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Oh My!

Did I mention I love Burberry?

Well, I know I did, but I’ll say it again: I LOVE Burberry! Today I happened to discover that they have an entire ‘festive’ section of their website for the holiday season! Can you say love at first sight? (In this context only, I’m pretty sure it exists.)

I will link the page, but everything is so beautiful. Also, I’m obsessed with the song that plays. It’s really good, and I’m usually not a fan of Christmas music. I mean I don’t hate it, it’s just not always at the top of my list… (Pun… Get it?)

I guess this is just more that goes onto the ‘never going to happen’ Christmas list.

The Prorsum shoes and bags are so incredible!

http://us.burberry.com/store/experiences/festive/#/products

Also, in case you’re curious, the song title is Badly Drawn Boy by Donna & Blitzen. It’s my new favorite Christmas song, I think.

Sorry for the short post, and lack of one yesterday. I’ll be working to keep it consistent. I promise.

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Double Time…

I know that I missed my post yesterday, but this post will be a combination of yesterday’s and today’s… Hopefully that makes up for it a bit.

Anyways, today is Tradition (or is it Traditional) Tuesday. Being that it is the ‘Christmas Season’ the television companies have decided to bombard us with millions of Christmas or holiday-themed movies. It’s not all bad.

The reason that it’s not all bad is basically because they broadcast some amazing movies with incredible frequency. One of those movies is my family’s instant Christmas classic, Elf. It used to be, and still sometimes is, that we would watch A Christmas Story without fail during the holiday season. Now, it is always Elf. I have not, nor will I, forget the amazing movie with the frozen pole, the red rider bebe gun, and the classic words, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” However, I am just so in love with the movie Elf that I can’t give the title of Best Christmas Movie to anyone else.

You may disagree with me, and I know many do, but Elf never gets old. Will Ferrell’s child-like portrayal of the confused elf-man that is Buddy will live on in infamy. I will forever quote lines from this movie whether it is December or August, and I will always feel that Will Ferrell’s facial expressions are just priceless and unmatchable.

One other thing that I’d like to say about Elf, before you get too annoyed with my ranting and raving, is that it has, in my opinion, the best Christmas movie soundtrack ever! I jest not when I say it surprises me how much I like it. I mean, in all honesty, I’m not a huge Christmas music person. I mean, I like it, but only in very specific states, like when Bob Dylan is singing it. However, this soundtrack has no  Bob Dylan, but it has lots of other amazing people.

So, here are my favorites from the soundtrack.. And if you haven’t watched Elf, you should. In my opinion. Also, if you have watched it and you haven’t heard or payed attention to the soundtrack, you should watch it again and listen carefully. I haven’t really noticed it as much as I feel  I should have, until recently, but I’m glad I finally have taken notice. I mean, it’s worth noticing.

My only complaint is that this next song is on the soundtrack with someone other than Will Ferrel singing. Sad.

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All I Want (But Will Never Be Able To Afford) For Christmas…

Oh Chanel! Beautiful, flawless, and oh so expensive!

Everyone has a weak point; something they would pretty much sell their own organs to attain. As far as material possessions go, in the designer stratosphere, my weakness is Chanel. It’s true, the iconic brand, first headed by Coco herself, and these days brought to life by the beyond-words-amazing Karl Lagerfeld is beyond compare.

That being said, how do I relate my love of Chanel to Christmas? Well, other than the fact that if it were possible to receive Chanel items, like jackets, and jewelry, and handbags, they would be the top of my list, Chanel had a surprisingly Christmas-y (to use the term a bit loosely) runway show for the fall/winter season of 2010/2011.

If you haven’t watched this show yet, I encourage you to. It’s great. From the makeup, to the clothes, to the giant glaciers they had flown in for the show (yes, that’s luxury at its finest), everything is perfect. Here’s a few excerpts in case you don’t want to watch the whole show.

(The red in the tweed qualifies as a Christmas color, and if you look at all the fur it’s kind of like polar bears… They’re synonymous with Christmas right?)

Hope you like the show… Oh, and I made it! It’s still Friday!

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Candy Cane Girl

Do you remember The White Stripes?

I mourn the loss of them often, and nothing reminds me of their glorious music more than a candy cane!

If you didn’t know, White Stripes’ fans were referred to as Candy Cane Children.

They reference this in a few of their songs.

