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December 01, 2009
>Spark the Conversation

December is a wonderful time to reconnect with friends and family, and dinner parties abound. Why not shake things up and make your next dinner party a little more interesting? TableTopics Cubes are wonderful conversation starters that bring thought-provoking and provocative topics to your dinner table. Each acrylic cube contains cards with 135 questions guaranteed to get your guests talking. Choose from the newest additions to the TableTopics family — Dinner Party and Not Your Mom's Dinner Party — and have your guests talking, laughing and enjoying each other's company in a completely new way. TableTopics Cubes make the perfect hostess gift or stocking stuffer for those who like to keep things spicy! $25 at www.TableTopics.com.

Update Your Look with Accessories

The holiday season brings many outings, events and parties, yet having a closet full of clothing to take you through all these festivities without wearing the same outfit twice can pose a challenge. One great way to get more mileage from the clothes you already own is to freshen up your look with accessories, which can be the icing on the cake. They finish of your look and make you feel pulled together. They're also a fun way to express your personality and have a little fun! Here are a few tips for adding accessories to your look:

Wear accessories that are proportional to your body type. If you're petite, opt for delicate necklaces and small purses. If you're goddess-sized, feel free to rock a big handbag or a chunky necklace. You want to complement your look while creating balance.

Choose a theme, or creating groupings that repeat a color, texture or pattern. When you wear a red scarf, a red bracelet and red shoes, you can wear this grouping with anything from a little black dress to jeans and a sweater and you'll have a cohesive look while making a statement.

Create a signature look with your accessories. Wearing a scarf could become your signature, or you may be known for your funky watches. An armful of bangles, a chic hat, sexy boots—just make sure it's something that really speaks to you. You can build a collection around those accessories you love, making it a pleasure to get dressed.

Let wearing accessories be a pleasure, and something that expresses your own personal style. You'll look fabulous and feel great! Find a variety of artisan-crafted, fair trade accessories at www.tenthousandvillages.com.

A Wardrobe of Color for Your Face

This season why not add a little sparkle to your face with the Laura Mercier Colour Wardrobe? This two-tiered makeup compact holds six Eye Colours, 3 Cheek Colours, 6 Lip Stains and 2 finishing Lip Glazes, along with expert tools, all for $98 — a bargain when you think what they would have cost individually. Plus, you'll be tempted to try shades you'd never even thought about before. You'll meet the holidays face on! Get it at the Laura Mercier counter in Nordstrom, Saks and Neiman Marcus department stores.

An Aromatic Escape for Mom and Baby

Want to steal away for a few minutes and enjoy some quiet time with baby? Light a Harmony candle, gently scented with clove and cinnamon essential oils, and create an aromatic sanctuary to enjoy some time with your little bundle of joy. The Harmony Candle is part of beginning, a new line of bath and body care products created just for mom and baby by the folks at MacLaren. Made with only pure, natural and organic ingredients. Beginning was created to comfort, soothe, and nurture, and to inspire a connective bond between mother and baby. Find the Harmony candle and other beginning products at www.maclarenbaby.com.

Fitness Wear that Doubles as Jewelry

Finding time to hit the gym may seem like a distant memory with your busy schedule. But that doesn't mean you can't keep your arms toned. Banglz Wrist Weights are half-pound weights disguised as bracelets. These clever bangles help to maximize muscle tone while burning calories, all while looking chic. Buy a set of Banglz for $24.95. Optional covers are available for $16 for two sets of print. Try them for yourself or buy them as a gift for your girlfriends. Find Banglz at www.fitnessuwear.com.

Mary Michele Little is a Mother of two, Image Consultant, Freelance Writer and Author of the book, "Mama's Little Helpers: bite-sized beauty and style tips for busy moms. Read more from her at www.onechicmama.com.

Mary Michele Little is a mother of two, wife, entrepreneur and blogger who lives in Raleigh, NC. Read more of her tips at www.onechicmama.com.
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