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A Week in Review

December 23, 2011

Home again, home again, jiggity jig. I’ve been back in San Francisco for almost a week now and oof! I love it. Aside from going to see The Nutcracker and doing a little shopping on Hayes Street, I’ve been in my PJs for the majority of the day either doing work from the comfort of my bed or adding Christmas sparkle to everything and anything I can find in the house.

Tonight is one of my best friend’s annual Christmas party and then tomorrow it’s off to the kitchen to prep for our Christmas Eve dinner that I can say with complete and utter sincerity is my favorite day of the entire year. A whopping 15 people consisting of my immediate family and our closest friends gather every year to eat a meal that makes me pass out it’s so good and drink until Santa comes squeezing down the chimney forcing us to go to bed.

But before I get all active on you, here’s a look at my week spent in PJs.

{ My unmade bed that I so rarely want to leave }

{ A panettone that takes me back to days in Florence }

{ Prezzzziessss! }

{ Festive poinsettias all around my house that Finn likes to smell }

{ Tree and Nutcrackers and Stockings, Oh my! }

3 Different Ways

December 7, 2011

One of my favorite things about my friends is that they’re all wildly different. From career choices to music preferences to personal style, each one of them is wonderfully unique.

Recently, Coach sent over three bags, which, like my friends, couldn’t be more different. An elegant and chic clutch reminds me of my food loving, business-driven friend Erin, who always manages to look polished even in leggings and an oversized sweater. The buttery soft, cherry red purse is as classic and tasteful as my science-loving friend Gillian who doesn’t even realize how fashionable she is. And lastly, the modern, structured black and blue satchel, which is edgy and creative like my hilarious friend Claire, who can’t leave the house without a good pair of sunglasses and something leopard.

I put each bag with an outfit of my own style, but I think I was channeling each of these friends when getting dressed.  And while I wouldn’t mind hanging onto all of these purses, they’d also be the perfect Christmas surprise for my three friends. Santa, please take note.

{ Elizabeth & James blazer, vintage chemise, Tracy Reese skirt, Marni Heels, Forever21 bracelets, gifted Coach Poppy Ostrich Feather Pouch in Silver/Grey – $398 }

{ Cheap Monday sweater, Banana Republic shirt, BDG jeans, Zara boots, Ray-Ban wayfarers, Forever21 bracelets, gifted Coach Madison Leather Lindsey in Cherry – $398 }

{ William Rast leather jacket, my Mom’s sheer blouse, gifted Hudson jeans, Ray-Ban folding Wayfarers, gifted Coach Pinnacle Leather Large Eva in Lake – $798 }

//Photos by Emily Malan

*this is sponsored post – all of the ideas and outfit selections are my own.

Holiday Gift Guide – Part One

December 1, 2011

My Mom has always said that nothing gives her greater joy than to shower the people she loves in gifts, and as a result, my brothers and I are the same way. Don’t get me wrong, I love getting gifts (who doesn’t?) but I also have so much fun shopping for other people. Would Gillian wear that blouse? Would Sevan like that bracelet? Does Erin have this cookbook? These are the things that run through my mind every time I go shopping.

For the first installment of my holiday gift guides I’ve pulled together a number of gifts that I wouldn’t mind giving or receiving this Christmas. After all, the best gifts are one’s you wouldn’t mind keeping for yourself.

  1. Marc Jacobs Polka Dot iPad Case – $275
  2. Deborah Lippman Get This Party Started Set – $42
  3. Madewell Foxtrot Ring – $15
  4. Diptyque Figuier Candle – $60
  5. Topshop Navy Embroidered Kimono – $140
  6. The Art of French Baking by Ginette Mathiot – $29.10
  7. La Mer Collections Gold Watch & Interchangeable Straps – $150
  8. Elizabeth & James Fairfax Sunglasses – $185
  9. Maje Kumy Nappa Clutch – $295
  10. Gift Boutique Faux Chinchilla Throw – $242
  11. C. Luce Networking Group Sweater – $63
  12. West Elm Mongolian Lamb Pillow Cover – $54
  13. Anthropologie Looking Glass Decanter – $58
  14. Sandro Jais Leather & Wool Mini – $199
  15. Valentino Studded Leather Driving Gloves – $425
  16. Bally Cashmere Beanie – $72
  17. J.Crew Edie Purse – $238
  18. Topshop Premium Spike Collar Necklace – $100

Seasonal Sparkles

November 17, 2011

While we’re on the subject of holiday dresses, allow me to introduce one of my new favorite sparkly numbers from Juicy Couture. Along with being in one of those murkier colors that you all know I love, the gauzy layer on top is actually removable which means I can wear this as a full-blown sequined dress if I want (and who wouldn’t want to?).

Even though this dress is a bit too fancy shmancy for my family’s Thanksgiving dinner, I can definitely imagine putting this on for one of my favorite Christmas traditions, The Nutcracker.

Do you have a favorite holiday tradition? See more of mine over at Juicy Couture!

{ S.W.O.R.D. leather jacket, Club Monaco vest, gifted Juicy Couture dress, Report Signature heels }

Tinsel Town

December 24, 2010

It’s Christmas Eve and my house is astir with last minute wrappings, putting the finishing touches on our holiday decor, and endless amounts of cooking for our big Christmas Eve dinner tonight. So, in our final preparations my Mom sent me on a walk through the house to make sure everything was in order and as I was doing so I took my little point-and-shoot camera around to document all of our Christmas splendor! Here’s a little glimpse into how my family and I decorate for the holiday season.

a mere peek at our extensive nutcracker collection •

• garland decorated with golden butterflies and pine cones •

• our Christmas Eve dinner table •

• homemade linzer cookies & my gingerbread house •

• Finn’s Christmas collar •

• neatly wrapped presents patiently waiting to be opened •

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! And Merry Christmas!