MAKE YOUR NEW YEAR’S EVE SPARKLE

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Faster then the speed of light here we are once again at the cusp of a New Year. It seems that the entire 365 days of 2016 have been leading up to this one event; New Year’s Eve. There is always so much pressure around this night to make it memorable so we have some traditional ideas combined with a fresh perspective to make your New Year’s Eve sparkalicious!  (sure it’s a word LOL)

FASHION FIRST

This is the one night of the year that glitter is appropriate; anytime, anywhere, no holds barred. So live it up! Grab that sequined dress, jacket or skirt out of the closet that has been hanging back there for years waiting for its debut and knock-em dead.

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If an entire garment full of sequins feels to bold for your wall-flower personality, make it a little more subtle with some glitter tights, jewelry or make-up. If you can’t find glitter tights in your area and do not have time to order them from online we have instructions on our Facebook page for a DIY version that looks terrific.

 

FOUR SPARKTACULAR CITIES FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE

New Year’s only comes around once a year, so why not make the occasion memorable and join the celebration in one of these sparktacular cities.

New York City – Although New York may be too much for some people, there is no denying that it is one of the best parties in the world when it comes to New Year’s Eve. Whether you are down in Time Square watching the ball drop or out on the water enjoying the fireworks, New York will give anybody an experience to remember.

London – The iconic Big Ben is the gathering place of hundreds of thousands of people on New Year’s Eve. The banks of the Thames and all of London’s most famous bridges are crowded with people watching the incredible light show and listening to the clock chime at midnight.

Paris – The “City of Lights” lives up to its name during its New Year’s Eve celebration. From the spectacular fireworks show at the Eiffel Tower, to the massive block party in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe and finally to the show at the well known Moulin Rouge, Paris provides an experience not soon forgotten.

Sydney – Because of its unique location Sydney is the first major city to ring in the New Year and they do it in style. The city is known for having one of the largest firework shows  in the world, the show starts at 9 PM and ends when the clock strikes midnight. The large waterfront provides a place for millions of people to gather and enjoy the show which features aerial acrobatics, an Aboriginal smoking ceremony that is said to cleanse bad spirits, and the Harbour of Light Parade.

LET THE NEW YEAR SPARK A FRESH PERSPECTIVE

So, if you are like me and are so over the hype and hubris surrounding this holiday there are others ways to make it memorable without all of the hubbub.

Indoor Camping – Set up a small tent and to add some sparkle put up some lights and light some candles. You can even venture outside and ring in the New Year under the twinkle of the stars. If you are really feeling adventurous you can light a fire (in the fireplace of course) and roast some marshmallows.

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Create An At Home Spa – This is a great way to pamper your spouse and it sets the mood for a romantic New Year. You can plan out the spa treatments you will offer. Don’t forget the candles and champagne.

 

Spark The Inspiration Of Those Around You, Create A Giving Calendar for the New Year – Create a calendar of ways you want to give in 2017. Plan something for each month, find a charity or ministry that you would like to support and create unique ways to give back to them, it could be as simple as the gift of your time.

 

Put Some Sparkle in Your New Year and Plan a Trip to Vegas in 2017 – Spend your New Year’s Eve planning your next vacation. There are a lot of great ways to enjoy Vegas, from Cirque Du Soleil shows to Wynn Night Clubs, there is something for everyone. Vegas is a great place to make your New Year sparkle.

 

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THE PERFECT GIFT FOR EVERY WOMAN IN YOUR LIFE

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This year we thought instead of coming up with a generic list of gift giving ideas we would capitalize on the rich variety of women we have on our staff and have them share a few of their favorite things that would make perfect gifts for women with their unique areas of interest.

GIFT GUIDE FOR FOOD LOVERS

Lauren who joined us in 2015 has studied at the Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy and worked in the restaurant industry as a chef; once the reality of the rigors of the restaurant business set-in she decided to switch gears and leave the culinary creativity for home. She offered up her gift suggestions that even the novice home chef or food lover will be delighted to receive.

ART INSPIRED CUSTOM KNIVES:
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This item is definitely a splurge, each knife is handmade and designed not only to work well but to be a work of art in and of itself. This is a dream gift for me but I have added it to my list for Santa.

Middleton Knives

THE WINE WAND:wine-wand-christmas-giftGenerally, if you love food you love wine; this rule definitely applies to me but I hate dealing with the allergic reaction I can sometimes have to sulfites and histamines in wine, a headache and stuffy nose can really rob this indulgence of its enjoyment. The Wine Wand allows you to enjoy your favorite wine with no down-side. This amazing filter aerates the wine, absorbs histamines and removes sulfites so you can enjoy every glass with no regrets. Pure genius!

Wine Wand

HEIRLOOM CUTTING BOARD:
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This item is also on the pricey side but I feel so inspired by its beauty every time I use it, definitely worth the splurge.

Heirloom Cutting Board

MCCONNELL’S ICE CREAM PINT-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB:
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Even the most experienced chef or home cook really doesn’t want to go through the effort to make ice cream, so this is the perfect treat. McConnell’s makes all of their ice cream in small batches with raw unpasteurized grass-grazed cows. All of their gourmet blends include raw, local, sustainable, organic ingredients.

Pint of The Month Club

STRAPLESS MAXI DRESS:
hale-bob-white-maxi-dressOne of the most important things when I am in the kitchen prepping food or entertaining guests is to look good and be comfortable. I love this simple strapless maxi dress by Hale Bob; I can move around easily, no worrying about flashing someone if I have to bend over to take something out of the oven and there is plenty of room if I decide to have a second helping of dessert.

Braxton Maxi Dress

SEXY LINGERIE:

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I like getting something personal and feminine from my significant other that makes me feel like I am still his babe. Personally I love wearing sexy lingerie under everything, even jeans and a sweatshirt, It just makes me feel like a woman.

Adore Me Noreh Bra and Panties

 

GIFT GUIDE FOR THE OUTDOORSY WOMAN

Alexis is the outdoors woman of the group. When she is not working she spends her time training horses and teaching horse back riding lessons to the youth in her area. Here are a few of her favorite things.

