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How To Get This Natural-But-Glam Look

When it came to shooting the campaign for Giorgio Beverly Hills Glam, my glam squad went all out. Much goes into consideration when you’re creating the look for a campaign. It’s not quite as simple as just “looking pretty.” The team has to brainstorm the story we’re telling and the tone we’d like to convey.

For this campaign, we knew that the Giorgio Beverly Hills girl is clean, pretty, and glamorous. Make-up artist Beau Nelson took that inspiration and my desire to look like myself — natural but with a bit of polish. The look he created was pure perfection! So much so, that many of you have been asking how he created it and with what products. Beau was kind enough to share his tricks of the trade with us all!

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Jules
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Recipe: Spicy Cool Roasted Squash

How can the same dish be both spicy and cool, you ask? Executive Chef Yousef Ghalaini of Fig at the Fairmont Hotel here in Santa Monica explains that it’s all about the spices — Vadouvan and Calabrian chili, paired against the cool sauce — cucumber yogurt with mint. This recipe is great as a side dish or entrée for a vegetarian night. This can even be made vegan if you omit the yogurt.

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Beauty

Get This Look: Fishtail Top Knot

A few weeks ago on Dancing with the Stars, I wore a sleek gold dress with a dark red lip and slicked back hair fashioned into a dramatic fishtailed top knot. I knew I loved this look, but I didn’t realize that you all loved it too until I got home and read your comments (thank you, btw!).

There were countless questions about the braided top knot and how stylist Chad Wood hooked it up. I figured it would be best if the creator himself shared his step-by-steps to top knot perfection.

Take it away, Chad!

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Jules

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Healthy

A Beginner’s Guide To Meditation

Meditating sounds simple enough, but the truth is it can be really hard! Finding zen isn’t easy when we’ve got a list of places to go and things to do. As it turns out, quieting your inner chatter is actually a practice, and like most practices, starting small is the best way to get it right.

One of my favorite instructors at SoulCycle, David Zint, is famous for getting his riders to tap into a higher power during class. If anyone could teach me how to be there mentally, it’s him!

I asked David to share with us the mental workout I am lucky enough to experience in his classes, but in a way we can do it at home. Please let me know how your ten-minute meditation goes!

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Jules

Most of us have heard the benefits: The peace. The calm. Reduced stress. The mental clarity. Regulated moods. More productive. Being more grounded. More present. Happier and yes — healthier. All from one practice: Meditation.

Yet many of us, myself included, resist it, criticize ourselves when we are doing it, fall out of practice with it and sometimes even fear it, because we just don’t know how to do it.

Let’s start simple and small. Ten minutes. That’s all it takes. Ten minutes a day. Put aside the time either early in the morning before you begin your day or at night to unwind — if you really want to bookend your day with calm and clarity then do both morning and night meditations. Let’s get started! Continue Reading

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Fitness

Ask Jules: Should You Eat Before Hitting The Gym?

For this week’s Ask Jules, I’m going to share a question I actually had for one of my favorite people, David Zint! David is a senior instructor and training officer at SoulCycle, as well as a personal trainer and life and motivational coach. He’s pretty much the coolest person all around. I’m so happy to have David sharing his advice today, but remember — always do what feels right for you and your body!

David,

I am wondering what the absolute best breakfast would be before taking one of your morning classes or getting into an early intense cardio session? If I were taking a super early the-sun-just-came-up class, do I have to eat breakfast beforehand or can I wait until after?

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Jules
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Beauty

Blue Eyes That Pop In 5 Easy Steps

I’ve been dying to talk to you all about my make up from Monday night’s Dancing With The Stars. While I was getting ready, the cut and style of the dress reminded us of a mermaid, so my hair was braided back and styled cascading to the side, enhancing the mermaid vibe.

Spencer Barnes, my friend and pro make up artist, knew a fun, colorful eye was the way to go. Spencer chose a mix of cool blues, and I absolutely love the edgy look he created!

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Fashion

Steal My Emmys Style

It was an incredible honor and exciting moment for me to stand by the cast and crew for Grease: Live at the Emmys. Getting to be a part of such a fantastically talented group was so special to me, and winning four Emmy Awards was icing on the cake. With all the excitement surrounding the night, the question of what to wear was a big one. I absolutely love the Zuhair Murad dress I wore. I felt elegant, sexy, confident, and most importantly, like myself!

I was very lucky to have my friend and stylist Anita Patrickson find this stunning couture gown for my very special night. She’s kind of like a fairy godmother, come to think of it!

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So many of you commented on my photos, wanting to know more details about the dress. A few mentioned people mentioned they love the look but don’t know how to pull off a white dress. Anita shares her story from that night and offers some great tips for getting your white gown on below.

To take this look down a few notches for a fancy brunch or dinner party, I found some beautiful pieces that have a similar style in white and nude. If you “steal” my style, let me know by tagging! I want to see!

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Jules
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Fitness

An Olympics-Inspired Workout That’s A Perfect 10

Like almost everyone else I know, I was pretty glued to the Olympics last week. There’s nothing more inspiring than witnessing others who have worked and trained so hard going after their dreams. I was especially surprised how excited I was while watching the rowing competitions. I love the aspect of teamwork, the graceful movements of the oars and how beautiful the boats look gliding across the water.

Watching these athletes perform inspired me to mix things up when it came to my own performance. I asked my trainer Erica Hood from Body By Simone if she would come up with a workout inspired by rowing for our next training session. Erica delivered an short and simple move that I’m so excited to share with you!

This exercise works your upper body, back, lats and core, and all you need is a good set of Resistance Bands and you’re ready to go!


Olympics-Inspired Rowing Workout: The Seated Upright Row

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For more fitness inspiration follow Erica on Instagram @errrrrrrka.

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Living

Let Mr. Kate Be Your Thrift Store Guide

Thrift shopping takes patience, persistence and often, a creative eye. Sometimes what you see isn’t necessarily what you’ll get as an end result. For example, a beat up picture frame might look like a piece of junk at first glance, but with some care and restoration it could end up becoming a work of art itself. The same goes for clothing. I was advised to pay attention to prints and patterns more than shape and size because a great tailor can turn almost anything into a perfect fit. 

As much as I love looking for treasures, I’m no expert when it comes to seeking out a diamond in the rough. Luckily Mr. Kate, an expert in all things thrift, is giving us some of her best advice when it comes to shopping in thrift stores. And in honor of it being National Thrift Day, Kate threw in one of my favorite DIY projects featuring painted patterned mugs!

I’ll let Mr. Kate take it from here. Happy thrifting!

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Ask Jules: The Acting Bug

So many of you often ask when and how I began acting. The truth is – I always have! Of course in the beginning it wasn’t on a giant sound stage surrounded by professional camera operators but in the basement with my siblings. I didn’t have the same opportunities then as I do now but we found ways to create our own stage and I hope that inspires some of you who would love to act but don’t know when or how.

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