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Holiday Gift Guide – Julep

Sticking with my subscription box theme, I’ll present to you my next recommendation for a gift — a Julep Maven Subscription.

As a quick note, this post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. But I wouldn’t recommend something if I didn’t think it was awesome and totally worth it!

Straight up, this one’s mostly for the ladies. Julep is a beauty subscription box, and they offer skincare, makeup, and nail care/polish products. I joined way back when in the days when they were nail care only, but have enjoyed all the products of theirs that I’ve tried (including eyeliner, eyeshadow, cuticle oil, nail files, polish remover, and even dry shampoo). Their nail polish is also cruelty free, 100% vegan, and less toxic than other brands, which I’m all about.

This is actually my longest running subscription box. I’ve been with Julep for a few years now and love love love it. I like having my nails done, and used to get regular manicures. I wasn’t particularly great at doing my own nails (just ask Damon, he has had to clean off just one nail many, many times), and am still not perfect. But they have tools that will help a lot, like the Julep Plié Wand.

Here’s a video so you can see how it works:

They also do this fantastic Freedom Polymer Top Coat that dries in 2 minutes under direct light, or 5 minutes in normal circumstances. I mean…what more can you ask for? The boxes come with a small extra inside — sometimes candy, sometimes nail stickers, and always a cute little card with an inspirational quote. I may or may not have some of them hung up around my desk (hint: I definitely do).

Julep offers your first subscription box for free. So you can sign up and try it out, and always cancel if it’s not your thing.

Once you subscribe, you’ll answer a series of questions that helps them determine your style type. This will give them an idea of what products you might like each month. Then they set up a monthly box for you, and on the 20th of every month you can easily pop in and swap products out to get exactly what items and colors you prefer. You can also skip your box if you have too much polish, which I have definitely done!

Right now, they’re doing their 12 days of YAY promotion. Each day for 12 days they’ve got a special promo going on over on their website, so go check it out! (Today is a free Coveted set with a $30 purchase. 12 adorable holiday mini polishes! Oh yeah, did I mention that you can buy any of their items from their site at any time? Helpful when you run out of top coat mid-way through the month.)

Questions about quality? Posits about polish? Inquiries about eyeliner? Hit me up on social media.



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That Modcloth Stylish Surprise I Told You About


AND OOOOOOOOWEEEEEEEEE! I got goodiezzzzzzz!

This is the first time I’ve liked everything I’ve gotten from one of these. In fact, last time I didn’t like much of what I got at all. I think it’s the summer clearout vs the winter one. I’m not the type to wear a striped summer maxi skirt. But winter clothes, I can do. Sweater me up, baby.

Here’s what I got (photos link to the items on Modcloth’s site):

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THE BEST. I’m kiiiiiiiind of obsessed with all of them. I have 2 pairs of shoes I’m going to get rid of to make room for them, as well. They’re all surprisingly comfy and although they’re not something I probably would have bought for myself, I really like all three pairs of shoes.

I also got one top and one skirt. I couldn’t find the skirt on Modcloth’s website — it’s a Modcloth label skirt, nothing particularly crazy about it — burnt orange/rust colored and cable knit, like a sweater. Pretty cute, will probably hang on to it until the fall. I also got a great tank top:

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Real cute. And I’ll definitely wear it. Probably when I get out my lil chakra balancing crystals and pretend like I know something about something. #woowoo Also other times.

And THEN I opened my email this morning to find that Modcloth was now having a 30% off sale. Because apparently these guys don’t get enough of my disposable income. (In fact, weirdly my lil Stylish Surprise banner from my post last week has morphed itself. I guess they’re live or something. #technology)

So, I snagged two more items on my wishlist that have been sitting for years. Literally, years. I’ve wanted the flats forever, and have the skirt in 3 other colors that I love and have been longing for a navy one to match some cute tops:

Pencil Me In FlatBreathtaking Tiger Lilies Skirt in Navy

Help me. Please? Someone? Anyone.

Actually, don’t. I just KonMari’ed the shit out of my closet and have plenty of room to squeeze in goodies I really love.


Yeowza. I can’t wait to wear those goddamn pencil flats.


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Modcloth Stylish Surprise



I just picked up some goodies. Can’t wait to share when they come in!

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Coconut Oil

Sunday night I put coconut oil in my hair as a moisturizer.

My hair is wavy/curly and the ends tend to be pretty dry. Claire told me she uses coconut oil in her hair sometimes, so I thought I’d go for it. Mine’s been especially bad this winter because of how long it is.

Here’s a picture online of how you’re apparently supposed to put coconut oil in your hair, which I found while Google Image Searching “coconut oil in hair” tonight (you’ll soon understand why I have no pics of my own):


I, however, make my own rules and think I’m too good for the internet and its instructions. I dropped the jar in the bath with me to heat it up, then poured the jar on my head and grabbed handfuls out to coat the rest of my hair. Since I didn’t have a shower cap, I stuffed my hair into a gallon-sized Ziploc bag and then pulled it on to my head. It fit surprisingly well.

I let it sit for around 40 min or so, then washed my hair twice in the shower and hopped out to let it air dry. I kept running my hands through what I expected to be a tactile Vidal Sassoon commercial, but for some reason they just kept feeling slimy.

After a bit, I told Damon, “It looks wet. I think I did this wrong.” He said, “Hon, it’s fine, just let it dry.” So I sat on the couch for an hour or so while we watched TV. Then I showed it to him again. “It’s dry now, and I don’t think it looks better. Maybe I’ll just wear a hat tomorrow.” He touched my hair, then showed me his greasy hand. “You’re gonna have to wash it again. It’s bad.”

You know that phase that everyone went through in the late 90’s where they’d put all that gel in their curly hair and just “scrunch” it? So it was like stiff as hell and crunchy all day? Wait, are some of you still doing this? Whoops. It looks great. NEVER CHANGE. Ahem. Anyway, mine looked like that, except instead of stiff, it was oily. I looked like Medusa, but with grease snakes.

So I washed it again, leaned over the tub, my million pounds of hair upside down while I scrubbed the shit out of it. I’m pleased to report our handheld shower head did not manage to get out of my control and spray me in the face. I let it air dry a second time, AND…FINALLY it turned out lovely! 10/10, would dump coconut oil all over my head, wear a Ziploc bag and wash my hair a minimum of 3 times again.

Also my back got coconut oil all over it while my hair dried so some of my skin got moisturized too. #health #healthtips #moist*


*Worst word.


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