Apply or Nominate Someone Now: We’re Helping 10 Families This Holiday Season

This year has been harder than any of us could have imagined, in so many ways. Not only are people across the globe struggling to cope with and adjust to a new way of life, but many are also faced with the extra challenge of having to do it without jobs, without child care, or without the loved ones that normally serve as their support system.

While everyone is struggling in some way, there are people out there who have been hit especially hard by the economic crisis caused by COVID-19. More than 22 million Americans filed for unemployment in March and April, a number that has not been seen since The Great Depression. That means that the unemployment rate surged to a record high of 14.7 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Although some jobs have started to come back—with the unemployment rate dropping to 7.9 percent in September—the U.S. has still only regained 42 percent of jobs lost. 

Our team has heard countless stories of families struggling to choose between paying their utilities or buying groceries to feed their family; who don’t know where their next paycheck is coming from, or are debating stepping away from work to manage their children’s education.

Too many Americans are struggling because of this pandemic, and we at The Everygirl Media Group knew we needed to help in any way that we can.

On October 1, we announced the launch of The Everygirl Media Group Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, to better be able to respond to the needs and issues that are important to our team and our readers. It is our goal to empower women and support them in times of need—and through this foundation, we can provide funding directly to the people and causes we wish to support.

With the holiday season quickly approaching, we are announcing the foundation’s second initiative:

 

We are helping 10 families this holiday season, covering everything from paying for utility bills and grocery costs to providing holiday cards, decorations, and gifts to put under the tree.

You can apply for your own family or nominate someone you know that is in need of assistance this holiday season. Ten random winners will be selected next week on Wednesday, November 11.

 

 


 

What will each family receive?

With the help of generous donations from our amazing brand partners, we will be providing 10 families with everything they need for the holidays—including gifts, winter gear, holiday decor, diapers and wipes, groceries, and utility payments—valued at over $2,500 per family. Keep scrolling to see exactly what each of our brand partners is providing to every recipient. 

 

The Manhattan Toy Company will provide each family with a $200 gift card to purchase holiday gifts for babies and toddlers ages 0-4. Every family with children in this age range will receive this gift card.

Seen here: playdate friends doll / camping soft book / beats to go toy / fox plushie / lion plush stacker / wooden camera set / canoe buddies / musical llama

 

Crate and Kids is donating a curated gift set for kids ages 4-7 valued at $200. Every family with children in that age range will receive one set of this gift collection for the holidays.

Seen here: matching game / binoculars / coloring poster / gears puzzle / nature activity book / eco dough set / USA puzzle / mini golf set / marker set

 

The Everygirl Media Group is providing a $200 Target gift card to purchase gifts for any family with children ages 8 and up.

 

Candlewick Press is donating a custom book pack appropriate for children of different ages and valued at $250.  

 

Seventh Generation is donating a three-month supply of diapers and wipes from their Sensitive Protection line to families with children in the appropriate age range.

 

Reima will be providing one coat per child in each family to provide warmth all winter long. They have options for all ages—from babies and toddlers to big kids.

Seen here: kids’ ski jacket / toddler down jacket / toddler parka / baby snowsuit

 

Talbots is providing a $300 gift card for mom to shop for winter gear to stay warm this season. There are many coats, accessories, and shoes to choose from.

Seen here: puffer jacket / pom hat / tech gloves / sherpa boots

 

Equilibria, a CBD company by women for women, will gift each recipient with a specially-curated holiday gift box to provide some much-needed TLC for parents and guardians.

 

Minted will gift each recipient a $150 gift card to use on minted.com for holiday cards. Excludes use for art, home decor, and fabric gifts.

 

FTD Flowers is providing a FTD Holiday Cheer Package. Each family may choose two items from an assortment of holiday gifts including a wreath, centerpiece, bouquet, and chocolate gift set. In the event the selected items are not available for delivery in the recipient’s zip code, the winner will receive a $250 gift certificate for FTD.com.

 

La Marca Prosecco generously provided The Everygirl Media Group with a donation to support parents/caregivers with $250 to purchase a holiday meal from their local grocery store (provided in application).

 

The Everygirl Media Group is donating up to $500 per family to help cover the cost of utility bills this season, for past due or future payments. We will be covering whatever is most helpful to you—whether that be $500 applied to one company to help cover future bills or to cover any late payments. Utilities include heat source, electricity, or water. Payments will be made directly to utility companies (account details required in application.)

 


 

How to Enter:

Click the button below to fill out the form for yourself or the family you are nominating. We will be collecting basic information such as names and ages of family members, phone number, and address—as well as product-specific information such as sizing, utility account credentials, and local grocery store chain preference. The application is open to any family who needs assistance this holiday season. 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Q: Who is eligible to apply?

 

A: Helping Hands for the Holidays is open to anyone living in the United States of America who has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and/or the economic crisis that came with it. We specifically want to provide assistance to families—no matter what that may look like—with children, who deserve an extra-special holiday season.

 

Q: What is the timeline?

 

A: We are accepting applications beginning today, Monday, November 2, and they will remain open through 11:59pm CST on Monday, November 9. Program “winners” will be announced on Wednesday, November 11. We are asking our brand partners to ship their pre-determined contribution to the winners within 7 days of receiving the family details.

 

Q:  How are the 10 families who receive assistance chosen? 

 

A: We will be selecting the 10 families randomly from all viable applications (those with a proven need for financial assistance this holiday season). 

 

Q: When will the products arrive to me?

 

A: All items will be shipped out within 7 days of winners being announced and confirmed. If chosen, we will be in immediate contact about any additional information needed and next steps.

 

Q: How will you be paying my utility bills?

 

A: We will be collecting utility account information (company names, phone numbers, and account numbers), as well as the specific amounts needed to be paid or prepaid so that we can call in payments to your utility companies. If you wish to prioritize certain bills over others up to $500, please note that in the application.

 

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The Complete Guide to Eating and Training During Your Menstrual Cycle

 

As a woman, you face some challenges that guys don’t.

One of the most obvious is the menstrual cycle.

Not only can this affect your mood and daily routine, but it can also throw your diet and training plans for a loop.

If you’ve read anything about the science behind good ol’ Aunt Flo, then you probably know that it can affect your metabolism, how easily your body stores fat, and your appetite.

Your hunger and cravings intensify and your energy and enthusiasm for training wane during your period, all of which works to sabotage your fitness routine.

What should you do when this happens?

Should you stop training and start eating whatever you want, and then try to make up the damage later?

Should you force yourself to stick to your normal diet and training plan, gutting it out until you feel good again?

Or, should you modify your diet and training plan to minimize the meddling of your menses? And if so, how?

You’re going to learn the answers to all of these questions in this podcast.

You’ll learn . . .

  • What science has to say about how the menstrual cycle affects your mood, hunger, energy levels, and enthusiasm for training.
  • How to modify your training plan during your period to get the most out of your workouts.
  • How to stay on track with your diet despite period-induced cravings and hunger pangs.
  • And more.

Let’s get started.

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4:00 – What goes on during the menstrual cycle? 

9:05 – How does the menstrual cycle affect athletic performance? 

12:52 – How can I modify my workouts to my menstrual cycle? 

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Is Nitrogen Balance the Key to Building Muscle? What 14 Studies Say

Key Takeaways

  1. Nitrogen balance is a measurement of the total amount of nitrogen you consume versus the total amount of nitrogen you excrete (primarily in urine), and it’s used by researchers to estimate whether you’re gaining or losing muscle mass.
  2. Nitrogen balance is a poor predictor of your ability to build muscle and you can’t directly control it, so it’s not worth worrying about.
  3. Keep reading to learn what science says about nitrogen balance and muscle growth, and what you should focus on instead!

If you look online for how to build muscle and lose fat, here’s the most common answer you’ll find:

If you want to build muscle, you have to eat more calories than you burn over time. This will result in muscle growth and a bit of fat gain.

If you want to lose fat, you have to eat fewer calories than you burn over time. This will result in fat loss, but if you play your cards right, you’ll hold onto most of your muscle. 

And by and large, this is true.

Except when you’re a newbie (roughly your first year of so of proper weightlifting), you’re going to make the most progress by alternating between “lean bulking” and “cutting” phases—building a bit of muscle while accepting a slight bump in body fat, and then “cutting” off the fat while retaining the newly-built muscle. 

Recently, though, you may have heard that you can build muscle and lose fat simultaneously if you maintain a positive nitrogen balance

According to proponents of this idea, you can build muscle just as effectively while cutting as you can while bulking, so long as you stay in positive nitrogen balance. 

What is a positive nitrogen balance, and can it help you “recomp” the way these people claim? 

Keep reading to find out. 

    Table of Contents

  • What Is Positive Nitrogen Balance?
  • Is Positive Nitrogen Balance Important for Building Muscle?
  • Can a Positive Nitrogen Balance Help You “Recomp?”
  • What You Should Focus on Instead of Nitrogen Balance
  • The Bottom Line on Nitrogen Balance

What Is Positive Nitrogen Balance?


factors affecting nitrogen balance


 

Before you can understand what positive nitrogen balance means, you have to understand what nitrogen balance means.

First, nitrogen is a colorless, odorless gas that makes up about three-quarters of Earth’s atmosphere, and it’s found in all living things from bacteria to plants to people. Specifically, nitrogen is a key component of amino acids, which are the “building blocks” of protein. 

Nitrogen balance is a measurement of the total amount of nitrogen you consume versus the total amount of nitrogen you excrete (primarily in urine). As protein is the primary storage site of nitrogen in the body and source of nitrogen in the diet, nitrogen balance is sometimes used by researchers as a proxy for your total body protein stores. 

In a way, the concept of nitrogen balance is very similar to the idea of energy balance. Energy balance is simply the relationship between how many calories you consume versus how many you expend, and nitrogen balance is the relationship between how much nitrogen you consume and excrete. 

  • If you’re in positive nitrogen balance, it means you’re consuming more nitrogen than you’re excreting. 
  • If you’re in negative nitrogen balance, it means you’re excreting more nitrogen than you’re consuming.
  • And if you’re in neutral nitrogen balance, it means you’re consuming and excreting roughly the same amount of nitrogen. 

Summary: Nitrogen balance refers to the relationship between how much nitrogen you’re consuming (mostly in the form of dietary protein) and excreting (primarily through urine), and positive nitrogen balance refers to a state where you’re consuming more nitrogen than you’re excreting.

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Is Positive Nitrogen Balance Important for Building Muscle?

For many years, scientists have used nitrogen balance to estimate whether or not someone is gaining or losing muscle mass.

The thinking goes that since muscle mass is rich in nitrogen, a change in your nitrogen balance indicates whether you’re gaining or losing muscle. If you’re in negative nitrogen balance, it’s a sign your body is breaking down muscle tissue; and if you’re in positive nitrogen balance, it’s a sign you’re building muscle. 

And this is true as far as it goes: usually, if someone is in positive nitrogen balance, they’re gaining muscle, and if they’re in negative nitrogen balance, they’re losing it.

Although nitrogen balance is helpful in this regard, it’s not a great measure of whether you’re gaining, losing, or maintaining muscle mass. 

Most of the studies on nitrogen balance have only measured total body nitrogen balance, whereas what you should really care about is how much nitrogen is being added to or taken from your skeletal muscle tissue. 

All tissues in the body contain nitrogen and can thus affect your nitrogen balance. Seeing as skeletal muscle mass only makes up about 30 to 40% of your body weight, changes in your nitrogen balance could be entirely due to gaining or excreting nitrogen from other tissues.

For example, studies have shown that you can be in positive nitrogen balance and still lose muscle. Other research has shown that if you try to predict how much muscle someone will build based on their nitrogen balance, you’ll probably overestimate their potential muscle gain many times over.

In other words, the relationship between nitrogen balance and muscle gain or loss is similar to the relationship between your car’s speed and fuel consumption. While you’ll generally use more fuel the faster you go—the two values are loosely related—there are many other factors that can affect this relationship.

Things like rough or steep terrain, a headwind, or a heavy load will increase your fuel consumption regardless of your speed, and things like downhill terrain, a tailwind, or drafting behind another car will reduce your fuel consumption.

In the same way, many other organs in the body such as the liver, kidneys, and intestines absorb and release nitrogen, which can affect your nitrogen balance without affecting your muscle mass. 

This is why scientists now usually rely on other methods of measuring muscle gain or loss, such as measuring muscle protein synthesis

So, circling back to our original question, is nitrogen balance important for building muscle? 

