Friday, December 13, 2013

'Tis the Season: All I Want For Christmas

Whenever the holidays roll around, I'm usually in the mood for the company of my loved ones, a lot of peppermint in my food and drink, and holiday lights and decorations. One of my favorite things about this time of the year? Presents!

I love going Christmas shopping! It's so fun for me to try and come up with creative gifts to give the people I care about. Heck, even Christmas card shopping is a big deal for me. I rarely post wishlists anywhere, happy to receive whatever gifts my family and friends come up with, but I thought it'd be fun to share some things that I would love to receive this holiday season.

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1. Ever since Cassie posted about this Etsy shop, I've been obsessed with finding a new iPad case. This was my favorite design from her shop, but it's sold already, boo. I still think her designs are cute! I'd definitely get one for my iPad 2!

2. In case you guys didn't know, I am currently living without a laptop. I did have my old, beloved Macbook, but left it in the Philippines. Thanks to the generosity of my sister and my best friend, I always have a laptop to blog on (when they're not using it, of course), but I would love it if I got a new laptop of my own, preferably a Macbook Pro. (In my humble opinion, once you go Mac, you never go back!)

3. My sister owns one of these, and I'm supremely jealous of her awesome collection of photos! I'd love to own my own Instax camera, whether it's this wider version or the mini.

4. I've been in dire need of a new black bag -- and the Coach Bleecker Bistro Satchel is just one of the ones I'm coveting. (In reality, this bag is my dream bag to own one day.)

5. I'm also looking for another, neutral-colored bag -- and I'm currently lusting over the Kate Spade Cobble Hill Little Minka. It's just super cute!

6. If someone wanted to hook me up with concert tickets/Broadway tickets for all of 2014, I would gladly accept that as a gift this Christmas.

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7-8. I am obsessed with the prints in this Etsy shop, though I don't own one of my own yet. This is definitely one of my favorite prints, mostly because it would be such a perfect piece of inspiration to hang on my wall! I also recently discovered this other Etsy shop with this awesome Harry Potter-inspired print and other cute goodies -- all of which I want!

9. I would love to own this round frame, you guys. It's so cute, and it gives me the perfect avenue to display multiple photos at once! (Fun fact: I love to collect photos and always look for ways to display them.)

10-12. One of my favorite things to do is travel and I haven't done nearly as much of it as I would like in this past year. It is my hope that I get to go more places in 2014, something that I intend to make a big part of my budget. I want to visit London for the first time (and visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour, of course), go back to Walt Disney World (which might just happen if *plans* go the way they should) and revisit Japan (which is one of the prettiest, most epic places in the world).
13. A teleportation device would come in handy for #10-12. But it would be even more useful for me, since it gives me a way to see my husband, family and friends back in the Philippines (and some in Australia and in other states) constantly.

14. I'm in the middle of a job hunt, so it's not surprising that I'm wishing for a job. It would be a dream come true to work in publishing or in a job involving books, so that's certainly what I'm aiming for. 

15. I'm not going to go into this one too much, but Macky and I are currently waiting on his visa. Until it's done processing, our lives (individually and together) are at a standstill. So guys, please pray that it gets approved soon!

So, you guys might be wondering, where are all the books? Not to worry, I've got a link to my Goodreads book wish list for you -- which I'm slowly, but surely buying/receiving my way through. I'd appreciate any of these titles or gift cards so that I could get them for myself!

Now it's YOUR turn -- what's on your holiday wish list? 

22 comments:

  1. Sending you ALL the good vibes and luck for #15. My list this year consist of books, more time, and work clothes.

    I'm so grown up. Ugh.

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    1. Thank you for the well wishes! So far, the process has been coming along quite nicely. Just a few more pesky requirements -- and then he'll be able to come. And no need to apologize for being a grown up; sometimes, we just have to do what we have to do ;)

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  2. I hope the Visa gets approved soon! That's got to be so hard. :( And good luck on your job search! I'm also looking for a job. Hopefully we will both get something soon! And let me know if you get that teleportation device. I'd love to borrow it sometime. :)

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! It really is a tough situation to be in, especially since we've already been apart for so long. Hopefully, the rest of process is quick and he gets here in a couple of months! Good luck with your job hunting :)

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  3. I'm actually not wishing for anything this year. I already have a lot of things and I'm not lacking in anything, though a 35mm f/1.8 lens would be nice... Does that mean I actually do want something? Hm.... Hahaha, but I think I'd be fine if I didn't get the lens this year.

