How ELLE edi­tors pre­fer to cel­e­brate the sea­son

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@jed­tallo | art di­rec­tor

“I grew up with a large ex­tended fam­ily, so my child­hood hol­i­day din­ners were al­ways bliss­fully chaotic af­fairs—large plat­ters of food passed around by aunts, un­cles and cousins and peo­ple talk­ing over one an­other. My ideal hol­i­day soiree is an el­e­vated take on this tra­di­tion. I’ll be test­ing out recipes from Yo­tam Ot­tolenghi’s new­est cook­book, Sim­ple. Be­cause we eat with our eyes—and also be­cause I sim­ply can’t stop my­self from hav­ing a theme—my ta­ble set­ting will be in­spired by the moody tones of a Ver­meer paint­ing. I’ll up­date the trad­itional hol­i­day pal­ette with rich forest green and smoky glass­ware (a throw­back trend I’m lov­ing) and plants in lieu of a flo­ral cen­tre­piece. And I’ll pass out some CXBO mint choco­lates post-feast—just in time for any en­coun­ters un­der the mistle­toe.”


@elaine­jyll | mar­ket edi­tor

“I’ve al­ways be­lieved that the most in­ter­est­ing things in life hap­pen af­ter 2 a.m. That in­cludes par­ties. I love an over­ca­pac­ity bash, but when the crowd thins out, the night re­ally be­gins for me. If I’m host­ing, it’s about trans­lat­ing the good vibes of the larger party into some­thing more chill and in­clu­sive. My dream vibe is straight out of a Wong Kar-wai film—all moody, sat­u­rated colours. Mu­sic is ev­ery­thing. I’ll cue up some of my favourite South Amer­i­can artists, like Seu Jorge and Kali Uchis, on my turntable and let it play in the back­ground. And if I think I might end up at an af­ter­party, I’ll be sure to have a pair of sun­glasses in my cross-body bag—they’re a must for when you’re on your way home and the sun has al­ready been up for hours.”


@car­li­whitwell | man­ag­ing edi­tor

“Ev­ery­one has a story about the best party they’ve ever been to. Me? I want to host that party. The hol­i­days give me the per­fect ex­cuse to go all out. (For­get that ‘nes­tled all snug in our beds’ non­sense. That long win­ter’s nap? Guys, it can wait un­til 2019!) Since ’tis the sea­son to be sparkly, my in­spo is Stu­dio 54 meets Cavalli yacht party—I want to be sur­rounded by as much glit­ter as there should be snow fall­ing out­side. To en­cour­age min­gling, I’ll ask each per­son to bring a plus-one no one else knows. My last party trick? Keep ’em en­ter­tained. Stock the bar with spir­its, mix­ers, bit­ters and shak­ers so peo­ple can make DIY cock­tails, or in­vite a spe­cial guest, like a tarot-card reader. To all a very good night in­deed.”


@vic­to­ri­adiplacido | beauty edi­tor

“Long be­fore you get to the ac­tual hol­i­day part of the hol­i­days, it’s one of the busiest times of the year. This sea­son, in­stead of sob­bing in a Whole Foods be­cause they’re sold out of what­ever dish you were pre­tend­ing to have made your­self for the umpteenth potluck on your cal­en­dar, ask your­self ‘Do I re­ally need to be do­ing this?’ Most of the time the an­swer is ‘No.’ Choose the events that are im­por­tant to you (like your friends’ Secret Santa gift ex­change) or manda­tory (like your work party) and say no to the rest. Then you can spend the hol­i­days do­ing what we all re­ally want to do: curl­ing up at home—prefer­ably be­side a roar­ing fire—with a se­lec­tion of A-one friends and some spiked cider. Can’t you feel your cor­ti­sol lev­els plum­met­ing?”

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