I am legitimately the worst with Christmas gifts… I always have some pretty amazing and thoughtful ideas but I wait until the last minute and then I’m scrambling to throw things together. Case and point: I made these DIY sugar body scrubs last night at 9:30pm for my kids to bring to school for their teachers this morning. I’M THE WORST! But they’re so easy to make and you can literally throw them together with stuff you most likely already have laying around so if you’re like me…. you’re welcome.
All you need (makes 4 batches)
8 cups granulated sugar
1-1 1/2 cup coconut or almond oil (more or less depending on desired consistency)
red food coloring
extract of your choice: peppermint, vanilla, almond, etc.
small mason jars (I’ve also seen people use recylced Starbucks frappucino bottles – SO cute!)
STEP 1: Split 2 cups of sugar between two medium mixing bowls. Little by little add the melted oil to each bowl and combine with sugar until most of the oil is absorbed.
STEP 2: Add a couple of drops of extract to each bowl of sugar. In each batch I created a different scent combination so in one I added 2-3 drops of peppermint extract and in another batch I added vanilla extract to one bowl and almond extract to the other to create a warmer aroma.
STEP 3: Add red food coloring to one of the bowls of sugar. I made a few batches and switched up the consistency in each. I made a darker batch and lighter pink batch. ** TIP: I add the food coloring to the sugar I’ve mixed with vanilla extract to mask the yellowish color.
STEP 4: Layer the different sugars in a small mason jar until you reach the top, and boom. You’re done.
These make amazing gifts for teachers, extended family, friends for a girl’s night gift exchange, your boyfriend’s mama, really anyone. I’d be quite thrilled to get one of these myself, to be honest. A few things worth noting: you can use extract OR essential oils, they serve the same purpose. If you use almond oil or coconut oil it is safe to use on your face as this particular type of oil does not clog your pores. Welp that’s it guys! Hope everyone you give these to LOVES them! Happy holidays! :]
I bought this dress a few months back when I was on the hunt for the perfect dress to wear to a wedding. Originally I wanted a gown, but gave it a second thought. I wasn’t sure how many times I could get away with wearing a floor length gown and I didn’t want to spend the money on something I’d wear once or twice. When I found this dress it didn’t scream BUY ME BUY ME from the hanger, but I tried it on anyway and fell in love. This was a dress I knew I’d get my moneys worth from.
DRESS: NIRVANA (ON SALE NOW!!) || SHOES: CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN || BAG: FOREVER21 (similar) || RING: C/O ROMAN & SUNSTONE (no longer available, similar here) || EARRINGS: C/O SINN STYLE || LIPSTICK: NARS ‘HEATWAVE‘
I tried on dresses with one of my best friends who also had a wedding to attend and when I first came out in this dress the consensus was, ‘eh.’ However, I stood outside my dressing room in front of 3 full length mirrors and stared at myself for a solid 5 minutes… maaaaybe even twirled and posed a little bit, and the more we stared at it the more we loved it. It’s made of neoprene fabric, which is basically a dress made out of wetsuit material, so it’s perfect for the cooler months. I stayed extremely toasty all night long! Just don’t expect to go outside and not need some sort of coverup, it’s not that warm, but for an indoor Christmas party? Perfection.
These earrings are everything! When I received them I was so excited and knew immediately I was going to pair them with this dress. At the wedding I styled my hair with vintage curls to one side and wore long statement earrings, so I knew these would be perfect for the Christmas party. A little black dress, a vintage do, red lip, and statement earrings are all you need for a flawless holiday look this year!
Look who photobombed my shoot, as usual. She was like Mom, I haven’t been on your blog in like 2 weeks, move over bye. Don’t worry guys! You’ll see her soon too, promise.
