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New Year’s Party Fashion

One shoulderNew Year's Eve parties: We all love them, but a lot of times we can't figure out what to wear to them. It's never fun to be the only one in a gown when everyone else is wearing cocktail dresses, but then again it's not great to be wearing jeans when everyone else has on dress pants. How do we decipher what to wear? Better yet, once we do, what's in this year? Fear not, I have the answers to all your New Year's Eve party questions right here!

When it comes to determining what's appropriate, first, start with your invitation. If this was a verbal invitation from a friend to a get-together, ask them what they're wearing. Word-of-mouth invitations are usually low-key events, but just to be safe always ask your invitee for a little guidance. If this is a Facebook event, send them a direct message about the party, or try to determine based on the event description's wording what's appropriate to wear.

For example, if the picture for the event is a guy doing a keg-stand, it's pretty safe to say that jeans and a nice sweater will be A-OK. If the wording reads something along the lines of you being "cordially invited" to the gala of the year, consider something a little more formal.

Finally, if you received a hard copy invitation in the mail, consider this an occasion to dress up. Physical invitations are a rarity today, so if the invitee took the time to use them, I would consider this to be a more formal event. When in doubt, ask other guests what they're wearing or suggest what you might wear and gauge a response.


CATEGORIES: Fashion, Holiday

Kelly’s New Year’s Resolutions

Editor's note: This week we'll be featuring New Year's Resolution-related content to prepare for 2012. Please feel free to share your New Year's resolutions on any post or submit them to me via email. We'd love to hear from you!

1311. Add at least one strength training session a week. Also, learn about strength training so I don't kill myself or embarrass myself even further at the gym.

2. Cut back on diet soda (one of my biggest vices). I drink an absurd amount of it, as it is one of my favorite things on the planet. However, while it is a terribly unhealthy habit, it is unrealistic for me to pretend that I will completely quit it. Therefore, I resolve to significantly cut back on my diet soda consumption.

3. Try to cook one new thing a month.

4. Read one non-school related book a month for pure entertainment.

5. Learn how to relax more and stop stressing and worrying so much. And have even more fun.

What are you resolving to accomplish in 2012?

Find more on resolutions here.

CATEGORIES: Resolutions

Jeff’s New Year’s Resolution

New Year's Resolutions have never really been a concern of mine. As a matter of fact, I don't know that I've ever even had one. (I'm probably in the minority. Have you ever gone to a gym the first week of January?)

I just never got the point. I mean, if you want to be a better person or you want to get in better shape, why wait for the entire year to pass?

Another thing – out of all the people that have New Year's Resolutions, how many stick to it? (Back to the gym example – by Feb. 1, the crowds all but disappear)

I'm all about goals, but New Year's Resolutions have always seemed fake to me. But you know, things change (Hell, I got married in 2011!).


CATEGORIES: Resolutions

2012 New Year’s Resolutions

Fullscreen capture 12242011 81334 AMThis week we’ll be featuring New Year’s Resolution-related content to prepare for 2012. Please feel free to share your New Year’s resolutions on any post or submit them to me via email. We’d love to hear from you!

Not to toot my own horn, but I’ve never been good at this stuff. I am still so amazed at what I unintentionally accomplished this year: quitting smoking and starting running.

It appears I haven’t done much to share my resolutions until the past few years – in fact, only last year and then one time four years before that. So, perhaps accountability is part of the game? For kicks, here’s what I’ve resolved in the past:

2006   2007 (and an update!)   2011 (and a look back)

A funny thing happened when I started running this year. Not only did I completely eliminate cigarettes, but my overall time management improved. Suddenly, not only was I ekeing out deadlines, I was beating them. I was writing more and was less frequently late to things (sorry, day job, can’t be perfect). This really instilled a neat confidence in me: I could actually accomplish the things I wanted to! I almost got a bit ahead of myself. I really wanted to do NaNoWriMo this year, but fortunately, I thought it through and realized I had way too much going on. (NaNoWriMo remains on the Life List).


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Out with Sara: Bars are busy on Christmas

While it’s no Thanksgiving Eve, Christmastime can be bustling for the bar scene. Like the holiday that comes before it, it’s a time for old friends, family and flames to reunite over a tall, cold one.

However, many businesses choose to close for the holiday, allowing staff and managers to spend time at home with their families. For several years now, I’ve provided a list of bars and restaurants that are open for business on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The fun starts Friday night with Level 2’s annual Mad Elf Party. The night features two DJs on four turntables, including DJ Sat-One out of Philadelphia and L.A.’s Mr. Best. Troegs Brewing Company’s holiday beer, Mad Elf, is the drink of choice for the evening, available for $5 per bottle from 8 p.m. to midnight. There’s no cover charge.


Weekend Roundup 12/22

Me & my sis last year at ChristmasLast night, we had a great showing at the holiday #hbgtweetup. If you’re never joined us before, consider making a New Year’s resolution to get out to see us every third Wednesday of the month at the Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company. Poor Tierney was the only one to sport a holiday “ugly sweater” last night, but she did so in style.

My sister comes into town tomorrow. We’re kicking off the holiday with mani/pedis with our mom at Polished, followed by a showing of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I’m still racing to finish the book by then.

While you’ll see a shortage of events as we near the holiday this weekend, if you want to get out, be sure to see my post on which bars are open for Christmas Eve and Day. A more detailed version appears in this week’s Out with Sara column in The Patriot-News.

I wish you and your families a wonderful holiday!

Be sure to visit the site next week where we’ll prep you for the new year: resolutions, hangover tips and more!



Kris Kringle 5 Mile Race

PhotoSo many races have become huge events, making it easy to lose sight as to why you are there in the first place.

It's not about the fancy technical tee, the flashy medal, the disposable chip attached to your shoe or the professional photographs that will surface in a few days via an email notification that contains many exclamation points and advertisements of you as a wallet cutout or perhaps a $30 10×14 of you looking like you're about to die (to display in the living room?).

It's about the actual run and surrounding yourself with other people who share your passion.

The Kris Kringle 5 Mile Race this past Sunday embraced the simplicity that so many races seem to lack these days. Don’t get me wrong, I love having a collection of medals that I can wear around my house when I need an ego boost. And, while chip timing is a great asset, none of us are professional athletes, so an extra 10 seconds to your finish time isn't the end of the world. It just means you have to work that much harder during your race.



Open for Christmas

I'm covering this in my Patriot-News column this Friday with a bit more detail, so be sure to check that out. In the meantime, here is a list of the bars that are open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year (will update as I get more info).

Click through for the list:


CATEGORIES: Harrisburg, Sara Bozich

2011: The Year in (my) Music

stole this image from the internet. image from cdn.pastemagazine.comAs 2011 winds down, basically every music publication and every blog will be running their own versions of a "Best Albums of the Year" list. Outside of the hipster "we're too cool for your music" posts, it seems widely agreed upon that Adele's 21, Lady Gaga's Born This Way, and Jay Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne were among the top albums of the year.

I listen to enough radio and read enough Rolling Stone to talk about those albums, but instead of regurgitating the same list as everyone else with a keyboard and a blog outlet, I'm going to talk about the albums I bought in 2011.

Although my iPod and its nearly 7,000 song library (I hear more stuff I've never heard on my own iPod than the radio these days) is never out of reach, I am a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to purchasing music. No matter how convenient iTunes may be, there's something about sitting in the parking lot cursing at a shrink-wrapped jewel case that I can't quite open that still keeps me driving to Best Buy on Tuesdays to buy whatever new release is on my radar.



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