gift it away

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Yeah, we’ve baked for days and have pretty much gifted it all away. There’s been outfits, and parties, and travel.

Took a break from social media for a bit, know the holiday season even in the best of times can be trying and filled with emotion. So needed to hit pause, for myself and maybe for you.

It’s Christmas Eve day, and I’m tucked in with good food stock and wine. This man of mine I’ve been with for over thirty years has taught me to give and go beyond. So give and go we do.

Market run early this morning was fresh, and colorful. We’ll continue to roast, and bake, and celebrate. In the spirit of abundance, let’s all now gift it away.

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas.

xoxo

 

 

 

 

we’re all getting there

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Holiday production mode moving into higher gear for everyone.

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We’ve been trimming trees, hanging small white lights, and decorating with natural material and things we have on hand. You know we like the glow of small white votives, and pine cones and greenery can spruce up anything.

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Started some baking detail today, and this huge spool of red and white twine is just the thing to wrap small loaves in parchment for gifting.

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Day by day, we’re all getting there.

Special heartfelt prayers for families and friends that really need love, strength, and a warm glow.

three small steps

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No staff here, nary even a committee. We believe, yet getting there can feel huge.

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Yesterday, wore some new red shoes to the office.

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Today, picked up a pair of white poinsettia to bookend the fireplace and a pair of ivy topiary for the countertop of home central. White and green, we can do that all season long.

Three small steps, and so it begins.

No gift guides here, simply some amateur photography, peace and good will.

Happy Friday everyone. xoxo

coconut cake with tea lights

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Monday night, 6:15 pm, and wickedly procrastinating about putting together some dinner. Long weekend was a food and drink fest, always serving in the double digits. Second daughter turned twenty-four Sunday, and as usual we celebrated with a dinner at home.

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Food is looking robust, night before we were doing cocktails and champagne, thank you Gabby and Danny.

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Love the balloons.

Stuffed some chicken breasts with local herbed chèvre and basil leaves, stove top roasted tomatoes, peas, and quinoa.

Cake was homemade, four sticks of butter with the cream cheese frosting, butter is love. Found we were out of candles and couldn’t bear another grocery visit so simply stuck a red rose on top and surrounded the platter with tea lights.

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We did pick up some new dishes, grey, and grey linen napkins. Dishes are french, and like the ones we’ve loved and used for years, simply a new color.

It’s always double Monday after a long holiday.

Happy Birthday Booie. xoxo

(couldn’t get the post up yesterday, way too exhausted).

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Okay, Tuesday night, 7:24 pm, and waiting for the teens to get home to have pan sauteed scallops and sugar snap peas and they are now looking pretty sorry.

When you’re the one that makes the house hum you’ve just gotta go with it- coconut cake still sitting around yet those scallops can’t wait.

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Every day dress and coconut cake with tea lights. xoxo

some new makeup

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We like some makeup, not a lot of makeup. In fact, it’s kind of our ethos here: put on some makeup.

As we’re living with two teens and a make-up loving young adult, our kit is usually MIA, really can never even find mascara. Went out and picked up these things here, all Bobbi Brown. We like her mojo, ‘The secret to beauty is simple: be who you are.” And, she wears lots of denim. Natural looking makeup and a lipstick that looks like lips, count us in. Bobbi, thank you.

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It’s eve of Thanksgiving eve and if you’re wondering this is what our kitchen really looks like. xoxo

 

meet me here

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Always moving and working to make good things happen, I was recently asked ‘what do you do all day after you drop your daughter at school?’. And she’s youngest of six.

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Like women (and men) all over, plenty.

Really no need to list it all, we all get it, I think. And with that thought this post is titled meet me here.

Kind of where I like to meet all the humans in my life, where they are, doing their best.

Now, some style notes: had my momma take this photo outside of our work space, at the bus stop. She likes the pink silk, not so much the rips. Promised myself that I was not buying one more pair of denim with rips at the knee, yet this was the favorite Emerson fit, and there was embroidery. Sold. Thank you Juliana and Tony Walker & Co. As for the blouse, you know, what we do most days, Worth New York. They show it looking fab all tied up in a bow, we style it kind of rogue, a loose square knot with sleeves all rolled up. Momma, we always try to wear good shoes, especially with our rips. 🙂

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Every day dress, meet me here, and I’ll meet you there too, wherever you are at that time. xoxo

Powder Pink Charmeuse Tie Neck Blouse | Worth New York

Citizens of Humanity Emerson | @ Tony Walker & Co

Bag | Vintage Hermes | Heritage Auctions

Shoe | Christian Louboutin

photos aren’t perfect, this is the every day 

event dressing with separates

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Start your engines, it’s go-go time with event dressing. While we adore a great dress, separates give us wardrobe miles.

As we’re back working trunk through November 10th, (the entire month of October was a wipeout with a wicked head thing), here are a few Worth New York images for outfit inspiration:

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the black taffeta ball skirt is a carryover from last winter, 

already have that piece in the wardrobe rotation

thinking of adding that decadent black cutaway for an upcoming gala

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LOVE the simply red taffeta pieces,

and how about that one shouldered cashmere sweater 

with a pair of jeans after the party?

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navy velvet slip dress with navy velvet pant?

fashion forward worn together, as separates simply stunning

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gorgeous beaded top, after the party why not back to denim?

amazing Valentina pant in navy that can go desk to dinner to event anywhere…

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putting in your gym time? show it off in gold lame…

again, that navy Valentina pant, we love separates that go places…

professional images all Worth New York

We’re booking style sessions so you can look your best now and after the big night. We have all this and more including some gorgeous stretch silk taffeta blouses in colors like Verde and True Blue. (we all love a little stretch). Over are the days when you just want to get home to take off your clothes, or not. 🙂 www.worthnewyork.com/rebecca-collins

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in the office and unless it’s a great dress of course we’re wearing separates

and often black while the focus is on what YOU are wearing

get your fishnets on

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It seems every five years or so fishnets are back on, although Carine always rocks them.

We love them as they disguise some of the good times we’ve had with our legs.

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We always love a strong boot with a dress, not for everyone, we know, happy that trend is happening now too. So much easier to get around town when you can walk strong.

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We love a good little bomber jacket with a dress as well, especially in plush chenille, and more so when it has a hood. Sixteen year old daughter promptly picked that one up, might not see it again. Guess that’s okay, keeps her warm while she’s learning to drive.

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Professionally we’ll be working trunk again, this weekend through Thursday, November 11th. Give us a ring, we’d love to share the best fishnet source out there.

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Every day dress and get your fishnets on. xoxo

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