CTL Weekly 12.08

Happy Friday, friend! Welcome to the CTL Weekly where I gather up all the things I’ve collected to share with you and send them off in this weekly note.

FYI, I’m experimenting with the formatting of the newsletter to make it as reader-friendly as possible so let me know if it’s looking okay on your end. 

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Life Lately

On Monday I had my first babysitting session with Madeline. She and I did well! We even did a whole photoshoot. Well, I did the photoshoot while she slept…lol. 

I also took her an early Christmas present (I’m going all in on this theme), wrapped in RubyStripe’s adorable paper. How charming are all of their designs?

Here’s more of what I saved to share with you…

An English Home Tour

American Amanda Brooks moved with her family to the Cotswolds in England, where they live in and old farmhouse near her husband’s family and she runs a small shop. Sounds dreamy, right? And if you think their home might be especially magical at Christmas, you’d be right. Here it is in photos, and the video will transport you right to England for all the Christmas feels.

Currently Loving

What a great detail from Veranda’s Party Trick column on how Keith Meacham entertains: Whether she’s hosting a big bash or an intimate gathering, Meacham’s party trick is to serve four favorite southern hors d’oeuvres passed around on her grandmother’s silver trays. “People go wild for bite-size biscuits with Virginia ham, cheese dreams (decadent cheese covered stacks of Pepperidge Farm thin sandwich bread toasted to perfection), bacon-wrapped dates, and hot cheese olives,” she says.

Keith is a great follow on Instagram too.

A fun read from Vogue: Cameron Diaz in ‘The Holiday’ is my Winter Style Inspiration

I’ve been wearing these Anne Klein pants everywhere lately. They’re super comfortable and I love the front seam. The fabric feels like a faux suede. (They’re longer on me than they are on the model, who must be very tall – I’m 5’8″.)

On My Radar

These flannel sheet sets from Threshold at Target come in such great classic prints and colors, including Woodblock FlowersIvory WindowpaneCharcoal GrayGray Stripe, and Floral.

More To Explore

If you need something to have on while you’re wrapping or cooking, this Rod Stewart Christmas Special filmed at a Scottish castle is just the festive thing. 

8 beautiful boutique hotels with beautiful libraries.

Three-ingredient sugar cookies (or four if you’re feeling fancy).

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

P.S. Last year’s blue and green Christmas table.

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