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Gab Loves: Holiday Cheer

Gab Loves: Holiday Cheer • @SavvyHome

Santa baby, slip these cheerful items under the tree for me… Just a few items filled with Holiday cheer that I wish I had over the Holidays: a bright red manicure, an infinity faux fur scarf to keep warm, the ultimate Christmas shoe (am I right?!) and a pretty new watch for the festivities… And after the big day, simple comfortable shirts, cozy espadrilles, a cookbook to dig into and a mongolian lamb stool because they’re just so chic. Side note: is anyone else utterly obsessed with everything Clare Vivier these days? I can’t get enough.

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My Top 5 Holiday Decorating Trends this Year

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Beyond the tree, there are a million ways to bring the Christmas spirit in your home. Here are a few ridiculously easy ideas that caught my eye this year.

My Top 5 Holiday Decorating Trends this Year • Pine Garlands on  @SavvyHome

GARLANDS GALORE

Decorate with garlands of the magnolia, fir or olive branch variety. Hang them over the doorway, around the mantle or use them as a table runner. You can even hang them on your chandelier. If you’re feeling crafty, here’s a beautiful tabletop garland made out of mistletoe and Meyer lemons you can easily DIY at home.

My Top 5 Holiday Decorating Trends this Year • Fresh Greenery on  @SavvyHome

THINK SIMPLE AND FRESH

Few things make me cringe more than artificial pine greenery. Instead of reusing the same dusty greens year after year, invest in lost cost bulb flowers—like amaryllis—that will last throughout the season and hang a single mistletoe branch with a red ribbon. It’s simple, cost-effective and much prettier.

My Top 5 Holiday Decorating Trends this Year • Sheepskin Throws on  @SavvyHome

KEEP WARM

Scatter sheepskin throws everywhere. Throw them around the fireplace or on the back of dining room chairs. They’ll make them much more comfortable for long Holiday parties and make your guests feel instantly at ease.

My Top 5 Holiday Decorating Trends this Year • Wreaths Everywhere on  @SavvyHome

WREATHS EVERYWHERE

Same as garlands, add wreaths everywhere. Keep them plain: pine, magnolia, myrtle bay olive or boxwood—their round shape are visually interesting enough. Add them to the front door and hang them on your windows with a colorful bow. You can even create a wreath arrangement or make mini rosemary wreaths to decorate your place settings.

My Top 5 Holiday Decorating Trends this Year • Pillar Candles on  @SavvyHome

LIGHT IT UP

Light up pillar candles in the fireplace in lieu of a real fire and line up votives along the staircase for a magical effect. And for ambiance, light a Frasier Fir scented candle (or substitute with their diffuser for a lasting Christmas tree smell).

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15 Items on my Christmas Wish List

At the Top of my Christmas Wish List • @SavvyHome

At the end of the day year, this is what made it to the top of my Christmas wish list

My watch battery died in Geneva (my friend hilariously pointed out that the Swiss did it on purpose so I buy a new watch—ha ha). Well joke’s on them because I’ve had my eyes on a British Daniel Wellington for a while. It’s time for a change (pun intended).

Anyone who’s ever had dinner at my house knows I’m a one-pot cooking kind of gal. Staub‘s got my vote for the best cookware around.

One thing I do a lot of is traveling, and my luggage definitely doesn’t reflect that (or does it?) — it’s beat up and old. All I want is a Rimowa case that’s lightweight, compartmentalized and easy to roll around.

Just like my luggage, my wallet needs an upgrade. I can’t think of a better choice than this sexy Chloé number.

Anna Spiro dropped a bomb with her book Absolutely Beautiful Things a few weeks back and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

I’ve grown addicted to Bluetooth players so I can schlep my music around the house and listen to it anywhere. This Marshall amp is the only one I found that actually looks good.

In the category of things I always need but never buy are flats — you’ll find me in the high-heel aisle for days but when I need a good pair of flats, I always fall short.

I definitely don’t NEED another bag, but isn’t this satchel too cute to resist?

Some women have too many shoes, I have too many sunglasses. What am I saying, there’s no such thing as too many. I have my eyes on these Prada sunnies, and a pair of Dior please.

I’ve seen Alexandra Von Furstenberg trays left, right and centre at showhouses this year and they always add such a great pop of color to a room. I just need one.

My keychain is U.G.L.Y. and when I finally found a super cute one at J.Crew last Christmas, it sold out before I had time to put it in my cart. So this year I won’t let Kelly Wearstler’s keychain collection pass me by.

I’ve been wanting to get a pair of classic pearls for a while now, but when I set eyes on this ear jacket version, I was sold.

Living in Montreal, I’m always on the lookout for warm gloves, coats and scarves.

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Worthy Links: 12.12.14

Worthy Links: Baby it's cold outside via @SavvyHome

The weeks leading up to Christmas are always a little hectic and I’m ready for some family time and relaxing this weekend. To give you a little perspective on my week, I got back from Geneva on Monday (and went to bed at 8pm—the earliest I’ve done in years)! Let’s just say I was jet lagged and exhausted because I slept 12 hours straight.

Then, we officially had our first snowstorm on Wednesday and all I can say is—Amen for four-wheel drive. To top it all off, I had events every single night this week. That’s Tuesday to Saturday (inclusively) people. This girl needs a break. So Sunday, I will do na-da (actually, I’ll probably unpack my suitcase which has been sitting in my hallway for 5 days now). Have a good one!

WORTHY SALES

Warm up! J.Crew is offering 40% off superwarm styles and 30% off everything else with the code GIVETHIS. I love my J.Crew coat, but I want to diversify my coat collection a little: I’m leaning towards this parka for weekends and this topcoat for nighttime and this  standing collar coat for weekdays. I’d pair them with this windowpane scarf or this furry shearling infinity scarf.

Banana Republic is offering a crazy 40% off full-priced items with code BRSANTA. I already raided the Banana Republic store during Black Friday, but I wouldn’t mind adding this this asymmetric coat, this faux-shearling vest and this fringe mini to my collection.

Shop the Serena & Lily Holiday section with code BEJOLLY and get an extra 20% off the Holiday sale. Uh-mazing news: their sheepskin rugs are part of the deal! So are their Christmas stockings, tree skirts and adorable tassel ornaments.

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In case you missed it: this week we shopped for gifts for the little ones, fetched a few ski chalet essentials, got inspired to throw a party à-la Jenni Kayne, and trimmed the tree with the prettiest ornaments.

Does career juggling celebrate creativity or cause anxiety? A depiction of Millennial careers.

Holidays at the beach with #MillionDollarDecorators’ Jeffrey Alan Marks

I’m obsessed with Waterworks’ new kitchen regulator collection.

What men really thing about your feminine décor (hilarious).

What’s your spirit pattern? I got stripes. #leduh

I want to stay there: Casa Claridge, Miami.

I want to eat here: Anahi, Paris.

Baby it’s cold outside.

NYC in December.

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