It’s no secret, the holidays are definitely our favourite times of the year. The parties, the bubbly, mom’s cookies…
But when it comes to fitting in your dress on new years, the last thing you want is to start off the year feeling uncomfortable and sluggish. So after consulting our “fit friends”, we have rounded up the 5 best tips to staying healthy during the most indulgent season of the year.
1. USE BREAKFAST AS YOUR DETOX
Use breakfast as the health break you need. Load up on vitamins with healthy smoothies. Try to fill up on the good stuff so you don’t get hungry and snack on grandma’s apple pie later on.
2. BRING A SALAD
Offer to bring a salad to the party so you can insure you will have a healthy option. Make it a good one so you don’t feel like your missing out. Try this festive kale salad recipe. You’d be surprised, it’s always a hit at parties.
3. STAY HYDRATED
Try alternating between bubbly and sparkling water. You’ll avoid a hangover and the extra sugar.
4. WEAR SOMETHING FITTED
There’s nothing like wearing a fitted dress or your “skinny” pants to stop you from over indulging. Not only will you look good, but you’ll feel good about yourself the next morning.
Workout routines have a tendency to go out the window during the holidays. It’s normal, gyms are usually closed during the holidays and trainers should get holidays too right? So get creative. Escape the craziness and go for a post dinner walk, or lace up your skates and get everyone to join in on the fun.
The holiday season is upon us, and that means so are the slew of office parties, family get togethers and other events. Spice up your look with the perfect nail polish and lipstick combo. Whether you’re attending or hosting, these looks won’t go unnoticed.
MATTE OR GLOSSY?
Matte, Glossy or metallic? The finish you choose makes all the difference. Not into colour coordinating lips & tips? This is the trick for you. Match them according to finish and watch the look fall into place.
Our obsession with red is never ending! It’s the perfect pop of colour, you can never go wrong with. Super chic, paired with a little black dress, or as bold as you can go with a colourful outfit, make it your own. But one thing is for sure, nothing says holidays like red.
SUGAR PLUM, ANYONE?
Deep and rich, this hue is a staple in your holiday look book. With a range of tones, plum is sure to be flattering and sexy. Going out on the town, or just needing something to match the darker weather? Try this festive look!
HOT COCOA COMFORT
So you like the more neutral look but you’re looking for a little something extra. Lucky for you the beauty world is overflowing with this winter’s new obsession: earthy tones. A new twist on our beloved neutrals, brown shades are universally flattering. Perfectly understated, we know you’ll fall in love.
Start by cutting each of your soap bases in half. Reserve the clear and opaque halves for your 2nd gemstone soap. Cut the halves in half again. One quarter piece of the clear and opaque soap will be used mix colors. The other quarters pieces will be reserved for the final mold.
Cut the clear soap into small chunks and place into a microwavable glass. Microwave for 40-60 seconds until completely melted. If you want to add fragrance, this is when you’d add your oil. A little goes a long way so don’t overdo it! Divide the melted soap evenly into 5 small mixing cups.
I’ll be making purple here which means I’ll need to mix blue and red. Start with the darkest shades first. One drop of each color should really be as dark as you’ll need to go. Slowly reduce the amount of food coloring after each subsequent mixing cup. Use the toothpick to extract the smallest amount of color from the bottle. Again, a little goes a long way! Mix each color thoroughly with a toothpick. If the soap starts to set, then pop them mini cups into the microwave for 4-5 seconds and mix again.
Color combination tips:
red + blue = purple
red + yellow = orange
blue + green = cyan
green + yellow + red = brown
Repeat the same step with the quarter pound of opaque soap base. Allow to set for at least an hour or so. Once they’ve cooled and hardened, turn them over, use your thumbs to push the bottom and they should pop out easily. Save the mini mixing cups as you’ll be able to reuse them over and over again.
Slice the colors into thin slices and small shards. Mix the colors randomly and drop them into the soap mold. The looser and more random, the better. I like to place the darker colors on the bottom and lighter colors on top but again, don’t try to get it too uniform!
Melt the quarter piece of clear soap and pour into the soap mold. Then melt the quarter piece of opaque soap and pour into the soap mold.
