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We’ve Witnessed our September Guest Editor’s high-octane sunshine on screen, but we wondered how a high-energy, healthy girl like Julianne Hough likes to handle a girls-night-in. With besties like actress Nina Dobrev (above in The Giving Keys BBF campaign) we took a wild guess that Julianne knew how to host a night-in right and we wern’t disappointed.

Take inspiration from Hough’s favorite ways to cozy up and get to planning a girl’s night in soon – just add Le Labo and a few hand-written notes.

To celebrate all things BFF-related, we’re also giving away a set of Best Friend Keys from one of our favorite L.A. brands, The Giving Keys. Nina and Julianne recently starred in the campaign to celebrate the collection! See our tour of the accessory maker’s HQ to learn more about this incredible mission based brand.

The Perfect girl’s night in in 3 words:

Dinner, movie, silliness.

Movie we’ve seen over and over:

Go-To Snack:

You can never go wrong with a charcuterie and cheese plate! We’ve had this appetizer at most of our dinner parties and it’s always the most popular.

On our soundtrack:

Kygo Pandora Station.

Most likely to prank call:

Nina! She’s definitely the prankster in our group, so if I were to prank call anyone, it would have to be her.

Cozy Necessity:

On our best behavior we…

Have a girl’s night in where we cook a yummy dinner, play games and just chat.

On our worst behavior we…

Well, I can’t tell you that, now can I?!

Girl’s-night-in 'uniform':

Sweatpants! I usually rock a snazzy all-grey outfit.

Entertaining staples:

Chips and salsa.

Wine or cocktails?

For a girl’s night in, red wine.

Healthiest night-in snack:

Veggie platter and hummus.

Least healthy night-in snack:

Sour Patch Watermelons.

To have fun on the fly...

Board games! I have a closet full of them.

Fave thing to cook for friends:

My stepmom Debra has the greatest recipe for banana bread! I’ve made it for a few parties and for my Grease Live! cast and crew.

Non-negotiable for perfect dinner party:

I have to make sure the table decorations are on point! It’s definitely my favorite part of any dinner party, big or small. Lately, I’ll write a cute little quote on cards and leave them on everyone’s plate to read before we eat.

A healthy recipe you both love?

I shared a No Bake Peanut Butter Pie on my website in June. I love it because it’s easy to make and is actually healthy!

If I could give just one piece of advice on friendship…

Be open and honest, and love everyone for who they are.

Enter to win a Pair of best friend keys!
We’re giving one reader a pair of Giving Keys’ Best Friend Keys! Enter for the chance to win by leaving us your email in the entry box below
– bonus points for leaving us a comment on why your bestie is the best. Good luck!




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  1. My best friend Amie means the world to me. We’ve been through so much together and she gets me so well. She’s the Becker to my Blaug (we’re nerdy Econ majors :P). Even though we’re continents away, she’s always ready to listen to my endless stories. I miss her more every single day. :’)

    Neeraja Pushpanathan | 09.12.2016 | Reply
  2. Regardless of what life has thrown at her (which has been a lot), she continues to be a ray of sunshine. She is all chaos and beauty, wild and silly, every day I’m reminded how lucky I am to have someone who can see me for who I am. The greatest part in a friendship is the ability to just be yourself and she has never been anyone else besides her most beautiful honest self ! She’s my soul mate, no doubt about it. Mo love.

    Natalie | 09.12.2016 | Reply
  3. I don’t think I can even put into words how much my best friend Jackie means to me. I feel so lucky to have found a friend who is so compassionate, trusting, crazy in all the best ways, and 110% supportive in everything I do. She’s seen me through all the good times and especially the worst and is always there to put a smile on my face. We’ve been so fortunate to travel the world together but even just getting to see her for ten minutes makes my day better. Even though we don’t live anywhere near each other anymore I know she’ll be in my life forever because she is more than a best friend to me, she’s family now.

    Megan | 09.13.2016 | Reply
  4. my best friend, Courtney, gets things done! she is so reliable, trustworthy, and good-hearted it’s no wonder she draws in new friends wherever she goes. She has a positive outlook always and gives the BEST advice!

    Nikki | 09.13.2016 | Reply
  5. My bestie is my sister Kaisa. 🙂 She is always there for me and supports me and I try to do the same for her. We can talk about everything and nothing at the same time. If we work out together we always get an extra abs workout, because we laugh throughout it, especially if we do pop pilates together. All in all, I’ve been blessed with a sister this great to have for a lifetime.

    Taisi Telve | 09.13.2016 | Reply
  6. My best friend, Angel, has been with me every step of the way since we cheered together in high school and we are now in our 40s. Although we live on opposite sides of the state and don’t see each other as often as we’d like, when we do connect, we never miss a beat. We have an annual girls weekend every July to head to West Palm Beach for the 2-night Dave Matthews Band concert and it is always the weekend I look forward to the most. Angel lost both her parents within 9 months of each other about 8 years ago and I lost my dad just over a year ago. Having her by my side means the world to me. She is the sister I never had. <3

    Christy | 09.14.2016 | Reply
  7. My bestie is the best because she makes me laugh and feel good about myself.

