Raines and I were in the grocery store on Sunday, trying to find something to make for dinner. The grocery store was an explosion of Christmas – it was almost disorienting, given our headspace right now – and I suddenly wanted to do something festive.
I marched over to the refrigerated section, and found Pillsbury sugar cookie dough, ready to be rolled out & baked. “Raines,” I said, “how about cookies before dinner?”
Gang, Pillsbury dough is never my move. I’m a bake-from-scratch kind of girl. I’m a let’s set a festive ‘creative table’ with frosting taste tests and 45 different kinds of sprinkles, and make a whole day of it kind of girl. But that girl can’t get her shit together this year, so my new move close enough.
So Raines and I went home with our Pillsbury dough (we threw a couple of gingerbread house kits in there for fun) and pulled out all of the old sprinkles I could find in the cabinets, realized I no longer had cookie cutters (where did they go?) so we used a knife, and I remembered how my mom used to make cookie frosting (powdered sugar, a tiny bit of milk, pinch of salt and a drop or two of almond extract). I ran around putting everything into little bowls (little bowls make everything look fancy – I can never have enough of these), approximated a ‘hot cocoa bar’, and by the time Mike & Pax got home from walking the dog, we had a Christmas extravaganza waiting for them.
Were the cookies good? Nah. But they weren’t bad, either. And for a couple of hours, the four of us sat around, cutting out cookies, decorating, and listening to Christmas music.
It was – exactly – what I needed.
Are Citizen’s the new, hot denim? I’ve been so annoyed with all of my usual designer denim brands lately (Mother, rag&bone, AGoldE) – none seem to be making anything I want to wear. And then here comes Citizens of Humanity, quietly churning out horseshoe jeans (Amy’s favorite, I like this wash), these seriously cool baggy jeans (also at Nordstrom in a pretty gray wash), and these French-editor straight leg jeans in a faded black (with a perfectly unskinny, straight-leg shape).
Snowy date night heels. I ordered several pairs of heeled Sorel boots during Black Friday, and these were my favorites. They’re ridiculously cute, and, thanks to the zipper, a little less narrow than the other Sorel heeled boots I tried. They look especially cute with my ivory, faux-leather puffer. (Mine is from GAP, but Anthro also has a good one.)
The boots. I don’t know what took me so long (this style has been around for years), but J.Crew’s Nordic Boots are currently packed in my suitcase. I ordered them last minute for our trip to Park City and was shocked: they’re comfortable, warm, and brimming with playful apres ski vibes. I went up a half-size and they’re perfect with cozy socks. I got the silver, but the tan (with red laces, swoon) was also calling my name. Honestly, the black would be really cute, too (love the polka-dot laces, or you could swap them out for red). Anyway, I highly recommend.
True to theme. Obviously I had to pack J.Crew’s apres ski sweatshirt and Naked Cashmere’s USASA sweater. I’m going to wear it as a midlayer. It’s like a softer version of those Perfect Moment ski sweaters. Runs small, tho. Size up one.
One statement sweater. I picked up this pearl-covered, rag&bone sweater last time Saks had a sale. The model photo is not great. In person, tho, this sweater is slouchy and nonchalantly cool – the pearls almost feel subversive – even though it’s still a festive, party sweater. I love it – it’s perfect to throw on with jeans (or faux-leather jeans) for a night out. If you don’t want to wait for the next sale, here’s a much more affordable dupe, and here’s a plus-size, affordable dupe.
I will continue: I’m very into this idea of one great statement sweater, so, for completeness, also check out this fluffy one from Anthro (seriously fun), this shimmery mesh one (also from Anthro – dead cool), STAUD’s mirrored turtleneck sweater (it’s the glam-casual combo for me), or even All Saint’s crystal-embellished sweatshirt.
Wait – this is amazing. Have you seen Madewell’s latest denim jumpsuit? It reminds me of a tuxedo, but in denim (technically, a super soft tencel lyocell blend) and it’s soooo coooool. It’s the kind of thing you could wear to work or to a party (40% off, too).
Oooo…these faux-fur lined Birkenstocks are the Birkenstock style with a back heel strap, if anyone has trouble walking around in normal Birkenstocks. (Faux-fur lined Birks of any kind are a must, especially for aging feet & hardwood floors. I wear mine around the house everyday – they make a huge difference.)
Fancy sprinkles. I want to make sure I have some fun sprinkles on hand the next time the cookie decorating mood strikes. These edible gold stars made our cookies look really sophisticated, I think the boys could really get into edible glitter, and this colorful, cut sugar is seriously fun. Or I might just get a pack from Fancy Sprinkles – these are wild, and would be cute hostess gifts, too.
Coobook ideas? Every year, Santa brings us books, and mine is typically a new cookbook that I curl up with and read all day. Last year it was Ripe Figs, and prior years winners were Love & Lemons Everyday and The Blue Zones Kitchen. I especially love when there’s some sort of additional angle – travel, a memoir, photos, something. Anyone have any recommendations for a beautiful cookbook (that also has some killer recipes)? I’m currently eyeing up Nothing Fancy, Latinisimo, or Apres All Day. Thoughts or suggestions??
Enjoy your weekend…