Dear Santa,

11.19.2011

As the aroma of fried turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce enhances every day, I hate to jump the gun by fast forwarding to Christmas. However, I deem it necessary as online Christmas shopping is becoming quite the luring temptation to distract me from my schoolwork.

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Way back when, my Christmas list only required a single trip to Toys "R" Us to grab the slew of completely impractical but totally must-have toys of the season. This included American Girl Doll accessories, a Lite Brite, a secret passcode diary, and the unforgettable Furby doll. My early teens saw the onset of a techy-phase as a new electronic seemed to peak my interest every year, which I can blame Apple's brilliance for.

And now, I've become the typical girl who wishes for none else than clothes, handbags and shoes. However, rather than viewing this as an unoriginal quality of myself, I choose to see it as a sure sign of maturity. So play along with me here as I display what's currently on my running Christmas list.

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As I've been on the prowl for a leopard flat and a loafer, my new college budget-oriented self has urged me to consolidate these two desires into one fabulous TopShop leopard penny loafer that is both practical and playful.

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Though I have enough Kappa garb to clothe a small South American country, I've been searching for an accessory that can display my KKG loyalty in a subtle way every day. A fleur de lis or key accessory were the main options, and this key necklace seemed to fit my requirements of being just dainty enough yet still noticeable.

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The most worn item on UT campus is undoubtedly Nike running shorts. And while I'll admit I caved into this trend and have a healthy collection myself, I have discovered a new love in workout wear. BOA shorts (known for their Texas flag shorts) are far more comfortable and flattering.

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Amidst our search for warm winter gear, Merl got turned me onto the puffer vest. It's a delightful alternative for when you don't want to stuff your already tripled layers into a hefty coat. And since my fetish with all things forest green has yet to fade, this J. Crew style caught my eye.

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Rebecca Mikoff's Morning After Clutch, otherwise known as her MAC bag, first came onto my radar when my sister made it her souvenir from her brief visit to NYC this summer. My mom copied her months later with the orange style, and my recent need for a black evening bag for downtown affairs has got me thinkin' I may need to jump on board also.

Here's hoping that Mr. Claus is a follower of Bridget's Own Diary!

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