Chic Accessories for a Holiday Formal

Woman with chic accessories
Accessories can really make or break an outfit, so, for a holiday formal, you really want to make sure that your accessories are on point. From a stylish smart watch to help you count calories to bold, varnished brass earrings, these chic accessories each promise to inject your outfit with a powerful dose of style.

Poppy Petal Earrings, Celine
When it comes to earrings for a holiday formal, many tend to go down the route of extravagance and sparkle, but, if the rest of your outfit is quite statement-making, it is best to keep your earrings relatively minimal. The simple yet stunning Poppy Petal Earrings from Celine have been created from a beautiful varnished brass, and their deep red shade is perfectly in-keeping with the festive season.

Q Smartwatch, Fossil
One of the most popular accessories out there is the watch, and while smartwatches have not been exceptionally stylish up until now, the sleek Q Smartwatch from Fossil is set to change this. These beautiful watches are crafted from refined steel and boast classic leather accents, along with high-tech touchscreen displays, and are ideal for those who are trying to eat healthily during the holidays, as they will do everything from track your steps to count your calories.

Rien ne se Fait sans Amour, Agnes B
Rien ne se Fait sans Amour, which means “nothing can be done without love” in English, is the title of the latest accessories collection from designer Agnes B. Each one of these exquisite pieces would be perfectly suited to a holiday formal, as they have been created from red gold and rose gold, resulting in luxurious yet sleek and sophisticated pieces.

Woman in heelsPax Heels, Kate Spade
If your holiday formal involves a night of dancing, then you need to pay careful attention to the shoes that you wear. While needle-thin stilettos might be your go-to pair, these are likely to become uncomfortable during the evening, and will prevent you from really enjoying yourself. To ensure that you really will be able to dance the night away while rocking a pair of heels, invest in a pair of the Pax Heels from Kate Spade, which feature thick, stacked heels for added comfort, but which are also encrusted in sparkling stones for a perfect festive flair.

Double T Bag, Tod’s
The deep red Double T Bag from Tod’s is the ideal color for the holidays, and is an evening bag that will allow you to remain hands-free during the night, which is always a bonus at a holiday formal. This cross-body style features a chain and leather strap that gives the bag quite an edgy feel, and these can also be extended or shortened so that they can work with just about any outfit.

These high fashion accessories are all perfect for a holiday formal, no matter what the rest of your outfit may look like. From the chic and minimal Celine earrings to the sparkly but practical Kate Spade heels, each of these pieces exude a sense of modern style.

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Favorite Holiday Meals from Around the World

Christmas cookies

Festive food is a huge part of the holiday season, with Christmas dinner being a time-honored tradition all over the world. While this may be the case, the food that is eaten in different countries varies hugely, so for those wanting to add an international twist to their Christmas meal this year, these are some holiday meals from around the world that you can take some inspiration from.

Italy
When it comes to their Christmas dinner, Italy stands apart from the majority of European countries, because rather than feasting on roasted meat, they turn to the sea to put together their Feast of the Seven Fishes. Held on Christmas Eve, this tradition, which comes from Southern Italy, commemorates the wait for the birth of baby Jesus. As expected from its name, the feast features course after course of seafood, with everything from clams to oysters to scallops to many other types of fish.

Fiji
Fiji is known for its unique customs and traditions, and the Christmas meal here is no exception. A typical Christmas table in Fiji is usually bursting with color, as well as delicious aromas, with everything from fish in banana leaves, garlic stuffed chicken, and pork that has been slow cooked in an underground hot stone oven.

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Israel
Turkey is a common feature in the Christmas dinners in Israel, but these birds are seasoned with a range of tantalizing spices, from nutmeg to cinnamon to pepper, before being stuffed with rice and almonds. Other popular dishes that often appear on the festive table are Qidreh, a lamb dish that has been cooked in a wood-fired oven, Malfouf, which is rice with ground lamb rolled in cabbage leaves, and sides of hummus, as well as Middle Eastern vegetables.

Peru
Christmas dinner in Peru is held on Christmas Eve, and just like in many other countries, roast turkey is the star of the feast. The Peruvian Christmas version usually sees the turkey stuffed with beef and peanuts, and then decorated with fresh cherries and pineapples. After the main meal, marzipan is often served up for dessert, alongside a steaming mug of thick hot chocolate.

