5 Easy Ways to De-Stress During the Holidays

 

By Nicole Kwan

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The end of the year (and everything that brings) is sneaking up on us– fast. Before you let yourself get super-overwhelmed, take stock on what you can do for your own self-care so you always have little ways to find calm. Bring these with you when you’re rushing toward that end-of-year work deadline, dealing with family travel plans, or exhausted from back-to-back holiday parties (lucky you!).

Here are a few of my favorite ways to stay sane through the holidays, and a few items on my destress wish list.

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1. Add plants to your home.

 

Bringing greenery inside can turn your place into your own little refuge, especially when nothing is flourishing outside. A study published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found that interacting with indoor plants can reduce physiological and psychological stress. Plus, NASA research found that houseplants can remove up to 87% of air toxins, so you’ll have cleaner air to breathe.

The Philodendron Green plant above from The Sill is good for beginner plant parents!

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  1. Curl up to a (fake) fireplace.

No, I’m not talking about the fireplace channel on your TV. I found this Wildwood Candle Co. soy candle in Portland, Oregon and the crackling wood wick and fragrance make me feel like I’m in front of a roaring fireplace. A study from the University of Alabama found that sitting by a fire reduced blood pressure, and for me, even the one candle does the trick. The Firelane I candle has notes of smoked woods, balsam, and pine, making it perfect for a city apartment wishing it was in the country.

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  1. Drink booze-free cocktails.

Drinking to de-stress is a common default, but alcohol really isn’t the best long-term solution. Non-alcoholic cocktails at bars are becoming more of a thing (Grub Street said so!), and you can do the same for yourself at home. Seedlip calls itself the “world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirits.” Their Spice 94 is aromatic, earthy, and woodsy and their Garden 108 is herbal, grassy, and floral. Serve them with tonic or mixers.

Not convinced to go dry? A small British study found that “normal” drinkers who stopped drinking for five weeks reported better sleep and concentration.

 

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4. Indulge in a bath house visit.

Last year, I stumbled upon Aire Ancient Baths in Seville and a visit to the New York City location has been on my wishlist. Going to the candle-lit bath house is like a ritual: You move through each bath at your own pace, experiencing temperatures ranging from 102 to 50 degrees F, and taking a float in a salt water bath. The hot water relaxes muscle tension while the cold water is reinvigorating.

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  1. Hand wash your delicates.

 

Most of the time, you probably throw your bras into the laundry with your clothes, but taking the time to hand wash is worth it (and nicer to your bras!). Plus, most of the time is hands off when you leave your delicates in to soak. I use the Linden wash from Journelle, which is made from plant-derived ingredients and doesn’t have sodium lauryl sulfate, phthalates, or parabens. I love that the delicate scent lingers and reminds me to slow down.

For me, this covers de-stressing in a number of ways. First, it makes me slow down and practice a little mindfulness by paying attention to the process and noticing everything from the water temperature to the fragrance. Plus, a Princeton University study found that physical clutter increases stress, so checking laundry off my to-do list and moving clean clothes into my drawers is good for my brain.

Fore more ways to de-stress this crazy busy season check out the Hinted list here.

Holiday Travel Tips for a Stress-Free (and Stylish!) Season

Ahhhh, the holidays. Nothing gives us the warm fuzzies on a cold day quicker than dreaming about heading to see family and friends for a huge celebration. The anticipation of delish food, festive libations and presents (lots and lots of presents) leaves us with visions of sugarplums dancing in our heads as we prep for the best season of the year. But nothing can kill our vibe like the nightmare that is holiday travel — so we’re open to any an all holiday travel tips we can get our hands on.

If the mere thought of holiday travel sends your stress levels through the roof, you’re not alone. The good news? You can take the edge off by being prepared before your trip.

More: How to Double Your Holiday Party Wardrobe This Year

Queue Up Your Entertainment

Holiday Travel Tips That'll Make This Season Way More Comfortable | Hinted
Image: Raw Talk With Sheena/Instagram

Whether you’re terrified of flying or just get anxiety when your mind is left idle, there’s nothing worse than hitting 35,000 feet before realizing you have nothing to keep your brain busy during a long flight. (Ditto for an especially long road trip.) Make sure you download, download, download the night before you’re scheduled to head out.

Obviously a book on your iPad is a good go-to, but Podcasts are super clutch when you don’t feel like concentrating on a storyline. Some of our favorites right now are Raw Talk with Sheena, That’s So Retrograde and This Past Weekend With Theo Von. Download a couple eps and you’ll be at your destination in no time.

