If our Instagram feed is any indication, weekend nights are all about the ugly sweater parties. We're spinning the time-honored tradition and opting for faux-ugly Christmas sweaters that show off geeky pop-culture taste. From handmade Doctor Who to Pac-Man zipping through an 8-bit tree, find a sweater here that'll be the talk of the eggnog bowl.
There are plenty of reasons to love the holidays, and as beauty editors, we can't think of a better time of the year to be completely dazzled by the gorgeously packaged gifts from our favorite brands. Right now, beauty counters are overflowing with amazing palettes and gift sets, so we're helping you cut through the chaos with our handpicked favorites. Just keep clicking to see what we're giving (and hoping to receive!) this year.
It's time to rethink your holiday dinner party. Rather than opting for the traditional red and green decor, the entertaining essentials below are classic with a modern twist. And, while the overall setting is fit for the season, each piece is versatile enough to be styled beyond the holidays. Whether you're looking to host friends within the next few weeks or simply update your existing serverware, the products below will do the job!
- Garland ($14, originally $20): Instead of a table runner, try garland. While it's fitting for the season, this style can be reused for a nautical-themed dinner in the Summer.
- Napkins ($7): Because of their neutral color, linen napkins are a versatile purchase that can be used throughout the year.
- Cocktail Shaker ($15): What better way to serve up a holiday cocktail then with this gold shaker?
- Flatware ($5-$7): This flatware is fancy enough to be used during the holidays yet casual enough for daily dining.
- Cutting Board ($250): Go from the kitchen to your table in ease, serving up appetizers on this cutting board.
- Servers ($54): These utensils will modernize your spread and come in handy even after the holidays.
- Hurricanes ($27-$34, originally $39-$49): A tabletop must, hurricanes are great for displaying both candles and flowers.
- Serving Trays ($54-$135): These trays are a sleek addition that will allow your food to take center stage.
- Tablecloth ($18): Set your party's foundation using this tablecloth. It's so affordable, you won't get upset if there's a spill or two.
- Gift Tags ($3): Instead of using gift tags for gifts, wrap them around your napkins as place cards!
- Pinecones ($20): A holiday classic, use pinecones to fill a vase or stagger them around your table.
- Plate ($13): Layer these plates atop of your daily dishware during the holidays — the turtledoves perfect for the season.
It's the most wonderful time of the year: time to watch as many Christmas movies as you can until you're physically unable to continue! We've decided it might be best to ease you into it, so instead of making you watch the whole films, we've rounded up the most GIF-worthy moments of 12 classic, wonderful Christmas movies. We'll be adding in a new GIF every day, so check back to see which movies make our list!
12. Love Actually
There are so many different storylines in Love Actually, which means at least one of them is going to mirror your own holiday experience. Basically, it's fitting for any mood you're in, from down in the dumps to head in the clouds.
Come on, there's no way you're going to get through this movie without laughing. And if you do somehow manage to make it through without laughing, then you're just a regular Scrooge.
10: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Aside from the fact that the terrifying abominable snowman gave me years and years worth of nightmares, I watched this one countless times as a kid.
See the rest of the holiday movie GIFs when you keep reading.
The piece: Topshop Poppy Jacquard Midi Skirt
The price: $220
Why we want it: Sure, you could head to work in your pencil skirt and button-down, then head home and throw on jeans and a party top, and head out to cocktails — or you could just cut out the middle man. That's where this skirt comes in. With black tights, pumps, and a polished white button-down up top it might be office appropriate, but after hours it also says, "I came to party" — and how many skirts in your closet can you say that about?
Kids are crazy for Elf on the Shelf, but for parents it can be equal parts fun and formidable. Who hasn't spaced out about moving the elf one night only to be met with questions from prying tots in the morning? (One mom recently confessed that she told her kids they were too naughty that day for their elf to make the trip back to the North Pole.)
Even if you do remember, in the middle of such a hectic time, it can be almost impossible to think of a new creative spot to put the lil watcher every single night! But help is here: let these 53 pics we found around the web inspire where your elf will wake up tomorrow morning! Have a great idea you'd like to add? Tag #popsugarmoms on Instagram, and we'll check it out!
Question: what cheery holiday dish also happens to make use of last night's leftovers? Answer: a turkey and cranberry wreath! This baked number is not only the perfect showstopper to bring to a Christmas party, but it also comes together in well under an hour. It's our favorite way to use leftover turkey (or chicken) without it feeling like leftovers. Watch the video to learn how, then print out the recipe.
It looks a lot like Christmas at the White House, where First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed the White House Christmas tree and unveiled 2013's decorations at a White House holiday event for military families earlier this month with the help of first dog, Sunny Obama. This year’s White House holiday theme is "Gather Around," meant to celebrate the stories that bring us together this time of year. Michelle's motif for the White House is the latest in a long line of themes, beginning when Jackie Kennedy first decorated it with Nutcracker Suite ornaments in 1961, a popular theme that both Barbara Bush and Hillary Clinton used during their time as first ladies.
Since President Benjamin Harrison and his family first introduced the indoor White House Christmas tree in the upstairs oval room in 1889, first wives have been integral in taking part in presidential holiday traditions. From the first White House gingerbread house in 1972 to the inaugural Hanukkah party in 2001, see our US presidents' better halves spread holiday cheer in Washington DC each December. As we dive into the holiday season, take a look back at how first ladies like Jackie Kennedy, Betty Ford, and Michelle Obama got in the Christmas spirit over the years.
Fortunately, the gift of fitness doesn't need to cost you a fortune. From the yogi or the runner to the gym rat in your life, here are 10 gifts under $10 any fitness fanatic will adore. And with the price so low, you'll want to pick up some of these items for yourself, too!
Stocking stuffers are often overlooked but sorely underrated. Too often, they consist of unnecessary or unwanted gifts (another bottle of lotion? You already have a million!), but it doesn't have to be that way! We've gathered 15 of the best stocking stuffers — from makeup brushes to bookshelves — and gifts in small packages with small prices.