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

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Oops… I Forgot _______ (Insert Celebration/Holiday/Get Together Here)

Listen – I’m busy.  Not busy enough to ignore things on my daily checklist for weeks (akhem… blogging), but c’mon – I really have been busy.  Summer has ended and even though I probably enjoy Fall the most as far as weather and really like dressing the part, some part of me subconsciously reverts back to pre-teendom, moping around the house (or I should say – around my small, 1 bedroom apartment), cursing the world that Summer is over.

I remember one particular night before School started – when I’d be making the leap from Middle to Upper School (Junior High to High School for you cooler kids).  I was positive things would finally change for me…  I’d go to parties, I’d be skinnier, I’d wear amazing outfits.  Two months into 9th Grade, I began to fear for this dream as I sat alone in my room, eating ice cream… in my uniform.  That’s when I realized I’d never be a freshman, I was a ninth grader and for those of you who don’t understand the difference, consider yourself lucky to have had a better experience than I did.

This would lead to lots of tears, total confusion while watching Dawson’s Creek (I spent hours plotting how I could be more like Michelle Williams as Jen Lindley, when my life looked much more like the Grandmother she lived with), and a little later in life – a full out rebellious attempt (I literally couldn’t even pull off the real thing).  I moved to California and tried to convince everyone that I was a bad, out of control, nonconformist.  The only problem was – I cried all the time, totally misjudged how black and purple hair would suit my fair skin (yes I use fair – pale is just harsh), and had struggled with severe anxiety my whole life.  I call my parents every day, I have personal relationships with every doctor, specialist and vet (all which have received panicked voicemails at all hours of the night graphically explaining what normally ends up being a mosquito bite), AND I fold at even the chance at confrontation (I once got into a small, verbal fight at a bar with a girl and then after telling my friends I was going to the bathroom, chased after her down the street and apologized – true and very ridiculous story I’ll save for another time).

SO, in the spirit of embracing the person you so desperately try not to be, but know you always will, I thought it would be useful to come up with a list of things that you should probably just buy now, because if you’re anything like me, you’re losing your mind and forget birthdays/cards/etc all the time.  End scene.  (P.S.  After re-reading this entry, I realize I will probably lose viewers.)

Purchases That Will Save You In A Pinch:

Oops… I Forgot A Birthday

Olive & Cocoa Birthday Cake Tapers $28

Olive & Cocoa Chapeau de Fete $44-64

Save On Crafts Sinamay Jute Wine Bags $18/12

The Twinery {I Dream In Twine} Sampler Pack $32

World Market Sock Monkey Kraft Wrap $4.99

Gift Couture Cheeseburger Wrapping Paper $25

Oops… I Forgot I Need To Bring A Gift To Something I Didn’t Want To Go To In The First Place

Pigeon Toe Optimist Tumbler $48

Amazon S’More To Love STL-600 S’More Maker $19.99

Jonathan Adler Enamel Cake Server $58

Etsy’s Primele Custom Return Address Stamp $35

Oops… I Forgot A Card

Crane & Co Letterpress All Occasion Gift Set $35

Etsy’s Pounouheartsyou Greeting Card Set of Five $20

Target Mara-Mi Flat Panel Diecut Note Card Set $12.99

Russell + Hazel Quips + Queries Cards $12

Oops… I Forgot To Be Prepared

Safety Girl Kit Original $21.99

Urban Outfitters Festival Essentials Kit $9.99

Neiman Marcus “Kelly Stripe” Travel Accessories $58

Autobarn 100 Piece Roadside Emergency Safety Kit $32.95

Quake Kare Emergency Survival Kit $49.95

Found Art

Like most things I put in my home, the art I select is particular.  Sometimes my favorites are out of my price range, most of the time it has to accent the decor, but always – every time – it has to make me happy.  I had been on the hunt for a dreamcatcher in an attempt to help with nightmares (it can’t help, right?!), but was consistently running into the problem that the ones I selected were too kitschy or clearly belonged in a room for a person that hadn’t reached the double digit age range.

One of my favorite pass times is navigating around Etsy to try and find unique items.  When I found Ana Victoria Calderon, an artist out of Mexico, I practically jumped.  First of all, her eye for precision and color amazed me, but it was her Woven Web Of Life Dreamcatcher $17 that made this discovery feel meant to be.  I’m a firm believer that art can be outrageously expensive or free, but doesn’t really resonate with a person until they look at it and smile.  This piece currently sits framed on my wall, right by my bed, and whether it’s magic or my naivety, I’m sleeping soundly.

‘Woven Web of Life Dreamcatcher’ feather’s series

Some of my other favorite’s from Ms. Calderon:

*find her work on her Etsy page (anavicky) or her website

‘Foliage Dream’ dreams series

‘Help!’ the beatles series

‘Feathers’ feathers series

‘Black Mamba’ flora series

‘Dharma’ mandala series

 

Drink Tags

With the 4th of July coming up, expectations include fireworks, friends and food.  I love holidays where people are able to come together and spend the day without a list of things that have to get done.  Party planning is something I enjoy, but this year I’m opting for a more casual environment where friends can come and relax… no RSVP necessary.  Although I’m not going all out, I still think it’s nice to provide a few personal touches when people come over.

One accessory any party appreciates are drink tags.  They’re fun and something to make guests feel a little more welcome.  Don’t want to pay for it?  It’s an easy DIY.  Cut stars out of thick glittery paper, hole punch a place to tie a colored string and offer holiday tags in different colors for people to use for the day!

Drink Name Tags:

Etsy OhioWoodandIronWorks Chalkboard Beverage Tags $12.95

Etsy PolishedTwo Skull Wine Glass Charms $10

Etsy AnyWhichWayBoutique Paper Drink Tags $4.50

Etsy GlassActSupply Mason Jar Pendant Drink Tags $9

FredFlare Wine Glass Name Tags $9

My Drink Label Personalized Drink Labels $7.99

Curtains on Etsy

A great way to personalize your space (especially if you’re in an apartment) is by using bold or accent curtains.  I’ve been drawn to a lot of custom design on Etsy lately.  Each provide their own contribution to a well decorated home.

Some Favorite Curtains Currently Sold On Etsy:

Kirtamdesigns Colorblock Curtains $320/2

Jpetersstaged Horizontal Stripe Curtain Panels $195/2

Jpetersstaged Patterned Curtains $170/2

Kirtamdesigns Linen Curtains $170/2

Kirtamdesigns Vertical Stripe Curtains $260/2

NaturallyHomeDecor Burlap Houndstooth Curtains $130/1

DesignerPillowShop Grey Zig Zag Curtains $110

Kirtamdesigns Unlined Curtains $170/2

SewSouthernSewn Custom Geometric Blackout Curtains $100/1

Amberrosesgarden01 White Ruffled Curtains $150/2

Summer Scarves

There are times when I love trying on what seems like my whole wardrobe, testing combinations to find the perfect outfit for an event, and then there’s my normal reality when I have 15 minutes to pick out what I’m wearing.  For those days, I usually go simple (printed pants or jeans with a solid top).  I always like to top it off with something more noticeable though, like a big statement necklace, an embellished headband or my latest addiction – summer scarves.

There are so many ways to wear them (around neck or head are my favs) and they can instantly amp up what would be a pretty plain look.

Summer Scarves:

Urban Outfitters BDG Pop Stripe Scarf $24

Modcloth Mint To Be Scarf $17.99

Les Nouvelles Askilio Scarf by Malene Birger $150

Zappos Echo Design Polka Dot Wrapping $34.99

Urban Outfitters Kimchi Blue Crosshatch Printed Eternity Scarf $29

J. Crew Lemlem Hilansha Gauze Scarf $125

Marc by Marc Jacobs Jacobson Stripe Scarf $178

Etsy ESEHandMade White Shawl Scarf $13.50

Boutique To You Wildfox Starshine Scarf $64

Shopbop Theodora & Playa Scarf $175

Forever 21 Bold Stripe Scarf $9.80

Urban Outfitters Deena & Ozzy Shredded Square Scarf $29

Scarves Dot Net Tess Striped Loop Scarf $12.71

Diesel 2-SLOO Scarf $88

Lori’s Shoes Bohemian Blossom Scarf $22.95

Tee-Zone Plush Love Scarf $86

French Connection Union Scarf $88

Urban Outfitters Studded Scarf $39

Gypsy 05 Joni Scarf $50

Shopbop Brightly Twisted Scarf $98

Madewell Seastripe Sarong $41.60

Forever 21 Geo Rainbow Pom Pom Scarf $10.80

Asos Heart Print Snood $16.57

Madewell Spot Dot Scarf $49.50

 

Hair Accessories

Summer promises lots of events to attend.  In preparation, I always keep my eye out for accessories that enhance a basic solid dress or something that allows me to reinvent things I’ve already worn.  There are so many great hair accessories available that scale from subtle to conversational.  A simple beachy wave or an undone high bun and one of these added touches is my favorite way to conquer effortless Summer hair.

Hair Accessories I’m Gushing Over:

Tigerlilly Olive Comb $40

Ban.Do Mini Ban.Do Heart $10

Jennifer Behr Multichain Headwrap $98

TheHoneyComb Cherry Blossom Headband $55

Free People Mixed Thread Hair Wraps $14

Tigerlilly Sinara Comb $60

Deepa Gurnani Crystal & Pearl Headband $44

Tigerlilly Tuesday Headband $120

Ban.Do Chiffon Pom Pom Duet Set $25

Jennifer Behr Rosita Tiny Crystal Scallop Headwrap $168

Free People Flower Braid Halo $58

Tigerlilly Bianca Headband $140

Ban.Do Contrast Headwrap $35

Tigerlilly Delfin Headband $200

Forever 21 Beaded Feather Bobby Pin $4.80

Deepa Gurnani Floral Crystal Embellished Comb $105

GiantDwarf Constellation Crown $98

Forever 21 Two-Tone Braided Headwrap $2.80

Jennifer Behr Fluoro Plastic Orchid Comb $198

Free People Tonal Ribbon Flower Headdress $48

Magazine Holders

To say I get a lot of magazines is an understatement.  They have been a place of inspiration and a pleasure source since before I can remember and they are actually the reason this blog is named “ear-marked”.  I spent hours of my childhood flipping through them, turning down – or ear-marking – pages of things I had to have.

Yes, it’s true that most of these things were never purchased, but in the moment, the possibility seemed real.  What has resulted is a timeline of things I have loved.  A while ago, after realizing going from one end of my apartment to the other was more like swimming through Lucky’s and Elle Decor’s, I decided to invest in a large straw basket and promised myself I would keep my collection to the contents of it.  I started tearing out pages and filing them instead of keeping whole magazines – except for the ones that were so special just could not be thrown away.

Well, my basket looks more like a game of magazine Jenga at this point and is literally about to topple over.  What’s wrong with two baskets anyway?

Magazine Holders:

West Elm Braided Magazine Bag $39

Etsy Pomegranate Vintage Magazine Rack $60

The Container Store Rugby Stripe Bin $14.99

Urban Outfitters Reclaimed Wood Magazine Rack $64

West Elm Felt Storage Bin $29

Household Essentials Banana Leaf Magazine Rack $29.99

Urban Outfitters Flourish Storage Side Table $44

Pottery Barn Mercer Floor Magazine Rack $179

Coaster Cappuccino Magazine Rack $64.99

Urban Outfitters Wire Storage Basket $39

Pottery Barn Rustic Magazine Rack $59.99

See Jane Work Vintage Basket $22

Pottery Barn Rattan Magazine Basket $59

Etsy Shabby Pink Flamingo Lime Green Painted Metal Magazine Rack $32

Crate & Barrel Samar Oval Basket $39.95

High Fashion Interest, Hot Mess Bank Account

I made the mistake of reading an article years ago that interviewed Cameron Diaz where she told a story about being undiscovered and choosing between paying her rent or buying an Alaia dress.  She said she still has the dress and that it remains to be one of her favorite pieces in her wardrobe.

