Category: Style

TheLivelyShow-TaylorSterling Today on The Lively Show we are talking with Taylor Sterling, founder of The Glitter Guide.

The Glitter Guide is well-known for its popular daily lifestyle content, and Taylor’s own life and career often seems just as fascinating as the site itself.

In the show, we are talking with Taylor about her journey with GG and how motherhood has changed things for her personally and professionally now that her little eight-month-old lady, Miss Elodie, has entered her world.

This show is perfect for those looking for a real peek into the life of a busy work-at-home mom who is still learning how to juggle everything on her plate.  

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A few months ago, I spent a week installing and completing the hotel lobby design project I’ve been working on for the past twenty months (psst: the big reveal is coming up on the blog next week!).

It was a 2,000+ square foot space that had a long ways to go before the grand opening party at the end of the week.

Construction crews, painters, electricians, and woodworkers were scurrying about asking me for opinions and directions. Meanwhile, I had all the styling and decorating to do, and most importantly my big plan was facing the test:

Would it look as good in real life as it did in my vision?

And: Would all of the interested parties – the owners, manager, sales team, and general public like what I spent almost two years creating?

No pressure or anything.

Needless to say, by the middle of that week I was running on empty in every way.

As I went on an early morning run before yet another (insane) workday, I started cry by the lake.

There were so many things out of my control, yet the responsibility for the success of the lobby design rested on my shoulders.

It all seemed like too much… until, I had a breakthrough:

throw out 100 things challenge

July 15th, 2014   |   ExfoliatingWardrobe

ThrowOut100ThingsChallenge I’m having an informal Chicago meet-up for dinner/drinks on Monday, July 21st @ 7:00pm — at one of my favorite spots in Lincoln Park!  If you would like to attend, please RSVP by emailing me at jess(at)with-intention.com by Sunday, July 20th.   : ) 


With the movers coming in less than two weeks(!), rather than packing, I’ve spent the last week focused on exfoliating items I don’t want to take with me to Austin. Though moving may never be a “simple affair,” having less stuff means less boxes. Less hassle. Less packing time. Less cost. Just less. So, this weekend I did what I always do: I did a Throw Out 100 110+ Things Challenge.

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Today I have a fantastic, honest, and funny episode of The Lively Show for you!

I’m talking with Kendi Skeen, the face behind the popular fashion blog, Kendi Everyday, and the owner of a boutique called Bloom in McKinney, Texas.

We are chatting about wardrobes, where to spend your clothing budget, how to remix your wardrobe, and her career and business transitions.

Kendi has gone from a full-time job, to running her blog full-time, to opening a store, and recently to closing that store.

In this episode she shares candidly what she did right, what she did wrong, and what she’s learned from this experience. Plus, she’s sharing what she’s working on next.

This episode is perfect for anyone looking to improve their wardrobe, handle career transitions better, or start (and close) a business. 

 

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Over the past few months, I’ve been working with Nichole of Acanthus Jewelry to bring back the most popular Jess LC collection of all time: the braille intention necklaces!

We are so proud to bring these to you – each necklace acts as a subtle reminder to Be Brave or Be Present throughout your day.

BePresentNecklace2 Simply rub the braille throughout your day to connect to your Values-based intention.

Each pendant also has the intention inscribed in the back as well.

NewShopHoly guacamole, guys.

I have three very exciting new things to tell you about!

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Today I have a fun girl chat with Liz of Sequins and Stripes on The Lively Show.

Liz is a (successful) blogger, stylist, soon-to-be bride, and overall adorable person!

I’ve personally been friends with her (as well as a follower of her blog) for several years now. In fact, her taste has been a huge inspiration for my own style.

In the show, we talk about defining your style, the progression of Liz’s life and career from corporate to blogging and styling full-time, and there is a hefty dose of strategy advice when it comes to making an income through blogging.

So anyone looking to learn more about making money via blogging sponsorships and brand collaborations will love this episode!

 

In this episode you’ll find out about

 

  • The two “unsuccessful” blogs Liz started before Sequins and Stripes.
  • How she landed her first styling clients before S&S.
  • How to comb through your closet and determine which things to exfoliate.
  • A few little details about Liz’s upcoming wedding(!).
  • Liz’s approach to life through “little victories.”
  • How successful fashion bloggers foster connections and land dream projects with their favorite brands. (20:00)
  • How List transitioned financially from her full-time job to her styling business.
  • Liz’s biggest struggle in her business right now.
  • What Liz would say to someone just starting out.

