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6 Ways to Self Care right now when you work so damn hard

Anastasia Masha

written by Whitney Alese

This article was originally published on The Reclaimed

Y'all entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. Real talk, it's hard out here. Particularly if you are choosing a space that seems over-saturated. To stand out, you have to produce more, or better, or constantly, and that is really no way to live.

But even if you aren't an entrepreneur, I am sure you have felt this way too. There are going to be those days where you have worked your fingers to the bone and your mind into mush. Its on those days you feel like you have fallen into a slump and need to claw your way out.

It get's like that for all of us.

Our society and upbringing oftentimes geared us to a life of working hard for wealth at the expense of our health and then paying for our health using what we have earned from our wealth. But this year, I have decided to make some major (and not so major) changes to bless my

Here are some of the ways I stay sane while working for myself.

Journaling, Journaling, Journaling
One of the elements of self care that I have committed to is journaling at least once a week. I know, I know, that means time away from your business or hustle. But, when you consider that this is time that will be well invested in your own mental stability by the cathartic process of writing down whatever you are feeling or thinking or praying for, then you will see it as time well worth the investment. Take the time. Make the time. Even if it's only for 3 minutes, make the time to write.

Take a damn break already
Last week, we talked about the difference between hustling and alignment and how essential both are to success. Hustling alone will only wear you out. Remember, you are a human being, not a human doing. There are times when you absolutely need a break. Take the time to take a break.

Make sure you move your body
I move my body everyday. No, I'm not spending hours in the gym. I go for walks a lot. Something about being outside and moving and feeling my joints and bones and muscles move around is liberating, especially if I am in a slump. If you have been sitting in front of a laptop or computer or at a desk all day, it is essential to get up and move. Commit to moving your body every day, even if you can only walk around the block or jog up a few flights of stairs. Do it. You will feel better.

Look at what you have accomplished so far
Remember when your mom or dad used to hang up your work on the refrigerator or put your trophies or medals on a shelf for everyone to see? Remember how that made you feel? How empowered and proud and energizing it was to see the tangible realization of your hard work displayed? Now put that into play as an adult. I keep a folder on my laptop of the different achievements I have made. I also keep a running list of the brand partnerships that I have been blessed with. On rough days, I open those things up, just to remind myself of how far I have come. It really puts things into perspective.

Stop comparing
This one is me all the way. We can be so hyper-focused at what other people are doing that we miss all the great things happening around us. Stop scrolling, close the social feeds, and stop looking around. Instead, take a deep breath and look within. Look at your life through the lens of gratitude. Realize that you have been given every single thing you need to enjoy your own beautiful life. Feel empowered that if there is an element you want to change and are able to change, that you, indeed, can change it. If there is an area of your life that, right now, you are unable to change or change as quickly as you would like, don't obsess over not having control. Let go. Realize that there is a reason why this thing remains out of your control and focus on the things you can do.

Remind yourself why you started
Remind yourself why you chose to do what you are doing. Whether it is entrepreneurship or a certain career path, remind yourself why you are here. Remember that excitement you first had once you launched out into these waters. Remember your big dreams and big goals. Let that excitement waft over you again and get back in the ring.

Hope these help you as much as they are helping me.

Do you have a self care tip? Drop it in the comment box below! Looking forward to hearing from you!


Whitney Alese is a freelance writer and blogger. Read more of her work here or follow her on Instagram for beautiful snaps and daily updates.


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shop small, SUPPORT WOMEN

Anastasia Masha

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holiday gift guide

Holiday shopping can be as much joyful as it is overwhelming. Just a weekend stroll in the city centre gives us anxiety, regardless the Christmas paraphernalia or deals in the department stores. This magical season suppose to be also about giving back. All in all, it is quite complicated to stay jolly, on the top of your gift list and keeping sanity in check. Solution? First, sit your queen self on the couch and pour a glass. Second, check your wi-fi connection and all the inspiring ladies that are popping on your Instagram feed. You will be delighted to see how many of them started small ventures on their own, and are in need of great support. Encourage the local businesses that are run by kick ass women by purchasing their creative goods. Scroll down for the ideas or comment below with Instagram tags of other small shops that we missed out!

For Your Mom & Other Important Ladies of Choice

You can never go wrong with a hand made, high quality, for-lingering-around-home cute outfit. Check out @By.TheWay on Instagram - besides a beautiful, carefully assembled perfectionist feed, you will find lovely robes, pj's, sleeping masks and decorative pillows. All products are hand-made by a cyborg multitasking lady Ksenia. She is in charge of making, sowing, designs, shipping, photography, customer service - just to name a few of her versatile skills. Soon enough you will be able to find a selection of her creations in our Hangover Box mini. Keep an eye out for more updates! Or if you cannot wait, click on the link in Ksenia's profile and message her directly. 

