5 Expert Tips to Avoid Over-Spending on Holiday Gifts This Year

5 Expert Tips to Avoid Over-Spending on Holiday Gifts This Year

Do you want to spend $1,000 total? $200? Whatever the number is, write it down or put it in a notes app on your phone and work backward from there. If you need to buy eight gifts and have $240 to do it, each gift limit is $30. Or maybe you want to spend a little more on some people than others—as long as the math works out, you’re good. Once you’re out of that money, you can either say “no” to more gift-giving (try something like, “I’m sadly maxed out on secret Santas, but maybe next year!” or “I have to opt out of the gift exchange, but thank you for including me!”) or go the DIY route. Can you whip up a mean batch of peanut butter cookies? Do that! Are you a painter with a penchant for tiny watercolors? Consider gifting your personal creations instead.Consider gifting everyone on your list the same thing.You don’t have to buy each of your friends and family members a major present à la Oprah, but giving everyone something from the heart (that also fits in your budget) can help you avoid overspending by cutting down on decision fatigue. We can only make so many decisions throughout the day (what to eat, wear, buy, etc.) before we start to get emotionally exhausted, which makes decision-making harder—and, in my experience, can increase the likelihood of purchasing something you regret. So rather than trying to rack your brain for the perfect gift for your great aunt, ask yourself, “What did I spend money on this year that brought me joy?” A neighborhood friend of mine started doing this a few years back. Instead of gifting a bunch of different items, she buys her year’s favorite purchase in bulk and gives it along with a note about why she loves it. Over the years, her thoughtful gifts have ranged from these $5 exfoliating shower gloves to this Michigan-grown biodynamic tea—both of which I was delighted to receive.Imagine the recipient opening your gift without you.Remember the study I mentioned earlier about gift-givers being motivated by the receiver’s reaction? Wanting to wow your loved ones might make you spend more than you should (perhaps on stuff that won’t even satisfy them in the long run, per the study). That’s why I recommend imagining the recipient opening a potential purchase when you aren’t around. This exercise may help dial down the tendency to want to elicit a Cheshire Cat grin and can help you give a gift that better aligns with the recipient’s long-term needs and enjoyment (and your budget).As an example, I was on the receiving end of a very practical gift a few years ago. My in-laws, knowing how much I love popcorn, got me a hot-air popcorn maker. It might not be the most exciting (or expensive) thing you can think of, but I get so much use out of it, and I think of them at least once a week when I pull it out of the cupboard and load it up with my local corn kernels. 

9 Instagram accounts to follow this December

9 Instagram accounts to follow this December

Beauty

by Sarah Joseph
2 hours ago

A curated guide of all the leading accounts to #follow this festive season.
Dr. Barbara Sturm@drbarbarasturm
The secret to anti-ageing!
Alanui@alanui

Cosy and cool for uber luxe winter dressing.
The Attico@the_attico
For the cool girls.
Harry Winston@harrywinston
The ultimate fine jewellery from the renowned NY-based brand.
Giarité@giarite
The party season accessories you need.
Cheval Blanc@chevalblancofficial
True luxury when it comes to travel.
Azza@azzashowroom
Multi-brand fine jewellery boutique in Bahrain curated with precision.
RAEY@raeyofficial

Elevated basics designed to last.
Hôtel Lutetia@hotellutetia

Palace Appeal in the heart of Saint Germain in Paris.
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UAE National Day: The Emirati designers to support now and forever

UAE National Day: The Emirati designers to support now and forever

Fashion

by Sarah Joseph
1 hour ago

In just 51 short years, the UAE has put itself on the map across all areas, particularly when it comes to fashion and design.
As the nation continues to be a hub of the world, there’s no better time to support and champion the incredible designers emerging from this region.
HH Sheikha Mariam bint Khalifa bin Saif Al Nahyan, founder of MKS Jewellery

This contemporary fine jewellery brand translates the spirit of self-expression through each piece. From celebrating diversity to design elements that are meant to last forever, Her Highness Sheikha Mariam bint Khalifa bin Saif Al Nahyan is inspired by her rich heritage and has beautifully incorporated this into her passion for jewellery. By infusing unique elements into the design process, this collection was born to empower women.
For more information visit mksjewellery.com
Noora Shawqi, founder of Noora Shawqi Jewellery

