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Are you ready for the holidays?

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Are you excited about the Holiday season? I love the atmosphere, all the decorations and the spirit of giving. It is such a wonderful time to step and be surrounded by all the festivities. And while it is fun, it is also the time when a lot of us (especially women) tend to put ourselves last and go crazy trying to shop, work, and make everyone come together. 

So I thought it would be a good idea to re-emphasize the message I have been sharing all year round - to take care of yourself first! ... and then scroll down for a gift guide which covers everyone and all age groups. You can shop it all at Downtown Silver Spring. Plus there a GIVEAWAY you can enter by texting "TANVI" at 444-222 (more details below).

Just a gentle reminder to keep these three things in mind during this holiday season: 

1. Take time for yourself.
It is easy to feel lost or overwhelmed during all of the holiday hubbub. Even if you are not at home for the holidays, plan ways to make space and time for yourself to decompress. Seek out a quiet space from time to time where you can collect your thoughts and recenter yourself as need be.

2. Practice a healthy relationship with food.
You might feel subtle or not-so-subtle peer pressure to stuff your belly with all of those delicious holiday treats. Find balance for yourself by enjoying special holiday food, while also paying attention to your body’s cues of hunger, fullness and satiation. Check in with yourself from time to time to ask whether you are eating because your body is hungry or whether you are eating out reaction to some form of stress.

3. Remember that holiday stress will pass.
Keeping a strong sense of self during the holiday season will give you a sense of consistency and security during the ups and downs of the holiday season. Enjoy this time, while knowing that the stress of this season will eventually come to a close.

Be kind to yourself. And happy holidays!
Downtown Silver Spring Gift Guide 
1. LOFT - Plaid Blanket Scarf $44.50 | 
2. ULTA - Jack Black Beard Grooming Kit - $35.00 | 
3. Men's Warehouse - Black Leather Knit Lined Gloves - $49.99 | 
5. DSW - Anne Klein Lonnie Pump (Red) - $59.99

Now on to the good stuff. I have picked five items from Downtown Silver Spring, which is easy on your wallet and also something you can buy for your friends, family, colleagues and is also for most age groups on your list.

Starting with the (1) blanket scarf from LOFT. It is in the festive colors but also something that can be worn all year round. It is warm and versatile and easy to style. Perfect gift for any woman who is on-the-go and also likes to look cute. Next two are for the men on your list: (2) the beard grooming kit is perfect for the man sporting the fashionable facial hair trend. Again can be for any age group as long as they have a beard. And you can never go wrong with the (3) black leather gloves which are classic and versatile. Now something for the coffee lovers (4) a festive colored stainless steel tumbler. It is limited edition and would be perfect for absolutely anyone who enjoys a beverage. Last but not a least (5) sexy yet comfortable red pumps. The color is ideal for holiday parties and evening events. It would go great with metallic and black dresses. And the heel is more forgiving.

And now saving the best news for the last - ONE lucky person can win ALL the items on this guest list - by texting "TANVI" at 444-222. The winner will be contacted on or around December 15th. Good Luck!

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Location - Downtown Silver Spring

Jeans - Joe's // Same
Coat - Free People // Similar
Boots - Timberland // Similar
Earrings - From India // Another
Scarf - Shawl from India // Another 


This post is in collaboration with Downtown Silver Spring. 
All opinions mentioned are my own.


  1. I'm never totally ready for the holidays, but somehow everything will eventually get done! I love that plaid scarf - it's always a good safe gift option!
    Chic on the Cheap

  2. Totally ready for the holidays and enjoying the down time with my family

  3. I don't know if I'm ever truly ready for the holidays but I feel like this year I'm the closest to being ready. I'm happy for time with family and friends

  4. I'm not ready for the holidays, but I am ready for the new year! these are great tips especially for the food.

  5. I definitely been utilizing those tips and they have been really helpful with reducing stress and enjoying the holidays. I will admit, I still have my moments, but so glad to hear you are sharing this!

  6. I can't believe Christmas is only a few weeks away! Love your camel coat, and those tips!


  7. Such an important reminder during this busy time of year.And love your gift picks!

  8. As a Mom who does ALL the shopping for both sides of the family, I am taking your first tip to heart and reminding myself to take time ALONE!

  9. Great tips! I'm feeling more ready this year thank usual, haha. Love your pretty scarf!


  10. Definitely ready for the holiday season! Wow, Silver Spring has changed quite a bit since I lived in DC! Looks like an awesome place to shop!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  11. Love the plaid scarf and those red heels!

  12. I can't believe Christmas is around the corner! These are all such great tips for the busy season.


  13. All of these tips are really speaking to me right now!! I've been hitting the holiday snacks pretty hard LOL, I need to find a better balance!

    xx Mollie

  14. I'm so ready for Christmas and I'm loving your camel coat!! Looking so chic!

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  15. I definitely do not have a healthy relationship with food this time of year LOL

  16. LOVE this earrings! So cute.


  17. Not ready for the holidays! I can't believe how fast the time has gone! & love this outfit, that coat is perfect!

    cute & little

  18. Love these tips!! I am not ready at all!!

  19. Yes I am so ready! All done with shopping and we're not decorating this year. Just need to make the cookies and I'm ready!

    xo Laura Leigh

  20. I'm quite excited for the holidays - I think it's because I just need a bit of a breather/a bit of a break. Also - loving this outfit - very cute jacket!

  21. These are such great reminders for the holiday season! I need to keep them in mind.

  22. I love your fashion sense and style. you are very great and everything looks good on you.

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  23. I have a few loose ends but for the most part, I feel ready.

    Xx, Nailil

  24. I love one-stop destinations where you can get all of your shopping done at one place! So convenient.

    xx, Danielle

  25. It's so important to try and remember what this season is really about! Love this!

  26. The holidays are SO fun but yes, always a little stressful. We all need to take time to pause and enjoy the little things :)

  27. Taking time to check in with yourself during this really stressful time of year is so important for personal sanity!

  28. Ah yes the holidays can be stressful. I am mostly ready. Oh yes pampering oneself. Well I did buy myself a new bag this week it was a major sale from $110 to $44 at Splendid so how could I not? Love this look the scarf and coat look great together and the hat is a nice touch.

    Allie of

  29. I think making time for yourself can be one of the most important things to remember. I often forget to do that, and end up sick (aka exactly how I am right now, snuffling in bed with tea by my side). It's so necessary to take a moment and rest here and there!

  30. Holiday stress WILL pass - thankfully! Ha! Super excited for CHristmas this year.

  31. SUCH great holiday tips!! thanks for sharing!!


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