6 Painted Pumpkins to Make Your Life Easier

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So you want to embrace the Halloween season, but attempting to stab into a stubborn pumpkin and getting guts under your fingernails isn't exactly your idea of an awesome time. We get it—not everyone is cut out for carving. Enter: painted pumpkins, a.k.a. Halloween decorations for the lazy-yet-spirited. Here are our (very official) steps for pumpkin painting: pour a glass of wine, grab a brush, find pretty much any paint you have and go for it! Perfection is not the goal; you are decorating a lumpy... Read More

10 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Pumpkin Seeds

10 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Pumpkin Seeds

So you carved a pumpkin and lived to tell the tale. Now: what to do with those seeds? Whatever you do, don’t throw them away! True, it takes a little bit of work to separate and clean them, but pumpkin seeds (also known as "pepitas") are one of the healthiest foods out there, chock-full of nutrients like magnesium, zinc, protein, and iron. And there are tons of ways to make them nutritious and delicious. Of course, there’s no need to complicate things: roasted in the oven with a little sprinkling... Read More

The Realistic Person’s Guide to Pumpkin Carving

The Realistic Person’s Guide to Pumpkin Carving

I have a love-hate relationship with pumpkin carving. Growing up, it was an annual family event, with all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins gathering for one big carving fest the week before Halloween. Every year, it turned into a big ol’ mess, and every year, it was a blast. Now, as an adult, every autumn brings lofty visions of elaborately carved, perfectly executed gourd art that will earn the adoration of my friends, neighbors, and total strangers. The problem? Pumpkins are not exactly the ideal... Read More

More Pepper Please: An Interview with ‘AHS’ Star Naomi Grossman

More Pepper Please: An Interview with ‘AHS’ Star Naomi Grossman

Who saw that American Horror Story: Freak Show premiere last night? Don't worry, no spoilers here. Just three words: YOU GUYS, PEPPER.  She's back! And she's the very first character in AHS history to ever see a second season. It's almost like They heard us, the legions who have been talking Pepper, meme-ing Pepper, tee-shirt-ing Pepper since her turn on season two. She's the best. Pepper might not have much experience in the hand & foot pampering that we pride ourselves on around here (or at... Read More

10 Decorating Rules That Were Made to Be Broken

10 Decorating Rules That Were Made to Be Broken

If you've ever felt overwhelmed or paralyzed when it comes to decorating, chances are that you're trying to follow the rules. There is no quicker way to turn something that should be fun into a terrifying chore. Seriously, you guys, it's time to throw those stupid rules out the window! You are decorating your home, which means it should be an expression of you. If you love the color pink, who cares if someone else says it's too girly? If you love a certain pattern, who cares if some "expert" says... Read More

5 Fashion Rules That Were Made to be Broken

5 Fashion Rules That Were Made to be Broken

There are few things I like better than overwriting an old rule with a new, better rule of my own. Read: I like breaking the rules. Especially when it comes to fashion. I think the fashion industry can sometimes be perceived as this high and mighty overlord, telling us all a year in advance what is going to be popular on runways for next season and declaring people and things “hot” or “not.” In the past year, especially with the uptick of personal blogs, Instagram accounts, and organic social... Read More

3 New Ways to Wear A Scarf This Fall

3 New Ways to Wear A Scarf This Fall

Hooray! It’s officially scarf (and, for us Seattleites, rain boot) season. Sure, we will miss the sun, but we love fall for so many reasons---and one of them is trying out all the different ways to wear a scarf. The right scarf, knotted in the right way, can really tie your whole look together. (And, as our pals over at Nordstrom beautifully illustrated, the possibilities are practically endless!) Looking for some new ways to style your favorite scarf? Here are three of our favorite knots for fall---complete... Read More

13 Ways to Celebrate National Mean Girls Day

13 Ways to Celebrate National Mean Girls Day

It's October 3rd! You know what that means... Yes, indeed, it's National Mean Girls Day, inspired by that one scene in Mean Girls when Aaron asked Cady what day it was, and she said, "It's October 3rd." (Two weeks later, they spoke again.) It's not like a regular made-up holiday, it's a cool made-up holiday. It's been ten years since Mean Girls came out, if you can believe it. Looking for a way, large or small, to celebrate the best time that Tina Fey, Lindsay Lohan, Amy Poehler, Rachel McAdams,... Read More

October Playlist: Black Magic Music

October Playlist: Black Magic Music

Even before I began working for Julep (#dreamjobstatus), I always looked forward to opening my monthly Maven email. Not just to see what this month's nail polish shades and brand new beauty products looked like, but also to find out the month's theme. Each month's Maven theme doesn't just affect the way my nails look, but also the way I think about the month ahead. It inspires me, and gets me extra-excited for all the fashion, foods, smells, sounds, and special occasions to come. It's like attending... Read More

George & Amal’s Wedding: 6 Tips the Rest of Us Can Actually Use

George & Amal’s Wedding: 6 Tips the Rest of Us Can Actually Use

It’s the news that everyone is talking about: George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin got married this weekend at a private ceremony in Venice, Italy. By all accounts (and there aren’t a ton, since privacy was a big concern for the Oscar winner and his acclaimed barrister bride), it was a beautiful, elegant affair, starting with private boat rides to the ceremony at the seven-star Aman Canal Grande Hotel. The mayor of Rome himself, Walter Veltroni, officiated the ceremony, the bride wore Alexander... Read More

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