I have a special place in my heart for tartan.
Maybe it’s because I’m part Scottish. Maybe it’s because I was forced to wear a red plaid school uniform most of my childhood. Maybe it’s because tartan scarves remind me of a chilly October trip to Edinburgh, Scotland, a few years back. Or maybe it’s because to me, nothing evokes a fantasy of snuggling up by a warm fire on a cold mountain day like a beautiful plaid throw. Sigh.
(A brief lesson: Technically, not all plaids are tartans – only the ones registered with the Scottish Tartans Authority are true tartans. But for this sake, we’re celebrating all bright, colorful plaids!)
A few weeks back, I got a sneak-peek at MAC’s new tartan holiday collection from my neighborhood MAC store. I’m kind of obsessed — not only are they adorable but their holiday collections are seriously great deals, especially the brush kits. For $50, you can get a five-brush set including brushes that cost $30 and $25 each! I got one for Christmas a few years back and it’s by far the most-used gift I’ve ever received. (Hint, hint, Santa!)
Tartan throws don’t have to be for just indoors, check out this image from Country Living with beautiful plaid blankets to create a cozy space outdoors.
As I get ready to co-host my first Thanksgiving with my sister, I’m picturing some plaid in the mix like this image from Elizabeth Ann Designs:
And doesn’t this Pendleton bag just scream, “I’m going up to our cabin in Vermont for a little skiing this weekend, I’ll see you Monday!”
So let a little tartan into your life, in whatever way you feel inspired!
Me, Edinburgh, Scotland – 2005