Link Love Weekend Sendoff, November 21st

Happy Friday! Check out all the health, wellness and beauty happenings from around the web this week:

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How To Get Runway Brows via TheBeautyDepartment.com

A Pair of Tights That Will Never Run via Refinery29.com

Tips for Restoring Dry, Damaged Hair via BuzzFeed.com

Transform Your Skin with Sheet Masks via LuckyMag.com

Reverse Signs of Aging with These Ingredients via TruthInAging.com

How to Run Your First 5K via Shape.com

Friday Favorites: A Sparkly Nail Polish & More

A glitter-filled nail polish and a delightful perfume are a few of our Friday Favorites this week! See what else we’re loving, below:collage

Clockwise From Left: Melon Daiquiri Shampoo, Bubble Bath, and Body Wash available at Philosophy.com, Capelli of New York Metallic Cheetah Print Infinity Scarf available at Nordstrom.com, Nail Polish – Superstar available at DeborahLippmann.com, Mini iPad Folio Hardcase Glitter Bug – Rose Gold available at KateSpade.com, Bobbi Brown ‘Warm Glow’ Eye Palette available at LordandTaylor.com, Jimmy Choo ‘Stars’ Eau De Parfum available at Ulta.com

Leah Gay is the Editorial Intern of Spa Week Daily. 

Five Ways to Stay Happy This Winter

Don’t let the winter blues bring you down! Here are five easy ways to stay happy during the holiday season.

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It may be hard to imagine, but December isn’t always “the most wonderful time of the year.” For some of us, darker days, hectic travels and family feuds can make the holiday season sufficiently stressful. And then there are those who find themselves forced to spend the holidays alone—turning a family-oriented occasion into a season of sadness.

So how do we keep our spirits up when the winter blues threaten to bring us down? Here are five easy ways to boost your happiness barometer during the depths of winter.

Take a Morning Walk

Besides being a great way to get exercise, going for a morning walk is a wonderful way to raise your spirits and take full advantage of the season’s shorter days. We guarantee that soaking up the soft winter light will get your day off to a good start.

Ditch The Holiday Crowds

There’s nothing more detrimental to your mood than dealing with the mobs at your local department store. If possible, avoid doing your holiday shopping on the weekends prior to Christmas. Shopping online is an easy way to escape the holiday crowds and score some serious bargains while you’re at it!

Give Back

With the commercialization of Christmas, it can be easy to forget that the holidays aren’t about getting gifts—they’re really about giving back. Helping others who are less fortunate will not only make you feel better than any gift you might receive, but it will also give you a more positive perspective on your own situation.

Drink Less

Packed with holiday parties, the month of December can often become a blur of booze and its unpleasant after effects. Practice moderation when enjoying the pre-Christmas festivities. Match your alcohol intake with the equivalent amount of water to prevent that hangover haze.

Enjoy The Indoors

When winter does her worst, enjoy the indoor comforts of the pre-Christmas season.  A warm fireplace, delicious baked goods and an evening of board games with friends will fill your heart with happy holiday cheer.

Elle Fure is the Editorial Director of Spa Week Daily. 

Workout Wednesday: Zen Strength

This Workout Wednesday, our aches and pains were relieved during a restorative Zen Strength class.

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Typically we try out the roughest, toughest workouts each Wednesday, but after channeling our zen at CLAY Health Club + Spa this week, we discovered that there’s certainly something to be said about a more laid back sweat session.

CLAY’s Zen Strength class seamlessly blends yoga, Pilates and strength training to create a unique fitness experience. The workout, suitable for all ages and experience levels, is effective in opening up and lengthening the body, relieving tight joints and stiff muscles that are common during the colder months.

Aside from some seriously powerful stretches, what sets this class apart from the rest is the focus on alignment, which is a hallmark of Iyengar Yoga. Using a foam roller, your balance is put to the test, and your core is forced to compensate for the lack of stability.

While you won’t walk out of this class dripping sweat, you will leave feeling energized and rejuvenated. Muscles like your abs, arms and thighs definitely feel the burn, but the restorative effects are truly what make this class worth trying.

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily. 

Get Into The Holiday Spirit With NYT Bestseller Nancy Thayer

New York Times Best-Selling Author Nancy Thayer joins us for a live Facebook chat at 2pm EST tomorrow.  Here’s how to participate and win!

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Here at Spa Week, we believe it’s never too early to get into the holiday spirit. So when world renowned author Nancy Thayer let us feature her new holiday novel, An Island Christmas, for our November Book Club, we couldn’t have been more thrilled. Filled with the quintessential chaos of family affairs, Nancy’s heartwarming holiday tale is the perfect companion to cozy up with this pre-Christmas season.

If you’re already a fan of Nancy’s Nantucket-based novels, listen up! Tomorrow (11/20) at 2PM EST we’ll be chatting live with Nancy Thayer on our Facebook page. This is your chance to ask Nancy any question under the sun, get the inside scoop on the latest installment in her celebrated Nantucket series AND win your very own signed copy of An Island Christmas. Simply sign in to Facebook at 2PM and ask Nancy a question for your chance to win one of five signed editions. Can’t wait that long? In the meantime, curl up under the covers with a preview of Nancy Thayer’s page-turning winter tale here.

Happy Holiday Reading!

Elle Fure is the Editorial Director of Spa Week Daily.