Day 11 12 Days of Friendship

Day 11 of 12 Days of Friendship | Be there through Life Changes and Stages

Day 11 12 Days of Friendship“A friend is one who walks in when others walk out” (be that kind of friend!)

Walter Witchell

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year’s Girlfriends!

What girlfriends have been for you through years of holidays?

Who’s been a friend through life changes and stages?

We’re ‘celebrating female friendship’ in this Holiday, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s season with our 12 Days of Friendship. We’ve celebrated the gifts of knowing our friends are there for us, girlfriend traditions, our cheerleader/supportive girlfriends, friends that makes us laugh and more fabulous gifts of friendship. Today, number 11 of 12 days of Friendship we’re celebrating the friends who are there for us through life changes and life stages.

Having focused on female friendship for the past six years has been really interesting. So many of our friendships have originated with life stages and changes. Teen girls who seem to love their independence but still seem to dress just like their best friends. New moms who bond together. Divorced women find comfort in friendship with others who understand what they’ve been through. Bloggers love to meet other bloggers, co-workers share common experiences and build friendships, women who share common bonds – bond. We often connect with women based on shared life stages and when our life stages change – and those connections often lead to strong, wonderful friendships!

Today we’re celebrating the friends who stay in our lives through life changes and stages. They’re the girlfriends who stay with us when life changes our direction – and they don’t care – they’re still our BFFs. The girlfriends who bonded in college and are still friends as their kids consider colleges. We’re thankful for the women who stick around as life changes happen and as life stages change.

What girlfriends who have been around for years? Who have been there for you through life changes, through other relationships, over miles and different marital statuses or career titles? Girlfriendology a friend is one, friendship quote

What girlfriends know your college nicknames and the original of your kids’ names? What friends have stayed by your side when you lived down the street or across the country?

Experience the girlfriend gratitude of friends who are there through life changes and life stages. Celebrate the women who have been there for you for years. And be the kind of friend you’d love to have. Life is better … with your girlfriends!

And, come back for the final great gift of friendship. See all 12 days in the links/box below!

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Day 10 of 12 Days of Friendship | The wonderful Comfort Level Between Girlfriends

day 10 12 days of friendshipI always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.
Katherine Mansfield

Who are the friends you let into your house when it’s dirty? Or the girlfriends you let see you without any make-up? Or the friends you trust with your deepest fears, wishes or secrets?

Thanks to the women in our lives with whom we can completely be ourselves.

For this holiday season of gift-giving, we’re celebrating the gift of girlfriends in our 12 Days of Friendship. Today’s girlfriend gift of friendship: the wonderful comfort level of friends in our lives.

The gift of friends with whom you have a safe, strong comfort level is priceless! The friends who see you at the gym with no make-up. The girlfriends who share their secrets, support and lives. The wonderful women who know you so well and love you even more.

It’s that level of comfort – a ‘naked’ face, a dirty house, a secret wish or fear – that is such a great gift of girlfriendship. It’s the wonderful, accepting, supportive comfort that we share with true friends. It’s a ‘friendship gift’ of knowing we’re loved and accepted even with a messy house, mascara smudges or uncertainties in our lives.

What girlfriends do you share that ultimate, ‘no make-up, messy house, etc.’ comfort level with?

the comfort of friendship quoteFeel that girlfriend gratitude. Express it with a note or call of appreciation for their friendship. Let them know how much their friendship means to you. Be thankful for the great gift of female friendship.

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Day 8 of 12 Days of Friendship – The Gift of Laughter with a Friend

Day 8 12 days of friendshipLaughter is the shortest distance between two people. ~Victor Borge

When a friend REALLY makes you laugh, do you snort? Do you giggle? Make funny noises? Don’t you love how laughing with a girlfriend makes you ‘drop your stress?’

It’s Day 8 of our 12 Days of Friendship and we’re celebrating funny friends and the wonderful gift of laughter with the women who make us laugh on a regular basis!

What do you get when you combine fabulous drag queens, ugly Christmas Sweaters and girlfriends? A hilarious evening with friends!

My friend Penny gathered up a mini-van of girlfriends this past Sunday night for ‘Gay Bingo.’ It’s a hilarious fund-raiser for Carecole – a local non-profit that cares for families with HIV/AIDS. From the hilarious drag queen Bingo-caller (with a FABULOUS wig that ‘she’ insisted was NOT a wig! Can you pick ‘her’ out in the photo above?!), to the ugly Christmas sweater contest (yes, I got one at Goodwill to wear and congrats to Penny for being a winner!), to forcing me to sing ‘Jingle Bells’ solo while collecting dollars for Carecole – it was a scream!

The friendship ‘gifts’ of the night? I got to know Penny’s girlfriends a little better. I’ve seen them all before, but now we’ve shared laughter – the kind that we’ll laugh even more about in the future. I had a fabulous, funny, memorable evening with the girls – a night away from stress or worries, thoughts about the dang holiday card that is not designed much less created yet, or any other holiday stress. It was a gift – of laughter with girlfriends!

