7 Easy Last-Minute Place Card Ideas

7 Easy Last-Minute Place Card Ideas

Can you believe Thanksgiving is in just a week?! I feel like it totally crept up on me this year. I know the focus of Thanksgiving is the FOOD (as it should be), but a little festive decor is always a nice touch. So I whipped up 7 easy ideas for DIY place cards that you totally have time to do! 1. Painted fruit: This is a really easy idea that you can customize to fit your crowd. Pomegranates are a gorgeous fruit, but you could also use pears, apples, mini pumpkins, etc. Simply paint everyone's names... Read More

1 Sequin Clutch, Styled 4 Ways

1 Sequin Clutch, Styled 4 Ways

Right now, when you spend $35 at julep.com, you can use the code SHINETIME to also receive this gorgeous graphite sequin clutch, filled with holiday beauty staples: Included: Sweep Eyeshadow Palette: Neutrals, a Julep eyeshadow brush, Julep Lip Gloss in Awestruck, and two gorgeous Color Treat nail polishes in Ava (Bombshell) and DeAnn (Classic with a Twist). We hope that you're thrilled by all the contents inside, but what about that clutch? Goooor-jusss. To showcase this sequin stunner in... Read More

Friends Are the Family You Choose: Desktop Download

Friends Are the Family You Choose: Desktop Download

Sister from another mister, brother from another mother...our friends really are the family we choose! To celebrate November's Friendsgiving theme, we partnered with Courtney Shelton of HIBRID, who created a bunch of gorgeous desktop backgrounds with this quote. Download them, pin them, or send them to all your bffs...you could even print them off and use them for Friendsgiving invites! To download, click on your favorite design and it will open up a full-size version for you to save. And be sure... Read More

The Art of Winter Layering

The Art of Winter Layering

Your barometer is dropping, and with it goes the simplicity of throwing on the one sweatshirt or sweater and calling it a day. Winter and the onset of cold weather definitely can create pain points as the lacking areas in your wardrobe become apparent, but its arrival also signals one of the richest seasons for fashion. Texture, shape, silhouette, drape---all of these come into greater play in the colder months because of the uniting theme when it comes to winter dressing: layering! Layering is... Read More

A Multitasking Mom Shares 5 Tips for Maximizing Your Time

A Multitasking Mom Shares 5 Tips for Maximizing Your Time

As a marketing director at Julep and the mother of a busy two-year-old boy, sometimes, in my life and in my beauty routine, 1+1 has to equal 3. Whether you’re home with your kiddos full-time or juggling a job out of the house, we could all use some good ideas to save time while keeping our lives (somewhat) put together. Here are a few of mine! 1. A cozy shield for morning messes. I once arrived to work with a bite of Eggo waffle on my shoulder. No joke. A new system was born: Bathrobes! When worn... Read More

22 Acts of Kindness You Can Do Today (or Any Day)

22 Acts of Kindness You Can Do Today (or Any Day)

Today is World Kindness Day---but don't you wish that it was every day? In the words of Amelia Barr, "Kindness is always fashionable." I'm sure that, if you wracked your brain, you could come up with lots of ways large and small to spread some kindness around today. But just in case you need a little inspiration, here are a few free or almost-free kind ideas that you can do RIGHT NOW: Write a thank you note. You know there’s at least one person in your life who deserves one. Call a friend or... Read More

10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

It’s a running joke here in Seattle that our city has two seasons: summer, when the sun intermittently appears from the 4th of July through September, and winter, which lasts… the entire rest of the year. (Why do you think we love coffee so much?) Between Daylight Savings Time and the near-constant rain we’ve been getting this month, this “joke” feels very real right now---and, right on cue, as soon as DST began, I began my annual war on the winter blues. (Not to be confused with seasonal... Read More

How to Host the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner: 8 Tips from an Expert

How to Host the Perfect Friendsgiving Dinner: 8 Tips from an Expert

Friends'givi'ng, noun: An annual holiday celebrated among friends, marked by feasting, wine consumption, and uncontrollable laughter. Maybe you’ve never thrown a Friendsgiving before and would like to start. Or maybe you just want to make sure that this year’s celebration is the best one ever. Either way, you’re in luck, because I happen to know the world’s leading Friendsgiving expert. It's my friend Thayer Wild: architect by day, amazing home cook by night, and host of the best annual... Read More

Friendsgiving Playlist: Warm & Fuzzy Songs for Your Fall Dinner Party

Friendsgiving Playlist: Warm & Fuzzy Songs for Your Fall Dinner Party

A wise person once said, "Friends are the family we choose for ourselves." So it's easy to see why Friendsgiving parties have only become more popular during the holiday season---and why we wanted to pay a tribute to all those warm, fuzzy feelings our BFFs give us with this month's Friendsgiving Collection. But what music should you choose to go along with the turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce? Below you'll find 13 songs that I'd play at a fall dinner party with close pals: a collection of cozy,... Read More

Book Lover’s Day: A Reading List from Julep Staffers

Book Lover’s Day: A Reading List from Julep Staffers

Happy Book Lover's Day! I already shared one book recommendation this week, and now it's the other Julep bookworms' chance to share what they've been reading and loving lately. We hope at least one of these titles makes it onto your to-read list: 1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling: "This is my favorite book I've read this year. It's an oldie---came out in 2011---but everything Mindy says is absolutely endearing and funny, and she is SO relatable. This is... Read More

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