Plan for Climate Change

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No, we’re not talking about the ice caps melting (though that is super important, too) we mean being aware of the weather where you’re taking off from versus where you’re landing. It can be a little jarring to leave LAX wearing shorts and sandals, only to find yourself in snow flurries when you touch down at your boyfriend’s hometown in Connecticut. Not only that, the climate on board planes and trains is always super unpredictable.

It’s all about the layering. Pack a sumptuous wrap (like this adorable leopard print one from Mango) that’s easy to throw around your shoulders — or take off if you’re heading from a colder climate to a warmer one. Make sure to wear comfy socks (sounds like a no-brainer, but sometimes we’re quick to forget), solid shoes, long pants and a light shirt that breathes easy when you’re warm — but also works well paired with a cardigan when it gets chilly. This Long Blouson Sleeve Cardigan by Halogen is perfect to throw on over a light T.

So, yes, layering is perhaps one of the most important holiday travel tips to abide by, but that doesn’t mean we give the green light to look disheveled while you move from one destination to the next. Which brings us to our next tip…

Look Your Best

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When you look your best, you feel your best. And when you feel your best, you have the confidence to tackle any hiccups that might come your way during your travels.

But that does not mean you should sacrifice comfort. Luckily this season has a ton of trends that help you travel in style and comfort. Like these velvet joggers from Boden. Climate control, comfort and chicness all rolled into one delectable pant. It’s the holy trifecta of holiday travel style.

For more cute travel outfit ideas, check out holiday travel list here.

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Prep for Security Check

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There’s a million and one things that make traveling stressful (packing and getting to the airport on time, for starts), but nothing makes our blood pressure skyrocket like waiting in line to go through TSA. Will I be able to get my shoes off quickly? Will I be able to find my ID after I get through? Will I get pulled aside for a full pat down? It’s a lot to think about while standing around in a small area packed with a million other anxious travelers.

But when you’re head is in the game before you get in line, making it through security is totally manageable. For starters, wear shoes that are solid, but slide off easily. A low-heeled bootie (like these from Sam Edelman) are super cute, but easy to take on and off. Plus, they are comfortable enough that you won’t be hobbling along when you’re rushing to get to your gate. These Golden Goose Superstar Sneakers or a pair of Chuck Taylors might be even more perfect, especially if you’re running late and will have to book it across the airport.

And don’t forget to check your purse for any liquids over 3 ounces the night before a flight! There’s nothing worse than having a brand new full size bottle of your favorite rose-scented face spray confiscated by a TSA agent. (Or getting pulled over for a more thorough security check for having liquid on your person.)

 

Now tell us your favorite tips for a stress-free holiday travel!

Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match: Week of November 12, 2018

By Aurora Tower

Stretch Yourself

With so many major shifts occurring this month, it may be hard to catch your breath. But goals and priorities are coming sharply into focus this week. Your best bet: Make a plan to work them out while working out.  On Thursday, determined Mars makes a supportive sextile to radical Uranus, bringing an AHA moment. Later in the day, Mars slides into spiritual Pisces, encouraging reflection on recent changes. On Friday, relationship-oriented Venus finally comes out of its 6 weeks retrograde, but then verbal Mercury goes into retrograde the same day. If you’ve been out of alignment with your truth, you have an opportunity to start walking the talk. @p.e.nation

More: 5 Expert Tips On How to Crush Your Health Goals During the Holidays

Weekly Horoscope and Style to Match: Week of November 12, 2018: Cancer
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Reach for the Stars, Cancer

Your work/life balance could be in need of some adjustment. It’s time to consider your big picture dreams and make tweaks in your schedule to help get you close.

Weekly Horoscope and Style to Match: Week of November 12, 2018: Taurus
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Choose Your Outlet, Taurus

You may have an uncharacteristic outburst or want to make a hasty move this week. Try to consider others who you may impact first, and do your best to be calm and clear about your feelings.

Weekly Horoscope and Style to Match: Week of November 12, 2018: Virgo
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Say Ohm, Virgo

Set your attention to resolving confusing financial matters, especially if they involve family. An exciting new relationship could emerge, or you may be tested in your existing partnership.

Weekly Horoscope and Style to Match: Week of November 12, 2018: Leo
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Tame Your Fears, Leo

Any outstanding misunderstandings and communications issues are coming to the surface now, so rather than getting stubborn and digging in your heels, see this as an opportunity for self-improvement and growth.

