Wish list

Everyone I know seems to have their holiday shopping already underway, while I am still a bit dazed that Thanksgiving is already here.  While I haven’t started my gift shopping, I’ve at least started thinking about gifts for loved ones — and I have a few items on my mind I that would love, too!  Here’s a little peek of what I’m dreaming of finding under the tree, both fantastical dream splurges and more modest wish items alike.

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This lovely Doctors bag by Linjer looks like just the right size.  Clean, classic, easy.  Love it.

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Le Labo Rose 31 is a fragrance I discovered at their shop while wandering a bit in Seattle.  This woodsy, mysterious take on a traditional rose scent is addicting, and I think I’ll need a bottle once my carefully-rationed sample vial is finished.

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I fell hard for the Louis Vuitton Catogram Speedy as soon as I saw the launch of Grace Coddington’s collaboration.  The cat and dog illustrations are just too adorable for words.

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I’ve been intrigued by Nisolo for a while, and this stylish Chelsea boot seems like an ideal way to get to know this brand.  I really admire their ethical production practices.

 

While I was initially unsure I’d want or need an Apple watch, I’ve grown to really love mine.  It is so much more discreet to get notifications via a tap on the wrist rather than a buzzing phone on my desk.  The sleek new 40mm Series 4 and a pretty leather band are on my list, as I am sure it will wildly outstrip my Series 1 in functionality.

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I stumbled upon Stoned: Architects, Designers & Artists on the Rocks in a shop recently, and was smitten with the gorgeous photos in this tome.  One can never have enough books as far as I am concerned, especially when they are as beautiful as this.

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I’m as in love as ever with my Baleen earrings, and wear them all the time.  Their rose Herkimer studs are just the right sort of undone take on a traditional diamond stud, and I’d love to have these beauties in my rotation as well.

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And finally, I love starting each year fresh with a new calendar.  Rifle Paper Co.’s World Traveler calendar would be the perfect way to remember favorite trips as well as inspire (and maybe schedule) new ones.

 

I’m impressed

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Here and there lately I have come across items or products that I am really impressed by.  As in, the-only-version-I-want-to-use-in-the-foreseeable-future impressed.  Clouds part, the sun shines brightly, singing ensues… you get the gist.  In no particular order, here are some items that I have discovered, used, and now love.

Quip toothbrush and Livionex dental gel

Oral hygiene seems like a very un-sexy thing to be excited about, but between my Quip electric toothbrush and the amazing Livionex tooth gel Brennan raved about on Into the Gloss, my teeth have never felt cleaner each day.  And with the option for an automated refill subscription, I don’t have to worry about trying to remember how long it’s been since I last swapped out my toothbrush.  Ain’t nobody got time for that.   ̶A̶l̶s̶o̶,̶ ̶m̶y̶ ̶g̶o̶l̶d̶ ̶Q̶u̶i̶p̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶j̶u̶s̶t̶ ̶p̶r̶e̶t̶t̶y̶.̶

Zojirushi steel mug

This mug means business.  I’d make a cup of tea at work and promptly forget about it, only to be greeted by a barely-warm cup of regret an hour later.  Not only is this insulated travel mug sleek and minimal-looking, but it keeps my tea piping hot (sometimes too hot!) all day, closes securely, and even latches so I know it won’t spill in my bag.  The lid also comes apart for easy cleaning, yet securely reassembles.  And it comes in the perfect shade of pink.

Glow Butter

After reading a couple, ahem, glowing reviews of Kimberly Howell’s Glow Butter, I decided to give it a try.  Handmade?  Pure botanicals?  All-natural beauty and luminosity?  Yes and please!  I was hopeful and dubious all at once, but months later, I am a convert.  I have noticed a real improvement to my skin’s texture and radiance, and I rarely wear foundation anymore.  My skin is not airbrushed-magazine-ad perfect, but it looks like healthy skin, and I love that.

Any products you swear by?  I’d be fascinated to hear!  It is so satisfying to find a product that just works.