For some, New Year's Eve is the worst night of the year to go out and celebrate; for others, it's the best. Either way, it is the one holiday that is celebrated-at home with friends and family or out in large crowds of strangers-around the world. Fireworks, champagne, and a midnight smooch are the usual, but various locales put their own unique twists on this festive night, making them the best in their category.
1. Best Place to Offer Thanks to the Water Before Drinking a Caipirinha
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
In Rio de Janeiro, December 31 isn't just NYE, it is also the Fiesta de Iemanjá, or celebration of the Goddess of the Ocean. Traditionally, locals dress in white and flock to the Copacabana beach to watch fireworks and offer gifts of flowers and floating candles to the goddess; they also stay on the beach to party throughout the night.
2. Best Spot for Grape Eating
To ring in Nochevieja in Madrid, it's tradition for crowds to gather in the Puerta del Sol plaza. As
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For some, New Year's Eve is the worst night of the year to go out and celebrate; for others, it's the best. Either way, it is the one holiday that is celebrated-at home with friends and family or out in large crowds of strangers-around the world. Fireworks, champagne, and a midnight smooch are the usual, but various locales put their own unique twists on this festive night, making them the best in their category.Read More »from New Year’s Eve Around the World
- DivineCaroline | Healthy Living – Fri, Dec 30, 2011 2:06 PM EST
It's not easy or realistic to become a whole new you come the New Year, but that doesn't mean we won't be making a hopeful list of self-improvements and resolutions. While all the usual goal-setting tactics might help out initially, sometimes you need a little extra push to carry on. There's nothing like a new gadget to give you a boost of motivation. The following goodies may not do the hard work for you, but they could help you tackle some of the most common resolutions.
Be on Time - Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock with Bed ShakerRead More »from 8 Products to Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions
Be on timeSo you resolve to be on time, but you have a habit of sleeping right through your alarm clock or repeatedly smacking the snooze button. Meet the Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock, a gadget that makes it physically impossible for you to continue sleeping. This clock has an adjustable alarm volume with a maximum loudness of 113 decibels, slightly louder than a jackhammer. As if a sound comparable to heavy machinery isn't enough to snap you into consciousness, there is also
No ensemble cast of A-list, bad-acting celebrities can convince us otherwise: New Year's Eve is the most overrated holiday of the year. Cover charges and drink prices are as inflated as your hopes for a glamorous night that culminates in a magical kiss and a blossoming love affair, just in time for "New Year, New You 2012." It almost never works out that way, but that doesn't stop us from making plans and shelling out the dough. If you're as optimistically delusional as we are, or simply would rather party than stay at home with Chinese food and watch ancient Dick Clark on TV, you need a dress-perferably one that's so sparkly and fabulous, it acts as a magnet. Here are some of our favorite ensembles, most of which are probably much less expensive than the price of your party ticket.
ASOS Midi Dress with Cross Back StrapAsos
The body-hugging silhouette and daring back is oh-so "Holly Golightly", while the midi-skirt makes a potential walk-of-shame less shameful, should the midnight kissRead More »from New Year's Eve Dresses Under $70
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In the 1970s, bigger was better. In the '80s and '90s, its popularity waxed and waned. But in the '00s, that once-revered patch of lovely lady locks performed a vanishing act. We're talking about pubic hair, folks, and the fact that once upon a time, people embraced the bush, but over the last decade, it has fallen out of favor as more and more women opt for bald vajayjays.
Some people blame porn and a youth-obsessed culture that infantilizes women for the vilification of pubic hair, while others trace its demise to Sex and the City and Carrie Bradshaw's introduction of the Brazilian wax to the mainstream. Whatever the case, the trend has caught on enough for a college-age man in Minnesota to say that he'd never hook up with a girl with pubic hair and that he'd be disgusted to undress a woman and discover a, as the Atlantic put it, "veil of genital fur." But the tide may be changing on this "bare is better" mentality, or at least that's what our friends at Jezebel suggest. The fact
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Twitter recently released a list of the eight most popular hashtags of 2011. Since it first appeared in August 2007, the user-invented convention has become a shorthand, an indexing tool, and a vehicle for irony. The hashtag provides context and with more than 200 million people using Twitter, trending hashtags offer insight into the collective conversation. From death and destruction to popular uprisings and plain, old-fashioned navel-gazing, here's what we talked--err--tweeted about about this year:
1. #egypt and 8. #jan25
Social media played a critical role in the organization and reporting of demonstrations that surged across Egypt starting January 25. So much so that the government shut down Internet access for much of the country.
