Hangin’ Tough: Halloween Recovery Plan

“Heavy hangs the head that last night wore the crown.” One of my favorite Shakespearean lines by way of John Waters, and I’m reminded of it every time I wake up feeling rough after a wild night. It’s all fun and games until we wake up dehydrated and dry heaving. Halloween is often a night of excess for kids of all ages, whether it’s too many mini Snickers or too many Ginger Balls. With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year many a head will undoubtedly be hanging extra low on Sunday morning. Before the Halloween madness begins, let us explore some pre and post game plans to minimize the damage.

Hair of the dog – It’s so tempting to attempt to piece yourself together with a spicy Bloody Mary or an ice cold beer, but most experts agree that drinking more alcohol will just end up doing more damage. The hangover is essentially your body going through withdrawal symptoms from too much booze the night before, so the morning after cocktail is only putting off those symptoms. It gives your body more to deal with and is only delaying the inevitable hangover pain.

  Grease is the word – More bad news, kids… eating a greasy burger or deliciously fatty breakfast might not be the miracle hangover cure you think it is. Eating some fatty foods before a night of drinking can help, the oil will coat your stomach lining and can help to slow down the absorption of alcohol – but it won’t stop it from happening. A little pre-game pizza can help get you through that long night of partying with a little less pain, but it can’t stave off the hangover completely. Indulging in some greasy goodies when you’re feeling hungover might temporarily feel good (it’s called comfort food for a reason), but a heavy meal after a night of drinking can just irritate your already troubled tummy. Eating before a night of boozing is a better bet, and it’s the perfect excuse to order pizza (or two).

blub blubAlka-Seltzer – “Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is!” Alka-Seltzer has been around for over 80 years, and this fizzy stuff has been used by party animals to help soothe a booze soaked body, there’s even a Morning Relief formula made specifically for hangovers. Alka-Seltzer contains sodium bicarbonate (aka baking soda), and it can help settle your stomach but don’t start plopping fizzies just yet. It also contains aspirin and caffeine, the former can irritate your stomach and the latter will narrow your blood vessels and raise your blood pressure which can, you guessed it, make you feel even worse.

glitter pillsTake two and call me in the morning – Another “cure” that’s really more of a band-aid, over the counter pain killers like aspirin, ibuprofen, etc. may not be the cure-all you were hoping. If you do go this route, most experts agree to stick with NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen) and stay away from acetaminophen (aka Tylenol) as it can cause liver damage. Oh, and more bad news – the NSAIDs that won’t damage your liver can still irritate your stomach lining. Basically, these pain killers may help some people with some symptoms of a hangover but they won’t give you complete relief. In some cases, they can actually do much more damage.

  Coffee – It might put a little pep in your step but once you start crashing you might be facing a nasty caffeine withdrawal headache on top of dehydration. If you’ve gotta have that cup of coffee in the morning, it’s best to hydrate with some water and give your body a little time to recover before throwing back your favorite caffeine concoction.

  Water & Sports Drinks – Possibly the soundest of the hangover remedies is to attempt to re-hydrate your booze-addled brain. Start sipping water as soon as you can! Sports drinks have those magic little electrolytes that help with your recovery process, just remember they can be loaded with sugar. Get the best of both worlds, and make sure your fridge is stocked with coconut water. It’s hydrating, chock full of electrolytes, is naturally low calorie, and has less sugar than sports drinks and fruit juice.

  Sleeping Beauty – Your body metabolizes alcohol at the rate of about one drink per hour, so any extra time you can spend sleeping though the process makes things a little less painful. This is my personal favorite hangover “cure” because I am fortunate enough to be a easy sleeper and can (usually) fall asleep the instant my head hits the pillow. Essentially, I sleep through the majority of my hangovers and wake up feeling pretty good. If you’re a light sleeper make sure to have things that can help you stay asleep like: earplugs or noise cancellation headphones, eye mask, fresh sheets, etc. – whatever you need to help you stay comfy enough to get some extra Zzzzs.

In conclusion, there doesn’t appear to be any one magic bullet to zap a nasty hangover. Dang. There are some things we can do to help ease the pain, but it doesn’t appear that science has advanced enough to develop that miraculous cure. We don’t want to hear it, but we know… the best plan is to avoid going completely bananas in the first place. Drink smart by pacing yourself and making sure you have plenty of water in between rounds, try having one glass of water for every drink you drain. When that one friend starts shouting “SHOTS!” – shut that fool down and go get some tacos instead. Boooooring, I know, but it’s sound advice from an old lady who likes to drink.

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My So Called Halloween: Era themed Halloween Costumes

It’s Flashback Friday, Halloween style! We got into the DIY costume groove earlier this week and decided to keep it going with some of our favorite era looks. When it’s for a costume you can turn the volume way up on these and get a little campy, but these 60s, 70s, and 80s ensembles could easily be work year round!

