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Ideas for Happy Hour Hosting

Just in time to factor in to your Friday night plans, we have some tips, tricks and products to help you host the perfect happy hour. Can you say, wine and cheese please?

Put together an incredible cheese plate. Nuts and Bolts provides some great tips: http://zuli.ly/YBjZsX

Use a slate serving board so you can label your appetizers (zulily.com)

Try serving a beer flight to accommodate a variety of tastes (zulily.com)

Pour a signature cocktail like this Pear and Thyme Fizz from Camille Styles: http://zuli.ly/1uy719V

Try stemless wine glasses instead of traditional stemware (zulily.com)

Leftover wine post-happy hour? Pour it into ice cube trays to save for cooking or just to keep your sangria cold. See more tips from Wine Ponder:http://zuli.ly/1qKZswu

Funny Video Wednesday: Dad and Daughter Dance!


Need a little boost to get you over the hump this Wednesday? Lucky for you, we’re starting Funny Video Wednesday. Check back every Wednesday to see what we’ve found on the web that week. This week, we’ve got what must be the best dad ever, dancing with his daughter to “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift. Now doesn’t that just make you smile?

5 Ways to Make Bedtime Easier

We’ve all played the bedtime dance with our kids. Put them in bed, they come out, put them in bed, they come out again, repeat. To help ease those bedtime frustrations and ensure everyone, even you, gets to sleep, try out one of these five ways to make bedtime easier. 

Keep monster spray handy in case of middle-of-the-night scares. Free printable from PINTRIEDIT:http://zuli.ly/Zg02I1

Get your little one a stuffed animal they can keep with them every night for comfort (zulily.com)

Calm down before bed with quiet time activities. 13 awesome ideas from Kids Activities Blog: http://zuli.ly/1tIgj5e

Put a spin on the bedtime reading with personalized stories (zulily.com)

Create a nighttime ritual and stick to it! You may even want to create a checklist. Or get a free checklist like this one from Get Snazzy: http://zuli.ly/1lTXk5x

Our Favorite Vitamix Recipes

We all love freshly-made home cooked meals, but who really has the time? We’ll let you in on our little secret, mom’s helper in the kitchen, the Vitamix. Say bye to chopping, dicing and blending and hello to healthy meals in a breeze. We’ve got them for a limited time only for only $299 plus free shipping. To get you inspired to use your new Vitamix, we’ve got our favorite recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and anything in between.


Vitamix granola bars (a great work snack): http://zuli.ly/1ok0iLG


Glowing green smoothie (get your veggies!): http://zuli.ly/1Ar8dwx


Corn chowder: http://zuli.ly/1tF5d0Y


Crab cakes: http://zuli.ly/1lNFcK4


Jalapeno corn bread (spicy!): http://zuli.ly/1s3R8YK


Chocolate ice cream (yes, really, ice cream): http://zuli.ly/1lNFel7


Whole fruit margarita: http://zuli.ly/1s3RjU3

Countdown to TOMS – a Behind-the-Scenes Look

We can’t wait for TOMS to be back on zulily Tuesday 9/9!  Get the first look and see behind-the-scenes at the TOMS photo shoot on Mercer Island, WA. (Remember, LOVE the brand for a reminder: http://zuli.ly/Z91eNq)

HINT: Shop before everyone else on 9/8! Just download the zulily app AND turn on push notifications to get early access on Monday afternoon: http://zuli.ly/1qlPJMQ. 


Behind the Scenes: On the Hunt for Product in Brooklyn


At zulily, our buyers are constantly on the hunt for new and unique products to introduce to you. On one recent trip to New York, Sharon Pacaldo from our DIY team crossed the bridge to Brooklyn to see what’s new and exciting in the artisan hub. Stopping first at Brooklyn Flea, one of the most renowned flea markets in the country, Sharon found all sorts of new and novel products. She then headed over to the hip and industrial neighborhood of Dumbo to find inspirations at the specialty retail shops throughout this trend mecca. Take a look at some of Sharon’s favorite finds from her trip.



Brooklyn Flea operates flea markets every weekend of the year, featuring hundreds of local artisans and designers.


