December 17, 2008

Little Frivolous Somethings

When I was a kid, Christmas was about finally getting that one toy I've wanted all year long. When I grew older, it was about finally getting that one big fashion item that I've been craving for since all season. Now that I'm a bit older and (hopefully) wiser, I'm beginning to think that maybe that perfect Christmas gift is not about getting that big ticket item, but about getting that little frivolous something that will make you smile. Because really, I'd like to be present when a big ticket item is bought for me- just in case anything goes wrong. Besides, you'd be really broke if you bought something big for everyone you loved!

When I say frivolous, I do not mean something completely useless. It has got to be something that I would actually use, that little something that I've been meaning/wanting to buy but have put it on the backlog because there are more practical things on my list (like toothpaste, vacuum cleaners and Tweezerman tweezers- though if all else fails, these would not be a bad idea. At least they're useful!). Here are a few things on my backlog:
Essie nail varnish set. I am a HUGE fan of professional nail varnish (they go on SO much smoother and chips less!), Essie in particular. One can never have too much nail varnish, because they come in so many different colors and your favourite ones will start to dry out and coagulate after a while. I am especially loving this little gift set from Essie, because it encompasses all the classic colors one MUST have in their repertoire. They are also in delightfully small bottles that are actually more easy to carry and well, just the right size. I have personally never finished a bottle of nail varnish. Plus, did I mention that they are only $15 (they are usually $6-7 a bottle)!

The next thing on my list, are Shu Uemura fake lashes. Frivolous? Yes, for $20, they can only be used for one night. But fun? Definitely! I'd love to know what it feels like to have ridiculously long and perfect lashes for one night. This would also be the perfect time to give them out, because what better time is there to try fake lashes then New Years Eve? Speaking of New Years Eve, I have a vision. A vision of myself in a simple dress (of undecided color as of now) with a low side bun accessorized with this fabulous piece of purple feather (right). And if that plan should go awry, I can be masculine chic, in this adorable hat (left). I can even use this for Halloween next year! Spending $18 on literally a piece of feather is definitely not practical, but it will definitely draw a smile from me :)
Other random cute things on my list is a munny and a lego Ipod speaker. I don't really need ipod speakers, but I definitely wouldn't mind one that is so small and cute! And actually, I have a Munny. But mine didn't come out as I would like it to, so I'd love a second chance to decorate a Munny (including markers and other decorating materials would also be a nice touch).

Not exactly "little" , but I've always been very intrigued with lomography. I love taking pictures and I'd love to try out the different effects of lomography. The camera is not too expensive at $50 (compared to real digital cameras anyway), but if you factor in film and developing etc, it is actually a very expensive random hobby. Like those polaroids back in the days!

The purple frame (left) is not just a random piece of art. It is a mini DNA portrait! HG and I saw it on CNBC's list of weird gift ideas and our inner nerds are awaken. You really cannot get more personalized than a picture of your own DNA composition. And for someone to go to the effort of collecting your DNA sample and then go have it made.... that's a LOT of effort.

Then there
are classes. Cooking classes, dancing classes, it would just be FUN to take a random class with friends even though you will never be able to replicate that 5 layer chocolate cake you just made at home. My friends just did a Christmas Cupcake decorating class, and I am SO jealous, because it looked so much fun. I wish I was there! Sur la Table offers cooking classes for $69 and I'm sure there are lots more similar places that I don't know of yet. Whatever you want to learn, there will be a class for it somewhere!

And last on my list is a really cute and big stuff toy. Something cute so it'll look good on my bed and something big and cushiony so I can lean on it while I read. I know, I am a kid at heart :P 8 more days til Christmas!!!

Image Source: Essie, Sephora, DNA 11 and Urban Outfitters

44 Comments:

Blogger AusAnna said...

im yet to try Essie nail polish but i am hearing alot about it. i will have to tear myself away from OPI to give it a try ;)

12/18/2008 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Little fashionist said...

Hi, please visit me at www.vogue-style-report.blogspot.com . And i'm been using Essie nail polish for quite som time. It's good.

12/18/2008 2:53 PM  
Blogger Claire said...

I thought you could use the Shu Uemura eyelashes for more than one night (thus making them not quite so frivolous)?

12/18/2008 6:00 PM  
Blogger Superficialgirl said...

I will have to try those fake eyelashes, i have MAC ones but the actually suck!

12/18/2008 7:27 PM  
Blogger Lisa N said...

love ESSIE!

12/19/2008 12:00 AM  
Blogger Mouthwash said...

You know, I actually gave my boyfriend a cooking class for his birthday.
He loved it!

now only if I could get him to stop making Risotto all the time.

12/19/2008 3:00 AM  
Anonymous E said...

That DNA portrait thing is AWESOME. I want one.

12/19/2008 4:43 AM  
Anonymous Muualla said...

Lomography actually isn´t all that expensive if you just get the film developed(not the actual paper photos) and then you invest about $100 in a good film scanner and print the photos out yourself. I have an LC-A and it costs about 6 euros(=about 8$)/film total.

Anyway, love you blog.

12/19/2008 5:33 AM  
Blogger Dooder City said...

I really want that tiny hat!

12/19/2008 7:13 AM  
Blogger xA said...

I don't find Lomography that expensive- I use a Holga but instead of buying medium format film, I bump 2 rolls of 35mm together and use that- I do have to use a heck of a lot of tape but its crazy fun.
If you're into accidental photography, its definitely worth it.
Oh and Muualla, thanks for the film scanner tip!

12/19/2008 7:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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12/19/2008 10:13 AM  
Anonymous Lauren said...

I love those little hats especially with feathers. What era are those from? You can find those in antique stores everywhere. There are also hats that are just a couple inches wider than a thick head band from that same era.

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12/19/2008 11:17 AM  
Anonymous Andy said...

I really loved that pink camera,and the Munny.They are so cutes!!!
I hope someone give one for me at the Christimas.

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