Another Ksenia, is just as brilliant. Blame it on the name. Ksenia Sapunkova is an artist, based in Toronto, whom simultaneously runs an accessory shop with her own designs - Saint Ksenia. Her original artwork is printed on eco-friendly silk scarves (for both women and men) in Canada, and has a satisfying range in size and price (ahem). Bonus point: custom design is available at your request. This multi-tasking woman surely has more surprises up her sleeve, so follow up on her adventures here or keep an eye on her authentic illustrations here.  

Blogger and herbalist @Organic_Olivia is an inspirational wonder woman with bold, personal experience in alternative health treatments and has done tremendous research and study to advice daily on well-being (read her story here). Her online shop includes supplement finds like Immune Shroom (to keep your over all immune system in check) and Not Your Average Probiotic (to make sure your gut flora is as healthy as a baby unicorn). The best find yet, is the Anti-Stress 2-in-1 kit, with magnesium infused tea and body spray. Follow @Organic_Olivia on Instagram for detailed explanations of the roots to many health issues or check out her shop here for other health supplements and books. 

For Your Sister

 

Sisters are such delicate creatures and you should cherish them just so. Womanology is founded by Oliwia , as a result of her healing journey and is built on cherishing women. Oliwia hand-crafts all of her organic products herself and the magic is real. We proudly own The Intimate Cleansing Oil N0.01 and the Self-Love Potion N0.01. Oliwia's products grant a Goddess-like sensation and well, smell wonderfully. Her Womanology Gift Set is a great present for any sister in your life, whether you are related or bounded by life. Her Instagram feed is an eye candy and the online store describes in elaborate detail what is inside the products for your lady bits and more.      

Celebratory feeling of womanhood can be also achieved with a cheeky attitude. Pot Yer Tits Away Luv is a great Instagram corner to join. There you will find lovely pots in a shape of breasts (in fact in all SHAPES and sizes) . Emma, an artist and a sculptor behind the quirky pottery, makes sure her creations are culturally diverse and versatile. Not to mention her great sense of humour and a cute cat (frequently documented in her Instagram stories - cat lovers, do not miss out)! The orders for Christmas are no longer accepted but hey, a titty pot is never a bad idea throughout the year. Get it as a late present for your favourite girl or order a custom made piece for yourself. 

For Your Squad

Walk Of Shame Uniform is a small fashion brand based in Milan, kicked off by some spectacular Italian ladies. Their range of products is a fun way to celebrate all those nights out that will only stay between you and your bestie. 'For Hangover Only' and 'Walk Of Shame Uniform' sweatshirts and tees can be a flawless matching outfit for your squad, with a great sense of humour and an eye for sporty street style.

Our own Hangover Box was born out of a vibrant friendship between girls, with an intent that many others, will appreciate a funky gift. Choose Hangover Box Mini to acknowledge a friendship that had some good tipsy times nobody should talk about. Ever.  

For Yourself

Treat yourself to a seductive piece of lingerie or a pearl choker from Portarte. Founded by a stylist and deity of organisational skills, Anastasia, the online shop is a sensual corner which supports young designers and sells only hand-crafted products. Free shipping sounds like a cherry on top.  

Acknowledge your quirks and curves with anything from Radical Cuteness. Behind the stitched, curvaceous artworks is Sarah - a feminist and an imaginative lady. Her Etsy shop is a mixture of hand-crafted embroidery, colouring books and vulva shaped pins. Body positivity is not always easy; reminding yourself that hair grows in a bunch of places (and it is not a big deal) with art is a great way to kick off the year.  


All the images belong to the respected owners of the businesses mentioned above.

This blog post was written by Masha.


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GET YOUR FESTIVE GLOW

Anastasia Masha

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how to: glowing skin

whether hangover or not

Weeks before celebrations are packed with Christmas shopping, last minute projects and deadlines on fire (or burnt). While you are speed dialing this year's resolutions (you have 23 days left at that) here are some tips and products for a festive ready skin with a semi-healthy glow (depends on your alcohol intake). 

FACIALS AT HOME

If you are an organisational Virgo-like cyborg, you might have carved out a window or two to have a professional revamp your skin back to life. If you are not, do not panic, there is still hope. Of course the main key to glowing skin is healthy food and buckets of water (WATER, Carlotta, not WINE), however, micro-circulation can play a small part. Bohemian ladies like Sonya Esman swear by a toning device called NuFace - its microcurrent technology suppose to gently stimulate and improve skin’s appearance. She looks good, so no denial in that. Their on the glow mini kit is on sale, so get your hands on it in time. Clarisonic is another device that was a big break through in skin care and all over Instagram - it cleanses, tones and vibrates. Wow. If you are an all-natural-carefree-gluten-empty unicorn then maybe you will appreciate an old school massager. Go fancy with crystals and improve your blood circulation with earthy pretty stones from Herbivore Organics.  

BRIGHTENING MASKS

When you have been indulging yourself with a diet of cocktails, take-out and regretful decisions, the easiest way out is through. Nah, just kidding. A face mask will fix it. We made sure that both Hangover Box and Hangover Box mini has plenty of options at the check out (Vilenta Selfie Masks with quirky animal print), opt for the Panda mask for the brightening effect. If you are not into sheet masks, Into The Gloss suggests Vichy double glow peel mask among others. If on a budget, nothing has ever served as well as oatmeal and honey. Most importantly, do not forget to unwind, pour yourself a glass and couch for an instant effect.     

OILS ARE THE NEW SERUMS

Remember when everyone was obsessed with serums and hi-tech technology and formulas that are confusing and hard to pronounce? Apparently nature had it all figured out for us: people with hi-tech formulas needed just to squeeze it out/cold press it and vualá. If you are looking for a natural glow it is time to give oils a try. New 'indie' brands are taking beauty counters by storm, all promising a harmless-all-natural-organic way to plump/fix/glow it. Depending on your budget the choices are plenty: The Ordinary, Sunday Riley, Madara, Kora Organics, Herbivore, Drunk Elephant Skincare just to name a few. Tip: do not fall into a trap of a beautiful Instagram profile, do your research first and spend time reading reviews before spending money. Support small local businesses or the ones that give back.  


This blog post was written by Masha.


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HELLO NOVEMBER THINGS WE LOVE

Anastasia Masha

Besides the endless layers of clothing and no sign of festivities yet, there are a couple of things that elevate our mood. Well, kind of. While battling the cold outside and aching for summer still, we are staying enthusiastic and definitely are not counting down the days until June (if you happen to wonder, its 210 exact). 

On a more positive note, here is more excitement from August and July at your disposal. Or keep on scrolling. Whatever really, in this cold.

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walk of shame uniform

 

Store update! Just in time for the weather, you can now strut around in 'for hangover only' black beenie from an Italian brand WALK OF SHAME UNIFORM. Black wool, funky embroidery and laid-back-Milanese-cool all in one. WALK OF SHAME UNIFORM is a 'Made In Italy', small fashion company, kicked off by spectacular women. There is a lot of weird dancing happens every time you decide to purchase from a small business started by girls. Trust me. It is quite a performance to witness. 

demeter

 

This discovery gave us quite a Hangover Box vibe. Although yet to be tried, several fragrances left us with curious wonder. Can you really duplicate 'Kitten Fur' feeling in a tiny bottle? (cat lovers will understand). Can 'Sunshine' be squeezed out for just 6 dollars at that? (Very much needed though.) And who in this world will ever buy a smell dubbed 'New Baby' ? Although walking around with a trace of 'Gin & Tonic' is nowhere to be found on our list (been there, done that), this one is surely a product to look out for. What do you think?  

art history caps

 

If in a constant mood swing, check this Instagram account for a laugh. Tag a girlfriend. Study art.  


This blog post was written by Masha.


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Instagram Princesses Worth The Double Tap

Anastasia Masha

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Violet Benson

The woman behind @daddyissues_ who is not scared to laugh at herself and we laugh our pants off with her. A business mogul who made cat-loving, couch-wine-drinking and single problems a thing. Even if you have never heard of Violet Benson, her memes probably made their way to your newsfeed somehow. Now her videos on Facebook are more relatable than even. Personal favourite: Top 5 things that happen during sex, *that nobody wants to talk about.  Watching this princess celebrate womanhood with such great humour is a bliss.

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Celeste Barber

@celestebarber

Celeste Barber challenges social norms and pop culture celebrities that project impossible beauty standards for many. Her humorous take on recognisable images (as well as videos) that circulate in the media not only are creatively fun and outstanding, but also draw attention to many issues women face today. It is liberating to see someone who breaks down the photography that has been post produced and had a team behind, while Celeste makes it real with a little laugh (or cry-laugh in my case). Also, her Instagram stories on parenting are a must watch. 

