Everything You Need to Host an Amazing Galentine’s Day Party

Everything You Need to Host an Amazing Galentine’s Day Party

Because it is my life goal to be more like Leslie Knope in all things, I've been hosting a Galentine's Day party ever since I saw the season 2 Parks & Rec episode of the same name way back in 2010. I mean, your favorite lady-friends plus breakfast foods. What's not to love? Fast-forward to 2015, and I'm now planning my 5th annual Galentine's Day celebration. And over the years, I've learned a thing or two about throwing a kickass lady-love party. Here's what I've learned, so you can bring this... Read More

5 Ways to Winterize Your Summer Outfits

5 Ways to Winterize Your Summer Outfits

I don’t know about you, but I’m running out of winter outfits—big time. It was all fun and games with scarves and boots in November, but now I stare at my closet for a full 5 minutes each morning with no inspiration, waiting for my clothes to transform into some amazing new Zara pieces before my eyes. When they do not, I give up and grab the same cable knit oversized sweater I wore the day before last. To get out of my rut, I decided it’s time to bring back some summer favorites—and winterize... Read More

10 Superfood-Packed Super Bowl Snacks

10 Superfood-Packed Super Bowl Snacks

GO HAWKS! OK, I just had to get that out of the way before we dive into talking about Super Bowl snacks. As a Seattleite, a Seahawns fan, and an enthusiast for all things deep-fried, salty, and cheese-covered, I am REALLY looking forward to this Sunday's Super Bowl. But one part of the big game that I never look forward to is the inevitable stomach ache I get after ingesting so many heavy, greasy (and, admittedly, delicious) snacks. At my gang's annual Super Bowl party, "healthy" is a four-letter... Read More

A Coconut Tart for All Seasons, in Honor of National Pie Day

A Coconut Tart for All Seasons, in Honor of National Pie Day

It’s kind of ironic that January 22nd is National Pie Day---very few of the key ingredients for my favorite pies are in season! Cherries, strawberries, peaches, rhubarb, and most of the delicious berries and stone fruit that make up my favorite pies are summer and early fall options only. Unless you thought ahead to these cold, kale-and-root-vegetable months, stocked up on fruit at a farm, roadside stand, or market this summer, and froze it for National Pie Day, you’re probably out of luck. Which... Read More

Wise Words to Remember This MLK Day

Wise Words to Remember This MLK Day

It's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day---a day of service, a day of remembrance, and a day of celebration for the life and legacy of a truly inspiring, wise, and world-changing man. Today is the day that we've dedicated to his honoring memory, but we can (and should) honor his words all year long. These words, in particular, are some of my favorites: Links to explore this MLK Day: Forbes has gathered a list of ways you can give back this MLK Day. The NBA shared this stunning tribute to MLK's legacy. Learn... Read More

Wellness Wednesday: 2 Efficient Cardio Workouts + Playlists

Wellness Wednesday: 2 Efficient Cardio Workouts + Playlists

Changing up your workouts is the best way to see improvements. You can slog away on the elliptical at a moderate pace, reading your US Weekly for an hour, which is great to keep yourself moving. However, adding some variations will help you feel better and see results faster.   Here are two workouts that I love for a fast, intense sweat. 1. 30-minute Cardio Pyramid This can be done on any cardio machine. The treadmill is my preference, and the example speeds given below. The beauty of this one... Read More

Workout Wear: My Lorna Jane Wishlist

Workout Wear: My Lorna Jane Wishlist

Do you know Lorna Jane? Founded in 1989 by Lorna Jane Clarkson, this Australian brand is about way more than creating beautiful, functional, high-tech women's activewear. They're on a mission to "empower every woman to lead her best life through Active Living." Now that's a mission we can get behind. Which is why we've teamed up with Lorna Jane for two amazing, limited-edition Ready, Set, Sweat gift sets. Each set is FREE with any $25 order at julep.com, and includes an inspirational Lorna... Read More

January Playlist: A Cozy, Folksy Soundtrack for the New Year

January Playlist: A Cozy, Folksy Soundtrack for the New Year

Once all the holiday hubbub is over, and December's crazed social calendar turns into January's beautiful wide openness, it's time for a detox in more ways than one. So for this month, I put together this playlist of folksy tunes with that quiet, cozy mood I always crave at this time of year. I think these songs also carry a seasonal thread, with lyrics about holding on or letting go of the past, embracing new beginnings, and all the unknown possibilities that lie ahead. But mostly, I just think... Read More

Wellness Wednesday: 5 Hot Workouts to Try

Wellness Wednesday: 5 Hot Workouts to Try

Introducing Wellness Wednesday! Between her (many) responsibilities here at Julep and being Mom to a busy two-year-old, our Director of Category Alison Dreiblatt has yet another job: fitness instructor. She's been teaching cycling and yoga since 2006, and currently teaches at Live Love Flow here in Seattle. In her new weekly blog series, she'll be sharing her best health, fitness, and wellness tips with us! Take it away, Alison: Choices. Choices. Choices. Everyone wants more choices. Right? Sometimes... Read More

10 Small Changes That Make a Big Difference

10 Small Changes That Make a Big Difference

As long as there have been New Year's resolutions, there have been resolution naysayers. Maybe you think they're pointless, or you just can't seem to stick with them, or... you're perfect. And (excluding that last group) I can totally see where you're coming from. Even though I do have a few resolutions I hope and intend to keep this year, I've learned the hard way that making a big behavioral change is nearly impossible unless you start with your small, everyday habits. It's often the smallest... Read More

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