bath, beauty products, Fashion, food, holidays, makeup, nails, personal style, shoes, shopping

in which we go over some NYE 2016 prep

This is it! We made it through one more year, and now have to get ready to sweep it away and make a clean slate for 2016. Whether you’re going out on the town or staying in, a new year is an opportunity to get ready for.

And an excuse to drink prosecco.

Here are my tips for getting through NYE with style:

prep 1I got some late deliveries that just missed the Holiday Gift Guide but are right on time for getting NYE cute.

  1. Cake Beauty sent over be Delectable strawberry & cream Decadent Hair & Body Mist, and a tube of vanilla & cream Supremely Rich Body Wash Both are $10 and a sweet way to scent your NYE look.
  2. Lucky, lucky me to get a box of fragrant goodies from Thymes! I can honestly say that I’m dying over the Kimono Rose rollerball ($19). It’s the type of fragrance that will have him hovering around all night. Pretty, soft, feminine and long lasting. I’m also enthused over the Aqua Coraline Body Wash ($21), a fresh scent with notes of cyclamen, yuzu, and Hinoki wood. And the scent of the Tupelo Lemongrass Body Lotion ($25) is as intoxicating as the luxurious lotions effect on your skin.

prep 3Love these colors from CND Vinylux. Sexy, sassy and fun.  Reds in Hollywood and Tartan Punk, a metallic Peacock Plume blue or go full on metallic with smokey Grommet or shimmery Silver Chrome are on trend for end of the year nail looks. Just make sure you put a topcoat on, though, to get mileage out of your manicure.

prep 2Experiment with your makeup. It’s NYE, take a chance on something different, whether it’s false eyelashes, a winged eye, or funky lipstick. Or, conversely if you always pile it on…try a no makeup makeup look. Make those instagrams count for the new you in the new year.

prep 4A mini dress trumps everything. Ask that basketball player that got robbed. The gold brocade cocktail mini with back cutout is a retro riff on the party dress. The maroon and white damask print halter dress has a blingy self belt that defines your waist, the contrasting seaming outlines your curves, and the hemline stays put through walking and dancing. This black, long-sleeved body con dress with gold print is deceptively modest ( and inspired by Kim K.  Show a little skin or a lot, but legs for days is a great look, and a dress takes two seconds to slip on. Keep it simple,  ladies!

Shoes? No matter the heel height or thickness, just make sure they pop. I adore these studded booties, the stacked heel is super comfy and the wine color is perfect. These gold and caramel leather Enzo Angiolini ankle strap pumps. The grey faux suede stilettos? I can’t lie, wore them once and the pain was so worth the enhanced height and the feeling of sexy swagger. Just make sure you have some place t perch and twirl your ankle…

prep 5I am suggesting a fur, wherever you can find one. It got this one at the thrift store for $15. I knew it was meant for me, because I actually ran out of cash, had to run home, didn’t get back til the next morning and it was STILL THERE. And I can wear it with jeans or with a dress. And it’s actually warm. And did I mention furs are in?

20151224_125451Stay home and make these Red Pepper Popcorn Scallop treats. I found packets of tiny scallops at the store and came up with this way of serving them. Rinse and dry the scallops. Mix flour, red pepper flakes, sea salt and pepper together in a bowl and set aside. NOW. Pour enough vegetable oil into a skillet to cover the bottom and create an oily lake. Heat until a piece of bread dropped in turns brown.

Now roll the scallops in the flour until the flour and spices adhere in a more or less even coating. Carefully add the scallops to the hot oil and agitate the pan as they brown. It doesn’t’t take long, so you don’t want to walk away from the pan. Remove the scallops from the oil with a slotted spoon and place in a parchment lined ramekin serving dish and squeeze lemon juice over them. Serve with prosecco while flirting outrageously.

stay homeBuy a Feya candle to give back to others who don’t have it as lucky as you and make sure you light it before 12. Smile because by buying that candle you feed a fellow human being. Cool, right?

