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Birthday Giveaway: Two for the Money {CLOSED}

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This week, we have two CHS Anniversary giveaways.  The first is this lovely bracelet from Astley Clarke’s Biography Collection.  A modern, sophisticated take on the friendship bracelet, this Bowie bracelet has a gold chain wrapped in beige silk cord with a smokey quartz charm on the end.  It looks great on its own or layered with other pieces.

Astley Clarke is one of my favorite shops, so don’t miss out on their great pieces.  I especially love their rings.  This grey aquamarine ring has been on my lust list for some time now.

The Biography Collection is all about symbols and meaning, and smokey quartz is supposed to have calming properties.  So to enter this giveaway, leave a comment explaining what you do to bring a little calm into your life when things get hectic.  In other words, tell me what you do when you just need to relax and re-center yourself.

This bracelet was provided for the giveaway by the fine folks at Astley Clarke at no cost to me.  However, they placed no guidelines on the giveaway.  All opinions are my own.

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The second giveaway is happening over on Instagram, and it’s a doozy.  The giveaway features one bag and three pouches filled to overflowing with 250+ beauty samples from brands like Cargo, Zoya, Phyto, Philosophy, Oscar Blandi and more.  The giveaway also includes 12 full-size products from some of my favorite brands like Psssst, Yes to…, OPI, Carol’s Daughter, Ole Henriksen, etc.

I collected these samples and full-size goodies over the past few months and filled a few makeup bags (one of which is Tory Burch) with them in preparation for this giveaway.  There are more than enough great products in those bags to keep any beauty maven in lotion, eye cream, shampoo, nail polish and wrinkle cream until 2015.  If you win, I suggest having a party and inviting your girlfriend’s over to drink wine and swap products.  Of course, if you wanted to keep them all to yourself, I wouldn’t blame you.

To enter the Instagram giveaway, follow @CapHillStyle on Instagram and leave a comment with the name of your favorite beauty product.  Good luck!

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  1. Chi says:

    I do yoga and take a bath with scented candles and light music.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  2. Sarah Taggart says:

    Yoga. Lots and lots of yoga.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  3. Noelle says:

    Light some candles and journal

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  4. Ashley Jones says:

    To re-center I like to talk to my best friend that lives in TN. Facetime and a bottle of wine can make for an excellent ladies night in for far away friends!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  5. Nora says:

    my favorite coffee shop in NYC + pain au chocolate + a great book + a couple hours to myself = relaxation. Feeling anonymous in the big city can be calming!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  6. Kelley K says:

    An energizing hot yoga class or a great mystery novel.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  7. tuttle says:

    step outside and take a short breather in the fresh air!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  8. Angela says:

    I love doing yoga. It really helps me relax!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  9. CAM says:

    A book on the couch, and in front of the fireplace in the winter

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  10. Sushu says:

    I reorganize my closets: clothes, shoes, linens, towels, kitchen cabinets etc. When it’s all neat and tidy, then I feel calmer and accomplished and energized to take on a bigger task.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  11. ACD says:

    I drink a glass of wine and paint my nails. Something about painting my nails is very soothing to me!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  12. Molly says:

    Paint my nails. Concentrating on painting neatly instead of everything else really calms me down.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  13. Amanda says:

    deep breaths. and wine.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  14. Megan says:

    I read the fluffiest novel I can find on my Kindle

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  15. Katie says:

    Wine (lots) and really loud music.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  16. M says:

    I groom my horse. Nothing like the impossible task of brushing a horse clean to distract your brain!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  17. Rachel P says:

    I head across town and enjoy a visit with my father. He is always so calm and doesn’t let the little things bother him, so it rubs off. We meander through his garden and look at his vegetables and flowers- relaxes me and puts things in perspective!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  18. Blair says:

    All I need is an hour of rowing to reduce my stress

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  19. Rachel C says:

    To de-stress, I go for a run on some trails in the woods near my house or listen to Jack Johnson

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  20. Kitty says:

    Get up ridiculously early to hop on a plane and fly to the Bahamas, drink a quick beer after customs, reunite with friends and then head to a secluded beach for the sunset.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  21. Hillary B. says:

    I like to spin or kickbox away my feelings and go to bed early. It may be a little aggressive, but it’s the best way to release unneeded energy and then recharge.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  22. Allison says:

    Candles, wine, kindle, acoustic station on songza – I’m such a girl but it is my no-fail relaxation routine.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  23. LK says:

    A long run without a watch or headphones!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  24. Ann says:

    I kick back with my husband, some wine and a good movie or TV show.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  25. Megan says:

    I tend to nap when I’m stressed out. It’s not always very productive or helpful in the long run. (apparently it’s a family trait…that’s my dad’s reaction to stress too)

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  26. Veronica Sanchez says:

    In order to unwind I put fresh sheets on the bed, take a long shower, put on a fresh set of PJs and curl up with my remote 🙂

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  27. Sara says:

    I love curling up on the couch with my boyfriend and watching children’s fantasy movies with a glass of wine to relax after a long day.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  28. Alexandra says:

    For me, I brew a pot of loose leaf tea in my clear glass teapot, and sit outside to do some sketching. If weather is not cooperating, I usually end up cooking a ridiculous amount of Indian food and watching Disney movies to help unwind!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  29. Sarah R. says:

    I’ll go see a fun movie by myself with a bag of popcorn

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  30. Catherine says:

    I love to play on photoshop or do something crafty to keep my hands busy and my mind free when I’m stressed out. And of course wine is involved.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  31. Laura says:

    When life gets really hectic (like this week!) I schedule a 6:30am yoga class to get my day started calmly. I am NOT a morning person so in my mind this deserves a medal…or some pretty jewelry..!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  32. Kristen says:

    I go on a run or call a friend who I know will make me laugh.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  33. Ashley says:

    Every day after work I go home, make some homemade guacamole, and much on that while enjoying a couple episodes of Friends. Nothing better than a good laugh to chase your stress away.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  34. WW says:

    When I’m really stressed, I like going for a run at night in a quiet, residential part of the city.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  35. LS says:

    I take a long, hot bath

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  36. JAG says:

    I drink a cup of tea. Coffee won’t cut it!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  37. adrienne says:

    i do a mini spa day. get my eyebrows reshaped, manicure, and pedicure.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  38. Sarah says:

    Dinner or drinks with my girlfriends!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  39. Kasey says:

    I go for a quick run on the lakeshore path. Seeing the Chicago city skyline always seems to put everything into perspective for me.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  40. Kelly says:

    I pour myself a glass of wine and call my Mom.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  41. Lauryn says:

    I go for a nice long run!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  42. Caroline says:

    Running or bikram yoga every day.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  43. Aunt_Pete says:

    There’s nothing like a run for stress relief. I’m also a big fan of long, hot showers and reading in bed.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  44. Heather says:

    Just discovered hot yoga. I HATE regular yoga, so wasn’t too excited going in, but afterwards I felt so calm yet so energized. Love it!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  45. Eleni says:

    Call my Mom!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  46. Erica says:

    Plenty of yoga, followed by a quiet night in with dessert and wine!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  47. Melissa says:

    I take a long shower and convince someone to give me a back rub.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  48. Kate says:

    I see a movie by myself. You don’t have to discuss with anyone what you want to see, where you want to sit, or worry about whether they liked it.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  49. CJ says:

    I love to find a quiet place and get lost in a good book. It allows me to check out of my life for a bit.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  50. Diane says:

    During the workday, anything to quickly break up the routine and gather my energy back up is good. I will either go make myself a hot cup or herbal tea or I will find an excuse to take a brisk walk around the office. Sometimes just getting out of your cube for five minutes is a big help!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  51. m says:

    To relax and calm down anywhere, I take a few moments for mindful breathing and meditation as I was taught in my yoga class.

