I remember experimenting SO much with my winter style when I first moved to NYC. I figured out what looked “cute”, what actually kept me warm, and basically what was practical or not to wear in freezing cold temps! Can you stay warm while looking fab at the same time? The answer is a big YES! After plenty of trial and error – I realized the importance of material (wool, cashmere, shearling, leather) and layers! I splurged on a gorgeous shearling coat for my birthday a few days ago and knew it would be the perfect coat to wear not only on chilly LA date nights (I wore it to Nobu last night!) but also for upcoming trips to NYC and Europe. I’m already envisioning myself gallivanting through Paris in it haha! Bloomingdales has SO many amazing shearling coats right now… I just picked up this Mother one which you may have seen on instastory and am loving this one and this one. Pair a great shearling with lived in boyfriend jeans, skinny jeans, or a well made black trouser like these from Elie Tahari. What I love about these fitted black trousers is that they’re a bit dresser than a black skinny jean and you can wear this look from the office (with a blazer or cardigan) straight out to drinks or a holiday party. You can also tuck these trousers into boots (a major plus), and they’re made without bulky seams so they’re chic and sleek. I love that they’re a lower rise which gives them that “cool” factor that I want if I’m going out for the night ;) Bloomingdales carries such an amazing selection of Elie Tahari tailored pieces (like this draped grey coat that just went on sale and this elegant cut out top.) I’ll be taking this beautiful cream blouse to San Francisco tomorrow for a little birthday getaway trip!
Growing up, our family friends threw a huge holiday cookie exchange at their home in Scottsdale every year. I always looked forward to going with my mom and sister and would come home with a huge assortment of homemade cookies to nibble on throughout the week! If you’ve never been to or heard of a cookie exchange – it’s where guests bring a plate full of their favorite cookie (only 1 type!) and everyone lays their cookies out on one long table. Each guest picks up a cookie tin and fills it with a variety of delicious cookies to take home with them! It’s so fun to swap recipes with other guests (many of them have been passed down for generations!), get baking secrets, and of course taste test all of the different treats. I went to lunch with my dear friend Louise Roe (the talented and gorgeous TV host, writer, blogger and mommy to be!) the other week and was telling her we should throw a cookie exchange for the holidays. She had never been to one, so I knew we had to re-create one of my favorite childhood traditions together! We met at her beautiful home in the Hollywood Hills and laid out an assortment of delicious cookies; Mexican wedding cookies, gingerbread cookies, chocolate chip… This is such a sweet tradition to do with girlfriends, kids, cousins, nieces, nephews and something that I’m looking forward to continuing for years to come. See below for the yummiest ginger chew cookie recipe!
Chewy Ginger Cookies
3/4 Cup Butter (softened)
1 cup Sugar
1 Large Egg
1/4 Cup Molasses
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
*additional coarse turbinado sugar, for dusting
1. Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees
2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
3. Beat in the egg and molasses.
4. Combine flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt.
5. Gradually add the creamed mixture and mix well.
6. Refrigerate dough for up to 1 hour, until it begins to harden
7. Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls, then roll into remaining sugar.
8. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
9. Bake for 10-12 minutes until puffy and lightly browned
10. Remove and place on wire racks to cool.
I’ve been living in this plaid Rails button down! You may have seen me wear it several times on Stories – it’s one of the coziest plaid button downs I own. I sized up for an oversized/boyfriend shirt look, but they do run true to size in case you’re wondering! This Sandro coat has been one of my favorites for years (I’ve worn it here in NYC and here in London.) It’s lightweight enough for me to rock even here in LA where temps have been getting up to 76 – crazy right? I can’t go a season without busting out these suede over the knee Stuart Weitzman boots and finished off my look with one of my favorite purchases this year; the Chloe Nile bag.
December is my favorite month. I love looking around my home and seeing it full of festive touches like lights, ornaments, stockings, garland and a tree. I always enjoy having friends over during the holidays! Right now is the perfect time to catch up before everyone takes off for Christmas and New Years. I left most of my serving dishes and entertaining pieces behind when I moved out of my NYC apartment so I’ve been building my collection back up. Jet.com has become one of my go-to sources for entertaining goodies for my holiday cocktail parties. They have a huge selection of wood cheese boards, silverware, dishes, cake plates, champagne glasses all at incredibly reasonable prices. This marble + wood serving board is only $32 and this gold cocktail shaker is only $20! I wanted to share 5 easy tips that will help make your holiday cocktail party (even a last minute one!) seamless and fun (which is the whole point right?!)
- Have a delicious, signature cocktail chilled and ready using this cocktail shaker from Jet so when guests arrive they can instantly feel a part of the party!
Whip up my 3 step champagne cocktail – fill a coupe or flute 1/3 way with St. Germain elderflower liquor and top with champagne or prosecco. String cranberries on a sprig of rosemary as garnish! You can also use toothpicks.
- Pre-order baked goods from your favorite local bakery and arrange them on a gorgeous cutting board like this one via Jet.
I love Huckleberry bakery in LA and The Little Cupcake Bakeshop in NYC. Ordering baked goods is so much easier than making them – you save yourself time and a big mess in the kitchen!
- Don’t be afraid to mix gold and silver decor elements – especially for a holiday party.
I ordered beautiful hammered silverware and mixed them with this gold cocktail shaker. It’s no longer a faux pas to mix and match in today’s day and age!
- Use rosemary sprigs and fun printed napkins to dress up simple white dinner plates (this set is $40 for 6!)
If you want a plate with a bit more detail – I love these ones with the gold rim and these classic black striped ones.
- Place big wood cutting boards throughout the table to hold fruit, cheese, crackers, and sweet treats.
Wood boards are perfect for a backyard party and create a more rustic, welcoming feel. I’m always more inclined to reach for something on a wood board for some reason. It’s a nice way to relax the table setting and offsets the formal look of tall tapered candles!
And get creative with your flowers! It is 100% OK to veer away from traditional tall, full flower arrangements in vases. Those can sometimes get expensive and have been done many times before. I cut the flowers off the stems and dispersed them throughout the table for a more casual and relaxed holiday vibe! Shop all of my entertaining pieces from Jet below – like these gorgeous coupe glasses, this marble + wood cutting board, and these mini ramekin dishes!