Wednesday, November 26, 2014


… that's how I feel this year…. not just a half-hearted 'let's say grace' kind of thankful; but an overwhelming, trumpet sounding, bring you to your knees kind of gratefulness…  and not just for the big momentous things which are captured in stamped passports, good report cards, framed certificates and pretty photo albums (which are all great); but even more so for the simple treasures of budding friendships, birds chirping, familiar voices, real hugs… love… hope... and the gift of another perfectly imperfect day….   

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good. His love endures forever.  Psalm 136:1

Wishing all our fellow turkeys out there a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Share the love...

In my experience, there are few things that can lift the spirits more than doing something nice for others… especially when they aren't expecting it.  Love this simple idea of sharing gratefulness and love by gifting friends a loaf of bread or other treat with this adorable free printable.

 … sure would make a great hostess gift for that sweet gal or guy cooking your Thanksgiving bird this year too… :)  A couple tried and true recipes here and here.

Monday, November 24, 2014


Man, this is the toughest week to be an American expat living abroad as there are few things I love more than the Thanksgiving holiday.   Having friends and family gathered around my dining room table any time of year; with candles flickering and a fire crackling in the fireplace; lively chatter and laughter interspersed between bites of hearty casseroles or homemade pie is pretty much my idea of bliss.  And while I appreciate a fancy "pull out all the stops" china and flower arrangements type of shin-dig; my true tendency, if I were hosting, is to keep it simple… a little something like this….

… a few votives, simple fragrant greens…. 

Alas, we will be spending Thanksgiving in London this year.  My guy has to work; so I've hunted down a restaurant serving 'American Thanksgiving' for the girls and I.  And while it will probably not come close to satisfying our taste buds (i.e. how could they possibly compete with mom's cornbread dressing or sweet potato casserole); it will at least help us feel connected to that beloved tradition of stopping to give thanks for all the goodness in our lives… which is worth celebrating wherever we are.

… until we can gather again.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Holiday Decor: Chalet Style

Well, based on this week's weather; it looks like a lot of folks are in for another cold and snowy winter!  …. which hopefully means lots of cozying up indoors by a fire; drinking hot cocoa.  Here are a few of my picks for making your home feel a little more like a warm, inviting chalet this holiday season… 

boxwood wreath, striped stocking, tree basket, buffalo check mug, ornament, moravian star light, leopard faux fur throw; St. Moritz print, striped candles, coasters, table runner, wrapping paper, tartan pillow, tinsel

… now, here's to trying to keep all the "bah-humbugging' at Old Man Winter to a minimum. :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Party Animal...

…. ha!  That definitely doesn't describe me as I tend to turn into a pumpkin fall asleep before midnight... but I do love holiday gatherings with family and friends (not to mention a glass of bubbly).  I also don't mind having a reason to throw aside my casual daily uniform in favor of a something a little more festive.  I usually just buy one piece each season to mix and match with items already in my closet…. and this year's pick is definitely a party skirt… I love their femininity and how easily they pair with a simple button down or thin weight sweater and a pair of heels...


Ofcourse, you could go chic with an all black monochromatic look but I've opted for a splash of cheer in the holiday's signature color… bright red which I'll pair with a crisp white or tartan button down or a hot pink sweater and a pretty bauble or two...

Anything on your holiday party fashion wish list?