    It helps me calm down on airplanes (I get anxious flying), during stressful days at work, and when I can’t fall asleep at night.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  52. Anne says:

    I’m very lucky because I have my horse stabled relatively close to my office. Going out and visiting him, even if I don’t have time to ride, is a completely calming experience. My guy is a big puppy dog — unconditional love without the slobbering and bouncing.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  53. Mags says:

    For some reason high-stress cooking shows (Chopped, anyone?) always relax me. Side effect: they also make me hungry …

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  54. Annabelle says:

    I’ll take a nice looong shower and talk to my man, or my mom!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  55. DW says:

    When I’m very stressed, nothing calms me down like cooking or baking. Usually the more steps involved in the recipe, the calmer I am by the time it’s ready.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  56. AMB says:

    It’s a little weird but I find I’m most calm after a good boxing session!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  57. Kate says:

    A glass of wine in our courtyard.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  58. BP says:

    Paint my nails while watching a good TV show.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  59. Courtney says:

    Despite growing up only a little more than an hour outside of D.C., my small rural town is like being in a different world. When I’m stressed out, I head to my mama’s house and get away from all the D.C. crazy.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  60. LeslieJeannene says:

    a long walk with the dogs on the W&OD or, you know, wine.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  61. Linda L says:

    I play with my puppy.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  62. Mallory says:

    To de-stress, I do yoga. During the work day, listening to music or taking a quick walk outside helps me stay calm.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  63. cheng says:

    Have a good meal with friends, conversation and of course – a drink or two.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  64. JMW says:

    Exercise works always brings a little calm into my life.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  65. Sleigh731 says:

    Running or an intense spin class.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  66. Brittnie says:

    A wine night and movie marathon with my girlfriends always does the trick!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  67. MFL says:

    One of the 3 Ps – pilates, porch, or pool!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  68. Megan says:

    i find a long run clears my mind and and brings a fresh perspective to whatever is bothering me. if my legs give out before my mind is settled, i resort to a bottle of wine.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  69. Debbie says:

    Exercise, a good book or a delicious piece of dark chocolate. Maybe a cocktail thrown in for good measure.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  70. Heather says:

    Coffee and walking, and okay… a little QVC.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  71. Emily says:

    A long hot shower

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  72. Nora says:

    take a bath with a bath fizzie from lush!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  73. Samantha says:

    When I’m very stressed and need to recenter myself, I like going on long leisurely walks around the city with my fiance or one of my friends.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  74. Janine says:

    Looking at beautiful things helps to relax me, so I will climb into bed with a magazine, a cup of coconut hibiscus tea and turn on one of my favorite movies (Eat Pray Love or Love Jones) and become oblivious to the world around me!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  75. Catherine B says:

    I’m a stress organizer. Once I get my personal life and living space in order, I feel like my mind can be clear and I can focus on solving important problems.

    Big papers in college? Organize my close? Thesis due? Time to purge my closet and give my unwanted stuff to stressed friends! Big trial at work? Better make sure all the kitchen cupboards are in order!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  76. Deborah says:

    To clear my mind, I will either bake something or cross-stitch. Both require me to focus on something I enjoy.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  77. Katherine says:

    In the summer, I like to clear my head by taking long walks. In the winter, I take time to enjoy a nice large cup of piping hot tea.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  78. Aubrey says:

    I like to pour myself a glass of red wine and read a book, usually one I’ve read a million times like Pride & Prejudice

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  79. Emily says:

    I give my self a full-on pampering night and end it curled on the couch with a classic movie or book.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  80. Heather says:

    What do I do to calm down? I honestly watch TV and have a glass of wine. But it has to be a really good show that allows me to only think about the movie. Then after about 15 minutes I’m okay!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  81. Ann says:

    Clean my house like a woman possessed

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  82. Nicole says:

    I look at pictures of vintage Pyrex on the internet. Stacks of dishes in cupboards are about the apex of charm, and I love dreaming of the day I live in a little country cottage instead of a hot, loud city apartment.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  83. RMS says:

    watching a silly yet instructive tv show (i.e. what not to wear, my cat from hell, bar rescue) always calms me down.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  84. Holly says:

    Baths + body scrub. I feel like I am literally scrubbing away my stress!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
    • Holly says:

      Awh man, that should have been a “figuratively” not a “literally.” Word usage fail!

      August 13, 2013/Reply
  85. Lisa Erlanger says:

    Not gonna lie…there’s nothing more soothing than having some ice cream (straight from the container).

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  86. CML says:

    Taking my dog out for a long walk is my daily centering ritual. But if I need to take out the big guns, an oatmeal bath with a glass of wine usually does the trick!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  87. Montana says:

    Try to become one with nature! Favorites are : hike up a mountainside and just and daydream, sit next to a creek and listen to the water. birdwatching, kayaking, a glass of cold reisling!!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  88. Alexis says:

    I lift weights. I don’t know what it is about picking heavy stuff up and putting it down again, but I always end up with a sort of adrenaline rush/feeling of empowerment that helps me manage stress and anxiety. As an added bonus I’m starting to develop pretty sweet delts, so there’s that.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  89. kelly says:

    long showers or yoga!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  90. Elyse G. says:

    I always head straight to the yoga mat.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  91. Amanda says:

    I spend an afternoon with a magazine or a good book.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  92. pam says:

    i go for a run when i need to relax/clear my head

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  93. Hope says:

    I go running and/or soak in a hot bath.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  94. Hanan says:

    I read great fashion blogs like yours to bring a little calm! Thanks for the great giveaway!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  95. Caro says:

    During the school year, I head to the gym! Takes me away from whatever is stressing me out – classes, work, etc. – while allowing me to feel like I’m getting something accomplished.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  96. Caitlin says:

    I put my phones on silent, turn off the iPad and grab a book. An adult beverage never hurts either 🙂

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  97. Lar says:

    I go for a run followed up with a soak in a bubble bath, a glass of red wine and a good book. Works wonders!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  98. J says:

    Sometimes i’ll cancel my Sunday plans and stay in bed napping and watching movies all day. Turning my brain off if a huge help. Other times I’ll do some yoga and then take a bath with a glass of wine.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  99. Danielle says:

    I’m a compulsive list maker, and as un-relaxing as it sounds, I love rewriting my to-do or grocery lists.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  100. Melanie says:

    I workout and come home and read a book!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  101. Shannon says:

    To relax and escape how hectic life in DC can get I love to go for a run along the mall in the early morning or evening and past the monuments (it is the best when there are no tourists).

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  102. Jessica says:

    I bake while drinking wine. Whether it is pies, cookies, cupcakes, etc… knowing I can take several steps and arrive at the expected outcome is very calming. The wine is just an added bonus.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  103. Katie says:

    Exercise – Running, Walking, Lifting Weights, Cardio Class … anything to break a sweat.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  104. A.C. says:

    Early evening walks in my lovely neighborhood (Capitol Hill, incidently). I secretly critique all the gardens.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  105. GNG6 says:

    5 minutes of browsing the silliest cat .gifs I can find will put me at ease!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  106. Cait says:

    A good cup of tea, usually Irish Breakfast with a touch of milk and honey, and a good book.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  107. Elle says:

    Yoga and/or cardio. It shuts off my brain long enough to recharge.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  108. Laura P says:

    Head across town and sleepover at my parents house. Nothing like being pampered by your parents and sleeping in your childhood bedroom.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  109. Alicia says:

    Well – if I’m at home I drink a glass of wine or go for a walk. However – if wine is not an appropriate action I have a few inspirational fortune cookie quotes taped to my computer and in my wallet.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  110. Genevieve says:

    I turn all my electronic devices off (including my Kindle). Light a candle, put on a face mask, and read a physical book in my bed.

    Never fails.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  111. Christine says:

    Real stress requires something physical to manage it. I like to give my horse a bath and spend a long time grooming. It’s mindless, repetitive and soothing. Plus he really enjoys it!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  112. Amanda says:

    Bubble bath and wine. Cliché, but it works!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  113. Christine says:

    Real stress requires me to do something physical to manage it. I like to give my horse a bath and spend a long time grooming. It’s mindless, repetitive and soothing. Plus he really enjoys it!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  114. Mia says:

    I go for a run!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  115. Megs says:

    Chocolate, wine and a good book.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  116. J says:

    Depends a lot on what’s causing the stress, but either a long hike over tricky terrain (having to balance keeps you from thinking too hard about when the next memo is due) or a Lion King sing-along usually does the trick.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  117. Sally says:

    Bike rides, even short ones. Baths, especially with wine and a well-loved book. Nature: camping if possible, but the Botanical Garden will do in a pinch.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  118. Lesley says:

    A run or pilates!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  119. Brenna says:

    I go horseback riding ~ clears your head and exhausts you so that you’re too tired to think/stress anymore.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  120. dancinglonghorn says:

    I love love love astley clarke. When life gets hectic, extra sleep and a bubble bath with bath oil always helps me.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  121. gabrielle says:

    I go for a run, clean the bathtub and put fresh sheets on the bed. Then I have a princess bath (bubbles and candles and wine) and slip into a freshly made bed to read a book or magazine. Sometimes that’s the perfect Friday night!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  122. Diane says:

    Glass of wine and a movie!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  123. MG says:

    Red wine with mac and cheese. It says I’m classy, but I’m here to party.

    If I’m too too stressed, red wine and a hot bubble bath.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  124. Natalie says:

    Yoga, a jack and diet coke, and some Kraft Mac n cheese (not all at once!)

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  125. Les says:

    A cup of coffee everyday. Or a long run. Or I read a quick mystery book like the Father Brown series.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  126. Valerie says:

    Read!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  127. Kelly says:

    A bubble bath, champagne and The West Wing on Netflix.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  128. E says:

    Wine and a movie.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  129. bella says:

    Bake and cuddle with my SO.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  130. Jordan K. says:

    A long drive, blasting and singing along to some of my favorite songs.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  131. CR says:

    I take an evening to turn off my phone, put away my computer, and drink a scotch while reading or painting. I find that getting away from any and all glowing screens is a huge part of feeling relaxed for me.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  132. Liz says:

    I go to Bikram Yoga!!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  133. Amanda says:

    I soak a washcloth in cold water and mix in peppermint and lavender oils and give myself a cold compress.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  134. Lauren P. says:

    Deep breathing and positive thinking work wonders!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  135. Lauren says:

    I go for a run. Or I pour myself a glass of wine and catch up with shows on my DVR.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  136. Emily says:

    Calming essential oils and a book in bed!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  137. Vinutha says:

    I bake something. I put on some music, get out my ingredients and go to town.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  138. CT says:

    play my ukulele!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  139. ohraq says:

    I take a bubble bath, do a facemask and watch house of cards

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  140. Charlene D. says:

    I do yoga and spend some time just chilling by myself doing whatever I feel like doing.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  141. Amy says:

    Find a Zumba class and dance it out!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  142. Claire says:

    Settle in with my well-worn copy of Pride and Prejudice. Always helps!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  143. Morgan Y says:

    Go for a walk if it is warm and then try to zone out and watch something funny.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  144. Jamie says:

    Red wine!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  145. TC says:

    Late night cleaning my home is my de-stresser. Otherwise a painfully-good sweaty workout makes me feel great!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  146. Dianne says:

    Working out or vegging out in front of the TV.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  147. Karen says:

    To relax? I get a hug from my pug, Doug 🙂

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  148. Nicole says:

    Today is one of those stressful days. I’m going to go home and run on the treadmill until I’m dead tired. Running has become my savior — especially when you have good tunes to listen to. I run the stress out of me.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  149. M O'Sullivan says:

    A nice, warm bath and a good book or magazine.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  150. Lexi says:

    Watching International House Hunters on TV!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  151. JRA says:

    I turn off all electronics and leave the room my phone is in, put on my favorite comfy sweats and take a few deep breaths with my eyes closed. Then I open a bottle of wine and force my very fluffy cat to cuddle!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  152. Michelle says:

    I take a bath or if I don’t have the time a hot cup of coffee always provides me a little relaxation.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  153. Double L says:

    Big beautiful glass of malbec, super lovely vintage nightgown paired with a big snuggly sweater, only candles, and an old audrey hepburn movie or i love lucy reruns. Brings me calm every time.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  154. Shana says:

    Pilates and a giant glass of Malbec (consecutively, not simultaneously!) relax me so well!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  155. BT says:

    Yin Yoga and listen to cello music.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  156. Lauren says:

    I watch a movie that I love and enjoy a glass of wine!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  157. EFH says:

    Go for a run or take my dog to the beach

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  158. Virginia says:

    I call my mom for her wisdom and kindness – a talk with her always helps me put things into perspective. Silly cat videos on YouTube help too 🙂

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  159. CTM says:

    A glass of wine and nice long soak in the bathtub!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  160. Kathryn says:

    When things get really hectic and overwhelming, I do a small cleaning task I’ve been neglecting, like washing a couple of dishes or cleaning the trash out of my car. Knowing that I accomplished that one task makes me feel like everything that else that’s weighing me down can be just as easy to get done.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  161. Elizabeth says:

    i take a nice, long hot shower

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  162. Emily says:

    Write a list and add silly simple things to it like go to the bathroom, eat an apple, etc. That way I can begin to cross things off and feel like I’m making progress.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  163. Denise B says:

    If I can, I try to get out of the city. Or at least to some open space. A trip to a winery, a round of golf, or even just a picnic on Roosevelt Island will get to step away from the hustle and slow down.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  164. Mary B says:

    Steaming clothes with my garment steamer to get the wrinkles out. It’s so satisfying to remove the wrinkles easily and the noise of the steam is calming!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  165. Rachel says:

    I go to my favorite coffee shop with a good book and just have some cell phone-less “me time.”

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  166. Annie says:

    Bikram Yoga. Seriously de-stressing!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  167. Melissa says:

    Go for a run. Or drink a glass of wine 🙂

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  168. Stephanie says:

    chats with my college roommate, which undoubtedly involve a lot of giggling

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  169. strin012 says:

    I have a roof deck and the sunsets over the Washington Monument are breathtaking. That’s my go-to place to relax and read.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  170. Anne says:

    I get a manicure/pedicure.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  171. Staci says:

    I go for a walk in the summer. In the winter I paint my nails.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  172. Anna says:

    I relax by getting off the computer and reading or baking or taking a walk.

    (Also, these giveaways are great, but I am sad that I cannot enter the one on instagram – the only way to currently have an account is to have a phone or something that runs the app, which I do not have… whomp whomp for me…)

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  173. elz says:

    When I need to recenter myself, I usually go for a run or hit the gym. Either way gives me uninterrupted time.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  174. Yanira says:

    Put in my earplugs and read The Chronicles of Narnia. Scented candle optional.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  175. Paige says:

    What exactly I am doing now, Tension Tamer Tea and blog surfing.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  176. JH says:

    I go for a long run, and then take a shower until I’m all out of hot water

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  177. Allie says:

    Going on walks really de-stresses me. Something about being outside, in nature. The 4 mile loop from my place to Meridian Hill Park is my current favorite.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  178. Jessica says:

    doing my nails and hanging out with my cat always helps me relax!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  179. KJL says:

    Ballet classes… they require so much concentration on what you’re doing in that moment that everything else falls away. 90 minutes later I’m physically tired and mentally refreshed.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  180. Jaime says:

    A bubble bath, a glass of wine, food magazines

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  181. Emily says:

    I take a walk in a nice area, like a nice town street or the forest. And I take time to notice all the little things during that walk. No agenda, just time to breathe and notice life.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  182. Elizabeth says:

    Massage, wine and a good book. Repeat as necessary.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  183. JB says:

    I relax by setting aside a quiet night to light a candle, paint my nails, and pop open a bottle of wine.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  184. Rachael says:

    I love spending a night in by myself, drinking some wine, ordering takeout, and watching a good movie to rest and recharge.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  185. Brittany M says:

    A long walk around DC with my Van Morrison playing in my earbuds. I did 6 miles the other day as I prepare to start a new job!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  186. Megan says:

    I go for a run if I need to get far away from distractions at home. Otherwise, I take a bath.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  187. Kara says:

    Long, hot bath, trashy magazine and a martini. Works every time!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  188. Kristen says:

    Yoga never fails to bring a little calm into my life.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  189. Alyse says:

    Wine and a romantic classic, a la 16 Candles or When Harry Met Sally.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  190. Whitney says:

    A good hard workout is what I need most to feel more like myself again.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  191. Hilary says:

    A few deep breaths and a few dabs of essential oils (I like Tata Harper’s Aromatics!)

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  192. Mary says:

    Grab my friends and go to a hot yoga class!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  193. Hailey K. says:

    I put away all of my electronics and go sit on my balcony in silence and think about anything and everything.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  194. Jenny says:

    I cuddle with my cat! She has given me innumerable smiles and melts my heart every single day.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  195. Jessica says:

    A few minutes of quite time with an iced coffee always calms me down.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  196. Jessica says:

    A few minutes of quiet time with an iced coffee always calms me down.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  197. Stephanie says:

    I am trying to get into meditation and try to focus on my breathing. In the office I have a water view out my window, so I watch the boats go by.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  198. Lynn says:

    Nothing calms me down like a good run. I tried yoga, but that actually pretty stressful to me. It didn’t clear my mind at all; it just gave me quiet time to freak out and worry. Running makes my mind silent, and if I’m running outside, grateful.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  199. Tanya N says:

    Some light book reading helps me relax and get away from it all.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  200. Jules says:

    Read a book; there’s nothing better!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  201. Hannah says:

    I spend the morning taking a Barre3 class or sit down with a mug of tea and a great book!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  202. Amanda says:

    A good book and wine!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  203. Emcie Kaye says:

    I make a to-do list, and then delegate when (usually a day) I’m going to complete each task. Knowing that I have all of my tasks written out and scheduled relieves my anxiety, especially with my wedding being a mere 18 days away now! 🙂

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  204. SS says:

    Organizing my jewelry and closet. Don’t know why but it keeps me calm and zen.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  205. Kelsey says:

    A homemade dinner I cook while listening to a favorite record and drinking scotch or a heavy pour of red wine.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  206. Lindsey says:

    Watching a movie alone in the middle of the day. It feels like real relaxation!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  207. Alex says:

    I watch Curb Your Enthusiasm, because when things get crazy, it’s comforting to know that life could be harder… I could be Larry David.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  208. pat says:

    Cleaning while listening to an audiobook. Two birds with one stone!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  209. Hayley says:

    I’m a firm believer in aquatic therapy. Translation: a hot bubble bath can calm all of my stresses *especially if there’s wine. I turn dim the lights, light candles, leave my phone in another room, and just hang out until my meltdown subsides.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  210. Amy says:

    I recently took a course on meditation, where I learned how to decompress with a combo of breathing and visualization. It’s a perfect way to take five at work, and to relax before bed.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  211. nisha says:

    Nothing gives me calm like coffee and a book!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  212. Sam says:

    To calm myself, I go to my garden and pick weeds. I know it sounds wierd, but I enjoy mindless repetitive tasks, and I feel a sense of accomplishment when I can pull a full root. Plus I am in my own space where no one wants to bother me. I can listen to music or a podcast or talk to a gardening neighbor.

    The other thing I do is say to myself “I can choose to be calm” as many times as needed for it to sink in.

    What a beautiful bracelet. Thank you for the giveaways!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  213. Tori says:

    A glass (or two!) always does the trick.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  214. Kathleen says:

    Reading a book and taking a nap. Cleaning the house helps, too!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  215. Mae says:

    When things get too hectic, I walk to the nearest coffee shop, sit, and make a list of all the things that need to be done. Somehow seeing everything on paper makes the tasks seem a little less impossible.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  216. Lauren says:

    Coffee, my balcony and a good book 🙂

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  217. SarahT says:

    A Baptiste yoga class or a big cup of coffee while painting and listening to jazz.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  218. Lisa says:

    Take a dance class (my favorite for de-stressing is a modern/contemporary class)

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  219. Julia says:

    I workout when things get hectic!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  220. El says:

    Eating wine and cheese while chatting with my husband, then curling up with our dog to watch reruns of Shark Tank.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  221. Anne Rosenbaum says:

    Exercise or a glass of wine!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  222. TXAtty says:

    Watch Project Runway on the couch with my dogs cuddled up next to me.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  223. Lauren says:

    Reading on my Kindle and a glass of wine (or three)

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  224. Betsy says:

    Sweats, favorite pillow, blanket, comfy couch, West Wing or Gilmore Girls episode

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  225. Katy J. says:

    Drink a bottle of ice cold Perrier! So refreshing.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  226. Nathalie says:

    I grab some needles, some soft yarn and start knitting.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  227. Amber B. says:

    Yoga!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  228. Stephanie V says:

    Workout. Bootcamp or some one on one training helps immensely.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  229. Stephanie V says:

    Workout. Bootcamp or some one on one training helps immensely.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  230. Elizabeth says:

    A trip to the library never fails to calm me down! Whether it’s my local library or a huge research library in a big city, the sight of books just brings me peace!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  231. Laura says:

    Do a shot of wheat grass and go for a run!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  232. Rebeccah says:

    I lie on the floor with an ice pack on my head or forcibly snuggle my kitty for a minute while she purrs in confusion. Fur therapy!!!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  233. DC Beth says:

    I have a glass of wine while making the kids dinner.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  234. Lauren says:

    I like to grab a glass of wine (or two) and sit outside by the pool. Instant relaxation!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  235. Hms says:

    I attend Beach Yoga with Brad. Yoga at the waters edge, why would I ever go back to a studio??

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  236. lizm says:

    I take a long bath with a familiar book (locking myself in the bathroom ha!)

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  237. Anne says:

    When I get home from work, I have the “night” shift getting my son ready for bed. We have a routine down perfectly – bath/teeth/pjs/books/cuddles. It helps us both wind down from the day and bond. It’s very precious to me, and it gives my husband (sahd) an hour to himself.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  238. KJ says:

    A face mask and a bad tv marathon

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  239. AM says:

    When I am stressed, I set aside time to paint my nails.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  240. v says:

    I lift weights!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  241. s-fish says:

    To re-center myself, I like to bake! I feel better when I’ve created something delicious

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  242. espie says:

    If I can, grab a water bottle and go swim some laps!
    If said pool isn’t available, hot tea and a comfy chair.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  243. Megan H says:

    A long run. Or some retail therapy.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  244. Courtney says:

    Meditation. It always helps

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  245. Mallory says:

    I bake! There’s nothing like perfectly measuring out ingredients and making something wonderful….but maybe that’s just my Type A showing.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  246. Katie says:

    a long run! sweat out the stress.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  247. Rellani says:

    Call my mom, take a few deep breaths while thinking of the ocean …and then I cook an island feast!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  248. Lisa says:

    Bubble bath with a glass of wine – works every time!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  249. Jamielin says:

    I think the “correct” answer is 45 min of cardio followed by juicing some fruits and veggies, but my reality is catching up on Housewives, red wine and dark chocolate truffles!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  250. GN says:

    Good music = Good vibes

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  251. Ch says:

    Definitely head to the gym!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  252. Emilie says:

    Listen to Neil Diamond. Cracklin’ Rosie makes me smile every time.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  253. Amber says:

    At home facial will do it everytime

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  254. merebot says:

    I get things off my to-do list…the most distasteful always first. I gulp down that devil without even looking at him! I’m in a much better mood after I’ve crossed a few things off my list. Order = hard work.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  255. Lisa says:

    Watching tv on our old broken couch with my daughters and my dog (usually SYTTD marathons!)

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  256. Linda says:

    Window shopping alone with breaks for coffee and gelato.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  257. Jen says:

    Crafting (then enjoying) a creative cocktail (or two).

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  258. Darcy says:

    Go for a long run around Old Town Alexandria! Love the history and beauty.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  259. AV says:

    Head to the mountains. There is nothing more relaxing than no cell phone service.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  260. DeLaina says:

    When things start getting to hectic I refuse to fill up what little “spare” time is left. I tell people that I have plans and can’t make any extra commitments even when my “plan” is to stay home and do nothing. I also knit and play with the dog.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  261. Prague says:

    Krav maga – the close combat system taught to the Israeli Defense Forces – also known as “punching bag therapy.” There’s nothing that makes me feel better than knowing I can take care of myself (and anyone I love) beyond what I ever thought was possible.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  262. Liz says:

    Going on a cleaning frenzy so that something in my life is organized, then have a glass of wine and talk to friends.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  263. Rose says:

    I buy a bottle of ridiculously overpriced fancy water and a good magazine, then enjoy them both outside!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  264. Colleen says:

    Yoga or a visit to the spa!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  265. Jenna says:

    When I really need to calm down, I clear off the top of my dresser, (having one clear space always helps), make my bed, and watch one episode of a favorite tv show like the office or parks and rec. It helps me calm down and get outside of myself for a bit!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  266. Sarah says:

    Yoga!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  267. VKR says:

    Tea, preferably Jessie’s Tea from David’s Tea.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  268. Em says:

    To relax I loose myself on Pinterest with a glass of wine, and make lists. Lists of To Dos, of wishes, or just random thoughts. Once I get it out of my head and on paper it’s so much easier to let it go and tackle it one issue at a time! Thanks again for sharing your blogbday with us!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
    • Em says:

      lose** That’s embarrassing.

      August 13, 2013/Reply
  269. Anna says:

    Online window shopping!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  270. Maggie says:

    Bubble bath and a glass of wine.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  271. Maria says:

    I like to go shopping by myself, and only by myself, to calm the nerves and relax. I will often suppliment the shopping with macarons and tea.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  272. Megan S. says:

    I followed your advice and took Sunday as my scrub day- this really is a nice time to be alone and regenerate yourself for the week.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  273. Sydni Mitchell says:

    I would like to say that I exercise, but let’s be realistic because that does not happen. I usually will either go to Sephora or Ulta and spend an hour wandering and testing different makeups…there is something soothing about looking at the new eyeshadow quad or new foundation that is out there…if that doesn’t work I grab a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Therapy and put on a classic Doris Day movie.How can you not be relaxed while singing along to “please don’t eat the daisies”?

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  274. Becky says:

    For serious calm, I take a bubble bath with a good book. Sometimes with a large glass of red wine.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  275. Christina says:

    I paint my nails. It sound silly, but I know when I sit down to paint my nails, it’s an hour to myself where all I can do is relax and I wait for them to dry.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  276. Diane says:

    What soothes my soul is a fabulous piece of jewerly, of course! Silver cool to the touch, the warmth of gold on my skin, or the mysteries a gemstone holds all help me meditate. The fluidity of a chain or beads through my fingers relaxes me, very similar to how our grandmothers used prayer or worry beads.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  277. Elise says:

    Yoga keeps me sane

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  278. Olivia says:

    A long walk with my dog followed by a big glass(es) of wine.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  279. MX says:

    A long run through Rock Creek Park

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  280. Marissa says:

    I go on a walk or take a bath in my wonderful new soaking tub. Ideally I’ll have time to both.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  281. Jennifer Reda says:

    i go to cap hill bikram yoga and then i soak in the bath afterwards!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  282. TrC says:

    Go on a tough tough run!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  283. Jessica R. says:

    I go shopping for an afternoon by myself. Being able to browse at my leisure and take as much in the dressing room as I wish (without having to worry about making a shopping companion wait), combined with a stop for an almond latte at Nordstrom Coffee Bar is always a winner for a relaxing afternoon!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  284. Erin S says:

    I eat a tub of frosting. For real.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  285. Carla says:

    I like to go for a jog and blast the latest top 40s tunes!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  286. Shannon says:

    Oh, this one is easy – yoga! Every day that I can fit it in:)

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  287. Renee says:

    Depending on my mood, it’s either watching reruns of my favorite TV show or baking.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  288. Rebecca says:

    Long run followed by a longer bath 🙂

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  289. Katie says:

    Drawing works wonders for me when I’m stressed!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  290. Heidi says:

    When I need to relax but have a deadline at the same time, I turn on the Swingin’ Christmas Pandora. A little tacky in August? Yeah, maybe, but gets the job done.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  291. Cara says:

    I grew up near in south Georgia about half a mile from train tracks. When I got overwhelmed, worried, or stressed I would climb out my window onto the roof and listen to trains go by. To date whenever life gets to be too much I drive until I find some tracks and wait for the next train.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  292. An says:

    Minecraft. Nerd alert! 😉

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  293. GoBigRed says:

    A good novel. Escaping into someone else’s life for awhile makes me more ready to face mine. Ice cream helps too.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  294. Caroline says:

    Running is a major de-stresser for me! Helps clear my mind and re-energize me 🙂

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  295. Hailey says:

    Go for a run, of course!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  296. Sara says:

    I treat myself to a hair mask, face-mask, nail-painting girly night in.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  297. Whitney says:

    I cook something complicated.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  298. MissK says:

    Deep cleaning my apartment is actually a very soothing activity for me. I just love the feeling afterwards of looking around and feeling like I’ve created such a calm and orderly space.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  299. Tori says:

    When I need to calm down, I go to the rink and ice skate

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  300. RZ says:

    I shut my door, look at my pretty view, and meditate for a few minutes when I’m feeling very stressed.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  301. Hannah F says:

    I take a short walk by myself. The fresh air and exercise really help clear my mind.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  302. Shannon says:

    I keep a folder in my work and personal email of funny/awkward/sweet/thank you emails to read whenever I need a boost.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  303. Jen says:

    To recenter myself, I go for a run or read a novel.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  304. CM says:

    I run. For a long time. Listening to bad pop music. Don’t judge!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  305. Leah K. says:

    I take a walk outside. Gaining some perspective on all the other things going on in the world tends to center me and remind me that any issues I have can be resolved. Bonus points if I see a cab driver overreact and give someone the business end of the horn…makes my reactions pale in comparison.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  306. A says:

    A beer in the backyard

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  307. Holly W says:

    Depending on the circumstances and where I am (geographically), yoga, reading a book on the couch with a mug of tea, a blanket, and my dogs, or going for a walk in the snow.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  308. K says:

    A glass of water. Cheese. Fruit. An exercise class that makes me sweat.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  309. Michele says:

    I do a quick meditation with the Buddhify app.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  310. Lisa Kajihara says:

    Exercise helps me feel calm. That and some baking…usually it’s best if I do the exercise first so I can indulge in whatever I bake.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  311. Donniell says:

    I tend to cook or bake something when stressed. Watching sauces reduce or kneading bread before baking, repetitive culinary motions help to calm me down.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  312. Katie says:

    Read a book on my balcony with a glass a wine and some chocolate.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  313. Anita says:

    Sometimes I just need to get a good run in, even if it is only a couple miles! Or I make an extra effort to make it to my favorite class at the gym.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  314. Karin says:

    Grab my kindle, fill the tub with a bath fizzie from Lush and have a nice glass of wine. Always feel great after a tub!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  315. Rachel says:

    Cuddle with my cat. Yes, I am a shameless cat lady.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  316. Lauren C says:

    A hot bath, good book, and glass of cab!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  317. Caroline says:

    Veg-out! Lay around and just relax!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  318. Marcy says:

    I go for a run by myself or take a walk with my fiancé by the lake.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  319. Shirley says:

    A bottle of wine.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  320. Jennifer says:

    I take my pup for a walk around the reservoir. The fresh air, gorgeous view, and my adorable dog are all I need to calm down and re-center.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  321. Maria S says:

    Nothing beats a hot shower followed by a long nap!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  322. Beth says:

    I always try to make time for a brainless tv show or book before bed. It doesn’t always happen, but it really helps when I manage it!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  323. kjh says:

    I make to-do lists.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  324. Mishelle says:

    Cocktail and mindless TV.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  325. Lauren says:

    I get on yoga kicks every once in a while and always love it, but typically, i just curl up and watch some TV or go to bed early!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  326. e says:

    Call home! Nothing like talking to my crazy family.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  327. J says:

    Animal therapy! It’s a great time to volunteer at the local humane society and be a puppy walker/bunny cuddler.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  328. Emily says:

    Reading always makes me feel relaxed. I pick up a book and am instantly calm. Being transported to another world, time, and characters lives is a way to escape my own reality.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  329. Ann says:

    I run. It takes my mind off of whatever is stressing me out and makes me feel like I’m being proactive, even if just for a little while.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  330. Steph says:

    It depends on what I feel I need. Usually it’s a long dog walk, getting lost in a book or writing. Sometimes it’s even staring at a wall.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  331. Jennifer says:

    I get into bed really early and flip through magazines or catch up on my fiction reading.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  332. Mel says:

    A long hot shower to decompress or a reality TV show to distract.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  333. TD11 says:

    Yoga or ice cream. Never fails.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  334. Kiersten says:

    mint tea. always.

    or shopping.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  335. Kat says:

    I swim….and swim and swim. 🙂 Works every time.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  336. Meghan says:

    A good book and a cup of hot tea will fix any problem!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  337. Elizabeth says:

    When I find the need to sit down and re-center myself, there is nothing better than a mug of tea and some knitting!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  338. Cynthia W says:

    Yoga – and if that fails, wine.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  339. Kathryn H. says:

    Being an introvert, I’m just happy hanging out at home!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  340. Caroline says:

    A mani/ pedi, followed by dinner and drinks at my favorite wine and cheese bar.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  341. Sara says:

    I go for a run!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  342. Dsl says:

    I facetime with my godson

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  343. Katherine says:

    After a stressful day, I like to de-stress by going to my favorite coffee shop for a latte and some time to write. It’s nice to sit down and write my thoughts down while enjoying time to myself.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  344. AAR says:

    Church or yoga

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  345. Leslie says:

    As a fellow Montanan in the Southeast, I look at pictures from the last time I went home, close my eyes and pretend I am back on my kayak in one of the rivers in Glacier.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  346. CEM says:

    Gone With the Wind and potato chips

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  347. Liz says:

    To relax, I play with my two kitties!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  348. Carolyn says:

    I live in Boston which is quite nature-y so whenever I need to relax, I like to run or take a walk along the paths by the Charles River or sit at a docks and take in the fresh air. I commute in to Boston for work so sitting on the commuter train and watching the scenery outside is also fairly calming after a long day.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  349. ElleDC says:

    I read a terrible romance novel!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  350. Jessica says:

    That’s exactly why I joined the gym. Spin class or yoga are both fantastic for relieving stress. Then, I cook. With lots of wine.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  351. Carlie says:

    A cup of hot earl grey tea always does the trick for me!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  352. lindsey says:

    Make a hot cup of green tea, then just sit and enjoy it without any computer, phone, or other distractions. The ritual of making it and the heat of the tea both work to calm me. Works every time.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  353. Carolyn says:

    I drink a sparkling water (or a beer) and sit on my couch and zone out. Like I’m doing right now.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  354. melissa says:

    i go and lay out in the grass and let the sun wash away my worries.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  355. KM says:

    Go to the Garden!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  356. Kc says:

    I like to lay on the couch and watch tv.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  357. Deanna says:

    It’s all about trashy television and fun books.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  358. Sophie says:

    If I can’t get a good, sweaty run in, I love to grab some grub and watch bad reality television. The two activities are quite opposites, but both do much good to get me all relaxed and stress-free!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  359. Meredith says:

    I calm down by laying flat on my bed and meditating for five minutes. If I end up taking a nap, even better!

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  360. Liana says:

    The mac n cheese from Whole Foods is totally a comfort food for me. When I am stressed instead of rushing home to make dinner, I will often just pick up something from the WF hot bar.

    I also sleep with a sachet of organic lavender in my pillowcase. It’s really calming and soothing when I lie down to go to sleep.

    August 13, 2013/Reply
  361. Kate says:

    Some combination of yoga, Netflix, and red wine.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  362. Pancakes says:

    To relax, I poke around on the internet!

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  363. Brittany says:

    I take a walk, usually to one of the monuments in DC. The exercise is great and seeing such great places always makes me happy!

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  364. Matel says:

    A jog and some good quality time with my dogs normally relaxes me after a hectic day at work.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  365. Kayci says:

    I play with my cats. And drink wine.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  366. Liz says:

    Reality TV does the trick for me. That, and some hot tea.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  367. Kim M. says:

    A nice nap or having my boyfriend literally pick me up and spin me around until I just have to laugh!

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  368. Rosanne says:

    I have to say that for relaxation I will turn to the web for some reading. For true relaxation and centering, though, i have to create with my hands. I love to sew – i find my “flow” pretty quickly and emerge centered in a way that little else an bring.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  369. Anon says:

    Skate. As soon as I step onto the ice it feels like all the stress flows out through my blades. Coach says she can see it happening.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  370. Kerry says:

    To relax I sleep, go for a run, and/or spend some time laughing with friends.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  371. Meghan says:

    Depending on my energy level, I go for a run, do some yoga, or meditate.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  372. Laura says:

    My favorite “me time” is to go to the great coffeeshop Tryst in DC with a book, a magazine, and a notebook, order a hot chai latte and maybe some pastries, and sit for as many hours as it takes to chill out. People watching alone is calming to me.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  373. KC says:

    I go to the library. The quiet always makes me calm and happy.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  374. Mary says:

    I walk the dog. Nothing de-stresses like playing with a puppy!

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  375. Jennifer says:

    A warm shower and a good book.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  376. Alexis says:

    A nice long run or, when I can’t get that in, http://www.calm.com guided 2min meditations.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  377. SLG says:

    It’s counterintuitive, but neatening up my house is cathartic. Always makes me feel calmer.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  378. Megan says:

    A walk through historic downtown Savannah when the weather is nice or a good book and a cozy blanket when the weather keeps me indoors…

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  379. kb says:

    I’m a working mom of a very energetic 3 year old girl and I have a hellish commute: 90 minutes each way. I have two ways of relaxing and finding my center: 1.) I bought a Kindle several months back and use my very long commute to lose myself in a great book. My commute ends being great “Me Time” 2.) On the weekends during nice weather, I get up early, take my yoga mat outside to the back patio and do sun salutations to calm my mind and get the blood flowing.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  380. Amanda says:

    Bikram yoga! My coworkers and I can’t do without it!

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  381. KLO says:

    Glass of wine and a trashy romance. Bonus points for a historical setting, badly accented dialogue, fiery tempers, and characters with names like Brodick, Tristan, Hawk, etc.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  382. Courtney says:

    I love watching one of my favorite comedy shows, whether it’s something current or even an old favorite. I swear I’m never going to get tired of Friends – those episodes still crack me up! Ross and the leather pants, Phoebe changing her name to Princess Consuela Banana Hammock, Rachel dealing with her sisters (Christina Applegate cracked me up), Monica and Chandler hiding their relationship, Joey trying to learn French, etc. Hard to stay stressed when I’m cracking up.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  383. Rachel says:

    If I’m at work: take deep breaths, get away from my desk and walk around

    If I’m at home: sit on the couch with my cat and my book with a cup of tea in hand, then take a bath and stretch out all my muscles afterward!

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  384. Kat says:

    To center myself I usually brew myself a pot of herbal tea, grab a fluffy blanket and sit in a beautiful space by a window. I try to organize my thoughts and enjoy the light and peaceful moment. Option two is to take a walk, that almost always helps!

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  385. Charity Grubbs says:

    I love a big cup of coffee, not just any cup, but certain cups, that are big and wide. You can put both hands around them. Then a little Bailey’s just to color it a pretty tan color. Grab that book that you haven’t been able to finish and the softest blanket you can find. While brewing the coffee, you throw that said blanket in the dryer so it is warm, and fresh smelling. Grab my book and cup of Joe and head out to hammock in the back. Nestled between two tree’s that are just dense enough to hide you, let you see the day as it begins. Mornings that start this way (always a Saturday)are my most relaxed days of the whole week.

    If this doesn’t work, or the kids/hubby/dog/work woke me, I will go punch and kick the crap out of my kickboxing bag in the basement. That too…..works every time.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  386. Aet says:

    When I need to wind down after a hectic day I curl up with my Kindle and read an epic space opera while sipping on some red wine and enjoying a scented candle (cinnamon!).

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  387. Devon says:

    I’ll put on chill music and start baking. Anything goes, but banana bread (with walnuts or chocolate chips) is a staple. I can zone out as I measure ingredients and stir. I’ll bring most of it into work the next day so I don’t consume all the calories!

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  388. Sarah says:

    A few glass of wine and to cook something nice for myself

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  389. Tasha says:

    I scroll through the Avocados Gone Wild subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/avocadosgonewild/ Always makes me smile, even on the worst of days.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  390. meaghan [for a song] says:

    definitely curl up in my worn leather chair with a blanket, a book, and a treat…wine or chocolate, depending on my mood, though both are good.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  391. Amanda says:

    Definitely yoga! I can go to a class or do it at home, but I always feel much better after just a few minutes. Also, treating myself to an expensive, high calorie Starbucks latte, preferably when the weather is cooler 🙂 Always makes me feel better!

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  392. Ashley says:

    We love to go out dancing when things are stressful. Happy hours don’t hurt either!

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  393. Laura says:

    A glass of wine and a good book always calms me down.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  394. Caroline says:

    When I can’t physically get away, I close my eyes and start to list all the positive things in my life I can. This usually helps me realize that whatever is stressing me isn’t really worth the anxiety.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  395. Nurit says:

    I go hiking in nature.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  396. Sadie says:

    I’ve had a lot of stress in my life recently, so learning to re-center and relax is a top priority! I love to write, so at the end of the day I may sit for hours typing everything that’s come into my mind. Mindful relaxation and meditation is also a big help.

    The bracelet is beautiful. Thank you for doing this wonderful giveaway!

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  397. Jacqueline says:

    When things get to hectic, I love to sit out on my patio deck, with a glass (or two) of red wine, and read until the sun sets. Thankfully, it is also heated so I can do this all year round 🙂

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  398. B says:

    FIll travel mug with wine, walk to nail salon, get deluxe pedi. Keep sunglasses on the whole time. For full visual, I’m probably wearing a t-shirt dress and jacks, credit card tucked in phone case (carrying a purse is too much effort here).

