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I love the theme this year!

Here's some info for my SS (Hi!bye.gif)

Actually, I just looked up last year's list and updated  it.  Apparently I didn't change that much over 2012.

Favorite colors: Green,  Blue, Purple & Fuchsia . I like royal colors better than soft pastels. Not just to wear, in general as well.

Accessories; I don't have pierced ears so I obviously don't wear earrings. I love simple, delicate, yet interesting pieces for necklaces. I do like big honking cocktail rings (LOL, that what my SIL and I call them at least) I'm a size 8 becasue I tend to wear them on my index finger.  I have really small wrists/hands so a lot of bangles fall off me, but smaller sized bracelets/cuffs fit fine.

I love clutches and small bags.  

I have a new little nephew, Owen, that is just the best thing to ever happen to me (and our family.) He is just the most perfect thing in the world to me. I am enjoying the hell out of being Auntie Marie (I let him call me my real name. Well, I will when he can talk.- update, yeah, he talks a bit  now but is refusing to say Auntie Marie.  I'm told that he gets that stubborn streak from me.  Plus, SIL is having a girl in April.

I'm a reader. History, travel, fiction, cook books, mysteries, sci fi, bios. You name it, I read it.

I really enjoy cooking and baking. I'm the type who will wander around William Sonoma or Crate & Barrel for hours just looking. I'm trying to get into baking fresh bread more.  I make a lot of homemade pizza for the family and love to make appetizers. 

Makeup- I'm fair skinned (pale Irish) with brown reddish hair. I'm definitely cool toned. I am a lip gloss junkie. I seriously might need an intervention (or just a purge of my make up bag.- update- I did this in 2012, so I suppose there's room now, huh?)

I absolutely love coffee. When I travel, I always make sure to grab some local roasts to take home with me. I really love it when somebody shares their favorite brand with me too. But I don't believe in decalf. I think it's a myth.

I like learning about wine and have been getting into craft beer (I actually have a blog on it now). While drinking it is fun, I also enjoy learning all about how it was produced.  I love a good pint or 1/2 pint glass too.  I'm doing a little home brewing now as well.  

I also enjoy learning about locally produced food (another thing I always check out when I travel.) I love trying new mustard, spices, salts and peppercorns.

I love music. Love jazz, classic rock, swing, have been getting into some classical as well, some alternative (like Mumford & Sons, Foster the People, Franz Ferdinand), new music like The Black Keys, 80's music.


I have an appreciation for older things and especially love the 40's, 50's and 60's. 

What I would rather not have: I'm not really into things that smell (like candles.) I have enough bath gel & lotions (although if you know of a good unscented cream for dry hands that will fit in my purse, I'd love that.) I can't wear earrings.  

 

Here's a link to my pinerest boards in case they may help.

http://pinterest.com/mecummins/

 

 

 

 

 



-- Edited by Boots on Wednesday 28th of November 2012 01:57:48 PM

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Happy holidays are on the way as we kick off Stylethread's annual Secret Santa! Ready to get your elf on? This year's theme is..."Trifles and Treasures"! We're celebrating the holiday season's joys, both big and small this year. "Trifles" -something small and yes, inexpensive that brings joy to Your life... "Treasures" -something decadent and indulgent that your Recipent will adore... Once again I'm encouraging participants to get-in-the-know and get-to-know one anther. Add a note to let your recipent know why you chose what you sent! (the nitty gritty) ~ Specify your likes/dislikes/allergies in the comments below ~Packages must be in the mail by December 17 ~Please private mesage me with shipping info once you have shipped your package ~ Send another private mesage when you receive your package ~ Thank your Secret Santa for your gift in a SS post ~Have Fun And Happy Holidays!!!



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I used some questionnaires from past SS's.

You can get more detail on my facebook About page if you're already friends with me.

About me: 37yo, married, 2 cats, working on master's degree in information architecture/user experience design, currently freelancing.

Personality type: INFP

Holland Interest profile: ASI (Artistic, Social, Investigative)

Strengthsfinder results: Adaptability, Empathy, Ideation, Strategy, Intellection

Enneagram: 4

Boss Baggage Profile: Observer, Challenger, Disarmer (from Working for You isn't Working for Me)

Sizes:

  • Tops: Small
  • Bottoms/Dress: size 4
  • waist 26-27
  • Shoes: 8.5-9

Allergies: Rosemary

Favorite Color?- to wear - black, navy, burgundy, plum, greens, royal blue, rust

Favorite Band?- John Frusciante (solo work), Adam & the Ants, New Wave music, Afghan Whigs, L.A. Guns, Ryan Adams, Steely Dan, + many, many more

(alternative, indie, sleeze/hair metal, punk, post-punk, new wave)

Favorite Movie?- Working Girl, Buffalo 66, Great Balls of Fire

Favorite Book?- Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton 

Favorite Beauty Brand? - Paula's Choice, CARGO, Lancome, Urban Decay 

Favorite Magazine and which ones do you subscribe to?- I like high fashion mags like Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar.  My subscriptions: Allure, NYLON, Lucky, WIRED

Jewelry? - earrings mostly - - simple, lightweight, organic designs - - not too big or super dangly, but not studs either.  I like wire hook styles with one or two beads on each earring.  (Just for example) aubepine on Etsy makes the kinds of earrings I generally prefer.

