Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Gilty Pleasures

Whether or not you know me well, it's probably beyond obvious to you (so through my writing, feature choices, or just seeing me around) that I am not into "loud" things. I'm kind of a lot shy and into understated everything: all black, being the brains behind an operation, you get the idea. But it's the holiday season, a time for parties and glamour and people in glitzy clothes. And as much as I'm insistent that that's totally not my thing, I have a soft spot for glitter kind of the same way I have a compulsion to watch the classless, tactless program that is Keeping up with the Kardashians. And now that I've admitted that, and my cheeks are burning red with shame, I'll get to the point of this post. We're about to go on a gilt trip. Not the kind we get from our Sittos (grandmas, for my non-Arabs), but a little peek into the world of Elise's shiny, glitzy, and flashy gilty pleasures.

This dress would be perfect in a world where I was a glamazon. But we just don't live in that world. And that's ok, because I could never get away with wearing this to work, or a party, or anywhere, for that matter. It's still really cool, and from ASOS which also makes it perfect.

Remember that time when everyone had that huge obsession with those sparkly Louboutins? Even months (years?) later, I can't help but love these. And I'd love them heaps more if they were all red and I could click my heels like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and be magical, or something.

This ring. If I owned it, I don't know if I'd ever wear it. But I want it just to add to my growing jewelry collection (would you believe me if I told you I only owned three pairs of earrings and two bracelets? Also, do detachable collars count?). I don't own any rings, and to be perfectly honest, I'd rather have a simple and chic tennis bracelet than a ring when I get engaged. But this is like a little Swarovski disco ball for my hand, and I don't hate it.

Ever since Gossip Girl premiered, I wanted to be Blair Waldorf. I had the headbands with bows, the plaid uniform, and the fantastic case of bitchface. But most important were the headbands, an accessory I adore to this day. And that's why this sparkly bit of brilliance is my gilty pleasure number four.

My favorite gilty pleasure is crazy shiny nail polish. Especially if it's gold. This Sephora by O.P.I. pick is perfect for the holidays or some other special occasion where flashiness is permitted.

So there you have it. My top five gilty pleasures. After the holidays I pinky swear I'll be back to the basics. But I'm going to enjoy the sparkles when I can, in the confines of my house. Where nobody will see me geeking over glitter. Let's keep this our secret?



P.S. Happy December, happy peppermint mocha season, and happy (almost) finals week.

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