On My Mind

Relaxed Entertaining

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

SHOP

What's New

SAINT LAURENT

Suzanne medium hobo bag in smooth leather

JIL SANDER

Nia gathered-neck belted midi dress

GUCCI

Cotton and wool tweed midi dress

RAG and BONE

Parker leather sandals

JW ANDERSON

Merino wool sweater

NILI LOTAN

Jenna cropped cotton-blend slim-leg trousers

MARNI

Crossover leather wedge sandals

JIL SANDER

Twill midi dress

SUICOKE

Cel-V two-strap neoprene sandals

BRUNELLO CUCINELLI

High-rise skinny jeans

PRADA

Wool top

MACKINTOSH

Dunkled putty bonded cotton 3/4 coat

view all

It Items

Three Of My Favorite Things

A henley, bucket bag, and clogs are items I never tire of— sigh.

Vogue Paris

‘Lappel du Nord’

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

Khaite Pre-Fall

It’s Hip to be Square

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.

Gifts

Beauty Tips

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.

Vogue Italia

‘Family Drama’

Nadja Auermann looks amazing in this December Vogue Italia story by Mert & Marcus. I love the Tina Barney feel of the images.

Pre-Fall

Strapless? Yes To These Two.

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.

Hostess gifts

To Give

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.

experiences

Tablet Hotels: Travel On Sale

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…

Save up to 50% on Los Angeles, New York, Miami, London, Paris, Rome, Tulum. Visit the site or download the iOS App with the first global Michelin Guide included.

View the Hotel Deals

On my mind

Happy Thanksgiving!

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.

xPreston

Recipe below

Continue…