Happy Summer in a Happy Dress

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Oh, Summer. You’ve never been my favorite season. Fall is a tough one to compete with. But I will say, this is my favorite summer yet. It is off to such a beautiful, joyous start. And honestly I’m starting to fall in love with this season!

Bright. Flourishing. Evening storms. The most marvelous sunsets that look good enough to eat. Pool days that make me feel like a kid again. Peaches and watermelon. That feeling when you leave the grocery and thaw out in the Florida humidity.

Summer, you’re so sweet and I like you.

Recently, I celebrated my 25th birthday! It was a day of much needed joy and family.  It started with a few surprises, brunch at a favorite restaurant, pool time with the fam, and ended with homemade pizza (recipe coming soon!).

The past few birthdays, Billy gets me a “birthday dress” and I absolutely adore this one!

I seriously enjoy a dress that feels like a nightgown. You feel?  The pattern on this cream dress is so rich and colorful! Its so comfortable, yet makes an eye-catching statement.  Loving mid-length dresses lately with buttons down the front. A summertime staple I’ll be wearing year after year.

This summer, I want to encourage you to read more books, spend more time outside, and hug your loved ones a little tighter.  Bask in the summer joy that rises with each morning.

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The Black Coffee Date Dress

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It’s been a minute since I’ve done a fashion post, but I adore this black dress so much, it inspired me to get back at it!

This dress says “coffee date”. Whether catching up with a dear friend, or day dreaming at a cafe with your love, this dress just seems right. A cappuccino just seems like the most fitting accessory, doesn’t it? ☕️

Something I’ve been focusing on the last year and a half when it comes to fashion is—do I like it or do I love it? If you simply like it, the chances are great it will tire you in 6 months, and will end up taking valuable space in your closet.  I carefully select clothing items that I love! Those pieces that I just can’t wait to wear.  Closet staples that are classic and comfortable.  Sure to stand the test of time.

This black dress is a new closet staple of mine.  Its elegant, simple, and so comfortable. It’s cool and breezy, which is perfect for the humid Florida days that are soon to commence.  It’s stretchy and basically feels like you’re wearing a giant t-shirt. Not mad about it.

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Also, I gotta tell you–I am a sucker for buttons down the front of anything.  I just think it gives such a subtle detail, and a touch of class.

I appreciate versatile clothing pieces, and this one is just that.  You can easily dress this up with some wedges and dressy earrings.  Or you can keep things casual like I have pictured here.  The darling coffee date dress.

It makes me happy to know that I can wear this dress in the fall too! Some loafers and a long cardigan will cozy this dress up.  Worth every penny!

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Well, before I begin making dinner, I must mention that straw purse I’m holding! It’s a cute little vintage find and was only $12 at a local vintage market.  I was smitten when I laid eyes on it. I wonder what adventures it’s been on? 😉

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Apt. Reveal :: The Bedroom

A few months ago we moved about an hour away due to my husband’s job.  Although relocating has been hard in some ways, there has been so much joy in it. So much blessing. And so much to look forward to. We’ve actually come to fall in love with our new city. It’s quite beautiful and scenic. A refreshing change of pace.

We were very excited to make our new apartment home. And I must say: we were seriously stoked about finally having white walls. lol. We are very minimal in that way! Needless to say, I am so excited to share with you our home.  This is the first blog post of the series. Today I’m sharing our bedroom, because it has completely transformed from our old apartment.  Below are pictures featuring details, links to products, and our design tips and inspiration.

Welcome to our home.

Nightstand Details

I knew I wanted mid century nightstands for our bedroom update. However, everywhere we looked they were all so expensive! Starting at $150. No, thanks.  I found these at Target and fell in love! Exactly what I was looking for and only $80 a piece. You can shop them here. The drawers slide nicely and they look so classic. The “Mr.” and “Mrs.” chalkboards are from our wedding. A special little reminder of our day.  The box on my nightstand is a vintage Lane cedar chest. Dried eucalyptus in an old bottle adds just the right touch of greenery and character.

Let’s talk these lamps. I love them because they don’t take up room on our nightstands and they give that “hotel” vibe. The picture frame is from Marshalls and houses a special picture from our dating days. The faux fiddle leaf fig tree looks shockingly real and completely transforms the space. I can’t stress the importance of greenery enough!

