Wearing Braids On Your Wedding Day

Wedding Day Hair

Up until recently, braids have been considered a casual way to tie back your hair. Now though, brides have been taken it to an entirely new level. By adding multiple braids, curls and little details like flowers, they are now a great idea to consider for your wedding day hair. I think they look best with summer wedding dresses and details, but they can certainly be altered to compliment a wedding in any season.


Mother’s Day Brunch Idea: DIY Tea Poms

Whether it’s a cup of tea for Mother’s Day or for a bridal shower, the plain tags at the end of a tea bag could use a little fun.  There’s no reason your can’t fix them up with a teeny tiny tissue pom. Choose her favorite flavor of tea (or yours) and dress up a simple breakfast or brunch with a pop of color.

Gather just a few items that you probably already have in your gift wrap supplies and whip one of these mini poms up in a flash.


Note from the Editor


We are having an unusual heat wave here in San Francisco this week – since we don’t have a warm summer, the beach/lemonade/sunbathing/evening ice cream cones are what’s on my mind right now for our small taste of summer this week. Here are some favorite refreshing ideas to keep you cool for summer, or a heat wave!

A homemade lemonade stand (image above)

Make your own watermelon slush

Fun car wash activity for the kids to go through in their bikes

Classic Mint Julep

Make a snow cone party banner

A cool summer hat

Outdoor movie party ideas

Have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Liz + The Julep Editors

PS Minted Mothers Day giveaway winner is….

Congrats to…

Please email us at Liz@minted.com to claim your prize!

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Minted + west elm art challenge: Vote now

In a very exciting new partnership, unlike any we’ve done before, Minted has partnered with West Elm! We received 1,438 entries to our Minted + West Elm Art Challenge. The winning pieces of art will be featured and sold in West Elm stores around the country, starting later this year.

Apertures - West Elm by Genna Cowsert, see more art prints

Apertures – West Elm board by Genna Cowsert. See more art prints

We couldn’t be more thrilled about this collaboration. Whenever we come across an empty nook or cranny in our homes, West Elm is our go-to stop for something both chic and useful. Also, we love that West Elm shares Minted’s commitment to supporting and promoting individual artists and artisans.


photo booth strip mother’s day card

If there’s ever a holiday to gift something handmade, it’s definitely Mother’s Day. Moms have the power to look past the imperfections and love something just because of the thought that went into it. They tend to like things even more if the face of their sweet kid is involved too. So I made this photo strip card as something to accompany that breakfast in bed already in the works.


Summer Wedding Frozen Drinks and Treats

Summer Wedding Ice Cream

Summer is definitely one of the best times to tie the knot. And with temps rising, you want to be sure you keep your guests cool and refreshed. If your wedding day is set for one of these warm months, try incorporating some of these sweet and cool  treats. Your (hot) guests will thank you!


Easy Floral Centerpiece

FLoral Centrepiece DIY

Making the centerpieces for your reception tables is much easier than you would imagine with the help of some simple florist tricks.

With just some basic florist’s tools like foam and secateurs, you can make beautiful arrangements to suit your wedding theme and the bonus is you don’t have to be rushing the day before to get everything into place.


Easy Geometric Cake Toppers

I love anything geometric and when I found these great hexagon wood shapes, I pounced. Remember to keep your eyes open when you stop by the craft shop, because these lovelies were nestled in the paper aisle. Wood is so nice and pretty to work with for cake toppers. I love these au natural (they have a great darkened edge) for a modern bohemian vibe or paint them vibrant hues for fun hipster cake toppers. If you are short on time or just have a favorite bakery, forget making the cake, just pop these modern cake toppers in and call it a party.



Note from the Editor

storage ideas

Happy Friday Julep readers!  Besides planting and short sleeves, springtime always means a good thorough dose of cleaning, organization and reduce/reuse projects. It helps clear the dust both physically and mentally as we look forward to the lazy days of summer in a more organized and peaceful space. Here are a few fun organization projects seen around the web that we’d love to try sometime:

Beautiful storage unit made from thrifted file cabinets spray painted and topped with plywood (image above)

A great way to store and display your travel keepsakes from family trips

A cute idea for a book caddy using a skateboard

Simple crate and 2×4 mudroom organization idea

An old sweater shelf becomes a useful place to store important documents

Clever way to re-purpose an old ladder to become a bookshelf

This rotating goal list with sticky notes makes so much sense to keep organized each week

An brilliant organization ideas on your to-do list this spring?


Have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Liz + The Julep Editors


Mothers Day Package Giveaway


mothers day giveawayWe’re hosting our very first giveaway here on Julep today! Mother’s day gift giving can be tricky work so this will make one winner’s job super easy. One person  will receive this beautiful package of Mother’s Day gifts from Minted worth about $250 to personalize and give to their mother or a special woman in their life.

Here’s what they’ll win:

1. One Mother’s Day customizable card of your choice

2. One customizable photo journal of your choice

3. One set of personalized stationery of your choice

4. A framed 8 x 10 art print of your choice

5. One set of customizable thank you cards of your choice

Simply pin or share via social media your favorite Julep post to enter to win. Comment below when you have. Continue to read for more details about the giveaway and additional entries…