Happy New Year’s Eve, no matter how loudly or quietly you decide to ring it in.


xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian






Accessories, beauty, beauty products, beauty tools, clothing, Fashion, gifts, sassy holiday gift guide

in which we finally tackle that Holiday Gift Guide #finally

1It is really happening. Whether you celebrate holidays or just bah humbug your way through life, at this time of year everyone is looking for some kind of present.

I mean, you knew this was coming. We all did. But here it is the 21st and between school, work, or just being ornery you’re doing the last minute thing. I get it. But guess what? It’s winter, it’s cold, and the rest of us want to celebrate something so stop procrastinating and join in! You don’t have to be of their faith to be generous or to accept a gift given wholeheartedly.

Someone somewhere will think of you fondly and give you eggnog with liquor in it for your troubles. Or a hug.

Get ready:

1aGive yourself a present first- decorate. You don’t have to spend a lot or do a lot, it’s not about going overboard or stressing. But all this stuff at the store is a way to end off holiday gloom. Get into it!

2I went to the discount and bought about $10 worth of stuff and put a little around my place. It brightened things up, and got me in the mood to think about this Holiday Gift Guide. I don’t have a tree because that’s more than I want to do.

2aIf I had a tree, it would look like this.

Now that you have a holiday environment, sit down and think about what you want to give. Luckily, I compiled a list of suggestions.


j wearables

  1. Everybody needs a hat in the winter. This fuzzy Pom Spacecap is from Kangol, but look around to build presents around beanies, baseball caps- whatever you think they like.
  2. You cannot go wrong with an umbrella. It may not seem fancy, but when it’s snowing or raining they will thank you. I got this one at Uniqlo, but you could always look at places like  the MOMA Design Store for more fancy types.
  3. If you randomly know someone’s shoe size, you can buy a pair for them like these Colorado Boots from Cat Footwear; but otherwise a gift card to DSW (or Saks Fifth Ave if you’re flush) will put some people in a good mood that lasts for months.

ia wearablesI have never heard of or seen a tarby collar in my life until I got this one from Harris Tweed at an event. It is so cute! It’s a scarf you button!!! You can order one from Rare Bird Designs, and it’s $49 USD. Also? Harris Tweed also has a collection with Banana Republic right now.

i wearables

  1. Buy some cheap jewelry. Hit up some place like Claire’s or Charming Charlie’s  and fill a bag with fun stuff.
  2. I designed this swirly $24 Hearts v-neck tee, so I’m partial to it. It’s basically like wearing love. I think tshirts or sweatshirts are awesome gifts for Christmas, because even though people claim to hate basic people you still see tees and sweats on the runways.
  3. I have been wearing this Milton John Red Nite bracelet, and wholheartedly endorse it as a gift. It’s technically for men, but whatevs. It’s minimalist style and adds a zip of color to cheer you up on grey days.

Official Splurge:

k wearablesI am also endorsing this Ettinger Red Notecase Purse ($300) with four credit card pockets for a splurge present. The smooth leather holds a saturated splash of color,both inside and out and it will last for years.

l wearablesSame thing for their card case/wallets (start at $147). They are elegantly discreet ways of carrying cash and credit cards, stamped with the Ettinger name, and carrying the cachet of their Royal Warrant.


la tech

  1. Give them a charger, but make it fun. This Power Tap charger from Thumbs Up UK! has the added value of being shaped like a faucet, which actually turns on and off. It’s just a more fun way to do something mundane.
  2. A travel charger can save your life, and this one from Panasonic ($59.99) has never let me down. I love this Touch Mini-Boombox smartphone speaker (also from Thumbs Up UK!). It has been in constant use since I received it for review.
  3. On my personal wishlist for 2016 is a Chromebook. I like from HP. It looks like it may be hard to get, but if you can get one- it’s a great economical gift that’s practical.


