Outfit: polka dot dress

✤  What I'm wearing  ✤

dress: Lauren Conrad (thrifted, but here)
jacket: Nine West (thrifted) 
shoes: (similar here)  
socks: (similar here)  

 (I have a slight polka-dot problem :) )

 ♡ Julia 

The future is actually really exciting

(And really scary)

But truly, honesty, the future is exciting! Sometimes I spend so much time freaking out in my mind about how scary it is that I entirely forget the exciting part. I've always spent an absurd amount of time thinking about the future but, funny enough, it took me a while to realize scary things can be pretty wonderful too.

When I was younger, I was excited for the future because I had a cut-and-dry plan as to what was going to happen to me (including lots of amazing things, of course) and I loved imagining it. "The Future" (i.e. post high school/ "the real world") was far enough away that it felt more like a piece of fiction I was designing just to my liking, rather than a life I would actually be living someday.

As The Future got closer and closer, everything became more unsure. All the plans started dissolving as they came in contact with present-day. The Future became less and less of a pre-determined story I had spent years planning, and more and more of a glaring, black hole of unknowns. And it was staring me right in the face. This is where the scariness set in, because honestly, is there a single seventeen or eighteen year old who isn't terrified of the future?? Actually, is there anyone of any age who isn't, at least a little bit?

This brings me to my latest realization about the future: When the plans start to dissolve and are replaced by nothingness and unknowns (and fear), there's another thing that appears, too. It's something I sort of didn't notice for a while.


When the rigidity of my plans started to wash away and I was able to see past the blinding nothingness that confronted me, I started to notice possibilities everywhere.
That's the great thing about nothingness. There's room for something, a million things, that are completely new.

Also, it's important to note that the future actually isn't some singular, finalized, capital-letter decision. It's just the future; and it's constantly changing and adding and taking-away. Maybe I'll be a ballet dancer and a blogger and a fashion designer and a professional antique-collector, nobody knows!

So if your future seems really blank and terrifying, let yourself be a little bit happy (in addition to your inevitable fear), because there are unlimited things you can try. You don't have to pick just one. And sure, some of them are beyond your control (like getting a certain job, getting into a certain college, etc) but such inevitable disappointments just lead to more unknown-ness, which leads to more possibilities! And there are also plenty of opportunities you can build for yourself, without anyone else's approval (like starting a blog, for example). You may be freaked out, but you sure are free.

The future is here, right now, and it's excited to meet you. You have a lot to be excited about, too. :)

♡ Julia

✩ Wishlist ✩ 1

I've seen several wishlists throughout the blogging-sphere lately (like this one by along came kathy), and since I spend too much time looking at things on the internet that I wish I could buy, I thought I'd do one also.

1.) Rosery Apparel Dress 
I recently discovered this cute-little shop via Janelle's equally cute-little blog a few weeks ago. She makes all the dresses and accessories herself out of recycled fabrics. I am in love with the style of her dresses and I only wish I could be wearing one right now.

2.) Cute kikki.K pens 
Pens. Adorable pens. What more can I say??

3.) Rifle Paper Co. notebooks
This company has the prettiest designs of journals, stationary, planners, notepads, etc. I have a slight obsession with notebooks/journals/books-that-you-write-in, and it's a bonus if they're pretty.

4.) Rose-colored Modcloth Heels 
I have a thing for pink shoes. I have another pair of pink Modcloth heels of a slightly different shade and different style and I absolutely love them.

5.) "Swan Love" skirt 
I really like quirky skirts (although I don't have many... yet...), and as a ballet dancer I have a natural affinity for swans so this seemed only natural.

6.) "A Date with Paris" skirt 
From the same store as above, this skirt is equal parts unusual and adorable and it made me quite excited to find it.

7.) OPI Sunrise to Sunset polish
Just a pretty nail polish from the spring collection. I don't always paint my nails, but when I do, I often steal my mother's OPI nail polish because it's quite nice. 

8.) OPI Half Past Nude polish 

Anyways, those are the things on my wishlist at the moment. I find it unlikely that I will buy any of them anytime soon, but who really knows! The future is full of possibilities. ;)
What's on your current wishlist?

♡ Julia

Tips for clearing your head & letting go

As you can probably tell by now (but my tendency to write silly, profound blog posts culminating in some sort of life lesson) I spend a lot of time thinking. I think a lot about myself and about life, but I also think a lot about every little, annoying thing.

Something frustrating or uncomfortable happens? I do something stupid? I'll probably obsess over it for months, no biggie. It will creep into my mind at the most inconvenient times, leaving me with a slimy, regretful, embarrassed feeling all over.

Summer bucket list

So, summer is basically here. And for the first time ever, I don't have the responsibility of summer homework looming over my head every hour of everyday. Currently, I'm in the.. midwest? south? uh.. Oklahoma. But when I get home, I'll have a month of complete and utter freedom until I go to college. And I intend to use it.
Something you should know about me is that I love to be productive in my periods of relaxation. It doesn't always happen (like, never), but I always dream of vacations in which I do something creative, or pick up a new skill, or read piles of books. So, without further ado, here is today's quick, little post: my summer 2016 bucket list.
Inspiration for this post came from a balancing peach, find her summer to-do list here!!

Read many books 

During high school I only ever had time to read books that were required for English. Done with that. 

Included in those many books, read some classics 

I really want to read Beloved and the Color Purple. 

Buy a camera! 

I've been using my mom's Nikon d3100, but she (understandably) needs it back before I go to college. So I've saved up for my own!

Take lots and lots and lots of photos 

I desperately want to get better at photography. 

Go to pretty outdoors locations (and take more photos) 

I live in a state with many cool places, and now that I'll have a (brief) period of time in which I won't constantly be stuck in a ballet studio, I want to go visit some of them!

Bake something really pretty 

Like any of this. Whenever I come home from ballet summer programs (aka: a month and a half of cafeteria food) I get really inspired to bake things for, like, a week. 

Cook something really healthy 

To balance out the pretty (albeit, unhealthy) baking.

Practice sewing

It is one of my dreams to someday become a person who can sew dresses and skirts for myself. Like I cannot even express how happy I would be if I got to that point with my sewing abilities. Now, though, I'm very much a beginner. 

Go thrift shopping 


Buckle down on social media 

This is by far my biggest challenge when it comes to blogging. I know that in order to move forward with my blog I need to be more active on social media. But as someone with few (okay, very few) followers and what can only be described as social-media-induced anxiety, I've been avoiding it. But hopefully this summer I'll work on it more!

Learn more blogging stuff 

I posted my first blog about a month and a half ago (wow?!?) and while I'm pretty happy with how things have started out, I sure do have a lot to learn! :)

What are your plans for the summer? 
♡ Julia 

Outfit: Polka dot skirt

✤  What I'm wearing  ✤

blouse: forever 21 (similar here)
skirt: modcloth 
hat: modcloth (similar here)

♡ Julia 

The Liebster Award

Thank you to M from Land of Permanent Bliss for nominating me for a Liebster Award! Check out her blog if you haven't already, it's lovely :)
Here are the questions she left for me: 

Why did you start blogging?

Because I wanted an outlet to write and be creative, I wanted to be a part of the blogging community, and I was so in love with reading other fashion/lifestyle blogs that I couldn't help but want to start my own. 

What is a fail proof way of putting you in a great mood?

Probably being able to come home after a long day and do basically nothing with my family. And drink hot chocolate. 

What is your favorite book?

A Separate Peace by John Knowles. I also really like The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. 

Is there anything you really would like to explore on your blog but feel hesitant on writing about?

Well yes, just generally more personal topics. I love writing creative essays about my life and experience, but there's only so much I feel comfortable revealing on the internet. 

How would you describe your style?

Lacey, pastel, quirky, vintage-y, grandma-y. 

What movie made an impact on you?

A movie that I think about a lot is Frances Ha. Also, randomly, I really loved the Martian

What did you eat for breakfast this morning?

Oatmeal with berries. (If it wasn't Saturday and I had ballet, it would be eggs)

If you could find out the answer to any one great life question, what would you like to know?

I would probably ask a questions about what happens to me in the future, because I really want to know. 

If you were to name yourself, what would you be called?

I would keep my name, I think it's pretty great. Julia Rose Bluhm. :) 

Where would you like to live, if you could chose anywhere in the world?

Probably New York City. 

What is your favorite song to sing in the shower?

I actually don't often sing in the shower. But if I did, it would probably be something by Taylor Swift. 

Okay, now onto nominees. Here are the rules if you are nominated: 

  •  Show your gratitude towards the blog that has nominated you and link back to that blog in your post. 
  •  Answer the 11 questions posted for you by that blog.
  •  Nominate 11 new bloggers in your post, who have less then 200 followers.
  • Ask 11 unique questions to new bloggers.
  •  Inform them by commenting your post link in their comment section.

