Holiday Hysteria

I remember being consumed with the idea of Santa when I was younger.  Obsessed with him.  I mean, this guy didn’t even really know me… I stopped buying into that ‘good girl’/’bad girl’ threat at the age of four when I stole a classmate’s fruit roll up, lied about it and still got Christmas presents that December.  The physical reaction that took place on Christmas mornings for me were like what I only assume dropping Acid in a room full of cash, while simultaneously being cheered on by your closest friends and family would be and just like a drug, it happens in stages.

First?  Anticipation.  The nights leading up to Xmas day were filled with angst and high hopes and around the 20th, sh*t got real.  Sweating, the shakes, scenarios running through my head… I needed it.  I needed it to be the 25th.  This hit a high point at the end of Christmas Eve dinner when I knew it was really in sight.  We got the goods.  To describe the night’s of 12/24 between the years of approx. 1992-1999 would basically be similar to a multiple personality, caged animal with a bad case of tourettes breaking out in random laughs, cries and keywords from my Christmas list.. “KABOODLE!!!?!?!??”, “TOMAGATCHI!?!??”, “CASH REGISTER!!!?!?”.  I really don’t have any recollection after this, so I can only assume my parents had to step in and slip me some kind of sleep aid and for that, I am eternally grateful.

I wake up, deceived.  HOW did this happen?  I fell asleep.. impossible.  No time for thoughts – C$H$R$I$T$M$A$S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Later in life, I learned the only way to describe this moment is…

mind_blown

taken from here

The sad reality is that this process, although traumatic, is magic and as we get older, it fades.  You learn that not everything you believed in was true (in my case, I found out when my Jewish best friend asked me when I found out that my idol, my beloved, my rockstar, Santa Claus didn’t really exist.  I responded confidentently and carefree, “HA, seriously.. I’ve known for ages………  I must be going now”, quickly turned my back and cried the entire way home).  But, then you fill the void with the memory of innocence and with appreciation for your parents going through all kinds of trouble to make the day as mind blowing as it was… I mean, my Dad once drove three hours north to meet a woman in a parking lot in the freezing cold to exchange a sold-out-everywhere Furby for more cash than than that loud, needy toy (that doesn’t turn off, by the way) was ever worth.  And yes, I still love Christmas.  Some part of me reverts back to that selfish, bratty, unappreciative eight year old every year and the spirit of children lives on.

*Reference to drugs was used for humor’s sake.  Don’t do drugs.  Just love Christmas.

Top Items On My List (in no particular order)

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Prada 0PR 23OS Sunglasses $245

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Proenza Schouler PS1 Wallet $165

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Gorjana Alphabet Coin Bracelet $60

4

Vince Camuto ‘Tipper’ Boot $179

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Lulu Guiness Blush-Perspex Lips Clutch $390

 

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Etsy’s Naomilingerie Black Satin and Cotton Cat Eye Mask $23.07

 

 

 

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Nixon Time Teller Watch $99.99

 

 

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Coach Legacy Leather Large Wristlet $108

 

 

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Urban Decay Naked2 Palette $50

 

 

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Rebecca Taylor Giselle Leopard Zip-Around Wallet $78

 

 

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Too Faced 3 Way Lash Lining Tool $22

 

 

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T by Alexander Wang Inverted Pleated Dress $129

 

 

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Nars Night Flight Nail Polish $18

 

 

 

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Current Elliott Stiletto Jean in Day Glow Pink $65

 

 

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Boutaugh Bow Tie in Pink $68

 

 

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J Crew Vintage Short Sleeve Pajama Set $78

 

 

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Anthropologie Kismet Knit Turban $48

 

 

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Ka’Oir Wifey Lipstick $15.99

 

 

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MAC Pro Lip Palette $40

 

 

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Kate Spade Colorblocked Silicone iPhone 4 Case $35

 

 

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Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray $19.50-39

 

 

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Nespresso Latissima Plus $399

 

 

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Sephora by OPI Gelshine At Home Gel Colour System $159

 

 

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Jiffy Steamer $58.12

 

 

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Frends Taylor Rose Gold Headphones $199

 

 

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Ciate Mother of Pearl Caviar Manicure $27.95

 

 

 

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Nikon 1 J1 10MP Digital Camera $399.99

 

 

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Current Elliott Stiletto Jean in Camel Leopard $198

 

 

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The Little Dictionary of Fashion $19.95

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Paige Denim Edgemont Ultra Skinny Jeans in Cheer $167.30

Weekend Bags

Summer inevitably brings on spontaneous trips that don’t involve a lot of planning.  They’re exciting and a great way to reconnect to that thrilling feeling that came during childhood in between School years.  Whether it’s a night away at a local hotel offering a great deal or an impromptu decision to drive a couple hours along the coast to a great vacation spot, I like to be able to get out of the house within an hour before the idea of actually doing it fades.  Some of my favorite daytime purses are actually larger weekend bags that are perfect for these occasions.  Big enough to fit the essentials for a different climate, but small enough so that it is easy to carry.

Weekend Bags:

West Coast Wardrobe Todos Santos Weekender $46

Urban Outfitters Ecote Bizarre Backpack $59

Rachel Zoe Weekender Belted Satchel $464.90

Gypsy 05 Lohri Gypsy Hobo $265

Rebecca Minkoff Woven Bright East/West Tote $425

Deux Lux Putty Woven Faux Leather Bowery Weekend Duffel $82.99

House of Harlow 1960 Dakota Bag $506

Urban Renewal Baja Weekender Bag $29

Diane von Furstenberg Vintage Collection Duffel Bag $115

Forever 21 Vibrant Print Backpack $34.80

Cleobella Lolita Studded Satchel $473

Topshop Large Washed Clip Backpack $72

JADETRIBE Sammi Stripe Small Beach Bag $86

Wildfox Couture Roadtrip Bag $114

Longchamp Paris Le Pliage Travel Bag $155

Rebecca Minkoff Striped Wheelie Bag $346.50

Madewell The Leather Transport Rucksack $248

Intiq for J. Crew Mochila Bag $295

Novelty Watches

I’ve gotten used to wearing watches everyday.  I normally stick to a classic over-sized gold Michael Kors style, but think it’s fun to mix it up every once and a while with a fun, bright alternative.

