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In four months I’m turning 30 which is both exciting and terrifying. I know that 30 isn’t “old” by any means but it does feel like a life milestone is heading my way at lightening speed.


I’m lucky to be happily married with a career that I love which makes it less scary I think because for the first time ever, I feel like I actually have it all together.


That being said, I know this current feeling of security will change in the next decade. God willing, in the next 10 years I’ll pop out a kid or two and we’ll buy a house to raise them in. Two gigantic steps in life that scare me. . . Aggressively.


I also know that things in my body will start to change. I’ve already noticed that it took way longer to lose the holiday weight this year and I really do have to stay on top of what I eat and my exercise schedule to keep the body that always came without much effort in my early to mid 20s.


My skin has also started to change. I have been super strict about my face routine so I haven’t seen a lack of radiance yet, but my skin isn’t quite as tight as it used to be in my cheeks and under my eyes.
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I know that I’m too young for certain products, but I definitely want keep my skin bouncy and radiant for as long as possible. I try to always use as many natural products as possible, so when I discovered Origins Skin Renewal that was literally designed for women in their 20s and early 30s.


It feels silky going on before moisturizer and I feel good knowing that it’s working for me all day long.
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Thank you to Origins for sponsoring this post.


Vanity Display


As promised in my master bedroom post a few weeks ago, here is a more detailed look at my dresser and the jewelry display that I’m quite proud of!


I have an insane amount of jewelry, namely statement necklaces, that are difficult to store. I wear them all the time and have a tendency to forget about the pieces that I can’t see so I display them in white West Elm trays. What you can’t see here, is that I keep most of them in drawers and circulate them out to the trays about once/month. The necklace struggle is real! IMG_3297


I also keep the pieces that I wear most often on multi-patterned trays for easy access. My watches and Loren Hope bracelets are staples so they’re front and center.


Jewelry Display

I like to keep the whole thing neat and tidy so I obsessively clean it on a regular basis. The photo below is real life. I didn’t style it like crazy for this post! The beautiful bridge print is a photo that my husband took when we lived in Manhattan. Framebridge did a beautiful job framing it in a clean white frame to hang over our Ikea dresser. The next step is to spray paint the knobs gold or buy these if I get lazy.


Bedroom Dresser

I like to keep fresh flowers and candles interspersed so it feels like a styled space instead of just jewelry strewn around. I always try to display special pieces like this Hermes bracelet which was a gift.
Jewelry Box

My wedding rings live in this lovely little gold-rimmed bowl on my night stand.

How do you store your jewelry collection?


Nautical Stripes


I have over 25 long sleeve striped shirts. No joke. The addiction is real, people! The one in this post sold out really quickly unfortunately but it’s my current favorite. Similar to this one, it has an almost sweatshirt-y feel but at the same time is perfect for spring weather and feels bright and cheery.


I brought this one to my trip to Rhode Island this weekend (but took these photos two weeks ago in San Francisco). We had such a great girl’s weekend in Newport, visiting the Loren Hope studio and having a fancy dinner at The Mooring. It was so nice to spend 2 days with smart, fun girls, just relaxing, laughing, and eating a lot. Jess wrote a great recap on her blog today. You can see my photos from the trip on Instagram and will post an outfit later this week!


In the meantime, enjoy these fun shots that Christine and I took at Cavallo Point on a windy day.


Nautical Stripes

Nautical Stripes

Nautical Stripes

Nautical Stripes

Nautical Stripes

Nautical Stripes

Photos by Christine Sargologos.


Mother Daughter

A few months, I found a list of 10 questions to ask your mother. My mom, sister, grandmother, and I all answered the same questions and compared our answers at the end (nerds!). It was a fun activity that helped us learn just a little bit more about each other.


After our weekend together, I thought I’d share our answers and encourage you to do this with your own mother.


I excluded half of our answers because they were a little too personal to share here. I also added seven lighter, more fun questions at the beginning.


So first, some fun questions. . .


Mother Daughter

Favorite color
Julia: Blush pink / Mary: Periwinkle blue


Favorite movie
Julia: / Mary: Love, Actually


Favorite book
Julia: Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa / Mary: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


Favorite food
Julia: Fish tacos / Mary: Warm brownie hot fudge sundae


One beauty product you can’t live without
Julia: Burt’s Bees lip balm / Mary: Aquaphor


Sweet or salty?
Julia: Salty / Mary: Sweet


Beach or mountains?
Julia: Definitely beach / Mary: Definitely mountains


Then a little bit more serious. . .


Family Photo

Outside of family members, who inspires you the most?
Julia: Successful and passionate entrepreneurs who make their dreams a reality and work at those dreams every day.
Mary: Eleanor Roosevelt


How would your childhood friends describe you?
Julia: Bossy, generous, fun, controlling, happy. Hungry.
Mary: Organized, bossy


What is better about the world today than when you were growing up?
Julia: Green juice, Whole Foods, Virgin America, gel manicures, wifi (no more dial-up!), FaceTime, the fat-free diet trend is no more.
Mary: Women’s rights, civil rights, advances in medicine, personal computers, post-it notes


If you could go back in time to any period in history, where would you go and why?
Julia: I’d want to be a teenager in the 60s. I would love to live through a time where I felt part of a movement and a community. Plus the drugs.
Mary: The 1950’s. Peace and prosperity


Photos by Christine Sargologos.