Q&A with blogger Julia: A lesson in Mommyhood, survival skills and the power of Red

christmas   Earlier this week, I had the honor to interview one of my favorite bloggers, Julia of Lipstick, Lollipops & Life. A self-professed “Hurricane Mom” of two boys, who works full time, dotes on her loving husband, and has a crazy obsession with the color red, she sure has many balls being juggling in several different directions. Yet if you were to ever facetime her on a random Monday evening, she will never look less than fabulous.


I know this for a fact. Even before she insisted on slapping on her trademark red lipstick, she looked great. Her hair was up in a messy bun, she was still wearing the same workout clothes from earlier that morning, yet she looked amazing to me.


Here are some gems Julia discussed with me:


Tara: Before we talk about your blog, I’d like for people to get to know you personally. Tell me a little about yourself.


Julia: I’m a lifelong Chicagoan, born and raised near Wrigley Field. I’m a Hurricane Mom who lives in Lincoln Park with my husband and two wild boys, three and one. I’m a fashion misfit who markets a legal professional association for the past 12 years. I love writing my blog, and spending time with friends and family. I garden whenever I can and am a fashion misfit.


T: You talk about being a Hurricane Mom. Can you explain exactly what that means?


J: Growing up, my parents referred to me as their “little hurricane” – all 5’10” of me. I try to cross items off my to-do list and sometimes do that with two wild and sweet little boys in tow. Today, I channel some of my high-energy through blogging. Life is teaching me to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures. I’m grateful to write with some of the smartest individuals I know through ChicagoNow.


T: You mentioned your boys. What is it like to mother two very energetic boys, especially since you work full time outside the home?


J: They have forced me to slow down, which I love. Before I got married, I tried to plan and control every detail days, weeks and months in advance. I’ve learned that the only thing I can control is my reaction. As long as I allow lots of extra time, most crises are comical with a little perspective. They’re also teaching me a lot about planes, cars and automobiles. Their aim is not always right on with the potty so I’ve learned to keep wipes everywhere. I survived my first time my toddler dropped his pants at the park to pee. All our sweet boys need is love.


T: So let’s talk about your blog. Explain what you write about.


J: I write about what gets me excited, which is everything from hot topics in the news and issues in the workplace to what’s important to our family and friends. To laugh and learn as we grow. Sometimes, that’s after we wipe our tears. There’s much to be grateful for along our windy and bumpy life journey.


T: Any Golden Rules you care to share with our readers?


J: I strive to always be my best self. Since the recent death of one of my heroes, Maya Angelou, I aspire to her definition of “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” I also believe you have to make it work for you. Again, most of life is beyond our control. We can all try to adapt and do the best we can with what we have.


T:  So finally, the good stuff – let’s talk about fashion! I practically live in my ‘mommy’ yoga pants and a t-shirt every day. What are some of your fashion staples?


J: I love everything red. As long as I can remember, I chose red accessories, complete outfits and lipstick. They help me feel confident to make a statement without saying a word. I wear and love read for big life events from my first date with my husband to our wedding, baby’s births, etc. I normally wear some combination of red in my wardrobe. Depending on the weather, I wear a lot of dresses to work with scarves for a pop of color or dress pants or Capri’s with a traditional button down shirt or sweater. When I’m with my little ones, I love to wear my comfy purple tracksuit. My purple tracksuit is like my security blanket that I wore postpartum every day. I would love to have it in red!


It was a joy to spend time talking with my fellow blogging sister from ChicagoNow. And I learned the super secret awesomesauce to making red lipstick last all day….but I’m keeping that to myself. You need to read her blog to find out for yourself!

Please be sure to follow Julia’s blog, Lipstick, Lollypops and Life. Or you can find her on facebook and twitter.

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