As odd as it might sound I’m quite flattered being called, “that new b*%$ch on Channel 11, Good Day LA“, when it’s coming from Snoop Dogg/Snoop Lion and Suga Free. Yesterday, the two hip hop figures ranted about which ladies they would like to…ah ham…get to know “better” (it’s around 5:09 on the clip timeline). And much to my surprise…Taylor Swift made the cut as well as your’s truly. They cite Taylor’s “barn yard” innocence as sexy. Cray! I grew up blasting Snoop in my little Honda Civic in high school. I can feel the bass rattling my speakers just thinking about it! “1 for the money, 2 for the bi@$ches, 3 to get ready…” you know how it goes! So needless to say, Snoop encapsulates a special time in my life. And who knew…Snoop thinks I’m special, too! He says so himself on the YouTube Channel GGN (The Double G News Network. It’s basically CNN for the hip hop community–smile). Catch the clip and holla at your homegirl on twitter: @JulieChang or Instagram: @TrulyJulieChang
If you’re eyeing this print, you can purchase Truly Julie’s “Smiling Eyes” here.
Dreams do come true!!! My first photo series is now available for your home/office/any space you wanna add a dash of culture! Some top things that make my heart smile: traveling, taking photographs, and spreading light to causes that are dear to me. Thanks to Hillary Thomas and her design team, I now have the chance to achieve that trifecta. Long story short…I met Hillary and her team when they were sprucing up my pad. They fell in love with my travel photography… and asked if I’d be willing to sell my “art work” on their website. After a loud shriek, I said YES…and added, only if it somehow helps the place that’s depicted in the photographs. I had my first gallery debut in New York last year with this portrait I took in Haiti and gave 100% of the proceeds right back Haiti. And ever since, I’ve been looking for similar opportunities. Voila! I introduce you to my “Desert Series”. Six snapshots I took throughout the beautiful country of Jordan. 15% of all proceeds will go towards the thousands of Syrian refugees who are now living in Jordan in conditions we can’t even fathom. Some are even desperate enough to use graves as shelter. I hope I can continue to bring far off places right into your homes…all the while helping a few folks along the way. Next series will be Ocean and it’ll help marine life! Prints start at $30.
Truly Julie in her “fashion Nascar Pit” AKA dressing room. Truly Julie jamming Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson.After I spruced up my new condo with the help of Hillary Thomas and her design team, the fun folks with Daily News came over to check it all out. Big thanks to Sarah Barrera for the lovely Home & Garden feature and Michel Owen Baker for all the pictures! And last but not least, my deepest gratitude to all of you who have written me the kindest messages welcoming me to LA. You’ve helped me to feel the warmth of California in all sense of the word. I’ve only been here a few months, but it does already feel like home!
Truly Julie at the 85th Annual Oscars It’s true what they say. The Oscars just feels more “special”. Maybe it’s because all the other award shows are basically just pillars of support for this original, grand ceremony…or maybe it’s that there is more talent under one roof than anyone can fathom…or maybe it’s the snipers perched on top of Dolby Theater! Yeah…it’s THAT high profile. Any who…glad I got through my first Oscars coverage without a hitch, all the while having quite the lucky fashion sitch! Thank you Carolina Herrera (and Lee Gonzalez and Marie Griffin!!!) for lending me this gorgeous green stunner. They made me feel like a princess by spending so much time and care custom fitting it for lil’ ol’ me. This Michigan girl has come a long way! And for you fashionistas out there, this lace gown is part of Ms. Herrera’s lifestyle brand CH by Carolina
Herrera…meaning, the price tag is friendlier to the non-celebrity (check out the new store
in New York…and LA folks, hang tight as CH for Carolina Herrera is set to open in Los Angeles this Spring). And you know what goes best with this dress? A George Clooney kiss! GASP!! Watch my Oscars red carpet high lights here!!
