It’s Thursday, which means it’s practically the weekend. By now, everyone is gearing up for the Big Game on Sunday. I don’t personally have an allegiance to either team playing in the Super Bowl this Sunday, so I’m just looking to stay cute, comfy, and warm while enjoying some food, booze, and quality time with a few friends. I’d venture to say many other fashionistas out there share my sentiments. In case your man has roped you into hosting a party at your place, here are a few easy ways to have a stylish Super Bowl.
CUTE + COMFY + WARM
I joined Polyvore almost four years ago when it had only about 6 million monthly unique visitors. Now the social commerce site has nearly tripled its monthly unique visitors, and I’m thinking I need to get back on board. So, I decided to start with a set for the Super Bowl. The Broncos and Seahawks share a common team color: Navy. For all the fashionistas out there like me who aren’t rooting for a particular team, I’m suggesting you keep it neutral with navy to avoid any unnecessary comments or accusations from die hard football fellas. If you are a Broncos or Seahawks fan, add some orange or green to these outfits and you’ll be good to go!
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If you’re looking for a serious crowd pleaser that’s both healthy and delicious, look no further. This is it! The first time my man and I made this recipe we knew it would become a staple of our party tray or lazy weekend afternoons.
1 lb Frozen Edamame
1 T Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves, sliced
Red Pepper Flakes to taste (about 1/4 tsp)
Lime, for juicing
Coarse Sea Salt to taste
Heat olive oil, sliced garlic, and red pepper flakes in a skillet over medium heat for 1-2 min. Cook edamame in pods in salted boiling water until tender, about 5 min. Drain and add to skillet. Stir with splash of lime juice and salt to taste. Serve!
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine
Take a page from Bethenny Frankel’s book with these Skinnygirl Super Bowl cocktails. My personal favorite is the Red Zone (recipe below).
1 1/2 parts Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka
3 parts cranberry juice
1 part orange juice
Pour all ingredients in a glass filled with ice
Find all the recipes on Bethenny.com
The holiday parties are winding down, but there’s still one BIG celebration left this season: New Years Eve! By now, you *hopefully* have the dress and accessories, but it’s time to plan for the big day, just three days away. I’ve got 3 tips for NYE, PLUS a *bonus tip* for those of you who are a little behind on finding your NYE look:
1. Get a PINCH KIT
If you haven’t heard of Pinch Kits, get ready to be blown away. You need one of these in your NYE bag! This tiny miracle kit contains 17 essentials and fits in the palm of your hand (or your chicest little clutch!). With a Pinch Kit, you’ll have everything you need in a pinch from dinner to drinks to the stroke of midnight. Buy one from Sephora for the big night!
– Adhesive bandage
– Safety pin
– Earring backs
– Deodorant towelette
– Nail polish remover pad
– Stain remover pad
– Clear elastics
– Lip balm
– Emery board
– Hair spray
– Clear nail polish
– Dental floss
– Mending kit
– Breath freshener
– Double-sided tape
– Pain reliever
2. Have the PERFECT COCKTAIL
Take your champagne up a notch with this crowd pleaser, courtesy of Anthropologie’s blog:
3. Bring a fun and FESTIVE SNACK
P.S. I Made This does it again with this NYE snack that will really pop! They took a page from Rice Krispie stylist (yes, there is such a thing!), Jessica Siskin of Mister Krisp, who turns Rice Krispies into everything from pizzas to champagne bottles.
Rice Krispies Cereal
Green Food Coloring
Fruit Roll Ups
Edible Gold Powder
Find the rest of the instructions here!
Thanksgiving is officially one week away, and I know all you style setters want to stay fashionable this year. I’ve got some tips for your best Thanksgiving ever!
WHAT TO WEAR
What’s your Thanksgiving look? Do you keep it comfy or go chic? No matter what’s your style, I’ve got some cute and casual holiday looks from J. Crew and Madewell at 25% off. Madewell is offering 25% off their favorite styles with the code UNWRAP25. Better hurry, this sale ends tomorrow, November 22. Don’t worry, it’s not too late to get the perfect look for Thanksgiving! You’ve got a bit longer to shop the deal at J. Crew. Now through Sunday, November 24, take 25% off their winter favorites with the code WINTER. As usual, I’ve got my picks below:
WHAT TO DRINK
Lord knows we’re all going to need a cocktail (or two or three) to survive the family functions this Thanksgiving. Why not drink your dinner with these cocktails inspired by Thanksgiving flavors:
Classic Cranberry Cosmo
2 Parts Vodka
2 Parts Cranberry Juice
1 Part Orange Liquor
1 Part Citrus Juice
*Shake with ice then pour and serve!
Wild Turkey Spiked Cider
(Inspiration from Cosmopolitain Magazine)
1 1/2 Parts Wild Turkey Bourbon
1 Parts Apple Cider
1 Part Cranberry Juice
Garnish: 1 Sprig Sage and 1 Sprig Thyme
*Shake with ice then garnish and serve!
Pumpkin Pie Spiced Mulled Wine
(Inspiration from Bethenny Frankel)
Red Wine (recommended: Skinnygirl Cabernet)
Pumpkin Pie Spice to taste
Honey to taste
Garnish: Orange Slices
*Stir on low heat then garnish and serve!
WHERE TO SHOP
We all know the most important day of the Thanksgiving holiday is not Thanksgiving, it’s Black Friday. While you’re holed up in the house on Thursday, get your Black Friday game plan in order. My suggestion: avoid the mobs and masses and shop online. Don’t think you’re going to skirt the frenzy by shopping the web. Snagging the items you want will still be cutthroat, but at least you can battle from the comfort of your pjs. Build your wishlists preemptively so you know exactly what you plan to purchase from these cyber sales:
Friday, November 29: 50% off cashmere collectible sweaters
Thursday, November 28 – Monday, December 2: 20% off all merchandise with code GIMME20.
Wednesday, November 27: 50% off past season styles THEN Friday, November 28: 30-50% off past season styles and new items added to sale.
Friday, November 29:15% off 2 items with code FRIDAY15, 25% off 3 items with code FRIDAY25, 35% off 4+ items with code FRIDAY35.
Gorjana & Griffin
Friday, November 29: 40% off sitewide
Rue La La
Friday, November 29: 24 “Today’s Fix” items that will be seriously reduced.
Thursday, November 28 – Monday, Decmeber 2: $75-$100 off select denim.