On this post, some holiday movies, cute festive tops from Anthropologie, books to gift, our Rails event and more..
It’s our Weekend Meandering time with Juliet and Elizabeth!
How’s things going? I hope you are taking the time to find a few sweet spots in the craziness. I Finally got a wreath up after my wreath I made at the fun workshop disintegrated. I’m just awful at crafts. I finally bought a basic wreath at my local Bunches florist and had them add this plaid ribbon..
I got my pink tree up finally and enjoying it! Marlo loves it too. I call it her tree and put little cat toys under the tree skirt for her to find.
This weekend, Griffin comes home for winter break from Utah! I am so excited..
I realized I haven’t had a drive to see the lights in the beautiful Willow Glen neighborhood yet. That’s a favorite family tradition in a gorgeous old neighborhood of well loved homes. My grandparents lived on Cherry Avenue when I was growing up and my papa (dad’s dad), built a track of homes there in the 1960’s. I think that’s why it has a special place in my heart. Do you have a pretty neighborhood you like to visit? We have also walked through the streets night bundled up with hot chocolate too. You can see all the details of the lovely homes better!
If you are in Willow Glen stop by stores! I love shopping down there. My mom would always take the boys for a book at the wonderful Hicklebee’s Books and we would get them an ornament each year from one of the little shops.
My favorite clothing shop BellaJames is down there right across from Hicklebee’s and I love the pajamas, and pretty clothes. There is still time to get a look like this that they shared Friday of me in their pretty washable silk top and pull-on satin skirt! Contact them to have them send it to you or pop by the store.
Twelve Days of Christmas Fun!
My friend E, who I adore and often share here ( including with her pretty brooches), does a ‘Twelve days of Christmas’ every year and plans something fun every night -12 days in a row. It inspires me and I asked her to share a little how she and her husband Todd started this fun tradition..
‘It started the first year of Covid as we were looking for a way to celebrate the season without being able to see family or friends. Todd suggested that we celebrate the 12 days of Christmas with each day doing something fun and festive.
Our favorite one has to be when we adopt a family. We team up with my sister and brother-in-law and are able to help a deserving family with rent, bills, clothes, car repairs, hygiene kits and of course gifts under a Christmas tree.
After that first year we were able to host people in person and that opened up new ideas like a hot chocolate bar with neighbors, spiked apple cider around the fire pit, jumping in a car to see holiday lights, gathering for the lighted boat parade in Santa Cruz.
No matter what we do, it fills our hearts with holiday spirit.’
I love how they worked in adopting a family, and surprising their neighbors with treats, into the fun.
I have a list of all my must watch Xmas films. I’d love to hear yours. My very favorite was always A Christmas Carol from 1984 with George C. Scott. I don’t know why that resonated with me, but even my brother said I got him hooked on it and he always watches it too. It’s so good. This is all the places you can stream it here.
This week, I saw a video on the the origin story of Scrooge, from Instagram creator, Scotland Unplugged. ( Scottish lovers might like following Robert’s account that shares Scottish history and scenery.)
Dickens was giving a lecture in 1841 in Edinburgh and on a stroll of the Royal Mile, he stopped at Cannongate Graveyard and noticed a tombstone reading ‘Here lies Ebeneezer Scroogie, a meal man’. Dickens misread it and thought it said ‘mean’ man. The truth was the actual man was famous for giving generous parties, but Dickens ran with the thought. He pondered how mean did you have to be to get it on your headstone? From that, his twist on the name and the man Scrooge was born.
After I shared his video, my Instagram pal Mary shared to a wonderful Christmas story that I somehow missed from 2017, starring Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens as Dickens..and the wonderful Christopher Plummer as Scrooge. I am adding this new one to our family movie night! It says it’s on Prime for free.
Anthropologie’s pretty holiday tops..
I saw this little sweatshirt at Anthropologie and was smitten. It’s a fun piece to wear through winter with a pair of jeans or one of those satin skirts or over a slip dress. I bought a medium and wore it with jeans, chandelier earrings and my pink metallic Vans this week out to a holiday lunch with friends.
A few other cool pieces Anthropolgie has for the holidays or New Years and beyond… Links in pics. The velvet shirt comes in so many colors. I adore the rose metallic t (more colors), and the blue jacquard looking sweater is beautiful in person ..and I can’t resist the eyelash sweater..
Have you seen Katie Spade’s sling back with corks on the heels? Made for New Years!
Last Minute Gift Books..
if you need a good book these are some of my favorites from the last year.
Rails Holiday Event..
My pal Jeanne and I had our Rails event this week and had a great afternoon with all the ladies that stopped by! The men’s clothes and ladies coats, were very popular. Our friend Minh came by and bought the gorgeous green Lore Coat, which looked amazing on her.
I loved this checked version of the coat and bought it too! It is kind of a statement piece and those are may favorite kind of coats you can just pop over a top and pant and you have a look.
Rails also has pjs that are so soft. I loved this tie-dye set, and there are 10 more color options, if you are looking for a nice set to gift to treat yourself to.
If you can, make a point to stop by Rails shops in SF’s Hayes Valley or at Stanford Shopping Center. I love this California company and you really need to see the clothes in person. They are beautiful, well-made and fun! The details always make their pieces stand out.
If you missed last weekend’s post I shared my holiday decor and a gift list for the guys that I have added to this week.
I’ll be taking a break from the blog for a few weeks. I hope to spend some downtime with the family and come back with some great ideas for the new year for you all. Elizabeth will still be blogging and I think Juliet may take a break too. I will still post on Instagram occasionally.
I just wanted to say thank you to each and every one of you who open this blog every week ! I so appreciate the comments and all your thoughts. Connecting with you all is truly my favorite part of it all!
Here’s to a beautiful holiday and a great 2024. I’ll see you all back here in a few weeks.
Love you guys!
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