Weekly Horoscope and Style to Match: Week of November 12, 2018: Aries
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Set the Bar, Aries

You could be re-negotiating the terms of a certain relationship this week. Stay true to what’s right for you, but look for a win-win solution.

Weekly Horoscope and Style to Match: Week of November 12, 2018: Scorpio
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Find the Balance, Scorpio

You are of two minds about a certain work situation. Let things play out rather than forcing anything. Your creativity shines, but be cautious when it comes to finances right now.

Weekly Horoscope and Style to Match: Week of November 12, 2018: Aquarius
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Get Ready to Jet, Aquarius

An unexpected trip or communication could reset you in a whole new direction. Be open to seeing things differently, but don’t feel like everyone has to agree with your POV.

Weekly Horoscope and Style to Match: Week of November 12, 2018: Libra
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Check Yourself, Libra

A relationship situation may have been stressing you out, but think of it this way: You are getting the perspective to find a positive, creative solution. Focus on small action steps, and try to be gentle in your communications.

Weekly Horoscope and Style to Match: Week of November 12, 2018: Gemini
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Listen Closely, Gemini

A revived personal or professional relationship could be cranking up your excitement level, or creating some anxiety, or maybe both! But miscommunications are likely, so no matter who you’re speaking with, practice being a good listener.

Weekly Horoscope and Style to Match: Week of November 12, 2018: Pisces
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Rev It Up, Pisces

You get a kick start of momentum this week, but be cautious about communications, especially with VIPs. You’ll have a chance to re-work a financial situation for a better outcome.

Weekly Horoscope and Style to Match: Week of November 12, 2018: Sagittarius
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Kick It Into Overdrive, Sagittarius

An exciting new relationship or creative project is firing you up, but miscommunications are likely, especially if you make assumptions or start taking things personally.

Weekly Horoscope and Style to Match: Week of November 12, 2018: Capricorn
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Protect Yourself, Capricorn

You may be very eager for a certain work or family situation to be over once and for all, but some new info is still rising to the surface. Sensitive communication is your best ally.

Weekly Horoscope and Style to Match: Week of November 12, 2018
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All Signs

Refresh your workout from the bottom up.

More: A History of the “No White After Labor Day” Rule (& Why We’re Ignoring It)

5 Ways to Get Better Sleep — Tonight and Every Night

One in 10 adults experience insomnia as a chronic condition, and about 50 percent have had trouble with it at some point in their life, according to the Cleveland Clinic. 50 percent! It’s a little bit jarring to think that so many of us have a hard time getting rest — but since you’re here reading this, we’d venture to guess that your one of those people that either have trouble falling asleep at night or are habitually wake up at 3 a.m. without being able to drift off into sweet slumber again. How to get a better night’s sleep is a question that plagues almost everyone’s mind at one time or another.

We’ve all heard the usual sleep hygiene tips like avoiding caffeine, exercising regularly and switching of electronic devices a couple hours before bed — but what happens when those supposedly tried-and-true tips don’t work?

We asked Nicole Kwan, a health writer and editor, to create a list of her best recommendations to give your body a fighting chance to fall into quality, restorative sleep and stay snoozing all night long.

Try out these Hints and see her full list here — but remember, chronic insomnia is a serious condition. If you can’t sleep for prolonged periods of time, please see your doctor.

More: Why You Should Be Using CBD Products Every Damn Day

1. Switch Up Your Lighting

You know that too much screen time before bed is a bad thing, but do you know why? They’re powered by blue light — and according to Harvard research, blue light at night can suppress the secretion of melatonin (the hormone that tells your body to switch into sleep mode). While any kind of light is bad for melatonin production on one level or another, Harvard researchers found that blue light suppressed melatonin for about twice as long as green light and can shift circadian rhythms by twice as much.

Your phone already has a built-in bluelight filter option, but what about your actual lights? Turns out even LED bulbs that look white give off a bluer hue. Harvard research suggests using dim red lights for night lights because they found that red light has the least power to shift circadian rhythm and suppress melatonin. Swap your normal nightstand bulb for one with a warmer, red hue, like Lighting Science’s GoodNight bulb.

2. Shower Before Hitting the Sack

Showering about 90 minutes before bed not only helps wash the day away, but some research shows it actually helps make you sleepy.

“The body naturally cools down as bedtime approaches, in sync with the circadian rhythm,” Dr. Janet K. Kennedy, a clinical psychologist and sleep expert in New York told the New York Times. “Showering artificially raises the temperature again and allows for a faster cool down, which seems to hasten sleep.”

To double down on your sleepy shower, use this softening body lotion from Lush after for its calming and balancing lavender. According to a study published on the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, Lavender can cause central nervous system depression. Translation: It relaxes your nerves and makes you ready for bed.

More: 5 Expert Tips On How to Crush Your Health Goals During the Holidays

3. Roll on Some Essential Oils

Essential oils have been around since the dawn of time practically, but they’ve been enjoying a Renaissance of sorts for the past couple years — and for good reason. They totally work.

A body of research shows that essential oils can provide relief for disrupted sleep and improve sleep quality in adults,” says The Sleep Doctor, Dr. Michael Breus. “A 2017 study compared the effects of aromatherapy and acupressure massage on sleep quality and overall quality of life in women. Researchers found that a blend of sleep-promoting essential oils worked more effectively to improve both sleep quality and quality of life than acupressure. The blended oil was also more effective at improving sleep than a single essential oil.”

So, in other words, blends rule. If your thoughts race when you’re trying to rest, start a new nighttime ritual with this 21 Drops Sleep Roll On. The essential oil blend includes organic sandalwood to help quiet the mind, organic palmarosa to reduce anxiousness, and organic ylang ylang to encourage peace. The ritual part comes in the application: Starting 30 minutes before bed, roll it in a circle five times to your temples, wrist, and neck and breathe. Repeat.

4. Wake Up With the “Sun”

When your phone is your alarm, your choice of tone always ends up being a little… jarring. The Philips Wake-Up Light offers a choice of five soothing nature sounds that won’t cause you to startle yourself awake.

But that’s not the most interesting part — the alarm simulates a sunrise, with light increasing gradually, which helps you wake up more naturally. The sound only chimes in when the “sun” is fully up. And remember how you’re supposed to avoid blue light at night because it squelches melatonin production? You want the opposite to happen in the morning, so exposing yourself to subtle blue light helps wake you, according to Very Well Health.

Our list writer Nicole Kwan has used the Wake-Up Light for about four years and she says it definitely makes waking up more pleasant and she’s more energized throughout the day.

5. Try a Weighted Blanket

We’ve seen them around as ways to help pets with anxiety, but turns out that weighted blankets might be just as soothing for humans.

There aren’t a lot of independent studies on weighted blankets, but researchers have found that deep pressure stimulation is calming for anxiety, and Raj Dasgupta, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Southern California and a spokesman for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, says the blankets may help people with anxiety, depression and chronic pain sleep better, according to WebMD.

“It’s like having the best hug for a long period of time,” he says, adding the blankets may be ”a good alternative to life-long sedative hypnotic medications (sleeping pills) at night.”

Sounds like it’s worth giving a go, right? Try the Gravity Blanket, which is engineered to be about 10 percent of your body weight.

Do you have any tips for getting better sleep? Let us know in the comments!

Holiday Party Outfits: How to Double Your Seasonal Wardrobe in 2018

‘Tis the season for tons of parties! This time of year always has us dreaming of holiday party outfits — and how we’re going to come up with enough ideas to stay looking fresh and put together through January 1.

But with the brunch craze (still) in full effect and day drinking officially becoming socially acceptable, we realize that this party season might be even more hectic than years past. 2018 is going to be the year of soirees that take place during the day and the night.

We’re not ones to complain about having to hit the party circuit a little harder — but now that a day soiree is just as common (and important) as the traditional evening holiday cocktail party, our closet supply is starting to look a little scarce. This year, we’re all about getting creative and stretching our festive clothes from everyday to after dark.

More: 5 Expert Tips On How to Crush Your Health Goals During the Holidays

Holiday Party Outfits 2018: It’s All About the Shoes

Relying on a gorgeous pair of shoes is nothing revolutionary, but we’re leaning in on the trend of casual — yet uber fashionable — footwear to stretch our holiday clothing budget. And the list One Dress, Two Ways is providing us with all the inspo we need to elegantly navigate from day to night (and doubling up our wardrobe) by just changing shoes.

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Ribbed Midi Dress, $79; at Mango. ADIDAS Swift Run Sneaker, $69; at Nordstrom. Steve Madden Fefe Feather Sandal, $129; at Nordstrom.

Exhibit A: The super-versatile combo pictured above. A simple, sleek ribbed midi dress in a neutral color paired with these pastel ADIDAS is an awesome choice when you want to dominate Saturday by powering through a friend’s casual luncheon, running errands and getting some holiday shopping done. But when it’s time to dress things up for that office cocktail party, all you need to do is slip into these sexy, feathery Steve Madden heels and you’re all set. A seamless transition.

