8 Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table

It's hard to believe Thanksgiving
is only one week away!
The season already seems to be going so fast -- 
it seems like November has barely started. 

In the spirit of the holiday,
I've compiled 8 of my top tips for 
styling your Thanksgiving table!

Whether or not you already have a style in mind,
these tips are sure to bring some 
fresh ideas to the table!

1. Set-up early

Creating a table scape is the most fun
when you have the time to do it at your leisure!

I like to start setting up about
a week before Thanksgiving,
since it gives me time to come up with a scheme,
gather pieces,
and pull it all together.

This also gives you time to
grab pictures
before everyone comes over!

For inspiration, I typically like to go back
and look at pictures from my tables in years past,
and then look on Pinterest for a few fresh ideas.

Once I have a concept,
it’s easy to start pulling from what you already have,
and then can fill in the gaps with a few trips to the store!

2. Collect white plates and clear glassware

Since Thanksgiving is all about the food,
white dishes ensure the meal is a focal point.

I collect all different types of
white and cream dishes
throughout the year in sets of two,
so every place setting is a little unique.
Layering plates also gives the table more depth.

As for glassware,
I like to pull from our collection of clear ware,
such as our classic bubble glass
and clear milk bottles
which I fill with water for the table.

3. Use mixed materials on the table

Throughout the years,
I have styled our table with both
a tablecloth and without,
sometimes opting to let it serve as
the great wooden farm table that it is.
When I do opt to cover it,
I prefer to go to the fabric store
instead of resorting to a traditional tablecloth,
because there are so many more options
and I can get a piece of fabric that fits our custom table properly!

Felt, canvas, flannel, and fabric with natural cotton fibers
are all great options that will
give your table some extra texture.

On top of that, I set chargers at each place setting,
and choose either
slate, wood, ceramic, or metal
depending on the feeling I’m going with.

If you’re looking for an easy charger idea,
head to your local hardware store and
check out their tile section.
Our slate chargers were originally roofing tiles!

4. Incorporate fresh greenery and produce

Integrating natural elements
is always my favorite touch on the table.

There are many different ways you can achieve this,
such as adding herbs on each place setting,
creating a succulent centerpiece,
or incorporating potted bulbs on the table!

You can also incorporate fresh leaves,
squash, or air plants --  
it can be as simple as
things you can pull from your garden
or the grocery store.

Since we live in Southern California,
I like to add citrus
to bring a bit of a socal vibe to the table.
Kumquats at each setting
are a great way to bring the element in
without letting the color over power the table!

5. Use candles and twinkle lights for ambiance

Candles are such an easy way to add
drama to a table,
and they create a beautiful light
after the sun goes down.

I like to keep a basket filled with extra candles on hand
so it makes using them often more doable.
If you burn through the ones that are out,
you always have backups!

In addition, last year I used twinkle lights
on the table which ended up
becoming a staple in my holiday decorating!

Incorporating them on to a tablescape is easy
since they are battery operated,
and can be easily woven between
greenery or around candles!

The fine wires deem to disappear at night,
leaving only a soft twinkly light that creates
a beautiful ambiance.

During dinner,
I prefer to keep our overheard lights dim,
and let the candles and twinkle lights
do most of the work!

6. Add a bit of whimsy

In recent years, I’ve started collecting
fun woodland salt & pepper shakers
to be used on the Thanksgiving table.

We have enough for each couple
to have a set at the table,
eliminating the need to pass across
and adding some whimsy to the scape!

Target and Crate & Barrel are great sources
for fun salt & pepper shakers
if you’re interested in adding them
to your table this year!

7. Create personalized place cards

Place cards are not only
utiltarian for helping guests find their spot
(especially if you have a large crowd),
but they also add another
textural element to the table!

I typically pull out our
miniature chalkboard canvases
which are placed on
little easels
at each place setting,
and each guest’s name is written in chalk.

You can also use
roughly torn paper to add a rustic look,
or even do calligraphy!

8. Have leftover boxes on hand

At the end of the meal,
there are usually so many leftovers
and it’s fun to send everyone home
with a bit to enjoy some more!

You can pick up
craft or white bakery boxes
to have on hand,
and then everyone can make a little to-go pack!
Festive stickers like these from Cost Plus
are a fun addition, too.

Wishing you and yours
a wonderful Thanksgiving
and a lovely start
to the holiday season!

As always my friends,

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life

Heading Into The Weekend ... With Gratitude

If you follow my blog you know I am a big believer in 
the importance and power of

But even I seem to have to relearn, or be reminded of 
the wisdom I have already spent years acquiring.

For me it's all too easy to get caught up in 
'taking care of the daily'.
I loose sight of the little miracles in front of me daily.

With  also the constant news cycle
that so many days seems to much to bear
I  can so easily loose focus of the good and beautiful.

This week has been a reminder to me to refocus on
Gratitude and Positive Intention.
It does no one good for me to get pulled under.

