A personal top ten - part one.

Oh, 2010. I can't say I'm going to miss you. It's been one interesting year (to say the absolute least) but anyway, since the holiday season is upon us I decided to do a quick rundown of my top 10 favorite things from this year. Trends, fads, purchases, gift ideas and the like all rolled up into one tidy little list. This is part one of two. One - Wacky Wedge Wants

Shoes, glorious shoes. I have a bit of an Imelda Marcos streak and my wedge collection has tripled in the last few months. The top pair pictured below could be my favorites, despite not actually owning them (cough, I'm an 8). The second pair is a close second and seem like they might be more wearable but I might be making that up.

I don't discriminate when it comes to footwear trends. I have a pair of clog boots, too.

Two - Top 40 Girl Power

Over the last year I've caught myself not only singing along to, but downloading several pop singles from the likes of Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna. Some of the songs are so bad it's good. Others are just great to workout to, and still more have managed to strike a chord in my cold, little black heart. I've always been a big fan of girl-fronted anything, and this year I've been super into bands like Witches, Black Birds and Big Eyes.

Here's a video of a pretty mediocre pop song (Katy Perry's Firework) re-done into an amazing little experience.


Three - Continental Travel

I've mentioned at least once or twice that I'm working on seeing all 50 states (actually being in each one for more than a heartbeat) in addition to my global pursuits. As luck would have it, losing my job (thank god) in January gave me the ability to visit 5 new states this year.

Four - Vintage Coach

When the Coach logo pattern first came out I was in high school. I hated it. In fact, for graduation my darling best friend gave all of us little Coach ID cases as presents and I was the only one who received a plain, black leather ID case instead of that wretched logo pattern.

I remembered back to the gold old days (aka the 1980's) when my mom carried Coach bags with the classic turnlock closure and crossbody straps.

Dear world of thrift stores, thank you. Over the course of 2010, I've snatched up 3 classic Coach bags for an average cost of about $15 per bag. I don't care if they are cool, trendy, boring, whatever.  I love them for being classic, timeless and uber-functional. I already have a little collection going, though I am on the hunt for a good bottle green one.  This is one of my picks for a great gift idea (with some TLC it will last, like, forever!).

Five - Lyndon Johnson

Sure, scoff. Call me obsessed. But you don't know him like I know him. At this point, I'd say Lyndon Johnson is a friend of mine. For the first time in my whole life, I've had the chance to work in my chosen field and get paid for it! In addition to becoming well acquainted with LBJ, I've had the amazing opportunity to work with a few of his fans, including the marvelous and fabulous, Suzanne Keller.

Dr. Keller, it's been such an honor. And the same to you, Charles. And Lyndon, of course!

Stay tuned for part two. Coming soon!

In the meantime, go check out Elsie at A Beautiful Mess. She's doing a fab job with holiday treats and ideas!