Winter Inspiration: Bundle Up & Get Cozy Essentials

Comfy kicks, cold weather skin care, a hot cocoa bar, and more ideas for the holiday season.

Gift the Hostess

The winter season is all about entertaining, from casual family gatherings to spur-of-the-moment dinner parties. Always bring a little treat for the hostess as a simple thank you. This rosemary infused sea salt is pretty enough to display year-round and is a great last minute ingredient for hearty winter stews and roasts.

Rosemary Sea Salt
In a saute pan set over medium-low heat, warm 1 cup coarse sea salt and 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary, stirring gently, for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and allow mixture to cool. Remove rosemary sprigs. Add 1-2 fresh rosemary sprigs to a decorative glass jar. Pour salt into jar and seal. Finish with a decorative ribbon or fabric.

The Comfy, Cozy Slide

Your 9-to-5 gig may require you to totter around in heels, but when it comes time for kicking back, keep it comfy. These UGG Coquette Leopard slides with sheepskin lining are super plush.

Build a Hot Cocoa Bar

Give your holiday spread a new twist this year with a hot cocoa bar stocked with your favorite toppers. Set out a gaggle of mismatched mugs and use decorative canisters and vintage dishes to display hot chocolate extras like homemade marshmallows, Red Hots, candy canes, and ribbons of shaved dark chocolate.

The New Winter Bold Lip

Let go of those neutral fall colors and light washes and transform your look with a bold, new lip. A dark matte formula in plum or crimson makes a dramatic statement. To avoid going overkill, keep the rest of your makeup simple.

Wrap Up in Cashmere

Instead of stocking up on cheap sweaters in every color possible this winter (we get it, they're easy to accessorize), invest in one luxe cashmere piece in your favorite color. Not only will it hold up for years, hello, it's cashmere -- a welcome texture on your skin compared to scratchy polyesters or pill-prone cotton.

Brown Sugar Body Scrub

'Tis the season for dry, rough skin, and exfoliating is vital to keeping your skin soft and smooth. Make your own DIY scrub in seconds: Mix 1 cup dark brown sugar, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 tsp. vitamin E, and 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract (scent optional). Seal in an airtight container.

Rub this mixture on dry elbows, heels and legs when you're in the shower to scrub away dead skin, or smear over chapped lips. Seal in the moisture with a velvety body lotion.

A Touch of Bling

Forget everything you thought about comfy meaning drab. These UGG Mini Bailey Button Bling sheepskin boots add serious sparkle with a Swarovski™ crystal button. Throw these cozy, chic kicks on with leggings and a sweater to keep warm and stylish.

Zap Static Cling

Holiday party foul: your dress slowly riding up your stockings with every step. Arm yourself with a static cling spray or pack a few dryer sheets if you're traveling for the holidays. A spritz or sweep over your tights ends static cling. You can also mist the spray over your hairbrush to fight flyways and frizz.