Yes and no. 

If you’re in positive or neutral nitrogen balance, you’re probably able to at least maintain if not gain some muscle. Where people go wrong is thinking that nitrogen balance is a causative factor you can control to increase muscle growth. It isn’t. 

In reality, your nitrogen balance is the result of your diet, training, and other lifestyle factors that lead to muscle growth.  

The bottom line is there are no special “hacks” you can use to boost your nitrogen balance aside from all of the things you’ve probably heard are important for building muscle: 

  • Eating sufficient protein and calories
  • Doing lots of heavy strength training
  • Getting plenty of sleep

If you do these things, nitrogen balance will take care of itself. 

Summary: Although positive nitrogen balance and muscle gain are loosely related, it’s not a great measure of whether or not you’re gaining muscle, and isn’t something you can directly control.

Can a Positive Nitrogen Balance Help You “Recomp?”


positive nitrogen balance diet


Some people say that if you maintain a positive nitrogen balance, you can gain muscle just as effectively while in a calorie deficit as you can while in a calorie surplus, or achieve body recomposition, as it’s known.  

Once again, though, these people are confusing the map for the territory. 

While body recomposition is absolutely possible—the degree to which you can achieve it depends primarily on how long you’ve been weightlifting. 

You can achieve impressive body recomposition when you’re new to weightlifting, but your ability to “recomp” grows smaller and smaller as you approach your genetic potential for muscle gain

Read: An Easy and Accurate Way to Measure Your Body Composition

As Dr. Eric Helms, a member of Legion’s Scientific Advisory Board, puts it,  “ . . . highly trained bodybuilders who achieve a great deal of muscularity may not make measurable improvements in muscle mass even over the course of a six month period.”

And what if you maintain a positive nitrogen balance despite maintaining a calorie deficit? 

Well, science says this is basically impossible for anyone but newbies. 

If you’re pretty lean already and/or close to your genetic limit for muscle gain, your chances of maintaining a positive nitrogen balance while getting even leaner are basically zero. Just about every natural weightlifter who’s lean (<15/25% body fat for men/women) and has a decent amount of muscle is going to spend a good deal of time in negative nitrogen balance while trying to get down to very low body fat percentages (<10/20% or so). 

Ironically, although some fitness gurus claim that you can build muscle regardless of your calorie intake as long as you’re in positive nitrogen balance, one of the most important variables that affects your nitrogen balance is your calorie intake

In other words, if you’re in a calorie deficit, you’re probably in negative nitrogen balance, and vice versa (assuming you also eat enough protein). 

All in all, saying you can gain muscle while losing fat by maintaining positive nitrogen balance is like saying you can spend as much money as you want as long as you don’t get into debt—it’s classic circular reasoning.

Nitrogen balance simply describes what’s going on in your body and how well your diet and training are working—it’s not some switch you can flip to build muscle and lose fat regardless of your diet and training. 

At bottom, nitrogen balance is a relatively pointless thing to focus on if you just want to get bigger, leaner, and stronger.

Summary: Nitrogen balance isn’t a “hack” for gaining muscle and losing fat at the same time. Unless you’re new to proper weightlifting, you’ll almost certainly be in negative nitrogen balance when you restrict calories for fat loss.

What You Should Focus on Instead of Nitrogen Balance

In the book The 4 Disciplines of Execution, the authors make a distinction between what they called lead measures and lag measures

Lag measures are measurements of the results of some other action. For example, losing weight is the result of restricting your calorie intake, and thus would be a lag measure. 

Lead measures are measurements of the actions you can control that affect your lag measures. Using the weight loss analogy again, a lead measure would be how many calories you consume or how many times you go to the gym. 

The best way to think about nitrogen balance is as a lag measure of your muscle-building efforts—it’s the result of other actions, not something to seek out for its own sake.  

So, instead of fretting about whether or not you’re in a positive nitrogen balance, focus instead on the things that actually move the needle: your workout program, your meal plan, your sleep habits, and your supplementation routine. 

If you’re like to learn more about these things, here are the best places to start: 

The 12 Best Science-Based Strength Training Programs for Gaining Muscle and Strength

The Definitive Guide on How to Build a Workout Routine

The Definitive Guide to the “Push Pull Legs” Routine

The Definitive Guide to Effective Meal Planning

This Is the Best TDEE Calculator on the Web (2020)

7 Proven Ways to Sleep Better Than Ever Before

The 3 Best (and Worst) Muscle Building Supplements

The 3 Absolute Best (and Worst) Fat Loss Supplements

The Bottom Line on Nitrogen Balance

Nitrogen balance refers to the relationship between how much nitrogen you’re consuming (mostly in the form of dietary protein) and excreting (primarily through urine), and positive nitrogen balance refers to a state where you’re consuming more nitrogen than you’re excreting.

According to some fitness gurus, maintaining a positive nitrogen balance is the sine qua non of building muscle. Do that, and you can build muscle even if you’re in a calorie deficit, thus achieving body recomposition. 

The truth is that nitrogen balance—positive or negative—isn’t an accurate predictor of your ability to build muscle. 

What’s more, it’s also not something you can directly control, and thus isn’t worth worrying about if you just want to get bigger, leaner, and stronger.

Instead, focus on following a well-designed strength training program, eating enough calories and protein, getting enough sleep, and taking the right supplements, and you’ll build muscle.

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What’s your take on nitrogen balance? Have anything else to share? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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How to Navigate Thanksgiving in a Pandemic

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and if you thought that we’d still be where we are (staying home, washing our hands, wearing masks, social distancing) all of these months after March, well, then I guess you’re vindicated. Thanksgiving is going to look a lot different this year for millions of people across the country. Some will travel early with enough time for quarantining, isolating, or a COVID-19 test (or some combination of that), others will forego their usual bustling holiday table for something more low-key, and still others are scrapping plans entirely, planning on a Thanksgiving dinner for just one or two. It’s hard, this navigating life events, milestones, and holidays during a global pandemic, and while we certainly all hope that next year is an altogether different kind of situation, you don’t just have to ignore the holidays entirely (unless, of course, you want to—this year, all bets are off). The precautions you ultimately decide to take will be dependent on many different factors, but there are some things that you should keep top of mind so that you can (hopefully) celebrate safely this year.

