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BTW | SHOW - Lifestyle Jules - Fashion & Guidance For Weddings


Steven: All right so we are here in your office where the cool work gets done right?

 

Julie: That's right. 

 

S: So just tell me a little bit about like we talked a little bit about style, we talked about kind of how you guide and develop a plan for people in general but specifically for this show brides and grooms. So if you could go in a little bit about maybe what you do for the beauty and the planning for them.

 

J: Right so I mean there is a lot of things that go into planning for your big day. You want your skin to look great, you want your hair to look great. So what I can help you with is kind of point you in the right direction as to what kind of help your skin needs, if its just basic facials, if you are looking to do something a little bit more, more med spa like I have connections with pretty much everyone in town and can kind of direct you to the right person for you and in your budget as well and then of course to planning out you know your hair. If you are looking for a long hair do and your hair is short, we have to look at "Ok how are we going to get to this place? What's the best way to go about it?" and even hair extensions now are so readily available and really you can get hair extensions that clip in and they are great quality for $100 or you can go all the way to $1000 you know extensions that are long term and we can kind of play with that and figure out and really develop a great plan as to how to get you beautiful on your wedding day. 

 

S: Right, and one thing that we had talked about too is you know everyone has like a different you know personality and vibe in themselves so you are hopefully able to pick that up and then be able to really connect them with someone who's really going to fit in with that right? Because like we had talked about you know Sparkle Bar is very feminine but is also very hip and cool and fun and their personalities are fantastic there and so maybe that kind of bride would fit is really good there but another one wouldn't. 

 

J: Right.

 

S: Right. And you are able to help them guide them through that like "no maybe you should go here". It's not cause they're better or worse. 

 

J: That's right, it might be different right and I do and I know so many people and I can kind of put you with a different person depending on your personality and know kind of what you are looking for. If I have a bride who's never worn makeup before and is going to wear makeup for their wedding only, they are not going to want some made over really dramatic look, they're going to want something a little bit more subtle and so I wouldn't direct them to somebody who loves to do the dramatic and I love dramatic so for me, sign me up, the cooler, the funkier the better, but I'm not going to send that person who's never worn makeup before to that girl. 

 

S: So really for the people going to you or someone like you, they are saving a ton of time and they are also kind of not like guaranteed but more guaranteed a better experience. 

 

J: Oh for sure, you are not going to have any fails because I have already basically done the pre-work for you so I know that this person is going to give you exactly what she said she is going to give you at the price that you want to pay and so it's a total win for both, for me, for the artist doing the work on you, and for you of course. 

 

About Julie:

My name is Julie and I am a Branding Specialist and Spokes Person. I was born and raised in Arizona but my family roots go back to New York where my grandmother started an all woman’s department store and my grandfather was the largest dress buyer in the city. Fashion is in my blood. In addition, I struggled as a chubby girl who loved dance and baton twirling. Through my journey to become a thin dancer, I fell in love with fitness and wound up making it my degree and career. I still never lost my passion for fashion and discovered that fitness and fashion go hand and hand! When your body looks great, the clothes also look grea

http://lifestylejules.com/

 

 

Steven Burkhart is an Arizona wedding videographer that specializes in cinematic bohemian style with a modern approach.  He loves getting to know his clients on a personal level so the wedding day can be fun.  He's always looking to book fun, artistic couples!

See more if his work at http://www.nomadproductionsaz.com/arizona-wedding-videos/

BTW | SHOW - Lifestyle Jules - Health For Wedding Day


Steven: All right so we are here in the workout room which is not only your workout video space, but just where you kind of practice what you preach right? 

 

Julie: Absolutely.

 

S: So tell us a little bit about your perspective on fitness and how that plays into a wedding. 

 

J: Ok well first of all, I have my degree in exercise physiology. I was a chubby girl growing up and started at 15 years old working out and wound up majoring in exercise physiology so I love it, it's my passion, I believe in it, it makes you feel better and it's really a life long journey, you shouldn't think about it just for the wedding, just saying. We want you to get there for your wedding, that's a great motivation but I also want you to learn how to maintain it and that's very doable and it's a lifestyle change it's not about "I'm going to lose 20 pounds for my wedding" and then you go on your honeymoon and you gain it all back and that was all she wrote. 

 

S: Cause that totally didn't happen on my wedding haha. I looked pretty good for my wedding and then like yea within a year I was like "Oh well I'm back where I started I guess". 

 

J: And I think that's what most people do so when you hire me you know you are going to get me to walk you through it and coach you long-term and so you asked me Steven "ok when should we start thinking about this". There's never a time that's too soon to start thinking about it, whether you have a wedding or you don't have a wedding but you got to start. So it's all about making small changes and keeping those changes instead of trying to rush and lose 20 pounds in one month, "oh my gosh, my wedding is next month how am I going to lose 20 pounds?" It's all about just slowly making changes, getting into a workout regime, really learning how to be a little bit more aware of the foods that you are eating, it's not a diet. 

 

S: Right. 

 

J: And so I can coach you on all of that.

 

S: For sure. Well and like one thing I noticed too that we haven't talked about yet is like people have these like over idealistic goals about where they're going to be and like addressed altering doesn't happen overnight, it takes like, as far as I understand it, weeks. So, I mean I think you would be able to really help guide people with like a realistic plan is and be able to like really help them and keep them motivated cause I mean people often eat when they are stressed and a wedding is stressful so if they have someone like you to push them and be like "no like you can do this" and I think that is helpful. 

 

J: Right and also becoming accountable now there's so many great apps out there; my favorite app is My Fitness Pal and just putting your food calories in it, into this app, you see and you're accountable for what you have left and so you can say to yourself "ok I have eaten all my calories for today, am I eating case I'm stressed of or am I eating because I'm really hungry" and you start looking at it a little bit differently than "oh I'm hungry I'm just going to go eat" verses "ok I ate all my calories, am I really hungry or am I stressful eating and if I'm stressful eating, what could I do different right now instead of putting food in my mouth that would make me feel better" and or you can eat, there are foods that don't have calories that you could munch on like pickles. Though pickles do have a lot of salt so we were just saying about, but that would be, so the day before your wedding you probably don't want to eat a jar of pickles right because you'll retain more fluid and maybe look a little puffy.

 

About Julie:

My name is Julie and I am a Branding Specialist and Spokes Person. I was born and raised in Arizona but my family roots go back to New York where my grandmother started an all woman’s department store and my grandfather was the largest dress buyer in the city. Fashion is in my blood. In addition, I struggled as a chubby girl who loved dance and baton twirling. Through my journey to become a thin dancer, I fell in love with fitness and wound up making it my degree and career. I still never lost my passion for fashion and discovered that fitness and fashion go hand and hand! When your body looks great, the clothes also look great.

http://lifestylejules.com/

 

 

Steven Burkhart is an Arizona wedding videographer that specializes in cinematic bohemian style with a modern approach.  He loves getting to know his clients on a personal level so the wedding day can be fun.  He's always looking to book fun, artistic couples!

See more if his work at http://www.nomadproductionsaz.com/arizona-wedding-videos/

BTW | SHOW - Lifestyle Jules - Fashion for Weddings - Final Episode


Steven: So here we are in the exquisite closet of yourself with a very small supply of heels so clearly you have quite...

 

Julie: A shoe problem.

 

S: You have a shoe problem but actually if you are a girl I don't think it's considered a problem.

 

J: Good I like you, I like you.

 

S: Right, and um, but yea so you obviously have a good taste in fashion and you have a passion for it. 

 

J: Yes.

 

S: So lets talk a little bit about how you plan out someone's fashion right cause we talked about bridesmaid's dresses the bride's dress in general, so kind of walk me through a little bit about how you plan that, how you help people work through planning out their fashion for their wedding day.

 

J: Okay well there's a couple things, first of all, we get in our minds what we love conceptually, what we think is amazing, but we have to remember what's going to look best for our body type and that is so important so what your think you love the look of when you see somebody in a magazine and you're like, "that's the dress I love!" does it flatter your body because if it doesn't, you don't want it because on that wedding day, you want that dress to be the most flattering, beautiful thing to your body. You want it to accentuate you, you don't want the dress to be the focus, you want you to be the focus so that is first of all really really important. So look at your body type and decided what is a great shape for you so should you be in a straight, skin tight dress or should you be in more of a Cinderella ballgown you know, do you want to be sleeveless or strapless? You know really looking at your body and deciding first and foremost, what's going to flatter it? So that's the most important thing and then secondly, is the bridesmaids dresses, that gets to be a little bit hairy sometimes, so I think the best way to make everybody happy and again to make everybody feel and look beautiful is to give the option of maybe going with one color or finding a designer that has different styles in the same fabric so that they can be similar but different and be able to again accentuate their bodies and make them feel good that day. 

 

S: For sure, well yea and that's one thing we're talking about earlier is that especially if you have a large bridal party where you have like 7 or 8 people, the chances of having a variety of sizes is just almost guaranteed and so when you really kind of have the ultimatum of a single style or a single dress you really have a good chance that it's going to look bad on somebody which is no fun. 

 

J: And yea, and you don't want to make that persons day unfun and unhappy, you want everybody to be really happy and have a really great day at your event so to find and to be able to put them in a dress that makes them feel great about themselves is so important. 

 

S: So then how do you work through that then? Do you have like different dress manufactures that you work with kind of on a personal basis or how is it that you work through that with people?

 

J: Well I think the best thing to do, because we have price ranges, everybody has their own budget is to either go to a bridal store and kind of thumb through, but you know there's so many ways now to get a great price on a dress even I believe J.Crew has wedding dresses now that on bridesmaids dresses that aren't super expensive that you can go through the catalog that way. So it really, it's tailored to that person and their budget and kind of what they're looking at but once we get to wherever it is they think they want to be, then really sorting out and going, "ok are there a few styles that would work that kind of look the same that we could get everybody to be happy with price point and everything else?"

 

S: Let's see here so like probably one other thing that we'd like to talk about is, it's not wedding related, but you had a friend that you ended up doing and prepping for a TEDx talk, not a small accomplishment by any means and so just walk me through just a little bit of like how you walked her through your process of whether it was consulting people right for hair and makeup and just prepping her for that large event right cause that's also kind of a once in a lifetime type deal that has a lot of pressure 

 

About Julie:

My name is Julie and I am a Branding Specialist and Spokes Person. I was born and raised in Arizona but my family roots go back to New York where my grandmother started an all woman’s department store and my grandfather was the largest dress buyer in the city. Fashion is in my blood. In addition, I struggled as a chubby girl who loved dance and baton twirling. Through my journey to become a thin dancer, I fell in love with fitness and wound up making it my degree and career. I still never lost my passion for fashion and discovered that fitness and fashion go hand and hand! When your body looks great, the clothes also look great.

http://lifestylejules.com/ 

 

Steven Burkhart is an Arizona wedding videographer that specializes in cinematic bohemian style with a modern approach.  He loves getting to know his clients on a personal level so the wedding day can be fun.  He's always looking to book fun, artistic couples!

See more if his work at http://www.nomadproductionsaz.com/arizona-wedding-videos/

BTW | SHOW - Lifestyle Jules - Last Minute Health For Weddings


Steven: Maybe someone's watching this right now and you're like "I'm getting married in a week and I don't have time to like get a six pack now". What would you say to someone like that like what's some foods they can have that maybe are like slimming or at least help with like no water retention and things like that that can help maybe tighten things up for them.

 

J: Get rid of the carbs, get rid of the refined sugars, get rid of the pastas, get rid of the bread, and get rid of the salt, and stick with your vegetables and your protein, even get rid of the fruit. Fruit has a lot of sugar so even though we think we are eating something great, it does have a lot of great benefits to it but it also has a lot of sugar so get rid of all the sugary foods and stick with your proteins and your vegetables and you know that's something and count your calories. Calories in, calories out, I hate to say that but ten times your body weight today is the calories that you can eat to lose weight.

 

S: Really so low salt foods, low sugars can help be slimming I mean and like I've talked about, when I've interviewed other people it's like because you're having a photographer following you around all day getting those close ups, the eyelashes shots, the makeup shots, like different angles, even just losing a couple of water weight pounds is going to go a long way to have you know better jawlines and stuff like that.

 

J: Definitely helps. But not only that too, a lot of those foods can make your skin very sensitive as well so a lot of times breakouts are related to having those refined sugars tend to make you breakout so we're talking about that camera being close up to your face and having breakouts, get rid of those refined sugars.

 

S: Awesome. Cool. Now we are going to go check out the most ridiculous closet which is a woman's dream, not my dream, but I'm sure someone's excited, but a gargantuan amount of heels, haha, so lets go check that out and we'll learn some fashion tips.

 

 

About Julie:

My name is Julie and I am a Branding Specialist and Spokes Person. I was born and raised in Arizona but my family roots go back to New York where my grandmother started an all woman’s department store and my grandfather was the largest dress buyer in the city. Fashion is in my blood. In addition, I struggled as a chubby girl who loved dance and baton twirling. Through my journey to become a thin dancer, I fell in love with fitness and wound up making it my degree and career. I still never lost my passion for fashion and discovered that fitness and fashion go hand and hand! When your body looks great, the clothes also look great.

http://lifestylejules.com/

 

 

Steven Burkhart is an Arizona wedding videographer that specializes in cinematic bohemian style with a modern approach.  He loves getting to know his clients on a personal level so the wedding day can be fun.  He's always looking to book fun, artistic couples!

See more if his work at http://www.nomadproductionsaz.com/arizona-wedding-videos/

BTW | SHOW - Lifestyle Jules - Intro Episode


Steven: Hi, my name is Steven Burkhart with Behind the Wedding show, I am here with Julie of Lifestyle Jules and she is going to be talking with us a little bit about what she does to help brides, grooms, and the world prepare themselves for the biggest day of their life, their wedding. So if you could just introduce yourself and talk a little bit about what you do.

 

Julie: So my name is Julie and I'm a lifestyle coach and a fashion stylist and so basically what I do is get you completely ready on the outside so whether that be your body, your skin, your hair, your clothing, your accessories, even the color of your skin, I can help you get your body and outfit perfectly ready for your wedding. 

 

S: Awesome and you also have a little tricks as far as being a little budget conscious and little strategies there.

 

J: Absolutely. So you know at this day and age you can get the look that you want on any budget so there is really no reason not to get exactly what you want in the price range that you can spend.

 

S: Right, exactly and that is one thing I've talked about before is offline and otherwise is like everyone has budget constraints whether it's a million dollars, which some people would laugh at, but you know everyone has a budget from you know ten thousand to a million like there's restraints somewhere right and so everyone has to make some sort of compromise and so you really help, she really helps make awesome decisions to make sure everyone looks good.

 

J: And know where you want to spend your money, where you don't need to spend your money and there are a lot of tricks on that. So I can definitely help you with that.

 

 

About Julie:

My name is Julie and I am a Branding Specialist and Spokes Person. I was born and raised in Arizona but my family roots go back to New York where my grandmother started an all woman’s department store and my grandfather was the largest dress buyer in the city. Fashion is in my blood. In addition, I struggled as a chubby girl who loved dance and baton twirling. Through my journey to become a thin dancer, I fell in love with fitness and wound up making it my degree and career. I still never lost my passion for fashion and discovered that fitness and fashion go hand and hand! When your body looks great, the clothes also look great.  http://lifestylejules.com/ 

 

Steven Burkhart is an Arizona wedding videographer that specializes in cinematic bohemian style with a modern approach.  He loves getting to know his clients on a personal level so the wedding day can be fun.  He's always looking to book fun, artistic couples!

See more if his work at http://www.nomadproductionsaz.com/arizona-wedding-videos/