My Christmas List

This isn’t a gift guide in the sense that I am buying these for others, this is PURE ME.

Confession: I keep an ongoing wish list throughout the year, mostly to remember what I am into at the moment, sometimes to keep an eye out for deals and occasionally to share with others.

While the list includes the unrealistic (“Giant diamond ring” has been #1 for five years running), there are also the cool things I find along the way.

Here’s what’s on tap:

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I *love* Cindy Sherman’s self portraits. A few years ago there was an exhaustive show of her work at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and I spent hours immersed in her world. This new book is the #1 item on my Wish List.

Ok, I am also going to post about this tomorrow, but Santa came a bit early for me on this Patagonia Women’s Better Sweater. More thoughts coming, but suffice it to say this jacket – while not new by any means – seems to be having a renaissance in popularity. Include me on the fan list.

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Ok, here’s another item to file in the To-Me-From-Me category: These fluffy Ugg slippers. If I’m at home, I am always, always wearing slippers. Embarrassing but true: my second toes are longer than my big toes (this is called a Morton’s toe in medical terms), and the lifetime net result has been that I have broken my second toes over 4 times (!!!!) via a combination of running-related stress fractures or painful stubbing incidents. I’ve learned that slippers with some frontal barrier are enough to usually keep me out of trouble. These fit the bill.

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It’s hard to pick a favorite Jo Malone fragrance, but there are a few that rise to the top for me. This isn’t one! However, I am well-stocked on my #1 winter scent (Pomegranate Noir, spicy and delicious for cold weather; FWIW, my overall top choice is Nectarine and Honey Blossom), and this one is a great alternative to round out a winter fragrance wardrobe. Did you know you needed a winter fragrance wardrobe? You do.

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Another future post coming, but 2019 was the year I went nuts buying Lululemon, a brand that previously did not appeal. What changed? I am not sure, but I went down a huge rabbit hole snapping up their running shorts, convertible Vinyasa scarves and workout jackets. This On The Go Poncho is slightly elevated from their usual fare. I want it.

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I promise to stop with Lululemon after this, but these gloves are So. Good. They are thin but do the trick to keep my hands warm enough from the time I get into my chilly car at the end of the day to when it warms up. Plus, they are thin enough to easily allow me to pick up my travel mug and sip coffee – an unusual requirement, but a requirement nonetheless.

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This is the most needed, least exciting item on my Holiday List: new baking sheets. While we’re at it, pizza pans should also make the list. Despite how much I hate domestic chores, I frequently roast veggies of all varieties and heat more pizza than I care to admit. The grungy pans we have now could use an upgrade.

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Described as the “Oracle with Attitude,” this deck of cards is meant to be a fun way to answer questions Magic Eight Ball-style, but with edge.

100% self-explanatory.

Rothy’s Limited Edition Loafers

I finally bit on Rothy’s.

If you’re not familiar, they are a sustainable shoe brand whose products are made from materials like recycled plastic bottles.

One selling point is that they are machine washable.

While Rothy’s have achieved cult status with some of my friends, I wasn’t tempted enough to dive in until I saw these limited edition pink gingham loafers.

They also come in red or brown check, but pink gets my heart every time.

While these babies are going to be shelved until snow season is over (i.e., mid-2020 at the earliest), I’m patient.

Feminism and Dolly in 2019

Are you listening to this?

It’s incredible, and about so much more than Dolly Parton.

Don’t get me wrong: I love Dolly.

After more than six decades in the spotlight, Dolly Parton has become a cultural touchstone to multiple generations.

Her fans cross demographic lines from crusty octogenarians to ebullient drag performers to emerging fourth wave feminists.

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Young Dolly, image via Pinterest

This nine part podcast digs deep, and the first episode centers around feminism and Dolly.

Not giving away much here, but at one point, Dolly was asked point blank if she was a feminist, to which she replied “No.”

As someone who often wears a “Wild Feminist” shirt – among other apparel – I briefly felt like Dolly let me down.

The producers seemed to agree.

But here’s where this podcast is so brilliant: the disappointment with that answer was then discussed in a meaningful way, and in the end the thesis is that Dolly is a feminist without calling herself one.

My favorite quote from the episode: “There are feminists in theory. And there are feminists in practice.”

I can’t wait for the rest.

Natural Accents from Crate and Barrel

I’m really digging some of the natural accent decor pieces available now at Crate and Barrel.

Much of it is easy, light and neutral, which is basically how I want to feel. 

This hurricane is oversized enough to be a stand-alone centerpiece:

It’s hard to appreciate the scale of this driftwood bowl.

Here’s a picture for perspective:

It would work on the floor or as a centerpiece.

And then there is this bowl:

 

I love the addition of these stones to it all:

 

 

 

 

A Few Cute Things

These are random things I stumbled upon this weekend, as I alternated between cable news  (Ugh) and escapist TV.

Temps were -7 without windchill on Saturday.

These Fabletics leggings feature Powerhold technology (whatever it is, I want it), trendy rose gold and back zippers on the lower leg, which is a feature I love.

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They would look great with this jacket:

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And this gym bag:

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Sadly, these cozy slipper are sold out in my size:

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But this cute tee from J. Crew Factory isn’t! It’s called “Party Animals.”

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Lastly, this is a huge splurge. I was lucky enough to get this completely frivolous item for Christmas, and it was perfect – something I loved but even I wouldn’t spring for it.

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The scent is nice, the texture is perfect and the container is oddly satisfying to hold in your hand. What a treat to use. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Me to Me, Part 2

I recently went way down a rabbit hole with the concept of accessorizing my bags. 

I blame Henri Bendel’s “Dress Up Your Bag” campaign, but of course I am very weak and susceptible to all things Shopping.

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I purchased this colorful guitar strap to add to an old Marc Jacobs tote, but the clips on the end were too small to attach to the tote’s hardware, so I had to improvise with some rings that I bought at a craft store.

I was going for a vibe like this:

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I also picked up two of the perforated luggage tags, one pink and one gold. These are planned for different bags.

As I fell deeper down the rabbit hole, I discovered a whole world of customized pieces on Etsy, including an upcycled Louis Vuitton tassel. I haven’t had good luck with Etsy in the past, but I decided to give it one more try.

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I honestly can’t tell if the Vuitton strips are real or fake, but I really don’t care. The tassel looks cool to me either way. I added this to my pink and green trimmed bag from the Spring 2017 collection. I was really pleased with this purchase, and the shipping was really fast. I think it took fewer than 4 days from order to arrival.

The tag was also personalized with my initial:

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One more shot for scale:

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This was a cool find.