 

Source: Adrian Cotiga | Stocksy

 

If you’re traveling

Airports and interstates are notoriously busy during the week of Thanksgiving. But this year isn’t most years and many more people are likely staying closer to home than they would otherwise. The CDC advises that you stay close to home rather than travel because any travel can increase the risk that you’ll be exposed to or come down with COVID-19. If you’re still planning on traveling, the precautions you need to take vary based on how you’re traveling.

If you’re planning on a plane, train, or any other kind of group transportation, make sure you have masks with you (and wear them while traveling). According to Healthline, mask-wearing is required by all major airline carriers. Some airlines still have social distancing measures in place, while others are again approving filling flights to capacity, so if you feel strongly about trying your best to continue social distancing on the plane, you may need to do a little research. Delta, Southwest, JetBlue, Alaska Airlines, and Hawaiian Airlines are still blocking some seats, according to reporting from the Washington Post, but they’re not all doing so for the same length of time, so if you’re flying closer to the end of the year, your airline options may change.

Driving in your own car gives you more control over the precautions taken, but don’t forget to think through how you’re going to handle staying safe if or when you need to stop—for gas, for food, for the night, or to use the bathroom.

No matter how you’re traveling, make sure you pack plenty of wipes and sanitizer, wash your hands frequently, wear a mask, and stay conscious of if or how often you’re touching your face.

 

Source: Cameron Whitman | Stocksy

 

If you’re staying closer to home

Staying home doesn’t mean that you don’t have any difficult decisions to make. If your Thanksgiving normally looks like tons of family and friends gathered in one place (indoors), it may need to look a little different this year.

Michael Osterholm from the Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota told STAT News that no one should gather with anyone who lives outside of their household this year because the risk is just too great. The CDC, however, lists a few other suggestions for people who are concerned by the idea of essentially canceling Thanksgiving altogether:

 

  • Make traditional recipes for people who can’t gather with you and do a no-contact drop-off.
  • Take your Thanksgiving virtual.
  • Skip Black Friday shopping and shop from the comfort of home (or in person later on).
  • Skip in-person sporting events, parades, and more and watch from home or participate virtually.

 

If skipping a dinner just isn’t something you’re willing to do this year, taking as many precautions as possible can help keep the risk lower. One basic thing you can do is to just continue to make sure you’re following expert guidance to wear a mask, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay apart, and get together outside, Stephen Morse, an epidemiologist at Columbia University, told The Atlantic. The CDC’s guidance for hosting or attending a gathering can also help you lower some of your risk. Restricting attendance to your “pandemic pod” (as long as everyone is doing their part) might feel safer to you this year. Keeping an eye on what conditions are like where you are and using that to help decide if you’re going to pare back this year (or even make the transition to FaceTime) may also be a good idea.

If you live somewhere that outdoor celebrations are possible, consider moving dinner outside this year, a 2020 move if we’ve ever seen one. Experts say that being outdoors is safer than being indoors, so that’s one more way you can try to mitigate some of the risk.

 

Source: Felicia Lasala for The Everygirl

 

If you’re celebrating solo (or with very few others)

Celebrating solo might not be your usual Thanksgiving plan, but it very well could be this year, particularly if you live far from family. It might not be the most cheerful Thanksgiving you’ll ever have (or maybe it will—no family feuds to combat or politics to talk over dinner), but it doesn’t have to be the worst either. Consider scrapping your traditional menu and making whatever you think sounds good. Conversely, maybe this year, of all years, is when you feel especially attached to your family’s traditional menu—call your relatives and gather some recipes so that you’ll feel at least some things are still the same. Try upping your holiday decor game with new Thanksgiving duds or just scrap that and put up the decor for a holiday you love. Maybe that means a Christmas tree, maybe that means leaving Halloween decor up far longer than usual, or maybe it’s something else entirely. You’re the one there, so you’re the one who gets to make those rules.

If you’re celebrating alone or with just a few additional people and you don’t want to put in the work for a full dinner, consider ordering a restaurant-quality Thanksgiving dinner or opting for your favorite local fare. There’s no rule that you have to eat a certain meal on Thanksgiving, so do what feels best to you and what will make your holiday special. Prop up a computer or phone for holiday FaceTiming or embrace the minimal interactions and plan a self-care day all your own.

The best part of celebrating alone is that it truly gets to be whatever you want it to, so don’t overthink things too much. Plan a day that you’ll enjoy and consider going back to your usual traditions (whatever they may be) next year or the year after.

 

Whether you’re staying at home or traveling across the country, if you’re getting together with family members or friends, don’t be afraid to ask them what sorts of precautions they’re taking in their everyday life (or, at least, within a few weeks of Thanksgiving), especially if you or someone else there is at greater risk. After all, when it comes to an infectious virus, what you do doesn’t just affect you, it also affects anyone with whom you’re spending time. If you’re planning to spend time with people who are higher risk or older in age, consider taking even more precautions or canceling the event entirely. Determine if the precautions your fellow family members and friends are taking are things you’re comfortable with or not, and don’t be afraid to tell them what you need so that you do feel comfortable. They may or may not agree to those kinds of guidelines, but at least then you’ll be able to feel more confident in your decision to either gather or skip it this year. Hopefully next year, the COVID situation will be different.

There are going to be some really hard choices to make this year. No one wants to have to completely overhaul times often spent with family and friends, particularly if it means that you might end up spending that time alone (no matter how festive that time might be). Ultimately, the best you can do is do your research, have honest conversations with friends and family about what you think is best and what you’re comfortable with, and try to make the choice that feels best and safe for you and those around you.

 

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7 Outfits to Wear This Fall

If there’s one thing I learned this year, it’s that you need to take joy where you can get it—be it from an episode of your favorite show, your favorite creamer mixed into your coffee in the morning, or dressing in real clothes when you have absolutely nowhere to go.

Fall clothes are the height of fashion; every other season pales in comparison to the rich tones, excess of textures, and variety of options that fall has to offer. And, pandemic or not, that’s something that should be relished. 

Whether you’re looking for an outfit to wear to your Thanksgiving at home or just something to spice up your average Tuesday (we feel you), these are seven fool-proof outfits to wear this season, chock-full of camel tones, cozy sweaters, and all the fun boots your cabin-fever-ridden self could dream up. Throw your sweats in the hamper and try out one of these this week:

 

1. A sweater dress, knee-high boots, and a quilted bag

This is the quintessential Thanksgiving look: you’re ultra-cozy in a sweater dress (and no pants, obviously), but the contrast between the camel sweater and black boots makes the look feel dressed-up and seasonally appropriate. 