Truly Julie loves babies and puppies! Who doesn’t?!!I’m glad I’m an unthreatening woman with a somewhat disarming quality because, otherwise, my obsession with
babies might be viewed slightly creepy. I think my reverence for babies is a mix of many things. The fact that they smell like sweet buttermilk…that they have zero jadedness…that they seem to have a heightened sense in detecting good vs. bad people…and my fav, they have the softest skin right underneath their jawline which I call “chop-sal-duk” (that’s Korean for rice cake). When my nephew was a toddler…I’d always say, “Odin, can emo (aunt in Korean) have a little chop-sal-duk?” If he was in a good mood, he’d tilt his little head and let me nuzzle my big face in there. I ADORE babies to the point that I always ask strangers if I can hold their little munchkin. There should really be warning posters all around town that say: watch out for crazy, baby obsessed Asian woman who will squeal and ask to hold your baby. And the same affection for cute dogs! I’ve
shared my baby/puppy exaltation a few times on Good Day LA and boy, such awesome response! You guys made my heart smile by sending me so many pictures of your cuties via facebook, twitter, and email (my apologies if your lil’ one didn’t make it onto this post, but twitter only goes back so far). THANK YOU. And if you’re ever feeling down…just watch this Gangnam Style baby video and the universe will be all good. I hope one day if I’m lucky enough to become a mom…my baby will have Gangnam reflex:)
Truly Julie paddle boarding in Venice…and cruising with dolphins!Southern Cali folks, if you can brave the rather chilly Pacific Ocean…GET OUT THERE NOW. It’s peak whale migration season so there’s a lot of mesmerizing marine life just yards away from the coast. Two weeks ago, I chilled with 3 dolphins just 15 yards off of Venice Beach. I have to admit, though, I had incredible luck. My long time Cali resident friend Leslie told me dolphin sitings, especially so close in proximity (5 feet away!) and for that long (they hung out with us for 20 mins!) are rather rare. In her 10 years here, she said she’s had about 4 similar experiences. So you can imagine my jubilation when on my very first and only paddle board outing…3 of my “cousins” joined us. If you watch Good Day LA, you
know the joke on the show is that my outrageous giggle sounds quite similar to a dolphin/sea otter:) Maybe they heard my laugh and swam over! Perhaps because I’m a pisces I’ve always been fascinated by marine life; and as a scuba diver, I’m shattered to know that their habitat is being destroyed daily. I cried when I spotted a giant sea turtle wash up shore in Uruguay. The locals there told me, they see sea creatures die all the time from eating pollution:( Currently, I’m looking for volunteer opportunities dealing with marine wild life and/or ocean conservation. I’d love to hear any suggestions so hit me up on twitter: @JulieChang or facebook: JulieChangFox11. Caveat: while the Cynthia Rowley wetsuit is super cute, you’ll need a full length one for this time of year (I wore black spandex underneath mine to cover up my legs, which did nothing for warmth—total rookie move). Also…try to find some hot dude to carry your paddle board into the water for you. It’s really heavy and I was beat before I even began paddling! And fellow dolphin lovers! The easiest way get involved is to adopt a dolphin!!! Thanks to a very thoughtful Valentine’s Day present, I’m now the proud mama of Mozza (short for Mozzarella!). The bottlenose dolphin has been spotted only in the coastal waters of Santa Monica Bay. With the adoption…the Ocean Conservation Society in conjunction with the L.A. Dolphin Project Research Team will help protect Mozza and his habitat. As a token…they’ll send you a certificate and a cute stuffed animal bottlenose that converts to a pillow! And who knows…maybe Mozza was one of the dolphins I saw in Venice! Now that’s worth a: Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah..fin flap!!
Holla at your girl on www.facebook.com/juliechangfox11So after someone stole my identity on Facebook last year…I got a little spooked and vouched to steer clear of the social networking site. But now I’m back! It seems Facebook has beefed up security…plus, I missed having a space where YOU get the most say on my content. On TrulyJulieChang.com, I blog about what I want to…travel, food, fashion, family, friends, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “reckless stardown”, etc. On twitter: @JulieChang, I tweet about my 140 character thoughts. On Instagram and pinterest: @TrulyJulieChang, I photograph what I find intriguing or beautiful. So…I thought the least I could do is to have one place: www.facebook.com/juliechangfox11, where you can tell me your input on what kind of posts you want to see (PLEASE NO PERVY REQUESTS). Or just share a comment, thought, picture or story about YOU or what you find interesting. I want it to be a healthy forum where it’s fun and friendly. You wanna hear about the trip that changed my life…or what I whipped up for dinner…or what volunteer organizations pique my interests…or what color lipgloss I was wearing on-air, etc…we can have that dialogue here. I just launched the page, so I need your help on getting some more “likes”. I hope you stop by soon!
Truly Julie with interior designer extraordinaire Hillary Thomas! Watch the segment here! Hi. For those of you still wondering who is that new girl on Good Day LA…I’m Julie! And I’ve been an Angeleno for, oh, 2 months or so. I am beyond thrilled for my new opportunity and since you allow me and the Good Day LA gang vicariously into your homes, I thought I’d return the favor here! For 9 years, I lived in a 600 sq ft apartment in NYC. I kept my shoes in the oven, seriously! So, when I made the 3000 mile leap to Southern California…I knew I needed one thing for sure: SPACE. Room that would allow me to have a real couch…and perhaps a view that screams CALIFORNIA! After 2 months of gruesome searching and the extremely kind hospitality of my dear family friend Cat, I found a place. I teamed up with interior designer Hillary Thomas to transform my new LA pad to fab in 2 weeks! Well, excluding the week everyone took off for the holidays. I wasn’t going to be the crazy lady/Scrooge who demands an ottoman on Christmas:) It was aggressive…but Hillary and her associates were fast, talented, and resourceful enough to work with my shoestring budget. Cheap turned to chic on their watch and this is how: a) Always work with a floor plan, i.e. picture on the right. Get one of those graph papers and measure out everything! (For ex: you can love a square coffee table, but if you see that it eats up 80% of your carpet space, you’ll opt for the rectangular) b) Ikea, CB2, Homes Goods, Cost Plus World Market, JossAndMain.com, BallardDesigns.com, OneKingsLane.com and flea markets are your wallet’s bff. c) Think bigger picture. Before Hillary, I would just get an item because it’s bold or cool. But does it work with everything else? You can’t have the table, the chairs, the artwork, the carpet, the shelves all be statement pieces. It’ll be overpowering and clash. d)Window treatments and lighting fixtures can upgrade a place like jewelry and hot heels can amp up an outfit. Ok..with these lessons in full play…here’s mi casa: before and after!
The Wild Horses of Sable Island prints by Roberto Dutesco, acoustic guitar, and my Celerie Kemble by Merida rugs (made in USA) were shipped from the East Coast. These pieces were the inspiration starting point for the rest of the place. Couch: Sofa U Love (made in LA) Coffee table: West Elm, Poufs: OneKingsLane.com Wooden accent chairs: flea market Dining table: Etsy.com Dining chairs: Cost Plus World Market Rope chandelier: flea market.My absolute favorite part about the master bedroom is the paint color. It’s hard to find a hue that’s seductive yet serene…but Elephant Gray by Benjamin Moore is just that. It’s not quite gray…or purple…it’s just damn pretty and sexy. It pairs perfectly with the purplish-gray part of my Merida ombre carpet. And my favorite trick to turn cheap into chic? Change just the hardware on fixtures. For example, I ordered fancy mother-of-pearl knobsfrom Anthropologie to transform my Ikea dresser to uber fancy in all of 5 mins. No tools needed! In smilar fashion, I added a touch of luxury to my Lamps Plus lamps by adding finials (which is like fun jewelry for the top of your lamps!). Close up pics of both in the photo gallery below. The hardest part was choosing which one because Hillary designs dozens of finials…and they’re all divine. One thing I will not skimp on is bedding. I sleep about 5 hours a night, so each minute of sleep must feel like heaven. I got 400 thread count Charisma sheets and bedding, on sale at Bloomingdales. So glad I was moving right after Christmas…lots of clearance, including my upholstered bed from Gilthome.com.Now for my dressing room! I turned my 2nd bedroom into what I call a “Fashion Nascar Pit”…a room where I can step into at 3AM and get TV ready in a jiffy. It’s still functional in a sense because the couch in there is a full size pullout sleeper, so it’s still a “guest room”.
