With the hustle and bustle of the holidays upon us, we asked our ‘Dappled Darlings’ what they love best about the season and which gifts bring them the most joy. Shop their collection below, and keep scrolling to learn more about our contributors.
City: Kent, England
Living with vitiligo: 12 years, since age 8
Favorite part of the holidays: My favorite thing about the holiday season is definitely all the festive food and drink that you can’t find at any other time of the year. Things like mince pies, cinnamon and pumpkin-flavored everything and eggnog!
3 holiday must-haves: J. Crew moccasins – I always have a pair of these for roaming around the house in to keep me warm and as a bonus they’re super comfy. I find journals – like this Ann Taylor journal – super useful to schedule my busy holidays, keep myself in check but also start planning the new year and everything I want to do. This tea mug – Holiday season means I end up drinking so many cups of tea, hot chocolate or coffee so having one of these is an absolute essential.
City: New York, New York
Living with vitiligo: 16 years, since age 2
Favorite part of the holidays: Spending time with family. As a college student who lives away, you realize how important being with family can be. The gift choices, to me, are little ‘feel-good’ parts of the holidays.
3 holiday must-haves: Matching flannel pajamas bring back memories of running to opening presents under the tree with my brother on Christmas morning. Bangle bracelets are the perfect gift for anyone because it is a simple accessory that is wearable with any outfit. And these limited edition candles smell amazing and holiday scented ones, like warm vanilla cookies, are my favorite part of winter!
City: Dallas, Texas
Living with vitiligo: 11 years
Favorite part of the holidays: My favorite part about the holiday season is the joy and happiness in the air and being able to spend quality time with family and friends.
3 holiday must-haves: The chilly winter weather is better with some warm gray mittens to cover my hands. My skin tends to get sensitive during the cold season, so mittens always make my skin feel better! The holiday season also calls for a warm beanie like this J. Crew beanie. They are perfect for every holiday outfit and they cover my ear from the winter chill. And what’s a holiday without some Christmas movies? I love wrapping myself in a warm blanket – like this one – while sitting on the sofa. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas couldn’t get any better!
City: Ekeren- Antwerpen, Belgium
Living with vitiligo: 10 years, since the age of 30
Favorite part of the holidays: My warm, cozy home – with all my kids (1 son and 3 daughters) and our golden retriever puppy, very long evenings on the couch with my husband and glass of wine, Christmas tree in the corner with its beautiful sparkling lights.
3 holiday must-haves: This Nordstrom sweater – so comfy and practical that I will never look for something else to put on during a cozy day. These amazing PJs I would wear all day for sure – a pajama party with my girls, complete with hot chocolate and marshmallows. Finally, December 20 is my wedding anniversary – so these BaubleBar earrings would make me feel even more special and beautiful.
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Erika Page is a writer and blogger with universal vitiligo. Her first spots appeared on her spine when she was seven years old and today vitiligo covers her entire body. Based just south of Washington, D.C., Erika founded Living Dappled to create a community of inspiration and hope for girls and women living with vitiligo.
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