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

Workout Wear: My Lorna Jane Wishlist

Workout Wear: My Lorna Jane Wishlist

Do you know Lorna Jane? Founded in 1989 by Lorna Jane Clarkson, this Australian brand is about way more than creating beautiful, functional, high-tech women's activewear. They're on a mission to "empower every woman to lead her best life through Active Living." Now that's a mission we can get behind. Which is why we've teamed up with Lorna Jane for two amazing, limited-edition Ready, Set, Sweat gift sets. Each set is FREE with any $25 order at julep.com, and includes an inspirational Lorna... Read More

January Playlist: A Cozy, Folksy Soundtrack for the New Year

January Playlist: A Cozy, Folksy Soundtrack for the New Year

Once all the holiday hubbub is over, and December's crazed social calendar turns into January's beautiful wide openness, it's time for a detox in more ways than one. So for this month, I put together this playlist of folksy tunes with that quiet, cozy mood I always crave at this time of year. I think these songs also carry a seasonal thread, with lyrics about holding on or letting go of the past, embracing new beginnings, and all the unknown possibilities that lie ahead. But mostly, I just think... Read More

Wellness Wednesday: 5 Hot Workouts to Try

Wellness Wednesday: 5 Hot Workouts to Try

Introducing Wellness Wednesday! Between her (many) responsibilities here at Julep and being Mom to a busy two-year-old, our Director of Category Alison Dreiblatt has yet another job: fitness instructor. She's been teaching cycling and yoga since 2006, and currently teaches at Live Love Flow here in Seattle. In her new weekly blog series, she'll be sharing her best health, fitness, and wellness tips with us! Take it away, Alison: Choices. Choices. Choices. Everyone wants more choices. Right? Sometimes... Read More

10 Small Changes That Make a Big Difference

10 Small Changes That Make a Big Difference

As long as there have been New Year's resolutions, there have been resolution naysayers. Maybe you think they're pointless, or you just can't seem to stick with them, or... you're perfect. And (excluding that last group) I can totally see where you're coming from. Even though I do have a few resolutions I hope and intend to keep this year, I've learned the hard way that making a big behavioral change is nearly impossible unless you start with your small, everyday habits. It's often the smallest... Read More

Our Beauty Resolutions for 2015

Our Beauty Resolutions for 2015

It's goal setting time. To kick off the new year, I asked each of my fellow Julep blog contributors to make a beauty- or fashion-themed resolution for 2015. The resolution could be serious or silly; large or small; that was their call. But it had to be something tangible and achievable in the short-term; a habit that they could work on making, or breaking, during the month of January. (Because don't we all have at least one of those? Off the top of my head, I can think of about 7 or 8 habits I could... Read More

4 Easy Sparkling Cocktails for New Year’s Eve

4 Easy Sparkling Cocktails for New Year’s Eve

Can you believe that Christmas is over, and New Year's Eve is only two days away? Well, even if the New Year sneaked up on you like it did to me, that doesn't mean you can't celebrate in style. Today we're sharing four delicious sparkling cocktails that you can assemble in time for the big New Year's Eve party... or in time to add a little fancy flair to your cozy night in. Because nothing makes movies and sweatpants feel "special" like a flute of champagne. Or five. What? It's half bubbles! All... Read More

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

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