It’s time for my Five Faves, including margaritas, Maxi Dresses, and gifts under $50 to make staying at home stylish. It’s not that easy to stay upbeat after finding out that we are on lockdown again here in San Francisco. BUT gratitude is key. I am grateful for you!
Five Faves: Margaritas, Maxi Dresses, Chic Gifts
Here are ways to make staying at home a bit more festive around the holidays.
1. Maxi Dresses
Maxi dresses are the way to go to feel comfortable and festive. My tiered dress with pockets is from Anthropologie (almost sold out) but there are more here. Alexandra’s dress is by Staud only available in black right now.
2. TC’s Fresh Lime Margaritas
Note: we just used lime juice this time but it is great with fresh orange juice too. We like to use Tajin Margarita salt for a little spice.
These tangy margaritas are delicious! But they pack a punch!
- 2 ounces premium tequila
- 1.5 ounces Cointreau or other Orange Flavored Liqueur
- 1 tbs. Simple Syrup (or more to taste) from the Grocery Store
- 3 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice Regular or Mexican limes
- 3 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice Regular or Blood Orange Juice
Place all ingredients into a martini shaker with ice. Shake well.
Pour over ice in salt-rimmed glasses.
Garnish with a thin slice of orange and/or lime.
3. Chic Under $50 Gifts to Elevate Our At-Home Dining
This was a popular post a couple of years ago that I completely updated. With all our dining at home…it’s nice to make it special.
Chic Retro Cocktail Glass • Rose Gold Cocktail Shaker by Monique Lhuillier • Magnifico Wine Decanter • Wooden Serving Plank • Nifty Napkins Set of Six •Elegant Marble and Brass Cheese Servers • Urban Map Glass (Pick The Recipient’s Favorite Cities in the U. S.) • Marble and Wood Serving Board •Modern Comfort Food • Fine Specialty Cheeses From North Of SF • HoneyComb Block That Elevates Any Cheese Board
Classy Monogrammed Paper Guest Towels • Artisanal 5″ Bowls That Could Be Used For Nuts Or Small Dessert Servings • Handsome Wine Bucket • French Looking Retro Flutes • Contemporary Silvered Tray • Classic White Platter (entertaining staple) • Linen Napkins • Pretty Neutral Dishtowels • Skillet Love Cookbook • Marble Wine Cooler (trés chic) • Pinstripe Apron
4. The Faces Of Homelessness
Helping the Homeless (or “unhoused” or whatever is politically correct) is close to my heart as I have always wanted to create homes that make people comfortable. It’s also a byproduct of our many moves (back and forth across the U.S. and to France) and trying to create a home wherever we lived. Sometimes when I see a homeless person, I think that could be my son or daughter, or me!
When we lived in Fort Lauderdale, Alexandra and I volunteered at Broward Partnership. It’s a great organization to help people get back on their feet again. We worked in the kitchen and babysat children while their parents were at classes. Once I saw someone who graduated from the shelter working at Target and we both felt proud.
In San Francisco, the first time I went for my volunteer shift at St. Anthony’s (in a rough part of the Tenderloin), a community ambassador in a uniform asked if he could help me. I asked for directions and he sent me to the Social Work Center. He treated me with dignity, but I realized he thought I was homeless and needed assistance (I was in jeans and sneakers and didn’t bring a purse, or wear jewelry). “There but for the grace of God.”
It’s very disturbing to see the poverty on the streets. It’s a complicated problem. We must do better to improve the situation. I don’t have the answers, but I can lend support to people trying to feed and clothe individuals with immediate needs. With Covid this year, I am making a cash donation to St. Anthony’s.
Sorry, this is so long. Do you have a worthwhile organization that you feel strongly about? Especially this time of year?
5. What to Watch on Television
We finished the latest seasons of The Crown, Virgin River, and The Queens Gambit all on Netflix. If you like Star Wars as I do, you will love The Mandalorian on Disney +. It may be that Baby Yoda reminds us of Chief!
Have any new recommendations for us about what to watch on television?
Those were my Five Faves, including margaritas, Maxi Dresses, and gifts under $50 to make staying at home stylish.
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Take care. Find joy.