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Caroline Vreeland

Caroline Vreeland has inherited not only the last name of her infamous grandmother. She is a singer, a fixture during fashion weeks worldwide and a great bundle of joy. Her Instagram stories mostly consist of red wine indulgence, pasta devouring and movie watching (candidly crying while doing so, thanks for the spoilers, Caroline). Her spirit feels as close as to that girlfriend you had back in high school, whom taught you how to keep your liquor,  but lost in touch after grad. Well, reunion never felt this close. 


This blog post was written by Masha.


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HELLO OCTOBER THINGS WE LOVE

Anastasia Masha

Aloha kids of drinking age! October is playing our mood swings like violinist here in the office. What about you? If you are feeling the melancholia, scroll down to find out about things that give us sunshine when there is none outside.

OBSESSED! It must have been 'the walk of shame uniform' long tees and 'for hangovers only' beenies that must have done it for us. The laid back attitude and no shame just made us go: what a gem! We could not keep such treasures to ourselves and so we will be bringing to you a special selection from walk of shame uniform pieces via our shop pretty soon! Not to mention that Hangover Box will be featured on their platform. Keep an eye out for more collaborations to come!

There is a high chance that you have seen a gorgeous brunette laying in the heart shaped bathtub on Instagram with no credit due! Well, let us break this to you: it was Juno Calypso. A female artist, shooting self portraits with which she does not portray herself, but an alter ego named Joyce. According to the artist herself: "Once alone I used Joyce to reenact the private underlife of a woman consumed by the laboured construct of femininity, carried out to the point of ritualised absurdity." And so we embrace another feminist on our girl crush list. 

Britalianka is an online diary by a young writer Chiara, who discusses the perks of being 25 years old, journaling and other quirky details about her life and inspirations. Sometimes her posts are followed by unconventional illustrations by Daniela Spoto (another female artist worth looking into). We fell in love with Chiara's writing style when she submitted a humorous short story for our blog page. "Britalianka” is a merger of British, and Italianka - which means “Italian girl” in Russian (Chiara lived in Moscow for a while). Besides the platform she is also into acting, polaroids, foreign cultures and travelling. We are very curious to see where this wild soul will end up next!  


This article was written by Masha.


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Adulthood, friendship and adventure

Anastasia Masha

Just For a Quick Beer

It’s the middle of the week, it’s been a sh**ty day, and you’re uninspired to do anything different than admitting your failure by putting on sweatpants and binge-watching The Simpsons Christmas Specials. Then, that funny girl you met at a party a couple of weeks ago texts you. She has tons of juicy news about her life, and she wants to buy you a drink and tell you everything - she knows you two can become great friends. You’d love to ignore her message, pretend you’re just unreachable at the moment, but editing your WhatsApp settings is still on your to-do list and, as a matter of fact, you are a big procrastinator. Also, you remember you made up a lame excuse the last time she called too, and you don’t want to be a snob. “Great, but just for a quick beer, I’d like to get home early”.

The venue you meet at is cool, and the prices are reasonable too. Also, she greets you with a big smile and a hug, and you feel awfully guilty for having thought of her as a big pain in the neck half an hour ago.

She talks a lot, she’s very excited, and you’re happy for her. You’re well-known for being a great listener, so you just nod and intervene only when appropriate. In the meantime that one beer becomes two, and then three. You girls munch on a couple of peanuts, and agree on trying the new cocktail on the menu. Here we go, it’s 1am.

When she asks what’s bothering you, you give her the runaround, but she insists you should let it out, and to encourage you she tells something rather private about her. Just like the beers, one secret becomes two, and then three, and then you get a special cocktail of her worst memories. A couple of hours ago, she was jolly and bubbly like a flûte of Prosecco, now she’s a jug of tears and smudged make up. While you carry her home, she repeatedly tells you how great you are, and how important you are for her, even if you met just fourteen days ago. You hand her to her flatmate, and get home at 3am.

You’re lying in your bed. You know the day after you’ll wake up with a deep desire of a full English breakfast and a new unexpected bestie - you just know too much about her. But that’s ok, after all she’s a very nice girl. Cheers.


Featured illustration: by Daniela Spoto .

This article was submitted by a very talented writer Chiara Maxia. Follow her on Instagram here


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JUST ONE MORE DRINK : MILAN

Anastasia Masha

Aloha party beasts! Are you still crying about summer along with the September rain? Dry your reservoir of tears, dear one. If Siri is silent towards your pleas for tumblr perfect location that serves drinks, we are slaving away in the office to bring you just that.

Check out our list for Riga here , or scroll away to get a sneak peak of Milanese hot spots. 

