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10 Career Connections You Need to Make By the Time You’re 30

There’s a reason the word “networking” has “work” in it—it takes effort, initiative, and drive to network purposefully and effectively. It’s not easy, and can be really terrifying when you’re just starting out. Effective networking starts with being purposeful about what you’re doing; putting time into building career connections that can diversify and offer you a fresh perspective is essential.

Make the whole process more fun with a go-to ice breaker to get the conversation going—we love a good virtual happy hour to celebrate that week’s wins with a La Marca Prosecco mini in hand. Remember that networking and building connections don’t have to be ultra serious or devoid of fun. Make them meaningful conversations that spark thoughtful ideas and help you release a bit of tension from a challenging week or toast a win, big or small.

To get you started, we’ve put together a list of connections (or reconnections) to make over the course of your career: 

 

1. A Lifetime Mentor

Many of our mentors or sponsors come and go as we change jobs, but one of your best network additions will be a mentor who sees you through the course of your career. A “lifetime” mentor can provide you that long-term perspective and help you reflect on how you’ve grown over time. 

Look for your lifetime mentor among an immediate manager that may have assisted you developmentally. And remember, to keep someone in your network over the long haul, it takes effort. Schedule periodic check-ins over coffee and always offer to pay it forward.

 

 

2. A Thought Leader

We’re increasingly in an ideas economy. Staying on the cutting edge of your field means that you need to know what big ideas are brewing, where the industry is headed, and how your sector may transform. What do you read? What conferences do you go to? Find a person or “thought leader” whose future vision of your work feels meaningful to you, then track their work and keep in touch.

How do you find a thought leader in your world? You probably have a lot in your purview that you might not recognize! Again, look to what you read or events in your industry you’ve enjoyed. Identify speakers or authors that speak to you.

 

3. An Academic in Your Field

Similarly, being excellent at your work often means understanding some of the emerging views coming out of academia. Often times academic colleagues are also closely connected to firms’ talent pipelines. You might also be able to find unique opportunities to bring students into your company for short-term intern programs or special task forces that can be useful for the school and your company.

Universities often keep blogs for each respective area of expertise. This more informal publication can be a great way to identify an expert who is working on a topic of interest to you. 

 

4. A Teacher from Your Youth

Giving back to your alma mater (or even your high school) is an important piece of networking. It can help you source new talent for your industry. Schools are also a great place to ensure you stay plugged in with events, alumni offerings, and to leverage the built in network from your previous academic experience. 

Checking in with your alma mater should be super straightforward! Alumni networks are in place just for that purpose. And, even reaching out to the registrars office is a great way to keep in touch. School connections can also be a great place to look for speaking or panel opportunities as you continue to build your public profile and brand in your field.

 

 

5. The Incumbent in Your Dream Job

Cold pitches may seem a little intimidating. However, a thoughtfully crafted pitch to the person who is currently in your dream job can pay all kinds of dividends. Remember, you’re not explicitly on the hunt for this seat in your ask, but want to learn about the path that got them to where they are today.

Be incredibly thoughtful and tactical in this outreach. If this is someone who works inside your current organization, see if your current manager or a mentor can help broker an introduction. You want to use this person’s time really effectively. Ask them if they may have time for a brief call (15 minutes) and send along an agenda of three direct questions. What are the things they could answer for you about career development that no one else could? Use that time wisely!

 

6. The Most Junior Person Doing Your Job

A well-structured network is purposefully built to pay it forward. That means it’s important for you to connect with people at all levels of seniority. There is always something to be learned from those who are coming up in the organization who are more junior than you are. And, more importantly, think how amazing it feels to have someone senior in the organization take an interest in your work. You’ll be encouraging, supporting, and helping the next generation of leaders in your field.

Think of the skills you currently have that a newer generation could benefit from. You may consider setting up some informal roundtables, “lunch and learn” sessions, or a panel of your mid-level peers.

 

 

7. A Skills Coach

Part of career success is identifying our flat spots. Whether it is around the technical aspects of your job or around softer skills like building emotional intelligence, a skills coach is an important network addition. Through your annual review process or your own self-assessments, figure out the two or three skills you really want to refine. Ask around and recognize among your contacts who excels there, and get them on the books for a coaching coffee.

Who can play the role of skills coach? Often our own immediate peer set is a great place to look. If you saw a colleague rock a public speaking gig, be sure to pay her that compliment. Then, ask if you can put a coffee date on the books for her best tips, or, if she’d be willing to be the audience for your own future prep sessions.

 

8. An Interviewing Expert

Interview skills are tricky. It’s one of those capabilities that we may not practice often if we stay in a job we love for years, or have promotion opportunities. That means that when it’s time to hit the interview circuit and find a new job, we might need some brushing up. It is essential to find that colleague or senior leader who always seems to have the best interview tips. Book them for practice sessions and offer to do the same for the more junior people they connect with.

It can feel a little fake to completely practice an interview start to finish, but especially in our digital days, it’s worth being really deliberate here. Sometimes the best interview experts are of course our HR colleagues, but also those who work in high volume or frequently turning over positions. They’ve seen a lot of resumes!

 

9. Your Polar Opposite

As someone who has worked in finance her whole career, folks who have done the same tend to be most of my network. But that’s the fastest way for your network to simply become an insular echo chamber. For new thoughts, new ideas, and to give you a fresh perspective on career opportunities, find your “opposite.” For example, that means I’ve been deliberately trying to add more colleagues in the arts, sciences, and non-profit world to my set of connections.

To expand that horizon, I have to go a little outside of my comfort zone. It means asking other friends who they know in those industries. And, it means that I may need to employ some of the same tactics you use to make friends as an adult, like saying yes to a lot more invitations and being “social” on social media. Which leads us to…

 

 

10. A Social Media & Branding Rockstar

Whether or not we’re in the social space, branding and messaging matters. Building your personal brand ensures that you can articulate exactly how your skills and expertise match with opportunities over the course of your career.  Find that social and marketing expert in your world and stay on top of the tips that keep your digital first impression fresh and current.

What could this person help you with? The debate rages on over how SEO continues to evolve for professional profiles like LinkedIn. But, it certainly can’t hurt to have your expert colleague provide you some feedback on the language you’re using to describe your achievements. They can also keep you posted on newer networks, and really help you refine the target audience for your skills and talents. 

 

Tips for Making Socially Distanced Connections 

These networking efforts can be challenging in the best of times. In 2020, networking needs a whole different set of skills. It’s nearly impossible to do the same “grab coffee” routine we’ve all gotten used to. And, even if restrictions are lighter where you are, you don’t want to put colleagues in the awkward position of declining an in-person invite. The good news is, our all-virtual world has some perks.

