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In which Tribeca Mom shares her holiday wish list


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I am a PJ-wearer, much to my husband’s chagrin: I mean, I wear PJs that look like the PJs my dad wears, which is not exactly….sexy. But the ones from Roberta Roller Rabbit are light and airy and get softer with every washing, and the prints have a kind of “I went to Morocco for these!” vibe. So I’m not giving them up—in fact, I’m asking for more.

key tassel

I lose my keys in my bag on the regular, so I’d like to be the recipient of a very large, very un-losable keychain. Kind of chic, no? (Full disclosure: I stole this idea from the totally fabulous Redbook gift guide, which I highly suggest you check out. Everything under $50!)

hermes scarf

This is the splurge on the list! An Hermes bandana sounds like the punchline to the worst fashion joke, right? And yet, I want. It would be a great little way to add color to an otherwise simple outfit (like jeans and a plain crewneck sweater). Plus, getting a gift in one of those orange boxes is fantastic.

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I love dishtowels. I love them. Ones that are made of flour sack material are my favorite: they’re light and soft and absorbent. I spied these during a trip this summer to the Heath Ceramics megastore in San Francisco– they’d be the perfect way to deflect from the mess that’s inevitably in my kitchen.

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Do Son from Diptyque is my current perfume obsession. Since I’ve been traveling a lot for work this year, I’d love it in a suitcase-friendly rollerball format. I’m really, really hoping this shows up in my stocking.

gold stud

This gold knot stud is delicate enough to wear in my second piercing without screaming, “Hey, people in my important work meeting: check out my multiple piercings!” God help me if they notice my tattoo.

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I desperately need a pencil case, because my pens keep exploding all over the bottom of my (rather nice) work bag. I had one I loved– purchased years ago in Paris, from the Japanese company Delfonics– and I lost it. Or my kids stole it. Or it’s malingering in another bag. Anyway, I want a replacement, and this one is it.

fresh soap

Fresh soaps are the best, so much so that to try and describe WHY they’re the best feels pointless. They deliver so much joy for under $20.

Posted on December 14th, 2015 11 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week


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Now and likely forever, I will believe that the Christian Lacroix notebook is the best gift under $25, from a bang-for-your-buck perspective.


Posted on December 11th, 2015 3 Comments

Gift Guide #7: My top 10

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First, the splurgiest (and— who am I kidding?—the total long shot):  this very oversized print by French textile designer Paule Marrot, which has become an obsession; I feel it would have the power to throw my living room together in new and dramatic ways.

tarte palette

There’s no use in lying: it was the packaging that sucked me in here. But this makeup palette from Tarte has also got a solid assortment of eyeshadows, as well as a bronzer, blush, and highlighter—all in quite sultry-but-wearable tones.

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fingerless glove is preferable to me: it makes cleaning up after the dog a far less cumbersome activity on walks (very hard to open those poop bags when your fingers are wooly) and just in general allows for greater dexterity when you’re out and about.  These, from Everlane, are satisfyingly thick, and you can pull them up pretty high up on the hand, so all but the very tops of your fingers are covered.

nike air force

I have stared at these high tops so many times and wondered if I could get away with them. On the one hand, they seem awfully young; on the other, high tops feel like they’d be warmer than regular sneaks when it’s cold out. I wish somebody would just buy them for me and  put all of this indecision to rest.

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Another long shot: this Ten Thousand Things cabbage rose pendant, which I have only wanted forever.

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Likewise, I have coveted this pepper grinder for ages—and have almost purchased it more times than I can count, but never do, because I already have one that—although unstylish and dated—still works just fine. It all feels somewhat like settling for the wrong guy.

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One of my favorite florists in New York is Ovando;  they do glorious, sculptural things with flowers, and make an excellent terrarium too. I want this one, with its enticing combination of orchids and succulents. (If you live outside of NYC, check out Terrain’s  DIY terrarium section—they’ve got everything you need, including  the plants.)



I don’t like cats. They just sit there, silently judging.  Which is probably why these bookends—the kitties looking slightly demonic with those yellow eyes—slays me.

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This Roland Pine soap from Soap & Paper Factory smells quite forest-in-winter, but really fresh as well because they threw some citrus into the mix too, which sounds weird but totally works. I bought two bars yesterday and  in my travels gave both away—one to my hairdresser, the other to Maureen, store manager/shopgirl extraordinaire at Maria Cornejo. Is it too much to think that somehow, somewhere, somebody owes me one?

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It’s not the most practical item in creation but this Vera Wang for Wedgwood porcelain travel mug sure is pretty.


Posted on December 10th, 2015 22 Comments

Gift guide rule #6: Make it metallic

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A gold leather pouf that just gets better with age.

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Yet again another super-cool speaker.

gold playing cards

These playing cards are most undeniably (and wonderfully) flashy.


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One smooth little cocktail shaker.

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A nifty wood ballpoint pen from fantastic (and hard-to-find-here) Japanese brand Delfonics.

copper brass

These brass and copper bowls are enamel on the inside and so damn chic.


Posted on December 9th, 2015 3 Comments

Wednesday links


  • The deluge of year-end lists has begun: here we have the top movie posters from 2015. (Flavorwire)
  • My friend Michelle showed me this the other day, and it is just pure joy. (YouTube)
  • Creepy-beautiful pictures of 1930s London at night. (Slate)
  • John Stewart returned to the Daily Show to call out Congress on stiffing 9/11 first responders, and it was beautiful. (A.V. Club)
  • RIP, Holly Woodlawn. (Jezebel)
Posted on December 9th, 2015 5 Comments

Where do you give?

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The other day in the comments on my post about gifts that give back, beloved reader Mamavalveeta made a very good point. “I love the idea of gifts that give back, and it’s also important to remember to just GIVE too!” I’m guessing that most of you do in fact give, and am curious to know where. My current list includes Planned Parenthood, because of course.* And the wonderful Ali Forney Center in New York for homeless gay teenagers (who represent a disproportionate number of teen runaways in this country because they’re so often kicked out of their homes). And finally, The Innocence Project, which works to exonerate people on death row by presenting DNA and other evidence.


*I realize that some of you might hold alternate views on this one. I am honestly interested in hearing where all of you give—this could be a fantastic resource if enough of you respond—so let’s respect all of our various values in the comments.

Posted on December 9th, 2015 72 Comments