Tips for Bar Hopping in the Sweltering Heat

It’s almost 4th of July weekend which means excessive day drinking outside with family and friends in the sweltering heat. If you’re like me and can’t stand it outside when the temp is a degree over 80, follow these tips & tricks for surviving hot-weather drinking this weekend:

  • As much as I hate to say it, Rule #1 is Drink Water! Have at least a couple glasses of water while you’re drinking in 80-plus degree temps.
  • Stock your purse: Bobby pins, hair ties, a headband and/or a little bottle of hair spray. Humidity = Huge Hair. Be prepared to tame it a couple times throughout the day or night.
  • Dress appropriately. Wear shorts, tanks, sundress or a skirt. Avoid layers! None of those white tank top, undershirts. Also, make sure whatever you wear is sweat-proof. You don’t want gross sweat stains ruining your buzz.
  • Sweating happens, but it doesn’t have to ruin your make-up. Here some hot weather make-up tips: Use a Primer to help hold the make-up on your face; Don’t use dark eye make-up; Use waterproof mascara; and Bring powder with to the bar to dab on your face throughout the evening.
  • Just like our cold-weather bar hopping rule, make sure you have a cab driver’s personal cell number so you’re not stuck out in the heat waiting to catch a ride.
  • Take air conditioning breaks. Stop in a restaurant, bathroom, strip mall, a stranger’s car, for 10 minutes to cool down. The nice little break will have you feeling refreshed and ready to continue drinking.
  • Accessorize with cute sunglasses and hats. This rule almost exclusively applies to day drinking unless you’re really drunk or a tool.

Any rules we missed for hot-weather bar hopping?

Fun 21st Birthday Gift!

Last week Thursday, my little sister finally turned the big 2-1. This is the day that she has been not-so-patiently waiting for since the majority of her friends have been frequenting bars for months (…or years).

After frantically booking a party bus, coordinating sleeping arrangements for the 800 people coming into town to celebrate the big day, making dinner/brunch reservations and attempting to clean my apartment, I realized I hadn’t even gotten her a birthday gift. As always, Pinterest saved the day. Searching “Gifts for a 21st Birthday” resulted in a number of fantastic ideas, my favorite being the Booze Bouquet (see below).

IMG_3055Even the most artistically-challenged person can quickly put together the Booze Bouquet following these quick & easy steps:

  1. Purchase 10-20 mini bottles of booze. It’s fun to pick a variety because – in theory – the person just turning 21 doesn’t have a lot of experience trying out different types of alcohol.

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  2. Then go to your local craft store – I went to Michael’s – and purchase a flower pot, green Styrofoam, tissue paper and wooden sticks (I found them in the kids’ craft section).
  3. Put tissue paper in the flower pot and place the green Styrofoam on top of it so the tissue paper sticks out.
  4. Tape the mini bottles to the sticks. Use clear tape and wrap all the way around the mini-bottles if they won’t stay.
  5. Stick the mini bottles into the green foam and you’re done!

If I wouldn’t have thought of this at the very last minute, I probably would have taken the time to write out “Happy 21st Birthday!” on the pot, added green tissue paper to cover up the styrofoam, put a couple shot glasses in the bottom of the pot and maybe add some other fun goodies on sticks like a couple chocolate bars.

There you have it. A quick & easy 21st Birthday gift the birthday girl – or guy – is sure to love. Moll sure did…

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How to Feel Happy Right Now

Snow got you down? Here are some things that should make you smile…

1. Watch this video. Thanks for sharing, Nicole.

2. Look at Ryan Gosling.

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3. It’s a proven fact that it’s impossible not to smile while looking at Donald Driver’s smile.

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4. An Argentinian man who thought he bought a pair of poodles at an outdoor market in Buenos Aires brought them home to the vet only to be told they were actually ferrets on steroids. The veterinarian informed him the ferrets “had been given steroids at birth to increase their size and then had some extra grooming to make their coats resemble a fluffy toy poodle,” the paper says, translating a report from a local Argentinian TV station. He paid $150 per poodle. That could be you, but it’s not.

5. Read the comments in this recipe for ice.

6. Not only the thought of Blake Shelton singing at Kelly Clarkson’s wedding, but now that he’s actually officiating the entire thing.

7. At least you’re not this girl…

8. Look at the website Parents Shouldn’t Text.

9. There is a social network just for cats called Catmoji. “Catmoji is the best place for cat lovers to meow, share and discover cat pictures and videos.”