I wanted some sort of candle holder on one of our nightstands. This one comes in a set of 3, of varying heights. Looks expensive, but the set was just under $10. I like the subtle vintage vibe it gives, and it ties the headboard in nicely.

The Space

I’ve been getting lots of questions about this mirror lately.  It is our latest addition to our bedroom. Mirrors are an excellent way to open up a space and bounce light. I like the rounded edges of this one and the matte gold finish. It quite nicely complements the gold accents we have throughout our home. For an affordable price, this mirror looks much more expensive and the quality is very pleasing.

Our wedding shelf is a darling memento to our big day. It houses our toasting flutes, communion cup, a jar from our centerpieces, our wedding invitation, and our homemade candle favors.

The Vanity

I love this little space. It allows me to get ready for the day, without hogging up the bathroom. This vanity was purchased from Target but is no longer available. Here is a similar option. This oval vintage mirror is a favorite of mine. It has so much character.  Billy got it for free awhile back, and painted the wood frame a muted gold. Love.

Garden Vibes

This butterfly wall hanging is not only classic and stunning, but also near and dear to my heart. It was our guestbook at our wedding. I love walking by it each day and catching a glimpse of a sweet message someone wrote. Puts a smile on my face. Every. Time. 🙂

These succulents are, yet again, fake. But so lifelike! We purchased these and the twine at Michael’s a few years back. A whimsical touch indeed!

The Bed

This quilt gives me all the cozy feels. I love its old fashioned look and its soft material.  We bought it at Target a few years ago.  I’ve gotten some questions on our new headboard! It is from Wayfair and is an excellent price! Again, it has such a vintage flair. The painting above our bed is from a local vintage market. I saw it across the room when we were checking out. I said, “Billy! That painting! Over there! It’s perfect.” And it truly is. I love its rugged wood frame, its character, and the woodsy feel it brings.  It makes me think of all our fun adventures in Georgia.

Life Update

If you haven’t already heard–we got a puppy! This is Lady Darling Brown and she is the cutest little sweet potato.  She loves squeaky toys, stealing daddy’s socks, the dog park, long naps on the balcony, and staring at herself in the mirror. A constant joy, this one.


With our bedroom, we really tried to give it character. It reminds me of a cute little bed and breakfast and I love that! We stuck with a very neutral color palette of white, black, brown, and greenery. Gold accents give it a little something extra. When decorating, I always try to stick with classic pieces. Because classic never goes out of style. I hope you’ve enjoyed the first installment of our apartment reveal! Decorating is such a passion of mine. I enjoy it ever so much.

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Valentine’s Gift Guide

❤️ Gift Guide :: For Him + Her ❤️

Valentine’s Day is approaching ever so quickly! I thought it’d be fun to share a little gift guide. My collection of favorite things for your darling.


For Him::

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Select some of your favorite pictures and gift him these beautiful, matte photos. Share your favorite memory from that photo on the back. In a digital world, it is increasingly important to print our photos into tangible keepsakes.

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Men love their coffee. Bring your coffee-loving-man’s cup of Joe to the next level with this coffee maker. It makes smooth and delicious coffee. Learn more about how it works via the link above.

A twist on a classic. Get a custom engraving to make for an extra unique gift. A daily reminder of the lady in his life.

Other ideas include . . .

Slippers (check out these), wood sunglasses (loving this pair by Proof), classy J.Crew umbrella for your handsome gent

For Her ::

Billy gave me a necklace from Made by Mary for Christmas. Of course he chose the meaning of my name (youthful) for the engraving! There are many different styles on the website, including dainty chokers and other heirloom pieces.

I think many girls would agree: receiving a Magnolia Journal= DAY MADE. A simple yet thoughtful gift for the Chip + Jo fans.

I love my wood watch with the gorgeous champagne face! They have a rose gold watch that would definitely be very appropriate for a V-day gift!

Other ideas include . . .

