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Keep the Summer Alive with These Beachy Desk Accessories

Summer days are driftin’ away, but that just means we have a new season to justify all our shopping habits! Whether you’re going back to school in a few weeks or back to work tomorrow, I say it’s time to hit refresh on your supplies.

Before returning to the real world, I like to take inventory of my favorite things and update the items that help keep me organized. I would be lost without my planner and phone, and fortunately, there are so many cute options for both!

And though summer is soon behind us, we can still keep our sunny dispositions. Decorate your desk with little reminders of the good times and warmer weather. I certainly know I’m not ready to let go of the palm tree prints and vay-cay color schemes, and now I don’t have to! Continue Reading

Home Decor

How To Turn Your Backyard Into Your Private Getaway

My honeymoon was the vacation of a lifetime. It’s been a wild summer, so having that time to relax and go on adventures was both incredible and inspiring. I have so many new ideas that came from just allowing my mind to wander. And, while I am so excited to jump back into everything, I also can’t let myself forget the importance of taking it easy every now and then. I think all of us can get caught up in the craziness of day-to-day life, but sometimes it seems impossible to take time off.

If you can’t get away, try bringing the vacation to you by transforming an area of your house into your own personal oasis. With all the awesome outdoor furniture and decor these days, you can easily turn your backyard into an unrecognizable dream land. Invite some friends over to sit around the fire pit or just chill with a glass of wine or a good book at the end of the day. Spend some time whenever you can to just let yourself chill and reflect on all the good things you have in your life!

It might not be exactly the same as an oceanside resort, but it’s just right outside your door!

Check out some of my favorite outdoor finds below:

10 Items To Inspire Your Own Backyard Vacation

Black Metal Sofa | Outdoor Rug | Wire Coffee Table | Pillow Cover | Globe String Lights | Metallic Plant Stand | Citronella Candle | Fire Pit | Yuakan Umbrella | Copper Party Cup

Beauty, Wedding

Here Comes The Bridal Makeup Advice

Hey, everyone! It’s Spencer Barnes again, here to chat some more about skincare and makeup. This time, we are going in-depth about bridal looks. Since it’s wedding season, I figured many of you brides-to-be might appreciate my makeup tips for your big day. This list is how I approach creating the perfect looks for my clients and friends on their wedding days. I hope you find it just as helpful! Continue Reading

Living

Your Official Poolside Checklist ✔️✔️✔️

If I could do all my daily activities from inside a pool, I would. Breakfast, phone calls, workouts…you name it. Give me a big enough pool float and I will find a way to never leave. With the whole country dealing with 90°+ temperatures, I think we can all agree that the water is the place to be. So what else do we need to make sure we do this whole swimming pool thing the right way?

Lucky for you, I’ve compiled a handy list of all the things you’ll want to pack to maximize your splash time. First, don’t forget the obvious: your swimsuit (trust me, I’ve done it). One-pieces have made a serious comeback recently, and I am all for it. So many cute prints! Next, you’ll need to complete your outfit with some h20-friendly slides and a breezy cover-up.

Let’s take a minute to talk about a key player in this scenario: the sun. It’s a wonderful thing that gives us good vitamins and natural highlights, but the sun can also do some serious damage. Before you put anything else in that great new summer tote, throw in your sunscreen, sunglasses, and a sun hat. We have to protect your beautiful skin, hair, and eyes! Leave home without any of these necessities and your day could take a major turn for the worse. And don’t forget to make sure you also beat the heat by drinking plenty of water!

And when it’s time to dry off, lay out that towel, spray some sea salt in your hair (the BEST hair is pool hair), and hang out with a good book for awhile. Sounds like just another day in paradise!

12 Poolside Accessories That Will Brighten Your Summer

swimsuit | float | sunscreen | tote bag | book | cover-up | water bottle | sea salt spray | iridescent slides | sun hat | beach towel | sunglasses

Wedding

How To Find Your Dream Wedding Dress with Anita Patrickson

Hi there, fellow Julianne fans! Anita Patrickson here. As Julianne’s friend and stylist for over six years, we’ve had great times in even greater gowns! This year, I worked with Jules on finding the one dress that mattered most: her wedding dress.

Julianne and I went back and forth, discussing it quite a bit. Of course we’ve selected many gowns for her before for special events like the Golden Globes and Dancing with the Stars (I’m fairly certain she has worn every style and color under the sun). However, it was important to Julianne that this dress would be a different type of special. She wanted something timeless, clean, and elegant: a dress she could look back on years from now and still be awed by its classic beauty. I couldn’t agree more!

Because celebrity clients have tried on a million gowns before, they have more pre-planned idea of what they prefer for their wedding gown. But with my girlfriends and non-celebrity clients, they are in completely new and exciting territory. Often, these brides-to-be will end up picking a dress they never thought they would wear. My first piece of advice is to always keep an open mind and try on every style — you will probably be surprised what looks and feels right! Continue Reading

Beauty, Wedding

10-Day Countdown To Your Best Skin Ever with Spencer Barnes

Some of you may already know who I am but for those of you who don’t, Hi! I’m Spencer Barnes, Julianne’s friend and make up artist for nearly a decade. While Jules is away, she asked me to drop by her site and share some of my pre-wedding skincare tips. We specifically thought you might be interested to know how Julianne and my other clients prepare their pretty faces for some of life’s biggest events.

