love + wishes + thanks: november grey

“life is full of beauty. notice it. notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. smell the rain, and feel the wind. live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”
– ashley smith

this next guest blogger may look and sound familiar to you…since stumbling upon each other’s blogs by complete coincidence this year, we’ve become fast friends as we’ve discovered our shared love for fashion bargain hunting, domestic goddess adventures, pretty in pink {and every other 80’s cult classic}, alexi murdoch, extra dirty martinis and the art of writing. and within a matter of months, we’ve collaborated on a few guest posts here and there, she’s given me some fantastic career advice and we’ve watched, read and cheered for each other as we shared our lives on these pages.
and now she’s back today, armed with her heartwarming stories, whimsical wish lists and colorful dreams. she is a vintage queen, a fantastic writer, mom extraordinaire, my wonderful friend and a fearless dream chaser….the one and only tanya of november grey.


maybe it goes back to my childhood, but i have such fond memories of the snow. one memory in particular is learning a christmas song at school, and teaching my little sister how to sing it. we practiced all day long until my parents came home. then we performed it for them (with my little choreographed shimmy) in front of a huge bay window, where snow was falling outside. hands down, best childhood memory ever.


i love to wear my most cozy socks and snuggle up with a good book or magazine in front of our fireplace on those magical winter days.

i love to sip on a big, bold, yummy malbec wine or grand marnier in a fancy cordial glass to keep myself warm (in that tiny, fancy cocktail dress!) while celebrating the holidays with family and friends.

i love the magical feeling that comes along with winter time. i love the anticipation of everything holiday based, the family gatherings to come, the memories of being a child, the crisp air outside that feels like a new breath of life when taken into your lungs, and how delicious it feels to be snuggled up warm with someone you love, when the world outside your door is cold.

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on the top of my wish list: i have two projects that are very dear to me, that are on the verge of becoming a successful reality. more than any item or tangible thing, i want to have the guts and bravery to finally go for all of my dreams.

what I am wishing for others: forgiveness. it’s the only thing that has kept me believing in friendship, love and human nature.

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my family and i are headed off to ny to visit my husbands side of the family. it will be a whirlwind of events, but we’re excited to go to the theatre, plan a giant feast of a thanksgiving dinner, and spend time with people we love who we rarely get to see.

i am (and will eternally be) oh so grateful for the life that my love has given to me. because of one kiss, one night, that turned into a marriage, that turned into a family, i have been blessed beyond dreams.


now it’s your turn, friends….what’s your favorite winter memory? i’m looking forward to hearing your magical stories 🙂
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friends, your sweet thoughts and inspiring comments are the bright spot of my day. please make the jump, hang out and share what’s on your mind. 🙂

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  1. What a gorgeous post! I can’t wait to take a peek at her blog-thank you for the introduction!

    Posted 11.24.10 Reply
  2. Lhizette wrote:

    This is a really sweet post.
    But sadly, we don’t have winter in my country.
    I’d like to be able to experience a white Christmas though, who knows, maybe someday. 🙂

    Posted 11.24.10 Reply
  3. this is heartwarming in so many ways…

    this holiday season is bringing something new (and difficult) for me. it’s the first time i’ll be without my family and instead in Europe with my sweetheart in Amsterdam, Holland. I miss California greatly but am grateful for this new chapter.


    Posted 11.23.10 Reply