I am really having trouble processing that tomorrow is December 1st, so work with me people. I mean really…2012 is 31 days away? I honestly shudder at the thought. The days go by so quick. And during this busy time of year, it goes by faster than usual anyways. Not fair. I don’t want a do-over, but I would like things to slow down just a little.
With the turkey holiday over, I have some time to sit back and think about the month that has gone by. In general, it was a good November. What did I learn? Let’s see…
1) Everyone needs a white lip gloss.
I tend to wear moisturizing lipsticks in the winter more often than any other time of the year. The only thing I miss about them is the great shine. Even though I have a variety of clear lip glosses, sometimes a shiny frosty white can look totally chic during the winter, holiday months. Grab one to go over your regular lipsticks, your long-wear lip colors, or your lip stains to keep your lips extra moist during the drier months. That plus a crystal shine will certainly give you a gorgeous look that’s kicked up a holiday notch! Sassy’s Pick: NYC Kiss Gloss in 5th Avenue Frosting ($2.99)
2) Ease your senses with soothing scents.
Great smells aren’t just from perfumes you know. Nowadays, there are so many different ways to keep your environment smelling nice, with aromas that will relax you. Some can even make you drool! In the evening, when I sit down to write, watch TV, or to just chill out, I always light my wax burner next to me so I can enjoy a scent of the season or just something that I love. Of course, with any candles, use extreme caution when using them and always make sure you blow them out when you leave the room. But if you use them safely, this can be a great way to ease the mind… through your nose! Sassy’s pick: Better Homes & Gardens Scented Wax Cubes in Vanilla Cinnamon Sugar and Ginger Spice Cake. ($2.00 each)
3) Protect your leathers!
Winter precipitation will be falling sometime soon (if it hasn’t already) so you want to make sure you favorite leather and suede items—boots, coats, skirts, purses—are protected from the wet and cold to prevent cracking and fading. Even if you protected them last year, you should give them an extra shot of protection to make sure they are still safe. If you are buying something new, ask the sales rep if they suggest something specific for the item. If it is something you have had a while, visit your local dry cleaner that does leather cleaning for a suggestion. Sassy’s Pick: Kiwi Protect-All Leather and Fabric Protector Spray ($6.99)
4) Take advantage of great summer fashion clearances!
Of course it is too cold here in NY to wear just a floral cami or graphic tee around town while it is snowing outside. But these items can give last year’s stylish cardigans and sweaters a whole new look! A chunky piece of jewelry with a nice ruffled sweater can turn a clearance top into a whole new fashion look this season. Don’t be too quick to pass by those sale items just because warm weather is gone. For the price of a one trip to the bottle return, you can have a new look to add to your winter ensemble AND a nice summer top for next year. Sassy’s Pick: Kohls Mudd Slubbed Crow Tee ($6.00)
November is done and December is ready to go into full effect–shopping, visits to Santa, storms of all sorts, cold, wind, malls, parking. Sounds a little overwhelming, doesn’t it? Don’t let it be. Make sure you make a plan for the month, write down appointments and parties ahead of time so your scrambled mind doesn’t get overwhelmed and forget, and remember to pace yourself. Germies are flying around like crazy this time of year, and being run down only leaves you open to catch some kind of bug. Take it easy and enjoy the month—including all its sounds, smells, sights, and beauty. Soon it will be 2012, but for now, you have a whole month to finish your year off right. Make it happen!