Every year, the kids' clothing industry grows and grows, with new lines popping up to suit every style and every budget, and 2012 was certainly no exception. From pint-sized designer duds by the likes of Oscar de la Renta, John Varvatos, Marni, and Dolce & Gabbana to Burts Bees Baby's affordable, organic layette line, and Snapping Turtle Kids' specialty swimsuits, there was no shortage of kiddie shopping opportunities this year. With so many options, it's easy for parents to spend as much time cultivating their little ones' wardrobes as they do their own. Which of the following took the top spot in your tot's closet?
It's time to get decked out in your finest sparkle, which means you need a good bottle of scintillating polish. But who says all silver glitter is the same? Click through for five lovely and lustrous lacquers to make ringing in the new year an even grander affair.
Merry Christmas! Vintage ads are often terrible, but these holiday ads take terrible to a new low. Whether it's Santa as a sex object or a cigarette carton for a sleigh, these ads are festive, fun, and totally inappropriate.
Champagne and sharp cheddar are two of my absolute favorite things to eat, so you'd think that I would be thrilled by the mere existence of Somerdale's Champagne cheddar. Quite to the contrary, I was skeptical at best, but thankfully let my curiosity get the best of me and sampled a sliver. Firm but creamy, sharp but nutty, with an ineffable fruity note, this cheese is my new dairy crush.
My one quibble — a minor one at that — is that if I didn't know this cheese was infused with Champagne I likely wouldn't pick up on its addition. Rather, its subtle tart and fruity flavor meshes so well with the cheese that it's a seamless inclusion (so in the end, it's essentially a positive).
If I have my way, I'll be including it in cheese plates throughout the holiday season (and for months to come), and if you'd like to do the same, it can be found at Whole Foods, starting tomorrow, Dec. 26.
Photos: Anna Monette Roberts
So you didn't organize and plan your time appropriately for holiday shopping? Don't be too down on yourself. Christmas is a time for giving and giving thanks, which doesn't have to equal extravagant gifts that drain your wallet and start your 2013 off in debt. Give the gift of entertainment with these affordable digital gifts the whole family will enjoy.
If you can't really get away to a luxe vacation spot during the holidays, you can at least temporarily transport yourself to a relaxing mental state via a satisfying sparkling cocktail. Apples, orange, and lemon juices, elderflower liqueur, and sweet sparkling wine are all easy-to-find ingredients, so this cocktail is as stress-free as can be. And with all the rough-and-tumble going on about you during the holidays, keep spills and glass breakage to a minimum by serving the cocktails in Govino plastic flutes like the ones above.
The sparkling cocktail is surprisingly light and sweet, and you can munch on the wine-soaked apple slices once you've drained the flute. If you're prepared to be sent to a temporary dream state, see the sparkling cocktail recipe now.
It's the holiday season, and stars are getting in the spirit! Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough goofed around on ice while Nick Cannon got festive at Walmart. Angela Kinsey channeled Santa Claus and Anne Hathaway belted out holiday tunes with Jimmy Fallon. Click through to see the stars as they get into the season — and if you're still searching for presents, then make sure to check out our amazing gift guides!
On Portlandia, it's all about putting a bird on it, but on your nails, it's all about putting a bow on it. And there's never a better time than the holidays to sparkle it up in style, especially when accompanied with this ribbonlike accent. To keep things simple — and from skewing too cutesy — go for a superfine glitter polish in a soft neutral, like Essie Beyond Cozy ($8). After painting each finger, add a sparkling bow charm to just your ring finger. I found mine at Your Beauty Store, which has a huge selection of rhinestoned nail charms. It's quite a simple look, but the shimmery elements make this manicure seem much more advanced, not to mention festive.
To dress up your nail sans the 3D action, paint a bow with nail art polish instead. A dot in the middle followed by two triangular-shaped "wings" on each end will give you a sweet bow-tie look in seconds.
If you didn't fare too well on our first holiday movie quiz, never fear — now is the time to redeem yourself! We've compiled even more classic quotes from memorable Christmas films. In this second installment, see if you can match up these quotes with their respective flick. Good luck!Take the Quiz
He stays busy as a media personality, author, fashion consultant, and designer, but even Clinton Kelly — of ABC's The Chew and TLC's What Not to Wear — believes in the importance of slowing down for the holidays. Despite it being the busiest time of the year, the television star took a moment to chat with us about his holiday menu, what still makes him nervous, and how to deal in that awkward moment when the first person arrives alone to your holiday party.
YumSugar: What are you making for the holidays?
Clinton Kelly: I'm spending Christmas Eve with my entire family at my sister's house on Long Island.
Then I'm going to come back and spend Christmas morning with my husband, Damon, in New York City, and then we're going to go to Connecticut to see some more family. My sister's asked me to bring a salad, and I'm bringing something I just whipped up the other night with endive, candied walnuts, blue cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette. She's serving seafood fra diavolo over angel hair, so that'll be a fun Christmas dinner. I'm embarrassed to say I have not decided yet what to cook for Christmas lunch; I figure I'll go to the butcher and see what looks beautiful and try to be inspired. I'm thinking about maybe beef tenderloin with horseradish crème fraiche and roasted potatoes.
YS: Holiday leftovers are always a big thing. What do you suggest doing with them?
Find out Clinton's answer when you read more.