saucy's wanty list

Every year around this time, Saucy enjoys posting her wanty list for Santa.  She's not greedy and she's not needy, she's WANTY!

Being wanty is different than being greedy because you can be totally wanty but it's all just for fun.  For instance, you can be wanty about an electric bike or an overpriced accessory because you don't seriously think you need it and you truly aren't pining over it... you just like the idea of it and therefore, you are totally wanty!  It's greedy to actually ask for it.  But it's perfectly acceptable behaviour on a quiet weekend night over a pink martini to use your iPad to cruise various eCommerce sites and start to feel very wanty over some very desirable yet overpriced gift items. That is what capitalism is about.

'Tis the season, after all.  So come on, be wanty with Saucy. You know you want to.



Generally anything from the Kate Spade website makes Saucy feel instantly wanty and therefore she only visits several times a week and never, ever after consuming alcohol or listening to Ann-Margaret music.  If she were being wanty and silly she would put these glittery heels on her list.  Truthfully, they would go with a couple of her Kate Spade dresses but she doesn't go to fancy places all that much so she'd end up doing the vacuuming in them.

But since even in her wanty-ness she likes to appear practical, she will accept sparkly Kate Keds:



At this point, Saucy would like to point out that the Kate Spade Holiday collection is adorable and Anna Kendrick in the short movie even more so.  By the way, Saucy has a marabou pillbox hat that she found at the thrift store just like this one:



Can we all just agree it is a sad world that we live in that in no way could any of us ever venture out of the house wearing that dress, the glittery heels and the feathery hat?  Life is so very unfair.



Instead of wearing the feathery hat, Saucy could wear a pair of wireless Beats by Dr Dre headphones and listen to some swinging tunes by the Rat Pack to make herself feel better about the times that she lives in.  In exchange for living in modern day and having tablets and cell phones, Saucy would gladly travel back in time to wear structured dresses and pillbox hats every day.



If she does have to dwell solely in 2014, then she knows what to wear.  She would be very wanty over the thought of the Shinola Birdy watch with the double leather strap.  You might remember Shinola from an old "we're into it" post on this blog, Veto has one.  Saucy has been pining for this ladies version because it's delicate and shiny and orange



All Wanty Girls in the throes of their wanty-ness want Tiffany T bracelets!



All reasonable girls will settle for a Kate Spade mini bow bangle.  All Wanty Girls that answer to the nickname Saucy will suggest that the bow bangle is often found at Winners.

All girls that go by the nickname Saucy will also suggest that the most wanty of all items on their wanty list can be found at Winners this very minute:



Even though Saucy didn't peep this electric bicycle with her own peepers, she will tell you that Loopy and Snookie saw it and texted her a picture and she was immediately in lurrve.  Some days she wants to be out on her bicycle but her knees hurt so much to pedal so this Ecoped bike needs to go on the wanty list.  Electric bicycles operate on the road just like a pedal bicycle - meaning you don't need a special license or insurance.  You just need to follow the rules of the road and wear a super cute helmet.



Since Saucy has been looking for the perfect bike helmet, she may as well have one for when she rides her cruiser, Alice.  This covered helmet by Yakkay looks like a bucket hat. You can switch covers, too.  It's smart head protection for stylish cyclists. One day a ball cap, the next day a fedora.

This one is very "Kate Spade", don't you think?




It looks like the theme of Saucy's wanty list this year is mobility.  Now she thinks she wants a pair of Tieks ballet flats.  They're comfortable and foldable, so they fit in your handbag. They'd be awesome for traveling.



Folding ballet flats would fit perfectly into the "Sasha" Baby Bag by Kate Spade. Why do these wanty lists always come back to Kate Spade? Why does Saucy want what is essentially an overpriced diaper bag? Because a well-designed diaper bag is basically the equivalent of a carry-all tote bag. Water bottles can go where baby bottles go. The endless pockets for wipes and diapers can hold phones and chargers and grown up wipes. And let's all just talk about the name for a minute: THE SASHA BABY BAG. For those in the know, well... you know.




Saucy (aka Sasha Baby to family) is also very wanty over the Karl Lagerfeld limited edition Barbie. She can be as wanty as she likes, it's sold out and impossible to find. 

By the way, did you see Saucy's Halloween costume this year?



So to summarize the wanty list for 2014, Saucy wants an unnecessary electric bicycle, a necessary bicycle helmet, extremely pricey headphones that won't fit under said helmet, three pairs of overpriced shoes, jewelry (umm HELLO IT'S CHRISTMAS), a diaper bag for the baby she does not have, and a super-chic Barbie doll.

