I’m sure for most of us December is a very hectic month. But being the last month of the year, we strive to make it count! Between traveling, holiday shopping, planning holiday parties, New Year’s Eve it can be hard to stay focused. Between November and December, a to-do list is my best friend! Here are a few things on my to-do list this month:
- It’s Art Basel in Miami! – This is a HUGE art event taking places December 3-6. This event brings great art exhibits, film showing, celebrity parties as well as local parties. Last year I didn’t get to see much of the exhibits so this time around I’m prepared. Click the link and see all the events taking place for Art Basel.
- Christmas shopping – I usually try to take advantage of all the holidays sales happening around Thanksgiving but this year that didn’t work out so much. So I’m starting early and avoiding the mall madness as much as possible. Some of my favorite stores make it so easy to pick great gifts without having to leave the house. Here a few of my favorite stores to shop for gifts:
- Nordstrom – This is a one stop shop for all your holiday needs! From clothes, beauty, perfume, shoes, cologne etc.
- Urban Outfitters – Great creative and trendy gift ideas for those special friends.
- Amazon – It’s always best to check amazon before purchasing those electronic and appliances. Amazon always has unbeatable prices. Also with Amazon Prime it’s great for those last minutes gifts that didn’t make its way to your list.
- Groupon – If you want to treat someone to a massage, facial or mani-pedi for the holidays this is the place to check.
- Standby Suitcase – This month I’m traveling every weekend except for Christmas weekend and no one likes to pack- so I plan on prepping my suitcase early to avoid the stress of packing all together. My one trouble will be preparing for the cold. Living in Miami, I don’t buy winter clothes; it’s really unnecessary. So packing for cold weather will be tricky. Here are a few tips I found may be helpful if you are traveling to colder places.
- Use compression bags to organize your clothes before packing. Use one bag for tops, another for bottoms, and a third for everything else. When you have all the items you want to pack, compress the bags. The pack will shrink to half of its original size. This will help give you lots of extra space and you can do this for all of your trips ahead of time, so when its times to pack for another trip all you have to do is toss the pre-packed-packs into your suitcase. No Hassel!
- Buy convertible clothing and layer Jackets and coats are a must for those colder climates. A typical winter style consist of an inner layer and outer layer, which can be used together to keep you extra cozy or taken apart for those warmer climates. Choosing a jacket will lessen the load you will need to pack and the overall number of items you will need to carry with you.
- Bring a versatile shoe For colder climates I usually stick with boots and sneakers. So pick 1 or 2 shoes to travel with and wear the bigger of the 2 on the plane. This will give you more space in your suitcase for everything else you’ll need to pack and simplify dressing during your trip. Consider the same principle for other shoes you may need such as heels or flats.
- Don’t double up! If you want to include jeans or black pants – include one pair. Don’t pack 4 different jeans, and 3 different black pants. This will only make packing that much harder. And For those short weekend trips it is perfectly acceptable to wear the same pants twice.
- Carry on your bulkiest items I’m sure we are all familiar with how cold airports and planes can be so wear your winter jackets, sweaters and boots on the airplane. This will keep you snug for those plane rides, free up lots of spaces in your suitcase and you can set your worries aside knowing you’ve done what you can to avoid those added on fees for overweight suitcases. Even if you think it’s more than you need or you’re too warm, you can always store it in the overhead bin.
- New Year’s Goals – With just a few days left until 2016 its time to get those New Year’s goals in order. Be sure your goals are attainable. You don’t want to discourage yourself by setting goals for yourself that are beyond reach. Choose goals that are realistic yet challenging. It feels good to put your best efforts to a task and successfully accomplish it. So write down your goals, place them somewhere you can see them every day, whether it be posted notes on your wall or reminders on your phone; this will help you stay focused. A few of my goals for 2016 are:
- Back to the gym – I’m sure after all the holiday eating this is on everyone’s list lol.
- Buy a camera – This will allow me to bring more quality content to my blog without having to wait for a photographer.
- Apply more beauty post to my blog – Having my own camera will definitely allow me to make this happen.
- Spend more quality time with friends and family – I get so caught up in work, blogging and networking that I forget to make time for the people who are important to me.
- Stick to a schedule – I have some great opportunities coming in 2016 and I know if I don’t create a strict schedule and stick to it I will make life harder for myself.
I hope these tips were as helpful to you as they are to me! Starting a new year can be very exciting and very nerve-racking but preparation is key! Prepare yourself for all the great things to come this month and for the New Year! Let me know how you are preparing for this holiday and the New Year and share some of your goals are for 2016 in the comments below!