It’s never been easier to drop slightly dormant contacts a “How Have You Been?” note. Flag an interesting article, share a story of a project you’ve worked on, or simply ask how they’ve been maintaining their network this year. Do they know of any virtual industry events? Have they read or attended any webinars of interest? Simply sharing stories around how work is changing and staying connected can be a big part of sustaining and building our network this year. It’s also really important to build digital visibility. Get active on your work-related social channels. Comment on others’ posts, and take the bold step of creating content yourself. This could look like some sort of newsletter on your industry, or round up of interesting reads that are relevant to your peers. (Be sure to check in with your compliance colleagues that this doesn’t pose a problem for your day job!)

Lastly, virtual industry events now give you a perfect hit list of experts you can reach out to and connect with. Drop a note via LinkedIn or see if the event shares contact information for presenters. A simple, “Hi – I really enjoyed your webinar presentation on building new digital marketing channels. I’d like to share a few interesting papers our team has put out on the topic, and get your quick feedback on part of a project we’re undertaking. Do you have 15 minutes for a call?” Make sure, however, it is a super brief, pointed call, and voice only unless they offer otherwise. We’re all completely burnt from sitting on video all day for our actual day job, so it’s best to keep as light a footprint as possible with new contacts.

If you want to add a fun spin, invite them for a 30-minute virtual happy hour. Grab a La Marca Prosecco mini (prosecco makes everything better) and just have a loose, after-work chat. Remember that not all your connections have to be stringently work-related. You want to start a relationship with this person, so don’t be afraid to inject some personality! And chances are, after a full day of work-related calls, they’ll welcome the chance to relax over some bubbly and just talk and enjoy. 

You’d be surprised how many people will take you up on this, especially if you have a robust public profile and a well-built digital work presence. And, using this approach allows you to network far beyond your own backyard. Get creative! Ever wonder how your work is done in London? In Shanghai? Stretch your comfort zone and use our virtual world to expand your networking horizons.

 

 

 

 

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I Watched Every Holiday Movie on Netflix—These Are the 9 You Should Stream

I am the opposite of most people in that I rarely appreciate the classics. I’m way too excited about new! now! to ever get attached to something “timeless.” Not to mention my affinity for the hidden gem—I’d rather go on and on to my best friends about a lipstick or TV show they’ve never heard of than drone on about The Holiday for the 100th time (not that it’s not good—I stan Jude Law like the rest of society). 

This year, I set out to watch every holiday movie I could think of on Netflix (and a few other streaming services). Trust me: there were some bad ones, and there were some really bad ones (I stopped in the middle of about three because they were so awful). But there are quite a few gems that stood out to me and that I’ll watch over and over again for holiday seasons to come. Grab some popcorn and cocoa, and get to watching my very special approved list of Netflix holiday movie picks:

 

1. The Christmas Chronicles 1 

Notice I specifically said to watch the first one. I just did a marathon of both with my family, and we all were in agreeance that #2, while it’s cool to see Kurt and Goldie doing their thing, is just not that great. However, the original Christmas Chronicles is a national treasure. It’s one of my favorite Christmas movies as of late. My mom and I even said we like Kurt Russel as Santa more than Tim Allen, which is highly controversial but exactly how we like to be. Plus, it’s one of the many to add to the list of Christmas movies set in Chicago, which I obviously love to see.

 

2. Holiday Rush

This movie is so lovely and sweet, and I enjoyed every minute of it. It is certainly cheesy, and exactly the level of acting I expect in one of these movies, but I loved it nonetheless. It follows a rich single dad and his family who live a lavish life until the dad, a radio host, is fired from his job and realizes he has absolutely zero savings. They move back in with their aunt and have a low-key Christmas—against the wishes of all four kids. It obviously has a lovely romance that I cried over in the end because it was just so sweet, and the chemistry between the kids and their dad made my heart sing (and miss my parents heavily). 

 

3. Happiest Season

OK, this choice is absolutely cheating for many reasons. For one, it is on Hulu. And second, I didn’t actually LOVE this movie. Let me backtrack: I was beyond excited for this movie because I’ve been craving a queer holiday romance, and the cast seemed impeccable. I watched it the first night it released on Netflix, and while I enjoyed myself watching the movie, I was disappointed to say the least at some of the choices they made with the character development. Some of the characters seemed really toxic even though you’re supposed to like them, and it expressed three different coming-out stories that were really traumatic, which was the opposite of how I wanted to feel going into this movie. 

However with all of that said, I’m still adding it to this list and suggesting everyone I know watch it because I want directors, screenwriters, actors, producers, and networks to know that we want MORE queer holiday movies! I am begging you: please give me more, and ideally, make them star Aubrey Plaza because whooooey. 

 

4. The Princess Switch

I really rejected this movie all of 2019, but it’s 2020, and I’m here to admit that I honestly loved it. The love stories seemed real and made me so happy, I could burst. I loved the character development, and this movie was bursting at the seams with Christmas cheer, unlike some of the other romances Netflix puts out. My absolute favorite genre of Christmas movie is old-school ABC Family originals—Holiday in Handcuffs, Santa Baby, Christmas Cupid, to name a few—and this gives me those vibes more than Hallmark or Lifetime Christmas (however, I love those too). But Baby V’s other Christmas movie on Netflix? No, thank you. That was hot garbage. 

 

5. The Grinch 

My favorite Christmas movie of all-time is How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I could watch it on a loop and never get bored. So, the 2018 animated version starring Benedict Cumberbatch (an absolute wild card) piqued my interest. And I’m happy to say it doesn’t disappoint. One of my favorite swaps in the movie is that Cindy Lou Who’s #1 Christmas wish is for her mom, a single mom who works the night shift and then takes care of three kids all day long, to get a break. It makes me tear up just thinking about how freaking sweet that is. Her wish is so big and important to her that she makes a plan to trap Santa on Christmas to tell him about it, and of course, The Grinch is actually Santa that night. The ending is so lovely, and the themes of loneliness at the holidays basically has 2020 written all over it. 

 

6. Dash + Lily 

I’m sorry, but did you really expect me to not talk about the new holiday-themed show executive produced by *the* Nick Jonas? Dash + Lily is my current obsession. Unlike most, I savored every bite of this show and watched it over a few weeks to make my obsession as drawn out and intense as humanly possible. (It was nice for a moment, but the emotional crash when I finished was concerning to say the least.) This show, made up of eight episodes all under 30 minutes, would probably feel like you’re watching a slightly longer movie (perhaps Avengers: End Game?), so if you’re concerned about time, don’t be. This story follows two teenagers who are lonely during the holidays and decide to create a notebook of dares for them to complete around New York City. It has everything someone could want: teen love, Christmas in New York, interesting fashion, some lovely drama, and a performance from the Jonas Brothers. Somebody pinch me, the perfect holiday show does exist.

 

7. A Christmas Prince

This isn’t new by any means, but I’ve seen a lot of Christmas Prince slander lately, and I simply won’t stand for it. This was one of the first Netflix original Christmas movies I watched, so it holds a special place in my heart. It follows the traditional Lifetime/Hallmark movie format we all know and love: girl from small town meets a guy, realizes he’s a prince, they fall in love, people don’t want them to be together, an old flame comes into town, and the girl and prince must decide if their love can handle the obstacles royal life will throw at them. It’s cheesy and predictable, but we love it anyway. 

