Friday, January 24, 2020

Weekend Reading 1.24.2020

My goodness – how is it already January 24th? This month somehow felt a million years long and also so very short. I've just gotten back from a long day on the road from work and to say I'm exhausted and excited for the weekend would be an understatement. I have NO PLANS. Other than a haircut and to maybe make a trip to Sephora to re-up on this serum (it's a hit, will review soon). Also, it's my birthday on Monday so I'll be doing some thinking in terms of how I'd like to celebrate. I'm not a huge birthday party person, but do enjoy using the day (and let's be honest, the days leading up to the day) as an excuse to treat myself a bit. This year I'm not going crazy because I'm planning on visiting family in Florida soon (sun! warmth!), but I'd like to maybe get myself another pair of these leggings or maybe an extra cozy cashmere piece (love these). January's been a quiet month for me, I've been working more on myself than spending much energy on outward things, trying to get my head in the game for a new year and just generally feeling like a hibernating bear. I hope you're having a cozy month too! xo

I've really been missing running lately – the sidewalks here are so icy it feels impossible – but loved these tips for running in winter from Grace

January always sends me into a major style rut and I've been feeling super uninspired lately. I think . it's time for a closet clean out soon... I've been eyeing these under $200 finds (love that leopard top handle bag!), a cute pair of jeans, and an edgy tee or sweatshirt (love this designer's pieces)

Prepare to be mesmerized by fish (also the headline is pretty cute)

I just ordered these pants and i can't waittttt to wear them – apparently I'm slowly morphing back into my high school self? But so cute with a chunky sweater and equally chunky sneakers (and chunky jewelry? Yes, that too!)

More of this please: 3 older women style their favorite pieces from their closets. "The pants are plaid, and well, they're fabulous")

Ogee has two new lip tint shades and they're gorgeous - Elenia, a soft coral, and Fuchsia – use my code 'JulieLovesOgee' for 15% off!

"Would you adopt this jerk?"

Speaking of new colors – Thinx also launched two new shades, Juniper & Pine, and they're so pretty. Shop through my Leaders profile for $10 off your first order! I also recently wrote a piece about Thinx if you're like to learn more

This was really useful: 5 ways to actually solve your shoe storage

A really great sale: save an extra 50% off sale items from Anthropologie! This puffer coat looks so cozy and I'm seriously considering this snake-print puffer

In case you need some dinner inspiration: 30 sheet-pan dinners & desserts (my dinner tonight was an RX Bar and some cashews so all of these look incredible)

Heads up: If you're looking for cashmere on sale, here it is, plus take an extra 25% off with the code 'Sale25'!

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Weekend Reading 1.12.20

Hi! Hello! It's 2020 and dang is this year already a doozy. I was writing something before this, rounding up my favorite products from 2019, and realized that the post was taking a turn into more personal territory. All of a sudden it was a reflection on being better and decidedly not about my favorite items from the past year. I'm still going to publish both of those, but need more time to think about it. Basically, I've been feeling it lately. As in, all the feelings, most of them difficult ones. It's made it hard to function normally, frankly, knowing that so many are hurting while I go about my daily life. Especially functioning on the internet. I know I'm not alone in this. This weekend I'm working on breaking out of the rut for a bit, seeing some friends and spending time on our beautiful coast. I'm also thinking of ways to help and get more involved. More on that later, I've included a few links below that could be useful. I hope you're doing OK, friends. Remember to take care of your hearts. It's hard to be human sometimes. xo

A few ways to help Australia: If you're a crafter, here are a bunch of ways to lend your skills to help wildlife; the World Wildlife Fund is working to help animals and has a plan to replant two billion trees after the fires; The Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities is collecting funds to support indigenous communities

If you're sick of winter dressing already (I am), a few easily layerable options: love these winter-to-spring transition pieces (that light denim dress would be so cute with cozy tights and big combat boots), my favorite leggings that are also perfectly acceptable as pants (just got them in lime, thinking "daybreak" next. My goal is to be the brightest person at the gym), very curious about these corduroy pants from Everlane. Anyone tried them?

A good read if you're working to strengthen relationships this year: How negativity can ruin relationships

I've been listening to this podcast lately and it's one of my top recommendations I've been sharing with people. I even shared it with my therapist. Episode 14 could have been written about me.

