I’ve been making wishlists since grade school because they’re fool-proof. And while I don’t expect anyone to drop four c-notes on disco shoes for me, it’s a nice reminder of what I can spoil myself with once the holiday season is over (that’s the thing with having a December birthday). I’m not gonna beat around the bush; I love that one day (or week?) of the year, I can obnoxiously make it all about me. It’s what I’ve waited 364 days for. But also, this is a good gift guide if you’re in a pickle this holiday. Happy Black Friday / Cyber Monday shopping x
1. Black boots I have a large enough arsenal of black booties, but what I’m not opposed to is a good swap out. Sell one to consignment and introduce a funkier pair. DORATEYMUR mishmashes Marie Antionette and 80s punk into a shoe hybrid you didn’t know what you wanted.
2. Photography book Indulging in heavy imagery is a huge part in my creative process, and Mario Sorrenti is one of the absolute best because of his diaristic approach. There’s something sentimental and organic about his point-of-view: plastered archives on a wall that found its way into book form: Draw Blood For Proof. Why I don’t own this yet is beyond me, but another great suggestion is Quentin de Briey’s The Other Day. I was lucky to pick up a copy my trip to Paris.
3. Silk pillowcase When it comes to my beauty regimen, I want think about it once, then never again. So if all I have to do is invest sleep on silk for a beautiful tomorrow, then sign me up. I finally found a thoughtful brand, Slip, that invests in our silky slumber.
4. Simple bedding While we’re still talking about sleep, I am going to change your standard with propor linens. Shopping for bedding is overly complicated and finally Brooklinen simplified it without compromise. I have a grey set but already want a new set to procrastinate laundry day even further.
5. Fancy candles If you don’t know what to get someone, candles are always the easiest, chicest option. It’s one of those things that people really want but never spend the money on. Can I just mention how dangerous it is living walking-distance to a Diptyque? Boredom purchases are far more common than welcome so I can attest for many scents: Ambre, Tuberose, and Geranium Rose have been worth revisiting. Especially if they come in the colored jars.
6. Monthly membership I should want to pay for my own workouts, but Classpass is one of those things that I can easily justify not paying for. So if given in gift format, the guilt overrides laziness and I am given no other choice than to go.
7. Boxing gloves But if I am using Classpass, yoga and boxing studios are the only workouts that keep me sane and attentive. I own everything I could possibly need for yoga, but borrowing boxing gloves is gross. It’s actually way worse than borrowing bowling shoes so for that, it’s time to own my own pair. But it’s another procrastinated purchase, so until someone gifts me the guilt of not working out, my gloves will live on a wishlist.
8. Portable speaker Weston officially spoiled me with the gift of Sonos in my apartment – allowing Jesse Woods in the AM to Mariah Carey by PM. My musical dwelling unfortunately comes to a complete halt when I travel. So, it’s time to make the same investment to a rhythmic mobile lifestyle. Something clean, portable, and quality – like this one from B&O.
9. Vegan cookbook A clean diet has always been part of my upbringing. While I’m not vegan, I neither live the opposite. I glanced through Alicia’s book while waiting for my habitual Friday night kimchi bowl pickup at my favorite, M Cafe. I found her excerpts charming and loved her articulation on the vegan lifestyle. Definitely interested in reading more into this, but before I single-handedly meet M Cafe’s nightly sales quota in one swipe, I decided to leave this gift to fate.
10. Single earring Support local businesses – go gift shopping around your neighborhood. While it’s not in my neighborhood, my friend Geraldine has a rad shop, LCD, with a great curation. Like this Meadowlark singled-out earring.
11. Cast Iron Skillet A better tool for better cooking. Receiving this as a gift is more like receiving a compliment of culinary graduation: you are mature enough to respect and care for a cast-iron skillet.
12. Annual Splurge Since my very first paycheck, I’ve made an annual splurge on one pair of shoes. All you need is one really, really rad pair to feel brand new. This pair inspired this whole post, so while I contemplate the longevity of my lust for shiny disco sandals, I’m going to sign off here.
See you December 10th x