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

Julep Insider: Kate

Julep Insider: Kate

It's always fun to hear from people who love Julep, but especially when they're as amazing as our newest Julep Insider, Kate Green. Of course, we think you are all amazing--but seriously, Kate is pretty undeniably awesome. She was recently featured in the Zagat 30 under 30 for her work at Mozza Restaurant Group, where she's the Chief of Staff to Nancy Silverton. Kate started there at the age of 22 (answering phones), then worked her way up to office manager and running special events. Now, she... Read More

Happy National Cat Day! Now Meet Our Furry Friends

Happy National Cat Day! Now Meet Our Furry Friends

It's a great day to be a Meow-ven. Because today is National Cat Day, we thought we'd share this cat-alog of cuteness featuring our own furever friends. Our pawsome pals. Our su-purr-ior snuggle buddies. OK, fine, I'll stop with the puns, because HERE COME THE KITTIES! Meet Vashi, which means "Savage" in Farsi:   And this little guy surrounded by nappers is Hercules:   Say hello to Snow. She loves hunting worms, hanging out with Godzilla, and eating green tea wheat cakes:   This... Read More

Getting to Know the Original ‘It Girl’ & ‘Bombshell’

Getting to Know the Original ‘It Girl’ & ‘Bombshell’

While I was on vacation last week (did you miss me? did you even notice I was gone? nevermind, don't answer those), I finally got the chance to sink my teeth into a book that's been waiting on my Kindle for a few weeks now, beckoning me with its juicy title: Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Sex, Deviance, and Drama from the Golden Age of American Cinema by Anne Helen Petersen. The book delves into 14 tales of famous stars from the silent film era through the 1950's (including Mae West, Marlon Brando,... Read More

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

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