Holiday Gift Guide, Vol. 1

Holiday Gift Guide, Vol. 1

          What is it about the buzz of the holiday season that gets us all giddy… feeling antsy and aglow with childlike wonder and excitement?

The energy is electric – even palpable.

Every season I wait for that anxious flutter of excitement to take hold; smiling I sit back and wait as it tickles my spine and dances around inside my belly. Lately though, I fear the flutter is dwindling a little. It’s fickle and harder to seek out. As the years tick by it takes us longer to find that pure, eager sensation – the true “holiday spirit” we cherished as children.

Tree sparkle pinterest

Now it seems no matter how many times I sit down to watch Home Alone – armed with a cup of hot cocoa and strategically wrapped in a pair of fuzzy, fleecy pj’s – somehow, the cocoa gets cold, my “perfect” pj’s never seem to match, and though I try to ignore it, I can practically recite each of Kevin McCallister’s classic lines right down to the cheeky face-grabs and wide-mouthed screams. I suppose it’s not completely hopeless. Last year a little Maker’s Mark found it’s way into my mug of cocoa…I think an elf did it. 🙂

holiday hot cocoa

It’s undoubtedly true. As we age, that bright youthful innocence that burns so fervently in our younger years… fades just a little. It’s all you can do to catch that moment. To freeze it in your memory forever. I think that is why now, when I sense a spark of excitement shiver through me, I hang on with all of my might. I hope that it will find a cozy, tiny corner of my soul to settle in for the Winter.

xmas advent candle pinterest

Though the innocence may be long gone, the memories of holidays past hold true – with just as much thrill as they always had. I can see my Mom setting up her miniature Christmas village with the sweet little houses and tiny flecks of fake snow. I wanted to live in that town. The miniature lampposts had the warmest glow; they were so incredibly realistic. Together we’d decorate the Christmas tree to the tune of “Take 6” softly humming in the background. I’m not sure how this album made it into the mix; I have a musician for a father. He was largely jazz influenced.

We’d watch Jiminy Cricket’s Christmas every Christmas Eve and annually sat in the audience of Riverside Ballet Art’s performance of “The Nutcracker” – which to this day I still enjoy. In Act II of every show I sit anxiously listening for the very confused, awe-stricken child to loudly ask his mother with a sense of assertive conviction, “but Mom why are there dancing cucumbers on the stage?”

There are no Cucumbers cast in The Nutcracker Ballet – a real tragedy of which I am certain.

Reindeer pup image

With an evolution that happens naturally over time, I do find that some traditions just won’t tarnish. For me, it is the sights and sounds of the beautiful waltzing flowers. A chorus of tiny feet sweeping and floating across the stage, perfectly punctuating Chaikovsky’s dreamy score. A Nutcracker Prince and a little girl’s foggy dream.

It’s the echoes of William Hurt. A calm, steady voice reciting The Polar Express as we flip through the crisp pages of Chris Van Allsburg’s dreamy imaginings – an ilusory depiction of children aboard a train to see Santa. And finally, it’s the thrill of putting together the perfect wishlist – gathering ideas and finding true joy in matching each special gift to the guy, girl, friend, or family member who has made your life just a little bit brighter this year.

xmas table scape with berries

May each of your holidays be brighter than the last, may you want of nothing more than the blessings you possess, and might each of you find that spark of childlike wonder this season – even if only for a moment.

My Winter Wishlist Essentials for 2015

Beginning with My Anthropologie Picks…

Anthro fairy lights

Anthropologie Fairy Lights and Bronzed Hurricane Lanterns

Anthro lanterns

Copper Cargos and a Lace Onora Pullover

Anthro lace sweater pullover and copper pants

Swan Socks

Anthro swan socks

The Ultimate Copper Volcano Candle

Anthro volcano iridescent candle

Gold Rimmed Rose Colored Champagne Coupes

Anthro pink and gold coupes

Roller Ball Perfume Oils

Anthro roller ball perfume oil

Now Let’s be Crystal Clear…with Gold, Rose Gold and Mercury…

Gold Spotted and Polka-dotted Champagne Coupes

Anthro bubbled up coupe

Crystal Tristan Earrings, Threadbare Memory Ring in Rose Gold, Gold Crescent Moon Hoops

