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Hi Santa, It’s 40-Year Old Karrie, With My Wishlist

1 – Tom Ford Amalfi Candle, $98 – I know, a $98 candle on my wishlist. Who the f*ck do I think I am? But this summer my husband and I took the most glorious trip to the Amalfi Coast, and anything that brings back the smells and memories of that divine place is worth every penny in my book, and this candle supposedly does.

2 – Drybar Gift Certificate – A repeat request for me, these gift cards for blowouts from Drybar are even more appreciated now that I have even less time for myself, with my 1-year-old running around.

3 -Wool Fringed Scarf, $59 – Because the other day when I went searching for a decent scarf, the fire engine red one from 2010 was the only one hanging in my closet, and that’s just not gonna do.

4 – Free People “Easy Street” Tunic, Size Small, $128 – A simple tunic I’ve been eyeing all Fall, cause it can easily be tucked into jeans, or worn over leggings. Shank you Santa!

5 – NeuLash Eyelash Enhancing Serum, $80 – Supposedly one of the best eyelash serums out there!

6 – Plaid Double Breasted Coat, $165 – I love the put-together, effortless look of this coat!

7 – “The Things You Can Only See When You Slow Down” book – “Ancient Buddhist philosophy for the modern age . . . Profound but relatable wisdom on coping with the daily grind—and on keeping sight of what really matters.” I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

8 – Slouchy Hat with Fleece Lining, $48 – It’s getting chilly out here in SoCal and this is just the ticket.. oh, and to cover my ever-present bedhead OHKAYYYYYYYY

9 – Free People Cocoa Sweater, $148, Size S – I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect sweater dress this season and this is supposedly it!

10 – Double Breasted Blazer, $49.99 – I’m loving this modernized take on the double breasted jacket!

11 – Grover Field Suit, $128 – I love this for the summer with heels (Ok I’ll pretend I still wear heels) or in the winter with a cardi over it.

12 – Oribe Dry Styling Collection, $75 – The perfect products to Dallas-ize my already slightly bouffant hair! Seriously, I’m always tousling and putting loose waves in my hair, and this is supposedly the perfect styling product to use.

Thank you so much Santy! And Happy Holiday Shopping Y’all!


Karrie’s Holiday Gift Guide 2018

To Steph’s point about how we’re old AF and need more material things like we need holes in our heads, I’d like to counter by saying: True. We’re old AF. But there’s no better way to feel young again than by ignoring all the things you need (booooring) and instead writing all the things that you just wannnnt. And after a year in which I rented out my uterus for 10 months only to then have to take care of said tenant round the clock, Imma just be selfish for a bit and pretend Xmas revolves around me and what I want. Here’s my list of what I’m jonesing for!:

Clockwise from top left:

1 – Lioness Palermo Blazer – I’m totally digging the double breasted look I’m seeing on all the basic b*tches this season. Very 90s. I like.

2 – “Iris” Hoops by one of my favorite brands out there, Able

3 – Elite Mirror Oval 8 Brush – A makeup brush for $67?! Yes, I know it’s crazy… Who the f*ck do I think I am putting a $67 makeup brush on my Gift Guide? But this is supposed to be the Grand Poobah of makeup brushes, designed to flawlessly blend foundation, bronzer, contour shades (if you’re a Kardashian) on your haggard little face. Yes please!

4 – Instant Pot  – Maybe the closest thing on this list to something I actually need. And I don’t need it… but I would use the living sh*t out of it, for real.

5 – Also from Able, the “She’s Worth More” bracelet, handcrafted in Nashville with signature hand-stamped plus signs to show support for #PublishYourWages.

6 – This rainbow hued Alidia ring from Bauble Bar – Cause who can’t use a happy little rainbow to look down at throughout the day? By the way, this ring keeps selling out, so pre-order now to get to you or someone you love by Dec 21st.

7, 8, 9 – Three (!) entertaining/cookbooks: “Kathryn at Home” (SUCH a good book, if you love her vibe, which you do, because you read this blog and are smart); my home slice Ina Garten’s newish book, “Cook Like a Pro”, and Tiffani Thiessen’s “Pull Up a Chair: Recipes From My Family to Yours” (side note: Did anyone watch her now-canceled show on Cooking Channel? It was actually delightful).


10 – T3 Professional Styling Wand – The Indiana redneck hillbilly cheapskate in me can’t plop down over $100 for a curling iron, but maybe someone else will???!!!

11 – A good, trusty pair of booties for Fall/Winter, from Dolce Vita

12 – A grown up camera, instead of relying on my older iPhone to capture important moments in my life, especially now that I have a nugget to document.

13 – A gift certificate for a massage – At the risk of sounding like a broken record, because I think I’ve put this on every single one of my gift guides, I just really really really love massages, and I really really really need them. Sooooo I would really really love if anyone reading this wanted to grab me a sesh at my fave spa!

14 – A gift certificate to Face Haus, which is basically Dry Bar, but with deliciously relaxing facials… all for a super reasonable price.

15 – Also from Able, these “Tonal studs” are pretty, delicate, but also make a statement!

16 – Beastie Boys Book – I can’t remember a music memoir I’ve wanted to read as much as this one. And it sounds different, in a good way: “Alongside the band narrative you will find rare photos, original illustrations, a cookbook by chef Roy Choi, a graphic novel, a map of Beastie Boys’ New York, mixtape playlists, pieces by guest contributors, and many more surprises.”