15 Ways to Hygge

January 26, 2017

how-to-hyggeThere’s really nothing I love more than being cozy. It’s a word I use frequently in everyday life to describe the way certain things feel to me: slow walks with a close friend, the freedom of a wireless bra, and the feeling of luxuriating in bed on the weekend. Hygge is the Danish word for the feeling of coziness, but it encompasses so much more than that.

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The One Product That Has Transformed My Skin

January 19, 2017


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There’s a common misconception that you must layer on thick creams and lotions to ward off dry, flaky skin. While that is an important step in any skincare routine, I would argue that what’s even more important is how you exfoliate beforehand. For me, there’s only one product for the job. These Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Pads have become my savior for flaky, dry winter skin.

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The Coziest Leggings I’ve Ever Owned

January 16, 2017

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Jacket: ASOS | Top: Lularoe c/o | Leggings: Lularoe c/o | Booties: Old Navy | Hat: ASOS

If you know me in person, you know that I’ve never been a “leggings as pants” kinda girl. I used to rock them in high school underneath my denim minis (lol), and of course wear them when I very occasionally work out, but have never worn them truly as pants. I think it harkens back to all those episodes of What Not To Wear – when I even consider it as an option, I hear Stacey and Clinton’s voices in my head forbidding it. But what about these Lularoe leggings that everyone seems to be talking about?

Don’t get me wrong: I absolutely love being comfortable. When I heard about these famed Lularoe leggings, I thought they must be too good to be true. People claimed they were the softest leggings they owned, completely opaque (aka no accidental sheerness when bending over), and last forever. I took all these claims with a grain of salt, thinking “We’ll see about that” as I slipped them on.

Well, SEE WE SHALL. Slice my head off and boil it for dinner, because man, was I wrong. I stood in the mirror, slack-jawed in admiration at how the Lularoe leggings hugged every curve without accentuating the wobbly bits. The material was softer than a baby lamb and felt like angels caressing my skin. And can I tell you that these leggings are as opaque as a pair of black jeans, even when you bend over? Because they are. I tested it out myself to save you the embarrassment.

So… the question now becomes: how often is too often to wear leggings as pants? I’m sad when I have to take these off to wash them, which is a sign that I definitely need more pairs. They come in about a billion colors and patterns, too, so I can wear a different pair every day of the week. Or wear the same black pair and hope that no one notices.

Anyway, enjoy the outfit pics. This is one of my favorite casual weekend outfits! The top is also from Lularoe and it’s called The Classic T. You can wear this one a million different ways, but I tied a knot at the side to give the top a little more shape and give some waist definition.

C L I C K  T O  S H O P  L U L A R O E !
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Merry Christmas 2016!

December 25, 2016

From my little family to yours… Merry Christmas! As I type this, I’m currently cozied up at home in Maine under a thick knit blanket, tea steaming and Christmas music warbling. I hope this holiday season finds you happy, healthy and with the ones you love. 2016 was a tough yet rewarding year, and I wish you all the best in 2017.

Thanks for sticking with me and here’s to a fabulous 2017!

xo, J


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!