We all know this: when it rains it pours. It wouldn't be a cliche if it weren't just so dang true. Indeed, it has been a bit of a deluge at my house. So I'm feeling like I just sort of want to keep my head down and sneak out of 2010 and into 2011 nice and slow, without. . . making. . . any. . . waves. I didn't realize my mood had permeated even my fashion sensibilities until I started clipping my picks for this post and I saw that everything was black, white and gray, hence my Christmas/Holiday 2010 wish list, a collection of drool-worthy if monochromatic gift ideas for mamas.
So what's been going on? Well, there was the health scare in August/September--a lump that turned out to be a complication from quitting breastfeeding, but with all the fun of palpations, ultrasounds and needle biopsies and waiting for results stretched over a few weeks.
Then my beloved Gram got sick. Then better. Then sick again. Then somewhat better, and then finally very sick. The day she entered hospice, my dear Pop, her husband of more than 60 years, fell ill too. He joined her in her room a few days later and they ended up passing within 14 hours of each other. So sad. So wrenching, but a great love story through and through--one that seems almost unbelievable, even to me, and leaves me in awe of the power of love and the potency of our minds and spirits.
Thrown in there for dramatic effect was a sewer line break (apparently 101 years is about all a clay pipe can take), precipitating a $10K repair job that left our backyard as a pile of dirt/mud and a smattering of no less than five illnesses that ran through all four members of our family, including coughing, vomiting and other ahem, "stomach" maladies.
So, while I do so loathe to wish a year away, 2010 leaves me feeling more thankful than ever for my health, my family and my friends, and very, very ready for New Year 2011.
But a bit of holiday cheer, a few shiny baubles, and a cozy sweater or two sure won't hurt.
I just need these jeans. They are so hot on. Let go of your 1992 Girbaud Jeans hang up and go with it, sister. You looked hot in your paper-bag-belted, colored denim then and you'll look hot in your skinny colored denim now : )
$138 - saksfifthavenue.com
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$175 - nordstrom.com
Crystal jewelry »
$79 - stelladot.com
These babies are back-ordered until after Christmas, but Mamas, they'd be worth the wait. This set of three silver bangles is a fabulous alternative to the crazy pricey Ipolita bangle I wrote up in another Christmas/Holiday gift guide last year.