Christmas dinner

Australia
When it comes to Christmas dinner, Australia tends to follow the British tradition turkey, but since it is summer rather than winter for them, roasting is not usually the cooking method of choice. Instead, Christmas barbecues are extremely common, and everything from turkey to ham to ribs is cooked up, with a cold Pavlova to follow for dessert.

Poland
A traditional Polish Christmas meal always features carp, and this freshwater fish used to be bought in advance and kept alive in buckets until Christmas Eve, to ensure maximum freshness. When it comes time for cooking, the carp is scaled and de-boned, before the flesh is salted and then gently fried in olive oil.

The traditions that you follow for your holiday meal are important, but this does not mean that you cannot mix it up a bit this year, borrowing a few elements from around the world. Whether this means adding a couple of Italian-inspired seafood dishes, or serving up some Peruvian marzipan and hot chocolate for dessert, there are many ways in which you can add some international flair to your Christmas dinner this year.

Make Sure Your Pets Don’t Get to These Holiday Foods

Pets enjoying their Christmas treats.

When you’ve got a table overflowing with a festive feast, and a cute pooch watching your every move with mournful eyes, it can be very tempting to sneak your best pal a few bites of your holiday meal. While some foods are absolutely fine for your pets to snack on, there are others that can be quite dangerous, some of them even fatal. Keep your pets safe this festive season by reading OROGOLD’s tips on the foods that you should make sure are kept completely out of your pet’s reach.

Chocolate and Candy
This is one that most pet owners are already likely to know about, as chocolate is one of the most toxic poisons for a dog, and even more fatal for a cat. The reason for this is because chocolate contains theobromine, and the darker the chocolate is, the more fatal it will be for your pet. When it comes to candy, most of this contains Xylitol, a sweetener that is extremely toxic to dogs and can result in liver failure, so be sure to keep this well away from your pets.

Turkey Bones
When you’ve got a platter full of turkey bones, it is definitely tempting to give your dog a couple, but cooked bones are extremely dangerous to feed to dogs. Cooking softens the bones, and once your dog starts chewing on them, they easily splinter into smaller fragments, causing a variety of different problems, including intestinal blockages and perforations. If you do want to feed your dog bones over the holidays, OROGOLD would recommend visiting your local butcher and asking for some raw bones, as these are actually highly beneficial for dogs.

Meaty Leftovers
While some leftovers will be highly appreciated by your dog, there are others that you should avoid feeding. Fatty leftovers can cause internal injuries, so if you do fix your pet a small plate with turkey and gravy, make sure to keep the amount to a minimum. Too much meat and gravy, in particular, can cause problems such as canine pancreatitis, but if you keep the portions small, you won’t have a problem.

Certain Fruits and Veg
There are some vegetables that are toxic to pets, and these include onions, shallots, garlic and leeks, as well as certain fruits such as grapes and raisins. Nuts should also be avoided at all costs, with macadamia nuts in particular, a popular ingredient in holiday cookies and treats, causing kidney damage.

Now that you know which foods to keep your pets away from this holiday season, you are much better equipped to keep them safe. OROGOLD also strongly advises that you let your friends and family know this information as well, so that they will also refrain from sneaking your furry friend any dangerous table scraps. OROGOLD also advises that you keep any food packaging and wrappers out of your pet’s reach, and ensure that your bins cannot be opened by them, as the smells from your festive leftovers may be too much temptation for them to avoid!

OROGOLD’s Guide to Golden Holiday Decor – ORO GOLD Reviews

Choosing golden décor for your home during the holiday season is so much fun, and ORO GOLD has some great tips to help you know what to look for when decorating your home this holiday season.

 

Gold Christmas Trees

Golden colored Christmas trees are a wonderful way to spice up any space in your home and add a comfortable, soft glow to any room. It looks classy and festive, as well as luxurious. Adorn your tree with red bows and white lights for the overall color pop that will keep you wanting to spend as much time around the tree as possible.

