Things You Need This Christmas // Vintage Gift Guide // Vlogmas 2018


Hello, lovely people. Welcome to this year’s Christmas Gifts Guide. Now, a lot of you ask me for tips, whether it’s for your friend or family member who really loves vintage or you love vintage yourself and people are asking you what to get you and you just don’t know. So here are six of my absolute favourite things that I think will be great gifts this year. Start with a disclaimer: None of these items are sponsored; these are my very honest opinions; however, some of them have been gifted to me and sent so I can try them out and see what I think. So I’m very much just sharing with you my own honest thoughts. Number one: We’re going to begin with one of my absolute favourite companies! If you follow me on Instagram – which…obviously, you should – you will know that I wear Bésame lipstick SO MUCH. Bésame make vintage make-up using–either recreating historical formulas or just the colours using modern techniques, because let’s be honest: we don’t wanna put lead on our faces any more. No, no, we don’t. Nope. And they also have this tie-in with Disney so they will do different collections based on various Disney properties. Like they did an Agent Carter one. Be still my beating heart. And Snow White. Love Snow White. And their latest one is Mermaid Lagoon. So, Bésame Cosmetics have sent me complementary pieces of the Snow White and Mermaid Lagoon series so I can try them out and tell you what I think. It comes in a beautiful box! So if you’re perhaps gifting to someone who doesn’t live near you and you’re getting the things sent directly to them, you know it’ll be lovely when it arrives. Now, I made a Bésame review video before, just talking about the different products and how they work for me; the different formulas. I think we did lipsticks, face powder, and mascara. Put the link to that video down below and in the card above, and I talked about different application techniques as well for vintage make-up, because it is slightly different to how we do things today. ‘The Bésame Bugle,’ which is a little vintage newspaper that tells you all about the specific collection that you are receiving. Bésame worked with Disney’s Ink and Paint Department to find [inaudible] and concept art that spoke to the independent and strong-willed nature of the mermaid. So the colours are actually taken from the film itself. I’m going to begin, however, with Snow White. Now, every vintage girl loves a scarf. And one of my favourite things about them is that they’re a very versatile present. It does not matter whether your friend has got hair down to her bum or the shortest crop imaginable – there is something that they will be able to do with a scarf. Oh! I have a video about scarfs. I forgot about that. I have a video about things you can do with scarfs in a vintage way. You can watch that. Going to be wearing that later on. Next up, we have the Snow White’s Pies, which are a variety of lip balms. We’ve got gooseberry; apple; and cherry. And one thing that’s so great about Bésame that I really love is that it makes your little dressing table look delightful. The packaging – dear Lord, the packaging. We’ve then got three lipsticks from the Snow White collection (which is the 1937 collection). The three colours I’ve got are Snow White Red, Love’s First Kiss, and One Bite. Next, moving on to Mermaid Lagoon, which came with stickers! Beautiful holographic packaging. Oo, it’s kind of trippy, isn’t it? This is the Treasures of the Lagoon Shadow Palette. These are all colours that are taken from the film itself and they’re really bright and vibrant, as you’re about to see. It shows you exactly where each of the colours have come from. We’ve got eight beautiful shades there; four mattes and four shimmers. Going to destroy my nails doing this! This is the Pearl Shimmer Powder It has a little magnetic opening. Inside we have a mirror and a little powder pat. And to match the Pearl Powder is this Golden Sand Bronzer Again, beautifully, beautifully waved inside. So pretty. The non-Bésame make-up that I have always just lives in a drawer. The Bésame make-up gets to live on the top. And then we have three lipsticks here. Now, these lipsticks, they are part of the 1953 collection, but I would say they’re not necessarily lipsticks that you would wear day-to-day in 1953. The three colours we’ve got are Mermaid Kiss; Waterlily Blossom Red; and Starfish Pink. So, the Mermaid Lagoon collection is I think a bit more “out there” than the Snow White collection. With the Snow White, you can still get a very kind of authentic