Month: December 2014

Gratitude: 2014

2014, it’s been a good one. Here are some highlights.


 My Nephew

2014 Gratitude

This summer, I had the privilege of gaining a new role in life – Aunt Julie. It’s been such a joy to have this guy added to the family. I’ve loved seeing him grow these past five months, especially with new changes like giggling. Just the best.


Travel l Vacation

In a previous post, I shared about a trip I took the past fall to Maine and Quebec City, Canada. Traveling is one of my absolute favorites, so getting to take a longer vacation to see a new part of the world was a highlight.


Jobs for Life 

2014 Gratitude

A year ago last September, I helped launch a job training program called “Jobs for Life” to support adults who are underemployed/unemployed. It has definitely stretched me in my leadership skills and challenged me to do things I did not believe I was capable of. I’ve learned through this that when God’s hand is behind something, there’s little you can do but go along for the journey. This picture is from our fourth graduation. Five out of the six graduates from this class were employed before their graduation. Learn more about this program here.


Travel l Overseas

Last June, I traveled to the Dominican Republic with my roommate to provide support and assist with trainings for teachers and staff at Makarios School. I fully believe that times that stretch you the most are getting out of your “ordinary.” Grateful for the opportunity to visit here and be challenged by exceptional people, some who have chosen to live outside of their “ordinary.”


Launch of My Website

2014 Gratitude

Last, I am thankful for the launch of this website. It has been something I’ve considered for some time to challenge my creativity and use gifts that generally stay hidden. Friends and family have been a huge support, especially with asking me the question, “Why not?”. I’m looking forward to growing in my photography and finding my voice. And, after all, being willing to take a few risks in life!

 Here’s to 2015! 

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Fashion: The NYE Outfit

Lesley H - Sparkle Skirt

Lesley H - Sparkle Skirt

Lesley H - Sparkle Skirt

Lesley H - Sparkle Skirt

After lots of time in pajamas and relaxing with the family, it’s almost time to dress up and ring in the new year! While it is fun to wear sequins and sparkles on New Year’s Eve, I love the combination of this casual sweater with the sparkle skirt to give it just the right amount of shine!

Top and skirt from Zara. Scarf from Ann Taylor Loft.

Have fun ringing in the new year!

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Fashion: The Metallic Skirt

julia - metallic skirt

julia - metallic skirt

julia - metallic skirt

julia - metallic skirt

Whether it’s Christmas or New Year’s Eve, this metallic skirt is perfect for the occasion… because who doesn’t love some shimmer during the holidays? A great pick for a night out!

Skirt from Madewell. {This one’s no longer in stock, but view their site for more options.} Top from Anthropologie. Jacket from Michael Kors, purchased at Nordstrom Rack. Necklace available for purchase on Etsy.

Happy Holidays!

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Fashion: The Winter Skirt

Julie - Madewell White Skirt

Julie - Madewell White Skirt

Julie - Madewell White Skirt

Looking for the perfect winter skirt to wear to a Christmas Eve party? This wool skirt is both comfortable and stylish. I love that you can easily pair it with a black top to pull off a good black and white look OR throw on a white top, and you’ve got the perfect winter white outfit. Put on some red lipstick, and you’re set.

Enjoy celebrating time with the people you love!

Skirt from Madewell. Plus, it’s on SALE.

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Travel: Maine + Canada

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Canada

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Maine

Maine

This fall, my sister, best friend from college and I got to take a trip to Portland, Maine and Quebec City, Canada. Being from Texas, I don’t get to see much of a change in color (other than my time in Memphis), so we strategically planned our trip to be there right when the color change was happening.

The most beautiful and scenic part of the trip was driving across Maine. In the first photo above, you can see the dramatic change in colors. That was the view we had for the majority of the drive from Maine to Canada!

Overall highlights. Quebec City has a quaint European feel. The old buildings and architecture add to its beauty. Maine has a cozy, small town feel with sea charm. I loved that we could walk most places – though I’m not a huge fan of the cold, so we were there at a good time. And, the restaurants were fabulous. Our favorites – Grace, Duckfat (get the fries!), and Fore Street. Fore Street is a must – great atmosphere, excellent food.

Hoping next year we get to take another fall vacation!

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