Nine Favorite Things
Is it just me or does it feel like this year more than ever Thanksgiving is a huge afterthought and all anyone can focus on is Christmas? Maybe it’s just me because both my mom and Asher have moved on from Thanksgiving and are in full force watching holiday movies. A movie at night and Christmas music during the day, especially if it’s been snowing, which it has been.
Asher has her room decorated (it’s so cute, I will share photos once she says it’s fully complete) and they’re planning their Christmas trip to Europe. They’re definitely excited! I have to say, I’m kind of excited for the holidays to really kick into high gear. Which for me will not be until they get back from Europe.
I have two more work trips left on my calendar for this year. One of them small and one of them big. Unfortunately, these trips won’t allow me the time to go to Europe. Which is honestly fine with me, I’m excited for both of my upcoming trips. And if there’s one time I really want to be here in Colorado, it’s during the months of November and December. Our coziest two months of the year! I swear it’s magical here once the snow really starts to stick. I just love the holidays. Are you into them too? I feel like if you’re reading this, you have to be!
Anyway, speaking of the holidays, I finally shared our 2022 Thanksgiving menu on Friday. Did you see it yet? It’s one of my favorite menus yet, mostly because I picked all my tried and true favorite recipes. So it’s traditional, but with small twists that keep the menu fun. I pulled all the pieces I used for my tablescape and will link them below for you guys! I had fun with this year’s tablescape, it was all inspired by our pumpkin smash candle, which is officially shipping out in time for Thanksgiving!
Also, are you hosting Thanksgiving or attending? What are your plans for this year’s feast?
Let’s see, what else. It was one of my first full weeks at home without any travel. I used the time to try and catch up with work. I’m loving traveling so much, but it sure does make keeping up with everything just a little tricker than usual. Still worth it though. It’s been really fun having so much travel on my calendar. A nice change of pace! Any guess where my next trip is to?
I think that’s all the rambling I have for you today. Not much new, but I have a fun favorites post below!! Hope you enjoy, and Happy Sunday!
1. Things I’m loving, wanting, and excited to try.
loving…cozy socks. I want every single cashmere pair. You need need need at least one or two! Oh, and they are fun stocking stuffers too!
enjoying…Chamberlain Coffee beans. Hands down my favorite coffee. It’s all USDA organic, which I love. But most importantly, the beans are so good. I’m so excited for their holiday blends and want to get the Peppermint Mocha Blend, Night Owl Blend, and then their new release, First Class.
everything in my cart (low)…From Zara, love this leather jacket. Also, this leather double faced coat is incredible. So pretty. While on the topic of leather, this faux leather maxi skirt is great. It would be cute with this sheer knit top.
And I think I have to order this black denim maxi skirt from Nordstrom. It’s perfect.
watching…The new Santa Clauses movie on Disney+. My mom just told me about this! OH MY GOSH. A new Santa Clause movie! I could not be more excited. It looks so cute! I had to watch the trailer twice!
loving…the Dansk Købenstyle Baker. This is my go-to baking dish, especially during the holidays. I have 4 of them!
shopping…affordable cashmere. Nordstrom, J-Crew, and all have great options. My mom and I would both love this cashmere turtleneck, and their cashmere socks are on sale! Also, the J-Crew cardigan sweater. And cashmere socks!
burning…well, I’m currently burning the 4-wick pumpkin smash candle, which is my favorite candle of all time. But I did just buy the Byredo Chai that I love. Plus, I could not resists the Diptyque holiday collection. I ordered all 3 scents, Étincelles, Neige, and Sapin. There is nothing better to me than Christmas candles – nothing. I look forward to these every night.
thinking about…getting my brother an Oura Ring Gen3 for Christmas. Do you have one? Do you love it?
everything beauty…would love to try the new Kosas GrowPotion Fluffy Brow + Lash Boosting Serum.
loving…For the Home. Such cute holiday decor ideas.
ordered…large black matches. I’ve been looking for long matches. Excited to get these.
everything in my cart (high)…I’m in love with this cozy ALAÏA Beige Travel Coat. I also love this puffer from ACNE Studios. This Ganni Brushed mohair-blend cardigan looks so cozy. Same with these flare cashmere pants from Cholè
These Oscar de la Renta pearl earrings would be so pretty paired with a holiday dress. But, these Stuart Weitzman Slouch Boots would absolutely steal the show. Oh, and I love these Alexandre Vauthier D’orsay Pumps. They would be cute with this Ribbed cotton-blend mini skirt from Wardrobe NYC.
And lastly, this leather shoulder bag from Bottega Veneta is the prettiest. I love the dark brown color too. And I want these Brushed-leather and Re-Nylon boots from Prada. Speaking of Prada, I want everything from their just-released holiday collection.
following…Gregory Blake Dams Events. The prettiest events. So much inspiration for planning any kind of event.
shopping…Gwyneth Paltrow’s holiday gift guide. I mean, kind of. I’m really just browsing because half of the items are over 1k. It’s a pretty high-end gift guide.
thinking about ordering…this phone stand. I wonder if it really works.
