Cooper & Ella generously offered to gift me this effortless white Addison top below, and I can’t wait to wear it at a holiday soirée this year, paired with leather pants, a bold red lip, a statement pump and these to-die-for ear jackets. The detailing is so gorgeous—there’s a slip in the back too, making it just a little bit sexier. If I was going out I’d wear it with a warm cocoon coat, buffalo check scarf and wool hat. If I was entertaining at home, I’d accessorize my apartment with furry extra seating, a new coffee table book and cool slate place cards for the table.
- Printed Porcelain Bauble / $185
- Juniper Ear Jackets / $32
- Mexico: The Cookbook / $50
- Skull Note Cards / $30
- Liberty Pocket Square / $40
- The Gentleman's Deck Playing Cards / $16
- Mimi Table Lamp / $495
- La Jolla Baskets / $68
- Peaceful Day by Laurie Withers / $1500
- Heirloom Sconce / $278
- Rayong Pillow Pair / $225
- Buoy Pendant / $395
- Venice Chair / $1295
- Tray Top Table / $70
- Bibliothèque Bougie Parfumée / $80
- Regeant Meringue Arm Chair / $722
- Dalliance Pendant / $490
- Periwinkle Quilt / $395
- Cooper Leather Stool / $795
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NEVER SHOP FOR A HOSTESS GIFT LAST-MINUTE AGAIN
Party invitations tend to sneak up on you last minute during the holidays — and unless you’re really organized (or Martha Stewart) you’re stuck buying a last-minute gift at the only store that’s open (the pharmacy) and wrapping it in the car before heading to the party or worse, grabbing that really nice bottle of wine you were saving for a special occasion from the cellar to give to the host… Sound familiar? I’m ashamed to say it happened to me a few too many times.
The good news is that there’s a really easy solution to that problem: the gift pantry — a designated place in your house to keep all your hostess gifts and gift wrapping, ready to grab-and-go at any moment. No more last minute gift runs. Now, I order all my hostess gifts at the start of the season — for every type of person and budget — and shop my own personal gift pantry in the comfort of my home when I need it. Trust me when I say it saves so much time and headache. Here are a few hostess gift ideas that are on my radar this year.
A FEW MORE IDEAS…
LIMITED-EDITION ART PRINTS FROM EMERGING ARTISTS AROUND THE GLOBE
I feel so inspired when talented bloggers launch creative initiatives, especially when it’s just in time for holiday shopping. Enter Buddy Editions, an online art gallery that features exclusive limited-edition art prints from artists around the globe. The project is the brainchild of blogger and co-founder of Matchbook Magazine, Katie Armour. I’m so impressed by the first collection that features a wide photography, prints, watercolors & paintings. Here are a few of my quick tips for building a gallery wall:
Mix media: photography, paintings, watercolors, etc.
Choose one bigger piece to be the focal point
Have fun with different types of frames
Mix classic and contemporary
Re-arrange until happy
Check out Buddy Editions.
Well, the Holiday party invitations are starting to trickle in and it’s making me wish we had Rent The Runway in Canada. I wouldn’t mind showing up to a holiday party in this number, or this one. When the weather gets colder and the days get darker it’s fun to make an extra effort to dress up and go out to all the events, galas, dinners that the Holidays bring. Tonight I’m attending an event benefitting the Ballet Jazz Montreal and Sunday I’m running a 10k up a Mount-Royal for Movember so I’ll be heading to Lululemon to stock up on winter running gear (pretty cool jacket huh?). Wish me luck!
ON THE BLOG THIS WEEK
Finding stuff to blog about every day is hard, but when I stumble upon greatness like The Dean Hotel and I feel compelled to share it that I truly get back to loving every second of blogging. Gift guides are fun too. I spent countless hours on male shopping sites this week to compile my gift guide for men and found so many cool things in men’s fashion. It almost made me want to be a dude (almost). Most importantly, don’t forget to enter the Matouk contest to design & win your dream bed!
Kate Spade is offering 25% off your entire purchase with the code BEMERRY. Grab a few fun hostess gifts like a gorgeous blanket, a fun coffee thermal tumbler, a quirky umbrella, a champagne tote, food for thought placemats or Kate Spade’s book Places to Go, People to See.
Start your holiday shopping on a good note. J.Crew just launched their lust-worthy Gift Guide and you can get 25% off most items with the code SHOPNOW. Grab some flannel shirts, pyjamas, a camel coat and more stuff for him and the little ones.
Madewell is also offering 25% off all sale styles with the code FALLBACK. They’ve been coming out with such great stuff lately, I’m especially eyeing this shirt, these leggings and their Loeffler Randall pumps.
Katie Armour dropped a bomb this week with her new online shop Buddy Editions. So many great pieces of art!
I’ve been gushing over ear jackets lately and this Paola Jet option is my favorite (and so affordable)!
Take a Kit Kat break… Have some eye-candy (a.k.a. Town & Country’s Top 50 Bachelors of 2014).
This Fall squash soup recipe looks exactly like what I want to eat right now.
What it’s like to remember almost everything (I could use some of that).
9 surprising ways to make your place more stylish right now.
Sally’s Alys Beach engagement pics are simply breathtaking.
What does your coffee say about you? (I’m part Snowman).
What I’ll be cooking this weekend: cauliflower brie gratin.
5 expert tips for successful holiday gifting.