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READ: Persil ProClean's Super Bowl Survey Proves Denver Bronco Fans Don't Eat Enough Buffalo Wings

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By HIHEELZbrooke · February 2, 2016

As a die-hard New England Patriots fan, I am not quite as excited about this Sunday's Super Bowl 50 game (Carolina vs. Denver) as I was about last year's game (#reigningchamps). And yes, I'll admit it: I cried a little bit in public two weeks ago when the Pats lost their spot to the Broncos. UGH. All I have been hearing since then is, "Blah blah, Peyton Manning, bla bla." I'm a Tom Brady girl all the way! 

Well, at least I still have something to look forward to on Sunday: THE FOOD! Buffalo wings are my biggest guilty pleasure, so if I can't root for my team, you can bet your damn Manning jersey that I will be going HAM on some wings. And America, I'm not the only one! 

<span><span><span>Persil® ProClean®, the premium stain-fighting laundry detergent, conducted their first-ever <span>Big Game Stain Survey to determine who is the messiest of sports fans, and in what ways. The results are in, and I'm cracking up. In the pool of 10,000 male and female game-watchers that were surveyed across the country, Persil® ProClean® revealed that:

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  • 64% (almost 2/3) have spilled food on their clothes during a Super Bowl party
  • 20% have changed their clothes during the game because of a beverage or food spill
  • 41% of those who spilled food on their clothes while watching the game found barbecue to be the most common stain AND the tougheset one to remove
  • 84% admitted to licking their fingers during The Big Game instead of using a napkin
  • ...and 48% of participants answered the question above with, "What… there's something wrong with that?" (My thoughts exactly!)
  • Overall, Carolina Panthers fans voted buffalo wings as their favorite Super Bowl snack, while Denver Broncos fans named dips as their #1


See, I knew I didn't trust the Denver Broncos...their fans don't eat enough buffalo wings!

Tell me: Who are you rooting for on Sunday?

Loves It: Desert Essence PSL Hand Cream

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By HIHEELZbrooke · October 21, 2015

While I prefer my caffeinated Fall beverages unsweetened with a splash of skim, that doesn't mean I don't enjoy a sweet treat for my hands!

Desert Essence Pumpkin Hand Repair Cream

I'm loving Desert Essence's new Pumpkin Hand Repair Cream ($8.99, desertessence.com). This decadent hand lotion is jam-packed with Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Vitamins A, C, E, and K, so it's just as moisturizing at it is delicious. (Don't eat it, though.) It also boasts reparative ingredients like Zinc and Licorice Leaf Extract to help even out skin tone and leave skin feeling soft and supple. Plus, it's 100% Vegan and cruelty-free. That's right—no animals were harmed in the process of making your hands smell like a #PSL.

At the risk of sounding basic, anything pumpkin scented makes me extra excited for Halloween, which is fast appraching...what's everyone going as?

READ: Getting Over Summer Sadness

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By HIHEELZbrooke · September 4, 2015

While I'm really excited that Labor Day Weekend starts in a mere 4 hours (yaaaas vineyard time!), I'm just as sad that that the date unoffically marks the end of summer. Personally, I am not ready to wave buh-bye to beach season and prepare for snow (at all), but believe it or not, some people are actually more depressed by sunshine and summertime—this condition is a certain type of Seasonal Affectie Disorder, and I wrote an article on it below.

Summer is often thought of as the most carefree season of the year, filled with sunshine, beach days and BBQs. However, for many people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a condition in which your mood is affected by the seasons, summertime is not when the living's easy—about 10-25% of America's 500 thousand SAD sufferers fall into their deepest depression during the summer.

...Head to ThirdAge.com, where Dr. Nzinga A. Harrison MD, Chief Medical Officer for ANKA Behavioral Health Inc. describes what causes summer sadness, five common symptoms of the disorder, as well as lifestyle tips for coping and prevention.

RUNNING IN HIHEELZ: Skylines & Sunshine: Bicoastal Besties Reunite at the Starting Line

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By HIHEELZbrooke · July 16, 2015

Posing with our bling after running 13.1 miles through the vineyards."I live my life through my friends.

My friend Haley said this over the phone the other day, explaining to me why sharing stories and experiences with friends is the only way she wants to live her life. Why travel to Hawaii alone if you can go with your BFF and discover you suck at snorkeling together? Why wallow in solitude over the text message you got from your crush when your bestie is sitting right there to help you nit pick his use of "Yes" vs. "Ya"?

