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 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.
Five picks of things I’m coveting deeply – this Christmas.
 I honestly hate Christmas list making, but if it’s one thing I’ve been coveting all year it’s this Morocco Headboard from West Elm. I’m determined to add this geometric carved chocolate wood headboard to my decor. It’s one of those things that are in that image I keep fresh in my mind of my dream apartment – and it may just be the first piece I add to start building it in the real world.
 If I’m honest with myself and everyone else, I’ll admit that for many facets of my life – I live in organized chaos. I’ve tried to structure my life out in a leather bound planner before, but I always end up abandoning at some point. I find my smart phone and Google planners to be a pain in my rear end. So this time my theory is that if I get one that’s really pretty, like this emerald green Smythson diary, I won’t be able to stop myself from writing everything down in it.
 So it’s no secret that I love Samantha Jones more than Carrie Bradshaw – which to some may seem sacrilegious, but I digress it’s the truth. This Lazar wool-crepe blazer from Preen beckons “Samantha!” It’s gorgeous, it’s vibrant, and… it’s a little too much. Perfect for a suit or a pair of jeans, it’s seventies chic and I want it!
 I lament the rise of the cell phone for the very reason that it caused the demise of the wrist watch. Perhaps it’s all the time I spent learning how to tell time, but it was a valuable – self-taught lesson, and I want to use it on something as gorgeous as this grey Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Amy’ Leather Strap Watch.
 I have a love of sequins that can at times get irrational. I’ve hunted for the perfect vintage black sequin dress and found it and this stunning skirt is just one of those great finds. This pale gold sequin pencil skirt reminds me of the skirt I tried to swipe from my mother’s closet time and time again only to be reprimanded for touching things that didn’t belong to me.
 I have quite a few coats, from pea coats to leather jackets to trenches, and I love each and every one of them. The full skirt and cinched waist on this Azzedine Alaia princess coat makes it outwear I wouldn’t want to take off inside. Perhaps the Duchess of Cambridge would be a fan of the silhouette, it’s regal and a little bit sexy.
 Vintage Chanel can make just about every fashion loving girl swoon, case in point – this WGACA Vintage Chanel watch. Thinking about slipping this on by itself or with a stack of leather and beaded bracelets gives me chills. It’s a work of art.
 When I was younger, my mother couldn’t get me into a bra without padding, and now that I’ve got a pair of DD boobs, I’m always on a never-ending search for the opposite. The neon green french lace on this bra from Deborah Marquit is exactly that kind of bra.
 I’ve got an obsession with chandeliers, whether its earrings or the ones that hang from the ceiling. The Lambent Sphere Chandelier is sort of ethereal and woodland-y. I imagine it hanging in my living room, with the sparkle of crystal combated by the iron hand-wiring.
 While Yankee Doodle stuck a feather in his hat and called it macaroni, I much prefer the ring that this Eugenia Kim Hunter Green Lauren Velour Felt Hat has to it. It’s a fedora with just enough masculine authority and a little bit or nursery rhyme zing to polish off any ensemble, especially if your pairing it with my new favorite jacket (see )
 Is it too early to start thinking about what I’d like to ring in the new year with? Perhaps a bottle of Veuve Clicquot or Dom Perignon and this adorable scalloped tiger skirt from Timo Weiland. It’s a little Blair Waldorf with a little edge and maybe that’s why I love it so much, but it’s definitely on my birthday/Christmas list this year.
 I’m heading to Paris in a matter of weeks and if any brand knows the city of lights it’s Louis Vuitton (and Chanel of course). They’ve got guides for quite a few of the fashion capitals around the world, and the Louis Vuitton City Guide 2011 features 600 addresses that embody the essence of Paris. A few Audrey Hepburn films, a Gossip Girl episode, and a Louis Vuitton City Guide later and I’ll have the perfect Parisian getaway planned to perfection.
