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7 Easy Ways to Celebrate Earth Day This Year

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This weekend, a billion people from nearly 200 countries will gather to celebrate Earth Day, a holiday that revolves around conservation and awareness of the environment. Each year, Earth Day attracts those interested in the future of our planet, as well as those looking to make a positive impact on the environment.

If you’re considering changing your lifestyle to become more eco friendly, we’ve got great news. There are lots of small changes you can make to live a more environmentally conscious life!

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Fall into Winter Fashion with Life & Style Expert Moll Anderson

This time of year it is hard not to completely fall for all of the wonderful fall and winter fashions. How could you not? Magazines and stores are gearing up for the buzz of the holidays and all the shopping that follows along. The fashion forward are itching to break out their latest purchases and show off their favorite winter trends.

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A bold pop of color, such as this pink scarf, is a perfect addition to give an outdoor table that "WOW" factor.

The style forecast shows shades of rich Bordeaux, enticing enough to make you relax with a glass of red wine and sip away until dawn. Coloring the pages of your favorite fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and InStyle, shades of deep scarlet are gracing everything from eyelids to accessories. Impress your family and friends with gifts inspired from the pages of these glossy magazines. In these hard economic times, sometimes we forget to do something special for ourselves. Go ahead and add a touch of scarlet to your wardrobe. You deserve to wear something that makes you feel ravishing; it is not about extravagance, it’s about simply doing the best with what you have.

If you’re not comfortable dressing head to toe in such a provocative deep color, try a razzle-dazzle scarf in a tone that makes your heart race. It’s a great way to experiment with adding some color into your life. And by investing in a new beautiful scarf, you have not only invested in a new accessory, (think outside the box) you can let the scarf dress your table as a runner instead of hiding it away in a drawer.

Fall into Winter Fashion with Moll Anderson

I used the same bright scarf to create a sensual Moroccan table for two which is featured in my book, The Seductive Home™.

What’s cozy, warm, and a very trendy statement piece? Fur. Adorning everything from handbags to coats, short fox and bold dyed furs in every color of the rainbow are this season’s luxury must-have.

And there is always faux fur. Thanks to Rachel Zoe, some seriously amazing faux fur vests have hit the runway as well as the streets. Even a pair of fur earmuffs or fur-lined boots will bring a blast of “wow” and make you feel fabulous.

I want to know what you’re most excited about wearing this winter season! Is it a new accessory, a classic sweater, new snow boots? Share your thoughts with me!

To read more about fashion trends for this fall and winter, check out the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

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Design Tips From Eduardo Xol: Make Your Holiday Party a Holiday Experience

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A fiesta table from Eduardo Xol's book "Extreme Entertaining Made Simple"

Next week Magazines.com is kicking off the third installment of the “Ask an Expert” contest, in which you can ask me your most pressing home and lifestyle design questions. If I answer your question here on the blog, you win a gift card.

Meanwhile, you don’t have to do much more than to walk into a store these days to be reminded that the holiday season is approaching.  I wanted to offer my help on planning the best holiday party ever. My philosophy, which I outline in my book “Extreme Entertaining Made Simple,” is that the best entertaining encompasses all of the senses at the same time.

I strongly believe that every moment in life is an experience; any event that you plan and design should be a singular and memorable experience, especially during the holidays! I understand that for most people, looking at the bigger picture can be a bit overwhelming, so I suggest asking yourself some basic questions to get started:

  1. What is the “look” of the party? Is there a theme or event, like Halloween?
  2. What should the environment smell like? What images do you want to be conjured up in the minds of your guests by what they smell?
  3. What foods best represent your party?
  4. What do you want the soundtrack to your event to be? What will define the sound and how will the sound define your party?
  5. What will your guests be touching at your party? Do you want to have a special element that will stimulate your guest’s sense of touch?
  6. Finally, once you’ve answered all of these questions, do your choices feel cohesive? Do they all make sense together?

Armed with the answers to those questions, you should be able to turn your holiday party into a true holiday experience—a memorable one at that.

If you want more help planning a great event this holiday season, check the Magazines.com blog next week and ask me some questions! Remember, if I answer yours, you will win a gift card! How often do you get an offer like that?