What even day is it? I’m in a holiday fog right now. Or maybe it’s just “end of year fog”? Unsure, but whatever the case, I can’t believe it’s December. And December 10th at that! Time is flying and I’m trying to keep up.

Here’s what has been on my radar this week:

ONE // How to Dry Orange Slices

Dried oranges aren’t a new thing for the holidays obviously, but I’ve been seeing them everywhere lately. Way more than usual years? (Maybe it’s just me?) I don’t know if I’ll be able to make any this holiday season, but I’m saving these instructions just in case. They seem pretty straightforward and a great easy “craft” to do for holiday decorations. I think I’d make them and use with brown paper gift wrap and twine.

TWO // Quilted Ornament

Absolutely obsessed with this darling quilted ornament. If you need a special ornament for the year, maybe this is the one! It also comes in a few color variations too. Ornaments also work great on gift wrap too.

THREE // Classic Shortbread Cookies

No exaggeration, I could eat trays and trays of shortbread cookies. The flavor! The crunch! The melt-in-your-mouth texture! I don’t think I’ve ever tried making my own though…. Loved this post that goes pretty in depth about shortbread cookies and how to do it different ways.

FOUR // Margaux “Mary Jane” Shoes

You know how much I love my Margaux flats. Well, they just came out with a new style and I’m lusting over them. I have more shoes than I know what to do with (and tend to wear the same ones every day anyway, whoops). But these are so chic– would look great with tights and a skirt or just jeans, too.

FIVE // The Rivals

Katharine McGee’s latest book in her American Royals series officially comes out this spring!!  I loved American Royals and its sequel Majesty so I just can’t wait to see what happens next. Such exciting news and really proud of Katharine!

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I CAN NOT wait for Katherine’s new book! American Royals and Majesty are such fun reads, I’ll be rereading them before The Rivals. Have you read Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston?


I have been seeing the dried oranges an insane amount this year as well. I remember seeing them in previous years, but not nearly as much as this year.