Comfy & Cute Travel Wear

I made it to Illinois with Will today and am delighted to be able to enjoy the holiday season without any work until the New Year, when I start my new job. I am sure I will hit the ground running when that begins, so I’m trying to truly enjoy the time I have now to relax.

That said, I think my recent travel outfit compliments this current theme of relaxation in my life. It was super comfortable to travel in, and I’d like to think it looked pretty cute as well. I paired a new Cotton Emporium sweater that I got for Christmas with a J.Crew striped shirt, a scarf I got for Christmas, my favorite Rag & Bone jeans and Kork-Ease booties.


The great thing about this outfit are the layers. Especially when I am traveling in the winter, wearing layers helps me stay warm (or cool) whether I am in a plane or waiting for a taxi. I also wore my Barbour jacket as I traveled which gave me added warmth when needed.

Here are all the details to get my look:

This was my first time wearing a Cotton Emporium sweater and I was surprised at how soft, comfy and cozy it is. The sizing was accurate as well. I usually wear a 2 or 4 in tops, and because so wanted a chunky, oversized sweater I got the medium. My Rag & Bone jeans are also fit well and are pretty stretchy–a must-have for me when I travel. I could also easily wear my Kork-Ease booties for hours because the sole is so well cushioned.

Well that’s all for now. While I am in Illinois, I will share a couple more blog posts recapping 2016. Stay tuned!

Hopefully you will continue to enjoy a slow-paced holiday week.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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My Favorite Thing About Christmas

And just like that, Christmas is over! I’m always amazed at how quickly the holiday flies by. My holiday weekend was wonderful and included lots of quality time with family and friends. 

Last Friday, I did a secret santa gift exchange with a few of my closest girlfriends from high school. I love how we are always able to pick up right where we left off. I’m also super excited because one of them is moving back to DC.

On Christmas Eve, Will and I joined my family for our annual candlelight church service and dinner in DC. One of my favorite parts of Christmas Eve is singing Silent Night with a chapel full of candles and the lights dimmed. It’s just so peaceful and you can feel the happiness in the air.


Christmas Day began with stockings and presents with my family and our dogs in their Christmas PJs, of course! Then, we all gathered in the kitchen to cook a hearty brunch. After we ate, Will and I headed down to see his family in Richmond. We enjoyed an early dinner and presents exchange down there before coming back up to DC for the night. Will and I ended Christmas with exchanging our presents to each other. It was an action-packed day and I was very tired and the end, but it was SO lovely to have a day full of time with loved ones. That will always be my favorite thing about Christmas. It’s the things you can’t possibly put into words and the people who mean so much to me.

I’d love to hear how your Christmas was if you celebrated it or if you did something fun for the holiday weekend.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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Shortbread Cookies.. for Santa Claus!

Hi friends!

Are you ready for Christmas? To me, it seems like all of a sudden it is here. But, I’m pretty pleased with how prepared I have been for the holidays. I have had all my shopping done for a couple days and several gifts are already wrapped. Some of you may have been done a couple weeks ago. But for me, I’m feeling on top of it and ready to enjoy the merriment!

Last week I shared my grandmother’s seasoned crackers recipe, and this week I want to share one other recipe from her that is perfect to make and enjoy during your holiday weekend. Her shortbread cookies are one of my personal favorite holiday treats. If you know anything about shortbread cookies, they are simple, not very sweet and are a nice change from the typical, sugary holiday fare.

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 lb. butter
  • 10 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 1/2 C flour
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Steps: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F and soften butter in the microwave for 20 seconds.
  2. Mix butter, sugar and vanilla extract together. Once ingredients are fully incorporated, mix in the flour.
  3. Knead dough on wax paper, adding flour as needed to prevent sticking.
  4. When the dough is smooth, roll out it out so it is about 1/4″ thick.
  5. Cut cookies out with cookie cutters and place them on a lightly greased pan.
  6. Cook for 20 minutes, and viola!

This recipe makes about 20-24 cookies, but this can vary depending on how big your cookie cutters are. Definitely make sure you add the vanilla extract before you mix in the flour because that ensures the vanilla flavor is evenly distributed throughout the dough. You can try switching out the vanilla extract with almond extract for a slightly different flavor too. Adding sprinkles on top, when you take them out, is an easy way to add a festive touch to your cookies.