SMITH OPTICS SERPICO SUNGLASSES:
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I am always in need of new sunglasses. Being outside all the time means lots of sun protection. I have had several pairs of these glasses they fit good and they last. A definite favorite.

Serpico Sunglasses

CUSTOM COWGIRL HAT:
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Cowgirls For Christ is a company I discovered last year at Cowboy Christmas. I got one of these last year and I absolutely love it. It provides great shade from the sun, fits great and is unique to me.

BOGS RAIN/SNOW BOOTS:
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I spend a lot of time in the mud and snow, a good pair of boots goes a long way. I love these because there are not laces so they are easy to slip on and off. They are dry, warm and cute; of course it is important to look cute even if you are cleaning out stalls.

Bogs Plaid Boots

STRETCH PONTE LEGGINGS:
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Let me just say, I love leggings! They are so comfortable and easy to move around in, you can dress them up or down, they fit nicely inside of a pair of riding boots and can be worn as riding britches. The Ponte fabric on these keeps them from stretching out so they hold their shape.

Ponte Leggings

CLASSIC COMFORTABLE UNDIES:

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Okay, so I know undies for Christmas is not usually high on the list or is the classic gift from grandma no, no but when they are this cute I think any woman would be happy to receive them.

Adore Me Rosalia Bralette and Panty

GIFT GUIDE FOR THE WORKING MOM

Hannah is our working mom in the group. As all working mom’s know finding the right work life balance is challenging to say the least. Below is her wish list this year. Oh hubby, are you listening?

SEND A MEAL:
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This company delivers gourmet meals right to your door. Having dinner covered every once in a while is at the top of my list for gifts I would love to receive because that means when the kiddos get home from school I could actually give them my undivided attention with homework or play a board game.

Send A Meal

PORTABLE PHOTO PRINTER:
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I love capturing moments on my phone but never get those photos printed and they end up staying in this supposedly smartphone instead of on my wall, so a photo printer that can print image directly from the phone is the perfect solution. Not to mention when we are at Grandma and Grandpa’s house I can live them with a printed photo of the kids on the spot.

Sprocket Photo Printer

HOME THERAPY:
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No not the psychological kind but I have to admit some days I feel like I need that as well. Some evenings I just need to wind down and I feel bad even thinking about going to the spa so this home spa retreat set is my choice, it definitely helps me keep my sanity.

Invigorating Retreat

CHARM BRACELET:
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I’m sentimental but not to big on crazy knick knack’s to remind me of special times with my family (dusting is not my favorite chore). Solution, I’ve always loved charm bracelets but have never felt great about purchasing one for myself because I’ve always felt that something like that should be a gift.
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LEATHER EMBOSSED SWEATSHIRT:
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I like being fashionable but with kids acticality and comfort normally come first, I love this sweatshirt because it is comfortable and the leather detail gives it that fashionable edge so I can wear it without looking frumpy.

Alma Embossed Sweatshirt
LUXURIOUS JAMMIES:

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With kids around lingerie is not really practical but I still want to feel feminine and sexy in a toned down sort of way, of course. I love this Adore Me Fallon knit jogger set, it is comfortable but still makes me feel really feminine.

Adore Me Fallon Jogger Set

GIFT GUIDE FOR THE STUDENT

Brittany is our student, still in the process of growing her young mind and deciding which PHD she is going to pursue. But she definitely knows her own mind when it comes to the perfect Christmas gift. Here are her selections.

BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH-CLUB:
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I love to read. I strongly believe that by reading regularly it keeps your mind fluid and very imaginative. Whether random articles about the fluctuation of bird populations in the Northwest of the United States, fun tips on how to be more energetic every day or a great mystery novel; you can never go wrong getting me a book. I love this book of the month club because you pick the genre and your interest and then a knew literary adventure shows up at your door once a month.

Book of The Month Club

FASHIONABLE SNUGGIE:
one-piece-jumpsuitWhat better to cover up under while you’re studying or reading than a One Piece? Especially when you are forced to sit at a desk, a One Piece is a sure way to keep your entire body warm and still have easy arm access. This is totally what I look like at my desk, LOL.

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PIZZA CUTTING PROTRACTOR:
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I am sure this is an amazing two-fer that is definitely a students dream!

Pizza Cutting Protractor

WACKY COFFEE MUGS:
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When I’m cuddled up at home I like to have coffee and it’s always nice having some sort of wacky mug to remind me of home. Another favorite; travel mugs they make staying awake during class a lot easier.

Wacky Mugs

THE PERFECT SWEATSHIRT:

 


This sweatshirt by Liberty Garden is perfect to wear to class or at home studying. You can look stylish while also being comfortable.

COMFY SLEEPWEAR:

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I can always use another pair of adorable PJ’s.

Adore Me Nicoletta Jammies

GIFT GUIDE FOR THE TRADITIONALIST

Ashley is our traditionalist of the group, she loves all things feminine, tailored and luxurious. Here is her Christmas Wish List.

CASHMERE INDULGENCE:
cashmere-scarf-glove-setMy Christmas List indulgence this year is a 100% Pure Cashmere Hat, Glove, Scarf set from Fisher’s Finery. I love Pure Cashmere; it is so soft and warm it gives you that sense of being snuggled up by the fire every time you put it on.

Cashmere Winter Set

AURA CONNECTED ALARM CLOCK:
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What I’m dreaming of for Christmas is a good night’s sleep, so on my Christmas List is the Aura Connected Alarm Clock. This little gadget provides the right light waves to promote a relaxing environment to induce sleep, along with sounds that can help soothe you to sleep. It can also be customized to your light and music preferences for a gentle wake-up experience.

Aura Connected Alarm Clock

MASSAGE ENVY GIFT CARD:
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One of the bests gifts I ever received was a massage. I had never done anything to pamper myself before and this was a novelty that I always considered outside my usual time and expense. However, once I did take advantage of this amazing gift, I was completely hooked. Thereafter, I made time and set aside the finance to make this special occasion part of my routine every few months. Each time I went in for pampering I felt more and more rested. An added perk is that I got to develop a friendship with my massage therapist.

