I got excited and posted my holiday cards pretty early. So what can I do today to wish you all a happy ho-ho-holiday?
Well, first of all, let's just say it: MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! I mean, I'm Jewish and it certainly doesn't offend me when someone wishes me a merry Christmas. All they're trying to do is wish you well and offer some cheer. How can that ever offend anyone? You know what offends me more, actually? When someone looks at me and assumes what religion I am and says "oh, your holiday is over, right?"
But enough whining from me -- I've done plenty of that for y'all this year. I wanted to post my favorite holiday tunage. Songs that make me smile this time of year and I hope they do the same for you.
I like the Mariah Carey version, too, but I love Love Actually so much, I went with this one:
I'm not sure this is a very popular song - I can never find it anywhere. But I love it:
New this year -- I always bounce a knee. Well done, Kelly Clarkson.
I've always loved this. And I love that Bing Crosby has a Vevo channel. He'd find it abhorent.
I can't even handle how much 80s awesomeness is packed into this video. The 2004 version isn't bad if you like British pop stars like I do, too. Except the part where they rap about the hopeless.
Much merriment and eggnog to one and all. I love you all, crazy blog readers.
For the last few years, I've given up writing out envelopes and notes and licking stamps; I've been making holiday ecards with my usual flare for sarcasm and perversion.
Of course, there's also always an "appropriate" holiday card in the collection for business contacts and such, but this year, I decided to throw caution to the wind and put a little more cheek than usual in the business card. (That said, I do have my appropriate one at the ready just in case.)
So from me to you, everybody out there, all the best wishes, good things, loads of happiness, hugs and love to one and all. This has been a wonderful year for me and I couldn't have done with without your support. (And dear god, the year isn't even over yet -- there are plenty more 2013 recap type posts to come before 2014 grabs us all by the balls.)
This one went to blog-related friends and colleagues:
And this one went to some other friends and select family:
But if anyone is offended, here's my super boring corporate card and stuff:
You have probably heard by now that for the first time in eight million years (I'm exaggerating but for for reals, this never happens), Hanukkah is overlapping with Thanksgiving.
Because we're awesome, us Jews run the Hebrew calendar on a lunar/solar cycle. Don't ask me to explain exactly what that means -- I slept through that part of Hebrew School. And it's not like anyone lives their day-to-day by that calendar (or maybe they do? Like I said -- I slept), but it dictates our holiday dates.
In the end, all I know for sure is I did not get a Menurkey for Hanukkah this year. Which is a tragedy. But I really like saying the word "Menurkey."
Well it begins. Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah. Unbelievable. And it's come to my attention that many of my fellow bloggers are knee-deep in holiday gift guides. Lists of things you should buy for your kids and moms and dogs. But that doesn't really interest me. At least, not in the traditional sense. What I do think I'll share with you are some of the things topping my wishlist. Things I want to buy for myself. Because it's just not my style to recommend the hottest diaper bags on sale this holiday season. ;)
(That was a little bitterness seeping over into print, by the way. Because I got 18 pitches for the holidays that targeted mommy bloggers and last time I checked, I wasn't a mommy.)
The first thing I want is a jacket from Shop Taffy. They were kind enough to send a top and pants and now I simply must have the matching jacket to round out the ensemble. And as I headed over to their site to steal a picture of it, I noticed that on Black Friday, if you buy two or more items from them and used the code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout, you get 50% off your order. So dear lord, go take advantage of that.
Weird as it looks, I want this knit cashmered hood from Kate Spade Saturday. I love a good hood, a good hat or a good scarf. This kind of combines all of those things! And I want this colorblock oversized sweater I stumbled upon. It comes in a lot of colors so naturally, I want the black and gray one.
Okay, I'm not gonna lie -- I kind of want a CHILLOW. Haven't seen the infomercial at 3am? The CHILLOW Cooling Pad sits on top of your existing pillow so you can enjoy a cool and relaxing comfort that eases you into deep sleep. I get warm when I sleep, sometimes even on a cold night, and I think this sounds like the best invention ever.
It's no secret I'm a gadget junkie so no one should be surprised I want a smart watch. I've been following The Pebble Watch since the kickstarter for it launched and I still want it. And truth be told, if I find myself with some Best Buy gift cards this year, I may find a pebble on my wrist very soon.
Scarves. I always want them. More and more. You know what I did last night? I went to Nordstrom with my best friend to buy Hanukkah gifts and tried on 18 scarves. It's the one part of my wardrobe where I don't confine myself to black only, either. My scarf bar is the most colorful thing in my room and it makes me very happy every time I look at it. (Clarification - the image below is not my scarf bar -- but mine is similar.)
I'm rather obsessed with Jonathan Adler and I'm fixated on two small items from him right now -- his Earl Grey scented candle and his journals and notebooks, which I use five days a week at work and need to replace soon (I fill them up so fast!). It's just great cause it's got a nice, soft, leather cover and no messy, wire spirals.
I love anything soft and can never own too many squishy blankets but right now, I am totally fixated on these "Hot Boots" from Firebox. They look like the loveliest thing I'd ever put on my feet and I think they're a steal at $27. And I know that despite being in the UK, Firebox ships pretty quickly. Plus, you may recall they are a HILARIOUS retailer.
And lastly, for now, I'm in love with this "Your are my Sunshine" necklace. My grandmother loved this song and I love this song. And this necklace is the sweetest thing ever. If the chain were two inches more, I'd buy it but for now, I can only admire it from afar. It makes my heart happy.
What is on your holiday wishlist?
And one last treat, since it seemed a little relevant, have a listen to one of my favorite Christmas songs by Michael Buble, "My Grown Up Christmas List." It was originally recorded by Natalie Cole in 1990 and then Amy Grant in 1992, but this version melts my heart:
Disclosure: I do not own any of the items listed here at present and no one asked me to post this to try and sell you something. This post is genuinely stuff I want to buy and that's all. However if you're a brand and want to send me one of these items, shoot me a note cause I'm happy to send you my address. ;)
I am a little more in love with dresses this year than I was last year. I certainly feel more comfortable in a dress these days. It's not that my size has changed (le sigh), it's just age and wisdom, what have you, and probably a little more vodka intake. ;)
And this time of year, I always like to show you some of my favorite dress-up options. It's all courtesy of Fashion to Figure this year, my new favorite online destination for plus-size shopping. Everything there looks expensive but is priced so reasonably, you can hardly believe it.
A little color is always nice (said the girl in black):
Fashion to Figure has it all, by the way - not just dresses. And there will be more from me on them soon. But I was so blown away by the choices and prices and eager to kick off my holiday posts, I had to show you this section ASAP.
So fess up below in the comments -- how many little black dresses do you own?
Disclosure: In exchange for this post (and one more to come), Fashion to Figure sent me three items from their catalogue so I could honestly give you my opinion about the quality of their inventory. So obviously, the opinions expressed here are my own and in earnest. I picked the dresses myself, too.
Hanukkah is coming. Omigod it's NEXT WEEK! In case you haven't heard, it starts the evening before Thanksgiving. It's crazy. That means everyones "Mazel Tovs" will be "Gobble Tovs" and we should all enjoy our turkey this year with a side of latkes.
Lord, I gotta get my gift shopping on like NOW and I am freaking out a little bit. Or a lotta bit.
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