1. Nicole from Making It Lovely was our surprise guest at Chicago Mini Camp! This sequence of photos is my favorite thing ever: Nicole is all sweetly explaining something, and I am over there looking like a fool. Anyway, Nicole was a delight as always, and answered many Chicago-related questions, and others besides. 

There's a great guide on Nicole's site about what to wear to Alt. She clearly included all those dotted items just to torment me; I mentioned during my Camp Mighty talk that I was totally over dots (even though I still wear them, because I am nothing if not contradictory), and Nicole teased me relentlessly about it in Chicago. I will never live it down. Death to the dot!

PS, the above photos were taken by Helen (known to campers as Janky G.), who wrote a sweet recap post about camp.

And now, let's do some Christmas shopping, shall we?

 

2. Speaking of campers, one of my NYC girls just opened an adorable shop called Hattan Home. She has some real cute stuff, and I am certain she is sending me one of those Harry Allen piggy banks as a Christmas gift. Go, Lindsay!

3. Emily's Clementine Store has some awesome stuff for the holidays, and she is putting together the best gift guides, all of which items are available in her shop. Emily is yet ANOTHER camper, and I obviously have the best job in the world to be able to connect with all of these good people.

4. Surely you know of the great Jamie Meares, yes? She is running a Christmas sale at her shop called 12 Days of Furbish, and I suggest you get yourself over there so you don't miss any hot Furbish action. Also, she has a really good Christmas mix on Spotify. Quit being so awesome, Jamie. THANKS.

5. In Louisiana-related news, please enjoy this story about former LSU basketball player Stanley Roberts' quest for a college diploma. I'm sorry about the crying you're about to do.

6. Y'all enjoy your weekends! I'm going to maybe finally do some holiday decorating, and get ready for a super-quick last-minute trip on Monday. Be sweet, and don't get into the eggnog while I'm gone.

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I like it when Etsy does the shopping work for me. I found these awesome geometric necklaces, by BlueBird Lab, in my "Handpicked Items" and now I would like to have them all.

There are regular ones and special limited editions, like the one above. 

I cannot really tell what is going on with the clasp, but I love the way it looks. It seems like it might also be adjustable? Always a bonus.

You should, of course, buy several and wear them all at once. Also, they are from Lithuania, so you can be all, "Oh, these? They're from my jeweler in Lithuania."

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Heather has recently started a "Friday Under Fifty" series, featuring cute things she finds that cost less than fifty dollars. Which was the jumping off point for MY new series -- Friday Over Five Hundred -- featuring cute things I find that cost around or over $500. Welcome to the inaugural issue! You're welcome, bazillionaires.

Here's how I would decorate your living room if you came to me and I said, "What's your budget?" and you said, "What's a budget?" That would be fun.

1. Painting, Meredith Pardue, Laura Rathe Fine Art, call for pricing

2. Montauk Scroll Sofa, $4000

3. Scalamandre Le Tigre silk velvet, famously around $1500/yd.

4. Folke Ohlsson Lounge Chairs, pair, 1st Dibs, $5500

5. Jielde floor lamp, $1395

6. Marble-top coffee table, Wisteria, $499

7. Poodle Lamp, Atelier Abigail Ahern, $375

8. Jonathan Adler Claude Console, $1995

I found this vintage butterfly chair (the kind that doesn't fold and is awesome) on craigslist in Atlanta, and Allison picked it up for me yesterday. Ten dollars. TEN. If anyone has another one, please send it over. I need two for my yarden. Next up, the cutest table you can buy for $39: pier-1-console via Little Green Notebook Hurry, they're on clearance! I got the last two at my local Pier 1. And finally, an unrelated picture of Lori holding a, um, mushroom in Target. Please do not buy this, even if it is a bargain. mailgooglecom
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