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    So I have some exciting news! Sam and I just booked a trip to Shanghai in two weeks and I'm so excited. I love seeing new places but I'm ...

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    HOLIDAY DECOR

    Sam and I spent the long weekend putting up our holiday decorations. This year we decided for a subtle color palette of metallics and neutral tones with accents of vintage glass ...

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    A COZY WELCOME

     One of my favorite holiday traditions is to invite friends over for Friendsgiving. Living in LA, a lot of our friends have family scattered all over the country, so ...

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Sam and I spent the long weekend putting up our holiday decorations. This year we decided for a subtle color palette of metallics and neutral tones with accents of vintage glass in pink and mint. For our wrapping paper I decided on these dark plaid and chevron patterns.  It has a more masculine feel buts looks really chic under the tree.  Below I’ve linked  more of my holiday decor picks. Shop now to take advantage of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.

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  • November 26, 2017 - 6:27 PM

    Mary - Your tree and decor look amazing! We just put ours up today, and I am kind of scared our dogs are going to pee on the tree skirt. Haha! Have you had any trouble with that?! This is our first Christmas with dogs!!
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    • November 27, 2017 - 9:24 AM

      Liz - I can’t lie, our dogs pee on it every year. I don’t know if it’s the smell of the fresh tree or what, but they can’t help themselves. I bought 4 of the same one a few years back and have been going through them.ReplyCancel

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    Lizzie Bee - I love the neutral tones you’ve gone for this year! I can’t wait to put my Christmas tree up, and that’s such a good idea to have the wrapping paper match! I’m tempted to do the same now…ReplyCancel

  • November 27, 2017 - 3:45 AM

    Marta - The decor looks really nice. I love the colour palette.ReplyCancel

  • November 27, 2017 - 5:10 AM

    Ellie - Looks so cosy!! I always love decorating for Christmas

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  • November 27, 2017 - 6:52 AM

    samantha - Everything is so festive! So fun!
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  • December 7, 2017 - 2:54 PM

    ivanasworld - Beautiful christmastree and decoration :)
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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families and friends.  I want to say thank you for being more than just readers but a beautifully uplifting community. This blog and everything I create is for you to enjoy. I would love to hear your thoughts on what you would like to see more of. Please let me know in the comments, I love hearing your feed back.

Below please enjoy  my Net-a-Porter Sale edit. I’ve picked out a selection of my top pieces, but make sure to pop over to their site to see over 6,000 items that are on sale.

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I love that faux fur is no longer just having a moment but has become a wardrobe staple season after season. I stopped wearing fur, even vintage, a few years ago. (It’s a personal choice and not one I think anyone else has to make.) One of the biggest downsides of not wearing fur is that it’s an easy way to stay warm. As someone who defines cold as anything below 75, finding coats that keep me warm can be a challenge. Enter in this beauty. I picked out this faux fur coat for our trip to Shanghai, but since we didn’t end up going I decided to shoot it in 90 degree weather on rooftop in downtown LA. It did its’ job at keeping me warm and then some.  I’m looking forward to wearing it on our one and only snowy vacation this winter.

Below I’ve picked out a selection of my favorite faux fur coats. Many of the stores have already launched their holiday sales and most of the coats are very reasonably priced.  Feel free to indulge in a little selfish shopping before you’re swamped with gift guides.

Wearing: Ei8ht Dreams, jeans – Levi’s, top – 3.1 Phillip Lim, shoes – Amélie Pichard, bag – Amélie Pichard, sunglasses – Elizabeth and James

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I found my perfect dress for Thanksgiving. The high neckline, delicate sleeves and charming print make this Rebecca Taylor number a dream.

As many of you probably noticed I am not in Shanghai like I was supposed to be for the Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Unfortunately, the stories being reported about the Chinese government denying visas to show attendees is true (read about it here). I, along with other bloggers and the likes of Gigi Hadid and Katy Perry, was denied a visa and had to cancel our trip last minute. It was a huge disappointment because Sam and I had already planned out multiple dumpling tours, and even a dumpling cooking class for me to cure my unhealthy obsession with soup dumplings. I’m not sure when I will get another chance to go to China. However planning and thinking about a trip to a place so far away has put the travel bug back in me. As soon as we cancelled our trip, I immediately started thinking about our next destination.

Where have you guys always wanted to go? I’m thinking Sydney for my upcoming birthday or maybe Bali.

Wearing: Dress – c/o Rebecca Taylor, shoes – Windsor Smith, bag – Saint Laurent, earrings – c/o adornmonde

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Today I’m sharing my mom’s fool proof turkey recipe. I’ve watched her make this recipe every year for over 15 years. Roasting a giant turkey can seem intimidating but with the right recipe it’s actually easier than it seems. This is a French take on roasted turkey with Herbs de Provence, citrus, and fresh herbs providing the aromatic flavor. This was actually my very first time making this recipe without my mom. It turned out moist and full of flavor. If any of you decide to try out this recipe I’d love to hear how it goes.  Hope you enjoy your time with your family this coming week and be sure to check back for my best of Black Friday deals.

Ingredients:

1 turkey 13 to 15 pounds

2 oranges quartered

1 onion quartered

1 lemon quartered

6 sprigs Rosemary, divided

6 sprig sage, divided

6 sprigs oregano, divided

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature, divided

2 tablespoons herbs to Provence

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

Directions:

Heat oven to 400°F. Insert the orange, onion, lemon, and two sprigs each rosemary, sage and oregano into the cavity of your turkey.  Tie the legs together with kitchen string. In small bowl combine 1 stick of butter, herbs de Provence, olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread half the mixture under the turkey skin and the remainder over the breast, thighs, and wings. Place in roasting pan and cover with foil. Roast for 20 minutes. Add 3 cups of broth and the remaining herb sprigs and orange quarters.  Roast 40 minutes. Reduce oven to 350°F, remove foil. Add 1 cup of broth and return to oven for another 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until instant-read thermometer reads 175°F.  Baste the turkey with your broth every 30 minutes or so. Remove from pan.  Let’s stand 30 minutes before carving.  Serve and enjoy.

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