Holiday Entertaining in (Lee Anderson Couture) Style

 

Holiday commitments and entertaining can be joyous as well as stressful.  I believe that an  important element of entertaining and being entertained during the holiday is personal style.  Style is not skin deep, it is soul deep!  Our personal style is our own unique voice-unlike anyone else.  Style to me is a reflection of:

  • Who we are
  • Where we come from
  • What we have experienced

 All of these elements are what makes us unique in all that we do.  I personally believe that you cannot separate your personal style from your entertaining style.  It is one lovely package, all wrapped up together!

In all matters of living well, supreme elegance starts with comfort.  Elegance is being first of all comfortable with yourself and secondly being gracious on every level.   So how does one achieve this “supreme comfortable elegance”?  I think it starts with knowing your own style-the things that bring you self confidence and joy.  It seems as if I came into this world with a clear vision of my style.  It has simply been a life long journey to find all that can best express  my own personal style and design style.  I was recently reflecting on who and what best represents my style.  At once several names popped into my head…

Audrey Hepburn…

Grace Kelly…

Jackie Kennedy…

And Lee Anderson!

One evening several years ago, I was in New York and after a long enjoyable dinner at Payards on Lexington, I decided a walk to my hotel was in order to burn some of those many calorie I had consumed at Payards.  Leisurely strolling down Lexington Avenue, I was enjoying  a little “window shopping” when I came to a small shop that I thought was a “vintage shop”.  Upon further inspection, I discovered that it was Lee Anderson Couture.  At once I thought…this is my style of clothing!  When the shop opened the next day, I was waiting at the door.  And as the saying goes, “the rest is history”.  At once, I knew that these designs perfectly interpreted my personal style.  I fell immediately under the spell of Lee and her delightful staff.  And over the years, I have been blessed to establish and enjoy a friendship with Lee.

I would prefer one Lee Anderson piece of clothing to 25 other “fashion pieces”.  Fashion fades…style (Lee Anderson style) remains.  Lee’s designs are classic, straight forward, yet new and appropriate for today’s lifestyles.

So in considering my upcoming holiday schedule, I thought it would be fun to share just how elegant and comfortable  I  feel in a few of my treasured Lee Anderson pieces.

Both in one’s entertaining style and in one’s wardrobe, real style is in the details.  I think the first ingredient in successful entertaining is feeling great about yourself, your clothes, and your home. 

So here are a few entertaining and Lee Anderson “pairings”.

For a glamorous holiday martini party at a client’s home in Asheville, North Carolina…

For a small intimate dinner party at home…

For an Arts Council Fundraiser Cocktail Party at home…

And this great Lee Anderson belt works with some many outfits!

For a neighborhood caroling and chili party…

 

And if it is really cold outside my very favorite coat from Lee Anderson

For a holiday Bordeaux tasting in our wine cellar…

For a large charity holiday ball…

 

 

For Christmas Eve Midnight Church Service…

And for a New Years Eve celebration at home…

As the holidays rapidly approach, plan ahead!  Get your wardrobe and your china and recipes in shape to truly express your unique style…design your entertaining efforts to reflect you.  Let this be your gift to friends and family.  “Stuff” soon looses it’s appeal, memories last a lifetime.  Give your gift of joyous holiday memories.

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