Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Winterthur Gifts

Have you made the trek to Winterthur in Delaware, the former home of Henry Francis du Pont (1880 - 1969)?  It's now a museum dedicated to the American decorative arts covering the period between 1640 and 1860.  The 175-room house is open to the public sitting on a 1000 acre preserve. 

If you can't make the trek to Delaware this holiday season, you can shop their gift shop.  This is a great way to help fund a treasured landmark and also find unique holiday gifts.  I love these Woodland Plates which come in sets of four.

Or the matching bowls.

Winterthur is well known for its furniture and makes many high end reproductions. I also love their gardens and this bench would be spectacular in a garden in anyone's home and it comes in several colors.  I am partial to the black one. See it here.

I also like this classic bar cart but you have to put it together.  See it here.

This Winterthur Pinetum Spice Potpourri will make the perfect hostess gift.  See it here.

This book chronicling Winterthur's holiday decorating would make the perfect gift for someone who loves to decorate for the holidays.  See it here.

For the cook or foodie on your list, a cookbook from Winterthur.

Or this lovely scarf:

Hope you make it to this lovely spot if you've never been.  Happy Tuesday!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Pomegranate Linens - Special Sale Today Only

If you have a few more gifts left to buy or just want to add to your own collection, then you might consider a few great deals offered today only at Pomegranate.

Only selected patterns are on sale but some of my favorites are included like these paddock napkins which remind me of a pattern created for an Hermes scarf:

This is a pattern that I love, a great staple for your linen wardrobe.  It comes also in green and brick.  The green ones are great for the holidays and beyond.  See them here.

This paddock apron will make a great gift for the cook who loves horses.  See it here.

I love these Man O War napkins too.  See them here.

Or these hunter linen hand towels.  See them here.

I love these linen cocktail napkins. These are the perfect hostess gift for a horsey friend.   See them here.

Or try these fox linen cocktail napkins.  See them here.

Or these show jumping linen hand towels, another great gift idea for your jumper rider friends.  See them here.

And lastly, I love these linen cocktail napkins too. See them here.

Hope you survived the snow blitz if you live in the Southeast.  We have at least a foot of snow here in Virginia. 

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Stocking Stuffers

Have you finished your shopping yet?  Do you need a few more small gifts or stocking stuffers?  Here are a few ideas in case you need them.  But hurry!  Christmas will be here before you know it.

I live in Smartwool Socks in winter and these at J Crew are a collaboration with X Chup.  They come in three colors (love them all).  And they're half price which makes them even sweeter.  See them here.
I love this cute fox ring, also on sale at J Crew but in limited sizes.  See it here.

Or these cute fox earrings.  See them here.

She'll love these slippers from Sundance. They come in several colors. See them here.

These cute bowls from Sundance can be used for all kinds for things - jewelry, potpourri, even food!  See them here.

She'll love this personalized planner for 2019.  See it here.

Or these super warm and soft Alpaca Gloves.  See them here.

Or this adorable bunny calendar.  See it here.

This is one of my favorite brands of candles - these last a long time and never lose their smell.  And they're on sale.  See this one here.

She'll love this set of 10 cards - she can write her thank you notes on these.  See them here.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Get the Ski Bunny and Apres Ski Look

Planning a trip to Aspen, to Utah, Vermont, Lake Louise?  Or just like to look like you've been on the slopes?  We've got some great ideas for how to look like you can conquer the double black diamonds even if you've never set foot on a ski.

Start with a good pair of boots.  And why not mesh form with function and fashion? These Rag and Bone boots are on sale.  Aren't they lovely?  See them here.

I love these boots from Sorel.

I love this oversized wool fair isle sweater from Tory Burch.  This reminds me of what we wore once. See it here.

Or maybe you prefer this cropped version:

I love this ski sweater.  See it here:


Or this one:

These lace-up boots add some bold color to the lodge. See them here.

I love this fair isle performance wool sweater.  This could easily become a weekend winter staple.  See it here.

And I love this look!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Winter Boot Search

You wouldn't think it'd be difficult to find a warm winter boot that is comfortable, good in cold weather, but nice enough to wear around town?  My feet stay cold in winter and I wanted something not for the barn but to wear to dinner with jeans, shopping, on cold winter days.  Linings, comfort, quality to last more than one or two seasons are key. I have to go with lace up boots (or they won't stay on my narrow feet) and I had to eliminate LL Bean anything because they are always too wide. 

These Kate Spade boots caught my eye. They come in black and gray but the gray ones are much prettier. 

These Sorel boots also caught my eye and they also appear to be warm. They also come in several colors. 

I also like these Sorel boots but I can't decide if they are so ugly that they are cute.  They are almost sold out though. I like the fact that they are lighter weight - felt and suede - so they may be more comfortable. See them here.

I tried these Merrill boots and really wanted them to work for me but they are just too wide (a constant problem).  They come in three colors and checked off the warm box for sure.  See them here.

These Columbia Maragol boots are cute but may look a bit more like a snow boot than I want. They come in several colors and have received good reviews.  See them here.

These Sorel boots are standard fare for winter boots but functional and reasonable. See them here.

I love these fur-lined boots but they are a bit pricey.  See them here.

And if you are a blue person then you'll also love these.  See them here.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Gifted Fashionista

Most of us have been at the fashionista stage at some point in our life.  Whether you still fit the bill or not, it's fun to shop for the fashionista nonetheless. Here are the Horse Country Chic picks.....

1) Blue Coat from J McLaughlin
This lightweight coat will pair well with jeans, white pants, blue pants.  It's classic, stylish, and it's on sale. Screams lightweight Chanel to me.  Your fashionista will love it!

2) Vintage Jewelry
Your fashionista will know how to style this vintage art deco monogrammed brooch.  See it here.

Or this vintage necklace.  See it here.

3) High Heels Stationary
Your fashionista will love these note cards to write all of her Christmas thank you notes.  See them here.

4) Tory Burch Cosmetic Case
Your fashionista will adore this cosmetic case - to hold all those lipsticks. See it here.

5) Dior Book
What fashionista won't love this coffee table book?  See it here.

6) Givenchy for the Nails
No fashionista can resist red nails from Givenchy.  Buy it here.

7) Sex and the City -Complete Set
No need to explain why this will make a great gift.  See it here.

8) Sensored Make-Up Mirror
Your fashionista will love this make-up mirror.  See it here.

9) Handbag with Bamboo Handle 
Zara offers this well-priced bag that will go with everything this winter.  You can never own too many handbags as any good fashionista knows.  See it here.

10) Needlepoint Sleep Mask
Make your fashionista her own needlepoint sleep mask.  See it here.

Happy Tuesday!  Christmas is coming!
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