My 25 Blogmas Post Ideas

Lately, I’ve been seeing all these post going around talking about Blogmas! I think I may be the only who has never heard of Blogmas! Well I think I want to do it and I have compiled a list of ideas that I may want to do. So here is the list of 25 ideas for blog posts that I may do and others can do too! Some of these ideas might be a little different than most, but hey that’s me!

  1. DIY Christmas Gifts (duh!)
  2. Winter Outfit Ideas
  3. DIY Liqueurs
  4. Holiday Booze Recipes
  5. Wintertime Soup recipes
  6. Favorite Christmas Candy
  7. How to take Selfies in Gloomy weather
  8. Winter Fashion Essentials
  9. Favorite Song This Year
  10. Winter Makeup Essentials
  11. Favorite TV Shows This Year
  12. Winter Skincare Essentials
  13. The Gifts I’m Giving
  14. Christmas Party Outfit(s)
  15. LUSH HAUL!!
  16. Winter Hair Care Routine
  17. Going Out (dancing, drinking) In the Cold Outfits
  18. Chocolate Mint DIY’s
  19. Bath Time Routine
  20. Getting Out of the Winter Funk
  21. Favorite Christmas Movies
  22. Last Minute Gift Ideas
  23. Christmas Guilty Pleasures
  24. Favorite Thing(s) about Christmas/Traditions
  25. What I Got For Christmas This Year

(not in order)

That’s my list you guys! I’m pretty excited about doing Blogmas for the first time ever! Hopefully I can keep up and post every day until Christmas! Wish me luck!

ChelsiKay

My 25 Blogmas Post Ideas

Remember the Fashion Formula!

Today will be a quick post. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend and ate some really amazing food. I know I did!!

My best friend’s sister and I decided to throw my best friend a surprise party this last weekend. For lack of better words, it was lit! She wasn’t all that surprised, because she saw all of our cars and kind of figured. She was absolutely so difficult throughout the week towards her sister and mom. I literally had to jump through hoops and come up with this elaborate plan just to surprise this girl. All in all, it was fun and she really appreciated the effort!

I was going to do an outfit of the day on the outfit I wore, but I didn’t really like my outfit all that much that night. I’m still trying to figure out what looks good and what looks not so good on me. That night I figured out that I don’t look as good in super boxy clothing. I had on this black dress that looked kindimg_4389 of ill fitting. While it was supposed to fit like that, it just wasn’t an outfit that looks good alone.

Today I ran into the same problem, my outfit wasn’t finished! Then I remembered the formula. I always have to remember the formula! Basic piece + interest piece + finishing piece + accessories. I always forgo the interest piece because that almost always adds too much for my taste. I think my interest piece is my hair or makeup as well as accessories. Today I added a patterned scarf.

My favorite thing to do is wear pretty basic pieces then add a cool cardigan, jacket or coat. Lately for the cooler months, I’ve been wearing dresses with tights or long socks and a long line cardigan or jacket with a scarf.Slowly but surely, my style is transforming into more adult looks. I’m definitely trying to steer clear of the low-rise jeans and t shirt look that I always end up in. Old habits die hard right?

If you ever run into a rut with your wardrobe and don’t really like how your outfit is coming together – don’t be afraid to revamp your wardrobe and remember the fashion formula!

ChelsiKay

Remember the Fashion Formula!

ChelsiKay’s Gift Guide Pt. 2

Hi everyone, we’re another week closer to Christmas and it’s about that time to really start purchasing the bulk of your gifts! Maybe you’re having some trouble deciding what to buy, so here is the part 2 of my gift guide! I hope you all enjoy.

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Thanks for reading you guys! I won’t be posting for DIY Fridays this week, so check back in next week! I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and a fun Black Friday. Take care.

ChelsiKay

ChelsiKay’s Gift Guide Pt. 2

DIY Fridays: Body Scrub

Hey y’all, I’m back at it again with another DIY Friday! Today, if you can’t tell by the title – I’m making a body scrub or should I say scrubs?! Since its getting cooler out, our skin tends to get drier and for some maybe even a little flakey. So maybe we should start making our scrubs now rather than later.