Anyways, being that it’s Whimsical Wednesday I thought that I would take some pictures as the ‘Candy Cane Child’ I am. Even if you don’t like The Whites Stripes, and you probably should, it would be fun to rock candy cane lips for Christmas. Hope you enjoy.

The Playlist:

Candy Cane Children – The White Stripes

Icky Thump – The White Stripes

Yep, just two today. Oh, and also, if you were wondering, the glasses are real.

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Care For A Spot Of Tea?

I am a coffee lover to my core. It’s the Italian in me. I’ve been drinking the stuff since I was seven. Even so, I make some exceptions for tea.

So today, I regale you with the tale of my favorite holiday brew. That just sounds weird.

Every year Celestial Seasonings brings back their holiday teas, and every year I can’t wait to yet again be drinking my lovely cup of Candy Cane Lane. My brother fixed a cup for me one year, and came into my room asking “Who wants a cup of Christmas Eve?” As silly as it may be, I can’t help but feel a little reminiscent every time I have a cup, and I also have to always do my best to replicate the mix of tea, soy milk (sounds weird, but trust me it works in this case somehow), and agave nectar.

That being said, it will be the first year that said brother won’t be coming home for Christmas. It makes me sad, but I’ll be wishing he was here every time I have a cup of ‘Christmas Eve.’ So, if he’s reading this, I hope he knows he will be sorely missed and I love him.

So go buy some tea!

But don’t neglect your good friend coffee.

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Bob Dylan Pt. I

I am labeling this post as pt. I because I know myself and I know for certain that this will not be the last time I talk about Bob Dylan. I sort of love him. That’s actually a major understatement. Bob Dylan is amazing to me. He’s my absolute favorite singer/songwriter and even if you hate his voice, you cannot deny he is a fantastic lyricist.

Anyways, before I ramble on about my love for Bob Dylan I have to make a confession. I’ve always loved his voice, and that may make many people doubt my ability to hear or perceive notes, but I don’t care. He has one of those immediately recognizable, and in my opinion, really amazing voices. It’s one of a kind, but even so, I’ll admit I had a hard time adjusting to what he sounds like now.

In his youth his voice was much less raspy and exaggerated, but with time Bob Dylan’s voice has changed even more than Justin Bieber’s will after he hits puberty. (Sorry, but if you’re a Bieber fan then this probably isn’t the blog for you anyways.) Anyways, I will admit that at first I was despondent that Bob Dylan’s youthful voice was gone, but now I have grown to love it.

Honestly, it’s great in the most unexpected way. Much raspier, much more raw. I can’t get enough.

That being said, let me introduce you if you’ve never met with it before. Even if you’re not a Bob Dylan fan, just take it as a bit comedic. I mean, I know I’ve had a few chuckles listening to my brother imitate Bob Dylan’s sound as he sings favorite Christmas songs in a way many have never heard before. Being that I’m not much of a fan of celebrity Christmas albums, it surprises even me that I own Bob Dylan’s, but for him I would make many musical exceptions.

This one is my personal favorite. Enjoy!

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Here Goes…

Well, it would seem that today is the day. Today is the day that I’m starting my strict blogging regime much like many have probably started their post Thanksgiving diets. I hope, though, that the comparison ends there because those types of things usually don’t last. Anyways, today is the first High Fashion Friday, and I have to say I had some trouble figuring out where to start. However, I had a revelation.

Something that has always fascinated me is the luxury of designer items. Everything is detailed and well thought out, and especially well made. That being said, I can’t really afford the things I want from designers most of the time.

However, this is the holiday season. This is the time of year where we let our wish lists grow long with items we know may never appear under our Christmas trees… But I mean, if Santa were real, it would be a great surprise to find all those things, right?

Therefore, I will tell you today about the slightly ridiculous, and way too expensive, designer item I will never cease to want.

Any guesses?

Okay, so ever since my eyes first met with a designer bicycle in the Fendi store in Caesar’s Palace, I could not help but obsess over every designer bike since. I especially wanted the Missoni for Target bike, but that sold out faster than one can blink. Before I bore you with why I love them so much (honestly I’m not really sure being that I’m not even an avid biker), I’ll just show you pictures so you can see for yourself.

And my personal favorite:

Chanel makes everything better, am I right?

Yes, these are all ridiculously expensive, but if I had that kind of money to burn I wouldn’t think twice. The top of my “it’s never going to happen” Christmas wishlist. Actually, it might be the second.

Now, here are the songs for you:

The Designer Bicycle Playlist

1. Bicycle Race – Queen

2. Bike – Pink Floyd

(This one has holiday resonance because it mentions gingerbread men.)

