Here’s a quick December want list, since it’s the month of sanctioned wanting. And before someone thinks I’m a selfish monster, my personal theory is that having a robust and healthy want mechanism actually makes you better at giving things to people.
1. I don’t love lotions, but I have recently developed an appreciation for body oils as a ritual extension of my many baths. These ones from King’s Road Apothecary are really nice, and my favourites are the conifer forest (naturally), and the rose and sandalwood.
2. I was telling my sister the other day, I’m very excited to be a butchish old lady with a huge secret collection of stones and jewellery and spangled gowns (I ought to do a post about it). And the thing I’m currently wanting for this future hoard is a proper opera-length string of sea pearls. Real vintage ones, you know, with lots of lustre.
3. I will sometimes wear (rather than merely hoard) bracelets. These silver bangles look very nice.
4. Shinies. We’re all old hands at this by now.
5. How long will I harp on about wanting a full suit? Forever, of course, because wanting only begets further wanting. Someday I’ll finally purchase one, and by then I’ll already be thinking about tomorrow’s suit; but right now I’d like something long-bodied and slightly oversized, in good grey tweed.
6. I always need socks for the same reason I always need shoes: because I rapidly destroy them.
7. My favourite type of cake (well, maybe tied with carrot cake) is proper dark fruit cake. But it’s hard to find (or make) the good stuff, because… OK, I just wrote and erased (you’re welcome) an entire paragraph about the quality and availability of candied fruit peel. Suffice it to say: it’s hard. And I want it.
8. How many times have I drawn these same oxfords on a want list? Sometimes I change the colours, but I don’t think it fools anyone.
9. Random dead plant matter!