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Winter isn't coming, it's here. There are snow flurries (snow flurries!) in the forecast. For those who love the cold and all the days of celebration following in its wake, we've gathered some of our favorite cozy winter accessories in seasonal shades of white in our New & Cool shopping feature. Also, there's some seriously stylish clothing for the gentlemen — or the trendsetting ladies — in your life in our holiday fashion spread.

 If the Big Easy's big chill conjures visions of all those holiday preparations you've yet to complete, we've got some stories that may take the edge off your Christmahanukwanzaa. We chatted with some organization gurus about ways to get your home ready for holiday entertaining without breaking the bank or your brains. My favorite piece of advice? Using items you find around your house ­— Mardi Gras beads, candy canes, fruit, pine cones from the lawn — to create a welcoming centerpiece or door hanger when company is on the way and there's no time to run to the store.

 If the thought of shopping for your loved ones leaves you feeling frazzled, check out CUE's holiday gift guide, which offers ideas for everyone on your list, from Mr. Scrooge and Mrs. Cratchit to Tiny Tim. We left out the family pooch, but if he likes to chew on your shoes, a pair of Christian Louboutin pumps from Swap Boutique should do.

 Finally, remember to take it all in. This time of year feels like it goes on forever (especially with Mardi Gras tacked on to the back end), but good times never last as long as we'd like.

 Yours in peace, love and bon temps,

Katherine M. Johnson

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