Truly Julie eager and excited to meet her son!It’s funny. I went from not wanting a baby shower at all, to having two! Here’s what I realize. I have way too many loving, generous friends who will not take “no” for an answer. Especially, if it’s your first child and if you happen to be rebounding from a major sickness such as brain tumor:) My New York peeps turned it out with a Dr. Suess themed shower last month. And then last weekend, my West Coast friends (including some of my Good Day LA family!) threw me a surfing themed shower…which has so many layers of meaning. A) Surfing saved my life B) my burning desire to ride the waves again is what helped me to heal so quickly! and C) we hope to decorate the baby nursery with a surfing/marine theme because we’re convinced that…drum roll…our son will love the ocean just as much as we do. That’s right, we’re having a boy!! My deepest gratitude to Beth, Tatiana, and Cat for throwing me the bash. The suspended onesies everywhere (which we tie-dyed!), diaper cake with new mom must-have ornaments, homemade hummus in mini-sandbuckets…were cute enough to leave Martha Stewart sucking her thumb:)
Truly Julie at the “awkward stage”!
Liza and I have been friends since, gosh, I think we were 10 or 11. We met at Camp Algonquian (YMCA) and became instant besties. Last year when she was 7.5 months pregnant she came to visit me in LA from San Francisco, so, it only seemed fitting that she saw me at 7.5 months! We’re both Cali girls now, but boy, are we still Ann Arbor at heart:) We both married guys who grew up within spitting distance! Liza was actually my hubby’s first crush in 5th grade. Cute. Now, her and her hubby are parents to a daughter who I’m convinced is one of the most smiley people on earth. Her eyes sparkle just like her mama’s and are inviting just like her papa’s. We met up at Paso Robles for several reasons: a) it’s stunning there all the time but truly special during the Harvest Festival b) it’s halfway between LA and SF c) It’s where I had my wedding ceremony this summer and October marks our real 1 year anniversary (we eloped last Oct!). I highly recommend renting a rustic cottage, visiting some wine vineyards (we were walking distance to our fave, Hammersky Vineyards!), and catching up on life with old friends. The fall colors on the grape vines were spectacular, but the highlight was a friendship that never changes. Oh yeah, minus some occasional screaming baby and my growing belly:) **just so you know how gorgeous it is in Paso Robles. NONE of these photos were edited and all are #NoFilter!
I’ll be the first to admit that it’s hard to dial up the fashion when your body is rapidly changing. But approach it like anything else…with confidence, fun attitude, and creativity and you’ll be fine, mamas. Some of you have reached out to me asking what my rules are for pregnant dressing. Answer is simple, I don’t have any rules! I play with all silhouettes: body con, empire waist, even crop tops! You’re creating LIFE…flaunt it. I also have been more playful with accessories, i.e., flower in the hair, hats, and jewelry. It draws the eyes to what is the best beauty side effect of pregnancy…shimmering hair and glowing skin!
Once in a while, right in the middle of ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale.
In the last 10 months, I had brain surgery, eloped with my man, gained my vision back, and announced that we are expecting a little one this December. I feel like the ultimate comeback kid! Somewhere in the flurry of these monumental life moments, we also threw a “wedding”, though, we had already eloped by then:) Despite the blood, sweat and lots of Bevmo runs that it took to plan the big celebration, we’d do it all over again. 99.99% of our wedding was DIY. I want all the future brides and grooms out there to know that with a little creativity and time, you can cut a bulk of the cost by doing most of the things yourself. Sure, it’s a bit more hectic than just showing up for the dance, but I think planning a wedding together with your partner is such a great microcosm of what marriage is all about. You’re working with a budget, dealing with family/friends politics, things falling through, all the while not losing perspective that this is just a “party”. And that, ultimately, you’re building a beautiful memory together. From the wedding invites (I swear I have carpel tunnel from writing enough invite calligraphy to rival the Torah!) to the flowers (we got them from Trader Joe’s! Spent all of $250, including flowers for my bouquet and flower crown!) to the hair and makeup team (Um, that’d be me!), so much of our big day had our personal touch. A slew of family members and friends pitched in all their talents to add to our big day. To us…this made our wedding all the more special, not to mention, possible! Condé Nast’s Brides was kind enough to feature our special day: “A Boho Vineyard Wedding in Paso Robles, California”. Brides included the detail of how my man proposed. It was pretty much the day I tried to break up with him! It’s not what you think. It’s rather very Nicholas Sparks. If you’re curious, click here. And like so many of Sparks’ heart tugging novels, our fairytale definitely came with its ups and downs. But the beauty is…by the time we got to the alter, we never had to say in “sickness and in health” because through our journey, we already knew. Truth is, no magazine feature or blog post, can capture the magic of July 12, 2014. With the rare super moon illuminating the sky, the rolling hills of Hammersky Vineyards ensconcing us in a space that somehow felt so expansive yet so intimate, all set to the live music of our favorite band, The Family Crest …it’s a miracle we didn’t see unicorns. The rehearsal night was also clutch because it was pretty much all the same people, same venue, but very chill. The summer camp theme (think Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom”), the taco truck, and bonfire all highlighted our playful, easygoing nature. After all, we’re just two kids from Ann Arbor, Michigan, who were lucky enough to find each other again in bustling New York. And now here we are…building a family together in California. In the spirit of our wedding…here’s to s’mores love:)
