The whirlwind holiday season is upon us and for many of us that means extra pressure to get a lot done in a short amount of time.
Don't sweat the small stuff though.
InStyle has come up with some quick and easy ways to relax during the holidays.
Go On A Blue Streak: We're not talking about endless, nonstop rambling but rather an enlivening swipe of liner along your upper or lower lashes. If your skin is fair or medium, try a sky blue [like Taylor Swift's]. If it's olive or dark, a turquoise [like the one worn by Kelly Rowland] will perk up even the most tired peepers.
Commit To A One-Stop Shop: Running around a crowded mall is a recipe for stress, not to mention sore feet. So zero in on just one department store - say, Nordstrom or Macy's - to purchase the majority of your gifts. And if the thought of travelling to even one store has you anxious, try the online retailer Giftlab.com, which offers a meticulously curated selection of merchandise.
Cuff It Up: If your favorite LBD feels too blah for fab festivities, try this simple trick: Layer two chunky, matching cuffs over each wrist (yes, on top of the fabric). Even an inexpensive dress will look like an embellished designer gown.
Snack Happy: Got a bad case of the winter blues? Grab a handful of popcorn (without added butter) and cheer up. Popcorn is a great snack because it is rich in good carbohydrates, which help boost your mood. Try Skinny Pop - made from natural ingredients, it's only 39 calories per cup.
Make It A Quickie: So long, lengthy treadmill slogs! A new study in the "American College of Sports Medicine's Health & Fitness Journal" finds that three circuits of a seven-minute high-intensity workout can provide the same (or better) fat burning and cardiovascular benefits as a 45-minute moderate-intensity workout. Check out the moves at 7-min.com, or for something more hard-core, work out to the T25 DVD (the routine takes - you got it - 25 minutes).
The December issue of InStyle is on newsstands today.
-- Ryan Patterson
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- Kelly Rowland
- Taylor Swift