vintage look but it’s, you know, not really stepping outside the boundaries of what people think of as vintage But that’s my favourite look. That’s my every-day, go-to look. Whereas the Mermaid Lagoon, I would say, is–we’ve got the colours; we have the sparkle. It’s more out there. Pin-up rockabilly look. So it’s really just that Bésame are stepping out there and really hitting all the different markets in terms of vintage-y. But if you have a friend who is just straight vintage. If she doesn’t wear exciting-coloured eye shadow, go for the Snow White collection over the Mermaid Lagoon collection when you’re giving her – or him – a present. But if your friend is a bit more, you know, ‘wacky colours – why not?’ then yes, Mermaid Lagoon. Beautiful and it’s so fun. The prices are also really reasonable. But I would advise you to get a number of things so that the shipping cost is obviously reduced if you are buying from another country. Number two: books! And not just any books – oh, no. These books are gorgeous. Now, I’m quite a reader, to the extent that my attic is full of not just clothes! It’s books now, too. My wife’s unaware of these yet. She hasn’t seen them. One of my favourite ways to give presents is to give someone a subscription to something, so whether that’s a magazine or flowers that arrive every month. Something that really keeps the gift going. So, Bookishly are a really small company. They’re British; they’re from Northamptonshire. And they do these great series of books. So you can either buy the series in one lump or you can get them delivered month by month by month, because they have subscription boxes that come with a book and maybe it will come with a little teabag or it will come with a book and it will come with a mug. Not just about, ‘Oh, here’s the book; the object itself.’ It’s also: ‘How do you consume the book?’ ‘How do you sit down and lovingly read whilst sipping your tea?’ The series that I decided to go for, though, are the Jane Austin series. Aren’t these things gorgeous? There are six books in the series. The water colour blot design looks stunning on any shelf. I also kept the other three wrapped up so you could see that they come in gorgeous paper, as well. So you can have them safely delivered to your friend, knowing that they will be very excited to open them up. The particular Jane Austen series is £40 but they do have books that are a whole other price range – so if you’re working with a smaller budget than that, there are still options for you. Number three: These two things you’ve previously seen. Claud and I made a video called ‘Wife Saves My Life,’ where we talk about how she has…literally saved my life. In that video, I also mention these two lovely pieces of jewellery from a brand called Ana Luisa, that are now Claud’s favourite go-to pieces. And she wears them so much, I thought it was a really good idea to bring them into the gifts video, because it’s a shop that has a whole kind of range of styles and I really think you can find something there for pretty much everyone in your life. Especially this lovely gold bracelet, which she wears A LOT. She kind of wears it in a day-to-day environment, but I think it’s also a piece that you could really dress up for evening time. And then this lovely little ring here is going to be playing a very special role in Christmastide All the designers at Ana Luisa have previously worked for some quite big name brands and now they make these gorgeous limited edition pieces. They’re all really unique, because everything they make is a very limited quantity, which again is something that’s kind of special; I think that adds an extra bit to a present, doesn’t it? Number four: Now I’m gonna talk about one of my absolute favourite companies! [Laughing] Ow! Beautifully done, Clara, thank you. We don’t need to do that again. [Clara laughs] J: That was… That was wonderful. Again, if you follow me on Instagram, you will probably be aware that British Retro are one of my absolute favourite clothing companies. I have so many of their dresses! They’re a really fab company; everything is made in Britain from vintage patterns. They have four styles of dress, I believe and then they change the different fabrics and patterns. Some of them are super vintage-y; look like you have literally just purchased something from the 1940s and some of them are more of the Rockabilly, where you’ve got skulls and…roses and all that stuff. I keep trying to convince Clara that she should get some. So, my favourite look and one that you’ve definitely seen on Instagram is this bardot neckline, which is just off