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  399. Em says:

    sit on my front porch and read a good book

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  400. JS says:

    yoga, or wine, wine cures all

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  401. Meredith says:

    a good book and a glass (or 3) of wine always help to take me away and relax my nerves.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  402. Katie says:

    Unfortunately, my relaxation technique tends to involve a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked :/

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  403. Jessica says:

    Your brain releases endorphins when you softly focus on the horizon for long periods of time, so a week at the beach where I disconnect from the cell phone and computer is perfect!

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  404. Em says:

    A cup of decaf tea and hawaiian music

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  405. Stephanie says:

    I watch the West Wing and knit. And a cup of tea. Or wine. 😉

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  406. Carissa says:

    I go for a run, then immediately counteract all benefits by baking a cake/cookies/brownies from scratch.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  407. Megan says:

    I usually take a hot shower and dive into a good book. If I can’t seem to shut my brain off I grab a journal and write until I have nothing left to say.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  408. Jssaustintx says:

    Derr! That’s easy. The couch, a cat in my lap, and catching up on my favorite blog: Capitol Hill Style!!!

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  409. Laura says:

    I like to read online reviews for products I’ve already purchased. It sounds silly, but it makes me feel smart and validated. 🙂

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  410. MWA says:

    Long walks around the Capitol and plenty of dark chocolate!

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  411. teresa l. says:

    Leave the kids with the hubby while I have some quiet time to read a book or magazine, or do my nails =)

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  412. A.B. says:

    Some uninterrupted time curled up on the couch with a good book and a glass of white wine is exactly what I need. A leisurely walk with good company is also helpful.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  413. KP says:

    I read a novel and take a nap.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  414. KikiL says:

    WINE, spinning and a reality tv/E!/Bravo marathon (or episode depending on available time)

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  415. Jess H says:

    I get in my most comfortable clothes, lay down on the couch, and watch the most dramatic, mindless TV show I can find! Summer TV is the best for that 🙂

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  416. Amy Marie says:

    A glass of vino and a Harry Potter book are all it takes to calm me down and recharge my poor little brain.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  417. MN says:

    Two extremes – a nice long workout (spinning or running) or a book, a comfy couch in a quiet room.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  418. Lynn says:

    When I feel stressed, it’s usually due to something in my near world that’s out of my control – short staffed at work, irrational boss-related stuff or family illness (Mom is pretty fragile now). To de-stress, I tend to find something I can control – like shopping. Not crazy, debt-inducing shopping, but thoughtful, “what’s missing from my wardrobe or what fun thing have I been lusting for” kind of shopping. I also talk to my husband – probably ad nauseam, but he’s a really great listener.
    Love the blog!! Also a great stress-reliever to find great style ideas! Thanks and happy anniversary!

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  419. Jaime says:

    Reading a book in a hot bath, follow with a hot cup of tea and a good magazine.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  420. Georgia says:

    I like to curl up in bed with a good book and a cup of coffee. If that fails to do the trick, I turn to Netflix.

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  421. Kay says:

    I love to do yoga to calm down. If I’m not feeling active, I also like taking my Kindle to the Mexican restaurant in town to read a little and have a margarita!

    August 14, 2013/Reply
  422. Mary Claire says:

    Book and a hot bath, or if I have time, getting a pedicure.

    August 15, 2013/Reply
  423. Joanna says:

    I Jazzercise! Its the best way to relieve stress – just dance it out!

    August 15, 2013/Reply
  424. Christine says:

    A cup of tea. I love the ritual of waiting for the kettle to boil and steeping the tea…

    August 15, 2013/Reply
  425. April says:

    Schedule a massage or facial

    August 15, 2013/Reply
  426. Mardi says:

    Eat chocolate and read fashion and beauty blogs 🙂

    August 15, 2013/Reply
  427. rebecca says:

    a long walk and listening to my favorite podcasts

    August 15, 2013/Reply
  428. Amanda Elizabeth says:

    Running! Yoga stresses me out more..hmm, problem?

    August 15, 2013/Reply
  429. Leslie A says:

    Watching Mad Men on Netflix.

    August 15, 2013/Reply
  430. Bridget says:

    To relieve stress I have a you tube dance party with my toddler and/or husband.

    August 15, 2013/Reply
  431. Lauren S says:

    I love to do yoga or to veg in front of the tv watching something funny.

    August 15, 2013/Reply
  432. Lyndsay says:

    Take a bath with lavender bath salts.

    August 15, 2013/Reply
  433. K says:

    I take my dog for an adventure! Wipes all of the stress away.

    August 15, 2013/Reply
  434. P says:

    I bake chocolate chip cookies. Hard to mess those up.

    August 15, 2013/Reply
  435. Angie says:

    I actually paint my nails and pop in a good movie. It allows me to get my mind away from stress and relax with the added benefit of a nice new manicure!

    August 15, 2013/Reply
  436. AmandaJ says:

    Top three things I do to bring a little calm into my life: go for an early morning run; feed the ducks in the park; and, call my Nana <3

    August 15, 2013/Reply
  437. Sld says:

    Country music – good mood instantly

    August 15, 2013/Reply
  438. Emilie S says:

    I do one of 2 things to relax. I either take the dog for a run if the weather is nice. Seeing her collapse into a panting heap of happiness and knowing I did something good for me too always re-focuses my outlook on life. Or I cook, with a large bottle of malbec open and constantly being used to refill my wine glass 🙂

    August 16, 2013/Reply
  439. Elena M says:

    To relax I go for a late night run!

    August 16, 2013/Reply
  440. Kristen says:

    Get in nature by myself, preferably laying by the pool. I’m a different person afterwards! 🙂

    August 16, 2013/Reply
  441. Mariah says:

    I ride my horse. It’s like flying, except better.

    August 16, 2013/Reply
  442. Sarah says:

    I jump in my car, sacrifice the 20 minutes of traffic to get over to Difficult Run in Great Falls, and park myself by a rapid until the sound of the water has completely erased the stress from my mind.

    August 17, 2013/Reply
  443. KRF says:

    When things get a little hectic I try to carve out some time for a long walk or trip to the park with the family. Sometimes a change of scenery does the trick! Thanks again for another fun give-a-way!

    August 17, 2013/Reply
  444. Elise says:

    A weekend morning and afternoon to myself, no plans, where I sleep in, go for a long run, take a long shower, and then lay on the coach and read or watch lame TV. Works every time.

    August 17, 2013/Reply
  445. Radmila says:

    some stroll in the park is always helpful!

    August 17, 2013/Reply
  446. Sarah says:

    Spending time in solitude with God always helps me recenter, relax, and refocus!

    August 17, 2013/Reply
  447. MelodyJ says:

    I like to read magazines.

    August 18, 2013/Reply
  448. Wehaf says:

    I like to zone out while listening to instrumental music.

    August 19, 2013/Reply
  449. Belle says:

    THANK YOU FOR ENTERING. THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.

    August 19, 2013/Reply
  450. Ashley says:

    If I’m done for the day, a glass of wine (or two!) does just the trick. Otherwise, I’ll try to stretch for a while and breathe deeply. It really helps!

    August 21, 2013/Reply