I’m taking a survey…. does it feel like Christmas is right around the corner to you? Because it does not to me. After you kind of grow up and stop believing in Santa there are only a few years following that actually have that exciting Christmas time feel to them. I always thought when I had children of my own that excitement would come back but it’s really lacking this year, ha! I think it’s because I’m waiting for a big snow storm… it must be SO weird to celebrate Christmas in a state that doesn’t have winter, ya know? I couldn’t imagine that, nor would I want to!
That awkward moment when your hair matches your necklace…haha! I love this necklace from Sterling Forever. The mix of pink and gold is to die for but the fierce spikes are just SO me. It adds just a touch of edge to an otherwise very feminine and classy outfit.
Matt got me this faux fur coat YEARS ago… I think maybe even our 2nd Christmas together? I’ve always loved it but I rarely wear it because I feel like such a Jersey Housewife in it, haha! Fortunately, fur coats have seem to make a comeback this year so I’m taking great pleasure in breaking this hot little number out of my closet every now and then.
Have you noticed that this is my go-to clutch yet? It’s not even the last time you’re going to see it in my holiday look book mini-series. I’m obsessed with it. So this is another look I might be found wearing on Christmas Eve. As I said in my last post, Christmas Eve is typically the more festive holiday for me, Christmas day and night are much more casual and relaxed. I love the berry hue of this dress, I paired it with my favorite berry lipstick from YSL and black diamond cocktail ring from Roman Luxe. I swooned over this ring for a loooooong long time before it became mine. It’s perfect for the holiday season, isn’t it?
My life is kind of like the movie Four Christmases, I’m all over the place during the Holidays, which is totally ok with me because I get to pretty much play dress up for the week. I have fancy dinner parties at my in-laws on Christmas Eve, and brunch in your pajamas at my house Christmas morning. The next few posts will cover all the bases as far as what to wear to your holiday get together goes. Except pajamas… I’m not going to do a post on those. Although I will be wearing a onesie to my Christmas brunch, I’ll just say that.
TOP: H&M (similar) || SKIRT: C/O UPHORIA BOUTIQUE (similar) || BELT: H&M (similar) || SHOES: CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN || BAG: FOREVER21 (similar,) || SHADES: MICHAEL KORS (similar) || EARRINGS: KATE SPADE || RING: C/O SINN STYLE
This is a look I would wear to Christmas dinner, most likely. It’s not overly fancy, but it’s not casual either. The red and gold accents are festive for the holidays, but the white skirt adds a touch of normalcy. It’s not too Christmasy, ya know?
Just for the record, my hair was perfectly curled before these pictures were taken but the wind has its way with me. Anyway, for whatever reason I am super into dark and light colors this holiday season. Expect to see a lot of blacks, whites, and rich hues for this holiday look book. I love mixing black with gold so you may just be seeing that fantastic color combo a lot the next few posts ;]
Want more of my holiday favorites? Check in with me for the next week or so, I’ll have many more to come plus a brand new Mavatar collection! Stay tuned!
** ALSO! In reference to my Amy Coe giveaway, unfortunately the first winner did not contact me within 24 hours so a new winner had to be chosen, congratulations to Erin Morales! You are the official* winner. Please contact me by commenting or e-mailing me at TheRachel.Ross@yahoo.com to claim your prize! Congratulations!
There were a few days here and there the past few weeks that were so warm it was almost like I was in a different state. I thoroughly enjoy it. There are few things in the world I hate more than having to layer up with bulky winter coats, so being able to head out without one on is perfection.
I adore knit hats. I used to be a winter hat only kind of person, same with sunglasses. I would ONLY wear aviators because I thought everything else looked weird on me. I blame it all on my small head. Anyway, since I loved winter hats so much I own like 100 of them…well that’s a small exaggeration but you get the picture. Also, have you tried on American Eagle jeans yet? I’m actually kind of obsessed. They fit SO GOOD like they are custom made for me. The jegging jeans are insanely comfortable and the fact that they run in shorter sizes, YES. Amazing.
Too bad the next time I’ll be wearing this outfit no one will be able to see the lovely quilted detail and patchwork sleeves because it’ll be under layers and layers of winter gear. BOO. So now it’s time to announce my giveaway winner!!! Congratulations to Erica McGuire! You have won $100 to Amy Coe at Babies R’ Us! Please e-mail me at TheRachel.Ross@yahoo.com to claim it! [You have 24 hours] <3 Congrats!
I’ve had this vest for months now and it has just sat in my closet. I had a complete outfit put together in my head, I knew exactly what I was going to wear it with….but I didn’t actually own any of the other pieces to my fantasy outfit and I couldn’t find them anywhere, HA. It wasn’t until I was getting ready to pack all of my maternity clothes away that I found a missing piece; this GAP dress that I wore up until I was 8 months preggo.
DRESS: GAP MATERNITY (similar here, NOT maternity) || VEST: H&M (similar here, on sale now!) || BOOTS: STUART WEITZMAN || BAG: CHANEL || NECKLACE: C/O ROMAN LUXE (on sale now!!) || RING: C/O ROMAN LUXE ||CROSS OVER RING: C/O SINN STYLE || SHADES: URBAN OUTFITTERS || HAT: C/O SHOP UPHORIA (similar here)
I can’t say enough good things about these boots, seriously. Whenever I wear them I instantly feel just a little bit more glamorous. Especially since by the end of the night I’m not limping and hobbling to my car to change my shoes. These boots are legit.
Now that I’ve finally been able to break this vest in I feel like I’ll be wearing it much more. I asked for some outfit suggestions on StyleChat a whiiiiile back and I’m looking forward to taking some of the outfits for a test ride! If anyone can find me a plain white t-shirt with some extra length, that would be fabulous, thank you. ;]
Don’t forget to enter my giveaway with Amy Coe for a chance to win $100 to Amy Coe at Babies R Us! The giveaway ends on Monday, so spread the word! Click the link below to enter. disclaimer: the link hasn’t been working for everyone SO if you find yourself having trouble just follow the steps below, leave a comment when you’ve completed everything! The entries with Rafflecopter and the manual entries will be combined! Good luck!
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Hello my loves and happy December! The best month of the year, my birthday month and CHRISTMAS! And I am so excited to bring you guys an amazing giveaway just in time for your holiday shopping! This time around I am giving away a ONE HUNDRED dollar gift certificate to Amy Coe at Babies R Us! Her new holiday line is out in stores and it’s pretty much the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!
I am swooning over the details of this outfit! The faux leather leggings, the black panels on the sleeves, the leather headband! It’s all so cute. Charlotte was absolutely obsessed with it too, she wouldn’t let me take it off to put her pajamas on at bed time! haha, so you can win this outfit and/or SO much more in this giveaway!
Ignore her diaper casually sticking out of her pants…. that’s not part of the outfit, obvi. :|
My favorite part of this outfit is that I have matching leggings… so I can twin it up with my 2 year old daughter whenever I want. HAH she will totally love and appreciate that when she’s older. Who doesn’t want to match their mama? ;] Ok! So now for the giveaway! Just enter by following the insanely easy steps. The giveaway will close on Monday, December 8th and the winner will be announced Tuesday the 9th. Remember, it’s $100 to Amy Coe at Babies R Us! Which, if you’re like me, can go a long way in that store. Good luck!!
When you’re all done, stop back here and leave me a comment, the more you like/follow the more entries you will have. Good luck!
** I had to change the links to the giveaway as the Rafflecopter link was not working for everyone. Don’t worry, if you entered through the original link your entries still count! Thanks for your understanding! :]
If you follow me on Twitter, or know me in real life you can probably guess what my first favorite F word is… ;] However, flannel is a close second. I live in flannel. If you take a peek inside my closet it closely resembles that of Doug Funny’s, but instead of white t-shirts, sweater vests, and khaki shorts you can find a butt load of flannel.
I found these boots at the end of last summer when the fringe trend was just about to peak. I was pregnant with Kennedy so I wasn’t about to wear anything fringy but I desperately wanted something for my own wardrobe. I found these boots and they seemed damn near perfect. They are outstandingly comfortable and cute, so that’s a plus.
I am seriously dying over this weather! Well, the weather we were having… it’s apparently going to start snowing up in this bitch soon and I’m only slightly looking forward to it. I want it to wait to snow until after my birthday next month so I can use my new snow boots to play outside with my kids! I don’t know for a fact that I’m getting them… but if anyone reading this is buying me a birthday present, I want Sorel boots. Ok thanks bye.
(REMINDER: Shop my latest collection with Mavatar, 100% of the proceeds are being donated to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital!)
I usually wait until the end of the post to talk about my Mavatar collection, but I am so excited I must start the post with it! 100% of the proceeds from this collection will be graciously donated to the St. Jude’s Children Hospital by the amazing people behind Mavatar! I’ve put together pretty much a Christmas List in this collection, so shop along without guilt, knowing your money is going to a great cause very near and dear to my heart!
SHIRT: H&M (similar here, here, here) || PANTS: FOREVER21 (similar here, here, here) || SCARF: H&M (old, similar here) || JACKET: H&M (similar) || SHOES: CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN || BAG: LINEA PELLE || SHADES: URBAN OUTFITTERS || NECKLACE: ZARA
If you’re looking for an easy way to wear a crop top into the cooler months, look for one that is long sleeved. You’re not going to get the same breezy summer look as you would with a short sleeve or tank crop top, but since it’s the winter I wouldn’t really think that’s a look you’re going for right now anyway. Also, this one in particular has a little extra length than the normal crops, so you’re not exposing too much to the cold.
I love these pants. They’re like high waisted track pants that tie around the waist in the most flattering spot! I snagged them almost two years ago from Forever21 and they’re all over the place now. Everyone should own a pair, they’re super easy to dress up or down, as well as being comfortable and flattering. After a night out in this outfit I slipped on my favorite Nine West slip on sneaks to make this look a little more relaxed. The weather yesterday was simply amazing, wasn’t it? If it could stay like this until Christmas day, then snow, then get warm again I’d be perfectly happy. Anwyay! Don’t forget to shop my Mavatar collection by clicking the button below! As I said up there, 100% of the proceeds from this collection will be donated to the St. Jude’s Children Hospital. So get in the holiday spirit and do a little shopping to give back! Santa’s watching….
Til the sweat drop down my…. ok that’s enough. This song brings me back to the days of school dances… not at my school, because I don’t think they would ever play this song but the epic CBA school dances. Holler if you’re from NJ and know what I’m talking about, haha!
SWEATER: NORDSTROM (similar, similar) || SHIRT: H&M (similar, similar) || SHORTS: H&M (similar) || TIGHTS: FOREVER21 || SHOES: FOREVER21 (similar, similar) || SHADES: URBAN OUTFITTERS || BAG: CHANEL (similar) || NECKLACE: C/O UPHORIA BOUTIQUE
Leather shorts with tights are one of my absolute favorite looks for fall and winter! I love pairing tights with pieces that would not normally be worn in the cooler months, like a sun dress for example. It’s a fantastic way to drag out the wearability of your summer wardrobe.
I wore this outfit for what was supposed to be a regular date night out with the hubs, that ended up being one of the most interesting nights of my life, HA. I won’t get into details, but it was a first for me, I’ll just say that. You can also kind of see the pink in my hair that I have been trying like hell to wash out since last week! Don’t get me wrong, I’m obsessed with it, but I have something coming up I need to have normal hair for! Which I really can’t wait to tell you guys all about it! eeeek! ;] Um, by the way, it is getting WAY too damn cold out to take any decent blog pictures. I’m going to have to start investing in some really cute coats because that’s about all you will be seeing me wear very soon. bah hum bug!