the more you know the less you need

the more you know the less you need

Month: December 2016

Stocking Size

Stocking Size

The Christmas stocking is always a delightful mix of expected and unexpected treats in miniature. But did you know that a bottle of bubbly fits in just fine? If you’re worried that the weight of the bottle might bring down the mantelpiece, I suggest that […]

Christmas Came Early

Christmas Came Early

Oh, the presents are piling up under the tree, the shortbread cookies are baked, and now instead of weeks, Christmas is just days, away. I did my shopping online which means exciting marches through the snow to the mail box and the anticipation of the courier […]

Winter Sun

Winter Sun

It’s cold. It’s snowy. It’s sunny. And even though it’s winter, you still need sunscreen. Here is one I recently discovered: Clarins UV 50 Multi-Protection Sunscreen. Another gem from the French Pharmacy. It has great sun protection yet it is light-weight, and the translucent, oil-free formula is […]

Winter Wine

Winter Wine

Many wine drinkers transition to red in the winter. Not I. I switch to winter whites. By that I mean wines richer in texture and flavour. Like this off-dry Vouvray from the Loire Valley in France. Made from noble Chenin Blanc — a gorgeous, under-rated, and somewhat obscure varietal […]

Skin Treats

Skin Treats

I’ve added something new to my skincare routine: Pixi Glow Tonic. For some unknown reason, I had not been using a toner (? ! ), so when skin guru Caroline Hirons highly recommended this one, I took notice. Actually, she is not the only one to rave […]

Winter White

Winter White

  The scene outside our windows this morning looked like a Christmas card with mountains of snow-frosted firs. Not enough for sledding, but more is forecast. Winter looks good in white.

All That Glitters

All That Glitters

The shimmer and sparkle of the holiday season is summed up in a stunning new nail polish by Dior. Diorific Vernis 001 Nova from the Holiday Splendor 2016 Collection is described as a “broken mirror top coat”. Composed of a clear base, it is filled with iridescent shards which are brilliantly reflective. Worn […]

Our Advent Calendars

Our Advent Calendars

The first door of the Advent Calendar opened today. At our house, there are two calendars this year — one for Sam, one for Max. If you knew them, you would laugh at their characteristic choices: Sam’s is a German tool calendar; Max’s is a […]