I’d like to begin my wish list by saying that I am almost entirely opposed to the concept of the wish list. I’d much rather have a thoughtful surprise than something picked off a list based on price and/or availability, but with the way holidays go, that’s not always possible. Plus, I’m a difficult person to buy for in general; if something’s reasonably priced and I like it enough, I’ll probably buy it for myself long before any holiday comes around. Add to that the additional complication of my birthday falling on Christmas Eve, and I’m sure it’s just easier for people to pretend that they don’t know me at all during this time of year. But if my friends and loved ones had unlimited budgets and felt like being generous with me, these are the things I’d tell them to buy.

At this point, I think we’re all aware of how I feel about the Celine Boston Bag; my love of leopard print is equally well-documented. Put them together in a bag that combines both winter and summer materials for maximum versatility? It’s a no-brainer. I can’t find the specific price of this version, but bags in this line usually start at about $1500. Contact Celine for more information.

I think that every fashion person has their personal style statement jewelry – some do earrings, some do rings, some do gobs of bracelets. I like giant necklaces like the Erickson Beamon Duchess of Fabulous Necklace. First of all, how can you resist that name? Second of all, what’s better than lots of giant bling that looks like it was made for the offspring of a rock star and a princess? Nothing that I can think of, that’s what. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1145.

Despite the fact that anyone who’s anyone already has the Rick Owens Blister Leather Jacket or one of its many imitators, I want it anyway. Even Taylor Swift already has one, and she’s the last person on the face of the planet who I would expect to see wearing Rick Owens. I don’t care! The industrial simplicity of this design is perfect, and it would go with anything and everything in my closet. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1970.

Let’s get one thing clear: I wouldn’t be able to read the Nixon Newton Watch. Not in a million years. I’m so used to checking the time on my cell phone that I have to paus for a second when reading a clock with actual hands and numbers, so reading one that’s just two dots with no other markings is basically out of the question. But I don’t care! This little thing is so modernist and cool that I wouldn’t actually need it to serve any functional purpose. Buy through ShopBop for $100.

This being a handbag blog and all, one bag just isn’t enough. For days when I need something lighter and hands-free, I want the grass-green Proenza Schouler PS1 Pouch Crossbody. It’s compact and lightweight, but you still get every ounce of style that you’d find in the regular PS1 that we already know and love. I can’t think of a better weekend bag. Buy through Proenza Schouler for $1225.

I’ve already included this Yves Saint Laurent Leopard Print Scarf in a gift guide, but I couldn’t resist writing about it again. Not only is the color – somewhere between neon green and chartreuse – interesting and current, but the variation and print are beautiful. This is a thoroughly modern accessory with a nod toward the 80s, and I know just what I’d wear it with. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $995.

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  • mochababe73

    I am pretty easy during the holidays. Nothing too outrageous for me.
    1. Michael Kors Hamilton tote (medium) in red patent
    2. A set of Calphalon pots and pans (I love to cook)
    3. Marc Jacobs Stam in any color except black
    3. A black Range Rover

    Okay, so maybe I did go overboard with the Range Rover. But, my two sons play football. Our Land Rover is starting to shrink before my eyes. I think that I need something bigger!

  • Merve

    Hey Amanda if i dont manage to post again Happy Hippy Hoppy Birthday and have a great Xmas.

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  • Max

    I love Celine very much but it’s soooooooooo heavy I went to store and i fell in love at the very moment when i saw it. Once i tried it on, OMG so heavy even if there’s nothing in it. i guess i just have to look at it but never gonna buy and carry it T^T. I guess I found the right one at the wrong weight. lol

  • Beth

    Holy similarities Batman! My birthday is also Christmas Eve, and I totally agree about being opposed to the idea of wishlists – I love to be surprised on Christmas.

    Happy Early Birthday Amanda!

    PS – Your Gossip Girl recaps are easily a million times better than actually watching the show – I love them!

  • Kiwishopper

    The scarf is truely gorgeous but it’s defintely OUT of my price range for a scarf…probably have to look for a less expensive alternative :)

  • Musette

    Happy Birthday! May you get everything you wish for, both on and off your wish list.

    Merry Christmas, too – and thanks for such great writing! This is a fun blog to read!


