The Lineup // 2.24.17

The Lineup

What a week it’s been! Short weeks always feel like the longest. I came back Monday night (on the worst flight ever, as evidenced on my Snapchat, albeit slightly dramatic, I admit) from the very best weekend up in Maryland with family. Tonight I’m heading to an early dinner with a couple girlfriends, and tomorrow it looks like I’ll be boating actually. Yep, in February – nuts! Supposed to be gorgeous, so we’ll see if it’s not too chilly. Tomorrow night we have dinner plans with friends of ours, and Sunday I tentatively have a photo shoot. Aside from all that, I’d like to get in a couple workouts and a lot of writing. This book is not going to write itself, and my deadline is creeping up! Another thing before I go – I wanted to thank you all so very much for your comments/messages/emails/texts/etc. on yesterday’s post. I was very hesitant putting it up, but I’m really glad I did. Looks like it resonated with lots of you, so for that I’m thrilled. Thank you, as always, for all your support. And, with that, any fun weekend plans on your end? I hope you have a great one whatever you’re up to! Enjoy lots of fun reads and finds below. xo Julie

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I Simply Don’t Know

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I’m just going to come out and say it: I don’t know if I want kids.

I briefly mentioned this in a post a while back when talking about ‘the norm,’ but I wanted to dive in a little deeper. I think it’s top of mind because literally everyone around me is talking babies, getting pregnant, or having babies. Now, don’t get me wrong – I love babies and kids…absolutely LOVE. Being an aunt is truly my favorite thing. However, I just don’t know if I want kids of my own. I simply don’t know. 

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An Interview with Meredith Staggers, Owner and Creative Director of Cake & Confetti

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You know those Instagram feeds that are simply, well, perfect? You don’t want the feed to end because every picture is beautiful and so well done? You know the ones I’m talking about! Well, today’s interviewee is actual Instagram goals, guys. Meredith Staggers, Owner and Creative Director of Cake & Confetti, is a girl boss if I ever saw one. She is a photo stylist, event consultant, and content creator, and, most recently, she’s expanded her business into helping others with their Instagram feed and to teach how to best utilize it. Aside from Meredith being insanely cool, creative, and inspiring, this girl View More: http://michelleablephotography.pass.us/cakeandconfettiworks HARD. She is the first one to say that she’s not an overnight success (in fact, she doesn’t even believe in said term). She went down many different roads, tried many different things, and even considered shutting down Cake & Confetti at one point. Well, good thing she didn’t, because her business is thriving, and it’s been so fun to follow along. Keep on reading for the story behind Cake & Confetti, her favorite shoots she’s ever done, her #1 piece of advice for a great Instagram feed, and MUCH more. Enjoy! 

How long has Cake & Confetti been around?

Technically 2013, but I went full-time at the beginning of 2015!

Why did you decide to start Cake & Confetti and what were you doing prior?

I started Cake & Confetti as a creative outlet after I fell in love with event planning during the whole wedding planning process. I was working full-time for an advertising agency, but I wanted something more creative to do on the side. Honestly, I never intended it to turn into a “real” job! The first couple years I planned and designed a dozen or so weddings and a lot of smaller celebrations like birthdays, baby showers, etc. But after one too many late nights spent crafting until 3am or assembling favors for a birthday party, I decided I no longer wanted to plan events.

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Yoga Moves You Can Do Anywhere to Help With Stress and Anxiety

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You don’t have to be a ‘yogi’ to realize the benefits the practice of yoga can bring to your everyday life. If you’ve done yoga before, you more than likely know that ‘yogi high’ you feel after a practice. It’s a feeling I wish could be bottled up for all to experience. And the good news is you can bring yoga into your home whenever you like.

My friend and life coach, Rachel Tenenbaum, who you’ve seen on the blog before (she also led my birthday yoga class!), is here today to talk about easy yoga moves you can do anywhere, with no fancy equipment, that help with stress and anxiety. 

Whether or not you practice yoga, and whether or not you are a beginner or extremely advanced, these poses anyone can do, anywhere. So, keep on reading to find out what they are. Take it away, Rach!

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Do You Have Any Shitty Habits? Let’s Break Those.

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By definition, a habit is ‘a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.’ The key part is ‘hard to give up’ because it’s true…you can’t just flick a switch, and your habit of biting your nails since you were 8 years old is now gone.

