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Ellen Van Dusen’s Playful Home Looks Like a Cartoon Come to Life

Designer Ellen Van Dusen is a kid at heart. She counts watermelon, sharks and her adorable Boston terrier among her favorite things. So, she brought all these elements into her playful apartment in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.… Read more The post Ellen Van Dusen’s Playful Home Looks Like a Cartoon Come to Life appeared first on A Cup of Jo.

At Art Basel, Michelin-Starred Chef Daniel Boulud Goes Back to Square One

Art Basel Miami Beach draws art lovers and hangers on from all over the world, but it’s not often that an artist showing work there engages with a fan for more than a selfie. Or that the fan is a two-star Michelin chef. Or that the artist and the fan spent a weekend together in an abandoned house in Sarasota, Fla. before heading down to the festival.  Such is Daniel Boulud’s appreciation for Vik Muniz, a Sao Paulo born artist who works with unconventional materials—chocolate syrup, dust, fallen leaves. This week, Boulud, the French-born chef lauded for his eponymous fine dining restaurant in New York, took a break from running his 15-venue, multimillion-dollar, haute cuisine business to hole up in the kitchen of his Miami restaurant and suss out how to make a moqueca, a Brazilian fish...

How Not to Kill Your Partner (Just Kidding)

One night a few months back, my boyfriend and I told one of his friends about our impending move in together… Our friend’s eyes grew wide, as though we had just announced we were planning to scale Everest.… Read more The post How Not to Kill Your Partner (Just Kidding) appeared first on A Cup of Jo.

10 Things You Must Do in New Orleans

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Gift Guide #7: Your Best Friend Who Reads Her Horoscope Every Day and Gives the Best Pep Talks.

Bagel best friend necklace. (Or this sweet one.) Nothing to See Here, a hilarious novel that’s getting rave reviews. Says Taffy Brodesser-Akner in the New York Times Book Review: “I can’t believe how good this book is… It’s wholly original.… Read more The post Gift Guide #7: Your Best Friend Who Reads Her Horoscope Every Day and Gives the Best Pep Talks. appeared first on A Cup of Jo.

The 10-Minute, Super-Amazing, Magical Cure-All

I know, bummer. Smack in the middle of the season of gingerbread cakes and golden crispy latkes and honey-glazed spiral hams, you guys log in to see… …an entire post devoted to kale salad.… Read more The post The 10-Minute, Super-Amazing, Magical Cure-All appeared first on A Cup of Jo.

3 Beauty Oils for Glowy, Dewy Skin

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Gift Guide #6: Your Awesome Dad Who Can Drive on Icy Roads (and Other James-Bond-Like Things).

A cashmere sweater (or hat!) because he deserves the best. Incredible incense (and I don’t even LIKE incense) to make his home smell like the woodsiest woods.… Read more The post Gift Guide #6: Your Awesome Dad Who Can Drive on Icy Roads (and Other James-Bond-Like Things). appeared first on A Cup of Jo.

My Beauty Uniform: Julia Landauer

Julia Landauer is one of the few female NASCAR drivers — and the first woman ever to win a championship in NASCAR’s Limited Late Model Series.… Read more The post My Beauty Uniform: Julia Landauer appeared first on A Cup of Jo.

Veestro Is The Plant-Based Meal Delivery Service We All Need

*This post is sponsored by Veestro. The opinions and content presented here are my own.   While I enjoy cooking, I have no problem admitting that I love coming home to something quick and easy to heat up on days that I’m too busy or too tired to make a meal. And even though I’m not vegan, this former vegetarian knows that eating a plant-based diet has not only been proven to lower the risks of developing many chronic diseases, but it’s also an earth-friendly thing to do. But I’m not going to sit here and say eating plants or plant-based foods all day every day comes easy to me. And to prepare plant-based dishes that are fast and satisfying can be even more of a challenge. So I’m always looking for creative ways to get more plants in my diet. And if it will save me from having to wash ...

One Thing I Always Do at Family Gatherings

This year, I figured out a trick for big family hangs… Often, in the past, we’d hang out in a large group of parents, in-laws, siblings, cousins, etc.… Read more The post One Thing I Always Do at Family Gatherings appeared first on A Cup of Jo.

You’ll Never Miss The Sugar In These Holiday Cut-Out Cookies

*This post is sponsored by SPLENDA. The opinions and information presented here are all ours.   One of my favorite things to do around the holidays is bake and decorate Christmas cookies. It’s one thing that really gets me into the holiday spirit. And no matter who you are it’s safe to say a pretty decorated plate of fun Christmas cookie shapes is pretty darn irresistible. A freshly baked Christmas cookie in hand with a freshly brewed cup of coffee or hot tea for me is the very definition of perfection.  One of the absolute best cookies to bake and decorate around the holidays is, of course, the classic sugar cookie. Not only do they taste amazing, but they make the perfect dough to roll and cut-out into all those delightful little holiday shapes. And then there’s the fun of decoratin...