The wishlist that I'm publishing here today, therefore, is... not personally illustrative. It's the kind of wishlist that I'd generally glance at and click out of. So it's totally okay if you do the same but, actually, I'm pretty proud that there's nothing I desperately want or need right now.
A few weeks ago, the Lady Okie did a post titled 5 Things I Like About Being On A Budget. I've been careful about my spending since the summer and I nodded along with every point she made. (Of course I could be more focused when sticking to my budget and saving money, but I'm improving every month!) Most noticeably, making an effort to be smart about spending has redefined "want" and "need" for me. As Amanda says, budgeting helps you buy only the things you need, keeping impulse purchases to a minimum and encouraging you to value the things you do buy.
That means that almost everything I've bought recently has been intentional. That silly little butter dish and vase that I bought yesterday from the sale section at Anthropologie? Jon likes keeping his butter on the counter, which I'd forgotten about, and being prepared for when he moves over is important to me; the vase is a size I don't have, though it's exactly what most of the bouquets I buy demand. My new Black Friday clothes? Check Instagram later today to see another one of the pieces in action paired with an old favorite.
So when it came time to make a holiday wishlist, I couldn't really think of anything I wanted that I hadn't already budgeted for and bought or planned to buy down the road. All I could think of were fun things that I'd like to have but that aren't immediately necessary!
2. Jax and Bones Lounge Bed - the bed that Charlie has is fine, and it's got a fleece blanket on top of it for added warmth and a quilt around it to act as a bolster. But if money grew on trees, I'd get him this handsome bed with raised sides and fur-hiding pattern!
3. Mauviel M'cook Stainless-Steel .9-qt. Sauce Pan - Jon and I didn't register for cookwear in large part because I needed a set of pots and pans as soon as I moved into my new apartment, so we bought ourselves a set back in April. I chose the Sur La Table Hard-Anodized Nonstick 10-Piece Set and I absolutely love it, but the smallest sauce pan is 1.5 qt and that's just silly when you're hardboiling a couple of eggs or making couscous for one. Eventually, I'll add a smaller pot like this one to our kitchen collection!
4. Designers Guild Cotton Scented Candle - I might have to turn in my blogging card for this, but I really don't like most scented candles. There's nothing more cloying to me than the artificial smell of baked goods or flowers. That being said, I do like having lit candles in my apartment and, over the years, I've been given a few that are cotton- or linen-scented. I love them! They make my apartment smell fresh and clean and soft. They're all reaching the end of their lives, though, so if I see one in the post-Christmas sales I might snap it up.
5. Push Pin World Travel Map - I'd love to have an interactive world map on the wall by the time Jon moves over so that we can track our travels. Jon's wanderlust has always been a guiding force for him, and I want to show him I'm enthusiastic about planning adventures across the globe, too. I really like the idea of all those scratch-off maps I see around the web, but I'm too OCD to not be bothered by scratching outside the lines so pushpins are much safer for us. Plus, we can have one color of pins or places we've already been and another for places we want to go!
6. Garmin Forerunner 210 - actually, this sort of is an immediate need. I'm not going to get better at running if I can't track my pace and I'm horrible at listening to my body without technological cues to guide me. The 210 can show me my total time, total distance, and current (rather than average) pace all on the one screen. I love my pink Forerunner 10, but I'm ready to take my running to the next level.
7. Crown Vintage Tabitha Bootie - I don't have any booties and I'd like a pair. They should have a low heel, hit at the ankle, and be relatively unembellished. It's as simple as that!
8. Coach Flat Card Case - I find business cards from every job I've ever had in the most unexpected places. They find their way into the corners of my bags, they camp out in the pockets of dresses and skirts I've worn to meetings, they wiggle between the pages of my notebooks, and they're scattered throughout my desk drawers. A pretty card case isn't a necessity, but it would sure make me more organized!
9. MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Kempton' Nylon Tote - my beloved Longchamp Le Pliage is starting to die - pens have poked holes in the bottom corners and seams have begun to fray - and, though I don't need a new tote yet, I have my eye on this basic beauty for when the time comes!
10. Crate and Barrel Sloane Leaning Wine Bar - Since I made fun of bar carts above, it's only fair that I admit to having my eye on one! Actually, a bar shelf or cabinet is something that Jon and I are looking for, so this will probably be an entire post in and of itself at some point in the new year. Until then, you should feel free to mock me for including this on my holiday wishlist.