My Thanksgiving

This year's Thanksgiving went off without a hitch! Friends and family came to enjoy turkey and all the fixings (including my successful cornbread!), conversation, 3 pies, and football.

Table setting

Action cooking shot

Cornbread: ready to bake

My brother mashing

Cornbread: ready to eat!

The Turkey

Candles lit

Hope everyone else enjoyed their Turkey Day!


Day 1, My Stocking: Erika @ Café Fashionista

Welcome to a special guest post holiday series on La vie...J'aime, My Stocking! For the next 25 days, 25 days of La vie...J'aime if you will, 25 fabulous bloggers will share some of their favorite items they'd like to have in their stocking. The catch? Each item must fit in a stocking. Without further ado, here is day 1 of My Stocking!

My Stocking: The Cat’s Meow
By: Erika @ Café Fashionista

Stockings were a big deal in my family growing up. Each year, we would make our way to a shop in the hopes of finding a new stocking to hang above our faux fireplace. We’re talking about Southern California here, so please cast aside your musings of romantic evenings spent by the fireside with a cute boy – such scenarios never had the chance to materialize in my abode, for yes, the fireplace was…fake.

But I digress; fake or not, the fireplace was always embellished with the most charming stockings anyone could hope to find. Ambrosial knits crafted by the hands of friends; velvet pieces adorned with scenes of Santa Claus or soon to melt away Snowmen frolicking in the chilly frost; even a trio of glistening gold pieces for the year my mother wanted to decorate the house in a more rustic, antique fashion than was normal.

This year, however, I have forgone the classic, sophisticated offerings that have made their way in and out of my life over the years; replacing them with something quite a bit more juvenile, yet every bit as meaningful…Hello Kitty.

Hello Kitty will not be hanging over my fireplace this year due to the fact that it is her 35th Anniversary; nor because she is simply cute to look at (though I will admit she is quite bewitching). Rather, her presence there upon the fireside is compliments of the fact that I think of her as the essence of girlhood and femininity.

For many of us, she was there when we were children in the form of stuffed toys and school supplies; yet stuck by us as we crossed over from tiny tots to young adults in the form of her appearance in a line of MAC Cosmetics devoted solely to her. Magically she has managed to appear in every milestone of many of our lives; thus I see no better tribute to her than a Christmas stocking in her honor. And I imagine that, since I think so highly of her persona, she’ll be willing to repay the favor by ensuring that my stocking is loaded with goodies; for there are five ultra-special items I’m coveting this year.

1) Tiffany Keys Quatrefoil Key Pendant – Aside from being elegant; I have always found keys, especially those of the skeleton variety to be mysterious, and secretive. Something with the power to unlock a world of intrigue, with a classically cryptic cosmopolitanism to them. I attribute this train of thought to the wise words of Coco Chanel…“One shouldn’t speak of oneself, or almost never. People should guess you.” And guess me they shall, as I don a true Tiffany Key. But not any Tiffany Key will do. The opener with the ability to unlock my heart is the Quatrefoil Key Pendant. Between the 18K gold and diamond embellishments, if money were not an object, I confess, I imagine nothing would satisfy me more.

2) Dell Mini 10 Netbook – I am a blogger; therefore it is essential that I am never away from a computer for too many hours at a time. In fact, to be honest, even if I wasn’t a blogger, I would still find myself going through withdrawals if forced to suffer through any long period wherein I was unable to check my e-mail. Being that I typically work on a PC, I don’t necessarily need a cumbersome laptop, but a Dell Mini 10 Netbook in Pink would surely make me smile – especially given the fact that it’s a mere 2.5 pounds; making it ultra portable. I may be tempted to stick it right in my handbag; after all, there’s a very big possibility that it actually weighs less than the jumble of lip gloss I currently have taking up space in there!

3) A Donation In My Name to Pets With Disabilities – As the proud parent of three handicapped cats (Snowflake is deaf, Sloopy is blind, and Morgan has only one eye) – all of which were adopted from shelters – I am quite aware of the struggles these amazing animals face on a daily basis; in addition to the harsh judgments made towards them. Pets With Disabilities is one of my favorite charitable organizations for not only do they provide a voice for disabled pets; they also work to bring awareness to communities, and place handicapped animals of the feline and canine variety into caring, loving homes. I would adore if a donation in my name were to be made to Pets With Disabilities. To find a tiny card in my stocking stating that even $25.00 had found its way to this wonderful organization would truly make my Christmas one of the best ever!

