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Lemon Stripes in Rowayton Connecticut

Yesterday it was upwards of 90 degrees but felt like 120. Poor Boots was so lethargic even in the AC all day, he “literally couldn’t even deal” if you know what I mean. The idea of taking photos in the hot sun let alone shooting four full outfits sounded brutal but hey, there are worse things in life! I met up with Stephanie in Rowayton for our first photo shoot together and I’m so happy with how these pics turned out.

I love that Anel takes my photos and think he’s incredible at it but because he’s running his own business and working a lot, we have limited time to shoot together which makes things tough logistically. I decided last week to work with Stephanie to see if she could supplement with photos every week or two so we’ll see how it goes! We shot a few looks that I can’t wait to share with you soon. Side bar, obsessed with this tank. For you Amazon shoppers, you can pick the same one up here.

Another exciting thing that happened yesterday is that my interview with the Tory Burch Foundation went live on their site. I talk about connecting with my readers (you!), how you can leverage social media for your business or blog, and how I deal with negative feedback… Interestingly enough I saw some negative things written about me yesterday so decided to address them on Snapchat.

The gist of it was this: On my GOMI thread (a site where people critique bloggers), a few people were commenting about how they read in my miscarriage post that I quit my job to try and get pregnant. They made comments that my line about quitting screamed privilege. I don’t usually respond to GOMI comments but this one really got under my skin so I just want to say that although I’m incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to work for myself, it didn’t fall out of thin air.

I spent six full years working every single weekend and almost every single night while holding onto a full time job (that was often far more than 40 hours/week) to build up my blog to the point where it was making enough money that I could do it full time. While I admire women who work two or three jobs to support their families, having two full time gigs wasn’t working for me personally. Eventually when we do have kids, I might have to go back to work in order to keep us afloat but just had to set the record straight there… Sorry for the rant!

Lemon Stripes on the Docks

La Vie est Fantastique Shirt

Nautical Tank Top

Lemon Stripes in a red and white striped racer back

Fantastique Shirt

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  1. Mol C. Nichols said:

    I first heard about GOMI from your blog some time ago, the critique goes a little to far on there, gets too personal. Don’t worry with those women. Enjoy your beautiful life.

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  2. Adrianna Taeschler said:

    I love this outfit! So simple but so cute.

    Also fuck those people. They’re jealous you get to do what you love. I can’t even believe people waste their time being mean. You’re amazing and your blog rocks and having a miscarriage is a heartbreaking, traumatic event. I can’t believe they have no sympathy. Keep on keeping on! You inspire myself and so many others every day! xo

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  3. Aw Julia, I’m so sorry. All of that stuff is nonsense, and what matters most is that you’re happy, doing what you love, and doing what’s best for you and Anel. People–not just those on the internet–make a lot of assumptions about others, and many are unfounded. Clearly whatever assumptions were made about you aren’t true… but I think your true fans/readers know that. 🙂 I’m so proud of you for all your choices, and your transparency as of late… You’re inspiration! Keep doing what you’re doing and Girl, I LOVE these photos!

    Sending <3 from Chicago!

    Kelly | Kelly in the City

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  4. Love those distressed white jeans! You have the best classic summer style!

    Laura | Laura Aime Vous

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  5. Sydney S said:

    I adore this look, so preppy & nautical!
    xo, Syd
    anchoredinthesouth.com

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  6. Jenn Lake said:

    I am so sad to hear about all of those negative comments, lady! You have worked so hard for so many years, and that kind of stuff is completely undeserved! Sending you good vibes for the day ahead!

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  7. Dana Mannarino said:

    I hate all of this nonsense – it honestly makes me so mad when people are so quick to judge just because of a decision YOU made that is best for YOU and YOUR family. Keep your head up, there’s so many of us who admire your strength to share all of your experiences (even the tough ones) on this little space!

    Pink Champagne Problems

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  8. Adorable combo!! I definitely need more red and white stripes in my life. Ignore the haters!

    Kristina does the Internets

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  9. Caitlin said:

    I’m not sure how that was someone’s take away from your very heartfelt and honest post about your pregnancy struggles! Grrr! From yesterday’s post (and other posts), it’s very clear that you’ve hustled and worked hard to get where you are. I’ve never heard of GOMI before, but it seems so mean! Love your outfit today and your blog in general. Sorry for the haters.

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  10. First of all, I love this outfit and that tank is too fun! I’m such a fun of your style and how classic and practical your outfits are! Thank you for sharing this! 🙂

    I also wanted to share with you that I have followed you and your blog for a while but recently starting following along on Snapchat where I feel like I’ve almost gotten to know you through that and some of your more honest posts. One of the things I admire about you is that you seem like such a hard worker and seem so dedicated to all that you do! You are honest and true to yourself which is very refreshing. There are always going to be people out there that are jealous of what you have worked hard for and it’s such a shame that there is an outlet like GOMI for people to do that. When I first discovered GOMI, I was heartbroken at the awful things that people had to say about others they don’t even know. It is such a shame that there are people out there that are so hateful, but I wanted to remind you that there are plenty of people there supporting you and all that you do! Keep it up!!

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  11. First of all, love this outfit. Perfect summer combo and kudos for literally sweating it out to share this look. Second, please put ‘Shake It Off’ on repeat and ignore the stupid haters! Life is too short to give people who are cruel for no reason the time of day. You know you work hard and so do the people who matter (and anyone who has actually read your posts, without pre-judging.) For what it’s worth, I think you’re one of the more authentic bloggers out there, so keep doing what you’re doing.

    xx
    Sam

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  12. Maggie said:

    I think you were so brave to share your story with us on your blog and I’m ashamed that others would turn it into something negative. You have worked so hard and deserve to follow your dreams, no matter what they are. I love your blog because your voice is real- you share the reality of daily life and not just the pretty and staged “blog reality”. Keep doing you Julia 🙂 LS is a highlight my day to read 🙂

    -Maggie

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  13. Catt said:

    You are just adorable, stylish and fun. Ignore the haters. Keep doing what you do so well. Love that tank!

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  14. Meghan Keleher said:

    I have to tell you, referring to GOMI as “a site where people critique bloggers” is pretty much the definition of class and grace! <3

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  15. Tamara said:

    What a great nautical outfit! I adore the top! So cute!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

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  16. Julie said:

    Hi Julia, I heard your comments on Snapchat the other day and I have meant to write to you to say how sorry I was about those horrible comments that were written about you. No matter what (whether or not you are privileged to have been able to quit your job too work full time as a blogger) those comments are extremely hurtful and mean. Having been through a miscarriage myself, I would not want to wish it even to my worst enemy. Stay away from all that negativity and remain strong. Surround yourself with people that make you feel happy and special. Lovely pics and look on this post! Hugs from London, Julie

    http://www.jafinthebox.wordpress.com

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  17. Katie said:

    I love this outfit and congrats on the interview with Tory Burch, that’s so exciting! Sorry to hear that people would say such negative things on GOMI- ignore the hate as they don’t know you and the content on your blog is awesome despite what they may think!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

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