8/30/21, Ho Ho Ho


Hi Everyone,


I hope you’ve had a good week. I’ve had a busy one, the summer is definitely slipping rapidly behind me, and my September foot on the gas, getting busy, is beginning to happen. And the very good news that my newest book Complications, which came out a week ago is #3 on the bestseller lists. So, thank you for that, and my new paperback Royal is #1 on many lists. I hope you’ll enjoy both books.


And I am running true to form for August. One of my more irritating traits is that I start my Christmas shopping in August every year. And in spite of Covid, wearing a mask everywhere, and being cautious about what I do and where I go—-it’s happening. I started my Christmas shopping last week, and I just love it. It’s an early reminder of my favorite time of year.


The first list I look at every year are the gingerbread houses I send to children on my Christmas list. Then there are people I send a small gift to, just to let them know I’m thinking of them, and something to people who’ve been especially nice to me this year, or helped me in some way, and people who work for me. And the list of my family and close friends. Christmas shopping puts me in a good mood. I try to finish most of it by October, so I don’t have to push my way through crowded stores, which seems more sensible than ever now, during Covid. It is so fun looking at things for the home, at toys, at pretty clothes, at practical things, unusual items, and silly fanciful ones. Sometimes I send chocolates or a Christmas candle. I used to bake brownies with the children to give to people. I love to Needlepoint, and when I have time, I make a needlepoint cushion for special friends. So, I’m off and running. This is just the beginning. I don’t know why, but I always start thinking about Christmas in August….so here I am…. Ho Ho Ho!!!


Have a great week, and I hope that as the summer draws to a close, it has been a good one for you!!!


love, Danielle

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  1. Jeffrey Ollivier September 5, 2021 12:30 am

    Danielle, you are the most humble, put together, amazing person I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. I worked at Barneys New York in SF middle 2000’s and you shopped with me. I remember you coming in with your daughters and l loved it. I honestly had no idea who you were. I grew up in a small town in Bakersfield California that is mostly farming and oil, so I was a little blind to popular culture. My love of fashion and everything unusually beautiful, eccentric was justified by your kindness and love for the same thing.

    Just wanted to say thank you, Jeffrey Ollivier