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Holiday Party Style, DIY Decorating Tips, and More

1. Get Crafy!: In this video, Birchbox staffer Charlie shows us three awesome holiday decorations that you can make at home. Pass the glitter!

2. How To Tie a Bow Tie: This cute little video from Birchbox Man totally demystifies the intimidating prospect of trying a real-deal bow tie. Easier than we thought!

3. Holiday Party Style: Finally! The Birchbox holiday celebration is tonight, and three lucky staffers will don adorable dresses courtesy of Rebecca Taylor. See how they styled their dresses, and pick up a few tips for your own office party!

4. Awards Season Begins: This week, we were totally psyched to see so many of our favorite ladies nominated for Golden Globes. From J. Law to Kerry Washington, we can barely wait to see what beauty looks they sport on the red carpet.

5. Natural Shimmer: Meanwhile across the pond, staffers at Birchbox UK tested out some seriously shimmery eyeshadows. See how they got the understatedly chic look!

—Maura

Join Birchbox before December 17 to receive our holiday-themed Sparkle & Shine December Box! 

Get It While You Can: Our Limited Edition Precious Metals Box! 

We have officially upped the luxury ante with our latest limited edition box. Introducing: Precious Metals, a collection of products that sparkle, shine, and glimmer, from jewelry-inspired headphones to high-shine polish. All of the glitzy contents add up to a whopping value of $330—and we’re selling it for just $120! Basically, it’s a gold mine (pun intended) of goodies. And it should go without sayingbut we’ll say it anyway—that this box makes for a great holiday gift, especially for anyone special on your list. But act fast, these things are flying faster than hot cakes!

—Meredith 

Find even more delightful gifts in the Birchbox Holiday Shop

How To: Conquer the 7 Deadly Holiday Sins

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Photo: MGM Television

Don’t get us wrong, we love the holidays. It’s just that between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, we tend to act like a college senior during finals week—we eat too much, sleep too little, and end up starting the new year on the very wrong foot.

Determined to not spend next month in a ball of blankets, here’s our plan for beating the seven deadly sins of the holidays.

—Maura

Stop by the Birchbox Holiday Shop to pick up someone for everyone on your list.

Birchbloggers: Dazzle This Holiday Season!

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One of our very favorite things about the holidays is all the parties we get to go to! And all these celebrations mean lots of festive outfits and glamorous accessories. From shimmery shadow to sparkling bling to our chicest shoes, the options are endless. We asked you how you plan on adding some sparkle to your looks this season, and based on your answers, we have to say: You are all so fabulous! Read below for tips from our top pick, Tesori Belle, on adding dazzle to your ensembles this season. We especially love her inspiration for her New Year’s Eve outfit!

Read more on Tesori Belle…

- Loren

Interested in becoming a Birchblogger? Send an email to birchbloggers@birchbox.com for more information!

The Rockefeller Center Tree: Instagram of the Week
Is there anything more iconic and Christmas-y than the Rockefeller Center tree? Whether or not you celebrate the holiday, you can’t help but feel a little more cheered by the sight of the towering, brightly decorated evergreen. If you’re in New York City or visiting for the holidays, be sure to check it out in Midtown! Make a wish at the tree à la Home Alone 2, go for a skate around the famous rink, or watch the Radio City Rockettes perform.
—Hallie
Looking for other cool hangouts in the Big Apple? Take a look at Birchbox staffer Jamie’s in-the-know guide to great spots in the city!

The Rockefeller Center Tree: Instagram of the Week

Is there anything more iconic and Christmas-y than the Rockefeller Center tree? Whether or not you celebrate the holiday, you can’t help but feel a little more cheered by the sight of the towering, brightly decorated evergreen. If you’re in New York City or visiting for the holidays, be sure to check it out in Midtown! Make a wish at the tree à la Home Alone 2, go for a skate around the famous rink, or watch the Radio City Rockettes perform.

—Hallie

Looking for other cool hangouts in the Big Apple? Take a look at Birchbox staffer Jamie’s in-the-know guide to great spots in the city!

Easy Pantry Upgrades + a Deliciously Simple Holiday Appetizer From Chef Sara Jenkins

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Ever since I got an iPad a couple years ago, it’s become my favorite cooking companion. (Don’t worry—I got a screen protector to keep it safe from doughy fingerprints and rogue sauce splashes.) I love the combination of big, gorgeous pictures, easy-to-read recipes, and useful interactive elements like videos and ingredient glossaries. 

