Christmas Wishes 2016

Hi friends!
christmas-2016How was your Thanksgiving? My own was just as restful as I could have hoped, allowing time for a Gilmore Girls marathon and a much-needed bookshelf reorganization and, of course, made complete by the heaping amounts of stuffing, mashed potatoes, and homemade cranberry sauce. It helps, too, that Turkey Day is the start to my favorite time of year, where days seem to move slower, holiday specials and Christmas music are in abundance, and there’s an extra bit of cheer in the air. I’ve made it a Ciao Bella tradition to kick off this holiday season with my yearly wishlist {catch previous editions here: 20122013, 2014, 2015} – at this point, I hope it’s no surprise that I love me some books :) What are you asking for this year?

Before we begin, a reminder: as always, these posts are only made in good fun; I love talking gifts as much as the next person, but what truly makes the holiday season is the time spent with family and friends.

[1] Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen I first came across the newly released gem Bad Girls Throughout History at my local bookstore, and after flipping through the pages, I quickly hinted to my sister that it’d make the perfect stocking stuffer. In it, Ann Shen’s wonderful illustrations accompany brief biographies about various women, from Ada Lovelace to Josephine Baker. In other words, it sounds right up my alley.

[2] In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney My collection of coffee table books grows with each Christmas, and this year is no exception; I’ve had my eyes on In the Company of Women by designer and blogger Grace Bonney since its release in October. Featuring the advice and experience of over one hundred artists and entrepreneurs, the book, I like to think, already has a home waiting for it on my nightstand.

[3] The Poet Felt Letter Board from Letterfolk While I still have quite a few months before I decide which college to attend, I’m using this Christmas to think ahead to a more fun thing: dorm decorating! I love the look of a felt letter board like the one above, and I imagine I’d have quite a bit of fun changing the messages out from week to week in my current and future rooms.

[4] Read My Lips 2017 Wall Calendar from Kate Spade Resolutions are fun, but the planner that I am, what I look forward to most in the new year is the chance to purchase a new calendar. The vintage-like designs of this Kate Spade edition have captured my heart, as have the golden-flecked constellations and florals and fauna illustrations from Rifle Paper Company. 2017, here we come.

[5] Southfield Mockneck Sweater from Madewell No wishlist is complete without a cute clothing item for the winter season! I’m crushing on the sweaters from Madewell’s most recent line, all of which look cozy and cute enough for any snow day; paired with jeans and booties, for example, this mauve “mockneck” will be a staple come January.

[6] Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover edited by Paul Buckley Penguin is a standard in book design, their covers often nearly as iconic as the stories themselves. I’d love to delve into the history of their most famous designs with the help of the book Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover by the publishing house’s creative director Paul Buckley. Knowing my interests in reading and graphic design, I’m sure it’ll be a winner.

[7] Bibliophilia: 100 Literary Postcards from Obvious State Studio The online shop Obvious State Studio too combines a love of books with a love of design, best displayed in products such as Bibliophilia: 100 Literary Postcards. Adorned with quotes from authors like Oscar Wilde and Virginia Woolf, the cards would be a wonderful addition to any mailbox, my bulletin board, or even my locker.

[8] This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills Though I have yet to read Mills’ debut, First & Then, I’m still anxious to add her second book, This Adventure Ends, to my bookshelf. With a gorgeous cover, a promising synopsis {the main character attempts to track down a painting on the behalf of her friends}, and strong reviews all around, I think Mills is bound to become a new favorite author of mine in the new year.

[9] Little Men This year has been bad in more ways than one, but it has nevertheless managed to produce many a terrific indie film. One I failed to see? Ira Sachs’ Little Men, a coming-of-age tale of two teenagers and their disputing families, both living in Brooklyn. It premiered to terrific reviews from both critics and audiences, so needless to say, a movie night – with popcorn and pajamas – to watch it will be needed.

[10] Ciao Marker Set from Copic Finally, I was gifted Copic markers several years ago, and they’ve remained one of my favorite presents. I use them so often in my coloring books and typography work alike, I’d love to replace my current markers with a new and just as colorful set!

Have an awesome start to your week!
Bella

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