It's easy to be grateful in the good times.
But it's the hard weeks  when it takes intention.

This week I have had dear friends
endure terrible losses.

Which just remind me of how fragile our life can be
how life can change on a dime.

I am reminded 
to savor all the good to be found in a day.

I am reminded to tell those I love
just how much I do.

This week I also had a very unpleasant infection.
I was once again ever so grateful for health care and insurance.

I was also sick enough to realize that by my age
I need to do even more proactively for my health.
so far I have been white knuckling all of my menopausal symptoms
this week now has me in an active search for HRT information.
If any of you, my dear readers have information to share
I would be ever so grateful!
I want to put energy into 
thriving, not just surviving the effects of menopause.

Which makes me very grateful for this weeks health troubles.
Sometimes it can be a good thing to feel bad.
To shake one out of old routines
in search of better, new paths.

So this weekend my wish for you all
is to find  gratitude
in whatever your weekend has in store.

As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life

Ageless Style Feature

This week I have the honor of being featured on the fabulous
for her monthly

It was a lovely Style Interview
with many thought provoking questions she asked me like ...

My only style rule I live by is to … wear things that make my heart happy!  Learning to develop and embrace personal style is a wonderful thing … and can add layers of happiness to even your day to day! I learned years ago to dress for myself … especially at home!  There was a time many, many years ago … I dressed for the outside world … but wore my grungy clothes at home. I finally realized how we dress for ourselves at home … says so much about how we feel about ourselves and our lives.  I got rid of the stained and grungy old pieces … and invested in cozy loungewear for my day to day at home … active wear that makes working out more fun. I now have clothes for home that I look forward to putting on … and I’m never embarrassed to open the door.    I have pieces that are comfortable, functional and tell  my inner voices … I am very grateful for my life … and to be me.  I actually believe how we dress at home for ourselves … is as important … if not more so … than how we dress outside the home and seeing others.
You can read the rest of the insightful interview HERE.

I have had the good fortune to be friends with the magnificent Contessa 
for quite a few years now.
We met through blogging
with an instant attraction with each others dramatic style.

I am so inspired by Contessa
that I named my favorite Pearl Necklace in my shop
after her.

Here is the magnificent Contessa
in all her glory at a fashion shoot in Paris!

Here she is with her handsome Italian husband in her Norther California home!
Oh the glamour for a  home cooked meal!
It's so easy to see why I adore her and her style!!

To learn more about my personal Style Philosphy
check out the wonderful feature Contessa did on me.
I am sure you will want to stay for a while and learn more about the amazing Contessa
her love for all things style!!

As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life

Celebrating 30 Years!

Last month Jeff and I did a sweet little drive up the coast to Malibu to
Celebrate our 30th Anniversary!

Our first stop was
Malibu Farm Cafe
 for breakfast.
Located on the old Malibu Pier
it not only boasts an organic, local menu
but wrap around views as well!

The Malibu Farm is always a must stop for us!
They have two restaurants, the Cafe, which we did this time.
Last time we did the sit down restaurant, you can read my in depth post about  about it HERE
And I am so excited that Malibu Farm  will be coming to one of my all time favorite shopping spots
Lido Marina Village
 in Newport Beach!!

Malibu Farms is the perfect stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner
or you can even stop in for  drinks or coffee as well.
A little walk on the beach afterwards is a lovely way to finish your visit!

Flashback 30 years ... I can't believe it's been that many years!
What a ride it's been.

Thirty years later and we are still together!
These days that's definitely something to not only celebrate
but be utterly Grateful for!!

After breakfast we went to our next usual stop ...
The Lumberyard Shopping Mall
 in Malibu.
I'm always excited to shop at the  J Crew in Malibu
it always feels more special than  ours at South Coast Plaza.
So imagine my disappointment to find out the Malibu J Crew is now closed.
The brand has been having quite some problems of late
 has been forced to close many of their stores.
I truly feared it would be all downhill when the magnificent Jenna Lyons left the company.

Our lunch destination was further up the coast in Montecito.
We headed up to the
to dine at the iconic

Oh what a spectacular property it is!
It was our first visit
but definitely not our last!

There are 41 cottages that make up  this  luxury property 
which sits on 500 acres.

It was Forbes #1 Hotel.
And I understand why!!

We got a room back in Malibu at
Native Hotel.
It was a lovely well designed but spare room.
The first time we stayed there
we absolutely loved it.
This time it was 'fine'.
But that probably had more to do with coming right off of the
San Ysidro Ranch for lunch.
WE had no idea the Ranch would be so magnificent.
Definitely would not recommend that travel order,

We finished up our Anniversary Day  watching a superb  sunset at a perfect table at 

It was quite the whirlwind day!
I am so grateful for our Day Trip.
It was so perfect to take time out
 revel in our  making it 30 years!

Thank you Jeff!  xoxox

As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life