holiday de-stressing

December 11th, 2013


Let’s face it: this month is a stressful time.  As much as we all love the holidays, there’s a lot of pressure involved in the five weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.  Traveling, entertaining houseguests, attending and throwing parties, finding the perfect gifts, making plans for New Year’s Eve and so many more things that we all love doing, but that create hectic, crazy weeks and packed weekends!

But at the same time, it’s so important to take a few peaceful moments over the holiday season and take stock of the year.  So I thought I’d share a picture from a place that I (surprisingly) find very comforting: my home office.  This was one of the last rooms to come together in our house, and I knew I’d be spending a lot of time in here, so I wanted to make it as cozy and comforting as I could.  And for me, that meant lots of bright bold colors, a cozy place to curl up with coffee or tea, and, of course, a comfy place for the dogs to hang out when I’m working from home. 

And in case you’re feeling a little frazzled lately, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite ways to de-stress, especially during the craziest month of the year!


My favorite, by far, is to take a warm bubble bath!  In law school, I used to buy vanilla-scented bubble bath foam from CVS by the GALLON — between the freezing cold New York winters and the stress of cramming for exams, bubble baths were a nightly ritual at this time of the year.  I’d put on some music, get the bath all ready, and just zone out for fifteen or twenty minutes — and wind up feeling so incredibly relaxed and recharged.  (And an amazing tip I wish I’d known then?  Right after a warm bath, your pores are wide open and it’s the perfect time to moisturize!  Now I keep my Tags: This post was created in connection with my appointment as an Ambassador in the SimpleĀ® Skincare Program. · Visit to share your story on sensitive skin. For more tips and deals from Simple, join the Simple VIP community at

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Abigail sterling // Dec 11, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Love this – I like to do a bubble bath, a glass of wine and a fashion magazine!

    x abigail, the fabulous life of a natural disaster

  • 2 I Showed Up In Boots // Dec 11, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    LOVE this post. One of the things I miss most about the states is a bath tub. Here in Mexico, you canĀ“t find a bath tub in any house, apartment or hotel.

  • 3 merredee // Dec 11, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Love this, who ever knew ‘holiday season’ would be so stressful?!

  • 4 Roslyn // Dec 11, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Love your sweater, and, yes, nothing quite as relaxing as a bubble bath.  Vanilla is my favorite scent!

  • 5 Kiara // Dec 15, 2013 at 3:15 am

    When life is a little stressful i light a few tea candles, run a nice warm bath, throw in a bath fizzie and listen to my favorite music.
    After 1 hour, I am stress free!
    I wish I could do this every day.

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