10 Christmas Season Survival Essentials

December 21, 2016  |  
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Christmas is (practically) here! The lights are hung, the smell of pine is wafting through the air and crunch time is on to get ready for a gauntlet of holiday parties, family celebrations and possibly a regrettably boozy night of X-mas debauchery. But what are the items that every fashionable, prepared modern woman needs to have at her disposal today and the next few days? We have the answer. From a handy holiday pick-me-up (of the alcoholic variety) to key style items for any cold weather closet, MadameNoire presents 10 Christmas season survival essentials.

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Holiday Flask

To be quite honest, there isn’t a time of the year when a flask isn’t a good idea. But particularly around the holiday season when there could be some rough family dinners on the horizon, having a little liquid courage could potentially save the day. So might we suggest investing a few bucks into buying an adorable holiday-themed flask? From dinner to the office holiday party, this little tin of alcoholic magic can provide a much needed pick-me-up when times get too stressful or you just want to keep the merriment going.

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Scarf, Glove and Hat Set

Though some of the country has been experiencing rather warm temperatures, given that it’s already well into the fall/winter season, don’t be fooled because cold temperatures and snowy conditions are just around the corner. So please be prepared with a cute scarf, glove and hat situation. Whether you go with a knitted beanie or leather biker-esque gloves, make sure whatever you pick keeps you both warm, yet stylish.

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Fashionable Winter Boots

In a similar vein to the scarf, glove and hat combo, purchasing a solid pair of fashionable winter boots is a must. If you’re anything like us, then you might be inclined to wait until a snow storm is looming before springing for those Sorels or Timberlands. But let us provide a gentle nudge to get your boot game taken care of sooner rather than later. The last thing you want to happen is the temps plummet and a sleeting mess greets you unexpectedly on the way to work and you’re not prepared.

An Astonishingly Sparkly Purse

We love sparkles. Like truly love all things shiny, sparkly and sequined. And while the holidays provide the perfect opportunity to really embrace outrageously sparkly holiday dresses, the one essential that we must recommend you purchasing is a sparkly clutch. Whether pairing it with a show-stopping little black dress or just jazzing up a casual jeans, blazer and heels outfit, a sparkly purse is an eye-catching accessory every woman needs.

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A Great Bottle of Wine

This might seem like a random suggestion, but hear us out. First of all, the last thing you want to happen is being snowed in without a good bottle of wine to keep you company. Secondly, having a few good bottles on the ready can prove seriously helpful if you’re in desperate need of a last-minute gift for a holiday dinner or event.

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Multiple Pairs of Pantyhose

Any woman on the go can understand why multiple pairs of pantyhose has staked its claim on MadameNoire’s Christmas season essentials. While pantyhose have steadily become more durable, all it takes is a sharp corner of a table or a wily dress zipper to spell ruin for your tights. So instead of praying to the fashion gods that you’ll be able to make your one perfect pair of black pantyhose last this winter season, take our advice and be sure to have two or three back-up pairs at home.

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Reservations, Reservations, Reservations

If you’re spending any time in a major city this holiday season, it is essential to lock in reservations as early as possible. If you haven’t figured out plans for Christmas dinner yet, pick up the phone now.

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Travel Size Essentials

From travel size makeup wipes to small canisters of dry shampoo, having some easily transportable beauty items around the holiday season is a pro move. Toss a few in your desk at work for those impromptu co-worker holiday outings or tuck a few items in your purse for a quick refresh ahead of dinner.

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An Abundance of Hand Sanitizer

There are a whole lot of germs floating around during the winter months. So trust us when we strongly recommend stock piling as much hand sanitizer as humanly possible. Be sure to keep it in your purse, at your desk and in your car. The last thing you want to have happen is coming down with the sniffles before all the holiday fun really begins.

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A Bunch of Not Lame Holiday Cards

Last, but certainly not least on our Christmas essentials survival guide: Holiday Cards. But we’re not talking about the super lame cards with a few sadly drawn reindeer or an old-timey looking Santa. While it may cost you a wee bit more, investing in some more modern looking holiday from a vendor like Minted can really set you apart from the rest of the card-giving pack.

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