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Holiday Must Haves From AphroChic

Tastemakers' Holiday Must Haves: Jeanine Hays of AphroChic

As the queen of "modern," "soulful" style, Jeanine Hayes proves that storytelling and decorating go hand in hand. AphroChic, her blog and shop, merges rich cultural traditions with a sharply contemporary aesthetic, introducing a fresh and deeply personal approach to interiors. We caught up with the groovy modernist to find out what she can't do without and the gifts she's dying to give and receive this season!

During the holidays, my house smells like: Illume’s Woodfir. It has the smoky scent of cedarwood and vanilla, perfect for Winter nights.

A stylish gift I’m coveting this year is: the Kate Spade USB bow. I'm such a tech junkie. I mean, what girl doesn’t want to back up her documents in style?


In turn, I'm dying to gift: a gold metallic video game controller to my husband. It’s the best of both worlds — functional for him and aesthetically pleasing to me. And I just know he’ll love it!

Keep reading for more of Jeanine's holiday must haves!

My go-to holiday centerpiece is: a vase of white chrysanthemums. It’s a simple flower that’s always in season, and a bunch in a metallic vase in gold or silver creates a nice, luxe holiday look.

My gift-wrapping essential is: Letterpress gift tags. They always make a present feel special. My favorite are the kraft gift tags from Sugar Paper.

My holiday playlist includes:

  • All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey
  • Let It Snow by Boyz II Men
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Luther Vandross
  • The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by The Temptations
  • This Christmas by Donny Hathaway

My holiday-party must have is: Cookies! Every year we have a holiday gift-wrapping party, watch The Muppet Christmas Carol, and bake cookies. It’s a tradition that’s been going on most of my life, and it doesn’t feel like Christmas without baking some delicious chocolate chip cookies.

The one essential element of my holiday decor is: Meaningful ornaments that I’ve received throughout the years. Last year, my sister had a special AphroChic ornament made for us featuring our logo. It’s so beautiful and special and a perfect piece to highlight in my holiday decor.

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