Here, the accessories have the potential to do all the talking. For something fancier, top it off with cat-eye sunnies and a quilted bag (like we did here). To dress it down, pair it with your favorite shoulder bag and aviators. The options are endless.

 

sweater dress / boots / bag / sunglasses

 

2. A camel coat, skinny jeans, and loafers

There are few things a good camel coat can’t fix, and if you’re in search of a new go-to uniform, chances are, a camel coat could be your missing ingredient. This one is ultra-flattering with puffed sleeves and a wrap detail, and the emerald green python loafers give it an unexpected element that screams autumn. A white, top-handle bag serves as the icing on the cake, and gives another layer of dimension by adding another neutral color to the mix.

 

jeans / coat / sweater / loafers / bag

 

3. A lace top, leather pants, and heeled boots

Leather and lace is the juxtaposition that we turn to time and time again for the combination of edginess and femininity that it can simultaneously bring. Here, we stuck to shades of tan to give it a monochromatic feel, and topped it off with pops of white. 

When searching for a good lace blouse, we’re partial to one with a high neck and detailing that gives it the ability to be paired with anything, from jeans to your work pants.  

 

pants / top / boots / bag

 

4. A matching set, sherpa moto jacket, and white sneakers

We’re all trying to figure out ways to look chic while staying cozy this year, and nothing does that more than a monochrome matching set (that can double as going-out wear and loungewear) paired with a cool-girl jacket and sneakers. It’s effortless, relaxed, and gives the appearance that you spent way more thought on it than you did (let’s be real, you probably rolled out of bed in it—but no one would ever know).

 

matching set / sneakers / jacket / sunglasses

 

5. A puffer, light-wash jeans, and white sneakers

Oversized puffers are one of the top outerwear trends of the season, and it isn’t hard to figure out why: they’re simple, practical, and exude coolness. Pair yours with your favorite sweater and jeans, and top it off with your favorite sneakers and sunglasses for an outfit you can take from errands to an outdoor happy hour with friends.

 

jeans / puffer / sweater / sneakers / bag

 

6. A black turtleneck, black leather pants, and white coat

If there’s one thing 2020 did right, it’s faux leather. Long gone are the days of squeaky, cheap pleather that you had to shimmy around your bedroom to get into. This year is full of soft, comfortable options that look like the real thing—without the cost to your wallet or the environment.

There’s just something about a long, white coat, and paired on top of an all-black look, it pops and serves as the winter white look of our dreams. If you want to go the extra mile, add a statement bag on top—then wear it all everywhere you go this winter.

 

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7. A matching set and cozy sherpa jacket

This jacket is the sherpa of our dreams, and we’ve been wearing ours everywhere from late-night runs to get wine to on the couch all day while we’re working. The leather detailing on it brings it up a notch from your average sherpa jacket and makes it worthy of wear all season long.

 

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The Everygirl’s 2020 Holiday Calendar

On The Everygirl team, some of us are celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas at home with family, some of us are planning to binge Hallmark movies with roommates until January, and some of us are channeling Kevin McCallister and staying home alone while having virtual Zoom parties and get-togethers. No matter what the season looks like to you this year, we’ve put together a holiday calendar to give you something to look forward to every single day from now until New Year’s Eve. Because if 2020 needs one thing (besides a moral president), it’s some holiday cheer. Check out these 61 daily activities, add them to your personal calendar or planner, and get ready to bring some much-needed holiday spirit into this season. Just call us Santa Claus! 

 

 

November:

1. Hang a wreath—fall or holiday!

2. Find a wishlist for a children’s hospital or organization and donate a toy

3. (ELECTION DAY): Vote if you haven’t yet—and maybe even wear a Santa hat if you’re so inclined 🎅

4. Clean your home to prepare for holiday decorating

5. Treat your barista to a hefty tip

 

 

6. Bake cookies

7. Send holiday cards, whether you order them online or make them handmade!

8. Treat yourself to new slippers

9. Let go of a holiday expectation and reimagine it for 2020

10. Watch your favorite childhood holiday movie

11. Make a favorite family recipe

12. Make a peppermint-flavored drink (Coffee? Boozy? Both!?!?)

13. Send a seasonal plant delivery to a relative

14. Wear your holiday socks

15. Do a holiday DIY or craft

16. Wear a tacky holiday sweater all day

 

 

17. Watch a Nancy Meyers movie

18. Set up a holiday gift exchange or Secret Santa with your friends

19. Pop a bottle of bubbly and celebrate! We suggest La Marca Prosecco. 

20. Cook or bake a meal over Zoom with family or friends

21. Do a double feature of a holiday movie that’s been remade (Miracle on 34th Street, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Bishop’s Wife/The Preacher’s Wife, A Christmas Carol, etc.) 

22. Watch a Hallmark holiday movie (bonus points for a marathon!)

 

 

23. Get a tree (small, fake, real—whatever works for you!) and decorate it

24. Watch a Christmas movie that you haven’t seen yet

25. Challenge yourself to try a new holiday recipe

26. THANKSGIVING: Call or text three people to tell them how thankful you are for them

27. BLACK FRIDAY: Score an investment piece or item you’ve been wanting on a major discount because you deserve it! 

28. SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY: Make a purchase from your favorite small business

29. Kiss under a mistletoe—whether it’s your partner, your pet, a relative, a stuffed animal, or yourself 😘

30. Start/read a book with a holiday theme (a few favorites of ours are One Day in December, Royal Holiday, and Winter Stroll)

 

 

December:

1. Make kits for those in need: homeless, animal shelter, etc.

2. Call a loved one and virtually shop for gifts online together

3. Find the perfect Christmas PJs 

4. Try a festive manicure

5. Make homemade hot chocolate

6. Hang some twinkle lights

7. Set out a dish of holiday candy

8. Make DIY wrapping paper and mail a gift to a loved one

9. Make a playlist of your favorite holiday songs

 

10. Hanukkah begins! Make potato latkes at home

11. Go through your closet and set aside items in good condition to donate

 

 

12. Plan to make a special meal you wouldn’t usually

13. Share a favorite holiday recipe with a friend—then make their family fave too!

14. Go through old photos of holidays passed. Bonus points for doing it on FaceTime with family. 

15. Send family and friends a special ornament that reminds you of them with a handwritten note

 

 

16. Wrap gifts while watching a holiday movie and drinking hot cocoa

17. Buy some fresh greens and DIY a holiday planter or wreath

18. Donate a coat for families in need through organizations like One Warm Coat

19. Find your go-to red lipstick and wear it!

20. Wear a glittery dress or sparkly eye shadow—just because

 

 

21. Host a pajama party with your quarantine crew (over Zoom counts too!)

22. Make peppermint bark from scratch

23. Have a virtual Christmas carol karaoke session with friends

24. CHRISTMAS EVE: Go on a drive or walk to look at lights and decorations

25. CHRISTMAS DAY: Make handwritten thank you cards to give to friends and family for their gifts

26. Take all of your scrap wrapping paper to a recycling plant

27.  Buy a 2021 planner and plan your year

 

 

28. Bundle up in your coziest clothes and drink a warm beverage

29. Give yourself a sparkly mani/pedi

30. Make your New Year’s resolutions

31. NEW YEAR’S EVE: Text your friends and family your favorite moment with them in 2020—and what you look forward to in 2021!

 

 

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10 Ways to Orgasm That You Haven’t Thought Of, According to Sex Therapists

It’s centuries too late if you ask me, but our culture is finally starting to embrace the female orgasm and acknowledge the fact that women feel, want, and need pleasure too (shocking!). Scientists are researching determinants of female orgasms, women are singing about feelin’ themselves, and people wouldn’t bat an eye if Sally pulled her orgasm-in-public performance in 2020 (well, maybe they would, but you get the point).

All of this is amazing progress for long-overdue gender equality (and we still have a lot of work left to achieve it), but all this “O” talk can put pressure on women to reach an orgasm, whether they’ve never had one, can only have one by themselves, or only know one way to have one (news flash: there are lots of ways). So for the betterment of your sex life (and because pleasure is your human right), here are 10 ways to orgasm that you might not have thought of, according to sex therapists and experts.

 

1. Indulge in other self-care practices 

Megwyn White, a certified clinical sexologist and director of education at Satisfyer, suggested practices like dry brushing and scalp massage to increase sexuality and pleasure. “Dry brushing is a great way to stimulate circulation and detox the skin,” White said. “You’ll feel refreshed, and your tissues will feel soft and satiated. It’s a great self-care practice that can add a sensual start or end to your day. Likewise, giving yourself a scalp treatment at home with essential oils can reduce stress and activate your senses. You’ll feel refreshed, invigorated, and sexier.” Bottom line: find the indulgent practices that connect your mind with your body and stimulate the senses. You’ll feel heightened awareness that can translate into more sexual pleasure (and the chance to check out yo’ bad self in the mirror will be an added sexy bonus). 

 

2. Explore blended orgasms

Here’s the good news: from clitoral orgasms to nipple orgasms, there’s no shortage of orgasms to be had. And better yet, they don’t necessarily have to be independent of one another. A blended orgasm is two (or more) simultaneous orgasms, resulting in an intense, full-body response. While this may sound difficult and you may be thinking great, even more pressure in the climax department, know that our bodies are meant to experience multiple different sensations.

“If you stimulate multiple regions, you create more intense sensations, and multiple nerves communicate the sensation of pleasure at the same time,” said Dr. Jess O’Reilly, founder of Sex With Dr. Jess and Astroglide’s resident sexologist. For example, the vagus nerve is believed to communicate signals from the cervix, uterus, and vagina, bypassing the spinal cord. Crazy, right!? Bottom line: there’s more to your sexuality than just the vagina. Explore, experiment, and try multiple different forms of pleasure at once. 

 

3. Get creative juices flowing

That’s right: that pottery class you took in college could have been increasing your chance to orgasm. “Sexual energy and artistic expression are not mutually exclusive,” White said. “Creativity will naturally stir the pot of your sexual nature and also invite you to think out of the box and invite new experiences into your world.” No matter if your favorite form of creativity is singing, dancing, painting, or scrapbooking, it doesn’t necessarily have to be erotic to help boost your pleasure when it comes to sex.

Being creative in whatever way feels expressive and enjoyable to you can tap into your sexual energy, but will also get you into a creative and open mindset that will encourage you to try new things (see #6 below). You can tell your significant other we told you to sign up for that painting class or dance lesson (and I’m sure when they know the benefits, they’ll want to join too). 

 

4. Talk about sex

Looks like Salt-N-Pepa were onto something! Kamil Lewis, AMFT, believes getting comfortable talking about sex outside of the bedroom can help encourage a healthy sex life. “Talking about sex with friends is a great way to normalize sex and provides a space to ask questions and hear about other experiences,” Lewis said. “The more comfortable you feel talking about sex, the more empowered you will feel when it’s time to get into it.”

Yes, it’s important to have a support system outside of your relationship or sexual partner (Sex-and-the-City style) to talk openly about sex and normalize a lot of the subjects that have been taboo for far too long. But it’s equally just as important to communicate openly and honestly with your sexual partner, whether you’re in a committed relationship or not. “Give yourself permission to talk with your partner or partners about orgasms,” Lewis said. “If this is something you want to change in your relationship, it’s important to bring it up.”

 

5. Build sensuality outside of the bedroom

Sexuality is an equal mix of physical and mental. It’s not going to immediately switch on when you walk into the bedroom, nor is it reserved for the bedroom. Hani Avital, clinical sexologist and sensuality expert, said it best to S Life Magazine, “Sexuality is our life force. The more we cultivate that energy in everything we do, the more alive we will feel. Period.” Remember that your sexuality is powerful and life-giving, not shameful. Build sensuality in your day-to-day life by indulging in self-care that feels good (like massaging in body oil after your shower or taking a decadent bath) and making decisions based on what would feel more pleasurable for you. 

Not only will this help you feel more vibrant in your day-to-day life, but it might also help you experience more pleasure in the bedroom. Lewis recommended using mindful moments throughout the day, like paying attention to the temperature of the water in your shower or the smells of your food, to feel more connected to your body and improve sexual connection. Dr. O’Reilly agreed. “You are not a light switch. You likely can’t transition from talking about your kids and taxes to indulging in sexual pleasure and orgasm,” she said. “Take time to indulge in all things pleasurable throughout the day to cultivate more presence in your body and remind yourself that pleasure is your birthright.” 

