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About Julie

My name is Julieanna Bucior, but I go by Julie (unless I'm in trouble). I'm twenty nine. I am a bookkeeper by day, rogue fashion designer/crafter/amateur baker by night. I spend most of my time feeling like a kindergartner trapped inside an adults body. I love reading, hanging out with my crazy cats and being silly. I'm pretty much the girl next door, with a twist.

Friday Link Love

It’s the weekend before my birthday!!! I am so excited to kick off my week of birthday-tastic shenanigans. And actually since my birthday is on a Wednesday, I think it’s only right that we celebrate both this weekend and next weekend. Just for the sake of symmetry. Tomorrow I am heading to Jacksonville with a friend to do a little shopping (maybe find a birthday dress or something) and maybe pick up a treat or two to bring back to Tallahassee with me. Who knows what the day may bring? I am also considering getting a tiara for the day of. Too much? I am waffling a bit, anyone who knows me won’t be surprised, but maybe not the most appropriate item for the work place because if I get one, I am wearing it all day. Gotta go big or go home. Here are a few links to help you kick off this lovely weekend.

How pretty are these free floral wallpapers for your desktop?

Although these flats are a little “cutsier” than I usually go I think they are a lot of fun and great for this season.

Tips for throwing a budget friendly party, I thought a few of these were a little odd; what do you guys think?

I’ve been in a bit of a nesting phase lately, and I’d really like to get some artwork for the house. I’d really love one of these Ashley Woodsen Bailey images, but unfortunately, the size I want isn’t really in the budget right now.

I was recently introduced to these Stila liquid eye shadows and now I am hooked. I went to my local ULTA, but they were out of the two colors I really wanted, but I am heading to Jacksonville tomorrow and I am hoping that I am more successful there.

These vegetarian recipes are pretty perfect for the impending warmer weather.

As a blogger who sometime shares recipes and not always with the best pictures, I appreciated the honesty of this article on what it’s really like to be a food blogger.

Image from here.


Real Life Fairy Tale Things!

Guys I am geeking out so hard right now! Not only am I going to an special early showing of the new Beauty & the Beast movie tomorrow night, I just found out that you can have your very own enchanted rose. This is some real life crazy fairy tale awesome! The company is called Forever Rose, and they are offering up living flowers that can last up to three years without water or sunlight and theoretically last indefinitely if they are kept in their protected glass domes.

When I saw these white ones, all I could think was how they would be amazing centerpieces at a wedding. Heck, they would probably even upstage the all-important wow of the wedding dress. Oh, and of course I need a full arrangement to live in my work office. 

I can’t even begin to articulate how badly I want one of these. It’s one thing to have to get a shirt or a mug with images from the movie on it, but to be able to to have a real piece of the magic? It doesn’t get any better than that for me. Now all I need is a yellow ball gown and a talking teapot and I will be set.

 

Images from here & here.


London Fog Sugar Cookies

Still feeling pleased with my recent baking win, I  wanted to try my hand at a similar recipe, these London Fog Sugar Cookies. The cookie part was pretty much the same, and I am a sucker for anything with Earl Grey tea and fresh vanilla. Since we’re currently in what will most likely be our last cold snap of the season, I couldn’t think of a better time to whip up something that pairs great with a hot mug of something.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup confectioner’s (icing) sugar
  • ½ vanilla bean pod, split and seeds removed
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 and ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon Earl Grey tea leaves (I just cut open one teabag and measured from there)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons decorating sugar (for rolling, optional)

Directions

  1. In a small bowl or dish, combine the granulated sugar, icing sugar and vanilla bean seeds. Using your hands, rub the seeds into the sugar to evenly distribute them throughout.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter with the vanilla sugar mixture. Add egg and vanilla and mix until blended well.
  3. Add the flour, tea leaves, baking powder and salt and mix to combine into a soft dough.
  4. On a clean work surface, roll the dough into a log. Roll log in decorating sugar (if using). Wrap log tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, and up to 24 hours until ready to bake.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and lightly grease a baking sheet. Slice chilled dough into ¼-inch thick slices. Bake until the edges are light brown and the middles set, about 6-8 minutes. Be aware that the bottoms will brown long before the sides or tops do, so don’t over bake!
  6. Cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Will keep covered at room temperature for 1-2 days.

Notes:

  • Since the Thyme Cookies were so surprisingly wonderful, I had really high hopes for this recipe. Before I get all nit-picky, I want to say this was a solidly good recipe; the problem was that I wasn’t wanting merely “good” I wanted “fantastic”.
  • The biggest issue I had with this recipe was flavor. Not that these had a bad flavor, they were just a little bland. The vanilla was very subtle and the earl grey, well if I hadn’t made them myself, I wouldn’t have known it was in there. They were perfectly fine with an accompanying strong cup of tea. All in all, if I decide to make these again, I am going to have to dial the flavors way up.


Friday Link Love

I am not entirely sure how I feel about this past week. It’s was busy, at times intense, but it wasn’t a bad week. Other than being a bit tired, I would even go as far as to say that this has been a pretty good week. Either way I am still ready for the weekend and the bliss that comes from two uninterrupted days away from the office. I am finding myself not entirely sure what to do with my days off though, I’d like to be productive, but how and how much is very much in debate at this point. I have the chance to knock a last item or two from my 30 before 31, but then again, I could also just bake and get ready for the new week. Man, do I sound old and boring.  We’ll see; I am a little disappointed that I didn’t knock as many things off my list as I’d hoped, so that might end up being the push I need to structure my weekend. What do you have planned?

I need this gorgeous iridescent vegan bag in my life.

This string garden looks like a really fun way to kick off spring.

To be completely honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of a lot of the accessories trends debuted during fashion month, but I could definitely get behind these ear pieces.

Gift boxes are always fun to receive, and I am thinking about sending this one to some of my long distance friends with impending birthdays.

Grilled cheese is almost always a good idea; I am thinking about trying this one out this weekend.

Who cares about age appropriate, I think this would be an amazing theme for the next time I have the girls over for brunch.

It’s important to realize that it is okay to be not okay.

I’ve been thinking about purchasing an air fryer, this review has me leaning a little more towards “yes”, but then again I’d also like to be able to fry fresh things as well as frozen so we’ll see.

 

 

Image from here.

 


The Newest Thing in Bad-Ass Hair Color

I have been LOVING the rainbow of hair color trends over the last couple of years. I mean, the fact that one can now purchase lavender hair dye at Target is a testament to how far we’ve pushed the envelope when it comes to “socially acceptable” hair color. Now innovators are taking things one step further with The Unseen: Fire dyes. This semi-permanent color turns your tresses from a deep somber raven black to a variety fiery hues with the application of heat. Now for a Florida girl like me, I am fairly certain that there wouldn’t be much of a shift back and forth, but for someone who didn’t reside in the sunshine state, this would be so much fun. This product was set to launch with London fashion week and the company behind it is now looking for investors so they can start large scale production.

You can read more about Unseen and their project “Fire” on the company’s Instagram page and in their Bored Panda article.