August 16, 2017

Currently Crushing: POPSUGAR MUST HAVE (Birthday!) BOX

Popsugar Must Have Box August 2017

Happy Wednesday, y'all! 

I wanted to pop in today and share this month's POPSUGAR Must Have box! I've been collaborating with PS for several years, and this month is the 5th birthday of their Must Have box subscription service. Each month, POPSUGAR editors put together a box of their favorite things for those who are signed up for the Must Have program and an amazing box of goodies is delivered right to your door. I was so excited when I came home last week to that big pink and white box propped up against my front door!

To celebrate their birthday they're hosting giveaways all month long and you can receive $10 off your first Must Have box purchase! Simply follow this link to sign up and then use code PARTY for your discount. In order to be eligible for the giveaways all you have to do is sign up (brands like Kendra Scott and the Cambridge Satchel Company are included this year!). This is truly one of the best monthly subscription services. The products you get for what you pay, is incredible. I've shared the items that are included in this month's birthday box below!

Popsugar Must Have Box August 2017


1. FRINGE STUDIO Cheers Lacquered Tray, $28

2. FIRST AID BEAUTY 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask, $38

3. DOGEARED Friendship Bracelet, $34

4. MERI MERI Gold Glitter Candles, $7.50

5. FRINGE STUDIO Free Spirit Journal, $16

6. SHOPTIQUES $25 Gift Card

7. GOODIE GIRL Chocolate Chunk Cookies, $2.95 (not pictured)

Popsugar Must Have Box August 2017

Popsugar Must Have Box August 2017

Must Have subscriptions are set at monthly, three month, or six month rates. The subscription gets you over $100 of products (really awesome products!) for $39.95. You can sign up here and use code PARTY to get $10 off your first box (code expires August 31)! Happy August, friends!

*Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with POPSUGAR. All opinions are my own. I was gifted this month's Must Have box in exchange for social media promotion. Thank you, as always, for supporting the brands and companies that support my blog!


August 14, 2017

Weekend Photo Diary // Vol. 12

Hi, friends. I wasn't sure if I even wanted to post today - I've been so preoccupied and shaken up about the events that happened over the weekend here in Virginia. This is not the Virginia I know and love. These are not my people. I read that the majority of these individuals came from out of town for the events that took place Friday and Saturday in Charlottesville. I shared this post on instagram over the weekend and shared more candid thoughts on twitter. Here is my position: White Americans, it is our voice that can change this. No one should be surprised or shocked that this happened. We have a leader who has given a voice back to hate in this country. I will speak on and stand up for love and peace for the rest of my life. There is no left side or right side. There is a right side and wrong side, and if you're not saying something, if you're not calling out people who casually make racists, hateful comments, if you're neutral - you're part of the problem. I don't want to be political here or create an energy of animosity. I simply felt it necessary to take this opportunity to let my voice be heard on a very public platform. I feel incredibly passionate about this (as I'm sure a lot of you do). We're better together. #LoveAlwaysWins


I haven't shared a weekend photo diary post in a while, y'all! So, yesterday after I finished I doing a little haul video on my instagram story, I decided to share a few of the items here on the blog. If you want to catch the IG haul in its entirety it will be up until about 4:30 this afternoon! My instagram handle is @julie.leah :)

Have a great Monday, friends!


I shared both pairs of these tassel earrings a couple weeks ago in my very first haul video. Both of these are from Walmart, gang. Yes! The silky ones look just like the Vanessa Mooney Astrid Tassels, but these were $4! And the beaded ones were $4, too! I tried to find them online but didn't have any luck. The gold hoops were a recent purchase from Lulu's and I love them. 

I also chatted yesterday about some beauty products I've been loving lately. If you haven't tried Essence Cosmetics they're definitely worth a browse the next time you're in Ulta. They're super affordable (these lipliners are only $1.99!) and have a ton of great products. One item I didn't mention yesterday in my IG haul was this lipstick from the Kate Moss nude collection for Rimmel. The color range in this collection has a shade for every skin tone - it's very well done. My favorite is shade 42 - I've worn it almost every day for about two weeks.

I've been raving about two of these three products to anyone who will listen lately. And I just added the third to my line-up. This Garnier gel moisturizer paired with the Hard Candy Coconut Water Primer Stick are a match made in makeup heaven. I've heard tons of recommendations for using a gel moisturizer under your makeup instead of a cream. So, I finally gave that a whirl and whoa - it makes the biggest difference in the staying power of your makeup. I'm also loving the Hard Candy Setting Spray. These three products combined have kept my makeup looking natural but completely locked in all day.

I found this adorable Free People orange-printed top over the weekend and had to get it. It was on sale and one of the most unique pieces from FP that I've seen in a while. Wouldn't this make a great dress or jumpsuit?!

Finally, if you're looking for a great daily devotional book or just want a beautifully illustrated book to offer comfort or inspiration, I highly recommend The Beautiful Word. It's thoughtfully put together and made me feel a little better as I read through some of the illustrations over the weekend.


August 8, 2017

Monthly Muse: AUGUST

We're over a week into August and it's already feeling like fall to me. There are still lots of warm days left but as soon as the "back to school" talk starts, I get excited for fall. Working  in a school is kind of like getting two New Year's in one year. There's always a freshness that comes with a new school year that makes me grateful for what I get to do every day. School officially starts back for us on Thursday and it's sure to be a whirlwind. It's already been that way to some degree - as evidenced by the silence around here. I'm consistently sharing over on instagram (photos and on IG stories) if you'd like to follow along! Happy August and back to school, y'all!


Atlantic-Pacific // "You Are Enough" // Planner (this is the one I'm using this year!)
Swoozie's BTS Collab from a couple years ago // Sugar Wafer "Pencils"