May Outfits Week Two




Hi everyone!

I can't tell you how happy I am to be sitting on our patio this morning writing this blog post!  The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, I've just finished a cup of coffee while editing these photos ... spring is here and I am all for it!

Actually, we've had a couple of summer-like days this week!  I know talking about the weather is cliche, but it genuinely has an effect on my mood & outlook.  Sun = happy Jules.  Cold = unhappy Jules.  LOL.

Also!  As you can see from these pics I've changed up my shooting location on our patio.  There are two reasons for this, the first being that with the change in seasons the lighting wasn't as good in my old spot.  The second is that we've put our patio furniture out, and it's kind of right in front of my old shooting spot!  So I'm trying to figure out how to best shoot in this new spot, which is kind of backlit but also the sun is coming up on the left ... so please bear with me!  I don't know why we have this huge rock on our patio either, I actually hate it but what can you do 🤷

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Jules in Flats - Striped Fit and Flare Dress with Leopard Belt and Neutral Accessories (Business Casual Spring Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Striped Fit and Flare Dress with Leopard Belt and Neutral Accessories (Business Casual Spring Workwear on a Budget)Cardigan by Gap (old, similar)
Striped Fit and Flare Dress by Gap (old, similar)
Calf Hair Leopard Print Belt by J.Crew (old, similar)
Zoe Suede D'Orsay Flats by J.Crew Factory

Jules in Flats - J.Crew Factory Scalloped Cami with Plaid Ankle Pants (Business Casual Spring Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - J.Crew Factory Scalloped Cami with Plaid Ankle Pants (Business Casual Spring Workwear on a Budget)
Scalloped Cami by J.Crew Factory
Cardigan by Old Navy
Mid-Rise Pixie Pants by Old Navy (old pattern, similar)
Mules by Town Shoes (old, similar)
Necklace by GemPassionJewelry (Etsy)

Jules in Flats - Zara Polka Dot Mini Dress (Business Casual Spring Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Zara Polka Dot Mini Dress (Business Casual Spring Workwear on a Budget)Polka Dot Swing Dress by Zara (old, similar, similar)
Zoe Suede D'Orsay Flats by J.Crew Factory
Gold Hoop Earrings by J.Crew Factory

Jules in Flats - Banana Republic Botanical Print Sleeveless Blouse (Business Casual Spring Workwear on a Budget)

Jules in Flats - Banana Republic Botanical Print Sleeveless Blouse (Business Casual Spring Workwear on a Budget)Cardigan by Zara (super old, similar)
Botanical Print Sleeveless Top by Banana Republic
Mid-Rise Pixie Ankle Pants by Old Navy
Edie Leather Loafers by J.Crew Factory
Tortoise Headband by J.Crew Factory (sold out, similar)

My J.Crew Factory order arrived and as you can see I'm wearing the Scalloped Cami in Ivory.  I also bought one in black, both in size 2, which I think is the correct size for me.  I kind of wish they weren't racerback, but I looked at a lot of different versions of this kind of cami (H&M, J.Crew, Aritzia), and this one had the best price point for the material/quality I was looking for.  I'm also wearing a headband I bought from there which you can't really see, in the last outfit.  It's since sold out but they have a similar, wider one at J.Crew

Other than that, and the ASOS order I'm waiting on, I haven't been doing much shopping.  I had a bunch of things in my cart from Gap and Old Navy but I'm just not sure I need any of those things, so I'm holding off for now.  I would like a new pair of white jeans, and I've ordered and returned a bunch of pairs and am kind of feeling defeated by the whole ordeal, and then two weeks ago I was feeling like I needed a long sleeved midi dress or two for this weird in-between weather we were having.  But now that it's warmed up I don't know if I need one anymore!  (But what if it gets cold again?!) . LOL . Anyways, I am a very indecisive person so this type of 'leave it in the cart' for weeks behaviour is totally normal for me!

I was a bit annoyed last week by all of the Sephora sale coverage but it ended up working (you win again, Sephora!) and I bought the full size of the Fresh Sugar lip balm in Rose, this brush cleaner which I used for the first time last night and is great!, this tubing mascara and a mini size of this natural mascara.  I'm hoping the brush cleaner will get me to wash my makeup brushes more regularly ... like every week.  I was inspired by the Indie Lee episode of Bad on Paper Podcast where she talks about cleaning her makeup brushes every Sunday as part of her "self-care" routine.  I am totally a creature of habit, so if I can make cleaning my makeup brushes part of some sort of weekend routine then I'll probably stick with it!

Let's talk about the mascaras.  Many months ago I asked for long-wear mascara recommendations on my Instagram stories, as I was sick of having dark spots under the outer corners of my eyes by mid-day.  A colleague of mind saw the story and brought me a bunch of mini-size mascaras that she'd received as 'gift with purchase'.  This was right around the time that we went to Costa Rica, so I brought them with me and kind of tried all of them, and they were great, but since the climate was so different and I wasn't wearing eyeliner I didn't feel like it was the best testing ground.  Right when I got back, I saw a BuzzFeed article that I think Grace linked about the best beauty products to buy on Amazon, and this L'Oreal tubing mascara was listed.  I clicked on over and it had great reviews, and one of the best things about tubing mascara is that it's formulated differently so it doesn't flake off.  Colour me sold!  Anyways, I went to my local Shoppers and bought it and it's been working great!  It took me a little while to get used to a more natural look for my eyes (I always wanted big, bold lashes before), but now I think it's totally fine/I'm used to it.  But a couple of weeks ago, perhaps combined with allergies, my eyes started bothering me.  Like there was something stuck in there that I couldn't get out.  It would last all day until I took my makeup off.  So one day I switched mascaras to see if that would make a difference, and it did!  So that's the super long story of why I bought two new mascaras!  LOL . I wore the Blinc mascara yesterday and it went on a bit more wet than the L'Oreal, probably because it doesn't have a primer (or maybe that's just the formula), which meant it I got a bit on my eyelids, and it was a bit harder to take off at the end of the night.  But it lasted all day with no smudging or flaking, and it didn't bother my eyes.  I'm going to try the Ilia mascara today!

Did you get sucked into the Sephora sale, too?!  Share what you bought in the comments below!

As always, thank you so much for visiting!  I hope you have great weekend :)



  1. No I didn't get suck in the Sephora sale. In fact I haven't bought anything from them before. Ha!! On another note, your dresses are everything, especially the striped one. Gorgeous!

  2. Your new photo spot is so pretty! I can't wait to be able to sit outside on our patio. It needs to warm up just a bit more. I'm excited to have some meals out there this year, too!

    1. Thanks Laura ! I hope the weather warms up for you soon! xo

  3. I actually find that big rock really cool! The striped dress is adorable! Love all of these outfits!

    1. Thanks Mireille! My husband and friends like the rock too! LOL

  4. That big rock is certainly a talking point! :)

    I really like these outfits - but I think the striped dress with the leopard print belt is my favourite! :)

    Hope your week is going well :)
    Thank you so much for joining the #weekdayWearLinkUp :)

    Away From Blue

    1. LOL isn't it though! Thanks for visiting! xo


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