Before making the transition to married life, every bride-to-be deserves an epic last hurrah with her best friends and it’s up to the maid of honor to make it all come together. Going beyond the bachelorette tradition of champagne and clubbing, make the most of these precious girl bonding moments with an itinerary of relaxing and enriching activities for the bridal pre-parties, including the morning of the nuptials.

This wedding season, the wellness bachelorette party is a super hot trend thanks to the growing popularity of the health-conscious lifestyle. Whether it’s a luxurious spa day, retail therapy, or a fun nature outing, these activities will promote health and wellbeing without the nasty hangover you might get from a traditional bachelorette party.

Rent a Beach House

A once in a lifetime event needs some serious pre-wedding rest and relaxation, especially since the bride needs to look and feel her best. Make it a girl’s weekend to remember when you rent a house on the beach, which can serve as your comfy and luxe home base for chillaxing with your A-list gal pals in between activities. With the ocean only steps away, plus a hot tub and pool to relax in, the bridal party can enjoy some indulgent ‘me’ time with the ladies, whether that involves downtime before events or getting ready for the big day.

A Healthy, Well-Balanced Brunch

After an evening of fun with the ladies, put on your Sunday best and settle in with your princess posse at an upscale restaurant for a three-hour brunch. Look for healthy menu options like organic, farm-to-table ingredients, plus vegan and vegetarian-friendly options with a gourmet twist. Health-minded restaurants often offer specialty drinks like protein smoothies with added vitamins and supplements, which is much healthier than a glass of champagne or a cocktail at the bar.

Shopping for the Bridal Trousseau

Whatever makes you feel good about yourself is considered wellness, which is why some people call it retail therapy. On this particular shopping outing, the bride can have all her trusted friends by her side to offer fashion advice and moral support. The bride will need to shop for her bridal trousseau, which includes everything she needs for a honeymoon in paradise. Whether it’s snow-covered mountains or a tropical beach, the bride needs a selection of evening outfits, luxe lingerie with ‘something blue,’ and loungewear like matching PJs and a satin robe. Also included on the honeymoon checklist is outerwear for day trips and beach gear like swimsuits and coverups.

Outdoor Adventures

A fun and unexpected departure from the typical bachelorette party, a day trip in a beautiful natural setting is the perfect way to reconnect with the peace and tranquility of Mother Nature. Depending on the location, there are always options for outdoor activities like kayaking, hiking in the mountains, or snorkeling excursions. You could also have a beach day and rent paddle boards or jet skis for some fun in the sun.

Sunset Cruise

If you plan a bachelorette extravaganza in a location with a waterfront, a sunset cruise is a great way to see the sun go down on the horizon. Many evening cruises include a catered dinner and entertainment such as live music or a DJ, making it the perfect backdrop to a special event filled with unforgettable moments.

Pre-wedding Primping & Pampering

When the bride walks down the aisle, this is her moment to shine, so the morning of the big day should be filled with activities that will make her look and feel her most beautiful and elegant. It all starts with attitude, so get the bride and bridesmaids pumped up for the big day with a specially curated playlist that is perfect for primping. With the main focus on hair, makeup, and the dress, there won’t be time for a sit-down breakfast, so make sure to provide the ladies with lots of coffee, juice, fruit, and other healthy morning options.

A Luxurious Spa Day

Whether you’re staying at a beach house rental or a hotel, matching satin robes are a must-have for the bridal party, especially for an indulgent day at the spa. Feeling fabulous and feminine in buttery soft satin, gather the gals and make it a day of rest and rejuvenation with a well-earned soak in the hot tub followed by a yoga class and a session in an infrared sauna, which will give you a gentle and effective detox. It will also open your pores, making your skin primed to receive the full benefits of a toning and purifying facial. Also, a mani/pedi is an absolute must for the bridal party; make sure the nail colors coordinate with the dress.

When you incorporate wellness-boosting activities into your pre-wedding bachelorette itinerary, get ready for a marriage of health and well-being, the ultimate beauty secret for an all-over goddess glow.

Instead of traditional V-day gifts like chocolates, candy and the like, show your love and commitment with gifts that will encourage your special someone to look and feel their best. After all, when it comes to romance, it’s all about the attitude. From healthy meal services to organic skincare, these gifts are perfect for encouraging self-care and overall wellness:

Healthy and Organic Meal Service

Health and Wellness Gift Guide for Valentine’s Day

Being healthy is a lot of work, especially when it comes to food prepping in the kitchen. This Valentine’s Day, give your sweetheart the gift of nutritious meals from FreshnLean, a meal service that delivers freshly cooked meals every week. Made with locally grown vegetables and high-quality protein, the menu is specially curated by top chefs and nutritionists, including options for every lifestyle. Choose from Ion Performance Protein +, which features premium animal protein and vegetables, or Ion Performance Paleo, a menu plan with high protein, low carb meals. For the veggie lovers, they also offer the standard plant-based menu and the low carb, low-calorie vegetarian option. Simply choose the best meal plan for your partner’s needs and it will arrive freshly cooked in a microwave and oven safe container. Just heat up your meal in the microwave or oven and enjoy a healthy lunch or dinner in minutes!

Healthy Snack Bites

Health and Wellness Gift Guide for Valentine’s Day

A box of chocolates might be the traditional go-to for Valentine’s Day, but this season, give the gift of healthy treats with Vive Snacks, an online snack company that specializes in vegan, gluten-free granola bites that are nutrient-dense and full of comforting flavors. Made with wholesome, natural ingredients like organic coconut sugar, gluten-free oats, and cocoa powder, these bite-sized delights come in a 12-pack or single 1.6-ounce bag. Choose from classic cookie flavors like chocolate chip, chocolate peanut butter, vanilla almond coconut, and more. Also offering a variety pack of their three signature flavors, treat your Valentine to cookies and milk but without the guilt.

Safety Watches

Health and Wellness Gift Guide for Valentine’s Day

Engineered with live video streaming and GPS coordinates, the G|B Defender is a safety watch that goes above and beyond the capabilities of smartwatches currently on the market. At the push of an SOS button, a potential attacker’s face and voice can be recorded in the customer’s personal cloud account through a 4G cellular network. This all-in-one safety watch also features voice calling, video calling, a step counter, and fitness functions, all the technology you need to feel safe, fearless, and in control. When it comes to the ones you love, giving them the gift of personal security shows how much you care about their everyday safety and wellbeing.   

Organic Skincare

Health and Wellness Gift Guide for Valentine’s Day

Give your sweetheart the gift of organic skincare with a selection of cleansers, moisturizers, and sunblock from Block Island Organics, a cosmetics company that specializes in chemical free products that are eco-friendly and designed for all skin types. Specially formulated for sensitive skin, their line of organic skincare products are made with natural, high-quality ingredients and contain no artificial fragrances, sulfates, or parabens. For the complete skincare gift set, Block Island Organics features their Organic Purifying Facial Cleanser, a Natural Facial Moisturizer SPF 30, a Revitalizing Night Cream, and a Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30–everything you need for a radiant glow.    

Lip Balm

Health and Wellness Gift Guide for Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, keep your lips soft and supple with a selection of ultra-moisturizing lip balms from Moroccan Magic Beauty. Along with a full line of organic skincare products from Block Island Organics, try including a few selections of lip balm for your Valentine like their smoothest ever formula made with organic argan and essential oils. Choose from Rose, Peppermint Eucalyptus, Lemon Thyme, and Coconut Almond.   

100% Turkish Cotton Bathrobe

Health and Wellness Gift Guide for Valentine’s Day

Made with ultra-soft terry cotton and a classic kimono collar, the Turkish bathrobe is the ultimate in luxury and softness. Your Valentine will feel like royalty every time they slip into this robe after a bath or shower. Designed with functional accents like front pockets and a relaxed fit, this luxe bathrobe is perfect for lounging around the house or indulging in a spa day at home. For a Valentine’s gift that encourages rest and relaxation, your sweetheart will appreciate the complete lounging set with a matching terry bath wrap and velour slippers.      

Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Health and Wellness Gift Guide for Valentine’s Day

Ideal for complementing the health-conscious lifestyle, Mira combines adventure, style, and sustainability in their ultra durable water bottles. Made with BPA free, reusable, and insulated stainless steel, a Mira water bottle will show your partner that you care about the environment and their daily hydration. Featured in various sizes, styles, and shapes, Mira has the perfect water bottle for every need.

Roses are red, violets are blue, these gifts are healthy and so are you!

Whether you’re at the office, out on the town, or lounging at home, it’s easy to dress for any occasion when you include these 6 winter basics in your wardrobe:

1. Camel Coat & Blazer

According to the style editors at The Everygirl fashion blog, this classic winter coat is a must-have for your wardrobe: “It’s a neutral that feels warm and cozy for braving the cold…” Look for styles with a self-tie wrap belt, which is perfect for cinching in the waist and layering over winter outfits. Along with the winter-ready wool coat, the camel blazer is another winter staple that’s ideal for the winter-to-spring transition. Lisa Graves, the fashion editor at StyleBlueprint, loves the style mileage you can get out of the neutrally toned blazer: “You can wear your camel blazer casually, professionally, or even belted.”

2. Cable Knit Sweater

A favorite winter piece of Grace Kelly’s, the cable knit sweater will keep you warm and cozy during the next few months of cold weather. Look for chunky woven knits, which can be paired with second skin leggings for a stylish contrast that balances a boxy and relaxed fit. Cable knit sweaters are also incredibly versatile, so keep a few styles in your wardrobe for a chic and comfy winter outfit that can be effortlessly put together. With a selection of turtlenecks, crewnecks, and cropped styles, you’ll have lots of mix and match opportunities with this winter essential.

3. Dark Colored Jeans & Trousers

For a stylish look that flatters any body type, a pair of dark bootcut jeans or trousers can be dressed up with a structured blazer or casually styled with your favorite graphic tee and a comfy hoodie. However you decide to wear them, dark-colored pants are the perfect choice for winter because they help create a sleek and elongated silhouette. Skinny ankle jeans might be your jean du jour, especially since you never have to worry about the hem length, but you should also include a few dark bootcut styles, your default choice when you’re having trouble deciding what to wear.

4. White Button-Down Blouse

Whether you wear it untucked with jeans for a casual daytime look or tucked into a pencil skirt for a smart workday outfit, you’ll get lots of style leverage from the white button down, a wardrobe basic for any kind of personal style. Give your white blouse collection a little variety with the chambray button-down, a favorite look for celebrities like Rihanna, Julianne Moore, and supermodel Gigi Hadid. Just like the white variety, you can wear the chambray on its own, layered under a V-neck sweater, or tucked into a fit and flare skirt…the possibilities are endless!

5. Black Boots

The leather jacket of footwear, a pair of chic boots in matches-everything black is perfect for dressing up any outfit, from your jeans-and-blouse uniform to skirts, dresses, and so much more. To get the most style options, we recommend keeping several different styles in your closet, including ankle length for bootcut bottoms and mid-calf styles, which give you a sleek fit over leggings and skinny jeans.

