Christmas Day Chic {& delivered on time for free}

As much as I adore the ease of online shopping, my biggest pet peeve is paying for shipping. So when I can get what I want shipped free & on time, it’s Christmas to my ears!

For Christmas Day I like a combo of chic and cozy, and this insanely cozy cableknit sweater {also love this one & this one for less} paired with this gorgeous flounce skirt and these wear with everything booties {on sale!} fit the bill perfectly! Of course a little bit of sparkle is an absolute must by way of these gorgeous stud earrings and my new favorite nail polish {seen here}.

What’s Christmas Day like with your family – casual, fancy, a combo? I love hearing about how different people celebrate!

Getting There In Style

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Traveling can be a bit overwhelming to start with, pair it with the holiday season – parties, decorating, baking, shopping, wrapping, menu planning, etc. – and I usually end up throwing my stuff into a carry-on last minute. I’ve learned over the past few years to invest in a few go-to pieces in neutral color palettes so they can be worn interchangeably, and don’t draw a lot of attention – airports & transit stations can be chockfull of sketchy characters! An oversized cashmere scarf is an absolute must, doubling as a blanket keeping me toasty and warm. I picked up these leggings a few months ago and have worn them constantly – they’re so unbelievably comfortable! Slide-on boots that can worn with socks is an absolute must – walking bearfoot through airport security beyond skeeves me out!

What are some of your travel essentials?

Take Note 12•12•14

This-Holiday-Best-Sales-Last-Minute-Christmas-Shopping-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJHappy Friday!!! I hope everyone had a great week! I got the majority of my Holiday decorating {& a few clients} done last week, so this weekend I have to wrap up the rest of my Holiday shopping to meet free standard shipping delivery deadlines – I buy almost everything online, overcrowded stores kinda freak me out & I just don’t have the time to battle the lines! Here’s the sales I’ll be shopping:

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No-Fireplace Christmas Stocking Solutions

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Our house was as built in the 1950’s as a traditional single story bungalow {hence the nickname!}, and with its proximity to both the bay & beach, was most likely used only a few months out of the year as a beach house. Hence {much to my dismay} we don’t have a fireplace in the house – the quintessential place to hang Christmas stockings! Until the day comes when we either have one installed or move, finding a place to put our Christmas stocking has always been a challenge {no staircase either – the second best place to hang the stockings!}. The first few years we live in the house I hung our stockings on the coat rack on the wall. However seeing as we live in the North East, winter coats get their fair share of exercise this time of year, and the coat rack ended up looking a wreck by the end of the day.

Then a few years ago I picked up this ladder from Serena & Lily to hang throws on, and it inadvertently solved my Christmas stocking placement issues! Throughout the rest of the year it’s usually stacked with cozy throws, but I’ve also used it to hang magazines on in my office, towels in the bathroom & outside for pool parties, and I most recently styled one of clients S&L ladders {I recommend them to almost everyone!} with their Holiday cards.

I may eventually have the stockings monogramed with each of our initials, but for right now I love the idea of having an ornament that represents everyone – a lumberjack for Billy & snow bunny for me, and bones for Bella & Cody {Bella’s has a bow, of course!}.

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Cozy Christmas Morning

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My favorite part of the Holidays is upholding traditions that have been passed down for generations – 7 Fishes Dinner on Christmas Eve, lots of Holiday baking {these cookies are one of my favorite!}, special Christmas decorations that have been gifted over many years or passed down – and creating a few new ones of our own. In our family {and I’m sure in many of yours as well}, we each open up one present on Christmas Eve, and it’s always our Christmas pajamas! My sister, mom & mine always matched, while my bother & dad’s coordinated in on the selected color scheme; and we have some of the BEST memories & pictures opening up presents in them throughout the years.

J.Crew pajama bottoms {up to 30% off your entire purchase today at both J.Crew & J.Crew Factory!} have been a favorite over the past few years b/c they’re so incredibly soft, cotton {flannel’s way too hot for me!}, come in a variety of festive patterns, and are really well made {I have all my pairs from the past 4 years and literally wear each one at least once a week!}. This year I’m loving the idea to do a little twist on the traditional pajamas get-up, by pairing the pants with more everyday items that then could be worn again – like this thermal baseball tee for the guys, this incredibly luxurious cashmere henley for the ladies {a less expensive alternative} and this adorable moose hat for the kiddos!

What are some of your favorite Holiday traditions?

Christmas Decor Inspiration

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I absolutely adore the holiday season, and all the decorating, gifting, parties & overall general sense of cheer that comes with it! There are so many different decorating styles out there, many of which I love, but my own personal preference is to take a few festive pieces – like this wreath appliquéd pillow these knit stockings – and adorn the rest of the house subtly. I love incorporating pieces that nod to the holidays – like this white stag head (which I have & LOVE), plaid blanket & brass log holder – that can then be re-used throughout the rest of the year without screaming Christmas.