 

8. The Holiday Calendar

I didn’t watch The Vampire Diaries, so this was the first movie that showed me I am utterly in love with Kat Graham. She’s reunited with her best friend who’s been traveling the world and also happens to be incredibly hot (of course), all while she’s stuck in her hometown in a job she hates. She inherits an old Advent calendar and realizes it actually starts predicting her future—including a romance! Ooh! 

 

9. A Bad Mom’s Christmas 

 It’s rare that I stan a comedy movie franchise, but as I recently discussed with our editor Abigail, I would watch at least 30 more Bad Moms movies. The cast is great (Kunis, Bell, Hahn—excuse me?!), and the humor is exactly what I’m looking for. This Christmas movie follows three moms when their moms come into town for Christmas and wreak just a bit of havoc on their lives (just a bit!). You’ll die of laughter watching this, I guarantee. 

 

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7 Things to Do if You’re Feeling Sad About How Weird This Holiday Season Is

Finding the right words for this has been challenging, because my goal as a writer is to always try to find a way to offer support and encouragement. However, I realize that this is a strange, difficult time for all of us, and I’m struggling too. The holidays typically bring happiness with a side of stress, but I still manage to enjoy them even if every moment isn’t magical. This year I am having trouble getting into the holiday spirit because it feels like the world is broken.

Working with my therapist weekly for the past four months has given me a lot to think about, and provided an emotional toolkit to help me cope thoughtfully. My therapist often reminds me that there is light even in darkness, and that it’s important to openly deal with our feelings and make time to do things that bring us joy in the process. Even in a year filled with uncertainty and a holiday season that looks different, moments of happiness aren’t out. Here’s what I’m doing to keep my spirits this holiday season and hopefully one (or more) will help you as well.

 

1. Feel your emotions—even if they’re negative

Emotional acceptance is something I am actively working on, and it’s hard. Truthfully, I still try to avoid allowing myself to feel negative emotions, but accepting and feeling the pain helps get us to a place of what my therapist calls radical acceptance. If your holiday season looks different this year, or if this time of year simply brings negative memories, studies show that allowing yourself to feel whatever comes up for you can make the emotions easier to bear over time. When I do lean into thoughts that make me sad, I don’t stay there for long. I give myself 10 minutes at the max and call a friend or someone I trust afterward to hear about their day.

 

Source: @alainakaz

 

2. Make something that brings you joy

It’s pretty remarkable how food can bring comfort. For me lately, my edible security blanket has been Trader Joe’s organic hot cocoa topped with marshmallows. I don’t indulge in this sweet treat daily, but when I need a little cheering up, I have a cup of cocoa and watch my television besties: Dorothy, Blache, Sophia, and Rose. I tend to indulge in savory treats when I’m feeling emotional, so I’m not encouraging making emotional eating a habit, but having a treat that brings joy—and even a hint of nostalgia—in my opinion, isn’t a bad idea.

If you enjoy cooking or learning something new, I highly recommend booking an online Airbnb cooking experience (I just took this one). If curling up with a good book brings you joy, try reading a book that takes you to a faraway place, even if it’s just using your imagination. My current favorites are Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory and My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. If none of these suggestions tickle your fancy, think about something you love that you haven’t done in a while—whether it’s dancing, hiking, or even kicking back, turning off your phone, and watching your favorite movie. Whatever you do doesn’t have to a big gesture. It’s the little things that can make a significant impact.

 

3. Add something new to your space

I thought about decorating for Christmas this year, but I wasn’t feeling it. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas decorations. I grew up with a home filled with four Christmas trees, stockings, a porcelain holiday village with fake snow, and Black Santas lining the fireplace. But the thought of decorating for the holidays in my empty apartment makes me feel more lonely. Instead of decorating for the holidays, I made a travel gallery wall, bought palm leaf curtains, and had a tropical plant (a Bromeliad Aechmea) delivered to my door to surround myself with travel inspiration since traveling is out right now.

Every morning and night, I take a look at that wall. It reminds me of some of the most fun, inspiring moments in my life. The holidays don’t invoke happy memories in everyone. If that’s true for you, think about adding something to your space that brings you joy—a plant, new curtains, a painting— and brightens your space.

 

Source: @westelm

 

4. Volunteer (or donate)

With all of the madness in the world right now, I sometimes find myself feeling emotionally overwhelmed by it all. Since this holiday season is taxing us globally, donating to a cause or organization that helps people in need during the holidays and beyond can be an impactful way to acknowledge how different this holiday season is while helping those in need. Donating to your local food bank, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy Covid-19 Response Fund, and Toys for Tots are all great places to start. If there are other causes your care deeply about, do some research and find an organization that you want to support.

 

5. Journal

I am becoming that person that says, “My therapist says…” but bare with me because she gives great advice. During one of our sessions, she shared this resource with me: 83 Benefits of Journaling for Depression, Anxiety, and Stress. Journaling has scientifically proven benefits. If starting a blank page and pouring your feelings onto it isn’t your thing, try a journal with prompts. I love Cleo Wade’s Heart Talk Journal and 52 Lists for Happiness. The prompts help encourage me to write something even if I’m not quite sure what I’m feeling. Journaling helps me get anxious or sad thoughts on paper instead of ruminating and replaying them in my head for days. My journal entries also remind me of the moments that have brought me happiness when I take a look back, which always makes me smile.

 

Source: @daniellemoss_

 

6. Find a show to binge with someone you love

My best friend and I talk every day for hours about everything under the sun, including the state of the world from COVID-19. In true 2020 fashion, the nature of our daily conversations started to get too heavy. To lighten things up, we selected a show to watch together to discuss instead of spending hours discussing world events. I can’t say our show choices are light, as we recently finished up Lovecraft Country, but we’re discussing making The Crown our new show to binge together. Since 2009, I’ve seen her at least 2-3 times a year, but due to COVID-19, I likely won’t get to see her IRL again until spring 2021. While we are miles apart, our daily talks are a glimmer of light and remind me that while things are different, I’m not alone.

 

7. Reach out to a professional

The holidays are difficult even without a pandemic, and sometimes talking to someone with the skills to help you can be beneficial. My therapist has armed me with the skills to cope when negative emotions or debilitating anxiety kick in. It’s not lost on me that gaining access to therapy can be a challenge financially. If you’re insured, check in with your healthcare provider to see if any of their practitioners offer services on a sliding scale. If you’re uninsured, teletherapy can be an option—sites like BetterHelp offer financial assistance (this is how I found my therapist).

 

I know that these tips aren’t a cure for how many of us are feeling right now, but I hope that you can find something here that adds some light to your world.

 

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Michael Chernow on Exploiting Talent, Creating Brands, and Building Relationships

A war has been waging throughout the philosophical and psychological community for centuries.

Not a war with muskets, armored artillery, or laser guns, but more like professors throwing textbooks at one another and jabbing intellectual foes with concise essays and pointed papers of poignant arguments.

