When it comes to sourcing ingredients, Blue Apron knows what it’s doing. It scours America for the freshest in-season finds from artisanal purveyors, delivering them to your door with original recipes. Then all you have to do is follow step-by-step instructions to enjoy gourmet results. Curious as to which ingredients might be in one of its weekly boxes? Let’s take a look.

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November 17, 2014

Now that holiday season is under way, tackling those wish lists is top priority. Lucky for you, we’ve chosen just-right items for every giftee. Want to make our picks extra personal? Take note of the five tips below.

Personalized Holiday Gift Ideas

For the Detail-Oriented Guy
Pack slippers and cashmere into a rugged weekender. Then wow him with a winter getaway.

For the Fashion Devotee
Pair on-trend pieces with a camera tripod so she can refine her street-style poses.

For the Taste Tester
Treat a savory seeker with a picnic basket and gourmet eats, or give a sweet tooth pancake mix and maple syrup.

For the Style Perfectionist
Wrap together chic extras (think printed scarves and colorful clutches) that elevate any look in a snap.

For the Hostess
Come bearing an artisanal cheese board. And don’t forget the most heartfelt thank you: a handwritten card.

Our Handpicked Holiday Shop: New Picks by Personality Boutique opens Thursday, November 13, at 3PM ET. Want even more gifting guidance? Check back next week for five extra tips.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 13, 2014

Does decanting vino really make that big of a difference? The answer is a resounding yes (and it doesn’t have to be a $100 bottle of Bordeaux). Exposing a young red or full-bodied white to oxygen will amp up flavor. And that 10-year-old bottle you’ve been saving for a big occasion definitely has some sediment it could do without. So transform your wines with these need-to-know basics.

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November 10, 2014

For small spaces: Make your tiny apartment feel bigger with a unified color palette or aesthetic – that way rooms flow together and create the illusion of a larger environment.

For leftover vino: Freeze any remaining wine in an ice cube tray. Next time you make a sauce, glaze, or stew, pop in a cube for an extra hit of flavor.

For a no-cost craft project: Inject a bit of nature into your home with a DIY doorstop. Grab a sizable stone and cover it with your choice of paint (think a matte black or neon hue).

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 10, 2014

Pop art sculpture. The desirable Hermès Birkin bag. What happens when these two icons unite? One hot-ticket auction item comes up for grabs.

Jeff Koons Birkin Sculpture

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Artist Jeff Koons customized Birkins and worked them into one-of-a-kind sculptures, which will sell to the highest bidders over the weekend in New York City. But these aren’t your average Birkins (as if such a thing even exists). Notable personalities donated the bags for this project, including Sofia Coppola, Marc Jacobs, and Diane von Furstenberg.

The winners of these covetable pieces won’t just have new décor for their living rooms – they’ll also be benefiting Project Perpetual, an art philanthropy that supports the United Nations Foundation.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 6, 2014

Holiday season is gearing up. Luckily, our buyers have chosen a host of just-right gifts for everyone on your list – from your fashion-obsessed niece to the guy in your life. All you have to do? Sit back and watch the thank-yous roll in.

Personalized Holiday Gifting

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November 3, 2014

Established in 1900 by Georges de Latour and his wife Fernande, the iconic Beaulieu Vineyard has a storied past. Its prime Napa Valley location and influence from wine maestro André Tchelistcheff make these some of the most sought after bottles in the business. Read on to learn more about this historic winemaker.

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October 29, 2014

Perhaps you didn’t know when you woke up, but today is National Chocolate Day. Meaning yes, you can give in to your love for everything cocoa – guilt-free. But before unwrapping those chocolate bars, let’s explore some of the creative endeavors this sweet treat has inspired.

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October 28, 2014

Whether you’ve mastered the trickiest of recipes (hello, boeuf bourguignon) or have never opened a cookbook, here’s a list of key kitchen items from eight chef-beloved brands.

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October 17, 2014

You know how luxury hotel beds always seem to be the comfiest? It’s because they are – especially when it comes to the mattresses designed just for W Hotels. But it’s not only these mattresses that make W Hotels stand out in the sleep space. It’s the entire atmosphere the hotel creates in each of its properties. And you can experience it every day in your own home. Here’s how.

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1. Mattress: Sleep (every night) on exclusive-to-W-Hotels pillow-top or plush styles.

2. Toppers: Add a cushy mattress pad and featherbed for an extra dose of comfort.

3. Pillows: Pick down, a feather-and-down combo, or down alternative.

4. Bedding: Layer on silky-smooth, wrinkle-resistant sheets and duvets.

5. Robes: Baby terry lining is supersoft – and absorbent post-shower, too.

6. Scented Candles: A crisp citrus blend makes for an aromatic finishing touch.

Start building your own W Hotels bed. Shop The W Hotels Bed Boutique, which opened Wednesday, October 8, at 3PM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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October 8, 2014