2014 is quickly wrapping up. By now the streets are filled with twinkling Christmas lights and the white snow is sparkling under the sun. There are presents to wrap and New Years Eve plans to make. There are party outfits to buy and resolutions to write down… During this crazy time of the year, it’s nice to slow down and reflect on the year that’s passed—the good and bad. I can easily say that I’ve had a great year: I traveled a lot, met incredible people along the way and tremendously grew both personally and professionally. Business ownership is a steep learning curve and it’s easy to get knocked down by the daily hurdles—but reflecting back on a year’s worth of progress makes me proud of how far I’ve come, and excited for what’s to come in 2015 (2015!?).
But for now, I’m ready to wrap up the year and celebrate in style before taking a 10 day breather around Christmas and New Year’s Eve to hit the reset button—in order to celebrate, I’ll need a few good party outfits. I’m not a very glitz & glam person—but every year when December rolls around, I’m craving sparkles, bright red lips, lace and fur. Just the right amount of shine to brighten up the shortest days of the year. This year, on top of the glitz and glam, I’ve got a soft spot for all things feathers, shearling, printed calf skin, mongolian lamb wool. What about you?
How is it November already?! Summer is barely over and suddenly I’m working full speed on holiday gift guides (ps: they’re going to be good this year, and they’re starting next week—stay tuned)! These days I have dreams of simplifying—I’m itching to get into my closet and just purge, purge purge. I want to do the same with my office, which is an embarrassing mess consisting of piles and piles of paperwork, catalogs, magazines & boxes (filled with more paperwork). And then there’s my kitchen cupboards: how many tupperware containers does one really need? What to do with piles of generic florist vases? Don’t spices expire after a while?
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how I only really use about 10% of what I own, and the rest is all clutter. My Pinterest is filling up with images of minimalist interiors (what’s happening to me!?) and immaculately organized cupboards. My phone and desktop have been getting a similar treatment: they’ve been filling up with organization and productivity apps, some more useful than others. Here are three of my current favorites:
Mailbox: lets you bounce unimportant emails to later so you can have a clean inbox.
IFTTT: Brilliant app that connects apps together to automate tasks
November is also making me want to slow down and get back to cooking (my favorite thing has been throwing dinner parties for my friends), upgrading my wardrobe for winter (I’m looking at you camel coat, pretty flats, winter clutch and scarf), taking relaxing baths (because hell, it’s cold outside!) and long drives in the countryside while listening to my November playlist on Spotify. What’s on your to-do list for November?
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall” — F. Scott Fitzgerald
The other day I was in the Cire Trudon boutique in Paris (trying to not look completely suspicious as I was sneakily snapping a few pics and smelling every single candle under the watchful eye of the shop attendant)—when I found my scent of the season: Abd El Kader. Anyone who knows me knows I have a thing for candles. They elevate senses, trigger memories and just smell downright awesome. Cire Trudon describes this scent as “a wind of freedom coming all at once from the Mascara coast and down from the mountains bringing in its foolish race the green scents of fresh mint, the rashness of fights, the hot and peppered air of ginger and the perfume of tea and tobacco from the Ouled Nail tribe”. Frankly, I have no idea what it all means—but with notes of spearmint, lemon-yellow, black currant bud, apple, ginger, clove and jasmine, it’s the perfect scent to transition from summer to winter. The scent is fresh yet familiar and heartwarming, just like October is.
October happens to be one of my favorite months, not because I enjoy looking forward to the long winter months (I don’t)—but because it’s my month of birth, and it forces me to evaluate the year I’ve just had, and the year I’m about to have. It’s the perfect time of year to slow down and take the time to introspect about the times to come. I feel there’s going to be big changes in the coming year and it feels good to start by slowing down and simplifying a little. What better way to welcome the crispness of Fall than with a signature scent, a warm Pendleton throw, a hint of faux fur and the perfect wide brim hat to keep your ears warm when you need to venture outside…
Last week I was catching up on blogs after a long weekend in New York, when something at the top-right corner of the page caught my eye: September 2, 2014. And this post was two days old. This morning, we’re almost already a third into the month! How did summer go by so fast? Only a week ago I was laying sipping rosé by the pool—and now all I’m thinking about is refocusing and gearing my work schedule to full speed.
September is the month when everyone seems to get out of their carefree summer daze and suddenly become high-functioning maniacs. My Fall and Winter schedules are already filling up fast with new projects and collaborations. The highlight of my month is a trip to Paris in a couple of weeks, but I need to get super organized to be able to fully disconnect once I get there. At the same time, I’d love to take advantage of the last rays of sunshine and play a few more rounds of golf before the leaves start turning. My inspiration board this month has a distinct country vibe—which tells me I should try to drive out to our country house at least once. While I’m readjusting to Fall’s new work beat, here are just a few things on my to-do list: