If you follow Serena Mitmik-Miller‘s beautifully serene Instagram feed, you’ve probably found yourself swooning over her Topanga Canyon home. Go figure. Her living space is an extension of her meticulously curated boutique of handcrafted clothing and home goods, General Store. After moving to Los Angeles from San Francisco, to open their second store, Serena and her husband, architect Mason St. Peter, took on a project to restore a 1927 hunting cabin in LA’s largest wilderness area. I wouldn’t consider myself a minimalist by nature, but I can greatly admire the way in which they have made their somewhat pared down space so incredibly warm and inviting.
My already embarrassingly low tolerance for the cold is now completely shot. After a couple weeks of frigid weather, and a nasty winter cold that knocked out our entire family over the holiday, I am 100% down for wearing a sleeping bag as an acceptable piece of outerwear. Bring on the oversized puffer jacket! Thanks to designers like Stella McCartney, Balenciaga, Carven and Courrèges, puffer coats are more unique, stylish and colorful than ever. Lightweight and warm, there’s something about a puffer jacket that makes you feel invincible to even the most freezing temps. With a few upcoming trips planned to the snow, I’m on the hunt for one in red and pink . . .
I can’t even keep track of the amount of times I’ve gone sifting through my craft supply arsenal, at the 11th hour – just before the start of a party, looking for any odds and ends I can find to ameliorate a pathetic accessory situation. Because as you also know, it’s all about the accessories. After lusting over Aquazzura’s disco sandals, I was inspired to create my own version. With pom poms, naturally. So if you happen to be staring at pair of strappy, metallic sandals right before your New Year’s Eve celebrations, wondering how they could possibly be even better, this is a quick and easy fix for you. These shiny kicks are quirky, optimistic and over the top – just how I wanna ring in the new year . . .
I’ve never been a huge believer in New Year’s resolutions. However, after taking on one of the busiest, most eventful years in 2016, I’m feeling inspired to make some positive changes moving forward in the new year. At the top of my list is a commitment to make more time for myself. It can be so hard to pull away from the day to day grind. As a small business owner, the clock never seems to stop. So whether it’ll be sneaking my toddler out of pre-school for a little daytime adventure, going on a midweek lunch date with my husband or treating myself with a friend, I’m ready to play hooky every so often come 2017. Just last week, with the help of American Express, I was able to get a taste of that much needed pause by spending an idyllic afternoon in Napa Valley at the Quintessa Estate. To celebrate 25 years of the Membership Rewards program, American Express debuted it’s 25th Anniversary Collection this year, with an impressive collection of gifts and exclusive travel experiences to choose from using Membership Rewards points. Our private tour of Quintessa included a behind the scenes tour of the wine making facilities and a tasting of current releases and barrel samples from a stunning hilltop pavilion overlooking the property’s vineyards. It was perfect. And honestly, there’s never a bad time to visit wine country – even in the winter, when the grapes have already been harvested, the splendor is omnipresent. The best part is, I came home feeling awakened, inspired and happy. I’ll be seeing more of you, Napa!
There’s three more days until Christmas and we’re headed to Los Angeles to spend the holiday with my family. I can’t wait. It’s been a challenging year – in the best and worst ways. I’m looking forward to stepping away from my computer for a few days, cooking with my sister, spending quality time with my kiddos, reflecting on the year and start making goals for 2017. I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be a kick ass year, y’all. If you’ve got some time in the next few days, and haven’t finished wrapping all your gifts yet, may I suggest trying a fun tutorial for gingerbread gift tags? I had so much fun making these – Quincy even helped me roll out the dough and cut out the shapes with cookie cutters! The recipe and icing tips are over on HonestlyYUM. Happy holidays, everyone!!!