This Is My Grown Up Christmas List
Guys… it’s that time of year again! Okay, so it was probably that time of year about three weeks ago, when people actually started asking me what I want for Christmas, but anyone who knows me knows that I am never on time for anything.
I said this last year, but I would just like to reiterate that I know that this is not what Christmas is about. I get it. I am not that selfish, I promise. I by no means think that I should or will get all of these things as gifts. As I said before, I have been making a very detailed visual Christmas lists since I was a teenager and I started asking for things I saw in magazines and my mother was just like, “what is this and where do I find it?!” (This was also pre-internet days, people.) And ever since I got married, I have a whole other family who asks me what do I want what do I want and I just like to be organized about it. Plus you’re nobody on the internet unless you have a gift guide these days, I guess the difference is those are usually for other people.
Also I was asked by a very generous uncle-in-law (is that a thing?) to specifically pick out things from certain stores where he possesses credit cards, hence items like a furry Russian hat. Although I do think I really need one of those.
I completely understand that it is crazy that this list is so long that it warranted two separate graphics. I divided things into categories, I like to pick items that are from a wide variety of price points, as well as being available in stores vs. solely on the internet. And since the dawn of Pinterest, it’s been very easy to keep lists of things that you randomly find on the internet that at that moment, you just can’t live without. That comes in really handy at the end of November when you have to start thinking about stocking stuffers. But maybe, just maybe, this list will help you shop for the super-fun lady in your life, because things like sparkles and lip gloss are totally universal.
Any color of the J.Crew Factory Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Wool– I have this in tan and it’s the perfect weight for a winter skirt. I now want one in every color. The only color available online right now is the cabernet, which I would happily accept.
A fuzzy hat that makes me feel like a sexy Russian spy– Is it weird that I have always wanted one of these hats? Steve tried to find me one before we went to Canada for our first anniversary and ended up getting me one of those furry bomber hats with earflaps. Cute, but I never stopped wanting one of these babies.
Tall, warm socks– It has only taken me 28 years, but I have finally figured out that even though I have four different styles of boots, wearing paper thin ankle socks still doesn’t keep me warm when I’m out and about during those chilly winter months. I would love a few pairs of thick, neutral colored socks that I could wear peeking out of my less practical winter footwear.
A gray blazer– I have two of the J.Crew Factory schoolboy blazers and they are just the most perfect wardrobe essential to throw on any outfit to make it a little more profesh. This one is a slightly different cut, but I tried it on in the store and it was still to die for. I have to go a size smaller in these because the arms are kind of long on me, so it’s one of the only times in my life where I can pretend I’m a size zero.
Duck boots– I may have just mentioned that I have about four pairs of different types of boots, but half of them came from Payless and its a miracle they are still in one piece. Also, I live in New England, on a windy rainy island to be exact, so I think a girl can never go wrong with another pair of practical shoes. I know that the L.L. Bean Bean Boot is a classic, which I wouldn’t mind, but I just loved that these have a kicky color- I envision it being the perfect thing to brighten up a slushy day.
Statement necklaces– I mean really, I just can’t get enough. I would love a blinged out crystal version or a multicolored one that could go with lots of different things. All jewels, all the time.
A cheeky sweater– I mean, cause why not?
Kate Spade earrings– Because they are always fun. And sometimes cheap. Okay, well cheap in comparison to the other stuff they sell. But wouldn’t these be the perfect accessory for New Year’s Eve? Or you know, a Tuesday?
J.Crew Super-Opaque Tights– I love wearing tights but no matter how trim I keep my toenails, I always rip them. I got a pair of these at the outlet last year and they are amazing. They are just stretchy enough that they stay up but aren’t like wearing head-to-toe Spanx.
Nars Lip Gloss in Orgasm– There’s a reason this is one of their most popular lip colors. I tried it on the last time I went to Sephora and it was heaven. But my sister-in-law talked me out of it, because she is after all, related to my husband, and knew that he would not be so convinced for $25 a tube. Also the name. It’s hard just getting over the name. But it.is.worth.it.
A super cool folding board– Yes, I’m a nerd. Yes, I like my clothes organized. And YES, I WANT A FOLDING BOARD. My father-in-law got one last year and I was totally jealous. I have so many things that are folded now with the storage situation in my apartment and I just imagine myself whisking out one perfectly folded sweater after another with this baby.
Sparkly sneaks– Steve keeps telling me I need to wear more practical shoes now that I’m almost 30 (come to think of it, he’s probably been saying that for a few years). Since sneakers are ugly and boring, I am requesting these.
Smokin’ social media slippers– When Kate posted these on her blog a few months ago, I knew I had to have them (and use them in one of my Friday’s Fancies). They are a fabulous price point and mom’s love shopping at Kohl’s.
Mac Small Eye Shadow in Sumptuous Olive– This may come as a shock, but I previously owned this shade of eyeshadow, and I broke it into a million tiny pieces on my bathroom floor. I cried because this was my favorite shade and I got compliments on it every time I wore it. I just couldn’t swing spending the money on it when I have hundreds of lesser eye shadows that I could use. Also, I am not within stalking distance of Sephora anymore.
Vineyard Vines Winter Whale Mittens– Yes, I get it. These are ridiculous. They are $50. But they have whales on them. And I work at a whaling museum. Get it?!
A pair of brightly colored leather gloves– I got a cobalt pair last Christmas and I love them so much, I would love a set in a bright fuschia or purple.
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain– Guys, I might have a problem. I have four of these already, but I want them in every shade. They are just the perfect amount of color and they last for hours. I have read a bunch of reviews online and it seems like Honey is an all-around flattering color for every skin tone.
Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for eyes in Ample Amber– Okay, this is a very stupidly named product. But I do love Clinique bronzy eye shadows, and I always have to use some sort of cream/stick thing underneath to make it last longer. This looks like the idea shade for a little bit of shimmer or as a good base for blending multiple colors.
Stay tuned for part two!