Massage Envy

RUFFLE NECK BLOUSE:
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There is a revival of the ruffle neck blouse and my Christmas List is not immune to its attraction. I am in love with this trend as it lends femininity to what is usually a stiff, buttoned down tradition. So this year I am wishing for Ann Taylor’s Tie Neck Ruffle.

Tie Neck Ruffled Blouse

JACQUARD KNIT DRESS:
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This Hale Bob dress perfect for any occasion, it’s flattering, demure and a great transition piece.

Morgan Jacquard Knit Dress

TAILORED PAJAMA’S

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I confess, I am even traditional when it comes to P.J.’s. I love these because they are so soft and comfy; and honestly I think leaving something up to the imagination can be very sexy.

Adore Me Matilda Pajama Set

 

Well there you have it, some advice from the girl’s on  our staff here at Posh At Play. We hope you have found there suggestions helpful and will have some very pleased recipients of your generosity this Christmas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

STRESS LESS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” or so Andy Williams would have us believe in that much loved Christmas carol, at least it is supposed to be, so what simple things can we do to make sure the sentiments from this legendary Christmas song actually become our reality? I want to experience Christmas this year without all of the frantic stress and tension that so often come along with this holiday and rob me of the “spirit of the season” leave me feeling jaded instead of jolly. We assembled some tips for reducing stress that don’t require any unrealistic commitments of your time, which there already is not enough of, but rather can be incorporated into the to do list you already have attached to your schedule.

1. Take Time For A Simple Act Of Kindness

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While you are rushing around finishing up last minute details, stop and open a door for someone,  bring back coffee for a co-worker or spouse, let someone who looks “really stressed” go ahead of you in line. These are simple things that studies show actually reduce your stress level.

2. Take In The Sights, Sounds and Smells Of The Season

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Instead of stressing out over getting that last parking spot close to the door, intentionally park far away; use this as an opportunity to get some fresh air and exercise, relish the invigoration of the crisp winter air as it touches your cheeks, listen to the enchanting sound of the salvation army santa’s bells or christmas music surrounding you, observe the beauty of the decorated lampposts and sparkling lights. Breathe in the smell of fresh pine trees as you pass by the Christmas tree lots. Being mindful of and enjoying your surroundings immediately lowers your blood pressure and reduces stress.

3. Wrap It Up

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Make gift wrapping an event. Plan a movie excursion for hubby and kids, make yourself your favorite beverage; hot chocolate, tea, coffee with a little baileys maybe, put on your favorite holiday music, sit by the fire, have all of your wrapping tools out and organized and enjoy wrapping each gift with attention to detail. This time to focus on one task will put your mind at rest and the tension of the day will just melt away.

4. Take Note

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Pick a handful of people who have had a special impact on your life this year and take a few minutes at the beginning or end of your day to actually write them a personal thank you note/Christmas Greeting expressing how they blessed your life in 2016. Expressing gratitude makes you feel mentally stronger and reduces frustration and irritability.

5. Establish New Traditions That Suit Your Lifestyle

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Most of the stress we experience in our lives is tied into expectations we are striving to live up to. A belief that events SHOULD be executed in a certain way. Forget the should surrounding where you should go, what you should do, how you should celebrate, who you should get a gift for; lose the expectations you normally place on yourself and instead be open to establishing new traditions that fit into the lifestyle of you and your family.  This time of year is all about enjoying and sharing with the ones we love; instead of the full Christmas dinner perhaps a tapas style presentation of a few simple hot hor d’oueves & cocktails or soup and salad bar would be just as fun and give everyone a chance to mill around visit and enjoy one another instead of being relegated to an assigned seat at the table. Agree to just one gift per person, draw names. Decorate a tree outside in the yard with lights and ornaments instead of making a mess inside. Celebrate with different parts of the family different days or host an open house where people can drop by whenever they have time. Participate in a santa run for charity which will eliminate any arguments over whose house you have to visit at what time.

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Remember to live in the moment. Don’t miss the magic of the season, embrace the additional to do’s and events it added to your schedule as a welcome change, step out of the mundane for awhile, find that spark of childhood wonder where the world is full of hope, excitement, and all things good.

 

THE ART OF DRESSING

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DRESSING YOUR TURKEY AND YOURSELF FOR THANKSGIVING
There are two crucial components no Thanksgiving dinner can do without; a perfectly appointed turkey and you; the hostess with the mostess. But juggling all of the shopping, decorating, cooking and entertaining can leave you feeling frazzled rather then thankful, especially after having to referee uncle Bob and aunt Jenny who feel they need to boldly share their political views with everyone in attendance. Never fear, with a few simple tips we can help you pull this event off with grace and panache. You will be the master of all the madness.

FIRST THINGS FIRST: THE TURKEY

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Before we can get our turkey dressed we have to get it cooked properly which can be stressful even if you are not a first time turkey preparer. Let’s take the stress out of this:
Tip 1 – Get your turkey the Monday before Thanksgiving, don’t wait, this will assure it has plenty of time to thaw properly if frozen.
Tip 2 – Once thawed or if using a fresh turkey let it set in the refrigerator uncovered for a couple of days before cooking. It sounds scary I know, but this will cause the juices to get pulled into the meat of the bird and dry the skin so it will become a beautiful picturesque brown just like all of those photos you see. Yes, it will look shriveled by the second day, DO NOT WORRY, after cooking it will look and taste fabulous.
Tip 3 – There must be at least 25 different ways to prepare a turkey, here are a couple of our favorites:
DRY-BRINED TURKEY
PERFECT ROAST TURKEY

Tip 4- We want the turkey as our centerpiece to look beautiful but just use what you already have; sprinkle around some hazelnuts, cranberries, clementine’s, a little greenery, even kale works, and you will have a work of art with very little expense and effort.

ADDRESSING THE DRESSING

I don’t know about you but for years I have wondered why some people call stuffing dressing. Thanks to this blog I actually took the time to do a little research and discovered that when your bread mixture actually is stuffed inside the turkey if is officially defined as stuffing, when it is prepared as a side dish separate from the turkey it is called dressing because you are using it to dress your plate. There you go, I feel smarter already. We can let our guests worry about “dressing their plates”, as a hostess our only responsibility is making sure the turkey is well dressed; both on the table if we plan to feature it as a centerpiece and then with our prepared side dish. No stuffing, thank you very much, it keeps the bird from cooking correctly, brings the risk of food borne illness and comes out goopy, yuck!
Try two of our favorite dressing recipes:

SAGE APPLE CRANBERRY DRESSING

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HERBED CORNBREAD DRESSING

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FOOD FRIENDLY FASHION

As a hostess or even a guest we all want to look stylish and pulled together in front of our family and friends but when you are going to be spending 80% of your time in the kitchen and juggling people, plates and pandemonium you need clothing that you feel comfortable in, otherwise you will find yourself feeling awkward and irritable which isn’t good for anyone involved. Here are our favorite tips fro stylizing some comfortable basics from your own closet. Find many of these items and more in our #blackfridaydeals at poshatplay.com, save 70% sitewide on your entire purchase with code BFF at check-out.

MAKE A STATEMENT

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A statement piece from your wardrobe is all that you need to take jeans, leggings or a simple monotone dress to a whole new level. What qualifies as a statement piece you ask? It is that item that hangs in your closet you just had to have but probably do not wear very often, example: fur vest, sequined anything, brightly colored jacket or shirt. This is one of those items that immediately draws attention to itself every time it is worn. Today is the day to give it a chance to “come out of the closet” and shine.

 

WHERE TO FIND:
Black Fur Vest
Button Down Denim Shirt
Black Leather Leggings
Black Jeans
Sequin Skirt

ELEVATE WITH ACCESSORIES

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No statement piece, no matter, you can also add some flair to one of your closet basics with thoughtfully chosen accessories. We are talking scarves, jewelry, belts, and shoes. We are including shoes here because believe it or not the right shoe can set off an otherwise boring outfit and give it new life. These are statement accessories that scream “look at me” so it is important to pair them with a toned down look.

No heels for this girl, when I need to move and get things done the last thing I want is to feel unsteady on my feet. All of these flats are comfortable without giving up one ounce of style.

WHERE TO FIND:
Lace-up Ballet Flats
Silver Sequined Flats
Leopard Print Flats
Gold Lame Flats

The great thing about a belt or scarf is that they can be thrown on over last minute so you are free to cook comfort and then can easily adorn yourself moments before company walks through the door.

WHERE TO FIND:
Silk Scarves
Leather Belt
Jewelry
Sweater Dress

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Regardless of what your plans are for Thanksgiving Day just remember the bottom line is not perfection but gratitude for all of the imperfect people we are surrounded by who make our lives rich by making us laugh, causing us to cry and teaching us how to love the often unlovable part in all of us. HAPPY THANKSGIVING from Posh At Play!

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HOW TO SPARKLE WITHOUT LOOKING TACKY

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5-4-3-2-1 HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s the Season to bring out the sparkle and shine bright like a diamond. But, how to style a stunning sequined outfit without looking like a prom queen? Don’t worry, we have you covered. No matter what your age or taste, there is no need to shy away from the holidays’ favorite clothing pattern. Take a look at our favorite ways to fashion your favorite sequined items that will have you standing out in style this New Year.

TEXTURED PATTERNS

Taking a tip from the Paris runways this year, look for sequins laid out in intricate patterns and shapes. From floral to geometric to stripes to polka dots, you are sure to find a sparkling dress to suit your style. The interesting patterns diffuse the brightness of the sequins, giving you a holiday glow without too much glitz. We like Hale Bob’s gold sleeveless sequin dress with plain black back panel paired perfectly with black tights and Topshop’s black cage sandal. Or, go with the “Bianca” two toned blue and black sequined cocktail dress from Hale Bob accessorized with Vince Camuto’s simple yet elegant black ankle strap heels and matching textured sequined clutch from Badgley Mischka. Let your party style show through in an elegant patterned sequin piece this Season.

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MOVEMENT IS KEY

Fashion’s been loosening up this Season, so look for pieces that have longer hemlines and are farther away from the body to tone down  sequin’s glare. Flow prevents the shininess from looking too “clubby” and updates the look to fit 2016 fashion trends. Opt for Tracy Reece’s gold flared skirt paired with a black cashmere sweater for a cozy fit. Sweep your hair into a low chignon and accessorized with strappy pumps from Calvin Klein and a black envelope clutch from Rebecca Minkoff and you are ready to dance the night away.

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Spruce up your LBD this Season with a loose fitting, swingy sequin jacket. We like Hale Bob’s black sequined cropped jacket paired with your favorite “go to” little black dress. Or, shop your favorite black dress at our online store. Whether you prefer an “A” line shape like the ponte and lace dress, lace like the black embroidered mesh long sleeve, sequins like the black long sleeve, or maxi like the solid black jersey halter, we’ve got a fit and style to suit just you. Skirt, jacket, pants, or dress. Opt for a flowy sequined look this New Years.

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MIXED MEDIA

When styling sparkle, think opposites. Tone down shiny sequins with fluffy fur, matte wool, or nubby knit. Pair your sequined pants or skirt with a cozy black or festive red rabbit fur vest from Hale Bob. Or, go with Hale Bob’s ivory embossed faux fur jacket layered over a black studded silk tank top and this Season’s popular 70’s inspired gold sequined flare pants.

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No time to prepare for your holiday party or event? No sweat. Grab a pair of sequined skinny pants like Diesel’s sparkling silver and pair with your favorite snug holiday wool sweater or knit jacket. We like the black “mixed media” fur sleeve pullover sweatshirt from Liberty Garden or go “athlesiure” in an ivory long sleeve menswear sweatshirt paired with comfy ballerina flats or black suede tasseled loafers from Stuart Weitzman. Whichever way you choose to style your sequins, tone down your bright sparkles with “mixed media” material mixing this Season.