Anthro clear crystal tristan earringsAnthro crescent moon hoops

Catbird threadbare ring rose gold

Capri Blue Winter Wonder Candle, Anthropologie

Francesca’s Silver and Gold Pendant Necklace, Silver Oval Hoops

Francesca's gold silver pendant necklace

Francesca's sterling silver oval hoops

Mirror, Mirror, Mercury Glass Tray

Anthro mirrored perfume tray

Hat’s Off To All Things Copper, Leather, Cozy and Cool

With a Camel Colored Fedora or Cream-Colored Knit Cap from Anthropologie

Anthro camel colored floppy hat

Anthro cafe colored knit beret

Nixon Kensington Leather Watch

Nixon Kensington leather watch

Engravable Copper Moscow Mule Mugs from Cocktail Kingdom

Moscow mule mug

Cozy Knit Leggings, Anthropologie

Anthro cable knit cream leggings

J Crew Beige Cashmere Funnel Neck Knit Sweater

Jcrew Creme high turtleneck knit

Cotton Romper, Urban Outfitters

Urban out from under surplice romper

Creme Lace Bralette, Urban Outfitters

Urban cream halter bralette

Crosley Vintage White Record  Player

Urban crosley vintage white

Make A Blanket Statement…

Anthro wool herringbone throw blanket

With a Herringbone Throw, Warm Wool, or A Bit of Fringe

Lake superior woolen co. wool throw blanket  West elm oval pattern throw

Or Wooly Woven Socks of course! (J Crew Cable Knit Grey Woven Socks)

J crew cable knit grey sweater socks

What Better Time For A Spa Getaway??

Canvas Utility Weekender Bag

Escape canvas bag weekender

Diptyque Candles

Dyptique candle spread

Mario Badescu Rolling Cream Peel & Silver Powder

Mario Badescu rolling cream peel

Molton Brown Thermal Muscle Soak

Molton brown bath soak

Kerastase Ciment Anti-usure & Masque Therapiste for Ultimate Hair Repair

Kerastase ciment antiusure

Kerastase masque therapiste

L’Occitane Fleur D’or Acacia

L'occitane Acacia perfume

Sophie La Girafe Baby Oil

Anthro sophie giraffe baby body oil

Kiehls Creme De Corps = Luxury

Kiehls creme de corps

L’Occitane Hand Cream (a winter wonder)

L'occitane original hand cream

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream

Fresh lotus youth preserve face moisturizer

Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Honey Bath

laura mercier honey bath

Kai Body Butter / Caudalie Lip Conditioner

Kai body butter

Caudalie lip moisturizer

Caldrea Vanilla Lemon Candle (it smells like a My Little Pony, no joke)

Target caldrea vanilla lemon candle

Black Lace Bralette, Urban Outfitters

Urban blk lace bralette

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream

Bobbi brown hydrating face cream

Much Needed Neutrals; Classically Camel, Grey, and Heathered

Black & White Carbon Socks, Nordstrom

Nordy comfy carbon socks

Grey High Turtle Neck Sweater, J Crew

Jcrew relaxed grew heathered turtleneck sweater

Camel Colored Regent Wool Blazer, J Crew

J crew regent camel blazer

Black & Beige Woolen Avante Garde Blanket Scarf, Urban Outfitters

urb out avante g striped woolen scarf

J Crew Heather Grey Wool Tunnel Neck Coat

J crew heather grey wool tunnel neck 34 long coat

Cream Cable-knit Turtleneck, Express

Express cream cable knit cowlneck sweater

Cozy Camel Colored Moccasin Slippers, Target

Target tan moccasin slipper

Target “Angie” Sweater Knit Boot

Target Tall angie sweater knit boot slipper

Old Navy Olive Puffer Vest and Plaid Button-Up

Old navy olive green puffy vest

Cloudy With a Chance of Color

Pink & Navy Striped Socks, J Crew

J crew pink stripe navy socks

Smith’s Rosebud Salve Quartet

Smiths rosebud salve anthro

J Crew Grey Weekender Sweats

j crew weekend skinny grey sweat pant

Sperry Topsider Wool Rain Boot

J crew sperry grey wool and red lace rubber wellies

Bella Cedar Candle, Target

Target cedar juniper white gold candle

Kate Spade Cedar Wristlet “Lacey”

Kate spade cedar lacey wristlet red creme

Kate Spade Cedar Clutch “Nika”

Kate spade cedar nika wallet rose jade

Kate Spade Colby Hill Satchel in “Pebble” (do we see a theme here?)