3. Handlebars – Flobot

(I had to. Sorry.)

4.  Black Hole – She & Him

5 1/4. Bicycle Song – Red Hot Chili Peppers

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NaNoWriMo’s Passed But…

I will openly admit at the beginning of this post that I have been falling down on the job, so to speak. NaNoWriMo, well, let’s just say it turned into NaNoWriHaMo with the Ha standing for Half. Yep, I bummed out at about 30,000 words… Considering that when I did NaNoWriMo for school the outcome was about the same, I’m not too disappointed in myself. However, I really wanted the 50,000 this year, I guess I just didn’t want it badly enough.

Enough rambling on that. Since I openly failed on NaNoWriMo, I thought, let’s try to openly win at something else. That something being a theme month on this blog for December with *gasp* a post a day. Now, this is a lot to promise for me, but I will do my very best. I think there are seven of you following my blog, so please, if I fall short, yell at me (in not so harshly worded comments). Or just kindly remind me that I’m letting you down.

Also, I thought it might help to have a theme for each day within the overarching theme of the month. Oh, did I forget to mention the overarching theme of the month? Silly me! Okay, here goes: the holidays! Oh, I know what you’re thinking: “Jessie that is the most unoriginal theme for the month of December you could have possibly picked!” Well fret not internet strangers who somehow know my name, it gets better, I promise.

So I’m a bit of a Christmas junkie. I love the brightly decorated stores and the beautiful holiday season clothes that look like clothes I would wear any day of the week. I love nutcrackers and snowflakes and candy and Christmas trees and ornaments… I’m rambling again. Anyways, I like the holidays, so if you don’t I’m really sorry. (But there is a day for you in the week, I promise.)

So without further ado, I present to you the schedule I will be doing my best to stick to in the upcoming month of December. Sorry this post is so long-winded, I’m feeling a bit Dickensian, which to me means getting in the holiday spirit!

Musical Mondays:

Yes, that’s right, I will be conforming to the strange tradition that is holiday music. I like some of it, don’t get me wrong, but it does baffle me a bit. Nonetheless, I will be writing musically charged posts, as always, on these days including holiday type music. That means, the rest of the days can include normal music if they so desire. So expect your dose of sleigh bells ringing on Mondays.

Traditional Tuesdays:

Tuesday, the day where we will talk about lots and lots of different holiday things. The traditions of times past, the traditions of times present, and the traditions of times mine. (Did that make sense? I hope so.)

Whimsical Wednesdays:

That is pretty much an open-ended day. Maybe I’ll talk about my semi-weird obsession with nutcrackers… Maybe I’ll throw in some Charlie and the Chocolate Factory magic. (What does that even mean? Sometimes I don’t even know.) You’ll just have to wait and see, people!

Throwback Thursdays:

Oh, I get the feeling this is going to be my favorite day of the week. On this day I will talk all things vintage. Whether it be 50’s inspired holiday looks, or fun factoids about time periods past, expect lots of old school on Tuesday. I’m in a bit of a phase right now, so I’m looking quite forward to this!

High Fashion Fridays:

Whether it be a gift from a haute house or a look that seems somehow Christmas related that showed up in fashion week, expect it on this marvelous day!

Scrooge Saturdays:

Generally, a day where I can choose to not talk about the Holidays. So, if you don’t want to hear about anything Christmas-y then this is your day. However, I may actually talk about Scrooge and literature and the awesome ghosts in Dicken’s Christmas story, so be prepared for that too.

Snowy Sundays:

Just a generally wintery day that will focus on all the pretty white stuff we’re now seeing outside (dependent on where you live). Trust me, I will not talk about snow or the way which it is formed on this day. Just think, snow-themed. Like activities, clothes, music, etc.

All right!! I’m excited, and nervous. I hope you’re excited, and… Just excited. Let me know if you have any suggestions on the days, because I would love to hear them. Also, I’m kind of a comment hoarder… I just want more!

So now, I have to figure out how to leave you with a song… This is difficult, let me tell you. Oh I’ve got it!

In honor of NaNoWriMo ending, and hopefully all of those who participated having success (not including me, of course), here is a song:

Oh, oh, oh! Sorry, I know I should be gone by now. I just thought, you know, if you actually listen to the songs I suggest, you should listen to Books & Books by The Almost, too! I sometimes forget how epic they are! Also, it’s along the NaNoWriMo theme, so yeah.

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