I’ve always admired my mother, the ultimate frugal homemaker. No matter what issue popped up (and something always did), she had a handy solution, often repurposing something readily available in our home. In tribute to her, I’m starting “new-use Tuesdays” – a weekly dose of you new ways to utilize familiar items. This week I’m putting the spotlight on aluminum foil.
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The frosty bite in the air has me wanting to curl up on the sofa with a wool blanket, my dog and a satisfying cup of rich hot cocoa. This salted caramel version from Williams-Sonoma takes hot chocolate to a whole new level.
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, from $26
One of my worst (or best) qualities is that I’m competitive. Very competitive. When put in a situation where I need to compete creatively I become fixated on success. And that is exactly what happened when I was at a Holt Renfrew holiday party and was challenged to a gingerbread men decorating competition.
Let me take a step back. When I first arrived at the party I found myself enraptured with the communal gingerbread house decorating. The overall look was fantastic!
Just in case Santa is feeling spendy this year (isn’t he always?), here’s another item to welcome to my wish list: a Freestanding Vertical Chalkboard Garden from Williams-Sonoma, so I can take my love of summer container gardening indoors for the winter (not to mention have less patio real estate taken up by planters this summer).
A rosemary tree makes for a festive hostess gift, don’t you think? Its conical shape resembles a miniature christmas tree (although its boughs aren’t sturdy enough to hang ornaments off of) and it’s fragrance is just so herby and delightful.
Welcome to today’s Decor vs Fashion showdown! It’s so cold outside that all I can think about is snuggling up at home in front of a fire. But with a budget of $140, which of these two items would you choose to keep you toasty warm all winter long?
Love her or hate her, but Gwyneth Paltrow’s brand, Goop, has teamed up with Paperless Post to create a line of holiday party invites and I think they’re really cute. The designs are simple and chic and will suit any holiday party, from a casual cookie swap to a roaring New Year’s Eve fete. The best part? The cards are available for purchase as evites, which is a fun and practical choice during the busy holiday season!
I’ve decided to follow in the footsteps of our super-sweet senior style editor, Ann Marie Favot, and make my first blog post an introduction. My name is Mary Levitski and I am Style at Home’s research editor (think of me as the magazine’s guardian of the facts, among other things). That’s me!