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Natty Gal’s Favorite Things

This concept worked pretty well for Oprah so thought I’d give it whirl.  Besides, what better way to talk about a bunch of otherwise unrelated products than to label them all favorites?  Whether gifting to others or things that have been gifted to me, all the items below in some way represent something that I’ve deemed a favorite.  Hope you enjoy!

Nora Fleming

Love buying Nora Fleming for my hard to shop for friends.  The classic white pieces coordinate with most decor and are customized through a series of “minis” that can be inserted into a slot in each of the base pieces. Imagine one hors d’oeuvre tray that you can adapt to every holiday or special occasion!  And, as I mentioned last week, great for repeat-ability, as you can build the collection of minis over time.

First, shop your base piece.  A rectangular serving platter is shown below but beyond serving pieces, options range from vases to soap dispensers and votive holders.fleming-1Next, choose your mini (or minis).  Minis are available for most major holidays and some hobbies and sports teams.  A sample is shown below.a143-elf-feet-300x300

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The Gift Exchange

Did you have a good Thanksgiving?  Catch any great black Friday deals?

Things went well here.  Turkey was juicy and the sides turned out. Halls are about 80% decked.  Shopping moderately underway.  Fun visits with both family and friends. First holiday outing and first Christmas party of the season now in the books.  Honestly, am feeling a bit knackered this week from all the activity!

The first party this year featured a gift exchange where everyone was to bring a generic gift for their gender and an exchange game is held. The females at the party ranged from early-20s to mid-70s and I brought an Alex & Ani bracelet as a gift that would hopefully encompass this range.
Snowflake Charm Bangle | Black Friday Exclusive

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Caped Crusader

From a young age I learned the significance of rocking a cape.  Whether in my mother’s own pink Easter ensemble or schooling Ms. Riding Hood on how red should be done, capes struck me as magical!

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As luck would have it, capes made a resurgence last winter and remain on point for winter 2016-17.  A few designs that caught my eye are highlighted below:

The detachable faux fur collar and toggle closure on this Eliza J wool cape elevate the style of basic sweater-jean-boot combos.

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This Laundry by Shelli Segal bouclé cape has a tie waist closure for those that prefer some definition.  It’s a great not too casual, not too dressy version.

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With clean lines and a delicate chain detail at the collar, this Ted Baker London cape would look great over a lace cocktail dress!

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Modern day Riding Hoods, check out this Kate Spade beauty – the wolf will be too spellbound to devour you!

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Tips for Styling Your Cape:

  • Capes tend to work better with long sleeves; play against the cape with either color or texture for the most interesting looks.
  • Capes look great paired with boots – think riding or ankle boots with jeans for more casual looks or a luxe, over-the-knee suede model paired with cocktail attire.