Happy almost-Thanksgiving, cuties! As I prepare to share my favorite things for November 2023, the main thing on my mind is gratitude to have so much and joy in my life! This time of year can be complicated for so many of us, but my hope is that you find peace and happiness in the little things—the glow of a candle, a cozy sweater, a sweet treat—this harvest season.
“As I gear up for an action-packed holiday season right around the corner (and also, of course, for the KKH Black Friday event—stay tuned!), I am excited to share five things that are making me smile this month…all essentials for a fun and festive season of parties, holidays, and hosting.”
Favorite Cozy-Chic Sweater Dress: Toccin Catherine Dress
I love a good sweater dress—I feel like I have one in every color of the earth-toned rainbow! Lately though, the luxe mahogany-hued Toccin Catherine Dress from Rent the Runway (one of my favorite places to snag designer deals!) has been one of my faves.
I wore this piece recently for a KKH content shoot at my home and I’m sure it will make many more appearances between now and New Year’s! It’s so soft and cozy, and it’s easy to change the level of formality depending the accessories you pair it with.
Most Sophisticated Scent: Orange Blossom, Lilac & Jasmine from Antica Farmacista
Anyone who has ever spent a moment in my home knows that I take the concept of a “signature scent” very seriously—for me, it’s been the Orange Blossom, Lilac & Jasmine scent from Antica Farmacista. In addition to the heavenly orange blossom notes, this scent also features refreshing grapefruit, calming vanilla, and luxurious rosewood.
Whether in a candle (as shown below) or in an oil diffuser, you can’t go wrong with this luscious home scent form one of my all-tome favorite female founded brands! Anything Antica Orange Blossom is perfect for setting the mood while hosting guests for the holidays.
Between the transition to colder temperatures and a packed schedule of holiday parties and social engagements once that final week of November hits, my skin definitely appreciates some extra love during this time of year. Enter Caudalie’s Hydrate & Restore Body Essentials set!
I’m a Caudalie user year round—I love that the brand has its roots in French winemaking and uses similar techniques in cultivating their skincare ingredients—but I really love their products that are aimed specifically on hydration boosting once winter rolls around. This product set includes the Mini Moisturizing Fig Body Oil Elixir and the Vinotherapist Moisturizing Vegan Body Butter.
Most Adorable Advent Calendar: Laduree 2023 Luxury Advent Calendar
It wouldn’t be the holiday season with a little sweet treat! I’m a sucker for an adorable advent calendar and none are cuter (or tastiesr) this year than Laduree’s 2023 Luxury Advent Calendar. Wouldn’t this make the loveliest hostess gift, too?
The concept is pretty simple: Each diminutive drawer has a delicious (and oh-so-precious) macaron treat inside. A feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds!
Best Books for Hosting Inspiration
Finally, as you all know, I like to always end my monthly Favorite Things lists with a book…well in honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I’m going to triple the fun with three amazing books that are must-haves for the holiday hosting season.
Check out the selection of books here—Juliska Together At The Table, Spirit of The North, and The Impossible Collection of Wine—for all things wine lists, tablescape inspiration, cocktail recipes, and more. The best part? They’re all available now from the Kathy Kuo Home assortment! Happy reading, hosting, and shopping!
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