The GOACA guide: Ten gifts I would love to receive

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meditation pillow

I believe in buying people the kind of gifts they’d never buy themselves, and all of the following items fall under that heading for me. They’re all deeply unnecessary, but each in its own way quite excellent. For starters: I have been trying again to meditate—it is so hard!—and believe I could at least do so stylishly (if not effectively) on this cushion.

portable speaker

The cutest speaker maybe ever.

Kapital Kuba socks

And these socks just delight me.

Fujifilm Instax photo printer

A diminutive photo printer would come in so handy. I miss actual pictures.

wrought iron snake

This wrought iron snake would look perfect on a coffee table.

Murano glass vase

Such an unstoppably gorgeous Murano glass vase.

Urban Outfitters puffer

I have it in my mind that I need a red puffer, and I like the shirttail hem on this one.

Blackline cutting boards

These black cutting boards are so unexpected and cool.

Astier de Villatte mug

This skull print mug from Astier de Villatte is just precisely the type of item I would never buy for myself—it’s so pricey for a mug—but would be impossibly thrilled to receive.

Manon ring

It exceeds the GOACA price limit, and I don’t have my fingers crossed that anyone’s going to splurge on it for me, but I have wanted this knot ring for ages and ages.

Fornasetti plateMy new favorite Fornasetti plate.

What I am packing for vacation

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I’m going to Mexico on Christmas day—a small town about an hour’s flight and then another hour’s drive from Mexico City called San Miguel, have any of you been?— and am aiming to fit everything into a carry-on. This is usually pretty easy when packing for a warm climate. But apparently it gets cold in the evenings there this time of year, which creates a challenge. So I’m only bringing with me items I know I’ll want to wear repeatedly. And I am dreaming of purchasing these Nili Lotan Jenna pants, in navy, with the most adorable ribbon trim. They’ll look cute cuffed when it’s warmer out, and are so damn comfortable and flattering.

On the plane, I’ll wear these R-13 jeans, which I have owned forever.

 

And whatever the thickest sweater I’m bringing is.

Even though I know they’ll get wrinkled, I’ll bring a couple of button-downs (and maybe, if there’s room, this wee travel steamer will come along too).

I own a couple of Maria Cornejo jersey dresses, and they are so good for travel because they pack down to nothing.

I can’t imagine not bringing a striped long-sleeved tee, most likely in simple, graphic black and white because it’s so versatile, and a little punk rock.

To walk around everywhere, I will bring these clogs, even though they’re clunky to pack.

For lounging about, I’ll put an ancient Emerson Fry caftan in the suitcase, but I dream of bringing this stunner.

A lightweight cotton cardigan is a particularly good layering piece.

And finally, I know I risk boring you by going on about about Chan Luu scarves again, but they really are the best for travel. Lightweight, but super-warm too.  This is so fun in the leopard print, no?

Taking requests: What to sleep in?

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Please forgive me, reader who wrote in requesting a post on sleepwear: I’m pretty sure I accidentally deleted your note. But I’m going ahead with the post anyway, because in all the five and a half years of doing this blog, I don’t think I’ve ever covered this topic. My taste in sleepwear depends on the season, but I always like a nice slinky nightgown like this—in the winter I just pull an old t-shirt over it for warmth. (Here it is in extended sizes.)

These pajamas look so soft and comfortable, and I like the kind of dirty lavender hue.

These striped pants are awfully cute.

I like how the plaid here is really subdued.

From Everlane: a sweet silk set.

This jumpsuit might be hell in the middle of the night when you have to go to the bathroom, but it is too adorable.

This black set is just as suitable for lounging as it is sleeping.

I’ll admit that this dress is not the sexiest, but it looks so cozy.

Now this is sexy, and pretty flattering too.

I like these PJs because they have stars on them.

This is LL Bean, and flannel, and maybe on the frumpy side but I’m a little obsessed with it.

And this is so pretty you might be tempted to wear it out of the house.

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I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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