As the second to last day of 2014, we thought it would be fun to look back at Journal de Jalune’s first year with the top 5 posts. It is clear that our Women Before 10am series is a reader favorite! We will be continuing to talk to inspiring modern women in2015 – so if you or someone you know would like to featured, we would love to hear about them! Thank you for reading and here are the top five posts if you’d like to see (in no particular order):
So I am not much of a resolutions person. Goals are definitely good to have, but I don’t feel that they should be confined to a certain time of year to make them happen. There is, however, a certain freshness coming into a new year that allows ideas of new possibility to bubble up. This is what I love about New Year’s; change, possibility, and growth (and the fact that the days are getting longer once again!) that are at the forefront of my mind and excite me to take action after a mid-winter slump. So in lieu of formal resolutions, I am revisiting this blog post and its prompts– here are the things I am looking forward to doing in 2015.
Eating / more vegetables (after way too many Christmas cookies), spicy pho on cold days
Drinking / hot water with lemon, so warming when it is freezing out (plus it is naturally detoxifying – no fancy pants juicer needed!)
Practicing / unplugging, disconnecting; breaking the mindlessly-looking-at-my-phone habit
Mastering / budgeting – and actually sticking to it like a grown-up.
Learning / calligraphy
Trying / to not procrastinate as much
Playing / in the snow, specifically snowshoeing and sledding.
Finishing / 2014 – taking in all I have learned and being done with the rest!
Reading / Euphoria by Lily King – so good so far!
Remembering / to take 5 minutes to meditate
Wearing / chunky sweaters, leggings, mocassins (full-on hibernation outfit!)
Cooking / anything with curry, roasted veggies
Working / more efficiently (i.e. single-tasking)
Traveling / to Mexico this winter for a bachelorette – can’t wait for the warmth and girl time!
Wanting / to plan a trip to South America
What are you looking forward to in 2015?
Merry Christmas and happy holidays! We hope you a lovely holiday filled with good company, yummy treats, and some rest and relaxation… and a little Jimmy Fallon paired with the cuties from One Direction ;)
The rituals of rest contest has come to a close – we loved seeing all of your rituals of rest, from knitting to bubble baths to a of good cup of coffee. It is a great reminder, especially in the holiday season, to take a little time for yourself. Our winner is Kathleen, who finds her ritual of rest cuddling with her dog. What is your favorite ritual of rest?
Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? Any holiday festivities going on? I am headed to the Michigan this weekend to visit some of the boyfriend’s fam (Detroit area if anyone has any recommendations!). We are heading to a Red Wings game which I am excited for – my first hockey game! Hope you have a lovely weekend and here are some links from around the web…
Something weird trivia to think about when you are watching all those Xmas movies.
The holiday tradition continues.
Love this interview, so real.
The perfect dish to balance all those Christmas cookies.
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Clémence Poésy is a French actress known for her roles in In Bruges, Harry Potter(s), and Last Love. She seamlessly goes between the role of actor and model, as well as between both French and English speaking rolls. Her style is similar, a blend of both casual and put together, in such a way only the French seem to be able to pull off! Clémence’s style is approachable, with her hair never done too perfectly and her makeup natural with a pop of a bright lipstick.
This holiday season when there are parties to go to and holiday dinners to attend, Clémence’s subtle but sultry style is spot on when trying to figure out that perfect balance between getting all gussied up and the I-just-threw-this-on look. Instead of being perfectly polished from head to toe, try a bold lip color with hair slightly undone and messy. Mix more structured, tomboyish pieces with a softer tank or shirt and a sparkly accessory. It is this combination of the unexpected that leads to that je ne sais quoi.
So the word ‘host’ to me sounds a little stuffy, but it does not mean that you have to be stuffy while hosting a party, a dinner, overnight guests – whatever it may be. Odds are, you may be required to be the host of something this holiday season. I hosted Thanksgiving with friends and now Christmas with the boyfriend’s fam – two totally different gatherings – but I have started to find some tried and true tricks that work for me no matter what the occasion is. I may be going a Martha Stewart here, but I just hope it may help anyone who is the same boat as me! What are some of your hosting tips and tricks?
Always plan on extra – An extra hour to get ready before people show up, extra toilet paper so guests don’t have to ask, extra bottle(s) of wine (duh!). I have found that simply having a buffer saves from having to rush, having to run to the store, or having your guest feel like they drank too much! While on the topic of serving guests wine, I love this post on wine etiquette.
Make a good go-to party playlist – or simply find one on Spotify and have it playing before people show up. It may sound trivial, but have you been in a store or somewhere and it is completely silent? Having music in the background helps distract people from whatever last minute things you are trying to wrap up in the kitchen or where ever. Bonus, if guests get there early, you can always ask them to put on their favorite music so they feel a part of creating a great get together.
Pick one thing and do it well – So Pinterest is great for ideas for cooking, baking, or decorating, but honestly it can create totally unrealistic goals. I would love to have all the time in the world to create an amazing, totally themed get-together ala Martha Stewart, but it is just not happening. So I just focus on one thing, the signature cocktail, the main meal, or the epic dessert, instead of wearing myself thin. Most likely, your guests will be remembering the conversations, not the tablescape that you foraged from the woods.
Do as many things ahead of time – Okay, so I am really not a planner, way more of a procrastinator, but doing as much as you can in the days leading up to the event can help so much in your stress levels when you realize you have only an hour left to cook/clean – oh and put real clothes on. Go shopping a couple days before and wash, chop, prep any foods. Spend 15 minutes cleaning one part of the house each day leading up and your whole house will magically be clean when you guests come. Put out all of the drinkware and set up your bar ahead of time. All of these little things done ahead of time make the whole hosting thing that much easier.
In the end, don’t sweat the small stuff – You guests are here to see you, hang out with others, and have a great time, so don’t take it too seriously. Not everything has to be perfect. Nobody really cares if you burn the main course (as I have), just order pizza, it always tastes good – especially in good company. Some of the best memories often come from the unplanned. And finally, remember to have fun at your own party too!
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Follow us on Instagram, @journaldejalune, and share your rituals of rest with us. Just take a photoof your own rituals of rest – what do you love to do to unwind, relax, refresh and reboot?Tag it #ritualsofrest, and tag us, @journaldejalune.
One lucky winner will be chosen and announced on December 22. Good luck!