Scenes From My 26th + Birthday Reflections

December 4, 2016

26-3A few weeks ago, I celebrated my 26th birthday. I am officially in my LATE twenties. WHAT!? While I’ve seen more than a few grey hairs appear this past year, I’m really satisfied at where I am in my life and feel like I’ve found my stride both personally and professionally. Of course, there are many many more goals I have set for myself, but I also like to sit back once in a while and reflect on my accomplishments and what better time than a birthday?

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GIVEAWAY: Handmade Christmas Ornaments!

December 1, 2016

luxe-home-decor-8Happy DECEMBER! My annual Christmas ornament giveaway is something that I look forward to every year. I love supporting small businesses at the holidays and even more importantly, I love supporting my dear friends.

Now, here’s all about the giveaway!

This year, my good friend, Kelsey, is generously giving away THREE of her handmade paper + pearl Christmas ornaments! Entering to win is so easy. Here’s Kelsey to tell you all about herself and Paper + Pearls!

Hey, Wink readers! I’m Kelsey, one of Julianne’s oldest friends from the 207. I’m an artist and crafter living in Portland, Maine. I’ve always enjoyed crafting and began repurposing old books after falling in love with an antique bookstore in my hometown of Bangor, Maine. I thrive on the challenge of coming up with new ways to use old things. I started making ornaments and opened my first Etsy shop in 2011. One of my favorite things about running an Etsy shop has been filling custom orders. Customers have sent me maps of places they’ve traveled, copies of their favorite childhood books, pieces of sheet music, and notes from loved ones to fold into ornaments. I love the idea of taking something personal and meaningful and making it into a beautiful, unique product.

I’m so excited to be pairing with The Wink again for our annual giveaway! I am also offering 20% off any order when you use promo code THEWINK between now and 12/9. Happy Holidays!serendipity-1


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That’s it! So easy, right? Three winners of this giveaway will be drawn randomly on Thursday, December 8th. The winners must have a U.S. shipping address. GOOD LUCK TO ALL!

P.S. Don’t forget about the promo code at Paper & Pearls! Use code THEWINK to get 20% off your entire order, now through 12/9!

Gift Guide

The Wink’s Holiday Gift Guide 2016

November 28, 2016

holiday-gift-guide-2016And just like that, we’ve arrived at another holiday season! As I was putting this Holiday Gift Guide together, it felt like I just created one yesterday for last Christmas. I always look forward to making these gift guides, mostly because I love to gift a lot of the items on this list (both to my loved ones and also to myself). ;)

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The Lularoe Julia Dress: 3 Ways to Style It!

November 26, 2016

lularoe-julia-dress-1Popping in to say hi on this rare Saturday blog post! I just finished editing my latest video (the last one was in AUGUST!!!!) on my new computer and I couldn’t wait to share it with you. Up until now, I’d been editing my videos on my old Macbook Pro and over the summer it got to the point that it was so clogged up with stuff it had a hard time running – yes, yes I know, I probably shouldn’t have relied on a laptop to do video editing, but that thing was a beast!

Today I’m sharing three ways to style the Lularoe Julia Dress! I was recently introduced to Lularoe by a good friend and former colleague. I love how the brand’s main objective is to help women look and feel their best. I can totally get behind that because, helloooo, that’s what I’m trying to do over here, too (insert raising hand emoji)!

The Lularoe Julia Dress has quickly become a favorite of mine and has been on heavy rotation in my closet for the past few weeks. It’s a form-fitting, midi-length dress with 3/4 length sleeves and it’s seriously one of the most comfortable pieces that I own. One of my favorite parts of the dress is how easily you can transform it into an entirely different outfit with just a few simple tweaks of your accessories.

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So You Want to Try Whole30?

November 22, 2016

whole-30-6With Thanksgiving just a few days away, food is at the tippy top of mind. As you may have seen on Instagram, I’ve just recently completed the Whole30! I did it for the entire month of October, ending 10/30 – just in time for Halloween candy, our 9-year anniversary dinner, and all of the delicious holiday food coming up. This is actually my third time around completing the Whole30 (or other type of elimination diet) and I’d classify it as a success.

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