I nominate: 

Here are my questions for you: 

1.) Why did you decide to start a blog? 
2.) What topic do you most enjoy blogging about? 
3.) What was your dream career, as a child? 
4.) What is your favorite snack food? 
5.) What is something you really want to do, but are afraid of? 
6.) What are your favorite stores? 
7.) If you could suddenly become an absolute expert in one skill or activity, what would it be? 
8.) Coffee or tea? 
9.) What book are you currently reading? Do you like it? 
10.) Who are the three bloggers you admire most? 
11.) What do you think are your greatest strengths? 

♡ Julia 

Advice to fourteen-year-old me

I graduated from high school less than a week ago. Shortly before that, I met up with two of my friends and we opened a time capsule we had created the day we graduated from 8th grade four years ago. We also recreated some pictures from the same day.

Included in the time capsule were some embarrassing letters we had written to our future (now present) selves. My letter mostly comprised of me talking about how I wanted to become an amazing dancer and a trail-blazing activist. Here's what I have to say in response to little fourteen-year-old me.

Dear fourteen year old me, 

Thanks for working so hard 

Sometimes I look back at how hard you worked and I'm still kind of in awe. It wasn't in the "working-hard-so-people-see-you're-working-hard" way, either. You genuinely worked your butt off in ballet and you didn't even stop long enough to realize it. Thanks for that. 

Remember though, hard work does not guarantee desired results 

This sucks but it's the truth. I know you think that if you work as hard as humanely possible everything has to work out. But it won't. And sometimes you won't have any idea why, but that's just how it happens. It doesn't mean you slacked off. It just means your life story is turning out to be a bit less straight forward than you thought. 

The people you admire are not gods 

You can look up to someone without worshipping, and you can care for someone without following. Nobody is right all the time in everything they say or do. 

Being healthy (and going to bed early) is always cool 

You don't have to choose between being an intense, hard worker and being a well-rounded person who takes care of yourself. The latter is not the easy way out, in fact, it can be quite a challenge. 

Thanks for being recklessly creative 

And writing really, really bad poetry. And taking photos with your hot pink point-and-shoot camera. And writing novels in composition notebooks. Thanks for creating things without stopping to constantly worry if they're good enough. This won't last forever. 

And keep in mind: things will get better

Not in the way you think. You won't be a bestselling author at age 17, or a famous activist, or an apprentice at some prestigious ballet company. But in other ways that you won't really understand, things will get better. 

Sincerely, 18-year-old Julia 

Not lame, just a homebody

I wrote this blog post on a Friday night (about one week until graduation) as I sat in my bed, listening to Kate Nash and eating frozen mango. Then while much of my class was playing paint ball for the senior trip, I watched The Big Short with my sister and dad. And I'm definitely going to go to bed before 11:00. So boring, I know. So horribly lame. I'm wasting my young, free, Friday nights by watching television and writing cheesy blog posts.

The truth is, I'm a homebody. I didn't know about that term until I read From Roses' wonderful post about it a month ago, but when I did, I had a little revelation. I realized there are tons of super-cool people, like Rebecca of From Roses, who like to spend their free time at home, reading books under their covers for fun. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if there are a lot of bloggers who identify this way, seeing how they choose to spend hours of their free time writing blogs. These people aren't lame or boring, in fact they're really thoughtful, lovely, and accomplished!

 A homebody is basically someone who prefers low key activities and the quiet comfort of their home to going out, etc. There's a sort of stigma against anyone (especially young people) who spend much of their time at home, because they're considered boring. And often times, perhaps even more than being judged by others, we criticize ourselves for being homebodies too. We feel "uncool" or "less-than" if we aren't racking up John-Green novels worth of thrilling and cliché teenage experiences.

Well, here's the truth. I'm an eighteen-year old introvert who spends 90% of her time doing ballet, and the other 10% of her time watching Netflix until she falls asleep. I have friends, I promise. I have fun, I promise. Really, (and I'm saying this partially to those who frown upon home-stayers and mostly to myself) I'm not automatically lame just because I'm spending one of my last Friday nights of high school writing this blog. And if that does make me lame, well, I don't really care. :)

To sum everything up: just do whatever you please. It doesn't matter if it's in the comfort of your own bedroom or on a road trip to some crazy adventure. There's no right or wrong way to have fun or spend your time. I spent all of high school doing ballet, studying, and laughing stupidly with my friends. I intend to spend college in the same sort of way. And that's just fine by me.

Let me know: would you consider yourself a homebody?
♡ Julia