g skincare

  1. I loved getting these Kesh Beauty Argan oils ( $40) over the summer. The bottle are super pretty, they come in light scents like Orange Blossom and Rose, and you can use it in the bath, as a body moisturizer, on your nails, and in your hair. They have a sampler gift pack for $25, too.
  2. Skin Authority packages a full sized bottle of their Oil Nutrient Composite with their Moisturizing Mist to form the Holiday Essentials DUO ($50), packaged in a sweet pouch and including a skincare free sample.

h skincareThis Aveda’s A Gift To Melt Away Stress ($69) really works. You can cleanse your body with the stress-fix creme cleansing oil, then slather the body creme from neck to toe. Light the soy wax candle and drift on a wave of relaxation. AND it’s already wrapped! It comes nestled in tissue paper inside of a Nepalese kofta bark paper box. Can’t miss with this, and it’s unisex.

f skincare

  1. Want to just stuff a stocking? You can try tucking on of these excellent eye creams in a little gift bag with candy and a card. Go Pure Youth Glow Eye Gel is $15.95 worth of eye area pampering and soothing. AnneMarie Boerlind Eye Wrinkle Cream ($32.99) is recommended for people as young as 20 to soften lines around the eyes. Tata Harper Restorative Eye Creme ($90)  is an all natural serum. My take on giving eye cream is that people send time staring into screens and squinting at videos on phones. It’s not just about appearance, but comfort. Eye creams can be really soothing after a long day.
  2. La Roche-Posay’s 40th Anniversary Gift Box is a $50 value with a $19.99 price tag. It contains samples of their most popular products in one gift-sized, easily wrapped box. I know it’s a hot item because I did a giveaway and the competition was fierce. (BTW find out who won here)
  3. During Winter, we hydrate. Your body needs water and your skin needs moisture. If you have combination skin, this AnneMarie Borlind Combnation Skin Night Cream ($48.99) works as you sleep, so great fr relief after days running around in cold wind. Ishga Anti-Oxidant Marine Face Cream ($105) is a high-end dry skin solution that contains Hebridean seaweed and spring water to soften. Equitance offers a Hydrating Brightening Cream ($70) to restore radiance as it moisturizes.

e skincareAnything by Tata Harper. Like just anything. Really. that green box is goals for some people. And I speak for myself when I say that everything that I’ve tried from them worked. They also have gift sets.


e hair

  1. I actually Phyto Paris recc’d this gift set last year and still think it’s a great gift, especially last minute because you can buy it at drug stores. I wish I could find the link directly to the gift set, though!!!
  2. Colorproof has packaged their Crazy Smooth Shampoo and conditioner (with a free Weightless Wicked Good Shine spray) in one Glam Squad box.

c hair

  1. This 1″ Professional X-Long ($29.99) heats up super fast, creates 24 hour curls, is 2 inches longer than most curling irons and comes with a heat glove. Can be used on weave hair (just letting you know).
  2. This is brand new- a brush that’s a dryer from Revlon. The Revlon Pro One Step Hair Dryer and Styler ($49.99) is a thoughtful gift that might get that perpetually tardy beauty queen out the door in record time.
  3. The Sarah Potempa S1 Beachwaver is a hot item that beauty mavens are willing to pay top dollar for. Surprise someone on your list with the $129 rotating ceramic curling iron (which was used behind the scenes on the VS Fashion Show).

d hairStuff that stocking (or pad out a last minute gift) with little beauty samples and tools. Pureology’s Colour Fanatic Hair Mask , Revlon XL Elastics and Revlon Double Grip Clips and CurlKeeper Original  are sweetly affordable products to give.


b makeup

  1. Designed to delight, the Gift of Twinkling Eyes gift compact from Aveda ($35)  combines four petal essence eye shadows and a blush. in a tiny Nepalese kofta bark box. And it has instructions for how to create a perfect holiday look.
  2. Tata Harper Voluminizing Lip & Cheek Tint ($35). I’m not going to say anymore. You know how I feel. My shade is Very Naughty and I swear by it…
  3. If lip contouring is her thing (and we know it’s a thing these days) get her the Bellapiere Lip Contouring Kit ($75). It contains every product neccessary to create the perfect lip. And buying it won’t break the internet.