the shoulders. Look at this check! This is the version with a very large skirt, but they also have some really good pencil skirt varieties. It’s pretty chilly nowadays and that’s where…this comes in! Ah… OK. Now, don’t worry, it’s faux fur. They have these fabulous dresses; I also have this one in red. And in grey. And in black. They’re really good dresses, OK? Although the others have a bit of boning in them and that can be really nice to wear; you don’t have to wear a bra with them. Always good to find a dress you don’t have to wear a bra with, especially if you’re, like, a bit larger in the…up here. These are very stretchy, so if you don’t like incredibly tight clothes, you don’t have to worry when it comes to this particular style. It’s really great, although it’s also a little thicker, so it’s quite forgiving if you wanna, you know, hide anything underneath there. Dresses come in a range of prices, and there’s always a sale tab! So you might be able to find something that particularly tickles your fancy. I think it’s a really good first time buy, as well, if you’re just looking into vintage and retro and dressing in that kind of way because the styles are pretty much great for absolutely everyone, it’s really just the fabrics that you’re choosing from. They also sell other things that you need to go with them, like petticoats and accessories – I think they have accessories that are even starting at about the £4…mark. So if you’re looking for a really great present… why don’t you order yourself a dress? And get some accessories for your friends. Number five: Moving on from treating yourself to treating your entire family. Oh yeah. I got a personalised wreath. Of course I did! I originally saw these wreaths on notonthehighstreet, which has like a whole range of different little personalised gifts but then I looked into the actual company that makes them themselves, and they’re called Twenty-Seven and they’re based in England They make these–ah, I just love this wreath! I just love it so much. You get the backing plate in either silver or gold and it comes with a little personalised family name so mine says, “The Kellgren-Fozard Family Christmas.” One thing that I think’s really, really great about this and works as a really great family… I was gonna say heirloom, but something that you can really kind of pass on and use for various Christmases is that because the plate is separate when this wreath does inevitably start to look a little older from being kept in the loft, you can then still use the backing plate, but with an entirely new wreath. It’s also such a reasonable price; it’s only £45. It would be a great joint present as well. A married couple or…someone who’s just had a baby. That type of thing. Number six: Ahhh! Um, yeah. This is another ‘treat yourself’ present. You saw this hat the other day in my Quaker Childhood video. I got some comments on it. The hat’s from Orit [struggling to pronounce] Aviezer Makes really beautiful, handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces. She has hats for the day-time; cocktail hats for a party; beautiful fascinators. Lovely things for weddings, as well. I found her on Instagram; absolutely loved her stuff. Thank you, by the way, for the person who suggested her to me in my little Instagram post about, ‘Help me, I like hats.’ ‘Who should I go to for hats?’ Fun fact: Orit uses the best materials and really likes to stay as authentic as possible, so the veil of this hat is actually a vintage veil and she got it from an old millinery shop in New York! Totally warms my soul, and I’m really, really proud that I can now put this on my shelf. Orit said she’s really drawn to the 20s and 50s, so I think, again, she’s a really safe bet if you want to get your vintage friend something, but you’re really not sure what. I would suggest maybe take a picture of your vintage friend and send it to Orit; be like [whispering] ‘Hey, Orit, I don’t know what decade my friend is.’ [Softly spoken] ‘Can you tell me? Point me towards the right hat?’ [Normal voice] And she’s amazingly helpful and I’m sure she could definitely pick you the perfect thing. So there you go – there are six ideas for what I think will be wonderful gifts for the vintage lover in your life. Quick challenge for you all: I want you all to write in the comments down below what is the best, but slightly off-the-wall, present you’ve ever received for Christmas? I am very much looking forward to reading through them all. Hope you’ve enjoyed the video. Subscribe if you’re new here, and I shall see you very soon. Mwah! [Instrumental ‘Deck the Halls’]

