Fundraising my Way to the American Dance Festival

Hello everyone!

As you all know, I attended the American Dance Festival last year for the Dance Professionals Workshop. See American Dance Festival Dance Professionals Workshop Sampler  for more on my experience in summer 2017!

This year, I am planning to attend the whole six week school, and I am waiting to hear back about completing work study while I am there to help mitigate costs of tuition. While I wait to hear back if I received scholarship money or not, I am trying to fundraise myself by selling my crochet bun covers that are available for purchase on my Etsy!


From now until May 1, any and all proceeds from my Etsy will go directly toward my tuition for the American Dance Festival. Completing the six week school at ADF has been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and now that this life goal is now tangible, I really REALLY want to be able to go!! Any purchase big or small will help me afford the costs of tuition.

Studying at ADF for the summer will not only refine and expand my technical and artistic abilities, but it will also help me better serve my students and community as an dance educator.

Remember y’all, I also sell homemade makeup if you’re interested in trying one or a few of my own hand-pressed mica eyeshadows! Proceeds from any of my Etsy transactions will go towards my tuition balance.


The link below will lead you directly to my Etsy shop if you’re interested in purchasing anything and helping me fund my summer at ADF.

Julia’s Leaps of Faith Etsy Shop

Thank you so much for your time!

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Crochet Bun Cover Cozies

Hi everyone!

I am really excited to announce a new item on my Etsy shop: Julia’s Leaps of Faith Shop! For all of you bunheads out there – whether you are a dancer or a busy lady on the go – I am now selling homemade crochet bun cover cozies to keep your bun/hair in place!

For dancers, they are perfect for class, rehearsal, auditions, or as a costume accessory! For the everyday lady, they are a cozy accessory for the fall and winter! There are a lot of color options available, so you can have a color to match any outfit! Solid colored bun covers are $7.00 a piece!

Furthermore, I also have multi-colored yarn options available for .50 cents more, and they look super adorable! Multi-colored bun covers are $7.50. I personally love the way Rose Blush looks (pictured below)!

These bun covers are able to be finished with an elastic or with a satin ribbon! The satin ribbon can correspond to the color of the yarn, or you can mix and match colors!

I LOVE making these, and I hope if any of you decide to buy one and try it out you love it as much as I do.  Please feel free to comment any questions you may have, or let me know what you think of them! Be sure to check my Etsy to purchase!


Until next time! Xoxo

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The Inspiration Behind my Blog and Etsy Shop

Hello beautiful internet people!

I wanted to tell you all a story this evening about the inspiration behind Julia’s Leaps of Faith! There are so many reasons why I started my blog, but the blog it is today is completely different than the blog it began as, and the direction my blog is headed now has a definite backstory I think is important to share! There are two influences that helped me shape Julia’s Leaps of Faith into what it is today, so here we go!

As a child/teenager, I danced a lot at my local studio. I was taking seven classes a week, and to be honest I was no where near my peers in the amount of classes they were enrolled in. Truth is – dance lessons are super expensive, especially for parents of three who are paying for three childrens’ extracurricular activities, sports, and living expenses. I could not afford to dance as much as my peers, but in order to continue dancing as much as I was, I partook in a workstudy program at my studio. I student-taught/assisted classes each week, and I was given an hourly stipend to cut the costs of my monthly tuition (to help my parents pay the bills!).

This definitely helped my parents afford my dance lessons, and all the while I was able to assist my favorite teacher, Miss Sarah, in her ballet classes. Thursdays were the best because I helped Miss Sarah teach for two hours in the evening, and then I took two hours of her advanced class at night. Plus, I would buy us both Dunkin Donuts coffee every week, and in the fall we would delight over our obsession with Dunkin pumpkin coffee (hot with milk and sweetner on the side). See, Miss Sarah was a professional ballerina and always came to class with her hair in a PERFECT French Twist slicked back and pinned, her eyeshadow was flawlessly done, and the colors of her eyeshadow complimented her leotard and ballet skirt, and it complimented her earrings (she wore the prettiest earrings!).

I always admired her eyeshadow and earrings, and I knew when I was the lead dance teacher in the future I was going to try to compose myself in the way Miss Sarah did so gracefully! Miss Sarah also was the only teacher who never waivered in her belief in me to suceed and achieve in dance, and in all of my other endeavors. She is a big reason I am where I am today as a dancer/performer. As you can see, I only have very fond memories of this teacher, and she clearly left a positive impact on me!


Always leaping!

The same year I began student teaching with Miss Sarah, I also began dancing in my high school’s musical productions! It was the first musical I ever danced in, and I began experimenting with makeup A LOT. I never wore a lot of makeup – a little mascara and blush, but I didn’t wear eyeliner or eyeshadow. But since I was going to be performing on stage as a character, I needed to improve my makeup skills. I bought a Maybelline and a Wet n’ Wild eyeshadow trio, and I began my experimentation! I also tried to mimic the winged liner I saw all of the other dancers wearing!

