This Year’s Best Holiday Gift Set (and how to make almond jelly)

I’ve always loved almond scents. I think it’s because almond jelly, flavored with bizarre-but-delicious imitation almond extract, was one of the few things my dad could cook. It was always a treat when he made this simple dessert and I still associate the sweet smell of almonds with comfort and cleanliness (maybe because of almond jelly’s pristine white color?). That’s why my pick for this year’s best holiday gift set is L’Occitane’s Almond Enchantment. Not only is it a great value at $68 (instead of $98), but it also comes packed with a just-for-holiday jumbo bottle of my favorite Almond Shower Oil—with a pump!  Continue reading

At the top of my holiday wish list: the cutest slippers ever!

Maybe it’s the chilly weather (and the arctic conditions in my apartment), but I’ve been buying up comfy slippers like a storm. My new heather grey Ugg Cozy Knits are a dream, but for pure whimsy, nothing beats these shearling-lined Marc by Marc Velvet & Metallic Leather Mouse Slippers (especially in the grey color). Aren’t they adorable? I bet my cats would love them too. $198, available at Saks, but I’m waiting for them to go on sale again at theoutnet.com.