1. Birdcage Pumps 2. Dress with Pleating 3. Coat with Removable Collar 4. Azura Dress 5. Color Quench Lip Balm in Blood Orange 6. Roll-On Perfume in Blood Orange 7. Egyptian princess
The older you get, the harder it is to swallow the holidays. Sometimes there is just too much holiday opulence, and you start to wake up in a cold sweat from nightmares of being suffocated in a giant crystal goblet filled with a paste made of pub cheese and glitter, and the last thing you see before you die is the grotesque refracted image of a strange man in red pajamas teaching your children a deeply flawed moral system based on material reward and mythical punishment. It’s the greed, it’s the excess, but mostly it’s the disposability of it all. Wrapping paper, tinsel, ribbons and bows, candy wrappers, by January 2nd it becomes garbage. All of it. The sparkly peppermint lip gloss, the nutmeg-marshmallow-scented body spray, the tree. GARBAGE. The Spirit has a shelf life and once that expiration date passes by, it smells. In order for your holiday apparel and bath items to be sustainable, they can’t be holiday-specific. When I was in the fourth grade, I received 3 pairs of thick wool socks. I still have one of those pairs and wear them regularly. How? Well, they don’t have a rhinestoned penguin patch ironed on to them. Keep the holiday spirit, just ditch the obvious.
These dresses are the ones. THE ONES. They’re totally festive! Red and green! Slip one of these on and you’ll look so appropriately fly at any holiday party… and at Valentine’s dinner, and at your sister’s graduation, and picking strawberries in July, and picking apples in September, and bobbing for apples in October, and eating apple pie in November, right back around to getting the apples of your cheeks pinched by creepy uncle Fred at the next family holiday party. Both have pretty-as-peaches fronts and look so fabulous peeking out from under your favorite cardigan; lose the sweater when the sun shines to reveal a back that wows. The green dress has a low V with button detail and the red one has a REALLY LOW V for blending out those fresh tan lines (please wear sunscreen).
The coat! With 3/4 sleeves and a removable luxurious fur collar, the coat is as perfect thrown over your shoulders on a crisp fall day as it is paired with velvet opera gloves on your way to see The Nutcracker. The green is precisely the shade of green that poets think of when they write the word “verdure”. It’s the green that brings good cheer and brings out the sparkle in your eyes. It’s just as much Joan as it is jolly. Bring your ensemble together with some shoes that have a real kick– the Birdcage or the Egyptian Princess. Equally exotic, exceptionally beautiful, and unequivocally disco, these will keep the twinkle in your toes year-round without looking like you scraped them together from the glittering tears of eight tiny reindeer. And I have to admit: I am such a sucker for holiday bath and products. I just finished the bottle of eggnog body wash my friend got me for Christmas last year. Iwannanotherone. For the rest of you who are a little less freaky, go for the blood orange. It’s festive without being too festive. The roll-on perfume is just lovely, fresh and citrusy and rich without being too sweet, and the coordinating Lip Quench is to Lip Smackers what that man you met in Florence is to the guy you dated in high school who had a collection of “Gwar hair” that he kept in ziploc baggies. It departs just the right amount of natural rosy color, and tastes and smells like a dream but not enough so that you wind up eating it. And since they’re made by Pacifica, you know that they’re all-natural, ecologically conscious, and a portion of the proceeds from your purchase will go to the Oceanic Society. Now that’s sustainable.