6. 100% Turkish Cotton Bathrobe

Now that your wardrobe is stocked with cozy and stylish winter pieces, it’s time to think about indulging in a little rest and relaxation. Take your lounging to the next level of comfort, luxury, and style with an ultra soft Turkish bathrobe. The plush terry will keep you warm and comfortable, especially a full-length silhouette, which provides plenty of coverage. For classic style pampering from top to bottom, make it a complete lounging set when you wear it with silky soft pajamas and velour slippers.

Make 2019 a year to be proud of when you dress for success with these winter essentials!

Waking up late, guzzling a cup of coffee, and rushing out the door isn’t the best way to start the day. Instead of feeling frazzled in the early a.m., make it your New Year’s resolution to jumpstart your day with a little self-care, calm reflection, and other morning habits of highly successful people:

Don’t Use an Alarm Clock – Oprah never sets an alarm and she usually wakes up between 6 and 6:20 a.m. Her secret to naturally rising in the early morning is by setting a mindful intention the night before: “I never set an alarm, I don’t believe in them. They are…alarming! I put the number in my mind and I wake up before that…” Also an early riser, lifestyle guru and businesswoman Martha Stewart uses natural light to wake her up in the morning: “I have no shades on my windows, so I usually wake up with sunrise, which has been around 5 a.m.”

Exercise – A common morning habit for the world’s most successful people, exercise has been known to boost circulation and feel-good chemicals like endorphins and serotonin. For Niki Leonidas, CEO of the luxury lifestyle brand Equinox, one of her secrets to success is morning yoga: “I’ve always known that you have to be physically healthy and strong to be mentally healthy and strong. It’s all connected.” Morning exercise also gives you the chance to go outside and reconnect with nature, a morning habit of Cal Newport, the author of the bestselling self-improvement book So Good They Can’t Ignore You. “It’s dark when the walk starts, but I don’t mind the solitude…For me, interesting thoughts have the tendency to emerge when the rest of the world is quiet.”

Meditate – In today’s world, it can be a challenge to stay calm and relaxed, especially when life is set at a dizzying pace. In fact, it’s no wonder that anxiety and stress are common side effects of modern life. A simple and effective way to combat these negative and all-too-common feelings is with a daily dose of Calm, a new app that uses mindful meditation to soothe and renew your spirit in the new year. Tamara Levitt, the head of Mindfulness and meditation instructor at Calm, is excited to announce the launch of Daily Calm sessions, which is aimed at helping you achieve your 2019 goals. According to the Calm blog, “…We have New Year’s themed sessions such as ‘Beginnings,’ ‘Dreaming,’ and Intentions,’ to help you focus on what you want to invite into your life.” If your New Year’s resolution involves breaking a bad habit, make sure to schedule some time for the self-improvement sessions like ‘Cravings,’ ‘Addictions,’ ‘Activity,’ and ‘Practice.’

Write in a Journal – According to studies, journaling helps boost creativity and relieve stress, which makes it a great addition to your morning routine. For Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, journaling in the morning is how she unlocks her creative spirit: “In writing practice, there’s no direction. You enter your own mind and follow it where it takes you. We have a great need to connect with our own mind and our own true self. And all of us have a story to tell.”  Writing in a journal was also how Anne Frank stayed connected with her creative side while she and her family hid from the Nazis: “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” Get yourself in a writing mood with journaling products from Plum Paper, which features a range of beautiful cover designs with personalized monogramming in elegant letters. Grab your favorite pen, have some coffee, and see what happens when you let your creativity run wild on the page.

Make Time for Pampering – Getting ready in the morning doesn’t have to be a means to an end but a relaxing and restorative experience that sets a positive and mindful tone for the rest of your day. This year, make the most of your morning routine by stocking your bathroom with your favorite bath time essentials such as body wash with invigorating essential oils like peppermint and lavender, a luxurious Turkish bathrobe, and a matching terry velour bath wrap for the complete lounging set. Setting aside time for a little self-care in the morning might require getting up a few minutes earlier, but it will be worth it when you arrive at the office with a healthy all-over glow.

Set an intention for the day – When you prioritize your goals, it allows you to go about your day at a healthy and comfortable pace. This daily practice of mindfulness also keeps you from feeling overwhelmed, especially when you have a long list of things to do. Elle Russ, the bestselling author of The Paleo Thyroid Solution, thinks of her intention the moment she wakes up: “Before getting out of bed, I take a few minutes to express gratitude for my body and health. I set an intention for the day…make coffee or tea, light some candles and daydream while setting more intentions about my goals.”

Taking inspiration from the world’s most successful people, try incorporating these tried-and-true habits into of your morning routine and get ready for a happy and enriching new year that celebrates the little (but oh-so-important) joys in life!

After spending Christmas with your family, it’s time for some serious bonding with your best friends on New Year’s Eve. After all, this is your last chance to celebrate the holiday season. For the final hurrah, make this year really count when you plan something epic and unexpected. But don’t wait until the last minute to put something together; make plans before the holiday rush to avoid any unnecessary post-Christmas stress.

Formal Dress Party

A popular New Year’s Eve tradition in Europe is to dress in evening wear, a party theme that can give you and your friends a chance to feel like royalty, which is not something you get to experience every day. That’s what makes this type of party so special—and you don’t need to attend a fancy gala or ball to have a memorable time. When you host a black tie event at your home, you won’t get to show off your formal wear on the red carpet, but your Instagram pics will be stunning, which makes it worth all the effort and planning.

