Noora Raj Brown


Home for the Holidays:
How 3 goop Staffers Are Celebrating

In partnership with our friends at Banana Republic

What’s a festive gathering without the “gathering” part? We’ll find out come November 26. But whatever it looks like, there’s still plenty to be grateful for: a newlywed couple’s first Thanksgiving, virtual hugs from far-away relatives, clinking glasses with your closest crew of friends. In search of some inspiration for everyone hosting at home this year, we asked three goop staffers how they’re pivoting their plans, breaking with tradition in the best way, and dressing up for what’s sure to be a lovely night in.

“Like many others, we haven’t seen our friends this year as much as we would’ve liked. So I’m going all out for our little backyard Thanksgiving celebration with warming, spicy cocktails; a never-ending cheese board; and an embarrassing number of pies. Los Angeles just got chilly, so I’ll need to toss on a little faux-fur bolero to deal with the crisp evening air.”
—Noora Raj Brown, SVP of communications and brand marketing

“My husband and I got married during COVID with a guest list of two people: our witness and the court registrar. It was surprisingly tender, sweet, and romantic, and we’re excited to share the fun with friends and family next year. In the meantime, we’re continuing the trend of intimate, celebratory moments with Thanksgiving at home, cooking up our favorite Korean dishes—comfort food—to remind us of everything we have to be grateful for, like health and happiness.”
—Diana Ryu, chief of staff

“I won’t be flying to visit family this year, so staying connected with those I love is going to require some creativity on my end—and a solid Wi-Fi connection. My plans include a virtual Thanksgiving dinner, sharing Hanukkah on FaceTime, and a Christmas karaoke party on Zoom, along with sending plenty of cheery holiday cards and fabulously goopy gifts through the post.”
—Elgin Wright, keyholder, goop Lab Brentwood