100 Replies to “Things You Need This Christmas // Vintage Gift Guide // Vlogmas 2018”

  1. Maybe not really that off the wall, but I got a sled growing up an a place that is very flat and doesn't get that much snow (Eastern shore of Maryland) so I tried to hook it up to my dog's harness. Turns out that standard poodles do not make very good sled dogs. It was super fun using it on the one good hill in town on the few occasions where we got <1 inch of snow

  2. Jessica, can you comment on the debate between faux fur and real fur? There have been studies that say faux fur releases tons of microplastics that end up in the ocean through the act of doing laundry. In your opinion, is faux fur still better, and is real fur that is ethically sourced okay?

    Here's the source: https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/09/19/551261222/guess-whats-showing-up-in-our-shellfish-one-word-plastics?

  3. Great video!

    When I was a kid my aunt gave me a 24k gold-plated manicure set that came in a bright red reptile-skin case. Still upset that it was real skin, but also floored that she'd give such a high-end gift to a child as destructive as I was. That's why my mom lied and said it was hers. XD No ill will towards my mom, of course. I'd want to protect it from me too.

  4. My Great Aunt Elspeth, used to get us the most fantastically weird gifts. Some of which are:
    A book about mice
    A rain gauge
    A used book about an old snooker player
    Navy tights with a 42 inch waist
    Binoculars
    Random jazz cds
    Jesus plates

    You get the idea! She passed away but we keep the tradition going by buying, or repurposing, something weird every year.

  5. These are such good ideas! The strangest/coolest gift I have ever received has to be a Viking brooch from the 9th Century. Our local garden center sells all the archaeological stuff people find in the area for quite cheap considering the things. Very neat

  6. Treat yourself presents are the best , the best gift i got for christmas are just experience my sister gave us tickets for the London eye when we where celebrating new years eve in London. Best christmas ever and nothing can beat that was going to Disneyland Paris with christmas .

  7. My brother (whose also my beloved live in caregiver), has recently defined as gender fluid this year. We're both vintage lovers, though from different areas. My heart is late 60's- the 70's, whereas they're very much into all things 40's. A small Besamé collection might just be the perfect stocking stuffer for one of my favorite humans. ✊🏼❤🤘🏼
    Wonderful recommendations, Jessica! Big hugs to you, Claudia, and da fur babies.🐶😘

  8. I just love your hairstyles but I can't quite accomplish them with my bangs :/ and I love the snow white make up set that's gorgeous!

  9. The best slightly odd Christmas present I have ever received was a glitter library. I really really like glitter and sparkly things, so one year my friend went and bought all these tiny little vials and filled them with different kinds of glitter, made a custom box to protect them, and gave it to me! People think it's a bit odd but I absolutely love it!

  10. Is there any way to make the subtitles better on YouTube? I’m 100% hearing but it’s easier for me to process what I’m watching with subtitles. The subtitles for parts of this video are total nonsense and it makes me sad for the people that rely on the subtitles to understand the content on this channel 😔

  11. Gift question: My friend bought me a book of witch craft spells. She bought it mostly as a joke because I'm super into Harry Potter, the occult, and true crime. Not to mention I dress like a modern day Morticia Addams. I don't believe any of that witch stuff but the book was still fascinating. I still wish I went to Hogwarts though.

  12. I have a hard time remembering what people have given me for christmas, but I remember a lot of cool stuff I've given my dad (partly because I never have any idea what to get for him so it always takes me a million years to find something). I find a lot of neat stuff on etsy– one year I got him bookends made from old records.

  13. (food)

    When I was a child, I didn't like sugary things, and my mom made me a Santa Claus out of sausage instead of a chocolate one.

  14. One of my favorite presents was a cocktail recipe book inspired by classic novels! It was perfect because I love cooking/making drinks and reading!