Whether you’re a bride-to-be or you have another type of major event coming up, one thing we all want on our big day is clear, glowing, gorgeous skin. This 10-Day Countdown is my guide for getting ready to put your absolute best face forward. Continue Reading

Recipes, Wedding

Something Blue Smoothie

We may be halfway through the summer, but wedding season is still in full swing! Whether a bride, a groom, or a guest, we all want to look and feel our greatest on the big day. If feeling good inside and out is the goal, it only makes sense to indulge in foods that offer beauty benefits that have a profound effect on our skin, nails, and hair. Bridal Nutritionist Kara Stout specializes in recipes that make you feel even more beautiful than you already are. Whether it’s for the big day or a special event, her Something Blue Smoothie is something for everyone to sip-up before you or your loved one walk down the aisle!

This delicious wedding-inspired smoothie is a nutrition-packed breakfast that is low in sugar, high in protein, and a great source of healthy fats and fiber. We can also sneak in some leafy greens that provide vitamins A, C, E and K, folic acid, chlorophyll, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and more.

An added bonus: The blueberries contribute to glowing, youthful skin because of the abundance of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals — and the Vitamin C found in blueberries can help with the maintenance and synthesis of collagen. A popular buzzword for good reason, collagen is included in the smoothie as well. Collagen is an abundant protein found in our bodies. However, as we age, our collagen production naturally begins to decrease. On top of that, an unhealthy diet, such as one too high in sugar, or an unhealthy lifestyle, can also lead to a decrease in collagen, which is SO not ideal. Adding collagen peptides into this recipe gives you a head start on your path to healthier hair, skin, and nails.

The Something Blue Smoothie will also boost energy, kickstart your immune system, improve digestion, and contribute to healthy weight loss. What are you waiting for? Get this in your blender now! Continue Reading

Wedding

We Said “I Do!”

I’m officially married to the love of my life! The past few days have been some of the best I’ve ever had. To be surrounded by that much love was a feeling that will stay with me forever. After all the fittings and tastings and planning, I thought I had an idea of what our wedding would be like but I can certainly say our big day completely surpassed my wildest dreams. It was just beautiful.

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While Brooks and I are away getting our honeymoon on, I’ve enlisted upon some of my closest confidants to keep you informed and entertained. They’ve got some good stuff up their sleeves! I’ll be reading along with you. See you when we get back!

In the meantime, you can see all the lovely details of our wedding celebration in the latest issue of People Magazine – on newsstands everywhere this Friday, July 14!

xo
Mrs. Jules

Wedding

My Favorite Things From My EPIC Bridal Shower

My beautiful sister Sharee hosted my awesome bridal shower in Utah last week. Believe me when I say I was absolutely blown away by the amount of thought and creativity that went into this shower! Sharee enlisted creative genius Heidi Swapp to help her go all out – and all out they went! We had a perfume making station, personalized bracelets, the most delicious food, even customized lemonades, they truly thought of everything! There was so much to do and everything looked so fantastic.

I loved getting to spend time with so many of my friends and family. It was truly one of the best days, and the perfect way to celebrate my engagement. Being surrounded by my loved ones is my favorite place to be!


Heidi took boards from her recently-launched Letterboard collection and used them to create the signage and menus for each station. Heidi also used these boards as decor by adding love quotes and placing them around the shower.

Fun fact: Heidi’s inspiration for the shower was the “love fern” from the movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. With that in mind she included ferns in the centerpieces on the tables and at each station. The fern was used on the invitations, save the dates, napkin holders, perfume labels, advice book and the party favors. It was unique, clever, and fun. My kind of party! Continue Reading

Living

Better Sleep = Better Living

Whenever I’m on the road, as much as I absolutely love being on tour, I can’t help but dream about sleeping in my own bed. I truly believe better sleep leads to better health, wellness, and overall living. Designing the perfect sleep environment is an absolute priority at home. It’s something I’ve been trying to recreate on the road with the assistance of several brilliant products.

And of course, I always make sure to check in on my FitBit Charge HR to track and monitor my sleep habits.

Below are my must haves from home and my on-the-road sleep solutions while on tour for MOVE Beyond.

HOW I GET MY BEST SLEEP AT HOME

1. (Don’t) Let There Be Light
Sleep experts say deep darkness is the key to a deep sleep. It’s important to shut off or cover any tiny lights from electronics and cover all windows with blackout curtains. Light, sheer curtains may look pretty during the day but they could result in dark circles under the eyes.

2. Sleep On It
Having a great mattress is of the utmost importance to me. Mattresses range from totally affordable to crazy expensive, but no matter what your budget when you find the one that’s right for you you can have the best sleep ever. Continue Reading

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