I’m talking about the nature versus nurture problem, which is the debate about whether human behavior is determined by genes (nature) or environment (nurture).

The answer isn’t so black and white, but needless to say, many people are born with innate talent and skill.

One of those people is Michael Chernow, who I’m excited to bring onto this episode of the podcast. 

He hosts a podcast called Born Or Made, which explores this nature or nurture question through the stories of incredibly successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders.

Michael is one of these success stories himself, though. Not only is he a trained chef who hosted the TV show Food Porn, but he’s started several thriving restaurant businesses, including The Meatball Shop (with 8 locations) and Seamore’s (a sustainable seafood restaurant). 

As a repeat success in the restaurant industry, Michael hasn’t just “gotten lucky,” but knows how to build effective brands and businesses. 

In this conversation, Michael and I chat about . . .

  • How he turned his life around from drugs, alcohol, and an abusive household
  • How much talent matters versus deliberate practice and conscientiousness
  • The skill of meeting new people and building relationships and networks
  • Why you don’t have to be good at everything
  • Effective communication and “how to win friends”
  • The power of branding and knowing how to sell
  • How he transitions a business concept and vision into reality
  • His best cooking hacks (including how to make food tastier and the ultimate hack to eat healthier)
  • And more . . .

So if you want to learn from a “serial entrepreneur” what it takes to build a compelling brand and successful business, listen to this podcast! 

Oh and if you like this episode and want to get notified when a new one goes live, head on over to Spotify, iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube, Soundcloud, Podbean, or Google Play and subscribe.

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Timestamps:

8:18 – Do you think talent is earned or are people born with it?

12:03 – How did your talent help you get out of tough situations?

14:30 – What are your thoughts on the saying “talent isn’t formed by 10,000 hours but instead deliberate practice”?

24:21 – What do you mean when you say you can acclimate easily to people?

35:42 – What part of your process is most responsible for your success with multiple businesses?

44:41 – How do you know what ideas to follow through with? Do you just follow your instinct or is there a process you go through?

54:05 – Once you have a bunch of ideas and concepts, is it an editorial process from there?

1:22:10 – Are you creating restaurants that you would like to go to?

1:27:15 – Any tips or hacks for cooking better food?

Mentioned on the show: 

Michael Chernow’s Podcast (Bord Or Made)

Michael Chernow’s Instagram

Michael Chernow’s Twitter

Michael Chernow’s Website

Books by Mike Matthews

What did you think of this episode? Have anything else to share? Let me know in the comments below!

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Bioderma Review

The Story Behind Bioderma Bioderma is a skin care brand owned by parent company NAOS. French pharmacist and biologist Jean-Noël Thorel created NAOS based on his view that the skin is a living ecosystem that constantly interacts with its environment and that changes over time. The brand’s approach to skin care is based on ecobiology …

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11 Health Hacks to Get You Through the Holidays Enjoyably

The holidays are a time for celebration, family, and an excessive amount of eggnog. For many people, they’re also a time of dread because busy days, holiday meals, and lots and lots of sugar are not necessarily a recipe for health. Maybe you get food-guilt and anxiety about over-indulging, or maybe you feel sick, lethargic, and all-around worse in your body because healthy habits go out the window with the Thanksgiving leftovers. Because the holidays should be merry and bright (not guilt-ridden or lethargic), here are 11 health hacks that will help you feel your very best through every turkey dinner and cup of hot chocolate.

PSA: the following list is not intended to be used to “earn” indulgences, “make up for” extra Christmas cookies, or prevent “holiday weight gain.” The holidays should be enjoyed to the fullest, and that includes the foods and traditions you love. You don’t need to earn or make up for; instead, just enjoy. These health hacks are intended to be used in addition to savoring all the wonderful traditions that come this time of year. Instead of resisting, stopping, or shaming, the goal is to help you feel your very best so you can optimally enjoy the most wonderful time of year with the people you love most. Read on for hacks that do exactly that:

 

Source: Wait, You Need This

 

1. Set intentions based on what makes you feel good

New routines or a crazy season might mean we forego our regular healthy habits. It’s absolutely OK to pause some of your rituals, workouts, or routines as your daily schedule changes and you’re trying to enjoy the holidays. However, to feel as good as possible, plan ahead by identifying a couple of things that make you feel your very best. Whether it’s getting in a meditation every morning or going for a jog three times a week, identify your non-negotiables and then prioritize them, no matter what. Keeping up with only a couple of crucial rituals and routines will be much more manageable than hoping to keep every habit. More importantly, it will help you feel better throughout the season.

Also, set limits based on how you feel, not what you think you’re supposed to do. For example, limiting yourself to “no dessert” can lead to a deprivation mentality, binge eating, and a negative relationship with food. But if you know that you start feeling nauseous around the second or third Christmas cookie, or eating the entire wheel of brie on the cheese board makes you feel uncomfortably sluggish (I’ve been there), set intentions by enjoying one or two cookies and only as much brie as you’re actually enjoying until you start mindlessly devouring (again, I’ve been there). Know your limits based on how they make your body feel, and set intentions to keep up healthy habits that are important to you.

 

2. Load up on veggies first

There’s a good reason restaurants offer the salad course first: sure, it’s a lighter course, but it’s also typically the most nutritious (whether or not that is the restaurant’s reasoning, IDK). Even though we’re not eating out, stick to the salad-first mentality to make sure you get the nutrients that make you feel good. If your meal is more buffet-style (or you’re cooking for one and a salad feels excessive), eat the Brussels sprouts side or the sautéed carrots first before diving into the rest of the meal.

It’s actually not better for you to show up to a holiday meal super hungry with your turkey pants on. When we’re starving, we eat quicker, enjoy less mindfully, and over-stuff ourselves, so eat some veggies as a pre-dinner snack. Eating veggies first ensures you can enjoy any foods you want, but you’re still getting in the nutrients your body needs. Plus, you’ll eat less of the stuff that doesn’t make you feel good (because you’ll be filled up by the good-for-you veggies, not from a place of deprivation). 

 

Source: Not Your Standard

 

3. Get up and move in the morning

It’s all too easy to lay around in pajamas, sip on hot chocolate, and binge Christmas movies until nightfall every day from now until January 1. While that does sound like an ideal day, getting in a little bit of movement can boost energy, motivation, and mental health. Fitting it in first thing in the morning means you won’t have to interrupt your Christmas movie binge to go on a jog or do a yoga flow (and let’s be honest: after a few movies in, the chance of stopping goes way down). 

FYI, I do not mean attempting a two-hour HIIT class as a means to make up for what you ate the night before or plan to indulge in that day. That’s not how the body works, and it’s also unnecessary. Go on a run or a do full workout if it makes you feel better and your body is craving movement, but if you’re feeling sluggish and lethargic like the rest of us during holiday break (especially following big meals), a walk or some stretches does the trick. The goal is to prioritize movement to make you feel like your best, happiest self, not as a means for calorie burn.