artis brush mirror oval 4Whether individually boxed or purchased in a set Artis Brushes are hot, hot, hot with the makeup set. Shop these brushes from the Elite Mirror Collection. They’re so pretty, right?

artis 1 fluentaIf black is more her speed, there’s the Artis Fluenta Collection, presented in back velvet.

artis 1 careIf they already have brushes, then the Cleaning Pad and solution will come in handy, not to mention this darling quilted brush pouch.


i nailsDrugstores are so full of Christmas treasures, it’s insane. A gift bag full of Sinful Polish is a sweet, colorful gesture. Most drugstores carry fake nails and Kiss Products impress nails are another way of sharing beauty for the holidays.  If they don’t like cheaper polishes or are allergic, you can get fancy and order them Kure Bazaar  eco-friendly polishes ($16 each).

Home/Housewarming:m homeFor someone creative with a new (or old) space to decorate, get them the Stencil 1 stencils. Great for creatives and project oriented types who love learning and experimenting. You can also find the supplies you need right on the site.

o foodAnything food related you can find on Food 52. Top quality cookware, utensils, books and food items all in one handy place.

n homeThis adorable little bulldog is a movie star. For dog lovers and Bond fans, Jack the Bulldog from Spectre ($100) is a symbol of resilience and strength under fire.


p diyJust make something. Cookies, cake, soup. Make a drawing. It doesn’t take much to make something simple look fancy, and you’re probably more creative than you think.

Last resort:

Money or gift cards.

I also wanted to note that if you’re gifting people with online items, maybe just giving them a card with a note that their present is on the way will suffice. It lets them know that you thought of them, got something personal and that they have more to look forward to after Christmas Day.

Happy Holidays and all that!

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian









Accessories, blogger event, Fashion, leather

in which we go to Will Leather Goods for a holiday party (and make quiche)

will1I think at this point, you guys know the drill- open email box, find invitation, think if it’s cool or not, RSVP. This one was for a sweet little holiday party at Will Leather Goods in the chic Soho are of Manhattan. I was already going into the city to see Home Alone, so this was a bonus.

What? It’s the 25th Anniversary! Also, I have never seen Home Alone all the way through or on a big screen.

will2Will Leather Gods has a sweet little store that reflects the brand’s Oregon roots.will4will5will6They laid out a lovely spread with cheese, charcuterie, and a live oyster bar. I was bellying up to the bar for  Tin Cup whiskey cocktail, when I noticed that they detail oriented decor included braided leather trim on the counter.

will3aThe merchandise was just as appetizing. they have duffel bags, dopp kits, purses…will7Footballs, soccer balls, boxing gloves, wallets, wine carriers, coasters… will8And they have colored leather, which is lovely and fun and modern.

will92I really liked the leather goods that utilized Oaxacan wool rugs. Distinctive, original and a great gift for someone you adore. will91will9They also offer monogramming, so you can personalize your gift or personal indulgence. If you’re in new York, I’d definitely stop by. Not just for Christmas gifts. I mean, they’re open all year round. Don’t be a stranger.

As a parting gift, everyone that attended the party got these great leather handled carryalls. It doesn’t have pockets or anything, but it’s cool. I put all my stuff into it immediately and walked down to 14th Street to see my movie. Afterwards I bought a bottle of Pinot Project pinot noir and ate the quiche that I had made earlier in the day. Yes, I made quiche- you can too! Here’s a tip: quiche is scrambled eggs in a pie crust. Remember that.

This particular quiche helped me use up a pint of pimiento cheese that I had made. I added four eggs, about 8 ounces of ham, two handfuls of chopped spinach, one cup of milk and half a cup of Greek yogurt (the recipe was for fresh cream, but I didn’t have any). I topped it with cornbread crumbs that I had been saving for just such an occasion. I bought the pie crusts at the store because I didn’t feel like making dough from scratch.

