During the winter if you’re daring enough to open your windows; you’ll either be deluged with snow, rain, or a horrible draft. Offices get extra stuffy too. Your nose hurts from smelling stale air, but you can’t very well drag scented candles to work. Leaving anything burning at home when you’re not there is dangerous. You want, no you need to smell something nice instead of gunk all the time.

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Here’s a safe alternative that will make any room smell like spring. [b]Stick Scents[/b] is the latest trend in aromatherapy. Instead of candles, incense or anything goopy, Stick scents uses porous reeds to diffuse the fragrance into the air. Simply place the reeds into the jar of fragrant oils and voila! You have delightfully delicate aromas tickling your nose instead of stale, stuffy air. Stick Scents come in four blends: Sea Petals – blends of peach, pineapple, citrus, cedar, cyclamen and violet, Green Apple – peach, pear, green apple, musk and berry, English Garden – melon, cyclamen, citrus, jasmine, rose, violet and musk, Morning Dew – honey suckle, musk, jasmine, violet, melon and rose.

Each blend creates a light subtle not overpowering scent. One bottle fragrances any size room. I know, I kept moving mine about my apartment. The scent never overpowered me nor gave me the urge to stick my head out a window.

They’re decorative and safe. You can keep Scent Sticks in your office, at home, or wherever you want a little fragrance. Stick Scents can be purchased at

[b]Von Dutch Originals[/b] are known for their cool, hip looks. Throw on a tee, hat, or carry one of their bags; your outfit goes from so-so to hot in seconds.

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They have created a tee shirt that everyone needs to buy immediately. It’s the [b]Tsunami Relief Tee[/b] for men and women. Why buy it? 100% of the proceeds of the shirt are going to Operation U.S.A. They’re a humanitarian relief organization. One of their arms is a disaster relief program. Members of Operation U.S.A are all ready in the tsunami – devastated regions of Asia. They’re trying to alleviate the hunger and hardship that the survivors are now facing. You can buy you can purchase tee at [url=][/url] to find out about Operation U.S.A, go to their website [url=][/url]

To combat winter’s doldrums you need fun! Circle this date on your calendar, January 12th. You’re going to head on over to the 92nd Street Y’s Makor Center to have a blast with [b]John Ottavino[/b]. John is a professional make up artist who has worked with numerous celebrities in film, TV, fashion, entertainment and publishing. He and Cindy Crawford were chosen to be the official spokespersons for REVLON’s ColorStay Haircolor. John regularly conducts Beauty Education seminars to professional make up artists at many cosmetic companies including MAC, AVEDA and REVLON. You’ve seen him nationally on the syndicated TV show “Home Delivery” dispensing beauty and make-over advice.

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Now you can learn all about the latest trends, where the pros go to buy makeup, make up tricks, cosmetic dos and don’ts and more next Wednesday. If you’ve decided to change your look for the New Year, this is the person to see. His seminar, [b]”Celebrity Makeup Secrets”[/b] will fill up fast. To reserve your spot call 212-601-1000 or register [url=]online[/url]

What: John Ottavino “Celebrity Makeup Secrets” seminar
When: Wednesday, January 12, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Where: 92nd Street Y Makor Center
Steinhardt Building, 25 W. 67th Street
Register: 2121-601-1000 or above URL
Other info: Code: T-MM5NY23-01, Cost $15.00

If this is the year that you’re going to get buffed and toned, why not enter [b]The Discovery Channel’s National Body Challenge[/b]. Register online at Discovery Health or one of their participating Discovery stores and you’ll get a free Bally’s Total Fitness membership from January 15th to March 15th. Now this is a sweet deal with no hidden calories! To register or find out more information about the program, go to their [url=]website[/url].

If you’ve been feeling craft lately but are at loose ends on what to do, take visit the [b]Craft Student’s League[/b] open house. You’ll walk away buzzing with ideas.

What: Craft Student’s League Open House
When: Wednesday January 5th, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Where: 610 Lexington Avenue at 53rd Street
More info: Call 212-735-9732

[b]The Financial Times[/b] is sponsoring a tsunami relief event, Thursday, January 6th at Suite 16, from 6 PM – 11 PM. Pearson is matching donations dollar for dollar. Donate $25.00 and you’ll enjoy an open bar, finger foods, music and fun all for a good cause. Bring friends with you!
What: Asia Fundraiser
When: Thursday, January 6, 6 p.m. – 11p.m.
Where: Suite 16, 127 8th Avenue (@ 16th Street)
[url=] [/url] RSVP To: Jolie, Financial Times, Public Relations Office: 212-641-6611

Some of New York’s top chefs, led by Patricia Yeo from Sapa are gathering to prepare a $125 five course, prix fixed dinner at Sapa on January 11th to raise disaster relief funds for Doctors Without Borders.
What: [b]Disaster Relief Fundraising Dinner for Doctors without Borders[/b] When: January 11th
Where: Sapa, 43 W. 24th Street (between Broadway & 6th Avenue)
Reservations: 212-929-1800
[url=Website:]Website:[/url] [b]”Flavor of the Week”[/b] is Alix Sobler’s views on dating, sex, love and other modern miseries are wrapped up in a funny, witty one person show at The Tank. There are only two shows, January 5th and 6th, so you don’t want to miss the chance to laugh till your face falls off.

What: Flavor of the Week by Alix Sobler @ The Tank
When: Wednesday & Thursday, January 5 & 6 @ 8:00
Where: The Tank Space for Performing & Visual Arts, 432 West 42nd Street between 9th & 10th Aves
Phone: 212-563-6269
Cost: $10.00, reserve your seat through
website: [url=][/url] [b]The AlterEgos[/b] are holding a benefit concert Thursday, January 6th. Tickets are only $10 and all proceeds are going to disaster relief funds. The band is playing from 8PM – 9 PM, followed by Chillum, Game Rebellion and Dr. Israel. Listen to the AlterEgos at [url=][/url]

What: Alter Egos Benefit Show at Crash Mansion
Where:199 Bowery at Spring Street
When: January 6, 8pm

Here are some more disaster relief organizations that can use your donations:

[b]Doctors Without Borders[/b] ([url=][/url])
International Medical Corps (

[b]NetAid[/b] ([url=][/url]), will use donations for
emergency services and counseling and for rebuilding schoolhouses in Southern India.

[b]Lanka Academic Network[/b] ([url=][/url]), a Sri Lankan
nonprofit, has a team of local university volunteers assisting in reconstruction. They also have a website where people can post information about missing loved ones.

[b]USAID[/b] ([url=][/url]) can direct donations of bulk commodities or volunteers with special disaster relief skills.

[b]The SEA-EAT bloggers[/b] ([url=][/url])
compiling exhaustive information (helplines, charities, photos, and statistics).

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