It's easy to feel like a bad person when we don't want a present we were given in the spirit of the season. Wouldn't it just be so much easier if we loved it? However, none of us have tons of space for things we do not need or want, and it helps no one to use "but it was a gift" as an excuse to hold on to anything you don't need, use, or love. Doing so will only create clutter in your home or life—and that's a really non-feng-shui way to start a new year!
If you're like me, scoring makeup and beauty products that are not only in your price range, but actually work wonders will either make you want to do a special victory dance or scream and shout to anyone who will listen. As a beauty fanatic who takes makeup very seriously, finding the right products that compliment my skin perfectly and fit into my everyday beauty regimen is sometimes a rare occasion.
Parties present the perfect excuse to let your hair down between the gift-buying, work-prepping, crowd-maneuvering holiday hustle (not to mention lay down the yoga pants in favor of something less-stretchy, more sparkly). To ensure you don’t miss (or become even more stressed) out due to lack of the time or funds typically spent on hunting down an ensemble as grand as the occasion at hand, we went ahead and styled eight no-fuss pairings to meet all of your partying needs. The best part? Each look is only three clicks away, and can be purchased for $100 or less.
Aside from spending time with family and friends, one of the most heartwarming aspects of the holidays is getting to see the smile break out on their faces as they open holiday gifts. What makes this even better is when the gift is well thought-out and totally fits their personalities. As a total Sherlock Holmes nerd, I have no shame admitting that a lot of my nights are either spent binge-watching all of the episodes from the BBC Sherlock series or staying up until dawn trying to reread my favorite scenes from the original book series.
Do you ever find yourself wishing you could just be with animals all day? Do you love dogs? Cats? Wildlife? If you find yourself ever wanting to give back to animals in need or help them find a loving home (maybe your place???), volunteer at an animal shelter! Many of them are non-profit and no-kill organizations, striving to make the world a better, more loving place for abandoned and unwanted animals. These shelters often depend on volunteers for their success.
We've all had those days (or if you're like me, those weeks) where your skin gives you nothing but trouble. Whether it’s excessively dry, oily, or a combination of both, the unappealing appearance of your skin really hurts your confidence… and rightfully so! After all, your face is one of your greatest physical features. That’s why it's extremely frustrating when you feel like your skin isn't looking its best. When you're having a bad skin day (or week), you may be tempted to hide under your sheets all day.
What books did you love as a kid? The ones that you read over and over, or wanted to have read to you, until their spines were falling apart and the covers looked about ready to collapse from exhaustion. As a parent, it can be easy to inspire the same love in your child by getting more in-tune with the kind of books they like and either reading to them or reading along with them. What's really special about it is seeing how excited your kids get when they see how interested you are in the book they're really into at the moment.
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Not because it's the holidays, per se, but because it's time to shop and shop and shop! And, do some of that shopping for the ones you love. Who doesn't love to spend money left and right on the ones closest to their heart? My greatest love is my 9-year-old Jack Russell, Hubbell. To me, he is the most magnificent creature to have ever lived and my love for him trumps my love for every other living and breathing thing in my life.
After this holiday weekend, you're probably feeling a little off. Whether you ate too much and feel bloated, or you got a little too comfortable on the couch and now have a huge kink in your neck, your body is most likely craving a little TLC right now. Before you get stressed about the December holidays and sink back into your daily routine, why not make an appointment with your masseuse?
There are many things that make romantic movies memorable. One is a cast with chemistry. There's a reason why Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks have repeatedly played romantic partners—their chemistry is electric. Secondly, the couple has to go through some type of conflict. Sometimes the purpose of this is to build up to a pay off where the couple reunites. Sometimes it leads to their demise. Lastly, the audience will only swoon in their seats if the writing in the rom-com is impeccable, which brings us to those amazing "I love you" movie speeches.
Whether reserved for that someone special or peeking through (or around) your sheer/cutout/off-the-shoulder tee, many of today's bras were made to be seen. Factor in the accessibility, variety and convenience that comes with online shopping and it's never been easier to find your match made in bra heaven.
Because saving is beautiful, and nothing can fast-track frown lines like some serious holiday stress, we've rounded up some of the biggest health and beauty deals to hit this Black Friday and Cyber Monday, most of which you can cash in on from the comfort of your couch. It's true—you can save without having to wake up at 5, fist fight for your purchase and wait on a 3-hour line.
Even though the holiday season is known for being a joyous time of year, there is no question that it can also be incredibly stressful. Between the nagging sense that there's always one more thing to do, dealing with exams, tense family moments, last minute shopping trips and budget constraints, I have no qualms admitting that the anxiety that comes with the holidays can be downright painful. The question I'm left with is that with all this stress, how can someone just take a second to calm down and enjoy the moment?
It's tough to navigate shopping around this time of year, let alone Black Friday. Many people end up standing out in the cold for hours in front of places that they hope have good deals, but don't really check before hand. We get it, you're busy! You had to quickly get ahead on work before taking time off for the holiday. You were brushing up on tips on how to decorate for the holidays.
Why is it that we only discuss celebrity relationships that fail? The NY Post's article The Bigger the Age Gap, the Shorter the Marriage highlights marriages that had a few bigger problems than a simple age difference. This hump day we've decided to be a little less cynical and celebrate a few celebrity couples that have managed to beat the odds and stay together. Given these couples' age gaps, we honestly weren't expecting much. But, they've proven us wrong and we're willing to admit it.