Jack from Art on Post-its, creates works of art with his sketches of homes, pets, people, autos, landscapes and more on Post-its.


Susannah Tisue, founder of SKT Ceramics, creates whimsical pieces of pottery from their studio.


These expertly-crafted canvas bags come from Brooklyn’s Bittle & Burley.


Hand printed, one of a kind canvas designs from Sheepshead Design.

Top Five Fall Must-Haves for Girls

Updating your little girl’s wardrobe for the fall can be a bit overwhelming. So much to choose from and she must have it all! But fret no more because we’ve got the scoop on the top five fall must-haves that she’s gotta have. 

1. Infinity Scarves

Mom’s favorite accessory is now miniaturized.


Mint & Gray Ancient Horse Infinity Scarf, $7.99

2. Harem Pants

Everything old is new again.

Royal Blue & Orange Geometric Harem Pants, $9.99

3. Leggings

Find them in bright, geometric and tribal patterns.

Black & White Geometric Legging, $9.99

4. Tops

With heart and skull accents in lace and glitter, of course.

Periwinkle Lace Skull Crewneck Tee, $9.99

5. Jean Vests

Remind you of a time in your life?

Black Acid Wash Denim Vest, $15.99

Design Inspiration: Happy Home

Bright and inspirational pieces set the scene for one of our favorite décor styles, the Happy Home. Color, vintage-inspired design and lots of charm are the signatures of this style. Whether picking up one piece to add to a room or redoing your entire home, we’ve got some tips on how to bring this style to your abode.



Here’s what you need to get the look:

  • Mix and match patterned plates and bowls
  • Glasses in assorted colors
  • Brightly colored napkins and placemats that pop


Family Room


Here’s what you need to get the look:

  • Inspirational canvases
  • Accent pieces and furniture in bright hues
  • Pillows that brighten up a room with fun sayings




Here’s what you need to get the look:

  • Brightly-colored bean bag chairs
  • Have some fun with bright and cheery wall art
  • Function and whimsy with a playful side-lamp
  • Mix and match floral and patterned frames


How To: Frozen Dos

It’s a Frozen world and we’re just living in it. From Halloween to Birthday parties to just everyday living, if you are anything like us, your kids just can’t get enough of Frozen. And now you can be the most impressive parent ever when you whip up these Frozen dos on your little one or even yourself. Our zulily stylists took some inspiration from our  Frozen sale today to create Elsa’s braid and Anna’s bun. 

Elsa’s Braid:

Step 1:Section off and pull back the start of the braid, leaving about a two inch section of hair to frame the face.

Step 2: Tease the area that you’ve just sectioned off.

Step 3: Secure with a clear elastic.

Step 4: Starting at the elastic, being a classic braid, working with small pieces, pulling from the front and adding in to the main braid, rotating left and right.

The bigger the sections you take the better.

Continue the braid to the end of the hair and secure with an elastic.

Step 5: Using caution, cut out the top elastic holding the original braid.

Step 6: Blend the two sections together to connect.

Step 7: Gently pull at the braid to add volume.

And you are done, smiling faces all around.

Anna’s Bun:

Step 1: Section off the front of your hair and clip. This will later make a bang.

Step 2: Pull back the top part of hair into a ponytail and start to twist.

Step 3: Continue twisting in to a bun, keeping a hole in the middle. Pin in place.

Step 4: Take a section of hair under the bun and wrap it around your fingers and place into the hole of the bun. Pin in place.

Step 5: Section off enough hair for a wider braid underneath the bun and start braiding to eventually wrap around the head.

Step 6: Continue the braid, placing a pin in front of bun, halfway between the bang and the bun.

Step 7: Place a pin in the back.

Step 8: Tease bottom section of hair to create volume.

Step 9: Gather hair in a ponytail to where it meets at the bottom of the bun and covers the start of your braid. Secure with a clear elastic. Add a second clear elastic band to gather the loose ends of the ponytail.

Step 10: Roll and stuff the ponytail into teased bottom section of hair and smooth it out.

Step 11: Sweep front section across the forehead and pin in the base of the bun to create false bangs.

Step 12: Place hair decoration in back.

And voila, mommy and daughter Frozen duo.