Saturday, December 7, 2019

Weekend Reading 12/7

Happy weekend – and happy December! We have some snow on the ground and it's really feeling like the holidays around here. We're headed to a cookie party tonight so I'm spending the day baking with my mom – and maybe walking downtown to do some holiday shopping – and tomorrow I'm hoping to spend the day outside. This is that magical time of the year when winter still feels novel – so I'm trying to take advantage as much as I can. Hope you have something fun planned! xo

FYI: The Shopbop sale was extended for sale items! Use the code 'JOY19' for an extra 10% off sale items.

If you're looking for the perfect stocking stuffer, OGEE is offering a free beauty bag + sculpted lip oil (my favorite) with any order of $95! I also LOVE the cleansing oil. Use my code 'JulieLovesOgee' for 15% off

Have you seen the Peloton ad everyone's been talking about? It's very, very cringy if fr any other reason that this woman seems so meek – personal opinion

December wishlist: A go-with-everything bag (love those snakeskin pieces!), a new extra warm jacket (that cinnamon color!) and some cozy winter boots (my entire family swears by the Joan of Arctic boots), and a pretty headband for this week's work holiday party

I bought these jeans during Black Friday weekend and LOVE THEM. I'm planning on purchasing the lighter wash next.

Love this holiday movie thread – what's your favorite movie to watch for the holidays?

This sequin skirt would be so pretty for the holidays or New Year's Eve – or just everyday styled with a cozy sweater and boots

The false promise of morning routines – I LOVE this and this it's an important read. Also my mornings are always filled with anxiety.

Do you make treats for the holidays? We always do but I have no idea what we're making this year – here's 30 ideas for holiday cookies

Guys, RuPaul has a candle and I thought you should know

Easy vegan eggnog. Yes. Please.

Wow, wow, wow... these stained glass table lamps would be a gorgeous gift – for yourself or someone you really love

Some great ideas from Joanna for gifts to give yourself this year (hint: none of them are really "things")

These cat stickers are so cute

And speaking of cats, Alyssa Mastromonaco on her love for cats (she gets it)

Gah these big chunky sweaters look so cozy!

Friday, November 29, 2019

Weekend Reading + 10 Black Friday Sales I'm Shopping

Happy post-Thanksgiving coma! How are you feeling today? I'm exhausted and just so ready for this weekend. Lately I've been working to reconnect with the activities I enjoy doing that aren't work or blog or IG-related. I realized last weekend that I spend almost every weekend doing some version of the same routine: working, maybe walking downtown, cleaning up the apartment, repeat, repeat. It's the opposite of interesting and I need a change – I miss yoga and I realized I've needed to reignite some semblance of curiosity within myself. So this weekend I'm taking an intro to climbing class and getting out for a run. Sounds simple and the run part probably a little unexciting but I've been in such a rut lately that this is what excites me – ha! I'm also planning on making my holiday gifting list. I'm not doing much shopping right now, but I am including a few sales I'm shopping tonight – mostly for myself to be honest! Happy long weekend friends!


10 Black Friday sales I'm shopping:

Ogee Organics: Ogee is 20% off site-wide! This set would be amazing for a friend, sister or mom

Outdoor Voices: Save 25% off site-wide INCLUDING sale items! I'm ordering a couple pairs of these leggings (I swear by them for running, lifting, etc) and this long sleeve merino tee for outdoor winter workouts/hikes

Follain: save 20% off site-wide at clean beauty site Follain! I love this cherry enzyme brightening peel. I've also heard nothing but good things about their candles – a great gift!

Reformation: Save 30% off site-wide! I wore this top basically all summer and wished it came in white – and now it does. Buying it. Also this dreamy polkadot dress because that one shoulder would work for a holiday party or a mid-summer wedding.

Boll & Branch: Bedding retailer Boll & Branch is offering 25% off orders of $150 or more – just saying, flannel sheets make a great gift for parents .

