Santa Baby..

Following last year’s Christmas list, four(ish) out of five was not bad at all. It does not bother me that I did not receive all the things I wanted on Christmas day per se, as they became treats throughout the year. I received the white gold stud earrings from DH and we went to see Les Miserables for our wedding anniversary. The Mulberry MacBook Pro sleeve and the MacBook Air was dismissed for and even better upgrade and ol’ Lizzie has since become a good friend of mine.

I am not avaricious enough to write endless blog posts detailing each and every item I wish to buy, so similarly to last year, I have narrowed down to my top five most desired items. In no particular order..

1. Mulberry French Purse in Fudge Glossy Buffalo

I would love a matching purse to my Mulberry bag in the same glossy buffalo colour. I would prefer Holly but my current purse is busting with random loyal cards, debit cards, discount cards and whatnot, I fear having a zip purse just would not do. I guess I should think about removing that (probably expired) gym membership card.

2. Generally more clothes

I find it difficult parting with my cash selfishly and am always keen for the money to be spent on DS instead. I also detest paying more for something at retail price, when inevitably it will go on sale. I mean, there is no one item of clothing I am so desperate to have that I cannot wait, or just get over if it is no longer available. Buying into what is in season is just a con – the same item as the previous year with a different bar code. Knitted jumpers in season this year? No one has ever thought of that before.

3. iPhone 4S

I am very much an Apple geek, so it is pretty shocking I do not already own an iPhone. Unfortunately I have another year with the ol’ Android phone, so alas, this will definitely not be in my stocking.

4. prescription glasses

This is an odd one and not really an item ‘wish’ for, just I am too stingy bitter to purchase glasses myself. I have two pairs already I purchased in my first year of university; I did not want two, I bought the second pair upon losing the first, only to find them later in a drawer. What’s worse is that Specsavers managed to get the prescription in both pairs utterly wrong, thus causing me to have a complete lack of spacial awareness when driving, which I think is pretty crucial. I am so bitter about the whole thing, having spent a fair amount of dosh on both pairs. After many years, I am still having a not-so-silent protest about buying my third pair.

5. A Spa

I would have said tickets for the theatre or some kind of gig/concert, but given the fast pace of my life these days, it is not really viable. A holiday would be up there too, but with DS so young and the stress embodied even within the word holiday, I am not sure we could handle the actual thing. Thus I have opted for a spa break just for myself on my wish list. I am in dire need of some pampering and relaxation.

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Dear Santa..

Once upon a time, the Christmas period was solely based on religion and the celebration of Jesus’ birth; others would join the festivities as it was an occasion for family and food. As we moved into our postmodern era of gadgets, handbags and credit, some would say we have neglected the true meaning of Christmas.

Though not I; as an atheist Christmas would be rather dull without gifts. It is purposeful shopping, buying someone that thing they have wanted for a long time and receiving something just as special in return. It is tragic that as we grow older, presents are no longer about us. I suppose an orange at the bottom of an oversized sock loses its magic past a certain age.

So here it goes; my overly optimistic Christmas Wish List. If you are feeling generous this year, swing a little my way..

1. Mulberry 13 inch Daria Sleeve for Macbook Pro

This is basic, sleek and a complete luxury. I love how Apple have collaborated with various designers, their marking ploy has certainly sucked me in.

 

2. 13 inch MacBook Air

Obviously I would no longer want the item above if I received a MacBook Air..

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. 9ct White Gold Stud Earrings

I desperately need a pair of decent earrings that are not from Urban Outfitters/Topshop which rust after a few wears. I remember getting my ears re-pierced when I was 17 and how traumatising it was for me.. Lets not make a repeat of that.

4. Tickets to see Les Miserables

I have already seen this twice – The first time was when I was a child so I can hardly remember, the second was last year as part of my Hen Day. I really want to take the hubby to see it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. ASOS Sixties Skater with Belt Dress

This would be perfect as my graduation dress; it is simple with minor details and matches the hideous purple and red colours of my robe.

 

What a way to make a living.

I am so overwhelmingly happy! Yesterday I received a phone call from the university offering me a job! I am ecstatic. It isn’t the job I was originally interviewed for; they said I did not have sufficient experience to meet that role. They offered me a position below it, for slightly less money, but still ridiculously good for someone who has been living off student loans and grants for the past three years! I had high hopes for getting a job at the university, it means no travel costs, I can come home for lunch to see DS, and I will be home within minutes from clocking off. I will be working in the same building as the new library, Augustine House, which is literally two minutes walk from my apartment. My start date is not until the 2nd August, but I am so excited already!

In celebration we went to Cafe Des Amis for lunch. We had crab cakes for starters and lamb fajitas for main; they were so amazingly good. If you ever find yourself in Canterbury, I would so recommend this place. They offer a generous 50% discount for students as well. Bonus.

Our celebrations did not stop there. On our journey home through town we decided to stop at Storm Front and reacquaint ourselves with the ipad. We then bought one. A bit extravagant perhaps? I think it is justifiable; we have had such a tough year and I have come through with a 2:1, DS was 0.6% off a first and I have managed to get a job within months of finishing my degree. On top of that we have a bouncing baby who is always so happy. DS loves the ipad, though I have a mild heart attack when he tries to grab it.

I think it is all starting to come together now. I have a few weeks to enjoy my last days as a student before I get the ball rolling. Working nine to five, what a way to make a living.

I am a material girl.

Bluewater Shopping Centre – where dreams are made of. Yesterday we spent hours in awe of all we could buy, every store became a tease. It therefore prompted me to compile a list of things I feel I need in the near future:

  1. 16GB Wifi and 3G ipad
  2. An iphone
  3. All the furniture in Lom Bok (Though I’d settle with the Maharani range in John Lewis)
  4. The entire new collection in Zara (for myself and DS)

I don’t think I am entirely to blame for this acquisitive nature of mine. I am purely a product of this capitalist society we live in, where we desire money and work hard to better ourselves. Despite this, I like to think that my greed does not always correlate with my expenditures and I live within my means.

But does the extent of my desire for material goods breach the criterion set by society? It is hard to determine in our modern day the line which separates the overindulgent from the norm. Whilst some would classify my wants and needs as excessive, it would not seem dissimilar to another individual’s desires.

Let’s be honest, I am not alone when I say I want an ipad. They are, after all, the ultimate definition of cool.