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hammersky Vineyards || Bride’s Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace || Shoes:Pour La Victoire || Jewelry: Vram || Hair & Makeup: The bride || Groom’s Attire: J.Crew || Flower Girls’ Attire:Zara || Ring Bearer’s Attire: J.Crew || Engagement Ring: The bride’s grandmother, Harry Winston || Wedding Bands: Vram || Florist: The bride, sister of the bride || Music: The Family Crest || Cake: Lady M Confections|| Rentals: All About Events || Photography: Ballad’s Photography
Truly Julie at week 24, week 25, and week 26. Catch her weekly “Bump Day Hump Day” progress here. Alright, mamas and mamas-to-be. You’ve reached out asking how I’m so energetic and “fit” during pregnancy, so here’s the brief rundown. I go to The Dailey Method once a week for a barre workout. The idea is that your post-delivery body will bounce back faster if it has muscle memory from the core-focused exercises while your pre-delivery body will gain strength to endure all the dramatic changes. I also go to a prenatal yoga class once a week, also at The Dailey Method. Both have been helping me with my back issues. I’m not a natural side sleeper! The Venice studio also offers a Dailey Baby Barre class so once my little one arrives, I won’t need a babysitter just for that hour of workout. Not to mention, I’ll have the cutest workout mate strapped onto my body! If that’s too much, they have free childcare upstairs. For cardio, I go to Soul Cycle once a week. I ride conservatively so that my heart rate doesn’t exceed 160 beats/minute. So, barre, yoga, and spin is my usual routine for the week. The combo helps keep my energy up and my muscles supple…for the growing aches! As for diet, I eat everything and anything! Well, I try to stay away from junk food, so that I don’t give my baby diabetes…but I definitely indulge. My doctor recommends that I gain a total of 25 pounds by the end of pregnancy, so I’m trying to gain 17 pounds in the next 3 months. I know I know, in our skinny obsessed society, it sounds odd to say you’re trying to gain weight, but I’m just trying to deliver the healthiest baby while having a rather fast metabolism. My goal is for my baby to weigh 7 pounds at delivery. With all this said, I’ll be honest. Despite the energy you might see on-air, I’m exhausted! But I heard it gets easier once the baby arrives. KIDDING!
Truly Julie at the 66th Primetime Emmys!I’ve covered a lot of award shows, but I think this year’s Emmys was my favorite so far. Mainly because my unborn child got a lot of attention from Jimmy Fallon (watch here!) and because I also managed to complete the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, involuntarily, on the red carpet (insert silly grin). Many of you have reached out to me via social media asking me my wardrobe deets so they are! Fashion Front: Dress: vintage Lillie Rubin, Pearl Choker: Anarchy Street (though, the more perfect accessory is Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Red Lipstick: Shu Uemura: RD 165.
Help Truly Julie find a cure for brain tumor!11 months ago, I discovered that I had a fist-size tumor near the center of my brain. Before I could even begin to process that life-changing news, I had to start figuring out the path forward – what were my treatment options? What provider should I choose? And so on. I was very fortunate… the tumor was benign (but still needed to be removed), I had health insurance, and I had an immensely supportive and caring network of friends, family, and colleagues
But even with incredible luck and resources, this was by far the most overwhelming journey I have ever faced. Those who have dealt with serious medical problems themselves or alongside loved ones know that you are not prepared for the experience. Each decision, and there countless little ones along the way, carries enormous weight – should I choose the surgery plan that risks my vision or my speech? More than ever you feel that time is precious, but also that you need to get treatment as soon as possible, and yet it frustratingly clear that medical system doesn’t work around your schedule. And brilliant, experienced doctors can look at the same set of facts and give you vastly different opinions – how can you get informed and choose the right doctor? And then there are the financial implications of your choices, and how those care choices fit into your health insurance. All of this is happening when you are at your most vulnerable. For 2.5 months, I went to work everyday, put on a smile on-air as if nothing was wrong. No one at work knew that I would rush home everyday after work, to research research research and cry.
I wish that no one had to go through this process but the reality is that nearly everyone will face a serious medical problem at some point. That is basically out of our control. But we can prepare the groundwork so that those who face the same circumstances in the future will have better, more organized resources and hopefully easier choices. With that in mind, my husband and I are participating in the Los Angeles Brain Tumor Walk to raise money for brain tumor awareness, resources, and research. Whether you give a $1 or $10 or $100, all of it will go towards finding a cure and helping people with tumors navigate the process. Brain tumors are more common than you think… I get emails daily from viewers and friends who are either dealing with it themselves or helping a loved one fight.
Please choose to help. It’s not brain surgery, just a few clicks:)
Truly Julie behind-the-scenes at So You Think You Can Dance.It’s not just about the dancing; it’s about the whole presentation! The costume team at So You Think You Can Dance pumps out 60-90 dazzling outfits every 3 days. The costume department consists of 3-5 seamstresses and just 1 designer. I met up with Emmy winning costumer, Marina Toybina (she did all of Taylor Swift’s “Red” tour costumes!), to talk about what it takes to create the ‘wow’ factor, all the while insuring that there are no wardrobe malfunctions. After all, the SYTYCD dancers put these costumes to the test! Now…something, um, magical (or denial) happens when you don these gorgeous costumes. For that, watch here. Just in case you’re curious, I’m 19 weeks pregnant here.
Truly Julie at the 2014 LA Emmys. I was honored to be a presenter at the LA Area Emmys! For the special occasion, I mixed high-low fashion. Gown: H&M Conscious (kudos to H&M for creating the eco-friendly collection). Clutch: Lanvin. Jewelry: Vram. The Baby Bump: All mine!(I’m 4.5 months here) *BIG THANKS for this shout out @MingleTVnetwork and @QuinnMarie!