Favorite Hobby?-

  • Researching, collecting, testing PERFUME - My Fragrantica Profile
  • Singing
  • dining out
  • being online/surfing net/social networking
  • ice skating
  • Pilates, jogging, working out
  • Museums
  • writing
  • reading
  • appreciating architecture and interior design
  • taking care of kitties
  • watching tv, traveling, and talking with DH

 

Favorite Food?- Tea, cheese, wine, chocolate, lemon pound cake

my favorite stores are: Nordstrom, JCrew, Gap, Sephora, BeautyEncounter.com, SurrenderToChance.com, perfumania.com, Marshalls

what i don't want: picture frames, house décor-related stuff, Bath & Body Works

what do i need? Yoga pants/workout pants, skinny/slim flipflops

 

Thanks!



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So excited for Secret Santa again this year! KK, thanks for organizing!

About me: 33 y/o living in Portland, Oregon (moved last year from the East Coast). I work in clinical research (substance abuse currently) and have my masters in public health. No children but I do have a bulldog that I adore.

Favorite Color? I'm not that big into black, gray, white, brown though. I much prefer brighter colors and am partial to mustard yellow and kelley green.

Favorite Band?

Favorite Movie? LoTR, actually. And I have a soft-spot for the Neverending Story. But I don't see a lot of movies.

Favorite Book? Right now, it's either Mudbound or When She Woke by Hilary Jordan. But my all-time favorite would be anything by Paul Theroux (both his fiction as well as his travel stuff, but I own everything of his). I love travel memoirs and non-fiction medical histories.

Favorite Beauty Brand? I don't even know what this means. I think that I would have to answer Dove. Because soap is about the extent of my beauty routine. No, that's not true. I do moisterize and would love some scented moisterizer, but only in "masculine" smells like cedar.

Favorite Magazine and which ones do you subscribe to? On my Nook, I have National Geographic, Saveur, and Smithsonian. I have a free subscription from Elle right now but considering that I have three months of unlooked at magazines, I don't think that's a high priority.

Jewelry? No earings, I don't have my ears pierced. I love longer necklaces, those that hang right at my boobs are about the right length, whatever that is. Chunky is usually better but delicate is fine as well, as long as there is some beadwork and it's not just chains. I'm pretty well stocked in necklaces though because my mom has her own store but bracelets are something I've been getting into more. Mostly beaded ones but some leather bangles as well.

Favorite Hobby?- Reading, probably. Nothing else really. I don't know if you would consider it a hobby, but I love sending people cards. The fancy organic store out here has the best card selection and I'm always picking up one or two to send to people, just for the heck of it.

Favorite Food? Soup! I love soup. I also love a good burger and some great beer. I'm generally a fan of beer with anything. And it goes without saying, chocolate.

my favorite stores are: J. Crew is pretty spot-on in terms of my style. Preppy with colors.

what i don't want:  Bath & Body Works! No! And nothing really for the house as I hate knick-knacks.

what do i need? Winter things, actually. I have a beautiful kelly green pashmina (that somebody got me as a SS from here, actually! But I don't remember who!) that I've worn for years and don't won't to stop wearing. So something to match with kelly green? Hot chocolate or flavored coffee mixes are something that I would never buy for myself but love to use.

I think I've done SS for every year that we've been doing so I'm sure there are plenty of posts from previous years for ideas as well.



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KaffeeKlatsch wrote:

Happy holidays are on the way as we kick off Stylethread's annual Secret Santa! Ready to get your elf on? This year's theme is..."Trifles and Treasures"! We're celebrating the holiday season's joys, both big and small this year. "Trifles" -something small and yes, inexpensive that brings joy to Your life... "Treasures" -something decadent and indulgent that your Recipent will adore... Once again I'm encouraging participants to get-in-the-know and get-to-know one anther. Add a note to let your recipent know why you chose what you sent! (the nitty gritty) ~ Specify your likes/dislikes/allergies in the comments below ~Packages must be in the mail by December 17 ~Please private mesage me with shipping info once you have shipped your package ~ Send another private mesage when you receive your package ~ Thank your Secret Santa for your gift in a SS post ~Have Fun And Happy Holidays!!!


 Is there a dollar amount we should stick to?



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So excited for Secret Santa again this year! KK, thanks for organizing!

