Hope Santa brings you everything you want. Really. Everything.
Merry Christmas, y’all!
Life with kids, made better.
I’m ready for 2012. New Year, new outlook, and some pretty new stuff, too.
Loving this beautiful watercolor calendar from Linda & Harriet.
Feeling it for this funky print tunic from Tanvi Kedia.
I want to smell like this Moulinette Soeurs Eau de Parfum in Arabelle — a mix of magnolia (!), night-blooming jasmine, and vanilla orchid.
How happy are these Claudia Pearson Four Seasons Tea Towels? VERY.
I need The Graces Candle, to burn on a side table in my living room, with the lights way down low.
And this purple frock looks ripe for a party, doesn’t it?
Or maybe holiday drinks at The Standard Hotel? I’ve got a table booked.
Here’s to keeping things merry and bright, people.
Oh. And pretty!
‘Tis the season to shop for others. But, you know, sometimes while you’re out there searching for the just-right something or browsing online for the best deal you can find, it just happens — through no fault of your own — that you stumble on something that YOU want or need.
Like Joe’s Jeans in 55 Colors. You probably need at least one pair, right? (Judging by how many of you clicked on my link to their site in a post last week, I’m guessing a few of you are thinking: YES.)
I’m eyeing cerise and purple passion. What about you?
I’ll totally tell Santa!
You know it and so do I — we’re Anthro-obsessed.
So I was super-psyched to find these boots at 50% OFF the sale price (!) at the store on Black Friday. Apparently, some online shoppers were loving them, too, ’cause now they’re sold out. Take heart, though — other Schuler & Sons styles can still be found (although not all of them are on sale.) Keep your eyes peeled, though — prices could plummet the closer we get to Christmas. Here’s a cute pair:
These boots + purple tights + my Moth sweater dress (below — I have it in espresso) + OPI’s “You Don’t Know Jacques” = my fall-into-winter uniform.
This look is helping me feel it — at least a teeny bit — for fall. Although I’m already dreaming of summer vacation…. < Big sigh. >
I’m a bit slow getting Christmas together this year, but I was inspired a bit by helping my mom pick out her cards on Etsy. Every time I browse the site, I’m amazed at the things people are making and selling.
Which got me thinking about the Christmas tree skirt. Still haven’t found one. They are usually too formal or preppy for me. I like color, and I like a touch of modern or whimsy in my skirt.
Here are a few standouts I found this year:
For those of you who love color, this cutie from LoveElaine would be fun:
You can’t go wrong with this simple, red felt tree skirt from West Elm, with the sweet monogram. The price is right at $65!
And like Magnolia, I prefer a little sparkle in my life. Especially at Christmas. So this glitter-y, silky tree skirt from Target (can you see the snowflakes?) could be just the thing. Did I read that right? Thirty dollars? In store only!
Still not sure I’ve found THE ONE. But this is a start!
Related — But use this as additional inspiration only, you know, to get in the mood; many of last year’s finds are no longer available.
A rather idyllic day here on 19th Street, still not plowed, and thus very quiet. The wind continues to whip up the snow drifts, and the cold air is blowing so hard that it’s not very pleasant for even the kids to play outside. Instead, we’re enjoying an idyll indoors, systematically working through many of the gifts of Christmas.
Jasper is learning strategy while learning Checkers. Old Maid & Connect Four have both enjoyed some love. Every puzzle received has been tried. The princesses and ponies are tangled up in the glow-in-the-dark spaghetti. Spiderman has climbed the windows and popped wheelies all over the kitchen.
Melisa and I are still wondering when we’ll be let off the hook to shower, but otherwise enjoying ourselves.
Meanwhile, in a moment of silence (I write as Magnolia yells over to Jasper: “I’m eating the biggest cookie!!), I’m reminiscing about Christmas.
We had Jay here from L.A. — the first time I’ve seen him in over a year. He kept us entertained with stories from L.A., including one that included a mechanical bull. Enough said.
Mom and dad whipped up some great meals, including Spaghetti & Meatballs and Boeuf Bourguignon (separate meals of course), both a la the Barefoot Contessa. Plus, many delicious breakfasts including homemade cinnamon rolls.
Katie was also in the house for the longest she’s been around in years so there was a girl-fest happening.
Favorite moment: playing soccer on Christmas day with (almost) the whole family.
A great way to begin to wind down the year.
Here’s a few homespun pix from the weekend:
Jasper’s Christmas list: Ear Muffs, Orange Slippers, Red Markers. Listen, this stuff was harder to find than you might think.
Trimming the tree.
Jasper passing along the list in person.
Santa was very impressive at ABC.
Christmas Eve! The kids left a note for Santa with the cookies and milk.
Stockings hung by the chimney. Almost bed time!
The kids (of all ages).
Magnolia channeling Chrissie Hynde on Christmas Day.
Hope your Christmas was warm and wonderful.
Christmas break = fun, presents, and holiday food, but it also means no school. You’ll be staring down long cold-weather days with the kids, and I bet you’re starting to sweat it (all the new toys can only take you so far). I’m giving the sitch some advance thought so I have a few tricks up my sleeve. Here’s my list of things to do — let me hear what’s on yours, too!
Make a cool craft at Moomah
We do a lot of easy, homespun crafts, so I decided to take a look around for a cute one to do over the holidays. A real project, rather than the usual I-make-it-up-as-I-go BS. I looked. And I looked some more. But, I have to say, I was freaking intimidated by most of what I saw out there. I just cannot see myself doing all of the necessary prep — buying tons of special materials, measuring and cutting, even sewing for God’s sake. So screw it. Let’s go to Cafe Moomah instead, where I can pay for a genius, way-creative project that someone else has come up with! (Check out the cool winter log cabin above — impressive, huh? ) All of the materials are there for you. And there’s staff on hand to help direct the kids. And there’s good coffee.
Take the kids to see MOMENTUM at the New Victory Theater
Live music, dance moves, cool visual effects — sounds awesome! It runs through January 2 and is suitable for the whole fam. Buy tix here.
Make dinner with the kids
On the menu: Sloppy Joes from Dinner: A Love Story. At dinnertime, I am usually shooing the kids out of the kitchen so I can focus and get food on the table ASAP. But during the holidays, when we don’t have to stick to such a strict dinner-bath-book-bed sked, maybe I can loosen up a little. I know they’d love to help make a dinner from A to Z, and this looks like an easy recipe to try the “cooking with kids” thing out with.
Hit a museum during free museum hours
NewYorkology has a great, updated list of museums and cultural institutions that have free or pay-what-you-wish days and times during the winter.
Go see the Big Apple Circus
I’ve heard for ages how great the Big Apple Circus is; now may be the time to try it out. Mommy Poppins says this season’s show is fun and “fast-paced… with one surprise after another.” Also, that it’s small and intimate. I think the kids would love it.
Head to Hill Country Barbecue
In case you missed it, I’m from Texas. And I can tell you Hill Country Barbecue is the real deal — the dry-rub brisket and sausage from legendary Kreuz Market in Lockhart never disappoint. Lots of sides, a huge open space, and Blue Bell Ice Cream for dessert (yep, it’s made in Texas) make it a super-easy lunch spot with kids. Weather permitting, you can let them romp for a few minutes before or after in the not-too-far-away playground in Madison Square Park.
Other ideas for cold-weather fun:
(Sloppy Joes photo, Closet Cooking)