L.L. Bean: Save 20% off site-wide. These slippers make the perfect gift for just about anybody and Chris loves this fleece-lined jacket

Shopbop: Save up to 25% off your total order! Check out my Shopbop sale picks here

Nordstrom: Save up to 50% off! These boots would make great stylish winter boots and everyone's favorite faux leather leggings are on sale!

& Other Stories: Save 20% off site-wide. I swear by their sweaters and have this one and this one in my cart. This puffer jacket is also great.

ABLE: Save 25% off site-wide + free shipping w/code HOLIDAY25. I recently bought these boots and LOVE them and this gorgeous tote is calling my name

Bonus: Everlane is donating $10 to Oceana for every order placed today!

We need more of pro-winter energy: Making the case for winter

I made this maple cream tart for yesterday's Thanksgiving gathering and it was SO GOOD. Note: I subbed greek yogurt for the heavy cream and added a splash of orange juice. Served with some creme fraiche – I'll definitely make it again!

A loving look at Kodachrome – the OG IG filter. This makes me want to get my film camera out.

How friendship changes with age

Creamy coconut hot chocolate? Yes. Please.

What's the Green New Deal? Here's a great post on what it's all about

If you're in need of a little good news

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

My Picks from Shopbop's Biggest Sale of the Year

It's here! Shopbop's Buy More, Save More Sale, i.e Shopbop's biggest sale of the year. I always wait for this sale to get myself something special and this year is no different – I have my eye on a pair of classic over the knee boots, a faux fur jacket, or a great statement bag. Shopbop's sales are the perfect time to snag that special piece you've had your eye on, or band together with coworkers or friends to take advantage of the tiered discounts – and the perfect time to pick up something special for the holidays (like these under $50 stocking stuffers and these pretty hair clips):

[find all sale details here, some exclusions apply]

That's right, you can save up to 25% off full-price items & up to 75% off sale items with the code MORE19:
15% off orders of $200+
20% off orders of $500+
25% off orders of $800+

Sale code valid 11/26/2019 7:18 AM ET through 12/1/2019 11:59pm ET

I'd love to know what you're shopping for this year – let me know in the comments!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Weekend Reading 11.24

Happy snowy Sunday – I'm feeling pretty cozy, getting some work done before the holidays hit this week. I know for a lot of people, the holidays start right after Halloween – at least they do in my work life – but for me, I like to wait until Thanksgiving for my real life. Unlike last year though, I'm actually excited to decorate. Last holiday season I felt so overwhelmed by work holiday responsibilities that I really didn't enjoy the holidays at all, but this year I feel differently. Life has been busy, for sure, but I'm determined to actually set boundaries this year and enjoy myself. On Tuesday, Chris and I have tickets for A Drag Queen Christmas, which I'm so excited about (the last time we went was when we still lived in Philly and I consider this our holiday tradition), and we have a mini getaway planned soon too. I haven't started shopping yet, though! Have you? I need to make my list and check out some local shop small events. Hope you're enjoying a cozy Sunday, too xo

I've been double cleansing for about 6 months now – using an oil-based cleanser to remove makeup then following with a second cleanser – and I feel like my skin is responding really well This is my favorite oil cleanser and it's on sale right now!

Bookmark this: the 20 must-read books of 2020. Helpful as I'm without a book to read at the moments and as a result, spending way too much time on my phone before bed!

It's been COLD here since basically October 1st, and I've been on the hunt for cute, cozy winter accessories to compensate. Love this fuzzy striped hat, this fluffy knit beanie, and this classic red hat made from recycled material

Could sleeping separately be the key to a happy marriage? Would you do it?

Blair's new holiday pieces for Nordstrom are SO FUN! Obsessed with this star dress and this beaded handbag

Do you always get new pajamas for the holidays? These cute and cozy pjs would be so cute as a gift or for yourself!

Confession: Chris and I no longer speak to the person who performed our wedding ceremony. Have you ever broken up with a friend? Here's why friendship breakups hurt so much

Do you dress up for the holidays? I love to wear something a little fancy and these velvet and satin pieces are perfect for holiday party dressing!

have you heard of boiled cider? It sounds like the perfect DIY holiday gift!

