Greetings & Happy Holidays!
2012 is almost at a close, and it has been a joy providing you our readers and supporters with the best knowledge we here at Senses Lifestyle have to offer to make your quality of living that much more diverse and meaningful. This month we’ve included a variety of content including a couple of interesting perspectives on Taste and Touch this holiday season. While this time of year is a joyous period of celebration for some it can come with negative connotations and habits. Taelor Cage explores the question of whether our respective indulgences are furthered as alternative methods to avoid stress through Over Indulging or Just Improvising and shows you how to turn those same vices into positive actions. For those men who find themselves in an emotional thicket when it comes down to holiday shopping and keeping your lover, Danielle White delivers her ideas in Holiday Gift Ideas To Keep Her to buying the right gift and attaining an even greater return. Looking for the right sweater or jacket to give your family member who’s closet is full of prior season garments? Take a look at Staying Warm for the Holiday Season for stylish suggestions from Khorry Lewis and it doesn’t hurt to create the perfect 1, 2 gift combination with a new, urban look this Winter! And if you’re looking for a new artist to tune your ears to while you trim your tree, Khorry invites you to take a listen to Daley, The British Heart Throb. We’ve also chosen emerging fashion brand 2wenty5eight clothing as our Fashion Spotlight this season that will have you wearing the dream that you believe in! Should you be looking for that new, inspirational piece of literature to launch you into the new year, we recommend viewing our 6th Sense of Quality interview as Senses Lifestyle sits down with 2012 NAACP Image Award recipient and poet, James B. Golden to talk about his brand new book The Inside Of An Orange.
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A Quality Moment With The Editor
TASTE: Over Indulging Or Just Improvising
TOUCH: Holiday Gift Ideas To Keep Her
SIGHT: Staying Warm for the Holiday Season
HEAR: Daley, The British Heart Throb
SMELL: Bleu De Chanel: The Provocative Stocking Stuffer
S_L Recipes: Get In The Game With BlkHrtAffair: Maple Thyme Whiskey Wings
6th Sense Of Quality: James B. Golden
Fashion Spotlight: 2wenty5eight
COVER – Photograph by R.SEE Photography
Edited by Johnathan Moreno
TOUCH: Holiday Gift Ideas To Keep Her
Many men feel the pressure of the holiday season to buy a gift for the special lady in their life. Whether you just started dating or have been in a relationship for a while, it can be a stressful occasion deciding what to give. The pressure can be so bad, that some men have even gone so far as to break up with their woman to avoid having to buy a gift. November to January is rated one of the highest breakup times besides Spring Break, why? Studies suggest that the two primary reasons for a man calling it off around the holidays is because; One: He simply doesn’t see a future with who he’s dating or Two: He can’t afford to buy a gift. Makes sense to me! wWhy spend the holidays with someone’s family, spend your hard earned money, and put up a façade of happiness when all you really want to do is get the hell out of dodge? I think it’s smart to call it off before the holiday season, if you genuinely don’t see a future, why waste your time and theirs.
I’ve been broken up with before right before the holidays, and then the man came crawling back right before the New Years holiday. Did I take him back? I did, no one wants to bring in the New Year alone right? They say you’re supposed to have money in your pocket, and someone to kiss when the clock strikes 12 or you will be broke and lonely for the entire year. So I am going to help you learn how to keep both your relationship and your peace of mind when shopping specifically for your woman!
Fellas if you do see a future with the woman you’re dating, don’t break it off for the sake of not buying a gift, and don’t let the pressure of the holidays stress you out. People get so caught up in feeling obligated to give gifts as a way of showing affection that they lose sight of what is most important. If you can’t afford it or don’t feel comfortable buying expensive gifts so soon, think small and thoughtful. This probably won’t be for the type of woman that’s hard to please, so know your woman first before your proceed. If she is high maintenance, it just may happen that you may be the one getting dumped after Christmas.
Each of these gifts should cost no more than 30 dollars:
- Gourmet chocolates from Sees Candies
- Framed photograph
- Bath and Body Works hand and/or foot cream
- A book from her favorite author
- Homemade baked sweets
- His and Hers ‘Ugly Christmas Sweaters’
All you have to make sure of, is that whatever you buy be sure to put enough thought into the act no matter how expensive a gift could have been it is no match for letting that special someone know you treasure what you have and genuinely thought of them this holiday season.
Written By: Danielle White
Edited By: J.Thompson