Known for drawing inspiration for her pieces through her love for travelling, Noora Shawqi’s fine jewellery collections combine quality with a timeless aesthetic as she works closely with skilled artisans. Her eponymous collection is primarily made in Dubai and she creates meaningful pieces to mark special occasions in her life. Born in Dubai, Noora pays homage to the UAE with several of her pieces ensuring they all exude effortless sophistication.
For more information visit noorashawqi.com
Hamda Al Fahim, founder of her namesake label

UAE-based designer Hamda Al Fahim specializes in glamourous evening wear. With an aesthetic fusion of eastern and western influences, she ensures her signature style is incorporated into every design element. From intricate embroidery to handcrafted sequin work, there’s immense attention to detail at every step of the creative process.
For more information visit hamadaalfahim.com
Fatma Al-Otaiba, Founder of Odeem

This Dubai-based luxury accessories brand that specializes in leather goods is focused on creating timeless pieces, with varied textures that provide a unique style to its wearer. Founded in 2018 by Emirati designer, Fatma Al Otaiba, the vision for the brand has grown bountifully over the year with several A-listers around the globe carrying her products.
For more information visit odeem.ae
Yasmin Al Mulla, Founder of YNM

The ready-to-wear abaya label offers a modern take on certain wardrobe staples. Founded by creative director Yasmin Al Mulla, there are several covetable designs that are loved by all. From minimal delicacy to modern femininity, YNM is known for elevating the standard constantly by levelling up the notch in the world of fashion design.
For more information visit ynmdubai.com
Roudha Al Shamsi, Founder of Roudha Design

With a strong focus on interior product design, Roudha Al Shamsi creates pieces of work that explore futuristic design elements. From designing contemporary spaces to conveying an articulate design concept, Roudha is known for working with clients on both residential and commercial projects be it for studios, offices, libraries and more.
For more information visit roudha.design
Muna & Maryam Saeed, Founders of Al Mraikn

Taking a leap of faith 10 years ago launching their own fashion brand Al Mraikn, Muna and Maryam Saeed have gone from strength to strength. The abaya brand creates modern designs to empower women and make them feel confident. With immaculately tailored silhouettes that are crafted to perfection, Al Mraikn has made its name as a renowned abaya label in the region.
Shamsa Al Omaira, Founder of The O Jewelry

By taking artistic inspiration from her childhood, Shamsa Al Omaira has incorporated a sentimental value to each piece. By celebrating female empowerment through her brand, she’s delicately embodied a nostalgic sentiment allowing women to support each other through the jewellery brand. Using 18k gold, diamonds, precious and semi-precious stones; the designs celebrate the richness of the past with the simplicity of the present.
For more information visit theojewelry.com
Latifa Al Gurg, designer and founder of Twisted Roots

Emirati designer Latifa Al Gurg, founder of fashion label Twisted Roots, launched her contemporary fashion brand in 2014. With her designs adding a twist to the culture she draws inspiration from, Latifa presents each piece with a modern edge as she infuses her heritage into the label.
For more information visit twistedroots.ae
Noor, Budoor and Sarah Al Khaja, designers of SERRB

This homegrown Emirati brand offers minimal kaftan designs that are crafted with finesse and make women feel their best. Born from the creativity of three Emirati sisters Noor, Sarah and Budoor Al Khaja, SERBB has beautifully created designs with sophisticated cuts and intricate designs.
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Sharon Stone Attended the 2022 Red Sea International Film Festival in a Must-See Statement Gown

Sharon Stone Attended the 2022 Red Sea International Film Festival in a Must-See Statement Gown

Trust Sharon Stone to always make a statement, be it with her words or her sartorial choices.
The Hollywood icon, who also starred on Vogue Arabia’s September 2022 cover, flew over to Saudi this weekend to attend the opening night of Red Sea International Film Festival 2022. And in true Stone fashion, the 64-year-old opted for an all-eyes-on-me ensemble for the special occasion. While most stars attended the event in shades of white, Stone stood out in a dusky rose ruffled number by Monsoori that was equal parts bold and feminine. Take a closer look below.
Sharon Stone in Monsoori. Photo: Amina Zaher
Drenched in ruffles from head to toe, Sharon Stone’s Mansoory gown was tied together at the front and styled with jet black accessories—namely a set of elbow-length gloves. The actor stuck to her trademark hairstyle for the event, and amped up the romantic side of her look with peachy pink makeup.
Prior to walking the red carpet, Sharon Stone also took to Instagram to share a sneak peek of her look. The image came with a simple caption that announced her arrival in the kingdom, “Love from the @redseafilm.” Check it out below.