Earlier today, I did a one time use sugar scrub with sweet orange oil and cinnamon leaf oil and I smelled like Christmas potpourri or those scented pinecones alllllll freakin’ day. Those two oils are extremely strong, so if you just love that smell then go with that. I’m more of a fresh minimal scent type of girl.

Today I’m experimenting with autumn and winter smells. I’m a sucker for food smells like cotton candy, apple pie, peppermint and gingerbread. I also love the classic scents like vanilla lavender. Vanilla lavender is definitely a year round scent, so I’m going to do both a gingerbread and a vanilla lavender scrub and see how they turn out.

Gingerbread Scrub

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What you’ll need:

Brown Sugar

Sea Salt

Carrier Oil (Sweet Almond, Coconut, Olive)

Cinnamon (ground)

Nutmeg

Allspice

I add a bit of sea salt to sugar scrubs because I like that extra bit of exfoliation and it feels amazing too. Also, if you want a little more of a kick, add some clove oil to this recipe. I personally skip the clove oil because it can be overpowering, but do you boo.

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I eyeball everything, even when I’m cooking. I’m really a rebel when it comes to following recipes…aw yeah. But for the sake of this DIY, I’ll add those pesky measurements.

Start with adding about 1 tablespoons of sea salt

Add about 1/3 cup of brown sugar

Add ½ to 1 teaspoon of nutmeg

Add ½ to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Add ½ to 1 teaspoon of allspice

Then little by little mix in your carrier oil. I’m using sweet almond oil. You don’t want the oil to be more than the solid ingredients because it will start to dissolve and be runny. Staimg_4353rt with about ½ tablespoon of oil until you get the consistency you want. I don’t really know how to describe the consistency but you’ll know when you see it and feel it. Not wet, but not dry.

For whatever reason when you add all of these spices together, they smell like straight gingerbread cookies. If you add more allspice, then you’ll get more of an apple pie scent. I love the idea of using things that are already in my kitchen…no money spent and I can still exfoliate my skin!

Either give as a gift or use on yourself. If you’re giving as a gift get a cute little jar with a spoon and a nice little sticker or tag so they know what it is.

Vanilla Lavender Scrub

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What you’ll need:

Epsom Salt

Sea salt or Himalayan Salt

Carrier Oil (Sweet Almond, Coconut, Olive)

Pure Vanilla Extract

Lavender Essential Oil

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Start with ¼ cup Epsom salt

Add ¼ cup sea salt or Himalayan salt

Add in the carrier oil just like the recipe above. You’re going to want it to clump so you can scoop it out easier.

Both vanilla extract and lavender oil are potent scents, so be very diligent about these.

If you have a dropper for the vanilla use it adding 3-10 drops, if not adimg_4348d about ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Add 3-10 drops of lavender.

The essential oils depend on you and if you want the scent to be strong or not. I’m going to add maybe a whole teaspoon of vanilla extract and 5-7 drops of lavender.

This is optional but you can have a lot of fun with the salts and add food coloring. You can even soak rose petals or lavender in a bit of water, using that as a coloring and a scent. If you decide to do this step, be sure not to add too much water too fast because the salt will dissolve.

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I hope you all enjoyed this DIY Friday! Instead of buying a pricey body scrub this year, try making it for a change. As always you can give these as a gift to someone and I’m sure they’ll love it – maybe even ask for another batch! Thanks for reading once again!

 

ChelsiKay

DIY Fridays: Body Scrub

ChelsiKay’s Gift Guide Pt 1

It’s finally that time of year where it gets nice and chilly out! Every year you probably say that you’re going to start Christmas early right? Then two weeks after Thanksgiving, you realize that it might as well be Christmas and you’ve put off any shopping. Personally, I shop or make things early because I get so excited about giving gifts to my friends and family!

Mostly, I think people put off shopping because they don’t really know what to get for a family or friend. Other reasons include, not being able to afford gifts as well as just being too busy to go to the mall/store. Let’s be real though, if you’re too busy you most likely (not always) can afford gifts and if you’re on a budget you probably aren’t terribly busy. Maybe, just maybe you are actually both.

In the past, I’ve gotten some really questionable gifts and it had nothing to do with any of the reasons above. In fact, the person who gave me those strange gifts just didn’t know me that well and that’s okay. Maybe you’re just becoming friends with that person and you know you’ll probably stay friends – just ask them for what they would want or what they like.

Ok now let’s just jump into the gift guide! I’m going to be dividing this into two parts: part one for the giver of the gift and part two for the receiver of the gift. You’ll see what I mean below.

 

For the Busy Bee

So there’s plenty of websites where you can get gifts; the main ones being Amazon, Nordstrom Rack, and HauteLook. I prefer Amazon because the shipping is usually pretty quick and if I do happen to wait until last minute then I can at least track it down to the exact second. Pre wrapped gift sets are a busy person’s best friend. Pretty much any store has a set of something: perfume, cologne, lotion, makeup, kitchenware, you name it! These gifts are also good for someone who is just notorious for doing everything last minute.

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Uncommon Goods Wine Tool Set

For the Penny Pincher 

 

I bet you thought I was going to say, just make something right? Of course that’s always an option even if you can afford gifts, but there are plenty of inexpensive gifts out there. Word Market, Francesca’s, Target, and TJMaxx all have some really great sections where you can get your hands on some interesting gifts.

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World Market Pumkin Spice Candle

 

For the Indecisive Individual 

I consider myself a very indecisive shopper probably due to my being a semi minimalist as well as kind of cheap. I also really want the receiver to absolutely love their gift. So what do you do in this predicament? Make a gift basket! Gift baskets are so much fun to make and they always end up being perfectly curated for the person. I once gave a friend who loved to bake, a gift basket full of cake mix, measuring spoons, and a baker’s cookbook. Another year, I accumulated makeup and makeup accessories over the course of a couple of weeks and put together a makeup gift bag for my friend’s birthday. Gift baskets and bags are a great way to buy little inexpensive paraphernalia and create one big special gift!

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For the “Salty” Shopper

So, not everybody likes to shop and I happen to fall in this category too. Shopping near or during holiday season is hell and so is shopping during peak mall hours. If you too fall in this category, I recommend shopping before holiday season or shopping around the time a store opens. Online shops are even better if you just really hate going into stores. For this group, I suggest shopping at specialty gift stores such as Things Remembered, Hallmark, Papyrus, and even Starbucks. The gifts in these stores can be wrapped or pre wrapped. The gifts can also be personalized and let’s be real there’s no such thing as too many mugs or Starbucks cups!

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I hope this was a great read and a thorough shoppers gift guide. I also hope this makes it just that much easier to go shopping during the holiday season! My part two will be up next week, don’t miss it!

ChelsiKay

ChelsiKay’s Gift Guide Pt 1

DIY Fridays: Clays Masks

Hello everyone, welcome to DIY Fridays! So it’s probably a known fact that I adore DIY’s when it comes to skincare right? Nobody wants to bother with figuring out if an ingredient is good or bad for them nor do they want to pay a pretty penny for something that can easily be made in the comfort of their own home…or at least I don’t. Who’s with me on this one?

I love masks…facemasks that is. Every time I step into Sephora, I always buy one of those cool sheet masks because they’re only $6 and kind of fun or maybe that’s just me. I’m not sure if they actually work or not but they’re pretty damn cool to say the least. However, I do find it strange that you don’t wash off the gel like substance once you take the sheet off of your face. At $6 who knows what’s in those masks, maybe it isn’t really that bad though. I’ve thought about buying the Boscia peel off charcoal masks, but I decided against it because I wanted to try out clay masks.

