Pennants are to parties what candles are to birthday cake. The tapered flags are a traditional decoration that tastefully screams, “Celebrate!” When I found these pennant cookies on Bakerella, I knew I had to make them for my next party. The great thing about these cookies is they work for every occasion from baby showers and welcome homes to happy birthdays!
The chicest choice for a summer ensemble is most definitely the jumpsuit. A jumpsuit is the older, cool cousin to another favorite of mine, the romper (which is more casual). Jumpsuits are good for both work and play because they can easily stay with you from day to night. Not to mention getting ready with a one-
piece is a breeze given all you have left to do is accessorize.
I associate the word “dance” with feelings of energy, passion and beauty. For many, sometimes myself included, “dance” can also stir up less positive emotions such as intimidation and vulnerability. Everyone
has felt vulnerable at some point — whether her or she is a skilled competitor or just an casual dancer at school events or weddings.
Below, Anna and Sydnee represent two sides of dance: the teacher and the student. Their emails are brave, honest and relatable to anyone hoping to succeed in something new. I hope you can relate to both of them as much as I can.
Peanut. Butter. Pie. Need I say more? Don’t let the word “pie” fool you. This rich and creamy recipe from
ifoodreal is high in protein, low sugar, plus it has fiber and good fats. One serving has about 381 calories — just about the same amount of calories in a protein bar. Really! Furthermore, it’s gluten free and vegan. It’s practically a vegetable! 🙂
Anyone who follows me on Instagram knows how much I travel with my furry babies, Lexi and Harley. I love watching them get to explore new territories, whether it’s kicking up sand at the beach or licking freshly-fallen snow. As much fun as it is venturing away from home as a family, I know my first priority is always to keep them safe. I am constantly keeping an eye out for products meant to protect my pups while we are away from home.
Regardless if it’s a road trip or a quick drive to the store, dogs are just like us, and should really be wearing a seatbelt. One hard press on the brakes is enough to send an animal tumbling. I can’t bear the thought of what could happen in the event of an accident.
When the sun stays out longer, I tend to stay out later. Don’t you? There are few greater feelings than getting off work knowing there are still hours of sunshine left in the day. I think dresses that take you from office-to-dinner are the ultimate summer staple.
If your school or office is on the conservative side, add a light blazer or cardigan to any of these looks and then tuck it away once you’re off the clock. If your day duties require you to carry a large purse, bring a foldable clutch for just the essentials and swap it out for your evening plans.
The “dress” I’m wearing in the photo above is actually a Vanessa Virginia tunic.
Why spend more time inside than necessary when the weather is this gorgeous?! I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ways to turn up my workouts by taking them outside with these awesome accessories. This way we can work on our fitness while having fun in the sun — a win/win if you ask me!
As with any workout you do, be careful, and if you’re body is telling you it’s had enough, be sure to listen! The outdoor elements can make any exercise more challenging, so start slow and work your way up to expert level workouts slowly.
One of the things I love most on my website are the challenges. Whether it’s to high-five a stranger or name three things you like about your reflection, the intent is to help us grow, gain perspective, smile, feel good, and make others feel good, too. Until I received this email from Hals, I hadn’t thought about turning the tables and inviting you all to challenge me. Thanks for the idea Hals!
If you have a great challenge for me, send it to email@example.com.
My name is Halie but everyone just calls me Hals, I’m 18 and I have a challenge for you! I love everything you stand for, kindness, health, confidence and overall positivity. However, I would love if you would promote cruelty-free products. It’s super easy to find brands that do not use animal testing. One of my favourite brands is Pur Minerals, they have the cutest lip colours! I know you strive for a healthy body which most cruelty-free brands are made from all natural ingredients! I think all your fans would agree with me when I say Harley and Lexi are the luckiest dogs in the world! You have so much love for them and I know you are a true animal lover.
I always participate in your challenges and strive to share kindness everyday so now I’m asking you to participate in my challenge! Spread awareness of how easy it is to be cruelty free! These poor animals do not have a voice. This is a new passion of mine and you have inspired me to stand up for what I believe in. Please help me make a difference.
Thanks for everything Jules!
Hello there, Hals!
I love how passionate you are about this topic. It’s one thing to believe in something and quite another to do something about it — which you clearly are doing! I am totally with you when it comes to all things cruelty free and with that said: challenge accepted!!
As Hals mentioned, it’s very easy to be cruelty free. To save time at the store, we can all do a quick online search to confirm which products don’t participate in animal testing. I found a great resource here.
Please find below a list of everyday products I love, from brands who love animals just as much as I do:
CRUELTY-FREE HAIR CARE
Yes To Coconut Moisturizing Shampoo | DryBar Triple Sec | Aveda Thickening Tonic | Avalon Organics Thickening Conditioner | Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
Ilia Illuminator | Anastasia Brow Wiz | Urban Decay Vice Lipstick | E.L.F. Studio Cream Liner | Sonia Kashuk Brush Set
CRUELTY-FREE NAIL POLISH
Wet n Wild Megalast Nail Color | Butter Nail Lacquer | China Glaze Lacquer Nail Polish | Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish
CRUELTY-FREE SUN CARE
Australian Gold Sunscreen Lotion with Kona Bronzer, SPF 50 |
California Tan Instant Sunless Spray | Sonya Dakar Daily Defense SPF 30 | Tan Towel Self Tanning Towelette
CRUELTY-FREE HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS
Caldrea Mandarin Vetiver Laundry Detergent | method All-Purpose Surface Cleaner, Lime & Sea Salt | Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Rhubarb Hand Soap | Seventh Generation Dishwasher Detergent
I was very inspired by the Ask Jules email below from a reader named Missie. Missie is dealing with several health challenges, which make it difficult for her to be physically active, but you know what? Those limitations are not stopping Missie from finding activities she’s able to do to be healthy and fit.
Keeping up with your fitness isn’t all about appearance. We know it’s also about reducing levels of stress and anxiety, improving mental clarity and focus, having a greater lung capacity and getting a good night’s sleep.
My personal trainer, Erica Hood at Body by Simone had some excellent advice for Missie. Through that I learned about adaptive yoga, a type of yoga for people of all abilities, including disabilities.
I am one of your “older” newsletter and blog readers! I simply find you so inspiring! I don’t think inspiration has age limits! Here’s my question for you: I’m a 48-year-old empty nest mom. But I also have 2 serious health issues (CRPS/RSD and Sjogrens Syndrome) that really limit what I am able to do physically in terms of exercise. I’m unable to do anything that involves impact on my right foot/ankle or standing only on that foot. In addition, both conditions cause nearly debilitating fatigue which worsens if I overdo exercise.
I have heard the term “adaptive yoga” but don’t know anything about it. I’m trying to find out what it’s about to see if it’s an option for me. Is this something you have knowledge of? I appreciate any help you can give!
Right now, all things off shoulder are taking over every best-dressed lady’s wardrobe. Off shoulder tops, rompers and dresses are the perfect transitional pieces for going from spring to summer and summer to fall. How? Glad you asked!
An off-shoulder top can be worn with a pair of jeans on a cool day or shorts when it’s warm. A shoulder-baring dress or romper can go great with both tall boots and summer sandals. I like to have a few basic shoulder-baring tops to mix and match with printed bottoms and accessories. A white eyelet top is a definite staple item in my closet. I’ve listed a few of my favorite picks below along with other great styles.
Are you all about the off-shoulder look?