GOLDEN QUILLS

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I’m keeping warm around these parts layered up in favorite Free Peep parka and my Patagonia bunny fleece…. I swear every time I wear this jacket, someone stops me on the street to ask me about it. I think it’s the bling factor. Secretly, all girls love some bling – and this is just the right amount to the left of Vegas (it’s gold and studded in real life). Comes in many colors friends…

I’m finally pretty much recovered and moving on with the Holiday season. Because Thanksgiving was so late this year, and because I was in bed for a good week, it seems like Christmas just came so fast. I can’t believe I didn’t make it to New York for the holiday season, I’m a little bit beside myself about that. And I barely got to really enjoy and take in Christmas in Philly. Sigh… I am happy to be heading back west again on Friday (Lucky me, it feels like I was just there) and we have some fun family activities planned, amongst the usual eating, drinking and merry making, which I’m so looking forward to. And I can’t wait to see our tree all lit up and the mantle all decorated. Just have to make it through this work week, eek.

A VICTORIAN WINTER

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beauty: CHANEL NAIL POLISH IN ‘HAUTE CHOCOLAT’, BENEFIT ‘GIMME BROW’ & BOBBI BROWN TEABERRY LIPGLOSS

Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend with your families – I sure did. I was home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, as seen here. Clearly I wore a lot of black while I was at it – I’ve been catching up on American Horror Story: Coven. Witches – so good. Love the look. I also did me a bit of shopping and picked up this Rag & Bone ‘Pilot’ Clutch. I’ve been eyeing the satchel version forever, but kind of fell in love this this convertible shoulder bag/clutch while checking out all the sales (fail). Had to have. xx

p.s. If you are not using this brow product, you are doing a serious disservice to your beauty regime. Just discovered it recently, and dare I say, it, it’s life changing? No but I’m serious.

 

THE HISTORY OF BUFFALO PLAID

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There is something about Buffalo Plaid I have just always loved. I think it’s the simplified plaid layout that screams classic and outdoorsy, rather than classic tartan or preppy. And the color. It also just reminds me of pretty winter, in the same way Fairisle does.

Did you ever wonder the history of Buffalo Plaid and where that moniker came from? Wonder no more, I googled it for you. It’s a pretty good story, Let me spin you the web…

Buffalo Plaid is in actuality, the ‘MacGregor Tartan’, one of the oldest tartans dating back to the 8th century. A symbol of the famous MacGregor clan, who were descendents of royalty but also ferocious and often lawless warriors. The MacGregors liked to stir up trouble and make enemies, and in 1603 they pissed off the wrong guy, and King James VI issued a warrant to kill all MacGregors across the highlands of Scotland. From there most changed their names or emigrated to Canada, including one Jock McClusky (née MacGregor). Jock eventually made it down from Canada to America in the late 1800s, bringing all of his MacGregor tartan clad belongings with him. Jock made a name for himself across Montana and the Dakotas and earned the respect of the Sioux and Cheyenne Indian tribes for his brute strength and hunting skills as well as his compassion for their cause, due to his own clan’s history back in Scotland. McClusky began bartering with the Indians, often trading his tartan woven blankets for buffalo pelts. Legend has it that the Sioux and Cheyenne tribes loved the bright rich red of the tartan, which they believed to be a sorcerer’s hex: a dye made from the spirit blood and souls of McClusky’s war enemies. They believed the tartan was his spirit guardian in battle, granting immortality that they too hoped to gain from wearing the tartan. From there it took on the name ‘buffalo plaid’ for the trading of buffalo pelts. The term and plaid gained popularity across America when Paul Bunyan debuted wearing it in 1916, and from then on it became a symbol of the rugged and heroic outdoors man. So there you have it, buffalo plaid. Pretty interesting right?

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IN THE WISSAHICKON VALLEY

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When I chose to move away from San Francisco last winter, one of the things I knew I was going to miss was the nature and all of the outdoorsy activities I used to do in the Bay Area. I used to love to take my trusty Subaru outside of the city on the weekends to go on a hike in Marin up Mount Tam, put my feet in the Ocean at Ocean or Stinson Beach or head up the 80 into the Sierras to Tahoe. Growing up on an island in the great Pacific Northwest, I didn’t ever realize how much I loved being in nature and the out of doors, and how refreshing and rejuvenating it was for my spirit until I moved to the city. While I love the energy and culture of cities, they can feel claustrophobic at times to me. Luckily, San Francisco had so much surrounding nature to offer. I knew it just wasn’t going to be the same in Philly – the ocean is an hour + drive away (could be worse) and the state is pretttyyyyy flat. However, Philly has surprised me in several ways unexpectedly, and now I have discovered what I think might just become my new weekend oasis.

 When one of my oldest friends from said Pacific Northwest island visited me this past weekend (love her), I convinced her pretty easily to ditch out on seeing the usual tourist attractions (still haven’t seen the Liberty Bell in person, oh well) and instead get out our hiking boots and explore Wissahickon Valley Park just northwest of the city. It’s where people tell you to go when you tell them you like outdoorsy stuff, and I am surprised it took me this long to get there. We were about 2 weeks late to really seeing the fall leaves in their most brilliance, but the park really was beautiful and the light was perfect. There is even a cozy historical Inn in the Park where you can enjoy lunch- or just post hike Bourbon-spiked Hot Ciders. We said yes to that, twice. Sharing pictures from our day here…

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FREE PEOPLE JACKET (I also love this one and this one) / NORSE PROJECTS SWEATER HOODIE (also love this one) / LULULEMON PANTS / RAY BAN WAYFARERS / HIKING BOOTS FROM GOOD OLE REI

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 “The earth has music for those who listen.” ― George Santayana