Confusing, frustrating, relationship-damaging, (falsely) empowering, (seemingly) #effective – passive aggressive behavior is all of these things. Plus a lot more. Many of us gals (and #men too) have used this masked way of expressing our anger at least once in our life. How many times have you given your significant other the silent treatment? Or do you remember when you received that sweet – yet subtly criticizing – note from your roommate about that one cup you forgot to wash? This is passive aggressive behavior. It"s more difficult to recognize – and less unacceptable – than, say, pulling someone"s #hair out. But it"s just as damaging. Why is it so widespread then? Let"s find out!
Nothing epitomizes Christmas like nativity scenes. They are one of my personal favorites and I have a small collection that I add to each year. If you need one or more to round out your decor, you are going to love what you see on this list. Whether you want something simple or nativity scenes that are more elaborate, you are going to find something on this list you"ll crave. Your set of Christmas decorations will never be the same again.1. On a Garland
This tops my wish list! I love how each person or animal in gets its own piece of wood. Wouldn"t this be one of the best looking nativity #scenes in your house?
Thank goodness for the many ways to wear a scarf! After all, winter fashion is incomplete without your trusty scarf by your side, or rather, around your neck. Here are #17 ways to rock a scarf this winter.1. The Woven Scarf Knot
This may #look like one of the more complicated ways to wear a scarf but it"s actually pretty easy. Here"s the video tutorial:
See? Told you it was easier than it looks!
Shopping with your boyfriend can be a fun date. Some guys like to shop and some don’t. Even for those that do, they probably enjoy shopping for different #things than you do. These are some ways to make shopping with your boyfriend a successful and fun date.1. Ask if He’d like to Go
The first step to shopping with your #boyfriend is to ask if he’d like to go. If he says yes then you’re all set. If he says no, that’s okay, too. If it isn’t something he wants to do it isn’t going to be a lot of fun for either of you. If that’s the situation, take a #girlfriend instead and enjoy a girl’s day out.
There are plenty of myths about personal trainers out there. Some might believe that personal trainers are all-knowing health and fitness gurus and they can do no wrong. Alas, personal trainers aren’t perfect. At the end of the day, they’re regular #people like everyone else that have spent a considerable amount of time studying health and fitness so that they can coach others into living healthy lifestyles. Check out these classic myths about personal trainers that you probably didn’t know weren’t true.
Who wouldn"t be delighted to unwrap gifts from Tiffany & Co on Christmas Day? The name is synonymous with luxury and extravagance and we all feel special when sporting a piece of Tiffany jewlery. Ready to drool? Here are some fabulous gifts from #Tiffany and Co.1. Return to Tiffany Medium Heart Tag on a Bracelet in Sterling Silver
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Certain beauty icons such as Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, and Aubrey Hepburn just to name a few, are some of my favorite inspirations to learn the best vintage beauty tricks from. These women had an appeal to them that many women today don’t have; a certain kind of beauty that’s rare, unique and to each her own. If you’re looking to achieve a classic and vintage look in your beauty routine, try some of these simple vintage beauty tricks that come from the best. After all, these #women weren’t idolized for just anything. Their looks are what set them apart and they didn’t try to conform to one certain #look, but instead wore their best features in a beautiful way.
Have you heard of body dysmorphia? Also known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder, this is a chronic mental condition which leaves the sufferer unable to stop thinking about flaws with their body. That flaw could be real, or it could be imagined. Either way, the sufferer feels ashamed of their body, and cannot be reassured. Back in August 2014, Tallulah Willis (the youngest daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore) released a video revealing that she struggles with body dysmorphia, and has for years. But what do you really need to know about the condition?
Berry themed decorations are a lovely way to bring nature into your home at Christmastime. And they are so versatile you can combine them with all your other favorite decorating items from tinsel to candles to baubles. Here are some berry themed decorations you might be inspired to make.1. Primitive Christmas Front Door Wreath
Berry themed decorations can be elaborate or beautifully understated like this charming wreath,
This is "berry" nice - don"t you think?
Alternatives to Christmas pudding are such a needed item in your festive #recipe repertoire. It is a massive tradition in the UK but Christmas pudding has the ability to divide the table. #People love it or hate it. Or they might like it but it’s too heavy to even contemplate after such a rich meal of a starter and full turkey dinner with all the trimmings. If you need alternatives to Christmas pudding here they are – compete with video tutorials for ease.1. Pavlova Wreath with Chocolate Sauce, Vanilla Creme and Berries
Pavlova is one of the lighter alternatives to Christmas pudding – even if the meringue is smothered in chocolate sauce and cream. Let the Aussies and the Kiwis argue over who invented the pavlova while you tuck into this crispy, chewy, creamy, berry bursting deliciousness.
Do you think that there aren"t any good reasons to take a lower paying job? Although it can sometimes make more sense to hold out for a better-paying job, there are times when it"s better not to wait. Besides, a lower salary doesn"t necessarily mean that you"ll be stuck in that job forever; it can be a useful stopgap to tide you over until you get a better job. Here are some reasons to take a lower paying job …1. Experience
One of the #reasons to take a lower paying job is that it gives you useful experience if it is your first job. Employers generally prefer to give a #job to someone who already has experience in the field. Even if your next job is different it will still be to your advantage to have some work #experience under your belt.
This year, I’ve been looking up ways to get into the holiday spirit quickly. Why? Well, December has to be one of the busiest months of the year, and it can pass by all too quickly if you’re not feeling festive! Finding the Christmassy feeling when you’re rushing round taking care of #things can make you feel a lot less stressed, and the whole month feels more magical. So if you’re the same, check out these ways to get into the holiday spirit quickly, and extend your festive period!1. Plan a Christmas Event
One of the easiest ways to get into the holiday spirit quickly is to do something that only happens at Christmas. My village hires an ice rink at the start of December each year, so booking a #time to go and practice some moves with my friends is sure to get me feeling festive. If you can’t do something like that, how about finding a garden center with some reindeer, or even just having a night-in with some mulled wine and friends?
One of the downsides to being the social butterfly that you are is having to buy so many gifts for best friends! This holiday season, however, you may not have to break the bank! Consider these budget-friendly gifts for best friends that are sure to make your friend feel special and cared for, as well as save you a pretty penny!1. Cookie Plate
Who doesn"t love cookies? Plus, cookies are a staple of the holiday season! As a budget-friendly gift for your #best friend, deliver a plate of homemade, uniquely decorated cookies to her house! She"s sure to appreciate the surprise visit and be happy to enjoy your thoughtful gift!
Backstreet"s back, alright! (Is that joke getting too old?!)
Anyways, the first trailer for the #boy band"s upcoming documentary "Backstreet Boys: Show Em What You"re Made Of" has finally arrived! It"s good stuff.
The 2-minute teaser opens with a few flashback scenes of A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell in their glory days, the late "90s. "From 1999 to about 2002, we were the biggest band in the #world. Nobody thought it was going to be as big it was," they said.
If you haven"t gotten around to baking your holiday cookies just yet, today"s the perfect day to do so! National Bake Cookies Day is for anyone and everyone that can"t get enough of those yummy treats. Take advantage of the food holiday and make a party out of it by baking cookies with your friends and family all day! If you bake more than you can handle, wrap some up and give them out to your neighbors! Tis the season, right? How will you be celebrating the food holiday?
Fun fact: Cookies arrived in America in the 17th century, although the the name for it arrived much later!
Underwear trends are fascinating. Yep, really. Fashion often reflects cultural norms and transitions – just imagine having to wear Victorian underwear today, or dressing in the Dark Ages in Victoria’s Secret! Here are some of the most bizarre underwear trends from the past 100 years – would you wear any of these today?1. Crotchless Pants
Crotchless underwear first became one of the first underwear trends back in the 1900’s. How crazy is that? Back then, it was more about convenience than sexiness, though. Baggy crotchless pants meant ladies didn’t have to strip off several layers of skirts and corsets before being able to use the toilet, whilst remaining discreet. They were often white and knee-length, with big ruffles. Probably not something that would be popular today!
Aside from, maybe, pilots and meteorologists, not many people take an interest in studying any types of facts about cloud formations. Many of them, however, can be extremely interesting. And it’s enough to #look towards the sky at the right moment and see the beauty and even bizarreness of some of these shapes to realize that you really want to dive deep into the facts about cloud formations that could explain them.1. High-Level Cloud Formations
Most #people believe clouds to be formed from water vapor, but one of the more curious facts about cloud formations is that high altitude cloud species such as cirrus or cirrostratus are actually made up of ice crystals. They are often thin and transparent, their movement rarely being visible to the naked eye.
