An entrepreneurial lifestyle doesn’t leave much room for down time, but it’s crucial to creativity to step away once in a while. The holidays are chaotic, but we usually find a moment of peace somewhere toward the end of it all. This month we’re catching up with a few of our friends to see how they’re spending some oh-so-sacred time away from the office, and bringing the holiday spirit with them.
Seven-month-old fashion brand La Ligne’s founding lineup tells you most of what you need to know. Meredith Melling and Valerie Boster Macauley have more than two decades at Vogue between them, with Molly Howard joining them after a run at rag & bone. The three seek to pay proper homage to—and to ultimately own—the concept of the line. Built on timeless style and and thoughtful fabrics, the direct-to-consumer collection launched last spring with a very warm welcome from everyone who matters.
Needless to say, life’s been busy. Between kids, weddings, and a fashion label launch, we caught up with Molly, Meredith, and Valerie to see how they’ll be enjoying the holidays next year.
Where are you spending the holidays?
MM: We’re headed to Alta mountain in Utah to ski.
MH: I’ll be going to Hawaii with my family. I went once two summers ago with my two best friends and have been trying to get back ever since. Excited to swim with the dolphins again.
VM: New Hampshire for Christmas with my family.
What’s in your suitcase this holiday season?
MM: Alta is VERY casual so there’s nothing better than curling up by the fire après-ski in La Ligne’s J’Amuse Socks.
MH: I bring very very little for a beach vacation. I’ll pack my two La Ligne pareos, a bunch of swimsuits, my Levi jean shorts, and a few light weight dresses for night. And my La Ligne Au Naturel Tote of course!
What are your tricks to getting through the holidays and how do you stay healthy?
MM: On the slopes, I hydrate all day drinking lots of water and slathering on moisturizer. And by night, it’s about decadent foods and wine.
MH: Hmmm… I’m not a pinnacle of health. I love bad-for-you foods and especially on vacation, hate to work out. But the gym in my building is literally next door to my apartment, so I’m running out of excuses…
VM: My family’s house has a ton of trails and hikes, so I will be running them between meals.
Do you have any special family holiday tradition?
MM: Christmas stockings are as important as the gifts under the tree in my house. They are filled with smaller gifts that are very catered to each recipient.
MH: My dad dresses up as Santa (we’re Jewish) every year for my younger brother, but I think he caught on last year so the jig may be up.
VM: Just making sure we are all together which gets trickier and trickier every year with expanding families.
Favorite holiday flick or tune?
MM: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas.” Can’t get enough.
MH: My whole family really loves comedies, so there is a lot that over the holidays. I think we watch Step Brothers as a family at least three times a year. For music, I usually blast hip hop throughout the house until someone in my family takes away my control of the playlist.
VM: Home Alone. Never gets old.
What are you most excited about giving this season to friends and family?
MM: La Ligne will be introducing a monogram program so I’ll be customizing our Weekender for my friends and family. The Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil is the perfect stocking stuffer. It’s more luxurious than any body moisturizer I’ve ever tried!
MH: I love gift giving. I tend to get really into it and try to come up with something very unique. Last year my sister and I bought my dad a taxidermy monkey. He hangs it in the window of his house so people walking by see it and get startled. I will also for sure be giving the Tata Harper Love Potion to all of my friends.
VM: Our new cashmere socks are a great stocking stuffer, they have an embroidered wink, so it’s a sock with a little bit of cheek. I love the Repairative Moisturizer. The smell is so clean and fresh and I love how it stays with me all day and is a must-have for after any flight, so I’ll be gifting that to my travel flock.
Author: Tata Harper Team
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