  15. For my 16th (my birthday’s on Christmas Day so not technically a Christmas present but close enough!) my parents decorated a 6ft Christmas tree and hid presents in it… then wrapped it. With bright orange wrapping paper. And then stuck balloons to it. So I’d say that’s a fairly out there present! <3

  16. My favorite gift was a half-face theater mask and a fake rose. My mom didn't like the idea of wrapping tickets. So that's how I found out I was going to see The Phantom of the Opera!

  17. I don't know if anyone is interested or if it's menoitned in the video (as I'm commenting before watching completely) but for bath stuff I find the along came Betty line lovely as a vintage type bath items and its inspired by classic Hollywood icons

  18. Hello Jessica!
    ooooo, what a fun video! Makes me want all of those things. 🙂
    Most off the wall? Well, for our first Christmas, my husband (then my boyfriend) gave me a toaster. It was a nice toaster and I needed a toaster; but not from him. My mother also gave me a toaster, which is appropriate. I kept hers and took his back! 🙂

  19. When I was about 12 my sisters made me there’s wizards chest and they made a spelling book that they put in their obviously not a real one but you know It was seriously awesome.

  20. I love getting (and often ask for) experiences or events, like tickets to a show or a dinner at a fancy and interesting restaurant. Those are the gifts that I remember the best even many years later.

  21. If you're in Australia (though I think they do international shipping), check out Laurina Jean Retro – I've bought a number of their dresses and skirts (most have pockets!), and the owner travels around the country every year doing pop-up shops so you can try on your wishlist items and see how they look!

    As for best off-the-wall gifts, I gave my husband a Murloc mug (WoW fans unite!) and its his favourite item ever! He gets rather upset when he can't use it for his morning coffee…

  22. The best kinda weird gift I’ve received was 2 years ago my mum couldn’t afford much so she made everyone wheat bags that you heat up in the microwave

  23. My Oldest Brother was always best at unconventional gifts. He once bought "air" time for everyone So they could have 60 seconds to say what ever they wanted on a TV commercial. All your make up and dress is just stunning. Truly makes me appreciate women who take the time and have the inclination to be so beautiful both on the inside as well as the outside. Thank you for sharing, my best to Claudia, pats to Walter and Tilly.

  24. Do I need to make myself look any more out of place in my small southern town with my purple ombre hair and many tattoos?
    No, I do not.
    Am I going to buy several of those dresses and earn myself many a strange look when I wear them in public?
    Absolutely.
    Will I regret it?
    Oh hell no, those dresses are gorgeous. 😂😂😂
    Edit: Thank you for liking my dorky comment, Jessica. This video is great, 12/10 on the gift ideas that will all go to myself and nobody else. 😂

  25. I have mixed feelings about British Retro… I bought a houndstooth pencil dress from them and was disappointed with the fabric as it was just printed on rather than being woven like that, but I also have a black dress from them that I looooove (I agree, it’s rare to find something a big girl doesn’t need to bra in). I really want one of those furry dresses, though 😍

  26. My weirdest gift was probably when my aunt sent me a bright blue curly wig with pretty much no explanation. It caused great hilarity and the only photos I have of that day are of different people wearing it!

  27. wish I could afford that mermaid selection. My bathroom is mermaid themed!!!! As for off the wall presents… My grandmother bought me a paint by number set… when I was 16!! I am had been an artist all my life and by then I had been doing murals.. but you know…sigh

  28. This is a brilliant video and this comment is completely unrelated but for a week now, I've had low level nausea that comes in waves and I literally don't know what to do because I keep making plans to do things when I feel mostly fine then have to cancel at the last minute and doing school work and going to class is so draining and I'm so tired and I low-key am at the point where I want to cry. Help?

  29. Since I got ill I have problems finding presents I would really like to have. Since the thing I want most is not reachable: health. So I mostly get money this year so I can spent it when things I like show up 🤔

  30. My godfather made me a wooden sledge. It's quite heavy and the runners are really thick, so you can use it on the streets of the mountain village we go to during winter, even if they're not overflowing with snow. Have I mentioned everything about it is hand-made? It's amazing.

