Life Lately: Volume 39

This week was all about doing some of the things that I’ve been meaning to get done for a while. Whenever March comes around, my spring cleaning urge really kicks in, and I finally organized my pantry after wanting to do it for years. Stay tuned for a blog post on it next week! It’s pretty epic. I spent almost a full day labeling glass containers and I’m pretty sure my life will be forever better because of it.

The second thing I checked off my list is kind of a random one, but I subscribed to Bon Appetit, something that I’ve been meaning to do for months. Whenever I pick up a copy, I get so many recipes ideas. For some reason holding the actual magazine inspires me more than the website, and I can’t wait for my first issue to arrive. It’s the little things these days that really get me going, haha.

The last thing that I got moving on was my home office design. Some of the new furniture finally arrived this week and it got me so excited to see the room come together. Ever since I had to break down my old office (I loved the space so much!) to create Amalia’s nursery, I’ve had a pieced together room to work in that doesn’t feel great. The energy is totally off, so I spent a really long time making sure the new design is tweaked to perfection… Something that’s hard to do when you’re on a budget. I can’t wait to share the final product with you guys in the next few weeks, it’s going to be so pretty!

On another note, I get lots of questions on Instagram about things I’m wearing, things Amalia is wearing, or pieces of furniture around our home. I don’t always post the details here or on Instagram, but if you download the LikeToKnowIt app, you can shop a lot of these things directly. The app is 100% free and you can follow all of your favorite bloggers on there to shop whatever their wearing. It’s actually pretty cool! I know LTK gets a bad rep but based on how many DMs I get asking about my outfits and home decor details, I think you’d like it more than you think.

Have a great weekend!

High & Low

Highest moment: I spent yesterday in the city having lunch with my amazing management team who I talk to daily but never get to see in person. It was so nice to be in the city on a beautiful day, connect with my girls and have a delish lunch at The Little Beet Table.

Lowest moment: Despite the fact that things seem to be going really well for us and work lately, my anxiety has been through the roof. I think it stems from being overwhelmed with some major changes happening in Anel’s business, with a lot of extra work falling on my shoulders, and the fact that I’m going stir crazy with all of the snow this winter. Either that or Mercury in Retrograde is just kicking my butt like it always does. I’ve been trying to meditate, take deep breaths, and focus on being around people and doing activities that keep me grounded and calm.

Persifor Dress c/o / Jack Rogers Sneakers / Karen Walker Sunnies / Monogram Necklace (Size 3XL)

Around the Web

School walk outs. On Wednesday I was obsessively refreshing this page to read more about the school walkouts. I’ve felt so emotional and inspired by all of the incredibly brave students who are taking action against gun violence. It’s baffling to me that the adults in this country can’t seem to get anything done, but these amazing kids are making real change!

Is your phone ruining your relationship? In my house, our iPhones are a huge problem. Anel and I are both prone to working 24/7 so we have to force ourselves to put down our phones as often as possible or we would never connect as a couple. This article on that topic really struck a cord with me. I’m definitely going to be downloading the THRIVE app after reading it.

The perfect spring/summer dress. I saw this beautiful blue dress and instantly fell in love. I want to wear it with white sandals on a beach like yesterday!

Currently reading. I mentioned last week that I was starting The Great Alone, and now that I’m about 1/4 of the way through, I am very much hooked. The first 30 pages or so were tough for me to get through but I’m so glad that I did! The story is both dark and beautiful, and I’m learning a lot about how to survive Alaskan winters… something that I hope I never have to do!

Los Angeles home tour. I’ve always been a big fan of Emily’s decor, so I was excited to see that Apartment Therapy did a full tour of her home earlier this week. Her house makes me want to move to California… That and all the snow we’ve been having lately.

Be Our Guest. My favorite photographer, Gray Malin, just came out with his first children’s book and I’m beyond excited to read it to Amalia. Pre-order your copy here.

