Rave: Easy Holiday Gift Ideas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And
unfortunately for many, it’s also the most expensive.  Luckily, we thrifty ladies on the fourth floor have compiled this list of easy, inexpensive DIY gifts for the lucky ones
on your “nice” list.



Ed. note: We’ve got lots of DIY ideas this week, in the spirit of making things for your loved ones this holiday season (nothing says love like something homemade, amirite?). Stay tuned for how to stock a home bar and a super easy wine charm DIY!


Lace Earring Holder

Not only
is this piece easy to recreate and adorable, it’s also serves a very important
purpose. Your BFF will love it. Just get your hands on a vintage picture frame (think Goodwill or
Value Village), a piece of lace, and a staple gun.
1.     Cut the lace to fit your frame
(leave a little extra – better to have too much than too little.  You can cut the excess off later)
2.     Pull
the lace taut across the frame, being careful not to rip it.  While keeping the lace tight, staple from
side to side and in the corners
3.     After
it’s stapled tightly all the way around, hold your frame on its side and staple
down toward the edges of the frame. Do this all the way around the inside of
the frame. This makes the lace pop forward in the frame, so you can hang earrings easily.
4.     Cut
off any excess lace in the back, et voila! Might want to make one for youself, while you’re at it.

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Ball Pantyhose Necklace

We can thank our girl
Martha Stewart for this quirky gem.
All you need is a pair of sheer pantyhose, some scissors and a few colourful
rubber balls. Here’s what you do:

11.  Cut legs
off stockings. On one leg, tie a knot about six inches from toe. Place balls
inside stocking leg, one at a time, stretching stocking and tying a knot after
each. Repeat with second stocking leg.
22.  Knot legs
together end to end to create necklace.

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

This
homemade sugar scrub is a great, eco-friendly exfoliant that can be used on
your whole body, especially your dry winter hands and feet. Measure out three cups of white granulated sugar
, one cup of grapeseed oil
and peppermint oil. Mix the ingredients together, adding more
oil until you reach the desired consistency. Portion it out into mason jars, add a holiday gift tag and its ready to
rock. Note: You can use any essential oil to scent your scrub but we like
peppermint this time of year to put us in a festive mood.

Important tip: Don’t overthink it! Sometimes simple is best. Everyone
knows that the way to somebody’s heart is through their stomach. A cookie exchange is a great holiday party
idea and everyone leaves with a bevy of holiday treats ready to be gifted. Invite six to 10 of your closest creative bakers (not you, rice crispy square girl) and
have everyone bring a dozen of their best recipe for each of the guests (don’t
forget an extra batch for tasting at the party) and then swap. 

And
for your naughty list?

Nothing’but a classic lump of coal. 😉

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Rave: Holiday Dressing

So the start of the holiday season may still be a few weeks away
(Justin Bieber’s Christmas CD won’t be in rotation until December 1st. We’re counting down) but with
our busy schedules, and multiple holiday parties lined up, we’re already
planning our outfits (any excuse to wear metallic and sparkles!). Here are some
of our favourite looks for this holiday season.

Office party
If your holiday party is anything like ours, it starts off as a dinner but quickly becomes a dance party and sing-a-long. This Dallin Chase sequin dress will seamlessly take us from a tame dinner to the dance floor.

Buy it here.


Girls Christmas party
We want to be in the holiday spirit, but comfortable when
celebrating the holidays with our closest friends. These Fidelity Sheffield
Rose jeans fit the bill perfectly. Paired with a loose black blouse and pumps,
we’ll still be able to have an extra hors d’oeuvre (or two) and not have to worry
about exposing the inevitable food baby. 



Family Holiday Party
We LOVE this camilla and marc Great Fear Jacket to sport to
the family holiday party. The sleeves zip off – perfect for
hitting the town with cousins and siblings once the parents, aunts and
uncles have hit the hay after too much eggnog and spiced wine.



Boyfriend’s Family Holiday party
We want to look pretty, but classy for the boyfriend’s
holiday party. This PJK dress in maroon (the color of the season) is a perfect
feminine look for hanging with his g-ma & g-pa.



New Year’s Eve
The 3.1 Phillip Lim Sequin Collage Dress is the perfect
look for ringing in 2013. Crepe panels stand out on this sequinned shift dress that’s sure to 
start the year on the right foot. 





A holiday message for you


Happy holidays from all of us on the fourth floor! 
Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and fun holiday season.


xo
Debra and the team

From left to right, top row – Carly, Rachelle, Lara, Christina, Matt, Alana and Abby
Bottom row – Debra, Michelle and Lisa