Just last week I wrote about how hard it is to plant my feet in November. That’s why this month’s Nine Finds is a bit in between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Sorry, guys. It’s just that when all the catalogs are sending me their holiday look books, I bow to the pressure. Can we make a pact to be thankful AND start our Christmas shopping? Descriptions go left to right, top to bottom.
- I am in the market for a new winter hat after snagging this coat earlier in the fall. I can’t resist the faux-fur pom-pom on the top of this beanie from JCrew—a touch of cashmere makes it delicious. The orangey-red color is a good shade for my blond hair and pale skin, but Vintage Champagne would be flattering too.
- Growing up, my Grandma Sanna always had fresh flowers in her home. I must have adopted her sentiment because I love having live blooms on my kitchen table year round. Enter Bouqs Bouquet of the Month. Their subscription service ensures fresh flowers can be delivered to your home weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, and their farm-to-table promise means that blooms ship from sustainable, eco-friendly farms directly to you with no middle man. They even have a calendar for you to enter all your bouquet-worthy dates (anniversaries, birthdays, etc) and they will auto-ship your gifts. Ladies, forward everything I just wrote to your husbands PRONTO.
- Graham and I have a little trip we’re planning in December that has me SO excited, and I recently scored this pink chiffon dress from H&M for $40 to pack in my suitcase. I can’t wait to pair it with black ankle boots and sparkly baubles for a night out on the town. But for now, shhh! It’s a surprise!
- I’ve been on the hunt for a good cocktail ring for a while now, and thanks to Emily Schuman from Cupcakes and Cashmere I’ve been charmed by this rose gold pave snake ring. As much as I enjoy wearing a beautiful statement necklace, I’d love to swap in a ring this holiday season for a little variety.
- This Christmas marks our 7th year using holiday cards from Minted, a stationary company I just adore. Minted contracts with independent artists and graphic designers to sell their creations to a larger market. The designs vary from minimal to elaborate, the paper weight is heavenly, and the offers are appealing. Often, I receive free address printing on my envelopes which is a complete life-saver at the holidays, and I never buy without getting a deal. Right now, Minted is offering 20% off all foil-pressed cards. Tip: Try something new this year and send a Thanksgiving card as seen above with a favorite turkey-day recipe on the back.
- We’re usually a barefoot kind of family, but the weather is getting colder and it’s time to suit everyone up in socks and shoes, including the babe. My sister-in-law turned me on to the baby moccasins by Freshly Picked, and I have been drooling over the many patterns and colors for Winnie’s first official pair of shoes.
- Fresh off the presses, Chip and Joanna’s Hearth and Hand line is making waves (and selling out!) at Target. This 11×14 tote bag is just $19.99 and only available in stores. I love the black and tobacco brown combo, but my goodness, the gray is so yummy too.
- When my oldest turned 2, she got a wooden stand-up market from Land of Nod, and that thing is still as sturdy as ever 9 years and 4 kids later. From the same company, this darling French cafe would make a beloved make-believe piece for any family. Best of all, with a quick changing of the signs (included), the Parisian coffee shop can turn into an all-American BBQ restaurant in two shakes of a piggy tail.
- I have admired White House photojournalist Pete Souza’s work for many years and followed his Instagram feed regularly as he documented the behind-the-scenes life of U.S. president Barack Obama while in office (he was also the Chief Official White House Photographer for Ronald Reagan). Souza’s newest work, Obama: An Intimate Portrait, comes out today and I can’t wait to see what photos made the book. His interview on NPR’s Fresh Air airs this morning and he is beginning a book tour this week—we may go for a signing next month at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.