Since the shining myth of "the holidays" is just that, a myth, why not indulge in a side dish of fantasy shopping? Instead of family in-fighting, gaining weight, break-ups, mandatory shopping for gifts (ie. credit card bills) & greeting the New Year with a hangover & debt - live it up wth fabulous fashion, sparkly jewelry, a trip somewhere luxurious in a private jet...while your on-call concierge deals with your so-called life.
A holiday wishlist for holidays the way they should be:
I'M DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS of the sort served up by Harry Winston
MORE SHINE! The Bottega Veneta Patent Origami Clutch was inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding; we simply find it inspiring (along with the breathtaking $3,680 pricetag) - available at Saks.com.
PARTY FROCK & MATCHING HEELS 'Tis the season, so step out in a $4,185 crimson mini from Christian Lacroix. The bow is like a present, just waiting to be untied. Dress from Net-a-Porter.com & Satin Crystal Sandal at NeimanMarcus.com.
A PERSONAL CONCIERGE Having an overworked, abused assistant who later writes a tell-all book? So last season. Instead, join Quinessentially! This exclusive 24/7 on-call club will book your travel, send bling to your mistress in Macedonia or flowers to your lover in Lisbon, score you seats to Fashionweek, or whatever else your black little heart desires. (image: conciergebyrequest.com)
PRIVATE JET The long lines, snarky service & even worse food - commercial airline travel is so not glamorous. A much better option: hitching a ride on one of Signature Jet's fleet of 5,500 corporate & privately owned aircraft...with only four hours notice.
RINGS ON MY FINGERS (however, nix the bells on the toes) These colorful Sugar Stacks by Paloma Picasso for Tiffany are the best kind of holiday candy to indulge in.
A HOLIDAY FROM THE HOLIDAYS To reward yourself for being so fabulous, Abercrombie & Kent wrote the book on luxury vacations to exotic locales. Why not start with a plush African safari?
CHAMPAGNE WISHES & CAVIAR DREAMS (but not together, of course...caviar coinoisseurs pair theirs with chilled vodka) No holiday is complete without the bubbly. A bottle of Krug Clos du Mesnil 1995 may set you back $750, but it comes with the peace of mind knowing it's the most expensive champage in the world. Almas (Russian for gold) caviar from the century-old Beluga Sturgeon in the Caspian sea runs about $700 per ounce. For a complete selection of delectable caviars, try Caviarteria (champagne image: forbes.com)
- Lesley Scott