Laugher friendship quoteEven if your week is hectic (whose isn’t, right?!), take some time for laughter with your girlfriends over the holidays. Find something funny to do like watch a Holiday movie (we’ve got a great Must-See Top 10 Romantic Holiday Movies list!), stop your busy schedule for a coffee or glass of wine together, bake some cookies – together, call up a long-distance friend to share your holidays – just make an effort to connect, they’ll appreciate it and you.

And come back tomorrow as we continue our 12 days of Friendship with a special reminder we all need during the holidays.

What girlfriends make you laugh? Who do you call when you need cheered up? Celebrate these great girlfriends of humor relief (:

Be the kind of friend you’d love to have! 

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Day 6 12 days of friendship

Day 6 of 12 Days of Friendship | Gift of Girlfriends – Having Things in Common

Day 6 12 days of friendshipAs human beings, we are more alike than we are unalike. – Maya Angelou

Things we all have in common … need for friends, yearning for happiness, desire to be loved.

You can hear it in her sweet voice. She’s not from around here! My friend Julie is a southern girl living in the Southern California – not quite biscuits and gravy country. She instantly picked up on other southern accents and amassed a great group of girlfriends – all from the South. She decided that they should meet each other so she started a girlfriend group called GRITS – Girls Raised In The South. Soon, the southern girls all became friends … thanks to Julie and to having something in common.

Finding something in common with other women is part of becoming friends and something we’re celebrating for Day 6 of our 12 Days of Friendship.

It’s finding the little things that we share that make us feel closer and that help us form bonds with friends.

Maya Angelou quote more alikeFrom where/how/when we were raised, to sharing a hobby, to loving a TV show/music group/celebrity/shoes, to laughing at the same jokes – to whatever little unique commonality we share – it’s a wonderful way of looking past all our differences to see that we have in common.

What things in common have brought you together with your girlfriends? What things do you share that connect you to your friends?

Maybe you should start your own girlfriend group or maybe some holiday girlfriend traditions of getting your girlfriends together – like my girlfriend Julie and her GRITS girlfriends in Southern California. Celebrate the common bond that comes when girlfriends connect. Celebrate your girlfriends! That’s what we’re doing for Day 6 of our 12 Days of Friendship. (And … hopefully we celebrate it all the time!)

Be the kind of friend you’d love to have! See all 12 DAYS OF FRIENDSHIP in the links/box below!

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5 Ways to De-Stress Your Holidays

Holiday stress quote‘As we struggle with shopping lists & invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, & people to whom we are worth the same.’ Donald Westlake

Did you know 80% of us find the holiday season to be ‘somewhat’ or ‘very’ stressful?* Between over-booked schedules, over-extended budgets and excessive expectations for perfect gifts and a meaningful holiday, this Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa season often is just a big ole package of stress!

Sometimes we need to get back to our reason for the season – to LOVE on the special people who, like the quote above says, are worth this aggravation (and people to whom we are worth the same!).

So, in the spirit of girlfriend advice and support in this season of stress, here’s 5 Ways to De-Stress Your Holidays:

1. KISS – Keep it Simple and Special – We often put unrealistic expectations on ourselves for the holidays. We want to have the perfect party dress, the best meals, the most thoughtful gifts, and every other over-the-top measure of seasonal success. Let’s be our own BFF and allow ourselves to lighten up! What memories do you cherish? Those of spending time with friends and family. In lieu of expensive, beautiful-wrapped packages, give the gift of time – have some Holiday lattes together, take time for a fireside chat, make plans to for a girlfriend trip in the coming year. Give yourself the gift of acceptance and celebrate in low/no-stress ways!

2. De-Stress Your Travel Plans – Speaking of stress, many of us have to travel over the holiday season which, with weather delays and packages to pack, is not for the weak at heart! Follow this travel expert’s advice on stress-free holiday travel!

3. Create Traditions – It’s such a wonderful time of year to celebrate our friends by sharing traditions. Here are 6 Holiday Girlfriend Traditions You Can Start This Year! In lieu of gifts, why not get the girls together for a girlfriend holiday party.

4. Make Time for YOU – Take a walk with a Friend. Let yourself enjoy a cup of your favorite beverage and read a book. Don’t feel guilty for spending a night (or two, or three!) just watching Holiday movies. Take time to be thankful and to appreciate the gift of friendship. Give the gift of self-love. (Because you can’t make everyone else’s holiday happy if you’re overly stressed. Take care of YOU Girlfriend!)

Friendship-Girlfriendology-Guide-to-Holiday-Girlfriend-Advice free ebook5. Share Girlfriend Advice on De-Stressing Your Holidays – We learn so much from our smart, savvy girlfriends. That’s why we compiled the wisdom of 20 de-stress-savvy women to share insights in a free eBook: Guide to Holiday Girlfriend Advice. Check out Tips to Getting the Perfect Gift (for YOU!), Easy and impressive Vegetarian Recipes for your parties, and a great Holiday Baking Tradition – plus a whole bunch more! SHARE with a Girlfriend who needs to de-stress her holidays!

Whatever you do, BREATHE Girlfriend! Enjoy this wonderful time of year. SHARE your girlfriend advice for De-Stressing Your Holidays below!

MORE Holiday De-Stressors! For those girlfriends who are missing friends or family at the holidays, here’s some (we hope) de-stressing girlfriend advice on how to deal with missing friends at the holidays. For other girlfriends, being solo for the holidays is stressful. Here’s some great girlfriend advice on how to have a wonderful holiday without a +1.

REALLY stressed out? Check out this helpful article from the Mayo Clinic on reducing holiday stress. (And recommend to a friend if she needs it too.)

* per a report on Stress.About.com.

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4th Day of Friendship | Celebrating the Gift of Girlfriends, Making Memories

day 4 of 12 days of friendshipWe’re celebrating the 12 days of Friendship and the Gift of Girlfriends and today’s ‘gift’ – making and sharing memories.

I met Barb when we were freshmen in college. Our rooms were across the hall from each other and we spent hours doing ‘stuff’ freshmen girls do – talking, laughing, figuring out our lives. We eventually roomed together and were in each others’ weddings. We’ve stayed friends over miles, kids, through different life changes and in between busy, busy schedules.

Now, so many years later, we have years and years of memories. From those early days in her Volkswagen Beetle (there are LOTS of memories in that car!), to now sharing a glass of wine together for our birthdays and every chance we can get, we’ve shared our stories and the gift of friendship – such a wonderful present! It’s true …

“It takes a long time to grow an old Friend.” John Leonard

long time to grow an old friend quoteThis year for our holiday gifts to each other, she came up with the perfect gift – the gift of spending time together. Instead of ‘stuff’ we wrap up to show our love and appreciation, we’re foregoing the gifts for the gift of spending time together. We’re committing to getting together every month over the coming year.

By spending time together, we’ll no doubt still share the stories and memories of our long-time friendship, but we’ll also be making more memories together and having the conversations that keep us close and connected to each other.

So, as we celebrate the 12 Days of Friendship, we’re taking Day 4 to recognize and enjoy the gift of friendship – especially the memories that we make and share together. The memories that can only be made and shared among dear, true, wonderful girlfriends. May you be blessed with the gift of friendship at the holidays and throughout your life. Celebrate your girlfriends!

Be the kind of friend you’d love to have! 

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12 Days of Friendship | Day 2: Celebrating our Supportive Friends

Day 2 12 days of friendshipWhat friends cheer you on when you’re ready to quit? Who believes in you sometimes even more than you believe in yourself? We’re celebrating the gift of friendship like our girlfriends who are own personal Cheerleaders!

We’re in Day Two of the 12 Days of Friendship. Yesterday we ‘opened’ the gift of friends who we know are there for us. Today we’re celebrating the friends who are own personal cheerleaders.

Just when I started this blog post, and thinking about the wonderful women in my life who cheer me on and who believe in me COMPLETELY, I found the following image/saying on Facebook:

“Keep People in your life that truly LOVE you, Motivate you, Encourage you, Inspire you, Enhance you, make you HAPPY. If you have people who do NONE of the above, Let them go.”

Aren’t you grateful for the gift of girlfriends who ‘cheer’ for us? For friends who see our potential even more than we do? For those wonderful, positive people who motivate, encourage, inspire, enhance and make us happy?

Take a ‘Girlfriend Gratitude Break’ to think about the women who cheer us on – especially when we’re about to give up. ‘Unwrap the gift of friendship’ and be thankful for friends who believe in you. Celebrate the season by appreciating the wonderful women in your life. And maybe even think of ways you could cheer them on as well.

Be the kind of friend you’d love to have! :)

Who are your cheerleader girlfriends? How have they been there for you? Share below in our comments – and inspire others

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12 Days of Friendship | Day 1: Celebrating the Gift of Friendship

day 1 12 days of friendshipOn the first day of Christmas my best friend gave to me … We’re celebrating the holidays, girlfriends and the wonderful gift of friendship.

Happy Holidays Girlfriends! It’s the magical season of showing the people we love how much they mean to us. It’s the time when we get to express our friendship, our gratitude and our love.

We’re celebrating the Twelve Days of Friendship with a daily reminder of the wonderful Gifts of Friendship. Join us as we unwrap each gift of friendship and share the wonders that friends add to our lives.

“I think we’re here for each other.” Carol Burnett

On this first day of Friendship, we celebrate knowing our friends are there for us.

Think of those friends who make your day with a phone call or note, a Facebook message or Twitter tweet. Who are the women who make you feel like you’re never alone? Who are the fabulous females who make you smile just thinking about their friendship and the happy memories that you’ve shared? Who comes to mind as a friend you can’t – and don’t want to – imagine going through life without?

