Levels of Fanciness & Authentic Luxury

If you type the word ‘fancy’ into Pinterest, a giant mess of pictures shows up: recipes using heirloom tomatoes, herbs in ice cubes, a mixture of both casual sundresses and all-out ballgowns, and lots of chocolate inspired cocktails. What does fancy really look like? Do we know anymore? What is my level of fancy? Fanciness is an elevation of your normal. It holds a sacred specialness. A fancy affair has a weightiness to it, a change in the atmosphere. Picture this: you are preparing to host a special evening with a few close friends to celebrate someone’s promotion. You know how hard they worked, the extra hours they put in, the dedication through the tough times, and you know that the dinne

How to Be Festive, Simple, Healthy, and Different

Why not say no to overwhelm and pick a few delightful ways to entertain your own entertaining skills this year for the holidays? Or just do something sweet and selfish for yourself? Obtaining an evocative scent used to drive me to go sneaking off with pruners to the nearest cemetery to grab some arborvitae on a secretive spree. Now I advocate taking cuttings from sanctioned properties or buying fresh from a local vendor, but in terms of a quick fix for finding yourself in a festive mood, I think you can't beat a great fragrance. Even those tabletop Rosemary trees are fun if you pinch a little off here and there until the heat from your indoors drives it to dry up. I love having something rea

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