 

4. Try healthier versions of your favorite holiday foods

PSA: you don’t have to stick to the exact mashed potatoes recipe you make every year or buy frozen pie crusts instead of DIYing your own. When planning holiday meals, opt for homemade over processed foods (yes, buying from a local bakery or takeout from a healthier restaurant counts for you non-chefs), but also identify where you can add more nutrients into the foods you love. Start by trying these plant-based recipes for every comfort food craving or healthier versions of holiday go-to’s like pumpkin pie and green bean casserole. If you’re not ready to try a new recipe, small swaps will make a difference. For example, replacing conventional butter with organic butter reduces some of the added chemicals and toxins, and adding chopped spinach to a pasta sauce can boost nutrients. Healthy cooking doesn’t have to sacrifice taste, and eating healthier does not have to mean you forego your favorite foods.

 

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5. Eat healthy fats

Dry skin woes, rejoice! The perpetual battle between your beauty goals and dry winter climate (read: endless sheet masks, intense oils, and every serum on your skincare shelf) doesn’t have to be so difficult. The one factor in seasonal cracked skin that you may have been missing is what you can be eating to help. Both dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe and nutritionist Kimberly Snyder told Coveteur that healthy fats like avocado, omega-3 fatty acids, and coconut oil are essential for skin health and increasing hydration. Brianne Thornton, a registered dietitian, agreed, explaining to U.S. News & World Report that omega-3 fatty acids keep water from escaping the skin. Eat foods like walnuts, chia seeds, flax, and salmon to get your omega-3s and load up on other healthy fats like avocado, olive oil, and nuts and seeds to get a variety of health benefits. Helping dry winter skin will just be a much-welcomed bonus. 

 

6. Drink more water

Speaking of hydration, drinking water seems to be the cure-all for everything, and with good reason. Staying hydrated can improve energy levels, relieve digestive discomfort like constipation, and overall help you feel your best. Just because it’s not hot outside doesn’t mean we need less water, but we often forget to stay hydrated it’s cold out. I get it–you’d rather drink hot chocolate than a glass of good old fashioned water, but your body needs proper hydration to operate at its best. Especially if you’re feeling hungover (whether it’s a food hangover or a real hangover, because they both happen often during this time of year), drink lots of water to ensure your body is hydrated at all times. Try drinking a big glass before your first cup of coffee in the morning and sipping on tea or warm lemon water throughout the day for a hydrating refreshment that will also keep you warm. 

 

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7. Stick to your regular sleep schedule

I don’t know about you, but a lot of sleep is a given for my holiday breaks. I’m back in my childhood room, I’m wearing cozy AF pajamas, and I don’t have to wake up at 6:30 a.m. for work–the odds of good sleep are very much in my favor. Luckily for my health goals, that extra sleep is not just a perk of a national holiday; it can also help me stay healthy. Getting enough quality sleep is beneficial for many reasons, like improving mood and energy. Plus, sleep can help you make better food decisions. Cravings (especially sugar cravings) can be worsened by lack of sleep, so if you’re not getting a good 7-9 hours, that gingerbread cookie or pumpkin pie could sound a lot more appetizing. 

However, during past holiday breaks, those nine hours edge more towards the 1-10 a.m. range as opposed to my typical 10:30 p.m. bedtime. Getting enough quality sleep and sticking to a normal sleep schedule are both important for keeping you healthy. Going to bed and waking up around the same time will improve sleep quality, both now and after the holidays. Some studies have shown that irregular sleep schedules can lead to poor sleep quality, fatigue, poor eating habits, and lack of energy that can take time to reverse. Go to bed and waking up as close to the same time as you usually do and get 7-9 hours every night for peak health. Bottom line: the holidays are a time of laughter and family, but also use them as a time to rest and restore.

 

Source: @mylittlebooktique

 

8. Find balance with alone time and socializing

I know I sound like a broken Andy Williams record saying that this year is different (you get it: 2020 is weird), but you probably don’t have the same overbooked season of holiday parties, family gatherings, and gift exchanges you typically do. If you are spending the holidays with family, make sure you’re still fitting in alone time to prioritize yourself. Go on a jog in the morning, take a bath at night, or find any time you can to recharge.

If you’re spending the holidays alone, try to schedule a socially-distanced gathering outdoors or a virtual holiday party with your closest friends. Having social events on the calendar will give you something to look forward to, but scheduling it will also ensure you’re spending time with people you love, even if it is virtual or socially distanced. Alone time to prioritize ourselves and time with loved ones to laugh and connect are equally important, so focus this year on finding the balance of both, depending on what you need more of.

 

9. Make new (outdoor) traditions

2020 is the year of new traditions. While we’re foregoing traditions like holiday parties or in-person shopping this year, it also allows us to start new traditions that are not only good for the soul, but good for the body too. As the temperatures drop, you may be less inclined to spend your time in the great outdoors, but there’s a reason that so many holiday classics mention “snow,” right? (Let it SnowBaby It’s Cold Outside, White Christmas… need I say more?). Taking advantage of the winter weather can not only bring fun new traditions, but can be good for your health. For example, bundle up and take a socially-distanced walk with friends or family, go ice skating at your local rink, or grab snow boots and play in the snow with your younger cousins or siblings. You’ll get your body moving without even thinking about it (and isn’t that the best kind of hack!?). 

 

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10. Listen to your body during meals

Frequently check in with yourself during meals to identify what your body wants and needs. Maybe you’re not hungry, but you would enjoy every bite of a slice of pumpkin pie because it’s your favorite holiday dessert, or maybe you realize your digestion is feeling off and you haven’t had enough veggies that day. Notice when you start feeling satisfied and are no longer enjoying each bite to know when to stop, rather than mindlessly eating until you’re uncomfortably stuffed. Aim for a balance of favorite holiday foods and nutrients that will make your body its best; yes, it is that simple. When we’re in-tune with our bodies’ needs, we eat until we’re satisfied (not stuffed) and crave a mixture of energizing nutrients and less nutritious foods we’ll enjoy every bite of (rather than mindlessly gobble down).

 

11. Know that health is more than diet and exercise

If you’re still under the impression that one meal (or a few holidays) can drastically affect your body long-term, you should also know that health is not a two-part formula of diet plus exercise. The podcasts we listen to, the people we spend our time with, the shows we binge on Netflix, the accounts we follow on Instagram, the way we speak to ourselves (and others) are all things that feed us too. If you’re not as focused on the ways you’re being fed and nourished besides the food on your plate or the ways you’re burning energy besides exercise, you’re missing key pieces of the puzzle. Bottom line: you could eat whatever you wanted and not work out once, and still have lots of opportunities to nourish yourself. Focus on how your relationships nourish you, the compassion you’re giving yourself, and how you’re spending your free time to truly become your healthiest self.

 

Let us know–what healthy habits do you take into the holidays?

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Everything on Our Editors’ Holiday Wishlist

By now, you’re probably familiar with our yearly gift guide—it’s a labor of love that we release every November full of gift ideas for everyone from your mom to that friend that already has everything. But what you might not know is how that gift guide comes to be.

For weeks before it’s put together, all of our editors join together to fill a massive doc full of everything we’ve seen throughout the year that we think is cool or unique or might just have an eye on ourselves. Every single one is considered, but of course, not everyone makes the cut—but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still on our lists (and let me assure you: when you look at products for your job all day, you know what the best of the best is for the year, and it leads you to a pretty bomb Christmas list).

These are the things our editors have on our Christmas lists this year—from cult-favorite turtlenecks to the coolest shoes we spotted this year to backups of our already-favorite products. Not sure what to ask for or gift this year? Start here.

Leatherology

Sloan Backpack

My wardrobe/accessory choices have changed drastically since COVID. Since I have significantly less places to go, I have focused my wishlist this year on really versatile basics that will last me a long time and suit my more casual lifestyle. I love the camel leather of this backpack and the Trapunto monogram makes it extra special while remaining classic. I am also loving the matching train case from this line. It is so chic!

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Circadian Optics

Light Therapy Lamp

With the daylight hours shrinking and winter in New England approaching, I’ve added this light therapy lamp to my wishlist this year to help me fight off the winter blues. With so many amazing reviews, I am hopeful this will help me get through the long winter months in Boston.

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Dudley Stephens

Greenpoint Turtleneck

I had one of these turtlenecks on my Christmas list last year and was generously gifted it by my mom. I wore it all the time with jeans and leggings and I’d like to add a slightly longer cut in neutral black to my closet this year. With more time at home, this cozy fleece is a great way to feel put together but cozy!

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Converse

Chuck Taylor All Star Move

I actually haven’t worn converse since middle school and this past fall I bought these in a tan color and fell in love! These shoes made me want to turn all my sneakers into platforms ( gives me some height because I’m short). They are so so comfy so I want them in this bubblegum pink color!

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Saje

Peppermint Halo

This product has helped me destress so much! It’s this all-natural peppermint oil that you can roll on your temples, neck, and forehead. It releases pressure and smells amazing. I went through my first bottle in a month, so this product is definitely on my holiday wishlist!

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Abercrombie & Fitch

Sherpa Faux Leather-Trim Jacket

There is never a time when I’m not at least slightly chilly, so I like my winter wardrobe to consist of many layers of cozy goodness that can be donned or shed depending on the whims of my internal thermometer. I’ve been eyeing this jacket for an absolute age, but other essentials keep derailing my budget and so it’s made its way on my holiday wish list. I can’t wait to be ultra warm and snuggly but also cute and presentable enough to run to the post office box at the corner of my street without looking like a down comforter that sprouted legs.

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Etsy | MIKUKUMI

18K Gold Herringbone Chain

I’ve been gravitating toward everyday jewelry lately—pieces that you can just throw on and go with everything. I love the ritual of putting on my gold necklaces in the morning, even if I’m only wearing loungewear or men’s $7 Hanes sweatpants. I’ve been wanting to add a snake chain to my stack and this herringbone style feels so minimal yet luxe.

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Etsy | SimplySUEL

Rattan Lamp

I’m so into mini lamps right now and this rattan one is what my dreams are made of. The pleated shade?! Perfection. The tiny size?! Absolutely darling. I can already imagine the vignette I’ll style with it in my kitchen (I need something semi tall and wide on my counter to hide an outlet) so HINT HINT to anyone who loves me that is reading this.

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228 Grant Street Candle Co.

Candles from 228 Grant Street Candle Co.

I’m obsessed with candles, and with the holiday season coming up, I can’t wait to fill my new home with signature, festive smells. This Baltimore-based candle company has plenty of unique candle fragrances, from Ginger + Lime to Wild Blackberry + Absinthe (one that’s already in my cart!). It’s a great little holiday trinket that I’ll use immediately!

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Our Place

Always Pan

I received one of these pans as a housewarming gift, and I can’t stop using it to cook everything on! This non-toxic ceramic pan is so durable and you can steam, sear, saute, and fry in it without any food sticking to the bottom. It has become a staple in my kitchen so much, that I’m definitely in need of two of them.

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Bonavita

Bonavita 8-Cup Glass Carafe Coffee Maker

Now that I’m working from home indefinitely, it’s time to get serious about my coffee-making. This eight-cup glass carafe coffee maker brews with one touch, making it simple and easy to brew my coffee while getting ready for work in the morning. The carafe and showerhead design of the water filter evenly distributes water over the coffee so there’s no imbalance when brewing. I’m looking forward to saving time (and money!) on coffee this winter.

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Delonghi

Espresso Maker

During quarantine, I’ve made my own coffee more than I ever have in my life, and it’s actually become something that I really look forward to. To take it to the next level and be able to make the drinks I’d normally get at Starbucks, I’ve had my eye on an espresso machine for a while now, but haven’t pulled the trigger. I’ve done a ton of research, and out of all the affordable options, this one came the most highly recommended.

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Grande Cosmetics

Goldie Luxe Lash and Brow Serum Set

This lash serum is, to put it lightly, a miracle. It has completely changed my eyelashes over the past few months of use and I truly couldn’t recommend it highly enough. This set is a steal—it’s the cost of what a regular tube of the lash serum costs, but includes a mini brow and lash serum with it. Since it’s worked such wonders on my eyelashes, I want to have a backup, and can’t wait to test the brow serum.

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World Market

Antique Brass 3 Tier Cole Bar Cart

I have a vision of my 2021 kitchen, and it includes a little coffee station, complete with my espresso machine, regular coffee machined, and tea kettle all set up on a bar cart. I have scoured the depths of the internet for my favorite, and this one is both pretty and affordable, and I love that it’s three tiers. After Christmas everyone is welcome at my apartment for fancy coffee drinks!

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Mason Grey LA

Fuzzy Luxe Kimono

I never thought I’d be lusting after a robe as much as I am, but alas, 2020 (and adulthood in general) is a pretty weird time. I think I have quite possibly found the most stylish robe that has ever existed and it also comes in the softest fabric that’s luxe without feeling too hot (I hate wearing a too-fuzzy robe after a hot shower). It comes in so many gorgeous patterns and colors, but I feel like the oatmeal color is exactly what a Nancy Meyers heroine would wear before bed, so I’m going with that one. I’ll also be telling my mom (I mean, Santa) to feel free to toss in some of the other cozy loungewear at Mason Grey because it’s truly the softest fabric on the planet.

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Nespresso

Milk Frother

Putting a milk frother at the top of my wishlist–is that what being an adult means? Most people care about the quality of the coffee, but anything tastes good to me as long as there’s frothed milk on top. I mean, a little frothed almond milk instead of just pouring in boring old creamer is a game-changer isn’t it? I feel like Nespresso is the best of the best, and it’s a good frother for non-dairy milks like I prefer. 2021 is about to get a lot more frothy!

