It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas…

Nothing beats the fragrance of pine this time of year. For me, it triggers memories of childhood in New Jersey, replete with scarves and mittens and red noses. When I left my parents’ home and moved to New York, a Christmas tree lot was set up next to my first apartment building, and I walked through a glorious pine-scented maze on my way to and from work each day for weeks.

Now I can have that wonderful scent in my home all season long–thanks to the Frasier Fir collection from Thymes. Available in reed diffusers, candles, home fragrance mist, cleansers, and lotions, it perfectly captures the scent of Christmas. Says the Thymes Web site, “With the aromatic snap of crisp Siberian Fir needles, heartening cedarwood, and relaxing sandalwood, it is mountain fresh, yet cozy and comforting.”

I couldn’t agree more.


Simple. Stylish. Splendid.

Franco Sarto has nailed a classic black pump that just may turn out to be the winter shoe I’ve been searching for. You just can’t beat it for the price point, and other Sarto shoes I’ve owned have been very comfortable.

My favorite part: the color is called “silky black.” Perfect!





Where Style Meets Comfort

All spring and summer, I wore a pair of Cole Haan black patent peep-toe pumps made with Nike Air technology. At the suggestion of a saleswoman in the shoe department at Nordstrom, I beefed them up with a pair of arch supports, and they ended up comfortable enough to wear for hours at a time. I paired them with skirts, cropped pants, skinny jeans, and rolled-up boyfriend jeans, and they soared to the top of my go-to list.


So it’s no wonder that the onset of colder weather has me looking for a closed-toe version of the same shoe that I could wear with tights for winter. While cruising the Internet, where my style loves usually begin, I found these on the Cole Haan Web site:


Be still, my heart.