HOLIDAY BEAUTY: Lately I’ve been into natural products and my skin is responding well. Tracie Martyn's Enzyme Exfoliant is incredible as it tightens pores and leaves my skin glowing. For day I wear Double Rose Rejuvenating Cream from The Organic Pharmacy in the West Village. It is lightweight yet hydrating. Indie Lee’s lavender chamomile moisturizing oil is wonderful for dry winter skin.
For holiday parties I either do a smoky eye with a pale lip or a red lip with bone shadow. Tom Ford's Eyeshadow Quad in Titanium Smoke is a holiday favorite with Dior Lip Addict in Beige Casual 222. For a red lip I use Nars Audacious Lipstick in Rita, a Scarlet Red, with Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow in Bone 01.
HOLIDAY DECORATING: This year I will pick up a holiday wreath from Gracious Home and a small tree which will be decorated with ornaments from Bergdorf Goodman and Gracious Home. I light a scented holiday candle from Nest, also available at Gracious Home.
HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING: This is my favorite time of year for hosting dinner parties. I serve fresh bread from Maison Kaysor or Agata & Valentina and an arugula salad with cranberries and walnuts, a white bean puree with thyme, garlic and olive oil, fresh bucatini cacio e pepe or roast chicken with rosemary. Dessert is either or freshly baked white chocolate chip cookies or fudge brownies with vanilla ice cream. I prefer simple, hearty meals during this season.
HOLIDAY GIFTS: For a hostess gift I like a scented candle. I have the Malin & Goetz Lavender Candle from the Lovely Diaries and will give the new Vetiver scent as a gift. A classic Dyptique in Baies is always appreciated.
For Christmas or Hanukkah, the men in my life receive the Isabelle Wrap. It is unisex and the navy, black, grey and forest green are all masculine colors. For women I like to give the Sebastian V-Neck in camel, black or heather grey because the fit and colors are very classic.
Many of my friends went to Yale and I will give them the Kale sweatshirt by Suburban Riot. It was designed by my incredibly talented friend Janie Marshall and happens to be one of Beyoncé's favorites (can't argue with that!). Another favorite designer of mine is Jessie Johnson of I Am Jessie Johnson Jewelry. Her work is unique and very personal. Each piece is custom made in Los Angeles and reflects her bohemian spirit. For friends or relatives who enjoy travel I will give my luxury travel set which includes a cashmere wrap, cashmere eye mask and cashmere travel pouch. The wrap is so cozy and warm and can be used in place of the airline blankets.
Dylan's Candy Bar makes wonderful holiday gifts for children. I will give my niece and nephews candy with their names printed on the packaging or the Gingerbread Mansion. A nice gift for grownups is the Mercury Glass Tea Light Collection from the Lovely Diaries. Tea lights scattered throughout a home add a festive touch to a New Year's party and can be used year round.