December 17, 2011

Gifts + Charms + Wish-Lists

A lovely reader of My Dog-Eared Pages wrote to ask me if I would please create another gift guide this year. I was extremely honored and delighted by her request. But I just couldn't find the time it takes to gather together a complete holiday gift guide as I have in the past—with ideas from baby to best friend [here + here]. So what I thought might be fun, would be to put together my own wish-list. My dream gift would be the perfect antique lady's writing desk from 1stdibs! But of course, what I would love more than any gifts at all, would be to gather with family and friends.
My extravagant wish-list. For almost seventeen years, my dear friend André gave me a scarf from Hermès for Christmas [though not my first, you can read about that here]. The year André passed away from cancer, my husband carried on the tradition. So, the first thing on my list is inspired by this beautiful friendship and this classic photograph of Jean Shrimpton. I don't have a solid-color scarf in my collection and I love this purple scarf called, Hermès-Sellier.
Hermès-Sellier Scarf in silk jacquard $395
Now remember... I said this was a wish-list! I currently do not own a pair of Roger Vivier shoes. And, I think these are absolute perfection. Such a divine color, with tortoise shell buckle.
Roger Vivier Belle de Nuit Suede Gommette Flats $590 [On right, a 1960s ad for shoes designed by Vivier for Christian Dior, Illustration by Rene Gruau]
I just discovered this sensible + chic Loupe from Vivre, made by the renowned French design house Perrin Paris 1893. It magnifies 5X with a 2.36" diameter lens on a 35.4" cord. Never worry about leaving your glasses behind!
Tortoise Loup by Perrin Paris $395 • And, they make amazing eyewear, too. $345
Also from Vivre, I spotted this Horn Cuff by Mariana Lopez Osornio. I think it might be best to wear two at a time. One on each wrist!
Horn Cuff made in Argentina from Vivre $150 [note: MLO Jewelry is a sustainable business; using recycled materials] More treats for the cuff with these fabulous gloves from Anthropologie: [perfect details, note the gold-tone leather in between the fingers!] Cuffed Shearling Gloves by Maison Fabre $198 Don't head out into the cold without the perfect Lip Balm! Rodin Olio Lusso blush-tone Lip Balm w/Jasmine + Orange Oil $28 Hmmm, it appears I am loving pink and coral at the moment! I adore this Tangier Stripe Pillow from Heidi Merrick. $165 Crisp white Wendy Shirt with Cocktail Cuff by Thomas Pink $180 • Straw Stitched Sun Hat from Chance $325
And, since this just might be the year of the Charm Bracelet after the Christie's auction of Elizabeth Taylor's Jewelry Collection this week:
Oscar de la Renta Russian Charm Bracelet $225 Yummy Marimekko Lokki Blanket $245 • Tangle Lacquered Tray from Plantation Design $150 [you can never have too many trays or blankets!]
And, maybe something to read while cozy under the Lokki blanket. There are so many wonderful books that have been published recently. One that I would love to add to my library is, BALS: Legendary Costume Balls of the Twentieth Century; that explores nine of the most exceptional private costume parties of the twentieth century. Published by Assouline.
BALS: Legendary Costume Balls of the Twentieth Century $175 And just one more, published by Rizzoli... Oberto Gili: Home Sweet Home $85
Since the 1970s, Oberto Gili has been an editorial photographer traveling the world. His images of fashion and interiors have appeared in House & Garden, Town & Country, and Vogue. This collection of photography spans his career; and focuses on 'the extravagance of the bohemian.' The New York Social Diary interviewed Oberto Gili here. And, there are also so many treats for your library at my favorite, Nick Harvill Libraries. I would love numerous prints by artist, Jane Parkes. Her work is quickly being discovered by decorators; as seen in the June issue of House Beautiful. Green Girl, Monotype [see a lot more and inquire about pricing and availability here.]
A touch of RED with this votive from glassybaby in the color Happiness. 10% of the sale from each Happiness votive is donated to Gilda's Club in New York City. So far, glassybaby has donated $626,211.73 in sales given since November 2003. Their votives absolutely glow and come in amazing colors. These make great gifts for hostess, or anyone!
glassybaby Happiness votive $44
And, finally... who wouldn't adore an Ivan Terestchenko photograph from his series Interieurs Couture. [contact directly for availability: 30 x 40 cm $250 • 50 x 60 cm $400 • signed, dated and numbered • limited edition of 30 prints]
I would like to end by wishing you the most delightful holiday possible. And, to thank you for reading My Dog-Eared Pages. I greatly appreciate each and everyone of you who visits and comments. Happy Holidays!! Holly Boot: Andy Warhol for Tiffany & Co.


  1. What a truly fabulous inspiring wish list - I can honestly say that I would be thrilled with any or even better all!!

  2. Barbara, what an inspired list! The tradition your friend Andre began is lovely. Enjoying all of your pops of color too.

  3. Hi Q! Thanks for stopping by and for all of your wonderful, entertaining posts. We must go shopping together some day soon! ox

    Hi Courtney, I'm so happy to see you and while I've been recovering from foot surgery, Style Court has been my nightly read! Andre found great joy in establishing the Hermes tradition. ox

  4. holy cow that cuff is awesome!!!!! SO many wonderful things! You have great taste...
    OH and I thought youd be interested in my "cashmere-soft" throw giveaway!!!


  5. Dear Barb,
    We share an appreciation for many of the same beautiful & practical things! Pretty white blouses, good straw hats, and charm bracelets that can tell stories all their own. But you are a worldly woman and have come to know much more than I so I'm always delighted to visit you here.
    I agree with your readers - your taste is exquisite and your holiday lists are always great fun.
    Our day on the beach is still at the top of my list Barb so get that foot healed up and ready to bury your toes in the sand. I'll pack a lovely picnic basket as I think well be there a while.
    Wishing you a very merry Christmas filled with joy & laughter & peace & love.
    xo Lisa

  6. You had me with the ravishing Pink shirt w cocktail cuff; I will take 4, and if no one is looking, the Rodin lip balm to slip into one's back pocket, if you can get it for me without jasmine (I'm really just taken by the classicism of the compact, and its inner veil of colour). A guy can always use something to keep others at bay (don't you find, even from your side of things?), and I have high confidence in this prescription.

    Also the desk, which I'd dismantle in the most reverent deconstruction, and mount the panels on the wall.

    Merry Christmas to a dynamite lady.

  7. AaReAn,
    Thanks so much for visiting and have a wonderful holiday! ; )

  8. Dearest Lisa,
    Your lovely comment touched my heart on this beautiful, blue-sky morning! Thanks so much for your appreciation of my blog. I'm working hard on healing but it's taking a bit longer than we thought. I wish you and your gang the most wonderful Christmas filled with love and abundant joy. Big hugs and kisses to Gracie!! oxo

  9. Hi Laurent,
    What a delightful comment, as usual. I love your appreciation of the Rodin packaging and I think the orange oil just might subdue the notable jasmine. Your idea for the desk is right on. I would buy you a Terestchenko if you were on my Christmas list!!
    Merry Christmas. ; )


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