About me: 37y/o stay at home mom to two girls 13 and 6, one stubborn fur ball cat, and an anxiety ridden GSD. I take a lot of pride in my home and family, they really are the most important things in my world.

Favorite Color? I'm a neutral girl at heart, but my favorite accent is red, all shades.

Favorite Band? This always surprises everyone, but I have a real sentimental attachment to sublime. But my music tastes range from Mummford and Sons to Billy Joel really.

Favorite Movie? The Breakfast Club, with Empire Records a close second.

Favorite Book? Not reading anything right now, but I love Jen Lancaster, and easy chick lit reads...I'm pretty bust so need light fast reads. But I also love coffee table type books, and decorating book full of photos.

Favorite Beauty Brand? I'm a product junkie. I LOVE trying new things, so this really doesn't apply. I guess for basics I always find myself going back to Clinique...

Favorite Magazine and which ones do you subscribe to? Real Simple and InStyle. My subscription to Real Simple just expired.

Jewelry? I love it in theory, I even make it. But for some reason, besides my wedding set I hardly wear it. My lifestyle is just so casual, and I can never settle on any "everyday" pieces. Lately my monogram necklaces are all I wear.

Favorite Hobby? Does shopping count? If not it would be crafting and decorating.

Favorite Food? Can I say adult beverages? LOL I'm a snacker, but I like savory over sweet mostly.

my favorite stores are: J. Crew, Gap, Pottery Barn, William Sonoma, Sephora

what i don't want: Bath & Body Works type items, home decorating things

what do i need? This question is SO hard for me. I don't NEED anything. I enjoy doing this to shop for others, and look at things I might not normally for myself. I always appreciate little things that are just for me though, it sounds selfish, but with a house full of girls I'm always sharing. I like to have. Stash of luxury chocolates, coffees, candies, and little things that remind me somethings are okay not to share.


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I'm happy to join in again. I love doing Secret Santa every year. Thanks KK for talking to me about joining in.

About me: I'm 37, live in Houston. I'm married and a proud puppy mom to an 8 year old chihuahua/terrier Barkley. I work for a medical device company and am getting my degree in interior design in two weeks (FINALLY).

Favorite Color? I don't really have a favorite color. I do favor primary colors and brighter shades versus pastels.

Favorite Band? I love music..ranging from rap, broadway to rock. But my main love will always be rock and my favorite band is Papa Roach.


Favorite Movie? I love chick flicks and will watch Serendipity, Sex and the City and anything with Sandra Bullock until I can recite every word from memory.

Favorite Book? I do not sit still to read often but when I do it is usually books that are similar to Confessions of a Shopaholic, girly and quick reads. I love architecture books, anything about travel. I can stand forever at Barnes and Noble reading travel books even about places I have no plans to visit.

Favorite Beauty Brand? MAC, Benefit, Urban Decay. I also swear by Oil of Olay.

Favorite Magazine and which ones do you subscribe to? Glamour is my favorite. I also love Lucky. Those are the only two that I subscribe to currently. I enjoy all of the Interior Design magazines.

Jewelry? I wear alot of costume jewelry. Mostly things that I pick up at Express or similar. I love gold tones, because I think I should have been a part of the 70's disco theme. ;) I also like silver as well.

Favorite Hobby? Interior design, writing, photography, shopping and going to concerts

Favorite Food? Mexican, Italian and chocolate

my favorite stores are: Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Express, Piperlime

what i don't want: Honestly I will appreciate anything that someone takes the time to pick out for me.

what do i need? I can not think of anything that I "need" but I will enjoy my secret santa's ideas.



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About me:
I'm 38, live in Orange County, CA. Mother of two very manly boys (ages 14 and 20)...way too much testosterone in my house. My escape is my feminine bedroom. I live for and adore my boys. Retired teacher. Stay at home mom. Volunteer. Divorced. Girly Gir but I push myself to step out of my comfort zone and model taking chances, trying new things, and being strong for my boys. Super sentimental and emotional.

Favorite Color?
Pretty much anything not pastel. I'm in need of pink and red which are my two favorite colors. Made a point to stop buying so much in those colors and now I have practically nothing in those colors

Favorite Band?
No Doubt, New Edition, Allensworth (local band with some guys from my HS, check them out on YouTube), Bruno Mars...my taste is all over the place if you see my iPod. The boys tell me I have horrible music taste

Favorite Movie?

Favorite Book?
I have a ton of unfinished books both in print and on my Kindle. Sadly, as of right now reading is something that is difficult for me. In no need of books. I can't even seem to get through magazines

Favorite Beauty Brand?
MAC, Neutrogena, Shue Eumura (is this still around? lol). One of my new favorite hobbies is learning how to apply makeup. I have started a notebook of different looks that include step by step picture instructions that I attempt to recreate. Have also had a couple of makeup sessions at MAC. Can be expensive for my little budget but I'm having fun with the few items I have been able to get

Favorite Magazine and which ones do you subscribe to?
Glamour and Lucky. I love the "special edition" magazines from publishers like Time, Life, People, National Geographics, etc...See above under "favorite books" I have no current subscriptions.