Another great podcast episode, especially if you're working on changing some habits: how to build better habits

I've been experiencing some cystic acne lately and along with working on my inside, I've been using this trio of products with great success. I use the oil only at night and the mask as more of a spot treatment. Then in the AM I use this serum and this oil. A+ so far. (it should be noted that none of it smells good, but then again the best skincare rarely does)

Sezane denim has gone eco-friendly! I have my eye on this pair and this pair. So classic!

The case for co-housing – I'm intrigued.

Love these tips for looking more put-together 

This article about almond milk has been making the rounds and I think it's important. It's hard to be perfect, but I'll be switching to oat for the little amount of "milk" I use

The 10 most anticipated books of 2020

I've got my eye on this chunky under $80 sweater – perfect? It might be!

Monday, December 23, 2019

Weekend Reading 12.22

Happy Sunday! This weekend FLEW by and I really can't believe that Christmas is just a couple of days away – I'm not ready, but I'm long past the point of being stressed out about it. Chris and I are on the other side of some big events at work and have the next few days off together and I can't wait to just relax. We're hosting Christmas Eve dinner and then staying put on Christmas day – all I want to do is chill, maybe take a walk and watch some movies. However you celebrate, I hope your holidays are lovely and relaxing and all you need them to be. xo

It's been SO COLD this week, officially boots-all-the-time weather. I've ben living in these boots this winter and have another pair in my cart, best paired with chilly day layers and a great scarf

What's a personal life? No. Really.

This great bag looks way more expensive than it is. Also love this beaded bag - so fun for NYE!

Something I've never considered: how facials work in different countries

Speaking of facials, this is my go-to cleansing oil for removing makeup and there's a great gift with purchase right now. Use my code 'JulieLovesOgee' for 15% off!

If you need some cheer, these Christmas photos might do it (I spy Sunday River!)

If you've been thinking about a leopard print coat, this one is 40% off right now

If you're looking forward to getting organized for January like I am, I give you these closet organization tips

Really into chain accents lately and these pieces are so pretty

We must thank God for Aidy Bryant's 'Beautiful Fat Ass' (yesssss)

I bought this beaded headband this weekend and love it – it comes in so many colors too

The top 10 recipes of 2019

Get 15% off TOMS with the code 'HOLIDAYTOMS' – love that they make slippers now!

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Weekend Reading 12.15

Happy weekend! This one feels especially well-earned, even though I'm spending most of it – surprise! – working. I'm sure pretty much anyone who works any kind of retail or customer-facing job can relate – damn, the holidays are insane. My house? Not decorated at all. Work, on the other hand? I created a damn Christmas miracle last week. Wreaths were hung, trees were trimmed, stockings were stuffed, none of which were mine.... and I'm exhausted. This year has felt especially harried with the addition of several large events on the work calendar – so safe to say, the holidays have been a little different for Chris and I this year (for anyone catching up, we work together and barely see each other). I feel so behind (the photo above is from last year). But I'm trying to not let it get me down. This coming week is going to be even crazier than the last, but I'm hoping to maybe get a tree at some point. Anyway, shoutout to anyone else whose holidays aren't picture perfect – I'm right there with you.

I've recently partnered with United By Blue and am so pleased to share a discount with you! Use code 'orchidgrey15' for 15% off!

Reformation is having a big old sale and marry Christmas to meeee. Love this cute little mini.

If you're in need of a little positivity (I am)

These beauty bundles from Ogee are the perfect last minute gift for a friend or family member – remember to use the code 'JulieLovesOgee' for 15% off!

Looking for a really nice stocking stuffer? These CBD bath salts would be ace

Would you like to cry? Watch this Polish holiday ad

An astrological t-shirt you'll actually want to wear (and would make such a great gift)

Yes Yes Yes Greta Thunberg

Love these under $200 winter style staples (that neon orange sweater!)

Mark your calendars and plan a trip to NY: this Whitney Museum exhibition sounds amazing

I bought this serum foundation during black Friday and LOVE it so far, especially layered over this primer

Brene Brown on the difference between empathy and sympathy

YUM this vegan broccoli "cheese" soup sounds so good (update: I made it, is IS good)

The case for holiday outfit moderation (January!)

Speaking of all-year-round glitter, how pretty are these glitzy jewelry pieces? Love those fringy stars. Also have my eye on a cute mini bag for the holidays.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's new movie looks pretty incredible

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!