Fashion Friday: The Joy of Holiday Dressing with J. McLaughlin

Many of you who follow me on Instagram asked about my outfit in a picture I posted of us on Thanksgiving.   This holiday we decided to do the “casual dress up” for our small, cold Connecticut turkey day in fabulous finds from J. McLaughlin.  I always trend towards preppy during holiday season, something about it brings out the Miss Porter’s graduate in me. I opted for an amazingly comfortable and flattering zip neck dress (that I now want in every color) with boots and a hint of fur and Andrew went the typical “dude” route in a plaid flannel paired with a a zip neck sweater and grey dress pants.  We’ll probably rock something very similar for Christmas too…

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Fashion Friday: Winter Beauty Essentials

The temps have finally dropped around here and the heat has come on– which means dry winter skin and hair.  But it also means holiday season, which is when you want to look your best.  So Nordstrom asked me to select my winter and holiday beauty favorites from their huge selection of brands and I had so much fun curating this grouping for you.  Because not all your summer products will work in the winter if you live in a place that has dramatic seasonal changes, it’s great to have an arsenal of seasonal favorites- so if you have one- comment!

The Holiday Kitchen: Must Haves from Sur La Table & Nespresso

We are approaching a VERY busy time in most kitchens- even if you aren’t hosting a holiday gathering, my guess is you still are doing a good bit of cooking and baking.  I love all the nesting that goes on this time of year- from the decorating to cookie making, and so to kick off the season I partnered with Sur La Table to gather up some of my must have items and got pretty crafty with a Christmas cookie project (I’m still wiping up icing)….
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Sponsor Welcome & Giveaway: Citizen Atelier

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(Ashley Woodson Bailey, above)

Finding sources for original, unique art that are relatively affordable is one of my job’s biggest challenges.  There are chain stores that offer mass-market prints and Etsy (which can be a total crapshoot quality-wise)- but not a lot of galleries or websites dedicated to the curation of unique and non-intimidating art.  Which is why I am so happy to have Citizen Atelier as a new sponsor. Their gorgeous site, run by Alessandra Salituri, a PR consultant and art dealer from Montreal, is a mix of price points, mediums and tastes.  You can pick up a great photographic print or splurge on an original painting.  Take a peek…(and enter our giveaway!)