stay golden with aurelia studios

aurelia studios opened exclusively online in 2020 as a way to make yoga and meditation accessible from home during the pandemic. lizzy scully, owner of aurelia studios, speaks about her studio, what it means to be a business owner and why she loves what she does.

“Inhale, 2, 3, 4, exhale, 2, 3, 4…” Lizzy Scully, owner of Aurelia Studios, LLC, says calmly as she warms up her virtual Golden Vinyasa class. Students have their cameras on in the Zoom session as they follow along with Lizzy’s every move. The class starts with an inspirational quote and setting an intention before progressing into an hour-long yoga sequence and ending with savasana. Before logging off, Lizzy always provides her students with a message of peace and gratitude.

Lizzy graduated from DeSales University with a B.A. in Musical Theatre in 2019. She is an actor, singer, dancer, dance teacher, director, playwright, and she now adds yoga instructor to her impressive resume. What started as a hobby for stress-relief and exercise, became a true passion over time. She started a 200-hour yoga teacher training program in New Jersey and obtained her certification as a Registered Yoga Alliance instructor in June of 2020.

While many businesses struggled in 2020, Lizzy saw an opportunity for a modified yoga experience – live yoga classes conducted over Zoom. She began to create a business plan, and opened Aurelia Studios, LLC, in September 2020. “I wanted to help people feel connected to themselves, discover their inner confidence, and find a healthier state of mind,” Lizzy said. “I wanted to help people, especially during this time, find inner peace and meditate on the good things in their lives, even though it’s very difficult right now.”

The word “Aurelia,” means golden one in Latin and Greek translations, and so she chose “Aurelia” as the name of her yoga studio because she feels that there is an inner light in all of us. “After you go through the whole yoga practice with me and you feel energy running through your body, it’s like having light radiating throughout you, helping you feel like you have reached your highest self.”

Lizzy offers several classes six days a week that are all inspired by the meaning of “Aurelia.” Golden Vinyasa Flow is a slower class with a more gentle flow and pace. Radiant Warrior mixes the gentle aspects of Golden Vinyasa with a little bit of fire. It has a comfortable flow that will help build your strength. Glow Flow builds up the fire from Radiant Warrior by adding in more challenging poses and incorporating more balance and core movements. Yoga for Artists is a 30-minute class focused on breath, yoga, and meditation, geared toward helping individuals set intentions for their work and creative flow. Lizzy has also expanded her teaching portfolio by offering yoga for schools, businesses and other larger groups. While her classes span different difficulty levels, she says that beginners through advanced yogis can benefit from any of the classes.

Her students are her main focus, and she works on creating new sequences for every class so that students are always feeling challenged. Each class is intended to fulfill the mind, body and spirit connection through movement and yoga. “I really love movement as a dancer, choreographer and director,” Lizzy said. “Challenging yourself through movement every time you come to class is huge.”

Challenging others – and herself – is a big part of why she wanted to open her own studio. “It has opened up another side of me,” she said. “I have always wanted to own my own business, but I never thought it would be this soon out of college, during my first full year out. I think it is empowering to young women my age and women in general to have their own businesses and be confident in what they do.”

Confidence is key, especially when you have to run a new business entirely online. Lizzy has worked on creative ways to engage her audience, but says maintaining her social media presence is like a second job. From TikTok videos to Instagram posts, she is constantly creating content to reach out to people interested in trying or taking yoga.

“Getting people to move in a time when they have been used to staying in and hunkering down has been difficult,” she said. “Not only that, but creating a studio space in my own home, going out and taking creative photos – it’s all things I have not had to do or think about before.”

Despite the challenges, she truly enjoys helping people focus on their wellbeing, and not on what is going on around them. It also is an outlet for her, especially during the pandemic. “I like to think of teaching yoga as me putting on a show or production, and it has really gotten me through all of this,” she said. “It really feels like I am performing, but it is a lot more relaxed. Yoga combines all of the things I like to do. Directing and writing my own sequences and getting to share them with my students is powerful.”

To find out more about Aurelia Studios or to sign up for classes and subscribe to become a Radiant Warrior, visit Single classes are available for purchase, as well as a variety of class packages.

sweet dreams

On an absolutely frigid day like today, the last thing I want to do is leave my bed. Those who know me personally know that I rarely make time to stay home and relax, but when the temperature falls to single digits, I tend to bend that rule a bit.

When I do stay home, I feel like I truly get to enjoy the space that Connor and I have created here, and I love that. While I love our apartment, our bedroom has always been my favorite room. When I set out to decorate this room, I channeled my best Joanna Gaines vibes to create a space that would exude coziness, comfort and relaxation.

I chose a light, neutral color palette for the décor in the room to match our light gray walls. I wanted the room to always feel light and airy; I wanted it to be a place we can retreat to after a long day and instantly feel relaxed.

My favorite design element in our bedroom is the gallery wall behind our bed. I had started purchasing signs here and there, from stores like Hobby Lobby, Home Goods and Michaels. At first, I was not sure what I would do with the signs, but after searching for the perfect piece to put up behind our bed and not having any luck, I realized that I could create something unique for us.

To create the gallery wall, I laid out all of the signs on the floor. After rearranging everything several times, taking a few measurements and getting some additional input, the final version of the gallery wall was created. In my opinion, it is definitely the best part of our room!


We also found these great white shelves from Ikea for the walls and this white shelved corner piece from Macy’s to go underneath the television that is mounted on the wall. We utilize these shelves for décor items such as photos, signs, flowers and books; the pieces on the shelves tend to be reflections of us. I always try to move pieces around to change it up now and then, but most of the decorations on the shelves are year-round staples.

In addition to the décor items, I also wanted to make sure we had useful pieces of furniture in our bedroom. Aside from a mirrored dresser and two bedside tables, we also found this bench at Home Goods and mirror at Kirklands. These two items were the perfect pieces to fill space in the room that was otherwise empty. The bench has plenty of storage inside, and it is also a great option for extra seating when we have company!

Looking at the finished product, it is hard to believe that there was a point in time where we only had a mattress and blanket on the floor for several days until our furniture arrived. It is fun to think about how far this space as come from the empty room we moved into, now into a space where I would happily stay home to relax!

winter slumberland

Connor and I absolutely love the Christmas season, and celebrating with our friends is one of our favorite parts about this time of year. To officially kick off the holiday season and the countdown to Christmas, we hosted our second annual Winter Slumberland event!

Winter Slumberland is a brunch idea that we came up with where everyone invited shows up in their best Christmas jammies and we eat, drink and be merry! From brunch, mimosas and holiday-inspired desserts to Christmas movies and spending quality time with each other, Winter Slumberland is definitely one of our favorite parties we have ever hosted! Read on below to see how we prepared for this fun holiday brunch!



To get ready for Winter Slumberland and the holiday season, we decked out the apartment with Christmas decorations. This year, we decided on a blue and silver Christmas tree. With some neutral decorations and pops of red, we worked to transform our apartment into a winter wonderland!

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Once the apartment was decorated, it was time to focus on the menu for Winter Slumberland. From French Toast Casserole and bagels, to quiche, monkey bread and Oreo truffles, there were plenty of options and sweet treats! We also made some holiday treats that were almost too cute to eat! Read on below for some of these fun holiday recipes!

Christmas Tree Brownies

This recipe was so much fun and simple to construct. Start by making your favorite type of brownies and let them cool (for approximately 15 people, we made two boxes). Once cooled, cut the brownies into triangle shapes and add in a small piece of candy cane at the bottom for the tree trunk. Then, we used food coloring to dye vanilla frosting green. With a piping bag, we created a zigzag pattern on the brownies, and we topped them with some crystal and pearl sprinkles for ornaments! Last, but not least, star sprinkles for the tops of each tree!

Santa Hat Pancakes

Another easy holiday recipe! Stack several mini pancakes on large toothpicks (we used six to eight pancakes per stack). Cut the tops of strawberries off to remove the stems and create an even base. Slide a strawberry on top of the pancake stack, and top it with a mini marshmallow! Sprinkle some powdered sugar over the pancake stacks before serving!

Snowman Donut Kebabs

These snowman donut kebabs only require 4 ingredients to make! Stack three mini powdered donuts on a kebab stick. Use a piece of fruit rollup to tie a “scarf” on top of the second donut. Then, add an orange gumdrop nose in the first donut and two green gumdrop buttons in the other two. Finally, add in eyes made out of coal by using black food coloring!

With tons of food to eat, mimosas, coffee, and hot chocolate flowing, and a room full of friends, we spent the day lounging, laughing and celebrating the true meaning of holiday spirit: togetherness.

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decorating for fall

Fall is absolutely my favorite time of year. The crisp, cool air, red-orange leaves scattered across the ground, pumpkin spice lattes and cozy sweaters are just some of my top reasons for loving this season. While the weather in New Jersey has not fully transitioned into fall just yet, our apartment certainly has!

I love decorating for fall because there are so many different looks that can be chosen for a space. It is easy to feel overwhelmed while walking through the aisles of stores like Home Goods, Hobby Lobby and Michaels at this time of year, but focusing on a few key design elements will narrow down your search for the perfect fall decorations and help you create a cozy environment for all to enjoy.

When I am shopping for decorations, I look for pieces that will reflect the season and fit seamlessly into my year-round design style. I love the welcoming atmosphere that is created by utilizing the warm reds and oranges of fall, but to blend it better with the color scheme of my apartment, I added in some neutral colors and some blues. Using a more neutral color palette provides more options for you as a decorator, and a few pops of color can really help bring the look all together.

I also look for decorations that will get me through an entire season. I picked up classic fall staples like pumpkins and candles, but I also found a few items that will transition our apartment from the start of fall all the way through the end of November. As tempting as it can be to buy new decorations each month, pieces like these help me create a more cohesive design and save money in the long run.

Focusing on smaller details and unique pieces is also important to me when I am decorating a space. I like the idea of incorporating something into my design style that cannot be bought “as is” in a store. To get that unique element for fall, I picked up a bunch of separate flower stems and combined different styles and colors together to create an arrangement for our standing vase. I utilized some of the fall colors I found for my decorations, but I also kept the majority of it neutral so that it could tie together the look of the warm, cozy atmosphere I set out to design.

No matter what season it is, my goal is to create a space where our family and friends always feel welcome in our home. I hope these tips help you create and decorate your own space for fall!