Uncover Beautiful Skin with Francisco Costa’s new beauty line, Costa Brazil

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Beauty Secrets You Need Now:

Discover the new line designed to give women here the same gorgeous skin that you see on the beaches of Brazil.

This past Friday, the Hinted team was invited to Francisco Costa’s apartment to preview his new beauty line, Costa Brazil. Stepping off the elevator we were greeted by a floor to ceiling wall of living plants, an easy clue as to Costa’s love of being immersed in nature.  The minimalist decor is a stark contrast to his exotic plants and Brazilian art. A lovely earthy smell emanated from a ceramic tray.

After serving us a delicious homemade lunch of hummus and a kale salad, Costa explained the driving force behind his new beauty line Costa Brazil, which he launched after years of leading Calvin Klein’s fashion house,  was a decision to bring the beauty secrets of Brazil to the rest of the world.

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Francisco Costa

Costa just launched the beginnings of a beauty empire. Every product is emade from ingredients found only in the Amazon jungle. Costa spoke of his inspiration and excitement after visiting the Amazon and discovering rare botanicals from the jungle that have healing properties. These became the trinity of miracle ingredients that make up his oils and candle, Cacay, Kaya and Breu Branco.

  • Cacay, an oil referred to as ‘Amazonian Gold,’ boasts 50% more Vitamin E than argan oil, as well as Omegas 3, 6 and 9.
  • Kaya is derived from the Sapucaia Tree and packed with antioxidants, minerals and micronutrients.
  • Breu Branco, a resin considered sacred by the Yawanawá tribe, has cleansing powers and is used in their rituals. As Costa described the special properties of Breu, he lit a morsel of the white resin and passed it around for each of us to hold and experience. The resin ignited and flashed in a sparking way, emitting a fragrant smoke that invigorates the whole body. Lighting the resin feels meditative and intentional. It’s earthy, sensual and calming, and one gets the idea that beauty to Costa, is more than skin deep.

All four of the products currently sold by Costa Brazil are infused with these three miracle ingredients. We tried them all: The face and body oils sink effortlessly into the skin, and trap moisturize all day long.The body oil can also be used in hair to smooth and add scent.The oils contain not only the Breu but also antimicrobial ingredients such as tea tree oil keep skin blemish-free. The candle carries the same serene earthy fragrance of Breu, and the 100% plant-based ingredients mean you don’t have to worry about releasing harmful chemicals and carcinogens into your home.

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The Vela Jungle candle and miracle ingredients Cacay, Kaya and Breu Branco

Burning the Breu resin is a full body experience, which leaves your home smelling incredible and your mind clear. The Breu and candle are both housed in strikingly beautiful silver tins, which are engraved with Costa Brazil’s slogan ‘Brilhe Na Natureza‘ (translated: Shine in Nature). After finishing your products, the brand encourages you to reuse this tin, just one small effort in the brand’s sustainable identity.

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Burning the Breu Branco Resin

All ingredients are certified Fair Trade and wild-harvested, so no trees are harmed in the process of sourcing. Additionally, Costa Brazil is vegan, cruelty-free, dermatologist tested and the products contain no parabens, phthalates, silicones, sulfates, gluten or glycols. In every aspect of sourcing, packaging, and charity work, it is clear the reverence Costa has for both the Amazon forest as well as the Earth. It is one thing to develop a line of beautiful objects, but what Costa has created is so much more than that: His brand is entirely sustainable, his products are effective and he proudly pays homage to his home country.

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Hailey experiencing the Jungle candle

We want to add: Thank you, Francisco, for opening your home to us and giving us a preview of your incredible collection. We were honored to experience the meaningful products and support a brand that is so eco-forward.

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Hailey and Stephanie outside Costa Brazil’s HQ

Jumpsuits: The Easiest Way to Get Dressed Right Now

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If we had to pick a desert island clothing item, it would absolutely be a jumpsuit. They’re versatile, seasonless and make getting dressed in just 5 minutes a real possibility. Now you can find jumpsuits for every occasion, since they come in casual, everyday pieces or office appropriate styles, all the way up to options that take you to black-tie events.

Whether you’re a one-and-done fan of effortless style or you love the long line effect of the monochromatic top and bottom, this list is for you. We love them for city biking or Vespa-ing to work, dancing at a club and wearing them with flats, heels or anything in between.

The jumpsuit originated in the early 1900’s with an Italian designer Thayaht, who created the one pieces to keep parachuters and skydivers protected, warm and covered. Now they are as commonplace and chic as any Little Black Dress, and take you from weekend errands to black tie and weddings. Plus a jumpsuit can be considered “two for the price of one,” since a single article of clothing gets you dressed, and out the door, stat. You can even layer a chunky sweater or blazer overtop a sleeveless jumpsuit, for a transformative new look!

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Orange Jumpsuit, Urban Outfitters $59 Instagram: @michelleinfusino

We were inspired to create this list of jumpsuits in anticipation of Springtime weddings, graduations and special occasions that require an elevated look. While most women automatically reach for a cocktail dress, a jumpsuit can be an equally as sophisticated, and far more comfortable option to try out.

Think about how much more fun you’ll have at your cousin’s wedding if you don’t have to worry about your dress’ hemline while dancing. In a jumpsuit, you can stand up on the bar for a toast, do a cartwheel, sit without your legs crossed, etc. And the point isn’t necessarily if you’d do these things, but that in a jumpsuit you don’t have to monitor your actions so much. In a jumpsuit, you have total freedom of expression, which can be liberating for those who are accustomed to wearing dresses that are too short, too tight or too restrictive, and require thought before action.

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Photo: Kepola Design House

 

This mobility is especially practical for the more casual jumpsuits, ones for lounging, running errands and even working out that take five seconds to put on and give you all-day comfort. One of our favorites, a linen-blend overall from Kepola Design House, is perfect for days when you’re working from home but still want to feel pulled-together and chic. Modcloth’s denim one piece also serves the same purpose: to make getting dressed a smooth operation while keeping you at ease and stylish.

While jumpsuits make mornings seamless, they also give you an opportunity to personalize them. Think of the one pieces as blank canvases, and accessories as tools. By adding jewelry, statement bags and shoes and even layers, any jumpsuit can be customized to your unique style. Between the versatility, comfortability and ease, its hard to say anything negative about jumpsuits. Just plan ahead when it’s time to hit the ladies’ room since you will have to get completely undressed every time! We say: Worth it.

The Best Style to Wear to Work Now!

Work Style: Stay cool and look amazing at the office!

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By Hailey Welch & Stephanie McClain  Photo: @sarahnails

When temperatures rise, it can be a challenge to dress for the office. We want to look chic, feel comfortable, and dress appropriately for every situation. So when Hailey’s sister, Taylor texted that she felt like she was wearing the same thing over and over and needed a list of what to wear to work, we jumped at the chance to solve the universal problem of what to wear to work as the weather gets nicer.

Sundresses are nice but not for the office, so we found styles that are perfect from now through Labor Day. This list helps you know how to be fashionable at work in the summer with just a few key essentials like dresses, pants and blazers. The key to styling these looks is adding accessorizes like scarfs, jewelry, handbags, and belts. Whether you work in a traditional corporate setting or a hipster co-working space, never worry about what to wear to the meeting again.

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The best office looks are easy to wear, comfortable, tailored, streamlined and chic.  For someone who works in a traditional corporate office, that might mean a white blouse and pencil skirt, which is what Taylor rocked today, in her Boston office at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Because when you work at a hospital that’s helping young patients fight cancer everyday, you don’t want to think about fashion. You have lives to save.

Meanwhile in honor of Taylor Welch and the work she does at Dana Farber, Hinted is making a donation to Dana Farber, as thank you to Taylor for her inspiration and for the fact that she is doing the hard work, and the important work. Hinted is honored to do so.

Hailey gives her insight: What happens when your sister asks for help shopping? Luckily this is what Hinted loves to do: Be a curator, stylist, shopping helper for sisters. Done!

Check out the list of What to Wear to the Office Right Now, here. 

 

 

The 20 Best Ways to Get Summer Healthy!

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Your Healthy Summer Body Starts Here! 

by Gabrielle Porcaro

Yes, there is still time! With 8 weeks until the official start of summer, now’s your chance to figure out what you need to do to set a course to have your healthiest season yet. Is it that you want to get stronger to be able to do some SUPing on your Hawaiian vacation? Or do you want to set an intention now to start making healthier food choice so you don’t overdo it at every weekend BBQ? Or is it just dropping a few pounds that may have crept on during sweater season? Whatever your goal is, we’ve got the gear and tools to help you get there. From bright activewear pieces, healthy kitchen necessities, or a chic new bathing suit you can’t wait to wear to the beach, this list is your healthy summer body kit. Check out these helpful hints that will help you jumpstart your way to a fun, healthy, and happy summer.

About me? I have covered activewear for over 5 years and tried every workout in NYC. To motivate myself to get in gear for the summer (in particular the Greece vacation I am planning for August) I need to keep things interesting.

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I like to switch up my workouts from spin to yoga to an outdoor run when I am outside of the city. I love dance classes, boxing classes and anything that surprises my muscles into working hard and feeling strong. Gear is also a major motivator — and studies show that this is true across the board, since when we envision ourselves wearing that new pair of workout tights or cute bra, we are creating a blue print for our new fit selves. Sometimes all I need to get excited to get out there and take a run is as simple as a fun pair of leggings. And for eating better, I love to try new healthy recipes, and see if I can serve them to my friends and surprise them that this is actually “good for you” food.

Find what works for you, on the list on Hinted, and turn getting healthy and fit from a chore to a fun new activity. Check out the Your Healthy Summer Starts Now list here.

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

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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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Leopard Scarf, $50; at Mango

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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Bethan Velvet Joggers, $73; at Boden

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.

More: 5 Ways to Get Better Sleep — Tonight and Every Night!

Prep for Security Check

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Sam Edelman Roya Studded Boot, $105; at Nordstrom

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
P.E. Nation Victory Run Legging, $150; at Moda Operandi

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
Le Mans High Waisted Legging, $195; at Michi

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
Beach Riot Kendal Bra, $94; at Carbon 38

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
Varley Bedford Tight, $110; at Carbon 38

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
Suspender Leotard, $98; at Live the Process

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
Alala Moto Graphic Tight, $110; at Carbon 38

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
Tanjung Legging, $165; at Carbon 38

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
Ultracor Ultra Plaid Stitch Legging, $198; at Bandier

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
Aviator Nation Bolt Fade Crew Sweatshirt, $165; at Bandier

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
ADIDAS Run Sweater, $150; at Bandier

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
Nike Pro Warm Women’s 7/8 Tights, $60; at Carbon 38

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
P.E. Nation Block Out Jacket, $220; at Moda Operandi

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
WMNS Nike Epic React Flyknit, $150; at Carbon 38

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.

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

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