Have you heard of any of the funny place names in the UK? I have to wonder how some of our towns and villages got their names. There are some really hilarious places on the map, and their poor residents must be thoroughly fed up with all the jokes! But laughter is good for you, so here are just some of the many funny place names in the UK that will make you giggle …1. Jump
I haven"t heard of all the funny place names in the UK, but I"ve certainly heard a few. In this district of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, you can send your mail from Jump Post Office and educate your children at Jump Primary School. I don"t know if there"s a Jump Rope …
Recognizing the #signs your boyfriend wants you to dump him isn"t always easy. After all, you"d think he"d just get it over with if he"s not in to you anymore. Once you learn the signs your #boyfriend wants you to dump him, you get to drop him quickly and move on to a better guy. I think we all deserve better than this type of #guy.1. He Starts Blaming You
Remember when he actually took responsibility for his actions? One of the #first signs your boyfriend wants you to dump him is he starts suddenly blaming you for everything. If he had a bad day at work, somehow it"s your fault. If his food didn"t settle right, it"s your fault. While this might happen from time to #time, it"s not good when it becomes a regular thing. Don"t take the blame. Dump him instead.
Christmas has come early with this adorable video of Tom Hiddleston singing "We Wish You A Merry Christmas!" The actor was joined by Nashville-based country singer Rodney Crowell and their furry four-legged friend! Hiddleston and Crowell are starring in the Hank Williams Sr. biopic "I Saw the Light,"; Tom as the late country star and Rodney as his father, Elonzo Huble "Lon" Williams. Rodney is also doubling as Tom"s vocal coach and the film"s executive music producer!
His team was the one who shared this sweet video on YouTube and said the two were taking a "short break to spread some holiday cheer at Rodney"s studio with his wonder dog, Mono." Watch the sweet video here:
What"d you think? It"s pretty awesome seeing Loki sing a Christmas song, right?!
I can"t believe how many Christmas tree skirts there are. It"s really hard to decide which one I love the best. If I had the space and #money, I"d just start a collection. That way I could pull out different ones each year. Heck, I could set up several trees that way! So, whether you need a new one or just want to try something new this year, there is something for you on this list of Christmas tree skirts. Have a peek!1. Red Poinsettas
Isn"t this lovely? You can"t get much for festive than Christmas tree skirts covered in red holiday flowers.
Hundred And Million, Hundred And Thousand, Hundred And Look Away Now – Today is National Roast Suckling Pig Day
As if you haven’t enough feasting to look forward to over the holidays, some clever soul, somewhere, decided to declare December 18th National Suckling Pig Day - no one knows who, when, where ... why!.
Suckling pig is certainly rib-sticking food just right for winter, but you might well be asking what a suckling pig is.
A suckling pig, aka sucking pig, is a piglet that has not been weaned from its mother. This means it is usually less than 3 months old. As you can imagine, a suckling pig is not very big. This means it is roasted whole, so the dish is presented as an entire piggy, on a platter, sometimes with an apple stuck in its mouth.
For decades, Madonna"s been ahead of the curve, daring where few women would, "controversy" her middle name. She"s wicked smart, wildly talented, unapologetic, and fearless. Oh, and she"s in her mid-fifties. And while her detractors say it"s #time for the Material Girl to go demure, did any of her fans really think that was ever going to happen?
She"s always used her body and her image as she pleases, with little care for what critics (or anyone else, really) had to say. So while other (younger) celebs have shown some #skin for various reasons the past few weeks, Madonna"s decided to do the same, and why not?
Sure, she"s still gorgeous with a body loads of other (younger) #women covet, but that"s beside the point. The point, of course, is that as always, it"s HER #body, and whether she"s "got it" or not (yes, in fact, she DOES), she can bloody well show it, cover it, or flaunt it if she wants.
So to the editors at Interview Magazine, where the gorgeous spread will run, I say "thank you." For giving Madonna a platform, and for doing so brilliantly.
(PS: the other shots in the spread, the one where she"s just being haute-couture self with nary a nipple in sight? Those are marvelous too.)
The perfect holiday updo is a hairstyle many girls dream of wearing. It’s an elegant and classy #hairstyle that leaves an impression. It’s the perfect choice to go with a party dress or that sexy number you’ve been hiding back in your closet. These are some tips to help you achieve the perfect holiday updo.1. Start with Dirty Hair
A holiday updo is much easier to pull off if you start with dirty hair. Clean hair is going to slide right out of your hands. Dirty hair has a bit more grit and texture to it, making it easier to mold into the style you want. Second day #hair is ideal for updo haistyles. If you absolutely can’t start with dirty hair, add a bit of #dry shampoo to the roots to give it texture.