4 Simple Ways to Have a Romantic Night In

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to make plans for the infamous holiday. A night out on the town, a reservation at your favorite restaurant, or a trip to the movie theater are all great ways to celebrate love. That said, this year is a great year to switch it up! Check out these simple ways to have a romantic night in.

Enjoy a Home Cooked Meal 

Send the ultimate romantic gesture by preparing a home-cooked meal for your loved one. Or – even better – spend the day shopping, preparing and cooking together! Channel your inner chef and try something new, like a chili-rubbed ribeye steak.

If you’re still looking for a classic steak house atmosphere, dim the lights, put on your perfect date outfit, and set the mood with a candle-lit dinner.

Throw on a Classic Romance Movie

There are dozens of romantic films to enjoy on Valentine’s Day but this year, opt for a classic. Casablanca is a 1942 romance that is sure to pull your heart strings. Whether you’re spending the day with a group of friends or your significant other, there’s no better film to celebrate the power of true love.

A romantic movie calls for the comfiest, cutest pajamas you own. There’s no reason you can’t be cute and cozy at the same time. Pop a fresh bag of popcorn, load up the coffee table with your favorite snacks, and settle in for a night of timeless romance.

Open a Nice Bottle of Red Wine

You don’t need a reason to drink a bottle of wine, but a night in – especially on Valentine’s Day – is a great one. Plus, it’s incredibly simple to grab a nice bottle and a couple of glasses to spark the romance.

Red wine is particularly romantic because it’s considered to be an aphrodisiac. It’s also great to enjoy on colder nights. Either way, consider enjoying your nice bottle of red with a decadent chocolate pairing. If you’d like to add an activity to your simple night in, consider baking your favorite chocolate dessert before settling in on the couch.

If you usually opt for white wine, there are plenty of great options out there as well. Consider opening a bottle of sparkling white wine, for a bit of effervescence that’s sure to set the mood. Or, make a sparkling strawberry spritzer. 

Eat Take Out by Candlelight

If you’d like to take the frills out of a classic romantic dinner, consider keeping it simple by ordering your favorite take out. Whether you opt for pizza or Thai food, you’ll avoid shopping, cooking, cleaning and even getting dressed. If that’s not a simple night, I’m not sure what is. The question is, how do you spark romance? Simply light a few candles, dim the lights, and compliment the meal with your favorite cocktails. Cheers!

Valentine’s Day is a day to show love, but most importantly, it’s a day to spend doing activities you love with the people you love. Whether you enjoy a fancy night on the town or a night in your friends or significant other, these tips will be there when you’re ready for a romantic night in.

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7 Style Tips for the Holidays

The holidays are finally here, which means your calendar is likely full of Christmas festivities! Getting a look together can be challenging at times but we have created a great list that can help guide you through this holiday season! Don’t be shy until after New Year’s, go out with a bang and stand out!

Leave the Denim Out

There is no reason you need to wear denim all 12 months of the year. Ditch the denim the month of straight holiday parties and go out with tapered black trousers or a pair of pants in a fun, festive color scheme. Store away the denim for just the holiday month and try something new!

Choose a Statement-making Coat

Chances are, it is going to be cold outside, so why not cover yourself in a coat that’ll make a statement? Go for a chic coat when headed to your holiday parties. It’ll be the first thing people notice when entering your festivities.

If you want to stand out, you can always get a fur, leather, or embroidered coat. Don’t forget to make sure it fits you properly. If it doesn’t, find a neighborhood tailor and have them make the perfect fit.

Go Bold with Jewelry

If you’ve ever wanted to go bold with jewelry, the holidays are a perfect time. Sparkle up your arm up with a gold and emerald cuff bracelet. Match that bold piece with a pair of unique gold hoops and finish it off with the bulky necklace you have been wanting to show off.

Holiday parties are the perfect place to make a statement, but if you plan on making a bold move with your jewelry, make sure to keep your outfit simple.

Opt for a High Boot

Skip the booties; go for a high boot! Chances are, you have at least a couple pairs of booties in your closet but let’s tuck those away this holiday season.

Nothing stands out more than a woman who can strut in high boots. Go for a solid black or if you are feeling bold, a tall, red velvet boot is sure to stand out.

Add Some Color and Sparkle

There is no better time than the holidays to add some shimmer to your outfit. You can add a sequined skirt, metallic top, or crystal-embellished shoe. Just remember not to go overboard with the sparkle, we don’t want you looking like a Christmas tree!

Nothing says, “Happy Holidays” more than some festive color throughout your attire. Don’t be afraid to add some neon or some acid brights to help your outfit pop. You can even incorporate Christmas colors into your jewelry if you are feeling extra jolly.

Plus, if your outfit is simple, you can opt for a festive piece of jewelry. Festive, charmed earrings and bracelets are a great way to be festive without going overboard.

Experiment with Lipstick Color

Maybe bold lipstick isn’t in your everyday makeup routine, but the holidays are a great reason to try new things! Red lipstick is always a good choice but make sure to buy the proper red tone to match your skin color.

If you aren’t a fan of red lipstick opt for something calmer, like a light pink or glittery gloss. Shimmery lips are perfect to bring in the New Year!

Don’t Shy Away from a Fierce Pattern

Leopard print is making a comeback and we are all about it. You can throw leopard into your outfit to add a little sass at any point of the day. If you want to keep it mellow, add it to your jewelry or even your shoes. If you are trying to keep it casual, go with some leopard flats.