Jewelry?
NONE. The rare times I do wear jewelry it is a small silver Tiffany necklace, a small silver locket necklace with pics of my boys inside, a delicate gold necklace, and I used to wear my diamond studs daily until I vacuumed them up 7 years ago and have yet to have them reset :-/

Favorite Hobby?
Organizing, DIY crafts, photography, obsessed with everything via the internet, shopping, concerts, sports (watching), decorating my place, socializing, eating

Favorite Food?
Mexican, Italian, Sushi, Chinese, Seafood, chocolate, Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper...did I cover most everything? lol Yup love to eat!

My favorite stores are:
Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Target, 99 cent store

What I don't want:
I don't want to sound unappreciative but here goes...Bath and Body Works, candles, knick knacks,anything that gets dusty, anything pastel color...

What do I need? Ummm...energy, sleep, more time, a new body, girly time, clear skin, patience, strength, love...
Thank you SS. Sorry for procrastinating in posting this. Didn't mean to make your shopping difficult. Anything I get I will love because one of my very favorite things are positive surprises! xoxoxo

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Grrrr... my favorite movie stuff didn't show up.

Favorite Movie?

Chick Flicks, Sports Movies, Coming of age films, anything that tugs at my heart strings and is emotional. Favorites include: Gone With The Wind, The Notebook, The Sandlot, Friday Night Lights, Wizard of Oz

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My phone and ST don't want to play nice, so I'll make this quick and just list my dislikes!
Allergic: lactose, gluten, salicylic acid, sweet potatoes/yams
Dislike Colors: Yellow, Orange
Dislike: spicy anything, green/white tea, sugary scents, pastels, ruffly girly apparel...


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Off to the post tomorrow, so excited for my Secret Santa to get their "Trifles and Treasures"!


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My Secret Santa gift arrived today from Boots! Thank you so much for my beautiful sparkly gifts! I can't wait to work them into outfits!! And the chocolate

I am currently enjoying as I type this! :)  Today was a hectic day at work, but coming home to a thoughtful gift made my day!

 

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AWWW I can't see the pic :(


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Yey!!!! Got my SS gift today.  Much, much needed surprise after my week of losing my wallet, cash, bank cards, drivers license camera card (with 50th wedding anniversary pictures on it), a car accident (elderly woman lost control and took out everything in her path including my parked car), and excrutiating body aches from the cold weather and today tryng to calm a bunch of high schoolers  (my son and his friend) via text and in conjunction with the school due to rumors of shooting threats at the school tomorrow

So on that note, Thank You relrel for your well timed, thoughtful gift <3

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Yay! I'm so glad you liked everything! But so sorry to hear about your rough week! Hopefully having some yummy chocolate will make things a bit better.

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I was also having a string of bad days recently and when my SS gift arrived, it just made everything seem so much better.  Thank you, Alegria!  

 Sorry I can only post one picture.  Part of my holiday stress is that technology has decided to hate me this week.  Photobucket refuses to post my photos here and when I tried up loading and pinning them to my pinterest page (and then emeding them here) this is the only photo it would do.  Over and over and over.  confusePlus my computer keeps keeps freezing.  I know, 1% issues.  But they will still make you swear like an over worked Christmas elf.

Alegria wrapped my gifts so creatively.  They were in rustic brown craft paper and twine.  And on the large box, a huge photo of me stared back!  It was the one I use on my FB account.  I laughed so loudly when I saw me staring back at me.  I so needed that laugh.

My gift was a huge lip gloss set from Ulta (yea!!!!), some yummy chocolates and an amazing leather cuff bracelet with a antique key design.     I love everything, but I especially adore the cuff.  In fact, I'm wearing it right now!

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Thankyou!  Thank you!  Thank you!  Your gift brought a little sunshine to my day.



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My Secret Santa was Pollyjean23! She got my soup! I love soup! And some very yummy smelling lotion which I'm super excited about. Thank you so, so much!

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itsapinkthing wrote:

AWWW I can't see the pic :(


 Sorry about that! I think it is fixed now! :) 



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My SS this year was Joy0302! I'm saving my excitement for Christmas when we (yes WE! Amazingness-gifties for J-bug and Katja as well!!!) will open them! Thank you-the way into my heart is definitely through my family! Love to you and yours!

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I am the lucky recipient of the gorgeously packaged gift from itsapinkthing! No pics available, as I'm out of town, but I'm very happy with all of it. DH was sweet to open it with me on Skype. Iapt sent me a chai drink mix, salted caramels, a pair of earrings, a bracelet, a pretty gift topper that can be used as an ornament, and a fragrance sampler. Thanks so much!

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