Good tidings to you, dear readers! Do you still have Christmas gifts to get? If so, I have some different ideas for you. This list is a bit of a departure from most blogger guides as I do not use affiliate links—most of these recommendations are tried and true picks that you can trust I purchase for my own friends and family. I’m also wary of promoting excess consumerism, instead I’m hoping to support small enterprises and champion creative endeavors that will delight this holiday season. There are price points for just about everyone on your list, too. So without further ado, release the reindeers!
Hello dear readers! I hope you are all enjoying the merriment of holiday preparations. I have not baked a single sweet and my daughter’s needlepoint stocking will (hopefully!) be finished by next year. What I have managed to cross off my Christmas to-do list is the gift wrapping and savoring of a Yueltide cocktail. ‘Tis the season!
That’s a Wrap
When it comes to gift giving, the presentation is just as important as the present, non? For ribbon, I used a wired, looks-like-silk, coral confection from Lion Ribbon that comes in a variety of classic hues. You can find anything on Amazon these days, including this ivy vine ribbon that’s perfect for zhushing up any package. The charming gift tags are from Carrie and Seash, a mother-daughter duo based in Baton Rouge. Each of their designs, from wedding suites to Christmas cards, is hand-painted in their studio.
It’s time to get fabulously festive with a Hambone! Mister Stuffy Muffy discovered this warm delight while doing some shopping at H. Stockton, an Atlanta tradition in men’s clothing since 1963. It turns out that it is the signature drink of Mr. Ham Stockton, the founder, and they offer Hambones to customers every holiday season. I love anything with a little history!
- 2 oz Apple Cider
- 2 oz Ginger Beer
- 1 (or 2!) oz Wild Turkey 101
Heat the apple cider in a sauce pan to desired warmth, add in ginger beer, and Wild Turkey and serve in any glass you prefer. Cheers dears!
This week, Louisa and I braved the Infinity Mirrors lines at the High Museum and entered the beguiling world of artist Yayoi Kusama. The rooms are very extraordinary—awakening a sense of wonder and critical thinking simultaneously. Kusama, 88, has been grappling with mental illness for most of her life which creates an important lens to view these installations through. Some say we are living in a time when Instagram-worthy art is the only way to get the masses to a museum. I say not so—most of these installations were created in the 60s and immersive art has been around long before social media. If so? Well how wonderful that the arts are resonating with all generations! If you have the opportunity to experience Infinity Mirrors, you must go!
Advance tickets at the High have been sold out for months, however there is hope! Approximately 100 tickets are available onsite each day through February 17. Bonne chance and bring something to read or needlepoint while you’re in those long lines!
I wrote a little piece for Over the Moon on how to honeymoon like history’s chicest brides. Included in the bunch are Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly, and perennial bride Elizabeth Taylor. From extravagant adventures to stateside stays, there’s a trip you’re bound to want to take (solo or with a soulmate!). Where did you honeymoon? We spent a few nights in Palm Beach during December and it was such a fun getaway.
Have a merry weekend and thank you for reading! xo
Spring, you wily temptress! I think she and her delightful weather are finally here to stay. Here are some fancies to help inspire you this warm weekend:
Giddy up, Good Magic! The finest horse race in all the land is on Saturday and here’s a little something to whip up at your bar. I always rely on my Mrs. Lilien Cocktail Swatchbook for an elegant elixir; her punch bowl treat the Lawn Party will be your new spectator favorite.
Hydrates a crowd of 6:
- 1 cup bourbon
- 1 cup Pimm’s Liqueur
- 1/2 cup simple syrup
- 12 mint leaves
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
In a large punch bowl or pitcher, add 1 cup bourbon, 1 cup Pimm’s Liqueur, 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, 12 fresh mint leaves and 1/2 cup of simple syrup. Stir well. Add 2 cups of ice cubes, garnish with mint sprig.
A hybrid of sandal and espadrille to add feminine charm to any ensemble. My size is sold out or I would have snapped them up in a heartbeat! Shop them on Tuckernuck here.
PRETTY ON PAPER
I have to share these dear announcements done by C. Buxton Designs for Walton Street Stationers that I had made up for Louisa. Our Christmas cards always have an image on them but I was keen on the idea of having the announcement stand alone and including a separate picture in each envelope just like the old days. The custom monogram will be a lovely keepsake for her nursery! If you’re looking for classic paper goods, these two sources deliver in spades.
Speaking of Louisa, I don’t believe I have formally introduced her on the blog yet! Our muffin is already 5 months old and such a joy. She is very active, a total card and has her own little brand of particularity (don’t come near her with a pacifier! Teethers are okay in her book though!). I’m so excited for all the fun ahead but also savoring these yummy baby moments, they’re going by too quickly!
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!