Last week, I marched into Whole Food and grabbed some Aztec Bentonite Clay that took me forever to find because it was hidden in some obscure place, but I managed. I got home and mixed in some water and sweet almond oil and slapped the mixture on my face. I washed it off 10 minutes later and my skin was so smooth and my pores appeared smaller. I woke up the next morning with a few irritation bumps as well as some purged bumps because bentonite clay can be extremely strong. My face also looked red where I applied the mask (on my cheek area.) While I loved this mask, I wanted something that contained a little more balancing properties that didn’t cause redness and irritation. You can purchase Bentonite clay here in a big jar and here in something a little smaller.

After researching different type of clays, I ran across one called, Rhassoul Clay. This sounded very familiar to me and I realized that my Lush Dark Angels contains Rhassoul mud. Dark Angels is amazing on my face and never fails to eradicate my pimples! I purchased Rhassoul Clay here, but you can also find it hereimg_4283.

Rhassoul clay contains a ton of minerals such as silicon, potassium, magnesium, iron, sodium, lithium and trace elements. The clay is known to improve skin texture, elasticity, and clarity. I found that Rhassoul clay was much finer than the Bentonite clay, which I personally think, is better. Once Rhassoul clay is mixed with water, it becomes negatively charged while toxins under your skin are positively charged. I bet you can guess what happens once you add th
e mask to your face.

fullsizerender-2This wasn’t so much a DIY really, since all you have to do is add water but the hard work is getting a good consistency and applying the mixture evenly. All you need is warm water, a plastic spoon (never metal,) a makeup brush, and an oil of your choice. Obviously you need the clay, but that’s a no brainer!

Add water little by little until you get the consistency you desire. I prefer a paste like texture to a liquid so I add a little under a teaspoon of water and about halimg_4286f teaspoon of sweet almond oil. I mix it up and then apply the clay to my face using the makeup brush. Because I have sensitive skin I kept my mask on for only 7 minutes, but you can keep it on longer of course.

I’m not sure why I was surprised when I washed the mask off, but my face was extremely soft! Earlier this week I had a relapse with my skin because I used an unclean brush and out came the random pimples. I woke img_4287up this morning to much smaller pimples as well as imaginary ones! In fact, I’m still in shock over how soft and smooth my skin is. Rhassoul Clay will certainly be added into my regime and I’ll be sure to do this mask twice a week.

What kind of clay do you use as a mask?

 

ChelsiKay

DIY Fridays: Clays Masks

The DIY Bug

The obsession starts with being cheap or wanting to give a good gift to someone. The DIY obsession is real and the bug has bitten me. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always been interested in doing things myself, but as of lately it has really taken over! This isn’t necessarily a bad thing at all, but I may have just gotten carried away.

It all started with my hair troubles a few weeks ago and then just kind snowballed from there. I purchased a melt and pour soap kit last week and was just amazed how everything turned out. Then just the other day, I made my own hydrosol or distilled floral water.

As you all know, skincare is really important to me as of lately and has turned into a necessity rather than an obsession. DIY’ing my skincare is definitely in the works, I just have to figure out what works and doesn’t work for my skin. Also, I’m kind of in love with the products that I have already and wouldn’t mind repurchasing them.

Skincare and…well everything in your life should really be simple. Trying to figure out what all those ingredients are and if they’re even safe to use is too much especially when you can use things that are right in your kitchen. Now I’m not saying go out and throw out all your face washes because they contain chemicals. If something works for you, then keep on at it. Not all chemicals are bad and not all natural things are good. Personally, anything that did contain chemicals did not work for me whereas the more natural the product was the better my skin reacted.

My skin reacts even better to things I make myself.

With all that being said, here are some things I made within the past few weeks. I purchased some dried lavender flowers and made a lavender hydrosol. Making it was probably one of the coolest things I’ve done. Two days ago, I made a bentonite clay mask that left my skin feeling extremely soft and my pores unclogged. I mentioned the melt and pour soap that for some reason is ten times better than store bought soap. I also made some lotion, which I’ve been making for a few months now. I most likely (as I said in my last post) will give my concoctions as gifts this year!

Get ready to see a lot of DIY’s on here in place of Foodie Fridays starting this Friday! Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

 

 

The DIY Bug