Christmas parties are just beginning, step out of your comfort zone with one of these tips. Mix up your Holiday wardrobe and make a bold statement!

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10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Any Woman in Your Life (At any Budget)

It’s the most wonderful time of year again, but also one of the most stressful. Let go of your gifting woes with these ten perfect presents for any woman in your life. Whether you’re shopping for your sister, mother, girlfriend, or best pal, there’s something for everyone on this list–and at every price point.

1 – Fashionable Earrings

A pair of earrings may be small in size, but it’s a big gesture. This gift shows you know they love fashion and their personal taste. You can opt for something simple like a pair of studs or small hoops, or something a touch bigger that dangles with a little more flair. Whichever you choose, think about what the lady you’re shopping for likes to wear and base your decision on that.

2 – A Smart Water Bottle

For the fitness buff in your life, grab the latest trend sweeping studios and gyms everywhere. A smart water bottle glows whenever it’s time to take a drink, so she’ll never have to worry about being dehydrated. The water bottle is designed with a textured outside, so it won’t slip out of her grip when working out and can keep drinks cold for up to 24 hours. Some can even sync up to a smartphone and send alerts when it’s time to drink-up, as well as tracks how much water one consumes in a day.

3 – A New Notebook

This simple gesture is also a most personal one. A leather journal inspires creativity and will be the place for all her dreamy thoughts, ideas, and desires. Choose a journal in her favorite color and let the pen hit the pages from there. You can even use a bow to attach a new pen as well.

A notebook our journal is one of the healthiest forms of meditation. Journaling is the latest trend in self-care and is a great gift for those in transitions. Whether your gift receiver is adjusting to a move the bustling New York City or a change in work, a notebook is a thoughtful gift that can create healthy habits.

4 – An Essential Oil Diffuser

On the subject of self-care, an essential oil diffuser is a great addition to any home. This is the perfect gift for anyone who likes to take a few minutes a day to meditate and relax, or simply just enjoys a nice smelling home. Most come with light features and timers, so they change colors to fit the mood and will automatically shut off after a set amount of time. The holidays are all about peace on earth, and now she’ll have peace at home too.

5 – New Headphones

Help her block out the holiday stress with a pair of noise-cancelling earbuds. She can bop to her favorite beats at the gym, on her way to work, or simply dancing around her room. These are cordless and sweat-proof, so in other words, perfect for her on-the-go lifestyle.

6 – An Instax

If the woman you’re shopping for loves taking photos and is obsessed with social media, she’ll love an Instax. This fun gift will allow her to take and print pictures in real time wherever she goes. It’s built to last and is small enough that she can bring it to all her social events. You can also include film and fun frames to complete the gift. Say cheese!

7 – The Perfect Handbag

Does the woman you’re shopping for carry her life in a bag? Show her you care by treating her to a new one. Again, keep in mind her personal style and ask yourself if she has a favorite color. You’ll be shopping in the winter season, so your selection can consist of darker, neutral colors. Or, shop the resort collection many brands put out around this year for a bag that feels a little more tropical. She can carry it on her next vacation or when the temperatures rise again. Either way, she’ll use it–and love it.

8 – A Spa Trip

Chances are the woman you’re shopping for is overworked (and perhaps under-appreciated). The ultimate fix for that is a spa trip, complete with a manicure, pedicure, massage, and facial. She’ll get to relax and unwind, letting the holiday stress melt away. As a bonus treat, buy a couple’s package that she can use with her significant other or friend–if you’re lucky, you!

9 – A New Car

If your budget allows, there’s no time like the holidays to pull out all the stops. The special woman in your life deserves a serious upgrade, so do some car research and plan the big purchase. Either give her clues that lead to the car dealership of her choice or buy it ahead of time and put a giant bow on it, so your lucky lady will be completely surprised. You can tease her by wrapping up an air freshener or keychain.

10 – A Trip of Their Dreams

Is there a place the lady you’re gifting for has always wanted to go, but never booked the trip herself? Be the person to make her wanderlust dreams come true. Don’t plan out a full itinerary for them, you want them to have wiggle room to do what they please., but an airline voucher and surprise dinner or activity to do while on the trip is easy to wrap and will have them over the moon.

Whether your budget allows for the perfect accessory or her dream car, there’s no doubt the special woman in your life will be pleased with these holiday gift ideas. It’s the perfect time to start the gift search, so kickstart the fun and load up your cart! Happy Holidays.

V Day

Valentines Day, the day where we should all celebrate love, but why not celebrate love every day? Some people claim its more of a commercial holiday instead of an actual holiday, but let’s face it… who doesn’t love a nice dinner, chocolates, flowers or just snuggle with your loved one watching a movie and ordering in?

And who says you can only celebrate Valentines Day if you’re in a relationship? Why not have a girls night, a nice dinner with a friend, or just enjoy a delicious meal by yourself?

Here are some of our favorite activities for the famous V day:

– Picnic, enjoy some wine, cheese and crackers among a beautiful natural scenery.

– Going to the movies… There is always a special romantic or love movie debuting on V day or the weekend before.

– Cook or bake, leave all technology aside and just cook a delicious dish with your loved one.

– Spa day, treat both of you to a relaxing couple massage, facial or treatment.

– Try something different, something you guys have never experienced before, like skydiving, bungee jumping.

Just remember! All these activities can also be done any day, express your love and creativity on any given occasion, and enjoy life with your loved one, friends and family!