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My Holiday Wishlist: Kelly Kreth, The Final Chapter

by Jamie Sanford on December 6, 2010

Striped and Fabulous.

Kelly Kreth

(Today’s guest post was contributed by Kelly Kreth. I “met” Kelly online around 10 years ago, and since then she’s made me jewelry, she’s been the subject of one of the best photos I’ve ever taken, and thoroughly kicked my ass in Facebook Scrabble. Check out her blog which explores optimism and pessimism with great humor and frankness. Check out Part 1 of Kelly’s Holiday Wishlist here, and Part 2 is here.)

Kelly Kreth’s Super Fabulous Wish List:

The fact is that the economy sucks, and I’m not really working (if anyone has a writing or marketing communications management job available, please let me know), so there won’t be anything in my stocking this year. There won’t even be any stocking. Bah Humbug!

However, there will be socks…at the very least, on my Holiday Wishlist:

A fellow blogger, Amanda from Noisiest Passenger put these up on her wish list, and I love them. They kind of look like cross between the socks I had in the ‘70s and modern-day Missoni. At Muji.com you get five pairs of reused yarn socks for $17.50! That is a really good deal. The only issue is that if you order online, I believe they send you whatever colors they have. Amanda recommends going to the actual store so you can pick out the colors you like and can see the sizing firsthand.


While we’re on the subject of feet, if you are less about wool socks and more about glam high heels, YSL Tribute Sandals are so gorgeous. They have the perfect size platform and come in great colors. The only thing I find odd is that the colors Iris and Nude are $760 and the Red sandals are $795. I’m really curious why one color is priced higher than the others. No matter, I’d kill for a pair of the nude ones.


Another blogger recently did an entry about wallets and there was one that seemed to stand out from the rest. This Proenza Schouler beauty, called the PS1 wallet, will run you $165. It comes in a great variety of colors, but my personal favorite is the one in yellow.


Now that we are done talking about feet and leather (some people’s idea of a good night out…) let’s talk a bit about coats. I have found a bunch on ModCloth that I would love to sport around the City. Be sure to check out their whole coat section.

Mini, Lomo-fied.

Kelly's dachshund, Mini.

My favey fave is the Dachshund coat because, well, I have one. Danish designer Nümph has created one of the most unique coats I’ve seen. For $209.99 you’ll have something soft to touch without all of that nasty barking.

Speaking of which, I actually own this but have washed it so many times I need a new one. [They are not supposed to be washed.] Amazon lists it as being out of stock. I got mine at Target but can’t find it there now. It is a popular item you can surely find by Googling “Dachshund Doormat”. It is $19.99.

(Note from Jamie – I found a selection of dachshund doormats, including the one Kelly mentioned, on this site.)


I almost exclusively write with a Sharpie, but I suspect a Sharpie by another name—if that name is Marc Jacobs—is even sweeter. At only $1.50 they make great stocking stuffers.


Last year I set the goal of rereading all 56 original Nancy Drew books. I am almost there—just about 6 to go! While the whole collection would make a great gift for any girl detective aficionado, I’ve had my eyes on Nancy Drew Note Cards (each with the picture of one of her books on the cover), $13.00 for 20. Check out the Sleuth Shop’s website for so many other Nancy Drew-related items, including jewelry, stationary products and even purses. It’s a mystery to me how anyone, young or old, could not love these.


I love sending people postcards, but always ones that are modified in a way that they are more art project than basic quick note. When I saw this mug, masquerading as a post card I flipped. I liked how original it was. It is available at Target for $49.99 in Target’s monthly Red Hot Shop area.


In that same vein of ‘if you like it, put a note on it’, check out these Memo Cannisters ranging in price from $9.99 – 19.99. Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like writing “Merry Christmas”. Chalk not included.

Speaking of the kitchen, Nigella Lawson is one of my biggest celeb crushes. There’s just something so sensual about the way she describes cooking and eats with her hands, thoroughly comfortable with herself. An ex-boyfriend once got me her cookbook, Forever Summer and it is fabulous. One of my favorite things to make in the summer is her Happiness Soup which consists of yellow summer squash, rice, chicken broth and lemon. It’s amazing how something so simple can be so good!

Nigella's Christmas Book.

What better way to end Kelly Kreth’s Holiday WishList 2010 than with Nigella’s whole cookbook collection. Approximately $23.10 each volume. Last year I even got to hear her talk about her holiday one while she was at the Barnes and Noble by my house.

She is also the person who taught me how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker. Thanks to Nigella I’ve made Margarita Ice Cream, White Russian Ice Cream and Sweet Cream Ice Cream all with only a freezer and a Tupperware.

So Happy Cooking, friends, and more so, Happy Holidays.

