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Hanging a Kate Spade Gallery Wall

 

One of the biggest perks of moving to the ‘burbs this September was his and hers bathrooms. No more fighting over mirror space and I can be as OCD as I want about cleaning my sink. It’s glorious.

 

My private bathroom in Connecticut is bigger than the kitchen we shared in Manhattan. Mind boggling, I know. I have decorated my apartment in a way where every room makes me smile as soon as I walk in but there was something lacking in my bathroom. I couldn’t accessorize with a shower curtain because I have a glass shower, the tile on the floor is dark grey, and the lighting is less than stellar.

 

When Kate Spade sent over a package full of their new limited edition art prints, I knew Anel would never let me create a girly gallery wall in any shared space so to the bathroom it was! I peppered in a floral print that my mom gave me and an Inslee champagne toast.

 

I was inspired by Kate Spade stores as well as the J.Crew bathroom in their Flatiron store. Now when I take a shower or do my make up, I feel like I’m in a fancy dressing room. It made me realize that we should never settle for just ok. . . even in the bathroom!

 

Shop all Kate Spade art prints here

 

Below is a shot of the before (I can’t believe I lived like that for 3 months!) and some “after” shots. Enjoy!

 

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Kate Spade Art Prints

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Gallery Wall

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Town Hall

 

The last few weeks of the year are always some of my favorite. For one, it’s Christmas and New Years Eve so duh. But going beyond that, my husband and I usually pack up and head to New Hampshire for 10 full days for some serious R&R and family time. Today I partnered up with Target to show you a peek at what I’ll pack for the trip!

 

I am going full force at work and in holiday parties until we leave, but it’s right around the corner (yay!) and I am itching to make my favorite drive up north like we do every year, my sister and I singing Christmas carols the whole way up (Sorry Anel!).

 

Have I already started packing my Kate Spade travel bag? Yes, what kind of question is that. Have you met me?

 

My bag is full of cozy sweaters, comfortable (and forgiving) leggings, plaid shirts, blanket scarves, and boots. Plus, of course, a trunk full of Christmas presents!

 

 

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Packing Preview

 

Shop my picks for cozy sweaters, warm scarves, and plaid shirts from Target:

 

Don’t forget, all of my holiday gift guide picks (plus more!) can be found on this Pinterest board. Keep an eye on it because I add new pieces every day.

 

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

 

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It’s about that time of the year when it becomes far too cold to take photos of myself to put on the internet. . . without wearing a coat that is. They can be pricey and my coat closet is already filled to the brim, but I was excited to add a classic navy toggle coat to my collection. Not only is it perfectly preppy and goes with everything but it’s surprisingly warm. Thank goodness because we took these photos on Saturday in Greenwich on an afternoon that was not tropical to say the very least.

 

I know the hot tea looks like a prop but my hands were starting to turn purple so it was necessary. Ok it was kind of a prop though, the cup matched my pants, I basically had to!

 

We spent the day on The Ave, doing the last of our Christmas shopping and eating a late lunch at Ginger Man. Everyone we passed seemed to have a holiday sparkle in their step.

 

A shout out to the enthusiastic Lemon Stripes fan who said hello in the street. It made me feel very famous in front of my husband which is always fun. But seriously you made my day!

 

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Don’t forget, all of my holiday gift guide picks (plus more!) can be found on this Pinterest board. Keep an eye on it because I add new pieces every day.

 

And if you missed them. . .
Holiday Gift Guide: Under $100
Holiday Gift Guide: Plaid
Holiday Gift Guide: Home
Holiday Gift Guide: For Men
Holiday Gift Guide: Blue & White

 

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Thank you to Nautica for sponsoring this post.

 

Killin It

I was recently talking to my health/life coach Melissa (If you need your life to turn around or some help in any situation, trust me, she’s the one who can make it happen). I’ve been working with her for over 5 years now and whenever I get in a pickle, she works me through it, one step at a time.

 

Last week, I went to her with the “problem” that I am literally always working or on the go Monday-Sunday from when I wake up until I go to sleep. I feel like I have very little me-time and I want more of it. The caveat? I don’t want to cut back on work, blogging, or my consulting practice. So how is that possible?

 

She shut me up and said, “Julia! What if you don’t need 2 day of pampering each week, what if you just take mini-breaks throughout the day where you unplug and do a few yoga poses. You’re in a season of ‘Killing it’ and you should own that!”. She had a point. . .

 

For the first time in my life ever I feel happy in every area of my life. I’m prone to high anxiety and drama but right now, I feel very little of it. I love my job, my marriage is in an amazing place, living in the suburbs makes me incredibly happy, and so many Lemon Stripes opportunities pop up every day. I know that sounds so braggy but I’ve literally never in my life felt so fulfilled and I’m proud to share that!

 

Nourish Snacks
Nourish Snacks is taking off like crazy and it’s been so incredible to see the growth since we launched in May. Not only am I learning so much about marketing for a start-up but I’ve made some incredible friends and had such a blast along the way. For the frist time ever ever ever, I’m in a place where I get excited to go to work on Monday mornings. I didn’t even know that was possible. PSA: You guys, if you haven’t tried the snacks yet, you MUST!

 

Nautical Christmas Card
Moving to the suburbs was such a good decision for my marriage. Anel and I are both way less anxious and now that we have more space to live in (hellloooo separate bathrooms!), we aren’t constantly in the same room driving each other insane. I tell everyone that if you can survive a one-bedroom Manhattan-sized apartment, your marriage can survive anything!

 

Note: The photo above is an image of our Christmas card this year. So cute right? We got them on Minted.

 

Home Work Out
Since moving to the ‘burbs, I’ve obviously been cooking much more but I found I was gaining lbs like a champ because I no longer walk everywhere or have to endure a 5th floor walk-up. In the last two weeks, I’ve been getting back on track with the help of my friend and virtual personal trainer, Alex.

 

You guys should check her out. I get an email every day with my workout for that day and the day after. I told her that I’m crazy busy so my weekday workouts are never longer than 30 minutes. That being said, I’ve already seen a difference in my body. Her site only shows running plans but she can do regular work out plans too. I highly recommend!

 

Holiday Wreath
On the blog front, so many opportunities from some of my favorite brands keep popping up and I feel like all I do is do photo shoots and create content for this darn blog and my Instagram. It is what I love doing and I cannot tell you how blessed I feel.

 

I don’t have kids yet and as you can see, everything seems to be going so well. So why cut back? I think I feel like I should want to want a break but I don’t. Does that make sense?

 

‘Tis the season for killin’ it, y’all!

 

Don’t forget, all of my holiday gift guide picks (plus more!) can be found on this Pinterest board. Keep an eye on it because I add new pieces every day.