Good morning! Welcome to my Five Faves this week with Annie and Cindy. Today I’m going to wrap presents to take with us for our family trip to Palm Springs, California for Christmas. And I’ll start a little packing for it which will include a “Comfortably Festive At Home Christmas Outfit.” We won’t be doing anything really dressy…how about you?
I’ve been taking it easy as I came down with a terrible cold and cough this past week. I took a Covid test to make sure I wasn’t contagious (it was negative) and basically stayed in bed for two days. Just have a lingering cough. How are you feeling?
1. Bay Leaf Wreath
My friend, Liana gave me this square bay leaf wreath that I have hanging in the kitchen. We’ve snipped a few of the leaves for spaghetti sauce or to use in my pickled carrot recipe (did you see that post for homemade gifts? So many great ideas!).
This wreath is a gift that I will leave up after Christmas by just removing the bow!
2. What to Read “Malibu Rising”
While recuperating, I finished this entertaining book on tape from the library. I learned of it on The Today Show: Jenna’s Book Club recommendations. It takes place in the ’80s when I lived close to Malibu in Santa Monica. Not great literature but a fun read.
“Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, the family drama that ensues will change their lives will change forever.”
3. Festive At Home Holiday Outfit
As I mentioned, we are renting a condo in Palm Springs, CA for Christmas. We will have a lot of family there, so it will be fun!
It will be warmer during the day but chilly at night. I’m going to be wearing a comfortable outfit like this at home. The only new item for me: the beaded ballet flats (that I ordered)…and possibly the earrings to be a little festive with my hair pulled back.
red ribbed turtleneck • I have two pairs of these high-rise leggings (I wear a petite 8) • Black vest Good extra layer• LOVE my new Dior Rouge 999 Velvet lipstick for when I want to feel like a French girl (say in an LBD or jeans and a white buttondown)…makes a nice gift. • beaded ballet flats
Speaking of red turtlenecks… did you see how great 89-year-old Rita Moreno looked on the news talking about the new West Side Story?
4. Cute Face Masks
My friend Kim from Northern California Style says she throws her face masks into the laundry each night. Great idea. I was admiring her mask at lunch recently. These below are Masks By MRE. Since we are wearing them in SF and on airplanes, I’m going to order some more!
5. What To Watch: “King Richard”
BIG THUMBS UP. Howard and I watched King Richard on Friday night on HBO Max at home. Will Smith is amazing as the father of Venus and Serena Williams. Actually, the whole cast is great. And what an inspiring true story! It would be nice to see it again in a theater.
Those are some good things including a Festive At Home Christmas Outfit, and what to watch and read!
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Let’s see what Annie and Cindy’s Five Faves are this week: