Holiday Trenches + Hostess Gifts

Growing up, my parents begged me to dress up for Christmas Eve. During my stubborn years, I wore my fanciest pajamas (Barney-themed, obviously). And during my tween years, I snagged my big sister’s stilettos.

Fast forward to adulthood, and I’ve got my own fancy favorites for the holidays. Among them is a white trench that dresses up even the most casual pieces. Try pairing a classic coat of yours with simple heels and a festive beanie for your family’s holiday parties.

Bring a small hostess gift with you, even if it’s your parents hosting. Try a holiday bouquet (combine evergreen and berry branches), or a bottle of wine.

Click on the links below for outfit inspo…

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Coat: J. Mendel. Look for less at Nordstrom here ($198), here ($149) + here ($159) & Bloomingdales here ($402) + here ($177) // Beanie: Anthropologie // Shoes: Christian Louboutin (look for LESS here)// Berry Branches: Pottery Barn // Linen Wine Bags: Restoration Hardware

Photos by Annie Shak

 

Drape Your Table in Winter White + Gold

There’s something so beautiful about winter white. It’s soft, subtle and striking all at once.

Perfect for a holiday table. White really pops when combined with hints of gold and silver. Plus, it’s fitting for both Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations.

Try adding metallic hues through vases, centerpieces and festive accessories like pinecones and tealight candles. You can also have fun with rock candy and evergreen branches.

My favorite part of this setting is the idea behind pencils and notecards. Have each guest write a sweet sentence to share about the person sitting next to them. It can be a memory, a series of adjectives or a note of encouragement. You’ll appreciate the belly laughs, the happy tears and the confidence boosts.

Links to everything on this table are listed below, so you can recreate this for your friends + family!

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Silver Vases: BHLDN // Branches: Z Gallerie // Pinecone Set: Z Gallerie // Candles: West Elm // Cards: Cartier (Similar Here) // Pencils: Anthropologie // Tree Clips: Target (in stores) // Pillows: Anthropologie // Plates: Similar Here // Dress: Old Buy. Similar Here + Here

Photos by Annie Shak

Mind Ready Monday: Gift Your Time

Often times, I’m running too fast. From home to work. From work to errands. From errands to dinner.

I imagine you’re running, too. We’re all running. Life is a lot of work.

But I want us to challenge each other this week. Let’s slow down in the midst of December’s chaos to look around. Look toward your coworkers. Your neighbors. Your family. Look toward your grocer. Your bank teller. Your boss. Look around to see who needs you.

Maybe someone needs your time, your finances or your heart. Maybe someone needs your strength, your smile or your silence. Maybe all they want is to know they’re not alone.

Willingly offer a friend time you don’t really have. Happily greet a stranger even on your worst days. Excitedly warm someone’s heart even when yours is breaking.

Maybe the holidays have already encouraged you to adopt a family, collect necessary goods or round up children’s toys. Let the holidays also remind you to remain aware, so you offer help to even those who don’t necessarily ask for it.

Wishing you the happiest Monday. Now, go look around…