It's the most maddeningly hectic time of the year. Whoops, scratch that! We meant wonderful time of the year... but, you know, it's stressful all the same. You don't need us to tell you that the holiday season brings with it a flurry of activities that can range from delightful (champagne with your besties) to miserable (forced family fun in matching outfits). And whether your day feels naughty or nice, it all equates to a big whirl that makes it tough to keep up. Luckily, we have Bravolebrities to help us navigate any situation that might pop up in the next month.
Below, we've crafted a holiday survival shopping guide using some sage advice from Bravo stars. Whether you need to sidestep a potential bathroom snafu, brighten a little one's day, or simply get tipsy in style — and then keep your hangover at bay, keep scrolling. We've got a fix for you! And if we're as funny as we think we are, you might even have a few stress-relieving chuckles along the way. Now, get on with your holidays.
For When You Need to Class Up Your Dinner Table
When dinner-hosting duties fall on you, you might want to spruce up your typical place settings. Take a cue from Yolanda Hadid, who uses roses from Venus et Fleur to beautify her own parties. You can customize your arrangements by choosing a box color and a rose color. And — here's the best part — the arrangements last for about a year. So down the line, you could use them as a hostess gift. (Some call it regifting. We call it being green.)
For When You Have Six Parties in a Week
'Tis the season for white-elephant swaps with your college besties. And for your office holiday party. And, perhaps, for a S'Mores and Whores soiree. Bottom line: You have a lot of parties to hit this season, and you don't have time to pick up a new pair of tights for each of them. Enter Sheertex. Our editors have test-driven these ultra-durable tights, and can testify: These things. Will. Not. Rip.
For When You Just Need to Relax
You've trimmed the turkey, you've wrapped the gifts, you've had a meltdown over how long the grocery-store lines are. (Just us?) Now, it's time to chill a little. Bravo personalities ranging from Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave to Teresa Giudice have all posted about the soothing benefits of lying under a weighted blanket. So, why not add one to your cuddling-up-on-the-couch-and-watching-holiday-movies ritual?
For When a Bad Hair Day Is Not an Option
Headed straight from work to a holiday party? And your ex might be there? For days when blow-dry pit stops are not an option but you kind of need to have a Kyle Richards-worthy mane, here's a tip: Sleep on a Slip Pure Silk pillowcase the night before. As one of our editors discovered firsthand, these silky wonders make bad hair days a thing of the past. The brand just launched this gorgeous new pink agate colorway with a matching sleep mask ($50), exclusively at Bloomingdale's.
For When You Need to Delight a Wee One
As a mother of five, Jennifer Aydin knows a thing or two about what kids like. So when The Real Housewives of New Jersey mom indicated that her own tots love the rainbow-colored Sour Belts from Dylan's Candy Bar, we had to stock up on a few. The holiday season tends to bring plenty of visitors, and if a little one drops in on you unexpectedly, you'll have a sweet gift handy. (You can even stress-snack on a few belts yourself. We won't tell anyone.)
For the Ultimate Hostess Gift
Dorinda Medley is a loud and proud fan of Nest Fragrances candles, especially during the holidays. So if you want to make your next hostess gift nice, pick up the brand's oh-so festive holiday candle. It comes in a smart, simple glass decked with gold stripes, and it's scented with notes of vanilla, pomegranate, and other delicious things.
For Your Toast to 2020
A shiny new decade calls for a toast. As you ring in 2020, pop the cork on Heather Dubrow's bubbly label of choice. And if you're feeling extra generous, you can make like The Real Housewives of Orange County alum and give each of your New Year's Eve party guests a bottle to take home. (Or save a few for your New Year's Day mimosas.)
For Your Raging Hangover
Speaking of champagne, you might want to have some Midol handy to ward off any nasty hangovers this season. According to cocktail guru Ariana Madix, the pill is "the best hangover cure in the world." And yes, that goes for men, too!
For When S--t Happens
Sometimes, that holly-jolly crab dip doesn't agree with your stomach. For any potentially awkward bathroom situations that might pop up while you're making the holiday-party rounds, it doesn't hurt to keep a bottle of Poo-Pourri handy. Yep, we said it — and we're not alone. Tamra Judge has also posted about the odor-blasting product.
For Your Last-Minute Manicure Needs
Need a coat of polish to finish off your party look? And, um, need it fast? Essie has you covered with its new Quick-Dry nail polish. Available in 40 gender-neutral shades, the product has an angled brush that makes self application easy for everyone — even if you're not a D.I.Y. mani pro like Kyle.
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