4) Jessica Simpson Fancy Love Eau de Parfum – Darlings, I see absolutely no reason to reinvent myself each year; I’m quite happy with who I currently am, thank you very much. That said; I do adore trying a new fragrance beginning every January 1. It was Coco Chanel who stated “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” I couldn’t agree more; thus, even if I find that the year’s chosen scent is not what I was looking for, the chance to discover something new in terms of aromas is always a tantalizing treat – especially for the senses. Therefore, I request a new one every Christmas. This year I am all about finding un petit bottle of Jessica Simpson’s Fancy Love nestled in the toe of my stocking. Typically I think of myself as a vanilla girl; but given the fact that Cosmopolitan compared the aura to a good-night kiss, and Jessica Simpson herself proclaimed that “Fancy Love is fresh and pure, like a timeless piece of white lace – it’s always pretty and innocent…” I have a very strong feeling that it is destined to become my new sweet-smelling suitor.

5) Greg Behrendt – Quiet your gasps please; I am not asking to find Greg Behrendt in my stocking. Even I, a person with an imagination as large as my beloved Alice in Wonderland, know that it would be downright impossible for a human being to fit within a Christmas stocking; otherwise I would have simply requested a cute boy for the holidays. Non, what I want is two books by Greg Behrendt – two books that work as one, thus the reason why I am counting them as a singular present – and those books are He’s Just Not That Into You and It’s Called a Breakup Because It’s Broken. To be truthful here, I really have no reason to read either of these books at this point and time in my life; but they sound entertaining, and due to the fact that they were based on an episode of Sex and the City I think that delving into both of them would surely be the ideal way to tap into my inner Carrie Bradshaw.

Can you hear me, Santa? It’s me; Café Fashionista. I have been so good this year; so please, oh please, fill my stocking with these goodies!

Fashionably yours!

Thanks Erika- fabulous choices and thanks for being day 1! Stay tuned tomorrow for Day 2 of My Stocking!


Style you Sunday: denim shirt II

I loved this first denim shirt Style you Sunday, based on a Hilary Duff look. My friend Jen had asked for some tips on styling a denim shirt, so I thought I'd do another more casual, day look. I am not a fan on jean on jean, no matter what the shades. So, I stuck with some cute cords, a jacket, and gold hinted accessories.

Comment here with an item for me to style of you on next week's Style you Sunday!

Tomorrow starts a special 25 day holiday guest post series- stay tuned!


Friday Faves: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving table @ La Dolce Vita
Love this rustic Thanksgiving- it's too cold in Boston to have Turkey Day outside, but how lovely would this be?

Holiday printables @ Creature Comforts Blog
Print your own place settings, menus, etc.

What we're thankful for @ GlamChic
I agree with all of these! :)

Centerpieces @ Bloomacious Digs
Beautiful color palette and love the table cloth.

Holiday tables @ Elements of Style
Simply put- gorgeous and gorgeous.

Thanksgiving dessert buffet @ Sweet Designs: Amy Atlas blog
You must click here and here for fabulous and adorable Thanksgiving treats!

Seasonal bloom centerpiece @ Design*Sponge
Love the chosen flowers and guards, so Thanksgiving.

Click this pic for my special Thanksgiving posts this week!


Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating! Here is what I will be doing today...

Help my mom set the table

Watch Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade [it's a tradition that I must watch! :) ]

Watch football

Give thanks and eat!

Hope you all enjoy food, family, fun, and football too! <3
Pics of my Thanksgiving to come tomorrow!

PS: this is a scheduled post, as I am doing all these things :)

PPS: Need a good read? Check out this short story written by my brother.


Gorgeous Mrs. O

For the State Dinner, Michelle Obama sported 2 sparkly looks- absolutely amazing!

In JCrew and Rachel Roy @ the State Dinner preview

In Naeem Khan @ the State Dinner

Both photos via

PS: 3 p.m. dismissal at work today... woo!


Skillet cornbread recipe

My mom will be hosting Thanksgiving this year at her house to about a dozen of family and friends. She will take care of most of the food- turkey and various sides. My grandma will bring her meat stuffing that I love, and I will be making this cornbread recipe (our girls Thanksgiving hostess made it and it was amazing!) I do have a cooking disability, but this recipe seems easy enough. Pics to come!

What are you making for Thanksgiving?


Diamonds are a girl's best friend...

Thank you to Rachel at Inspiration In Italy for giving me the 5 Diamonds Award! First off, to add some more sparkle to this post- here are some sparkly accessories to brighten up your holidays!

I also received this Vintage Style Award from The Redhead Fashionista- another Rachel coincidentally- thank you! So, I pass these two awards to these blogs...


Oasis of the Seas

Check out this new cruise ship, part of the Royal Caribbean fleet...

guest room


"Central Park"

jazz lounge

mini golf

Check out more photos at Oasis of the Apparently it cost $1.5 billion to make and holds 6,300 people! Wow! I'd like to take a trip ASAP please :)


Thanksgiving with Tory

Tory Burch sent an email to her e-subscribers with her Thanksgiving menu. I love how her marketing team really branches out beyond just the clothes/accessories and promotes her brand as a lifestyle. Check out her blog for the Reva's salmon spread recipe and links to the pieces of her attire. If I were attending, here's the look I'd wear...