I hope you are doing well. Can’t believe Christmas is almost here! Here are some good things for the holidays and beyond on my radar right now…
Watch the video for these Stunning Cookies from the NY Times. I want to make them all like…
You could bring cookies to your next gathering as a gift on these inexpensive melamine plates from Target (less than $3).
If you buy these shoes (with quilted memory insoles), they may be all you want to wear. I bought the cheetah print and then bought these black calf hair loafers, which I see are sold out online but there are others, like the black velvet. I usually wear a 7 or 7.5 and in Birdies, I’m a 7.5. By the way, that is my client’s vintage wool rug that’s staying while we spruce up the rest of her living room.
Last week, my friend JoAnn and I went to the Legion of Honor museum here in San Francisco to visit the James Tissot exhibit “Fashion and Faith”. Here are some close-ups of a couple of paintings.
Can you believe the level of detail!? Tissot’s life story is interesting…we rented the headsets. The exhibit is open until Feb. 9.
Are you familiar with Frette, the Italian luxury linen line? I knew of them primarily from when I’ve gotten to stay in high end hotels (like when you see a Frette label, you know it’s five star). So when they asked me to visit their Palo Alto, California store and instagram about it for a set of sheets, I said sure. And guess what? It was a fun visit to the beautiful store, friendly staff and even free parking (we don’t get that in SF). I bought a gift and they wrapped it in that beautiful blue.
At this time of year when everything seems so fast-paced, it’s good to center yourself. Here is what I am reminding myself (and sorry for being wordy here).
- Stop being judgmental. Don’t try to “elevate” yourself by putting someone else down. Sometimes I catch myself (I am ashamed to admit) with a critical thought. Then I have to remind myself that everyone has an amazing worth. God loves us all. And I can certainly improve.
- Have a positive outlook. Wake up, take a deep breath and appreciate your blessings. My husband always sees the glass half full. If there is a 50% chance of rain and he will say hey, it’s 50% sunny today. I know life is scary and hard. But if you are grateful…you will have a positive outlook.
- Choose joy. This is hard for me to remember. I can get down like everyone (especially in Bay Area traffic). But this is hand in hand with being grateful for what you have. And when all else fails, crank up some favorite music and smile. Or pray or meditate. Or hug someone. Or ask for a hug.
- Surround yourself with the people who love you. If they don’t love you at your most vulnerable, then reconsider. Try your best to be compassionate and kind but focus on the ones who love you.
- Be courageous. I watched this interesting show on Netflix. Brené Brown The Call To Courage. She talks about what it takes to choose courage over security and how positive outcomes are achieved. With her own personal stories, it makes me want to push out of my shell a little more each day.
- Find your volunteer mission. Where would you like to help? I’ve done some volunteering for the homeless over the years. Not as much as I should but I think that since creating a home is important to me, it’s something I want to see for others. We have a huge problem here in San Francisco (and in many areas in California). I will do what I can, especially in the new year.
The greenery is from Trader Joe’s. And those are good things for the holidays!