Top of My List

These items are at the top of my holiday list for giving and receiving… enjoy!

(Items below coincide with the items above from left to right)

1. Stay Kuhl 

I discovered Kühl on a trip to Wyoming last fall and love how their clothing—made for men and women—is incredibly lightweight and packable yet designed for maximum warmth. The fitted Aurora Women’s Jacket ($99) is made of soft “Alfpaca” fleece and has a sporty, contoured fit. Perhaps most of all, I like the brand’s “rebellious philosophy” to “resist, defy and oppose the norm.” 

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Ski World

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2. Shake It, Baby 

I love the collection of handcrafted products by Josh Williams and Eric Prum, two longtime best friends who grew up in the South and now share their passion for “Vintage Americana and Southern Sensibility” through Brooklyn-based W&P Design. The duo’s book, Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails ($25), is a photographic journey through the art of cocktail-crafting using their signature Mason Shaker ($29) and seasonal ingredients.

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Williamsburg Drug Company 

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3. Soak It Up

Known for their healing properties, these Himalayan Bath Salts ($11.50/2-lb bag) contain 84 essential minerals and are believed to cleanse and detoxify skin. Try some infused with natural oils like Eucalyptus, Lavender and Coconut.
Spoiler alert: they make great gifts for friends and family. 

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Williamsburg Salt Spa

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4. Better Off Red 

The award-winning 2010 Octagon ($47) by Virginia-based Barboursville Vineyards was a highlight at the recent Town Point Virginia Wine Festival in Norfolk. A bold blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, “Octagon” is named for the octagonal dining room that Thomas Jefferson designed for Governor James Barbour’s mansion.

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Total Wine & More ($47)

Order online ($55)


5. Feast On This 

Holiday dishes will look amazing displayed on this handcrafted Vintage Wood Trivet ($99, made by Europe2You), which is made from salvaged wood collected in Europe. Need a quick dessert or hostess gift? Spiced Pumpkin Seed Brittle ($29.95), made in Napa Valley, combines pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pie spice and California Pale Ale.

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Williams Sonoma 

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Photos by Alexis Kikoen. Staging by Susan Thompson.