Here for each other quoteIt doesn’t take much to be a better friend – sometimes it’s just being there for each other.

Unwrap the gift of friends who are there for you. Pause to reflect on the times they’ve taken the late call from you or showed up on your doorstep to help. Be thankful for their thoughtfulness, the lessons they’ve taught you, the forgiveness they’ve shown you, the ways they’ve supported and encouraged your dreams. Admire the way they’ve accepted you, laughed or cried with you, be happy for the day your paths crossed and how that grew into beautiful friendships.

Be there for your friends. And be thankful and appreciative when they’re there for you. Life is better together – with our girlfriends!

CHRISTMAS DISCLAIMER: We want ALL WOMEN to feel welcome here at Girlfriendology. ALL WOMEN. That means you’re welcome here whether we vote, worship, dress or think alike – or not. You don’t have to be born in a certain decade, have reached a level of school or corporate office, or even live all in the U.S. ALL WOMEN need female friends. ALL WOMEN are welcome here.

So, why is this a “Christmas Disclaimer?’ We’re very conscientious that not all women celebrate Christmas. Some celebrate Hanukkah, others enjoy Kwanza or winter festivities. Some choose not to acknowledge any formal holiday around this time. That’s great. ALL WOMEN are welcome here. We just want to be authentic.

In my home (Debba here), we celebrate Christmas and I can’t make this holiday generic all the time – sometimes it is what it is, in this case, Christmas to me. Judi (our fabulous ‘Chief of Insanely Brilliant Ideas’) celebrates Hanukkah (and is our resident expert that there are ‘no good Hanukkah’ songs out there to share on Girlfriendology!). We have friends who are atheist or agnostic, pagan, who were raised Catholic or Protestant, and the majority that we don’t even know their beliefs. Every woman is welcome here!

Again, ALL WOMEN are welcome here. But we ask that you give us grace if I say ‘Christmas’ – it isn’t to imply that you need to celebrate or worship in any certain way. So, Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Joyous Kwanza! and Happy Winter! Any ‘excuse’ to celebrate and show our friends how much we care about this is okay with us! Or even just expressing our girlfriend gratitude regardless of a date/holiday … glad we have our girlfriends every day of the year!

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Girlfriend Advice: DIY Home Decor for the Holidays

Girlfriendology quote, be grateful, friendship quoteBe grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need.
Sarah Ban Breathnach

Happy Home and Happy Holiday Girlfriends! Are you having fun decorating your home for the holidays? If no, or just for some additional girlfriend inspiration, here’s some home decor girlfriend advice for the holidays. Have fun and friend-filled holiday Girlfriend!

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Holiday Decorating Guide

From the Editors of Home Rehab Online

Tired of the same old holiday decorations? Mix it up this year. A color scheme of ice white, silver and blue tones blend together for a fanciful sparkle. And creative ideas give old items like ornaments new life. By layering different shades and adding accents beyond the tree, you’ll create a look with an elegant touch. Here’s how to get the look:

Frame Your Wreaths
Choose a mirror or frame that has a contemporary color to upgrade this decoration to a true piece of art. Plus, it’s a perfect way to work around your existing décor.

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Look for Basic Shapes
Let the shapes of Christmas inspire you. Simple cylinders, circles and stars all represent the season’s silhouette, and can be embellished with lots of sparkle or bright colors for big impact.

Cohesive Colors
The color scheme you choose reflects your personality as much as the style of ornaments. Pick nontraditional shapes, or mix in items that remind you of meaningful moments.

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Get Creative with Gift Wrap
An easy way to pull double duty when gift-giving is to attach an ornament to the box. Pair it with matching gift wrap, secure with ribbon — and see how the gift of lasting memories is truly tied up with a bow!

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Expert Wreath Lighting Tips
There are plenty of wreaths already equipped with lights, but if you want to do it yourself, keep the wreath’s size in mind. Use a piece of string to wrap around the wreath for a rough estimate. And make sure to keep in mind the extra length you’ll need to reach the outlet.

Take Ornaments Beyond the Tree
Christmas ornaments aren’t just for the tree. Fill a decorative bowl with colorful balls to make a pretty centerpiece. Keep the container’s color neutral so that the ornaments truly shine. And feel free to mix it up! Traditional single-hue ornaments get extra attention when they’re paired with others that use stripes or unusual shapes. Paint faux branches and berries in complementary colors for an easy way to bring it all together.

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Spend Time with your Girlfriends during the Holidays | Jacqueline Cromwell

Friendship-Girlfriendology-Guide-to-Holiday-Girlfriend-Advice free ebookSure it’s the ‘hectic holidays’ but did you know that spending time with your girlfriends REDUCES your stress level. You actually NEED to spend time with friends – during the holidays and throughout the year.

