No Bah Humbug Here (Well, At Least Not Anymore)
12/31/2011, 7:00 PM
Filed under: Holiday

I am going to admit it.  I was feeling a little grouchy this year about Christmas.  Each year, we drop about two mortgage payments on Christmas gifts for our friends, family and of course, ourselves.  And I kept finding myself feeling super cheated when it was all over.  I know that you do not give in order to receive… BUT when you give thousands of dollars, you expect to get a FEW awesome things, you know?

So this year I was very open about all the things I wanted.  And I purposefully mostly posted affordable items for my friends and family to purchase.  That means that some things I really want, like a new chandelier, large hide rug, food processor and another pair of Louis Ghost Chairs didn’t even make the LIST – at least not the public list.

And I think my strategy was super effective.  Here is what I scored:

Olive Wedge Hunter Boots – to be stylishly dry in rainy Southern winter weather.  Thanks, Britt!

Benefit Cha Cha Tint (OMG I got two, I will exchange one for Clarisonic deep pore cleansing brush set)

YSL Touche Eclat in Light Peach – thank goodness, I JUST ran out five days before Christmas

Grey and Burgundy turtlenecks; Black pashmina – b/c I am the kinda girl who has them in every color except any neutral color.  Thanks, Amy. – not pictured

Z Gallerie Small Deer Heads – FINALLY!!!  For the dining room!

Z Gallerie Gelato Trays in Mango and Black – cuz I am quite the tray collector

Johnnie Walker Black 1.75L – courtesy of my fave Shabazz family

Nars Orgasm Blush – who knew I could love such a subtle cheek color?

???Amy Lotion and Body wash??? – I am certain she picked it purely for the packaging, which is super sexy!

Gucci Guilty Intense – I was planning to score it at the duty-free shops, but Jo’ie surprised me with it.

Laphroaig 10 Years Old Scotch – I scored THREE bottles of this for Christmas.  Am I a lush or what?

Hello Kitty Beverage Dispenser – for making signature cocktails at parties 🙂

Charter Club Red Rhinestone Jewelry Set – this is just the little pop I need with solid cocktail dresses

Bloomingdale’s Gift Card – nothing like the gift of shopping

Macy’s Gift Card – another gift of shopping.  My life rocks. 🙂

TLC Crazy Sexy Cool – because my husband knows I’ve never owned it though I love it.

So now, all those Christmas gifts I so carefully selected feel much less unrequited.  And I can honestly say that my people were very pleased with their gifts too.  Though my favorite Christmas memory came courtesy of Isis, my favorite 2.5 year old.  We presented her with her Harajuku Mini ensemble and she promptly asked to change into it.  Then she tried to steal the $50 bill that we got for our favorite college student, Najja.  That is MY kinda girl!

And as for our gift to ourselves, check THIS out:

Moderustic Fireplace Burner with Fire Glass – I can’t wait to install now that we’ve taken the tree down.  Oh yeah, remote bi%che$. 😉


Blow Your Paycheck Friday: Michael Kors Grayson
12/23/2011, 10:22 AM
Filed under: Blow Your Paycheck Friday

As we were walking through the mall to the photo studio for headshots last week, a beautiful piece of candied apple sequins caught my eye in the Michael Kors boutique:

And let me tell you, if I had not JUST bought my beloved Rebecca Minkoff Jet Setter bag, it would have definitely come home with me.  But it wasn’t even on sale.  And I am not exaggerating when I tell you that the entire mall was on sale.  But no sale at MK?  Well, guess what.  I ain’t paying retail for a bag made of sequins.  It just ain’t going down.  But when she goes on sale, I will rock rock rock the HELL out of that damn bag.  For realz.  Post Paris I suppose…

Girl Crush Wednesday: The Girls of Pan Am
12/21/2011, 10:21 AM
Filed under: Girl Crush Wednesday

I hope that you guys are just as into Pan Am as I am.  Really, I love that show – the fashion, the cocktails, the politics, the plot.  What a great way to spend some time.  So I am dedicating this week’s girl crush to all of my favorite Pan Am stewardesses.

If only I could convince myself to carry a weekend bag.  I am so into the “rollie suitcase” that I just can’t even bear a duffel bag LOL.  And they all clearly agree with my principle that jackets should be so tight you can’t lift your arms. 😉

Blow Your Paycheck Friday: Gucci Long Silk Dress
12/16/2011, 10:54 AM
Filed under: Blow Your Paycheck Friday

OMG, I SO die for this flowy, bohemian dress.  Gucci is killing it right now:

And it’s even on sale for $1589.99 at Saks.  What a steal, right?

Girl Crush Wednesday” Camilla Belle
12/15/2011, 10:21 AM
Filed under: Girl Crush Wednesday

I have been in love with Camilla Belle since that terrible movie with the beautiful house – the remake of “The Stranger.”

And boy, does she keep getting better…

Merry Christmas to Me
12/13/2011, 11:47 PM
Filed under: My Shopping Finds

Of course I bought myself a few presents while doing all this holiday shopping:

Steve Madden Westii-L in leopard printed pony hair:  I got these bad boys on clearance at Marshalls for only $39.  You already know that $39 would not be enough to hold me back from being 4.5 inches taller in leopard print pony hair, right?

Rebecca Minkoff Jet Setter in Raspberry:  Retails for $495, I got this on with 35% off deal for around $320.  I’ve been feening for it since I spotted Jennine with it in black on The Coveted several weeks back.

I do still need some new warm boots for Paris though… 😉

Blow Your Paycheck Friday: DVF Tonda Clutch
12/02/2011, 10:26 AM
Filed under: Blow Your Paycheck Friday

I SO die for this Diane von Furstenberg gold leather Tonda clutch:

And at $450, you don’t even need to blow a whole paycheck.  Get it at Saks.