I had enough filling for two pies. The oven was preheated to 375 degrees and I baked them for 35 minutes. Make sure you put a cookie sheet under them. My oven isn’t that big, so I put one quiche on the cookie sheet on the bottom rack and put the other quiche directly above it. Halfway through I switched their positions so that they cooked the same.

It was delicious. I dare you to try it!

Next up: Skincare Roundup

xoxo, Faith/SassyEthnicBohemian




GIVEAWAY: Your chance to win a prize from La Roche-Posay skincare #goodluck!

Happy Holidays wonderful people! I have a little holiday surprise for you…I mean, if you’re interested.


larocheposay GIVEAWAY

Win the La Roche-Posay 40th Anniversary skincare box !


The kit contains all the hits of the La Roche-Posay brand like  travel-sized samples of BB Blur, Effaclar Cleanser, Thermal Spring Water, Redermic R and Anthelios 60. AND? I wil include the Christmas card and a delicious chocolate Santa, because I like you.

Win your prize by clicking here. Hit the tweet button to automatically generate a tweet, then paste the url in the box.

Raffle ends 12/16/2015 at 12 a.m.

Good luck!


xoxo, Faith/SassyEthnicBohemian



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Yay! We are on Links a la Mode- the Holiday House Visit with Harris Tweed #goSassy! #itsyourburfday!

Links à la Mode, December 10

Wants and needs, and the reason for the season. IFB Bloggers want and need winter wear and, when possible, find a way to give even the most casual looks a touch of glamour. Shared trends included tweed, fur, puffy vests, cable knit sweaters, plaid, and black turtlenecks paired with the most beautifully voluminous and colorful skirts.

The gift guides continued, and they really ran the gamut this go around. Themes went from men and women focused to budget crunched and the ethically minded, and even a specific color. There were also some great handmade gifting ideas. What they all have in common is unique giving for every person in our lives. Whether it’s purchasing a special item or the manner in which your gift is given, it’s all done in the name of consideration. So, please don’t mix up your gifts for your aunt Marge and your friend Marisa, who now only goes by the consonants in her name. Not that I’ve done that before or anything.

Links à la Mode, December 10


xoxo, Faith/SassyEthnicBohemian

Accessories, Fashion, interview, Luxury

Closeup: Luxury leathergoods maker Robert Ettinger of Ettinger

Remember that lovely time that we went to breakfast with the British? And remember how we met the wonderful leather goods company Ettingerettinger1Not only were their lovely wallets and purses on display at the British Consul’s Residence, but they also kindly gave everyone a little present in their distinctive gold boxes. An elegant and generous gesture.ettinger2The company, which was started in London in 1934, is one of the finest purveyors of leather goods in the world. The card carrying case that they gave us was a masterpiece. It’s incredibly practical, but distinctively stylish. The navy/pigeon grey color combination with white contrasting stitching along the sides of the case is beautiful. You get two pockets on both sides and one interior pocket, lined in golden embossed cloth. A small token of their affection, with a major style impact. ettinger3Since it’s the Holiday Season with gifting opportunities through the roof, I took special note of Ettinger and took a look through their site for the my Holiday Splurge item… The Bridle Leather Collection had me drooling , but after a few hours of careful deliberation I decided on the Bridle Hide Red Notecase Purse ($300). It comes in black, havana, London tan and petrol blue. It’s one of those pieces that a woman can receive in her 20s and treasure for a lifetime. The smooth, bridle leather can me monogrammed for an additional $45ettinger4The inside is a sumptuous shade of golden yellow leather, with card pockets, a change purse with flap, three sleeve pockets and a pocket for your dollars. See that stamp? Ettinger was granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment to HRH The Prince of Wales in 1996. Ettinger had been manufacturing leather goods for members of the Royal Family for many years prior to this and this special honour gives Ettinger the right to carry the Prince of Wales Cipher on all its products.

