The holiday season is in full swing and no matter what holiday you celebrate whether it be Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Christmas you can’t help but notice all the festive commercials, accessories and party dresses.
So what’s a girl/guy supposed to with all of this festive bombardment? Don’t worry I’m here to help alleviate the stress of the holidays and make it the most glamourous and fun time of year.
Whatever holiday you celebrate you can’t help but feel a twinge of happiness as your heart swells with an audible “awww” after watching this Brooks Brothers commercial A Holiday Miracle
For all of those who celebrate Christmas out there, I suggest creating a festive holiday playlist via Itunes. Mine consists of the Martina McBride holiday CD and the Mariah Carey one. For those of us always on the go, I like Pandora’s Christmas stations.
As for gift giving, you can either choose to give 8 gifts for Hanukkah or any way you choose. Emily Post has some great tips for giving with grace and Glamour’s gift guide will fit any budget (trust me, I bought most of my gifts with their help).
If you are feeling cultural, the Nutcracker, while in different variations, is playing at almost any theater. If you are in New York you should really go see the Rockettes perform. As for parties, throw an ugly Christmas sweater/ tree lighting party and ask everyone to bring an ornament.
If you are going to a fancy holiday soiree, here are five simple tips:
1. You can’t go wrong with a sequin number, just keep everything else simple.
2. If you don’t want to go the sparkle route, you can still wear black or even more elegant, a rich blue.
3. For nail polish and accessories, Sephora and Forever 21 have you covered. Sephora has a gorgeous array of holiday nail polishes with cute names ranging from “Good Tidings We Bling” a pretty sparkly red and green glitter polish to “Flurry Up” a silver sparkle topcoat, both perfect for holiday parties. If you guys are anything like me, I like to get my accessories cheap so I can focus on more important things like shoes. Also, I have this penchant for headbands any type really. Most recently, I had a shopaholics addiction problem in Tommy Hilfiger where I bought this adorable blue satin bow headband…for $12. Oops? Anyway, if you want to spend a reasonable amount on accessories, F21 has great ones. They have ear muffs from $3 and beaded headbands (with bows) for $4! Any of their accessories would look festive and pretty at any office party or house party this holiday season.
4. Always bring something. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just a nice bottle of wine or a candle. My favorite brand is Yellowtail for the wine or bubbly. As for candles Yankee Candle makes really nice smelling holiday themed ones, it’s a nice gesture and the hostess/host will appreciate it.
5. The day after the party, send a thank you note in the form of email, phone call or old-fashioned letter. It will show your host/hostess you had a good time and there’s a large possibility you will be invited back for future events.
One last note: it is perfectly acceptable to put your gifts in gift bags if you are wrapping challenged like myself or make some home-made goodies and place them in creative containers.