  31. When we were watching the Little Mermaid with my 5-year old, honest to god the first thing he asked was: So does it all take place undetwater? How does her lipstick stay on? 😀

  32. I just moved to the District of Columbia, which is built in a swamp. It gets very humid in summer and I’m having similar troubles with my hair as when I lived in Brighton. I never got the hang of curling my hair while living there, but don’t want to live the rest of my life curlless. Can you offer some tips on how to keep curl in very humid air?

  33. Hello Jessica and fellow vintage friends!

    I have a question about Besame. Have any of my fellow Brits ordered anything from Besame? If so, did you get them directly from them or a UK seller? I would love to try them but shudder to think of the duty fees when ordering things from across the pond! Xxx

  34. My best odd present was probably when my parents got me a blender. I loved making Frappuccino-esque iced coffees at the time and using the blender we had (which was probably from the 80s?) made the process take about fifteen minutes, while the new blender took about two minutes. I was sooo happy with it!

  35. i got a hoverboard once and it was definitely the most expensive christmas present i've received haha. can't find the charger now though ):

  36. I'm not good at picking bests but an unexpected present that I remember was a sewing machine!! My parents got me one last year because they knew I wanted to learn 🙂 I haven't achieved it yet, but we've been renovating our house so I have an adequate excuse! And we're almost done with the room where it will live so I can get stuck in then!

  37. Oh also, Clara should give some rockabillyish stuff a try! I still dress like a 13 year old sort of emo a lot of the time but I got a rockabilly style dress to wear to an Alice in Wonderland event and it was SO fun to wear!!

  38. Bob Ross bobble head that also says phrases when you push the button. I love it and never in a million years would have suspected it as a gift.

  39. My dad always buys really odd gifts. He got me a crate of eco-friendly cleaning supplies once which is used a lot and another time got me a homemade periscope from the charity shop which is never used 😄. He also sent my sister 200 toilet rolls by post once as a present- she stores them in her garage and probably won't run out for a while!

  40. I was on a research trip across the country by myself during winter break from university. Part of my research involved looking at how archived 19th century clothing was sewn. This was in the days before smartphones with cameras. My then boyfriend, now husband, sent me a surprise Chanukah gift of a digital camera so I could photograph the textiles. The camera case arrived first without the camera, but when I unwrapped it I burst into tears (I knew a camera must be following separately). It was by far the biggest gift someone had ever given me, and costing hundreds of dollars, was a true statement of love… It is a very fond memory for us. I suspect Claudia would approve.

  41. Wow Jessica you nailed the Christmas look in that vid. Absolutely love the collar on your dress (I assume it's a dress)

  42. Best Christmas present I have ever gotten was when my now husband proposed on Christmas Eve in front of my whole family. I cried so much my face got puffy 😅

  43. A kubatan from my best friend. Also works as a pen! Sadly, they're illegal to walk around with where I live, but the thought warmed my heart.

  44. when i was younger, i absolutely loved american girl dolls (kit and ruthie were my favorites). my grandpa's best friend richard built a bunkbed for my dolls and his wife made blankets and pillows for it.

    a few years later his wife gave me a handmade stuffed rabbit for my birthday that was a patchwork of white and lilac fabric. his name is ruben and hes a firm cuddle buddy

  45. Ohh, I understand you too good! I also always want to excel. You know what I would find inspiring? A vlog or sth where you show how you are kind to yourself and decide to not do stuff or to do it in a very imperfect way. Like: Showering is so exhausting! Ill just put my hair up, so no one sees that its not freshly washed. #lifehacks I think that has a lot of joke potential and would also promote a very sincere way of self-love

  46. I love vintage clothes but do not wear to buy it online. I am petite 5ft but size 14. I have weak wrists and undiagnosed dyspraxia (as well as autism spectrum disorder and fibromyalgia) and I am unable to put make up as I have poor eye hand control). I live my own and don't have anyone to help me with my make up. I love tartan style vintage winter clothing but do know where to get them.