Sharon Stone, Yousra, Alessandra Ambrosio… What Your Favorite Stars Wore to Red Sea International Film Festival 2022

Sharon Stone, Yousra, Alessandra Ambrosio… What Your Favorite Stars Wore to Red Sea International Film Festival 2022

Sharon Stone in Monsoori. Photo: Amina Zaher
On the evening of December 1, 2022, all roads led to Jeddah, where the second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival took over the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Just like the debut celebration in 2021, this year’s opening night was a star-studded affair, with talents from not just the kingdom, but the whole world coming together to spotlight some of the best creatives across the globe.
White seemed to be the winning choice for the evening, with Tara Emad walking onto the red carpet dressed in a sparkling Chanel ensemble, and Fatima Al Banawi opting for an equally glamorous look: an embellished ivory Rami Kadi pantsuit. Salma Abu Deif went the elegant route in a flowy white Valentino gown, and Passant Shawky tooo favored relaxed silhouettes in a snowy maxi.
For those who opted for color, however, the evening’s motto was to go big, bold and brave. Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosia was unmissable in her royal blue draped Yousef Akbar gown, while Lucy Hale made a statement in a strapless green gown. Mahira Abdelaziz’s pick for the special evening was a bold red Maison Yeya number with a sequined skirt.
On a more muted note, Rym Saidi was a vision in black this year, wearing a beaded Nicolas Jebran gown, complemented with a sleek updo. Also opting for a minimal aesthetic was Thai actor Bella Ranee Campen, who gave classic pantsuits a feminine spin.
And then there were the statement makers. Hollywood star and Vogue Arabia’s September 2022 cover star Sharon Stone made sure all eyes were on her in a voluminous gown covered in ruffles by Monsoori, and iconic actor Yousra drenched herself in gold.

Below, take a closer look at what your favorite stars wore to the second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival.
Alessandra Ambrosio in Yousef Akbar. Photo: Amina Zaher
Annabella Hilal. Photo: Amina Zaher
Jon Kortajarena. Photo: Amina Zaher
Cynthia Samuel. Photo: Amina Zaher
Raya Abirached in Zuhair Murad. Photo: Amina Zaher
Salma Abu Deif in Valentino. Photo: Amina Zaher
Tara Emad in Chanel. Photo: Amina Zaher
Rob Raco. Photo: Amina Zaher
Zuhair Murad. Photo: Amina Zaher

37 Best Non-Alcoholic Drinks to Try In Lieu of Booze in 2022: Amass, De Soi, Monday, Kin, Ghia

37 Best Non-Alcoholic Drinks to Try In Lieu of Booze in 2022: Amass, De Soi, Monday, Kin, Ghia

For many folks recovering from alcohol abuse, trying to avoid drinking, or simply reducing the amount of booze they consume, the past few years have presented some, unique challenges. There’s no one answer here, no magic formula or recommended daily approach (beyond the CDC’s usual drinking guidelines) when it comes to moderating your alcohol intake. The decision to drink or not is personal: a midmorning mimosa might feel awful to me but look like self-care or a much-needed distraction to someone else.Luckily for all of us, drinking culture has become more inclusive, bringing non-alcoholic drinks (many that are far more sophisticated than psychedelic blue juice with a coordinating umbrella). In fact, following a boom in alcohol-free cocktails, there are now so many booze alternatives on the market that it can be tough to know which belongs on your bar cart. To get a sense of which ones are worth trying, we tapped six bartenders and beverage experts from around the country to share their picks on the best nonalcoholic drinks, spirits, bitters, mixers, shrubs, beers, and wines for shaking up a cocktail—or sipping by themselves—at home.Whether you’re finding it hard to stay sober around the holidays (or anytime), trying to cut back on alcohol, don’t really drink to begin with (but still want to enjoy the taste of a mixed drink), or just want to understand more about your drinking habits, these 37 non-alcoholic drinks are all delicious. They’re Dry January-approved and guaranteed to bring enjoyment sans hangover. And if you want to add a nip of something alcoholic, nobody’s stopping you.All products featured on SELF are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