60s

The 60’s. I love it, not only for Halloween. But even if you’re not a fan of the retro look, this one is EASY to pull off. I promise you, you have what you need in your closet right now! Wear a collared shirt, plaid is AWESOME (if you’ve got it) and button your collared shirts ALL the way up. It’s how they rocked them (And I still put this into my daily wardrobe anywho). Have pearls? great, put them on. You can find a great pair of cat eye glasses or be a super cute rock n’ roll 60’s chick and wear your sunglasses all night. I live in high waisted pants but you could also do a pencil skirt or a short above the knee mod look. For your hair, TEASE, TEASE, TEEEASE. It’s horrible I know, but it’s perfect and you’ll look amazing. Headbands are great too and if you wear it down flip out the ends. If you go with jeans, rock flats. It’ll be a super CUTE casual look and maybe bring along a vinyl record or two?

60’s Dressy/More Bridget Bardot

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This one is ALL about the hair. Tease Tease TEASE, pull up and pin in the middle of your head and add a bow to give it that authentic Bridget Bardot vibe. You can even just tie ribbon in place of purchasing a bow …how EASY is that? Make sure your hair has LOTS of volume and height. Daisies were SUPER big in the mid to late 60’s so if you’ve got daisy earrings or a pin that would be a definite plus. Any giant earring would do and make sure to do a pretty pink lip! The length of the dress I have on is above the knee which is perfect for a more mod 60’s look. Cat eye and black eye liner are also a must to complete this retro costume!

Late 60’s into 70’s Hippie-ish Era

No teasing or hairspray required for this late 60s/early 70s look it’s all about flowy locks and frocks. Find some groovy round glasses (Forever 21 has tons for under $10), a peasant top, and dig up some of those boot cut or flared jeans you refuse to throw out from the back of your closet. Now just layer on some necklaces and and just a touch of nude lipstick (or just clear gloss), and you’re ready to be an extra in an Almost Famous remake!

80s

EFFF5BF4-FC82-44FB-92FE-973108E4F1E0The 80s are totally tubular because you can pull out all your most bitchin’ colorful makeup and clothes and go wiiiiild! There are so many great pop culture references: the bubble gum 80s mall rats Valley Girl, those angular Nagel goddesses, Robert Palmer femmebots, or the shoulder padded beauties from Working Girl. And of course the queens of the 80s music scene: Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, and Siouxsie Sioux. Think big, excessive over-the-top technicolor magic. I grabbed an 80s style print dress and a white leather jacket (I knew it would come in handy one day!) out of my closet and went for as much color as my face could handle. I added some bright enamel bracelets, even the clacking of those bracelets took me back to the 80s. Like, totally!

Can you handle more Halloween fleek? Gird your loins because it’s heading your way!

All The Greats Procrastinate: Easy Last Minute Halloween Costumes

Halloween costume procrastination isn’t only for us over-thinkers, it can happen to everyone. There’s a lot of pressure to get a good costume, make sure you go to the best party, and score the best candy. Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, which ups the Holiday pressure ante. And just because you’ve spent days or weeks over analyzing costume ideas doesn’t mean you’ll actually make any decisions. Which is why your Google search for “easy last minute Halloween costumes” landed you here. But there’s no need to fret, we got you boos covered!  Feast your eyes on our offerings for quick and dirty fixes to your last minute Halloween costume needs!

Witch

witchipoo oliverYou can’t go wrong with a witch for Halloween, and it’s one of the easiest DIY costumes to do. You really only need to get a hat, which are readily available at any costume store or Target/CVS type of place. You can go as simple or crazy as you’d like with this one as long as you have the basics: black dress, witch hat, and black boots/shoes. You can be a scary witch, glam witch, The Craft teen witch, sandwich (j/k), warlock, or a wicked witch. Use your own makeup or invest a few dollars in some Halloween options, keep it classic or zhuzh it up any way you’d like.

Pajama Party

 

Normally I’m not a fan of adult babies, but I’ll make an exception for Halloween. Onesie pajamas and some pigtails can solve your costume woes, plus you can stay cozy and warm all night.

Holly Golightly

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetWho doesn’t love Breakfast at Tiffany’s? And who doesn’t own a simple black dress? This one was SO fun to do! If you’re a brunette this one will be really easy to pull together. Almost all of the jewelry you see pictured is under 9 dollars, purchased either from Target, Charming Charlie’s or Forever21. That’s a bracelet I pinned up in my hair and it worked SO WELL! The top bun is easy to do as well. I don’t have the longest hair right now, so I gather the most I can on the top of my head and the stuff that falls down towards my neck, I grab, twist and pin up the backside of my hair (towards the top, it stays put really well!) Next, I start to make a high pony but I only pull out just a bit of hair, enough to have a little bump. Then I wrap the remaining hair (there should be a lot) around the elastic of the pony tail and pin, pin, pin! It’s easy to do and really easy to manipulate. The wine isn’t part of the costume…it’s just a part of my life costume.

