Juley & Julia | Watermelon & Feta Salad

A few weeks ago my sister's family clan and I ventured into the Bywater neighborhood to revisit a childhood favorite - Elizabeth's Restaurant (601 Gallier Street). Elizabeth's is the kind of place that people have no frills about visiting. The food is uniquely New Orleans, the people are sassy sweet, and the atmosphere couldn't be further from pretentious. The menu runs the gamut - from duck waffles and crab cake eggs benedict to praline bacon. All fun choices, but on this particular day there was a special that spoke to my lighter side. It was a simple arugula salad of feta, ice cold watermelon cubes, and a lemon vinaigrette that to this day, I can't get over. I tried my darndest and I think, just maybe, I did an ok job of recreating it.  Here it is and I implore you to make this for yourself!

Watermelon & Feta Salad

About 2 cups mix arugula and spinach leaves
1 cup of cubed watermelon, keep in refrigerator until ready to use
1/4 cup feta crumbles
Sliced skirt steak (or protein of your choice), optional
For the dressing:
1 tbsp. sugar, about 3 tbsp. white balsamic vinegar, juice of half a lemon, 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil, and salt & pepper to taste

1.  Combine arugula and spinach, cold watermelon cubes, and feta in a large bowl, set aside. 
2. Prepare dressing by mixing all ingredients with a fork until evenly combined. Add salt and pepper to your liking.
3. Immediately drizzle dressing on salad, mix, top with your choice of protein and enjoy!

The September Issue

September's here! It's the transition month that gives us just four weeks to hang out in the gray before holiday season hits. I kind of wish it could stretch out just a bit longer because I'd personally like to delay holiday stress as long as possible! But alas, we can't delay time so we might as well progress with it gracefully, right?

And progressing is what we're doing! I'm excited to share that Upperlyne & Co. is growing. Some of you may be wondering what the whole & Co. stood for and now I have a legitimate answer. One of my longterm goals with this blog is to cultivate a conversation around not knowing, living in the gray, celebrating the process, and simply put: real talk.  Because, in reality, none of us know what we're doing so why not talk (and maybe even laugh) about it?

In the next month, you'll be hearing from two new voices and seeing some fresh content. Be sure to subscribe via Bloglovin' for updates and feel free to let me know what you'd like to see more of! 

- xo, Juley

P.S. Huge thanks to Look See Love for letting me know Rue Magazine shared my career profile on their Links We Love round-up!  


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West Elm Metal Truss Work Table ($499)
Lulu & Georgia Kenza Leather Pouf ($205, 15% off when you sign up for emails)
Ikea Desk Lamp ($40) 
West Elm Vines Rug ($399 for a 5x8)
Shop Boutanne Leather Laptop Case ($105)

Dreams and The Everygirl

When The Everygirl asked to do a career profile on me I was in complete shock. I'm pretty sure I asked is still trying to figure it out legitimately considered a career?  Well, why not! It still feels unreal, but I quickly screen shot this image and named the file WOW just in case I woke up.  Since the post went live, it's felt like the biggest hug hearing from girls and women who are going through similar experiences. Some were saying thanks, but truthfully I couldn't have asked for a better support system to help keep me trucking forward.  Thank you guys x 10000 for reading, responding, and relating!

I can't wait to tell my future daughter "your mom went from stalking The Everygirl to working for them to being featured. So that means you can accomplish just about anything."

It'll be followed by, "Ok love you. Now roll up your sleeves and go!"

Fall Closet Prep

Fall is the best season to get dressed, but it's also a dangerous one. My wallet's already been shaken up a bit and it's no where near pre-fall weather. So in efforts to keep my spending at bay, I've started to shop my own closet and create looks that I can keep on the back burner for future events. There's the quintessential neutrals and knits but also a fair amount of patterns. Organizing them nicely on a garment rack makes it look and feel like a new wardrobe and gets me pretty excited. Try this at home and let me know which items or trends from your closet are going to get some airplay!

From left to right:
1. ALC Hutton shoulder bag 
2. H&M jewel sweater (similar style here)
2. Aryn K sweater (can't locate, love this one)
3. Vintage Marc Jacobs skirt
4.  Nicholas Digital Print top (on sale!)
5. Zara leather jacket
6. Steven Alan Austen oxford shirt
7. Quitted short sleeve sweater
8. Billy Reid sweater
9. Forever 21 blush blazer
10. Zara trench (sold out, love this one)

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