Happy November! The holiday season is officially here. I feel so much excitement for all that is coming. Of course, I already feel so behind, but nothing new there. But aside from feeling overwhelmed, I also feel so happy. This is such a special time of year!
As I type away tonight, I just finished up shooting our 2023 Thanksgiving menu. This year’s theme is Simple, Cozy, and Delicious. I crafted my menu with ease in mind. After many years of preparing for Thanksgiving, I’ve come to the realization that anything too fussy is not worth the trouble. Instead, I’m including really delicious recipes, that can be easily prepared and most importantly, that everyone will enjoy. I’m really excited to share this year’s menu, I’m hoping it’s what we’re all looking for!
I’m super happy I was able to get the menu all photographed and settled before heading to New York. I’ll be in the city for the week. I’ve got a handful of work events including our Snif Ulta Beauty event and our Williams-Sonoma signing. Both of which I CAN’T WAIT for. The Ulta Beauty event is this Wednesday at the Herald Square store in New York. Then on Thursday, I’ll be at the Williams-Sonoma store in Short Hills, New Jersey.
When we had our Chicago signing, I was able to do a giveaway for everyone who attended. For this signing, we’re going to be doing the same! It will be fun and I love meeting you all. It really makes me so happy getting to interact with you in person. If you’re in New York or New Jersey, please come out and say hi!
Details for both events are below:
Snif Ulta Beauty Meet Greet – Wednesday, November 8th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Tickets are FREE but only the first 150 to show up with a ticket are guaranteed access to the meet-and-greet opportunities.
Get your tickets for the event here.
Williams Sonoma Short Hills, New Jersey – Thursday, November 9th 6:00 pm
Reserve your tickets here.
All books will be signed, looking forward to this so much!
What else to update you on? Oh, how about Oslo, he had an amazing Halloween. He just loved going up to each storefront on our town’s main street collecting candy. He is just the sweetest little boy! OH, and this is kind of fun news, Asher is now a brunette. She needed a change of pace. She looks so pretty with light brown hair. When I was her age I never would have been brave enough to make such a change. I love how daring she is!
Speaking of Asher she has been a huge help to me these last few weeks, months, the entire year really. She is so caring and genuinely happy to help. I feel so grateful for her! My mom and I have something very special planned for her this Christmas, I can’t wait! I know she will love it.
I also have to say a big thank you to everyone who has been supporting our Snif candle collaboration. It’s been one of my favorite projects to be lucky enough to create. The gingerbread smash candle is now out!! It’s truly the essence of Christmas! Like fresh gingerbread cookies baking away all day long.
That’s all I have for today! Enjoy another Sunday Favorites and Happy November!
1. Things i’m loving, wanting, and excited to try.
reading…the Goop gifts guides. There are so many!
everything in my cart (low)…I have a sweater that looks identical to this Fairisle Wedge Crew Sweater, but at triple the price. This is the best designer-like-looking sweater, super cute.
Everyone needs a pair of cashmere socks. We love these cute cashmere blend trouser socks at J Crew (30% off with code FRIENDS).
shopping…Amazon Home. I found some really cute holiday entertaining pieces for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
wanting…Activist raw manuka honey. Manuka honey is said to have amazing health benefits. I need to start using it.
everything in my cart (beauty)…RMS Beauty always carries my favorite products. This lip pencil is wonderful.
For gifting, the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk On the Go Kit, is fun and cute.
And from Amazon, these all would make amazing gifts!
gifting…the Papier stationery advent calendar. Gift this to anyone who thrives on planning and organization.
everything in my cart (high)…well, this isn’t actually in my cart, but I think this men’s Suede jacket from Prada is so handsome. Love the new Bottega Veneta Medium Gemelli Shoulder bag. On my Christmas list and this Cartier Baignoire de Cartier Watchis pretty. Way too much, but pretty.
drinking…espresso martinis. I’m so into them right now. I want to make both my vanilla espresso martini and chai espresso martini again very soon! Plus, I have a new one coming this December that I can’t wait to share!
2. October’s most popular recipes.
Also have to mention:
Everyone’s favorite pumpkin recipe:+
Our favorite drink: Cranberry Bourbon Sour
3. Cute holiday stockings
4. What gifts do you love to give?
As we enter the season of gifting, I’d love to know what gifts you love to give. I struggle with receiving gifts, but one of the things I love most, and I really do mean LOVE, is giving someone the perfect gift.
If I’m gifting to someone I don’t know well, my go-to is a wonderful candle paired with a cute kitchen set or a fun custom board game. For the holidays, I honestly think the Half Baked Smash bundle in a gift basket with either a pie or baking goodies would be perfect. You could also do a cocktail-mixing must-haves basket. It would depend on who I’m gifting to as to which one I’d choose.
I’d love to hear some of your favorite gifts to give! I need some new hostess gift ideas!
Gifting doesn’t have to be something tangible or even cost anything. It can be as simple as the gift of quality time. Babysit a friend’s kids so they can have an hour or two to themselves. Volunteering at a friend or family member’s favorite charity. Cooking dinner for someone. Photo albums take time to put together, but they are so appreciated and fairly inexpensive.
Of course, you can also do a random act of kindness as a gift for someone who looks like they could use a pick-me-up. Buy someone a hot coffee or pumpkin spice latte – just because you can! Or carry some extra cheap gloves with you. Hand them out when you see someone who looks like they could use them.
Simple acts of kindness are almost always well-received!
Ok, ok, comments below, please!
5. The Quickest trip to New York.
On Tuesday I did a quick overnight trip to New York, flying in and out the next day. I was on Amazon Live for the launch of Gingerbread Smash. While I was there I shared how I create my holiday tables and how to use candles within your home. It was so much fun!
And now I’m already back in the city, this time for a slightly longer stay!
If you missed the Amazon Live, you can watch the full clip here.
(a warm and cozy welcome)
(every night – I am religious about skincare)
(legs up to reduce inflammation – increases circulation and helps with relaxation)
(movement every morning)
Amazon Live prep
(Amazon had such a nice display of the candles and books)
(the cutest Halloween night late-night snack at the hotel)
(cozy New York)
6. Thanksgiving Tip of the Week.
Tip: Think About Your Menu
A few things to consider when creating your 2023 Thanksgiving Menu. How much oven space do you have, how many people are you serving, and does anyone have any dietary restrictions?
Depending on how many leftovers you’d like, plan on anywhere from a pound to a pound and a half per person. If everyone is heading out the door at the end of the day, I would go closer to a pound per person. If your guests are staying through the weekend, go for a pound and a half. Bone-in breasts are a nice option if you don’t want to cook more than one turkey. Keep in mind, that if you’ve got a lot of sides, guests will probably eat less turkey.
Write down everything you need, who may be bringing dishes, etc. Tack the list on your fridge a few weeks before to stay organized.
7. Favorite links i’m loving.
8. Cozy Knits Under $100.
9. This week’s dinners + favorite weekend eats.