Sunday, September 21, 2014

Instagram Meet-n-Greet

I have met so many wonderful ladies on Instagram and have developed many friendships through it as well. I decided it would be really fun to host a brunch to get some local Instagram ladies together and it happened yesterday. 

It was so nice! Brunch was yummy and all the ladies were so nice. We are even thinking we could do a monthly meet up! 

I chose the 5 Spot as the location for our brunch. I love that place and the food is so good! Aren't those cookies the cutest? My talented friend, Julie, made them for me and they turned out so good! They were so yummy too! 

Check out these ladies on Instagram if you don't follow them already! They are awesome! 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Save The Date: October 9, 2014

Hi friends, I've got something fun in store and I don't want you to miss out! I am so excited to finally announce I've been selected as a blogger stylist for an event with a major department store I've been shopping at for years, Belk!

What could make you happier than a night of shopping with your best friend? Shopping with your friends and an exclusive 20% discount! 

Join me and other local Savannah bloggers, Jackie Schott from Shop My Savannah, Emily Fogarty from The Style Hunter  and Taylor Harman from Lights Camera Catwalk, as we host #HappyHours at Belk's girls' NIGHT OUT at the Olgethorpe Mall in Savannah on Thursday, October 9, 2014! 

I, along with these fabulous ladies, will be there to help you put together fresh, customized looks!

Join us for Belk's Happiest Hours ever! 

Here are the details of the girls' NIGHT OUT Event:

When and Where:
Belk at the Olgethorpe Mall in Savannah (7804 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31406) on Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 6-9pm
Bites & brews provided by Blowin' Smoke BBQ & Southbound Brewery and deluxe samples from Michael Kors Fragrance 

Mingle with me and other fab local bloggers who will provide custom styling tips!
Discover new spring fashion from top designers – when you shop at the event you’ll receive an exclusive 20% discount! (very limited exclusions apply)
Giveways every hour from your favorite brands 
Stay connected here and on my Twitter and Instagram accounts for continued updates and coverage on this fun event! Eeeep! I'm so excited!

*I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday {wiww}

Happy hump day! Welcome to another wiww on Glitter and Juls. Join me and other ladies as we come together for a link-up that is filled with inspiration. I started the link-up as a way to really think about the outfits I was wearing. There is something awesome that comes from something so simple as getting dressed and feeling good about it. 

Outfit Details:
Shirt: Old Navy, diy monogram decal
Pants: J Crew 
Sandals: Love Life Lilly Etsy Shop
Necklace: Mindy Mae's Market
Bracelets: Glitter and Juls Etsy Shop, Mindy Mae's Market

Outfit Details:
Shirt: J Crew factory store
Skirt: Target
Necklace: Stella & Dot

Shoes: Forever 21

Necklace and ring : Stella & Dot
Bracelets: J Crew Factory store and Mindy Mae's Market

Outfit Details:
Shirt: J Crew factory
Pants: Forever 21
Sandals: Old Navy
Necklace: Mindy Mae's Market

Outfit Details: 
Dress: Marshall's
Necklace: Stella & Dot
Bracelet: Mindy Mae's Market
Sandals: Target
Bag: Forever 21

Outfit Details:
Shirt: H&M
Shorts and Shoes: Target
Bag: Kate Spade
Necklace: Ell and Emm
Bracelets: Mindy Mae's Market

(Get 10% off your whole Mindy Mae's Market using code "jtcruzan") Find the link on the lower right side of my blog :) 

See ya next week ladies! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

6 Months and 6 Memories

Today mark's 6 months since I lost my mom. From those who have lost a parent, I have never heard it gets easier. I find that to be true. It hasn't. My heart hurts still and it's still really raw for me. I think what gets me through are my kids. They make me smile even when I don't want to. I am thankful for that. My sister has been able to get me through some tough moments throughout all of this too. I'll call her whenever I am feeling low and she is always there. I hold onto that.

But today I don't want to feel sad. I want to remember the happier times. I want to keep those moments alive with me for the rest of my life. Today I'm sharing some of my favorite memories of my mom.

1) My mom's smile and laugh. Her face lit up every single time she talked about her grandkids. I am so happy she was able to meet and have memories with my girls. She used to ask about them every time we spoke on the phone. I remember so clearly her saying "Where are my grand children?" in a asiany (made up word?) accent. She cracked up at how silly Lily was. And she loved "Avra" Yes, mom called her Avra. I was hoping I picked the easiest English name for my family but she still managed to say it wrong hahaha!

2) My mom used to make her specialty, pho, alot. She knew it would always bring the kids home. We would all come over and she would already have our bowls made like when we were little. I could ask her to cut a mango, or whatever fruit, and she never said "Cut your own fruit, or you're old enough...". She always had this perfect way of slicing up fruit. Growing up I loved baked potatoes. I still love them. But she would always butter and mash them for me. If she were here she would do it for me no question even though I am perfectly capable and grown. You know how moms always do things better??

