Top Thanksgiving Conversation Starters, Courtesy of The Skimm

So it’s almost Thanksgiving, and you’re almost ready. Your turkey’s brining à la Alton Brown; your tablescape would make Martha proud. You’ve even managed to come up with a great outfit.

But with all that cooking, cleaning, and decorating, you’re kind of clueless as to what’s been going on in the world. And this is a problem— not only because sparkling banter is a hallmark of a great meal but also because without other news to discuss, there’s the very real danger that politics will seep into any conversational void. Then before long someone’s yelling, someone’s crying, and poor Granddaddy is brandishing the wishbone like a shiv. Worst of all: everyone’s forgotten about the fabulous feast you killed yourself preparing, the one you bought allspice (seriously, allspice!) for.

Never fear. The always-up-to-date ladies of theSkimm have put together a primer on current events. If you’re not familiar, theSkimm brings you all the news you need to know in a delicious little nutshell. For me, it’s a lifesaver whenever I encounter an adult homo sapien and want to sound informed on topics other than the pros and cons of potty training techniques.

So here’s a few trinkets to keep you fashionably informed:

What to say while watching the parade… Is it wrong if Snoopy just doesn’t do it for me anymore? When’s football on? It’s not an American holiday without some pigskin. It’s a Thanksgiving tradition for the Detroit Lions to be crushed, and this year they play the big bad Houston Texans. I’m just hoping to fight off the tryptophan long enough to catch the Washington Redskin’s exciting rookie RGIII colonize the Cowboys. Maybe I’ll even have room for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, who take on the NY Jets. How can you do a proper touchdown dance after all that Turkey? Gobble, gobble, jiggle, jiggle.

What to say after you give thanks… I demand to lead it next time! The Church of England voted against letting women become bishops, which guarantees some members to be up in arms and is a reminder that the Church is stuck somewhere between the Queen and her corgis and topless Kate Middleton on vacation.

What to say when your button pops off… I haven’t been this full since I OD’d on Twinkies in middle school. Man, those were the days, when the Wonder Bread was free-flowing. Now Hostess’s website says it all: “Hostess Brands is Closed,” after failing to reach an agreement with union reps which would prevent liquidation and save 18,000 jobs. Hostess will return to bankruptcy court today to argue for liquidation and selling off its assets. At least it didn’t happen on Christmas when Ho Ho jokes would be distasteful.

What to say when you think your family is insane… How the hell am I going to survive? At least, I’m not alone.

And what to do when you need more stuff to talk about…

Sign up for theSkimm here.
Find on Facebook.
Follow on Twitter.

Who Are theSkimms?

We are two women in their 20s who hail from New York and Chicago. Our startup romance is one for the books — we met on a rainy day in Rome while we were both studying abroad in college. We bonded over a mutual love of fried artichokes. What we didn’t know as we struggled to order in Italian, was that we’d reconnect years later working in our own country’s capital. By that point, we had become professional storytellers, as producers for NBC News- working in breaking news, political news, and documentaries. We clicked as colleagues and as friends and it didn’t take long for theSkimm to take form.

In our spare time (which is rare) we can be found spooking each other with Law & Order: SVU marathons and trying to scheme our way into a free Equinox membership.

For two girls who grew up more Morning Glory than The Social Network, it took a lot of guts, and white wine, for us to make theSkimm a reality. We see ourselves as a part of a generation where women are out-earning men in paychecks and degrees. We’ve grabbed our seats at the table, now it’s time to Skimm to the head.

Buy One, Get One FREE Sale at LaneBryant.com

Lane Bryant

This weekend, you can mix and match their perfect holiday outfit and take advantage of a great deal at LaneBryant.com too! Starting today through November 30th you can buy one item and get one item for free, site wide with no promotion code!

Plus you can get 15% off all outerwear!! Use promo code 000151504 at checkout. Expires 01-02-09.

Click Here To Shop Now!

FREE SHIPPING from Nordstrom.com

NORDSTROM.com-Free Shipping on orders $100 or more!

Free shipping on any online order of $100 or more from now until Friday, December 19. Take advantage of this and other deals like:

Here are two items we’re loving:

What: CLARISONIC® Skincare System

I’ve been using the Clarisonic for like 3 weeks now and I LOVE IT! It has improved the look of my skin greatly in just that little amount of time. The pores on my nose are much smaller, no blackheads, a huge decrease in whiteheads, and my skin is so smooth. I am just so impressed with the Clarisonic.

If you have acne problems, dry skin, large pores, premature aging, blackheads, whiteheads, or oily skin, definitely put the Clarisonic on your wish list. And if you know anyone with skin problems (and can spare the cash) get them the CLARISONIC® Skincare System for Christmas. They’ll be thanking you for year!

Price: $195.00



What: Vera Wang ‘Look’ Eau de Parfum

Like Vera Wang’s fashion, her new fragrance represents a measured study in texture, color, silhouette and proportion. Vera Wang Look unexpectedly reveals itself in fragrant layers. Luxurious and rich, yet modern and sheer. A blend of complexity and transparency in a totally modern new fragrance.Vera Wang Look: The Scent of Style. The bold, modern, captivating scent of Vera Wang Look embraces a woman’s confidence and creates a seductive effect through complex textures and layers of fragrance notes. A sparkling elixir of mandarin and watery greens are layered with lush notes of lychee and golden delicious apple, filling the top note with a burst of energy and freshness. The vibrant floral bouquet of lily, freesia and jasmine envelopes with femininity and elegance. A natural sensuality is enhanced in the dry down with the richness of indulgent vanilla and skin musk. Touches of oakmoss and patchouli create balance with warmth, depth and character.

Price: $90



FREE Shipping at Benefit Cosmetics TODAY ONLY!

Benefit Cosmetics LLC

TODAY ONLY! Get Free Shipping with $25 purchase at Benefit Cosmetics. Enter promo code BLAKSHIP

Products we’re loving right now:

What: some kind-a gorgeous foundation faker

The perfect foundation in the perfect shade gives you a flawless complexion every time. Plus the cute case is sure to get attention. Perfect purse size with mirror for on-the-go touch-ups! Voted “best foundation” by Brides magazine plus it’s an Elle Magazine Top 5 Pick. And it makes a great gift!

Price: $28.00



What: full finish lipstick – lady’s choice

The perfect color for the perfect gal! This lipstick glides on smooth and almost looks like a lipgloss, it’s so shiny! Not at all flat and matte like most lipsticks. If you’re looking for the perfect nude lipstick, then “Lady’s Choice” is the color for you. It comes in 9 other beautiful, sexy colors though. Makes a great stocking stuffer!

Price: $18.00



What: 10 bronzer and highlighter duo

Bronze and highlight in one sexy sweep. For a supermodel glow and sleek, sculpted cheekbones, this duo of satiny pink and bronze powders tantalizes your complexion and makes you a perfect 10! Perfect for that summer glow, even in the dead of winter.

Price: $28.00



Don’t forget to check out Benefit Cosmetics Holiday Gift Guide for great gift ideas for all your gal pals! Gift gorgeous!!

25% Off At SteveMadden.com till Dec 1st

25% off at Steve Madden 11/27 – 12/1 only! Coupon code: THANKSGIVING25

Shop Now at www.SteveMadden.com.

[Read more...]

Black Friday Deals at Amazon.com + Free Shipping

Black Friday deals start today! Don’t spend Black Friday 2008 jostling for bargains and parking spots. Amazon will have amazing deals to help you get holiday shopping done for less. Amazon’s Black Friday page is the central point to find all their Black Friday deals, including the Gold Box hourly deals featured from midnight to 11pm PST and thousands of products that are on sale for a limited time only.

With Free Super Saving Shipping, there is no reason not to do your Holiday shopping online!

Start Shopping At Amazon.com >>

Huge Savings at Solestruck.com

Our country’s forebears on Plymouth Rock may have passed on the stilettos, but there’s no reason you shouldn’t be grateful for your footwear this Thanksgiving. Celebrate with a pair of autumn boots or comfy flats from Solestruck.com…and you’ll be thanking yourself all season long.

Save up to 70% off right now!