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

It’s Real: The Science Behind ‘Beauty Sleep’

It’s Real: The Science Behind ‘Beauty Sleep’

Our girl Honey Boo Boo doesn’t mess around when it comes to beauty sleep: she needs it, and she needs it now. We don’t blame her---the age-old saying “beauty sleep” isn’t just a colloquialism. It’s scientifically proven! Studies show that getting a good night’s rest actually does improve the overall health and appearance of skin. It’s not just about avoiding dark under-eye circles, but looking younger and even happier! While you snuggle up and snooze, your metabolic and hormonal processes... Read More

An Ode to Phoebe Buffay’s Hair on ‘Friends’

An Ode to Phoebe Buffay’s Hair on ‘Friends’

It's hard to believe that Friends premiered on NBC 20 years ago this week. (Just typing that sentence makes me feel like one of Ross Gellar's dinosaur bones.) But now, with decades of distance separating me from the throngs of young women getting bouncy, square layered bobs, I'm finally ready to take a stand: The "Rachel" was NOT the best hairstyle on Friends. Not even close. Clearly, those who cite it as such have forgotten about the true master of the mane, Miss Phoebe Buffay. Rachel got all the... Read More

Fall Fashion 2014: This Season’s 7 Best Denim Trends

Fall Fashion 2014: This Season’s 7 Best Denim Trends

Ah, fall. Along with cozy sweaters, scarves, and boots, if there's fashion investment that signals the beginning of the season (and will see us through until winter), it's a new pair of jeans. This season's hottest denim trends will look plenty familiar to anyone who lived through the 70's, 80's, and 90's, but never fear: today's updated versions eschew ironic nostalgia in favor of flattering fits, unique detailing, and true-blue washes that will leave no doubt you're living in the now. So put those... Read More

5 Back-to-School Lifesavers for Your Backpack (or Commuter Bag)

5 Back-to-School Lifesavers for Your Backpack (or Commuter Bag)

We can’t believe that summer is coming to an end already, but we are so ready to embrace fall with open arms, from the embarrassing amount of PSLs that will be consumed to the color changes in the leaves---and, of course, all the rich and moody nail color options (you know we've got you covered there!). We’ve also got you covered with the latest and greatest back-to-school essentials---even if you graduated long ago. 1. Blender Bottle If, like me, you aren't exactly a morning person, the Blender... Read More

MTV 2014 VMAs Red Carpet: Best Dressed

MTV 2014 VMAs Red Carpet: Best Dressed

When we think of the VMAs, two things always come to mind: epic live performances and crazy red carpet fashion. And last night, the stars did not disappoint. The overall fashion theme for the night seemed to be black, slinky, and sparkly---but of course, there were lots of fun surprises, too! Here are our picks for the best dressed celebs of the evening: Best Brights: Gwen Stefani in LAMB No doubt about it---Gwen just gets better and better over time. She stunned in this hot pink two-piece number... Read More

Wear Now, Wear Later: 4 Summer-to-Fall Fashion Staples

Wear Now, Wear Later: 4 Summer-to-Fall Fashion Staples

Endless summer. Too bad that enchanting reality only exists in movie and album titles. As September draws closer and closer, late summer/early fall brings a little bit of heartache, as well as its own wardrobe-related trials and tribulations. But what some see as a struggle, I see as an opportunity. An opportunity to shop, of course. No, but really. Instead of fretting over refreshing your entire wardrobe and spending a pretty penny doing it, I invite you to join me in ignoring those old sayings... Read More

10 Essential Summer Vacation Packing Tips

10 Essential Summer Vacation Packing Tips

It’s vacation season! But before you can get on with your getaway, the stress sets in: what (and how) to pack for the trip? Here are ten tips for how to win at packing for a summer vacation. Some may just be reminders, while others may be brand new information. All are things you will be glad you did when you open up your suitcase after the flight.   The summer travel items on my wishlist (clockwise from top left): Julep Sea Salt Texture Spray ($22); Topshop Palm Tree Print Ring One-Piece... Read More

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