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!
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!
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.
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!
I’ll just say it — I am not ever going to be the girl who goes to dinner and orders two stalks of asparagus. I love food! I love going to restaurants, getting take out, snacking at sporting events… you get the idea.
Good news! The secret to being able to double fist your favorite foods is knowing how to order them. Lori Zanini, RD, and creator of the free 7 day meal plan is singing the same tune in these awesome suggestions for what to order when eating out. A few simple swaps can change a not-so-healthy salad (it’s true, not all salads are created clean) into a healthy-yet-still-delish dish.
Whether I’m on the road for work or in my own neighborhood, I love exploring and trying new restaurants. If you know what to look for, choosing healthy menu items is easy no matter what type of restaurant you are trying! You don’t even have to totally overhaul your order.
One of the greatest joys in my life is hearing stories about your successes and knowing you all are happy, thriving, reaching and achieving your goals. This letter from Taranah made me “wahoo!” out loud! Talk about an inspiring, goal-slaying rock star. I’m proud of Taranah’s success and am honored to have been a very small part of it — let’s be real, this was all you girl! Following this great Ask Jules email are the takeaways Taranah is referring to from my interview with Lewis Howes. Hope the video inspires you to be an even better you, too!
I wanted to share something with you and say thank you for it! I’m in my second year at university studying psychology and we have to take a mandatory course in statistics and coding for which the exam is very difficult. Even though I studied really hard all year, I was extremely anxious during the months leading up to the exam. I tried to be balanced by meditating and working out every day, things both you and my mom advocate! But, I was still very nervous and lacked confidence — and then I watched your interview on success with Lewis Howes from 2015 and somehow it felt like what you said flicked a switch in my brain and I started practicing what you said about breathing and about looking in the mirror and building up your own confidence even when you don’t feel confident or believe the things you’re saying. I watched parts of it every time I started feeling anxious and then practiced your tips.
I got my results today and on this course, which is difficult even to pass, I got 91%! I credit you with a lot of that because all the knowledge I had would never have been enough if I lacked the confidence and calmness to apply it in a stressful situation.
Thank you thank you thank you — you are amazing in every way!
I realise you have an incredibly busy life so of course I’m not expecting an answer but I really hope you read this because I so wanted you to know 🙂
When it comes to eating healthy on-the-go I’ve always believed it’s all about being well stocked with options. The problem I run into — and perhaps you’ve experienced the same — is those options seem so limited. I only have a handful of solid to-go snacks that I go to and as a result, just like most routines, eating the same thing gets boring! As a result, I sometimes stray from my nutrition plans.
Fortunately, there are expert snack-slayers like Lori Zanini, RD, and creator of the free 7 day meal plan, who has a whole arsenal of delicious and clean choices. Here, Lori shares a list of ideas that are sure to keep me happy and healthy on my journey to snack success!
How To Stay Healthy While Snacking On The Go
I frequently get asked how I make healthy food choices when I’m on the road. My strategy: always come prepared by packing some simple on the go snacks! Eating out for most meals, combined with a busy work schedule, can lead to making less than healthy choices while traveling. For me, packing snacks is a must, if I already have them on hand I’m less likely to go rogue. Here are some of my go-to foods when hunger hits on the road!
1. Single Serving Nut Butter Pack + A Piece of Fruit
My favorite on-the-go fruits are apples, pears, and bananas. Buying nut butters in single serving squeeze packs makes it easy to eat the correct portion size without any measuring or mess!
2. Homemade Trail Mix
I think the best combination is almond slivers, cashews, unsweetened dried cranberries or blueberries, dried coconut chips and a dash of cinnamon. Tip: make it in bulk before your trip and measure out your portions — about a ¼ cup for one serving — ahead of time in little jars or snack bags so you can grab and go each day.
3. Simple Avocado Tuna “Salad”
This is a great snack that makes more of a hearty on-the-go meal. Take ½ of a medium avocado and mash it with 3 oz. tuna (or salmon) packaged in water. Add a little bit of salt, pepper and cayenne or chili powder and enjoy! What makes this salad perfect for traveling? All of the ingredients can be kept at room temp until you are ready to whip it up!
I’ve always had an interest in interior design, but it wasn’t until I started working on my dream home that it became a full-on passion. I partnered with creative genius Jake Arnold to make my visions a reality, and he really helped me achieve exactly what I had imagined. Together we created a sanctuary I still get excited to come home to.
The icing on the cake was having the honor of being featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine! We’ve since received a ton of emails like the one below from Amy. I’m happy to help your design dreams come true — we should all have a sanctuary awaiting us after a long day away from home!
Ok, am I absolutely dying to know where you got/what fabric your pillow is on the cover of BH&G!! (The greenish/ blue one behind the Zak+Fox one)… I’ve been looking for a color like that everywhere and it’s always either too blue or too green and never quite right! I love its texture as well! Would love it if you could tell me about it :).
The Ask Jules email below brought to my attention how similar it can be to prepare for prom and getting ready to walk the red carpet. As daunting as both can be, it’s important to maintain a healthy mindset, dress in a way that makes you feel your very best, and remember to be kind to yourself. You deserve it!
I just wanted to tell you how much you inspire me through your kindness and motivation. You’re one of the people I look up to most in life and I just want to thank you for showing me how to help others and be the best version of myself! Secondly, I am a senior in high school and prom is coming up so I have a few questions that I’d love to know your advice/opinions about.
My first question is about the dress. I am not a very materialistic person so it is not too important to me that I have a super expensive, fancy dress, but at the same time I still want to feel pretty and princess-y. Do you know of any relatively inexpensive options or any tips on how to feel confident in a dress?
I’ve been eating well and trying to live a more holistic life lately, which has helped a lot to boost my confidence, but there are some days when I still struggle with that. Do you have any tips that you use on red carpets or for formal events that keep you feeling happy and confident even after multiple hours? I know the red carpet and prom are completely different but I think some of the concepts are similar.
Also if you have any input on makeup and hair you’re willing to share I’d love to know!
I know you’re a super busy person and I’ve asked a lot (sorry for that) but if you do read this I would be super, super, appreciative and thrilled if you responded. Thank you for everything!!!
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!
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?
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!