 I own the Manta Ray bangle, it’s positively stunning and it’s created a sort of obsession with the Alkemie line. The Starfish ring is next on my must have list, and I’m looking to collect all the animalistic cast in the Alkemie collection. They’re simple, but gorgeous – and happen to be socially and environmentally responsible; each piece is made from 100% reclaimed metal, hand crafted in Los Angeles.
 My penchant for odd little pendants continues, from Jessics de Lotz Jewellery, the Red Relished Resin Apple Necklace is quirky and that’s just the way I like it. Perhaps it’s the apple Snow White ate, or the forbidden fruit, but somehow this ravished apple is sexy and dark.
 From my fingernails to my feet, wine is one of my favorite shades for Fall, and booties are one of those fall necessities. These Proenza Schouler Lace-up booties in wine suede are luxurious and provocative. Not to mention, the 4.5 inch heel makes them sort of bearable for the New York City streets that seem to be ripping my feet and my favorite heels to shreds.
 The weather is finally agreeable, if you can withstand the humidity and if nothing else that means I need water and wedges. These beachy beaded espadrilles from Not Rated with turquoise accents are definitely on my ever growing wish list. They are simply adorable, perfect for a long skirt or mini dress.
 In honor of Erica Jong’s latest book, ‘Sugar in My Bowl,’ scheduled for release on June 14th, I’m a tad bit enthralled by this legs in a bathtub sugar bowl from Undergrowth. This sugar bowl isn’t just a little bit naughty, it’s downright bad, and I love it. Because we all need a little sugar in our bowls, I’m coveting this deeply.
 This season I want lots of flowy tops in particularly interesting shades. I’m never one to shy away from color, so I love the delicacy of the drapery on this blouse in the soft orange hue. It’s utter perfection in its beautiful mastery of the female silhouette.
 An antique tea stand with intriguing fretwork, this square stool is perfect for a seat or a little table. I love anything that takes something mundane or even slightly forgettable and transforms it into something that makes you kind of stop and stare. I think this stool is one of those pieces that’ll end up in my bedroom whether or not I’m sure how it’ll work with the decor.
 I’m a tad apprehensive when it comes to white jeans so these really light blue Harlan jeans from Earnest Sewn kind of pacifies that fear. The cigarette leg and the distressed rips take them from clean cut and respectable to something I’d wear with just ab0ut any kind of top, whether I’m feeling flirty or seductive.
 I am a confirmed member of #TeamBlackBerry so the new BlackBerry PlayBook is right up my alley. It may take a while for this new tablet to catch up to the iPad and it’s host of functionality, but I still want it. It’s smaller, lighter, and addition to the BlackBerry family that I welcome with open arms. It’s available for pre-order now, but if it doesn’t make its way to my purse soon enough I may need to get an iPad.
 This Forzieri hand made purple rose sterling silver fashion ring is an instant favorite. It’s delicate and beautiful, but it’s size makes a strong statement. I love the detailed petals, and the bright color made simple by the sterling silver band. This cocktail ring will make itself very useful this summer.
 It’s a corset, but instead of it being all stuffy with a lacey bodice this one has a tribal make up that I think it so sexy. This Mara Hoffman tribal chic bustier will look great with a pair of high waisted trousers, a pencil skirt or harem pants. I kind of wish it was a swimsuit top, because I can envision myself in this top in so many different places.
 This necklace is made of everything from pieces of a vintage chandelier to seashells. The Paradis necklace from Dannijo couldn’t look dull if it tried, the pops of color will take everything from a plain t-shirt to a shift dress up another level with its tropical indulgence. As a girl from the tropics you’d think I’d eventually get tired of all of the Caribbean oceanic pieces, but that’s one thing this girl will never get enough of.
 I’m certainly no Julia Childs but that doesn’t stop me from daydreaming about cooking boeuf bourguigon in a Le Creuset dutch oven. I want the entire line of these, they’re beautiful classics that every foodie or wanna be foodie should own. Forget about Pyrex and Faberware, these dutch ovens are the creme de la creme of cookware that I covet deeply.