Our Winter Favorites: Heidi Wynne Fisherman Knit Crewneck, Cindy Hat and Black Isabelle Wrap, Aesop Hand Balm, Tom Ford Soleil Glow Bronzer, Aquazzura Boots, Bottega Veneta Panelled Leather Skirt, Nars Afteglow Lip Balm in Wicked Ways and Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color in Organdi
To give: I pick up my Cabana Magazine at Shreeji News in London and it is one of my favorites. Give the design enthusiast in your life Cabana Anthologywhich is a greatest hits of features from the magazine. So chic and inspirational!
I love my navy blue cotton pajamas from J Crew and they make an excellent gift. So soft, comfortable and classic!
A gift I will be giving myself this year is Shanon Ables' Living the Simply Luxurious Life. Shannon has created such a beautiful, inspirational lifestyle for herself and I look forward to picking up her tips. She's been supportive of my small business this year and it was an honor to be featured on her site.
The perfect gift for the traveller in your life: Aesop's Departure Travel Kit includes their classics. I meant to pick this up before my last trip to London however my hotel, The Orange Public House, carried Aesop products which made the stay even more enjoyable.
I love giving a gift that can be enjoyed year round. My mother receives a gift certificate for Netflix so she can binge watch The Crown and then enjoy other series and films for the rest of the year. It's such a nice gift because it doesn't take up space and brings so many hours of joy.
Another one of my favorite gifts to give is our Made in Ireland, Fisherman Knit Wool Turtleneck for dogs. My mother's Scottish Terrier and my friend Alexandra's Pit Bull each have this sweater and it keeps them warm all winter long.
Give yourself the gift of sustainable style for your holiday escape. While on holiday I live in my Danielle Fichera Aida Dress. Not only is it modern and chic, it is Made in New York with the finest materials and attention to detail. Nothing is chicer than caring for our planet and also having items in your wardrobe that will never go out of style like this Aida Dress.
Another favorite sustainable style brand is AERA New York. The perfect holiday shoe is the Sally Fuchsia Patent Effect Sandals. I own them in python and they are comfortable and classic. The guilt free vegan leather looks and feels like the real thing and the Italian craftsmanship ensures that they will last.
Finding the perfect bikini for a holiday vacation isn't easy so I was delighted to find that Elizabeth Hurley Beach offers worldwide shipping. Elizabeth has been so supportive of the Heidi Wynne brand however even if that weren't the case I would still be in love with her collection of flattering swim and resortwear. The Victoire Bikini in the Cheetah print is my personal favorite however the solid one pieces like the Piper in black are all so chic and classic.
A gift that is always appreciated is a certificate to Starr Restaurants, including the ultra chic Le Coucou which is even lovelier during the holidays. Philadelphians can enjoy The Dandelion or Parc and in addition to Le Coucou, New Yorkers can enjoy Upland or Pastis, among others. There are so many unique options, from casual dining to more formal, that anyone will be able to appreciate this thoughtful gift. The Dandelion is one of my personal favorites and you can never go wrong with Le Coucou. The staff is so warm and friendly and it is such a beautiful experience every time.
Finally, I hope that print never dies and sadly my magazines are getting thinner by the month. One of my favorite things to do is curl up on the couch by the fire with a cashmere wrap and slippers and read a magazine. From British Vogue to Town & Country, reading a magazine after a long day is the perfect escape. A thoughtful gift is to give a subscription to a friend or family member.
This week on Wynne's World we meet the ultra chic, beautiful and accomplished founders of LACaKe, Carlota Espinosa and Kelly Lynch. If you aren't yet following LACaKe on IG you must, although prepare yourself for west coast envy. Their photos of fashion, lifestyle and beauty will have longing for California sunshine and laid-back LA style.
Heidi: How did you initially meet and decide to start LACaKe?
Kelly & Carlota: We met at a political event in Hollywood and became great friends almost instantly after realizing we had very similar tastes and a ton of common interests. We love to share and are both often asked for advice from friends on fitness, skincare, fashion, décor, entertainment, etc. We decided to join forces to create our fun and informative California-centric IG lifestyle platform LACaKe.
Heidi: What is meaningful in your lives right now?
Kelly & Carlota: We support This Is About Humanity. We recently co-hosted an event with Asprey London to benefit this amazing organization and the great work they are doing to help separated families at our border. Please join us! Learn more at thisisabouthumanity.com
My chic friend Jennifer Alfano is the Founder of The Flair Index. It is one of the few sites I check daily and her sense of style, interviews with interesting women and her new podcast have enriched my life and influenced my own personal style. As a former Vogue and Bazaar editor, Jennifer has an elevated aesthetic and finds those special pieces that you will wear forever (like these classic Fair Isle Sweaters).
Here is Jennifer Alfano's inspiration behind the site:
1 : a skill or instinctive ability to appreciate or make good use of something:talent: also:inclination, tendency
2 : a uniquely attractive quality:style–Merriam-Webster
When I set out to launch this site, I knew the one common criteria each person, place and thing I wrote about would need to meet; they would need to have flair.
Why flair? Flair is that intangible extra that makes the ho-hum extraordinary.
Anything can have flair. Mother Nature has flair. Many women and men I’ve met both in my professional life as a fashion editor/writer and in my personal life have it. Objects can exude flair too.
But having “flair” isn’t necessarily about being stylish. People who have flair see the world from a unique viewpoint. And they apply their “flair” or talent to whatever they do. Flair can encompass beauty, humor, grit, compassion—the list is endless.
The best thing about flair? It makes your life better. More enjoyable. Nuanced. Sublime. Flair can upgrade your everyday.
So welcome to The Flair Index, a platform that features people, places and things that embody that elusive trait—in obvious and sometimes not-so-obvious ways.
I hope that you enjoy the site as much as I love sharing it with you.
Jennifer recently profiled my friend Permele Doyle who is the President of Billion Dollar Boy, an influencer marketing firm based in the UK and New York. I love how she finds inspirational women and allows us to learn more about how they have become successful and also what brings them joy in life.