 

6. Try new things

If you’re not reaching climax, it might be because whatever you’re doing is not working. Even if you are orgasming but are hesitant to try something new, you could be missing out on an even more intense and enjoyable climax. Dr. O’Reilly recommended getting creative with sex toys and lube, which are both associated with heightened pleasure and orgasmic response.

Mia Sabat, the sex therapist at Emjoy, agreed that trying new things is important. “You don’t know what’s going to get you going until you try,” Sabat said. “Sometimes, we forget that there’s more to our body than our vulva, and we’re surprised to see how much a specific place or type of stimulation can help us reach our orgasm end-goal.” Bottom line: try new things, whether it’s positions, toys, body parts, or even the routine, for the sake of enjoyment and getting to know your body better. An orgasm will just be a welcomed bonus. 

 

7. Make masturbation a part of your self-care routine

So you already know that masturbation can help you orgasm, but it might not be easy to reach climax if you only think of the ménage à moi as a must-do when you’re in between partners (thank you, quarantine). Exploring your own sexuality and pleasure should be just as much a part of your self-care routine as a face mask or a bubble bath (and, FYI, can be done simultaneously with both!). “Stop thinking about masturbation as a dirty little secret. It’s a perfectly healthy thing to do, with a myriad of health benefits. It can be used to ease pain, boost your mood, and even help with period cramps,” Sabat said. “By framing masturbation as part of your self-care routine, you can explore your body with comfort and confidence instead of something to feel embarrassed about.” 

 

8. Fantasize

Dr. O’Reilly calls the brain the most powerful sex organ, and for good reason. Remember how sexuality is a mix of physical and mental? The physical component might be stimulated, but the mental component needs to be stimulated too in order to achieve mind-blowing pleasure. Fantasizing can help you explore your sexuality and find different ways to feel pleasure, rather than getting caught up in achieving an orgasm and the dreaded performance anxiety.

Luckily for us, there are multiple ways to fantasize besides imagining shirtless Ryan Gosling or watching Rihanna’s “Pour it Up” music video (though both are great if they do it for you!). “There are many ways you can stimulate the brain, like listening to erotica, engaging with pornography created for a female audience, or simply taking the time to gently let your mind and body ease into a sexual state through sensual massages, candlelit baths, or self-pleasure,” Sabat said. 

 

9. Don’t over-hype the climax

OK, back to that pressure to orgasm. Yes, there is a huge orgasm gap, and yes, you deserve to orgasm as often as you want every single time. But we often hype up the climax so much (I mean, it is called “the climax”) that so many women struggle to get there because of the pressure to achieve it. We look at our ability to orgasm to determine whether it was “good sex” or even whether or not we’re “normal.” Here’s the truth: it’s good sex if it felt good, and anything is normal if it’s normal for you. Instead of focusing on the end-goal, focus on the pleasure you feel before and during sex. Not only will it be more pleasurable overall, but you might be more likely to orgasm. The destination is better when you enjoyed the journey, right?

In fact, Gigi Engle, certified sexologist and award-winning author, suggested delaying orgasming instead of focusing on achieving it. She said, “Slowly bring yourself closer and closer, but hold back before going over the edge. When you become aroused and then let it go, the energy is recycled, waiting just under the surface to be ignited once again. If you keep building towards a finale, the endgame will be unreal.”

 

10. Romance yourself

No, this is not some cheesy self-love advice; it’s truly the most effective way to increase pleasure, sensuality, and orgasms, whether you’re solo-sexing or with a partner. When we take time to make ourselves feel special like we would a romantic partner, we increase confidence, comfortability, and just feel hotter; to quote my queen Lizzo, “No, I’m not a snack at all. Look, baby, I’m the whole damn meal.” FYI, Lizzo definitely knows how to romance herself. No matter your relationship status, we can all afford a little more self-romance.

“Even if you’re going solo, it doesn’t mean that you have to skip the romance,” Sabat said. “Don’t be afraid to light some candles, put on some perfume, and dim the lights to set the mood. This is your own personal adventure and something to enjoy, not rush. Don’t rush it or sell yourself short; this is about treating yourself in exactly the way you want to be treated, and you deserve the best.” As Lizzo would say: “‘Scuse me while I feel myself.” 

 

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Free, Downloadable Tech Backgrounds for November 2020!

November feels like a toast to those everyday moments that always make you smile. The simple, uncomplicated, profound joy in the burnished gold of a leaf as it floats to the ground, the cozy warmth of a well-worn flannel, snuggling an extra beat into a hug from someone you love. For the tech backgrounds this month, we partnered with our favorite bubbly of choice, La Marca Prosecco, to remind you to celebrate all those tiny, amazing moments that make up a life well-lived.

And what better month to raise a glass of crisp prosecco to then the first official month of the holiday season? This month, we encourage you to grab a La Marca Prosecco mini and find time for a cheers—from a work meeting you nailed to finally finding time for that virtual happy hour with your people and everything in between. We need celebration now more than ever, starting with some fresh designs for all your devices. If that isn’t a reason to raise your glass, we don’t know what is 🥂

 

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This post was sponsored by La Marca Prosecco but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl Media Group editorial board.

 

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Every Coat We Need to Discuss From “Emily in Paris”

OK, confession time: The plot of Emily in Paris wasn’t exactly my thing. I scoffed every time yet another perfect French man strolled into Emily’s life and rolled my eyes at her rapid Instagram growth with little effort. So what made me finish all 10 episodes in a mere weekend? Her clothes.

Emily’s wardrobe is, in a word, perfection. It’s eclectic and fun and colorful and everything unexpected that we actually wanted this year. And my personal favorite part of all of it? Her coats and jackets. There is absolutely nothing that can steal the show like a fabulous jacket can, and Emily proved that in just about every scene in the show. I didn’t know I needed a metallic green jacket, but hell, I guess she showed me that I do now.

Sit back, enjoy the show, and leave the frantic Googling to us—these are the closest dupes on the Internet to Emily Cooper’s swoon-worthy coat collection (all at price’s that are a lot less than her Chanel habits). 

 

1.