Oh, and tons of fresh greens are an absolute must- a Christmas tree (obviously), garland (which I always wrap around faux pre-lit garland – SO much easier than stringing the lights yourself) and a gorgeous wreath. I’m loving the idea of incorporating rosemary and eucalyptus amongst the typical holiday greens this year!

What’s your holiday decorating style?

PS- Like the falling snow in the header?! I couldn’t resist!

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The Holidays • The Casual In-Betweens

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The Holidays are one of my absolute favorite times of the year! I’m pretty much a traditionalist when it comes to color schemes for holiday decorating & the table setting {always adding in a fun twist, of course!}. However as our family continues to grow, we don’t get to see everyone that we’d like to the day-of. Casual “in-between” get-togethers amongst family & friends have become more & more common, which I actually really love – the more parties the better, in my opinion!

I like to switch up the color scheme for such occasions, and right now I’m loving the idea of using powdery whites with different shades of blue and a shiny pops of silver for a festive flair. My entertaining style in general is pretty casual, and for these occasions I especially like to keep things low-key, serving all the food from the buffet. A cozy sweater, gorgeous scalloped plaid skirt, comfy flats and a little bit of bling is perfect for hosting such occasions – and compliments the buffet quite nicely!

How do you handle not being able to see everyone you like to the day-of? I think it’s a lot of pressure to put on one day. Would love to hear your thoughts!

A Lovely Winter Lunch

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I came across this gorgeous barn belonging to the ever so talented Aerin Lauder and was completely smitten! I just adore the mix of pattern and texture the designer orchestrated, along with not-so-Christmas looking greenery.

Do you leave a few Winter accessories and decorations up after the holidays?

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Pignolata

Pignolata-Struffoli-Recipe-by-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJThere are so many family recipes that I love making around the holiday season, but it truly wouldn’t be Christmas without pignolata. A delicious Sicilian confection of fried pastry and toasted hazelnuts, rolled in honey and topped with sprinkles – they are my favorite yuletide indulgence and best enjoyed homemade! There are different variations of the dish found throughout Italy – in Naples they’re called struffoli – this is how I make mine:

Pignolata  

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs, 3 egg yolks
  • 1 jigger Grand Marnier
  • 2 cups white flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1.5 cups of toasted hazelnuts
  • Canola oil
  • 1 lb. 8 oz. honey
  • round multi-color sprinkles

Preparation

  • In a mixer with a dough hook, combine first 4 ingredients and mix until fully combined.
  • Cut off a small section of the dough and cover the remainder with a damp kitchen towel.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out each piece until 1/4-inch thick. Cut each strip of pastry into 1/4-inch pieces – about the size of the top of an eraser. Lightly dredge the dough balls in flour, shaking off any excess. Repeat with the remainder of the dough.
  • In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan or fryer, pour enough oil to fill about a third of the way. Heat over medium heat until the oil temp reaches 375 degrees F.
  • In batches, fry the dough until lightly golden, about 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to paper towel-lined baking sheets to drain.
  • In a large saucepan, warm the honey over medium heat until it starts to bubble. Remove the pan from the heat. In batches, add the fried dough and hazelnuts and stir until coated in the honey mixture. Allow the mixture to cool in the pan for 2 minutes.
  • Using a slotted spoon, arrange the struffoli and hazelnuts on a platter, decorating each layer with sprinkles. Drizzle any remaining honey over the pignoltta (can be made 3 days in advance).

I hope you all have a very merry and wonderful Christmas! xo

The Holiday Cocktail Supper

Cocktail-Supper-Party-Menu-and-Dining-Room-by-Julia-Reed-via-DiCorcia-Interior-Design-NY-NJWe’re hosting a little Holiday Party this Saturday, and after a hectic few weeks, I’m really excited to spend some time with good friends and toast the end to a fabulous year! I like to entertain and usually don’t find it particularly stressful. However, holiday parties tend differ from status quo. It’s a busy time of year, so understandably guests may have multiple events to attend, or a little shopping to finish up – hence arriving at different times throughout the course of the night. This can be a little stressful in terms of keeping food hot, especially on a cold Winter night!

So when I came across Julia Reed’s (one of my entertaining idols) Cocktail Supper menu in this months Southern Living, I knew what direction to take. All of her dishes can be served at room temperature (aside from the Lump Crab Mornay, which is kept warm in a silver chafing dish), allowing the host to enjoy their guests – in lieu of constantly heating up food and keeping an eye on sternos. Genius!

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1. Montgomery Punch

2. Mini Corn Cakes with Smoked Salmon and Dill Crème Fraîche

3. Lump Crab Mornay 

4. Perfect Beef Tenderloin served with homemade hot mustard sauce, horseradish sauce and Sister Schubert’s yeast rolls (which Ms. Reed swears are just as good as homemade!).

5. Buttery Toasted Pecans – I also really like this recipe!

6. Asparagus with Curry Dip

7. Pecan Bourbon Balls

In addition to be so much less stressful, the added benefit about the “Cocktail Super” menu is it’s more than enough to constitute as dinner, and informal enough for your guests to arrive and leave as they please!

Are you doing any holiday entertaining this season? Any tips for a stress-free party?