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

Reiko Kaneko Tableware

To say I am completely obsessed with Reiko Kaneko is an understatement.  I just read about her in this month’s Lucky, immediately logged onto the website and have yet to close the page.  My adoration of all things gold has been alive and kicking for as long as I can remember and I’m finding a theme in my home decorating with equal parts luxury and witty.  There’s something about achieving that fine line that creates a well-kept, but still comfortable and inviting atmosphere.

Reiko Kaneko completely got it right.  Her uber professional ceramics with just the right touch of fun instantly moved them to the top of my lust list.

Pieces From Reiko Kaneko’s Collection I’m Dying For:

Drip Tease Mug in Gold $17.50

Drip Tease Cup and Saucer in Gold $28.50

Drip Tease Milk Jug in Gold $25

Lip Tease Mug in Gold $17.50

Lip Tease Cup and Saucer in Gold $28.50

Set of 6 Crack and Thunder Dinner Plates $112

Set of 6 Crack and Thunder Side Plates $90

A+R

Although most kitschy items usually cause me to roll my eyes, I am oddly attracted to fun, unique household items that scream personality, but also offer a useful function. While strolling Abbot Kinney the other day, I visted A+R and was overwhelmed by the whimsical accessories I am now lusting for. They have a great website and offer lots of gifty (for others or for you!) brilliance for pretty much any age group or occasion.

My A+R Favorites:

Hay + Scholten & Baijings’ Tea Towels $32

Menu & Christian Bjorn’s Steam Tower $100

FusionBrand’s Food Pod $15

Gaia & Gino & Aruliden’s Fishscape Fish Bowl $170

MYdrap’s Perforated Roll of Cotton Placemats & Napkins $25-36

Thea & Mehl & Teroforma’s Avva Tumblers & Carafe Set $46

Normann Copenhagen & Aurelien Barbry’s Cork Wine + Bar Set $29

Karim Rashid & Move Collective’s Bobble Filtering Water Bottle $7-15

Domestic & Ich & Kar’s I Love Me Heart Wall Stickers $96

Hector & Serrano’s Air Heads Animal Balloon Set $14

RS Barcelona’s Indoor/Outdoor RS#3 Foosball Table $3450

Harry Allen’s C’mere Hand Gold Edition $85

Yuen’to Design & Idea International’s Hand-Cranked Paper Shredder $44

Yuen’to Design’s Balloon USB Speaker $35

ByWhiteDesign’s Le Petit Dej’ Breakfast Tray $92

Harry Allen’s Rollerstop Bookend/Doorstop $95-185

Rablab’s Agate Candle Holders $110

Bubble Bath

Summer is supposed to be about relaxation and taking time to have some fun.  Somehow, ever since the first day kids were rejoicing that school was out, I’ve been trying to stay afloat and juggling more work commitments than ever before.  I’ve managed to spend a couple evenings here and there doing things I’ve wanted, but for the most part, this Summer is far from indulgent.

The other day I happened to have an hour to myself and although I am absolutely a shower person, I decided to force myself to use my bath for the first time since the lease was signed.  I lit candles, I played music and even turned my phone on silent!  With bubbles flowing, 20 minutes of soaking felt like luxury.

My 7 Favorite Bubble Baths:

Soap & Glory Calm One Calm All Bubble Bath $14

*Most standard and all around best one in my opinion.

 

Johnson’s Baby Bedtime Bubble Bath & Wash $4.99

*WARNING: You may fall asleep in the tub.  You should probably tell someone you are taking a bedtime bath before using.

Philosophy Cinnamon Buns $16

*WARNING: You may instinctively start shoveling the bubbles into your mouth with the warm, gooey scent of Cinnamon Buns.

*DISCLAIMER: This products tastes nothing like Cinnamon Buns.  It tastes horrible… I’ve heard.

   

Lush Bubble Bar – The Comforter $9.95

*Really good for when you want to relax, but don’t want to be put to sleep.

      

Lush Bubble Bar – Turbo Bubble $6.95

*This makes your bath GLITTER!!!!!!!  That makes me happy just reading it.

         

Lush Bubble Bar – Sunny Side $6.95

*This makes your bath GOLD!!  I mean, this is good stuff.

    

Aveeno Active Naturals Stress Relief Foaming Bath $5.59

*Love it after a long day of work.

 

Quick Ways to Make Your Outfit Pop

If you’re like me, you love dressing up, but don’t always have the time, energy or the dream wardrobe for that matter to create new looks day to day.  One of my favorite ways to dress on the go and still feel put together is by adding jewelry.  It instantly takes your jeans and t-shirt into something a little more polished.  I’m always surprised how a unique necklace or chunky bracelet can start conversations and make you remembered.  I have some special pieces that are a little costly, but most of my favorite pieces are $50 or less.

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Top left to right: Pink and Metal Bracelet from Gap in stores only (no more than $30), Blue Beaded Bracelet from BCBG in stores only, Silver Bead Braided Bracelet from Pier 1 Imports in stores only (just a couple dollars), Gold Watch from Michael Kors $250, Elastic Gold Embellished Bracelets from BCBG in stores only

Bottom left to right: Blue Agate Necklace from Planet Blue $24, Circle Ring from Michael Kors $85, BCBG Pave Bracelet from BCBG $58, Pink Bangle from Prive (former deal site, now shut down – was around $10), Gold Bangles from Home Goods (I believe it was $5/10 bangles)

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Top left to right: Pave Ring gift, Goldfill Stacking Rings and Silver Droplet Ring from Favor Jewelry $18 each, Twisted Diamond Ring gift, Delicate Love Necklace gift, Gold Hoop Earrings gift, Silver Beaded Necklace from The American Visionary Art in Baltimore (this was like $15), Gold Doubled Ring by CC Skye but find similar style here for $15, Silver Circle Necklace (I’ve had forever – find similar style here for $17.49), Gold Hourglass Necklace gift, Gold Heart Necklace gift, Swarovski Crystal Ring is no longer available, but you can find similar styles like this one on their website

Bottom left to right: Rose Gold Earrings from Rachel Roy no longer available, bought on sale for $10, Silly Bandz pack of 6 for $4, Snake Earrings from BCBG in stores only, Silver Beaded Bracelet from Tiffany & Co $200, Multicolored Ring bought on the street in Venice for $1, Gold Link Bracelet bought on sale at Gilt.com but find same style with an added flair here for $150, Rose Gold Spiked Bracelet no longer available, Silver “Believe in You” Bracelet gift, Blue and Gold Rock Ring bought at a kiosk in Baltimore for a few dollars

Some Jewels I’ve had my eye on:

Hexagon Bangle from Pink Mascara photo taken from website $55

Spike Earrings from Rachel Roy photo taken from website $42

Horn Circle Earrings from Rachel Roy photo taken from website $32

Gold and Turquoise Earrings from Shopbop photo taken from website $15

Pink Necklace from Shopbop photo taken from website $54

Colorful Bangles from Shopbop photo taken from website $89

Trina Turk bracelet from Revolve Clothing photo taken from website $70

Lucite Bangle from Opensky photo taken from website $49 once you sign up with Opensky.com

Dreamcatcher Bracelet from Planet Blue photo taken from website $8 each

Drop Ring from Favor Jewelry photo taken from website $34

Silver Watch from Nixon photo taken from website $100