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Ask Jules: Blogging 101

Starting and maintaining a blog isn’t quite as simple as write, click, post. There’s a whole lot more to being a bona fide blogger. Gurtej’s email brought me back a few years before I had my website up and running. I had many of the same concerns as she does, like: Would anyone visit the site? Would they be as inspired as I hoped? How do I keep you guys coming back? I am happy to say I’ve learned a lot about blogging and I’m happy to share it here!

Hi Jules!

My name is Gurtej Matharu and I love your blog, it is truly filled with positivity and inspiration.
I was wondering if you have any advice to blogging beginners? This October I started my blog called Cup of Tea for Thought.

I am having so much fun with the blog, but I cannot help but feel as if it is not going anywhere. I started a blog for me, because I was having some trouble adjusting to the new University I go to, but I also started the blog because I wanted to be able to inspire people the way people have inspired me through their blogs.

I know I have just started and things like this take time, but I was wondering if you could give me some advice?

Thank you so much!!

PS: Thanks to your challenge post, I started a challenge for myself this month! I call it the December to Remember Challenge, it is basically a challenge to make the most out of life’s little things from taking a walk in the park with my dog to volunteering where ever help is needed.

All the Best,
Gurtej Matharu
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The Perfect Winter Updo

I don’t know about you, but winter weather makes my strands slightly unruly. The second my hair gets a hint of the chilly air it decides it’s just gonna do it’s own thing. My feeling about this is if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em! Rather than fight the frizz I just go with it.

With that in mind, I’m in love with this sweet style created by Grace Crivello at the Nine Zero One Salon in West Hollywood! The bobby pins look like an art installation. It’s the perfect style for a regular day or I’m thinking it can be dressed up for a holiday party by using fancier pins in place of regular ones. Continue Reading


DIY: Make These Festive Pennant Cookies

Pennants are to parties what candles are to birthday cake. The tapered flags are a traditional decoration that tastefully screams, “Celebrate!” When I found these pennant cookies on Bakerella, I knew I had to make them for my next party. The great thing about these cookies is they work for every occasion from baby showers and welcome homes to happy birthdays!

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How To Steam An Egg: My Mom’s Delicious Breakfast Secret

Last month, NY Magazine ran an awesome wellness-based article about my day-to-day routine. Not long after it came out, many of you began asking me the same thing: what the heck are steamed eggs?

Good question!

On most mornings I prepare two steamed eggs over easy with a side of tomato and avocado. It’s something my mom taught me to do years ago, and now she’s teaching you! Here’s my mom with all the egg-citing details…

A photo posted by Julianne Hough (@juleshough) on

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Beauty, Style

How To Go From Bedhead To Beautiful In 5 Minutes Flat

Sometimes you just don’t feel like spending time and effort getting dolled up for a quick trip to anywhere. I love rolling out of bed and going straight to brunch — but nobody else should have to suffer from the sight of my bedhead. Am I right?

My goal is often to be out the door in five minutes, without looking like a hot mess. So here are the three keys for achieving maximum cuteness with minimal effort… Continue Reading

Fitness, Healthy

5 On-the-Go Tips To Stay Fit

Hey guys! Here are some great, quick and easy tips from my trainer Astrid McGuire! I’m constantly on the go and never know the next time I’ll be able to hit the gym, so I love any tricks that’ll help keep me active. Thanks, Astrid! xox

1. Always have a pair of workout clothes and running shoes in your car. You never know when your schedule might free up and you could take a class or go for a hike. Fryman Canyon in Studio City, CA, is one of my favorite trails! Continue Reading

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