Holiday Party Outfits: How to Double Your Seasonal Wardrobe in 2018 | Hinted
Topshop Velvet Midi Dress, $75; at Nordstrom. Dr. Martens 1460 Boot, $125; at Nordstrom. Sam Edelman Ariella Ankle Strap Sandal, $99; at Nordstrom

Exhibit B: This crushed velvet dress that, when paired with classic Dr Martens boots, allows you to run from day party to day party looking as stylish (and ’90s-licious) as Cher Horowitz heading to the mall. But when the sun dips low, that same dress crosses over into romantic date territory when you put on these strappy Sam Edelman sandals.

So, in summary, by investing in a couple pairs of solid, comfy pairs of footwear and maybe splurging on some drool-worthy fancy heels, you’re going to be able sashay from day to night with minimal effort (or expense). Plus, don’t try to tell us you won’t be wearing those Docs every day from now until mid-spring.

Check out the full list for even more holiday party outfits.

More: A History of the “No White After Labor Day” Rule (& Why We’re Ignoring It)

✨Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match: Week of November 5, 2018 ✨

By Aurora Tower

New Shoe! New You!

This is a pretty epic week, with a number of significant shifts affecting your happiness quota. It starts on Tuesday when wildcard planet Uranus retrogrades back into assertive Aries, where it stays for four months. That means it’s time to be the best version of yourself—which is why we’ve found a a bounty of confidence boosting shoes to help you blaze your path. On Wednesday a powerful new moon shows up in intense Scorpio. Your energy is at full strength, so don’t be surprised by a powerful romantic encounter. Tuesday brings a shift in the collective focus to reveal just how all your hard work is paying off. And on Thursday, good luck Jupiter moves into philosophical Sagittarius until December 2019. Now is an excellent time to focus on your true beliefs, values and priorities, since you’ll be stepping things up in the months to come.

More: 5 Expert Tips On How to Crush Your Health Goals During the Holidays

Weekly Horoscope and Style to Match: Virgot Week of November 5, 2018 | Hinted
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Play the Field, Virgo

Your social life is super busy right now, but that may be causing you to reassess exactly what you’re comfortable with, in terms of dating. It may also be time to recalibrate your boundaries.

Weekly Horoscope and Style to Match: Libra Week of November 5, 2018 | Hinted
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Let It Go, Libra

You are refining exactly what you want out of your career in the long-term, and what you’re willing to put your all into. You may have to let some things go to make room for new ones.

Weekly Horoscope and Style to Match: Scorpio Week of November 5, 2018 | Hinted
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See It to Be It, Scorpio

You’re one of the most visionary signs of the zodiac, Scorpio, and there’s an incredible new level of what’s possible emerging for you right now. Make necessary adjustments to allow for a new path.

Weekly Horoscope and Style to Match: Sagittarius Week of November 5, 2018 | Hinted
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Kick It Up a Notch, Sagittarius

You have been unusually introspective recently, and it’s paying big dividends now. A new lease on life is stirring inside you and you’re ready to let your creative genius out of the bottle. Launch!

Weekly Horoscope and Style to Match: Capricorn Week of November 5, 2018 | Hinted
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Chase What You Love, Capricorn

Some changes to your friend group or home situation are causing you to reappraise what you truly desire in your relationships. Listen to your intuition and it will offer up valuable insights.

Weekly Horoscope and Style to Match: Aquarius Week of November 5, 2018 | Hinted
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Feel the Love, Aquarius

You’re making some major personal decisions right now that could involve a whole new path (or a move!). Tweak your communications, and you can attract a whole new group of like-minded friends — or just that one special person.

Weekly Horoscope and Style to Match: Pisces Week of November 5, 2018 | Hinted
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Get Out There, Pisces

You’re ready to swim boldly into a whole new phase of your life and career, Pisces, and take on a more public role. Spend some time finding things that make you feel fab to boost your confidence and be ready for what’s next.

Weekly Horoscope and Style to Match: Aries Week of November 5, 2018 | Hinted
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Bet On Yourself, Aries

It’s time to consolidate your focus and put all your eggs in the basket of what you truly want, Aries. If you’ve been wavering, you now have the ability to go full steam ahead, even if others don’t get it.

Weekly Horoscope and Style to Match: Taurus Week of November 5, 2018 | Hinted
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Take Your Leave, Taurus

Relationship matters are front and center, and something important is either starting or ending. You can reach a whole new level of intimacy with a renewed commitment to communication.

