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Wish you were here: Megan Nolan’s guide to the holidays

From Christmas at the farm to the soundtrack of summer, Design & Creative Services Manager Megan Nolan shares her ultimate guide to the festive season.

This year I’ll be gifting …

I don’t own my own home or have more than three square metres of space to fill. My loved ones do, however, which means I finally have an excuse to trawl through my favourite homewares stores in the name of Christmas gifting.

I’m completely obsessed with New Zealand boutique Fourth Street and definitely have a few people in mind for this vintage candle holder and this vase. I’ve also never gotten over my Frederic Forest stage and am hoping one lucky family member will love this piece as much as I do.

I’d love to receive …

Something I want, not need. I have a revolving list of ‘want’ items that I’ll never be able to afford, and Christmas is the only time of year I even entertain the thought of asking for them. This year it’s impractical lingerie, overindulgent lace-ups and chunky gold jewellery à la 1064 Studio rings and Sarah and Sebastian hoops.

I’d love to receive …

Something I want, not need. I have a revolving list of ‘want’ items that I’ll never be able to afford, and Christmas is the only time of year I even entertain the thought of asking for them. This year it’s impractical lingerie, overindulgent lace-ups and chunky gold jewellery à la 1064 Studio rings and Sarah and Sebastian hoops.

For Christmas I’ll be …

At my beautiful family farm in country Victoria. After two years at RUSSH I’ve finally given in to organic wine and will happily sip on a bottle of Combes De Franc once the cocktails have run out. I’ll also be making my world famous chocolate ripple cake which coincidently happens to be the world’s easiest dessert. Who said impressing the in-laws was hard work?

My holiday reading includes …

André Aciman’s Call Me By Your Name sequel, Find Me. I’ve refused to read any reviews because even if it’s terrible I will be demolishing it over the first week of the holidays. On my list is also a bunch of RUSSH long reads I’ve never had the time to sit down and fully appreciate, and this delve into the human brain titled Messengers: Who we listen to, who we don’t, and why. If you’re not into psychology it might be a little heavy, but I always appreciate something more challenging when I’m on holidays and in my email-free zone.

My holiday reading includes …

André Aciman’s Call Me By Your Name sequel, Find Me. I’ve refused to read any reviews because even if it’s terrible I will be demolishing it over the first week of the holidays. On my list is also a bunch of RUSSH long reads I’ve never had the time to sit down and fully appreciate, and this delve into the human brain titled Messengers: Who we listen to, who we don’t, and why. If you’re not into psychology it might be a little heavy, but I always appreciate something more challenging when I’m on holidays and in my email-free zone.

My summer playlist sounds like …

My latest guilty pleasure, Jesus Is King. Say what you will about Kanye and his ‘rebirth’, this album has been on repeat for me since its release and I’m happy to keep it that way for the remainder of the summer. Essentially it’s a feel-good gospel album and it’s giving me all the right vibes for reading, dancing, cocktail drinking and napping – not necessarily in that order.

If you haven’t heard of Masego then I would also recommend giving him a listen. He describes his style as “trap house jazz” (take what you want from that), and my tune of the moment is Tadow. He also plays the sax – enough said.

From top: @heath_newman; @fredericforest; fourth-st.com; @endlesslyloveclub; KIKI DE MONTPARNASSE bra; @sarahandsebastian; 1064 STUDIO rings; @thatcoolmoodboard; MONICA VINADER necklace; PHOTOGRAPHY Brendan Creaser; @kymellery; 2018 DRNKS.com; taste.com.au; @sunday_mae; André Aciman, Call Me By Your Name; Stephen Martin and Joseph Marks, Messengers: Who We Listen To, Who We Don’t, And Why; @masego; Kanye West, Jesus Is King; Pinterest.com.