Some may agree to disagree, but I am totally Team Haley on this one. I excitedly reminded her of the new life story we were in the process of penning together: training for our first half marathon bi-coastally (I'm based in New York City; she's out in California)—the Destination Races Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon on May 9th.

Even more thrilling—at the starting line, we'll be reuniting for the first time since we met four years ago.

Haley and I met back in 2011, on one summer night in Boston. Funnily enough, neither of us were even living there at the time—I was in town from upstate New York visiting an ex-boyfriend because I was 24 and impractical, and she was hailing from the suburbs to see college friends and a new love interest (who also happened to be my said-ex-boyfriend's best friend. Of course.) Needless to say, Haley and I began as perfect strangers when we found ourselves barhopping together on Landsdowne Street with a grab bag of mutual friends and former/current flames; we both ordered Pinot Grigio, commiserated over our lion-like humidity hair, and quickly realized we were already long-lost-twins-kind-of-friends.

You know that super-exciting feeling when you meet an ah-mazing guy at a bar with whom you have everything in common with, and ohmigod where could this go?! Meeting Haley was better, because I knew she'd actually talk to me again. (Zing. Sorry, boys.) Our mutual interests included, but were not limited to: country music, creative writing, coffee-by-day, wine-by-night, running, reading, biting wit, and even February 16th birthdays one year apart.

Fast-forward to 2015: Since our first time bonding in Boston, Haley and I have kept in touch and involved in each other's lives mostly through social media, crazily enough. As someone who hates on Facebook far more often that not (seriously, people—no one cares what you had for lunch, nor do I want to see that 84th photo of your infant), I never thought the words, "thank God for social media," would come out of my mouth. But thanks to Facebook chat, witty Twitter exchanges, and our mutual affinity for artistic and adventurous Instagram photos, it's been easy for us to keep up with each other.

But social media is certainly no stand in for real life. Since 2011, together, Haley and I have been through five boyfriends, four years, three cities, two years in grad school…and one unanimous decision that it was finally time to reunite in a big way.

So that's why we decided that signing up to run 13.1 miles through a vineyard together, and training for it for three months together-but-apart, was the best idea we've ever had. Just "meeting up" wouldn't do our friendship justice. Training is all part of the shared experience.

Even for someone who enjoys running, prepping for a half marathon is no small feat. The training schedule Haley and I follow requires us to go running at least five days a week, and let me tell you—waking up at 8am before brunch plans on a Saturday to do a 10-mile training run sounds a lot cooler than it actually is. It's exhausting. But the main thing that helps get me up and out from under my duvet is this: Even though I'm pounding pavement in Central Park and Haley is kicking up sand at Shoreline Park, I'm not doing this alone. Sometimes we'll even exchange training run Snapchats of city skylines and beach sunshine as motivational reminders.

In a way, training up to this big event is the fun part because we're running for something bigger. A friendship. A reunion. A new and shared life experience.

Oh, and the wine tasting station at the finish line.

Celebs: Look For Less: Khloe Kardashian

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By HIHEELZbrooke · June 27, 2011



Happy 27th Birthday to Ms. Khloe Kardashian! If I could take a wild guess as to how this gal is celebrating tonight, it's definitely going to be all out and in style. We're talking the entire Kardashian clan in tow, plus copious amounts of Krug and Dom Perignon at one of LA's hottest night clubs. Real-life mini horses bedazzled with glitter a la Lisa Frank are not ruled out, either.



And since I'm probably not going to be invited to this soiree, instead, I'm going to honor Khloe's special day by talking about how much I love her beachy outfit. One of my favorite looks ever is pairing long sleeves with shorts—it's so subtly sexy. Ms. Khloe uped the ante even more and sported a pair of wedges with her cuffed daisy dukes. Her cream-colored crochet cover up is gorgeous—it doesn't show too much, but it's lightweight and semi-see-through, so you can still catch a peek at her adorable string bikini. Two points for understated sexiness! KK finished off by accessorizing with a big gold watch and of course, her gargantuan engagement ring. (Hopefully she has her floaties packed in that lemon yellow tote, because she actually might sink wearing that thing!)



Lovin' the birthday girl's summer look? You can head to the beach donning the budget-friendly but just as cute version of Khloe's outfit—check out my finds above. :)

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