Friday Favorites 12.15.17

Happy Friday! It has been a great week, but I am feeling a little run down and am ready for the weekend. Fabian and I started off the week on long weekend getaway in Napa Valley. We headed home and back to reality on Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday, we had our Paloma Contreras Design team’s holiday dinner at Le Colonial, a chic and delicious Vietnamese restaurant in River Oaks District. It was so nice celebrating the holiday season and another wonderful year with my amazing, hard-working team and their sweet spouses. I am so lucky to have such a fabulous team. I thank my lucky stars everyday! This weekend, I am looking forward to getting a facial, possibly going to the movies, and finally binge-watching Season 2 of The Crown since we were out of town last weekend! What has been on your radar this week?

Design: Style arbiter, Jenna Lyons’ new Soho loft was recently featured by The New York Times and it is just as chic and inspiring as you would imagine. You can see a full tour here.

Style: Ever since my In the Mood post earlier this month, I have been “seeing red” and have been so drawn to this beautiful, rich hue. What is more glamorous than a lady in red? I wore this dress from Ann Mashburn to our holiday party the other night and previously wore it to another dinner a few weeks ago and have gotten so many compliments. Plus, it is so comfortable! This simple gown, this lace dress, and this column gown with bow detail are all super chic if you’re also feeling the red vibes!

Read: One of my favorite new books is The Authentics by Dara Caponigro, Creative Director of Schumacher and lauded photographer, Melanie Acevedo. The Authentics profiles luminaries from the worlds of art, design, and fashion including Kelly Wearstler, Ashley and Katalina Hicks, Nicky Haslam, and Joseph Dirand among others, who go beyond simply living stylishly, but also apply a sense of authenticity and individuality to everything they do. 

Watch: I know most of you have probably already watches Season 2 of The Crown, but I am so excited to delve in this weekend! I am hoping it is as good as the first season and am looking forward to seeing The Kennedys and Lord Snowdon enter the lives of the Royals. On a side note, does anyone else have trouble hearing what they are saying on this show? The soundtrack is always so loud and seems to overpower people when they are speaking. I’ve tried adjusting my TV’s settings, but it seems like it might be a sound editing issue. Either that, or I am crazy!

Eat: I am hosting Christmas Eve dinner at our home and will also be hosting another family dinner a few nights later, so I am currently trying to figure out what to serve. Some sort of roasted meat always seems like a good option when serving a big crowd. I’m thinking a roasted tenderloin will definitely be on the menu for one of the dinners. Food & Wine has some great, “Easy Holiday Recipes” that I have been perusing. What do you like to serve at the holidays?

Shop: Have you checked everyone off of your holiday shopping list? If you still have some shopping to do, look no further than this year’s LDV Holiday Gift Guides for stylish, thoughtful gifts that are sure to please everyone on your list! Shop them all here: For the Hostess | For the Decor-Obsessed | For Her | For Him | For Children | Under $150


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  1. That Ann Mashburn dress is simply gorgeous! Just loving the fabric and the velvet obi-style sash! YES!!!

    Although also pretty, it is a very nice step away from the slinky, sleeveless, column dresses we tend to wear.

    Happy holidays to All!