Weekend Tidbits - Holiday Entertaining

A flower arrangement in festive holiday colors.

Wine glasses at the ready for my guests.

Whimsical cocktail napkins "wine goes with everything I wear".

Delicious (and easy to make) hot artichoke dip made from this Martha Stewart recipe.

Cured meats from The Butcher Shop.

Decadent cheese plate from South End Formaggio.

And finally, sausage, peppers and onions served with rigatoni and homemade tomato sauce.



Outfit details: J Crew sweater, Banana Republic trousers, Chanel flats, Miu Miu bag, Milly jacket, Elisha Daniels and Chanel necklaces, Hermes bangle

Oh how fond I am of the tan and black color combo with the pop of red (see another version here).  There's just nothing that I don't like from J Crew lately and this sweater is no exception.  The red jacket from Milly for me is the perfect something extra I need.

Thanks for your kind words yesterday.  We all have our bad days and sometimes good comes out of the bad.  For me, the good was getting a big of reinvigoration.  Besides, it's Friday now and what's bad about that, right?




I'm having a tough week with all of life's pressures and I had a bit of a meltdown.  It happens to all of us  and those things I can't control, I'll live with and those that I can, I'll work to make better.  But having said that fashion is an escape for me and a means of perking up.  This past weekend, my mom and I watched the Bill Cunningham New York movie.  I had seen it when it was in the theater and even on the second viewing, I found myself smiling throughout.  Bill Cunningham said it best when he said "fashion is the armor to survive the reality of every day life".  For me, words could not be more true. 

Outfit details: Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent top, Banana Republic trousers, Valentino shoes, Miu Miu bag, Milly jacket, Chanel pin, Hermes bangle

A bright pop of color always lifts me up and even though I wore a lot of black, the bright green was just what I needed.  I love this Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent blouse for the detachable fringe scarf and its assymetric hem.  I bought it last weekend from a darling boutique on Newbury Street called Dress (and by the way they currently have 15% off of EVERYTHING).  Dress carries lots of great designers like Equipment, ADAM, Tucker to name just a few. 

Oh blog reader, does fashion bring you out of a funk too? 



Outfit details: J Crew sweater and skirt, Equipment blouse, Me Too booties, Celine bag, Hermes scarf, J Crew necklace, DKNY tights, Tahari coat

The day I wore this outfit, I just got dressed like any other day.  I had forgotten that I had this orange cashmere J Crew sweater in my closet and decided to double down on the orange with the J Crew pencil skirt.  I was going about my daily life and received several comments on how bright I was.  I thought to myself how this is just what I wear;  somedays it's all neutrals and others I overdose on color.

I love layering with an Equipment blouse, especially a sheer one like this.  They are perfect for those sweaters and jackets with sleeves that are less than full length.  I topped it all with a navy Tahari jacket with ruffle details.


J Crew Cardigan on Repeat

Outfit details: J Crew cardigan (get it here), Zara trousers, Zara shoes (find them here), Hermes belt, Stella McCartney bag (get it here), Chanel and J Crew necklaces, Zara jacket (old)

I can't get enough of this J Crew cardigan and I love it paired with these red Zara trousers from last spring.  Plus the black and tan of the sweater pairs perfectly with these cap toe Zara shoes.

And to follow up on my recent post on the Tom Ford lipsticks (here) this is the nude vanile on (you can get it here).