Weekly Horoscope and Style to Match: Gemini Week of November 5, 2018 | Hinted
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Be Ready for Your Closeup, Gemini

An exciting work chapter is energizing you this week, but make sure you stay focused on your core priorities. Expect the right relationships to line up that will help you get to the next level.

Weekly Horoscope and Style to Match: Cancer Week of November 5, 2018 | Hinted
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You’re on Fire, Cancer

You have renewed confidence and momentum this week that just may carry you through to a new work opportunity. Don’t be afraid to mix things up and do the unexpected.

Weekly Horoscope and Style to Match: Week of November 5, 2018 | Hinted
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All Signs

All signs: Can’t decide? Go with knock out red!

More: A History of the “No White After Labor Day” Rule (& Why We’re Ignoring It)

5 Expert Tips On How to Crush Your Health Goals During the Holidays

For a lot of us, the “I’m never doing this to myself again” moment happens every Thanksgiving when we stuff ourselves silly with broccoli casserole, turkey, mashed potatoes and three pieces of pumpkin pie — and wash it all down with wine, wine and more wine. Turkey Day is the notorious kick-off of an unhealthy season, and every year we vow that this year things will be different. This year, we will we stay on track and stay healthy during the holidays. We won’t overeat during the time period between the last Thursday in November and December 31st ever again.

OK, back to reality. Of course we will slide off the mountain at some point during the holidays (what is Thanksgiving for?), but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep on track as a rule.

Nadja Pinnavaia, Founder & CEO of Euphebe Healthcare.

So how does one stay on track when there’s temptation lurking around every corner? Preparation is definitely key, and we are studying the list PreHoliday Body ReBoot top to bottom. It’s basically a manual to keep us healthy and sane all through November and December.

Plus, it’s written by Nadja Pinnavaia, Ph.D., who happens to be the Founder & CEO of Euphebe — a company committed to health and bringing back real food — so we know it’s legit.

“The list was inspired by how to combine having fun, looking after yourself and feeling festive while still feeling good,” says Nadja. “It is based upon the premise that if we get our core nutrition right by having nutritious, predominantly plant-based meals, we’ll feel better and have more energy.”

More: The Secret to Comfortable Holiday Dressing

Here are more of Nadja’s tips for staying healthy during the holidays.

1. Start Your Day Off on the Right Foot

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That’s right, the old adage rings true: You can’t be your best if you don’t eat a good breakfast. And if you eat something nutritionally satisfying and filling in the morning, you’ll be less tempted by those Christmas cookies your co-worker brings into the office.

“Starting off with a good breakfast is important, which is why I start off with a slice of Ezekiel bread topped with avocado, hemp seeds and some baby spinach,” Nadja told us.

Hemp seeds (like these from Nutiva) are loaded with protein ad omega-3s that are good for your brain, so meal is a gift that keeps giving throughout the day.

2. Make Time for Meditation

Our days can get a little hectic when it’s not the holiday season, so a lot of us start to feel a little overloaded and fried-out when the holidays hit. Taking a moment to get some zen in is key during this stressful time of year.

“Days are fun yet packed, so a bit of meditation in the evening helps the brain noise quiet down,” advises Nadja.

3. Work It

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Indulging this time of year is inevitable. We’re not gonna deny it. That just means exercise is a even more important to keep us feeling good.

“I think exercise is a great way to feel better, especially after a night out,” says Nadja.

The only problem? Who wants to go to the gym after after chowing down on chocolate Santas or hitting the party circuit extra hard? Not us. The key is staying motivated with exercise that you actually enjoy. Nadja loves Physique 57, which is OnDemand so you can work out from the comfort of your own home.

4. Get Your ZZZs

Stress makes it hard to sleep, which makes things tough when you need all the energy you can muster to shop for gifts or hit holiday soirees. Make sure to keep track of how much rest you are getting so you don’t over-do it.

“I love my Withings Steel HR watch, that monitors everything including my sleep!” says Nadja.

More: A History of the “No White After Labor Day” Rule (& Why We’re Ignoring It)

5. Do Good 

The ReNew Lightweight Half-Zip Puffer, $98; at Everlane

‘Tis the season to give back, right? Nothing beats the holiday blahs better than doing good.

“I really care about what’s happening to our planet,” says Nadja. “I know that a plant-based diet massively limits the drain on our planetary resources, so when I saw Everlane was making jackets from recycled plastic, I thought that was super cool!”

 

 

Check out Nadja’s full list here and then tell us: What are your tips for staying healthy during the holidays?