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MANGO

Cross Button Leather Blazer

I am not over the leather-everything trend of 2020, and neither is my wishlist. I’ve been eyeing a lot of faux blazers since fall fashion started coming out in July, but none of them seemed like exactly what I wanted until I found this one. I love the rich chocolate color, the structured tailoring, and the big buttons *swoon*. The best part? It’s a gift I can start wearing immediately (you bet I will be pairing with sweatpants), and will wear season after season, year after year (thank god blazers never go out of style).

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Abercrombie & Fitch

Wool-Blend Dad Coat

In the past, I’ve had the habit of buying random coats whenever I liked one—which led to me having an unnecessarily large collection of coats that I hardly ever wear. One of my goals for winter 2021 is to donate those perfectly-good-but-barely-worn coats in my closet and instead keep the pieces I’ll love and wear for years to come (and with every outfit I own). I’ve had my eye on this exact coat since last year, but haven’t made the purchase due to its investment-level price. This year, I not-so-subtlely sent the link to my sister and brother-in-law in the hopes that they’ll gift it to me for being such a good aunt to their son.

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Kindle

While I love the feel of a physical book, practicality (and space in my apartment) has led me to the realization that it’s time I hop on the e-reader train. I don’t need fancy bells and whistles—but I knew I wanted more of a “reader” format than a “tablet” format so that I can read both in the dark AND out in the blinding sun (that’s what separates this kind from an iPad, in my opinion). I’ve been hesitant for awhile, but I’m looking forward to continuing to support local bookstores through bookshop.org by purchasing from their e-book selection (I think that’s a little-known fact about e-readers—you can still purchase independently!).

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Timberland

Jayne Waterproof Hiking Bootie

My holiday gift list always consists of things that are very practical to use almost every day, but maybe just a little outside of my treat-myself price range—and these boots are exactly that. Good waterproof boots are absolutely essential in the midwestern winter, and I love that these combine the trend of a combat boot style while still looking classic (and warm!). I’ll wear these on bundled-up walks with my nephew or just to trudge through the snow on the way to the grocery store.

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Buffy

Cloud Down Comforter

I’ve officially reached the age in which my holiday wishlist entirely consists of items like “meat thermometer” and “griddle pan” and “new Swiffer,” but after an unfortunate evening of spilling garlic sauce from a pizza box onto my bed at 3am, I am in desperate need of a new comforter that I don’t have to strategically place on my bed so no one sees the giant yellow spot. And since it’s a gift, I’m asking for one slightly out of my normal price range. I have researched the heck out of duvet inserts, and this one is right in the price range I want (my mom) to spend but still has incredible reviews. I want something fluffy and cozy without causing my already hot self (hehe) to burn up. Basically, I’m going full “hotel spa relaxation room” with my bed. (I also have this gorgeous duvet cover on my list!)

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GreenLife

16 Piece Ceramic Pots and Pans Set

When I moved into my first apartment, I bought the absolute cheapest version of every single thing imaginable. If “splurge” was an option, I did not take it. This goes for my pots and pans, which I realized only recently are not nonstick, which apparently is… kinda weird. But I’d be lying if I said I put these on my wishlist for any reason other than that they are cute. However, my dad (the lovely person I’m asking to buy me these) will definitely be happy to hear this set has thousands of positive reviews and is such a great price for having 16 (!) pieces.

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Sunbeam

Heated Mattress Pad

Back to a cozy bed, my friend has been singing the praises of this heated mattress pad for almost two years now, and it wasn’t until I sat on her bed a month ago that I finally understood what she was talking about. This is what warm, cozy, wintertime sleep magic is made of. It goes under your sheets like a typical mattress pad and plugs into the wall. There’s a sleep timer and an on/off switch to make it extra easy and so you don’t burn up in the middle of the night (my biggest pet peeve). This will be a staple in winter 2020 when I’m working from my bed on cold, snowy days, but it’ll also be amazing when we’re back to work (LOL, a thought) and I’m absolutely begging for an adult snow day because I wake up freezing cold.

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AMARILO

Nefertiti Necklace

Gold jewelry is at the top of the list this year, which would come as a surprise to those who typically are preparing to buy me something during the holidays, as I usually don’t wear any jewelry. Not because I don’t love it—because I can’t keep up with it. I am finding necklaces easy to keep track of and fun to layer. I love everything from Amarilo, but my favorite at the moment is the Amarilo x Ashley Blaine Featherson collaboration. The dainty yet meaningful Nerfertit Necklace is an accessory I’ll be dropping hinting for this holiday season.

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BEYONCÉ

Homecoming: The Live Album

Beyoncé’s Homecoming performance still gives me goosebumps. I grew up performing in a marching band just like the one depicted at Coachella, and listening to the new mixes of her songs with that familiar swag is nostalgic and makes me dance around my house as if no one is watching. Listening to this on vinyl, I imagine hits a little different, and the 52-page insert, I bet, is a visual wonder, which is why this is at the top of my wishlist.

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Williams Sonoma

European Cheese & Charcuterie Collection

I am a sucker for a charcuterie board, and if someone sent me one from Williams Sonoma, they’d win the best holiday gifter award this year. I find the gift of food to be so thoughtful and useful. I also just really love cheese!

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Converse

Leather Platform Chuck Taylor All Star

I am a strong believer that you can never have too many pairs of shoes, and my Christmas wish list always reflects that. This is just one of many pairs I’ve been dreaming about lately, and I’m seriously obsessed. White sneakers are timeless and match everything, but this fresh take on them is giving me some serious cool girl energy.

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SKIMS

Cotton 2 Piece Bundle

As we all know, loungewear is just about the only thing we’re putting on in 2020. While browsing the Skims website (I want it all), I came across this super cute little pajama set and immediately added it to my list. As an avid fan and wearer of biker shorts, I love the boxer style of these shorts—and I’m picturing this set with an oversized hoodie and slippers for the perfect stay-at-home look.

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Viviana D’Ontanon

Celeste Thick Ring

Another thing I can’t get enough of? Gold jewelry. In an effort to support more small businesses, I have discovered so many AMAZING jewelry brands in the past year. I want to buy everything from so many of them, and this one is no exception. I’ve been searching for an affordable chunky gold ring that won’t tarnish, and I think this one is absolutely perfect.

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PowerXL

2qt Air Fryer

I’ve been wanting an Air Fryer for a majority of this entire year but, at the end of the day, it wasn’t a necessity for me to buy on my own. So when my mother asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year, I blurted out “Air Fryer” faster than I’ve ever made any other decision in my life. To be able to quickly whip up crispy veggies, cauliflower gnocchi, and salmon for one is my idea of a good time and I hope I’ll be able to make my dreams a reality sooner than later!

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Gisou

Honey Infused Hair Oil

I have been eyeing this Gisou hair oil for years but I can’t seem to pull the trigger on it myself. I’ve heard so many great things but, let’s be real, the price is steeper than I’d like it to be! So, Santa, if you’re listening and would like to help a girl achieve the silky, healthy locks of her dreams, I would most definitely accept this gift with open arms.

