When it comes to making our own holiday wish lists, we women tend to be ever-so-practical. “We need a new dishwasher. That can be my Christmas present.” Or, “Don’t buy for me. Let’s get something for the whole family.” But what if practicality were no issue? What if we really could have those pie-in-the-sky, red carpet-worthy items on our wish lists … that Prada bag, those Louboutins, that round-trip ticket to Tuscany?
We’ve compiled a list of drool-worthy items from local stores that could turn an ordinary December day into a holiday fairy tale. Maybe these items are attainable, or maybe they’re the stuff of dreams. Either way, read on and just imagine slipping your foot into Cinderella’s slipper. Or rather, her Jimmy Choo …
For the Home
You’ll start your dream day with an organic, farm-to-table breakfast prepared by a personal chef in your modern-day version of a fairy tale palace — decked out for the holidays, of course. Just imagine enjoying your morning news (including the day’s StyleBlueprint article!) in your dining room in a perfectly restored antique chair, anticipating a day of pampering and fun. We’ll help you picture it …
This early 20th-century, cast brass chandelier with fruit-shaped crystals originally hung in a Memphis home on East Parkway. At 40 inches wide by 52 inches tall, this gorgeous antique lights up your morning and helps you start your day in style. It’s available for $75,000 from Graham’s Lighting.
Now, imagine your sleek, Art Deco dining table for 12, tastefully juxtaposed with the period chandelier above. Nearby, hanging above a clean-lined sideboard and adding color to your life is this bright and energizing abstract work by Memphis artist Sue Layman of Sue Layman Designs. The 48- by 60-inch painting, available for $2,300, is titled, “Tapestry of Indecision.” Enjoying local art, however, is always a good decision.
Breakfast is over now, and it’s time to exit the dining room and walk to the dressing room in your dream boudoir, custom-built for a fairy tale princess. First, you cross through your marble-sheathed foyer to reach the grand staircase. Beneath your feet is this gorgeous, hand-woven carpet from Sarkis Kish Oriental Rugs in East Memphis. This rug, $14,500, is handmade in Afghanistan and recreates an ancient Persian design. It’s naturally dyed using all-vegetable dyes. Says shop owner Sarkis (Sarko) V. Kish Jr., “If there is a rug that has the potential to be the antique of tomorrow, this is it.”
Resting atop the hand-woven rug in your palatial foyer, this fun and whimsical sculpture by Memphis artist Carroll Todd has so much more finesse than a center table, welcoming your guests with style. Created in 2015, the piece is titled “Two Birds Missed by One Stone.” The 76-inch tall sculpture, crafted from bronze and lead, is available at David Lusk Gallery for $15,000.
You’ve reached your bedroom now, but before you slip into your dressing room to ready for your fabulous day out in Memphis, you pause to admire these bedside lamps, handmade from vintage Murano glass with stunning gold leaf drum shades. Find this pair of Italian beauties at Blu D’or Interiors for $3,500 each, sold as a pair.
For the Fashionista
You’re in your sleek, white dressing room now, seated on a champagne-colored tufted velvet pouf (with a glass of Champagne in your hand, because heck, why not?) and debating how to dress for your day of pampering and entertainment. Since you’re heading out to do some holiday shopping and have lunch with your besties at your favorite restaurant (insert favorite Memphis lunch spot here), you decide on the cheery and stylish ensemble below.
Stepping out in style
This reversible violet cape by M. Patmos, $1,325 from 20twelve, is ideal for a day out and totally fit for a princess. Wear it with this gray Co Raglan dress, $667, and Ashiana necklaces, $75 and $85, all from 20twelve in the Broad Avenue Arts District.
On the cuff
With a flair for avant-garde style and an extreme talent for turning “the unconventional stone” into showstopping cuffs, necklaces and more, jewelry designer Jody Candrian’s work has been featured in Vogue, Town & Country and Marie Claire … and has adorned the bods of celebs and fashionistas around the globe. That’s why you’re definitely slipping into a piece from your personal collection for today’s fairy tale outing. Find these Jody Candrian cuffs for $750 to $950 each at Driscoll Design & Decoration.
The glass slipper(s)
And now for your feet. Ah, the shoes! Being a fairy tale princess certainly has its perks. It’s impossible to choose just one pair, so you opt for the fun and funky saffron-colored Aquazzura heels ($865) for day, reserving the sparkle for your evening plans. Find all three at Joseph. Will you slip into the Cinderella-esque Christian Louboutin peep-toe stiletto ($865) tonight, or the more demure, but just as glamorous, Jimmy Choo ($1,095) with the delicate ankle strap? Decisions, decisions …
Whew … what a day! After all that shopping and pampering, you’ll need a bit of beauty sleep. And then it’s time for the real treat. Tonight, you’re off to an elegant dinner party, where you’ll enjoy a private concert by your favorite band (insert favorite Memphis band here) and dance the night away with that special someone in your life. And, of course, during dinner you’ll be the sparkling center of attention in this breathtaking necklace, $175,000 from Mednikow (cue Julia Roberts’ laugh as she walks tall through the lobby of the Beverly Wilshire in that stunning red dress). Says Jay Mednikow, “A piece of fine jewelry like this, made with beautiful diamonds, really shows itself in low light when diamonds hold their brilliance and other gemstones do not. So for galas that happen in the evening, diamonds are the best choice.” Hear, hear.
Just for Fun
At the end of the night, climb behind the tinted windows of your Mercedes G-Class SUV and be chauffeured home in style. (Find this sleek, luxury SUV at Mercedes Benz of Collierville, starting at $119,900 MSRP.) Maybe that special someone you’ve been dancing with for hours can slip off your stilettos and massage your aching arches on the way home. After all, this is your day.
Thanks for indulging us in this fantasy holiday outing. Hey, a girl can dream, right? We hope this fun take on holiday shopping puts a smile on your face in the midst of this super-busy, always-stressful month … and inspires you to do something nice for yourself this Christmas.