Micropost: Lake Pajamas Holiday Launch + Early Holiday Finds.

By: Jen Shoop

My girlfriend Inslee (seen above, with her precious son, Jackson) designed some of the adorable holiday prints that Lake Pajamas launched this morning! I am eager to get my hands on her whimsical print for my children this holiday season. I also love (!) the awning striped nightgown Inslee is wearing above (perfection with my green velvet furlanes — I’m imagining wearing this while wrapping gifts and clinking champagne on Christmas Eve)…and then of course my favorite pair of pajamas of all time is their long-short set. (Pair with those mini Uggs everyone from Kaia Gerber to Joan Smalls has been wearing and you basically winterize them.)

While we’re on the subject of the holidays, I know that some of you have been asking for gift guides and holiday decor roundups, so I’m sharing all of the finds I’ve been sitting on for weeks, just waiting for a semi-appropriate time to spill (anticipators, unite!), and have also begun to organize them into a Holiday Shop.


+The stockings from Stuck on Hue are nothing short of spectacular. Can you imagine these or these in a well-appointed living room?!

+A sleek menorah.

+I buy Mr. Magpie a new ornament every year for our tree and am thinking of giving him these beautiful turtle doves this year: “A symbol of love and devotion, it’s believed that turtle doves stay together for a lifetime.” These would also be a sweet holiday gift for newlyweds!

+My other contender for this year: one of these customized ornaments showcasing a portrait of your home. So sweet for new homeowners (like us!)

+The chicest modern version of an Advent wreath I’ve ever seen. We introduced this as a nightly family tradition last year during Advent and it was really a beautiful way to stay close to the Christmas story during the season. We sang the old school “O Come O Come Emmanuel” as we lit the candle(s) nightly, and mini would fling her arms out and yell: “REJOICE! REJOICE!” at the refrain. Will never forget that big energy during a holiday that felt so isolated from loved ones!

+We also did an Advent calendar my mother-in-law had made for my husband years and years ago where you tie a little surprise on for each day. This similar style has pockets for the same purpose and can be personalized with your children’s names (or your family name). This one is also super cute, but a little more expensive. Note that delivery is currently estimated for end of November, so good to get a head start on ordering this if you want it for the holidays!

+Gorgeous personalized wreath sash for your door.

+My children have a peg doll nativity set similar to this that consumes hours and hours of play and attention every holiday season.

+My favorite holiday decor — mini boxwood wreaths to hang in the windows or over the back of dining chairs with a sumptuous velvet or tidy grosgrain ribbon.

+These mini stockings would be cute as a way to present gifts/gift cards, or as decoration in a smaller space (or a child’s room, for their stuffed animals or something!)

+Gorgeous velvet bows with self-ties for garlands or napkins!

+A few fun ornament sets: ginger jars, handpainted chinoiserie balls, the London-themed ones like this and this from an Etsy shop, and – my personal favorite – these hand-felted NYC subway cars (she also does London double deckers and more!).

+Love the idea of these vintage bells as mantle decor nestled in among evergreens and taper candles.

+This Etsy shop has the cutest (!) personalized, laminated holiday placemats for little ones.

+These wicker tree baskets have been super popular the past few years as a tidy alternative to a tree skirt. Would be so chic, I think, in a coastal home.

+Adore these berry cluster trees to keep on a sideboard or even in the middle of the kitchen island during the holiday season.

+I bought all the white metal houses from Target’s collection last year, and my children adored them. So chic in a windowsill, on a sideboard in a dining room, or on a mantel. I love these ceramic ones from Ballard and these from Crate and Barrel, too.

+On our first Christmas together in Chicago, Mr. Magpie and I bought a bunch of Martha-Stewart-brand ornaments in different shapes — birds, classic balls, some icicle-types, and they were such a great “starter pack” for us before we’d accrued the more sentimental ones we now have. This is one such set.

+These bells would be pretty hanging from swag on a piece of furniture or newpost.

+Absolutely darling holiday mug for a little one who loves hot chocolate but can’t be trusted with porcelain/ceramic.

+This pinecone wreath is a forever piece! Bring out year after year and never worry about dead/dry swag. For the same reason, this faux cedar garland is kind of brilliant.

+I feel as though Scrooge himself had these brass candlesticks in his house. Just perfect.

+Some of my favorite holiday books to read my children: Pick a Tree (the illustrations are perfect), Red & Lulu (perfect for NYC babes), and of course The Night Before Christmas. For littler children, Christmas in the Manger is in our year-round repertoire.

+I was just thinking excitedly last weekend about bringing out puzzles as we head towards the holiday season. There is something so hygge to me about having a puzzle out on the dining room table to work on when you have a few minutes, listening to Christmas music, enjoying a glass of wine or a cup of tea. I enjoyed this one and this one last year!

P.S. More favorite sleepwear finds for littles. Check out Petite Plume’s holiday prints, including their sleigh bells, antique toys, and blue bows!

P.P.S. I love NYC this time of year — from mid-October through the holidays. I personally think the city’s at its most magical. Was looking back on some of my posts about the city, like this and this, and feeling all the feels.

P.P.P.S. I won’t, however, miss NYC’s slush lagoons.

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