City Traveler Lightweight Anti-Scratch Luggage
Perhaps one of the more under-the-radar brands, the City Traveler offers moderately-priced checked luggage that is built to last. Made of “unbreakable” ABS material with a scratch-resistant surface, the bag features eight spinner wheels and a sleek design that sets it apart from other luggage. A multi-tiered handle makes it easy for travelers of different heights to tote around and a built-in, TSA-approved locking system protects gear. The main compartment has a simple design with luggage straps and a large zippered pouch on the lid.
The City Traveler Luggage is perfect for traveling. Design includes expansion for added capacity when needed, and a spacious main compartment with zippered pockets that keep your travel essentials well organized. The ergonomically designed telescoping trolley handles will add much convenience to your trip. TSA locks will ensure your belongings arrive safely to your destination. This product will ensure your belongings are safe and secure throughout your incredible travels. The hard-side bag comes in dark green, silver, or red to help you spot in in the baggage claim area. At just 7.28 pounds, it is extremely lightweight and measures 17.9 x 10.63 x 26.97 inches.
It’s about time to start thinking about mom again, the woman who claims she never needs or wants anything, but actually loves whenever you show the littlest amount of thought. Nothing beats getting your mom a Mother’s Day gift that’s personalized, especially when it’s complemented with a sweet treat or beautiful blooms.
Perennial Water Bottle
Staying hydrated doesn’t have to feel like such a task. This stainless-steel water bottle not only keeps her beverage cold or hot for up to 12 hours, but it also looks pretty enough to go everywhere with her.To buy: $30, anthropologie.com.
The Happiness Planner
Mom spends so much time thinking about everyone else. This year, give her something that puts the focus back on her. This notebook serves as a planner, but also includes daily and weekly exercises to help her set goals, practice gratitude, and focus on the positive. The book comes with a rose gold pen and an assortment of paper clips, too.To buy: $59, thegrommet.com.
Ice Mold/Wine Bottle Chiller
This clever mold will give her yet another reason to love her glass of pinot grigio. Fill the mold with water and flowers, citrus slices, or herbs to create a gorgeous frozen beverage chiller. We’re willing to bet all the women at her next book club meeting will be coveting this unique centerpiece.To buy: $40, crateandbarrel.com.
Tulip Magnolia Branches
You’ve given her countless flower arrangements, so why not try something a little different this year? These tulip magnolia branches from the Pacific Coast blossom with pink and white flowers. Pair the stems with a large glass vase to help her create a striking display for her kitchen table or entryway.To buy: $58, shopterrain.com.
Say good-bye to bulky snow boots and anything over the knee. Say hello to the newest shoe trends of the season and welcome the Spring in style.
Soludos Lemon Espadrille Flats
Spring means it’s espadrille season! We’re obsessed with Soludos for their affordable flats that have playful embroidery on the top. This lemon pair gives all your outfits a sunny dolce vita vibe.
Schutz Nuray Flat Slides
Red was one of the hottest runway trends for fall and winter, and we have a feeling it’ll be just as big this spring. These bold slides can turn a plain white-tee-and-jeans into a statement look, and you won’t even have to endure heels.
Loeffler Randall Laurel Open-Toe Mules
M. Gemi The Sopra Booties
If you’re just not ready to give up ankle booties, this pair from M. Gemi is the perfect style to take into spring. The neutral suede goes well with items like silk blouses and floral-print dresses, and they’re ideal for transitional weather that’s not quite hot or cold.
Not hosting Thanksgiving this year? Sounds like a plan. But if you’re still looking to bring something that will make a splash at Friendsgiving or at your in-laws’, look no further. We’ve pulled together a few of our crowd-pleasing sides and apps to ensure your contribution to the Thanksgiving spread is an absolute win.
Roasted Red Pepper &Marcona Almond Dip
Bring the flavors of Spanish cuisine to the pre-dinner hours of Thanksgiving with a smoky paprika-infused dip of blended roasted red peppers and rich and buttery Marcona almonds. Serve it as an accompaniment to a crudité platter or with your favorite hearty crackers. Add a bottle of Spanish red wine for the complete package.
Stovetop Brussels Sprouts Hash with Crispy Sage and Walnuts
Whether you bring along all the ingredients to make this on location or whip it up before leaving the house, this stovetop hash made with crispy sage and walnuts frees up any crowding of the oven. Your host will appreciate the thinking ahead.
Modern Green Bean Casserole
With the addition of deeply savory shiitake mushrooms and the playful topping of sesame sticks, this updated green bean casserole is a delightful homage to the green bean casserole we know from way back when. But our favorite part? It loves to share the spotlight with the original. What a team player!
Potato Gratin with Pancetta and Gruyere
More potatoes at Thanksgiving are hardly ever a problem, and this gratin — infused with the nutty flavors of Gruyere cheese and salty flecks on pancetta — will be a much-welcomed addition.
Being the host for Thanksgiving dinner is no small undertaking – it takes a lot of thought, preparation, and sometimes a good chunk of money. If you’re not immediate family or close extended family, I think it’s nice to bring a small gift that either helps the host with the dinner, or is something special for him or her.
There’s a lot of things to consider – do you have to travel a long distance to for Thanksgiving, and if so, will you have access to your own transportation when you’re there? And do you ask the host what you should bring, or do you surprise them with something? The obvious answers that I can think of for gifts are a good bottle of wine or flowers, but something more creative would also be nice.
A set of wine charms, like these colorful cat onescan be used on Thanksgiving and at many parties to come.