Of course Emily was on the shacket trend before anyone else. This red, plaid one is perfect to cozy up in for the holiday season.

MANGO

Checkered Jacket

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Halogen

Buffalo Check Double Breasted Peacoat

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2.

A classic blush coat is something you’ll never regret having. For extra Emily points, pair it with something bright underneath.

Kenneth Cole New York

Wool Blend Bouclé Coat

2 colors available

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3.

Never did I think I’d want something turquoise in my wardrobe in 2020 (the same exact color as my senior year homecoming dress), but leave it to Emily to show us how fun and different it can be.

ZARA

Tailored Double Breasted Blazer

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ELOQUII

Double Breasted Cape Coat

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4.

One of Emily’s more classic looks, this plaid blazer pairs well with just about everything—and the beret to top it off is icing on the cake.

MANGO

Pocket Houndstooth Jacket

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MANGO

Houndstooth Wool-Blend Blazer

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5.

This coat was, arguably, my favorite of the entire season and made me want to toss my black coats out the window immediately. If you ever needed inspiration to have fun with your outerwear, this is it.

Topshop

Arin Bouclé Trench Coat

2 colors available

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ELOQUII

Funnel Neck Coat

2 colors available

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MANGO

Pocketed Wool-Blend Jacket

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6.

Mindy’s chic python blazer dress steals the show here, but we also can’t deny how fabulous this metallic, emerald look is either (again, who would’ve thought?). You can’t go wrong with either of these for a go-to for a statement look.

Zara

Faux Vinyl Puffer Jacket

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MANGO

Snake Print Blazer

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4th + Reckless

Oversized Snake Print Blazer

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7.

Can you imagine walking into a Christmas party in this? Enough said.

Vila

Padded Bomber Jacket

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8.

When Emily walked on-screen in this coat, I stopped what I was doing and searched “green coat” on every site I could think of. While this Chanel one is a liiiiiittle out of budget, you can get a similar look with these:

J.Crew

Tweed Blazer

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Zara

Corduroy Pocket Jacket

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Sam Edelman

Double Breasted Bouclé Coat

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Endless Rose

Velvet Blazer

5 colors available

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9.

This slouchy, black denim number captures that effortless Parisian vibe with little-to-no effort.

Topshop

Tilda Crop Denim Jacket

2 colors available

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10.

A leather blazer was already on our 2020 wish list, and this solidified it near the top of the spot. Mindy also looks incredible in this out-of-the-box number, proving how fabulous bright patterns can be.

BLANKNYC

The Nightingale Faux Leather Blazer

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ELOQUII

Menswear Vegan Leather Blazer

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BARDOT

Parisienne Double Breasted Blazer

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11.

Of all the blazers I’ve seen frequently, a classic red one isn’t on that last, and after seeing this one, I can’t figure out why that is. Wear it for the holiday season and beyond by pairing it with all your neutral pieces (or if you want to channel Emily even more, with something bright).

HALOGEN X Atlantic-Pacific

Short Double Breasted Coat

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ELOQUII

Essential Ponte Blazer

3 colors available

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12.

While the leather beret is an obvious talking point here, this mid-toned green jacket checks a box that few other things can: it somehow is both classic and fun.

Zara

Oversized Shirt Dress

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A red, plaid blazer is the investment piece that will have you patting yourself on the back again and again. Pair it with one of this season’s out-of-the-box collared tops to capture this look seamlessly.

MANGO

Tweed Blazer

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14.

When you’re covering your entire outfit with a coat, the coat might as well do all the talking; and what talks more than this bad boy?

Halogen

Plaid Brushed Coat

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15.

This classic coat would look just as amazing with black or white underneath, but Emily shows how versatile it is with these fun, bubblegum pink pieces. 

BB Dakota

Work Hard Play Hard Plaid Jacket

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Sam Edelman

Double Breasted Tweed Coat

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These Are Going to Be the Biggest Trends in Holiday Decor This Year

While holidays can often bring up visions of filled-the-the-brim dinner tables or hoards of extended family around the fireplace, this year’s festivities are looking a bit different. Most of us won’t be traveling far for the holidays, and big, boisterous celebrations a la Home Alone will become quiet, more intimate gatherings.

As a self-proclaimed Christmas nut who knows very well that we could all use as much cheer as we can muster this year, I couldn’t help but wonder: how will everyone be adapting their festive decor? And so off I swam into the abyss of garlands, candles, and centerpieces to find out. Here, I present my findings and predictions.

 

All the twinkle lights. All the candles.

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Not that this was ever not the right approach, but mark my words: people are going to get lit this year. Twinkle lights and tapered candles have a way of injecting magic to any space, and when your yearly traditions are altered thanks to a pandemic, we all need to find ways to bring that into our space as much (and as inexpensively) as we possibly can. Bring in extra cozy light by adding battery powered twinkle lights to glass hurricane jars, light tapers on a fireplace mantel or add candle votives to deep window sills.

 

Working with what you have.

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While I think it’s likely that you’ll see a lot of us going all out with lights and greenery, I also think we’re going to be seeing fewer tchotchkes and excess decor. For many, this year has forced us to pare back, simplify, and focus on what really matters. In place of random Target dollar bin finds or impulse Amazon purchases, we’ll see a focus on family heirlooms and simple, handmade pieces that you can create with friends or little ones.

 

Pared down centerpieces.

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This year, we’ll be more focused on the (limited) company we keep than the table settings we create (but that doesn’t mean they won’t be festive and beautiful!). In keeping with the trend of simplifying, centerpieces will be pared back with long tapers and minimalist arrangements that can be put together in just a few minutes.

 

Converting the living room to an enchanting cinema.

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With our usual family traditions feeling just out of reach, we’ll be looking for more ways to enhance the ones we can safely partake in, like holiday movie night. You may see more folks investing in creating a true experience with an oversized projector, plenty of twinkle lights, and extra cozy seating.

 

Create magic from the street.

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2020 has brought up challenging, divisive conversations, but it’s also been a reminder of the collective human experience and allowed us to relate to each other in new ways. This year, I predict that more of us will put time and effort into bringing holiday cheer to our home’s exterior. What once may have felt like too much work or a waste of time will now feel like a thoughtful way to send a distanced hug to all of our neighbors. Even if you’re an apartment dweller, consider placing battery-lit candles in your windows, or installing a simple wreath outside of your living room window.

 

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