5 Early December Favorites

It's been crisp and chilly here lately, a welcome change from the unseasonably warm weather we had this fall. The leaves are finally in full color, and the short days mean more time to cuddle up inside and read...preferably with a strong cup of tea and a pair of cozy slippers. Which brings me to my first favorite...

Glerups cozy Danish slippers
Garnet Hill flannel sheets

1. Glerups danish wool slippers

I recently treated myself to a pair of Glerups, which are super-cozy Danish wool slippers. I am in love! The wool is so thick and soft and comfortable (and WARM, of course), and the soles are leather, which means if you have to run out to get the mail, they won't be ruined. I picked the no-back type, but if I was still in New England I would be tempted to get the boots ... they look so very toasty. These would make such a lovely gift, and they come in child (and baby) sizes, too.

2. garnet hill hemstitched Flannel sheets

You know that feeling of sliding into freezing cold sheets? That doesn't really happen with flannel sheets, which is why I LOVE putting flannel sheets on the beds in winter. And the set of hemstitched flannel sheets I got during a recent sale at Garnet Hill (psst: looks like they're still on sale) are the softest we've had yet. 

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3. Pride and Prejudice (and P&P related fiction)

I recently read Pride and Prejudice for the first time. Why it took this many years for me to get to it, I have no idea. But I loved it, and have plans to dive deep into Austen this winter. But before moving on, I decided to take a detour downstairs, with Longbourn by Jo Baker. I'm a little over halfway through, and I'm glad I didn't look up the reviews before beginning, because there's a lot of hate of this novel out there! I can see where the criticism is coming from, but I'm enjoying it (so far) nonetheless. I've also read The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, which is fantastic if you like quirky heroines and traveling into books (and through space-time).

4.Danish butter cookies from trader Joe's

These little cookies have been disappearing rapidly from my house, since all three of us are fans. What made me pick them up in the first place was actually the adorable nordic tin: I plan on reusing it to hold my own cookies when we start baking over the Christmas holiday.

5. Paperwhites (...also from trader Joe's!)

I usually force a bunch of bulbs at this time of year, but I hadn't gotten around to it yet - so I was excited to find a paperwhite bulb in a lovely, simple little glass forcing vase while standing in the checkout line at Trader Joe's. It's cheering up my desk as I type this, and I plan to keep the little vase to force bulbs next year.

12 Days of Holiday Hygge

I'd love to hear what's making you happy this month! And if you're looking for a fun little project, consider joining in on 12 Days of Holiday Hygge: we've just started today. You can sign up for the emails right here, or join us on Instagram using the hashtag #12daysofholidayhygge.

xo Laura

12 Days of Holiday Hygge

Hello my lovelies, it's been too long, I know! But I'm back today to announce a fun offering that I've just cooked up: 12 Days of Holiday Hygge, a free course with six emails spread over 12 days.

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  • Noticing beauty
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  • Soulful giving
  • Building compassion
  • Getting outdoors
  • Reading + reflection

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xo Laura

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Simple Wardrobe Updates

Hello my dears! It's been a while. I've had so many new ideas percolating, and yet it's been just that: percolating. Brewing. Thinking. Journaling. I'm hard at work on pulling the best of Mindful Clutter Clearing into a brand-new format, with some juicy new additions (and a new website!) but there's nothing to reveal just yet. It's a slower process than I ever imagined. In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite recent wardrobe updates.

As those of you who have a) taken one of my courses, or b) know me in person, probably already know, my personal style is simple. I like unfussy, casual, throw-it-on-and-go clothes. Think blue jeans, striped tops, flat (read: comfy) shoes, easy dresses, and minimal jewelry. I used to waste money buying clothes that I thought I "should" like, but no more! Accepting my simple style has been a relief. If you're a more-is-more type when it comes to getting dressed, this is probably not the post for you ... but if simple style is your jam, read on for 5 of my favorite recent acquisitions.

From where I stand

I rarely shop, so when I do my standards are high. New items need to: work for everyday wear, be comfortable and built to last, and go with other pieces I already own. On my list for this spring was an updated version of my basic jeans-and-striped-top combo; here's what I found: 

1. I'm loving the cuffed boyfriend jeans from Kut from the Kloth. Just spotted they're on super sale right now at Nordstrom Rack ... I may have to order a backup pair!

2. I adore my Garnet Hill striped top; sadly, it appears to be no longer available. It's nice and thick, similar to the classic Saint James striped tops.

3. I've been living in my Birkenstock Gizeh sandals (this pair is in 'Graceful Antique Lace') since last summer, and they are still holding up well.

4. After much searching for a new everyday leather bag, I settled on the leather Baggu tote in stone (white). It's super soft and slouchy, which I love. I have been fairly careful with where I set it down since it's so light, but the few marks it's gotten have been easy to clean off. 

French market basket - The Simple List

5. Last but not least, I have to mention my french market basket! This is a true summertime essential for me: I use it for everything from grocery shopping to toting books, playground balls, and picnic gear. The one I have is truly gigantic. It fits a ton, and has double handles so you can sling it over your shoulder or carry it in hand. (When not in use, this puppy still pulls its weight around the house as a storage container for towels and other household linens.)

Summers here in the Bay Area are so much more mellow than back in Rhode Island, I don't need to change as much in terms of what I wear. That said, I am still on the lookout for a few new items, including: shorts that don't make me feel like a total dork, and an easy dress or two with some upper arm coverage. Hah!

What about you? Have you learned (or accepted) anything about your own style preferences (or body type) that have made building your wardrobe easier? What's on your shopping list right now? I'd love to hear!

xo Laura