LOVING TJ’S…GIFT WORTHY TREATS

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Have you ever been stuck without a present for the tutor/coach/babysitter? On your way to a holiday party, only to realize you have nothing for the hostess? Make sure that never happens again by picking up the above items the next time you’re at Trader Joe’s. Each holiday season TJ’s offers a delicious array of treats in super cute packaging that are just right for gifting. This year’s options are particularly alluring: the Trader Joe’s Jingle Jangle tin is a mix of dark and milk chocolate covered pretzels, chews, peanut butter cups, and popcorn – something for everyone and so good. The English Toffee with Nuts is crunchy, buttery, sweet perfection, and the Almond Snowman cookies are just right for little ones and big ones alike. Each one comes in a festive container that only needs the addition of a pretty ribbon to be presentation ready. Grab a few the next time you do the marketing and you’ll never be stuck empty handed again.

Claudia, WCM

LOVING BOOKS…GIVE BIG

Books are a big part of my life. I like to read them, look at them, feel them, smell them… And I love giving them as gifts – especially big, glossy coffee table versions that create an impact. Added bonus: I find that a fabulous book is a great choice for those on my list who are hard to shop for. Here are a few that I’m considering that might be right for the challenging giftees on your list too:

Vanity Fair Book

For the culture vulture: Vanity Fair 100 Years

The Kate Moss Book

For the fashionable one: The Kate Moss Book

Slim Aarons La Dolce Vita Book

For the aesthete: Slim Aarons: La Dolce Vita

Rock n Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip

For the music lover: Rock ‘N’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip

Shake Book

For the dog lover: Shake

Los Angeles- Portrait of a City

For the proud Angeleno (or enthusiastic transplant): Los Angeles: Portrait of a City

Jerusalem Cookbook

For the cook with a taste for adventure: Jerusalem a Cookbook

Beautiful Lego

For the Lego lover of any age: Beautiful Lego

Moments That Made the Movies

For the movie buff: Moments That Made The Movies 

Happy gifting! Happy reading!

Claudia, WCM

DRESSING BOYS FOR THE HOLIDAYS…PART 2

Here we are! The second half of “Dressing Boys for the Holidays” (see the first part here). This time, I relied on my old stand-by, Crewcuts, to give me ideas about what the dudes will be wearing (but most kids stores have pieces that work in the same way). To get them dressed and out the door with minimal complaining, I’m going to use the “trick them with comfort” ploy. However, with the super dressed up outfit I might have to go straight candy…

THE NUTCRACKER – Fancy all the way with a slight twist – it’s hard to feel stuffy in blue velvet.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY SING: Traditional, but with some unexpected pattern mixing that makes him stand out.

SANTA PHOTO OP: Who says hanging with Santa needs to be a formal event? The sweater pulls it together, but the relaxed feel of everything else makes standing in line a lot easier.

CLASS PARTY: Free dress day practically screams jeans, pair them with a festive t-shirt and a jolly flannel and he’ll look like he tried with out actually trying.

CHRISTMAS MORNING: Christmas pjs are a tradition in our house, but I try to get them ones that don’t look silly when they’re still wearing them in February.


Final Tip: I’ve found that when I make sure the boys’ clothes actually fit properly, it makes a world of difference in how “together” they look. Even the nicest trouser and button-down combo looks sloppy when it’s too big!

Happy Holidays!

Claudia, WCM

 

FLASHBACK FRIDAY…HOLIDAYS!

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Here is Miles with his twin cousins, Betty and Alex. They were all dressed up for Gailma and Pop’s annual tree trimming party. The twins had recently moved to LA, and Miles was totally thrilled to have cousins his age to play with!  It was all very festive and cute, and a total blast. Note: My sister, who is not the sort of Mom that would encourage a “Santa Dress”, put her own fashion ideas aside and allowed Betty to choose her outfit for the party.  As you can see from Miles’ ensemble, I was not so generous…

P.S. Speaking of twins – look how angelic Dilyn’s kids – Dash, Finley and Clover – look in the below picture from the party. Despite the bad influences in the middle, they are calm and smiling beautifully. Now, that’s some good parenting.

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 Claudia you are way too kind. I think they were all smiles because they were waiting for pizza!

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This is one of my favorite Christmas pictures because he looks SO HAPPY and that’s what Christmas is all about. The joy it brings. It’s easy to get caught up in the craziness of it all, but we do it for the little smiling faces and the joy it brings them. I also love this picture because he’s so happy with the picture ornament that he made in preschool that year. That was him putting it on the tree! (every year he still likes to put it on the tree) Merry, Merry!!!

Happy Friday!

Claudia and Dilyn, WCM

 

OFFICE PARTY?


“Tis the season for office parties. And with them comes the problem of what to wear. There’s a fairly narrow strike zone between looking like a bore and looking like a…tart.
Luckily, there’s an easy way to create a balance between appropriate and festive – for me, it starts with pants and ends with sparkle – and can be done with a mix of the above items (some of which are probably already in your closet). Something cozy, a sexy shoe, a luxe texture and a hint of shimmer…you’re done. And hey, once the whole “what to wear” thing is solved, you can actually enjoy the party! (Just not too much…)

P.S. Everything you see is available now and nothing’s over $200! (Click the pix to find out where…)

Claudia, WCM

OFFICE PARTY?


“Tis the season for office parties. And with them comes the problem of what to wear. There’s a fairly narrow strike zone between looking like a bore and looking like a…tart.
Luckily, there’s an easy way to create a balance between appropriate and festive – for me, it starts with pants and ends with sparkle – and can be done with a mix of the above items (some of which are probably already in your closet). Something cozy, a sexy shoe, a luxe texture and a hint of shimmer…you’re done. And hey, once the whole “what to wear” thing is solved, you can actually enjoy the party! (Just not too much…)

P.S. Everything you see is available now and nothing’s over $200! (Click the pix to find out where…)

Claudia, WCM