Kim Mitchell Stokes, the force behind J’adore Couture, is one of our favorite fashion bloggers. She has an amazing eye for what’s new and interesting, plus the enviable quality of being able to put a classic looking outfit together in an unexpected way that just works. She notices the details. We also love her travel stories and her inside look at the glam life in the Bay Area. We were thrilled to meet her in person and learn all about how she holidays.
What do you look forward to in San Francisco over the holidays?
Since so many people in San Francisco are from somewhere else (including me!), the city tends to empty out during the holidays. With fewer people, it’s fun and easier to take advantage of the quiet, and do traditionally touristy things. Many hotels around the city have grand Christmas trees, so it’s nice to see those—The Fairmont has a gorgeous tree and giant gingerbread house—and then finish up by taking a cable car down to the Buena Vista with friends for a traditional Irish coffee and beers.
What are your holiday traditions?
It’s all about spending time with those I love. Good food, of course—I love making my grandmother’s cornbread, watching movies (my holiday favorites are The Godfather trilogy, A Christmas Story, and The Family Stone) and football. My family is on the East Coast, so I make sure to carve out time to FaceTime them.
- 3 cups yellow corn meal (my favorites are Bob's Red Mill Organic and Hodgson Mill)
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 eggs
- 2 1/2 cups buttermilk
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Melt the unsalted butter, setting aside 1-2 tablespoons to butter the pan.
- In one bowl, whisk the eggs and then add the buttermilk, stirring until mixed well. In another bowl, mix the dry ingredients baking powder, corn meal, baking soda and salt. Add in the liquid mixture and the melted butter and stir together with a wooden spoon.
- Use the 1-2 tablespoons of set aside butter to grease a 10 inch Pyrex dish, then pour the batter into the pan. Bake 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. You can also make in a 10 inch cast-iron pan (preheat the pan in the oven, then brush the butter inside and pour the batter).
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
Do you have anything you look forward to wearing at the holidays?
I am loving the velvet trend this holiday.
I have a pair of blue velvet pumps that look great with a pair of jeans and a white shirt, but I also want to get a velvet slip dress to wear with a moto jacket. I’m all about mixing textures and the holidays are a wonderful time to do this, so velvet with silk, leather with a chunky knit, or denim with cashmere. Above all, dress for your body type but also what you feel confident in. If you love your legs, go for a velvet mini with chic suede ankle boots.
What is your go-to piece to amp up an outfit?
Something I go back to over and over during the holidays is my vintage faux fur coat. It’s a great topper for any holiday look—from dresses to sweater and jeans.
Any go-to gifts for hosts?
I love a great candle—my favorite smells like a wintery fire. Sometimes it’s also nice to go more personal; if you know the host loves a certain chef or artist, a gorgeous coffee table book or cookbook makes a lovely gift.
What do you like to get?
I love gifts that are unexpected and fun. You can make a lot of great discoveries that way. I don’t think I’d ever buy these earrings for myself, but I’d try them out if someone got them for me.
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