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Relax this Holiday Season

The holiday season is in full swing. Though most truly love this festive time of year, it can also prove to be a period of stress: the string of parties, the hosting of house guests, shopping for just the “right” gift and traveling to visit family can sometimes make you feel as though you are wrapped in a constricting string of holiday lights.

To help take the edge off this December as you navigate malls, airports and dinner tables, I suggest that you utilize your Tranquil Color.

This relaxing hue, one of your True Colors, helps calm you as well as those around you. To discover yours, follow these easy steps from my book Color Your Style:

Take a look in a mirror, a magnifying mirror if possible and observe your eyes in natural, indirect light. If you can, remove any garments that are visible in the mirror, so that there are no other colors to distract you. Find the lightest color of your iris. That’s your tranquil color!

Hint: brown eyes are seldom really just brown. Try holding up paint chips or garments in shades of aubergine, pine, rust, merlot or goldenrod to help you see your relaxing hue more clearly.

When you want to let go of tension and reconnect to your sense of calm during this frenetic period, you can wear tranquil-colored clothes—or try one of the following suggestions:

-Buy yourself a cashmere throw in this color—it will seem cozy, warm and comforting after a day of power gift-shopping.

-Put a tranquilly colored scented candle by your bed or bathtub. Both the color and the aroma will help you relax after hosting a holiday party.

-Buy some jewelry or a scarf in your tranquil color to wear when coping with a long airport security line.

Discover the healing power of color by tuning into this shade that expresses your own personal “spa energy” and enjoy a stress-free Holiday Season!

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How to Win at Holiday Gift Shopping

As you finish up your holiday gift shopping, here are some of my favorite gift-buying tips from How to Win At Shopping:

-When apparel or accessory shopping for a friend, always pay attention to the visual clues of his current wardrobe. It will inform you as to what colors, cut, pattern, print, and fabric work for him, and will give you some assurance that your gift will be appropriate to his style.

-You can always maximize your holiday shopping time by having your gifts wrapped at a charity gift-wrap booth in your local mall or shopping center. Not only can you feel good about helping out a nonprofit organization, but you can repurpose the time you would have spent wrapping with second sweeps for those remaining hard-to-find presents on your list. You might even want to get in the habit of storing holiday gifts in the trunk of your car, in the advent of stumbling upon a pop-up holiday gift-wrapping service!

-If receiving a package is inconvenient, opt for the “buy online, pick up in-store” option and always avoid long holiday checkout lines. If you order something online and cannot receive it at your home or office, have it sent to the brand’s nearby brick-and-mortar store. Not only does this option save you from waiting in a checkout line to pay for it, but it guarantees against the item being out of stock at that location.

-Never pay for online shipping during the holidays. There is so much competition for your business that you never have to pay for shipping during this time of the year. If a site doesn’t offer free shipping, get in touch with customer service and tell the representative you will purchase on another site if the company won’t waive the shipping. Nine times out of ten, the company will be happy to accommodate you.

-Shopping year-round for holiday gifts will always give you an edge on finding the perfect thing. It gives you access to four times the number of choices that you have during the official holiday selling season. Therefore, the odds of matching each person on your list with the absolutely perfect gift rise, as does the chance of finding the item on sale or even clearance.

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