Friday, December 13, 2013

Miller Time Friday: A Christmas List if Money Were No Object


The lovely xoxo has a fun post today about the Christmas list she has given her husband and it got me thinking about Christmas wishes.

We are having a small Christmas this year, severely curbing our spending, especially on one another.  That actually feels quite good to me; so long as I have books to curl up with and movies to go see and friends to visit, I am pretty happy in general over the holidays.

But I cannot help but think what I would put on my list if money (and restraint!) were no object.

Here are a few things that have caught my fancy and that would be grand to see under an imaginary Christmas tree:

1) Fairy Slippers from Anthropologie:

The Sylphide Ballerina Slippers are me, me, me....I could play out all my A Midsummer Night's Dream fantasies.  Of course they are $498, so they will stay Anthropologie's!

Sylphide Ballerinas


2) and I would wear them with this skirt and a white tshirt...

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Luckily, I don't know where to buy that skirt...

3) I think these olive drop earrings by Paloma Picasso for Tiffany and Co. would be divine and they are only slightly more than the shoes...



4) and let's take a trip...

How about some tickets for my dream trip?

I'll start in the Isle of Skye at Dunvegan Castle, Ancestral Home to the MacLeods,



Stop over for a few days of Bourbon with Tabs....

Nice trews

Then I'm off to London for a few days, probably staying with Wills and Kate in their new digs...




Then I'm jumping across the pond to Paris for a few days...


Montmartre, Paris
And then on to Florence, by train....



Then I think I will go on the great blog tour of 2014, visiting everyone who visits this blog and taking each one of you for a cup of coffee (or something stronger!)

5) the gift of perseverance so that I will become a good enough writer to get published!

How do you  get to Carnegie Hall?  Practice, practice, practice!



But far be it from me to ask only for myself...

Here's what I would really like to get for Christmas

1) News that world governments recognize the damage they are doing to the environment and that they will all work together to find sustainable non-threatening energy alternatives within the next three years with the same vigour that put a man in space...
2) that everyone will have food security, regardless of income and geographic location
3) that mental health issues will be treated exactly the same as physical health issues
4) that we will increase our support for the arts here in North America
4) that we will realize we are all in this together, that there is plenty for all if we are willing to want a little less (this from the woman who just wrote her Christmas list!) and if we are kind, all things are possible...

Now that's not too much to ask for, is it....

In honour of Christmas wishes, how about a cocktail?

Holiday Mimosa

Ingredients

Original recipe makes 6 drinks 

       

                        
Directions
  1. Pour the orange liqueur in a shallow bowl; put the sugar in a saucer. Dip just the rims of 6 glasses in the orange liqueur and then in the sugar to form a thin sugared rim.
  2. Divide remaining orange liqueur and orange juice among the 6 prepared glasses. Top with champagne. Serve immediately.


Have you made your Christmas List (real or imagined?) do tell!

Have a great day and stay safe out there!





 

36 comments:

  1. Mr. H , me shopping for gifts to give ME, has not been very successful. I have one scarf under the tree. He did tell Emily she would be going with him Tuesday after dinner to get my gift...they even have an appointment! I am quite excited and a bit scared (his tastes are a bit bolder than mine). Keep the shoes on your wish list...maybe they will come done after Christmas. Have a wonderful weekend. Much love.

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    1. Oh good luck! You always wonder that your soul mate can't figure out your soul.... ;-) Em to the rescue!

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  2. Fairy slippers, they are so Wendy. I love that picture of Tabs. And that looks like a perfect trip may I tag along?

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    1. Really, since money is no object, I am happy to pay for your whole trip!

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  3. Those earrings look just the thing. We are having a light Christmas after our major expedition,too. I really don't want a thing.

    Do that trip! Ours was beyond!! Having some weather shock though-- hard to believe a couple of days ago I was snorkling off a yacht in the Galapagos and now is -1 F.

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    1. Welcome back! We missed you and would love to hear all about it!

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  4. The shoes are so Wendy:)
    I would love to revisit Florence,as i has been a while!

