Julep Staff Picks: The Shows We Love to Binge-Watch

Julep Staff Picks: The Shows We Love to Binge-Watch

We are #soblessed over here in Seattle, with somewhat sunny (though still quite chilly!) weather at the moment. But we know a lot of you aren't quite so lucky, with freezing temps and several feet of snow outside your door. Brrr! Mother Nature sure knows how to send a message. And sometimes the only appropriate response to such a message is to stay inside, cuddle up, and put in some quality time with your television. We wish you a warm and mild spring (and soon!), but in the meantime... here are... Read More

Thank You, Patricia Arquette

Thank You, Patricia Arquette

Besides all the gorgeous fashion and incredible films that were celebrated at last night's Oscars, some important and moving words were shared by a few of the night's winners. J.K. Simmons, who won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Whiplash, asked us all to call our parents more often---just because. Common and John Legend, who won for the song "Glory" from Selma, dedicated their award to those who are still fighting for racial equality and free speech across the world. Graham Moore, who... Read More

Let’s Talk About Our Favorite Oscar Dresses Ever

Let’s Talk About Our Favorite Oscar Dresses Ever

With the Academy Awards happening this weekend---the very SAME weekend that I am going wedding gown shopping---it's no wonder that I have dresses on the brain. Because, as much as the night is about celebrating movies, it's also about celebrating high fashion---and admiring the stunning stars who get to wear those works of art down the red carpet. Any conversation about "the best Oscars dresses EVER" is bound to be reductive, not to mention highly subjective---so I decided to just own both and run... Read More

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

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