7 Tips for Party Recovery

November 30, 2015

Raise your hand if you had a great Thanksgiving. Me too! I'll be honest, I indulged in all the food and all the drinks - and not just on turkey day. The whole weekend was festive and filling. Which meant that almost every morning was a bit of a struggle. We've all been there...having one glass too many and waking up feeling and looking less than 100%. My friends and I joked in college that when we woke up after a night of being overly festive that we looked like Ren & Stimpy and felt even worse. Sadly, that still holds true for me today. I seriously feel like a cartoon version of myself and am usually cursing myself for having that last drink. Since I don't plan on abstaining during the rest of the holiday season (what are the holidays for if not having too much of everything with friends and family?) I have 7 tips for party recovery that should help you (and me) put a fresh face forward after a night of fun!

 

Tip No. 1: First thing’s first – when you wake up and your head is hammering and your tummy feels terrible, you need to hydrate, eat, and medicate. Everyone is different, but for me this means water (lots and lots of it), coffee, buttered toast, and Aleve (2-3 please). I believe in the magical, healing powers of toast with butter and find that it’s more soothing and satisfying than a run through the drive through. Once I have this mix in my system I need at least one nap. I find that it helps my headaches.

Tip No. 2: There’s nothing that will make you feel like a better and fresher human being than a nice hot shower. Or bath. Just get some water going, scrub up with some smell-good stuff, slather some lotion on your bod (Jo Malone always helps me feel like a million bucks), and spray a bit of perfume (my current fave is Le Labo’s Rose 31) and no, one will say, “Woah, did you drink last night? It smells like booze is coming out of your pores.” If someone does say this to you tell them you have no idea what they are talking about!

Tip No. 3: As I mentioned earlier, my Ren & Stimpy look-alike syndrome means that my face doesn’t look great. I’m usually a combination of puffy and dry, with crusty makeup and a reddish completion. It’s super cute. And even though I’d love to look at my face like this all day, I’ve found that if I apply one or more face masks I can get my face and skin semi back to normal. First I wear the Therapeutic Sulfer Masque by Peter Thomas Roth to really clean out my pores. Then I do Boscia’s Luminizing Black Mask – not just because I love to peel it off but because I feel like it seriously grabs any remaining dirt and oil on my face and leave it squeaky clean. Lastly, I put a think layer of Aveda’s Intensive Hydrating Mask on for a dose of super moisture and to help with redness. Sometimes I even sleep in this mask…it’s so gentle and hydrating, I love it.

Tip No. 4: A tell-tale sign that you’ve been up past bedtime and possibly drinking a bit to much is dark and/or puffy under eye area. One of my friends in college used to get terrible under-eye puff and swore by sticking two spoons in the freezer for a minute or two before putting the curved part on her eyes to help bring down the swelling. There are specific creams and potions you can buy to treat darkness and puffiness, but I just use my every-day eye creams Philosophy’s Renewed Hope in a Jar Eye and Bobbi Brown’s Extra Eye Repair Cream) liberally and let the area soak up as much hydration as it can.

Tip No. 5: I personally like to go sans-makeup for as long as possible after cleaning myself from a night of drinking, but eventually it comes time to re-enter the world and I end up putting on this and that to look like my old self. Concealer is my post-party best friend (right now I’m using Bobbi Brown’s Intensive Skin Serum Corrector and Concealer), as it helps take away any redness my skin shows from the one to many, and a little swipe of blush brings life to what’s otherwise a very dull complexion.

Tip No. 6: If you really want to give yourself a bright and well-rested look, I highly suggest using a highlighting powder, cream, or liquid. Patting a little bit of the luminous makeup will reflect light – giving you a glow that usually wouldn’t be possible the day after a party – and seriously perk up even the most tired of faces. Just swipe a little on your cheekbones, continuing around to the outer sides of your eyes, down the bridge of the nose, right above your lip and on your cupid’s bow, and then just below the brows. I personally love the Shimmer Brick by Bobbi Brown, Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector, rms Living Luminizer, and L’Oreal’s True Match Lumi.