The latest addition to my library is New Italian Pantry by chef Sara Jenkins, who is known for cooking incredibly delicious rustic Italian food at her restaurants Porchetta, Porsena, and Porsena Extra. Her brand-new cookbook is designed to hand-hold you through the process of optimizing your pantry, beginning with a guide to 16 ingredients that you should have on hand at all times. Once you’ve stocked your kitchen, you’re ready for the recipes: 75 dishes that are both accessible and inspiring—think garlicky bagna cauda with fresh farmer’s market veggies or an at-home version of her famous porchetta. Click through for my two favorite tips and a speedy appetizer to make this holiday season.

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What to Wear for Family Breakfast During the Holidays
Some of my favorite moments during the holidays are when I’m back at home in my parents house, eating breakfast with my family. My dad cooks up pancakes and omelettes—and while my sisters and I handle the eating, inevitably my parents are both snapping pictures during the whole meal. The problem is, while I always love looking back at those moments, some of the clothing choices I made are less than ideal. If only I hadn’t worn that old t-shirt and those boxers!
That’s why this year I’m planning ahead and packing some cute pajamas that will make the whole situation more photo-friendly. I found the perfect ones at Aerie, which just so happens to be my favorite place to get bras and underwear, too (they always seem to fit much better than other brands). Am I alone in thinking family time should equal cute pajamas time?
—Lorelei
PJs and underwear aren’t the only things we love by Aerie. We’re also a fan of their Shimmer fragrance, a crisp combination of vanilla and bergamot. 

What to Wear for Family Breakfast During the Holidays

Some of my favorite moments during the holidays are when I’m back at home in my parents house, eating breakfast with my family. My dad cooks up pancakes and omelettes—and while my sisters and I handle the eating, inevitably my parents are both snapping pictures during the whole meal. The problem is, while I always love looking back at those moments, some of the clothing choices I made are less than ideal. If only I hadn’t worn that old t-shirt and those boxers!

That’s why this year I’m planning ahead and packing some cute pajamas that will make the whole situation more photo-friendly. I found the perfect ones at Aerie, which just so happens to be my favorite place to get bras and underwear, too (they always seem to fit much better than other brands). Am I alone in thinking family time should equal cute pajamas time?

—Lorelei

PJs and underwear aren’t the only things we love by Aerie. We’re also a fan of their Shimmer fragrance, a crisp combination of vanilla and bergamot. 

My Top 10 Beauty Product Stocking Stuffers: Guest Blogger

Emily Loftiss, of Loftiss Says…, is a style and beauty maven who can take even the worst fashion debacle and make it a winning situation—who else could turn an old, too-small dress into an awesome style find from your own closet?  This week, she’s telling us her top shopping picks for the holidays, her 5-minute trick to scoring gorgeous night out makeup, and more.

Oh, it’s that time of year when you are looking for gifts for everyone from your bestie to your grandmother. Instead of buying her items that might just take up space and leave her unimpressed (mom, I still don’t forgive you for the orange in the foot of my stocking!) check out my fool proof list below. Grab even a few of these and I promise you’ll hit it out of the park!

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1. Dr. Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads

This product is magical in every way—it gives you a gorgeous, healthy glow! Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to have that golden look. Plus, the packets are perfect for traveling too!

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Natalie Portman Dyed Her Hair Blonde!

The gorgeous Natalie Portman trades in her signature dark locks for a golden hue, reportedly for her next movie role. (Photo: bellasugar.com)

—Hallie

Stay ahead of the trends for next season! Here are our top 10 manicures from New York Fashion Week.

Shine On: Mood Board

Our creative team is pretty, well, creative and they come across beautiful imagery all the time. Why not share the inspiration? Keep an eye out each Friday for their Mood Board, a collection of images they’re loving.

'Tis the season to sparkle. You've logged quality time with the family, devoured mountains of cookies, and unwrapped all your new goodies. Now it's time to let the real celebration begin! There's no better way to ring in the new year than with a little shimmer and glitter. No matter what your plans are this New Years Eve, we hope you take the opportunity to shine.