Some people have a thing for shot glasses – I have a thing for salt and pepper shakers. While I’m usually buying them from the different countries I’ve visited, this particular set of egg shaped dragon salt and pepper shakers from L’objet are ornately orient. After all, this is the year of the dragon – adding these to my S&P collection fits perfectly into the scheme of things.
 It’s become ultimately clear that I’m obsessed with timepieces of all sorts, from the cutesy to the refined. This Swatch watch is the former, and perfect for stacking with multiple large bangles. The Swatch Year of the Dragon watch evokes the lovely blue and white hand stenciled artwork found in traditional Chinese pottery, bringing it to life in a way that’s a fair bit less delicate.
 Jade has all these connotations in Chinese culture, there’s a Chinese saying that says ‘gold has value, jade is invaluable.’ Between the fact that green is my favorite color and the obsession I have with collecting things, (if there was a show called style hoarders, I’d be a regular) this Jade leaf bracelet from CBD by Charlotte Bjorlin D’elia is another one of those things I’m coveting deeply.
 Before my parents had me and started a family – they traveled a lot. It was on one of those voyages to China that my mother picked up a blue silk robe that I was obsessed with as a child. I’d trace my fingers over the dragon stitched into the back of the robe and get lost in the beauty of it, and this Sirisha Women’s Asian Nouveau Satin Silk robe reminds me of all of that.
 The biggest difference between this Lodis Accessories Audrey E-Reader Envelope and the red envelopes that are a part of the Chinese New Year tradition is that I intend to spend the money I put into this one. Although it was particularly designed to hold an e-reader I’ve got plans for multiple uses brewing in my mind. A cardinal Chinese symbol of luck, I’d keep a red envelop with me at all times just to hold on to the sentiment.
 Unlike the rest of the New York fashion scene. I can’t live my life in all black – my need for a colorful wardrobe is just one of those things I inherited from being born in the Caribbean. While black has become sort of a uniform for everyone else – I’ll stick to my bright colors – like this Jade Crop Cable Knit from Acne. The knit makes it perfect for winter – and the color helps keep me and my complexion from sinking into a winter abyss.
 Ariel had whos its and whats its galore, and I’ve got a thing for bangles. One day I purchased every color I could find in a vintage store in Toronto. This Kate Spade City Lights Idiom bangle is precious, the engraving on the inside is the cherry on top – it reads “Bright Lights, Big City.” Every chance I get, whether it’s perching myself on my Brooklyn rooftop or driving through the city in the back of a cab after a night out – taking in NYC’s city lights is one of those marvelous things about living in NYC and this bangle embodies that.
 These vases have a sort of test tube vibe – taking me back to Chemistry class and the periodic table in a more beautiful way. I may possess an inability to keep plants alive for any extended period of time, but I love orchids. This image conjures up all types of ideas for turning my room into a greenhouse. My dream apartment will make use of these Pipin Vases in almost every room.
 It’s a little Ballerina like and totally flirtatious. This Naf Naf pleated skirt is a simply a beautiful piece. This skirt makes me want to buy a leotard and enroll in dance classes just so that I can wear it over and over again. The slip and sheer skirting has an air of delicacy that I covet ever so deeply this winter.
 They’re only penny loafers if they’ve got a penny on top – so add them at your own expense. These particular loafers are Sam Edelman Women’s Etienes and I’m positively in love with them. The fact they come in a color called Watermelon Rush is enough to get me all giddy inside. They’re a little piece of summer that trickled over into winter. It’s a eccentric take on a classic that is oh so me.
I’d love to have these all over my place with my favorite quotes etched into them. They’re the perfect little personalized touch for a quote junkie like me. The timeless Steuben Glass piece is utterly exquisite, the kind that come with my Hot & Sour soup has nothing on these.
Quad Shelving Unit by Nauris Kalinauskas; Gnr8.biz – $999.00
I’ve wanted to build one of these bookshelves for so long it doesn’t even make sense for me to estimate. I’d build one myself but I’m quite sure I’m not as adept at getting right angles right with a nail and a hammer as I’d like to be. The quad shelving unit definitely deserves a place in my humble abode, especially with all the piles of magazines and books I refuse to trash, trade or pass along to someone else. The slightly off kilter way of stacking your prized literary possessions makes a bookworm like me swoon. If your book collection is lacking in volume, it’s just darn pretty to look at, and there are so many other things you can put on it.
I’m a fan of saving, so long as it doesn’t keep me from enjoying some good food, booze and miscellaneous shopping and entertainment activities. Perhaps when I’m making the kind of bank that I can drop $1,900 on a piggy bank I won’t be in need of a piggy bank as stately as this one. Perhaps I should stick to bank accounts and pink ones, but I can’t help but adore this one. It’s a beautiful sort of grown up keepsake that I’d probably fill with coins from different countries to add a little intrigue.
 This looks like a jewelry box I’d keep on my vanity or chest of drawers but it’s actually a clutch purse from Poupee Couture. I love its duality, the black box on gold lattice work is utterly gorgeous. I spied something like this in the BCBG Max Azria Fall Winter 2011 show, but this one I can have now if my heart desires.
 This is called a tortoise decanter, for the true wine connoisseur in me. It’s more than just that piece you pull out when company’s over, it’s the kind of piece you want to put on display because it’s so gorgeous. This Steuben creation is a work of art.
 I can picture Christina Hendricks wearing this Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Red Solid Sunday top on the set of Mad Men. It’s vintage sixties feel is timeless and I’d love to dress it up by mixing it with other decades and creating a modern perspective. I want to wear it as an open vest over a slouchy vintage tee, a pair of skinny jeans and canvas oxfords.
 The splashes of color on this Proenza Schouler mini make me all kinds of happy. I’m a color fanatic and the frilly texture paired with the green and blue decidedly non-girly colors makes it even more my cup of tea.
 This Rachel Roy ring is blue burnished metal enrobed by a snake, it’s ultra edgy, but what I find a little hilarious is the one red eye, one clear. The texture and dimensions of this ring make it a phenomenal covet worthy piece that I can’t get out of my head.
I’ve been toying with the idea of styling my hair with dreadlocks like Lauryn Hill for a really long time. I haven’t gone through with it because I’m chicken and my family isn’t very supportive. They weren’t supportive when I cut it off either, but something about the persona of Lauryn Hill makes me want to try it. A venerable style icon in the world of R&B, Lauryn Hill set the stage for both music and style for today’s artists. Janelle Monae has been named as her predecessor of sorts, but I’m hesitant to say that anyone can compare to this empress of cool. Her music has spoken to generations and from afros to locks and leopard print to black, she’s this driving force that has the potential to overpower the soul. I suppose marrying into the closest thing to Jamaican royalty, the Marley family, Lauryn Hill holds a sacred place in the hearts and minds of anyone who’s ever took heed to the lyrics of any track on ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’. Lauryn always looks amazing in a halter, and she’s never been shy about prints, a piece like this Missoni vertical striped jumpsuit is a must-have when channeling her style. I love wire necklaces and this one is almost an exact replica of a necklace Lauryn has been photographed wearing time and time again. The cover art for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is legitimate art as far as I’m concerned, and this acrylic painting from Artie Barksdale elevates it to another level. Lauryn loves her leopard, and while I’m not sure I could pull off a leopard print coat like her I most certainly could rock this cross body vintage-esque leopard print bag.