Dark and intimate, this location has been scoring reviews and magnetising international press like a pro. The cocktail menu is a rock star dream, not to mention that each drink is themed and comes with array of gadgets (because most of us are just kids of drinking age after all). The execution of cocktails is an art form, from making to serving. Downside? No pre-booking. Stand outside and hope for the best. Order Sex and The City if you do get in, though.  

Your Instagram followers will hold their breath if you:

a. scrupulously snap a video of the MAG interiors

or

b. get a laid back looking photo casually sipping on a drink outside (bonus: in the heart of the Navigli nobody will give you a side stare for day drinking. Hey, you are in Italy, you will NEVER get a stare for day drinking). 

Besides the cool vibe, WI-FI (a rare luxury in Milan) and cute menu, you can also enjoy a bite here. 

In Milan, if you happen to lay your eyes on something rather more exotic than wine, more often than not, you will find yourself sipping on vodka-syrup-soap-and-sugar beverage made out of bartender tears. With that said, if you are still looking for something outside your comfort zone, that tastes right, Rita is the place. It serves a very elaborate range of drinks, so prepare yourself for a ride. Call in advance, this one seems to be always busy getting party beasts like you tipsy.  


This blog post was written by Masha.

 

 

 

 

 

HELLO SEPTEMBER THINGS WE LOVE

Anastasia Masha

Book: Just Kids by Patti Smith

Patti Smith is a legendary representative of a female in a rock'n'roll world dominated by males. A poet, a rockstar, an artist, a song writer, a muse to her contemporaries and to generations to come. This book is an intimate narrative about Patti Smith's life before fame; chronicling a devoted friendship between her and Robert Mapplethorpe. Before you jump on this one, her other book, the M Train, is also a must read. 

Female artist: Kamya Meha

Recently discovered via Instagram, this lady sinked into our hearts with her feminine art. Kamya Meha portrays delicacy with boldness and celebrates womanhood to the core. Her creative imagery is consistent, modern and honours the body without shame. Visual heaven, no doubt. Based in Paris, she specialises in graphic as well as web design.      

Going a little bit green

Although the Hangover Box team sources the products with the least impact on our Mother Earth (the scrubs are paper packaged, the facial spray does not come in plastic, and the mugs are eco friendly); it was a bit challenging to carry around our own mugs to the coffee shops to reduce the waste and littering that comes with takeaway. After a couple of failed attemtpts, it actually felt liberating and we hope many will follow our example.


This blog post was written by Masha.

HOW TO SAVE YOUR SUMMER YET

Anastasia Masha

1. Find some lonesome, ME time

So your friends went on a gorgeous trip to Ibiza, made love to strangers and flood your Instagram feed with turquoise water featuring their butts in red bikinis. Ok, so what? First of all, hangovers are even more brutal when on vacation (Ibiza, duh) and honestly, that last pizza crust with garlic cream cheese is worth (and much more tempting) then every tight butt in the world all together. This is your chance to finally spend some quality time on the creature you love the most (yourself, or your cat, it depends) and do the things you never had time for. Read young adult fiction with no one telling you are too old for that shit (Hunger Games anyone?), and alas re-watch the most artificial, racist, anti-feminist, heartbreak infused, fake friendship series (yes, sex and the city, that will be you). Wear the same t-shirt for more than a couple of days (including sleep, grocery store, and takeaway coffee trips). Drink wine out the bottle. Laugh, cry and enjoy life by yourself. 

2. Pizza pie, tacos, pizza pie

Stop weighing yourself. Summer season is almost over so if dieting peacefully passed you by, rejoice! You got a year ahead to make that body of yours to look as gorgeous as angel Candice herself! We vote cheat month until fall, you only live once after all. 

3. Trade Netflix for a book 

Of course the new series of GOT sound just as tempting as a glass of cool prosecco after a hard day of work. But how else are you going to raise your smarts and impress your boss while casually conversing over a fancy cup of coffee? Here is a list of pure entertainment concurrently intelligent reads:

1. Wine Bar Theory by David Gilberstone

2. The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson

3. #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso

4. Get Over Your Damn Self by Romi Neustadt

5. Creative Confidence by Tom & David Kelley

4. If everything else fails

Learn 7-12 foreign words and lie about your fancy trip abroad.   


all photography images are by female artist Sarah Bahbah. No copyright intended. 

This blog post was written by Masha.

HELLO AUGUST THINGS WE LOVE

Anastasia Masha

We continue to update you on the lovely things we discover via friends, Instagram or even from the outside activities (wine tasting on the couch counts). Check out March and July for more entertainment, or keep on scrolling. Whatever rocks your boat, really. 


Over Ez

This baby was a god sent this summer. All natural supplement that prevents hangovers with the help of chicory root and milk thistle (vegans rejoice), on top of that a vitamin B complex and charming packaging with a funny quote. Take this magic pill just before the party or during the consumption of your favourite beverage. Available in both Hangover Box and Hangover Box Mini

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Summer reading list goals. A collection of girl power infused essays that are reasonable, contemporary and relatable. A must read for creatives, communication enthusiasts, artists, girls and boys alike. This is one of those books that you will bookmark the fuck out and flood every single social media account you have ever had with quotes. Ahem Roxane Gay.  

Ganor Dominic Heels

Although our glass-jar-money is far off from making a purchase from Ganor Dominic (is far from any kind of purchase period), drooling and making Harmonia sandals (or Chaos booties) a first on the wish list is for free. These beautiful London-designed, Italian-made bundles of joy, shall be a priority once we actually make real money. Well, gas bills FIRST of course. THEN pink Harmonia suede sandals. Sandals. Wait... what?

@resistingbitchface Instagram account

If you are into powerful girlhood images but also have a soft spot for pink, well dear friend, this one is a bingo. “Cat calling is for pussies" and "I eat gender norms for breakfast" posts are our favourite so far. Go ahead and give this one a follow. #SupportingLocalGirlSquad  


This blog post was written by Masha.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

just one more drink: Riga

Anastasia Masha

Aloha kids of drinking age! How is everybody's last month of summer going? If you are still crying over Insta stories with inflatable flamingos on turquoise water with frizzy glass of champagne camera front, please dry your reservoir of tears. We will be gathering cool , tumblr-perfect locations from all over the world that will not require a flawless bikini body or a saturated filter. 

This month's drinking guide: Riga! Scroll down to read. 

A very camera-ready spot for bloggers, self-centered bearded millennials as well as general mortal crowd (like ourselves). The interiors are of course a bonus but the sweet cherry on top is the elaborated breakfast menu (ahem hangover squad brunches) and vegetarian options. Afternoon photogenic cocktails anyone?

Make sure your phone battery is at 150% before heading to this stunning location. After you blow up Instagram stories with every single detail of the victorian-slash-aristocrat-Russia, make sure you check out the gorgeous selection of art, fashion and architecture books available. Melancholically sipping on a glass of champagne, in a vintage silk flower printed dress, while staring out the window and channeling Turgenev vibes is a must. Tip: best "Medovik" (desert cake) in town. 

A hidden spot in the old town of Riga, make sure the weather allows to enjoy the cafe outside. A glass of beer and rustic background is picture perfect, so with that said, don't forget to bring a date! 


This blog post was written by Masha

 

 

 

SUMMER GUIDE TO INSTA-BASIC

Anastasia Masha

Oh the endless beauty of watermelon smoothies in jar glasses held by the godly tanned fingers with seven thousand petite rings and a gold sticker tattoo of hamsa (palm-shaped amulet, duh). Deja-vu anyone? 

If you have failed on the natural looking picture of your butt posing on the balcony, we have prepared for you a step by step summer guide to basic, which will stratosphere your self confidence into the likes heaven of Instagram.

Attention: A timer and no public shame is a must.

#1

90s-slash-boho babe

Make sure you pull an old looking tee with lolita sunnies to match. Use a grainy filter and adventurous attitude; top it up with a cross-feet pose somewhere in a meadow of yellow flowers. Hashtag effortless. Bonus: nature - time - outdoors well spent. Except you did not. Your jeans are now stained and you got insect bites and sun is streaming and your hair looks yellow. Just stick to mirror selfies and mental stability.

#2

red baywatch bikini

This one requires hard work and preparation. If you are a tiny bird , get butt implants. If you are juicy, make sure you got enough apps on your phone for post production. A beach is an ideal setting but if vacation is nowhere near, white sheets will do. Make sure you are holding some kind of pastry. Deceive them jealous bitches. 

#3

inflatable floats

Get your hands on the pink motherfuckers before any of your friends do (there is only so much space for the basic). Preferably flamingos or unicorns, and we cannot stress this enough, but unfortunately you will have to find some kind of water pond/pool or sea to execute this one. Once the location is settled, make sure there is no cellulite-middle-age human beings as your backdrop. Spread your legs and look away from the camera. It is not like you are posing or anything!

#4

avocado 

Get your manicure done first. Order a gluten-free-unicorn-sparkling-blood-slash-vegan meal for Him. Sit outside (sunlight is key). Take your picture. Let Him eat that shit. Order your cheeseburger and have your lunch in peace. 

#5

cuteness overload

If everything else fails, puppy shelter is your go to destination. Push your face and front camera to the poor creatures. It is not like they have suffered enough. Caption the best one 'Bambi'. Have a sad emoji on the ready for the comments.


This blog post was written by Masha.

 

 

 

 

 

  

RECIPE: Basic Bitch On The Beach

Anastasia Masha

Our absolute favourite flavour this summer is anything watermelon (including a bikini print), not to mention that this ingredient can serve as a hangover cure as well! Make a tumblr perfect drink with just 10 easy steps below.

You are welcome:

Basic Bitch On The Beach

1. Buy watermelon.

2. Find a hulk looking male with white teeth to carry watermelon.

3. Insta story hulk with watermelon to make ex jealous. Make sure your beautiful laugh is in it. You are having the time of your life. 

4. Schedule the date with hulk. Say bye to hulk. Put on a bikini & sunnies while jamming mainstream r'n'b. Cut watermelon. 

5. Put the watermelon cubes (precision is not necessary) in the freezer. Call the squad. Decide on Prosecco or Vodka. Or both.

6. Take out watermelon. Slush it to the best ability. Look up 'watermelon cocktail recipe Martha Stewart'.

7. Welcome squad. Do shots of preferred beverage. Make bestie responsible for looking up 'watermelon cocktail recipe Martha Stewart'.

8. Mix watermelon slushy with Prosecco or Vodka. Or both. Add other ingredients to taste. What Martha said. 

9. Pour everything into glass jars to add millennial flare. Or take away coffee mugs.  

10. Take a picture of your hand holding the drink with a beach backdrop (computer screen can do). Day drink with squad. Drunk message hulk. Enjoy.  


This blog post was written by Masha.

July Things We Love

Anastasia Masha

Hello wild souls! We hope you are all celebrating summer vibes with your squad 'hangover survivor' and wine! Meanwhile, we continue to update you on some awesome things our Hangover Box team loves (check out March here). Keep on scrolling and good vibes!

Hangover Box Mini

Our team is very excited to announce a shop update with a Hangover Box mini! The kit includes a wake me up coffee body & face scrub, Vilenta selfie masks (INSTA PERFECT!), Hangover Survivor pin (SOO CUTE!) , over ez hangover prevention pill and hydro under eye patches. The mini kits are perfect for travel (summer Ibiza calling!) or weekend getaway make up bag update (music festivals anyone?). Shop all the goodies HERE.  

Azalle

Digital darlings teaching in written, video & audio form about social media, brand management, visual story telling, photography and more! Sonya Esman and Zanita Whittington among our favourite visual/photography gurus. Try it out, they got a free trial!

Vilenta Selfie Mask

Many of you have shown your love for the Vilenta masks we include in our Hangover Boxes via Instagram accounts; the fun, photogenic packaging must have done it. But many of you only discover the second part of the product later on, which is a quirky animal looking sheet mask that is just as cute as any snapchat filter. A great nourishing treat during chill summer evenings!

Romily Alice's Art

This bold darling was found while surfing Instagram for pink-beach-champagne content and what a revelation she was! Romily Alice's neon installations are very sensual, daring and feminist to the core! Oh how we wish we could afford her art in our bedrooms! Or better in the office ;)   


This blog post was written by Masha.

 

 

 

HANGOVER BOX MINI SOLD OUT at M COLLECTIVE

Anastasia Masha

Aloha kids of drinking age! How is everybody's summer going? June is gone unnoticed on our part and we already feel like it is wasted, but hey, there is always a saturated filter or two that you can add to your summer online feed and pretend that life is poppin. 

On the other note, Hangover Box mini is sold out (!) at M COLLECTIVE concept store (Milan, Italy), which means many of you at least, are having the time of your life and we are more than happy to assist you, wild souls, during hot summer nights.

If for some reason, you did not get your hands on the Hangover Box mini in the store, CLICK HERE , love. 

Hangover Box original is still available at the M COLLECTIVE as well as online.

Good Vibes & stay safe,

The Hangover Box Team or your guardian angels.


This blog post was written by Masha.

 

 

 

5 beauty products to cure a hangover

Anastasia Masha

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These are my 5 go to products after a rosé induced evening. I always make sure they are in my make up bag on a sunday morning. Scroll down to read! 

Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick

This rich, creamy red lipstick is the perfect distraction to puffy eyes and an otherwise tired complexion from waltzing in at 4 a.m. Just one sensual swipe instantly hydrates lips and the colour lasts all day, so you won’t have to reapply.

Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray

Just a spritz of this soothing thermal water spray is just what your parched skin needs after a long, champagne-induced evening. It instantly calms redness and softens skin so you can look more alive than you feel.

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer

This creamy, all-in-one face primer hydrates, soothes and brightens skin to instantly cure your beauty hangover.  It’s infused with skin revivers and coconut water to give your skin a much-needed boost of hydration for a dewy, radiant complexion.  You might as well keep it on your nightstand so it’s always in arms-reach.

Clinique Advanced Concealer

This long-lasting cream-to-powder concealer is just what you need to hide those dark under eye circles and erase all evidence of your Sundaymorning hangover. The matte finish formula delivers a coverage that is truly unbeatable.

Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask

This creamy, dreamy everyday face mask is like a boost of hydration for a dry, tired complexion. It’s infused with sweet almond oil, plant-based squalane and hyaluronic acid to instantly plump and brighten skin while evening out your skin tone. In other words, it’ll make you look like you got your full eight hours last night, even if you didn't. 

Paris Palcit is 

a journalist, influencer and a beauty lover. She is currently based in Toronto, Canada. Follow her on Instagram for a daily cup of visual delights and more beauty finds. 

 

 

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY !

Anastasia Masha

Aloha children of drinking age! Our online store is soon to be updated with a Hangover Box mini kits! To hype the crowd we are holding a GIVEAWAY on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram social accounts! 

The GIVEAWAY includes:

1. A lovely mini table book NEVER HAVE A BAD DAY from Urban Outfitters

2. Facilal Masks and under eye hydro patches

3. A set of friendship bracelets

4. Detox Tea samples

5. Good Vibes!

To participate:

1. Retweet, repost or share your favourite tweet, image or post from any Hangover Box social media account of your choosing

2. Tag us!

3. Done!

Help us spread the word and good luck! 

 

The 5 Experiences That Make That Hangover Worth It

Anastasia Masha

Written and submitted by : Katerina Eleftheriou


Those of us who drink have been there before—nausea, headaches, hunger. All signs of a hangover you’ve undoubtedly inflicted upon yourself, where regret is seeping out of you like sweat on the dance floor of the club last night. For the most part, it isn’t fun, only a strong reminder not to drink as much or with certain people anymore, but it’s not always so grim and I’m here to give a few reasons why you shouldn’t mind being a bit hung over the day after.

Going to a Music Festival

This past summer was the first time I attended a music festival. The bass was blaring, lights were flashing, and everyone was part of a community, looking to have some fun. If you every find yourself in a situation like this, embrace the recklessness of mixing drinks and view your hangover as a reflection of fun times and good music.

Downtown Condo Hangouts

This is one of my favourite things to do, especially in the winter when coats are too heavy and looking out a window seems like enough social interaction. Spending the night peering out of a twenty story apartment with the buzz of friends around you is my preferred fun so if I end up with a hangover the next day, I consider it a night well spent.

Pub Crawls

These are notorious for getting you drunk because you are obliged to buy a few drinks at every bar you visit. However, the adventure of finding your new go-to spot or meeting a few new people outweighs the splitting headache awaiting you the next day.

The Accidental Intoxication

This one is much more common than you’d think and may leave you a bit confused as to who (or what) exactly took over your body urging you have a good time. These nights are usually the most fun because of the unforeseen turnt that occurs, so I think feeling a bit sick in the morning is a sign of your success.

A (Drunk) Late Night Writing Session

This is by far my favourite of them all. Not only does it make every one of my jokes hilarious, but it also opens up my mind to many more ideas than I could have while being in a sober state of mind. Whether it’s journal writing of a few political thought-provoking tweets, no one can be mad at tapping into their creativity despite the 2 am fridge raids.

No one likes being hung over, but maybe if it’s for the right reason we can survive it.


Katerina is a young influencer, writer and a proud feminist. 

Glitter With Gloss

Anastasia Masha

Hello there kids! As usual , every Thirsty Thursday, we bring to you a little entertainment XD Today, we would like to mention a lifestyle blog Glitter With Gloss , a charming website that has featured Hangover Box on their lovely cyber space ! Founded by a young woman Graziella, who lives in beautiful Malta (jealous much!) and chronicles her fashion choices, beauty product reviews and make up advice. Did we mention that she also holds really cool giveaways? Give this wild soul a follow on Instagram or keep an eye on her official Facebook page here.

Have fun and read much!

The Hangover Box Team

A&M