Saturday, February 9, 2013

Birthday Wish List

It is a little over a week from my birthday (not even trying to hint: it falls on the 18th) and I thought it would be fun to compile a fantasy birthday wish list. The funny thing about them is while they are expensive, they are not exactly out of reach forever (with prudent saving and a lot of ramen dinners). I mean, none of them exceed five figures? I guess this could alternatively be called my Material Items Goal.


MacBook Pro 15"/MacBook Air 13", $1199-2799

I've owned my current workhorse for five years, so much so that the bottom left portion of my trackpad has stopped working and my battery runs out within half an hour. It's still functional, but it starts freezing up when I have Photoshop or one too many apps open at one time. That said, I have a perpetual dilemma between these two. I lug my 3.5 pound Macbook around five days a week and it's a real strain, so an Air would be great on my shoulders. On the other hand, the 15" one has an actual graphics card, wider screen, more powerful processer...


Burberry Mid-Length Cotton Gabardine Trench Coat, $1,395

Is this not on everyone's wish list? I like just about every trench coat in the London collection, but the first one I ever get (ha!) should be the classic black.

Life is too short for simple black clutches! I still don't own a clutch for formal occasions, but I made an unofficial pact with myself to not get one until I can get something drastic.


Celine Trapeze

Sigh.

Sometimes I'm ashamed at how expensive the things I like can be.

Finally, a beauty product! Truth be told, I'm suffering from beauty lethargy right now. I just have so much makeup lying around with no where to put it anymore. I would run another blog sale, but I barely have time to blog twice a week, much less take pictures, edit, price, and ship them out immediately. Maybe in summer?

Anyway, I've been sniffing a few Le Labo scents and Santal, Rose, and Bergamote came up top of my want list. I picked Bergamote to obsess over in the end because it suits a fragrance novice better. Rose and Santal can get a little overwhelming. Bergamote smells like spring in a bottle.

Ever since buying my alphabet ring, I've been visiting the Catbird website every couple of days or so just to stare wistfully at the other dainty bands they offer. Why are rings so expensive? Why do I have an irrational want to stack five of them on my finger? Particularly obsessed over this, this, and this.

And um, unlimited amounts of Amazon.com/Nordstrom/Bergdorf gift cards. Y'know, because everyone can stand to have more of these.

Funny thing about wish lists. I wrote this up but realized that I will still be perfectly happy if I don't eventually own any of the above things. I like pretty things, I really do, but I'm now very conscious about materialism and how it affects me, and if possible I would like to be less of a slave to it. I have a great family, a loving boyfriend, and I live with one of my best friends. In the end, that's all that really matters.

18 comments:

  1. Wishing you Happy Birthday!! Stay happy and healthy! :)

    I love my Macbook, I have 15' one with retina. It is the fastest and the most silent macbook ever and I looove it! It runs so smoothly and fast :) It is kinda heavy tho.
    Burberry coats are the best- arent they? :) They never go out of style and are so durable! Mine was so many time between car door... :P

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    1. It's next week, but thank you! I can't wait till the day I update my Macbook :)

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  2. I'm crazy about the Burberry aesthetic, and in my lifelong fashion aspirations wishlist, a Burberry London Trench is definitely at the top. (I ALWAYS love everything in their London line for Fall/Winter, its so nice to hear someone say the same! :D) I think I'd want to get mine in classic navy. Gorgeous!

    Happy Birthday, Xiao! I hope you have a wonderful, wonderful birthday and people get you lots of fabulous goodies.

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    1. Navy is a good option too! I vacillate between that and the black.

      It's next week, but thank you :)

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    2. I know its next week, you did say that. :P But happy early birthday in the meantime.

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  3. It's TOTALLY alright to have these material wish lists. I have mine too, and a Burberry coat and Celine bag are on it as well (: Wishing you a Happy (upcoming) Birthday! Stay true and gorgeous to yourself, as you always do. I like reading your blog..it's realistic, but fun!

    p/s: Happy Chinese New Year!

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    1. Thank you for all that, and happy CNY to you too!

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  4. Coincidence! My sister got a Le Labo Bergamote hand lotion sample from somewhere and I've been in love with the smell. Eventually going to make my way down to a boutique in Toronto that carries LL perfumes and sniff it out. Or if I make it to NYC, we can split a bottle, lol.

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    1. YES. Just come here and I'll give you the whole bottle :D

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  5. Happy birthday! You have some great choices there! I'm with you on everything but the clutch (I just can't get into the skull part, but I'm still with you on a bold design!)

    I can't wait for spring but I'm enjoying the sunny days we're having (windchill is murder though)!

    I'm having somewhat the same dilemma about computers-my current 3 year old one can't run videos anymore, but I can't decide whether I want to get another light one or go a bit heavier than the one I have for better RAM and such.

    You SHOULD have another blog sale!!!! ;)

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    1. It's soooo much work though. I'll get there when I have more free time ><

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  6. Loving this list because I'm a massive sticky beak! :) I can really say that Celine bags are very well-made (fully leather-lined as opposed to canvas thatt's adopted by the majority fashion houses) For such quality, the price is really not that astronomical. I have the Trapeze from a few seasons ago bought on a whim and it was one of the best "accidental" purchases I have ever made. I can't recommend it enough :)

    Happy birthday and may it be filled with lots of nerdy, pretty stuff! :)

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  7. Oh, before I forget. a black trench coat is way more practical. I have the classic cream/beige one and dry-cleaning it is a massive PAIN (constant reminders to drycleaners to cover all the buttons and belt buckle before dry cleaning it)

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    1. That's what I thought! As much as I enjoy the lighter colors, I know myself well enough to know that I beat up my belongings. The darker they are in hue, the less I'll feel the hurt :P

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  8. Happy early Birthday, dear Wandz! Nice list, I too have intense lemmings for Celine bags and Burberry trench coats. Love what you said at the end, you're right about that. Although I don't think I'll stop making these mental lists anytime soon!

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  9. Dear Xiao, a very happy belated birthday!! Wishing you many successful year ahead (and hope some of your wishlist will come true :-).

    xo,
    Claire

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  10. Get a 13in retina! still pretty light and good processing :) i want an 11inch air cause it is cute haha. happy birthday in advance! i'm drooling over burberry, catbird and le labo.. urrrrghhh can't handle how pricey that line is!!

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