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ATHLEISURE

Speaking of “athleisure,” what better time to try one of this Season’s trendiest styles than in the New Year. This year, try mixing sequins with your favorite wide leg pants, comfy leggings, or denim jeans. Start with Citizen’s of Humanity’s wide leg relaxed Dylan cropped jeans or Joe’s Jeans rolled classic cropped denim and pair with a sparkling gold sequined long sleeve top from Zadig and Voltaire, accessorized with contrasting silver heels from Aquazzura and a fur clutch from Alexander Wang for perfect party style. Sparkles don’t always have to be formal. Try wearing your favorite sequined top during the week, paired with Hale Bob’s ivory suede trimmed pencil skirt and ankle booties, or layer over Liberty Garden’s grey quilted jogger pants and high top sneakers for daytime glam. Dressy or casual. Sequined items can fit into every part of your New Year’s plans and events.

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UNCONVENTIONAL BEAUTY

Toss your stilettos aside and think out of the box this Season. Accessorize your sequins with your favorite everyday items like ballerina flats, button down cardigans, cable knit sweaters, and chunky ankle booties. Stand out in style by toning down “over-the-top-glitter” with classic fashion pieces YOU like. Start with Diane von Furstenberg’s A-line sequined skirt paired with a cozy wool button up sweater from Acne Studios or Hale Bob’s unique fur trimmed sweatshirt and cable knit sweater accessorized with Tory Burch classic leather ballerina flats and timeless gold watch from Michael Kors.

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Rock another “unconventional” look and spice up your style with Hale Bob’s gold floral sequin dress paired with chunky black leather ankle boots from Rag & Bone, iconic round sunglasses from The Row, and a black leather jacket from Sam Edelman for a contemporary, edgy look that will make you stand out from among the rest this Season. When accessorizing sequins, go beyond the “tried and true” and pick items that stand out to you and reveal your inner “diva.”

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HEAD-TO-TOE SHINE

And finally, don’t be afraid to shine in glitter from head-to-toe this Season. The key to not looking like a 70’s disco ball is to choose darker colored sequined outfits and to complement your style with color matching accessories for a sleek, streamlined look. We like Hale Bob’s black sleeveless sequined cocktail dress paired with classic Christian Louboutin black pumps accentuated with a delicate black clutch and drop earrings from Givenchy.  Go”winter white” in Hale Bob’s ivory sequined cocktail dress with high low hem matched perfectly with Badgley Mischka’s embellished ivory open toed heels . Or, step into 2015’s top color choice for Fall/Winter in a “Marsala” colored sequin dress from Dress the Population with matching ankle strap heels in lush velvet from Stuart Weitzman. Whichever color suits your fancy, you are sure to sparkle without looking too tacky in head-to-toe matching fashion pieces this Season.

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Textured, mixed media, monochromatic, or accessorized with your favorite fur or leather jacket, there are many ways to fashion your sequined outfit without too looking tacky. Don’t let your dress outshine you this Season. Take our tips listed above and let your inner beauty match the fashion you wear on the outside. You are sure to turn heads at your next cocktail party or evening out on the town. Start the year anew and let the real you shine through. And if you need a little help with that extra “sparkle,” shop our extensive line of sequined pieces available NOW at Posh at Play. We wish you a Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

WINTER VACATION ESSENTIALS

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Whether packing for the holidays or for your anticipated Winter getaway, it’s time to start planning your travel fashion essentials. When deciding what to bring, keep in mind the climate and the activities you will engage in on your vacation. No matter where you plan to visit, be sure to include a warm scarf that can double as a blanket, moisturizing lip balm to keep smiles healthy, hand sanitizer to ward off illness, and a sturdy Tote that can also be used as a beach bag or carry all. Take a look at our helpful hints below on how to pack the perfect Winter wardrobe based on your final destination.

BEACH

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FLORAL TUNIC DRESS

What better way to escape Winter’s chill this Season than a trip to the beach. Whether you are enjoying the Bahama islands or soaking up the sun in Miami, don’t forget to include a floral patterned tunic dress in your suitcase. We like Hale Bob’s coral floral cotton sateen dress paired over your favorite swimsuit, Badgley Mischka’s crystal embellished wedge sandals, Free People’s sea straw Boho hat, and chic cat eye sunglasses from Prada for daytime fun. Segue into the evening hours by whipping your hair up into a loose topknot, and accessorizing with Stuart Weitzman’s strappy heels and sparkling clutch from Loeffler Randall. Casual or dressy, the tunic dress is a “must have” for the beach.

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 IVORY BIKINI

Flattering on all skintones, we like an ivory colored swimsuit paired with loose, flowing wide leg pants for seaside style. Check out Hale Bob’s ivory lace crochet string bikini combined with the white lace trimmed wide leg pants. Or, match your swimsuit with crepe de chine wide leg pants with crochet from Hale Bob and a Flora Bella York crochet oversize tote. Simply throw on Hale Bob’s coral silk crinkle tunic and you are ready to lunch in style after a day catching some waves.

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FLORAL MAXI DRESS

Keeping with the tropical theme, be sure to also include a floral maxi dress in your travel wardrobe. Perfect thrown over your swimsuit or glammed up for a night on the town, the maxi dress is easily adaptable for all your planned trip activities. During the day, pair Hale Bob’s coral floral maxi dress with sandals, beach hat from Helen Kaminski, and an authentic handmade sea shell necklace. Style your romantic dinner for two by combining your maxi dress with strappy sandals and a “Garden” fringed shawl by Wildfox for breezy evening walks on the beach.

CRUISE

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SHORTS ROMPER

No need to pack a shirt and shorts separately. Save room in your suitcase and include a tropical romper in your packing this Season. A big trend on the runways this year, we like the tropical print romper from Tory Burch or go for a streamlined tailored look in Nicole Miller’s double breasted tuxedo shorts set. Whether you throw it over your swimsuit at the pool, pair with sandals as you tour the city, or combine with your favorite pair of dancing heels at night, the flattering and versatile romper is a key item to include on your cruise ship getaway.