6 Ways Constant Anger Can Hurt Your Health Long-Term

6 Ways Constant Anger Can Hurt Your Health Long-Term

Here’s what you should know about the many ways anger can impact your body in the long run, and what to do if you’re concerned about how it might be taking a toll on your health. 1. Heightened inflammation A growing body of research suggests chronic stress, as well as the negative emotions associated with it, is strongly linked to higher levels of inflammation in the body and dysfunctional immune system responses. Your immune system is designed to attack potential threats to your body with inflammatory cells, Dr. Duijndam explains. “With chronic stress, including anger, these markers of inflammation increase as well.” So even if you don’t have, say, an infection brewing, these inflammatory cells may start to get rowdy and go after healthy cells instead if you’re a person who deals with lots of anger, she says. That, in turn, can set the stage for various health issues, especially as you age. For example, a 2019 study that followed 226 older adults for one week found that those who had higher levels of self-reported anger were more likely to have higher levels of inflammation and a higher risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, osteoarthritis, diabetes, and even certain cancers. On top of that, constantly feeling rage-y can also impact your everyday habits, some of which may lead to further inflammation, or simply damage your health in other ways. “The significant confound we have in any of this research is that people who are chronically angry tend to engage in lots of unhealthy behaviors,” Dr. Martin says, such as smoking, excessive drinking, and overeating or loading up on food that isn’t as nutritious as it could be. “Those unhealthy behaviors will have an impact too,” he stresses.2. Heart disease“The bulk of the evidence that we have on the health consequences of anger really has to do with the heart and [the rest of the] cardiovascular system, and we’ve known that for decades,” Dr. Martin says. Try to do a quick body scan the next time your blood starts to boil—that is, take a moment to notice how the various parts of your body feel, one by one—and it won’t be hard to understand why anger can do a number on your heart. “When you keep ruminating in a state of anger, it leads to poor cardiovascular recovery,” says Dr. Duijndam. Again, that’s because “it keeps you in a state of stress.” Anger can spike your blood pressure and heart rate, two factors that place immense pressure on your heart muscle and therefore heighten the risk of chronic hypertension. An influx of stress hormones can also boost your blood sugar levels and blood fatty acid levels, which can damage blood vessels and lead to plaque buildup in the arteries, respectively. That’s one reason why regularly getting and staying angry could potentially play a role in conditions like cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. 3. Reduced lung functionQuick and shallow breathing is one of the first physical effects anger triggers for many people. “When we need to ‘fight or flight’ from a situation that’s threatening, it makes sense,” Dr. Duijndam says. It’s your body’s way of trying to supply more oxygen to areas it perceives as essential, like the brain and muscles. It follows, then, that strong emotions like anger are a common trigger for asthma attacks in those who are susceptible. 

On the Wrist: The Luminox Pacific Diver Chronograph

On the Wrist: The Luminox Pacific Diver Chronograph

By Isaac Despain 
The Luminox ‘secret sauce’ has always been making large, rugged, watches with tritium markers. This one, the 44mm Luminox Pacific Diver Chronograph, is no exception. It has all the features that you would expect from Luminox, like 200 meters of water resistance, a sapphire crystal, and a Ronda quartz movement.
The Luminox Pacific Diver Chronograph is priced at $795 on a black, white or colorful rubber strap and is $895 on the steel bracelet.
Despite having three additional functions on the dial, the hands are broad and easy to see against the backdrop of the busy dial. Otherwise, reading the time would be like playing “Where’s Waldo?”. 
Looking at the bezel, the forward action is great if you like a loud tactile ‘clack’ that can scare the neighbor’s cat. However, it does have a bit of back-play. The chronograph pushers are tactile and make this watch a fidgeter’s dream come true.
Quality product
This Luminox feels like a quality product on the wrist and all of the features are a pleasure to use.
What could Luminox have done better? 
The markings on the bezel are a real point of contention for me. When you set the bezel anywhere on the lower half of the watch, the “05” reads like a “50”. I also feel like the pip should have more contrast with the rest of the bezel as it takes me a second longer to find it. Perhaps adding a dash of red or white would have solved the problem. And unfortunately, the bezel on my example does not line up well with the dial.
Typically, this is no big deal if you are paying less than $400, but when you’re forking out $795-plus I would hope for better. 
How does it wear? Awesome, actually! I have small wrists and this watch sits flat and comfortably all day. A lot of that is due to the well-designed lugs that are compact and hug the case.
Due to the fact that this watch wears a lot smaller than it is, wearing it in public doesn’t make me feel like I’m compensating for my little man syndrome. Although the specs might suggest otherwise, I am happy to report that the Pacific Diver Chrono does not wear like a “wristburger”!
Light show
We have ignored the star of the show. The real magic happens when the lights go out and the tritium ampules fluoresce. I love setting this watch on my night stand and being able to see what time it is when I get up for the fifth time at night. It’s a game changer. 
So what’s the verdict? The Luminox Pacific Diver Chronograph is perfect for you if you are someone who likes the functional look of a big watch, a busy dial, and tactile feature interfaces.
If you can forgive the minor issues with the bezel, this watch will reward you with a taste of that sweet Luminox ‘secret sauce’. If you are the kind of person who wouldn’t touch a 44mm watch with a ten-foot pole, try one on before you make any assumptions. As for me, I found myself slapping this watch on the wrist and showing it off a lot more than I expected to. I really like it for what it is.
On the rubber strap, the Luminox Pacific Diver Chronograph is priced at $795 and is $895 on the steel bracelet.