Thus, this experience catalyzed my obsession with makeup and eyeshadow, and I have not stopped experimenting with makeup or beauty products since. I was 15 when this all began, and now as a 22 year old woman I am so thankful dance and makeup go hand-in-hand, and that I can merge my two favorite obsessions together! ❤


Talk about a throwback… Here is 15 year old me experimenting with layering white eyeliner on top of my winged black liquid liner. This picture was taken in 2011 (check out my auburn hair!)

I started making makeup because I wanted to have my own makeup collection available to performers and people everywhere who need cruelty-free and quality makeup, whether they need to perform on stage or at their workplace! Doing your makeup makes you feel good, and when you feel good, you shine! I want people to shine and feel as beautiful as they can because they deserve to! And who knows, you may be the person who inspires another young kid to go pursue their dreams and work hard, and to have kick-ass eye makeup while doing it (like Miss Sarah did for me)!

If you would like to purchase any of the makeup I make, or purchase a custom palette, visit my Etsy shop at! The link will direct you to my page.

Xoxo lots of love and positive energy

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Running With Scissors – Esty Shop Review

Hello beautifuls!

Today I wanted to show you the COOLEST necklace I bought off of Etsy from a shop called Running With Scissors (aka: RWS). She is an Arizona-based artist who makes laser-cut acrylic jewlery, and I found the coolest pin-up girl necklace on her page! This listing was described as a “Hula Girl Silver – Laser Cut Acrylic Pinup Charm Pearl Pendant in Silver Mirror”. HOW ADORABLE IS IT? (Especially with my romper which also looks retro?)


The owner of the shop is named Stacy, and she makes earrings, necklaces, brooches, rings – you name it! And she also takes custom orders. Her jewlery makes a statement, and is definitely sure to catch someone’s eye! From when I received this item (I bought it and it was in my mailbox 3 days later BTW!) until now, I’ve worn this necklace literally every time I’ve gone out somewhere. And everywhere I’ve been, people were intrigued by my necklace and complimented it! I adore the Sailor Jerry vibes I get from this design, which makes it perfect for summer. Yet the silver color allows it to be versatile for year-round use! This particular necklace was listed on the RWS “$5 sale” page, so it was a steal! ❤ I am in love with it!

Additionally, all of her orders come with a free acrylic ring, and come already gift packaged! Check it out below.

Recently, I’ve been loving acrylic jewlery that looks retro to add a fun element to my outfits. This was my first purchase of acrylic jewlery off of Etsy, and I recommend checking out the Running With Scissors shop if you want something cool to wear that you can’t buy at a regular store. I’m so happy I found this shop to help fuel my obsession with 40s-50s pin-up art/style.


If you would like to visit her shop, follow this link! Running With Scissors Etsy


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Leaps of Faith Vegan & Cruelty-Free Homemade Eyeshadow

Hi beautiful ladies and gentlemen JLoF readers of the internet! I have something to show you and I cannot contain my excitement!! Are you ready?!

As I mentioned in a previous post, I ordered all of the tools and equipment necessary to begin formulating and pressing my very own eye shadows! All of the colors I ordered are vegan and not used on animals, and since I am testing the shadows I create on myself and some close people in my life, they are 100% cruelty-free!

I am most likely going to open an Etsy shop or some type of online shop to sell my homemade cosmetics beginning hopefully mid-summer! I also hope to begin making matte eyeshadows, blush, and highlighters! Here are the first three shadows I created (the names are names I created for the formulation):


They are so creamy and pigmented!

Babydoll is a light pink in a satin finish. Firebird is a metallic/sparkly warm red with orange undertones. Speak Easy is a multi-chrome glitter that looks green, red, purple, and even blue depending on the lighting and what base shadow you use under it!

Today I used all three colors to create an eye look! I only used my own shadows, and e.l.f. eyelid primer/e.l.f. expert liner. Check it out!


Babydoll all over lid, Firebird in outer v and blended out through crease, Speak Easy inner corner.

Today I created four other colors, and I have to let them dry for 12-24 hours so they are 100% good to use and set in their pans. Here are my newest colors!


Sun Ray, Mud Slide, Dusty Tulip, & Mojave!

Sun Ray is a warm peachy pink in a satin finish. Mud Slide is a warm chocolate brown with flecks of glitter, Dusty Tulip is a cool-toned dusty pink mauve color in a satin finish, and Mojave is a redder mauve with flecks of glitter, and it has more warm tones in it.

These are all my own creations and my own names for them to keep them organized. This has been my latest DIY project because I realized how much money I spend on eyeshadow, and how I can literally create any eyeshadow I want with a little bit of time and effort (and by spending a lot less money!).

I hope you all think these shadows are as gorgeous as I do!! What do you think? Would you be interested if I opened my own Etsy shop or online store? Comment below! Btw, part of the giveaway might be a few homemade eyeshadows from yours truly 😉

Sending so much love to you all! Until next time!