The unhinged Charlie Sheen was, perhaps unsurprisingly, the most popular topic in the actor category. But it was his assertion that he has "tiger blood" that captured Twitter's fascination.
2011's Top Buzzwords
Since this holiday favorite contains so few ingredients, it takes a little practice and finesse to make it stand out. If you plan on augmenting this year's holidays by making eggnog, follow these simple steps to ensure that your festivities are memorable … or at least as memorable as several potent glasses of nog.
1. Ensure Freshness
Whether you serve traditional cold eggnog or hot custard-style eggnog, the most important thing is to use the freshest eggs you can find. Most nog experts recommend getting organic eggs from a local dairy, if possible, but at the very least, do the egg test to be sure that freshness hasn't flown the coop. If you're making cold eggnog (which utilizes raw eggs), you may want to get a pasteurized variety, to be sure that all harmful bacteria have been killed.
Tasty candy caneThe holidays are fun times for parties and lots of food. However, the downside is many people gain a few stubborn pounds during this time just because there is so much food.
If you like the parties, but not the January rush to lose all the holiday weight, you have to be smart. It will be much easier come January first if you party with a few ground rules. I'm not saying to give up on all the fun-just the fun that goes overboard leaving you feeling sick and unhappy with yourself. These seven tips will help you keep off the pounds while hitting the holiday parties.
1. Use a Small Plate
This is a psychological trick that can work for you at a party. Simply grab a small plate instead of a big one. Most every spread has both dinner and dessert sized plates. Choose a dessert plate for your food. The appearance of a full plate, even if small, gives the mental impression you are eating more than you would if the plate were larger.
2. Fill Up on VeggiesRead More »from Seven Ways to Eat Light During the Holidays
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These famous Christmas decorations will put your gingerbread houses and twinkle lights to shame!Read More »from America's Most Extreme Holiday Displays
Hershey's Holiday Chocolate House
Hershey's Chocolate World
You can find this candy masterpeice at Hershey's visitor center. According to the Facebook page, the holiday masterpiece took over 1,500 hours to complete, is over 12 feet tall, occupies over 100 sq. ft. of floor space, and is constructed and decorated with over a ton of Hershey's® chocolates and confections.
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The Biltmore House at Christmas Time
Asheville, North Carolina, hosts this eight-thousand-acre, 250-room estate, said to be the largest home in America. Not surprisingly, it's a popular tourist attraction year-round-especially during the holidays, when the entire property is decked with lights and garlands.
The National Christmas Tree
The National Christmas Tree
The Washington, D.C., holiday tree tradition began in 1923 with President Coolidge. Back then, the tree stood at forty-eight feet and was adorned with 2,500 red, green, and
For fashionistas everywhere, Lady Gaga's immortal lyrics are words to live by: "J'adore Vivienne, la vie et moi. Gucci, Fendi, et Prada. Valentino, Armani too. Merde I love them Jimmy Choo." But if you yawn at the thought of yet another Birkin bag in your closet, fear not! These high-fashion designers believe no household item, from Chanel fishing rods to Louis Vuitton garbage bags, should be devoid of luxury. After all, one can never be too rich, too thin, or too decadently fabulous.Read More »from The Most Outrageous Designer Items Ever
Christian Lacroix Water Bottle
Bored with your Sigg bottle? You're in luck; Evian teamed up with Christian Lacroix to make drinking water more glamorous. Choose from either the prêt-à-porter or haute couture design (for when you're feeling extra bling-bling).
The Most Expensive Cup of coffee in the World
Cynthia Rowley Band-Aids
Cynthia Rowley's brief foray into medical fashion started an odd trend of people wearing Band-Aids for fun. One Esquire editor said, "Even if you don't have a cut, bandages
It's easy to remember the horrible celebrity breakups in 2011 (hello, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries), the disgusting couples that shouldn't be (Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchinson), and the couples that you wish would get back together (we're still naively holding onto hope for Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams.). But despite Hollywood , what about the celebrity couples who bloomed and blossomed in 2011 and are still going strong? We believe it's time to pay them some tribute and keep our fingers crossed that as 2012 approaches, they'll still be standing under the mistletoe.
Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman
It feels as though this soon-to-be-married couple came out of nowhere, but hey, it works. After being duped by Italian "entrepreneur," Raffaello Follieri, who pled guilty for swindling investors out of millions, we're happy that Anne Hathaway found a seemingly normal guy-and he's a sexy actor-turned-jewelry-designer who helped design the engagement ring he gave toRead More »from The Best Celebrity Couples of 2011