Tip No. 7: My go-to drink of choice this time of year is a yummy red wine – I’ve been sipping a lot of Seven Daughters Pinot Noir. Unfortunately, this can leave my teeth a little dull and stained. I’m a huge teeth brusher but when I notice that my smile is less than white I do some Professional Effects white strips. And because my teeth are extra sensitive I always use Sensodyne toothpaste (IMHO, Crest should sell this stuff with its White Strips to help with the sensitivity side effects!). Add some moisture to the lips (like Vaseline) and you should be good to go.

If all else fails at trying to look and feel better, try some hair of the dog 😉

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Cyber. Monday.

November 30, 2015

Good morning and happy Cyber Monday! If you decided not to rush out and shop the Black Friday sales that started after Turkey Day, we have some good news: many (if not most) of the online deals today are even better than what we posted on Friday. Even if you're someone like us who hates the sense of urgency these sales creates, we still suggest you take advantage of them while you can...the holiday count-downs have officially, officially started and that means shopping is inevitable. Might as well get some (or all!) of it done today.

And really, it's an ideal time to shop at work when this is the one day a year you know your boss will be shopping online while at the office, right?

Shop Small:

  • Biscuit: 15% off site wide with code CYBER!
  • Design Darling: 20% off with code THANKFUL – ends tonight. (These would make a great gift for a newly married couple – hint, hint!)
  • Hampden Clothing: 10% off your purchase with code GIVETHANKS – ends tonight.
  • Furbish: 20% off all orders with code CYBER – ends tonight.
  • Lo & Sons: Up to 40% off the site – shop the sale items here – ends tonight.
  • MILLE: 30% off everything but new arrivals with code THANKYOU15 (loving this sweater)
  • Rebecca Atwood: Take an additional 20% off everything in the shop using discount code RADCYBER20 at checkout – ends tonight.
  • Sincerely Jules: Sale starts at 9am PST…
  • TRUFFLE: It only happens once a year, get 25% off your entire purchase (plus everything ships free!) with code GIFT25 – ends Tuesday 12/1!

Go Big:

  • Amazon: Shop all the Cyber Monday deals right here.
  • ASOS: 30% off the entire site! Use code BLESSED at checkout.
  • Barneys: Up to 40% off select items (hurry – things are going fast!)
  • Bloomingdales: Take 25% off select regular and sale items – there’s close to 7,500 items!
  • Net-A-Porter: Save up to 50% off specific items and brands! (this is very big…Net-A-Porter doesn’t offer sales often. Get going!)
  • Neiman Marcus: Spend on regular priced items and get gift cards back! Spend $200 get $50, spend $500 get $125, spend $1,000 get $250, spend $2,000 get $500 – use code GC4YOU!
  • Nordstrom: Shop the selection of sale items night here (amazing beauty deals, shop the women’s selection here
  • Shopbop: Last day to get the savings! 15% off orders of $250+, 20% off orders of $500+, and 25% off orders of $1,000+ with code GOBIG15.
  • Target: Save 15% on ALL orders today with code CYBER15!

Beauty:

  • Birchbox: Biggest sale of the year! Take 25% off any $35+ purchase with code BIGDEAL – ends today.
  • Glossier: 25% off site wide and free shipping!
  • Sephora: Get gift items in limited quantities – only available online and only through today!
  • Tata Harper: Friends and family event! Enjoy 15% off Tata’s gift guide with code FF2015.

Jewelry:

  • Bauble Bar: Get 25% off 1 bauble with code GOGIFT25, and 35% off 2 baubles with code GOGIFT35!
  • Charm & Chain: 30% off site wide with code GAMEON (it’s a great time to shop the site’s new fine jewelry line!)
  • Loren Hope: 20% off site wide with code THANKFULLY – ends tonight.
  • Lulu Frost: 25% off site wide with code SHOPLULU25 – ends tonight
  • Mignonne Gavigan: 25% off site wide with code THANKSGIVING – ends tonight. (Our new favorite from the brand? This jersey version that seems perfect for our beloved white tee collections)

Home:

  • CB2: 15% off full priced orders with code SAVE15 and free shipping on orders of $29+, ends tonight!
  • Crate & Barrel: 15% off full priced purchases with code SAVE15 and free shipping on orders of $49+ ends tonight.
  • Land of Nod: 20% off and free shipping till end of day today.
  • Lulu & Georgia: Huge savings – get 20% off when spending $250+ (code GIVEME20), 25% off on $500+ (code GIVEME25), 30% on $1,000+ (code GIVEME30) – ends tonight.
  • Restoration Hardware: Save $100 on every $500 you spend, now through December 1
  • Serena & Lily: 25% off everything on the site with code BESTMONDAY!
  • Sur La Table: Huge savings plus extra 20% off clearance items with code SAVEBIG – ends tonight.
  • West Elm: Spend more, save more – 10% off $100+, 15% off $250+, 20% off $500+, 25% off $1,000+, AND free shipping – all with code SURPRISE – ends tonight.
  • Williams Sonoma: 10% off $50+, 15% off $100+, 20% off $200+, 25% off $500+ and free shipping on all orders with code SAVEMORE.
  • Williams Sonoma Home: 10% off $250+, 15% off $500+, 20% off $1,000+, 25% off $2,000+ with code SAVENOW.

Paper:

  • Minted: 20% off holiday cards and 25% off everything else with code CM2015.
  • Paperless Post: 35% off everything with and free ground shipping through Tuesday 12/1 with code SAVENOW.
  • Rifle Paper Co.: 30% off the site – ends tonight.

All the Rest:

  • Ann Taylor: 50% off everything and free shipping on the site with code EVERYTHING – ends toady.
  • Anthropologie: Today only, all orders ship free and extra 25% off sale with code XTRAGOOD.
  • Athleta: 20% off purchases with code WORKIT – ends today!
  • Banana Republic: 40% off everything – including new arrivals – use code BESTCYBER!
  • Boden: 30% off everything plus free delivery and returns – ends tonight (really impressed with the selection of party dresses…)
  • Calypso St. Barth: 30% off full priced styles with code PINK30 (this tee is perfect in every.way.)
  • Club Monaco: Get 25% off when you spend $150+, 30% off $250+, and 35% off $400+ with code THANKFUL.
  • Equipment: Get 25% off all orders with code THANKS – ends today!
  • FarFetch: Up to 50% off and 10% off all sale styles using code BF15 at checkout!
  • FOREO: Enjoy 25% off any device! (Anything from this site would make a great, yet practical gift – kind of obsessed with my toothbrush from them)
  • Gap: 40% off everything – including new arrivals – use code BESTCYBER!
  • Graphic Image: Spend $100+ and save 15%, spend $200+ save 20%, spend $300+ save 30% (see them here). (it’s a great time to get a new datebook for 2016!)
  • Gigi New York: Spend $125+ and save 20%, spend $250+ save 25%, spend $350+ save 30%, spend $500+ save 35%. (obsessed with this new clutch)
  • J.Crew: Today only!! free shipping,  40% of 507 select styles, 30% off everything else, and extra 40-50% off sale styles. (I’m really loving these for the holidays with a pair of heels)
  • J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything (literally everything) on the site AND and get extra 15% off AND free shipping with code TODAYONLY!
  • Joe Fresh: 40% off site wide with code MONDAY40.
  • Joie: Get 25% off your purchase with code THANKS.
  • Jonathan Adler: 20% off and free shipping with code BESTMONDAY! (Wouldn’t this make for a great gift for your grandmother or mother in law?)
  • Kate Spade: 30% off everything on the site with code SHINE – ends Tuesday 12/1. (Molly has this in black and it is the most amazing little thing and I think I may need it too?)
  • Loeffler Randall: Extra 20% off sale with code CYBERMONDAY (I’m loving the high-top sneaker look and this woven pair makes the black extra unique)
  • LOFT: 50% off everything on the site with code code CYBER50!
  • Luisaviaroma: Extra 20% off and up to 70% off already discounted items with code BF2062 – ends Tuesday 12/1.
  • Madewell: 25% off your entire purchase with code SHOPATWORK (I’ve been eyeing these loafers and this flannel in a style that I already have and love)
  • Nasty Gal: 50% off all markdowns!
  • Old Navy: 40% off everything online with code BESTCYBER and free shipping with code GIFT!
  • Seven for All Mankind: $99 Denim! Extra 20% off sale! And 40% off site wide with code BLACK40
  • Steve Madden: Get an extra 30% off all clearance items and free shipping with code CYBER.
  • Topshop: Get up to 50% off select items – ends tonight!
  • Tuckernuck: 15% off everything with code CYBER-15, 20% off orders of $200+ with CYBER-20, 25% off orders of $500+ with CYBER-25, and 30% off orders of $1000+ with CYBER-30!
  • UGG: Extra 20% off sale styles and free 2-day shipping.
  • Vince: Get 25% off your purchase with code WRAPUP25.

