The holidays are approaching, and having recently moved countries (and into a new apartment) means I'm pretty strapped for funds. I still want to treat myself, but my means do not stretch as far as my imagination. Thus, I've created this Elegant Dirtbag Gift Guide. It's basically a wishlist of the things I'd love to receive (or buy for myself) in a perfect world, items that I believe capture the general vibe of the elegant dirtbag, whoever they/I may be.
Let's jump right in, then.
clockwise from top left: Baron Wolman's Groupies and Other Electric Ladies; MR by Man Repeller platform sandals; Bella Freud Fairytale Of New York candle; Gucci studded sunglasses; Saint Laurent goat hair coat; Kiko Milano High Pigment shadow in 19 Matte Yellow and 39 Matte Coral; Smith & Cult nail polish in Faunt-Leroy; holographic Brian Eno button; iron-on banana patch.
I always love getting books for Christmas, but moving 5 times in the last four-and-a-half years has taught me that anything heavy is a pain to lug around, which is why I'm so glad Baron Wolman's Groupies and Other Electric Ladies is now available in a paperback format. Chock full of his shots taken of iconic "band-aids" of the '60s and '70s during his time as Rolling Stone's photo editor, the images contained within this tome are endlessly inspiring and capture a magical period in rock history that's never to be repeated. Keeping with that theme, I can see these rainbow platforms from MR by Man Repeller on the feet of any true glam-rock devotee. If I had the budget, I'd clomp around in these on the regular. That star clasp! Sigh.
As for things I can never get enough of, let's talk fancy candles. Bella Freud's are a favourite of mine, housing the coziest scents in their matte black ceramic canisters. Her newest offering, Fairytale of New York, blends blood orange, tobacco flower, musk and patchouli and is inspired by Shane McGowan's beloved song. My windowsill needs this for chilly nights.
Speaking of chilly, no matter how dismal or dark the weather gets here in London, I refuse to give up my sunglasses addiction. I stand by my belief that nothing brings an air of coolness to an outfit quicker than a great pair of specs, and this starry-eyed pair from Gucci is what dreams are made of. Combine them with the ultra fuzziness of Saint Laurent's goat hair coat (or in my case, the hopeful wish I score a similar jacket in a charity shop) and winter won't stand a chance at defeating me.
In the new year, I plan to take even more risks with colour both in my wardrobe and my makeup, and Kiko Milano's affordable range of high-pigment wet/dry shadows fit the bill. I already own a vibrant electric blue from the line, and can't wait to add more shades from the spectrum to my collection. My nails will join the colour party too, and I think this lavender from Smith & Cult is a soft and pretty way to carry myself into spring (if it ever comes).
Finally, one can never have too many pieces of flair. This holographic Eno button (continuing on with my glam rock obsession here and always, I suppose) and banana patch (an ode to a childhood nickname I can't seem to shake) are both perfect.