Three Ways To Get Festive With Nail Color This Holiday

December 13, 2010 at 10:00 am , by

Left to right: Luxedo by Essie, Pink Gold from YSL and OPI's Bring On The Bling

Left to right: Luxedo by Essie, Pink Gold from YSL and OPI's Bring On The Bling

If you’re looking for a way to add some holiday spirit into your wardrobe this winter without breaking the bank, look into investing in holiday nail colors instead. This seemingly small touch can add a lot of class to your look, and winter polishes have never been more exciting. Here are some ways we’ll be wearing it under the mistletoe:

Stand out in brilliant metallics. Metallic polishes aren’t new discoveries but have never looked better or more appropriate during the yuletide season. Our pick is YSL’s La Laque Nail Lacquer from their Holiday 2010 collection. It has the softest, most luxurious glimmer.

Wear contemporary holiday colors. There’s nothing wrong with a set of red tips, but if you’re running low on your safe color choice, plums and clarets are a great option too. We love Essie‘s Luxedo shade and Silken Cord from their winter collection.

Layer up! And we’re not talking about clothes. Mix and match a layer of an opaque hue with a layer of shimmer and you’ll come up with something uniquely yours. Enhance the color of a polish you might already own with a new sparkly tone, or vice versa. We like OPI‘s Bring On The Bling or Extra-Va-Ganza on top for a fresh sheen.

For more ideas, check out our “Metallic Manis” read in the December/January issue. Wouldn’t these make great stocking stuffers?

Gift Guide Giveaway: Win These Crafty & Handmade Gifts!

November 15, 2010 at 6:00 am , by


These gifts will appeal to the crafty ladies and the lovers of cute handmade goodness alike. We love the ideas of supporting artisans and small businesses with our holiday shopping—and the gifts are so totally unique and special! One lucky reader will win all of the handmade and crafty gifts here. Read more about each prize in our Crafty Gift Guide.

Enter to win by posting a brief comment below telling us why you’d like to win one of the holiday gift packages. Comments must be posted by 11:59 ET on Monday, December 20. We will randomly select one winner. Read the full rules here. Good luck!

Gift Guide Giveaway: Win These Foodie Gifts!

November 15, 2010 at 6:00 am , by


There’s a great gift here for every type of foodie in your life: Wine snob? Check. Adventurous home cook? Done. Baker? Check. Beer lover? We’ve got it. Busy mom? Covered. There are even gifts for those of us who like to watch and eat instead of, well, cook. One lucky reader will score all of the foodie picks here. Read more about each prize in our Foodie Gift Guide.

Enter to win by posting a brief comment below telling us why you’d like to win one of the holiday gift packages. Comments must be posted by 11:59 ET on Monday, December 20. We will randomly select one winner. Read the full rules here. Good luck!

Freebie Friday: Printable Holiday Treats Cookbook!

November 12, 2010 at 9:26 am , by

LHJ1210ONSRTThis Friday instead of a sweepstakes we’ve got a downloadable freebie for you — everybody wins! Just become a fan of Ladies’ Home Journal on Facebook if you’re not already and you’ll get this awesome Holiday Sweets & Treats cookbook, with 49 delicious recipes and ideas. It all looks so yummy, we can’t decide what to make first. Tell your friends so they can score this freebie too.

And check back on Monday for a huge (huge!) holiday giveaway. Can you tell we’re in the holiday giving spirit? Happy Friday!

Holiday Survival Guide: 7 Healthy Ways to Enjoy the Season

December 9, 2009 at 4:29 pm , by

Christmas Dinner

I think diet experts are right when they say your holiday goal should be holding the line on your weight. Trying to actually drop pounds during the eating season takes superhuman self-control (to say nothing of how upset your aunt will be if you don’t have at least one bite of her chocolate pie). Here’s what I’m doing:

Breakfast every day. It keeps the metabolism running and your body out of calorie-saving starvation mode. Include protein to stave off hunger later.

Staying calorie-conscious. Pick the one high-calorie treat you really want at the party and steer clear of the rest. And make your non-holiday meals less caloric than usual.

Wine spritzers. Alcohol has calories: 85 for a 4 oz. glass of wine has 85; 65 for  1 oz. of vodka or scotch and almost 150 in a regular beer. For both health and weight, have no more than one alcoholic drink a day. Steer clear of sweet mixed drinks, especially eggnog. I rely on wine spritzers (wine and sparkling water)—you can have several and end up drinking no more than 4 oz. of alcohol.

Sugar-free gum. Chew some just before you leave for a party; the minty taste will make you feel less like eating when you get there.

Passing the hors d’oeuvres. If you’re holding a big tray of them, you can’t eat them—and it’s a good way to circulate at a party.

Bringing the hors d’oeuvres. The best way to make sure there’s at least one platter of raw veggies with low-fat yogurt dip is to bring it.

Keeping moving. Exercise not only burns calories (not as many as we wish, but some), but lowers your blood sugar.

Come New Year’s I’m going to try to lose 10 lbs. For help, see our weight loss planner.

Holiday Traditions: Sometimes Simplicity Is Best

December 3, 2009 at 6:10 pm , by

l_R094572Over Thanksgiving, I was reminded that family traditions don’t have to be anything complicated. For our holiday meal, I made the same simple menu that was featured at my grandmother’s house since I was old enough to eat solid food. Turkey with stuffing and cranberry sauce and gravy, green beans and creamed mushrooms.  Since I had bronchitis and was feeling crummy, I skipped the more time-intensive Southern treat, Sally Lunn, the bread they probably serve in heaven. Still, it was a happy reminder of the days that Thanksgiving was an extended-family celebration of my grandfather’s birthday, which was the 26th of November.

But for my 3-year-old son, Thanksgiving was just another turkey dinner. The real excitement for him was the mini-tradition that established itself over the long weekend. Unfolding Grandmummy’s sofabed every night, and folding it back up in the morning.  He’s still talking about it. And when I think about it, some of the traditions I treasure are equally mundane. Like how, at my mom’s house, she serves wine with dinner, and then for dessert we have ice cream in our wine glasses. I don’t even like ice cream that much, but I love the ritual.

Do you have any super-simple family traditions you’d like to share?

That’s a Wrap: Holiday Gift Wrap with Personality

November 18, 2009 at 5:17 pm , by

p_BHG134568[1]Whether you are making, baking, or buying your presents this year, wrap them in a way that truly shows you care. Here are a few affordable yet creative ways to personalize your gift wrap.

A Simple Statement
Kraft paper goes from blah to beautiful with some colorful ribbon and a few personal touches. Bonus—one roll will last you the entire season! Last year I wrapped all of my boxes in Kraft paper and used red or plaid colored ribbon from Michaels to spruce them up. Raffia and twine also work well for this simple and rustic look. Finish the package off with an adorable vintage gift tag from You can apply this idea to plain brown lunch bags too—just fold over the top and punch out two holes to thread the ribbon through. They are great for gifting coffee!

Express Yourself with Color
Don’t be afraid to ditch the traditional red and green and go for something bold! Purples, golds, blues, silvers, pinks—really any color—can work for the holiday. Start by choosing a color scheme that inspires you and buy a couple of different rolls of wrapping paper—one with a print and one solid to mix and match. Paper-Source and The Container Store have some great options for holiday gift wrap. Use double-stick tape to attach a cut-out strip of the patterned paper around a box wrapped in the solid paper, or vice-versa. To keep your gifts unified choose a solid colored ribbon that will work with all of the packages. If your color scheme doesn’t scream holiday, attach a jingle bell or a glass ball ornament in a complimentary color to the ribbon. Check out for some unique colored glass ornaments.

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