Christmas 2012: Harry Potter

I couldn’t end my Christmas gift guides without mentioning the great Harry Potter products available out there! I’m such a Potter-head so I find things everywhere that relate (seriously, check out my pinterest board). Here are a few favorites:



Hogwarts Crest Alumni Tshirt

1. Hogwarts Alumni T-Shirt: Because who doesn’t wish they’d attended the coolest school on earth?

Hogwarts Tea Set

2. Hogwarts Crest Tea Set: Every girl needs a tea set, why not make it Potter themed? This one is house inclusive so that when your Hufflepuff friends come to visit they’ll feel included.

Polyjuice Flask

3. Polyjuice Hip Flask: For those of us who grew up on Potter, we’re ready for something a little stronger than tea. Here’s the solution to your adult beverage Potter needs.

Accio Brain Cozy

4. Accio Travel Mug Cozy: Continuing with the drink theme, this cozy will keep your beverage warm until it works its magic!

Book Title Sweatshirt

5. Book Title Pullover: Wear your heart on your sleeves, or at least the way to your heart, siriusly.

All Was Well necklace

6. “All Was Well” necklace: The series may be over but the magic doesn’t have to be. Wear this necklace as a reminder the books that started it all!

Owl Post Box

7. Owl Post Gift Box: Finally, the perfect thing to deliver your HP themed gift to that special someone. Owl delivery not included.

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Christmas 2012: DVDs

Don’t worry, this is the penultimate gift guide for Christmas 2012. I wanted to share a few gifts that aren’t books or makeup so here are a few DVDs I’d love to see in my stocking!

DVD collage

1. Audrey Hepburn Collection (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Roman Holiday, Sabrina): Hello, my name is Alexandra and I’m addicted Audrey. Though I probably shouldn’t admit my addiction (or feed it with more movies) this movie deal was too great to pass up! It doesn’t include two of my favorites (How to Steal a Million and Charade) but it has all the big name classics!

2. Party Girl : Though I haven’t had the privilege to see this movie yet, all of my SILS professors keep raving about it!

3. Desk Set: Another movie I haven’t seen but my professors love!

Christmas 2012: Fragrance Wishlist

The wish lists just keep coming folks! Since I moved to my new apartment near UNC, I’ve been loving fragrance. I wasn’t allowed to burn candles at Kenyon and my dad hates stinky things in his house so I haven’t had the chance to experiment with wonderful smelling candles and perfumes. Here’s a list of what I want to add to my collection soon:fragrance wishlist

 

1. Charles Dickens’ Library Candle : Candle + Library Scent + Badass Victorian Author = BEST candle ever. It’s homey, woodsy and makes me think of wood-panelled walls and cigars.

2. Chanel Coco Noir: Chanel’s newest fragrance is even more sensuous than No. 5 — need I say more?

3. Jo Malone Wild Fig & Cassis: This would be a good addition to my Jo Malone layering collection — fresh, fruity, with a little spice!

4. Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Candle: I wear this perfume nearly every day and I love the scent so much it’d be perfect for my apartment! It’s spicy and just a little mysterious.

5. Vera Wang Princess: Though I generally prefer more oriental/masculine scents, this girly scent has quickly become a favorite. I received a sample at Nordstrom a few months ago and took it on a trip as an easy-to-pack fragrance. I don’t have a full-sized version of this scent yet and I think a rollerball would be the perfect in purse selection!

6. Winter Night Candle by Bath & Body Works: This fills the house with a fireside scent, perfect for those of us with a gas fireplace!

Christmas 2012: Books I Recommend

I’ve already posted the books that I’ve been coveting this year, but I wanted to share my suggestions for stocking stuffers with you guys! I’ve read all of the books below this year and HIGHLY recommend them. Check them out and let me know what you think!

Astray by Emma Donoghue
  • I’ll admit I’m usually not a fan of short stories – just when you get to know the characters they leave! However, since discovering The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits while on the Kenyon-Exeter Program (2010-2011) I have fallen in love with Donoghue’s short fiction. She has an amazing ability to introduce and develop characters in a very small space. Her newest collection, Astray, is about comings and goings, immigrations and emigrations.
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • This is the only one that I didn’t discover in the past year. I snuck it in here because the sequel, Shadow of Night came out this summer. There’s so much to love about A Discover of Witches – set in the Bodleian Library, involves hints (or a lot, really) of the supernatural, strong female characters… Check out my view the sequel here.
The Bellwether Revivals by Benjamin Wood
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
  • Previously reviewed here.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  • Though her newest novel Gone Girl has received much critical acclaim, I prefer her earlier work. Sharp Objects was a bit of an underground classic at my high school and it became a secret code for my best friend and I. “WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart.”

Wishlist Wednesday: Fall 2012

It’s been a while since I’ve shared something non-book related on the blog. With fall coming rather quickly I thought that this would be the perfect time to share some of the items on my wishlist!

Boots: Zara

Dress: J.Crew

Jacket: Joules

Bag: ASOS/Cambridge Satchel Company

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