Clear glass coffee cups (adoring these), a wood wick candle, a letter board with a sweet message on it (perhaps in place of a card?!), this Free People dress in the cherry red–a stunner


I hope you all enjoyed this sweet little gift guide. It certainly was fun to put together! May your February 14th be a day to celebrate all the people you love so dearly!

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Gift Idea :: For Him

We love him. Dad. Husband. Grandpa. Boyfriend. So lovable, yet so hard to shop for.

Gifting for men can be mind boggling. You want to find something special, but something he will actually use. Something that won’t go out of style, yet not too generic.

Let’s keep this simple, shall we?

Get him a JORD Wood Watch.

It’s a unique twist on a classic. Quality and timeless. A statement piece. In fact, I’m confident these watches could easily become heirloom keepsakes to be passed down through the years.

Because of their wood design, these unique watches aren’t overly heavy or clunky. Beautifully crafted and exquisite attention to detail, each watch comes housed in a stunning cedar wood box.

My husband loves the earthy, masculine vibe of his wooden watch. He is wearing the Hyde Kosso & Gray. This particular timepiece stands out for its intentional minimalism.

“I like the simplistic aesthetic of the watch face. It’s clean and sleek,” says Billy.

I truly believe a JORD Wood Watch would make a memorable gift under your tree this year. You know, where his face lights up when he opens it, kind of memorable. JORD even offers custom engravings if you want to take the sentimental factor to a whole new level.

Gift him with something truly special and unique. Every time he glances at his wrist, you’ll be the reason he can’t help but smile.

C O U P O N C O D E

Now until December 15, 2017, you can get 25% off any wood watch. Simply go to this link, fill out the simple form, and you will be emailed the coupon code. Christmas shopping made easy!

(Shopping for Mom or sis? JORD Wood Watches has a gorgeous selection of women’s wooden watches that you can shop here.)

*This blog post is in collaboration with JORD Wood Watches. All opinions are my own.

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Luxury Wooden Watch

Youthful Faith

Faith came a lot easier as a child. Heights didn’t bother me as they do now. I’d gleefully perch a lizard on my shoulder. Now I can’t stand the sight of them. If I was told something, I would believe it. Without question.

I really like grapes. I always have. When I was little, I recall my dad telling me if I kept eating so many grapes, a grape vine would grow inside my belly. And I believed him.

Then, somewhere along the lines, that blissful, unwavering faith dissipated. As I grew older, I took life’s blows a little harder. Worry and doubt lurked on every corner. “Anxious” became a word I used to describe myself.

Jesus wants us to come before Him as children. With reckless abandon. Faith without hesitancy. Childlike faith. Or as I like to call it, “Youthful Faith.” When I was a teacher’s aide, I was blessed to witness this childlike faith lived out daily. It’s amazing how we adults can learn so much from God’s precious children.

As an adult, having youthful faith goes against my nature. I want to swim through my mess and try to fix things myself. Then, I find myself washed up on shore, breathless and drenched with defeat.

I love this quote by Oswald Chambers: “Faith is absolute trust in God—trust that could never imagine He would forsake us.”

And that’s just it. God will NEVER leave me nor forsake me. I can KNOW that.

My Nonno (that’s Italian for “grandpa”) was an amazing example of youthful faith. Every night he kneeled by his bed and prayed. And believed in the power of prayer. On his death bed, he had absolutely no fear. He said, “I am going to the place He has prepared for me.” And he said so with joy and confident anticipation. THAT is youthful faith!

When I first started blogging, I originally named my blog “The Young Wife”, because I was married at 21. A little while after, the name “The Youthful” came to me, and I felt the Lord telling me to change my blog’s name. It’s funny because “The Young Wife” had everything to do with age, while “The Youthful” has nothing to do with age and everything with attitude. Since renaming the blog, God has revealed new depths of its meaning: My name (Julia) means “youthful.” My goal is to live joyously and simply, seeking adventure along the way. And recently, the concept of “Youthful Faith” hit me. God is in alllllll the details, friends.

I am encouraged that I don’t have to “adult” my way through tough situations. I can cry out to my Heavenly Daddy, and KNOW that He will provide. That He will take care of me. That He will give me peace. That He will carry me through.

Whether you’re on top of a glorious mountain, or down in the depths of the valley, trust the Father. I encourage you, my spiritual siblings, to live a life of Youthful Faith.

(Walking in faith with these darling (comfortable) sandals, courtesy of Oka-B.)

Fall Makeup Look

Even on Florida’s warmer days, I can still indulge in some fall-inspired makeup. There’s just something about a deep lipstick that makes me feel truly autumnal. Festive, if you will.

While I will note the exact products I used to create this look, I am a firm believer that you can use similar shades and products and put together an equally lovely look. Perhaps even more cost effective!

So let’s get started. 🍁

F A C E

To start, I used Tarte Creaseless Concealer to touch up any blemishes. A little goes a long way with this product. I like to stipple it on, this way I don’t wipe the product right off. Try to find a color similar to your skin tone for best results. I also used a small amount on my eyelids to serve as a primer.

Next, I applied Bare Minerals Correcting Concealer in Light 1 under my eyes. For under eye concealer, you always want to choose a color that is lighter than your skin tone. That’ll brighten you up, babe. ✨

For foundation, I use Bare Minerals Matte Foundation in Soft Medium 11. Love. I have oily skin, so the matte finish helps combat that. However, if you have dry skin, I would recommend using the regular formula.

B R O W S

I used Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Granite to fill my brows. This could really be a blog post all on its own, so I’ll keep it short and sweet. Don’t color your brows like a kid with a crayon! I see this all too often. Keep it soft where your eyebrows are closest to your nose, and gradually get darker as you fill them in. I essentially “underline” and “overline” my brows with a clean line, and fill any sparse areas. Always blend!

E Y E S

Start by using a matte cream color across your entire lid. Pack it on with a fluffy eyeshadow brush to achieve a more opaque finish.

Next, use a medium brown/copper in your crease and outer corner of your eye. Use a dark, chocolatey brown to form a “V” on the outer corner as well. Now blend away! I use a soft eyeshadow brush to blend, but you could also use a cotton swab. Remember—the more you blend, the softer, more natural it will look. Finish with a touch of gold eyeshadow in your inner corner and your brow bone.

For that fierce Egyptian eye that I love so much, I used my most beloved Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper Black. On my lower lash line I used a brown eyeliner from Sephora to soften the look.

Next, curl dem lashes! I love the Tarte eyelash curler. It’s worth the investment. Finish with Tarte Gifted Mascara.

D E T A I L S

I did a quick contour here using Tarte Matte Bronzer in Hotel Heiress. (Can you tell I love Tarte?!) Then, using that same gold eyeshadow we used earlier, I put some on my finger and used it to highlight my cheekbones, the tip of my nose, and my Cupid’s bow (that’s the top part of your lip.) I find using my finger instead of a brush brings out the pigment more.

L I P S

A deep lipstick is what makes this look scream “fall!” The shade is by Mac Cosmetics in the color Diva. It’s a tad drying, so I typically put on some lip balm before applying the lipstick. When using a dark lip color, I recommend using a lip liner to prevent the color from bleeding.

I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial and found it blissfully helpful! Makeup is an art–enjoy the process!

Dressing Fall in Florida


Fall certainly knows how to cozy its way into our hearts. Pumpkin patches, warm and spicy drinks, and the beloved sweater weather. 

Oh wait, it’s 90 degrees where I live. *facepalm*

To my fellow Floridians and residents of warmer climates, this blog post was written with love, for you! How to feel festive and autumnal, without risking heat exhaustion.

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There’s two elements I want to focus on:

Color and Texture.

While I can’t exactly break out my turtleneck just yet, dressing in fall colors certainly gives me all the Fall vibes.

Think cranberry, caramel, mustard yellow, olive green, orange, different shades of brown, gray, and black.

Pictured below is the perfect example of me wearing a cool, breezy dress in a very “fall” appropriate color.


When it comes to texture, think knit, sweater-like, fuzzy, and cozy.

Pictured below is this darling sweater vest. Gives off that cozy vibe, but still leaves plenty of breathing room.


Now, how you accessorize in the fall can be of equal importance.

Since wearing a beanie isn’t exactly an option right now, I love a wide brimmed felt hat. Makes me feel like a little lady. Hehe.


Boots are just too warm right now. And honestly, it’s almost embarrassing to wear them in 90 degree weather. I like to lean towards ballet flats (How cute are these pictured below (courtesy of Oka-B) in the port wine color?!), loafers and mules, and ankle boots.


I hope I was able to give you some fresh, festive, Florida, fall fashion! (I love me some alliteration! 😜) If I inspired you in any way, use the hashtag #theyouthfultribe in your photo. I’d love to see what you’re sharing and wearing. Here’s to hoping we can wear actual sweaters sometime this season!  🍁🌻🍂

Pumpkin Face Mask


Disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist or a skincare expert. I’m just a girl who loves pumpkins in the fall! Whenever making a diy mask or using a new skincare product, always apply a small amount to your arm before using to test how your skin will react.

There’s two things I’m currently all about right now: pumpkins and selfcare. There’s just something about fall: the way it looks, feels, tastes. I yearn for it more each passing year. And with that longing, my love for pumpkins grows. They really are a delight, aren’t they?

While amidst my favorite season, I’m also in a season of change in my life personally. This presents challenges at times, but I’m learning to take time to breathe in the fresh air, and lean in to my Savior.

So since pumpkins and selfcare are two things I am loving right now, I thought I’d combine the two! A pumpkin face mask! 🎃


As if I even needed another reason to love pumpkins, they happen to be really beneficial to your skin! Pumpkin smoothes and brightens your skin, contains acne fighting zinc, has lots of fatty acids and vitamin e, and contains antioxidants for radiant skin!

This simple mask only contains 3 ingredients, and is so fun and festive to use! Hmmm fall themed spa-night, anyone? 🍁😏

Pumpkin Face Mask

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 TB of canned organic pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp of raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp of extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

  1. Combine the ingredients and stir in a small bowl.
  2. Apply to a clean face and leave on for 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse skin with cool water and blot dry.
  4. Enjoy hydrated, plump skin!

Note:

This recipe yields enough for two to three uses. Store covered in the fridge and use within a couple of days.

Light a candle, grab your favorite book or magazine (The Magnolia Journal), and enjoy the pumpkin-y goodness!


September Favorites

Here we are. September has arrived and I’m ready to be swept away by cozy turtlenecks, warm sips of pumpkin lattes, crisp air, crunchy leaves, camping, smoky bonfires, suspenseful movies, evening walks, and delicious aromas coming from my kitchen. 🍁

With a few more weeks left before fall, I thought I’d share some things I’ve been quite taken with lately. Perhaps this will be a fun new feature of the blog!

1. Brown Tote

I typically use two purses: one is a purse I use strictly for work. The other is used for weekend fun. I purchased this tote as a work purse, but I’ve been loving it so much, I’ve been using it constantly! It’s large enough to fit a laptop, a small umbrella, and even that fresh eucalyptus from the market. At a great price, I’m happy with the quality so far. I’ve been seeing this style tote everywhere lately. Figures Target would come out with an affordable option!

2. Oka-B Flip Flops

These flip flops (courtesy of Oka-B) are perfect for “Florida Fall.” The black combined with the leopard detail doesn’t look too summery, but instead rather cozy. I love these paired with some rolled up jeans and a cardigan. Effortless. Keep your eyes peeled for these flip flops in their fall collection!

3. The Magnolia Journal

I read this magazine like a book: from cover to cover. This magazine always leaves me inspired and motivated. Amazing design ideas, beautiful (tear-jerking) stories, and recipes that have you reaching for your grocery list. Each issue is better than the last. I can’t recommend it enough! The Fall issue is on newsstands now!

4. Sips By Tea Subscription

Calling all tea lovers! Sips by is a monthly tea subscription box. If you know me, this is seriously a match made in heaven. With some natural light and a cup of tea, I’m in my happy place. The subscription has you fill out a profile so they can select teas from around the world, specifically catered to your tastes. This is also a great way to get a little adventurous and try new types of tea!

5. Rifle Paper Co. Recipe Box

This darling recipe box could easily become a family keepsake. It’s as pretty as it is practical! There are also a few other patterns to choose from. I find a daily little joy, reaching for a well loved recipe from this box, and adding a new favorite to the collection.