Ask Jules vol. 3

This week in my Ask Jules column I decided to slip-on my Cupid wings and address a few of my romantic readers.

I was wandering if you can tell me how you would like to be approached by a guy you do not know and be asked out?
– Steve

Hi Steve!
When it comes to approaching someone you don’t know and asking them out, the key is to come off confident, comfortable, and above all – not creepy. When I was single, I always appreciated it when someone started a conversation with me before jumping to asking me out. If they could make me laugh or smile in a way that didn’t feel too aggressive, it put me at ease and allowed me to open up.

Pay attention for opportunities to start a conversation. If you’re both in the cereal section at the grocery store, ask a question about the box she’s holding or make a joke about all the choices. Breaking the ice is the best way to start.

What do you think, readers? Help Steve out in the comments! How do you like to be approached and asked out?

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Thanksgiving Challenge

Today’s post is dedicated to you. Yes, YOU! I am so grateful for all the love and support I receive from you all. I couldn’t do what I love every day if it weren’t for each and every one of you and for that I am THANKFUL!

I usually post challenges on Fridays but I want to do a special one today. Let’s each reach out to at least three people for whom we are thankful for. Let them know what they do or what they’ve done that makes you thankful for them. No mass texts allowed! This challenge is meant to be personal and from the heart.

Happy Thanksgiving to you!


The Perfect Holiday Wardrobe (For Feasting)

Tomorrow’s holiday isn’t exactly one where I carefully consider what to wear. It’s not meant to be incredibly festive or fancy. Let’s be real, tomorrow is all about the FOOD! But still, you will not be catching me in leather leggings, a snug dress, tights or anything restricting my ability to indulge in a delicious home cooked meal and veg out afterward with my family.

Below are stylish alternatives to sweatpants that are majorly comfortable but still look like you have your life together. Continue Reading


My Favorite Moment: Dancing With The Stars Finale Pt. 1

Last night was the first part of the Dancing With The Stars finale, and it did not disappoint! My very favorite moment of last night’s show were the freestyles. The freestyle is a great way to show a contestant’s journey and how far they’ve come by the end of the season. Even though all of the finalists are mentally and physically exhausted beyond belief, the energy still came through!

Alek and Lindsay’s freestyle was incredible. He nailed the performance, and Lindsay’s choreography was next level. Bindi and Derek’s dance was beautiful and breathtaking; I was definitely holding back the waterworks on that one! Carlos and Nick were also phenomenal in their performances and brought an amazing energy into that ballroom. Continue Reading


Butternut Squash + Brussels Sprouts Quinoa + Chicken Apple Sausage

Chicken apple sausage is sort of my bread-and-butter when it comes to adding quick protein to a meal. It is DELICIOUS and super filling, not to mention you can just pop a frozen one in the microwave and voila, you’ve got yourself a dinner. Adding one or two to pasta dishes or roasted veggies really rounds out any meal easily.

In honor of this savory season, I thought I’d share this favorite fall chicken apple sausage recipe from Nourish. It’s so hearty and delish; perfect for dinner in, making ahead of time for filling Tupperware lunches at work, or to bring as a dish to your Thanksgiving dinner! Continue Reading


Unlocking Your Potential

You have potential. I have potential. Everyone in this entire world has potential. Whether it’s to become great at something we haven’t yet attempted, or the capability of being even greater at something we already practice, there is an opportunity to be extraordinary. Potential is a very powerful thing; it’s essentially a more exciting word for “possibility.” Continue Reading

Home Decor

Ask Jules Vol. 2

You guys emailed me so many great questions about your home décor! Below I gave you my two cents and in addition, brought in my super talented interior designer Jake Arnold.


Hey, Jules!!
So I have been seriously dating a mountain man and with all of the fun outdoor adventures comes the (icky) manly decor. Think: deer and elk skulls, bull riding pics, mounted fish, hodgepodge furniture and spurs. I am trying to slowly introduce him to better style (my style is more vintage chic- rustic wood, mirrors, black, white, grey with pops of color). I bought him a log bed for Christmas and need your help with how to blend our styles while still making him comfortable — he asked me to move in.

Thank you so much!!
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What’s My Bridal Style?

Even before I got engaged I wondered what style of bride I’d be when the time came. Just like everyday fashion, there are categories like romantic, dramatic, traditional, bohemian, trendy, sexy, and so on. Of course my advice to myself (as well as others) is to be true to me and who I am, but when it comes to style I find myself fitting into all of these categories — it just depends on what day it is!

I narrowed it down to my top five bridal personalities and created a mood board for each style using various dresses, accessories and other items. I am attracted to different aspects in all of them.

Come on, past brides… help me out! How on earth did you decide?! I found this mood board site for inspiration: Continue Reading


Sleep Tight: 6 Tips To Get Your Best Sleep Ever

It’s a fact: getting a solid 7-8 hours of sleep is good for you. We know being better rested not only makes us more mentally clear and physically energized for whatever the next day brings, but what might surprise some is how much our skin, mood, weight, immunity and even memory benefits from catching those all-important ZZZs.

Not all sleep is quality sleep, however. The goal is to reach a deep, deep slumber, otherwise known as REM. There are lots of things we can do to encourage a successful snooze! Below are some of my six best tips for creating an optimal sleep environment: Continue Reading


Ask Jules Vol. 1

I absolutely love receiving all your emails! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and trusting your concerns with me. If I didn’t answer your letter this week, keep checking back because I will try to get to as many as possible.


I just started college in August and have found myself having a hard time making friends. Granted, it is only the first semester and I still have quite a while for making friends. The biggest issue I have run into is how much partying people do around here, and by partying, I mean drinking. I choose not to drink because my family has a long line of substance abuse. This puts me at a higher risk of addiction, and I have no desire to test those waters. I don’t particularly mind if other people party, but that just isn’t something I want to participate in… unfortunately that means I miss out on a lot of opportunities to connect with other people.
My friends understand and support my decision to not drink, but I can’t help but feel like I’m missing out on some rite of passage. Is there any advice you might offer to me and other students like me? Is there a way for me to connect with my peers that doesn’t involve drinking?

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