Thursday, January 31, 2013

Valentine's Day Etsy Finds

Whether you love or hate Valentine's - there's a way for all to celebrate the day!
I have created another Etsy Treasury, all for under $40. Support artists and small businesses!

Valentine's Day for lovers and otherwise

Etsy sellers: LoveFromHettyandDave, TheMortarandPestle, NetieArt, SugarLaneBakeShop

Monday, January 28, 2013

Swanky Sweepin' Volume 67

Sweepstakes of the week


Milani lipstick  100 winners a day, ends 2/21

Vince Camuto item  5 winners a day, ends 2/1

Spa vacation  and 100 winners get a $100 SpaFinder gift card, ends 3/29

Trip to the Grammys  Ends 2/4


$100 Ikea gift card  10 winners a week and 2 winners a month of $500. LOW ENTRIES. Ends 8/31


Name a koala AND get a vacation to Australia  Ends 2/4

A billion eyeshadows  3 winners and 5 winners of $50 Sephora gift cards, Pinterest contest, ends 2/13

$250 Unique Vintage shopping spree  Ends 2/14

Photo: Douglas C. Pizac/AP, Milli Vanilli with their temporary Grammy awards

Monday, January 21, 2013

Swanky Sweepin' Volume 66


Your own Hollywood billboard  (for a few minutes) and 1,200 winners of makeup, ends 2/5


Movie tickets  50 winners a week, ends 4/30


6 Months of LUSH haircare  Pinterest contest, ends 1/25

12 pairs of shoes  from Nasty Gal. Ends 1/29

Trip to Hollywood for the premier of Oz The Great and Powerful  Ends 1/24

Hawaii vacation  Ends 1/29

$1,000 in groceries 30 winners, ends 2/11

$1,000 of Sole Society goods  and 4 runners-up prizes, Pinterest contest, ends 2/1

$1,000 Michaels shopping spree  4 winners, ends 1/28

photo: Angelyne in front of one her famous billboards

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Hendrick's Gin

BzzAgent sent me an invite to review Hendrick's Gin and I was like, "whaaaa... drink booze for half price?" and I instantly signed up even though I didn't think I liked gin.

Last time I drank the clear liquid I fell asleep on a Jersey City toilet, forehead on the seat. But that's another story for another time.

When I received the paperwork I was intrigued with their Victorian vibe, their use of the word "curiousitorium" (isn't it a great word?), and the rose and cucumber flavorings.
I instantly ran out and purchased a bottle, popped it open and took a huge whiff, thinking to myself, "EW, I DON'T LIKE GIN FOR SURE."

I waited for a few gal pals to come over to "suffer through" the cocktails with me... and then it happened. The cocktails were amazing. HEY WAIT A MINUTE, I LIKE GIN. We all like gin. At least Hendrick's gin, anyway. I suppose it's a more "grown up" flavor. I was not ready for Hendrick's gin in my 20s, but at the wise ol' age of 32 it is absolutely delish.

My wise ol' gut told me to stick with simple recipes. Let the gin shine, folks. This is not an alcohol that needs to be covered up with sweet juices and sodas. Keep it basic with a bit of soda water and light flavorings that compliment, not detract.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Swanky Sweepin' Volume 65


Trip to the Oscars  Ends 2/1

$250 Walmart gift card  30 winners, ends 2/4


Pink Schwinn and a Free People gift card  5 winners, ends 1/24

$1,000 gift card  10 winners, ends 2/26

iPad mini  10 winners, ends 3/10

Trip to Paris  Ends 2/15

Movie tickets  100 winners, ends 2/24

2013 Dodge Dart  Ends 1/25

Diane von Furstenberg glasses or a $500 gift card to  and help provide eye exams in the process, Pinterest contest, ends 1/31

photo: Aubrey Hepburn and her pal Oscar

Monday, January 7, 2013

Swanky Sweepin' Volume 64


Trip to London  Ends 4/30

A house  Ends 2/15

Teen Vogue  is STILL going on

Trip to Costa Rica  and 416 instant prizes, ends 4/7 (click on "don't have a code")

A gallon of Tabasco sauce  A winner a day, ends 12/31

84" 3D Smart TV worth $17,000  WHO EVEN HAS ROOM FOR THAT. That's cray. Ends 1/31


La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Aging Primer  1,000 winners, ends 1/10

Kindle Fire  500 winners, ends 1/31

$100 Marshalls gift card  25 winners, one grand prize of $1,000, ends 1/17

Beauty stuffs  All end 1/31

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Hangover Remedies for Whoreders

Did you drink too much last night? I'm writing this ahead of time, but I'm 99.9% sure that my future self did too.

There's plenty of things around your house to help out with that headache and upset stomach. No need to venture out into the wild with smeared makeup and bedhead looking for an answer to your problems. You're welcome. Let's heal together (in the privacy of our own homes).

Eat a banana (for potassium)
Drink an electrolyte-rich drink (Gatorade, coconut water, or even Pedialyte)
Ginger tea for nausea (chop up fresh ginger and add to hot water with a dash of honey, spicy delish)
Hot honey and lemon (hot toddy anyone? ohhh... wait.)
Take a mustard bath to draw out toxins (please tell me if you do this. Also I want pictures)
Get a foot massage (good excuse to get a pedicure, right?)
Drink apple juice
Make a tall glass of chocolate milk (and of course consume it)
Take a nap (I had this post scheduled because you know I'll be nappin' alllll daaaay)
Add a little salt to your water

Or of course you can continue the party and make yourself a tasty Bloody Mary. Mmmm. PINKIES UP!