  • Bagolicious

    $995. for a scarf? Yeah,right.

    • LDJ

      IKR!!! With a scarf costing that much, I shouldn’t have to wear a coat!

  • Stylista

    Ah, very nice wish list! I’d like the bags, and the leather jacket too! Throw in the necklace and the scarf, and I’m one happy person.


  • Vitta

    Love the jacket with this kind of asymmetric zipper! Although, not a fan of huge faux necklaces (especially for the price of the real one), rubber watches and bottle green color. But love the jacket and the scarf! Happy Birthday to Amanda and Merry Christmas to everybody!

  • Staci

    Amanda, my favorite item off your wish list is that beautiful green Proenza Schouler PS1 Pouch Crossbody!

  • LDJ

    I love that jacket. But for $1970?…ouch! And the Proenza Schouler PS1 Pouch Crossbody. Im loving that green.

  • CL

    green proenza, why didn’t i see you under the tree this year? :( (ipad)

  • Cathy Fitzgibbon

    The leather jacket is TDF. (ipad)

  • Hanh N

    Pretty necklace!! (ipad)

  • Deb

    Happy belated bday Amanda! Love all your choices! Any chance one of these popped up in between your xmas and bday boxes -_~ (ipad)

  • Chells

    Love the jacket and the watch is way cool. Wish lists are fun to put together although I like to be surprised too. Great choices! (ipad)

  • Joann

    the PS1 is amazing! i need to get one (ipad)

  • Antonia

    I love the Celine bag! Great wish list!

  • Kellisa

    LOVE the PS1, especially the color (ipad)

  • Dora

    Wish I could afford all of them (ipad)

  • Nadia Segers

    You guys really make me jealous! wow! ♥


  • Letícia

    It’s a great list, and I laughed my ass off when you said it’s easier for people to pretend they don’t know you at all! Hahaha my birthday is on Dec 27th and I get the same feeling, yours must be even worse! (ipad)

  • Limey

    love the proenza bag (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Don’t know why, but I’m very into the watch. (ipad)

  • Jazz

    I love all of Amanda’s posts! (ipad)

  • LibraChic107

    I love the Proenza Schouler PS1 Pouch Crossbody! I am a crossbody girl!

  • swtcadence

    Love that jacket! (ipad)

  • kmroboto

    gah! i love that ps bag! (ipad)

  • Alison J.

    I love that green bag! (ipad)

  • Lara

    Considering all but 1 item was over 1,000 – i’d say you’d need a lot of friends in high places to accommodate that killer wishlist. =) (ipad)

  • Roya

    You have fantastic taste. The Celine, PS1 Pouch & Rick Owen jacket are my favourite pieces. (iPad)

  • Ken Vien

    My wife’s Xmas wish list items I am sure (ipad)


    what a great wish list (ipad)


    def need some things from that list (ipad)

  • Ellen

    Wonderful list! Love the Celine bag, the PS1 pouch (the green is fantastic), and the YSL scarf. (ipad)

  • Wendy

    I feel the same as you do about wish lists! (ipad)

  • Jen

    That green bag is PERFECTION!

  • Jen

    I can’t stop drooling over the green bag. (ipad)

  • Rae

    I so desire a Rick Owens Leather. Some day!…what did you receive? (iPad)

  • Jelita78

    loveee the green proenza!! (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    so, did u get them all sister? *wink* (ipad)

  • Cindy

    Proenza for the win! (ipad)

  • nick

    Love the YSL scarf! I want! (ipad)

  • Julia

    amazing wish list. (ipad)

  • Marivi

    LOVE the black leather jacket!! but the price..ouch! (ipad)

  • Corrie

    I saw the celine boston tote on my way back from Paris in Charles De Gaulle airport. I almost bought it but couldn’t bring myself to spend $1,200 on a whim (it was cheaper because of no tax), but I have regretted it every single day! (ipad)

  • jillybean307

    So what did you end up getting? (ipad)

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  • helen

    Wowee – now that’s a list! (ipad)

  • Emma G

    Adore the PS1, looks fantastic, and the Rick Owens leather jacket is amazing (ipad)

  • beanyce126

    i am really feeling all the items on your list, very unique. (ipad)

  • nini

    Love the grass-green (ipad)