Sparkle at Holiday Events

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Whether you are dressing for an office holiday party or a glitzy charity event, it does not take much to add some festive cheer to your look. From metallic gold garments to glittering accessories, here are some ways in which you can add some sparkle to your outfit for your next holiday event.

Office Holiday Party
Office holiday parties are not usually that formal, meaning that if you want to add some sparkle to your look, you need to do this in a way that is not too over-the-top. With metallic gold being bang on trend for this season, this is a great color to opt for, and can be paired with so many other contrasting shades. While you will not likely want to opt for an entire outfit in metallic gold, a shimmering gold top, or even a top with just metallic gold detailing, can be paired with more conventional pants or a skirt, making this the ideal outfit for your office holiday party.

Meeting the Parents
The holiday season is often when new couples meet each other’s parents for the first time, and working out what to wear can definitely be nerve-wracking. This is another occasion in which your sparkle needs to be quite subtle and toned down, making festive accessories your best bet. From your handbag to your shoes to your jewelry, allow one or two aspects of your outfit to sparkle, but try to keep the rest of it relatively demure.

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Charity Event
The majority of formal charity events will have a dress code that guests need to stick to, making it slightly easier to put together an outfit. A glittering cocktail dress is always a good choice, whether you opt for a full length or a shorter design. For those who want to go all out, a sparkly evening gown will definitely make you feel like the belle of the ball, but when wearing an evening gown that sparkles, you need to make sure that everything else that you wear is quite toned down. Rather than donning all of your favorite festive accessories, keep jewelry to a minimum, and choose some simple sandals rather than a more extravagant style.

Holiday Dinner
Holiday feasts are a big part of the festive season, and while your usual daytime look would likely suffice, it never hurts to jazz up your outfit a little. For those who want to keep their sparkle to their accessories, garments in traditional festive colors, from red to green to gold, will act as the perfect backdrop. Wearing separates should also be considered for a holiday dinner, as this means that you will be able to combine a variety of different textures and silhouettes. A sequinned skirt or an embellished top can really add some festive flair to your look, and can be paired with a slightly more simple garment to keep the outfit in the casual realm.

While you likely already have a few favorite go-to festive outfits, it never hurts to experiment with your style and mix things up a bit. Whether you are heading to a formal charity event or a festive office party, these ideas will ensure that you always have something fabulous to wear.

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Beating Holiday Stress

Many people would say that the holiday season brings with it just as much stress as it does joy, leaving them unable to really enjoy themselves. If you find yourself agreeing with this, read on for some great tips on how to beat that dreaded holiday stress.

woman with family
Don’t Over-Schedule
You may feel obliged to accept just about every invitation that comes your direction during the holiday season, but over-scheduling is pretty much a guaranteed way to bring on huge amounts of holiday stress. Learning how to say no may seem simple, but it is something that can sometimes take quite a bit of work. However, once you do say no, this will go a long way in reducing the amount of seasonal stress that you experience, as your calendar will not be packed with too many obligations, leaving you with plenty of time for yourself.

Think Before You Spend
The financial pressure that often comes with the holiday season is enough to cause stress to even the most laid back person, but it does not need to be this way. Before you begin spending for the holidays, set yourself a realistic budget that will not leave you dealing with excessive debts in the new year, and make sure that you stick to it. When it comes to gifts, do not forget that non-material presents can often be the most meaningful, from personalized poems to home videos.

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Take a Break
When everything starts to seem slightly overwhelming, this is the time to step back and take a short break for 15 minutes or so. Heading outside for some fresh air will do you some good in multiple ways, from the sunlight stimulating the production of serotonin within the body, otherwise known as the feel good hormone, to the motion of walking having a tranquilizing effect on the brain. Once you return to the stressful situation, you will feel much more refreshed and better capable of dealing with it.

Don’t Abandon Healthy Habits
After striving all year to be as healthy as possible, the thought of overindulging during the holiday season can often be quite stressful, as you become fully aware of the guilt that you will soon be facing. To avoid over-eating when it comes to unhealthy snacks at holiday parties, have something healthy to eat before leaving the house, so that you will not be as hungry when you arrive. You can also make your own kitchen as healthy and supportive as possible, by doing everything from removing any sugar-filled treats, which you know you will be eating plenty of when out, to keeping your home alcohol-free and only drinking when you are out socializing, as excessive alcohol is definitely not good for your health.

The holiday season is supposed to be a joyful time, with peace and happiness being promoted. However, the only way that you can really enjoy all that the holidays truly stand for is by ensuring that you are as stress-free as possible, so keep these methods in mind whenever you start to feel overwhelmed.