Old Lady Emoji

Love them or hate them, emojis are a part of our lives now. And while you can go out and buy an emoji costume or a poop hat, you can also make your own emoji magic at home without breaking a sweat. One of the easiest is the old lady emoji, all you need is baby powder and a hair clip/tie. Put your hair up into a bun and sprinkle powder into your hair to make it look gray. Boom. Emoji realness in less than 60 seconds. I know Grandma Emojina doesn’t wear glasses, but I wanted to add them in for flair. Don’t forget to put down a towel before you sprinkle on the powder, my bathroom still looks like a cocaine snowglobe.

Masks

Easy as 1-2-3, these masks are the ultimate last minute costume fix. I got all of masks in that photo at the .99 Cent Store – get this – my local store has all Halloween items on sale for buy one get one free. There are dozens to choose from: cutesy, scary, dramatic, creepy, and crazy. You can pair the mask with a recycled costume to complete your look. No muss, no fuss, and can be done for as low as $1!

Dead/Zombie Anything

zombie librarianI went for the “dead/zombie ________” a few years ago when faced with a time crunch and last minute party invite. I threw on a dress that I wasn’t crazy about, put my hair up in a disheveled up-do, added on some smeared makeup, and some fake glasses and was reborn as Edwina, zombie librarian. I think I even had some old books to carry around as props but ditched them almost immediately. Edwina was more interested in holding cocktails than overdue books. This is another good way to recycle an old costume – take just about any costume, add some fake blood and practice your best moans and groans.

Josie & The Pussycats

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetDo you own a leather jacket? Maybe a fun rock n’ roll skirt? Bright pink 80’s lipstick? If you answered YES to any of these, Josie and the Pussycats would be a SNAP! I threw on this leather jacket, tossed my hair back in a ponytail, put on my pink lips and voila … twas the cat’s meow. Leopard or pleather style leggings would work REALLY well and if you know any drummers you could borrow a pair of sticks. This would be a GREAT last minute group costume and way fun to do with your gal pals!

Ghost

 

A timeless classic, the old bed sheet ghost! Slip an old flat sheet over your head and cut out some eye holes for your peepers, and you’re good to go. Go for basic white or switch it up with a fun pattern, jazz up your death shroud with a nice brooch or a jaunty beret. Death shouldn’t limit your fashion choices. Cutting out eyes does mean ruining the sheet, but you can use something old that you’ve been meaning to throw out or pick up a cheapie solo sheet at Target or Big Lots.

Self Portrait

 

In a real pinch, grab a spare picture frame and go as a self-portrait! I went to a Halloween party a few years ago and someone came as a Van Gogh self portrait, it was pretty genius. If you aren’t able to recreate a classic painting, just do yourself up however you’d like and grab that frame. Just be ready for everyone to ask you to pose with them all night.

Wednesday Addams The pint sized queen of Halloween is Wednesday Addams. Ms. Addams is such an easy costume, all you need is a Peter Pan collar dress, braids, and a slight sneer. If you’ve got a partner in crime, maybe you can convince them to dress up as Pugsly! All they’d need is a striped shirt and a pair of black shorts. Ta-da!

Deer/Fawn

Oh, deer! I thought this one would be a disaster, but it was surprisingly easy and fun to do. The only things I needed to buy were two jumbo eye pencils from NYX, in Milk and Black Bean. Everything else I already had in my bag of tricks – it was basically just my regular foundation, powder, and bronzer. You can find oodles of deer/fawn makeup tutorials which range from super simple to dramatic, take your pick! I didn’t even watch a video, I just searched images and tried to recreate it as best I could. You can add in some ears, but I’ve seen lots of the tutorials use floral crowns (available at drug stores, craft stores, or beauty supply shops) or even nicely arranged branches.

Quick (And SUPER CUTE!) Animal Costumes!

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If you have animal prints in your wardrobe.  Bust them out! 

Cute animal costumes are a snap to pull together last minute! Animal ears are pretty much everywhere you’ll find Halloween costumes and they are really inexpensive, I paid only 6 dollars at Target for these super cute studded cat ears! Depending on the animal ears you choose (fox, cat, giraffe, zebra etc) toss on your best neutrals  you’ve got yourself a great last minute costume! If you have any animal print or furry type collars or sweaters, bust them out, they will definitely add that next level! You can also spice it up with some face paint or just use a black eye liner pencil like I did. This one was Elf and it was a dollar. Stawp it.

Stay tuned for more Halloween themed fun on Fleek Week!