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ELEGANT JUMPSUIT

Pack your bags and cast away in a chic jumpsuit, trending on this year’s runways from Versace to Elie Saab. Easily adaptable for casual days on shore or elegant dinners on board, the jumpsuit should definitely be included in your cruise ship luggage. We like Liberty Garden’s sleek black lace and twill pantsuit paired with flat sandals during the day and strappy heels at night. Or go colorful in Hale Bob’s tropical print jersey jumpsuit combined with Steve Madden’s lace-up ballerina flats and oversized tote bag from Michael Kors, suitable for any occasion on your getaway.

SKI SLOPES

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FUR OUTERWEAR

While most “snow bunnies” will be sporting their latest insulated outerwear, turn heads on the slopes in a cozy warm fur vest or coat. Layer Hale Bob’s black rabbit fur vest over Liberty Garden’s ivory ultra suede long sleeve shirt, Hale Bob’s black mixed media leggings, waterproof booties, and cashmere stocking cap from Dolce & Gabbana. On evening dinners at the lodge, pair your vest with Liberty Garden’s long sleeve ivory mixed media sheath dress and black leather knee high boots from Ralph Lauren. However you choose to style, you are sure to stand out from among the crowd on this year’s ski vacation.

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WINTER OVERCOAT

Don’t forget to include your favorite snug overcoat amongst your packing for skiing this Season. We love this year’s trending winter white, a slightly ivory cream color to complement the winter season. Go with Helene Berman’s shaped wool blend coat paired with Liberty Garden’s gray draping sweatshirtHudson’s “Nico” mid rise skinny jeans in black, and stylish waterproof “mixed media” boots from Santana Canada. Or, spread holiday cheer in a red wool sweater coat with rabbit trim from Hale Bob and forest green shirt waterproof boots from Bernando Footwear.

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SEQUIN COCKTAIL DRESS

As nighttime falls, and the evening winter festivities begin, shimmer and shine in your favorite sequined cocktail dress. We like Hale Bob’s gold sleeveless sequined dress or shimmy and shake in Hale Bob’s vintage 20’s black and blue beaded feather dress. Neither appeal to you? Take a look at our wide selection of sequin dress styles at our online store Posh at Play, one to suit any taste. in You can easily adapt your dress to accommodate the snowy weather by pairing with cozy black tights and your favorite matching black booties or heels. Cover up in your Winter Overcoat and you are ready to conquer the snowy slopes day or night.

CITY

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If you are vacationing in the big city this Winter, the key to staying versatile and adaptable to winter weather is layers, layers, layers. Whether dressing for lunch with the family or a romantic holiday dinner for 2, be sure to pack lots of layering options in your suitcase. To keep from looking too “puffy,” be sure to start with thin materials and work your way outward to bulkier fabrics. For an easy yet stylish daytime look, pair Hale Bob’s Melange turtleneck sweater in rust, navy or black with AC Collection’s dark wash high waist skinny jeans, navy wool coat from Kenneth Cole, and your favorite pair of knee high boots. For a trendy look, substitute a this Season’s favorite cape coat from Alice + Olivia and cozy navy ultra suede leggings from Hale Bob.

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SKIRT + SWEATER

No need to tuck away your favorite Summer skirt or dress. Take a tip from celebrity Olivia Palermo’s chic city look and pair your favorite skirt style with a chunky knit, warm leggings, and short heeled booties. Start with Liberty Garden’s ultra suede black patchwork skirt and layer with Tory Burch’s chunky ivory turtleneck pullover sweater, Topshop’s faux fur cozy peacoat, Hale Bob’s black ultra suede leggings,  and classic Christian Louboutin black booties as pictured above. On warmer days, forgo the leggings and coat, and layer with a snug wool scarf from rag & bone to ward off the brisk winter breeze.

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LINGERIE INSPIRED

 Hey you’re in the city, so what better time to be a bit daring and try one of Spring 2016’s trending styles. From Givenchy to Calvin Klein, Spring and Summer 2016’s runway previews were filled with “lingerie” inspired blouses, skirts, pants, and dresses. Get ahead of next year’s trend and start wearing the style today. Start with Hale Bob’s black satin blouse with lace paired with Alice + Olivia’s embellished mini skirt, black tights, and Clarks Artisan’s comfy low heeled black pumps or trendy black platform mules from Calvin Klein. If the weather turns warm, forgo the tights and replace with a pair of strappy black heels from Sam Edelman. We also like Hale Bob’s delicate ivory embroidered long sleeve mesh dress or go long with the ivory stretch lace maxi dress with half slip.

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Whether you are vacationing to a warm climate like the beach or the Caribbean, or a chillier site like a ski resort or big city, we’ve got you covered. Take our handy fashion advice, and you are sure to stand out among the rest in style. No matter where you travel, be sure to include items that you can layer and intermix for a variety of looks with minimal baggage. Any last minute travel essentials you are missing? Check out our wide range of clothing items suitable for the islands to the mountains. Happy Holidays and safe travels to your winter getaway.

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RAIN, SLEET, SNOW OR SHINE: HOW TO STAY FASHIONABLE THROUGH WINTER WEATHER

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“Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful”….. winter weather is upon. As many of us pack our bags and travel to see our loved ones this Season, it’s time to start thinking about winter weather fashion options. There is a way to stay stylish yet warm throughout whatever Mother Nature may throw our way this time of year. Rain, snow, sleet or shine, we’ve got you covered with our favorite cozy winter fashion finds. Grab your hot cocoa and cuddle up next to the fire as you peruse our favorites and start planning your holiday look this Season.

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CLASSIC BOUCLE COAT

Rain, snow, sleet or shine, one of our favorite “go to” jackets to fit any winter weather situation is the classic boucle coat. Popularized by the French designer Coco Chanel decades ago, the look is still on trend today. The word “Boucle” actually refers to material made from boucle yarn, looping several colors together to create an endless variety of designs and patterns. The great thing about this jacket is that it is easily adaptable for work or play, dress or casual. Try Guess’s powder pink double breasted Boucle coat paired with Hale Bob’s black stretch A line skirt and black satin blouse with lace for everyday work wear to the office. Segue into the evening hours and party the night away by combining your Boucle coat with a chic cocktail dress from Hale Bob. Choose from a wide selection to fit and flatter every figure and fashion taste found at our convenient online store Posh at Play.

