An ultra-planned New Year’s Eve is rarely a perfectly smooth experience,* to say the least, what with wayward dates, freezing temps, and wildly crowded bars. But one restaurant franchise thinks you will be willing to spend an exorbitant amount of attending its NYE party because obviously, it is probably your best–if not only–bet. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Applebee’s “Night To Remember” at its Times Square location in New York City. Read more on The Gloss …
After celebrating 31 New Year’s Eves, I feel as if I have some knowledge to drop on the subject. Particularly because last year was the first NYE I actually got right. If you’re wondering, I’ll be doing the same thing this year. Read on to discover my take on ringing in the new year while being a grown-up, keeping it together, and having an actual blast. Keep reading »
Headed out on the town this New Year’s Eve? Keep your essentials — keys, credit card, lipstick and cell phone — safe in one of these fancy-pants evening box clutches. No longer just for teenagers headed to prom or celebs walking an award show red carpet, these metallic, sparkly and jeweled little purses will give any party look a little extra oomph.
“I do not currently have a scale, because as I’ve said before, getting on a scale is like asking Dick Cheney to give you a sense of your own self-worth… I can still get my jeans on, for one reason: I wear forgiving pants. The world is too hard as it is, without letting your pants have an opinion on how you are doing. I struggle with enough self-esteem issues without letting my jeans get in on the act.
So please join me in not starting a diet January 1st.
It’s really okay, though, to have (or pray for) an awakening around your body. It’s okay to stop hitting the snooze button, and pay attention to what makes you feel great about yourself, one meal at a time. It’s an inside job. If you are not okay with yourself at 185, you will not be okay at 150, or even 135. The self-respect and serenity you long for is not out there. It’s within. I hate that. I resent that more than I can say. But it’s true.”
– Anne Lamott, one of my favorite writers, just posted a refreshingly honest and inspiring manifesto against new year’s dieting on her Facebook page. Read the whole thing here. And if you do decide to abandon your diet resolutions (hear, hear!), don’t worry, we’ve got a list of 101 alternative resolutions, none of which require a gym membership, measuring tape, or moratorium on carbs. [Facebook]
Just like you shouldn’t limit your New Year’s Eve sequin intake to your dress (get yourself a really fabulous pair of sequined shoes too!), I’m also of the mind that you shouldn’t limit your NYE champagne intake to simply drinking it. Have your fizzy and eat it too with these awesome champagne desserts. Rose champagne macarons, strawberry champagne cupcakes, chocolate champagne truffles, peach champagne jello shots, mimosa donuts (!) — they’re all here, and more. Click through for drool-worthy pics and recipes!
When it comes to New Year’s Eve, the goal of your outfit should be to make the disco ball jealous. The more sequins, glitter, rhinestones, and sparkle, the better. Don’t stop at a sequined dress — go all out with some truly show-stopping sparkly shoes, too! Here are 10 pairs I’m currently drooling over, most of which are around $50 or less. Oh, and they’re all from Zappos, because their shipping is so scary-fast that you’ll be sure to receive your fancy footwear by NYE (I swear I wasn’t paid to say any of that, I’m just obsessed with Zappos and secretly believe they employ precogs to ship my shoes before I even order them). Anyway, click on the gallery to let the New Year’s Eve sequined shoe parade begin!