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My Holiday Wishlist: Kelly Kreth, Part 2

by Jamie Sanford on December 2, 2010

Striped and Fabulous.

Kelly Kreth

(Today’s guest post was contributed by Kelly Kreth. I “met” Kelly online around 10 years ago, and since then she’s made me jewelry, she’s been the subject of one of the best photos I’ve ever taken, and thoroughly kicked my ass in Facebook Scrabble. Check out her new blog which explores optimism and pessimism with great humor and frankness. Check out Part 1 of Kelly’s Holiday Wishlist here.)

Wow! That first part took a lot out of me. So I think I’ll start this second part off with a nice bottle of champagne. [Hell, 52 bottles. One for each week. Veuve Clicquot Rose is a “perfectly balanced rosé which combines elegance and personality. This delectable champagne is beautifully ample and full of charm. It is a delicious wine in early bloom, a rosé with character, wonderful as an aperitif to be shared as a twosome [or for Kelly, alone] or with dear friends.” $71.99 per bottle.

If this booze doesn’t get me sufficiently soused, I’d also like this vodka, but mostly because I love the bottle. $41.99.

Once I am sufficiently buzzed, it’s not enough to just feel good, but I’ll also need to look good. Hence my desire for sexy undies from my favorite lingerie line, Agent Provocateur. I’d pretty much take any of the pieces on the site, but if I had to pick one it’d be this Alina bra, $180 and panty $180.


Whenever I travel or even just stay the night at someone’s home, I always hate having to carry my big daytime bag and also bring a smaller, fancier clutch for evening. Tiffany’s of Breakfast at… fame has come up with a gorgeous solution. This metallic tote reverses to tan for a day look and has a smaller gold clutch attached for evening. How brilliant! Holly Golightly would think it was darling, darling. It is part of their new leather collection, and costs $595. If you aren’t hot for beige and gold, their other color combos are: Tiffany blue and platinum, coral suede and gold, and black and onyx.


And speaking of Tiffany’s, I’ve always wanted two carat diamond stud earrings. These beauties will run about $11,000, but as you all know, as cliché as it sounds, diamonds are forevah.


Now that my ears are a’sparkling, I’d want my wrist to not be naked. I’ve passed the TENO store in Soho tons of times and always marvel at this bracelet. For $1650, it seems pricey for rubber and some gold, but it is a wish list…


I have a flat-screen Bravia tv in my bedroom but it is only 26 inches. I’d love a 40-inch one for my living room. (Currently available for $1,349.)


And now that I’d no longer have to invite those who want to watch tv with me to lay in my bed, I’d get a new couch. Because I am neurotic about keeping everything in my home black, white and red. I’d get this couch, the Antoinette Fainting Sofa at Urban Outfitters for $578.


In case there still is someone who’d like to lay in bed and watch tv with me, I’d get an assortment of these creative black and white pillowcases at Urban Outftters for $28 a pair.


And on that note, I am exhausted; to all a good holiday and to all a good night.

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My Holiday Wishlist: Kelly Kreth, Part 1

by Jamie Sanford on December 1, 2010

Striped and Fabulous.

Kelly Kreth

(Today’s guest post was contributed by Kelly Kreth. I “met” Kelly online around 10 years ago, and since then she’s made me jewelry, she’s been the subject of one of the best photos I’ve ever taken, and thoroughly kicked my ass in Facebook Scrabble. Check out her new blog which explores optimism and pessimism with great humor and frankness.)

Before I begin, I want to make all readers aware that the one thing—actually the top three things—– I want most of all are not on this list. While these things are omitted because they can’t be purchased, I must also disclose that I am not so altruistic that “world peace” is one of the three. I’m far, far shallower.

I’ve debated over how to organize this list. Should it go from cheapest to most expensive? Practical to most luxe? Or should it be grouped by likeness? I’ve opted to list them in a way that is more narrative than listicle:

I’m all about learning new things so the first group are not tangible items, but rather, EXPERIENCES:

A few years ago I took Fine Cooking 1 at the Institute of Culinary Education which has excellent Recreational Cooking Classes. I’d really like to take the second part of that. These comprehensive multi-day courses run about 25 hours over five days and cost about $595. Of course, I’d be happy with any of their one-day courses. Groups are up to 12 people whom you cook with and then afterwards you sit communally, drink wine and try-out your creations.

While I’m a Microsoft PAINT expert, I just bought Photoshop and would love to take a Graphic Design Course. Full-time classes run for three months; Part-time classes run for one year.  These programs run at $9,950.

