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From bubbles to baubles: A beau's gift guide

For the admirer from afar or those who simply can’t find the time to meet. Surely, I will find a way to show my gratitude...


Dear reader,


You've heard this kind of story before, but I’d like to tell it again. I am one of those girls with a cherubic face cut by unfairly sharp cheekbones. My hair has the thickness most people envy and in July, my porcelain skin warms to the color of sandalwood. You might be tempted to ask for my real name. It’s flattering in a way, the desire to know someone so deeply. 


Born in the Year of the Monkey, I am naturally silly and mischievous. I love to laugh. I spend too much money on shoes and I care too much. I wish I were better at eavesdropping, but it’s probably better I mind my own business. On the rare occasion I wear jewelry, small studs rest on my earlobes, winking in the sun as if to clutch onto as much light as they can. I’m most at ease when the weather is sunny, people are kind, and 24/7 bodegas are within walking distance. The most vulnerable thing I can tell you is that I pretend I’m not a romantic, but I really, really am.


I have a soft spot for men who are nice to their mothers and can fuck hard. On dates every detail feels so full of promise: the way my shirt clings to my body, the musk of cologne mingling with mine, the clumsy clink of champagne glasses, the oyster on my tongue briny and metallic. I imagine the small of my back so delicate that god had pressed his hands there, as if to dare you to replace them with yours….


Simply, I’m looking to be adored. I’m looking for the magical stretch between nervous excitement and resigned comfortability, that electric space before listless limbs grow heavy in deep sleep. Here, we can create that, forever. All we need for a good time is some bubbly, lingerie, and a suspension of disbelief. Let’s get dressed in our best silks and manipulate time, darling.

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Things that make me happy


In the summer, aperol spritzes, frosés, palomas

Ice cream trucks

Sauvignon blanc

Fresh blooms

The color pink

Spa massages

People watching

Golden hour

Record stores

Jo Malone candles

Silk sheets


Fashion and design

Travel & Leisure

Ancient Aire Baths days
Bouquets from UrbanStem

Riding with Uber

Necessities from Amazon

Nosh from Whole Foods

Makeovers at Sephora


SWOP Behind Bars

Red Light Legal

St. James Infirmary

Benefactors who email me receipt of their donation will have a special selfie and good karma awaiting via their inbox.

Sartorial Selections

Send physical gifts: Wishlist

Just ask me for the PO Box!

Head spinning from all the satin and embossed leather? A gift card to Net-a-PorterForward or Shopbop and I will take care of my date-night look!


Adina Reay

Agent Provocateur

Edge of Beyond

Fleur of England


Fleur Du Mal