At this point, you can even pop the entire cup into the microwave for 5 seconds – just so the colors melt together more naturally. Or you can leave it as it is. The cup might warp from the hot soap – it’s okay. Just keep an eye on it if you do decide to put it in the microwave – you don’t want to melt a hole in your mold! Allow to set for a couple of hours – you can even pop it in the refrigerator if you, like me, don’t have the patience to wait. Once the soap has totally cooled and hardened, carefully cut the mold open with a pair of scissors.
Place the wider end on a cutting board and use a paring knife to cut 5-6 vertical edges at a slight angle. Then cut the top into a point at 5-6 more exaggerated angles.
Step up your holiday style this season with this Himmel style tree Topper! Make it for your tree, or give it as a gift! This DIY can also serve as a modern desk decoration the rest of the year.
The trending himmeli-style decorations originate from Finland and can be made with straws for an even cheaper diy. Here, E-how, shows us how to make one using brass tubes.
Things You’ll Need
3/32-inch round metal brass tubing, 117 inches
Tube cutter (or simply ask to get them pre-cut at the hardware store)
28-gauge coiled brass wire, 207 inches
Most hardware stores carry round metal brass tubing in packs of three or longer single-length tubes. This project requires 117 inches of brass tubing that will be cut into the following dimensions: 12 3-inch-long tubes, nine 6-inch tubes and three 9-inch tubes. Most hardware store can cut them to size for you.
If not, you can cut them yourself. Simply use a permanent marker to mark off measurements and a tube cutter to cut the brass tubing along each mark. A cotton ball with rubbing alcohol will wipe away any residual marks from the marker.
Start by making a triangle with three of the 3-inch brass tubes. String a 12-inch piece of wire through all three tubes, tightening wire to connect at the open triangle points. Twist loose ends of wire together to secure, and snip any excess with wire cutters.
Now we’ll make this triangle 3-D. Using a 24-inch piece of wire, rethread through one side of the original triangle so equal parts of wire extend on either side. String a 9-inch brass tube onto each side of the wire, and then join by twisting and cutting the wire at the open point. Next, using another 24-inch piece of wire, rethread along the 9-inch brass tube you just attached and one side of the original triangle.
String another 9-inch brass tube onto the excess wire and join the open points to form a 3-D pyramid.
This pyramid will act as the tallest focal point for the tree star and the base from which you build out the rest of the sculpture.
Think of each base side of this pyramid (the original triangle) as a starter side for making three new triangles. Using a 12-inch piece of wire, rethread through one side of the pyramid base so equal parts of wire extend on either side. String a 3-inch brass tube onto each side of the wire, and then join by twisting and cutting the wire at the open point.
Repeat this step along the other two open sides of the pyramid base until there are three new triangles surrounding it.
Now you’ll turn each of these three new triangles into 3-D pyramids of their own; these will act as the three star points in the finished sculpture.
Just as you did in the first few steps, use an 18-inch piece of wire to rethread through one side of the triangle base so that equal parts of wire extend on either side. String two 6-inch brass tubes onto each side of the wire, and then join by twisting and cutting the wire at the open point.
Next, using another 18-inch piece of wire, re-thread along the 6-inch brass tube you just attached and one side of the triangle base, allowing 1 ½ inches of wire to extend for twisting off.
String another 6-inch brass tube onto the excess wire and join the open points to form a 3-D pyramid that’s now joined with the original pyramid.
Repeat this step along the other two open triangles of the pyramid base until there are three new 6-inch tall pyramids surrounding the taller one in the center.
Now you just need to create an open base for the star so it can easily slide onto the top of a Christmas tree. There should be three of the 3-inch brass tubes left; these create this base.
Connecting the three outer points of the triangle outline (pictured above) with the remaining 3-inch brass tubes is the basic concept for creating the base to finish the star. If you lift the center point gently, you’ll see the other three star points start to fall in place, showing you where these final three tube connectors should go:
Thread an 11-inch piece of wire through one full side of the outer triangle base (through two 3-inch brass tubes), allowing 4 inches of excess wire to extend from one end. String one 3-inch brass tube onto the excess wire, and then gently tighten the wire to join the open ends. Repeat this step along the other two outer sides of the base until all three original points are connected by the remaining three brass tubes. The final result will create a hollow opening surrounded by the four star points, perfect for resting atop your Christmas tree.