When I was younger, we would often leave these cookies out for Santa Claus with carrotts for the reindeer. Of course, we’d save some cookies for ourselves too! Did you have a special cookie you left for Santa Claus or do you make a yummy treat with your family each holiday season? I’d love to hear about your holiday traditions.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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10 Last Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Stockings are always one of my favorite parts of Christmas morning, and this is largely because my mom is so skilled at filling them up with a mix of candy, beauty products and small items that are just for us. Before any gifts are opened, my family always goes through the stockings one by one. It is a tradition I have always enjoyed and a fun way to kickoff the Christmas Day festivities together.

Since we have FIVE days until Christmas, I thought I’d share ten stocking stuffer ideas that you can easily get when you are in a time crunch. All the hyperlinks below will take you to products on Amazon. This way if you don’t have time to get to the store, you can choose two-day shipping and get your stocking stuffers delivered to your door before Christmas.

 

  1. Headphones, $8 — Am I the only one who is always loosing these? These Panasonic ones also come in eight different colors.
  2. Sunglasses, $10 — These Ray Ban knock offs are a steal at $10. Of course you can get fancy ones too.
  3. Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit, $20 — If you know someone who loves taking photos with their phone, they’ll love trying out these different lenses.
  4. Leather Luggage Tags, $9 — Perfect for any jetsetter, this pretty blue color will standout nicely on any luggage.
  5. Slotted Turner, $6 — Perfect for the cook in your family, this KitchenAid one is such a pretty color to add to your kitchen utensils.
  6. Portable Phone Charger, $13 — This is a gift that’s perfect for someone who travels regularly, or that person who is regularly glued to their phone! The black one on Amazon is regularly $40 but it is majorly discounted to $13.
  7. Kitchen Towel, $13 — This pineapple print is a fun way to brighten up the kitchen and put a smile on your face.
  8. Initial Key Chain, $5-$10 — Initially Yours on Amazon has every letter of the alphabet, and each is about $8 (no idea why some letters are cheaper than others!).
  9. Hand Cream, 2 for $15 — Winter can really dry out our skin, so this is something that is sure to be used. I like to keep one of these in my purse and at my desk.
  10. Bath Sponge, 3 for $8 —  These are great for anyone, but especially for those who enjoy relaxing in the shower or tub.

These items are great for a range of ages and personalities. I also tried to select practical gifts that will likely be used and enjoyed. Gift cards are also a fun extra item to add into stockings. I’d love to hear if you have any go-to stocking stuffers or family traditions with your stockings.

Cheers!

SC

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Get the Look: Red Dress for less than $100

Can you believe we are less than one week until Christmas? If you are looking for an affordable and fabulous dress for a Christmas party, I’d put aside that always dependable black dress and consider going with a red dress for that perfect pop of festive flair.

Similar to the token “little black dress,” a red dress is a staple piece that all women should own. But, a red dress serves a different purpose. It’s a way to make a statement, standout and bring a spark of fun to the environment. My favorite red dresses are simple and classic, with a twist. Here are a few red dresses that are great for a range of body types.

1. Felicity & Coco Ruffle Sheath Dress, $98

2. Tahari Seamed A-Line Dress, $64

3. Modcloth A-Line Dress, $60

4. Lulu’s Red Midi Dress, $46

The Felicity & Coco sheath dress has a great cut for a straight and narrow figure. The Tahari and Modcloth A-line dresses are a flattering cut for curvy, petite and athletic figures. The Lulu’s dress is also a nice option to play up your curves.

Recently, I wore a red dress for Thanksgiving dinner. I opted for a thick cotton A-line dress from LOFT. I paired it with sheer black tights, a pair of my favorite Dolce Vita booties, a sparkly J.Crew Factory necklace and a scarf from Zara.

While this exact dress is no longer available, the Tahari dress pictured above is very similar. What I like most about a style like this is that it can easily be dressed up or down for fancy or casual affairs. The dress and sleeve length also allow it to be easily worn across seasons.

Hopefully the pieces I have shared will help you out this holiday season or for future festivities. If you have a favorite red dress, I’d love to hear about it.

Cheers!

SC

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