After struggling up metro-stairwells, plummeting down paved slopes in the scorching summer heat, and rushing through crowded airports to make my connecting flights, I contemplated swooping the original Ruby Slippers that were conveniently on display in Washington D.C.'s American History Museum to aid in my escape from the Nation's capitol. Somewhere in between trekking across the National Mall and dodging sweaty bodies on the metro, I was able to re-read Wicked and to sneak a glimpse of those treasured vintage crimson kitten heels. (No, I didn't steal them.) Trudging home from the bar to discover the Wizard of Oz as the Google Doodle was a sight for sore feet and the ultimate end to my wizard-y week. Before Hogwarts haunted us with its tales of Quitage and whimsical wands, the Wizard of Oz offered up stylish stolen sequined slippers, murderous revenge plots, and cities made of semi-precious stones.
Ignore the man behind the curtain and check out these Wizard of Oz Inspired gifts.
1. Retro Wizard of Oz wall art set.
Normally I'm opposed to the obvious finds, but these retro pop-art wall pieces appear to be vintage and add a splash of color to any dull setting.
Grab each piece for $13.99:
2. Red Glitter Headband
Dorothy scampered along the yellow brick road in her borrowed crimson kitten heels. Unfortunately, I tend to believe red sequined shoes belong on Vegas showgirls. Instead, try a putting a little sparkle up top. Turn heads with this simple, shimmering Ruby headband. Grab it for $3.50: http://bit.ly/d6ApcJ
3. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
There's two sides to every story. This book will leave you wondering whether you're really a good witch or a bad witch.
4. Tory Burch Logo Rainboots
If I remember the story correctly, Dorothy was plucked from Kansas in a turbulent twister before she found herself lost somewhere over the rainbow. I should guess that Dorothy would have wished she had been equipped with some sassy storm gear. Try these beauties in Tory Red from Saks for $150.00: http://bit.ly/9EXTbU
5. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Elegant and to the point. Grab a handmade cuff from Esty with the Wizard of Oz in mind for $25.00: http://bit.ly/b7tQNK