Bonfire Bonanza

The town of Scheveningen in the Netherlands takes the bonfire party to the next level. According to the Guinness World Records, it is home to the world’s largest bonfire on New Year’s Eve. It’s such a big event that the locals start gathering a few days ahead of time to prepare for the many festivities.

If you can’t make the trip over the pond, you could always throw your own bonfire party. Even if it’s cold outside, a gathering of friends around a bonfire will keep everybody warm and toasty. Being outside also gives you a chance for whimsical nighttime stargazing, especially if you have your party in a secluded natural area that doesn’t have as much light pollution as cities. In the spirit of ancient Native American bonfire ceremonies, make it an authentic back-to-nature celebration with a drum circle and teepee set-up around the fire. Or give your bonfire party a summer camp vibe with classic campfire activities like making s’mores and roasting marshmallows. The possibilities are endless.  

Masquerade Ball

Depending on your preference, a masquerade ball can be an elaborate affair that resembles a traditional Venetian soirée from the days of old. Or you could keep it a casual get-together with a dress code of dressed-up street wear. The most important thing for pulling off this type of party is the mask. The fun and thrill of the party is all about not being 100% sure of your guest’s identity. Different colors and designs also serve as an expression of free speech and being able to openly voice opinions and emotions without judgment. So put on your mask and party on!   

Pajama Party + DIY Spa Treatment

Many New Year’s resolutions involve some type of self-improvement, so get a head start with a pajama party that involves a luxurious at-home spa treatment with your best friends. The party favors should include the complete lounging set, such as premium 100% Turkish bath robes, matching bath towel wraps, heavenly soft velour slippers, and comfy pajamas for head-to-toe comfort.

Now you have everything you need for pampering yourself, whether it is a manicure and pedicure, a skin purifying face mask, or a relaxing soak in a hot tub. So pop open the champagne and make a toast to 2019. After a year of hard work in 2018, you and your A-list pals deserve some rest and relaxation!

Destination Party

For something entirely different than the typical night out on the town, consider celebrating the new year in the great outdoors. The Grand Canyon National Park, for instance, offers a package that includes canyon hikes, red rock jeep tours, colorful sunsets, and a New Year’s toast at the historic El Tovar Hotel.

Another New Year’s destination that is out of this world, Mount Kilimanjaro—one of the world’s tallest mountains—passes through five climate zones on the trek to the summit. Needless to say, this once-in-a-lifetime excursion is not for the faint hearted. But the blisters, shin splints, and lack of oxygen will be worth it when you and your friends celebrate New Year’s Day with your first sunrise of 2019, an awe-inspiring sight on top of the world (literally!).

Another destination for your New Year’s Eve bucket list is Tonga, an island near Australia, and the first country to ring in the new year. Make it a Christmas-in-July experience with snorkeling and kayaking excursions at the nearby coral island of Tongatapu.

Luxury Cruise Ship

Sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and let a cruise line handle all of your meals, activities, and most importantly, your champagne toast. All you have to decide is what to wear. And when you sail the high seas on a luxury cruise ship, happiness comes in waves, which makes for a relaxing yet adventurous way to ring in the new year. If a short evening cruise is more your style, major cities like New York, San Diego, and Seattle offer bay cruises for the evening, which are all-inclusive New Year’s Eve packages with dinner, drinks, and world-class entertainment. With the backdrop of the water and the glittering skyline in the distance, you are guaranteed to have a New Year’s bash you’ll always remember.

With these fun and offbeat party ideas on your holiday planning radar, here’s to peace, love, and surprising adventures on New Year’s Eve!

This holiday season, treat your guests to the VIP treatment with a few thoughtful details that are sure to impress even the fussiest of overnight visitors.

Keep Them Comfortable

Along with politics, one of the hardest things for people to agree on is what the temperature of the thermostat should be. To keep everybody happy, keep a few warm blankets in the guest room, especially during the colder months. If you live in a warmer climate, store a fan in the closet so your guests have the option of increasing the airflow. Also, consider switching out the regular light with a ceiling light and fan combo; that way, your guests will be able to control the lighting and temperature with ease.

Keep Them Informed

Along with a sleep set, keep your guests easily informed with a notebook on the nightstand that has important information, like the Wi-Fi password, emergency numbers, alarm codes, pool access codes, and the like. If you want the option of being more of a hands-off host, include a list of popular restaurants or activities in the area, which will keep your guests entertained when you get too busy.

Create a Sleep Sanctuary

Getting a good night’s sleep can be a challenge in a new place, so make it easy for your guests when you provide them with everything they need to sleep soundly and without being disturbed, such as an eye mask and noise-canceling earmuffs for the light sleepers. Also, keep a sound machine in the guest room, which will help block out outside noise with soothing sounds of nature. Another good idea is to add a few strategically placed nightlights so your guests can avoid bumping into sharp corners in the dark.

Clear the Clutter

When you open your home to visitors, you don’t want them to be inundated with random stuff piled everywhere. But this is also not the time to be cleaning out your closets and drawers. If you don’t have time to organize, stuff all the non-essential items into a trash bag and store it in your basement, garage, or the trunk of your car. You can always sort it out later when your guests leave.

Clearing out the foyer is even more important; especially since it will be the first thing your guests see when they arrive. Consider putting a storage bench with coat hooks in the entryway, which can be a convenient place for your guests to store their coats, boots, and umbrellas.

Provide Them with Premium Bath Time Essentials

Make the bathroom a streamlined experience for your guests when you supply them with everything they need to feel cozy and pampered. First, place several toilet paper rolls in a basket so they are easy to find. You can also place towels and washcloths on an open shelf or store them in another accessible basket. Treat your guests to five-star luxuries with premium towels made with 100% Turkish cotton and coordinating washcloths. Include a matching Turkish cotton bathrobe, bath towel wrap, and velour slippersfor a complete lounging set.

A Selection of Quality Toiletries

Another must-have for keeping at their fingertips is a basket of toiletries. Try to be thoughtful of those with sensitive skin by including organic, fragrance-free shampoos, conditioners, and body washes. To make their overnight stay even more convenient, provide them with a complete toiletry set that includes travel size toothpaste, floss, and body lotion.

Add a Cheerful Holiday Touch

Give your guestroom a hint of seasonality with festive decorations like a mini Christmas tree on the dresser or a holiday-themed bouquet of flowers. Usually Christmas decorations don’t go beyond the other rooms of the house, but this small detail will help put your guests in the Christmas spirit, especially since it will be the first thing they see when they wake up in the morning.

Create a Coffee Station in the Family Room

If you’re hosting for the holidays, the kitchen will most likely be the center of the action, so make sure the area is clean and organized before your guests arrive. Transfer the coffee station to the living room so that the kitchen doesn’t get crowded at peak cooking and serving times. For even more ease and convenience, consider investing in a pod coffee machine; with the help of these one-step appliances, your guests can enjoy a fresh cup of coffee with the touch of a button. Make your coffee station 100% self-serve when you keep the supplies out in the open and easily accessible.

When your guests are happy and comfortable, it makes your job as host easier than ever.

RobeMart Recipe For the Perfect Girls Night In

Add these essential spa accessories to your shopping list, gather your A-list gal pals, and get ready to feel pampered.

Ingredients

  1. Set the Mood
  • Relaxing music playlist
  • Aromatherapy lamp
  • Essential oils
  • Candles
  • Hot towels
  1. Care from Head to Toe
  • Nail polish
  • Hand cream
  • Mani-pedi kit
  • Foot scrub
  • Foot soaking tub
  • Epsom salts and Himalayan sea salt
  • Bubble bath

3.What You Need to Glow

  • Face mask
  • Moisturizer
  • Eye cream
  • Facial cleanser
  • Face scrub
  • Facial toner
  • Terry headband
  1. Snacks & Entertainment
  • Feel-good comedies and rom coms
  • Chocolate
  • Popcorn

Pro tip: Include healthy snacks like a fresh fruit platter and refreshing smoothies like watermelon and cucumber with mint and crushed iced.

  1. Loungewear
  • 100% Turkish cotton robe
  • Matching PJ set or nightgown
  • Slippers in a complementary color

Pro Tip: If you’re celebrating an upcoming wedding or other big event, get matching satin robes with embroidered initials to make the evening extra special.

Directions

  1. Set the mood with candles and music.
  2. Wash your face with an appropriate cleanser for your skin type.
  3. Gently exfoliate with a facial scrub, and then mist your face with toner.
  4. Run the hot water to create steam in the bathroom, which will open pores and help detox the skin.
  5. Place a hot towel around your neck and apply a facial mask. Leave on for 10 minutes or until it dries. Rinse off.
  6. Apply moisturizer and eye cream.

Pro Tip: When applying eye cream, gently dot underneath the eyes instead of rubbing it in, which helps protect this delicate area of the face.

  1. Head to the lounge area for a mani/pedi.
  2. Soak your feet in a small tub of warm water. Add Epsom salt and Himalayan sea salt, plus a few drops of bubble bath.
  3. After your feet are soft and clean (about 10 minutes), dry with a towel.
  4. Apply a cleansing scrub, paying close attention to dry areas like the heels.
  5. Wash off the scrub and dry thoroughly.
  6. Using your mani/pedi kit, prepare your toes by clipping the nails and filing down rough edges. Rinse off excess nail residue with soap and water.
  7. Apply nail polish as directed.
  8. Once the nail polish has thoroughly dried, repeat directions 8 – 13 for the manicure.

Pro Tip: Before you apply polish, keep your toes separated with a small piece of rolled up toilet paper weaved in between each toe.

Pro Tip: Use quick-drying nail polish to speed up drying and avoid any smudges.

  1. After your nails dry, apply moisturizer to your hands and feet.
  2. Put on your favorite movie or TV show, break out the food and drinks, and indulge in some R&R with the girls.

Pro Tip: Make the theme more Zen with a few energy-cleansing essentials:

  • Large healing crystals placed around the room, like amethyst and quartz.
  • Aromatherapy spray with Palo Santo and sage essential oils.

For an all-over goddess glow, treat yourself and your besties to a luxurious DIY spa treatment. Relax, renew, refresh, and repeat!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the perfect times to get all of your holiday shopping to-dos checked off. And by shopping online, you can avoid the traffic, parking hassles, and doorbuster mayhem that can befall those brave souls who actually venture out into public to do their Black Friday shopping. To make your Black Friday shopping experience even more relaxing, we’ve put together a shopping guide that features something special for everyone on your list. So whether they’ve been naughty or nice, read on to hear about some fantastic finds and great bargains. And of course, don’t forget about Cyber Monday for even more sales!

Men’s Automatic Walnut Wooden Watch

 

A stylish watch is always a great gift for the man on your list. This wooden men’s watch comes in a classic design with a twist – instead of having a metal band, it is made out of fine walnut wood. The watch is self-winding so you’ll never have to change the batteries and it even gets better with age as your skin’s natural oils blend with the wood. Get 20% off the men’s automatic walnut wooden watch Black Friday – Cyber Monday.

 

Women’s Wooden Watch Maple & Rosewood

Women love a stylish watch, too, so this Women’s Wooden Watch in Maple and Rosewood certainly fits the bill. With a delicately-hued watch band in two-toned maple and rosewood, this watch also features a unique wooden face. Perfect for the busy woman on the go who needs to be on time, this watch will wow her with its stylish and sophisticated design. Get 20% off the Women’s Wooden Watch Maple and Rosewood Black Friday – Cyber Monday.

 

Lauren St. Julian Aimee Freshwater Pearl Earrings

 

Put a smile on your loved one’s face when you gift them these delicate pearl earrings. An elegant drop design made with freshwater pearls and sterling silver, these elegant earrings go with everything and have a universal appeal for those who love stylish and classic accessories. Shop Lauren St. Julian Aimee Freshwater Pearl Earrings on sale for only $25 – no code needed – on Black Friday.

 

Pairfum London Pillow Spray

 

In today’s fast-paced world, show you care by giving your busy loved one a soothing pillow spray that helps even the most wound-up person drift off to a blissful sleep. It comes in a choice of three serene scents that use natural essential oils: lavender, chamomile, and neroli. On Black Friday or Cyber Monday, get 25% off the PAIRFUM collection.

 

Pressa Bottle

The Pressa Bottle is a unique water bottle that your health-conscious friend will appreciate. This specially designed water bottle has a compartment for fruit, so you can enjoy the fresh flavors of real pressed fruit in your water. This will encourage thirsty people to stay hydrated. Get one for yourself and a friend with this great deal: Buy 1 Pressa Bottle and get 1 for 50% off or buy 3 and get 1 free!

 

 

Grand Trunk Puffy Travel Pillow

This highly rated travel pillow is perfect for the world traveler or frequent flyer. Made out of soft, machine washable fabric, it comes with a packable bag that easily fits in your hand luggage. Travel in comfort with this exceptionally well-made travel pillow. Get the Puffy Travel Pillow with a Blackout Travel Eyemask bundle for only $25 (almost a 40% discount).

 

 

Mama Java Coffee

Who doesn’t appreciate a good cup of coffee? For the coffee lovers in your life, Mama Java Coffee is just the ticket. Mama Java Coffee has a huge selection of gourmet coffee so you’ll be able to find the perfect tasting selection for the coffee gourmand on your list. On Black Friday, buy 1 and get 50% off, plus a free mug. On Cyber Monday, get free shipping plus a $10 gift card for every $50 spent at Mama Java Coffee.

 

Robemart Robes

For the truly essential gift of comfort and style, Robemart robes are the perfect choice for anyone on your list. And even better for your holiday budget, we have an extensive selection of deluxe robes that will all be on sale. On Black Friday, all satin robes except the rhinestone ones will be $8.99. These silky, sleek robes are the perfect gift for relaxing by the fireplace after a hot bath. Waffle robes are a classic spa style that comes in a variety of lengths and colors. For Cyber Monday, prices will be dropped on all waffle items: $12.49 for long waffle robes, $10.49 for short waffle robes, and $7.49 for waffle body wraps.

With all the fantastic sales going on for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you will find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, and save a bundle in the process. These deals are so amazing that you might as well put yourself on your gift list while you’re doing your holiday shopping – you deserve it!

Whether you are hosting for 22 family and friends this Thanksgiving or attending an intimate gathering, there is always so much to do! Even after shopping and cooking for a week, there is the morning prep, the last minute dash(es) for forgotten ingredients, the fabulous meal, cleaning up afterward and collapsing – and that doesn’t even include Black Friday!

You’ll be on the go and in demand. To be sure you’ll look and feel your very best, we have consulted with some of our favorite fashion bloggers to come up with a recipe for no-fail, fuss-free fashion – Thanksgiving style!

Fall Fashion Basics

As Mara of M Loves M reminds us, fall fashion is all about the luxe – think rich, deep jewel-toned colors and sumptuous, luxurious textures, like leather, suede, cashmere, chenille, and shearling – textures you crave to touch and feel against your skin. Rather than investing in an entirely new wardrobe, Mara recommends freshening your classic fall pieces with fun new fashion accessories. Reach for scarves and wraps in cuddly soft textiles and glorious color. Chunky jewelry in rich gold tones is always stylish and perfect for fall, with an emphasis on oversized chains for 2018. Try stacking mismatched bangles for a note of careless glam. Boots are simply a must-have for fall, from kicky ankle boots to knee- or even thigh-high styles. Ever versatile, your boots will pair well with everything from jeans to mini skirts, keeping you warm and on-trend.

Photo: https://mlovesm.com/2018/10/fall-wardrobe-accessories

Thanksgiving Day Prep

The morning of Thanksgiving starts early and just doesn’t let up. You’ll be on the move cleaning, chopping, mixing, roasting, and baking. And, because you love tradition, you’ll make a dash (or three) to the local supermarket for something essential, but overlooked. Don your favorite pair of well worn skinny jeans, the ones that fit so well and feel just right. They’re the perfect foundation for the busy day ahead.

Shelby of Pretty in the Pines is celebrating the return of sweater weather, and we are toasting it, too! Add a cozy pullover in rich jewel tones and cozy soft texture. Keeping the bottom slim with jeans lets you go oversized or extra roomy with the top. Explore beautiful knits, structures, and stitches like cable knit patterns or popcorn stitches. Slip on a pair of ankle boots, and toss your hair into a careless updo, and your look is effortlessly chic. Grab a cross-body bag in a spicy hue, and you are good to go. You’ll be comfortable and looking great as you run last minute errands, check on the bird, crimp the pie crusts, and greet your guests.

Photo: https://prettyinthepines.com/2018/10/its-sweater-season

Thanksgiving Dinner

Taking a minute or two to change clothes for dinner is a great way to signal to your mind and body, as well as your guests, that the rush and the fussing are now over. Now it is time to slow down, relax, and enjoy the fruits of your labor and the people you have brought together.

Take a tip from Ashley Fultz, The Style Editrix, and choose a romantic dress in fall florals. As feminine as their spring counterparts, fall florals are generally more sophisticated and typically rendered in deeper, richer tones. This look is always so flattering. Keep your ensemble current with ankle boots, and give it a trendy, casual twist with a jean jacket. Finish with simple gold jewelry and let your hair down to softly frame your face. The look is both polished and poised, yet relaxed and inviting. You will be comfortable lingering over dinner as you visit with your nearest and dearest.

Photo: http://thestyleeditrix.com/fall-floral-dress

Thanksgiving Evening

When the final cup of coffee is finished, and the pies have been reduced to crumbs, your guests will soon be departing. After the last tail lights have faded into the distance, fight the urge to just drop into bed. Instead, change into your bamboo sleepwear, which is silky soft and oh so comfortable. Slide your tired feet into cozy slippers that both warm and protect you while you get the dishes done and the leftovers squared away. You will be well set for the following day. Then, when you slip between the sheets, your mind will be ready to let you truly rest. Utterly comfortable, enjoy the day’s success and let the stresses fade away as you drift off to a restorative slumber.

Black Friday Fierce or Family Time?

What are your plans for the Friday after? Have you been scouting the hottest Black Friday deals? Will you be up and out before dawn, ready to score big savings? Or will you build a fire and lounge with your family over spiced cider and Netflix, and get a start on those yummy leftovers?

For the bargain hunter hitting the trail before dawn, dress as if preparing for battle. Steals and deals are prizes for the swift and the dedicated. Comfort is critical, and the fashion must be fierce. Acid washed or distressed skinny jeans set the tone. A lightweight sweater gives you full freedom of movement without becoming overly warm. A bright, colorful scarf gives you plenty of versatility and makes you easy to spot by the rest of your posse. Add an oversized bag for stashing your smaller finds, as well as carrying your bottle of water.

To really pull the look together, and give it a fabulous, take-no-prisoners vibe, choose a pair of stylish cognac knee-high boots, a la Jo-Lynne Shane. These fashion staples impart a lean, long line to your legs, with a dash of edgy glam. Be sure to find a pair that fit your legs well; this is crucial to the look and feel you are aiming for. For a wide calf, many styles come in broader cuts or sizes. Look for stacked or wide heels to provide balance to your look. If your calves are on the thin side, select boots with belts or buckle details at the ankle to draw attention to your sassy style. If you are petite of stature, rounded or pointed toe boots will give your legs a longer look than will a boxy, square-toed shoe.

Your confident stride will carry the day when you are questing for the best deals and discounts. Be sure to pick up a few pieces to wear with your boots – these fashion essentials are highly versatile. They’re an excellent choice for both work and play, whether you are dressing up or keeping it casual. You’ll rock your knee-high boots with pants, jeans, dresses, and skirts.

Photo: https://jolynneshane.com/fall-dress-cognac-boots.html

The Home Front

Whether you forgo the spoils of Black Friday altogether by staying home to bask in the glow of your gathered family, or you return home after a hard-fought day at the mall, you have earned your rest! Slip into your comfiest clothes like yoga pants and an oversized tee, or climb right into your jammies. It’s lounging time! Wrap yourself in warmth and luxury with a plush terry cloth robe. Cuddling on the sofa with the kids, watching silly shows together, playing games… This is the time that forges and deepens family bonds. This time is fleeting. This time is precious. Embrace it. It is for times like this that we all give thanks.

It’s not uncommon to feel like you’ve got an awful lot on your plate. Between work and social obligations, plus all of the emails, texts, pings, and dings that come with being a person, self-care doesn’t always make it onto the to-do list.

But, letting our schedules get in the way of taking care of ourselves is a mistake. Neglecting nutrition, exercise, and emotional check-ins can take a real toll on our work, friendships, and mental health.

The thing is, we can’t function well if we don’t take good care of ourselves first. When time is at a premium, self-care can seem, well, self-ISH. But it’s not. It’s like that old adage: You can’t truly love someone else until you learn to love yourself.

So, what’s the solution? Well, it might take a little planning and a lot of creativity, but it doesn’t need to be hard.

Here are some self-care 101 tips for reducing stress and making space for balance.

Mental Self-Care

Self-care is the backbone of a healthy mind. Investing time in this area can help you prevent mental health problems from developing or getting worse.

As you can see, this is such an essential part of well-being. Here are a few ways you can take care of yourself, so you feel less stressed and better prepared to tackle your responsibilities.

Unplug

Create spaces in your day where you can unplug from everything. We know this is a challenge, but sometimes we need a break from the electronics.

Block off a few hours where you turn it all off. That means no emails, no Internet, no calls. Grab a book and curl up in your favorite robe. Make a hot cup of tea and settle into the quiet. It might feel strange at first, but you’ll come to savor these little moments.

Try Mindfulness

Mindfulness, by definition, is the human ability to be fully present and aware of where we are and what we’re doing. It’s about keeping a clear head and trying to stay in the moment.

Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re doing, you’re practicing mindfulness. There are countless apps available, too, in case you need a bit of guidance. Calm and Headspace are a couple of popular options.

Make Time for Personal Care

When you’re stressed out, sometimes it’s hard to force yourself to wash your face before going to bed or take care of your skin. Little things like taking a shower with your favorite body wash or getting dressed in clothes that make you feel good can have a significant impact on your well-being.

We also recommend setting some time aside, maybe once a week, for a more involved personal care routine. Things like doing a face mask, taking a bath, and just slowing down for an hour or so gives you a chance to recharge your mental battery.

If you’re adding bath time to your routine, try using one of these wrap towels—they’re built to not fall down while you perform your DIY facial or take your time drying off. Or, cuddle up in a waffle robe post-soak, and let yourself sink into comfort with a good book.

The Social Stuff

Though the term “self-care” sounds self-motivated, a significant aspect of taking care of your well-being is connecting with others. This doesn’t mean taking on projects you don’t want to do or spending time with people who bring you down. Instead, it’s being intentional about who you spend time with and trying to spread positivity.

A few tips for social self-care:

Help Others

It sounds cliché, but helping others helps us, too. Lending a hand to a friend in need or volunteering has a positive effect on self-esteem and overall well-being.

People derive a lot of self-worth from feeling useful, and as such, it’s a great way to reduce stress. Feelings like empathy and generosity can increase levels of oxytocin in the body, which makes us feel calm and happy.

Ask for Help

Helping others is one side of the coin, but you also need to make sure you ask for help when you need it yourself. We forget that our network is there to support us and don’t always take advantage of our lifelines. Learn to identify when you’re maxed out and call a friend for backup. Ask your partner to take the reins on getting the kids ready for school. Sometimes, we need to be able to communicate what we need—people aren’t mind readers, after all.

Spend Time with the People You Love

You know that phrase,  “Your network is your net worth”? Well, there’s some truth in there. Make sure you set aside enough time to keep in touch with your family or schedule date nights with your partner.

Friendships are just as important. As we get involved in our careers and other obligations, our friends can take a backseat. Bonds are really important to our health. They boost our sense of belonging, self-worth, happiness, and may reduce our risk of developing significant health problems. So, schedule a happy hour here and there, call a friend to go on a hike, or whatever else is up your alley. Just don’t be a stranger.

Don’t Be a Doormat

While being nice and being helpful are two elements that can make us feel good, there’s a difference between spreading kindness and joy, and being a doormat.

When our defenses are down—due to a lack of sleep or low self-esteem, it can be hard to set boundaries.

Be strong and don’t let people walk all over you. Communicate when you don’t have time to take on that extra project or plan the birthday parties at work.

Limit Your Time Spent On Social Media

Social media can be fun—and it’s an excellent way to keep up with the people we don’t always get a chance to see. But regularly spending time on social can leave us feeling negative.

It’s hard not to compare ourselves to the seemingly perfect lives of those we follow—even though we know deep down, that images are filtered and curated. People tend to put their best face forward, sharing vacations and the happy milestones, without any of the tough stuff. As such, it can make you feel alone when you’re struggling. We’ve already said it, but taking a break from social media or limiting checking in perhaps once or twice a day can help you focus on and cherish what is immediately around you.

The Physical Stuff

Finally, self-care also means literally taking care of your body. We sometimes forget the importance of sleep, exercise, and nutrition, so let’s take a look at these basic functions and how important they are to a healthy self-care routine.

Make Sure You’re Eating Well

Food plays a huge role in how we feel. Go long periods without food and chances are, you’ll start to get hangry.

Nourishing your body with food is one of the most basic ways to take care of your body, but it’s time to rethink how you’re approaching your diet. Investing in high-quality ingredients instead of eating processed foods is an excellent place to start. Limit your intake of sugary foods and processed carbs. Look for fresh vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins. Add in some whole grains, and you’re on the right track for a well-rounded approach to eating.

Move Around

Getting your sweat on can do wonders for the mind, body, and soul. Next time you find yourself stressed, frustrated, or emotionally overwhelmed, head to the gym or go for a run. Exercise boosts mood, increases energy, and it’s good for your heart.

And even if the gym isn’t for you, there are plenty of other options. Going for a walk, doing some yard work, or riding your bike to work can improve your well-being.

Get Enough Sleep

Most people need about eight hours of sleep, give or take depending on your body. While it may be tempting to stay up late with a few extra episodes on Netflix or answering a few last-minute emails, it’s not worth it. Chronic sleep deprivation can contribute to depression, anxiety, and poor work performance.

To ensure you get a good night’s sleep on a regular basis, you’ll want to develop a routine. Make sure you hit the hay around the same time each night. Avoid using electronics close to bedtime. The backlit screens can interfere with your sleep cycle. Instead, try reading a physical book before nodding off.

Additionally, you should take some time to unwind before heading to bed. Some people like doing light stretching, breathing exercises, or taking a warm bath.

You’ll also want to avoid spending too much time in your bedroom outside of sleeping hours. Your bed is for sleep and relaxation, and as such, it’s smart to train your body to think of this space as sacred. Invest in soft sheets, earplugs, and maybe even a sleep mask.

Add an extra element to your sleep routine and get some pajamas you love—we’re partial to these lightweight nightgowns. The point is, you need to create a comfortable, quiet, and dark space for yourself to get the best possible sleep.

Final Thoughts

Look, we can’t do it all every single day, but taking a few minutes here and there to decompress is a great starting point. Make self-care a goal like anything else, and you’ll start to feel more in control. The better we feel, the more prepared we are to tackle all items on our to-do list and do more for the people we love.