recent purchases, what I’m wearing, and this month’s obsessions

December 20, 2012 |  Category:   happy purchases

Adorable, yes? I bought a woodland creature from this Union Square Holiday Market vendor, Hazel Village, for my little niece. It wasn’t just the handmade dolls that were adorable, it was also the tiny clothes and accessories hanging on tiny little hangers that made the Hazel Village booth an enchanting space. Go visit if you can while the market’s still open.


I haven’t quite finished my holiday shopping yet, but almost. So close. And like every holiday season, you just can’t help but be tempted by purchasing a thing or two (or three) for yourself. I just call it holiday stress retail therapy, the one time of year where I ignore any concerns about household budgets.
I’m obsessed with this shirt from Uzi (I know! This store. AGAIN!). It’s already sold out which I knew it would it would be even though it’s a new item, but I dropped some heavy hints (ok, I emailed Mark a direct link) so maybe it will appear under the tree for me someday. Maybe. Hopefully.
I’m still in dress shopping mode and I really like these two dresses (here and here) from Marc Jacobs. I think I mentioned that I haven’t bought anything from that line in about 10 years, but I’m really liking the stuff that he put out this year. The dresses are both very simple and black (navy?), but contrary to most of my picks lately, I do wear color, I promise! It does remind me of high school though when my friend’s mother would always ask why I wore black all the time and how depressing that was. Well what else is a teenage goth going to wear? Duh.
While looking online for some clothes for Mark (I pretty much always buy him clothes for Christmas), I did sneak this dress from Zara into my shopping cart (not all black!). I haven’t worn it yet, but it fits perfectly. Another item that fits perfectly? These black jeans, also from Zara, that I picked up at the store last month. They have a slight sheen and they’re really comfortable.
Two other things that I’m wearing a lot these days are this duffle coat from Top Shop in Navy (seems like they don’t have navy anymore). I wouldn’t have purchased it if I just saw it online as I never even wanted a duffle coat, but I liked it so much at the store that I felt compelled to buy it over the summer when it was 85 degrees out. And I’m glad, because I’ve worn it everyday so far this winter. Another item I would have never bought if I was just browsing online are these flat black Frye boots. They look really meh online, but these were the first pair that I picked up when boot shopping with my friend Anna in September at the Soho Frye store. I was looking for a basic low heeled black boot for everyday wear like these, but not $600 (although those really are the most perfect flat ankle boots I’ve ever seen). I didn’t buy the boots back then, but I did purchase it when I found it on sale a few months ago. And ok, I must confess, I may have a black boot problem this year because remember these Hudson Horrigan boots I wrote about a few months ago? They are 30% off at Madewell (along with everything else in the store). No more boots for me!!

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  • Michelle December 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    While you’re in the mood, I just snagged flat boots at the Ralph Lauren website for $56.00! Hope they fit — thought I’d pass the tip along!

  • lori December 20, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Totokaelo is really a beautiful space in person, if you get the chance to visit! I love all the art & object stuff they have. And Jill who runs it is awesome!!

    But since Uzi is a NYC company, maybe you could even find it near by….

  • Jenna December 20, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    @Lori, I did go there when we were in seattle this summer and I’ll probably go visit every time I’m in Seattle every year. And yes…Uzi is a Brooklyn company, but seems like they do exclusives with totokaelo? That shirt isn’t on their site…

  • Juju December 20, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    the comment by your friend’s mother made me laugh. I’ve heard that before. i too am trying to wear more color. i noticed that i look better in color as i get older. i used to laugh at my mother when she made the same comment about herself in her late 30s. who knew i’d become like her?! btw, Frye flat boots are really cute. cuter than their tall ones.

  • RebeccaNYC December 20, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I bought a bunny for my 2 yr old niece from Hazel Village at the Columbus Circle Market..I could not resist buying a cute outfit for “him”. A week later I had to go back to buy another outfit!!! This is addictive…

  • Jenna December 20, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    @RebeccaNYC and expensive…

  • Nichol December 21, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I loooove short flat boots and have almost worn my current pair out. The Frye boots have made my replacement short list :-) thanks for the tip!

  • marta December 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I love the “subtle” hint. I do the same and then I’m always positively surprised:))