This cozy sweaterdress actually looks wearable! So cute with black tights and a great pair of hiker boots. This midi length sweaterdress looks so chic too

These personalized hair clips would make the perfect gift for friends or a co-worker

Easy cookie recipes you'll make on repeat – bookmarking!

Moorea Seal is having a huge site-wide sale! Love these coveralls and this thick knit cardigan coat

All candles are 20% off at Anthropologie! I bought this one in Espresso a couple of weeks ago and it makes my house smell like a coffee shop in the best way

Pop the champagne! The Victoria's Secret fashion show has been CANCELLED

Such a pretty nail color for winter

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Weekend Reading 11.17

Greetings from day 4 of my hastily taken vacation! Am I on a tropical island? Enjoying a remote getaway? Nope! I'm home, using some days I didn't realize I had (and had to use before the end of the year) to recoup and get myself back together. I'm trying to get some personal stuff done and refocus myself before the holidays really hit – it's sort of working. Hope your weekend was relaxing, firneds. xo

I'm sure you've heard, it's really cold in the Northeast. In fact it feels like January – so here's the secret to actually enjoying winter. Made me laugh "simply refuse to participate in the misery olympics"

Don't forget – if you're interested in trying Thinx, shop through my Leader's profile and save $10 off your first order. They're game changers!

For everyone who's bad at networking

My favorite slippers are on major sale right now! Also love this sweater (so thick and cozy) and this classic jacket – save an additional 25% off with the code SAVE25

I'm considering purchasing a faux Christmas tree this year after always feeling guilty and fearful of fires with a real one – how do we feel about this handmade minimalist Christmas tree? I feel like it would show off ornaments so nicely

Speaking of holiday decor, Target has a great selection of vintage-inspired bottle brush trees this year (I bought a bunch for our mantles)

Hello yes I will 100% be wearing these sequin pants to every holiday party this season

Thoughts on faux leather leggings? I'm tempted...

The fascinating role of fashion in comedy (I always love the closing SNL sequence for exactly this)

I always make a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving (and eat it for nearly every meal in the days that follow) – this year I think I'll make this pumpkin/pecan hybrid

This lip oil has been saving my lips in the cold weather (save 15% off your order with the code 'JulieLovesOgee"!)

Save an extra 40% off sale items from Anthropologie! Love these chic hair ties and this cozy sweater

Friday, November 8, 2019

Weekend Reading 11.08

Haaaaaapy Friday. What a week, huh? According to – seemingly – everyone and their mother, this week was a rough one. It was for me at least, so I'm very excited for a couple of days off. Tomorrow is my quiet day, I'm hoping to get to the farmers market, clean up after the week, and get some freelance work done. And on Sunday I'm off to Boston for the day to see Mary. Can't wait. Hope your weekend is fun, relaxing, hopefully both. xo

ICYMI: a few of my favorite things from October

Did you see the new Thinx + Ilana Glazer collab? So good! Remember, you can save $10 off your frist order if you shop through my profile <3 p="">
Two huge clean beauty sales happening right now: Save 20% off at Credo beauty – I'm stocking up on my favorite cleanser, this incredible vitamin C polish, and this best-selling bronzer. And save 20% off at Detox Market! I'm getting this nourishing moisturizer and this pretty highlighter.

Love these tips for making friends as an adult

This new sweater from Everlane looks so damn cozy – "cider" looks so pretty

Look at this incredible embroidery – so beautiful!

Save 40% off J.Crew for rewards members! Love this cute fair isle sweater, these plaid pants, these super rad snake print pants (!!!), and this cute sweaterdress

YUM – definitely making these brussels sprouts for Thanksgiving this year

Did you hear Gloria Steinem on NPR this week? I'm definitely picking up her new book

A quiz for the ages: which garbage animal are you?

Humility is apparently the "new" vulnerability... or just, you know, a good quality we should strive for?