Thankfully we’ve got some great girlfriend advice on how to spend time with our friends over the holidays – thanks to girlfriend JACQUELINE CROMWELL.

The following fab girlfriend advice is from our FREE eBook – The Girlfriendology Guide to Holiday Girlfriend Advice. (Did you get yours yet? Plus, share it with friends – it’s FREE!)

Spend Time with your Friends at the Holidays

Ok, first off let us admit the truth. The holidays, while absolutely wonderful, can be extremely stressful. And when life is crazy and stressful is also when we need to spend time without girlfriends the most! But it seems this is the time of year when we see our girlfriends the least because the last thing we need is one more obligation or event to prepare for. Well, girlfriend time during the holidays doesn’t have to be stressful or just another time obligation on your plate. It can be a time of respite, productivity and joy!

I like to start off the season with a fun and relaxed girls’ lunch out! And to many of us, the start of the Christmas/Hanukkah is Black Friday. I admit that I am one of the crazy people who goes out on Black Friday but I am not there when the stores open. Honestly, I have no interest in shopping with friends on Black Friday because I have a list and I am on a mission. But I still want to have some girl time!

So last year my girlfriend Sue and I decided to start meeting for lunch on Black Friday! I know, you think the restaurants would be crazy but not necessarily. If you go into a place like Chevys, for example, at 11:30 they are just about empty! And this isn’t just for the girls who are out shopping! Anyone who wants to take a break from the cleaning, decorating, escape the football or needs to vent about their family Thanksgiving can enjoy a girls’ lunch! I am keeping it super stress free by making a Facebook event and opening it to everyone. If they want to come they just show up! How stress free is that?

Another great girlfriend activity is craft night! Christmas and Hanukkah have tons of little projects and jobs that need to get done but it doesn’t have to be boring! About seven years ago my girlfriends and I started having a roving craft night and no other months are as needed in my life as November and December!

How it works is that whoever hosts just provides some place to work and drinks. Then as the attender, you bring a snack to share. Some of the most popular are M&M’s, crackers and canned chocolate frosting with mini pretzels. You also bring what ever project you have that you are working on. I have addressed Christmas cards, wrapped gifts or organized my coupons. We schedule it after dinner and it usually just lasts about three hours. Always fun and always laid back!

Want something a little more festive? A party perhaps? Then consider a soup and salad potluck dinner! This is a laid back menu that allows you to indulge in dessert, which is most women’s favorite;). 1 person can make or buy soup, another a bagged salads with some extras to go into it, then another brings a great bread, then 2 bring dessert! The hostess provides the drinks and a place to enjoy. You can even do a fun and low key ornament exchange. My friends and I all buy clearance ornaments after Christmas in order to have super cute ones for the next year’s exchanges (and so we don’t have to go to shop for them).

Remember this holiday season that there are many easy and stress free ways to have quality girlfriend time. So go enjoy the season, your family and your girlfriends!!!

Jacqueline Cromwell is just a nerdy mom who has many weird a diverse interests! I stay busy homeschooling my four kids, writing my three blogs and being a social media consultant! My life philosophy is that I feel that anyone can do anything they want to learn to do. I enjoy sharing my opinions and equipping other do things like save money, school their children and cook! You can find her at The NerdFamily Blog, NerdFamily Food, NerdFamily Things.

For more great Holiday Girlfriend Advice check out our FREE eBook The Girlfriendology Guide to Holiday Girlfriend Advice. THANKS Jacqueline – and have a HAPPY HOLIDAY Girlfriends!

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13 Best Holiday Party Shoes – Girlfriend Recommended!

Give a girl the right shoes quoteGive a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.
Marilyn Monroe

There’s just something we women love about our shoes! We love to buy them, show them off, feel special when we’re in them. (They are the next-best accessory to a BFF!)

At the Holidays (and for the coming New Year’s Eve) we’ve got our girlfriend recommendations for 14 favorite footwear party shoes we’d buy ourselves and our girlfriends! Happy Shoe Shopping Girlfriends! Enjoy!

Star-of-the-Party Platforms

party platformsALDO Celadonia – Be Ms. Sparkle Toes at your Holiday party in these multi-metallic evening platform sandals! You’ll be the envy of every shoe-loving girlfriend at your holiday parties!

Verla Rhinestone Stud Strap Back Zipper High Heels - Can’t believe these fabulous shoes are only $26.50! They come in Silver or Penny and look like the heel is high enough – but not too high!

Frederick’s of Hollywood Glitter T-Strap Sandal – Now we’re talking! GLITTER and a T-strap?! Oh yea! Love these! They come in Gold, Silver or Black Glitter and only $19.99!!

Pretty Party Platforms …Pretty party platform shoes

Frederick’s of Hollywood Isla Rhinestone Sandal – Love this cross-over strap and rhinestone ‘bejeweled’ look! Isn’t the red, gorgeous? Comes in anything-but-basic black too and only $21.99 – might need to get both colors!

