Best of Beauty Update: Beauty products I’m using this summer

daily beauty favorites - listing the skincare products a beauty and fashion blogger really uses

This Spring, I forayed into beauty writing at The Centsible Life and, while I've taken a step back for the summer and I'm not currently writing my beauty column over there, I'm still really enjoying testing out products and finding new ones to love. The ironic aspect of beauty writing is that, in beauty, it's not actually the first impression that matters. So, here are my tried and true favorite beauty products that I'm continuing to use through the summer. (some links contain affiliate … [Read more...]

Backpacks aren’t just for the kids these days

adorable backpacks ... but will you wear them

Over our vacation, we triple checked to make sure that everyone had a backpack in great condition for the upcoming school year. Everyone, it seems, except Mama. And, so, with the kids carrying shiny new bags or trusty old ones that won't seem to fray (hooray for LL Bean!), I'm becoming distracted by the latest in fashion-bagia: backpacks.   Liquorish boho bag, $59 | Charlotte Russe backpacks bag, $29| Drawstring backpack, $41 Brunello Cucinelli brown bag, $3785 | Sunset Safari backpack, $20 | … [Read more...]

The Stitch Fix That Wasn’t

The StitchFix that wasn't How Stitch Fix taught me to be my own best personal shopper

I loved Stitch Fix... loved it. The fashionista that I am had a great time setting up my profile in February of 2014 while stuck in a snowstorm without electricity. Completing the rather lengthy quiz wasn't stressful (as some have commented) but a fun way to realize things about my own style. (Click through links, below, to see my previous Fixes.) My first Fix was fabulous. Amazing. I probably referred well over 20 people the very day I posted the video. They almost nailed it on the first … [Read more...]

How will you Red, White and Blue this year?

shop USA clothing for Fourth of July -- what to wear in red, white and blue

I love Shark Tank. Our family loves to watche the show together. So, when Wes from Tipsy Elves contacted me about their Fourth of July Patriotic sweaters and tops, I was thrilled to check it out. (He sent me the three featured in this post as samples.) If you're a Shark Tank fan, you'll probably remember these guys from the holiday episode in 2013. They seemed to be, pretty much, college frat guys trying to make a few (okay, a lotta few) bucks on the ugly sweater parties (and... um, ugly … [Read more...]

Summer Solstice Sale: Buy 2, Get 1 free

buy two get one free site wide at Jewelryverse.com - no promo code necessary - sale ends 7-25

It's finally time to celebrate summer, so, naturally, it's time for a jewelry sale. Through Thursday, June 25, at noon EST, any and all purchases at Jewelryverse (that's my Chloe + Isabel boutique) qualify for a buy two, get one free promotion -- no promotion code necessary. (Links below the images will take you directly to the piece described.) earrings, statement necklace, pineapple pendant long necklace  The least expensive item of your three will be your freebie, so choose … [Read more...]

Everything you need to know about Rocksbox — plus a free month for you!

rocksbox -- what it is, how to join, oh! And a free month coupon code in the post

After watching friends try Rocksbox for a few weeks, I finally figured I'd join in the fun and give the concept a try. You've all seen my love for the excitement of StitchFix and LeTote arriving on my doorstep, and I already love accessorizing, so why not join a company that sends you beautiful jewels to try, wear and return, or buy! A photo posted by Julie Meyers Pron (@juliempron) on Jun 2, 2015 at 2:01pm PDT How Rocksbox works Joining Rocksbox is simple. You complete a quick survey … [Read more...]

How to Love Your Curls

love your curls -- how to love your curly hair

As a child, my hair was a burden. Brushes wouldn’t comb cleanly through, and after what felt like hours of struggling, left a frizzy mess that no fashion-conscious girl could possibly appreciate. And straightening took, what seemed like, hours. Hours of pulling, hours of hair dryer heat burning my neck. But Mom persisted. She pulled and straightened, pulled and straightened, to achieve the long, straight, volume look we were after. Curly hair always looked and felt unkempt, unfinished. … [Read more...]

Dressing up your simple Summer looks

jewelry to wear with a white or black t-shirt

I attended a garden party over the weekend. Okay, realistically, it was an annual party at a playground and park where the kids and dads played football while the moms all looked like they wanted to join, but were too dressed up to do so. At least, most of them were. Last year, I wore a favorite Lilly Pulitzer dress and heels and I was dressed perfectly. This year, I dropped the look down, a lot. Yet I was still dressed perfectly for the party. Wearing just a white t-shirt and a pair of khaki … [Read more...]

Rounding up my favorite new shoes this Spring

shoe shopping - put some spring and summer in your step

Shoes are definitely one (or two) of my things. I get stopped - everywhere - by people to ask about my shoes. My favorite new shoes this season are all eye-catchers and they're proving comfortable and versatile. An InLinkz Link-up … [Read more...]

Introducing Red Water Designs: Jewelry that celebrates elements and style

jewelry that celebrates the elements and style

I still haven't decided what I think of stones that connect us to the elements. I think I like the concept, the idea that wearing howlite will inspire calm energy is fabulous. But does it work? My tiny jury of one is still out on this one. But that's not to say that I won't try it. I mean, if meaningful gemstones are placed in pretty jewelry, why not wear it? And if they might possibly maybe even a tiny bit inspire a feeling of intuition (sodalite) or courage (fire agate), then I'm better … [Read more...]