Novelty Watches:

FUNBOY Watches in Red Crush $25

Timex Original Camper Gloss Watch $60

Flex Yellow Watch $30

Anthropologie Viscid Watch in Sky $58

Neff Flava Watch in Cyan $20

Neff Daily Watch in Purple $30

O’Clock Analogue Mirror Silicone Purple Watch $60.88

Timex Multicolor Easy Reader Watch $65

Multi-Color Block Brick Style Wrist Watch $8.39

Sunglasses!

Ah, my favorite accessory.  I love getting dressed up and have a pretty regular makeup routine, but there are days (especially on weekends) where I just have no energy to go beyond moisturizing.  At these moments, sunglasses are literally my saving grace.  Not only do they accessorize a simple look, but lets be real – they cover half your face.  Win!

I like to have a nice pair on hand that are reliable, while also protecting me from the Sun (ok… that’s just my excuse for spending over $100) but I also like to buy some novelty pairs that add fun and let me test out trendy eyewear without regretting it 5 minutes later.  I recently bought Fred Flare’s Red Heart Shaped Sunglasses for $14 and get complimented on them all the time.

Other sunglasses I’m loving…

Chloe Off White Sunglasses $179.99

Urban Outfitters Pink Risky Business Sunglasses $12

Marc by Marc Jacobs Oversized Plastic Aviators $98

Spitfire Weekend in Tortoise Shell Frames $35

Spitfire Mixed Ability Sunglasses $39

UO Cateye Sunglasses $14

Printed Sunglasses $14

Prada Round Oversized Sunglasses $290

Forever 21 Aviator Sunglasses $5.80

Toms Sunglasses $119

UO Glow in the Dark Sunglasses $14

Cheap Monday Oval Frames $30

Gucci Cat Eye Sunglasses $325

UO Barbie Sunglasses $16

Alexander McQueen Two Tone Sunglasses $325

Rebecca Minkoff Mirrored Sunglasses $150

UO Ombre Round Sunglasses $16

Elizabeth and James Limited Edition Leopard Sunglasses $185

*all photos taken from websites they are linked to

Belt Frustrations

I’ve always used belts (and most things for that matter) more for fashion than function, however there’s no doubt that the fit of a good belt can make your look polished, and most importantly – comfortable!  There are different opinions about what kind of belt should be worn with certain things, but I’ve always felt the first priority should be how it looks on your body (not on the model in an ad).  Once you get to know what kinds of shapes and sizes work for you, it is easier to buy without trying on.

The purpose of a belt should be to hold your pants in place as if you are standing up.  It’s important to know that if your pants scrunch in the back when you are wearing a belt that is fit snug on your hips – your pants are too big (at least in the waist).  Standing upright, you should not need a belt (for function) if you have the right size pants.  Belts are for sitting down and bending over.  A lot of people who are frustrated with finding belts actually don’t realize they’re buying the wrong size pants.  In that case, you can either invest in tailoring (which I would definitely suggest for a pair of jeans or work pants that get a ton of use) or… buy some new pants.

I’ve put together a compilation below, including some classic, some fun and some dream-worthy belts.  Happy shopping!

Tan Belt from Dorothy Perkins $9, Brown Leather Belt from Gap $16.50, Medium Tan Belt from Zappos $35 photos taken from websites

Saddle Belt form J Crew $24.99, Lauren by Ralph Lauren Belt from Zappos $58, Linea Pelle Belt from Zappos $99 photos taken from website

White Belt with Tassels from Dorothy Perkins $11, Linea Pelle Black Skinny Belt with Studs from Zappos $84.99, Linea Pelle Thick Belt with Holes from Zappos $92.99 photos taken from website

Hot Pink Belt from J Crew $29.99, Red Patent Leather Belt from TopShop $28, Patent Leather Green Belt from ASOS $10.91 photos taken from website

Striped Belt from ASOS $27.27, Joe’s Jeans Gold Belt from Zappos $53.99, Striped Belt from Gap $16.95 photos taken from website

Lavender Belt from ASOS $10.91, Yellow Belt with Bow from ASOS $10.91, Orange Belt from Piperlime $29 photos taken from website

Flower Print Belt from ASOS $16.36, Red + Purple Suede Belt from ASOS $27.27, Roxy Aztec Belt from Zappos $34.99 photos taken from website

Michael Kors Leopard Print Belt from Zappos $52, Linea Pelle Red Belt with Holes from Zappos $59.99, Linea Pelle Skinny Leopard Belt from Zappos $58.99 photos taken from website

Marc by Marc Jacobs Crossbody from Bloomingdales $198 (wrap this around your waist), Michael Kors Chain Belt with Pocket from Zappos $68, Belt Bag from Gucci $530 photos taken from website

See by Chloe Belt from ASOS $325.40, M Missoni Belt from Net-A-Porter $345, Salvatore Ferragamo Belt from Zappos Couture $360 photos taken from website

Dolce & Gabbana Pink Leather Belt from Net-A-Porter $275, Marni Embellished Belt from Net-A-Porter $235, Heart Buckle Belt from Diane Von Furstenberg $129.50 photos taken from website