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I’m 34 today. Holy hell, I can’t really believe it. How did I get to be so old so fast?? (I’m sure my mom and dad are wondering the same thing). At least along with the insult of grey hairs and age spots comes PRESENTS (and a bit o’ wisdom)…


What I Want: A New Tan Leather Bag (Celine-ha, right or this Reed Krakoff)  As fall approaches it’s time to toss my old, nasty tan bag from many, many years past and upgrade to a new grown up one. While the Celine will likely NEVER happen in my lifetime (sob), this Reed Krakoff might if I play my cards right (i.e. work my ass off)

What I Need: Less Stuff  My purses (and all other parts of my life and house) are full of knick knacks and stuff I don’t need. A cluttered life leads to a cluttered mind.  I want to get rid of everything I don’t need- specifically the thirteen half gone lipglosses, half eaten packs of gum, 32 pens, ratty business cards of people I don’t recall meeting and the like….


What I Want: A New (Smaller) Watch  I am OBSESSED with this vintage, rarely seen Cartier Obus Gold Watch.  I also love the Tank Anglaise Two Tone.  Or maybe even go back to a leather strap?? I’m kind of craving a switch from my big, heavy Michael Kors men’s style watch.

What I Need: More Time I feel like time is passing at such a rapid clip that I am never going to be able to catch up or enjoy a solitary moment. I have a lot to accomplish in the next 5 months, but I also want to enjoy the time too and not just fret about what needs to get done.  There never seem to be enough hours in the day, but I have to find a way to make do and take it all in.

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What I Want: A Large David Burdeny photo for above my sofa I think this would just be breathtaking on a large scale, frameless printed on lucite panel, above my new sofa (yes, I’m getting another one)

What I Need: To Travel More  While I always want to go back to Paris, I really want to spend more time (and money) traveling abroad.  Italy. Spain. Ireland. And other parts of France (the southern coast, perhaps?) I want to get lost in a far away place.



What I Want: I New Bathrobe  Something silly I could certainly get myself but always forget to.  Black, washable (I spill a lot of coffee) and not too long or short- this Gap robe has my name written all over it.

What I Need: More Sleep I stress a lot during the day, but I stress even more at night.  I have a to do list a mile long and I add to it every night as I lay there thinking of all the OTHER things I need to do (along with things like what if I die of amysterious disease, or my dogs run away, or my hair all falls out….)  I need to take some deep breaths and let myself sleep more so I can get more done during my awake hours.

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What I Want: New Dishes (the Juliska Country Estate ) and Gold Flatware I want to have more options in setting my table now that I have a real house to entertain in!  I didn’t register for the china I would want now when I got married so I’d like to make up for that as a grown up!

What I Need: To Cook More I want to learn to cook more and BETTER.  Too often we take shortcuts when making dinners (i.e. ordering out or Old El Paso taco kits)  I would love to make fresher, yummy food.

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What I Want: A Classic Burberry Trench and Perfect Vince Leather Jacket I will have both of these someday, they are complete staples and I know I’d wear them FOREVER.

What I Need: To Buy Better but Less My closet is full of craaaaaaaaap.  I have so many things, but I dislike and don’t wear at least 50% of them. It’s scary to spend a lot on one item, but I’ve proven to myself that when I do, I actually DO wear it way more and longer than the cheaper, trendier items I buy.  It’s another step towards adulthood (since I’m well into it I should get on board).


What I Want: New Boots I love these Tory riding boots and over the knee Stuart Weitzmans– and I need some badly.

What I Need: To Walk More  I walk enough with my dogs, but I do drive more since I moved out of the city.  I’d like to get back to taking a lot more walks (and hikes too, in the woods- just not in these boots)


What I Want: Lasers Pointed at My Face I’m so beyond a good facial at this point.

What I Need: More Self Acceptance  I’m never going to have the skin of Gwyneth.  And I am not 22 anymore.  There are so many more amazing things to spend money on then trying to fight father time.  I need to invest in things that make me happy and less stressed, as that’s the best beauty treatment out there. Plus, I still get carded sometimes so that’s an ego boost. :)


What I Want: Cake

What I Need: Cake


(Also accepted but not listed would be a baby elephant, baby goat, new roof, widened driveway, third dog, private jet and Ryan Gosling).


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