Wednesday, October 29, 2014

7 Things: Fall Hats

The weather keeps getting colder and colder and if you're like me, you spend every morning wondering how you can look good while staying warm. I've put together 7 fall hat favourites that do just that.. Keep you cozy and fashionable!

1. Fur Pompom Beanie // H&M
2. Trapper Hat // American Eagle
3. Wool Fedora // Forever 21
4. Boater Hat // Urban Outfitters
5. Print Beanie // Urban Outfitters
6. Bobble Beanie // Topshop
7. Bow Cloche Hat // Modcloth 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Last Minute Halloween Prep!

It's hard to believe the month of October is almost over already... But before it ends we still have one more thing to look forward to... HALLOWEEN! As a proud mama of three and DIY queen, I get so excited to get the kids all dressed up every year (stay tuned to see their costumes). Halloween did sneak up fast though, so if you're in need of some quick treat, costume, and decor ideas, this is the post for you! All of these things are super easy and quick to make... aka mom and kid friendly.

Whether you're hosting a Halloween party or just making some snacks for your kids, these recipes are simple but tasty. They're super creative and fun to make... So get the kids involved! For more recipes, check out my Halloween board on Pinterest!

These creepy crawlers are very easy to make... They don't require the oven or any mixing, it can't get simpler than that! All you need are mini doughnuts, pretzels, icing and M&M's/Smarties. They're the perfect combination of salty and sweet, so delicious. Find step by step instructions on It'sAlwaysAutumn.

Parents should also be able to fun on Halloween night and have their own treats. If you want something to serve at a Halloween party or just something to sip on while watching Halloween movies, this pumpkin spice martini sounds so tasty. You can find the recipe on The Flaire Exchange.

Last week, I joined Steven and Chris to share some easy kid friendly DIY Halloween costumes. These costumes are made from objects you can find laying around the house or you can find at the dollar store. Once the costume is all made, the kids can wear them to school or on Halloween night. Check out the video here and get started on some last minute costumes! 

Carving pumpkins is a fall tradition many families do, but it does get messy and take a lot of time. If you're wanting pumpkins on your doorstep this Halloween but don't have time to carve them, painting them is a great alternative! Check out ABeautifulMess's creative ideas on pumpkin painting! 

If you're not going to be home on Halloween night to hand out candy, this candy holder is a perfect way to leave candy out for kids walking by. Plus it's a great decoration for outside your home! But I will admit that this craft takes a bit more time to do. It's worth it in the end though! Check out step by step instructions on ByStephanieLynn.

Hopefully these ideas help you with any last minute Halloween prep you have to do this week! For more ideas, check out my Halloween pinterest board. Do you have any Halloween treats, costumes, or decor ideas? Share in the comments below!

Friday, October 24, 2014

An Apple A Day

We had our favourite Australians staying with us,  so we decided to take them on the perfect fall picking!.  It was one of the best days I have had in a long time. The weather wasn't quite an Autumn day, but hey, who is going to complain when we get a mid 20's day in October!  The kids had a ball picking apples, losing the dog in the corn maze , finding the largest pumpkin in pumpkin patch, and spending so much needed time away from the hustle and bustle of the city!  I tell you, Tanya and I had a little too much fun tasting, (more like drinking)  all of the apple wine...who knew you could make wine out of apples?  Even better, was the Apple Bourbon.  Now that stuff could get ya into some trouble.  Well Tanya and Mitchell have headed back to Sydney, and the weather has officially tuned into fall, dare I say winter, but we still have one more apple pie in the freezer and I can't wait to have this weekend, and remember that an apple a day is what the doctor order...that or a shot of apple Bourbon!
Happy weekend all

Monday, October 20, 2014

Being Julia: Patches Of Plaid

Alight, I am totally in love with these pants.  I am in love and I am so proud! These pants are a perfect collaboration between roots and preloved.  The perfect fitting sweat pant, with a an up cycled flannel flair.  Not to mention the patch pant is EVERYWHERE this fall!
I am telling ya, once you get these pants on, you will never take em off! Pick up a pair at Roots Stores across Canada and at

Pants // Roots by preloved
Denim Top //  preloved
Boots // $4 Thrift Find!
Bag // Ralph Lauren
Bracelet // Zara

Friday, October 17, 2014

Jules Approved: Day To Night Sophie Sweatshirt

A perfect fall day consists of the sun shining, leaves falling and a cozy sweater. Preloved is giving away a FREE Sophie Sweatshirt! Check out preloved Toronto's instagram to learn how you can win. In the meantime, here's some ideas on how to style a Sophie Sweatshirt.

These oversized sunglasses are perfect for this time of year. The orange colour screams fall while acting as a retro chic statement.

Nude make up is very on trend this season. This Essie nail polish (colour Fierce, no Fear) is just one way this look can be accomplished. This shade creates an effortless chic appearance. The best part is this nail colour will look good no matter the colours in your outfit!

The weather at this time of year is very unpredictable; some days you're dancing in the sun, others you're splashing in puddles. These rain boots from Steve Madden come in fun, fall colours and the buckles and zipper down the back are just enough to brighten up a rainy day.

Distressed denim is one of my personal favourite casual looks. This pair of dark wash jeans from American Eagle are super versatile; they can be worn as part of so many different outfits. They create just enough edge in any outfit.

The Sophie Sweatshirt from preloved is the preloved team's favourite item this season. As the focal point of this post, you can see Sophie can be styled so many different ways. The plaid, open back is a statement and unlike any other style you'll find this season.

The colours in this necklace are neutral but sparkle in the light. Adding a hint of glam to this outfit is what really takes this outfit from day to night.

A bold lip never goes out of style. Red lips are sexy and confident, an essential for a night out. MAC lipstick is long lasting and will keep you looking great the whole night.

 Wearing sweaters with skirts is a great way to keep warm and look good through autumn. This sequin skirt will catch everyone's eye. It also dresses up any outfit, being the key to taking this outfit from day to night.

You deserve a night out where you can have fun, so you should have fun with the pieces in your outfit. Olympia Le-Tan book-like clutches are a great way to do just that. Being styled after book covers, these clutches are full of colour and the graphics are extremely unique. You can never go wrong with a statement clutch. 

These booties by Aldo balance out this glammed out outfit. The wrap feature of these boots is a simple but unique detail. The matte finish and silver buckle draw attention without being distracting.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Being Julia: Stripes and Sweaters!

Nothing says fall like pulling your Miss Ellie sweater out of the closet! Miss Ellie is our best seller of all time. Originally made for preloved's Fall 2007 collection (while I was pregnant with this little man), we produce over 1000 of this style every year. Available at select boutiques world wide and coming soon to!

(Photo credit goes to my nine year old daughter, Mimi!)

Miss Ellie // preloved 
Skirt // Forever 21
Shoes // Thrift find!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Being Julia: Cardi Party!

Newly added to the preloved website is this Cat Cardigan! Take your pick from the blue, black, and grey colours that are available. Cat is our number one seller this season! And is also part of the Roots by preloved collection. Coming to Roots stores soon!

Cardigan // Cat Cardigan, preloved
Shirt // Basic White Tee, Topshop (similar)
Skirt // Short, Black Skirt Zara (similar)
Shoes // Peep Toe Booties, Steve Madden (similar)
Bag // Shamelessly borrowed from friend, (Thanks Martha!) Hermes (similar)
Necklace // Silver Statement Necklace, preloved (similar... coming soon)

Monday, September 29, 2014

A Week in Review, Insta Recap !

I been having a ball working the different styles of our fall 2014 collection. , but I do think I have totally embarrassed my kids, with the daily photo's that need to be taken!  But hey all in the name of fashion...and my 11 year old is becoming a great little photographer!  "Again Mom? Please!'  Is it bad, that I am more into instagram than my kids?
All styles available at

Monday, September 22, 2014

New York in A Day

I had one of the most inspiring days last week. I spent 10 hours in NYC, hopping between trade shows. It was market week in New York, and the first time in ages, I wasn't there selling our collection.  When you are there working the trade shows, you send every waking minute in your booth, talking and meeting with clients.  Your whole world becomes your 10 X 10 space.   It was so awesome to get out, and see what others are doing.  I met up with a some of our regular clients, met  a few new clients, and had an amazing time seeing what other brands are up to for SS2015.  All I can tell ya, is spring/summer 2015 is gonna be awesome!I cant wait to start our production, next month!

oh for the record I am wearing our new  sadie sweater ! so comfy! this sweater is fully lined so you never wanna take it off! just in case you were wondering!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Jules Approved: Fall Must Haves

Cozy sweaters are always a fall must have. This Sadie sweater is made of vintage sweaters with a statement heart piece. It's also fully lined (but scratch free) to keep you warm in the chilly fall weather.

2. WOOL HAT // H&M
 Not ready to say goodbye to summer yet? Update your summer floppy hat to a smaller, black wool hat to transform a summer trend to fall trend.

Chunky necklaces instantly make any outfit more feminine and romantic. They are the perfect way to add a pop of colour and sparkle to your casual appearance.

High rise jeans are a must have this season because of trending crop tops and crop sweaters... Not to mention tucking in the mummy tummy!

 This casual bag is perfect for day or night. It double functions as a casual cross-body bag or a more formal oversized clutch. It's neutral and soft colours make it easy to wear regardless of the occasion. 

This pair of slingback booties spice up your usual pair of ankle boots. Cut outs at the back of the boot are very unique and trending this season. The best part is you can wear these boots with a dress or a pair of jeans... I haven't taken them off since I bought them.

Charlotte Tilburry's Matte Revolution lip offers many different shades but this dark, bold lip is a beauty must have this fall. Plus, Charlotte Tilburry just recently started being shipped to Canada so be one of the first to own her products!

This pair of crystal bug earrings adds a little sparkle of personality to any outfit. They are the perfect size to be a statement piece but aren't distracting from the rest of your outfit.

Leather ankle boots hit the list again, but this time with a comfort focus. These little heels are comfortable to wear all day. The brown, plain colour is easy to match with but the quilted texture adds a little bit of flare.

Anything quilted is very on trend this season. The Genie jacket is unlike any jacket you will find this fall. I'm especially loving the quilted arms, leather trim and cropped waistline.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Being Julia: Wild at Heart

The weather officially feels like fall. Let's all dust off our boots and take them out, because summer is over and it's not coming back (for a while at least). This Sadie sweater is the perfect transitional piece in my wardrobe right now. It will be coming soon to Get Preloved!

Sadie Sweater // Preloved (Coming Soon!)
Jeans // Vintage Preloved (Similar)
Boots // Aldo (Similar)
Sunglasses // Topshop (Similar)
Tote // H&M (Similar)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

50 Years of Bliss

My parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last weekend.  It was an incredible afternoon of friends and family, coming together to celebrate this amazing event.  "wow 50 years' my mom says ' we made it!'  I have always known how blessed I am to have such incredible role models in my parents, but I didn't realize what great friends of mine they would become.  My parents are a huge part of my life, and of my kids.  I am proud to say that two of my closest friends would be my mom and dad!  Congrats's to making marriage look easy!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Beng Julia : Vegas Style - Return Flight

Top // Aster Top, preloved (s/s15 ... coming soon)
Pants // Koo Pants, preloved (s/s15 ... coming soon)
Shoes // Tan Peep-toe Booties, Steve Madden (Similar)
Bag // DKNY Tote Bag (Similar)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Being Julia: Vegas Style - Day 3

Dress // Rin Tunic, preloved (s/s15 ... coming soon)
Sunglasses // Etsy (similar)
Bag // Petite Midtown, JustFab
Shoes // Slingback Heels, Zara