So basically, you’re that much closer to Kate Middleton style status. ettinger5Mr. Robert Ettinger, who is carrying on the legacy of his father Gerard, joined the company in 1980. he became the CEO in 1990 and has been an active force in the British luxury goods world. He very kindly granted us an exclusive interview.

  1. Ettinger has been in business in England since 1934 and even has a Royal warrant. How does that translate to the modern day American customer of 2015? How will they relate to such a posh brand?

Discretion and quality have always been at the heart of Ettinger’s ethos since the company was founded in 1934. The fact that this was recognised with a Royal Warrant to HRH The Prince of Wales in 1996, was a very proud moment in the company’s history but we hope that today’s American customer sees it as just that, a recognition of quality and that we are considered to be one of the finest leather goods manufacturers operating in the UK today. We are not about overt branding but singular quality, we are not about being posh but about distinctive confidence.

2.What is it like making leather goods in the new millenium? Is it harder to source top quality hides? Is it hard to find artisans?

 Sourcing the very finest materials for our products – whether that be leather hides from across Europe or buckles for our belts,  zips for our purses or poppers for our coin purses – is an increasingly time consuming part of our manufacturing process. However, there is no room for compromise and only the best will do and if we have to reject products or suppliers on the basis of quality, we have no hesitation in doing so until we find the perfect match. 

As regards our craftspeople, many have been with us for many years and some are even second generation from one family, but  we are always looking to find and employ new people to train up as our business continues to expand around the world every year. Each trainee will then spend at least 5 years learning and perfecting their craft.

Nevertheless, you are right to ask whether making quality leather goods in this millennium in England is easy. The reality is, for various reasons, it has become much harder to get the same top-quality leather as 30 or 50 years ago. Also, motivating the young to work in a 125-year-old factory and train up to our craftsmanship standards is not the easiest task. Yet with dedication, persistence and belief in the values that we uphold, we do rise up to the challenge and thrive.


  1. What would you say is the most important tradition at Ettinger? What tradition or core value best defines your brand?

The most important tradition has to be the continued ‘hand crafting’ of our Ettinger portfolio at our factory in the Midlands. We have an incredibly loyal, long-standing and talented team of craftspeople and their continued well-being, skills development and growth is vital to the future of our brand and its global reputation.

In terms of a core value, our singular and timeless style sets us apart We don’t aim to conform to fashion nor settle for the easy route, we will always remain true to our key design and craftsmanship values as we believe this provides our leather goods with a truly distinctive identity taken from the heart of our English heritage.


  1. What was the inspiration for the Bridle Hide collection? How do you come up with the product range and colour combinations?


The Ettinger Bridle Hide collection is one of our oldest and most classic collections. It is also our best selling collection. Many of the product designs go back to the early days of the company and reflect original designs from the 1930s and 40s but as lifestyles have changed, new products have been introduced and subtle changes have been made to other items. Initially, the inspiration for this collection was traditional equestrian leather.

Bridle hide is a typical English type of leather, pit-tanned for extra durability, and used to make saddles and bridles. This tougher leather was lined under the saddle with a softer panel hide, which would be more comfortable for the horse. Together, these leathers offer a distinctly British style and we refined the tanning processes in order to create wallets and purses in a much more elegant way.


Most of the colours are therefore classic equestrian colours, but being a smart London firm we added a few more to add to the fun, for example the Petrol Blue bridle hide. London Tan, in fact is a traditional colour, used on the London stagecoach lines.

The items have been designed and modified organically over the years to meet new practical requirements (credit card pockets for example) and ensure elegance of style throughout.

  1. If you could pick any one item from the Bridle Hide Collection to give as a gift, what would it be?

If it was for a man, I would certainly choose our classic, best-selling billfold wallet with 6 credit card slots and would add the recipient’s initials to the outside.