10. The Chickeneers’ All-Clucking Version Of “Ho Hey”

If those aren’t enough reasons to smile and be happy, here is a list of health benefits of smiling.

So hopefully you have some reason to be happy now! Have a fabulous day, friends ūüôā

How To: Go To a Sushi Restaurant

Sushi Rolls

Going out for sushi is super trendy! And you don’t want to be left out, you guys. If you don’t like fish or have never tried it before, sushi can be a little intimidating. But no worries! The girls at Awkward Vodka have come to the rescue. Here are the basics you should know about the fishy food and some tips & tricks for fooling people into thinking you’re a sushi lover.

1. Tempura: Means fried! If you like unhealthy, fried goodness, order anything with the word tempura in it.

2. California Roll: Delicious avocado, cucumber and imitation crab. IMITATION! Not real! Eat it.

3. Philly: When they say Philly, they mean cream cheese. Can you say “Yummy”?!? If you love cream cheese, it doesn’t matter if it’s mixed in with salmon or eel, you’ll love it.

4. When in doubt, order the veggie roll. You won’t have to deal with any disgusting fish. Everyone wins.

Side Note: If you like things hot and spicy, order any type of sushi and top it off with the green paste that comes served on the side (it’s called wasabi and it’s a lifesaver). You won’t be able to taste anything besides the horseradishy/hot mustard spice so you’re safe. And an added bonus – if you do this while battling a cold, like most of us are this time of year, your sinuses and tear ducts will most definitely be clear by the time you finish just three wasabi-loaded pieces.

There you have it folks, fake it ’til you make it! You don’t even have to use chopsticks. People will think you’re a pro.

A Girlfriend’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

If you’re in a relationship, there are a lot of things to keep in mind about a Valentine’s Day. So here are my 10 rules for a successful Valentine’s Day for the girl in a relationship.Screen Shot 2013-02-13 at 5.35.52 AM

1. You will post photos of flowers on Instagram, and people will hate you. If you want to avoid being judged, don’t post a photo of flowers. People will just assume you got flowers like they did for the hundreds of years before Instagram and Facebook existed.

2. DO NOT set up your girlfriends on dates for Valentine’s Day! Are you serious? Talk about pressure.

3. Shave your legs, girlfriend. I know it’s the winter, but c’mon.

4. Send cards to your friends! Remember when you did that in elementary school? Everyone loved it then. They’ll love it now.

Screen Shot 2013-02-13 at 5.37.12 AM5. Wear a cute, Valentine’s Day-themed outfit covered in hearts because – let’s be honest – what girl doesn’t love pink and sparkly?

6. Cheesecake. Make something for your fave guy that you know he loves. Guys love sweets, too!

7. Buy a new dress. Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to buy a new dress. Want to be a great girlfriend and best friend? Take your best friend with you and both buy a new, fun dress.

8. Make reservations early.

9. Ignore Rom-Coms. It’ll only get you in a fight with your boyfriend.

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10. Don’t stay up to late. Let’s be honest. It’s only a Thursday…

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

The Single Girl’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

I will never understand why single girls dread Valentine’s Day. I love it. Pink and sparkly are two of the best things in life, and that’s what this day is basically all about. You have an excuse to dress girly, eat candy and drink a lot of booze – boyfriend¬†or not. How can you hate that? So here’s my single girl’s guide to enjoying Valentine’s Day, Ray Ray style.

Wear a cute (or cheesy) outfit. Today you can girl-it-up and no one can make fun of you for it. Seriously, go all out. Wear pink, red, sequins, hearts…all of the above… Really, anything your girly heart desires is fair game on this holiday.

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Own the fact you’re single.¬†A shirt like this says it all:

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Two words – Nail Polish. Take the time to do your nails special for the day. It’s a surefire way to wake up happy when your hands look like this:

Pink Nails

Eat an obscene amount of Conversation Hearts. This is the only time of year you can buy the best candy ever made. So enjoy it and have two boxes. Or give them to me. Either way.

Conversation Hearts

Accessorize. What better day than Valentine’s Day to carry this around with you everywhere you go?

Pink Flask

Drink pink champagne. You never need an excuse to pop bottles and for Valentine’s Day you are kind of obligated to do so – so this one is obvious. Grab a fancy glass and let loose.

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Make heart-shaped food.¬†Valentine’s Day is a perfect reason to make yourself themed food, which will in turn make you happy. Put together a special lunch, breakfast or dinner (or go crazy and do all three) with heart-shaped and red/pink-colored foods. How can you not have fun with a lunch that looks like this!

Heart Shaped Lunch

So if you are one of those single girls still sippin on a big glass of Valentine’s Day haterade, trust me – the holiday doesn’t have to be miserable. Take some of these notes and you will spend the day looking through rose-tinted glasses. Literally. See what I did there? Hahaha…

Fashion Confusion: Denim on Denim

It’s back…

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Not Britney & Justin, just the newest fashion trend I can’t pull off: denim on denim. This trend seems to be as controversial as leggings as pants and puffy vests – two more trends I’ve tried and failed.

Walking into Old Navy this weekend – yes, I love Old Navy – there was a whole wall of denim, button down tops. I immediately knew I had to have one…

I’m panicking because there are so many ways I can dress up my denim:

  • Tall boots and skinny jeans?
  • Ankle boots and straight leg jeans?
  • Add a necklace?
  • Add a scarf?
  • Belt it?
  • Statement earrings?

When I wore my D.O.D., I chose to wear skinny jeans, grey boots and a pink scarf. Still not sure how I feel about it. I definitely didn’t look like one of these fabulous ladies…

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So what do you think? Love or hate the look?

Help.

Tips for Bar Hopping in Frigid Temps

Winter Bar Hopping

This weekend is supposed to be absolutely freezing — just one of the many perks living in Minneapolis. But heaven forbid winter turn me in to a¬†hobbit. And I would hate for that to happen to you, so here are some tips to help you make it out to the bars, even though the sub-zero temps may try to hold you back.

  • Rule #1 – Pregame. Your alcohol blanket will become your best friend when venturing out for the night. Well, unless it backfires and you end up puking in an alley somewhere (not that I’m speaking from experience…) So be careful with this one, you don’t want to cross that fine line.
  • Ignore the haters – wear Uggs. You will be thankful for this outdated fashion statement when your feet are toasty and you aren’t struggling to make it across the¬†icy/slushy/wintry¬†streets in heels.
  • Have a cab driver’s personal number. Waiting outside in the cold trying to catch a cab at the end of the night is the worst. Have his number, call or text him as you begin rounding up the troops, give him your location and he’ll be waiting outside with a warm car. There is nothing better than that at the end of a good night out. Well that and Taco Bell of course.
  • Don’t bring gloves or mittens, you’ll just end up loosing one of them. It’s one of life’s cruel jokes. Instead, have strategically placed hand warmers you can use when outside and stash away when you get into the bar. And if you lose one – they are totally disposable so no worries! TIP: Open the hand warmers when you start pre-gaming. That way they’ll be nice and hot for you when you are ready to leave and need them the most.
  • Wear a cute scarf and/or hat. Lucky for you, scarves and hats done well never go out of style. If you can pull them off, definitely incorporate one or both of them into your outfit for the night. You won’t regret it…
  • But you will regret the mini skirt. STAY AWAY FROM THAT. Please. Want me to judge you at the bar? That’s how. Seriously, no one likes the girl in the skimpy party dress at the bar in the middle of winter. Who are you trying to impress?

7 Beauty Tips for Slackers

1. Keep your tweezers in the car and pluck in the parking lot, or when safely stopped at a stoplight. Ever looked at your eyebrows in the rear-view mirror – EEK! Save time in the morning by plucking in the car on the way to work. Plus, the natural light helps so you don’t miss some of those pesky strays.

2. Use L’Oreal BB Cream. It is a moisturizer (with SPF), primer and foundation all rolled into one. You can apply it same as you would moisturizer and it evens¬†out your skin tone almost perfectly. Set it with a little powder and you’re done. Best part? It lasts all day, even with oily skin!

3. Dry shampoo could save your life. Or use baby powder if you’re cheap like me. Sprinkle a little bit in your hair, tease it with a comb and you may fool some people into thinking you actually showered.

4. If you have a gross zit, try tooth paste overnight. It works (sometimes).

5. If you’re running late in the morning, bloated or hungover and just want to wear a t-shirt and jeans to work, throw on a cute scarf, earrings and nice flats. It’ll make you look like you actually tried.

6. If you don’t have time to shower, pin back those bangs. I’ve gotten compliment before while wearing my hair like this – like people actually think that’s what I wanted to do to my hair…

7. Pre-game heavily before you go out at night. I find that getting ready while buzzed gives you a steady hand to apply eyeliner and leads to overconfidence. Super easy to do your hair and make-up if you already think you look good.

Note: If this ends up having the opposite effect and you cry because you hate everything in your closet as well as your face – just go to bed and do NOT leave the house. I promise you won’t regret it.