re up to and enjoy some of my favorite reads and finds from the week below! xo Julie

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How to Get Rid of Negativity Forever

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How to Get Rid of Negativity Forever

During our lifetime, we are bound to be surrounded by negativity at one point or another, and sometimes more often than not. Whether it’s a friend of yours who can’t ever see the glass as half full or maybe it’s just a way of thinking you simply can’t push away, and you’re accustomed to always going to the negative before thinking about anything else. Whatever the case may be, negativity is out there, and it can rear its ugly head into our lives more than we’d like it to. However, what if I told you that you can get rid of negativity forever? What if I told you all it takes is a shift in your mindset and a little work on your part? Because, guess what? You have complete control over the negativity that enters and surrounds your life. Yes, really.

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An Interview with Rachel Mackles, Partner and Co-Founder of Matchstick Social

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Sometimes in life you have to just go for it. There may never be a ‘right time’ to take that leap, but sometimes you just gotta do it and dive in head first. Rachel Mackles, 29, started a company with her business partner 3 and a half years ago, and it started quickly, IMG_3669gained momentum, and has become very successful in its industry. Matchstick Social is a social marketing and advertising firm based in Charleston with a second office in Oklahoma City. At a time when some go through a quarter life crisis, Rachel was busy starting a business. It required hard work, long hours, and passion. I love this interview and found it extremely inspiring (I also might have a soft spot for it because Rachel’s brother was my high school love! #cute). So, keep on reading for how Rachel realized what she wanted to do, what she loves most about her job, advice she’d give to someone starting their own business, and much more.

When did you start Matchstick Social and what inspired you to do so?

As with many good things in life, creating Matchstick Social came suddenly and evolved quickly. Sheryl Sandberg’s quote from Lean In comes to mind: “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, you don’t ask what seat. You just get on.” In the early summer of 2013, my now business partner, Amber, called me from to join forces and it took about 15 seconds for me to agree. Within a few weeks, we were working 12 hour days from my kitchen, and a month or so later we opened the Matchstick Social office in the heart of downtown Charleston.

Both of my parents are business owners, so I witnessed what it takes to be successful in small business. Their entrepreneurial mindset was instilled in me from a very young age and showed me the value of work ethic, discipline and leadership.

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5 Apps You Need to Download Immediately

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I’m on my phone all the time. I know it’s not necessarily a good thing, but the truth is I use it for a lot more than just texting and social media. There are apps on my phone that help me throughout my day, help me stay sane, and some are simply fun to use. So, I’m going to jump right into it and tell you the apps you need to download immediately, if not sooner.

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