Pros:
+ 44mm wears great, even on smaller wrists
+ Tactile action with the bezel and chrono pushers
+ Tritium rocks! Until it doesn’t…
+ Good assembly
+ Cut to fit rubber strap
+ Ronda quartz movement
+ 20 ATM
+ Sapphire Crystal
Cons:
– Slight bezel misalignment and play
– “05” that reads like “50” on the bezel
– Tritium pip is too small
– Bezel pip does not have enough contrast
Isaac Despain is a watch designer and Head of Design at Fine Timepiece Solutions USA.

When Postpartum Depression Shows Up as Intense Anger

When Postpartum Depression Shows Up as Intense Anger

“After delivery, there’s this incredible change in reproductive hormones,” Katherine L. Wisner, MD, the Norman and Helen Asher Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, tells SELF. “Hormones—such as estrogen and progesterone—go from the highest they’ll ever be down to almost nothing as soon as the placenta is delivered.” And some experts believe these rapid hormonal shifts are linked to the development of PPD in people who are biologically susceptible. Plus, recovering from a vaginal delivery or a C-section is hard and can be incredibly painful. Giving birth does not always go smoothly, and some estimates suggest one-third of people who give birth experience some form of trauma while delivering their baby, which may contribute to PPD or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While trauma can include things like enduring premature labor or feeling worried about a baby’s well-being, many people report that the people in the room—their care providers, including doctors, midwives, and nurses—are responsible for these distressing experiences, say, by dismissing the severity of a birthing parent’s pain, among many other scenarios.But one of the biggest changes that will affect your day-to-day functioning as a new parent is the ability to get enough sleep. Recovering postpartum with little to no sleep is a challenge that’s underestimated by society, Dr. Wisner says. And, as you might be able to guess, studies have shown a strong correlation between sleep deprivation and emotions like depression, anxiety, and anger.In a Canadian study of nearly 300 women, published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth in 2022, 31% of moms reported feeling intense anger, while more than half said their sleep quality was poor. The researchers concluded that a parent’s sleep quality, as well as feeling angry about their infant’s sleep quality, were two major predictors of postpartum anger. A range of disparities also contributes to the rage.For Black birthing parents, in particular, the stigma anger carries can be a huge barrier to seeking necessary mental health support. “Anger and rage are widely under-recognized. There’s a natural shying away of emotions in fear of being the stereotype of the ‘Angry Black Woman,’” Lauren Elliott, the CEO and founder of Candlelit Therapy, a perinatal mental health care service for underserved new and expectant parents, tells SELF. “Black maternal health is in extreme crisis.”There are a host of systemic issues that prevent Black people and other people of color from receiving proper mental health care. Birth parents of color experience higher-than-average rates of postpartum depression, and yet, they are less likely to be diagnosed, less likely to know that the symptoms they’re experiencing are related to PPD, and are therefore less likely to be properly treated, according to a report from the Center for American Progress.“Black women are less likely to be screened in pregnancy for depression and anxiety,” Elliott says. The consequences of these disparities can be devastating. As SELF previously reported, Black and Indigenous women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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