what’s in the book? Let’s take a look… [day 134]

My friend down the street told immediately when “The Book” came out, and as she said, “This is so everything you’re against.”  I really don’t like being against things, I’d rather be for things that are good, but it’s difficult for me on this one. This stuff is financial insanity.  If I was rich, I still couldn’t feel good about buying any of this stuff.  Even NM calls their stuff ‘over the top’, as it’s the name of their 50 years book about The Book.

So what’s in this book?  Let’s take a look.  (Dr. Seuss intended) 

Edible Gingerbread Playhouse by Dylan’s Candy Bar $15,000

This unique edible playhouse is handcrafted of 381 lbs. of gourmet gingerbread and 517 lbs. of royal icing...”  Kids!!!  Dinner is ready!  Go hang out in your gingerbread house and eat.  What?  Yes you have to eat that again, you haven’t finished it yet.

Seriously?  So this costs as much as my kids college funds, and you’re going to eat something kids have been playing in?  I would love to see the giant ziplock plastic bag this must come in to keep it fresh.  How about the ants?  Imagine the look on the exterminators face when you ask for editable, non-toxic bug spray that is food friendly.

Trench Coat & Belt  $4,995 (belt sold separately $495)

A runway favorite, this off-white cotton trench coat is lush with lamb shearling blended with Mongolian and kalgan lamb, then trimmed with asiatic raccoon and fox fur. The black calf hair military belt adds definition.”   Hmmm…

Runway favorite?  That’s the only place I can think of where you’re attempting to look like a zoo animal.  And the poor little llama, the look on his face says it all, “…humans are dumb and I’m going to bite her before they send me off to be slaughtered to make another one of those ugly coats.”

From what I can tell, they’re pretty much killed the whole forest here to make this, and I agree, the belt does add definition.  The definition?  I have way too much money and I have no idea what to do with it.  The real kicker here is that fur coats have to be stored properly.  People buy these things and pay hundreds to store them 362 days of the year.

NM Exclusive Robe & Pajamas $495 (silk pajamas sold separately $125)

The luxurious cashmere robe has a basketweave collar, and the PJs are silk charmeuse. The button-front top has a patch pocket; the bottoms, an elastic waist.”  Yep, that’s what I look like in the morning.

Okay, so I’m not a fan of sticking large bows and flowers on baby girls, which is why God gave me boys.  I’m guessing her mom stuck flowers on her little head as a child.  Maybe she likes them, or maybe her mom forgot to take them out and they’re growing there?  Also, I always wake up with props in my hand…

Customized Cupcake Car $25,000 – I’m saving this for a later blog post, as this is the ultimate in frivolous  ridiculousness, but something I plan to have some fun with.  🙂

Closing thoughts.

I could spend days writing about the insanity in the Neiman Marcus Book.  They must sell a lot of this stuff, as they’ve been in business for many years, although they probably only need to sell a few things at these prices to be profitable.

About jody wissing

I'm a person just trying to matter in a crazy world.
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2 Responses to what’s in the book? Let’s take a look… [day 134]

  1. Ozzmodaus says:

    It’s all perspective I guess. I think it’s insane as well but then again you will spend more on photo equipment then I would. I think 2K for a awesome PC is a pretty good deal…My wife could not fathom spending that much for a computer…period. Like most of your “Challenge” it’s all personal perspective. Where does comfortable end and excess begin?

    Not our place to Judge =P


    • embracechaos says:

      You’re right about one thing, this is my personal perspective. We all have our own perspectives, which makes us unique. Seeing things from others perspectives allows us to grow and stretch our own thinking, making our perspectives change or strengthens our beliefs.

      I did reference the cost of these items, but I also referenced the insanity. It could be considered judgmental, or it could be considered examples of my perspective and reasons for the challenge.

      To answer your question of where comfortable ends and excess begins, there’s not one answer where one size fits all. Culture and personal beliefs place our personal line dividing comfort and excess.

      The image in my head? You’re sitting in the $15k gingerbread house, working on your $2k computer as I, with my $3k photo equipment take photos of your wife rolling her eyes at you. *nod*

      🙂 Love your comments as always…

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