2. Popular holiday appetizers.
3. Baking supplies + holiday gift wrap.
holiday gift wrap
4. Favorite questions of the week.
q: how do you make your coffee?
a: Loving Chamberlain Coffee whole beans. I do a double espresso, then I grind fresh beans again and top the espresso off with an americano ☕️ no cream/milk, no sugar…always brewed with my Breville.
q: Is an espresso machine worth it?
a: Absolutely LOVE the Breville espresso machine. So much so that I’ve given them to multiple family members as gifts. And I love to include them in our holiday giveaways too. I couldn’t live without mine. Haha. I really love it.
q: what can I use in place of red wine?
a: I always use pomegranate juice.
q: how do you relieve stress?
a: Honestly legs up the wall every night really helps me. I do it more to drain excess fluid, reduce inflammation, and increase circulation from being on my feet all day long. But I find it really is a stress reliever too. I always do this at night, so I think it symbolizes wind-down time for me.
q: what has been your worst accident in the kitchen?
a: Almost burned my eyebrows off making caramel. Because of this, I don’t make caramel anymore. Instead, I do a “cheaters” version of caramel 👻
q: does Oslo go on hikes?
a: Yep, my parents take him almost every day.
q: favorite store-bought ingredients to use?
a: pumpkin purée, marinara sauce, puff pastry, enchilada sauce, salsa verde.
q: do you bite your nails?
a: No, never. But I keep them incredibly short. I don’t like having them long, it’s weird but it really bugs me. And I hate feeling like I have something under a fingernail. It grosses me out. So I just keep them super short
q: can you make mocktail recipes:
a: All of this year’s drinks have the directions to also make them as a mocktail (:
q: what was the last recipe you tried to make and did not enjoy?
a: Made enchiladas today and they were a complete disaster they had potential, but did not live up.
q: so the question is, can you share more about your grandmother?
a: Yes!! I miss her so much. I wish she knew what a huge huge impact she had on me. Without even knowing it, she really shaped who I am today and what I’m doing today. She passed her love of beautiful things to me, taught me to host a party, style a table, appreciate beautiful flowers, pick out a designer handbag, wear stilettos 👠 , shop till you drop, be creative, shop designer, shop affordable, give the best gifts, make good SIMPLE food, celebrate holidays, the importance of family, always give back to others, and so much more. I just can’t express how much she really meant to me, I realize it more with every day that passes. I always think, “hmm, what would Nonnie do?”. She was such a cool lady!!
5. Unique Holiday Decor + My Thanksgiving Table.
my Thanksgiving table
6. Thanksgiving tips of the week.
sharing my favorites from YOU ALL and 1 of mine
Tip from you: my dad makes an excel sheet with the plan + cooking times & it really keeps us organized!
Me: Everyone needs a thanksgiving excel sheet!!! Love this.
Tip from me: Tablescape idea, use a heating pad! Someone gave me this tip last year, style the table with a table runner that’s also a hot pad!!! So smart. I just take a heating pad and place it/ them underneath the table runner. Just don’t forget it’s there! Find one that’s wireless. Keeps dishes warm all night.
Tip from you: Place your utensils & napkins at the end of the buffet, then people don’t have to juggle them with a plate.
Me: Sometimes it’s the simplest tips that are the most useful! Love this one!! Convenience and ease is key over the holidays.
Tip from you: Lower my expectations! It doesn’t have to be Instaperfect. Focus on the purpose.
Me: Yesss! This is amazing, bowing down to this. Nothing is Instaperfect. What you see online is everyone’s highlight reels. In real life, nothing is that perfect. You should never expect your Thanksgiving dinner to be perfect either. Besides, perfect is boring. Embrace the imperfections, they will make the night fun!! And at the end of the night either eat all the leftover pie or pour yourself a drink. You did Thanksgiving the best you could!!!
Tip from you: A cute little gift at each seat.
Me: I love something special at each place setting. Sometimes I bake cookies or cupcakes, but a small gift is such a cute idea!! It could even be a donation to their favorite charity too.
7. Favorite links I’m loving.
—here is how they ranked. What’s your favorite?! I’m curious!
…where are you headed?
…we love these.
…always embrace good store-bought items.
The Best Beauty Product Dupes…affordable finds.
…here is what to buy before it sells out.
…everything you need to know.
…loved reading this.
…such a pretty home.
…I’m all about fragrance-free.
…that don’t involve work, babies, or politics.
8. All the cozy sweaters you need.
more winter coats
$300 and up + SPLURGE
more holiday dresses
$300 and up + SPLURGE
9. This week’s dinners + weekend eats.
Tuesday: Instant Pot Pesto Zuppa Toscana
Wednesday: Kale Bacon Salad with Maple Candied Walnuts
Saturday: Spiced Cranberry Thyme Moscow Mule
Sunday: Easy Gruyère Croissants