This holiday season my family and I are mixing things up and taking a true winter vacation to Switzerland. Here is my winter vacation packing list for must haves when packing for a cold weather vacation. Happy Holidays!
- Winter White Dress– I am in love with winter white. This dress has a great boxy shape that is perfect for evening without feeling too cheesy or over the top. Pair it with black booties and your New Year’s Eve outfit is done.
- Boots– I recently purchased these and now they are a STEAL. I love the criss cross straps and gold hardware. The chunky heel on these is great for staying comfortable while sight seeing and they will hopefully keep my feet relatively warm
- Moisturizer– Recommended by my best friend, beauty product extraordinaire, this product is awesome for hydrating dry skin in cold weather climates
- Monogramed Weekender– Whenever I go on vacation, I buy things. I like to pack a collapsible bag in my suitcase so that I can fill it up with goodies purchased on my trip. This one is extra perfect because it is super roomie and features a monogram for a great personalized touch.
- Hat– I am not a hat girl. But there is something about this one that feels super necessary for my winter trip. I like that it’s felt so it’s collapsible in my luggage and for some reason I feel like it will keep me warm. Even if it doesn’t, it will be so cute with my winter wardrobe so it’s pretty much a must have.
- Coat– I have been coveting this coat since it came out in late summer and now it has been marked down so much that it is almost affordable. I love it for vacation because it can be worn as a coat or with my outfit. It’s also fairly lightweight so it’s great for packing.
- Fur Scarf– Fur is always in for winter. This scarf is a gorgeous rich grey color that will spice up any basic sweater. I like that it can dress up an outfit while also keeping me warm. This one also happens to be an incredible price.
- Leggings– These leggings are an awesome staple because they feature a subtle pattern that adds just the right amount of style to any basic winter piece (they also come in ADORABLE packaging and make great late holiday gifts)
- Plaid scarf– This season I am all about plaid. Zara has a number of oversized scarves for incredible prices and this plaid makes any outfit look stylish and put together for my vacation look.
- Fringed Gloves– Gloves will be a necessity for Switzerland in December. I love that the long fringed edge on these will hang out of any coat for a little added “flare”
- Windowpane sweater– Windowpane is a great staple for any wardrobe and so on trend this season. Pair this sweater with leggings and a great pair of boots for an easy winter look
Along with “Lead Technical Designer” my other job title at Mud Pie is personal tailor. The most popular alteration I do is shortening and hemming a pair of pants. So long as you have a sewing machine, this alteration is so simple and I thought it would be a great DIY, Fit Friday kick-off! Here are my tips for a DIY – pant hem.
There are many hemming techniques, but today I will show you how to do a faux double needle cover stitch; which is most often used on pants with stretch. I say “faux” because sadly I do not own an industrial cover stitch machine.
The first step is measuring the amount you would like to shorten your pants. After you have determined the perfect length, you will need to find the length needed to complete your hem.
For example: I want to reduce the length of these pants by 4″ and my hem is a 3/4″ turn back; therefore, I only need to cut 3 1/4″ from the pants.
After cutting, you will perform the “cover” portion of the faux cover stitch. I have a serger sewing machine, so I was able to finish my raw edge with an over lock stitch. If you just have a basic sewing machine, no need to fret! A basic zig zag stitch is all you need. Just make sure the zig zag stitch is covering the raw edge.
Next, using an iron, turn back the hem the appropriate amount and press.
Side note: ironing as you sew makes everything look better. Just make sure you “test” your material so you do not melt it to your iron. When it doubt, use a pressing cloth.
After your hem turn back is in place it is time to apply the first stitch line of your double needle stitching. My first stitch line is 1/2″ from the bottom edge of the hem.
A trick to keeping your stitch lines straight is watching the edge of your material along the lines of your sewing machine’s throat plate. Do not watch the needle; you will get crooked lines every time.
My second stitch line is 1/4″ above the first stitch line. Again, measure along your sewing machine’s throat plate to find which line you will use to align with your hem edge.
Once you are done, trim the threads and voila! You are good to go!
As the holiday gift-giving season gets closer and closer, we’re all looking for those last few perfect gifts to check off our lists. I am still on the hunt for quite a few gifts (having a huge family means LOTS of Christmas shopping), and have been spending way too much time online shopping to fill out my own list! Hopefully these suggestions help you get through that last shopping frenzy of the season. Here is my holiday gift guide– hope you like it!
1. Flourish Initial Mugs (Mud Pie): these are the sweetest! And you can never have too many mugs, right?
2. All I Want for Xmas is You (Golden Pines Paper): sometimes, a card with a heartfelt note inside is the best kind of gift.
3. Travel the World 2015 Calendar (Rifle Paper): everybody needs calendars, but not everybody remembers to get them before the year starts! They make great end-of-year gifts for that very reason.
4. Checked Scarf (Zara): at 56″ square, this scarf is so big and cozy and beautiful!
5. Harrison Stripe iPhone Case (Kate Spade): when it comes to iPhone cases, the more the merrier. This shimmering classic stripe will match any holiday outfit.
6. Gilded Portable Charger (Nasty Gal): because a dead battery is just not acceptable during the busiest season of the year! This little charger is less than 4″ long, perfect for carrying anywhere.
7. Paige Pajamas (Mud Pie): these pajamas are made with an incredibly soft fabric, and the piping detail adds a special pop to the collar and cuffs.
8. Initial Cork Coasters (Mud Pie): because you can never have too many coasters, and they are even better with your initial on each one!
9. Crystal Cluster Earrings (J. Crew): these sparkly starbursts would be a perfect accent to wear to all those holiday parties this month.
10. Initial Towel & Soap Set (Mud Pie): this set comes perfectly packaged in a box with three initialed components: an embroidered linen towel, embossed ceramic soap dish, and a sweetly wrapped cake of soap.
11. Marble & Wood Initial Board (Mud Pie): this such an elegant cheese/appetizer board, and it comes in (almost) every initial. It makes a great hostess gift!
Brrrrr! The weather has gotten very chilly, very fast! The best way to bundle up for the winter cold is to layer in style. A key piece for layering your look is a Mud Pie girls favorite piece, the Stella fur vest. It is so versatile and SO on trend! Treat it like a neutral and its great for mixing prints like plaids, checks, and stripes. Or go classic with black and cream. Either way you cant beat the price! Check out how other bloggers have styled similar fur vests here and here. Here are my tips on how to style your fur vest!
Sweater: Jcrew on sale! // Jeans: American Eagle // Bag: Louis Vuitton // Boots: Cwonder sold out but similar here and here. // Scarf: Zara last season but similar here and here. // Sunglasses: Karen Walker
Check your local Mud Pie retail store for this great piece! Or head over to Mud-Pie for other great Stella styles! And good luck when you style your fur vest!