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1. Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Besides my Polyvore, I also spend a lot of time on my blog ( It’s a personal style blog in a ‘what I wore today’ format. The camera I currently use has been great so far, but I’ve been looking into stepping it up a bit. My DSLRs have always been Nikons and this is the first Canon that I’ve really been interested in trying. Paired with the 85 f1.8 lens, I think I could have quite some fun with shooting. 

2. ChildFund International

I’m sitting here in front of my computer, making a list of things I’d like to have, while my cheesecake is baking in the oven. As a kid who leeches off my parents, I can admit that I got lucky. Being born into the life that I have was pure luck. I can have food, water, shelter, protection, hell – I can even have the lovely experience of attending school every weekday at the crack of dawn. Meanwhile, 121 million children in the world do not have access to education. Even worse, almost 50% of all children in the world are living in poverty, and 1.5 million children die each year due to lack of clean water or sanitation. 

One of the organizations that I’ve looked into is called ChildFund. The program is set up so that you can ‘sponsor’ a child. If you like, you can search between gender, age, or country to find a child to sponsor. From the ChildFund website: “For about a dollar a day, you can give him[/her] a chance to escape poverty by providing him[/her] with some of life's basic needs — education, health care, and nutritious food.” Another way to help out is to donate to give a gift. Some examples listed are ‘Medicines for Children and Mothers in Liberia’, ‘One Dairy Cow’, ‘Milk for One Month for 10 Children in India’, etc. This site offers many ways for people to help those in need.

I am aware of how fortunate I am to grow up with everything I need. I get to make plans for my future and actually have the opportunities to fulfill them. It’s easy for us to assume that putting in effort = reaping outcomes. Unfortunately, not every child in the world has the opportunities that we are given.

Shoes and sparkly things are lovely gifts to receive, but support for a cause is just as appreciated. Children in poverty is an issue that I am passionate about, but whether it’s animal cruelty, environmental protection, or human rights that you feel strongly about, mention it to your friends and family this holiday season. It’s always nice to know you’ve helped. 

3. Black coat

It’s currently the first week of December and it’s somehow been 70+ degrees for the past few days. I can’t complain about NC weather, aside from the lack of pretty snow. However, I’m heading up north this winter, and I’ve decided that I need to find a black coat. Preferably one that’s classic enough for me to wear for a long time, but still within my personal style. This minimalistic cut and collarless Helmut is golden in all of its drunkenly attached zipper glory. 

4. Fashion books

Knowledge comes from somewhere. Most people can’t spew out facts about obscure designers without having learned these things first. Nowadays, there are tons of sources out there: individual blogs, magazines, good ol’ Google, and the old fashioned favorite – the book. I have a little collection of fashion related books that are very, very dear to me (never open the book wide enough to cause that sad little crease line in the spine). The majority of what I know about fashion comes from books. I take interest in all kinds: biographies of designers/photographers/models/artists/humans-in-general, archival books, curated collection of various works (my favorite. Like a little museum exhibit in pages), and even the fairytales (Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty – beautiful illustrations). 

The ones in the set are ones that I really want at the moment. 
1. Helmut Newton: SUMO
2. Tom Ford / Rizzoli
3. Tim Walker: Story Teller
4. Dior Couture / Demarchelier
5. Lanvin Anniversary Book 

5. Magazine Subscription

As aforementioned, magazines are also a great source. However, there are many publications that I either do not have access to in the US, or the cost of a yearly subscription is just much too high for me to purchase regularly, and I can only buy individual issues every once in a while. 

1. AnOther
3. The Rake
4. i-D

6. Boots

5’1.75 and not getting any higher. Good part – neither is my shoe size. At this point, I’ve been wanting to invest in a high quality pair of black riding boots or just knee-height boots. These are the shoes that I can wear while walking on a slick pavement to a nice setting. They’re practical, yet beautiful and definitely wardrobe essentials. 

The two that I love the most are the Prada Back-Zip boots and the Salvatore Ferragamo Gancini boots. Both are very beautiful and both would leave me broke. 

Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what’s on my Christmas wishlist, and maybe it’s inspired you in gift shopping for others, or to add more to your own wishlist (even better).

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