✨Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match: Week of October 29, 2018 ✨

By Aurora Tower

It’s a week to launch your biggest dreams, which is why we’re featuring the debut collab of Halogen x Atlantic Pacific that’s arrived just in time to forecast one of your most fashionable weeks of the year. The cosmos are ready to dress up and Halloween promises to be full of adventures and sweet surprises. First up, Monday delivers extremes, as Mercury the messenger sidles up to Jupiter, planet of extravagance, which could bring really good news, or not so good, in the form of tone-deaf inflammatory conversations. Then on Tuesday, you get a little bit of emotional breathing room when Mercury moves again, into optimistic Sagittarius. Halloween Wednesday is the main event, with Venus sliding into Libra, meaning love could strike in the most unexpected of places. Before you leap, decide if you want to go on a bumpy romantic thrill ride. If yes, enjoy the rollercoaster ahead.

Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match, Week of October 29, 2018: Leo
Leo: Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific Cashmere Wrap, $199; at Nordstrom. Image: Nordstrom

Let Them Know, Leo

You love L-O-V-E, Leo, especially extravagant displays of affection. You could get both this week, but if intentions are off, even the most sentimental of gestures could misfire. Send clear signals.

Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match, Week of October 29, 2018: Virgo
Virgo: Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific Long Plaid Coat, $249; at Nordstrom. Image: Nordstrom

Feel Validated, Virgo

You want people to see things your way, VIrgo, and you may very well get your wish this week, with others having AHA! moments that finally celebrate and acknowledge your POV. Validation!

Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match, Week of October 29, 2018: Libra
Libra: Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific Colorblock Pleated Midi, $99; at Nordstrom. Image: Nordstrom

Let It Go, Libra

You like to keep the peace, Libra, but your tolerance may have been getting pushed to its limits recently. If you aren’t feeling it pull the plug, and put your own needs first. You’ll be glad you did.

Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match, Week of October 29, 2018: Scorpio
Scorpio: Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific Menswear Plaid Blazer, $149; at Nordstrom. Image: Nordstrom

Listen to Your Instincts, Scorpio

You hate to backtrack, but there may be no other way to tweak something important than to take a step back and reassess this week. Trust that the right answer will come to you intuitively.

Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match, Week of October 29, 2018: Sagittarius
Sagittarius: Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific Crinkle Midi Skirt, $99; at Nordstrom. Image: Nordstrom

Say It Nicely, Sagittarius 

Your epiphanies keep coming, Sag, but you may not like the messages they’re sending you, especially if it means making adjustments to a certain friendship. Aim to work things through diplomatically.

Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match, Week of October 29, 2018: Capricorn
Capricorn: Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific Faux Fur Coat, $249; at Nordstrom. Image: Nordstom

Come Clean, Capricorn

You’re getting a second chance at a major work project. That’s the good news. Just make sure you are crystal clear about your priorities and responsibilities this time around. It will work out much better.

Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match, Week of October 29, 2018: Aquarius
Aquarius: Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific Tweed Jacket With Removable Faux Fur, $199; at Nordstrom. Image: Nordstrom

Play the Long Game, Aquarius

If a challenging work relationship has been testing your boundaries, it may be time to step back and think about the big picture. The solution may actually be closer and simpler than you realized.

Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match, Week of October 29, 2018: Pisces
Pisces: Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific Stripe Turtleneck Sweater, $79; at Nordstrom. Image: Nordstrom

Put It In Drive, Pisces

You have been tweaking your long-term vision and strategy, and now it’s time to fully commit to your chosen course of action. Figure out what’s holding you back so you can let it go. Then go!

Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match, Week of October 29, 2018: Aries
Aries: Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific Hidden Placket Blouse, $79; at Nordstrom. Image: Nordstrom

Make Peace, Aries

A major financial decision is putting everything into perspective. It also means you may need to smooth over a certain important relationship, so it’s time to offer the proverbial olive branch.

Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match, Week of October 29, 2018: Taurus
Taurus: Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific Shimmer Stripe Sweater, $59; at Nordstrom. Image: Nordstrom

Take Control, Taurus

You are facing the reality of an important relationship, and that may mean you need to make some personal tweaks in order to support the flow. Don’t consider it a sacrifice, but an improvement.

Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match, Week of October 29, 2018: Gemini
Gemini: Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific Shimmer Dot Sweater, $79; at Nordstrom. Image: Nordstrom

Get Going, Gemini

If work matters haven’t been exactly going the way you wanted, you may need to put a little more heart into the matter. Suspend your fear of looking silly, and put it all on the line.

Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match, Week of October 29, 2018: Cancer
Cancer: Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific High Waist Wide Cuff Ankle Pants, $99; at Nordstrom. Image: Nordstrom

Look Inside, Cancer

You have been all about work hard, play hard recently, but you might need to take a pause and reassess how you are truly feeling. If you’re not super comfortable at home, a move could be exactly what you need.

Your Weekly Horoscope & Style to Match, Week of October 29, 2018: All Signs
All signs: Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific Georgiana Bow Pump, $109; at Nordstrom. Image: Nordstrom

All Signs

Party season is on the way and we love these for their festive versatility.

A History of the “No White After Labor Day” Rule (& Why We’re Ignoring It)

One of the greatest tragedies of September is all of the awesome Labor Day sales. Yes, we love a good bargain as much as the next person, but it’s so frustrating to find the perfect white dress at an amazing price — and not being able to wear it for at least six months. It doesn’t make any sense, yet most of us will sadly bow to an archaic fashion rule that we don’t understand. Seriously though, why can’t you wear white after Labor Day?

Upon a little digging, we found that there isn’t really a hard and fast answer to the question. Only some theories:

A) According to a Time article published in 2009, some people think the rule was born out of function. Basically, back in the day there was no A.C .or patio misters, so it’s possible that people wore white to avoid heat stroke.

Why Can't You Wear White After Labor Day? Here's Why You Can | Hinted
Satin Crop Blouse, $59.99; at Mango

B) Once upon a time, wearing white was a sign that you could afford to vacation in a non-urban area. In other words, cities are dirty. If you had the cash to take off somewhere not as dirty, you wore white (or, if you stayed in the city and wore white, you clearly had money to burn and didn’t care if your clothes got ruined because you could just buy more). If you were poor, you toiled away in the city all summer in the heat and wore black so you didn’t look like you were covered in filth all of the time.

Can you believe that this is a fashion rule that we still refer to, even though it’s obviously out-of-date and nobody really even knows where it originates from? Also, none of the aforementioned theories really explain why you have to stop wearing white after Labor Day. Who even came up with that exact cut-off date? We’re calling B.S.

More: How to Transform Your Fall Style Without Blowing Your Budget

We’re loving the list 5 Looks to Up Your Style Game because it’s serving up some serious white outfit inspo. It’s one of the reasons why we’ll be wearing white all fall and winter long. Here are some more reasons you should, too.

1. Snow Is White

You’re gonna try to tell us that we can’t wear white when from the month of December to March, white is literally all around us? Nah.

If mother nature is into it, so are we.

2. Because Being a Rebel is Empowering

No one ever tells us what to wear (or what not to wear), even if it is derived from decree from the days of yore that everyone seems to have bought into for decades. We are confident enough to dress ourselves how we want, when we want.

3. It’s a True Neutral

Why Can't You Wear White After Labor Day? Here's Why You Can | Hinted
A New Day Dominique Pointed Kitten Heel Wide Width Booties, $34.99; at Target

Neutral colors have no bounds, and white is the ultimate neutral. You can throw on something white with leather, corduroy, denim or some ruby red tights and it always works. It’s limitless. So we’re not limiting the time of year it can be worn.

Need proof? These Dominque Pointed Kitten Heel Booties go with anything. Anything.

4. It’s Surprisingly Cozy

Sometimes white has a reputation for coming off a little sterile, or even bland. But a fuzzy white scarf in the dead of winter is the perfect way to cuddle up with a cup of hot cocoa and still look pulled together.

White also has a unique ethereal quality, and when you pair a white sweater like this Tularosa Jen number with a long skirt, like this For Love of Lemons, Romy Tiered Maxi, you’ll get a boho/angelic vibe that will breathe life into a drab winter wardrobe.

5. It’s Sophisticated… Yet Casual

Why Can't You Wear White After Labor Day? Here's Why You Can | Hinted
Eyes On You Set, $128; at Free People

We love a good millennial pink, but it can be hard to pull off a grown-up look for work wearing it. Not impossible, just difficult. On the other hand, these white wide-cut pants with buttons paired with this white jacket (both from H&M) are the picture of perfect office elegance.

At the same time, that same pink hue brings a certain boldness to an outfit that doesn’t scream “I’m casual.” When you’re wearing white, it’s totally possible to pull off both casual and sophisticated. (Like when you’re wearing this Free People Eyes On You ankle length sweater set.)

And that’s 24/7, 365, baby.

What are your favorite ways to wear white after Labor Day?