On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Depend on no one else to give you what you want. Here’s what I’m considering splurging on for myself this Christmas.
Clockwise from top left:
The Best Medicine: Happy Endings: The Complete Third Season
This may be the final season of the cult favorite, but the three seasons the writers and cast delivered are worthy of re-run marathons to come. Join me on my couch eating a steak sando in my pajoveralls like it’s 2011.
Good Never Looked Better: Krochet Kidz the Bella beret
Handmade and signed by the woman who crocheted it, this socially conscious beret furthers the mission of Krochet Kidz International: to empower the women of Northern Uganda and Peru with the assets, skills, and knowledge to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
I owe you a 10-second car: Fast & Furious 6
I saw the first five in theaters but missed this one. In light of the recent tragedy, I am really looking forward to finally seeing the sixth. Raise a Corona to Paul Walker!
My Mood Changer: Jo Malone Wild Bluebell perfume
For the last year and a half, I sneak into every Jo Malone boutique and by every counter to spritz this delightful scent onto my wrists… just to make sure I still love it. When I catch a waft of it on me hours later, it brings a sense of calm and sensuality that makes it worth every penny.
Price: $115 for 100ml
One Saturday Morning: Victoria’s Secret The Dreamer Flannel Pajama
I’ve rediscovered the beauty of lazy Saturday mornings, reveling in the simple act of waking up knowing you have the entire day ahead of you. These cozy pajamas add to the luxury of the experience.
Right Back Where We Started From: Dogeared California State of Mind necklace
At this point in our lives, the idea of “home” is a reflection and the definition fluid. Despite my internal battle of calling San Francisco vs. L.A. my own, I’m proud to be a California girl.
Drink to That: Sydney Hale Co. Cucumber & Mint candle
My college roommate used to make us something to sip as we got dolled up for the night. This candle smells exactly like a cucumber & mint cocktail (maybe a little more sophisticated than the vodka-whatever-juice-we-have mixes that we made), and it’s the perfect way to set the mood for the evening.
Price: $28, available at Urbanic, 1644 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310-401-0427.
Ring Around the Rosy: ShopEliAndLeah Rose Gold Skinny Rings
A simple rose gold ring is the perfect piece to complete an understated look, but it may feel like an impossible feat to find the right one. ShopEliAndLeah makes the quintessential addition to any collection.
Price: $28 for set of three at Etsy
Upgrade Me: Steve Madden Moonlite slippers
I’m almost embarrassed to say that I’ve been wearing the same slippers since college (but I’m really not that old, so who cares). Unfortunately, holes are forming and it’s time to replace them with a grown-up pair… For me, that means getting the exact same ones, just brand new.
Channeling Nina Ballerina: Lululemon Yeah Yoga Tank
Admit it or not, dressing the part is the easiest way to motivate yourself. I find any excuse to dress like a ballerina, and this tank fits that requirement.
Have you heard about Hugo and Kim?: Native Union Retro POP phone
Winter holidays bring with them a warm nostalgia. What’s more old school than a landline? I’ll use this handset to inspire hour-long conversations with my childhood best friends and avoid the modern-day cell phone radiation.
Ban’z a make her Dance: Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Classic
The perennial favorite known for working on every face shape. I wasn’t convinced it would work for me, and then I tried them on. This is the next sunglass purchase I will make, unless someone makes it for me first. 🙂
Catherine Abalos is founder and editor of The Single Diaries.