My need to be cozy intensifies by about a million times in December. On my walk to work this morning, as I barreled through wind tunnels and along Christmas-tree lined streets, I was already fantasizing about returning to our apartment at the end of the night. We won’t be hosting anyone tonight, but the impulse to make a cozy sanctuary out of our tiny apartment is still strong. I’ll be turning on the Christmas tree lights, pulling on slippers, setting a pot of soup to simmer on the stove, and lighting candles for dinner. In anticipation of upcoming gatherings, here’s a collection of things for imagined (or real) dinners in. Guests not required.
A seasonless-dress for elegance and comfort.
A cutting board fit for a festive cheese spread.
A mug that gives back, because the host needs mulled wine, too.
Oxfords for staying comfy.
Long rule earrings for a touch of fancy.
A perfect lipstick for a winter evening.
A dab of perfume, just because.
In an effort to ground all of this make-believing in something a bit more down to earth, here are a few things we might do to help foster safe spaces for folks in need:
To support girls at risk: Donate to Girls Mentoring and Educational Services (GEMS). GEMS is an organization with a mission to “empower girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential.”
To help get people back into their homes: Send money. More than donations of clothes or food, organizations trying to serve folks seeking disaster relief need cash money. Here’s a list of places helping folks suffering from forest fires in California.