Let’s just say I’ve been living under this mentality for five years and I’m still not a Charlie’s Angel.

Here’s to all the girls who shop online for hours, putting as many items into their “basket” as they want, only to see the final total, cry, close the window and head to H&M.

Cheap Finds (nothing over $50):

Forever 21 Cropped Neon Tee $8.80, Lulu’s Meow and Then Sleeveless Leopard Print Top $35, Etsy Motorhead T-Shirt $15.99

Lulu’s Good Sport Bright Yellow Tank Top $30, Lulu’s The Great Flutter Neon Pink Top $37, Lulu’s Kriss Kross Mint Green Top $36

Ladakh Bohemian Fur Vest $31, Sabine Embellished Bed Jacket $31.97, Aryn K. Plaid Ladylike Jacket $39.97

Forever 21 Polka Dot Blazer $21.80, Forever 21 Lace Inset Denim Vest $19.80, Lulu’s Funky Town Fuchsia Pink Blazer $44

Volcom Lime Green Lace Shorts $49.50, Delia’s Poncho Pocket Short $24.50, Forever 21 Ombre Denim Cutoffs $19.80

Forever 21 Striped Linen Blend Short With Belt $17.80, Delias Fray Hem Short With Feather Belt $24.50, Forever 21 Striped Ponte Knit Shorts $12.80

Forever 21 Ditsy Bird Skirt $19.80, Forever 21 Pleated Slit Maxi Skirt $22.80, Lulu’s Jill Frost Peach Mini Skirt $39

Forever 21 Floral Silhouette Bodycon Skirt $8.80, Lulu’s Parade-y Brunch Hot Pink Lace Mini Skirt $39, Lulu’s High Tea Black Lace Mini Skirt $34

Delia’s Rose Print Skinny Jean $39.50 (or buy one, get 1/2 off second pair), Delia’s Super-Skinny Color Ankle Crop in Orange Blossom $39.50 (or buy one, get 1/2 off second pair), Forever 21 Straight Linen Pants $19.80

Delia’s Britt Low-Rise Skinny Jean $39.50 (or buy one, get 1/2 off second pair), Forever 21 Acid Wash Skinny Jeans With Studded Belt $29.80, Forever 21 Polka Dot Print Pants $19.80

Forever 21 Lace Dress $24.80, Lulu’s Exclusive Re-Pleat After Me Lime Green Dress $45, Delia’s Pleat Front Dress $39.50

Piperlime Ya Los Angeles Ladylike Dot Dress $31.99, Forever 21 Polka Dot Shirtdress With Belt $19.80, Delia’s Neon Stripe Dress $19.50

Mirrored

One of my favorite home accessories is mirrors.  They make rooms look bigger, they’re easier to find than art (I’mveryparticular about art and have serious commitment issues when it comes to buying a piece) and they also provide convenience when checking out the proportions of a new outfit or beauty product.

Mirrors I’d Like To Accessorize My Home With:

West Elm Stephen Antonson Mirror $179

Anthropologie Amersham Mirror $498

Horchow Demetrius Mirror $525

Inside Avenue Silver Leaf Starburst Mirror $530

Etsy RecycledBrooklyn Salvage Floor Joist Monster Mirror by Matt Loftice by $450

Horchow Aster Floor Mirror by Lilly Pulitzer Home $1099

Restoration Hardware Iron and Rope Mirror $650

Horchow The Uttermost Co Adalina Mirror $675

Inside Avenue Silver Leaf Antique Mirror $1135

West Elm Convex Mirrors $29

Z Gallerie Omni Leaner Mirror $599

Neiman Marcus Windowpane Mirror $525

Horchow Coddoa Mirror $575

Inside Avenue Larkin Mirror by Cyan Design $80

Pottery Barn Arched Door Mirror $399

Neiman Marcus Silver Deco Mirror $395

                         

Horchow Ginosa Mirror $185

Pottery Barn Eagan Multipanel Large Mirror $699

Horchow Janice Minor Porcupine Quill Mirror $699

Horchow Amiel Large Arch Mirror $695