The past few weeks have been a happy, shimmery, indulgent blur of holiday joy.  A trip to NYC to celebrate my bestie’s birthday; a week and a half at home in D.C. with our families; plenty of festivities; some big family surprises; and, of course, Christmas!  So delicious, so rich, so cozy.

But now.  I feel the need for a detox or a juice diet or something comparably dramatic.  The gray and grizzly Chicago weather is befitting — I need some of that chilling, cleansing air.  Since I know I’d never actually follow through with a detox (I was curious about it a few years ago, but I read a few harrowing accounts of the hunger pangs you have to endure and quickly changed my tune), I’ve come up with a few “cleaning up shop” shortcuts that make me feel a little…fresher.  First, Sara Happ’s lip scrub ($24).  A girlfriend of mine gave me this, and I’m absolutely obsessed — perfect for chapped winter lips or…the inevitable red wine lip stain that accompanies the holidays.  (At least in my case.  I swear I have super absorbent lips — everyone else will be casually sipping a glass or two of malbec and look fine, and my teeth and lips will be awkwardly stained black from the wine’s pigment.  Haha.  Uncomf.)

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I love the crisp peppermint flavor, but she also has other flavors to pick from, like green apple, creme brulee, brown sugar, and red velvet…


Don’t forget to apply a moisturizing balm afterwards.  I typically use plain old Chapstick, but when I need the big guns, I use Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Cream ($25), a Magpie Mother favorite.  She swears by this stuff.  She put it on minor abrasions and cuts when we were children, chapped lips, cuticles, dry hands.

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Second, a good face scrub (I use Laura Mercier’s Face Polish — $30) followed by a deeply moisturizing lotion/gel ($37 — Clinique’s is super hydrating, but I am a recent convert to Dr. Perricone’s face finishing moisturizer — $69.  It has a light, non-greasy texture and a faint rose petal scent.  I’m obsessed.):


Third, constant access to Evian moisturizing spritzer ($14 for set of 2):

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Other items I am eager to try on this cleanse kick — anything by Koh Gen Do, a line that boasts amazing, mineral-rich “Cleansing Water” products.  I want to try their spa water ($39) and makeup removing cloths ($39):


I’m also intrigued (mainly by the packaging, I’ll admit) by Farmaesthetics herbal cleanser ($36 — and the color-accented washcloths are $4 for a pack of 10):

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I like all of the fresh herbs in there — I bet it smells amazing.  Switching gears a bit, I use Frederic Fekkai clarifying shampoo (with apple cider vinegar! — $25) a few times a year when I need a little extra cleanse and I really like the inexpensive Neutrogena grapefruit body scrub (smells great and yields a nice lather — $6.99) for a full-body tune-up:


After all of that, I’d want to slip into something crisp and freshly pressed, like my Claridge + King oversized oxford nightshirt ($108 — mine is monogrammed with our wedding date on the cuff!):

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And curl up in freshly laundered sheets ($290 for set) with a mound of mixed-print pillows (pillow 1 — $89, Z. Gallerie; pillow 2 — $85, Clayton Gray; pillow 3 — $16, Gracie’s Pillows):

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Or maybe — just some quiet, peaceful time, snuggled up with this cozy sweater ($269 — plus an extra 40% off!), some leggings, and some snuggly mocs ($39):



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What do you do to recharge after the holidays?!


  1. i am reading one of dr. perricone’s books, The Wrinkle Cure right now so i’m obsessing a little over skin care and have been taking my vitamins and using my vitamin c serum like crazy. i’m also starting the year only wanting classics and ordered some crisp brooks brothers pajamas, which i also got monogrammed. aaand i just cut up a bunch of fruits and veggies for green smoothies to get back to some clean eating for the new year. i feel refreshed already!

  2. I, too, have had a constant red wine stain on my lips since the first round of parties at the beginning of December! I just take my electric toothbrush and sort of exfoliate with the brush head without toothpaste and then use Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy at night – then my stain is gone by the morning.

    I’ve been really bad this holiday season. I got a second retail part-time job to make some extra cash and have not been working out, been going out a lot and basically every meal I’ve eaten since Thanksgiving was either a restaurant meal, take-out, or incredibly rich homemade holiday food. Starting January 1, I’m going to start drinking tons of lemon water, working out at least 3 times a week, and trying to eat very healthy. I’ve been enjoying the holidays but now I’m starting to feel the need to get back into the routine of work, gym, eating healthy, occasional splurge.

    Happy New Year!!

  3. Jen – The red wine lip comment made me laugh! I have had a lot of the same thing going on this holiday season!
    I totally feel you on the need to “detox” – I am looking forward to a nice body scrub, hair mask, at home mani/pedi and my new pj set from J.Crew to relax this evening!
    Happy New Year! Thanks for always delighting me with your witty posts in 2012…Looking forward to 2013! 🙂

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