Did you see that brilliant Harvey Nichols “Sorry, I spent it on myself” holiday campaign? Well, that’s pretty much me. So the following list is less of a hint to family and friends and, shamefully, more of a personal shopping agenda. However, for those people in my life who wouldn’t mind getting, say, a box of toothpicks and giving an $825 coat, I’m not going to argue with you. Merry Christmas?
1. Unisex “Fishtail” parka, $825, available at United Bamboo.
I’ve longed for this jacket for ages now. But here’s the thing: Sometime last year, United Bamboo ran a special during which they were half off. I think I was in a meeting or something when I received the email, and by the time I got to a computer all the smaller sizes were sold out. Since then, instead of buying one at full price, I have held out, convinced that the brand is going to do this again. I’m still waiting.
2. Juergen Teller Go-Sees by Juergen Teller, starting at $198.88, available at Amazon.
I wish I had bought this book when it was in print. In a way, it was a precursor to model street style — I mean, the guy took a photo of every agency girl who showed up at his door for a year, dressed in her own clothes. The shots are candid and really fun to look at. Plus, he’s one of my favorite photographers — I’ve caught myself a few times saying, “Just make it look really Juergen Teller!” when giving art direction for a shoot. (That sounded like I’m trying to make myself out to be some hotshot creative director, but I’m even talking about stuff like contributor’s photos here.)
3. “Arc” cuff, $198, available at Lady Grey.
My support for this jewelry line is endless, and it’s not because the designer duo used to be my neighbors (that was just happy coincidence). Jill Martinelli and Sabine Le Guyader create the coolest things — this cuff is so bold and sleek, pairing equally well with jeans and a tank top as it would with a suit (jacket sleeves rolled up, obviously).
4. Rodin Olio Lusso lip balm, $30, available at Beauty.com.
I’m such a sucker for chic packaging, so that’s mainly why I want this. Also, the pink would make me happy every time I’d look at it. I wonder if it works?
5. Aquazzura heels, $349, available at Shoescribe.
I love how lingerie-inspired these look. I have no idea when or where I would wear them, but that hasn’t been a concern with past shoe purchases so why fret now? Plus, these, ideally, would be a gift (hello, loved ones?), so it wouldn’t really matter — they’d be free!
6. NARS Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer, $58, available at Sephora.
This is what they used at the Alexander Wang Spring 2014 show for that “no makeup” look. I’ve been dying to try it ever since. And while I am under no illusion that it’s going to transform my skin into that of an 18-year-old model, I am intrigued by the fact that it’s both “luminous” (i.e. somewhat shiny and glowy) and oil-free.