Tis' the season.. for suicide and depression medication.

Morbid, I know.  But ever since the end of halloween people have been talking about Christmas, and then yesterday I realized, CHRISTMAS IS A MONTH AWAY.  Someone in my classes ACTUALLY had the nerve to tell us that she had purchased presents for her mother and sister! What a fucking over achiever; who actually has presents already?

Alright, alright. So naturally I'm just upset because I haven't even begun to think about christmas or presents let alone gathered the money for either.  I have taken the necessary moves to start selling the things I no longer need on ebay, but I fear that is only going to get me so far.  But just because Im broke and a procrastinator doesn't mean that the rest of the world is, so here are some good holiday gift options for you. 
As for me, I just want THIS and a couple thousand dollars to decorate my new apartment. Oh and a Birkin bag.

Gifts for Women:  
1.) Lingerie: It never hurts to buy a woman lingerie, in my opinion.  Kiki De Montparnasse is gorgeous and classy, but will set you back at least a couple hundred dollars for the good stuff.  If you're on a budget, the candles and non-silk underwear is a great alternative.  Or if you're buying for more than one woman... 
2.) Shoes: Guys, Barney's is having a shoe sale right now, among other things.  Do you really need any more reason to go buy a pair of shoes for your girlfriend?  WE DONT CARE IF THEYRE ON SALE, WE JUST LOVE SHOES.
3.) Perfume: I always subscribe to the notion that you shouldn't buy a girl only perfume for a gift.. I think its rather tacky.  But if you are on a budget, or if your girlfriend is smelly or just genuinely wants perfume, you can't go wrong with Bond no. 9.  
4.) Jewelry: Anything from costume to diamonds works and make sure to find out if she prefers silver or gold.  If you're going the route of costume, I suggest something like Chanel or Hermes, like this GORGEOUS black and gold Collier de Chien bracelet, for $1,000.  Or if you're budgeting, here are some other options.
- Barneys co-op has some great jewelry, like this snake ring, $410.
5.) Personal Trainer: I suggest using this gift with caution because it could create some unwanted arguments. (ie: "SO YOU THINK IM FAT?!")  But if she already belongs to a gym, or if you know its something she would enjoy, a personal trainer for a few sessions could make an excellent gift.  
-Homebodies.com offers private lessons in the comfort of your own home for yoga and pilates enthusiasts.
-David Kirsch Wellness company offers private training lessons at his Madison Square club for $350 with the founder himself.  For a year membership, it'll run you $25,000.  
6.) Magazine subscriptions: What woman doesn't love a good fashion magazine, plus they're rather inexpensive (unless you go international, which can get pricey). Check out Maghound.com (see post below) for a way to bundle a bunch of different magazines together. If you're really clueless as to what to buy, here are some ideas. (www.magazines.com has a wide selection)
- Elle, Vogue, Nylon, W Mag or Numero, for the fashion enthusiast. 
- Wallpaper and Art + Auction, for anyone in architecture and art collecting. 
- People or Entertainment weekly, for the gossip and entertainment lover.
7.) Digital Camera: If she doesn't already have one (like myself, unfortunately) a digital camera can make the perfect gift.  
8.) Weekend in a Bed and Breakfast: Even if you're just minutes away from your apartment, sometimes getting away and sleeping in a different bed, bathing in a luxurious bath and being able to leave your clothes strewn across the room without worrying about cleaning, is all a couple needs.  The Lafayette House in Manhattan is a gorgeous little brown-stone turned into a mini-hotel with a vintage feel.  Everything from the deep marble bath with C.O Bigelow products to the working fireplaces makes this hide-a-way perfect for a weekend in bed.  And if you're not located in Manhattan, try www.BedandBreakfast.com for great suggestions all over the world. 
9.) Designer Bag: Listen to me, you CANNOT, I repeat, CANNOT go wrong with a new bag.  Lanvin, Chanel, Balenciaga, Prada, Goyard, Marc Jacobs, Bottega Veneta.  Learn those words and learn them well.  Barneys, Bergdorfs, eLuxury.com and even eBay, for crying out loud, sells gorgeous designer bags.  
10.) Gift Certificates: If you're really stuck on what to get someone, you can't go wrong with gift certificates.  For woman, I would say stick to somewhere you know they frequent.  
- iTunes

And if all else fails, call your ex's. 

