7 Things to Keep In Mind When it’s Cold Outside

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By Joanna Grey Talbot

Winter gets such a bad rap. Most people face it as a trial they have to go through in order to finally reach the glory of spring. I respectfully beg to differ. Having grown up in Georgia and North Carolina I love having four distinct seasons, winter included. After living in north central Florida for a year and a half where winter lasted for about a week and a half and native Floridians put on winter parkas as soon as the temperatures dropped below 65, I knew someday I wanted to move somewhere that understood the concept of four distinct seasons. Thankfully, my wish came true and this past summer my husband and I moved to North Carolina. As we enter the winter season, I am reminded again why I love it so much, even on the days I whine about it being too cold. Continue reading

10 Cookie Recipes to Have the Most Delicious Holiday Season

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By De & Kate

We’re officially in the throes of the holidays, and we’re just days away from Christmas AND Hanukkah (or Chrismukkah if you will). If you’re anything like us, you know that the best part about the holidays are the endless amount of desserts that you can make. So with that, we’re rounding up some of the most delicious cookie recipes on the Internet (and trust us, there’s a LOT). Just a note – your mouths will be watering after reading these. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Continue reading

The Traditions of a New England Jewish Girl During the Holidays

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By Sarah Winters

Maybe you love The Holidays. Maybe you dread them. Maybe it’s a mixed bag of complicated hopes, dreams and fears. Whether the coming weeks bring you Chinese food and a movie or all things anise and peppermint or maybe business as usual, things come up. Uncertainty fills the air at home and abroad and I don’t know about you, but it’s a bit harder to feel any version of happy, hopeful, restful warmth this year. And I think that’s okay. While the deep white snowy Decembers of my growing up in Boston have melted away, a few things stay the same.

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20 Winter Outfit Ideas That Are Cozy Yet Chic

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By De Elizabeth

You guys, we made it. It’s officially THE HOLIDAYS. Perhaps you’re on winter break, or perhaps your break is going to start in just a few days. Maybe you’re traveling soon. Maybe it’s just too damn cold to go outside. We know how it is.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to stay cozy, warm, and chic all at once. Here are some ideas to get you going – but you might be tempted to buy it ALL.  Continue reading

10 Ugly Christmas Sweaters For Every Occasion

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By De and Kate

Not only is it Friday, which if you ask us is reason enough for celebration, it’s also National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. If you’re lucky, maybe your mom saved some of her finest (and by finest, we mean tackiest) retro sweaters from Christmases long, long ago. And, if not, retailers everywhere have you covered so you can still participate in the holiday fun. Continue reading

15 Gifts For Your Friend Who Is Obsessed With the ’90s

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By De and Kate

If you’re anything like us, you’re perpetually stuck in a Throwback Thursday. And that’s totally okay. Hopefully your friends are too. And when it comes to shopping for those ’90s-obsessed folks, you may feel like you might want a time machine in order to just bring them back to the decade they so desperately worship. But luckily, there’s the Internet. And there’s lots of gifts out there for ’90s babes. Warning: You’re going to be obsessed with these gems and probably want them for yourself.  Continue reading

10 Things NOT To Do At Your Office Holiday Party

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By Christie Page

So it’s that time of year again when offices all across the lands are preparing for the annual office holiday party. And I know what you’ve been doing. You’ve been eyeballing all of the latest trends in hair and makeup, fashion and accessories so that you can finally shine. You’ll be out of the construct of office attire and able to put you best foot forward and perhaps cut loose a little with your office cohorts.

Well, I’m not here to tell you not to have a good time, but what I am here to do is help you with a little advice, from someone who has been “that girl” at more than one holiday party. So take it from me folks, if you want to enjoy yourself and not be the talk of the office for all the wrong reasons, let me give you some friendly suggestions. Don’t… Continue reading

13 Festive Manicures Perfect For the Holidays

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By De Elizabeth

Half of the fun of the holiday season is definitely the clothes and the makeup. When else can you wear a ton of sequins, endless amounts of velvet, and sparkles for days? As Thanksgiving approaches, which will bring us fully into the ~Holiday Season~, we’re rounding up some festive inspiration for your next holiday manicure. Here’s some nail art ideas to get your inner fashionista going. Continue reading

15 Thoughts I Have While Watching Hallmark Holiday Movies

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By Kate Kole

I love Christmas movies. In fact, I even named my fantasy football team Countdown to Christmas this year, paying homage to the Hallmark Channel holiday lineup. They are, quite possibly, my favorite vehicle to escape this world and hop into a kinder, sweeter, and less stressful alternate universe. We all have our vices, and too good to be true Christmas movies just happen to be mine. Continue reading