However, the Cisco ottoman and Pottery Barn Teen disco ball lights are fun fun fun. And since I always viewed shoes as wearable art…I have them on display! I also painted the wall in thick pink stripes (Benjamin Moore in Powder Pink) because…well…I’m girly, damn it!
My sunroom is also a nice little sanctuary. The Stockholm style dining chairs were a steal from Overstock.com. The chaise is from Ikea…and the super chic garden stool is from
Cost Plus World Market. Below is the complete list of where Hillary and her teamfound all the items. As well as more photos of my new digs (watch the Good Day LA segment here!). Last but not least, a special thanks to Hillary’s associate, Lexi…who spent so much time and effort to make my home a special place. To be so young and so talented!
- rug – Merida
- paint – “Calm” by Benjamin Moore
- chairs – vintage
- sofa – Sofa U Love
- coffee table – West Elm
- sunburst mirror & basket – Homegoods
- TV console – Etsy shop House Candy L.A.
- candles/candleholders – World Market
- floor lamp – CB2
- poufs – One Kings Lane
- mirror on fireplace – vintage
- glasses/accessories – Hillary Thomas (vintage)
- bar paint – “Stormy Monday” by Benjamin Moore
- bistro table – West Elm
- chairs – Overstock
- shades – The Woven Company
- runner – West Elm
- chaise – Ikea
- garden stool – World Market
- floor lamp – vintage
- lamp finial – “Careless Whisper” by Hillary Thomas
- candle – Saranac by Hillary Thomas
- paint – “Powder Pink” by Benjamin Moore
- sleeper sofa/clothes rack/bookshelves – Ikea
- ottoman – Cisco
- flokati rug - homedecorators.com
- mirrors – Target
- drapes – West Elm w/ custom trim
- chandelier – PB Teen
- chairs – Hillary Thomas (vintage)
- paint – “Elephant Gray” by Benjamin Moore
- rug – Merida
- chandelier – Ballard Designs
- lamps – Lamps Plus
- lamp finials – “Dreamweaver” by Hillary Thomas
- nightstands – Etsy shop House Candy L.A.
- paint on nightstands – “Hale Navy” by Benjamin Moore
- dresser – Ikea
- dresser knobs – Anthropologie
- painting – vintage
- accessories – Hillary Thomas (vintage)
- shades – The Woven Company
Truly Julie donning a Plein Sud gown and Oscar de la Renta earrings.The Screen Actors Guild Awards is sort of like your high school yearbook contest where your own peers vote you as the most popular…or best dressed…most athletic, etc. This is when actors judge their fellow actors and because of that…it’s a bit more intimiate and chill than, say, the Golden Globes. Some observations of the night. Sally Field is amaze balls. She’s just as afable as you’d imagine. If that’s what 66 looks like, sign me up. Also, the cast of Homeland pretty hilarious. Navid Negahban, who plays the notorious terrorist Abu Nazir told me a really funny story about going through airport security. Hugh Jackman (insert love sigh) always stops for me…and his utmost respect for his wife is commendable. And for you fellas…I make Jordan Sparks do a full spin for our camera. She’s lost 55 pounds and radiates confidence. You can catch all of my moments
with the aforementioned, plus the SAG fashion breakdown here (scroll down to middle of page and click on the 3rd clip). **My entire look was rented so that I’m not left sucking my thumb by the end of awards season:) You can, too, on RentTheRunway.com. And the reason for the title of this post? My sister’s remarks on my crimson dress blending into the red carpet: “Um, is that you in the picture…or is that a red carpet with a face?”.
Truly Julie covering her first Golden Globe Awards! Dress: Matthew Williamson (borrow it on RentTheRunway) Shoes: Lanvin
I locked eyes with Steven Spielberg and he gave me one of the few interviews of the night. Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston tried to tip me a $100. And Homeland star, Diego Klattenhoff (AKA “Mike”) gave me a wink and asked to meet up later. So many golden moments at the Golden Globes…including plenty of blazing red carpet fashion. Catch it all right here!