She will also accept Taylor Swift tickets, a puppy and a reason to wear her feathery hat.

See how that works?  It's not a need and it's beyond greed... it's just being downright wanty. Now it's your turn, tell everyone what you really feel wanty about this year. Go ahead and want big! It's only the Internet, people. You can want anything.

phoning europe

On the shores of Lake Zurich

Last month Saucy lived one of her lifelong dreams and visited Switzerland, France and Germany with Veto. It's a good thing she likes adventure because whilst Veto was in meetings at Basel, Switzerland she hopped trains to here and there in Switzerland and France.

You may not like seeing other people's vacation photos but Saucy wants to make space on her phone and put the pictures someplace! That someplace was Facebook and now, this blog post. 


If you ever wondered what a Smurf tastes like, it's a bit of a blue raspberry bubblegum flavour with Smarties. 


An antique teddy bear staring back at Saucy in Germany as if to say "take me home." He stayed behind.


The carousel park at Colmar, France. Saucy hopped the train to Colmar for a day and it was wonderful. It truly was like a scene from a Disney movie. She expected Belle and Gaston to jump out and sing at any moment.




Colmar is often called "the Venice of France" because of its canals. Saucy took a gondola ride from a guy that looked like Zayn from One Direction. This, not coincidentally, was the portion of the trip that Loopy was most jealous of.


Baskets and planters of amazing flowers everywhere!






Even alley selfies in France take on a whole new level of chic-ness and the photo bombers appear more elegantly poised.


The platform at Colmar headed back to Switzerland. Saucy stepped on the train with the commuters who carried groceries and baguettes! She does not know why things like this amuse her so, but they do.


Of course, the macarons were on point in Europe. At Laduree, they were displayed and packaged beautifully. We had a little splurge in Zurich on some macarons, candles and some jam and caramel.



The McDonald's in Switzerland had fabulous macarons even though they were not nearly packaged as nicely.

Sightseeing in Basel, Switzerland


One day Saucy ventured to Lucerne on her own and it was also beautiful although a bit busier than the tiny hamlet of Colmar and quite touristy. She was glad to have her selfie stick, especially when she was on her own.


It was cloudy and cool that day in Lucerne and hard to see the Swiss Alps. Saucy is sure they are there.



Looking up from the plaza where Saucy ate an American-style hot dog (which ended up not being American style at all, it was basically a sausage baked in a pretzel. So, a wiener wrap). She fed the rest of the "hot dog" to the pigeons and took note of the window panes that were rounded glass.



The famous romantic covered bridge. This is where Saucy ate a bag of funky potato chips with tomatoes.




On Veto's day off, they hopped the train to France. Saucy was eager to show him Colmar and they stopped at Mulhouse, too.





Looking through the windows of the museum to the plaza, cathedral and carousel. The French really dig their carousels. 








For Loopy's sake, Saucy made a special effort to visit Sephora in France. It was very different than in the US and Canada. The cast members wore different uniforms (the new ones) and some of the brands were quite different. It wasn't like Saucy could bring much of it home - it was very expensive and she wasn't sure what Loopy would want and she really couldn't call or text her to check. 

Of note, she did purchase a few bath items and tried to present her VIB Rouge card, which the cast member rebuffed with an eye roll and a "you are in Frah-nce now, zees card iz... uggh" and with that incredibly rude interaction Saucy thought... ohmygod I am totally in France right now. This. Is. Awesome!


The candy stores were so fabulous that Saucy brought home a new cavity.

Pistachio panna cotta with raspberries

Garlands of twigs and dried flowers over residential doorways


 It wasn't really the kind of place to do a lot of shopping but Saucy did get this super-awesome winter sweater in Germany, where she also saw a fair bit of graffiti.












On the last night in Frankfurt, Saucy and Veto wandered around and ate at the oldest restaurant in the city.

It was liberating to take a big trip like this and not travel with a camera bag and lenses. Saucy's iPhone 6 with the following editing apps were more than enough for the job... and that ridiculous selfie stick too!

Great apps for photo editing:

Hipstamatic - make your digital shots look analog
SwankoLab - a handheld darkroom kit
Mextures - over 130 textures and filters
Aviary - basic cropping, editing and enhancing
Photosynth - Microsoft app for capturing panoramas
Photo Toaster - fast, non-destructive brushes and actions
Camwow - free photo booth effects on the go