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Last-minute gift guide: the all about me collection

TTT cabbage rose

I was feeling a little sad yesterday that this holiday season, all of my gift guide energy went into compiling guest posts for other sites (which you can see here, here and here) and none of it went to you, my endlessly loyal readers who I adore. So I’ve decided to put together one last guide, composed entirely of items on my own list, because how much fun is that? For starters, here’s something I’ve wanted forever: this cabbage rose necklace from Ten Thousand Things. It’s one of their signature shapes, and is so classic and elegant and could be worn with anything—like a more modern version of an Elsa Peretti  heart.

smythson skull & bones

The skull and crossbones is its own kind of classic, and I do like how very clever it looks on crisp and proper Smythson note cards.

ant small dish derian

An itsy dish for one’s bedside earrings and change and whatnot.

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I’m not usually a fan of cocktail ring proportions, but the appeal of this moonstone confection can not be denied.

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I developed a taste for caviar after I started receiving it every year at the holidays from a particularly beloved former boss. “Share it with no one,” he would always instruct me. And I never did.

vitra toolbox

I’m moving apartments soon (much more on that later) and one of my main goals for the new place is to not have a junk drawer. This Vitra toolbox will help me accomplish my objective. Not the most glamorous gift on my list, but one I’m dying for nevertheless.


My number one gift shopping rule is that you should always try to buy a person something they will absolutely love, but would never buy for themselves. For me that means this ostrich feather Margiela pen. It amuses me endlessly, and I’m certain would make me feel like I was a 1940s film star at her chic little desk answering fan mail every time I sat down to pay the bills.

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I am so tired of my boring old scarves. This multi-print  number from We Are Owls would fix all that.

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Posted on December 18th, 2013 4 Comments

4 Responses

  1. Viajera says:

    No junk drawer?? No junk drawer??? Whoa, Nelly. My mind, it is boggling.

    You must be pretty neat already, to even think of this.

    Well, I want to be supportive, so, I support your quest to be junk drawerless, even if I don’t understand it. (I feel as if junk drawerless might need a hyphen somewhere. Anybody know a good, short-ish book on grammar? I only want to catch the really egregious, obvious errors. My To Do list is too long to try to get all of it. Whoa. A junk drawer … of the mind.)

  2. Dana says:

    One of the best gifts I ever received was an Ostrich feather ring, this post reminded me to take it out of the damn box I keep it in and wear it.

  3. jhops says:

    Best of luck with the move — can’t wait to hear more 🙂