Happy December 1!
December month is birthday month around here – for literally just about everyone in our family. It’s also holiday month. And also the busiest time of the year at work. So needless to say, I’m usually always behind and don’t much ever really think about my own gift list. But this year, I was ON IT. I took a page out of my sister in law’s book and was done with all holiday and gift shopping for others by Thanksgiving (three MAJOR cheers for that – I think I’ve only succeeded that once or possibly twice before). I love it – so much freedom then to observe the holidays as holidays.
And also, a little bit of freedom to use the holiday sales to maybe pick up a coveted item or two from my own wish list. Here’s what I’m thinking of for this year:
- Truffle Pouches – if you’ve ever read travel posts around here, you know I love these. They just solve so many problems when packing and prepping and any number of things. And they’re sturdy and reliable. I finally did mine in that I bought probably 5 years ago or so after so many days on the road this year. So I could use a few new ones to organize make up and other sundries. I figure if I go for millennial pink, I might feel a little younger?
- Dior Skin Nude Air Luminizer – I’ll confess, I’m not 100% sure what “Nude Air Luminizer” is actually supposed to do. Luminize? Feel like air? Look nude? But all the reviews seem to be raving about it. I don’t branch out on make up often so why not live a little? Also, frankly anything that promises any kind of luminous effect on my face right now can’t be bad. This color seems so beautiful (again, see above comment about millennial pink).
- Georg Jensen Champagne Bowl – This year, the holidays are chez nous! That means diplo-husband is back from Jordan and both families are coming here to the new house. Which is awesome. Except for we are neck deep in not at all small renovations. While the contractors promise they will be done on time, a quick stroll through my wallless, floorless house indicates that it might not actually be the case. I have realized this but the contractors haven’t. No worries, nothing a colossal bowl of iced champagne bottles can’t fix. I mean, who’s going to notice things like missing floors when champagne is at the ready? I originally was thinking of this one as it’s a bit more reasonable in price, but part of me is hoping that birthday time is a good time to spring for the good stuff.
- Pom Pom Mules – Say it with me…”pom pom mules”. If that’s not reason enough, I don’t know what is. I’m not exactly sure where I would wear these. They don’t exactly go with my office attire…or winter days ahead. But sometimes you want something just because it’s pretty (“I think it’s pretty, I say”, thanks Sally Bowles), and well, this is one of those times.
- Camel Pajamas – If you’ve been reading here for awhile, you’ll know that I summarily make and remake the new year’s resolutions of wearing better pajamas and bothering to blow dry my hair in the morning rather regularly. Mostly because I fail every year. But not for lack of trying. These pajamas not only fit the bill for getting back on the horse, but I love the little camels on the print as a nod to our next post in Jordan.
- Bang & Olufsen Headphones – I don’t know if these are the best ones, or not the best ones, but they are definitely gorgeous ones. And if they are anything like our Copenhagen or DC speakers, they’re not going to disappoint. I don’t normally invest in headphones, but I have been spending so much time on the road that I need to figure something out to help block out noise and to pass the time on the airplanes.
- Asger Jorn Lithograph – Okay, so this one is probably not realistic. That’s why it’s called a wish list. Towards the end of our Copenhagen stay, I fell for a few Danish artists. I saw Jorn’s small retrospective of work go up at the Louisiana museum after their renovation of his room, which I hadn’t seen since the first time we visited, so to me, it’s not only beautiful but it’s also sentimental.
- Nadine Rezdepi’s Downtime Cookbook – On our way to Noma when in Copenhagen, we met Rene Rezdepi, who was biking by, asking if we were lost and looking for something. I knew who it was and was dying to ask for a picture but didn’t want to intrude on the completely human interaction we were having. He pointed to Noma and showed us the way (which is also hilarious now because at the time, finding Noma wasn’t a given. That area is so built up now, and although Noma is no longer there, it’s perfectly easy to find any of the multiple restaurants that have sprung up there since). Anyway, he mentioned he should be going as his wife was delivering their third child right around now. No hurry, no stress. That’s when I knew his wife must be a cool cat – cooler than he. So I can’t wait to read what’s in her own cookbook, and if it fits the Nordic manifesto like I think it does, then every visual, photograph, dish and presentation will be simple but gorgeous.
What’s on your wish list this year?