December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

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At last, after six months that seemed to breeze by in an instant, the holidays are here. Career has left little no spare time as of late. And so, I haven’t been able to properly update this little space that I love and which gives me such joy. The holiday season is one of my favorites and I’m looking forward to savoring the small joys of the season. 

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In many ways, my Christmas wishes have already been answered in….

  • A lovely holiday note of gratitude from a student I mentored a few years ago.
  • Countless acts of generosity that led to a successful December benefit for a favorite cause.
  • The kind compliments of a colleague who unbeknownst to me had been secretly admiring my leadership style. 
  •  Family, good friends and a well-deserved break.
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I wish you all a Merry Christmas! As always, thank you for your unending support. I am forever grateful. Enjoy the celebrations. 

December 6, 2012

Gift: The Luxe Notebook

Courtesy of Garance Dore 

It’s that time of year. The holiday season is one of my favorites. It’s all about spending quality time with family, festive evening gatherings, gorgeous decorations all over the city, generosity, and goodwill… A few lovely readers asked about my favorite items to give. I’m not one for gift guides and wish lists, but I figured I would devote a few posts to items I’m looking forward to gifting this season.

I’m a perfectionist about most things. I love indulging loved ones. Writing a note of gratitude. Meticulously wrapping beautiful packages and parcels. The art of the well thought out gift. My favorite things to gift have been books and items picked up on my travels. Admittedly, I have a difficult time not instantly sharing books and travel finds. 

I think Oscar Wilde said it best. I always travel with a notebook. Perfect for quick sketches, endless notes and all the things that come to mind when I have the luxury of quiet. To me there’s something very satisfying about pen and paper. And yes, it’s always fun to go back and read through my notes. The items below are dedicated to the jet-setters in my life. 

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Courtesy of Hermes and Debrett

Courtesy of Net A Porter

** Moleskines, along with notebooks from Muji and Archie Grand are perennial favorites that make great stocking stuffers.

How is your holiday planning going?