Shop ’til You Drop: Shopping into the New Year

With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, it’s a good time for a little reflection on the year behind us. Give yourself well-deserved props for your accomplishments in 2013 and set some new goals for going forward. I like to use this time of year for tying up random loose ends, cleaning out the inbox, returning library rentals and paying any fines, paying credit cards (farewell, bonus), giving away sugary things from the kitchen cabinets and tossing away beauty products that aren’t doing the trick. Detoxing on a deep level will give you a fresh start to feeling great.

If you really want to take the plunge, visit Juice Press. Ease your way in with 100% organic smoothies like the delicious Fountain of Youth, made with raw, non hpp’d frozen thai coconut water, banana, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, raw agave nectar, hemp protein and coconut oil. Then go for the extreme green like the Mother Earth pressed juice made of cucumber, celery, kale, swiss chard, dandelion, parsley, lemon and ginger juice. Pick up a few packs of raw snacks so you’ll have a healthy default when junk-food cravings arise. If a juice won’t hold you over at lunchtime, try one of their delicious, filling salads. Juice Press is located at 93 Main Street in Southampton. Call 212-777-0034 or visit juicepress.com.

Replace chemical-laden skincare products with natural ones and resolve to give yourself only the best. Dr. Hauschka among the top amongst holistic skincare lines, using only plant- and mineral-based preparations, and is conveniently available at Second Nature Markets, so you can just cross the street after Juice Press. A few new favorites especially tailored for keeping your New Years exercise resolutions are the Birch Arnica Body Oil, Quince Body Moisturizer, Deodorant Fresh, and Rosemary Foot Balm. The aromas and textures are luxurious and make for a real post-workout treat to keep you on track and going back for more.  Second Nature is located at 70  Main St., Southampton. Call 631-283-8117 or visit secondnaturemarkets.com. Don’t forget the raw almond butter and sprouted grain bread!

Now for the fun part: What to wear for that New Year’s Eve Party! Ladies have it fairly easy—sparkly dress, high heels and great hair and makeup. Men, however, might need a little something extra to take their attire up a notch from your average Saturday night. A fun bow tie or necktie is the perfect accessory whether you’re headed for a night on the town or to a low-key house party. Beau Ties Ltd., the premier men’s fashion accessory brand, is your one stop shop for holiday dressing. For a great selection of men’s neckties and bowties in all different colors and patterns, ladies’ bags, scarves, and belts, and accessories for everyone, visit beautiesltd.com or call 800-488-8437.

And for some fun shopping tips from our Dan’s Papers editorial department:

I’m loving my new CicciaBella (Italian for “pretty little one”) Cowgirl Rider wildflowers-patterned slippers. They’re embroidered and look kinda like cowgirl boots/kinda like something a Mongolian princess would wear…they’re so comfy and warm! cicciabella.com

Off to visit friends over the holiday in New England, I’ll be sure to stop by one of my favorite shops in the world—Delectable Mountain Cloth in Brattleboro, VT. They have everything I don’t need but love intensely, including fine fabrics, jewelry and buttons, buttons, buttons! delectablemountain.com

Stop by the Guild Hall Gift Shop in East Hampton for last-minute hostess gifts like…adorable, beaded change purses, guildhall.org.

I have a lot of working out to do after the holiday craziness a lot of heavy lifting. Luckily, Santa gave me a gorgeous pair of G-Loves. These little fingerless gloves protect me from gym germs, wick moisture, fit my hands exactly (right over my rings!), reduce hand fatigue and help prevent calluses, PLUS they come in vibrant colors, prints and trims! g-loves.com

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