 

Show Notes

 

TheEverygirl.com

They’re Real Mascara by Benefit

Bare Escentuals Powder/Blush (in Rose Radiance)

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer/Sheer Foundation

Essie Nail Polish – Bikini So Teeny 

Essie Nail Polish – Geranium

Essie Nail Polish – Lilacism

Life with Intention Online

 

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Want more? Check out past Lively Show episodes here.

 

 

PSI’m being interviewed on a Podcast, too! I’m over at the With Purpose Podcast talking about living intentionally, my take on purpose, how my parents influenced my career, and more.

 

PPS – Want to ditch the stress, “shoulds,”, and future tripping?

As someone who has read countless books on living an intentional life, Jess has found the secret to bridging theory into actionable items today!

This class will benefit anyone seeking greater meaning in your life, from anywhere.

- Leana M. | Participating from Rwanda

 

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gold shoe giveaway

December 20th, 2013   |   LifeWardrobeWineday Friday

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To show my gratitude for your support throughout 2013, I have five gifts planned for you over the next five days!  There are no outside sponsors or companies associated with these gifts. They are simply from me, to you.

 

Guys, this week has been so much fun! I’ve kinda felt like an intentional Santa Claus giving out gifts everyday. It’s also a bit staggering to see all the mentorship applications, and workbook/PV Starter Kit downloads.

In honor of Wineday Friday, I am wrapping up the Week of Giving with a pair of gold flats! I cannot thank you guys enough for all of the comments and emails filled with gold shoe suggestions over the past few months.

After looking at what seemed like hundreds of gold flat options, I finally settled on the original pair from J.Crew factory that I thought would be a half size too small.

I took the plunge and purchased them despite the size and they ended up fitting perfectly!

While I was doing this shoe size dance, Carrie of Dream Green DIY, snagged some 8.5 gold ballet flats at her super special local J.Crew outlet for me, too.

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I paid her back for the extra pair of gold shoes, but the 8.5′s are too loose for me.

Which means I now have a pair of gold J.Crew ballet flats for you!

(You’ll notice there is a black line through the J.Crew logo because these puppies are actually regular J.Crew flats sold at the outlet for much less than normal.)

If you want to snag these flats, check out the details below.

 

 

A Week of Giving Wrap Up

 

And a huge thanks to you all for being a part of the 2013 Week of Giving! I have been so blessed by your support over the past year and I hope that the things I shared this week can help you take 2014 to the next level.

And as always, thank you for reading and have a great holiday week/weekend!

 

 

How to Win the Gold Shoes

 

Please leave a comment on this post to win the gold shoes!

Entries will close December 27th, and the winner will be selected on December 30th.

(US shipping addresses only, please.)

Remember, these are a size 8.5.

 

 

2013 WEEK OF GIVING

Monday: One-on-One Mentorship for a Year

Tuesday: Free Private Victory Starter Kit 

Wednesday: Free Business with Intention Workbook

ThursdayTwo Free “That One Thing” Intention Sessions Scholarships

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Guys, today’s Wineday Friday is pretty serious.

(At least it’s serious as far as Wineday Friday’s are concerned.)

Last week while Mr. Lively and I were visiting Boston we walked around in the rain for several hours and my lovely and comfortable Target sequin flats shown above were ruined. They were in such bad shape that they didn’t ever dry out properly and they got trashed before we flew home.

I am super sad about this because these puppies are were my go-to shoe 80% of the time and I’m having a hard time finding another pair to replace them.

I spotted a more expensive glitter pair at J.Crew, but I’m not thrilled at prospect of paying 400% more than I paid for the Target shoes when they have glitter and may not even turn out to be as comfy as the cheap pair. I also noticed a leather ballet flat option on the J.Crew Factory site which I liked – but my size is sold out (8.5).

I’ve done searches on Target (I’m not a fan of their updated gem-y version of these shoes), Piperlime, and Pinterest to no avail. I can’t seem to find the perfect flat gold show for fall and winter.

Does anyone out there have any suggestions for me? I’m all ears!

Thank you so much for reading. I hope you have a great weekend! 

 

PS – I’d like to thank Blair for helping me re-design the new sidebar. Site update #47,324 is now complete!

six fall wardrobe updates

October 3rd, 2013   |   StyleWardrobe

SixFallWardrobeUpdatesThis fall I’ve been pretty careful with my clothing purchases in order to stay on track with our savings goals.

Thanks to awesome sales, store gift cards, and a handful of J.Crew Factory coupons, I’ve been able to get six new pieces that are fun to mix into my regular wardrobe while staying on budget.

The first update is a fall classic: the cozy cream sweater. I got this waffle version at J.Crew Factory and will wear it into the winter as well.