Gifts for Men:
1.)  iPod touch/iPhone: Its funny how easy Apple made it to buy men presents.  You can't go wrong with gadgets. 
2.) Massages: The ones that DON'T come with "happy endings".  Skintology has great massages and the prices aren't too bad, with starting massages for $90. 
3.) Day at the Russian/Turkish Baths: Absolutely MY favorite thing to do on a lazy day, the russian and turkish baths make a great present.  They offer membership passes where you get a 6-day pass and also offer massages and other treatments.  But all in all, a day at the spa is only $25.  
4.) BBQ Dinner: Need I say more?  Pocketchangenyc.com offers a ton of options to choose from, but Blue Smoke may be one of my favorites.  
5.) A nice, old-fashioned Shave: Although not for every man, this is an excellent gift for someone who cherishes a good, clean, close shave.  Also can benefit you, if you know what I mean. 
- The Art of Shaving not only makes an excellent gift, but if you happen to be in New York for the holidays or live in New York, the Art of Shaving Barber spa offers shaves, haircuts and massages starting at $35.  The product line is my go-to for Dad presents. 
- Freeman's Sporting Club also offers that old-timey barbershop feeling with its traditional grooming techniques, like a straight razor shave for $40.  Great place to bring your father on a day out. 
6.) Anything and everything from Odin: For the well-dressed guy or for the guy you'd like to be well-dressed, Odin has awesome clothing, shoes, accessories and even beauty products, all for men.  With brands like Band of Outsiders and Obedient Son's, it covers classic and unique all under one roof. 
7.) Wallets:  Can't stand the wallet his ex-girlfriend bought him that is falling apart and needs to be replaced? Wallets are so easy and guys generally don't have much of a preference when it comes to style.  The classic Louis Vuitton billfold is great for a more label-conscious boy, or something simple like this  Comme de Garcon.    Also, for the minimalist, a 3-card holder is slim and elegant, like this Dior one. 
8.) Hats, scarves and gloves:  Keep them warm and free of complaints with cold weather accessories. 
9.) Ties, ties, ties: For some men, you can't go wrong with a beautiful tie.  
10.) Private boxing lessons or Private cooking lessons: This may not fit in perfectly to the rest of the list, but I think its a great present that someone will never forget.  
Boxing: there is an gym in Manhattan that specializes in boxing as a workout, and although I haven't personally experienced it, I've heard excellent things.  Trinity Boxing offers 10-private boxing lessons for $450. That'll really show him who's boss.
Cooking: may suggest something about his cooking, but a lesson from Home Cooking NY is $300 for 2 and could definitely bring a couple closer together. After-all, the way to a mans heart is through his stomach, right? 
- Hugo Chef offers tailored cooking classes at $50 per hour.  Also offers wine tasting lessons for $120.
- The Wise Cook offers 3-hour classes for $300, plus an additional $50 per extra person where you learn to prepare a 3-course meal of your choice. 

And if all else fails, scour the pages of Uncrate.com for more ideas.  You're bound to find something.

For the magazine addict in all of us.

Described as "Netflix for magazines", MagHound.com is a club that lets you customize your monthly magazine purchases and change them whenever you'd like. You choose a membership based on how many magazines you'd like to recieve, and you pay a low monthly price. For example, if you want to get 3 magazines a month, you pay $4.95, 5 for $7.95 and 7 for $9.95. And, if you decide your apartment can't possibly fit another issue of Vogue, you can cancel anytime. With nearly 250 magazines to choose from, you'll never run out of reading material.


I like to mix business with leather.

