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

Flat Out Necessary

My feet are distorted.  The reasons for this are twofold.  One, because I have an ongoing (and overwhelming) fear of asking for my actual shoe size and admit I have bought a size that isn’t right out of pure embarrassment.  I am… *taking a breath*… a size 10 (…and a half… ok sometimes – seriously only sometimes – 11, if the shoe is cut weird).

I’ve spent many trips to the Mall trying on 10’s and have mastered the act of, “OMG this is so weird!  This 10 doesn’t fit.  ALL my other shoes are 10’s… this line must be really small”.  Yes, the sales people see right through it, but it’s just like ordering two entrees from room service while alone on a work trip and making sure to ask for TWO sets of silverware… you know, for your friend that’s meeting up with you.  Sometimes I even through in an extra detail like “OH and can you make sure there’s no basil… my friend is really allergic to basil”, just to sound convincing.  #Problems

The other reason, however, is that I really do love heels and even if I mentally prepare myself to hear “YOU ARE SO TALL” from every person I run into while wearing them (remember I’m 5’10”), I have definitely been stuck one two many times spending hours in painful pumps.

That being said, I am constantly scavenging to find cute flats.  I’m all about boots in the fall and winter, but as the Summer gets closer, I find myself looking for fun alternatives to pair with fresh looks that won’t be boring.  And, even though I’m mostly style over comfort, c’mon… my ankle once swelled up twice its size in Vegas because I was wearing 5″ heels all day.  I was 100% sober and I will never get the man’s voice out of my head saying, “DUDE, that girl is SO drunk!” as he watched me wabble to my room (not even a little bit ok in the first place and also breaks my cardinal rule to not wear heels over 3″ during daylight to be sure I won’t be mistaken as a transvestite).

Here Are My Picks for Spring/Summer:

Loeffler Randall Star Sandals $175, Tan and Glitter Sandals $136.34, Black and Tan Sandals $36.36

Dolce Vita Red Sandals $109.99, Black Sandals $100, Joe’s Jeans Cobalt Sandals $90

Rebecca Minkoff Gold Sandals $125, DV by Dolce Vita $59.99, Silver Sandals $34.95

Ted Baker Pink and Orange Sandals $63.63, Lacoste Pink Jelly Sandals $63.63, Yellow Jelly Sandal $47.90

Embellished Sandals $99, Petal Sandals $79, Yellow and Gold Sandals $70

Elizabeth & James Ballet Flats $198, Black Patent Leather Flats $84.50, Two Tone Flats $62

Rebecca Minkoff Aztec Flats $195, Nude Patent Leather Flats $70, Yellow/Nude Flats $59

Steven by Steve Madden Blue Flats $119.99, Mint Green Flats $66, Red Bow Flats $15

Perforated Loafers $118, Striped Smoking Slippers $115,  Zig Zag Espadrilles $21.81

Loeffler Randall Flat Moccosin $195, Steve Madden Leopard Flats $80, Dalmation Casual Flats $79.95

Milly Two Tone Rose Boat Shoes $125, Milly Two Tone Yellow Boat Shoes $125, Gold Boat Shoes $89.95

Jil Sander Red Lace Up Shoes $758, Cole Haan Leather Oxfords $178, Leather Shoes with Spikes $154.52

Chuck Taylor + Missoni High Tops $200, Neon Keds $45, Leopard Sneakers $30

Splurge of the Season!

I believe in a good investment.  My bank account and plans to save for the future do not always see me eye to eye on this one.  I do, however, invest in something from time to time that will last, can be integrated into my wardrobe a lot of different ways and is not so trendy that I’ll be thinking, “did I seriously just pay $150 for suspenders” down the road.  Don’t get me wrong, I embrace the new “have to have” items, but usually not for over $50.

All that being said, I recently decided to take the plunge (after a lot of saving) and buy the Stuart Weitzman Over the Knee 50 50 Boots.  Yes, the price still gives me convulsions, but the fact of the matter is – I LOVE them.

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Photo taken from Stuart Weitzman

My guidelines to a successful splurge are what I like to call the 4 C’s:

-comfort (this for a fashion lover is anything that allows you to physically get through the night – just kidding… sort of)

-compatibility (does this fit with your lifestyle, wardrobe and personality?  I would not condone splurging on an amazing down puffer jacket for example because I live in California where I really don’t need one.  Instead I just bought the discounted version like a reasonable person at an outlet mall on the way back from Palm Springs recently, because I go to New York…. in the winter….. sometimes)

-condition (what will this look like in 5 years if I use it a lot, which you should be doing if it’s a worth while piece)

-compliments (I’m not gonna lie – if I’m paying money for something, I want return.  The way I see it, the more expensive it is, the more compliments I need to be satisfied with the price… shallow, but for a person who is tortured by a love of luxury fashion, added with an extreme proneness to buyer’s remorse – it helps.)

DISCLAIMER: I’ve broken all of these rules and have insanely impractical items in my closet at this very moment that I pretend I didn’t convince myself were worth it.  (I.E. leather driving gloves and 6 in heels – I’m 5’10” and there is no reason, under any circumstance I should be allowed out of the house coming in at 6’4″, only 2″ shorter than the average NBA player)

The fact of the matter is, these boots check out.  All of my requirements were met with flying colors.  Not only are they insanely comfortably (they are pull on – leather front, elastic back), but they are easy to wear and can be worn so many different ways (I love wearing them with something simple like a t-shirt and skinny jeans because it instantly cleans up a casual look).  They’re made well and let me tell you – I can barely leave the house without someone asking where to get them.  These sort of things are also great because just to break it down really simply – they take up 1/3 of your body, which means without even thinking, close to 1/2 of you already looks great.  In my book, that’s a win.

They come in a variety of shapes (heeled, flat, over the knee, under the knee) and ways (leather, suede), but I would recommend flat (1″), leather (called Black Nappa), over the knee.

Stuart Weitzman Over the Knee 50 50 Boot $595

Want the look at a better price?  If I hadn’t shelled out for the 50 50’s, I was also looking into the below styles as alternatives:

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From Left to Right: Dr. Jay’s Cam Boot $32.99, Delia’s Isabella Over the Knee Boot $36.50, Type Z Woodward Boot $70.99, Aldo $104.99, Chinese Laundry Otterbein Boot $109.95, Steve Madden Hazele Boot $199.95, Frye Shirley Over-the-Knee Riding Boot $448

Can’t find your size or want something else?  I love a challenge!  Email me and I’ll do what I can to help you out: taylorbraun@mac.com

Photos of boots taken from left to right: DrJays.com, Delias.com, Zappos.com, Zappos.com, ChineseLaundry.com, SteveMadden.com, Zappos.com