What a girl wants

Is it too early to think about Christmas Wish Lists? Judging by the fact that all the department stores have been decked out since the day after Halloween, I’d say wish (or perhaps shop) away!

Clearly, this list is for the mostly casual girl that likes a little sparkle and a nice, red lip from time to time. Hmmm, I wonder who I was channeling when I put this together.

Take a look at some of these can’t fail items, if you need inspiration for your own list  (I’m sorry, I do not comprehend this concept) or if you are shopping for some special chick(s) this year. (Shop them on my Polyvore page.)

Anything I’m missing? What’s at the top of your list? Let me know in the comments below!

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Weekend in NYC

‘Tis the season bloggy friends for coveting. I know giving and all that is the good part, but after spending an amazing weekend in New York City with my best guy, there’s plenty of eye candy on my wish list.

Saturday morning had us heading uptown for brunch at Sarabeth’s. On the way, I stopped to oggle the Gucci holiday window and noticed these totally FAB silver boots. The retro-ness of them has me longing for another one of my favorite wardrobe staples – the shift dress.

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Gucci leather boots, Gucci.com

Another one of my favorites from the weekend is this gorgeous eyelet moto jacket from Joe Fresh. What a way to turn denim and a tee into something special for somewhere special!

Eyelet Moto Jacket, Joe Fresh

We also spent Sunday morning at the Christmas Market at Union Square. We picked out unique and some handmade gifts for family members. I also eyed a dainty band (similar shown) that I’d like to have someday when I’m not supposed to be Christmas shopping for others instead.

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Scalloped band, by Erin Gallagher

We also spent several hours at the Museum of Modern Art. The exhibit Henri Matisse The Cut-Outs was absolutely amazing. I am familiar with Matisse paintings, but not with his work near the end of his career and life. I loved this box of prints from his collection of vivid (and some very large) works.

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs Exhibition Catalogue, Museum of Modern Art

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs Exhibition Catalogue, Museum of Modern Art

I also found a six-story townhouse I wouldn’t mind having in the Murray Hill neighborhood of midtown Manhattan. But at almost $4 million, I’m pretty sure that won’t be under my tree this year.

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Surprisingly, we didn’t do much shopping over the weekend. There was just too much to see and do, but I could probably post a handful of blogs filled with all this girl’s favorite things!

Repost: Happy 125th Birthday Eiffel Tower!

After four seriously stressful days of trying to renew my LBS.com domain, I have finally succeeded.  If you missed Happy 125th Birthday Eiffel Tower! this week, it’s now available, and I promise to get some more good posts up as soon as possible!

Happy Friday (or Saturday for you far away bloggy friends!) and thanks, as always, for reading LittleBlackSweats!

Amy

 

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Daily Covet: Jane Mount Ideal Bookshelf

I have long been intrigued with Jane Mount and her ideal bookshelves.

I’m a reader, my husband is a literature buff, my small boys die to be read to.  That’s why I constantly keep my eye on 20×200’s collection of Jane Mount’s art.  She makes “ideal bookshelves” for everyone – over 600 to be exact.

Dr. Suess and Pat the Bunny grace a children’s bookshelf.  There is one with all the classics for the professor of literature, and now the perfect shelf for a fashionista.

Some of the books are ones I actually own, which makes Mount’s Fashion bookshelf even more fun.  This will definitely go to the top of my Christmas list!

Ideal Bookshelf 505: Fashion, by Jane Mount | 20x200

Daily Covet: Fashion Artist Book

Obviously, I’m into fashion.  And to no lesser degree, fashion books.

My blog, my weekly column and my wardrobe are proof positive of that.

However, something I find most frustrating when it comes to fashion, is that what my vision entails often doesn’t even exist in the market.  So I began casually looking for ways to “invent” or create that elusive thing I’m looking for.

I discovered books on how to do just that.  One of my faves is “Fashion Artist: Drawing Techniques to Portfolio Presentation” by Sandra Burke.  The review of this book states, “Thorough text, self-explanatory drawings, photographs of the fashion model, together with artwork from international designers and illustrators, this book demonstrates the accepted design standards used in the fashion industry.”

Brilliant!  I’m putting it on my Christmas list because I’m kind of a tough cookie to shop for.  (Unless you are my husband and you shop directly from this blog… also brilliant!)

Maybe my New Year’s resolution will include more sketching and sewing… wait and see!

Daily Covet: Classic books in cute outfits!

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.  Isn’t that how the old adage goes?

Well, you’ll want to judge these classic books by their book jackets.  Juniper Books LLC features these beautiful covers, designed by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazini.  Each Puffin classic book is wrapped in a bold new design that I would love to have in my “library!”

Love Sherlock Holmes?  They’ve got those too!
You can also judge some cook books by their covers and even my favorite, a J.D. Salinger collection.  Your bookshelves would be so cute!