If it was for a lady, I would choose our large zip around purse which is just such a useful and elegant accessory and has been time-tested and approved by ladies the world over.



xoxo, Faith/ Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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in which we are invited to Holiday House by Harris Tweed and meet the amazing James Rixner

I got the most delicious invitation last weekend. Out of the blue an email popped up asking me to be at the Holiday House, a place I’d never heard of. I’m always up for an adventure, and this one was on the Upper East Side so, what could possibly happen?

hhny1I was in a fun mood, so I went for a fun outfit. Oversized blazer layerd over collarless jean jacket and painted up boyfriend jeans. Junk jewelry and I decided to stuff some of the wig under my fave raspberry beanie. I know I need to look around for some new hats soon, I just haven’t gotten around to it.

hhnyc2Most importantly, this outfit gave me a chance to wear the faux suede studded boots that I’d found over Thanksgiving weekend. Snazzy!The stacked heel is 3.5 inches but they’re comfortable, and the cut of the boot makes my feet look skinny. Love.

hhnyc3Turns out, the Holiday House is an interior design show house that goes up every year for a month. The top designers in the city get a space and a theme to express. The proceeds from ticket sales go to support the BCRF. So it’s an opportunity to look at gorgeous things and help eradicate breast cancer. Nice, right? std2My invitation was from Harris Tweed, the venerable Scottish fashion brand. The holiday theme was St. Andrew’s Day, Scotland’s national day, with celebrated interior design genius James Rixner who create a room that speaks of house parties of the very aristocratic rich and murder mysteries. Mr. Rixner and the St. Andrews Day room were also featured in a photo story by Bill Cunningham

std4This showstopping chandelier is from a lighting company called Saint Louis (pronounce sahn louee). It’s like snakes writhing out of the ceiling and bursting into light. There’s a whole amazing technique behind getting the glass arms to look like that that’s labor intensive, expensive, and utterly worth it. Clothes are great, but a chandelier like this really says you got somewhere in life.

So now you know what to get me for Christmas.

std1std3The room is grey, with shades of a deep blue and then electric hits of red that wake up your eye and remind you of the festive season.

std5Notes of gold add elegance and a sense of opulence. And can you possibly deny the wonderfulness of a console table set up for drinkies? No. You can’t Don’t even try.

std6Here Mr. Rixner speaks with Mark Hogarth of Harris Tweed, with their red throw pillow as the focus of the conversation. Once you get people interacting with the room, you can see that even though it’s terribly grand, it’s also incredibly comfortable. This is why people buy really, really expensive clothing. A. because they can afford it and B. so that they can lie around in their gorgeous living rooms in the expensive clothing.

That’s my theory and I’m sticking to it.

meThe red cloth draped over the arm of the couch is super saturated Harris Tweed, as is the huge red throw pillow behind us. Thanks so much to Mark and James for staging this photo with me! And guess who took the picture? Harris Tweed Chairman Rt. Hon. Brian Wilson.  Loves it.

std7Before I left, the Harris Tweed team handed me some lovely gifts, and you guys know that I live for presents. They gave me these luxurious Ishga Organic Skincare products, made from Hebridean seaweed fresh from the sea. I got the Active Cleansing Lotion and Anti-Oxidant Marine Skin Cream (which smells like citrus!). Yum. And a copy of the Holiday House Journal, with interior design info, renderings for the designers, and gourmet food and drink recipes.

std8And this is my Harris Tweed Tarby Collar. It’s so cute! Gorgeous herringbone tweed on the outside and a paisley cotton lining which sits silky smooth against the skin. The big ceramic button holds the collar stylishly closed. Perfect present, just in case you’re still looking. Even if you’re not, it’s so adorable that you should just get one for yourself.

I also looked around the rest of Holiday House:











hhnyc92Unfortunately their last day in NYC was December 2nd? But if you happen to be in London that’s their next stop. Stop by for information and their social media links.

Harris Tweed is currently doing a capsule collection with Banana Republic with moderns riffs on classics that feature their timeless Scottish tweeds.


xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian