Wedding

Your Guide To The Perfect Bachelorette Bash with Lauren Bushnell

A few weeks ago, my girlfriends and family hosted my bachelorette party down in Mexico. It was one of the most memorable weekends of my life! There are few instances where almost all the ladies you love most come together to celebrate love –- and to me, that’s the best part of the bachelorette tradition. When I received this Ask Jules email from Ami about throwing the perfect bachelorette party for her friend, I knew exactly who to turn to for advice: Lauren Bushnell. Lauren is another bride-to-be, and she also knows a thing or two about being a bachelorette (wink wink).

Read on for her awesome suggestions for hosting the ultimate LA-based bachelorette bash!

xo
Jules

Hey Jules!
I am SO excited to be able to get your advice on how to throw the perfect bachelorette party for my bff! You seem to throw the best parties whether it be Bachelor viewing night, family gatherings at the lake or summer hangs by the pool!!

Carrie and I have been best friends since high school and she is the last of our group to get married and just a super special girl!!:) There will be 10 of us and we want to keep it flirty and fun with just a little bit of sexy to make her turn red! Can you give me some suggestions for the LA area in late April?

Thanks Jules!!
Ami

Hi Ami,

I LOVE bachelorette parties! Having all your girls in one place, celebrating love while also letting loose is the perfect equation for fun. Planning a wedding is a lot of work so bach parties are a much needed escape from the stresses of preparing for the big day.

I personally have always liked the more low-key getaways. Los Angeles is a great place for the ultimate girls trip. Don’t get me wrong — I love a good weekend in Vegas, but when it comes to Bachelorette parties that type of adventure is predictable and overdone.

When it comes to LA, Santa Monica is a great place to enjoy both the beach and the city. There are plenty of bars nearby, lots of good shopping, and great food. It’s the best place to both relax and celebrate at the same time! Continue Reading

Recipes

Chocolate Mug Cake with Strawberries

Who doesn’t love cake?? This perfect-for-one dessert recipe has a twist, though — it’s actually good for you. If you’re like me, you’re very intrigued at the idea of adding black beans to something chocolate-y, but I am here to tell you that one weird ingredient doesn’t keep this from being my new go-to evening splurge.

I’m not sure if you’ve seen any of Lori Zanini’s other recipes, but this one totally lives up to her reputation of delivering big taste without sacrificing your health. If you don’t already have her cookbook check it out! Continue Reading

Style

Gorgeous Nails At Home: 3 DIY Trends You’ll Love For Spring

According to eco-chic nail stylist Debbie Leavitt, the look for manis this spring is all about layering and depth. If you’ve got a fashion magazine (or five — no judgement) within reach, chances are Debbie’s hands are behind the manicures on the cover page and featured story. She doesn’t just know what the trends are, she basically starts them!

And, I’m feeling very lucky because Debbie created three exclusive inspirations for spring, just for us. She also included step-by-step instructions so we can recreate them at home. It’s a perfect weekend project!

xo
Jules

A Few Tips Before You Begin
Tip 1: Wait for polish to dry between steps. It makes it easier to create clean lines.

Tip 2: Dusty mauves are a big color this season. Pop it up with a contrasting bright and bold color like hot pink or orange!

Tip 3: To create “monogram” letters like the “J” and “H,” use a nail dotter. (You can use a toothpick if you don’t have a nail dotter.) The easiest way to use either is to lightly touch the tip of the pen or pick into the edge of the polish. The more polish on the tool, the harder it is to make precise dots. Continue Reading

Healthy

Ask Jules: Late Night Snacking

We’ve all been there. Or if you’re like me, you’re there pretty much every night. A few hours post dinner, somewhat close to bedtime, a little voice pops into my head and says, “I’m kinda hungry…”

I know we’re not supposed to snack late at night, but how bad can it be, really? Samantha’s Ask Jules email made me wonder: are all nighttime snacks created evil? I asked my friends at Nourish what we should snack on in our jammies. Continue Reading

Inspired

Your Guide to Emotional Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning isn’t just about freshening up your physical space. It can also be a great time to clean up certain aspects of our lives, giving us a chance to go into the new season refreshed and ready. I thought about some of the areas of my life that could use a good dusting and below is what I came up with. Do you have any to add?

Touch up my relationships.
It’s easy to let distance and time take you away from the ones you love. I am proud of my relationship with one of my best friends, Maude. She might live what feels like a million miles away, but we make an effort to touch base as often as possible. That’s why we’ve been able to maintain a friendship since we were ten years old!

Still, there are people in my life I haven’t been so great at keeping in touch with. Often they cross my mind and I say to myself, “I should really check in with them.” This month, I will set aside some extra time to reach out to the people on that list. Bonus points for handwritten letters!

Clean out my to-do list.
We all have that growing list of things we really have to do, or we really should do, or whatever the status may be. I’ll get to it when I get to it, right?? This ongoing list of tiny tasks gives me major anxiety. I mean, some of the things on my looming list are: clean out the trunk of my car, organize my junk drawer, look over the expiration dates on my spices — you get the idea. This is the season of no to-do lists! I’ve committed to doing at least one item per weekend. The funny thing is, once I get started I know it will go quickly! It’s just the getting started part that’s so hard.

My gift to myself is going to be clearing my conscious of these nagging tasks. Consider the whole thing checked! (Seriously this time.)

De-clutter my schedule.
I’m a firm believe that a little routine goes a long way. I like to have standing days and times for workouts, hikes with Lexi and Harley, date nights with Brooks, time with my girls, and, equally important, some ME time. Knowing what lies ahead week after week makes me feel organized, and with the Move Tour right around the corner, I need all the organization and sanity I can possibly get. I’ve decided that every little item I schedule over the next few months will be something that is either essential to my professional life or something that will bring me great joy in my personal life. Nothing else! Continue Reading

Fashion

My Beachelorette Fashion Guide

If you follow me on Instagram you already know I just had my epic bachelorette party. For my BEACHelorette, my closest girlfriends and family took a trip with me to lovely Mexico. This weekend away was so special and unforgettable! It was so much more memorable than almost any vacation I’d ever taken because I was surrounded by some of the most important people in my life.

In addition to the fun we had dancing, boating, and swimming, we also played with our style. Although my captain’s hat tops them all, everyone brought their cutest bathing suits, cut out dresses, fringed accessories and cover-ups. Continue Reading

Recipes

Vegan Taco Salad

When I was sent this week’s challenge for Meatless Monday, I immediately went on the hunt for great meal ideas. I am pretty obsessed with this vegan taco salad with creamy cilantro lime dressing (oh yeah!) from Nutrition By Kara. Not only is Kara’s recipe meatless — it’s also gluten-free, dairy-free and has no added sugar. Kara’s a nutritionist, so she knows what she’s talking about when she says it’s full of clean, plant-based protein, fiber, healthy fats, antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and K.

Ole!

Vegan Taco Salad Ingredients:
• 3/4 bag organic arugula
• ½ 15.25oz can organic corn (no sugar added)
• ½ 15oz can organic black beans
• ½ 3.8oz can sliced black olives
• 1 large handful sliced organic mixed tomatoes
• 1 cubed avocado
• 1 almond flour tortilla (you can find these at Whole Foods)

Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing:
• 1 cup soaked cashews
• 3½ tbsp olive oil
• 1 lime
• 3 tbsp pure water
• ½ tbsp cilantro leaves
• 1/8 tsp sea salt
• pinch of black pepper

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Inspired

Ask Jules: Confidence 101

There’s a well-known saying that goes, “Great athletes aren’t born, they are made.” Well, I believe the same applies to confidence. Confident people aren’t born that way, it’s something they’ve grown to believe.

I would consider myself a confident person, but in all honesty, it takes practice. We all have moments of self doubt and uncertainty depending on what’s happening in our lives and how we’re feeling at the time.

Hi Jules,
I would like to just take this moment, to say thank you. Thank you for your support, your generosity, your love and passion to help those and help others.

When I watch Safe Haven (which is my favourite!) I can’t help but understand and empathise with the character Katie. You play her with so much confidence. You took the role and made her come to life, providing me with the feeling that someone else understands.

I’ve had my fair share of problems, and I’m still dealing with them now; but I use the character of Katie as a role model. She found happiness and self confidence in her darkest times, so will I find mine?

My question is: how did you get so confident? Were you born confident? Do you have any tips for growing confidence?

I am almost in my final year of teacher training, and confidence when I’m not in the classroom is a downfall of mine. I want to be the best teacher I can possibly be, so any tips or advice on self-growth would be fantastic. Thank you!

Love,
Kyra
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Inspired

10 Ways To Celebrate International Women’s Day

It wasn’t very long ago that women were fighting for the right to vote, and even though we’ve made great strides, there’s still work to do. In 2015, Caucasian women working a full-time, year-round job made only 80 cents for every dollar earned by a man, and the disparity was even greater for women of color.

As women, one simple thing we can do to move closer to equality is to lift each other up, both in our professional and personal lives. We have to encourage each other, and be bold enough to step up and challenge any injustices we encounter. Just the small act of letting a friend or coworker know they can count on us in situations where they need a teammate can make a huge difference. Don’t you feel more confident to dream big when you have a support system you know will help make those dreams come true?! Let’s all pledge to be that person for someone else!

Small choices can lead to big changes. In the spirit of International Women’s Day, I’ve come up with a list of action items we can each do to make the world a better — and safer — place for women. Continue Reading

Inspired

Ask Jules: Meatless Monday Challenge

I am all for these challenges you guys are sending in! They’re thought provoking, clever, and fun. Plus, I simply just love to hear from you! Shaylie emailed me a challenge to go meatless on Mondays for one month for a list of very good reasons. The fact is, if enough of us go meatless even for only one day a week, we are greatly reducing our carbon footprint and saving vital resources for the planet. What a simple way to make a difference! Continue Reading

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