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Your Boucle coat can go triple duty by pairing with your favorite jeans and sweater for everyday comfort and style. Try this year’s favorite cropped jean silhouette with Citizen’s of Humanity’s Dani dark wash skinny cropped jeans or go for flare in the Dylan wide leg cropped pant. Layer your look with Liberty Garden’s ivory ultra suede sweatshirt or stay snug in the fur trimmed sweatshirt and cable knit sweater. However you choose to style, you’ll definitely want to add the versatile Boucle coat to your wardrobe collection this Winter.

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COZY FUR VEST

Our second favorite chilly weather option is the fur vest. Easy to layer over a blouse or sweater by itself on warmer days or underneath a wool coat on cold winter days, be sure to add the fur vest to your closet this Season. Get a similar look as pictured above with Hale Bob’s black rabbit fur vest paired with Hudson’s Nico mid rise super skinny jeans or try the Signature skinny jeans if you prefer black. Accessorize with Dooney & Bourke’s classic oversized leather tote,  Betsey Johnson’s heart pendant, and waterproof leather booties from Aquatalia, perfect for rainy or snowy Winter weather. If you’re feeling festive this Holiday Season, go with Hale Bob’s red rabbit fur vest instead. You are sure to spread some Christmas cheer in style.

Your fur vest can also carry you from the ski slopes to the office place. Rather than lug a heavy coat with you, top your fleece lined black leggings from Zella and cozy wool sweater from Free People with your fur vest and you ready to ski the day away. Impress your Boss and turn heads at the office by combining your favorite long sleeved shift dress with Hale Bob’s fur vest, black opaque striped tights from Elie Tahari, knee high suede boots from William Rast, and a crocodile embossed tote from Badgley Mischka. The fur vest is definitely a fashionable warm winter option to have with you this Season.

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THE PONCHO

With “Boho” still all the rage, it is no surprise that the poncho is one of this Season’s trendiest winter coat options. Updated for 2015, look for ponchos made with unusual materials such as lace from Free People and different patterns such as striped from Ralph Lauren. Or stay simple in Liberty Garden’s black faux suede trimmed lace poncho easily paired with your favorite jeans and boots for everyday wear or thrown over your favorite cocktail dress at your next holiday party.

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Get in on one of this Season’s top trends with the “poncho dress.” From Valentino to Chloe, designers are pushing the limits of how to style the classic poncho and are giving it a chic, updated look. We like Free People’s soft Toltec poncho dress or BB Dakota’s black burnout velvet dress for casual occasions. If you’ve been extra good this year, Santa might just spoil you with an elegant Valentino black flutter poncho dress, perfect for your dressier occasions. Or, you can simply grab your favorite knee length poncho and wear it solo on your next dinner date or holiday party.

496265e2bb7f8e721e3eebdea674cad7LOTS OF LAYERS

For extremely frigid climates, layering is the key to staying warm against the seasonal elements. Layering also works in warmer winter weather when the daytime is hot but nighttime brings in the chilly air. In cold temperatures, start with your favorite button down blouse like Hale Bob’s black velvet floral top paired with a gray lace pencil skirt with half slip. Layer with a gray wool sweater from Eileen Fisher, gray cable knit scarf from Phillip Lim, wool blend peacoat from Michael Kors, and knee high leather boots from designer Antonio Melani. For a different look, combine your layers over Hale Bob’s grey ultra suede leggings or AC Collection’s grey stretch skinny jeans. In warmer climates, forgo the heavy peacoat, and simply layer a blouse and sweater combo over your favorite pair of pants, accessorizing with a cozy scarf for nighttime chills. To keep from feeling like “Frosty the Snowman,” make sure you start with thinner fabrics underneath, and end with your heaviest fabric on top.

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LOOKING GOOD IN GALOSHES

Lastly, one of our favorite winter weather items that you can incorporate into your fashion wardrobe this holiday Season is the waterproof rain boot. From Tory Burch’s “equestrian” style to Hunter’s wedge to Santana Canada’s fur trimmed, tried and true galoshes get a facelift this Season with updated looks and unique styles. The girls will never know you are wearing waterproof rain shoes when you pair your Tory Burch boots with a red plaid shirt from Current/Elliot, black A line skirt from Hale Bob, and holiday red flare overcoat from Via Spiga on your next coffee date.

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For another wintery weather look, stay dry yet stylish in cute knee high plaid rain shoes from Burberry or go mid-size as featured above in “Cara” plaid lace up boots from Chooka. Pair with Hale Bob’s  black ultra suede leggings ,neutral fur trimmed cable knit sweaterand add your favorite plaid button down for extra warmth on chillier days. Don’t be afraid to incorporate galoshes into your wardrobe this Season. With this year’s updated looks, you’ll stay dry yet sleek in the newest rain boot styles.

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Rain, snow, sleet, or shine…..how will you fashion your winter wear this Season? Whether you choose to include new trendy items like the fur vest and poncho, or rely on updated versions of the tried and true Boucle coat and rainy day galoshes, there are smart ways you can stay warm yet fabulous throughout the holiday season. Stay ahead of the weather and get to planning your winter style by shopping your favorites today.

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HOLIDAY TRADITIONS OLD AND NEW

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With the Holidays right around the corner, we here at Posh at Play are getting into the Holiday Traditions, both old and new. The Holidays are great time to reflex and reflect on not only the past year, but also the new year to come. It’s a time of giving and sharing, and a time to reflect on how and why we do the things we do. What are the Holiday Traditions that bring us “home” every year, and what are the new Traditions to investigate to make each holiday season special and unique? We want to hear from you our readers. What are some of your favorite “must-have” Holiday Traditions and what are some new Traditions you would like to try this Season? To give you a head start, we’ve gathered a list of Old and New Holiday Traditions we love. Take a look and let us know what you think.

