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My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality // Oscar Wilde

Tag: want

// wishing & hoping.

wishlist 1 – Humans of New York for my coffee table! I have been following the blog, getting lost in the mini stories about New Yorkers for quite some time. Available here and here for a tad cheaper.

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2 – I am so so so excited to let you all know that I will be an official reviewer for the ROK Espresso Machine! The machine is made from engine-grade metal, doesn’t need to be plugged into anything, and uses pressure to create the perfect espresso. I’ve been shopping around NYC for the perfect beans to try out in the machine, but I think I’ll have to go with ordering my all-time fave online: Mama Mocha’s Brass Knuckle Espresso. Sarah, an order will be coming your way! Expect something really wordy, lots of photos, and a video tutorial at the start of the upcoming year.

3 – I am constantly battling wet and/or cold feet. If it isn’t pouring rain in the summer while I’m running late for work and toting 12 lbs of things I don’t really need, it is snowing and my tried-and-true wool + cotton sock combo just isn’t cutting it. Therefore, I started searching for a good rainy-day, all year option. You know, something that would allow thick sock-wearing and completely waterproof soles. Dear Sorel, you are officially my solemate. I’m pretty torn between the Medina pair (pictured above) and the Joan of Arctic Wedge.

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4 – Generally, I opt for more classic colors/silhouettes when buying bags. But after using my mustard yellow thrifty TJ Maxx find over the last couple of months, all I want is a bring bag to make my outfits pop. Botkier, a relative newcomer to the accessories world, has caught my eye. The leather, the occasional use of tassels… but mostly, the colors! The tri-color HONORE crossbody bag, the VALENTINA shoulder bag, and my all-time favorite, the LEGACY small satchel (pictured above). Can we just talk about how the listed color is “persimmon”?! Love.

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5 – I read The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao this past summer and was a huge fan of Junot Diaz’s intricate storytelling and inter-weaving narratives. When I was browsing Barnes and Noble recenty, I came across This Is How You Lose Her, which I will definitely be picking up for my long trip home (flying to AL, but driving to NYC just in time for NYE!).

6 – For the past week, I have had the WENDYB NINJA Letter Necklace in my possession. So that I could photograph it for Instagram/wear it around town. Fifteen real-life compliments and approximately two Instagram photos later, I returned the NINJA Necklace to Wendy. And now I feel lost without it. It is dainty in size, but the letters stand-out from across the room (or so I was told by the anonymous complimenters). If I don’t go the NINJA route, I’ll probably opt for the IDGAF. Self-explanatory.

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Other things that made my perfect for anyone gift list:

– Heavy duty socks from J. Crew.

– A completely waterproof rain cape from Terra NY.

– I’ve been eyeing this Loyalty & Blood sweatshirt for an entire year ago and am pretty sure all of my closest friends have been doing the same thing.

– This dachshund Chanel t-shirt is too funny.

– A great felt hat, found at SWELL.

– I am a huge proponent of gifts that give; this year, I’m spotlighting charity: water.

– If you haven’t checked out Ten Thousand Villages yet, scoot on over and get these Log Cabin Gloves.

Ninesday.

9. Birdy.

8. Check out this lovely zigzag, multicolored dress from Dorothy Perkins. I think it could easily transition from summer to fall, from casual to dressy. How versatile. Or if you want something a bit more occasion-specific, this is perfect for a date. And this is sweet for a BBQ. Or in Auburn, this would be cute for a football game. Perhaps this for the office.

7. Andreas Franke’s Underwater Photo Exhibition.“Mystified scenes of the past that play in a fictional space. Dreamworlds, where you can get lost or you can identify with. This makes new and unexpected atmosphere.”

6. Today marks a new day in my life: I have found Trendland. I might never use another website again…okay, who are we kidding? I’m always bouncing around. But, really. If you haven’t browsed, do it now.

5. I’m quite fond of this Pixie market military-inspired jacket. I think I would make it a bit more girly by pairing it with this dress.

4. I promise, there really are things to do online other than shop. But this post has my mind focused on these pants. Dear Topshop, please get some more. And then put them on sale immediately.

3. My ring obsession might never end. Or at least not while designers are creating items like this at great prices on Etsy.

2. I love this industrial light for my studio space. And by studio space, I do mean the large portion of my shared living space that I am taking up with my sewing equipment. Anyway, this lamp would be a great addition. If it wasn’t sold already. Sigh.

1. Mulberry has kicked the whimsy up a notch this fall with their Where the Wild Things Are- inspired photo shoot.

Ninesday.

9. First Aid Kit, you speak to my soul. Emmylou, on loop, on loop.

I’ll be your Emmylou and I’ll be your June // If you’ll be my Gram & my Johnny, too // No I’m not asking much of you, // Just sing little darlin’ sing with me //

8. Want a cute Peter Pan collar? Yep, me also. I can pull off a sequined, detachable collar, right?

7. This is definitive of my life, currently.

6. Ebb & Flow. New favorite blog.

5. Nashville, you my dear are so lovely. Sometimes, I just stalk DuckDuck Collective’s blog.

4. P A L O M A R I E. One word: love.Please put all of your jewelry on my body.

3. More words to live by from hip hip gin gin.

2. Who else wasn’t following THE WEAVER HOUSE? I feel like I’ve been missing a vital part of my blogging routine.

1. School starts soon. I am so not ready.

Ninesday.

9. The Head & the Heart. So heartfelt. I hit play and get a little lost in their harmony. Does anyone want to see them in ATL 5/22? Tickets aren’t on sale yet. But they surely will be SOON.

Do you remember every block /
Every minute of every walk we used to take /

Oh God I love my vices but they’ve taken me to places /
That I never thought I’d go and I am ready to be home /
And I think of every spark every whisper in the dark, now it’s time /
Just wanna die with the one I love /
Just wanna die with the one I love /
Just wanna die with the one I love /
Just wanna die with the one I love beside me /

8. Loving this ombre blush feather headband I found on Etsy.

7.  Braxton Crim, the “Anatomy of the South” poster is phenomenal.

6. Motherbird, no truer statement ever was said.

5. This is what my handwriting says about me:

  • If your writing slants..Not at all: You tend to be logical and practical. You are guarded with your emotions.
  • If the size of your letters are..Large: You have a big personality. Many celebrities have large handwriting. It may suggest that you are outgoing and like the limelight; I’d say my letters are more often…Average: You are well-adjusted and adaptable.
  • Full for “L”: You are spontaneous and relaxed and find it easy to express yourself.
  • Full for “E”: You have an open mind and enjoy trying new things.
  • For the “s”: Open at the bottom: You might not be following your heart. For example, you always wanted to be an artist, but you have a career in finance & Pointy: You are intellectually probing and like to study new things. The higher and pointier the peaks, the more ambitious you are.

Did any of you take the quiz? What were your results?

4. Her tattoos are lovely. I’ve been in a tattoo-obsessed mood as of late. I’m fairly certain that I’ll be expanding on mine in the next few months.

3. I’m making this fruity bruschetta this evening! And maybe also this yummy looking mint/blood orange whiskey sour. For a friend’s birthday.

2. Have any of you lovely readers tried the Crest Pro Health whitening mouth wash? It leaves an awful taste in my mouth. One of those tastes that even coffee and oatmeal can’t get rid of, apparently.

1. So true, Bukowski. So true. Lately, I’ve been in a hermit mode–read, eat, sleep (only a little), homework. Plus a dash of fun here and there, of course.