Shopgirl: Wine Not enjoy a wine tasting after holidays

Whole Foods Market will have their Wine Not It’s Friday events on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, the perfect way to cure your holiday hangover or just continue celebrating.

 

These wine tastings are a great way to utilize the expertise of the Whole Foods staff as they pick five wines to highlight each week.

All you have to do is pay $5 at customer service to get a tasting of each wine, and the staff will explain what makes each one special. Of course, each wine is available at Whole Foods, and I’m sure you’ll want to bring home one or all.

Find out more on Facebook at Whole Foods Market Augusta.

 

WHAT’S NEW: This time of year can be festive and bright, but for some it brings along a season of depression or anxiety – whether that’s finance-related or from missing loved ones or whatever, it’s OK to be down during “the most wonderful time of the year.”

I love a new app I found, Koko, which uses MIT-tested crowdsourcing psychology theory to take anxieties and rethink them into a more positive bent. Everything is anonymous, and you just write what’s bugging you or what’s getting you down, and strangers reply with alternate ways to look at the situation, with no judging and no fix-it mentality allowed.

People write about everything from relationship frustrations to money woes, and it’s really inspiring to see the kind and creative encouragements left by strangers. I think it helps to vent about what’s on your mind and to reply to other people’s posts. Check it out in the App Store.

WHAT’S AFFORDABLE: Bags are all about structure right now, and although the big names like Hermès and Céline do structured oh so well, you don’t have to break the bank to get that sleek look.

Clove and Revel has a circular black bag that looks a little like a cosmetic case (in a good way!) for $178. Charles & Keith have a funky metal frame bucket bag that looks like something that would be the child of the Edwardian Period and ’60s Mod, and it’s only $66. I love this one because it’s a rich red color with gold accents that would add a pop of color and shine to even the most basic outfit.

 

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