Free Download: ‘Beauty is About Connection’ Phone Wallpaper

Free Download: ‘Beauty is About Connection’ Phone Wallpaper

How cool is this?! One of our favorite bloggers and DIY-ers, Lindsay of Shrimp Salad Circus, created this hand-drawn illustration based on one of our Julep core values: "Beauty is about connection, not competition."   This quote resonated with Lindsay because "so much of the way we feel about ourselves is rooted in our perception of others, but comparison will only bring you down," she writes. Instead, do your best to "love yourself first and foremost. When you do, you’ll be so much more... Read More

Insta-Love: We’re Seeing Red! #RedHotJulep

Insta-Love: We’re Seeing Red! #RedHotJulep

No, we're not angry---quite the opposite, in fact. We asked you, our lovely Mavens, to show us how you rock the color red as part of our #RedHotJulep Challenge, and you've been delivering---big time. Thank goodness our three winners will be chosen at random, because there's no way we could pick the best from this bright, beautiful bunch! The challenge is still open---until February 14, in fact!---but I wanted to shine a spotlight on some of the many gorgeous ways our community has looked ravishing... Read More

Morning A La Mode: National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day

Morning A La Mode: National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day

Tomorrow, February 7, is is "National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day." Perfect! I can't think of a better way to kick off a lazy Saturday than a homemade breakfast a la mode. Do we need to discuss whether/why this holiday actually exists? Or should I just shut up and get to the delicious recipe ideas? Yeah, that's what I thought.   What's YOUR flavor? Try if your favorite ice cream is... 1. Cherry Garcia:  Tres Leches Bread Pudding with Cherries, via Spache the Spatula. 2. Salted Caramel: Caramel... Read More

February Playlist: Vintage Love Songs for Squeezin’ Your Valentine

February Playlist: Vintage Love Songs for Squeezin’ Your Valentine

There are tons of modern love songs I adore, but there's just something about a vintage love song that brings out the true softy in me. I think it's incredibly romantic to think about all the people who have heard them, danced to them, and maybe even fallen in love to them over the years. Looking for a swoon-worthy soundtrack for serenading your Valentine? Well, then this month's playlist is for you---and it's NOT the standard cheesy love songs you might be used to at this time of year. The playlist... Read More

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

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