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  5. I look splendid in those trousers!
    Mmm, two LA houses, a house on the beach in Malibu for me to summer at and cosy canyon one surrounded by trees for winter and spring.

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    1. Yes, you do. The shoes (brogue slingbacks?!) are rather fetching too.

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    2. Does that mean I'm visiting you in Scotland or LA?

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    3. Wendy, I'm coming along, of course but as for Tabs, it would be twice, once during the European portion and the other while in my neighborhood. Would you believe on one of my flights I sat next to a young man who lived in Paris until he was 18 and he said he does not miss it. You know what they say about things wasted on youth ...

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    4. Tabs, that pic is precious. I should show you a pic of mine when I was 2. Our faces are almost identical.

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  6. Oh what a lovely idea! I'd have a house with a guest suite and you could stay with me on your blog tour!

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  7. Ditto to the light Christmas....will be so happy to have a wee dram or two with dear family & friends...dog walks...books to read...figgy pudding with lashings of cream...snow! Perfect!

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  8. My dream is a farm in the Hazelmere area, about 5 minutes from where I live right now.

    If you are in the area, please let me know. I would love to meet you. :)

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    1. I will be getting closer to you! I am hoping to get to Jasper to see my brother next September!

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  9. I think you should have that skirt!! It has you written all over it. There's lots of them available in all price ranges. I'd like something stronger than coffee during my visit please!! No Christmas wish list for me this year...just hope to survive this flu.

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    1. Sorry to hear you are under the weather Jennifer - you have had such a hectic fall, you deserve a rest! take care!

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  10. Beautiful thoughts and wishlist. A friend of mine is giving everyone gift cards from global giving this year so she can give to them and they can give. When my family/friends ask what I want, I want experiences, not stuff, climb a mountain or hill with me, have a drink with me, tell me a story, explore elevators of tall buildings with me, though, of course, my in-laws demand a list of "things we can wrap."

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    1. I love experiential gifts! And gifts to charity are absolutely the best! (but I hope my husband gets me a few things!)

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  11. Having some trouble coming up with much of a list. Since my kids are imploring me for ideas and I am hard to buy for, I asked for some yoga wear for my new classes. I need to catch a bit of the travel bug. My husband and I traveled a lot with his career and I have a hard time getting motivated to revisit most places. I'm too much of a homebody!
    Enjoy your big Christmas party. If we are not snowed out we have a big party to attend tomorrow as well. It's been a great Christmas season so far. Brought the grand baby to see the Radio City Show for the first time this week! She loved it. Then saw and enjoyed Kinky Boots with my husband. I really don't need to ask for much more.

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    1. We are going to get a huge snowstorm on sunday as well. I have never been inside Radio City Music Hall - next one for the bucket list!

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  12. Fantastic wish list!! I would love to come along on that trip! Definitely keep those fairy shoes on your wish list. Everything at Anthropologie goes on sale eventually. Also love the tulle skirt - I'm sure an inexpensive version is out there somewhere. Happy Friday and Happy St. Lucia Day! :-)

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    1. I forgot St. Lucia Day! I even have a nice recipe for St. Lucia buns! You are for sure coming on the trip!

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  13. http://www.casualglamorous.com/2012/03/denim-and-tulle.html
    Here is the info about the skirt. She is one of my favorite bloggers.
    Fun post!

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  14. Love those shoes. And very reasonably priced....if you compare them to some Louboutins or something!
    Looking forward to your world tour Wendy - I'd take you out for a night on the town in that tulle skirt no probe.
    As for my wish list... aside from World Peace, of course, it would include a few sparkly little baubles under the tree from Bulgari. I think I was a magpie in my past life, and I quite like the look of their latest collections. However have no chance of ever owning any of it. Sigh.

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    1. Heidi - I am a magpie like you! When I saw your brass handles I was giddy!

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  15. Oooh! Those shoes! Glorious. And excellent trip itinerary. You'll have to add Oakville, Canada to the list. It's pretty here.

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    1. I have heard that about Oakville! Done!

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