  47. I want one of British Retro's circle dresses so bad! My husband has been asking to see me in more dresses… so, hmm…..

  48. not a christmas present, but someone once bought a mini notice board type thing and stuck memos with lyrics all over them from songs that we both liked. it was actually so cute and i was really happy

  49. oh Jessica! I just loved this video! I am going to Besame's site tonight to look at the make up pallettes! Disney themed adult retro makeup! YAASSSSS!

  50. My sister and I give eachother gag gifts at Christmas. She gets angry because I always find a use for them so she is determined to get one that truly stumps me. One year she got me Yule log for a fireplace and I don't have a fireplace. So I said I would burn it in a pit in our backyard. Then she got me an action figure of an old crazy cat lady, complete with a little plastic reclining chair and a bunch of kitties. I put it on my desk at work. Well last year she got me a bag of cat litter that just happened to have my nickname on it. It was called Mimi cat litter! She knew that I wouldn't use it because it has my name on it. She finally got me! lol. I've already been warned about this year's gag so we'll see! lol

  51. Best and weirdest gift I've ever received was a book on ice hockey shaped like a hockey puck. It lives on my shelf, and it always gets me to smile !
    But my best gift ever I'll get this Christmas: a beautiful rose gold automatic skeleton watch ♥ Can't wait till I finally have it, it was love at first sight !

  52. I found your channel when I was looking for a vintage up do, and I cannot thank you enough for introducing me to the disabled community and honestly making me a better person ❤️❤️❤️

  53. my friends from college gave me 36 cans of pineapple Fanta (my guilty pleasure) for Christmas THIS YEAR. I've never received a more fun and heavier present in my life

  54. My friend gave me one of her Russian nesting doll sets. Not because I'm a big fan or collector myself but because they mean a lot to her and she knew I would appreciate being entrusted with something she cares so much about. Every time I look at them I think of her and the trust she has in me to look after her and the things she cares about and it means alot.

  55. I can't think of any off the wall gifts I've received, but the oddest gift I've ever given was to my best friend at sixth form who had two small snakes as pets. I was in the pet shop before Christmas and found a brilliant reptile-friendly wood log which was the right size for her tank. She and the snakes absolutely loved it and we still talk about the time I gave her a bit of wood for Christmas!

  56. "If you wanna hide anything underneath there"
    My first thought was about Aly (Alianne Cooper/Alianne of Pirate's swoop. She's from one of my favourite universes, also one of my recommendations for everyone who loves to read, especially medieval fantasy fans. So… Search for Tamora Pierce (the author) and her book series like Alanna and the song of the lioness which is what I started with but yeah. I love them. And yeah. Aly is the namegiver for this account and my name on the internet so… Yeah.) and her tons of blades and weapons underneath her clothes. (tbh I have to read it again…)

  57. My dad and I every year go charity shopping and buy random CDs based purely on covers and names for each other. It’s always so fun to listen to them all and I’ve found some of my favourite music that way!

  58. I really love vintage things and styles and i would love to be able to pull it off. But i also love some modern styles. I don‘t know if i should get some vintage style clothes to try it out…

  59. You must watch the vintage movie "Auntie Mame" with Rosalind Russell, it's vintage fab. But also for the line "books are awfully decorative." PS look for the earliest homosexual representations, of the lesbians in suit skirts in the Oriental Party setting, opening number, smoking with long smoking holders.

  60. Tip, buy several of those Kellgren Fozard wreaths. They are special, don't make your kids fight over family mementos. Also works on kids stuffed animals. If they have a favorite teddy, buy three. One to replace the one they love to death and the last on for when they have their first child. Save a special outfit from each of you to take pics with your kids in. Then give that outfit to your daughters and in laws to recreate that pic with their newborn kid.

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