I am sick and tired of saying, "I would love to make *insert article of clothing* for myself".  It is about time I buy myself a sewing machine and teach myself how to sew.  And no, I do not want to learn how to pattern or create the perfect hem, I just want to be able to stitch a little something together for myself when I'm feeling creative.  

Growing up, my mother and grandmother always used the classic Singer sewing machines, so just in time for Christmas, I researched a few well-priced and basic ones to motivated myself (or whomever wants to purchase one for me) to think "sew"! 

A place to call my own.

When you get past the hell that is moving in New York City, the whole experience is a rebirth both mentally and spatially.  This is most certainly the case for me since I'm downsizing to a small west village 6 floor walk-up on the quaint and quiet street of Grove.  The space itself doesn't bother me so much as the lack of closet space; I'm moving out of my 2 huge closets into one that will barely hold my t-shirts let alone my clothing, shoes, art supplies and magazines.  

But I must find a way to make this work.  So when I set out to find the perfect way to organize my life, I fell in love with these vintage looking filing cabinets from TwoJakes.com.  Made in the UK out of stainless steel, the Bisey cabinets offer a multitude of styles featuring anywhere from 4 to 30 drawers, giving you the perfect amount of space and storage.  Also, you can pick the color finish you want to match your drapes or opt for the assorted draw sizes.  

Either way, this is for sure on my Christmas list filed under home improvements. 


That means no, where I come from.

I admit it. 
I am a victim of New York City's ever-growing appreciation of black clothing. It's mildly embarrassing when you ask your room-mate every morning if this shade of black goes with this shade of black.  Anyway, I have been trying to expand my wardrobe options and while doing so, I have fallen in love with the ultimate foe of black; YELLOW.  
Yes thats right, YELLOW.
Not only yellow, but oranges and reds and even purples (GASP).  But more specifically, I have fallen in love with Miu Miu's newest addition to my Christmas list, these peep-toes. Yes, I know, they're horribly unconventional and impractical, but I LOVE THEM, and you will too once you see them mixed with my everyday wardrobe of black and white and gray. 

So, if you feel so inclined to buy them for me, I promise I will not object and I will accept them and eternally kiss your feet for the kind gesture towards my shoe collection. 

If you like then you should have put a ring on it.

Its so amazing to see your friends flourish in the world of fashion, and especially those who are having their first take at it.  My old pal Carolyne Cass has just recently launched her new line, Carolyne Alicia Cass and let me tell you, it did not disappoint.  I happen to be a huge fan of velvet and zipper ANYTHING so her gorgeous take on high waisted shorts with big exposed zippers on either side with dark jewel tone velvets made my mouth water.  She also perfected the loose everyday silk tank top and an adorable romper made with a cute silk peter-pan collar tank button down and little velvet shorts; a perfect marriage of materials.  

Carolyne also made a lovely limited edition pair of shorts in a cashmere blend tweed and a few velvet double sided capes that will definitely become a wardrobe staple.  I was absolutely blown away with her "Essentials Collection", which is sure to become favorite amongst fashionites everywhere. 


There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.

I live for shoes.  Shoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Shoes for the soul.  Yadda Yadda.  Tristian Blair's shoes make me not want to wear clothes.  They're so goddamn awesome and so goddamn awfully hard to find.  But when I do, I will buy a pair and wear them till they're welded to my feet eternally.
Here are a few favorites from past and present collections:

Things you should consider buying me:

From top to bottom: Balenciaga, $995 - Lanvin, $1,910 - Lanvin, $2,150
It seems as if the more expensive bags get, the less money I have.

Oh to be wide awake besides you

Generally an Alexander Wang enthusiast, I find myself becoming bored with the constant use of the same silhouettes ie: flouncy silk shirt with little breast pocket, black skirts with zipper and clasp details and dresses that are too expensive for me to even care about.  Im also very disappointed with his newest attempt at prints: bubbles.  HOWEVER, with this being said, I do always find at least one piece of his that I grow to love and adore, and right now its a simple black blazer with a scarf detail very simple and sweet. 

Really what I should be doing with my time is learning how to hypnotize people into buying me these things. Much better use of my time.