The funny thing about habits (err – maybe not funny, per se) is that oftentimes we do them because we find them comforting. They help alleviate anxiety, they make us feel at ease, and quite simply, they become part of our daily routine. And while not all habits are bad (i.e. meditating every morning as soon as you wake up), many times they are. And it can be hard as hell to break them.

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The Lineup // 2.17.17

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I’m so excited because tonight I’m heading up to Maryland to meet my new nephew, Jace! He was born on Wednesday, and he’s the cutest little peanut. And, of course, it goes without saying that I’m equally as excited to see my other nephew, Blake, who is just the most adorable, fun little dude ever. It’ll be a quick trip, but I can hardly wait to get there and be with my family. Aside from that, it’s been a busy week, and it flew by! Are you  off work Monday? What are you doing for the long weekend? Whatever you’re up to, hope you have a great one! Enjoy some great finds and reads below. xo Julie

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This Fearful Flyer Loves Vonlane

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A month or so back I decided to book a trip to Dallas for meetings and to see a couple friends and their babies. I had heard of Vonlane through my dear friend Lindsay who takes it all the time from Austin to Houston for work, but I had never tried it out. So, you can imagine how thrilled I was to partner with Vonlane on my recent trip to the Big D! 

Now, for those of you who are unfamiliar wth Vonlane, it is basically a first class airplane cabin on wheels. This is far from the Greyhound. This is luxury (on wheels). When I first told people I was taking a bus, their initial reactions were of surprise and slight intrigue. Then when I explained what type of bus it was, their ears perked up. 

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An Interview with Collin Bray, VP of Sales, Century 21 Cityside

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Something you might not know about me is that I lived in Boston for 4 years a little while back. Well, really, a long while back; it feels like a lifetime ago! To this day, it’s still my favorite city in the country. And someone I met soon into my time in Boston is the guy you’ll be reading about in today’s interview: Collin Bray. We quickly became close friends, and already back then he was killing it in his career. It’s been so exciting to watch his continued success these past 8 years. In my mind, he runs Boston real estate. You’ve never seen someone so passionate about their job until you’ve met Collin. He lives and Collin Braybreathes real estate (and he’s a looker, too, ladies!). He is the VP of Sales at Century 21 Cityside and I was so happy he could take time out of his busy day to answer some questions. Keep on reading for Collin’s favorite part about his job, how he balances his work life and his personal life, his favorite thing about Boston, advice for a newbie in the real estate industry, and much more.

When did you first start working in real estate? Did you know this is what you wanted to do since you were little? If not, when did you realize?

I started twelve years ago. I had no idea I wanted to get into real estate, but my father is in real estate and had to take me to showings as a kid so it must have been in my sub-conscious. 

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Let’s Talk Aphrodisiacs

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Happy Valentine’s Day, lovers! If I’m being totally honest, I’m not the biggest Valentine’s Day person. Yes, I LOVE love and am far from a cynic, but it’s simply just never been my thing. However, whether you like the holiday or not, I will say, it IS a good reminder to spread the love and to show those loved ones in your life just how much you care. And it’s also a good excuse to buy those Dove chocolate hearts which I’ve been eating far too many of recently. 

Another thing Valentine’s Day can be good for is your sex life! Yep, there I said it. It’s a gentle reminder to keep the passion alive in whatever relationship you’re currently in. Now, when it comes to sexy time, you have to be in the mood, right? And what if you’re not in the mood? Bummer for your partner. 

Enter: aphrodisiacs. 

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Lessons Learned from Gossip Girl

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For the past many weeks I’ve been re watching every episode from every season of Gossip Girl. I think I’ve done this once before, but it’s definitely been a while. And, really, this show is simply the best. From the relationships to the fights to the drama to the love, it’s a good one, and I’m still debating whether I like Chuck or Nate better. Chuck has that sexy bad guy vibe while Nate is, well, perfect. 

However, we’re not here today to talk about Nate and Chuck because Dorota is really the shining star of the series, if we’re being honest; we’re here to talk about lessons learned from this ever so fabulous show. One might not think there are actually lessons to be learned from a ‘silly’ show like this one. Oh, but you’re wrong, my friends. There are plenty. So, let’s get into it. xoxo, Julie Lauren (get it?)

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