Last year I wrote one week about my favorite things. You know, like Oprah did on her show that you wished you could have gotten tickets for since she always gave her audience what she presented. Just like that…except without free stuff ;). We all have our favorite things whether they’re cosmetics, clothing, shoes, places or people. Without further ado, here is my new list of favorites.
#10 The “Happy” music video. This song actually really does make me happy. And the more I learned about Pharell, the more I started liking him. The song and video unleashed an enormous trend of groups of people making their own video of people dancing. Did you know there is a Youtube video of the song that plays over and over for 24 hours? 24 hours of Happy. Every hour is a different person dancing. But more than just a great song and video, it has a great message. Sometimes, I think we tend to focus on the negative things going on in our lives instead of being happy about the positive things. Guilty! Here’s to being happy about the good things in life and not letting the bad things take over.
#9 Women’s Brooks Adrenaline. Over the many years of being in the running industry, I have tried many different running shoes. I used to wear the Asics Kayano, which I still love but I couldn’t get them. Not to mention they are about $150 now. So, I tried the Brooks Adrenaline and wow…I couldn’t believe I have been selling this shoe for so long and never really gave it a try myself. It’s supportive, lightweight, and cushioned. It’s a great stability shoe that has been one of the top sellers in Runner’s World magazine for years. The price point is better at about $120, and just like the Asics Kayano, I feel like I’m running on air. I always say “Running is hard. It can be uncomfortable. So, invest in the products that make you comfortable, (and for the sake of tying things in here), invest in the products that make you happy. :)
#8 Riley’s Gathering Place in Elmhurst. I have been a regular at Riley’s for a couple years. It’s owned by the Riley brothers and definitely is a great neighborhood bar. Many of the patrons are, in fact, neighbors and friends. Whenever you go, they always make you feel part of the neighborhood. Wednesdays are Trivia nights, Fridays they have a Fish Fry, and Saturday is, of course my favorite, karaoke. The always make you feel comfortable and cheer you on for singing your heart out. Many of the waitresses are now good friends. No wonder I keep having my birthday party there.
#7 No7 Quick Thinking Wipes. I came across the No7 brand while browsing the Target cosmetics department. The target cosmetics department is kind of like a black hole. Once you get in, you cannot get out without a cart full of nail polish, makeup, and hair products that you don’t need. In this case, however, I was looking to refill my usual makeup remover wipes. I like using them before I wash my face because sometimes, face wash doesn’t get all the makeup off. And there is nothing worse to me than going to bed with an unwashed face. I took a gander at the No7 brand and decided to give it a try. The No7 Quick Thinking wipes are a little more expensive compared to something like the Pond’s makeup remover wipes, but I do like them better. They have an entire line of skin care products that I would love to try once I get rich. But for now, I’ll stick to the Quick Thinking Wipes.
#6 Gogroove Bluetooth system. I have a 2006 Honda Accord. Great car, except for the fact that there is no Auxiliary port OR (heaven forbid) a tape deck. There was no way I could play music from my phone or Ipod, until now. I have to give my boyfriend the credit for this one because he was the one who found it. It plugs into the lighter and you set it on a station that is clear, as you would with any bluetooth system, and it comes out so clear with no or very little static. It also has a feature that allows you to switch from the music to answering a phone call without touching your phone. You simply press the phone button and the microphone turns on and its a great hands-free way to talk on the phone while your driving. I love it.
#5 Express (Minus the leather) Jacket. I absolutely love this jacket. I had been wanting this jacket for so long but it costs a pretty penny, like many of the things at Express. Every single time I went there, I would try it on and try…JUST TRY to justify paying for it. I always left without it. But if you have the chance to take advantage of their sales, you can usually get away with some cute stuff without giving an arm and a leg in return. This jacket is cute and goes with pretty much anything. The pockets have zippers as do the sleeves. My boyfriend got it for me for my birthday (because he is AMAZING!) and I get compliments every time I wear it.
#4 365 Unrefined Organic Coconut Oil. The first time I heard about coconut oil was last summer when my brother’s girlfriend suggested I try it as a tanning oil. She used it for tanning and said it did wonders. So, this year I went to Whole Foods and got some of my own. There is actually an entire list of things you can do with coconut oil. I use it for moisturizer, tanning oil, and it can be used for bug repellant, too! I’ve been using it for a couple weeks and can tell the different in my skin. #3 Hunter Boots. A couple months ago, I was on the hunt for rain boots. I tried a bunch on at DSW and Target and could not find a pair that looked good, felt good and wasn’t insanely expensive. Well, I gave up the search and kind of talked myself out of looking due to it not really being in my budget. I have seen people wearing them and every single time would think “Hunter boots!! I want some!!!!” Well, I ended up getting a pair for my birthday (once again from my amazing boyfriend). I tried them on….and it.was.like.heaven. They were comfortable AND super cute! They can be used as winter boots too because they also make boot liners! I am indeed a lucky girl. I can’t wait to wear them in the rain.
#2 Sam Smith. Sam Smith is a guy who just came into the music scene recently. The first song he came out with was “Stay with me,” and I immediately loved it. I have to admit, I don’t know much about him but his voice is just absolutely amazing. I’m always interested in artists who have a different sound. And he definitely has a uniqueness to him. I know when I really like something, it gets it’s own Pandora station on my phone. The other day, I saw a video of him doing a cover of Whitney Houston’s “How do I know.” It blew me away. I would definitely recommend checking him out.
#1 David Sedaris. After finishing all the Gillian Flynn novels in a week, I needed a new book or series to get tied into. A co-worker suggested “Me talk pretty one day.” As she was telling me one of the stories in the book, she could not contain her laughter just thinking back to how funny it was. I decided to go to my neighborhood book store, The Book Table, and get it. I ended up getting two. “Me talk pretty one day” is so funny. I have not laughed out loud at a book since I read “Good In Bed” by Jennifer Weiner (which I would also recommend reading). The way he humorously describes his life makes it easy to relate to with everything from your life, love and family…..and all the awkwardness that comes with them. I haven’t finished it yet, but once I do I will read the second book I bought called “When you are engulfed in flames.”
So, there you have it…these are my favorite things. <3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3