Little Luxuries for the Transitioning Seasons: Summer to Fall

I don’t know about you babes, but my skin and scalp don’t exactly cooperate during the changing seasons, especially Summer >> Fall. My shins get a little scalier, my scalp gets a little drier and eczema creeps in. My skin gets a little tighter and more susceptible to redness; acne flare-ups start thanks to the sweat-freeze cycle from indoors to outdoors in the city.

Oils
I’m known to slather oils on my face, hair and body. From store-bought blends to my own concoctions, these are my go-to picks season after season.

  • ・Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Oil
  • ・Zum Face Undereye Butter
  • ・Homemade body oil concoction: Pumpkin Seed Oil + Flaxseed Oil + Jojoba Oil, put it in a clean pump bottle and slather on post-shower before toweling off. Super soft skin afterwards 🖤 can be applied to body + face, but I opt for body application only out of paranoia lol.

Chamomile + Honey
A known skin-soother, chamomile is wonderful for soothing anything from skin flare-ups to upset tummies. When the whipping NYC winds irritate my skin just a wee bit too much, I slather (or sip!) on these must-haves to calm it down.

Rose
Known to have anti-bacterial and soothing properties, I use rose products on areas where I have skin conditions such as acne or scaly skin.

I know you’ve established your own go-to’s over the years – share them down below! Would love to see what some of you use to soothe and soften from head to toe ⚡️

It’s been one year already…

I’m floored by how quickly time flies by. One year ago today, the hubs and I tied the knot here in NYC. It was an intimate evening on the UES with 98 of our closest family and friends. And just like *that* the night was over and already a year has gone by.

He popped the question in April 2016 and after a year and a half of planning, it was all over in a blink. At the time we were living on the Upper East Side and loved to frequent the Carl Schurz Park, particularly for the beautiful row of cherry blossoms that reminded me of D.C., where we met in college. On a typical Saturday afternoon we were going on our walk through the park ooh-ing and ahh-ing at the dogs. When we eventually made our way down to the cherry blossom trees I was a little put off by how much time he was taking to really “soak it all in.” No joke, he was taking 5+ minutes to look at trees we see every week. Then we saw a bridal party walking towards us for photos *I could not even make this up* and once they were out of sight he says “well, if that isn’t a sign…” under his breath and drops to one knee with the ring box popped open. As you can already tell, I said yes 🙂

I’ll spare you the agonizing details of how much planning went into one day, but I will happily share some details that made the process a bit smoother.

Wedding Website
Some people don’t like the idea of a wedding website, but it honestly made so many things easier: sharing details for the venue, hotel room blocks, and link out to our registry to name a few. When you’re inviting 100+ people, I opted for the path of least resistance and whipped one up using Minted.com. It took us a while to find a site template we liked, but after that it was smooth sailing. Plus, with the amount of promotions they offer, we were happy to use Minted for our save the dates as well. *In no way shape or form was this post sponsored*


The Big Day
I was very fortunate for everything about our wedding day. We had a perfect day in terms of weather – one of those early-October days that still feels like summer, and the things that went wrong were comical. Most notably: my dad’s tux button came off as he was in my dressing room just before we walked down the aisle, and we sewed him into his tux last minute.

I’m a very hands-on person, and all efforts were just that: my wedding dress was custom made by my grandfather-in-law, my Maid of Honor and I worked with a close family friend to create the centerpieces, my father-in-law was the photographer….you get the point. It was family all around.

One Year Later
What are we doing to celebrate our 1 year anniversary? Going to see a matinee showing of The Book of Mormon and grabbing an early dinner. Those who knew us in college know that David and I met through close friends (our Best Man and Maid of Honor) one night, watching South Park at his frat house. This seemed like a pretty fitting way to celebrate 7 years later 🙂

It’s totally still 2016, I mean 2018

Where the hell have you been?” seems like the perfectly accurate way to greet me at this point.

Where have I been?
I took a hiatus, got engaged, welcomed a nephew to the world, moved to a new apartment, got married, industry-hopped twice, traveled a bit, and here we are. This blog started as my creative outlet while I was an undergrad, and though it continued a bit into my post-grad life, it hasn’t been what I wanted it to be nor what I wanted to give to my readers, you babes.

Two years later, a lot has changed in my world and I’m sure with yours, too. I’m excited to get reacquainted with you.

Xo,
Julia
 

6 Newsletters That Got Me Through

6 Newsletters That Got Me Through

When the grueling process of job hunting begins, you never know how long it will take. Whether you are just company-hopping or doing a full blown career change, the process of applying, networking, applying, following up, and *hopefully* getting the interview can be daunting and exhausting. At times it can be mentally draining and defeating – for those of us who are Type A, a lack of patience plagues our personalities, and not hearing back from your dream company can be downright depressing. To take my mind off of situations out of my control, I read and tried to absorb as much as possible, turning everything into an opportunity to learn.

After 4 months, I recently finished my grueling job hunt, landed an amazing opportunity, and went through the emotional roller coaster that finding a new job always is. Throughout the process, these newsletters really got me through, offering daily tips from career advice, financial tidbits, health, lifehacks, recipes, beautiful travel photo eye-candy, and DIYs that I never would have thought of or just really needed to read at the right times. Maybe you’ve heard of these, perhaps you have not – I can’t recommend these daily reads enough! Some even offer amazing Sunday Editions that showcase some sites and articles for extended recommended reading as well. I hope you find these as helpful in your process as I did. Would love to hear of any newsletters that helped you through your latest job hunt process! Comment with any recommendations 🙂

Necessary Neutrals

This schizophrenic weather we’ve been having combined with next-season planning…all I want is a quick island getaway. Not entirely practical or possible, but intermittent snow showers, everyday grey gloom, and stress at the office have been making my mind wander to far more tropical, relaxing places. My normal color palette may be a little too underwhelming for some, but dark neutrals are my best friend. Easily combined and layered, black, white, khaki, and subtle pattern are my go-to’s no matter the occasion or destination. Though my next planned trip is in April to visit my mom in Florida, I can’t help but think of more far-away destinations. Tulum? Cuba? St. Tropez? Let your imagination decide 😉
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From Left to Right, click below to shop
Tank: Rick Owens Cotton Jersey Tank
Jeans: similar style here
Sneakers: Vans Leather Authentic Espadrille

Shirtdress: McQ Alexander McQueen Poplin Shirtdress
Bomber: TopShop Camo Printed A1 Bomber
Sandals: Valentino Rockstud Flat Thong Sandal

Tee: similar styles here, here, and here
Shorts: Blank NYC Coated Shorts
Sandals: Tomas Maier Flat Gladiator Sandal
Sunglasses: similar styles here

Tank: Frame Denim Le Muscle Linen Tank
Jacket: Faith Connexion Cotton Jacket
Jeans: similar styles here
Sandals: Sam Edelman Gigi Sandals


Tote: Saint Laurent Beach Canvas Tote
Bikini: Melissa Odabash Laos Tiger-Print Bikini
Hair ties: Glam Bands Hair Ties
Lip Balm: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15
Sunglasses: Saint Laurent 54mm Sunglasses
Hat: Rag & Bone Panama Hat
Sun care: Clarins Multi-Protection Broad Coverage SPF 50 Sunscreen