How to Holiday

If you haven’t already paid a visit to Pure Wow’s site, I highly recommend you do.  It’s got all kind of articles about things you never knew you needed to know.  You can also sign up for daily e-mails which I’ve come to look forward to.  This week, Pure Wow sent me this wildly helpful list of suggestions on how to be perfectly prepared for the Holidays.  I particularly loved the suggestions to write out a master gift list (I’m a lover of lists after all) and to make New Year’s Even Plans ahead of time.  I always seem to forget to do it and making plans last minute never ceases to be frustrating and difficult.  Do you have any tips to help make the Holidays a little more merry and bright?

A Weekend Away

I’m making a run for it

Thursday I’m heading to San Francisco to visit my good friends and escape the Florida heat.  It’s a short trip but a long distance which means that a strategically packed carry-on bag is a must.  Here’s what I’ll be bringing on my flight:

  • At least two books.  I’m choosing between The Catcher in the Rye, Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
  • A neck pillow- I found this one but it might be a bit too ridiculous.)
  • A blanket- I bought a small fleece children’s blanket from Brookstone a few years ago and now I don’t get on a flight without it.  It’s the perfect size.
  • Cozy Socks- I don’t know about you, but my toes always freeze mid-flight.
  • This is basically like a shower in a can.  You’ll look and feel refreshed and no one will ever know that you spent five hours in a middle seat crammed between two men three times your size.
  • SNACKS- Enough said.
  • Headphones- I have the utmost sympathy for the baby experiencing airplane ear aches but four hours of crying is both heartbreaking and head splitting.

Those are my essentials that I always always bring.  I recently stumbled across these and I’m dying to try one.  I have a feeling they make excellent stocking stuffers too (for those of you that plan ahead).  What are your travel necessities?

Playing Dress Up

This week I got to take off my recent uniform of tattered jeans and t shirts and trade them in for a dress and heels to go to a charity gala with a few friends.  Don’t get me wrong, I will happily live in jeans and tees for the rest of my life but there’s something refreshing about dressing up, don’t you think?  Every now and then indulging in the rituals associated with spending to much time getting ready is nice.

When I get the chance, I block of an hour or even an hour and a half and relish the act of getting ready for something.  I’ll take a bath (this week I used this) and shave my legs, maybe even do a face mask.  I’ll sit in my robe, put on some music and survey outfit and shoe options then I’ll migrate back to my bathroom and start in on hair an makeup.

Maybe it’s self-indulgent, but I think every now and then it’s nice to spend some time getting ready.  It makes the actual event you’re getting ready for feel even more special, don’t you agree?  How do you dress up?

Would You Ever Have a Monochrome Closet?

Image Courtesy of Oracle Fox

One of the integral parts of moving is decluttering.  Parting with items in my closet has always been a challenge for me.  I have an eminent fear of consigner’s regret.  This being said, I almost always have the feeling that I’ve got a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear.  As I begin to go through my closet, I find myself wishing that I could throw (almost) everything away and start all over.  I’m starting to realize that it’s not so much that I don’t like the fuchsia silk blouse I bought two years ago and have worn four times, it’s that I don’t have much that matches with fuchsia.  This is where the monochrome closet comes in to save the day.

A monochrome closet sticks to the same palette thus, everything matches.  All you have to do is mix and match your pieces.  Sounds kind of blissful, doesn’t it?  I don’t know if I could fully commit to starting all over though, could you?  What do you’d think about this?  Let me know!

 

Happy Friday!

Diane Keaton and Woody Allen, Annie Hall (1977)

 

Hi Everyone!

Let me start by saying, I’m sorry I stood you up.  We have this deal that I’ll be there on Mondays and I wasn’t and I’m sorry.  To make up for it, here are some little gems I saw on the web this week that I absolutely had to share.  I’ve got a well balanced weekend planned of equal parts work and play.  Saturday will be spent at a food and wine festival and Sunday my friend and I have scheduled an indulgent afternoon and a local spa.  In between, I will be purging my kitchen and, much to my chagrin, my closet.  I’ll also be spending some quality time with my storage unit sorting through junk and probably combating the bugs that have nested in said storage unit.  What do you have planned?

 

With the holidays coming up these books look like such great gifts.  I’d love to have a whole library filled with these collections.  I’d also just love to have a library…

I’m just about to finish this book.  It’s a fun and quick read filled with lots of wit and honesty.

This movie just came out and I’m dying to see it.

This video with Bryan Cranston and Stephen Colbert is absolutely dynamite.

If you’re a sucker for romantic moments, you should read some of these ring stories from Stone Fox Bride.  The rings are unique and the stories are human and lovely.

I thought this quiz was kind of neat.  I got Debbie Harry, what about you?

I think I might try these before I got to bed tonight.

Bulldogs have the best advice.

I love candles and I especially love these new ones from Diptyque.  They’re pricey but they last forever and they smell AMAZING.

I hope you have an absolutely wonderful weekend.  See you Monday, I promise.  Tell me what you’re up to!

xo

Courtney