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Holiday Survival Guide #HanesfortheHolidays

- Accessories, Fashion

Thank you to Hanes for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

Hanes for the Holidays and Accessories

The holidays, while a fun time, can also be a very stressful time. That’s why I always make sure to have my go-tos to make it through without worry. As I carefully stressfully packed my bags for home for the holidays, I’m not even sure I remembered the basics. But, with that said, I did pack my MUSTS to survive the holidays!

My Christmas Eve Style

Hanes for the Holidays

Here are a few things I included in my suitcase, as a part of my holiday survival guide:

  1. A Statement Necklace – this is a must as it will immediately dress up any outfit, no matter what you did or did not pack in your suitcase. I brought along a few tops and skirts as options for Christmas Eve church, and with a gorgeous pearl cluster statement necklace, my outfit will surely come together and look complete. Also, in case you have a last-minute meet-up with friends, you have something to dress up any outfit.
  2. Hanes Powershape Tights – Guys, you know it’s that time of year that no matter how hard you try, a few more sweets and snacks are going to be a part of your life. Then when it comes to shapely, more fitted clothes, I always feel a little more bulky than normal. Smooth everything out with a pair of tights from Hanes! These tights will be great for before, during, or after any holiday indulging.
  3. A Gorgeous Pair of Heels – I didn’t want to fill my suitcase with only shoes (we all know they take up the most room), so I decided on the one stand-out pair to make any holiday-themed outfit look fabulous. These sparkly heels will be the perfect touch to any of my dressy outfits! Go bold, or go home, right?!
  4. Red Lipstick – While there are many different beauty trends to try this time of the year, the ultimate, easiest go-to is a beautiful red lip! My favorite from YSL gives me a moisturizing, bright red lip that I even use as a bit of blush sometimes if I’m out and about and don’t have my blush to touch up. Simply dab a bit on your finger and rub into the apples of your cheeks!
  5. A Stunning Winter Coat – While not pictured, have the perfect winter coat that can transform your look is a must. This time of the year, at least in the Midwest – having a nice, well-kept coat will give any casual outfit a dressy feel, and keep your dressed up looks fancy. My coat this year was a Black Friday steal, and I’ll certainly be wearing it to any Christmas events and church!
  6. Self Tanner – As we slip further and further away from summer, that glowing skin begins to disappear. My “glow” is completely gone, which is why I rely on some of my favorite self tanners to give me a quick, easy, and beautiful glow! No matter how busy or stressful your month has been, adding a self tanner to your routine will give you an instant makeover!

Winter Wonderland

As you can see, with Hanes tights, a statement necklace and bright red lips – you can really create a special holiday look!

What to Pack for the Holidays

I’m seriously relying on these things to get me through the holidays! What about you? What are your musts for the holidays? What did you make sure made it in your suitcase this year?

Angara Review: Pear Garnet Pendant

- Accessories, Shopping

Angara necklace

I have always been a huge fan of gemstones, and especially seem to think about them this time of year as my birthday approaches next month. One of my absolute favorite pieces of jewelry growing up was a garnet gemstone and diamond heart-shaped necklace that my godfather got for me when I was a teenager. It was gorgeous, and so thoughtful.


Garnet Necklace

Now that I’m an adult, I still want to find gemstone pieces that are meaningful, and have a sophisticated feel to them. Angara is the perfect one-stop online gemstone store for all your fine jewelry needs, and where I found this gorgeous 0.75 carat pear garnet v-bale pendant, the perfect fine necklace that with a gemstone that means a lot to me.



Angara decided to bring their beautiful gemstones directly to the public in 2005, and is a must if you are looking for specific gemstone jewelry. You can easily search by gemstone type, jewelry type, and see a variety of stylish and chic styles. I for one am all about simple when it comes to fine jewelry, so the pear pendant is definitely the necklace for me.

Holiday style, Angara necklace

Angara is a family-owned business who has been in the fine gemstone business for generations and has deep roots in gemstone cutting, polishing and design. They specialize in Sapphires, Rubies, Emeralds, Tanzanites, Diamonds and other precious gemstones. They have also been featured in many reputable sources, such as Forbes, Crain’s, Women’s Wear Daily, Daily Candy, and Harvard Business Review. I think it says a lot about a brand to be featured in such prestigious news sources.

Garnet Gemstone Necklace

I must say, when the beautiful package arrived to my door, I was immediately in love with my Garnet gemstone pendant. I can’t wait to wear my birthstone in such a chic style. It is the perfect size, style, and you can definitely see the quality in the cut of the piece. If you are looking for a unique gift for Christmas, I would tell you to take a look at the creative pieces available at Angara! I think everyone appreciates delicate jewelry, especially when it has meaning. Make someone’s Christmas extra special this year, and take a look at all the deals going on right now.

This post is sponsored, thank you for supporting the brands that support Rachel’s Lookbook!

The Ultimate Shoe Hack: Stepping Into the Holiday Season

- Accessories, Fashion, Outfits

Holiday Party Style Pink Dress + Gray Coat

Holiday Dresses

Waist Tie Coat

Jessica Simpson Dress + Waist Coat

Holiday Party Style - Hot Pink Dress

Shoe Sizers - Get the Perfect Fit!

What to Wear for the Holidays

Embellished Dress for Holiday Party Style

It’s officially the holiday season, and I’m ramping up by planning out as many dressy outfits that I can for all the upcoming holiday parties! I recently picked up this Jessica Simpson dress from Marshall’s and this waist-tie Jessica Simpson coat, and knew exactly what pair of heels I wanted to wear with this holiday party outfit. The only problem was that I ordered these white scalloped-edge heels a size bigger than normal based on the reviews I read about the fit. Turns out I’m horrible at trying things on before the cut off date to return or exchange something. Turns out I didn’t need a size bigger in this pair of heels. Turns out I was pretty upset thinking that I would have to pay for another pair if I wanted to ever wear them. But never fear, Sizers are here!

What are Sizers you ask? Sizers are what turned my one-size-too-big heels into the perfect fit. They are small foam inserts that you place in the front of your heel.  Are they comfortable you ask? Because they are foam, they form to your feet, so they are super comfortable to wear! You will notice them at first, but after a few steps you won’t even know they are there. They are perfect for closed-toe heels and flats, and can be reworn over and over.

I used the orange 1 Sizers for this pair of heels, but they also have 1/2 Sizers (the purple ones) and 1/4 Sizers (the pink ones) – giving you options to make your closed-toe shoes fit perfectly. Instead of getting rid of your favorite pairs of shoes because they are too big or roomy, you now have a solution. Check out Sizers for yourself, they are super affordable and  will make perfect stocking stuffers! All the shoe-hoardingloving women in your life will thank you!

What I’m Wearing

Coat, Jessica Simpson (On SUPER sale here or here for Cyber Monday) | Dress, Jessica Simpson via Marshall’s (Similar here) | Heels, JustFab (Sold out, Similar Scalloped Edge Heels, Similar White Heels) | Sizers, c/o | Lip Crayon in “Primrose Hill Biscuit”, c/o Butter London

This post is sponsored by Sizers. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Rachel’s Lookbook!

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