Gift Guide: I Heart . . .

Friday, January 25, 2013


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I think I may be coming down with a cold? I can't quite tell yet, or maybe I need to have my thyroid checked because I am feeling a relapse in my case of brain fog that I acquired after the holidays. My 365 project is teetering on the brink of failure. I have been taking photos daily but for some reason posting the photos is feeling a lot like folding my laundry (which I famously avoid at all costs). But one thing I can do no matter how tired I am is look for things to buy. And with a holiday around the corner it's a good time to do some virtual shopping, always a cure-all, is it not?

I can't say that I am a lover of Valentines Day. I think maybe it brings back too many memories of my youth and cheap single roses wrapped in plastic procured from convenience stores bestowed upon me  by guys I really should not have liked but did so because, well, it was valentines day of course. I am pretty sure these relationships lasted all of about 48 hours. And while I adore and love so many people in my life, the cynic in me has an episode of involuntary eye-rolling at the commercialization of something so intimate as love. But maybe I am projecting for that sometimes lonely freckle-faced girl of my youth who sometimes didn't even get a cheap convenience store rose. But I am not begrudging anyone else who loves it and I quite like hearts (and love too) so I can at least get on board there.

17 comments:

  1. It has become a very commercial thing, but still... who can resist the shape of a heart? Thanks for the lovely assortment, I need those ceramic bowls in black and white...

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    1. i love hearts : ) i love those bowls too, i think each time i look at them i love them even more.

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  2. I'm kind of like you - not a huge fan of Valentine's Day. Reminds me of high school, not fun or memorable high school moments. These days we just usually "celebrate" it with dinner and wine - which can easily look like any other night. However, throw in those ceramic bowls and I just might be feeling a bit more festive at dinner this year!

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    1. yeah, it just never has that vibe for me. i think i just crumble under pressure. i have the same reaction to my own birthday.

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  3. Remember how we thought we were twins? Well, WE ARE! I have been having the same struggle with my 365. I have photos from the entire week, but haven't uploaded anything since last Saturday! And we have the same avoidance to folding laundry. I wish I had a genie to do that for me. Or a maid. Hopefully I'll conquer both tasks this weekend. I wish you luck, too!

    I love Valentine's Day. Also I've had a Valentine every year for oh, 13 years? That makes me sound insane, and I know it. Also like a serial monogamist. I just love red and pink and hearts and an excuse to be all mushy. And that Diptyque candle, swoooon. I just bought their V-day edition one, Rose Duet. And I'm actually munching on a bag of Valentines m&ms as we speak! xoxo

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    1. can we call each other twinsy and cuddle on the couch and watch bad reality tv together someday? i am pretty mushy everyday, i think it's the rebel in me that finds the one day i am suppose to be and it makes get all hardcore and aloof. xoxo

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  4. I avoid hearts, big time. I'm oddly sentimental. It's hidden, I think. I can be very mushy, but it's a soft underbelly. Hard to find, sometimes. That being said, I like most of what you have here. The hat? YES! The sweater? Oh, yes!

    And my 365? Going surprisingly okay. And the editing part is going better than I expected. I'm (so far) staying on it. And that's the the real surprise because I'm much like you and Erin when it comes to the laundry.

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    1. i am so sentimental it seeps from my pours! isn't that hat so cute?! it's for little ones. good for you with the 365, i have been enjoying your photos. you are so damn talented!!! trust me you are the one thing keeping me taking photos everyday. i promise to catch up this weekend . . . i think. xo

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  5. I am not a big fan of Valentines day either and prefer to be surprised with flowers any other day of the year but even I can't resist cute things with hearts on them, I just have to buy them myself ;) The hat, sweater and the bowls are adorable!

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    1. exactly! little surprises when i am least expecting them is what i love the most. i think your sentiment is spot on. but like i said, i do love hearts and i really want that sweater!

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  6. I love Valentine's day because my parents made it about celebrating everyone you love. So it's more of a family day for me. That being said I am super excited to finally have a romantic Valentine's day at the airport this year!

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  7. I do like Valentine's Day even though we don't make a big deal of it. I love seeing all the various heart designs.

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  8. mmmh, lovely selection!! diptyque candles are my favorite!
    happy sunday!

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  9. Oh, thanks for sharing your Valentine's Day memories. It took me back, and I'm chuckling at my young self. When I was younger, I put a lot of pressure on boyfriends past to make V-day special. Now, I'm sort of indifferent about the holiday - I neither love it nor hate it. Which is why I can totally get behind your picks above. I never thought I would ever want something with a big ol' heart on it, but that sweater is lovely. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend, Christine.

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  10. Oh no! Hope you manage to beat that cold with a big stick! I have never met anyone who truly loooooove Valentines (including me). I always refer to it as some "spontaneous affection on a pre-determined date". But even I can't resist anything with hearts!

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  11. I'm not a big fan of the holiday but can really get behind how cute all of these things are. I'll definitely be picking up one of these heart mugs for my mom. She's the one person that I don't mind getting sappy around for V-Day

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