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Black. Friday.

November 27, 2015

Hope you all had a very filling and fun day with family and friends yesterday. Our Thanksgiving was spent together in Houston and we were reminded how lucky we are and how much we have to be thankful for.

Repeating exactly what we said for this post last year because it still feels right: In case you feel like shopping on this black, black Friday - we have the round-up of every single sale you'd ever wan to hit up. Go stimulate the economy! And then eat some more pumpkin pie with your family.

Shop Small:

  • Biscuit: 20% off the holiday edit today only (you’ll want this goodness to deck your halls!)
  • Design Darling: 20% off with code THANKFUL. (These would make a great gift for a newly married couple – hint, hint!)
  • Hampden Clothing: 10% off your purchase now through Monday 11/20 with code GIVETHANKS
  • Furbish: 20% off all orders between today and Monday 11/30 with code CYBER!
  • Lo & Sons: Up to 40% off the site – shop the sale items here
  • Maison du Soir: 25% off all full priced collections with code ALLWEEKLONG (We both have and LOVE this robe, and any sister, sister in law, or mama would too:)
  • MILLE: 30% off everything but new arrivals with code THANKYOU15 (loving this sweater)
  • Rebecca Atwood: Take an additional 20% off everything in the shop now through Monday using discount code RADCYBER20 at checkout
  • Troubador: 30% off all regularly priced items with code #GIVETHANKS
  • TRUFFLE: It only happens once a year, get 25% off your entire purchase (plus everything ships free!) till 12/1 with code GIFT25!

Go Big:

  • Amazon: Shop all the deals right here
  • ASOS: 30% off the entire site! Use code BLESSED at checkout
  • Barneys: Up to 40% off select items (hurry – things are going fast!)
  • Bloomingdales: Save up to 50% on select items (see them here) and take 25% off every $200 you spend!
  • Net-A-Porter: Save up to 50% off specific items and brands! (this is very big…Net-A-Porter doesn’t offer sales often. Get going!)
  • Neiman Marcus: Get a $50 NM gift card with your purchase of $200+ in all departments with promo THANKFUL!
  • Nordstrom: Extra 25% off select items now through Monday (amazing beauty deals, shop the women’s selection here
  • Saks Fifth Avenue: 60% off select items till noon today!
  • Shopbop: Take up to 25% off your order with code GOBIG15
  • Target: Get a 20% off coupon for one Target run between 12/4 and 12/13 when you spend $75 all day today in-store and online.

Beauty:

  • Birchbox: Biggest sale of the year! Take 25% off any $35+ purchase with code BIGDEAL.
  • Glossier: 25% off site wide and free shipping!
  • Sephora: $10 beauty deals (see them here!)
  • Tata Harper: Purchase any full sized product and get its travel size free!

Jewelry:

  • Bauble Bar: take 30% off site wide with code THX (today’s buried bauble is especially adorable and only $10!)
  • Charm & Chain: 30% off site wide with code GAMEON (it’s a great time to shop the site’s new fine jewelry line!)
  • Loren Hope: 20% off site wide with code THANKFULLY – good till end of day Monday 11/30
  • Lulu Frost: 25% off site wide with code SHOPLULU25
  • Mignonne Gavigan: 25% off site wide with code THANKSGIVING (Our new favorite from the brand? This jersey version that seems perfect for our beloved white tee collections)

Home:

  • CB2: 15% off full priced orders with code SAVE15 and free shipping on orders of $29+, now through 1/30.
  • Crate & Barrel: 15% off full priced purchases with code SAVE15 and free shipping on orders of $49+ now through 11/30.
  • Land of Nod: 20% off and free shipping till end of day Monday 11/30.
  • Lulu & Georgia: Huge savings – get 20% off when spending $250+ (code GIVEME20), 25% off on $500+ (code GIVEME25), 30% on $1,000+ (code GIVEME30)
  • Pottery Barn: Today only, 25% off all bedding with code DREAM
  • Restoration Hardware: Save $100 on every $500 you spend, now through December 1
  • Serena & Lily: 15% off when you spend $100+, 20% off $200+, 25% off $500+ with code CELEBRATE
  • Sur La Table: Huge savings plus extra 20% off clearance items with code SAVEBIG. Ends Monday 11/30
  • West Elm: Spend more, save more – 10% off $100+, 15% off $250+, 20% off $500+, 25% off $1,000+ – all with code MOREISMORE
  • Williams Sonoma: HUGE deals – see them all right here – and free shipping for a limited time with code FREESHIP.
  • Williams Sonoma Home: Get 20% off one item with code THANKFUL

Paper:

All the Rest:

  • Alice McCall: 20% off storewide through 11.29 (Upcoming beach vacay? This would be perfect)
  • Ann Taylor: 50% off everything on the site with code CELEBRATE – ends toady.
  • Anthropologie: 25% off every.thing. with code SHOPTOIT
  • Athleta: 20% off purchases with code WORKIT
  • Banana Republic: Half off sweaters and 40% off the rest of the site with code BRFRIDAY
  • Boden: 30% off everything plus free delivery and returns (really impressed with the selection of party dresses…)
  • Calypso St. Barth: 30% off full priced styles with code PINK30 (this tee is perfect in every.way.)
  • Club Monaco: Extra 30% off sale styles + 40% off clearance with code EXTRATHIRTY
  • Equipment: Get 25% off all orders with code THANKS – ends Monday 11/30
  • FarFetch: An extra 10% off all sale prices using code bf15 at checkout!
  • FOREO: Enjoy 25% off any device! (Anything from this site would make a great, yet practical gift – kind of obsessed with my toothbrush from them)
  • Gap: 50% off your entire purchase with code BLKFRIDAY!
  • Graphic Image: Amazing gift with purchase items when you spend certain amounts (see them here). (it’s a great time to get a new datebook for 2016!)
  • Gigi New York: You spend a certain amount and you get great (personalized!) gifts with purchase (see them here). (obsessed with this new clutch)
  • J.Crew: 30% off your purchase + an extra 40% off sale with code HOLIDAY. (I’m really loving these for the holidays with a pair of heels)
  • J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything (literally everything) on the site and free shipping on orders over $50 with code SHIPGIFTS
  • Joe Fresh: 50% off select merchandise and additional 30% off clearance items
  • Joie: Get 25% off your purchase with code THANKS
  • Jonathan Adler: 20% off everything with code TGIBF! (Wouldn’t this make for a great gift for your grandmother or mother in law?)
  • Kate Spade: Take up to 75% off select items. (Molly has this in black and it is the most amazing little thing and I think I may need it too?)
  • Loeffler Randall: Extra 15% off sale with code BLKFRIDAY (I’m loving the high-top sneaker look and this woven pair makes the black extra unique)
  • LOFT: 40% off almost everything on the site with code BF40
  • Luisaviaroma: Extra 20% off and up to 70% off already discounted items with code BF2062 – ends Tuesday 12/1
  • Madewell: 25% off your entire purchase with code CALMDOWN (I’ve been eyeing these loafers and this flannel in a style that I already have and love)
  • Nasty Gal: 30% off all markdowns!
  • Old Navy: 50% off everything in stores, 40% off everything online with certain items 50% off and 60% off!
  • Seven for All Mankind: 40% off site wide with code BLACK40
  • Steve Madden: Get an extra 30% off all clearance items and free shipping with code FESTIVE
  • Tibi:Up to 60% off + extra 15% off sale items with code BLACKFRIDAY15 (These days I can’t get enough button downs in my closet, so naturally I am drawn to this.)
  • Topshop: Get up to 50% off select items now through Monday 11/30!
  • Tuckernuck: Special black friday offer when you sign up for the email list!
  • UGG: 30% off and free 2-day shipping! (get cozy favorites for everyone on your list…we love the slippers)
  • Vince: Extra 25% off all sale with code BFEXTRA25

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