    Margaret | 09.15.2016 | Reply
  8. My bestie is the best because she is always there for me, no matter what! She goes above and beyond to help anyone, especially me. She is very self-less and I am grateful to have such an amazing person in my life. <3

    Melissa | 09.15.2016 | Reply
  9. My best friend, Beth, is a total saving grace! She has stuck by me through everything from dealing with depression, life and death health situations, as well as being a sounding board for my mother. We have no idea what we would do without her! She is a nurse, wife, mother of three and caregiver to her elderly mother. She totally puts everyone else before herself and I would like for her to be able to do something that lets her focus on some fun!

    lori henry | 09.15.2016 | Reply
  10. My bestie and I have been thru thick and thin for over 42 years. We always are there for each other. Long before my Mom and Dad passed away they considered her a 3rd daughter. If anything she is the best of the 2 of us and has never once let me down. If you have her in your life you have everything. I would trust me her with my life and she gave me the honor of being guardians to her boys if G-d forbid anything happened to her. She proves everyday their is good peeps in a very crazy world.

    CARYN | 09.15.2016 | Reply
  11. my bestie is the best because i am a difficult person and he loves me anyway. everyone always asks him how he puts up with me and he replies that he loves me.

    susan smoaks | 09.15.2016 | Reply
  12. My BFF Debbie has always been around for me in good or sad times. When my husband was diagnosed with some serious auto immune illness she was the one to drive me in the city to hospitals with my husband even though she works full time and is quite busy. She is always positive , caring and always there for me. A unique and wonderful best friend she is and I am blessed.

    Irene | 09.15.2016 | Reply
  13. My best friend and I have truly been through everything…breakups from states away, coming to rescue me in another state, divorce, abuse, kids, you name it… but we stick to each other like glue..the love we have is comparable to sisters but with more situational craziness. And we’re still always read for a good night out….or in! There is nothing we wouldn’t do for each other!

    Krista | 09.15.2016 | Reply
  14. My best friend Rose has been with me through thick and thin, through my brightest moments and darkest depths. She herself has shined through more challenges than most could imagine, and still remains to be one of the most selfless, giving people I’ve ever met. She’s even been featured on “Loren’s Badass Chick of the Week” for her fearless battle with Crohn’s disease, and her path to becoming a Social Worker (http://1033ampradio.cbslocal.com/2015/06/05/lorens-badass-chick-of-the-week-rose-kamsler/)

    I would do anything for this incredible woman, who often times doesn’t give herself the credit she deserves, and would love to honor her with some kickass keys as a birthday present (her bday is next month)!

    Sophia | 09.15.2016 | Reply
  15. My bestie and I have been friends for 34 years. She’s always there, on the other end of the phone line now, for me when I need her. And I am here for her. I love that I can see her more now that my parents have moved to the same city where she and her family live, so I can slip down the road and catch up in person when I go to visit my parents.

    Rebecca S. | 09.15.2016 | Reply
  16. From running from check point to check point cheering me on during my 1st marathon and making sure I made it to the finish to flying cross country to make sure I was ok after I was seriously ill, my bestie has always had my back! There maybe times we go months without hanging out due to busy schedules, but the minute we are reunited there is no stopping the hilarious memories shared! My bestie isn’t just a friend she is my other half, my sister from another mister, and my partner in crime! She is the one i go to when I’m crying over my latest break up and the 1st person I call when I score free concert tickets. No matter the situation we always have been there for each other!

    Elizabeth H. | 09.15.2016 | Reply
  17. My best friend Paige is generous, loving, funny and smart. She comes from a huge place of love and gratitude for this life and each and every day she makes me feel loved.

    paula | 09.15.2016 | Reply
  18. My BFF Roxy is the best, I admire her for all she is going through as a woman. As a child she was diagnosed with Lupus, which made her body prone to other diseases and illnesses. Just last year at age 25, she was diagnosed with skin cancer. We least expected it considering her lifestyle, she is very fit active and always seeking adventure. Cancer for her was the last of our concerns. At the same time, her family and I are so happy for her, she finished college graduating as a Registered Nurse and now is continuing her education at Cal State University Los Angeles for her BSN RN. Through her illnesses and being the oldest sister and working 12 hours a day at a time, I’m so proud of the woman she has become.

  19. My best friend Kelsey has stood by me through illness, distance, and busyness when no one else did. She is literally a lifesaver

    Kelly M. | 09.15.2016 | Reply
  20. My bestie Stephanie is one of those people who just gets it. There are so many cliché (but true) reasons I could list, but I think the main reason she’s the best (imho) is that we ebb and flow so well together. In any relationships there are times when one person has more or more intense needs than the other, and Stephanie is fantastic at the give and take of making a best friendship work. Too, we’ve been able to keep our friendship going while working together, planning my wedding and having me work as her supervisor at our job. If that’s not true, pure friendship then I don’t know what is!

  21. My bestie is also my sister! We are literally inseparable.
    We both love to try out anything health related, whether it’s running in the mornings, mixing up yoghurt facemasks before bed, or putting onion slices on our feet to detox!

    Audrey Marsh | 09.16.2016 | Reply
  22. My best friend and I came to know each other through a series of crazy coincidences and I would like to think it was the universe’s way of telling us that we were meant to be in each others lives. This year we’re both studying abroad in two totally different places completely across the world from each other and we still take the time to Skype each week so that we can catch up and keep the ~friend romance~ alive (lol). I miss her like crazy but I know that when we meet again, we’ll be as close as ever.

    Estefania A. | 09.19.2016 | Reply
  23. I can’t even imagine life without my best friend. And it’s my Sister. We share everything. We don’t live near each other but we talk almost daily. We have so much fun when we do get together. Life is better because she is in my life!

    Debbie Ware | 09.22.2016 | Reply


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