Ohh these cookies look incredible!

Have you decorated yet for the holidays? I love this fun pom pom wreath and these pretty ornaments 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

October In Review

I know everyone says it, but I can't believe how quickly October went by. Looking back, I know I did a lot – my brother was in town, we did some hiking, work was busy per usual (ok that doesn't sound like a lot – TBH it was mostly work) – but it feels like such a whirlwind! In fact, every month feels like this, so I'm taking a note from Joanna and will be sharing a little wrap-up at the end of each month – what I read, stuff I tried, products I liked, and generally what went on. A nice little touch-base if you will. So without further ado – and before we get too far into November – here we go...

The Choice by Dr. Edith Eva Eger: I heard about this book through an interview with the author on one of my favorite podcasts, Wild Ideas Worth Living. After finally finishing the last book I was reading, I picked this one up for my Kindle and tore through it – and wow, it didn't disappoint. Lying somewhere between a memoir and advice book (I don't want to call it self-help, it's bigger than that), the author, Dr. Edith Eva Eger recounts her life – from her childhood in Hungary and discovery of her love for dance, to her internment in and incredible survival of the nazi death camps, the anti-semitism she experienced post-liberation in both Europe and America – and how she overcame it all, both physically as well as in her mind. It's a wonderful book that got me thinking more critically and compassionately about my own grandmother's trauma growing up in nazi Germany and how that trauma can be handed down generationally. This book is an important one, and one I highly recommend to just about everyone, especially given the divisiveness of our country right now.

The best tights & bag: Two things I added to my wardrobe last month that have made a big difference? These control top, super supportive tights and a fashionable carryall bag – specifically the Transport Tote. I'm always on the hunt for a great pair of tights, and these are the perfect opacity while still being supportive – but not constricting. I have a feeling I'll be wearing these a lot this winter. On a similar note, I've gone through so many work bags recently and just wanted something that felt professional but still fun. I got this one and love it. it's the ideal size for my laptop, a planner, and a few essentials – and not much more, which is important because I tend to carry a lot of crap!

Hiking Kearsarge North: I was really hoping to bring my brother out to Tumbledown while he was in town, but like most vacations that include a lot of family, his schedule ended up filling up fast. So instead we hiked closer to home and did Kearsarge North. Despite seeing this mountain multiple times a week and hiking close by, I'd never done it and it was the perfect kind of challenging. maybe not as full body as Tumbledown, but still fun with an incredible view at the top.

L.L. Bean Stowaway Day Pack: Speaking of hiking, I've now used this packable backpack on two longer hikes and love it. It's the perfect size for a day hike, has two water bottle holders (I drink a ton of water), and packs down easily for storage. Best part though is that it doesn't hit my hips when I'm moving.

Ogee Organics: Earlier this month I had the opportunity to try the whole range of shades of Ogee Organics' Sculpted Lip Oils and friends let me tell you, they're great. Beautiful color, no flaking, and incredible ingredients. My favorite shades are Gardenia and Clear – they're a little minty, but not too much, and the color is such a pretty wash. PLUS, Ogee is a Vermont-based company and I love being able to support New England-based businesses. I received a ton of interest on my Instagram post and i"m so excited to be able to share a discount with you! Click here and use the code JulieLovesOgee to receive 15% off your order of anything on the site!

Joining the Thinx Leaders program:
I'm so, so excited to be part of the Thinx Leaders program! I shared my first period story and why I'm so excited to be part of the program in this post – but in short, I love repping a product that cuts back on waste, supports the wellbeing of people with periods, and gives back to those in need and supports education for girls. Not only that, but I love giving back to YOU – if you shop through my Thinx Leaders profile, you can save $10 off your first order.

Primera Miracle Seed Essence: I've been using this hydrating essence for a few weeks now and I honestly love it. With winter arriving soon, my skin has needed all the hydration it can get. After washing my face, I put a little of this in clean palms and pat it in before adding serum and moisturizer. So nice.