Life Lately: Volume 24

Memorial Day Dress

Happy Friday and happy Memorial Day weekend! I can’t believe the first (un)official summer weekend is here. I know the time between now and Labor Day will fly by, as it always does, but I’m looking forward to it nonetheless.

Yesterday, I drove up to my dad’s house in New Hampshire for a few days of R&R with my family and to see some childhood friends. Even though the weather has been less than stellar, it’s always nice to get home. Tomorrow evening I’ll head back because Anel will be coming home from a week visiting his family in Bosnia.

He rarely travels for more than a night, so Boots and I were seriously missing him all week. About four days in, Boots started getting kind of down so I had to make sure he had lots of extra love and exercise so that he wouldn’t think too much about missing his dad. Pit bulls are so sensitive, it’s insane!

I myself was totally off because without him here to hangout with, I ended up working later and later every night, and would finally emerge from my office every night at 11pm… way past my normal old lady bed time. Without him here to stop me, I created a blogging monster, ha.

It was nice, however, to be completely on my own schedule and eat like a single gal for a few days.

I’ll be taking Monday off for the holiday, but back to our regularly scheduled programming on Tuesday. I hope you all have a great long weekend, full of activities that make you happy!

The photo above was taken last year on memorial day. The dress is old from Vineyard Vines and still one of my favorites.

From around the web…

8 tips for handling anxiety. Emily took some insightful reader comments and created a post full of amazing tips to help battle anxiety.

Proud wife moment. Hint Water did an interview with my husband for their blog about how to lose weight fast.

Perfect summer top. This flirty off-shoulder shirt is currently 40% off, making it only $26. And it comes in five colors

Tulum travel diary. Jess shared stunning photos and some great tips for traveling to Tulum. Hello, wanderlust!

Game of Thrones trailer. The official season 7 trailer is here. OMFG…

Shirt dress. This perfect shirt dress is on pre order and I’m in love with it!

90s lovers rejoiceClearly Canadian is back. Was anyone else a huge fan circa ’94? I remember it being a treat when we went out for pizza.

Preppy living room. Mackenzie’s Greenwich abode is coming together perfectly. I’m not surprised given how much I’ve always loved her decor style.

Cute romper on sale. I love this casual blue and white romper, which is currently 40% off.

Staying in is the new going out. Finally, I’m on trend!

The art of mornings. I shared some of my morning routines with my favorite PJ brand earlier this week.

What milk should I drink? A reader sent me this article on the environment impact of drinking different kinds of milk. I had never thought about the impact my almond milk habit had on the globe. It’s fascinating and educational.

Essential oils 101. Liz shared everything she knows about essential oils. I want to write a similar post soon as they’ve been helping me a lot lately.

How not to raise a spoiled brat. Spoiled kids aren’t born that way, they’re made.

May reading list. Grace posted her May reading list and I’m excited to read some of these books! Her reading lists are always my favorite.

Currently watching. If you haven’t watched Wizard of Lies on HBO, which tells the story of Bernie Madoff and his infamous Ponzi scheme, do it this weekend. There was so much about the story that I didn’t know.

Currently listening. Thank you all so much for your Podcast recs. I’ve subscribed to a bunch of them and listened to the first three episodes of Convicted on my drive yesterday. I loved it!

Memorial Day Weekend Sales

Nordstrom: Up to 40% off select items in their half-yearly sale.
BaubleBar: Up to 70% off select items through Tuesday, 5/30.
Ann Taylor: Up to 40% off everything with code MYSTERY.
LOFT: 40% off everything with code VACAY.
Net-a-Porter: 40% off some of my favorite brands like J.Brand, J.Crew, and Equipment.
Serena and Lily: 20% off everything with code AMAZING including my kitchen stools that you guys always love!

This week on Lemon Stripes

Addressing Your Feedback
Feeling Pretty
My Decorating Style
What To Wear to Your Baby Shower
What Do Bloggers Do All Day?

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  1. Taylor Cannon said:

    Love your outfit in the photo above! SO cute! Have a great weekend!
    Taylor |

    5.26.17 · Reply
    • Julia Dzafic said:

      Thanks Taylor! I hope you had a great weekend as well xo

      5.30.17 · Reply
  2. Brittany Olander said:

    also an almond milk drinker- that article is fascinating. also bookmarking the spoiled kids one- definitely trying to avoid that!

    xo, brittany
    weekend links + steals on my blog today!

    5.26.17 · Reply
    • Julia Dzafic said:

      Crazy, right? I had no idea!

      5.30.17 · Reply
  3. Carole Klopschinski said:

    Love the blue and white stripped outfit you have on in the picture…Where did you get it?

    5.26.17 · Reply
    • Julia Dzafic said:

      Hi Carole! It’s an old dress from Vineyard Vines. Sadly, they don’t make it anymore. One of my all time favorites.

      5.30.17 · Reply