Rainbow stripes. I feel like Jenn can do no wrong when it comes to fashion. Her rainbow striped outfit this week made me so happy.

Croque Madame. Bri’s recipe photos are always stunning and make me want to rush out and grab all the ingredients for whatever she’s eating at the moment. This croque madame recipe literally makes my stomach rumble. Yum!

New diaper bag. A friend of mine had this tote at lunch the other day and after I complimented it, she had one sent over to me which was so sweet! I absolutely love the shape and size and have been using it as a diaper bag ever since. It looks just like an MZ Wallace but at a fraction of the price.

How to raise a boy. Even though I’m raising a girl, I found this article on how to raise a boy in the era of the #MeToo movement super interesting.

Living room goals. Damn, Jess, you did it again! I’m in love with my friend’s living room design. That couch looks so comfy.

Classic stripes. I have an entire drawer dedicated to striped shirts but this one has been my favorite for years and J.Crew brought it back. It’s under $40 and probably the most worn shirt in my entire wardrobe.

The over under on overalls. I love how Julia wears her overalls, but I’m still wondering if I can pull them off or not. This is the pair I have my eye on. I also want this short pair for summer. Thoughts? They totally bring me back to ’98 when I was in my overall prime.

Red skirt. Red isn’t really my color but this skirt is speaking to me for some reason. I’d pair it with a striped shirt or bodysuit of course!

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Photo by Julia D’Agostino.

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  1. Allie said:

    I love all your clothing picks, as always lol. I’m bummed the J.Crew shirt seems to already be sold out! I hope you have a wonderful weekend and get to relax and recharge! xAllie

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    • Julia said:

      It looks like it’s fully in stock on the J.Crew site AND 40% off wahoo! Updated the links or you can get it here:

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  2. Christine Matusek said:

    The article on raising boys… thanks so much for sharing! Definitely the best thing I’ve read all week and needed the pick-me-up. I definitely struggle with the idea of raising my blond-haired, blue-eyed baby boy in a red county in a red state (we just moved from California…). But this was a wonderful perspective. Hope Miss Amalia feels better soon!

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    • Julia said:

      I’m so glad it was helpful! I can’t even imagine what you’re going through coming from CA to a red state but it makes me happy to know that you’re going to raise a thoughtful young man in a place where they need them the most 🙂

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  3. Paige said:

    I feel like the THRIVE app is just what my boyfriend and I need! Unfortunately, it looks like it isn’t available on iPhones yet – only Samsung! I hope it comes out soon!

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    • Julia said:

      Ugh NO! I had that on my list for today. So bummed. I’m going to try to find something similar.

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  4. Lisa said:

    I just have to say I have so much respect for all of you bloggers who post fashion content while pregnant. I’m currently pregnant with twins, recently took maternity photos, got them back yesterday and then proceeded to spend an hour crying about how disappointed i am with them and how i look #pregnancyhormones. we do not plan on having any more kids so i was really hoping for at least one or two photos that I loved since this will be my only pregnancy. I cannot imagine having to post pictures of myself all over the internet and social media for the whole world to see.

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  5. Carly said:

    Do you still do yoga? Might be worth doing more often. I know it always helps me with anxiety and clearing my head. Another thing I’ve been doing lately is listening to an ASMR playlist on Spotify, especially at work. A lot of it is white noise, but it really helps calm me down and clear my head. Just some ideas!

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    • Julia said:

      You know I have a love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with yoga. I did it when I was pregnant bc I felt like I had to but I always feel like I want the class to be over so I’ve basically decided that it’s not for me… right now anyways. Love the playlist idea, thank you!

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  6. Ellen said:

    Those overall shorts are fab. I don’t know about you but after having a baby (she’s two months old), and hating maternity wear, I now want to buy ALL of the clothes!

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    • Julia said:

      Um YES! I’ve gone a little OOT but I can’t help it. I HATED maternity clothes.

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  7. Bekah said:

    Love the Persifor dress!!

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