Daphne was my college mate, and I wonder if she remembers this factoid that we belonged to the same group at orientation camp. Yes, I am referring to the camp where there is ragging session in the day, and scary ghost walk in the night.  Fast forward 10 years later, she is mom to two adorable children, and shares her motherhood adventures at Mother, Inc. Don’t believe her when she claims to be an “auntie”. Daphne is definitely one of the coolest moms in town!

I’ve always loved making Christmas wishlists when I was a kid. I was that irritating kid who would wish for a million wishes but only because it was the only way I could think of to make Christmas last forever. I’ve since figured out that half the fun is in deciding on the 25 things I really, really, really wanted. The other half is getting them, of course. And yes, I have a 25-item (it’s a lot less than a million) Christmas wishlist, but relax, I’m only going to share my top 3 today.

I’m going to start with the third item and work my way up to numero uno.

3. Dior 61 Havana Honey sunglasses.



Part of my job description is to chauffeur the husband to work and the kids to school so I spend a fair bit of time in the car every day. This gorgeous pair of shades from Dior will help to keep the harmful UV rays out of my delicate eyes while I’m on the road. The other (perhaps more important) reason is that I usually wake up far too early to look respectable and this will help me go incognito on the days I look like an extra on the set of Zombieland. After all, my motto has always been “If I have to look like an auntie, I should make sure that nobody recognizes me.”

2. Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling

As a follow up to my earlier point, I’d like to add that while it’s sometimes acceptable to look like an auntie, it’s never appropriate to smell like one. In fact, as far as possible, one should always smell like um, London Dry Gin. I’ve never actually tasted the fine drink but it is apparently far superior to the Wet version. I was in the Penhaligon’s store in Ion Orchard the other day and I have to say that when I took my first whiff of Juniper Sling, I fell in love with the sweet, playful yet mysterious scent.

1. Disney World Orlando with the kids

I went to Disney World for a conference with the husband earlier this year and made the mistake of not bringing the kids. Biggest. Mistake. Ever. Because I spent the entire trip thinking about how much they would love it. We’ve been planning a return to the Happiest Place On Earth ever since. Also, word on the street is that Fantasyland will be getting a makeover in 2012 and it’ll be bigger and better than ever.

We haven’t told the kids yet but the looks on their faces when we do will be absolutely priceless.

That’s all I’ve got. Have a smashing Christmas and a fabulous new year!



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