10 Decorating Rules That Were Made to Be Broken

10 Decorating Rules That Were Made to Be Broken

If you've ever felt overwhelmed or paralyzed when it comes to decorating, chances are that you're trying to follow the rules. There is no quicker way to turn something that should be fun into a terrifying chore. Seriously, you guys, it's time to throw those stupid rules out the window! You are decorating your home, which means it should be an expression of you. If you love the color pink, who cares if someone else says it's too girly? If you love a certain pattern, who cares if some "expert" says... Read More

5 Fashion Rules That Were Made to be Broken

5 Fashion Rules That Were Made to be Broken

There are few things I like better than overwriting an old rule with a new, better rule of my own. Read: I like breaking the rules. Especially when it comes to fashion. I think the fashion industry can sometimes be perceived as this high and mighty overlord, telling us all a year in advance what is going to be popular on runways for next season and declaring people and things “hot” or “not.” In the past year, especially with the uptick of personal blogs, Instagram accounts, and organic social... Read More

3 New Ways to Wear A Scarf This Fall

3 New Ways to Wear A Scarf This Fall

Hooray! It’s officially scarf (and, for us Seattleites, rain boot) season. Sure, we will miss the sun, but we love fall for so many reasons---and one of them is trying out all the different ways to wear a scarf. The right scarf, knotted in the right way, can really tie your whole look together. (And, as our pals over at Nordstrom beautifully illustrated, the possibilities are practically endless!) Looking for some new ways to style your favorite scarf? Here are three of our favorite knots for fall---complete... Read More

13 Ways to Celebrate National Mean Girls Day

13 Ways to Celebrate National Mean Girls Day

It's October 3rd! You know what that means... Yes, indeed, it's National Mean Girls Day, inspired by that one scene in Mean Girls when Aaron asked Cady what day it was, and she said, "It's October 3rd." (Two weeks later, they spoke again.) It's not like a regular made-up holiday, it's a cool made-up holiday. It's been ten years since Mean Girls came out, if you can believe it. Looking for a way, large or small, to celebrate the best time that Tina Fey, Lindsay Lohan, Amy Poehler, Rachel McAdams,... Read More

October Playlist: Black Magic Music

October Playlist: Black Magic Music

Even before I began working for Julep (#dreamjobstatus), I always looked forward to opening my monthly Maven email. Not just to see what this month's nail polish shades and brand new beauty products looked like, but also to find out the month's theme. Each month's Maven theme doesn't just affect the way my nails look, but also the way I think about the month ahead. It inspires me, and gets me extra-excited for all the fashion, foods, smells, sounds, and special occasions to come. It's like attending... Read More

George & Amal’s Wedding: 6 Tips the Rest of Us Can Actually Use

George & Amal’s Wedding: 6 Tips the Rest of Us Can Actually Use

It’s the news that everyone is talking about: George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin got married this weekend at a private ceremony in Venice, Italy. By all accounts (and there aren’t a ton, since privacy was a big concern for the Oscar winner and his acclaimed barrister bride), it was a beautiful, elegant affair, starting with private boat rides to the ceremony at the seven-star Aman Canal Grande Hotel. The mayor of Rome himself, Walter Veltroni, officiated the ceremony, the bride wore Alexander... Read More

It’s Real: The Science Behind ‘Beauty Sleep’

It’s Real: The Science Behind ‘Beauty Sleep’

Our girl Honey Boo Boo doesn’t mess around when it comes to beauty sleep: she needs it, and she needs it now. We don’t blame her---the age-old saying “beauty sleep” isn’t just a colloquialism. It’s scientifically proven! Studies show that getting a good night’s rest actually does improve the overall health and appearance of skin. It’s not just about avoiding dark under-eye circles, but looking younger and even happier! While you snuggle up and snooze, your metabolic and hormonal processes... Read More

An Ode to Phoebe Buffay’s Hair on ‘Friends’

An Ode to Phoebe Buffay’s Hair on ‘Friends’

It's hard to believe that Friends premiered on NBC 20 years ago this week. (Just typing that sentence makes me feel like one of Ross Gellar's dinosaur bones.) But now, with decades of distance separating me from the throngs of young women getting bouncy, square layered bobs, I'm finally ready to take a stand: The "Rachel" was NOT the best hairstyle on Friends. Not even close. Clearly, those who cite it as such have forgotten about the true master of the mane, Miss Phoebe Buffay. Rachel got all the... Read More

Fall Fashion 2014: This Season’s 7 Best Denim Trends

Fall Fashion 2014: This Season’s 7 Best Denim Trends

Ah, fall. Along with cozy sweaters, scarves, and boots, if there's fashion investment that signals the beginning of the season (and will see us through until winter), it's a new pair of jeans. This season's hottest denim trends will look plenty familiar to anyone who lived through the 70's, 80's, and 90's, but never fear: today's updated versions eschew ironic nostalgia in favor of flattering fits, unique detailing, and true-blue washes that will leave no doubt you're living in the now. So put those... Read More

5 Back-to-School Lifesavers for Your Backpack (or Commuter Bag)

5 Back-to-School Lifesavers for Your Backpack (or Commuter Bag)

We can’t believe that summer is coming to an end already, but we are so ready to embrace fall with open arms, from the embarrassing amount of PSLs that will be consumed to the color changes in the leaves---and, of course, all the rich and moody nail color options (you know we've got you covered there!). We’ve also got you covered with the latest and greatest back-to-school essentials---even if you graduated long ago. 1. Blender Bottle If, like me, you aren't exactly a morning person, the Blender... Read More

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