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Barefoot Dreams

Cozy Chic Throw Blanket

Barefoot Dreams, I love your work! I have seen these just about everywhere on the internet but it was only recently that I had the pleasure of trying one out myself. One cuddle session later and I’m absolutely hooked. I finally get the hype and having one for myself to weather the Chicago winter would be the best gift in the whole world.

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Kiehl’s

Crème de Corps

I received this as a gift several years ago, but didn’t use it up right away. With my hands getting increasingly dry as the weather turns colder (and increased pandemic-induced hand-washing), I pulled it back out to see if it could help. Not only did it help, it worked wonders. It’ll be on my list this year to keep my hands moisturized all winter long.

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Target

Striped Cozy Long Sleeve Top and Leggings Pajama Set

There’s just something about matching pajamas. I feel so much more put together when i pull on a pajama set than when i rummage through my pajama drawer and pull on mismatched sweats and an old T-shirt from college. This set is just what I’m looking for because (according to reviewers) the fabric is oh so soft and the pants have a narrower cut to them, which I much prefer when sleeping. Wide-legged pajama pants make me feel trapped and no one needs that—we get enough stress during waking hours.

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DANSK

Kobenstyle 2-Quart Saucepan with Lid

Everyone needs a small saucepan if you ask me, and this one is so pretty. It’s perfect for heating up leftovers, making a quick sauce, and so much more. Plus, the lid brilliantly doubles as a trivet, so you can bring your pan right to the table.

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Cygnet Living

Personalized Merino Wool Sweater

If there’s anything I can’t get enough of, it’s personalized gifts. Whether it be my name, initial, birth year, astrology sign—you get the picture, I love it all. I first noticed this sweater in our work group chat and as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it to my wardrobe. So if any of my family or friends are reading this, just know this is at the top of my list, wink wink.

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Tatcha

Pure and Pore-Perfecting Trio

I’m not getting any younger and neither is my skin, so this year, I made it a point to invest in my skincare and not just put anything on my face. I’ve heard such lovely things about this brand and I believe there is truly no better way to test out a brand or product than getting a set. I’m aiming for that effortlessly glowing look and I’m excited to see what the hype is all about.

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Barefoot Dreams

Cozy Chic Classic Mickey & Minnie Mouse Throw

This past year and a half, I’ve turned into such a homebody and I have absolutely no shame in that. When I hear the words “cozy” and “homebody,” I instantly think of Barefoot Dreams. Not only are they oh so creamy and just an instant warm hug, but a necessary blanket you need in your life. I don’t have the guts to buy this blanket as I’ve already done it once, but if there’s any family members out there who are open to doing a combined gift, just know my heart will forever hold a special place for you for giving me the gift of my dreams this holiday season.

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PowerXL

2qt Air Fryer

I’ve been wanting an Air Fryer for a majority of this entire year but, at the end of the day, it wasn’t a necessity for me to buy on my own. So when my mother asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year, I blurted out “Air Fryer” faster than I’ve ever made any other decision in my life. To be able to quickly whip up crispy veggies, cauliflower gnocchi, and salmon for one is my idea of a good time and I hope I’ll be able to make my dreams a reality sooner than later!

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Gisou

Honey Infused Hair Oil

I have been eyeing this Gisou hair oil for years but I can’t seem to pull the trigger on it myself. I’ve heard so many great things but, let’s be real, the price is steeper than I’d like it to be! So, Santa, if you’re listening and would like to help a girl achieve the silky, healthy locks of her dreams, I would most definitely accept this gift with open arms.

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Barefoot Dreams

Cozy Chic Throw Blanket

Barefoot Dreams, I love your work! I have seen these just about everywhere on the internet but it was only recently that I had the pleasure of trying one out myself. One cuddle session later and I’m absolutely hooked. I finally get the hype and having one for myself to weather the Chicago winter would be the best gift in the whole world.

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Bala

Bala Bangles

Maybe I’ve been watching too much Shark Tank, but I’d love to get these wearable weights to kick my at-home fitness game up a notch in 2021. One bright spot of the pandemic, if you can call it that, has been that now I exercise a lot more regularly than I was before, and I’m trying new fitness classes I probably never would have otherwise.

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Calm

Meditation App Subscription

This apocalypse of a year has done a number on everyone’s mental health. Some days are truly a rollercoaster, but I’m trying to think positively and stay as sane as I can. A meditation subscription would be an amazing gift and probably one that my roommates, AKA mom and dad, will benefit (by proxy) from while I’m staying with them for a bit longer.

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Athleta

Women’s Activate Face Mask 2 Pack

I already have a small but mighty mask collection going but it’s better to be safe than sorry, right? My friends have told me Athleta masks are great for exercising with as well as for day-to-day use, and, aesthetically, I really like that these are simple, solid colors. In the colder months, a good mask will at least eliminate one excuse not to hit the pavement.

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15 Healthy Sheet Pan Dinners to Make This Week

Is there anything better than a dinner that comes together practically entirely on just one sheet pan? Honestly, there isn’t, particularly when you’re trying to pull things together after a long day, but still want a dinner that feels at least somewhat healthy. And though sheet pan dinners can be super simple to put together, they can also get a little boring if you’re relying on just the bare-bones basics: protein, vegetable, oil, salt, and pepper. Branch out and make sheet pan dinner night the best night of the week with one of these 15 easy options.

 

1. Sheet Pan Chicken with Sweet Potatoes, Apples, and Brussels Sprouts

Source: By Erin Clarke of Well Plated

 

2. One Sheet Pan Greek-Style Baked Chicken Dinner

Source: Savory Nothings

 

3. Sheet Pan Vegan Fried Rice

Source: Jessica in the Kitchen

 

4. Sheet Pan Pesto Gnocchi

Source: Two Peas and Their Pod

 

5. Sheet Pan Jambalaya

Source: Pinch of Yum

 

6. Sheet Pan Chickpea Fajitas

Source: Midwest Foodie

 

7. Sheet Pan Broiled Salmon

Source: What’s Gaby Cooking

 

8. Sheet Pan BBQ Blue Cheese Chicken Pizza

Source: Foodie Crush

 

9. Sheet Pan Mojo Chicken and Potatoes

Source: Sweet Tea + Thyme

 

10. Sheet Pan Sausage and Peppers

Source: By Erin Clarke of Well Plated

 

11. Sheet Pan Quesadillas

Source: Whisk it Real Gud

 

12. Maple Mustard Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner

Source: Midwest Foodie

 

13. Sheet Pan Pasta Bake with Chicken and Kale

Source: Two Peas and Their Pod

 

14. Vegan Frittata

Source: Jessica in the Kitchen

 

15. Sheet Pan Garlic Herb Salmon, Lobster, and Veggies

Source: Orchids + Sweet Tea

 

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Dr Jart Review

What is Dr. Jart? Launched online in 2005, Dr. Jart is a Korean skin care brand founded by dermatologist, Dr. Sung Jae Jung and architect, Chin Wook Lee. The combination of dermatological science and art has developed into what the brand represents today through its quality formulas and bright, colorful packaging. A fun fact about …

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