What I Want: Winter Boots

I’m not a huge fan of living in Minnesota.

OK, once it’s May 1, I will probably change my tune. Minnesota summers are beautiful, as are Minnesota falls. The last few years, what used to be considered spring has now become Winter Continued. So basically the months of November through April are just crappy and make lots of people unhappy, including me.

There are a number of winter-essential items most Minnesotans rely on, and one of them is the winter boot. I have a really cheap pair of Bare Traps I bought from DSW a couple years ago. I don’t think it’ll surprise anyone to hear that I’m not too outdoorsy, so cheap winter boots are totally sufficient for my use.

But sometimes I like to pretend that I need the more expensive, mega-warm boots. Once my Bare Traps fail me, I’d consider investing in any of these.

winter boot wishlist | whatlindseylikes

 

1. Sorel Joan of Arctic ($150); 2. Naturalizer Fasana ($90); 3. Merrell Captiva ($190); 4.  L. L. Bean Bean Boots ($139); 5. Columbia Minx Mid Omni-Heat ($125); 6. Aerosoles High Gear ($140)

J. Crew usually has super cute winter boots too, but it looks like they’re sold out on jcrew.com and jcrewfactory.com 😦

Do you have a favorite pair of winter boots? What should I get once my Bare Traps disintegrate?

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What I Want: Christmas Wishlist — Accessories

fossil-bag

What I want: Fossil Erin tote

What it costs: $218 (way too much! I’ll have to wait for the right sale)

I bought a lot of purses when I was in college, but didn’t spend hardly any money on them. I’m trying harder now to buy things that are more classic and somewhat professional. Or maybe just more mature as opposed to something I’d buy in college. Either way, I really like Fossil purses. While I do find them to be pretty expensive, that aren’t as deadly to your wallet as things from Tory Burch, Coach or Louis Vuitton.

While browsing Macy’s on Thanksgiving night, I came across this handbag. Lately I’ve been drawn to bags that I can haul notebooks or folders. My new job will entail a bit of offsite travel for partner meetings, which means I’ll have to have my notes and paperwork in tow. I believe that I’d look very professional walking in with this bag.

s4-cases

What I want: Samsung Galaxy S4 case (I’m linking to my S4 cases Pinterest board)

What it costs: $35-40

While the selection of Samsung phone cases is growing, it’s still nowhere near the options for iPhones. I love browsing through J. Crew’s clearance section on their website and checking out their phone cases, daydreaming that one day they’ll make them available for Samsung. There are a few stores (Best Buy, Amazon) that are starting to sell Samsung S4 cases, but most of them are very…utilitarian looking. Which isn’t what I’m going for. I rarely drop my phone (knock on wood!), so I really just want something pretty. Since J. Crew, Kate Spade, Nordstrom and Lilly Pulitzer only want to design for Apple, I had to search slightly less-known sources.

There are quite a few websites with designs provided by artists that can be printed on almost anything, including Samsung Galaxy S4 cases. The site I spent the most time on was Society 6. I found tons of prints I loved (and then Pinned all of them to my Pinterest board so I’d be able to find them again). I especially love anything with elephants, but I’m also a fan of anything chevron (although I feel like that trend is fading…am I wrong?).

puppia

What I want: Puppia dog harness in camo

What it costs: $15-25ish (Amazon.com)

While this isn’t exactly fashion I would wear, I’ve always considered my maltipoo, Digger, an accessory. When I first got Digger, I bought him this camo Puppia harness. Dan is into hunting, so I felt like it was sort of an homage to him. But it was also a play on Digger’s super small size (he was 5-7 pounds — adorable!!) with the tough print of camo. Plus camo print has been in for the last several years, so that didn’t hurt.

I loved this harness and we got so many compliments anytime we took Dig for a walk. Dig also loved the harness, but mostly as a chew toy. Dig was able to get his lower jaw under the neckline of the harness and begin his annihilating chew. It took him awhile, but eventually he tore all the way through where it was no longer usable. Dangit, Dig!

We’ve had a few harnesses from Target since then. They’re fully functional, but nowhere near as adorable as the camo harness from Puppia. I wish I had a pic of Digger in the harness, but alas, I do not. Since I think my dog is the cutest ever, I’m going to throw in a random pic of Dig for your viewing pleasure, even though it’s not related to the harness at all.

digger

Don’t you just want to cuddle with him?!

What I Want: Christmas Wish List – Beauty

I wanted to do a gift-giving guide/series to help everyone with the sometimes difficult task of finding just the right gifts for family and friends. When I started coming up with ideas for the people in my life, I realized that the only reason I had these particular items on the list was because they were things I’d want. Maybe this happens to a lot of people — but I’m pretty sure my wishlist is not supposed to be the “guiding force” that helps me decide what to buy for others.

So instead, I’ll share with you a list of the things I think would be great to receive, and you can decide if they’d be right for anyone in your life 🙂

coachWhat I want: Coach Coffret

What it costs: $48 (it seems like most stores have a free gift with purchase for this; shop around)

Lately I’ve been mildly obsessed with fragrances. It started with a set I purchased from aerie last year after Christmas. Then this fall, I fell in love with Honey from Marc Jacobs. I also have a million little body sprays from Bath & Body Works. I always wanted to have a signature scent, but I just don’t think I can settle on one! Which is why this gift set from Coach would be perfect. You get four scents: Coach Signature, Coach Poppy, Coach Poppy Blossom and Coach Love. The bottles are super small (.17 ounces each), but that’s probably good for me because I can never seem to get through a full bottle anyway.

originsWhat I want: Origins mascara

What it costs: $17-21

Three years ago, Dan’s mom gave me Origins mascara for Christmas and I LOVED it. I have no good explanation for why I didn’t purchase it for myself once I ran out, other than price. Origins has several mascara varieties, and I have absolutely no clue which one I received, but I do remember using the Underwear for Lashes product, and it was great. The mascara I used went on smoothly — seriously, no clumps. I know makeup brands will claim that their mascara is “non clumping,” but I don’t think they know the definition of “non clumping.” In my opinion, it actually means NO clumps. The Origins mascara I used glided on smoothly and lasted all day. I also noticed that my eyes didn’t itch as often (not sure if that was actually due to the mascara or not) and my eye lashes weren’t hard as rocks/crunchy after the mascara dried.  sinWhat I want: Urban Decay eyeshadow in Sin

What it costs: $18 (.05 ounce)

Two years ago, one of the top items on my Christmas wishlist was the Urban Decay Naked palette. This palette is amaze-balls. The colors are so neutral (other than possibly the super dark “creep” and “gunmetal” shades). I wear combinations of the colors nearly every day. The shade I wear the most is “sin.” The color is like a champagne-pink, but it has a shimmer/satin (not glittery, but “luminous sheen”) finish to it. It’s so pretty and perfectly fine on its own, but also looks great with slightly darker shades of pink or pinkish-brown colors (like “hustle” and “toasted” in the palette). I don’t wear a ton of eyeshadow, which is how the palette has lasted me almost two years. But I’m getting close to hitting the bottom on this color.

I’m not sure I can rationalize spending $18 on a mega small container of eyeshadow, so I looked online for “dupes.” The dupe most posted about was Wet n Wild’s Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in Walking on Eggshells ($2.99 for three colors).