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ADVENT OR ELF ON THE SHELF?

A much loved Holiday Tradition for young and old alike is counting down the days until Christmas Day. A favorite is the Advent calendar, tracing back to19th Century Britian, with the first known published Advent calendar produced in 1851. One door, featuring a Christmas image or small present, is opened per day starting December 1st, and continuing  through the 24 days of December, building anticipation and excitement for Christmas Day. We love the beautiful selection of Advent calendars found at Byers’ Choice Lmt. A newer Holiday Tradition many are embracing is the “Elf on the Shelf,” a tiny Elf doll who is sent from Santa starting December 1st to monitor good behavior each day of the month. Each night, the Elf flies back to the North Pole to report to Santa all he has seen and heard and “reappears” in a new hiding place each day. The fun is to find where the Elf may be hiding each new day. Which countdown to Christmas do you prefer?

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REAL OR ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREE?

A winter tradition going all the way back to the Egyptian times, decorating with a tree during winter symbolizes the hope for Spring ahead. Right after the Pumpkin Patches start disappearing after Halloween night, the stands start stocking up their lots with a variety of real Christmas pine trees. A much loved Holiday Tradition is to pack into the car and shop for a Christmas Tree at the local stand a few days before Christmas. With the fresh smell of pine, a real Christmas Tree warms the home instantly. Some, however, prefer the easy-does-it set up of a pre-lit artificial Tree, for easy set up and take down. Artificial Trees are also suitable for those allergic to pine trees or those who love to decorate early for the holiday. We love the beautifully realistic artificial Christmas trees at Balsam Hill in a variety of sizes and styles. Which do you prefer? Real or artificial?

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TRADITIONAL OR THEMED HOLIDAY COLORS?

Red and green, the traditional colors of the Holidays, harken back to the Roman times when wreaths made of holly and ivy were given as gifts, looking forward to the promise of Spring ahead. Today, many still decorate homes, offices, and buildings with the traditional colors of Christmas from wreaths, to Christmas trees, to table settings. However, a current trend is to decorate around a Winter Theme, from “Frozen,” to Candy Cane Lane, to Winter Wonderland, complete with ornaments and decorations surrounding each specific theme. What is your favorite decorating Holiday theme?

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A favorite Holiday Tradition is the the iconic Christmas tree. Decorated with ornaments and lights, the real or artificial pine Christmas tree is seen all over the cities from homes to offices to schools to stores. Many love to host a “Christmas Decorating” party in which guests help decorate the pine tree  over socializing and snacks. A newer modern Holiday Tradition is using tree branches, lights, or other creative ideas to form a “Christmas tree” shape made out of other materials. Some even use the “Charlie Brown Christmas tree” with one lone red ornament and a tree branch as the centerpiece of the Holiday Tree. Do you decorate with a Christmas tree or go the modern route?

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CHRISTMAS DINNER OR CHRISTMAS MOVIE ON CHRISTMAS DAY?

On Christmas Day, a favorite Holiday Tradition is to wake up early, open Christmas presents, and then prepare for a big Holiday Christmas dinner with family and friends, enjoying spending time with loved ones over a feast of wonderfully prepared food and drinks. Check out the delicious and easy Christmas meal ideas at Food & Wine. In recent years, “family” has come to not only include relatives but friends, extended family, or those with no family to go to over the holidays lending to new Christmas Day traditions including going to see a movie on Christmas Day, as well as other festive activities like shopping, going out to a restaurant, or site seeing. Film companies often release their year’s top hits into theaters on Christmas Day. Check out IMDB’s film releases for Christmas Day and choose which flick you will want to enjoy.  How will you celebrate this year, with a big home cooked meal or try something new and unique, but just as festive?

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BING CROSBY OR IDINA MENZEL?

A great Holiday Tradition is holiday music blasting through the home and car all Season long, making things merry and bright. There are so many wonderful Christmas and Holiday albums worth enjoying throughout the Holidays. Enjoy old classics like Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” for a good old fashioned Christmas season, or go modern and pick up Broadway star Idina Menzel’s “Holiday Wishes” filled with updated versions of all the holiday classics. Which one will most likely be filling your home this Season?

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HOMEMADE GIFTS OR STORE BOUGHT GIFTS?

Traditionally, all presents used to be handmade toys, cookies, soaps, and woodcrafts that friends and family would spend time working on and keeping a secret from their loved ones until Christmas Day dawned. The holidays have since turned into a haze of shopping madness with stores pushing to buy more, more, more. This season, consider crafting your own homemade lotion, soap, cookie recipe, or other creative ideas found at Buy Nothing Christmas. If you do decide to buy your gifts at the store, thinking creatively, not expensively. Think from the heart and choose a gift that will mean something from you to them. Whichever way you choose to give gifts this year, remember the reason for the season.

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OLD FASHIONED SLEIGH RIDE OR ICE SKATING?

For a festive winter out, couples used to wrap in a cozy wool blanket, cuddle together, and take a ride in the sleigh, enjoying each other and the crisp winter weather. Some climates still allow for an “old fashioned” sleigh ride through the wintery white snow just like days of old. Instead of complaining about the frosty winter weather, consider enjoying a ride through the snow. A more modern twist is enjoying a skate for two, or gather the entire gang for a glide around the rink. Many cities today set up outdoor skating rinks during the winter season in the downtown areas. Check your local city for details and enjoy some fresh Winter Wonderland. Which festive Winter activity do you find most appealing?

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Holiday Traditions old and new are always a fun, festive part of the Holidays. Traditions warm our hearts and bring joy and cheer to end the year on a happy and thoughtful note as excitement builds for a fresh, new year to come. Whether you prefer old traditions like Christmas trees and handmade gifts, or new traditions like seeing a movie on Christmas or listening to Idina Menzel, make traditions a part of your festive holidays. We’d love to hear YOUR ideas on what the holidays mean to YOU. What are YOUR favorite Holiday Traditions from the ones we’ve listed? What Holiday Traditions do YOU love best?

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM POSH AT PLAY.