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Holiday Q&A with Liebemarlene

  • Our friend Rhiannon Leifheit, the voice behind the blog Liebemarlene, recently talked to us about her holiday plans with her husband, Drew, and shared some gift ideas for him:

    Where will you be spending the holidays?
    We’re going to spend Christmas with Drew’s family in North Carolina this year. First we’ll drive up to Charlotte for a Greek Christmas Eve meal with the extended family, and then we’ll go to the coast, where his parents live. It’s always fun being able to walk along the beach on Christmas morning.

    What’s your favorite thing about winter?
    I’m not a cold weather person at all, but I do love December. I love hearing holiday music everywhere, I love the food and the traditions and the countdown until Christmas, even though it goes by a little more quickly every year.

    Did you grow up with any interesting holiday traditions?
    On Christmas Eve instead of making a traditional dinner, my family fills up the table with hors d’oeuvres and cookies. For as long as I can remember, we’ve set out the same things. There’s always egg nog (in a big punch bowl, mixed with ice cream – we add the bourbon ourselves), cookies, and Frango Mints, which might be a Midwestern thing, Now that we live in the South, we have to order them online.

    Favorite winter snack:
    Christmas cookies, definitely. My parents make the same recipes that my great-grandmothers would make back in the ’50s and ’60s. My favorite, Georgia Street Slices, have ingredients that are about as 1960s as you can get (condensed milk, vanilla pudding mix, chopped up vanilla wafers) but they taste delicious and more nostalgic than anything else I can think of.

    Best holiday memory:
    As sappy as it sounds, my favorite Christmas was probably last year’s, when Drew and I had been married for only a few months. We decorated our house and went to a tree farm to cut down our own Christmas tree for the first time. Then we spent the holidays in Tennessee with my parents and my sisters and their families, and we had family members playing carols on the piano and guitar, kids and dogs running around, old holiday movies on TV. It couldn’t have been better.

    Is Drew easy to shop for?
    I guess I lucked out because he’s pretty easy. He’s really into art and biking, so I’ve gotten him bike jerseys and art books in the past. But clothes are the easiest. We both have somewhat similar tastes (we’re both big Steven Alan fans) so I usually know what shirts he’d like or what sweaters would look good on him.

    What would be your top five gift picks for him?


    The Pablo shirt – I already know for a fact that he’s been eyeing it, so it’s a no-brainer.


    He’s always looking for the perfect boots, and I think this Lace Up Moccasin Boot might be it.


    Barry McGee: T.H.R. Drew’s been a big Barry McGee fan for years — I don’t always know which art books he’d like, but I do know he’s like this one.


    Levi’s Vintage Clothing 1950′s Crew Sweatshirt. This one is about as classic as you can get. There’s no way you could go wrong with it.


    A cashmere beanie. Drew already owns a lot of winter hats, but I have a feeling he’d wear this one all the time.

    Many thanks to Rhiannon!

    - Photos courtesy of Liebemarlene

    This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 at 6:19 am and is filed under In Stock. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

2 Responses to “Holiday Q&A with Liebemarlene”

  1. Erin says:

    This series is delightful. And those shots? Pure magic.

  2. Anthe says:

    Great Christmas memories from such a wonderful and artistic couple! Can’t wait to see you! The beach is waiting!

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