 

Golden Wreaths

If you are lucky enough to find a golden wreath this holiday season, buy it! They are difficult to find, but if you’re crafty you can make one of your very own. Simply spray paint a faux wreath with gold spray paint, adorn it with bows and festive artifacts like cinnamon scented pinecones or ‘snow’ covered pinecones, and hang. This idea is beautiful for a front door or entry way into your home, and eye catching.

 

Golden Mirrors

Mirrors accommodate any season, and if you would like to add something extra special, opt for a mirror with a golden frame, preferably one with an antique look to it. Hang it on the wall by your Christmas tree to show the reflection of the tree and lights, and you’ve got an added pop of color in your room which will make your guests do a double take!

 

Golden Ornaments

Many designers offer golden ornaments during the Christmas season, and you can never have enough of them. If you are into making crafts, this is an excellent one to do yourself. Simply take some clear glass ornaments, add some acrylic paint inside the bulb, swirl around inside of the ornament and throw in some contrasting glitter such as silver or red. If you want to go all gold, you can do that as well. You can then decorate the outside however you wish! Allow drying time of 24 hours before you hook and hang the ornaments.

 

Golden Tableware and Plates

If you have guests coming for dinner Christmas Eve or Christmas day, prepare a lovely meal and adorn the table with gold. A golden tablecloth, golden plates and silverware, and gold rimmed drinking glasses make a perfect conversation piece that will leave everyone breathless. Add a sparkle with white candles in hurricane vases for a special touch.

 

Golden Snowflakes and Stars

This is a fun project to make with your kids or grandkids. If you can find golden stars and snowflakes and would rather purchase them pre-made, that’s fine too. Otherwise, spray paint them with gold spray paint (outdoors of course, to avoid inhalation of fumes) and add some white or gold glitter. Allow them to dry, and tie some clear thread or string around the top of each one. Hang them from the ceiling throughout the room in which you have your Christmas tree at different lengths. You could also use red ribbon to hang them instead.

OROGOLD on Oktoberfest and Fun Fall Drinks – ORO GOLD Reviews

Oktoberfest imageWhen we think of fall, we typically tend to think of the leaves changing, the air getting cooler, readying ourselves fashion wise by breaking out the sweaters, hats and gloves, and cozying up with the one we love in front of the fire place. We rarely think of the fall months bringing with it fun fall drinks and events, but this article just might change your mind. OROGOLD brings you a guide on Oktoberfest and fun fall drinks.

During the fall months when while everyone is thinking about Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Christmas on its way, it goes without saying that sometimes, a celebratory drink is in order. You could mix up a few of your favorites in your own home, head out on the town for the night with your best friends or significant other, or simply grab a six pack from the store. If you really want to drink and have a good time, why not head on over to your local Oktoberfest celebration?

Oktoberfest originated in Bavaria, and has been an ongoing celebration ever since its inception. At these events, there are many authentic Bavarian foods served, and millions of gallons of beer are consumed at these events every year. If you’ve never experienced Oktoberfest, you should give it a try – it’s a great time, with authentic food, music, and attire.

Another option for a fun fall drink would be eggnog. Not the straight-up-from-the-carton kind, but adult eggnog. Simply mix a cup or so of eggnog with your favorite alcohol and voila – you’ve got yourself a fantastic and festive drink to accommodate the season of fall. Sprinkle a little cinnamon over the top and its perfection!

There’s always the age old and delicious classic, hot chocolate, a.k.a. cocoa. It’s a fantastic drink both the adults and children can enjoy, and there are so many ways you can variate a simple cup of hot chocolate and make it all your own. Add cinnamon, whipped cream, half and half, white chocolate syrup, or whatever else you can think of to give it a personal taste. Make sure to heavy on the whipped cream!

Pumpkin spice coffee is a fantastic way to get your morning caffeine rush in the fall months. It will brighten your day and make you smile. Also, your room or house will smell fantastical once you brew a pot up! Starbucks also has a fantastic Pumpkin spice coffee. Highly recommended!

Apple cider is another fantastic fall favorite. Enjoy it hot or iced, with a cinnamon stick. There are also many teas crafted for the coolest months, such as pumpkin spice or peppermint. Either hot or iced, you can’t go wrong with a festive cup of tea!

There are many more fun fall drink recipes you can find on the internet. Just get in the kitchen and get creative. You never know what your new favorite thing is until you try it!