I lived in New York City a few years ago and before then, my family would visit quite often for work or to see family. Every time my parents would visit, I'd request a pashmina scarf in a specific color that you can pick up from almost any corner street vendor. Because of this, I have a nice size scarf collection (I am still missing colors but usually don't notice until I have an outfit on and realize I don't have a scarf to match). I also love some nice tartan (or plaid) scarves, and blanket scarves are amaaaazing.
When I went to Scotland, I brought along my blanket scarf in case I needed it. It is one of the best pieces I have ever packed for a trip. I had it in my carry on and ended up using it as a blanket during my flight to keep me warm on the cold plane. Before leaving on the trip, a family friend living in Scotland told us that we'd only need a light sweater or cardigan to keep warm. We even checked the weather online before leaving. Problem is, we spent time in a hot Italy before heading up North. By the time we got into Scotland the temperature dropped and it was unseasonably cold. I wore my blanket scarf like my life depended on it. Since it is so big, it offered protection around my neck from the wind and gave me an extra layer under my jacket (much needed when I was up in the Highlands taking pictures in the rain).
As you can see above these scarves are really versatile and so comfortable! They can add an extra bit of oomph to your outfit, and definitely provide that extra needed warmth during the cooler months. To celebrate the new year, I am giving away one of these adorable blanket scarves that can be seen on bloggers everywhere! Enter below
It usually tough to find a good body cream that doesn't feel sticky, ultra oily, or make me break out. I find that natural ingredients, and products without fragrances work best for my skin, and it can be a bit challenging to find such a product without spending an obnoxious amount of money (it's body cream!!!! It should not make a person go broke). Along with the exfoliating Salt Scrub I make for myself, I make this Body Butter as well. It literally goes on like butter. It melts into your skin and you don't need to use much for complete coverage. I put it on before bed and wake up to super silky skin.
I have 8 oz. containers that I use and I usually make a batch big enough to fill a few containers at once. I'm very careful not to get my fingers into anything and I don't make too much since there are no preservatives used. I purchase my Unrefined Cocoa Butter here, Unrefined Virgin Shea Butter here, Coconut and Olive Oil from Costco, and I added a few drops of Almond Extract.
Melt half a cup of the Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Olive Oil, and Coconut Oil in a double boiler*. Whisk together until melted. When ingredients are melted together, place bowl in fridge (place something under bowl so you don't melt anything in your fridge). When the contents of the bowl has cooled off and started to solidify, remove from fridge, add a few drops (I wouldn't go over a teaspoon) of an essential oil or fragrance you like (not necessary), and use a hand mixer to whip until you have a butter like consistency (like the picture above). Don't hesitate to put back in the fridge if the mixture isn't thick enough yet. Fill your containers before butter firms. If you keep your Body Butter in a cool place, it will remain firm , and if you keep it in a warmer place it may melt slightly.
* A double boiler is helpful when you don't want to burn what you are melting and it also gives you more control. Place 1-2 inches of water in a pot and place a bowl (big enough to sit on the edges of the pot) inside it. Bring the water to a boil while melting ingredients in the bowl.