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These next two items are my new fall favorites. I’ve seen the sparkle necklace (similar) and button-down shirt look for a while and wanted to try it out. I love how the crystals make the masculine plaid a little more girly.

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To be honest, I wasn’t crazy about the embellished sweatshirt trend at first. But when I spotted this simple and less expensive version at Loft on sale, I decided to give it a try.

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Though I styled the sweatshirt here with the black skinnies, I think it will be even cuter paired with a skirt, black tights, and booties.

As for the black skinnies, they are my new go-to pant. They instantly make any outfit look just a bit more polished.

And then of course, there are the super comfortable black booties. Clean, simple, low heel, and great leather.

As I mentioned on Monday, I am currently traveling around Boston and New Hampshire for a little belated birthday trip for Mr. Lively. If you’re wondering what I packed for the long weekend, just take a look above!

linda’s pumpkin dip & fall decor

September 30th, 2013   |   Style

LindasPumpkinDipAndFallDecorFunny story… this morning I wrote about how I had a crazy packed day and that I came to a peaceful acceptance of this fact. Well, it seems like the moment that I welcomed the busy-ness… it all faded away. A few appointments and consulting sessions got rescheduled, and suddenly my day is far more open than expected.

The second part of the passage I shared mentions that if you surrender to what you have, “more will rush your way.” Perhaps my acceptance of being busy actually allowed things to open up?

Or maybe I’m looking into it too deeply? Either way, I’ll take it.

Anyways, back to the topic at hand. I’ve been tweaking things a bit in our living room to honor my favorite season: fall.

(Sidenote: Over the years, I have noticed people usually love their birthday season the most. So considering that my birthday coming up in October, I feel like it is inevitable that I should love autumn.)

Anyways, here’s what I’ve changed:

The pillows. Since I went neutral in the living room, it is pretty easy to adjust the room for the seasons. I swapped out the coral pillow for an old orange pillow cover along with a grey textured one that I use in the winter, too.

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If you can ignore the dozens of cords snaking down the wall, you’ll see that the plaid blankets, pumpkin, and owl add a little fall to the bookshelf.

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I kept things simple on the fireplace mantle by pairing an old grapevine pumpkin with a mini pumpkin.

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And of course, the fall wouldn’t be complete with out my mom’s trusty pumpkin dips.

Healthy or unhealthy, you have a pumpkin dip to suit your needs.

LINDA’S HEALTHY PUMPKIN DIP

  • One 8 oz cool whip
  • 1 box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (nutmeg will work in a pinch)
  • 15 oz canned pumpkin
  • Gingerbread men or graham crackers
  1. Thaw cool whip. Mix pumpkin, dry vanilla pudding mix, and pumpkin pie spice.
  2. Fold in thawed cool whip and serve.

THE LESS HEALTHY (BUT VERY YUMMY) PUMPKIN DIP

  • 4 C confectioners sugar
  • 16 oz canned pumpkin
  • 16 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • Gingerbread men or graham crackers
  1. Beat cream cheese and sugar.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients.

 

Enjoy!

creating an essentials bag

September 26th, 2013   |   StyleWardrobe

CreatingAnEssentailsBagThough I don’t have many purses, I do like to match my purse to my outfit. Due to this daily bag rotation, I have tried over the years to create an essentials bag that could corral the smaller items I use in one place.

In theory, my essentials bags were always helpful. But I either stopped swapping them from bag to bag after about a week, or I would never even open the essentials bag to begin with, which rendered the whole concept useless.

However, this past month I’ve finally successfully created an essentials bag that I actually use and continue to grab before I head out the door.

For me, I found the following guidelines helpful:

EssentialBagGuidelinesBack in the day, I used to include everything under the sun – Tide sticks, sewing kits, bug spray, the kitchen sink, you name it. But really, I don’t ever use those things, and they just made the bag bulkier and less likely to fit in all of my purses.

So if you consider making an essentials bag and use a Tide stick religiously, be sure to include one! But I don’t suggest adding a mini flashlight unless you find yourself stuck in the dark on a regular basis.

By literally paring back to these five essentials, I have exactly what I need and use daily.

TheEssentialsAs far as the essentials bag itself, I am now using this little J.Crew pouch. In its past life it was a super-duper sized business card holder for Alt Summit. But really, I don’t need a huge business card caddy day-to-day. Instead, a smaller one from college works better and fits within the pouch.

Now, when I need to head out the door, I just toss my sunglasses, keys, wallet, and essentials pouch into a purse and leave.

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ClutchEssentialsBagDoes anyone else have an essentials pouch? If so, did you have trouble finding the right mix of products and bag selection, too?

 


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