Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Holiday Bling

Want to look as good as your tree? Here are a few tips to give you some holiday flair.

Gold is a huge color for the holidays. Use just a bit of it to accent some of the clothes you're already sportin'. A shiny necklace, bracelet, or a sequined tank underneath a cardigan, a comfy sweater or a jacket is a great way to add a little holiday shimmer.

Don't think that you are only limited to gold. Silver works just as well, but gold is THE thing for this season. Add a bit of shiny silver the same way without having to get a whole new wardrobe for Christmas. Although, that wouldn't be too bad, would it?

Add some shimmer to your face by getting a gold or silver sparkly eyeshadow to add just a splash of festive. There are also mineral-based finishing face powders that are great for the skin and have a touch of shimmer to give your skin a great glow. We use Mirabella's Pure Sun (which has a gold shimmer) and Illuminate (which has a bit of a silver shimmer). These are nice and light and are not glittery, but give a beautiful holiday glow.

Add a bit of sparkle to your fingernails, or use a bold color. OPI has some really, really fun colors for the season this year.

Use hair accessories. These are another big thing for the season. Headbands, clippies, barrettes, bows; There are all sorts of fun things to top you off. Make sure the accessory is in proportion with your hairstyle and length. For example, don't wear a huge peacock headband or ginormous flower if you have short hair. It looks precious on a baby, but that's about it. You don't have to spend a lot on hair accessories. I like to look around at the craft stores and find things that I think would be cute glued on a bobby pin or clippie. I have also purchased cheap dollar store headbands and found fun pins, etc. to put on those as well. This could be a fun craft project, for those of you with some spare time in December. ;)

A Word to the Wise: Although it seems obvious, I'd better say it anyway... Don't do all of these things at once. Just pick one or two. You don't want to look like a walking Christmas tree!

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Holidays Got You Down?

Are you already feeling overwhelmed and stressed out about the holidays? Me too! It seems to come around way too quickly. Well, I'm here to help, hopefully. Today I'm going to help you cope a little better through this crazy yet fun season. Let's talk a little bit about the S word - STRESS.

When people believe the demands made of them exceed their ability to cope, they will experience stress.

Did you know that over a prolonged period of time, too much stress can lead to chronic headaches, high blood pressure, ulcers, heart disease and other health problems? In fact, some doctors believe that 90% of all illnesses are stress related.

There is no need for stress to affect your health in that way, especially during the holidays. What are some ways to destress? Here are a few pointers to get you through this demanding time of the year:

1: Get up 15 min. earlier. This can help with morning mishaps and also with the fact that you might need to unbury or scrape off your car.

2: Prepare for the morning the night before. Know what you are going to wear and what you will have for breakfast. This is much better than just skipping breakfast, a big problem we have in this culture.

3: Set appointments early. The holidays are busy for everyone. That includes salons, doctors, dentists, etc. Everyone wants to feel good (and look precious) for family gatherings, just like you! Looking at our own books, I would highly advise you make your holiday appointments ASAP so we can fit you all in. We want you to look good too!

Sidenote: Set your salon appointments right now while you're thinking about it.
Email: appointments(at)culturessalon.com
Text: 801.698.9603

4: Write things down. When there are a lot of things going on in our heads, we tend to forget the responsibilities we have more often. There are a ton of things to get done this time of year and we don't want you to forget Grma L's present!

5: Take advantage of off-hours shoppping. Avoid the crowds as much as you can to save yourself some time and stress. For us, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are great days to come.

6: Relax your standards. Know that everything is not going to run perfectly. When it does, it'll be a great surprise!

7: Establish a serene place of your own. For some it's the bathroom, because that's the only door that kids can't get into. For others it's their bedroom. Whatever it is, light some candles, turn off your phone, read a good book. I just started In the Dark Streets Shineth: A 1941 Christmas Eve Story by David McCullough. (For bookclub, hope it's good!)

8: Reward yourself after stressful activities. Stop for a special lunch with friends (only if they are friends that don't stress you out.) Get a pedicure, get your hair done - something that makes you feel better about yourself. I like to sit down with my good friend, Diet Coke.

9: Unwind before bedtime. Write things down that need to be done or that are worrying you so your busy mind won't keep you awake at night. Do some stretching exercises to get the kinks out. Read. Or, my personal favorite, listen to music. These things will help you sleep better and that is a huge stress reliever.

10: Get a massage. There are many benefits in getting a massage, but the best one of all is having that stress melt away. If you are worried about the whole clothes thing, there are plenty of options to try that don't involve undressing. A Chair Massage is a great way to start. They're short (usually 15 minutes) and you stay clothed. I like a Foot & Leg massage after a long day. I get to soak my feet in a warm bath and have just my feet and legs rubbed. It only takes 30 minutes. At Cultures, we also offer a complete, one-hour table massage called the ModMassage which doesn't require undressing. Come to think of it, I will follow up with another post that details all the health benefits of massage. In the meantime, you can check out our services menu for information about different massages.

11: Drink lots of water. It sounds lame, but it really does help flush out toxins that can develop even quicker while the body is under intense stress.

12: Exercise. Even if it's just walking a little more each day, get that body moving. Maybe volunteer to shovel the snow. I'm telling you, this is a great workout. ;)

I hope this helps give you a few ways to get through this hectic season but also be able to enjoy more of this wonderful time of year.