Author: Julia

The Perfect Late Summer Meal: Watermelon Gazpacho

What better way to soak up the last few weeks of summer than to celebrate with the best of the season’s crops? Here’s my favorite Watermelon Gazpacho recipe. 5 cups peeled, seeded, and roughly chopped watermelon, plus 1 cup finely chopped 1/2 cup cranberry juice 1 cup peeled, seeded, and diced cucumber 1 cup diced celery (about 2 stalks) 3/4 cup diced red bell pepper (about 1 pepper) 1/4 cup diced red onion 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, minced 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced Juice of 1 lime (about 3 tablespoons) 1 1/2 tablespoons sherry vinegar 1 tablespoon jalapeno pepper, minced DIRECTIONS Combine 5 cups watermelon and the cranberry juice in the jar of a blender, and puree until mixture is smooth. Pass through a fine sieve into a large bowl or plastic storage container, discarding pulp. You should have 3 cups strained liquid. Add cucumber, celery, bell pepper, onion, herbs, lime juice, vinegar, jalapeno, and remaining cup chopped melon to watermelon liquid, and stir to combine. To really get the flavors infused, keep it …

Just Peachy: Rooftop Outfit of the Day!

 Hi everyone! Delayed flight in Charlotte so here I am writing a quick lil post! Here’s a quick OOTD from Sunday when my boyfriend came back to NYC (and I left for Charlotte right after for my #HBOcollege training!!). It’s just a simple peach lace romper from Necessary with a sleek pony and Sam Edelman glitter flats.                   Fun fact: the last pic made it to the NYC snap story!!!! Xo, Julia 

Career: Get Your Dream Internship

Hi lovelies!! I always attend so many networking and career conferences (#findspark) and always learn an insane amount from recruiters, mostly about what I’m doing wrong. Here are some of the best-kept HR secrets. Step 1: Finding the Job, When It’s Not Posted Online: Have you ever noticed your classmates sign on to this amazing internship that you can’t even apply to online? This has always baffled me that there are secret internships. Mostly, it is because they keep the internships within references. So, if an intern is leaving, she recommends her friend. That sort of thing. So how do you POSSIBLY apply to this? If you don’t have a LinkedIn, make one. I cannot stress how important this is!! So many jobs nowadays are placed exclusively on LinkedIn, and recruiters often are too lazy to look for your resume in the huge database after an interview, so they’ll do a quick search. Get one. This takes a little bit of confidence and is often out of many people’s comfort zones, but search for the …

Rooftop Season: Outfits of the Day

    Featured is the majestic and fabulous Nikita Roach (who is actually a Forever 21 model!) in a Target romper and red felt American Apparel hat. On yours truly is (Nikita’s) Target skirt and Theory white top and Rocksbox statement piece. Shoes are from Marshall’s with Tiffanys rings and bracelets. Nikita’s “tennis” bracelet is actually from Wimbleton! Can’t wait for the U.S. Open to try to find a matching one.            Xo, Julia   

 Seeing Stars: Rocksbox Looks and Free Jewelry Coupon!!!

  This month’s Rocksbox set was a dream come true.  Mint statement jewels and a delicate bracelet makes fresh linen summer frocks a little bit more luxe. I’ve always been a huge fan of star accessories, and this gold toned bracelet is no exception. These jewels come hand-curated in a little white box with a cute little personalized note.  Want your free month? My treat. Use “juliapoodlemagxoxo” at checkout at http://www.rocksbox.com.             Xo, Jukia 

The Roaring Twenties: Glitter and Candy Cocktails

                     Two posts in one day? Just trying to make up for lost time. I just wanted to thank everyone who reached out to wish me a happy birthday! It was happy indeed, thanks to my lovely friends and family. Pictured is a scalloped magnolia cake with gold foil candles and a Slate + Willow glitter romper. My favorite cocktail for this weekend was candy champagne! For a candy store champagne, pour champagne (for the 21+ guests!) over cotton candy or a stick of rock candy.  You can take pieces of either for a beautiful garnish!  Thank you again for the birthday wishes! Xo, Julia 

Outfit of the Day: Dreaming in Lavender

             Hello my loves, My apologies for my MIA few weeks. I’ve been hard at work and hard at play. I turned 20 on Tuesday! So excited to have shared it with my friends and family and tons of Magnolia vanilla cake and confetti. Here is my OOTD taken by the lovely Nikita, featuring a vintage Lavender jacket and Necessary clothing watercolor shorts. Wide brimmed hat frugally purchased on the street, and lovely silver Sam Edelman flats (post to come on the perfect intern flats!)  Xo, Julia 

Outfit of the Day: Soho Stroll

    Hello beauties! Just wanted to share a quick outfit of the day with my friend, Nikita! It was a perfect day of shopping, finding soho swing sets, and devouring Dominique Ansel cookie shoots. I just found a new straw hat on the street for $15 and am obsessed! The style is super flattering and easy to pull off, even for non-hat people. Hope you all are having an amazing Saturday! xo, Julia

A Beautiful Little Fool: Jazz Age Lawn Party 2015

Hello my loves! This weekend was the NYC Jazz Age Lawn Party, which means that governor’s island, a 15 minute ferry from Manhattan, magically transforms into a East Egg fairytale of cropped hair and garter-hugged flasks. I went with my Kappa sister, Erin, and the rest was twentieth century history. Here are some photos of my lovely Saturday in 1927. If you live in the NYC area, please, please go to the event August 15th or 16th! There is jazz, dancing, glittering headbands and feathery frocks for sale, and unapologetically nostalgic twenty-somethings laying in the sun, trying to forget about the phones in their pockets. Here’s the ticketing information: http://www.jazzagelawnparty.com/tickets.html XO, Julia

Garden-Fresh Macaron Fillings: Blueberry, Cassis, and Strawberry Champagne

Hi everyone! So I posted my macaron recipe a while back (the link will be at the bottom to my vanilla macaron post), but I’ve been experimenting more and more with different fillings! These fillings can be used for macarons, but also for tons of other things (I topped a fresh donut in my next post with this cassis filling.) Strawberry Champagne: For cookie, add 1 teaspoon of champagne to cookie right before piping. For filling: Mix 3 cups of powdered sugar with 1 cup of softened butter (I recommend using a mixer!) Muddle some strawberries, and if you don’t have a muddler like me, just crush them with the backside of a spoon! Mix slowly into the buttercream and enjoy! Lemon Blueberry: For cookie, crush a view blueberries with a spoon and more about a teaspoon of juice into cookie. Add blue food coloring for fun! For filling, either make lemon curd yourself (zest, lemon juice, and sugar on a saucepan) or just use a lemon curd at home like me. Mix with 3 cups …