Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas Wish List: Under $100

A lot of the posts on this blog centre around things that I want — mostly ridiculously expensive things that I want. It's tough being a Miu Miu kind of gal on an H&M budget.  With that in mind, and the holidays just around the corner, I've put together a wish list comprised entirely of items under $100. I'm sure tomorrow I'll go back to my frivolous, wanton Marie Antoinette-esque ways, but for now, here's a selection of fab wallet-friendly gifts I'd be thrilled to find under my Christmas tree: 

Love the colour, love the print, love the price. A fantastic alternative to the Mulberry laptop cases I'm still drooling over.

How awesome are these limited edition motorcycle rain boots? Cooler than wellies, and in support of a great cause, too: 
100% of the net profits from the sale of these boots will be donated to The AWEARNESS Fund, in partnership with amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research)

I'm a little obsessed with Kelly Wearstler (and definitely obsessed with bold colour), so this book is a must-have. 

(500) Days of Summer DVD

Hands down my favourite movie of 2009. It doesn't come out until December 22, but you can pre-order it now. (Hubs, PLEASE pre-order it now!)  P.S. You've seen THIS video, right? I could watch it all day long. My Joseph Gordon-Levitt crush is out of control. 

And the soundtrack too, please! 

A gorgeous, lavish new book about the legendary designer, written by his son Ashley Hicks. Want. 

I would kill to get a private tour of YSL's former residences. This is the next best thing. 

Savon de Marseille soap, body lotion and bubble bath
From the stylish packaging to the divine scents (I love Orange Blossom and Cherry Blossom in particular), La Compagnie de Provence makes the best bath products. 

A selection of John Hughes DVDs
Speaking as a child of the Eighties, the summer of 2009 was a terrible one. We lost Michael Jackson and Patrick Swayze, but the death that affected me most was that of John Hughes, whose movies are inextricably linked to my formative years. Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller's Day Off have always been among my all-time favourites, and over the holidays, I plan to honour Hughes's memory by watching them again and marvelling at the man's ability to capture the angst, awkwardness and excitement of adolescence so perfectly. 

This is the best red lip gloss I've ever found, but I go through it so quickly that I'm constantly running out. I'd love to find a couple of these in my stocking on Christmas morning.  

Lutz & Patmos Honeycomb pillow covers from West Elm 
Tina Lutz and Marcia Patmos are the queens of luxury knits. I absolutely adore their collection for West Elm; these cushion covers would transform any space into a cozy winter haven. 

Manzanita candelabra from West Elm
This would make a stunning centrepiece for a holiday table, but it would also look gorgeous year-round, even without candles. 

I need more Ikat in my life, and those insanely gorgeous Madeleine Weinrib pillows are too damn pricey. These bowls will tide me over until my long-lost rich family comes to find me. 

I have an addiction to coloured drinking glasses. I just bought eight new ones from Pottery Barn, but I want more more more! 

It's called the Dynasty, for f***'s sake. What's not to like? 

A girl can never, ever have too many cuff bracelets. This one is both delicate and edgy. 

Every year, my mother insists on buying me horrible, cheap-looking, too-short pajamas for Christmas. The size? Extra large. I wear a small. Maybe a medium on a bad day. Whenever I try to tell her this, she says, "Well, you don't want them skin-tight, DO YOU?" I don't know if she hates me or if I'm secretly adopted or what, but for once I would like to receive cute pajamas in my size. Is that really asking so much? 

There you have it. Hubs, you might want to bookmark this page. I suspect that part of the reason I started a blog in the first place was so I could write you a detailed list (with pictures!) of my Christmas demands. I'll bet you're sorry for encouraging me now, huh? 

Friday, November 27, 2009

"...and the walls are lacquered Yves Klein blue."

Yes. Yes. YES. From the December 2009 issue of Elle Décor  

Hubs and I will be decorating our little Christmas tree this weekend. What are you getting up to? 

Thursday, November 26, 2009

I F***ing Love Christmas

For some reason, this year more than ever, I find myself getting ridiculously excited about Christmas and the prospect of turning my apartment into a Christmassy little winter wonderland. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that this will be my first holiday season as a homeowner — and I can therefore dress up a space I actually love, as opposed to a personality-free white-walled rental — or maybe I'm just accepting my destiny as a theme-decorating cheeseball. All I know is that for the past few weeks, I've been obsessing over pastel-metallic ornaments, glitter-drenched miniature reindeer, luxe advent calendars, twinkly lights for the balcony, and the idea of throwing a big, fancy holiday dinner party. I've also spent a fair amount of time searching (both online and in person) for the perfect fuchsia Christmas tree, something that has eluded me for years and continues to elude me now. Too short, too thin, too cheap-looking, too expensive, too pink, not pink enough — it's hard to find precisely the right tree, but I will persevere. And until I find it, I'll take comfort in these gorgeous pics from the new Christmas inspiration gallery on I f***ing love the holidays, don't you? 

All photos via Living Etc. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Sequins of Events

The holiday season is upon us, and suddenly sequined jackets and blazers are everywhere, at every price point. I love  sparkle and shine, so I'm thrilled about the wide variety of options out there right now. On my wish list: a slouchy black sequined blazer to wear over long tops and leggings for day, and a more fitted version in gold or silver to wear over little dresses for evening. There's probably a joke in here somewhere about that old announcer dude from The Price is Right — who could forget Rod Roddy and his flamboyant blazers? — but I'm too busy coveting the Phillip Lim and Club Monaco jackets below to figure it out. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ra-ra-ah-ah-ah, Ro-ma-ro-ma-ma, Gaga, Oh la la!

Like any self-respecting mindless automaton, I've finally jumped on the Lady Gaga bandwagon, and I'm not afraid to admit I like it. (Very sparkly up on this here bandwagon! Lots of shirtless boys!) On set at a photo shoot today, I made everyone take a break to watch my current obsession, the Bad Romance video. We had a long, earnest discussion about whether or not Gaga is pretty — she certainly has her angles, no? — and if there's any truth to those pesky hermaphrodite rumours. Alls I know is that she looks completely at ease rocking straight-from-the-runway Alexander McQueen, and the song is damn catchy. What more do you want, you greedy people? 

P.S. McQueen chose Bad Romance as the finale music for his breathtaking, otherwordly Spring/Summer 2010 show. If you haven't already, I implore you to watch it HERE. Do it. 

Alexander McQueen runway photos via
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