Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family! Sending you lots and lots of love from Arizona.
We went to my parent’s house for Christmas dinner.
LOVED this stunning vintage dress from Fashion by Robert Black! The black velvet detailing and the light, featherweight layers are exceptional.
I also loved that this year because I didn’t get “things” for my family. Instead, I gave everyone “experiences.”
For example, I got an annual pass to all of Arizona’s state parks for my hubby and my brother. I gave my parents 2 date nights. One to an upscale restaurant, and another for a wine tasting/cooking class. I gave our son tickets for science events and demonstrations he gets to attend with my husband (so they get quality time together…and it’s a present for both of them). We recently came back from Mexico and we took Alan’s parents there for their 2nd time EVER at the ocean as their early Christmas present! (They are 83 & 84 years old). And when my daughter gets home from traveling across Europe, we will take my mom there for a weekend get-a-way too for one of her Christmas presents. And I donated to an international rescue organization in the names of several family members. Because we all wanted to help the families fleeing Aleppo, Syria, and this is a small way we can make a difference.
Cool idea, right?
I’m a HUGE proponent of surrounding yourself with things you love. And because I am blessed to be surrounded by things and people I love, I wanted to share more of life and the beautiful moments in life with them….not with things, but experiences.
Wishing you a year of experiences with people you love the most. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!
Loved filming the television segment that recently aired on Your Life A to Z.
It was all about wearing white in the winter – “winter white” – and the clothing from Fashion by Robert Black was STUNNING!
One of the dresses was a custom 1940’s cut Nolan Miller with a fur lined cape….to die for! (And because the animal died long before I was born I’m okay with the idea of fur…..VINTAGE ONLY!)
Check out these beautiful fashions! Fun, right? Do you wear white year-round?
I’ve started something that I’ve haven’t done much since 7th grade….
I’ve been experimenting with – and wearing jeans for about a month now. And I’m embarrassed to admit, they are pretty darn cute. And flattering. Maybe I had to avoid them for the past was because for awhile there they were unflattering low-waisted, flared leg styles. Post kids (except gorgeous freaks of nature), who honestly looks good in anything low waisted?
This is a serious question.
So I didn’t wear them. Because they gave me (and millions of other women) muffin tops (no matter how hard we worked out), the illusion of short legs, and low self-esteem. Then began my professional career advocating wearing dresses. Dresses are still my favorite…..but thank GOD (for real) for the invention of skinny jeans.
Specifically HIGH WAISTED SKINNY JEANS.
Thank you baby Jesus! (for real)
Skinny jeans (especially high waisted ones) control your tummy, (bonus points for the tightness encouraging you eat sensible sized portions – because the thrill is challenging yourself to keep that top button buttoned after a meal). They also elongate your legs (especially when paired with heels. Skinny jeans also show off your hard work when you have been working out (and they hold it all together when you haven’t).
So I took this pair of last year’s skinny jeans that were slightly too long and I cut the hem myself – the style right now is a frayed hem. I just paid $200 for a pair of jeans that look like I did the hem myself. So I wasn’t going to waist this opportunity and PAY someone to fray them for me. Now last year’s $200 jeans look like THIS YEAR’s $200 jeans. (And when that’s not in style their next reincarnation will be crop pants…by someone who can sew a hem though).
See?! There are lots and lots of ways to wear them!
Wishing you a beautiful, skinny jeans, legs-for-days kind of day!
Special thanks to the gorgeous AC hotel (my BFF’s swanky new hotel) in Tempe, AZ for letting me shoot in your light and airy space.
We hosted this year’s office Christmas party at our house.
As you may have seen from my Christmas decorations page, I tried something more grown up this year and went with a burlap, white, silver and gold theme.
The decor was not the only thing that was more grown up. We also served more sophisticated food. (It all started because hubby insisted on serving hot food and I felt we needed “easier” food for those that were coming and going at different times. Turns out everyone pretty much came – and left – around the same time so hot food worked out well too! Damn it I hate it when he’s right) 😉
And the best part is everyone said they felt so great after eating. (That’s how you should feel after EVERY MEAL – yes, even when you go to other people’s parties!)
Here is what we served:
- Bruschetta with gluten free crackers and gluten-free bread (that we toasted and quartered)
- Butternut squash & kale salad with sun dried tomatoes, scallions, pine nuts, balsamic dressing, and dried cranberries (hubby didn’t like that I used those but the fresh ones were all gone). This was inspired by a friend who made something similar to this….and it was soooo good!
- Grass fed beef chili with organic beans
- Stuffed eggplant with roasted red peppers, sautéed spinach and fresh herb goat cheese (and some without goat cheese for our vegan and dairy-free team members) topped with shallots and tomatoes with a hint of balsamic. OMGosh this was so good! I can’t take credit for this either because the chef at a recent cooking class taught us this recipe. Holy deliciousness!
- And for desert we had apples sautéed in water and sprinkled with Saigon Cinnamon.
**Note: we call it a Christmas party because at this point in time everyone on our team celebrates Christmas. When someone on our team celebrates a holiday other than Christmas, we are more than happy to call it a “Holiday Party” so EVERYONE on our team feels welcome and included. Because the season is about sharing love with all.
Wishing you a beautiful holiday season! May you enjoy healthy and delicious foods and warm friendships over the year.