What spa/salon is the best for treating myself before the holiday stress settles in?
The annual holiday craziness has begun. We rush through Halloween, feast our way through Thanksgiving and then everything kicks into overdrive and before we know it Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are bearing down at warp speed. We begin making lists, buying presents, attending parties. No matter how much fun we’re having, it’s unavoidable to get a little stressed out. Take some time for yourself and enjoy a bit of relaxation so that you are better prepared to take care of everyone else. Our panel of Fayette ladies suggested some fantastic spots for some holiday downtime; PlumiYumi and Ici Paris, both in Peachtree City, received rave reviews. Also, Zen Massage in Fayetteville and Spa Sydell in Atlanta were mentioned for their top-notch pampering. Treat yourself and enjoy the quiet before the storm.
Where can I find a fabulous dress for my holiday parties?
Whether your event is casual and comfortable or dressed-to-the-nines, every woman wants to look fabulous for our holiday parties. Some of the larger stores like Macy’s, Steinmart, and Dillard’s were mentioned by our well-dressed Fayette panel. These stores offer a wide variety of clothing options and a one-stop destination for everything from shoes to makeup. Once in a Lifetime Events in Fayetteville was mentioned for their beautiful and unique party dresses. Another of our ladies had the idea of adding a holiday scarf or pin to an existing outfit. How about swapping dresses with a friend? Everyone has a dress or pantsuit in their closet that they’ve only worn a few times. Exchange party outfits with a friend and it’s like having something new that didn’t cost you a thing.
Where is the best place in Fayette County to celebrate the holidays?
Hands down, our Fayette women have said “at home.” Spending time with friends and family and enjoying each other’s company is our favorite way to spend the holidays. Exchanging gifts, recipes, and fond memories of holidays past beats a night out on the town any time. Try holding a house party this year by inviting family and friends to drop by. Judy Hughes and the other couples in their subdivision hold a black tie party every year. “One year we rented a horse drawn carriage to deliver residents to the party.” Keep in mind, though, that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a good time. Be creative. Hold a pot luck where everyone brings an appetizer or have a dessert party with your neighbors.
How can I give back to my community at this time of the year?
During the holidays, we reflect on how lucky we are to have our family, our health, and our friends. Some families like to give to charities that are close to their hearts, such as an animal shelter or a church. Volunteer your time by helping your neighbors. Many local organizations offer “adopt-a-child/family” for the holidays where you can help make a difference in the life of someone who needs it. Operation Christmas Child takes donations of shoeboxes filled with needed items for children around the world. Get your kids involved in charities like this one so that they can feel connected and understand what it means to give back. You can also contact FACTOR (www.fayettefactor.org) for more information on organizations in Fayette County that need help.
Do you believe in New Year’s resolutions?
It’s the same thing every year. January 1st rolls around and you hear talk of making resolutions and coming up with a plan for the coming year. Most of our Fayette ladies believe in resolutions but not necessarily the traditional New Year’s kind. They say it’s more about setting realistic goals for you. If making a resolution makes you take stock of your life or try to better yourself, then do it. Sometimes it’s not about making one resolution but looking at your life overall and deciding what you can improve upon. Trying to do better every day and doing what is right can be better than making a resolution that you don’t keep.
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