Kvoll Women’s Open Toes Studded Imitated Rhinestones Platform with Zircon – Zircon, if you’re like me and didn’t know!, is Frosted Leather. Embellish that with Rhinestones and you’ve got amazing Gold, Silver or Black Platform Pumps. (And they can show off your holiday pedicure!) At 50% off, they’re a deal at $39.99!

Eternity Metallic Glitter Rhinestone Stud Dress Peep Toe Stiletto High Heels – Super stylish, these rhinestone shoes are the perfect footwear for a perfect evening. In beige and silver, they promise a sparkling evening! (Regularly $75, they’re 30% off at $44.50!)

Joy Dress Pump Rhinestone Crystal Back Heel Open Toes – Love this! If you’re brave enough to wear a platform, then you’re definitely one to tame these leopard-print, rhinestone dance shoes! (They also come in Silver and Black.) Just $24.50!

Perfect Party Pumps!

Perfect Party PumpsMenbur Classically Elegant Dress Shoes – Take the height down a notch, but not the style! Love these bow-embellished, satin and rhinestone mid-high ‘classically elegant’ shoes.

J.Renee Women’s Bloom Pump – Two-tone (in four color options), these mid-heels are elegant and cover your winter toes for whatever party and transport weather!

J.Renee Women’s Trudi Pump – Another classy mid-heel alternative. (We girls like options, right?! Well, we’re trying to cover all the heels for party shoes!) More options? This comes in six color options including the pewter metallic shoes shown!

fashionable party-ready flat shoesFashionable Flats – Elegant & Party-Ready!

BETSY Women’s Ballerina Lace Flat – Not UP to a HIGH heel? This lovely lace ballerina flat is still glamorous and comfy! 50% off, it’s only $34.99! Comes in beige and black. (Or carry this along in your purse for later in the evening when your feet are ready for a rest!)

Coutura Lace & Satin Flats – Love this lavender, lace and satin flat! Elegant and easy on the feet, they’ll make it a wonderful event! 54% off, it’s only $39.50!

New Women’s Dark Green Elegant Low Heel Dressy Shoes – Love the gold chain and heel! What this shoes lacks in height, it makes up for in style! Dark Green, these $19.99 shoes will be the hit of the party!

What’s YOUR favorite shoes to wear to winter, holiday parties? Where do you buy your party shoes?

By the way, we LOVE guest blogs here at Girlfriendology. Have a great girlfriend story to tell? Want to celebrate your fabulous female friends? SHARE! (And, we also have Girlfriend Gurus – check that out to be featured on Girlfriendology!) SIGN UP for our weekly newsletter and get our FREE eBook ‘30 Days / 30 Ways to Be a Better Friend- check it out! Don’t forget to make your girlfriends feel special with perfect birthday gifts for women! Follow Me on Pinterest More to check out – Facebook.com/Girlfriendology and Twitter/@Girlfriendology where we’re connecting with over 60,000 women (we block guys!) and Pinterest.com/Girlfriendology where we share visual inspiration and great quotes. More Girlfriend Friendship Quotes & did you see our INFOGRAPHIC on ‘What Women Want‘?

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Having a Happy Holidays without a +1 | Girlfriend Advice for the Holidays

friendship michelle maskalyHoliday Parties, Family Gatherings, New Year’s Eve – lots of pressure to have a +1 (Date/Partner/Boyfriend) for the holidays. But what do you do if you’re single and solo?

The following fab girlfriend advice is from our FREE eBook – The Girlfriendology Guide to Holiday Girlfriend Advice. (Did you get yours yet? Plus, share it with friends – it’s FREE!)

Practical Tips for Surviving the Holidays Without a +1

By Michelle Maskaly, The Adirondack Chick

Being single during the holidays can be stressful. There are a ton of family gatherings, romantic jewelry commercials and the overly-hyped New Years kiss.

Here are some tips for surviving the holiday minus a “plus 1″ and without emptying your entire wine cabinet.

Manage Your Own Expectations

It’s easy to get caught up in all the hype. Before the first invitation for the first holiday party of the season even arrives, take a step back from the situation and be realistic. The likelihood of meeting someone you truly want to date between now and New Years is not a wager I’d want to make during my next trip to Las Vegas. Give yourself some positive reinforcement that you will meet the right person, but that it doesn’t have to be by the time the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31st.

Be Prepared

You already know your Grandmother is going to ask in the middle of a family dinner where your boyfriend is, why you’re not married yet or when she is going to be a great-grandmother. Instead of it triggering a downward spiral that ruins your night, go into the family gathering knowing she is going to ask it. Have a creative one-liner prepared that makes it clear being single is your decision. Reply to her inquiry, and then move on to a different subject, adding there are more important things going on in the world than your love life.

Know Your Limits

Just because you get invited to an event doesn’t mean you have to attend. If you know your friend from high school’s party is going to be filled with couples and it’s going to make you feel miserable being there, politely decline the initiation. Putting yourself in a situation where just thinking about it makes you nauseous will just set you up for failure. Your time is too valuable to be doing something that’s not fun.

Be Selective

Easier said than done, but surround yourself with friends and family who you are 100 percent comfortable with and make you feel good. When you have others around you who are not obsessed with romanticizing the holidays, or always talking about their latest random romp in sack, it’s easier enjoy the holidays and have fun without worrying about whose hand you’re holding in line to go skating at Rockefeller Center.

Friendship Girlfriendology Guide to Holiday Girlfriend AdviceMichelle Maskaly is an East Coast-based social media consultant, freelance journalist and lifestyle writer. She is the author of the food, travel and single girl lifestyle website, The Adirondack Chick and the pet lifestyle website, My Tail Hurts From Wagging So Much. Check her out on Facebook: Michelle Maskaly, The Adirondack Chick Twitter: @mmaskaly and @theadkchick

What girlfriend advice do you have for the holidays? How do you handle all the holiday parties as a single or double?

For more great Holiday Girlfriend Advice check out our FREE eBook The Girlfriendology Guide to Holiday Girlfriend Advice. THANKS Michelle – and have a HAPPY HOLIDAY Girlfriends!

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Girlfriend Gratitude – Share your Gratitude with a Friend

Girlfriendology quote happiness quote“Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it.”
Albert Schweitzer

Thankful for something? Don’t keep it to yourself!

Get ready to amp up your happiness quotient girlfriend. The next time you have something, anything, to be thankful for – a terrific day at work, a great burn at the gym, a fabulous new pair of shoes – share your joy with a friend and multiply the magic.

It’s that simple.

We’ve focused on the positive power you will experience by keeping a daily gratitude journal. Thus week, we’re going to share a simple secret on making those moments of gratitude you’re discovering even more powerful. We’ll also share a few simple ways to put this positive power into practice.

By keeping a gratitude journal, you’re already halfway there in multiplying those good feelings. The next step is to take those gratitude gems and let someone else in on your joy. This simple act will take full advantage of your positive experience, and will create a positive experience for someone else!

Why share your joy? Studies have shown that on average, we have three times more positive experiences than negative ones in our daily lives. But we also share some very human biases toward negativity and habituation. Negativism is a tendency to give more weight to our negative experiences. Habituation means is getting so used to good feelings that they become habit – routine and largely unnoticed. Both of these can keep us from extending our good feelings to others.

Modesty can also make us reluctant to share our good news. We don’t like to boast or show off. We can even feel a little guilty that, in simple ways, we’re doing better than others. Bonding over bad experiences like work or traffic or relationships seems easier and even friendlier. Don’t go there. It’s true that misery loves company. Well, joy and happiness positively delight in good company. It makes you, and those around you, feel better about yourselves. Want to increase that positive power? Support others joy by encouraging them to share their happiness with you!

It will make you a better person.

While the objectives of keeping a gratitude journal include drawing attention to and focus on the positives and experiences in out lives, sharing those experiences increases the effect beyond feeling it or writing it down. Happiness grows in sharing.

Here are a few simple ways to share your story.
1. Phone a friend. You can do that anywhere, any time. If you get voicemail, leave an enthusiastic message.
2. Go to lunch. Seeing the genuine happiness on your friend’s face when you tell her the good news is priceless.
3. Socialize your happiness through social media. Twitter, FaceBook and even Pintarest are all wonderful ways to share your positive energy.

Remember that gratitude makes us optimistic. It decreases envy and materialism. Sharing your joy is not bragging or boasting; it positively affects the people you share with.

So talk with those close to you. Let them in on your happiness. The positive results are immediate – like right-this-minute immediate. Describing our happy experiences to friends and romantic partners will support your well-being, increase your satisfaction with life and even up your energy. Try sharing with people you know, people who are closest to you; they’re more likely to cheer you on and encourage you. The idea is that when sharing a positive experience – select a supportive listener,

Virginia Woolf once wrote “Pleasure has no relish unless we share it.”

So this week, let a few of your closest girlfriends in on the things that are making your day brighter. They’ll be more than happy to listen, and will be likely to share their happiness with you.

Have a thankful week girlfriends!

Let’s make this year filled with friends and gratitude. Sounds like the winning combination for a wonderful new year!

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Fitness, Friends & Fitbit – Making a Change for Good

Friends-fitness-fitbit“If you keep doing, what you’ve been doing – you’ll keep getting what you’ve been getting.”

Ever heard that quote? My workout girlfriend Lisa and I were talking about that on our spin bikes last week. Frustrated with working out and not seeing the results we’d like, we talked about how we have to make a change in our fitness habits. I immediately drove to Walmart and picked up the Fitbit activity tracker. (They sponsored this post but, as always, we only share what we’d honestly tell our girlfriends. I actually have wanted to buy one for a long time!)

