The countdown is officially on. Christmas is just days away (and Hanukkah begins tonight!). While it can be hard to shop for others, it can also be hard to narrow down what you want to put on your own wish list. Have you decided what you’re asking Santa for this year? 😉 Well, we asked some of Houston’s most fashionable for what’s on their list, so keep on scrolling for what they’ve been eyeing from The Vintage Contessa & Times Past, and maybe it’ll give you inspiration of your own. Or just simply forward this post onto your significant other or parents as a hint, hint.

Alex Carreno Haines / Adored by Alex / @alexcarreno_

1. Chanel Medium Caviar Flap Bag

2. Hermes Evelyne Bag

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized the importance in investment pieces in my closet. You can’t go wrong with the two classics, Hermes and Chanel, plus if taken care of, they’ll last for years to come!

Ashley Seippel / Ashley Nicole Style / @ashleynstyle

1. Hermes Printed Silk Scarf 

Scarves are a simple and chic way to accessorize any outfit this season. From tying it around your neck, to wearing it draped over your shoulders, or wrapped around your purse handles, it’s the perfect way to pull any outfit together.

2. Louis Vuitton Keepall

I am always traveling during the holidays. Whether it is heading home to see my family, skiing in Vail, or jetting off to a tropical paradise, this LV bag is on my must-have list! It fits all my essentials, and the detachable strap makes it easy to transport. Plus, it goes well with any outfit!

3. Valentino Rock Stud Small Tote

With the holidays come holiday parties, it is probably the busiest social season of the year. Adding some festive cheer to your ensemble is a must, and this Valentino would add the perfect pop of red. The rock studs also make it the perfect juxtaposition of sassy and sweet!

Bethany Buchanan / Southern Chic Style / @bethanymarieb

1. Chanel Wallet on Chain in Pink Caviar

2. Hermes Collier de Chien Geranium Palladium Hardware

Blush and red are two of the season’s must have colors. So, a Chanel Wallet on a Chain in pink is a must and something you can use for years to come! And, a red Hermès cuff will give a pop of color to any neutral outfit while being a classic color you’ll grab season after season.


Carrie Colbert / / @carriec

1. Chanel Double Flap Bag in Red

The Chanel Double Flap in red is definitely on my wish list. It’s a true classic and the red color is perfect, especially this time of year.

Chiara Casiraghi / Casiraghi Style / @casiraghistyle 

1. Chanel Striped Flap Bag

I love this particular Chanel bag because it’s so unique. The stripes are so chic and fun. You don’t see one like this very often.

2. Chanel Clip On Earrings

Gold Chanel earrings are a classic piece of jewelry and will make a fabulous gift.

3. Rolex Datejust Watch

A timeless vintage Rolex makes the perfect gift for the guy you love to spoil.

Monica Abney / Classy & Fabulous / @classnfab

1. Cartier Rose Gold 18k Diamond “Love” Bracelet 

It’s a perfect push present or anniversary present. I am a minimalist when it comes to jewelry and this piece is chic, minimal and timeless!

2. Louis Vuitton Trunk

Talk about history! Louis Vuitton started all with trunks back in the day. It would be an amazing piece for the home!

3. Authentic Hermes 32cm Kelly Bag in Gold Epsom with Gold Hardware

I will be on the waiting list for this one! I know the Birkin gets all the attention when it comes to Hermes bags, but the Kelly (named after Grace Kelly!) calls my heart!


Now, tell us. What’s on your wish list?



Plain and simple, holiday gift buying can be tricky! Well, Donae is here to help with a few of the items she has on her gift giving list.

Donae’s List

Gifting for a Mom and Daughter

Hermes Evelyne GM, Hermes Evelyne TPM


Louis Vuitton Speedy Monogram 35cm, Louis Vuitton Mini


Chanel Classic Double Flap Medium, Chanel Mini Flap Bag


Timepieces for Men


Rolex Batman

“The Rolex GMT-Master II “Dark Night” or “Batman” watch has a dual time zone feature and for the second time zone hand, uses a matching blue color on the GMT arrowhead hand which has a luminous fill. This GMT time zone complication is very convenient for people who travel or that make frequent calls to a country or state with another time zone.”

Rolex Hulk Submariner

“The Rolex Submariner was always a favorite, but this green version has since taken a life of its own. Nicknamed the “Hulk” – years before the HYT H1 – it is beloved for its unorthodox color, and unique strength. Obviously, the main characteristic of the watch is the color of its bezel and dial, but another important feature is the Cerachrom bezel (unidirectional rotatable, 60-minute graduated).”

Rolex Daytona

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A couple weeks ago Donae, along with Dolce & Gabbana, hosted an event at their River Oaks District location. At the event a Dolce & Gabbana artisan was flown in from Milan to hand paint on guests’ D&G bags. As well, Gary Cooper, North America Director of Retail, and Sanjay Hathiramani, Director of Marketing, were both there.

Guests included Lisa Powers, River Oaks District Personal Shopper, Stylist Joshua Omar Johnson, Tammy Nguyen, Stephanie Perkins, Ericka Bagwell, Kristin McDaniel, Sukaina Rajani, and Mona Khan.

It was an incredibly fun night and it was so neat to see such a talented artisan at work right before our eyes.


Thanksgiving is just a couple days away, believe or not! More than likely, you have your plans figured out, but have you thought about what you’re going to wear? If not, we’ve pulled together some beautiful fall looks below, all perfect for Thanksgiving. As well, we’ve paired each one with items from Vintage Contessa & Times Past, all of which are available for you to shop now.

Louis Vuitton Monogram Drouot / Chanel Double “C” Hammered Earrings (Photo: Atlantic-Pacific)

Chanel Black Double Fold Bag (Photo: Damsel in Dior)

Chanel Red Quilted Chain Flap Bag (Photo: Carrie Colbert)

Louis Vuitton Speedy / Rolex Datejust (Photo: L. Avenue)

Celine Luggage Mini Tri Color Bag (Photo: The Style Scribe)

Chanel Quilted Chain Shoulder Bag / Hermes Printed Silk Scarf (Photo: Great Fashionable)

Louis Vuitton Louise Bag (Photo: Vogue France)

Louis Vuitton Twist Brown Lambskin Crossbody / Hermes Unisex Bracelet (Photo: The Fashion Spot)

Louis Vuitton Artsy MM (Photo: Vogue Spain)

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and be sure to come back on Friday to hear about our Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals!



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