Our Favorite Holiday Traditions

Our Favorite Holiday Traditions

I was way too old when I realized other people didn't know about Santa Mouse. Every year for as long as I could remember, my older sister, younger brother and I had been leaving cookies out for Santa, carrot sticks for Rudolph, and little squares of cheese for Santa Mouse. We learned about Santa Mouse's existence from the book of the same name, and he became part of our family's holiday lore, and a vital part of our annual Christmas Eve traditions. His existence was self-evident: every morning, there... Read More

Our Favorite Holiday Recipes

Our Favorite Holiday Recipes

It's almost impossible to pick my favorite thing about the holidays, but if you forced me to make a choice... oh, who am I kidding? I'd definitely, always choose the food. Every year, we eat Christmas dinner at my grandparents' house, complete with turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, cheesy cauliflower, and more festive richness galore. But the pick of the feast, at least for me, has to be my grandpa's classic homemade apple pie, warmed up with a little scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Christmas doesn't... Read More

Holiday Drink Recipe: Coquito, Puerto Rican Coconut Eggnog

Holiday Drink Recipe: Coquito, Puerto Rican Coconut Eggnog

I used to think that I didn't like eggnog. Boy, was I wrong. While I'm not usually much of a food snob, I recently discovered---after making the recipe below---that the truth of the matter was that I didn't like store bought eggnog, with its cloyingly sweet (and unhealthy) high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavorings. But then I met the cocktail book-love of my life: Winter Cocktails by Maria del Mar Sacasa, who showed me the light with her recipe for coquito, the Puerto Rican version of eggnog.... Read More

14 Gift Ideas for the Holiday Hostess

14 Gift Ideas for the Holiday Hostess

Let's face it: with all the gift recipients on your list, you don't want to spend forever searching for the perfect gift for your holiday party host or hostess. But that doesn't mean you should show up empty-handed to this year's dinner party or holiday bash. Wine is always appreciated, and flowers never fail, but if you want to stand out, give a gift with more personal flair that appeals to one of your host's favorite activities, whether it's cooking, decorating, or bartending. Here are fourteen... Read More

The 5 Best Feel-Good Christmas Movies

The 5 Best Feel-Good Christmas Movies

I’m probably going to upset a few people with this list---but that’s to be expected, because maybe more than any other movie genre, holiday movies feel personal. Everyone has their favorites, and those favorites are housed deep inside a bulletproof chamber of our hearts, where no criticism is ever allowed to penetrate. Holiday movies are the most potent form of movie comfort food, because they’re the ones we grew up watching in our pajamas, surrounded by loved ones, drinking hot cocoa, feeling... Read More

December Playlist: 25 Cool Holiday Songs That You Haven’t Heard A Million Times

December Playlist: 25 Cool Holiday Songs That You Haven’t Heard A Million Times

I love holiday music. Pretty much ALL holiday music, including the classics ("Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" will really never, ever get old), but even I have to admit that the genres of "Christmas music" and "genuinely good music" don't always overlap. So I'm always on the lookout for those rare tunes that fit into both categories, especially if they're lesser-known, upbeat, fun, and funky. Because soft, quiet Christmas music has its place, but when I throw a holiday party, I want it to ROCK.... Read More

Transition to Fall: Blogger Picks

Transition to Fall: Blogger Picks

A couple months ago, we put together a graphic about shifting your style from summer to fall, and worked with a team of amazing bloggers to bring that theme to life. I absolutely loved what they came up with, and wanted to share a few of the posts with you all. Didriks talked about what fall means to them, in terms of color, cooking, and all things kitchen. Their post has me dreaming of hearty Thanksgiving food...plus, how cute is that nail art?! Prima paired Julep colors with paper flowers in... Read More

The Ultimate Eat-As-Much-As-You-Want Thanksgiving Outfit

The Ultimate Eat-As-Much-As-You-Want Thanksgiving Outfit

If your Thanksgiving dinners are anything like mine, dressing up isn't on the menu---unless you're talking about adding gravy to stuffing. With my family, the holiday is all about comfort, from the company we keep to the food itself, and fashion just isn't a huge factor. The ability to comfortably eat and laugh a lot will always take precedence over the perfect outfit. Still, I like to look as put together as I can, and over the years I've learned the do's and don't's about casual dressing for a... Read More

Julep Insider: Erica Corsano

Julep Insider: Erica Corsano

Meet our newest Julep Insider: Erica Corsano. She's a lifestyle editor and columnist at the Boston Herald, stylist, brand consultant, and advocate for animals. And she has great taste, as evidenced by the fact that she loves Julep (plus, you know, that's her job). Get to know Erica: 1. Favorite Julep color and or Product? Sweep Eyeshadow Palette: Neutrals 2. What book are you currently reading? I'll Drink to That by Betty Halbreich 3. What are 3 items that you can’t live without? I can live... Read More

7 Easy Last-Minute Place Card Ideas

7 Easy Last-Minute Place Card Ideas

Can you believe Thanksgiving is in just a week?! I feel like it totally crept up on me this year. I know the focus of Thanksgiving is the FOOD (as it should be), but a little festive decor is always a nice touch. So I whipped up 7 easy ideas for DIY place cards that you totally have time to do! 1. Painted fruit: This is a really easy idea that you can customize to fit your crowd. Pomegranates are a gorgeous fruit, but you could also use pears, apples, mini pumpkins, etc. Simply paint everyone's names... Read More

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