On My Mind
The holiday season is in full swing and I’ve been catching up with lots of old friends, which has been good for the soul. Last evening a number of former Vogue editors from the ’90s had a reunion that went late into the night. One woman even flew in from Rome, an extra treat. The importance of getting together and keeping friendships strong was driven home. I don’t do a ton of entertaining because I find it stressful, so the goal for 2020 is to relax my entertaining game and welcome more friends into my home.
Images courtesy Domino and WSJ
Suzanne medium hobo bag in smooth leather
Nia gathered-neck belted midi dress
Cotton and wool tweed midi dress
Jenna cropped cotton-blend slim-leg trousers
Crossover leather wedge sandals
Cel-V two-strap neoprene sandals
Dunkled putty bonded cotton 3/4 coat
A henley, bucket bag, and clogs are items I never tire of— sigh.
I love the sexy, laid-back vibe of this December Vogue Paris story, and the location is gorgeous.
Photography by Chris Colls Styling by Géraldine Saglio
The romantic blouses and floor-length leather skirt in the Khaite Pre-Fall presentation are certainly lovely, but the square-toe sandals are what caught my eye. Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee brought the square-toe back in a big way and I’ve been waiting to see if it has staying power — it does indeed.
My friend Tracy, aka @fastened2fashion, commented on the hostess gift post and listed the items she is giving. She swears by the Henné lip balm, something I’m in dire need of, and recommends taking the Magnesium Fizz at night. I love when readers share beauty tips!
Herban towelettes, Marvis products, Goop Glow.
Nadja Auermann looks amazing in this December Vogue Italia story by Mert & Marcus. I love the Tina Barney feel of the images.
Strapless has not been on my radar in ages, but these two Pre-Fall looks from Givenchy and Proenza Schouler respectively got me thinking about ways to make strapless modern. The drape on the top of the Proenza dress is lovely.
I don’t try to reinvent the wheel every year with hostess gifts, but I do change up a few items. This holiday season my uber stylish friends will get a copy of an indie magazine that’s tailored to their interests. Candles, maple syrup, olive oil, anything by Bastide, and mittens are easy to stockpile and have at the ready for last minute invitations. And paper whites, topiaries, and pies are always appreciated.
While the turkey is in the oven and the kids are occupied, I’m planning a winter getaway with my husband. Rome could be nice…
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On my mind
When I pulled this crumble recipe from a local Maryland magazine last summer, Thanksgiving was months away. I knew it would be the perfect dessert this year in lieu of pie. So, here I am making crumble — it came up fast.
Wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday. Family, friends, and good food are the best gifts of all.