Today’s post is primarily focused on a fun and frivolous topic
(well then, why didn’t you save it for Friday Fun, hello?!), we take a look at the just-released Needless Markup Neiman Marcus Christmas Catalog.
Yes, even though my calendar says it is only October 20th, the book came out Tuesday. As you might expect, yours truly engaged in a bit of a whine-a-thon
(well, there’s a surprise) about retailers and Christmas Creep (that nasty practice of moving holiday promotions earlier and earlier into the season) but a Twitter pal gently let us know that in this case we were mistaken, the catalog actually arrived a week later than last year’s.
Other basics? A Tory Burch cosmetic case at $65.
There are gifts that offer a philanthropic component, the Toms Hearts Slip-On for Kids ($55) and Camo Slip-On ($38) are a good example, for every pair of shoes sold Toms donates a pair to a child in need. They have been doing this since 2006, we do love this brand.
There are plenty of Pretty in Pink ideas, like the Kids’ First Boot ($50) from Hunter or the pink Jellycat Carousel Pony ($18), Madame Alexander’s Fancy Nancy and Bree Cloth Dolls ($44.95-$84.95) also offers a pink option.
Of course, the Fantasy Gifts are what generates the buzz about the book. The 2011 offerings include a private Johnnie Walker Tasting ($5000) for you and twenty guests, 100% of the proceeds from this item goes directly to amfAR™, the Foundation for AIDS Research. Also in this section of the catalog, a magnificent Hacker-Craft Speedboat ($250,000) made of mahogany. (As someone raised on and around the old style wooden boats from Chris Craft and Century, this does increase our heart rate just a bit. Sigh.)
This year eight of the nine “Fantasy Gift” items have a charitable element.
We are not quite so
gaga over what is essentially a $75,000 yurt, the Dream Folly. Nor do we care for the $1,000,000 Dancing Fountains, the Consort is rather committed to maintaining the moat surrounding the property Palace. (Cough-cough.)
However, he is intrigued by the Ferrari FF, almost a bargain at $395,000.
But don’t dawdle on this one, there are only ten available. (Seriously, all of last year’s posh cars sold out very quickly!)
We wanted to share another lighthearted tidbit, the First Dog, Bo, is now featured in his own official photo with Michelle Obama. Here is more from the PopSugar story:
“We get so many letters from kids, who want to hear about the garden, they want to see it, and they also want to see Bo. Bo is really the most popular. So we decided to do this official picture that we could send to them when they write in.
The folks at Talbots have to be happy, First Lady Michelle Obama wore a Talbots dress in the photo.
If intrigued by the frock, apologies, we can’t provide a link, it is several seasons old.
entirely self-promotional quick note today, our sister blog What Kate Wore is offering a free pair of London Sole shoes in a contest. The giveaway includes a pair of either the Pirouette, these retail at $165.
Or the lucky winner can select from the varying Henrietta styles, they run $195-$255.
G’bye until next time!