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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.

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  • 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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 (covered with glass) in the sun for around 2 hours. Cover with plastic wrap, and place in refrigerator until soup is well chilled, at least 1 hour. Serve, or store in refrigerator up to 1 day.

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Pairs beautifully with a white wine sangria!

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XO,

Julia

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 company ex: Buzzfeed, and search “buzzfeed recruiter.” Pick one that seems more specific to your field, and take a few educated guesses on their email addresses. It’s often firstname-lastname@company.com, but make a few guesses or look up the company format. Send a polite, short email with a resume attached saying you’re interested in an internship. I have gotten so many interviews from this, often telling me they admired my initiative! More impressive than getting a reference from the last intern’s best friend.

Step 2: Cover Letter

I’ll leave standard resume stuff to Business Insider guides, but I hear at a lot of conferences that people really like the cover letter to be short, and to not repeat resume-listed experience, and instead give a little anecdote about one of those experiences. For example, mention when you saved that sorority event that almost didn’t happen, or when you thought outside the box during a crisis at your PR internship. Of course, tailor your cover letter to the company. The average company will find stories like that fun and unique, but Goldman may just roll their eyes. If it is a company with a particularly vibrant spirit like Disney or Condé Nast, they’ll love it. I once applied to a wedding dress company by describing my secret wedding Pinterest board that I would accidentally bring up on dates (I’m very casual). I regretted the cover letter immediately, but they called the next day and told me they thought it was so funny and stood out. Who knew! Act nuts I guess.

Step 3: Interview

Please ask questions when they ask you if you have any questions for them. Even if you don’t have any. Apparently that’s a trick for some companies that weeds people out. They want to see who’s there to learn. I often ask, “tell me about your experience at this company. What brought you here?” Or “what advice do you have for someone wanting to break into X industry?”

Don’t ask me about the “what are your greatest weaknesses” questions, because I still don’t know what to say. I’m not going to say “I work too hard” because, like, what.  And I’m also not going to say “I’m bad at numbers and I’m cranky in the morning” because no one is going to hire me. There is no right way to answer this.

Always write a thank you email 2-5 hours after your interview!

Step 4: The Waiting Game

I hate this, particularly when they promise a response within a time frame and do not honor it. Things come up, but they should always let you know when you took time out of your day to meet with them. But the fact of the matter is, they never tell you on time. I’ve always been told after they tell me I will know. But I get it, you’re freaking out. Mostly likely, they haven’t gotten to it yet. Here’s what to do: bug them, but wait exactly 1 week. If they haven’t gotten to if yet, it is the perfect refresher. They’ll note your persistence and remember you. Even if it takes another week, send another polite email. And, well, if it’s been 3, “he’s just not that into you.” But hey! Onto the next one!

Xo,

J

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

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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.

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IMG_0304Here’s the ticketing information:

http://www.jazzagelawnparty.com/tickets.html

XO,

Julia

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

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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 of powdered sugar and 1 cup of softened butter. Stir in as much as you want, depending on how lemony you want it.

Cassis:

For cookie, you can keep the plain almond because the filling is super potent. Cassis and champagne go well together as well, so if you want, throw in a teaspoon of champagne into the cookie as well.

For filling, either muddle some black currents or use a 1 cup of black current preserve like I did. Mix with 3 cups of powdered sugar and 1 cup of butter like in the first two, and add the cup of black current preserve.

http://juliapoodle.com/2015/01/09/the-easiest-macarons-basic-vanilla/

Enjoy!

XO,

Julia