I don’t want to ‘keep doing what I’ve been doing,’ I want to step it up and see some results. So, this Fitbit will help me track my progress (exercise, calories and even sleep!) and give me motivation as well as information on how I’m doing. It is totally something I know other girlfriends want to know about too, so here’s the scoop:

1. You buy it at the Electronics counter. The associate who got it for me, was very helpful in helping me explore my options. I opted for the Fitbit Flex wristband over the Fitbit Zip (which can be placed on your bra or clothing). I have girlfriends who have both versions and love them each – it just depends on your personal preference.

fitbit orange2. You can accessorize! I couldn’t help myself, I also had to buy the accessory pack of three colors – teal, tangerine and navy. Because you know Orange is our signature color here at Girlfriendology! It’s very quick and easy to slip the tracker into any color bracelet.

3. It goes where you go – even in the shower! I love that the Fitbit is waterproof. It’s also very comfortable and light. (I used to have a similar version by another manufacturer – it was a bit clunky and not waterproof.) Plus, I don’t have to worry about sweating at the gym and possibly ruining it!

Fitbit-colors4. It tracks your life (in a good way!) - I love tracking my steps, and the sense of accomplishment for hitting activity goals. But it does way more than that. It also can track your food (through the app and online), your water intake (I know I need to work on this! Any good ‘tricks’ to make you drink more water? Share in the comments below!), and even your sleep patterns. (I also used to do this through an app on my phone but I’m sure the Fitbit would be much more accurate. It is very interesting to see how your sleep differs from night to night and learn how to get into better sleep habits.) The Fitbit can even gently wake you in the mornings by vibrating on your wrist (so you might not have to disturb anyone else). 

setup a fitbit5. It’s easy to set-up – You know how you love something, can’t wait to try it, but the set-up is a pain?! Fitbit makes it very easy to get started. Inside the box is info on the website to go to. Connect the small USB connector, plug it in to charge it – and you’re ready to go!

One of my fave quotes from Wicked is … because I knew you. I have been changed for good. Because I have friends like Lisa who motivate me to workout (and, in this case, to shop!), because I have a new Fitbit to help me monitor my fitness/sleep/progress, because I have been inspired to ‘quit doing what I’ve been doing,’ I think the Fitbit will definitely be a change for good!

Do you use a Fitbit? Any advice? Stories?

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5 Ways Girlfriends are like Yoga Pants

Girlfriends are like yoga pantsYou know how they say, ‘it must have been a man who designed high heels’ (and uncomfortable bras)? Well, I have no doubt that it was a woman who created yoga pants. Maybe it’s because girlfriends are a lot like yoga pants!

1. Easy – As I write this on a Sunday Morning, I’m hearing Lionel Richie sing (in my mind): ‘Easy like Sunday Morning.’ What am I wearing? Yoga pants. They’re the first thing I reach for when I get up and start a busy morning. They’re what I grab when I’m about to shower and need to throw on something as I decide what I’m going wear or get ready. Yoga pants. They’re easy. Like a friend who’s there for you in any situation, who’s your ‘go-to’ person to laugh, share or cry with.

2. Comfortable – It’s fun to dress up and go nice places. It’s awesome to accessorize, to be in style, to create our own sense of fashion. It’s also great to meet new people and ‘get out of our comfort zone.’ But there is something great about being happy just where you are, with the wonderful women who make you feel comfortable and loved. My favorite girlfriends make me feel comfortable in life and any situation. I love that about them. (and my yoga pants!)

3. Exercise Buddy – I’ve seen the funny pins on Pinterest that say ‘My yoga pants have never been to yoga.’ Yes, that’s true for a lot of us. But my yoga pants make me want to go workout with my girlfriends. Like girlfriends, they allow me to stretch and better myself. They’re not ‘too thin’ (like the designer yoga pants who exposed a little too much!) – they’re durable and trustworthy when you have to stretch yourself in new ways!

4. Good for Lots of Situations – Yoga pants under a big sweater with a pair of flat black boots – that’s good for a lot of outings. Under my pirate costume for Halloween – yoga pants. Over my workout pants on a chilly morning headed to the gym – yoga pants. Just like a girlfriend who you can go with you to a fancy dinner or come over for coffee, yoga pants and girlfriends are great for all kinds of situations and events!

5. Something to Look Forward to – I love my yoga pants time, just like I love time with my girlfriends. It’s a time when I can be comfortable, relaxed, myself. No painful heels or need to accessorize, it’s just like seeing my BFFs – yoga pants time is when I’m content, thankful and happy.

Aside from my Girlfriends, my inspiration for this yoga pants post, was a shopping trip to Walmart yesterday to stock up on some yoga pants. (Thanks for sponsoring this post, and yes, as always, we only share what we’d honestly share with a girlfriend.) My fave find there – Danskin 2-packs of yoga pants. (I like to think they did that intentionally. One for you, and one for a friend!)

How do your friends remind you of yoga pants?