I’m an avid reader and love all things literary. I’ve always wanted to be a part of the New York Public Library’s Young Lions. Memberships run from $350 for the most basic program to a whopping $10,000 for the most comprehensive. Even at the lowest level, the events and benefits are thrilling. Drinks and debates take place at member forums, private film screenings are held with Q&As afterwards, etc.

Young Lions Co-Chair Ethan Hawke and Committee Member Uzodinma Iweala at the Young Lions Fiction Award.

I’d love to go on a two-week safari to Africa. Expect to pay anywhere from $5000 to $15,000 per person.

My favorite spa experience in Manhattan is in Koreatown at Juvenex Spa. I’ve been on the receiving end of a 90-minute massage and a 60-minute full body scrub and both were excellent. Prior to treatments, you are invited to use their igloo sauna and cold pool. After your treatments you are given tea and fruit. After 7pm the spa is co-ed and it is open all night. Seeing that this is a WISH list, I’d opt for the Full Day Premium with Spa Lunch & Gift Bag – Any 6 Treatments – $725 [plus tip] which basically includes any SIX treatments, lunch and gift bag. Yowza! I especially like that this is one of the few spas in the area that provide women and men with paper bathing suits; I’ve been to others that only provide towels and scrubs are done in public completely sans clothing. Yikes!

Several years ago I was the recipient of a certificate for a dinner for two with wine pairings to Per Se, one of Manhattan’s most expensive and raved about restaurants. Located in the Time Warner Center, it took me about a month to get reservations, but it was surely a birthday dinner to remember. Each day there is a new nine-course tasting menu (plus amuse bouche ) that is $275 per person and also a vegetarian tasting menu which costs the same . Wine pairings are about $150 extra. One of the things I recall most—I’m a bit fuzzy because I had a glass of wine with each course—was the incredible butter. The waiter explained it was from the same set of cows in some exclusive farm. Again, sketchy on the details, but not on the amazing taste.

As you can probably tell from the aforementioned experiences I desire, I’m a hedonist—a very lazy one. Hence my yearning for a full-year of weekly maid service from Maid for You New York. I have a 750 sq. ft. apt. in Manhattan, but the service can do any size residential or commercial space. Prices vary depending on size of unit and chores desired. I’d go for the works: cleaning, laundry, upholstery steaming, etc. Now if only they sent Teri Copley. [I think only olds will get that reference!]


Stay tuned for Part Two of Kelly Kreth’s Holiday Wishlist which will feature more traditional, tangible gift items such as jewelry, clothing, electronics, music and books.

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Kelly Framel Jewelry

by Jamie Sanford on November 19, 2010

I’m writing a second post today to point everyone to Kelly Framel’s jewelry shop.


Kelly is also known as The Glamourai, I’ve been reading her blog for some time now and absolutely love her style.  Her pieces are unique and handmade, and that skull ring needs to be mine.  A great option on her site is the layaway program – what a great opportunity to reserve one of her fabulous pieces and have some time to come up with the cash instead of saving up and realizing that someone else scooped it up!

Check out Kelly Framel Jewelry here.

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Skeletons: They aren’t just for Halloween anymore

by Jamie Sanford on November 8, 2010

Striped and Fabulous.

Kelly Kreth

(Today’s guest post was contributed by Kelly Kreth. I “met” Kelly online around 10 years ago, and since then she’s made me jewelry, she’s been the subject of one of the best photos I’ve ever taken, and thoroughly kicked my ass in Facebook Scrabble.  Check out her new blog which explores optimism and pessimism with great humor and frankness.)

Last year at this time I was entranced by a dress created by Rodarte for Target. After seeing it online and in print, I was dying to buy one. It was a sleeveless black tunic shift, sequined and had a print of a human rib cage on it.

Alas, when I finally got to a Target (this was before the Manhattan Target existed) they were all gone. Many were listed on Ebay but were being auctioned for around triple the actual price. Instead I tried to find a substitute and came up with another rib cage dress posted on Ebay, this one for only $16.99. I chanced it and wore it this summer.

Coincidentally, I later found a whole rack of brand new Rodarte rib cage dresses at the Good Will a few months later and they were only priced at $25.00. Much to my dismay, after trying one on, it felt way too cheap and didn’t fit well so I’m happy I didn’t purchase it from Target or Ebay prior to trying it on.

Which gets me to today’s wish list item:

This Devastee Skeleton print dress is available here and goes for a whopping $317.

About the designers:

Created by young French designers Ophélie Klère and François Alary in 2004, Dévastée is a fashion house that draws inspiration from the dark, the depressive and the macabre. Their lines, entirely black and white, are eloquently understated and feature wearable graphic prints and sleek tailoring.

It is 100% wool and comes in European sizes which is always a plus. Telling someone I am a 38 makes me feel thinner!

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