Indefinitely Wishlisted: Things I Need, But Probably Won’t Buy

I buy many things, but rarely things I actually need. I don’t mean “need” as in “Me wanty! I have to get that!”, but … actual need. When it comes to things I actually need, I have a bad tendency to keep putting off the purchase. Don’t ask me why. I don’t always make rational decisions. However, this fall, I reached a critical point in my procrastination on a few of these items, so I decided to make a deliberate effort to remedy the situation. Yay for rationality! Yay for me!

Except that, as is wont to happen when I decide that something needs to get done, the universe has decided not to cooperate. In case you’re wondering where this post is going, it is headed straight into Rantville.

Trench Coat

You’ve heard me bitch about my old trench before. It’s really old, and it was never that great to begin with. To make matters worse, one of the sleeve seams has started to rip. It’s probably a fixable problem, but I have zero motivation to do it, because a new trench has been on my “to buy” list for close to 2 years. I really – really – should get to it. I just hate spending money on outerwear. The most I’ve ever spent was $100 on a J. Crew Lady Day coat, and I’m still not sure I’m happy about it. Solution? Spend someone else’s money, of course.

Every year, my employer gives me (and each of my co-workers, I’m not that special) a Christmas gift in the form of a generous gift card to a local mall. Every year, I tend to blow it on something frivolous and expensive, because there is no better way to spend free money. In a rather shocking twist, last year’s gift card is mostly intact, 10 months after it came into my possession. And now, I am determined to spend it on something useful. Like, say, a trench.

Now, my choice is limited to two stores, one of them being Holt Renfrew (the Canadian version of Nordstrom, for my US readers). No problem, eh! Well, it is, actually. The local HR is not particularly well-stocked; my gift card won’t begin to cover a Burberry trench (sniff!), and other pickings are … none. I did spot a gorgeous camel wool MaxMara coat, but I’m not sure that it would be a good substitute for a trench. And it’s still expensive.

So a trench will have to wait. Again.

(If you have suggestions for a good quality trench in the under $150 price range, I’m all ears. Otherwise, I’d prefer to wait for the next trench season at Holt Renfrew, and use my gift card.)


I need a pair of brown/cognac boots. I also need to start thinking about replacing my current pair of black boots. I would like both of these hypothetical new pairs to be Fryes. I have no desire to pay full price for either of them. Or even eBay prices. Unless … wait for it … I’m spending someone else’s money. You’re starting to see the trend here, yes?

You know who used to, but now is not carrying Frye in stock? Holt Renfrew.


Now that I’m back in the office – and with winter fast approaching – I need pantyhose again. I usually buy mine at Winners, but that stuff’s not really cutting it anymore. I need pantyhose that (a) won’t try to strangle my mid-section; (b) is not going to develop a run as soon as I put it on; and (c) can somewhat approximate my skin tone, without making me look like Casper the Ghost. For these reasons, I have become convinced that I need to buy some Wolford pantyhose. I think paying $50 for one pair of pantyhose is insanity … unless – yes, you guessed it – I’m spending someone else’s money.

You know who carries Wolford pantyhose, but not in any colour remotely close to my skin tone? Holt Renfrew.


Fun Beige

J. Crew Factory feathered paisley pencil skirt

Skirt, J. Crew (via consignment); sweater & blouse, J. Crew Factory; shoes, Stuart Weitzman; bag, MbMJ (via eBay)

“Fun” and “beige” don’t really belong in the same sentence – unless the sentence is “look how much fun we’re having without beige around” – but my point is: this is not a horribly boring outfit, yes? There is stuff going on here, even if it does involve a fair bit of beige. I mean, look at that print:

J. Crew Factory feathered paisley pencil skirt

chair selfie (nails, Chanel June)

I think J. Crew called this print “feather paisley”, but it looks like a mass of Halloweenish, thorny vines to me. See? Not boring. Not-boring beige. Half way to fun already. Throw in a bright red bag, some sparkly crap on my collar, and … BAM. Party time.



Boden green shirt dress

Dress, Boden (swap); cape, Club Monaco; boots, Tahari; bag, MbMJ (via eBay)

I first heard about Boden from the lovely Lou of What Lou Wore 365, whose oh-so-adorable Pimlico dress I simply had to have. So it was only fitting that I would get another fantastic Boden dress thanks to Lou: only, this time, directly. It happened like this.

Last year, I bought a pretty floral (naturally) Boden skirt off eBay, thinking it would be perfect for the office. And it was … for someone a size smaller. I hung on to it for ages, hoping that the baby weight would eventually – finally – drop off. It never did. And I had a cute Boden skirt I couldn’t wear, but also couldn’t bear to part with. So I had a bright idea. Knowing that Lou is a Boden devotee, I asked her if she would be interested in a swap. She was, and here we are.

Boden green shirt dress

sort-of action shot

I have a lovely new addition to my dress wardrobe, and Lou … should have a cute new skirt any day now (c’mon cross-Atlantic mail service!). I hope you love it as much as I love my new dress, girl!

It’s such a perfect fit (a minor miracle in a shirt dress), and perfectly work appropriate. I am swap happy!

Jimmy Choo Alma green leopard print pumps

Green leopardy goodness

Boden green shirt dress

windblown effect courtesy Mother Nature

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