Holidays

Wear it Now Wednesday: Fly Style

December 25, 2013 at 8:00 am , by

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Whether you’re headed home from the holidays, leaving on a vacation, or skipping town for New Year’s Eve, we believe dressing to go to the airport should involve more than a track suit and sneakers. Bare with us–you see, by dressing in a casual-yet-stylish way, you’re actually multi-tasking. You’ll be able to pack more in your carry-on since you’re wearing one full outfit and you’ll look fabulous in case you land and head straight to an event. The key to this look is simple pieces you can layer and hard-working accessories like a cashmere scarf for chilly planes, a big bag for electronics and essentials, and a watch to keep an eye on your departure time.


Help Build-A-Bear Workshop Spread Holiday Cheer With Toys For Tots

December 2, 2013 at 8:30 am , by

If you’ve checked out our Virtual Toy Drive and want to do more to help, our friends at Build-A-Bear Workshop have more ways to help the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation!

We love the annual Build-A-Bear Workshop Toys for Tots Toy Drive, which will take place December 6 – 8. You can donate new, unwrapped toys at stores across the United States or make and purchase a stuffed animal to donate. Throughout the weekend, volunteer members of the U.S. Marine Corp will be on hand at select stores to collect the toys, which will then be distributed to local kids in need.

You can also make a monetary donation to support Toys for Tots at checkout registers and online at buildabear.com throughout the holiday season. The donations will be used to provide toys for children who might not otherwise receive a gift on Christmas morning.


10 Gorgeous Table Decorations for Fall and Winter

October 7, 2013 at 4:31 pm , by

Hosting for the holidays? It’s time to revamp your frumpy tablecloths and outdated dishware. Get inspired by these craft bloggers and recreate one of these simple (and chic!) DIY tablescapes.

Sweet Something Designs

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To give your tablescape a modern and classy feel, leave it simple and clutter-free. Use leaves as name cards and cover tiny pumpkins with glitter. Stick to metallic shades and find napkins with clean, structured lines.

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In Defense of Decadent Holiday Foods

March 27, 2013 at 3:07 pm , by

We’ve seen quite a few stories this week offering tips for sticking with your diet during the spring holidays. But doesn’t that defeat the purpose? Easter and Passover are all about family time, fun and most importantly, food. Worrying about your waistline at Easter dinner or beating yourself up over indulging in a chocolate bunny can totally ruin it. “Food is intertwined in tradition and celebration, and that’s totally okay,” says Sally Kuzemchak, R.D., and frequent LHJ contributor. “It’s important to acknowledge these are special foods that mean something to us, and it’s good to enjoy them.”

Yes, exactly. We say forget the guilt and go for it (with some moderation, of course). Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your indulgences this week.

Savor your favorites. If you look forward to your sister-in-law’s famously rich macaroni and cheese on Easter every year, why change it? “I am not a fan of lightening up traditional foods or favorite family recipes,” Kuzemchak says. “Enjoy your favorites, but get back to your usual eating habits the next day.”

Save yourself for the right dessert. Eating too many Cadbury eggs or handfuls of jelly beans can make you feel gross and tired rather than satisfied. “Instead of pillaging the bowl of pastel M&M’s, save it for the homemade pie or allow yourself a good dark chocolate bar,” Kuzemchak says.

Drink to your health. ‘Tis the season for Manischewitz! If you indulged in the traditional four glasses at your family’s Seder, worry not. It’s just one day out of the year. “There are antioxidants in wine,” says Kuzemchak. “But moderate drinkers get the most benefits.”

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A New Holiday Jingle!

November 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm , by

The lyrics “We’re simply having a wonderful Christmastime” is already stuck in my head which means that holiday music as taken over! And there’s a new fun song to add to your holiday play list. Karmin (the pop duo made famous on YouTube) paired up with Coach to create an updated version of Sleigh Ride. The fabulous Rachel Zoe adds her styling skills making this video from it’s furry hats to it’s leather boots (not to mention the leopard coat and bright purple bag) oh so chic!

You can download the single for free here and also see behind the scenes on the video shoot. Let the holiday season commence!

 

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Super-Fast Holiday Workouts

November 28, 2012 at 9:54 am , by

‘Tis the season when your “I’m too busy to exercise” excuse seems 110% legit. You’ve added parties, Christmas shopping, travel planning, holiday card-addressing and about 50 other things to your already packed schedule, so how are you supposed to find time to work out too? Don’t sweat it! We found plenty of quickie at-home workouts you can easily sneak into your day.

* Got 5 minutes?

No matter what your fitness level, Jim Parker of Muffins to Marathons (how great is that name?) has a cardio blast that’s perfect for you. The beginnerintermediate and advanced versions are all on YouTube.

* Got 7 minutes?

That’s just enough time to target every muscle in your butt. Bonus: The moves are pretty TV-friendly so you don’t even have to tear yourself away from Elf to work on your rear view.

Got 8 minutes?

A fast core workout that doesn’t involve crunches? It’s a Christmas miracle! All you need is a towel and a mat and you’re good to go.

Got 10 minutes?

The best things about trainer Andrea Orbeck’s full-body circuit workout: 1) It doesn’t require equipment, and 2) There’s no complicated footwork, so even hopelessly uncoordinated people like me won’t get lost.

Got 12 minutes?

If you need to avoid high-impact exercises, this quickie cardio routine from Andrea Metcalf will help burn off those gingerbread latte calories—no leaping and jumping required.

Got 15 minutes?

Denise Austin’s fat-burning yoga sequence is intense enough to sculpt muscle yet soothing enough to calm your holiday-frenzied brain.

Image via Shutterstock.


Will You Be My Valentine? A Gift Guide for Your Guy

February 6, 2012 at 10:47 am , by

Guys have it easy. A pretty piece of jewelry, a bouquet of flowers or even just recognizing the holiday is enough to make us swoon on February 14th. Finding a Valentine’s Day gift for him is another story. Here are ten fun and affordable gift suggestions that will show your special someone just how much you love him (without all the mushy, gushy stuff).

Dean & DeLuca Conversation Heart Cookies, $55

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“Be Mine.” Charm your valentine with Dean & DeLuca’s homemade take on a sweet American classic.


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