It’s enough that she’s got Damon Salvatore on screen and Ian Somerhalder off screen. Could Elena/Nina and I just switch places already? Before this season I have to say Elena’s been almost sickeningly perfect. Vampire Diaries is back this week and as much as I’ve been counting down the days to until the show comes off hiatus, I know the next few episodes will be the last I see of Mystic Falls for a few months. Nevertheless the doppelganger beauty has a gothic air about her that keeps her looking stunning in every episode. I love her hair best when she’s dressed up in those early twentieth century dresses and her hair’s been tousled and curled to perfection. Mimicking those curls is as simple as slipping the T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers Set ($99.00) in for about ten minutes. For the most part, Elena’s style is marked by two signature pieces – that verveine locket necklace ($21.00) and her KRMA crinkle leather jacket ($499.00, FYI KRMA’a actually Nina Dobrev’s favorite line of leather jackets). I sometimes forget the reason behind the name for the show, but these Smythson panama notebooks (55.00€ each) with “Love & Life” and “Live, Love, Laugh” stamped in gold on them would make a pair of lovely diaries. Perhaps I’ll pen a piece of VD fan fiction where I somehow sub myself in as the object of Damon’s affection.
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.