I recently collaborated with the Town & Country team on the December/January Issue Muses Program! On past features we’ve focused on beauty topics, accessories and my favorite pics for home & studio - this time I wanted to divulge my tips for getting through the holiday season in style.
Living in a metropolis as crowded and hectic as New York City is not always easy, but when you find your favorite spots that act as your home away from home, it’s easy to relax and be productive in the same day. I live in Brooklyn but my trips to Manhattan are frequent due to the nature of my job. If I’m en route to meetings, I want to find a comfortable coffee shop in between appointments to work on my computer or a cozy spot to have lunch. I also need to be able to run errands and do my shopping without feeling like I’m fighting for the item I want…and I want to do it all without being overwhelmed!
During the holiday season, remaining calm and balanced can definitely be a little bit too much to ask but I promise you it’s possible! One of my favorite spots in Manhattan is The Shops at Columbus Circle which is a one-stop-shop for all of your holiday shopping needs. It is located right next to scenic Central Park (which in itself is a dream holiday scene - shopping followed by hot chocolate while walking through the park). The Shops exude luxurious offerings, as well as fantastic recharging spots like Bluebird London. Located on the 3rd floor of The Shopping Center, it’s the perfect spot to unwind or even take a meeting if you are looking for a relaxing location with lovely food and drinks. The cafe reminds me so much of home with its British influence on dining (I can never say no to high tea!) and the decor is colorful and warm which is a nice contrast to the chilly, grey weather outside.
The holidays are all about indulging and although I love to shop for others - it’s a time of year where I always like to gift myself too, especially after a very busy year! My indulgences often come in the form of luxury bags as it’s something I wear every day. My go-to bag of the season has to be the Longchamp Amazone bag - it’s the perfect size to carry in the city and fits all of your much-needed items, from cosmetics to work items to travel essentials.
Trying to think of an intimate and personalized gift, for that tough-to-buy-for person on your list? My all-time favorite item to gift is a luxury candle. My favorite candle-of-the-moment is The Harmonist ‘Yang Fire’ which gives off a warm and inviting smell. I love burning this candle at home during the holidays and my houseguests always compliment it.
I also love gifting jewelry - a simple bracelet or necklace speaks a thousand words. A keepsake that will last forever and be worn time and time again. My favorite bracelets at the moment are Vahan’s stacking bracelets where you can go from day to night by starting with one and adding more for ultimate holiday glam.
I hope this gives you a few ideas to make your holiday season more glamorous! Be sure to check out Town & Country’s December/January issue with more great holiday inspiration.
Photography by Oscar May
Make Up by Deborah Altizio