Monday, December 24, 2012

Practical Holiday Wishlist

Happy Christmas Eve, lovely people! Glad to report that the world is very much in one piece (Mayans just never updated their Google Calendars, that's all, geez) and I successfully conquered my muscle/bone block! This holiday season, I am surprisingly content with my materialistic but for shifts and giggles, I made a collage of practical gifts I would especially appreciate and use almost daily. Here's to last minute inspiration for the fashion blogger on your list:
  • 1) Carry-all wristlet/clutch. After losing important plastic cards on multiple occasions from lack of pockets or transferring from backpack to purse to coat pocket, it's time to invest in something pretty and functional to fit my phone, ID's, a few dolla bills, keys. Tiffany's mint green doesn't hurt to look at, wrapped around my wrist.
  • 2) Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue. It's the only perfume I have ever enjoyed and wouldn't mind smelling like refreshing grapefruit yumminess every time I walked by (and especially after anatomy lab). Having trouble justifying the price tag for a bottle.
  • 3) Ankle rainboots with bow detail. My shoes smell putrid after pounding through the rain, which transfers to my socks/tights and my feet. These short versions would keep my feet dry and work with any outfit on a rainy day (frequent in Ohio). My Hello Kitty ones were a little silly-juvenile and ripped up after a few years so I tossed them last spring.
  • 4) Parka. Outerwear is a good investment, since in colder climates like where I live and walk outside for 30+ minutes every day, layering is a must and your jacket makes the statement. Parkas go with everything and they're so casual cool. Shearling lining inside and furry hoods earn functionality bonus points.
  • 5) Chunky circle scarf. Saw a great option at H&M for $15 a few weeks ago - this is actually the only thing on my list for keeping everything sealed and warm when I step out into the great outdoors. It beats having to tuck in the ends of my really big scarf or having to deal with unruly scarf fringe.
  • 6) Butter nail polish. Oh Butter London, you amazing amazing thing. First time I swatched you, my nails cried with tears of joy. No butterknife needed, but it sure melts right on with smooth heavenly-ness just as the name promises. Shades chosen for the holidays and professional work because my digits have been so sad-looking, cropped, and naked for the past four months.
  • 7) Canon 50 mm f/1.4 prime lens. Okay I haven't even figured out all the wonders of my SLR or 1.8 prime lens yet, so there's no reason why I should be coveting a $300 lens but the bokeh is soooo smooth! Someday when I deserve the upgrade ..
I considered the ever-hip Skullcandy Aviators in steampunk amber but realized it would get into fights with my cartilage piercing after 5 minutes. Of course after ogling tons of cute dresses and skyscraper heels, I can be honest with myself that they're not my go-to's when I'm running off to class in the below-freezing winter or dressing up for work. The most precious things that money cannot buy are more time with my loved ones and zen "me" time away from studies. Right now medschoollife revolves around the bare necessities so treating myself to a nicer conditioner or fancy coffee is more worthwhile than hunting down the pricey most-coveted pieces of the season. As my friends frequently hear me say ... "Ain't nobody got time for that!"

Readers - do you wish for more practical or flashy gifts during the holiday season?


Stephanie - Chocolate Laced December 24, 2012 at 10:18 AM   said...

I'm with you on the 50 1.4/f prime!

Steph, Chocolate Laced

Sydney's Fashion Diary December 24, 2012 at 10:40 AM   said...

Love that clutch and I can't tell you enough how much I love my 1.4 lens. I hope Santa will bring you some of the items on your wishlist =) Have a safe trip and enjoy your time with your loved ones.

Anonymous December 24, 2012 at 10:44 AM   said...


Ah, you have the loveliest taste, as usual. Recently I've toned down my desires for flashy gifts; I think it's a part of growing up. I've realized that sometimes I want things for a very brief amount of time and then end up tossing it aside, forgetting about it later. It's a terrible habit that I'm trying to change.

I hope you have a warm Christmas inside with your family!:)

d a n i e l l e |

Carmen December 24, 2012 at 11:12 AM   said...

Great wishlist, I want some Butter London nail polish, too!
I wish you and your family a merry Christmas :)

Jing-Jing December 24, 2012 at 11:35 AM   said...

Nice list :)
I really want a parka too!! I've been looking for a coat that's less casual than a trench but smarter than a hoodie for ages

Lily Fang December 24, 2012 at 2:07 PM   said...

So in love with those boots! I agree--the rainy weather in Ohio is hard to get through without cute rain boots!

Alice Gu December 24, 2012 at 2:26 PM   said...

I think sarah s. recently found a pair of cute bow rain booties at TJmaxx about a moneth ago. By ted baker. You should visit your local TJMaxx and see if they still have them! They were pretty affordable too, but I'm just worried they won't fit your tiny little feet!

Unknown December 24, 2012 at 9:51 PM   said...

I am hoping for the 50mm lens tomorrow :)


Simona December 25, 2012 at 2:56 AM   said...

I want a camera too! Happy holidays!

lisacng December 28, 2012 at 11:45 AM   said...

That clutch is so cute and in a great color! I want a new lens too but will try to save up for it myself. Hope you get what you wanted for Christmas! I ask for pretty practical things :).

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