DIY Embellished Shoes

I had a pair of suede heels sitting in my closet that were starting to wear down, but I decided to give them a fresh look before retiring them. I found sheets of stick on pearls that I knew would be perfect for a little DIY embellishment. I covered the back side of the block heels with little pearls and voila – a festive pair of heels to wear through the holiday season!


Taking inspiration from a few of my favorite embellished booties from this season, I’ve found the perfect craft store supply to recreate these beauties for a fraction of the price! Just start with a simple bootie and use glue gun or mod podge to apply you choice of embellishment – like fun florals, lady-like pearls, and festive glitter!

EmbellishedBootiesDIY.PNGCape Robbin Bootie // Floral Embellishments

Stuart Weitzman Bootie // Faux Pearl Stickers

 Betsey Johnson Bootie // Classic Chunky Glitter



Head to Toe Red

I love the trend of wearing head to toe red. I think it makes a great statement for a holiday party – from a casual cookie exchange to a classy cocktail hour! I’d even wear the below combo of a cable knit sweater and corduroy skirt to work! Add on red accessories, like statement earrings or red shoes, and for an extra pop of bold color.


Old Navy Sweater // J. Crew Skirt // Bauble Bar Earrings

See below a few more head to toe red looks from a few of my favorite bloggers. I love how they’ve all topped of their looks with a bold red lip!


Pink Peonies // Gal Meets Glam // Atlantic-Pacific

Winter Beauty Buys for Dry Skin and Hair

I love a lot of things about winter and colder weather, but what I could live without is the drying air that leaves my skin and hair thirsty for some attention and care. Below are five of my favorite winter beauty buys that help keep my skin and hair hydrated all winter long!


Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve The skin on my hands dries easily in the winter and can quickly lead to cracks and bleeding. This hand salve from Kielh’s keeps my hands soft and nourished all day long.

Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick I typically just wear chapstick on a daily basis to keep my lips from getting chapped, but when I have an important meeting or event and want a little extra color and shine, I reach for this YSL lipstick with a sheer finish and moisturizing oil.

Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray I only recently started using this product, but love the refreshing and hydrating formula. I like to spray once in the morning before applying makeup and again at night after washing my face.

DryBar Detox Dry Conditioner We all know the amazing powers of Dry Shampoo to prolong a blowout or cover up post-workout hair, but equally amazing is Dry Conditioner. I spray this product,  on the ends of my hair to keep them soft and sleek. It’s especially great for girls with colored or processed hair that tends to dry out easily.

Aussie Three Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner There’s lots of expensive deep conditioning treatments and products in the market, but one of my favorites is a cheap drug store find! Apply and let sit for three minutes while in the shower and rinse to reveal soft and silky tresses.

Statement Earrings

I love the statement earring trend and how one accessory can make an outfit go from boring to glam in an instant. I like playing with contrasting colors for an extra pop – like pairing red tassel earrings with a yellow dress. I’ll even use statement earrings to distract from a messy bun when I haven’t gotten around to washing my hair.

The trend is playful and fun and perfect for your holiday dinners and parties. See below for four of my favorite styles and a few inspo pics from some of my favorite bloggers!

earringsClockwise from top left: Kendra Scott, Bauble Bar, Lisi Lerch, Lola and Lina


From left to right: Gal Meets Glam, Bows and Sequins, My Style Pill

Skinny Crock Pot Hot Chocolate

When visiting my sister and her family earlier this season we wanted a holiday treat that was easy to make with her young toddler. And with the temps in the low 20s, we both agreed hot chocolate sounded like the perfect sweet treat. This recipe is so simple to make and perfect for those busy days when you’re out running errands or playing with family outside. Make in the morning and keep on simmer for a warm and ready cup of cocoa when you come in from the cold!





Two Easy Holiday Up-Dos

When it comes to holiday beauty and hair routines, I’m always looking for something special and unique that won’t take a lot of time. After all, time is precious with so many cookies to bake and gifts to wrap this time of year! See below for two holiday hairstyles that only take a few minutes from start to finish!

  1. Twisted Ponytail Wrap 

Start with straight or curly hair. Make a low pony tail, leaving out the front quarter part of your hair on both sides. Take the front pieces of hair and cross them over each other and over the ponytail. Tie together under the ponytail with a clear rubber band. Ta-da!

2. Tucked Up Chignon 

Start with straight hair. Make a low pony tail, leaving out the front quarter part of your hair on both sides. Take front pieces and pull into a smaller ponytail, atop the first, and secure with a clear rubber band. Separate the first ponytail above the hair tie and pull the smaller ponytail through. If you have long hair you may want to tie another clear rubber band around the mid part of your pony tail. To finish, wrap and tuck your ponytail into the twist created just above your hair tie. Tuck in loose ends and secure with bobby pins if needed.

Green Velvet: Dressed Up and Down

I love the annual #dressedup and #dresseddown carolsandcocoa holiday style post! This year, I wanted to feature a dress that could be worn for almost any occasion – from running errands, to work, to a dinner date or even a holiday party. When I found this green velvet dress at Old Navy, I knew it would be perfect for this post.

To dress up this $34.99 (a steal!) dress, I paired it with over the knee suede boots, a black leather jacket and a statement necklace.

To dress down the look, I layered up with a comfy cardigan and black booties.

I think this dress would also look great with a jean jacket and plaid scarf or some patterned black tights and pumps for another dressed up look. What would you like to see on next year’s #dressedup and #dresseddown post? Comment below to let me know your ideas!