3) That time we went into the marsh with my cousins snail digging and she went out there in white capri pants. She stepped on this bucket to get back onto the dock and lost her footing somehow. She fell backwards and into the mud. We all were laughing so hard we couldn't breathe! My dad was yelling at us for laughing and not helping my mom up. Her white pants were ruined but she laughed right along with us. I play that back in my head all the time. hahahaha, laughing about it right now!

4) The time we tried to get mom to ride a bike. It had been back in the 70s back in Vietnam since the last time mom rode a bicycle. She decided to try to get back on one. I can see it now in slow motion still as my mom fell over the minute she sat on the bike. You know how when you are leaning over as a bike is tilting? You would normally catch yourself with your foot... Not my mom. She just fell completely over. My sister and I died laughing. My mom just got up, laughed, and I can imagine just sucked her teeth and said something smart in Vietnamese....

5) I was on the phone with my mom trying to tell her how to get to the soccer complex on sally mood road so we could watch my nephew, Alex's soccer game. It was behind the health department and she only knows it as the health department. This is how the conversation on speaker phone went.... Noah and I still talk about that funny conversation...

Me: Okay, mom. The soccer field is right behind the health center.


Me: Yes, you know where we used to get our shots?

mom: I do not undastand... What? HEALTH CENTA?

Me: hahaha yes, health center.

mom: (something in vietnamese to the effect) What? mom doesn't understand health centa.

Me: The health department!!!

mom: Oh, ok.. I know

30 minutes later!! hahahha

6) We used to live with my aunt, uncle, and grandparents and my mom used to work the night shift so she would get us snacks and dinner and leave it in the kitchen. But that food would be gone by the time my sister and I came home from school in the afternoon. With so many people living in the same house food was always first come first serve basically. So my mom used to buy these KFC chicken boxes and leave them in the closet in our room so my sister and I could get to it. Seems super insane that my mom used to hide food away for us but it was perfectly normal for us at the time lol.. Mom was always looking out for us.

These are just some of my favorite memories about my mom. Her whole life was us and I'll always remember that. I hope by writing these down I can always come back if I ever forget or need a piece of my mom.

Thanks for reading....

Friday, September 12, 2014

My Likes: Instagram Made Me Want It

My name is Julia and Instagram is my crack. It enables my shopping problem and I admit it. I know I am not alone which comforts me some.

Instagram made me want the following in the last few days:

This Leopard Handbag

Leopard boots

This plaid shirt

Color Stay Gel Envy Nail Polish in this shade

This adorable bow sweater

these loafers

Thursday, September 11, 2014

TJ Maxx Find: Plaid Cape Cardigan

There is a new TJ Maxx near my work and of course, it makes for the perfect lunch hour stop! I'm happy I went in the other day because I found an amazing sweater for the fall and winter!

I love the print! It reminds me of Burberry. I tried it on in the store and fell in love with how cozy it was. It is not quite a poncho because its open in the front but is shaped like a poncho. The other plus was it was only $19.99! That's what I call a fab find!

I can't wait to style it. But until it gets cooler it will have to sit in my closet for a few weeks. In the meantime, I wanted to find some inspiration... here are a few looks that I can't wait to copy or put my spin on it!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday {wiww}

Welcome to another WIWW post. I'm fighting the Savannah crud but at least the week is half-way over! Let's take a looksee to what I've been wearing this week!

This first look is what I called dressed-up camo. I paired this camo top with a Chanel-inspired cardigan and some edgy flats!

I received this dress c/o Taylor Dress and I am so in love with all the detail! It's a perfect burst of poppy and the lace and scallop detail is surperb! Obsessed would be an understatement! I paired it with some classic tortoise shell details and the new neutral, leopard heels!

For this next look, I brought out the seahorses! Summer is coming to an end so I wanted to make sure it made at least one debut before fall. I love this print and it was a popular shirt on Instagram last summer! I added some turquoise to bring in a different color! Love this color combo!

Over the weekend it's casual all the way. Because it's still hot in Savannah I have been loving in shorts! Found these pink pair on clearance at Target and paired it with a Glitter and Juls top! I love this #OOTD top! It makes a statement and is so basic at the same time!

And it may be hot in Savannah but I did break out my favorite fall pumpkin cozy and tried the pumpkin spiced latte for the first time! Yummy!

Another casual outfit for a day of football and family! Adore these graphic tees from Old Navy! Too bad I couldn't snag a Holy Chic shirt, they were sold out at our store!

As usual, I'm linking up with Lindsay of The Pleated Poppy.

If you aren't familiar definitely check it out and join in! I love finding inspiration and discovering new blogs!

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