    I hope the visa gets approved soon! Best of luck on your job search as well! :)

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    1. Well, regardless of whether or not you get it for Christmas, I do hope you get your hands on that lens eventually. Thanks for the well wishes!

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  4. I love Etsy so much! I could spend a fortune on that site. Great picks for the holidays!

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    1. There are just SO MANY things I would love to buy on Etsy. If I weren't trying to stick to a budget, I'd definitely splurge on quite a few prints. And jewelry. And some other awesome goodies.

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  5. A new laptop, yes please.. Mine broke down for the second time now and it sucks. I don't really want a new camera, but I'd love to have a digital video camera. I feel inspired by many vlogs lately and it sounds like fun to capture some things with videos instead of just images. I want to travel too <3 Good luck on the visa and job hunt!

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    1. I hope you do wind up getting a new laptop, as I did end up getting one for Christmas (and it makes me oh so happy!). I too am starting to be in the mood to vlog more, so it'd be great to have better equipment for that. Thanks for the well wishes! xo

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  6. I hope you find the job your dreams in 2014! And yeah, let's get on that teleportation thing for you, okay?!

    Also, I could spend all my money and all my life on Etsy. It's true.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! I hope I do too. It would be nice to do something that I actually enjoy or really believe in for a change. And that teleportation device sure would be handy ;)

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  7. I really hope number 15 works out for you soon! sending you lots of good thoughts. And honestly, that round frame is the cutest!

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    1. Thank you for the well wishes, Liz! I'm certainly crossing my fingers and praying real hard that it all works itself out in the first half of the year :) (And yes, that frame is TOTALLY adorable.)

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  8. I want a teleportation devide too. That would just be the best present ever. Thouse ipad cases are amazing and I love that Kate Spade bag! I hope the situation with the visa works out for you both. I'll be crossing my fingers for you. :)

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    1. A teleportation device would be awesome, wouldn't it? It would come in handy whenever I wanted to visit you! And thanks for the well wishes <3

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  9. I completely agree about Macs! My old macbook was 7 years old and I loved it but it was breaking down and not running well at ALL. My fiance just bought me a macbook pro! I was so surprised and I love it soo much!! Those bags are so cute and love those etsy prints! I hope that visa gets approved soon because long distance is seriously the worst!!

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    1. I just got a new Macbook Pro for Christmas, so YAY US! It makes me so happy to have a laptop that's working efficiently AND capable of handling my needs. And thank you for your well wishes about the visa situation -- we are hoping for that too!

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  10. "Once you go Mac you'll never go back." SO TRUE! My little MacBook is on its last leg. Still works for what I want it to do, but I REFUSE to buy anything besides Apple - after the customer service I've gotten from them, I won't use anyone else.

    I will be sending you all the good vibes, thoughts and prayers for #14 and #15. Both of those would be awesome gifts for you and your hubby! Merry Christmas! :)

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    1. I'm totally an Apple fan. I refuse to buy any other laptop at this point, seriously! So glad my family chipped in to get me a new one for Christmas. And thank you for all the well wishes! We're really hoping it happens sooner rather than later!

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  11. Don't know if Cassie already told you this about the first item on your wishlist, but that seller makes custom stuff all the time. She can often make another one like what's already sold. I think Cassie saw two cases she liked and had the girl make a custom one that combined them. She just sent her a message and asked! Just wanted to suggest that so you could potentially get the case you really wanted :)

    Love all the other goodies you listed, but I'm particularly praying for a job for you and a visa for Macky. Hoping you can be together again soon sweet girl!

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    1. Cassie hadn't mentioned it, but I would LOVE that! Even though I have to wait until I can afford it again, I'm definitely going to get something from her. This is exactly what I wanted, so hopefully she can make it happen! Also, thanks for the prayers and well wishes <3

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