Kate spade colby hill satchel in pebble

Tis the Season

Express Black Cargo Coat with Faux Fur Hood (Black Jeans with ripped knees are all the rage P.S.)

Express blk windbreaker with fur collar

Urban Outfitters Black and White Knit Blanket Scarf

Urban blk and white blanket scarf

The Classic Hunter Rain Boot

Vic sec hunter rain boot navy

Barr -Co. Lip Balm in Vanilla Oatmeal

Barr and Co lip balm vanilla oatmeal

Fun and Festive

Kimchi Cream Organza Dress, Urban Outfitters

Urb outfit kimchi cream organza dress

Express Black Sequined Art Deco Mini Dress

Express Blk sequined art deco mini dress

Express Burgundy Sequin 3/4 Sleeve Mini Dress

Express Burgundy sequin mini 3.4 sleeve dress

Urban Outfitters Black Cut Out Back Dress

Urban outfit silence and noise black strappy back dress

House & Home

Iona Cheese Board, Anthropologie

Anthro Iona cheese board

The Kinfolk Table

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Hanging Geometric Planters, Urban Outfitters

Urban Eos hanging planters

Copper Sauce Pot, West Elm

West elm copper sauce pot

Succulent Planetarium Terrariums, Anthropologie

Anthro planet terrariums succulents

West Elm Copper Tea Kettle

west elm copper kettle

Marble and Wood Cutting Board West Elm

Piglet Cutting Board, World Market

World Market pig cutting board

Biblioteque Planters, Anthropologie

Anthro bilblioteque planter

Marble Kitchen Utensil Holder, West Elm

West elm marble kitchen utensil holder

Sunday Suppers, Karen Mordechai

Anthro sunday suppers book

Ceramic Oil and Vinegar Set, West ElmWest elm ceramic oil and vinegar

“Call Me Old-Fashioned” Print, Katie Kime

Call me Old fashioned gallery print

Diamond Stemless Glassware, Urban Outfitters

Urban diamond stemless glassware

Christmas Morning…

Copper Bodum French Press, West Elm

West Elm bodum copper coffee collection

Polka Dot Fireside Pajamas, Victoria’s Secret

Vic secret Long jane polka dot pjs

Old Navy Black & White Heathered Turtleneck

Old Navy bw heathered turtle neck sweater

Grey Slim Sweatpant, Victoria’s Secret

Vic secret slim sweatpant

Urban Slouchy Grey-Green Pullover

Urban out slouchy grey green pullover off shldr

Outdoor Necessities for A Christmas Campout

Turquoise Enamel Fry Pan, World Market

World market turq enamel skillet

Outdoor Pizza Oven, World Market

World market outdoor pizza pronto oven

Frosted Bulb String Lights, World Market

World market frosted bulb string lights

Hanging Geometric Lanterns, World Market

World market bronze metal facet lantern

Antique Copper Lantern, World Market

world market antique copper lantern

Target Heather Blue Cowl Neck Sweatshirt

target funnel neck denim blue sweatshirt

Target Plaid Flannel Shirt

Target plaid shirt

Bits & Bobs

Comfy, Cozy, Foxy Socks from Nordstrom

Nordys cozy foxy socks

Kate Spade Gold Polka Dot Planner

Kate spade polka dot planner

Honest Beauty All Natural Mascara & Primer

honest beauty mascara

Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum

Josie maran argan oil hair serum

Engravable Beer Flight Tasting Set

Brew beer tasting flight set

Anthropologie Latte Bowls (one can never have enough of these…)

Anthro latte bowls

Mrs. Meyers Lavender Hand Soap

target Mrs meyers lavender hand soap

Rifle Paper Co. Floral Planner and Notes Collection (my planner pick for 2016)

Rifle paper floral birch planner stuff

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