“Florence & Isabelle” began in October of 2013 after I was unable to find a single source on the web that featured modern style, beautiful design, delicious food, great books and art, and interesting articles from around the globe through a Jewish lens. I decided to create the kind of blog that I wanted to read.

 I named the blog after my two grandmothers, Florence (my father’s mom) and Isabelle (my mother’s mom). I love the wonderful traditions these two women embodied and passed on to me. I hope to do the same for my children.

 This blog represents a merger of sorts between the past and the present. It’s about doing something different, something fresh and new, something relevant to a new generation while retaining my Jewish values and keeping them at the forefront.

 I’m proud to be out there blogging about Judaism in a thoroughly modern, beautiful and thoughtful way.

 I spent 15 years in the book publishing business before leaving to raise my family. Florence & Isabelle is a natural extension of all that I love—family, Judaism, cooking, modern design, writing, photography, and reading. In addition to blogging, I’m thrilled also to be writing for the blogs The KitchnRaising Kvell, The Mid, and Maria Shriver: Powered by Inspiration.
You’ll find links to the all the articles I have written on my website: byjulielevine.com

 This blog is a tribute to my grandmothers and to my community of friends and family who continually inspire me.



26 Comments on About

  1. Michael
    November 6, 2013 at 9:26 pm (9 years ago)

    Congratulations Julie on an amazing blog. It looks great!!!
    As always, i am so proud of you!


  2. Sophie
    November 6, 2013 at 10:58 pm (9 years ago)

    I am beyond impressed, and just so excited and THRILLED to be subscribing to your blog. You rock!! xx Sophie

  3. Wendy
    November 7, 2013 at 4:25 am (9 years ago)

    YEAH!!!!!!!!! This blog is GORGEOUS! Julie, I am so happy for you. And what a beautiful tribute to your grandmothers. I’m so happy you shared this with me. It is a gift to each and every person who sees it. Mazal tov.
    Tell me when we can share the link with friends! It’s AMAZING!!!

    • Julie Levine
      November 9, 2013 at 2:48 pm (9 years ago)

      Please share and pass on! Thank you so much for your support.

  4. denise
    November 8, 2013 at 4:02 pm (9 years ago)

    How did I miss this page?
    The photograph is absolutely lovely. I love the colors, textures and shapes filling the whole page.
    I was thinking your grandmothers may have been
    the inspiration for the name.

  5. Pam H
    November 8, 2013 at 9:09 pm (9 years ago)

    Congrats on this! It’s beautiful and inspiring and I’m so glad you told me about it. I’m looking forward to reading more.

  6. Trisha Klein
    November 8, 2013 at 9:37 pm (9 years ago)

    Hi Julie, Good luck with your venture. Trisha

  7. Jennifer
    November 9, 2013 at 3:06 pm (9 years ago)

    Julie, your blog is off to an absolutely beautiful start and what a lovely tribute to your grandmothers. I will definitely be passing it along to others who I know will be inspired as well!

    • Julie Levine
      November 9, 2013 at 3:30 pm (9 years ago)

      It would be great if you could pass on to friends and family. Thank you!!!!

  8. Janie
    November 9, 2013 at 6:56 pm (9 years ago)

    You did it, you really did it!! So looking forward to the joy this journey brings. A toast to the foremothers who offered the inspiration and another to you for making it happen. XO

  9. Rhoda
    November 11, 2013 at 4:52 am (9 years ago)

    Fabulous Julie! Love the idea, the photos etc. Ever give thought to including
    tips about kids?
    Sent this to my kids, friends, neighbors and so on. Your blog is a winner.

    • Julie Levine
      November 11, 2013 at 2:12 pm (9 years ago)

      Thanks so much. Great idea about including tips for kids. Please forward any interesting articles, books, and/or tips and advice. I would love that!

  10. Jonathan
    November 11, 2013 at 4:57 am (9 years ago)

    The blog looks great! The pictures are wonderful. Congrats.

  11. Laurie
    November 11, 2013 at 6:36 pm (9 years ago)

    What a beautiful aesthetic you have, Julie, so unique and special! I look forward to more of your blogs!

  12. Ilene Beckerman
    November 18, 2013 at 11:50 pm (9 years ago)

    A wonderful tribute to the grandmothers and all the generations that follow. Thank you.

  13. Mark
    February 23, 2014 at 4:24 pm (9 years ago)

    Loving every new entry to your blog! Keep them coming!

    • Julie Levine
      February 23, 2014 at 7:49 pm (9 years ago)

      Thanks Mark. So glad you are enjoying the blog.

  14. Lee
    March 9, 2014 at 11:42 pm (9 years ago)

    Hi Julie, it was so nice to meet you and David today at Chalk Hill! Looking forward to keeping up with your blog!
    Best regards,
    Lee Lehrman

    • Julie Levine
      March 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm (9 years ago)

      Thanks so much Lee. Great to meet you too and wonderful to learn more about the the Chalk Hill Artist Residency.

  15. Sarah
    March 27, 2014 at 6:40 pm (9 years ago)

    Gorgeous, inspired and inspirational! Keep up the great work, Julie!

    • Julie Levine
      March 27, 2014 at 7:18 pm (9 years ago)

      Thanks so much Sarah!

  16. Chloe
    June 24, 2014 at 4:20 am (8 years ago)

    I can’t wait to keep reading your posts, I love the blog!

    • Julie Levine
      June 24, 2014 at 2:18 pm (8 years ago)

      So glad you like… XXOO

  17. Lillie
    June 13, 2015 at 7:43 pm (7 years ago)

    Woo-hoo I’m late the the party but so thrilled for you! Now everyone else will know what I always knew: you are smart, talented and beautiful.
    I have already told everyone I know about your blog and will continue to do so. Enjoy every moment of the journey toward success. Xo

  18. Brigitte
    September 8, 2015 at 3:25 am (7 years ago)

    Hi Julie
    I love your blog! Very inspirational

    • Julie Levine
      September 8, 2015 at 4:41 pm (7 years ago)

      Thank you Brigitte!


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