Need to quickly chill a bottle of white? Come to your hostess’s rescue with a Corkcicle Wine Chiller.
Bella Pantry Recipe Book
Divided into seven sections, this pretty hardcover book is ideal for preserving passed-down family recipes. It’s also bound with an interior spiral so the pages lay flat—making it easy for the multitasking chef to jot down notes while stirring dinner on the stove.
Here’s a gift that gives new meaning to the term “housewarming”: When simmered with apple cider or red wine, this blend of spices will fill your host’s home with the heady aroma of cinnamon, cloves, whole allspice berries, and orange peel. What could be more cozy?
These elegant knives will add sparkle and shine to a holiday cheese course. They come as a set of three so you don’t have to use the same knife for the Cheddar and the Brie. Pair with a cheese board, or a selection of your own favorite cheeses, and you’ve got a hostess gift that’s anything but cheesy.
One of the most important parts of the Thanksgiving feast is the wine choice. With so many different flavors on the menu—and some that you only make once a year, selecting wines to partner up with all of the flavors might be made easier by a little advice.Keep in mind that whether you are hosting five or 50 guests this Thanksgiving, you don’t have to drop a bundle to offer a lovely selection of wines. There are many well-received, well-rated value wines that you can obtain for an affordable price.
2014 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir
People like to tout pinot as the one, perfect Thanksgiving wine, but pinots vary in style, from big and rich to delicate and spicy and everything in between. The good ones usually cost more than my self-imposed price limit, but this delicious example from Oregon’s Willamette Valley shows red cherry, berry, and spice flavors at a reasonable price.
2015 Pierre Chermette Beaujolais
Before it became like cotton candy and crashed and burned, the ideal turkey wine used to be Beaujolais Nouveau. Now gamay (the grape from which Beaujolais is made) is fashionable again, especially among wine geeks, who rightly see examples from top producers as major bargains. This one has the right tart, juicy, cherry and pomegranate fruitiness to pair with the bird.
Sauvignon Blanc:This crisp white wine is known for its citrus-based flavors that can be surrounded by herb or mineral undertones, making it a prime pairing candidate for turkey and mashed potatoes.
Zinfandel: A fuller bodied red wine that ups the intensity from a pinot noir but still maintain a balancing effect on many traditional Thanksgiving side dishes. This would be a great wine pick for those looking for a heartier red wine with the capacity to accommodate spice, bitter and sweet flavor profiles.
Pinot Noir: This red wine is a traditional favorite for Thanksgiving. Pinot Noir’s subtle earthy undertones and often mushroom-inspired flavors surround the fruit features of the wine and tend to show well with the traditional flavors of turkey and stuffing.
It’s hard to believe that it is time for holiday season mayhem and Thanksgiving is weeks away! Thanksgiving is always fun to create an extra-special holiday atmosphere for family gathering with a festive Thanksgiving table. Did you prepare for Thanksgiving? Have you been assigned to prepare the table this year? Counting down the days to show off your decorating prowess, or fearfully hoping for a stylish miracle? Here are Elegant and Easy Thanksgiving Table Decorations Ideas to inspire you!
If You Have White Dishes…
Think light, cheery, and mostly monochrome—with pops of one quirky, energizing color. Layer a white patterned runner over a plain tablecloth. Place a low white pumpkin in the center of the table and flank it with loose bunches of fresh sage in footed glass vases (the scent will complement rather than compete with the complex fragrances of dinner). Chartreuse napkins are the surprise hit here (magenta or turquoise would also work); classic in detail but edgy in color, they marry the folksy and sleek aspects of the table.
If You Have Gilded China…
Go dark and moody, with an undone autumnal centerpiece and a liberal dose of gold. Almost everything on this table begs to be touched, down to the rich cotton-velvet tablecloth. Velvet may seem impractical as a dining surface, but cotton velvet is quite resilient—you can throw it in the washer and dryer. At the fabric store, ask for a piece 20 inches longer and 20 inches wider than your table; leave the edges raw or have them finished. To create the “spilled-out” (harmless) cornucopia here, cluster like vegetables in threes and fours and place a small pillar candle, safely behind glass, at either end of the display. Any fork looks dramatic against a black napkin, but brushed-gold flatware has an undeniable shock-and-awe effect. Gold-trimmed water glasses are a subtle touch by day, but once the candles are lit, they add significant sparkle. You can use white gilded china for this setting, too; the result will be brighter but still luxe.
If You Have a Vintage Mishmash…
Roll with it, using every beautiful pattern at once. The trick is to clarify the chaos (and turn down the granny factor) with a neat, crisp canvas: Plain white linens let you indulge your eclectic tendencies and show off all your favorites. If you happen to have a collection of mismatched goblets, throw them in, too—they look logical if the shapes and sizes are similar. For decoration, try a row of tiny cabbages in small glasses down the middle of the table. Add a personal item (here, a jade bust) to play up the found-treasures charm of the scene.
If You Have Blue-and-White China…
Create French-country enchantment, pairing casual glasses with fancy dishes around a glitzy centerpiece. Alternating two complementary china patterns promotes a loose but still pulled-together vibe. A nubby linen cloth in chocolate brown is unexpected against fine china and feels relaxed—no one has to worry about spilling gravy. Soft napkins (they almost look like chambray) host everyday stainless flatware. Goblets are chunky and homey, making this setup sweet and inviting, and not the least bit intimidating. And gold-leaf fruit inspires oohs and aahs.