These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

I started this blog in May and have had so much fun writing it ever since! I feel like I learn something new every time I write and research a new post. For my Favorite Things list, I wanted to highlight some of the items I have covered this year, that I absolutely love. I use my blog as a virtual shopping list, most of the time I am posting about things I either own or want to get for myself. So without further ado, here are my favorite items from 2013:

Solano SuperSolano 3500Lite Hair Dryer ($129.99)

You can read more about this hair dryer in my original post here, but I am still using this and it is awesome.

The Super Solano 3500 Lite Dryer in all its glory (picture from Allure photo: David Cook)

The Super Solano 3500 Lite Dryer in all its glory (picture from Allure photo: David Cook)

Clinique Eye Shadow in Sugar Cane ($15)

I originally posted about my favorite Clinque eyeshadow, Sugar Sugar here, but Clinique has redesigned all of their shadows and the new comparable color is now called Sugar Cane. I didn’t think it possible, but I love the new shadows even more than the originals. The pigment is so vibrant and it is fabulous for layering.

sugar cane

Wen Cleansing Conditioner ($29)

I’ve been a Wen girl for pretty much the whole year now and I still love it. You can read more about my journey with Wen here. I use the Lavender scent on a daily basis now, but for the holidays you might try the new Winter Cranberry Mint scent.

Winter Cranberry Mint Wen

Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant ($33.13)

This stuff is seriously amazing! I love Eminence products (you can read more here) but this one is far and away the best thing you can use on your face. It gives me a great glow and really clears up my skin. I use this every day and love it.

Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant

Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant

Pewabic Pottery Gift Set ($40)

I shared my love for all things Pewabic Pottery here, but for the holidays I am loving this “Detroiter” Detroit Chocolat and 4×4 tile Gift Set.

gift set

Dream Angels Halo

This is hands down my favorite scent. You can read more about how to find your signature scent here.  Unfortunately, it is discontinued, but I still get it via eBay.

Dream Angels Halo

Dream Angels Halo

Marc by Marc Jacobs Turnlock Katie Stretch Bracelet ($42)

This was one of my summer favorites and I literally wore it every day this summer and can’t wait to wear it again!

Marc Jacobs Turnlock Bracelet

Marc Jacobs Turnlock Bracelet

CND Shellac/Vinylux – Tutti Frutti

This is my hands down favorite nail polish color. I wore it every day in the summer and will probably bring it back for New Year’s Eve.

Tutti Frutti

Tutti Frutti

Cashmere Mist Deodorant ($19)

This is one of beauty’s best kept secrets, Donna Karan’s Cashmere Mist Deodorant smells amazing and lasts all day long!

Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant

Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant

Michael Kors ‘Everest’ Baguette Crystal Bezel Bracelet Watch ($325)

This watch is so beautiful, I have been waiting for it to go on sale so I can get it.

Michael Kors 'Everest' Baguette Crystal Bezel Bracelet Watch

Michael Kors ‘Everest’ Baguette Crystal Bezel Bracelet Watch

YSL’s Touche Eclat Radiant Touch in Luminous Radiance ($40)

I first tried this during my Sephora makeover (read more here) and I love having it in my purse for touch ups during the day.

YSL TOUCHE ÉCLAT - Radiant Touch

YSL TOUCHE ÉCLAT – Radiant Touch

Liz Claiborne white cowl neck sweater on QVC ($29.86)

I originally posted this as one of my looks for less from The Bachelorette Week 4. I ended up buying it for myself and it is my favorite thing to wear this winter. I may have to get another color.

Liz Claiborne Sweater

Liz Claiborne Sweater

Vera Wang Lavender Penny Wedges

I showcased these babies in my July Pinspired post and love them. I really like the pink ones too – maybe I should get them for next summer. They are a little high, so you definitely want to save them for special occasions.

Vera Wang Lavender Penny Wedges

Vera Wang Lavender Penny Wedges

Jennifer Zeuner Initial Necklace ($220)

This was on my birthday wish list and I still want one, maybe for Christmas?

Jennifer Zeuner Initial Necklace

Jennifer Zeuner Initial Necklace

Temptu ($230)

I have wanted the air brush makeup kit for a long time now. I used to test it out at Sephora when they partnered together and I loved the results!

Temptu Deluxe Air Brush Kit

Temptu Deluxe Air Brush Kit

Erin Condren Planner ($75)

I’ve heard great things about this planner and there is no better time than the end of the year to get a new one.

Erin Condren Planner

Erin Condren Planner

Clarisonic Mia 2 ($150)

I love my Clarisonic and it does wonders for my skin. More to come on this in a future blog post.

Clarisonic Mia 2

Clarisonic Mia 2

Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon Wedges ($398)

These are one of my favorite Kate Middleton style pieces. You can read more about them in my Royal Style favorites post.

Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon Wedges

Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon Wedges

Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Radiance Renewer ($45)

I love this stuff, once I started using it, I noticed a huge difference in my skin. It really helped to bring things into balance.

Clinique Turnaround Concentrate

Clinique Turnaround Concentrate

Issa Collection Three-Quarter Sleeve Wrap-Tie Dress ($130):

I love this replica of Kate Middleton’s engagement photo dress and it looks amazing on. It is probably one of the most flattering dresses I own. It is sold out on the Banana Republic website, but you can still find it on eBay.

Issa Collection Three-Quarter Sleeve Wrap-Tie Dress

Issa Collection Three-Quarter Sleeve Wrap-Tie Dress

Starbucks Refreshers

I am not a coffee drinker, I don’t like the taste or flavor of any coffee products. I also don’t like tea or soda, so this limits the choices I have to get caffeine. These refreshers are fantastic, you can get them as a drink at Starbucks, in a can or as a packet to add to your water.

Strawberry Lemonade Refresher

Strawberry Lemonade Refresher

Celine Dion’s – You Loved Me Back to Life 

The new album is fabulous, I can’t wait to see the live version!

Celine Dion You Loved Me Back to Life

Celine Dion You Loved Me Back to Life

Prabal Gurung Nolita Heels

I only got to wear these a few times before I broke my foot, but I love them. They look awesome with a little black dress. As you know most of the Target collaborations sell out the first day, but people put them up on eBay right away. Click here to search for your size on eBay. I got the matching clutch too!

Prabal Gurung Nolita Heels

Prabal Gurung Nolita Heels

Marlyn Schiff Elephant Cuff ($34)

I just stumbled upon this surfing the net and think it is adorable. I must have it!

Marlyn Schiff Elephant Cuff

Marlyn Schiff Elephant Cuff

Eat Blog Love Notepad ($23)

What a great gift for any blogger, I would love one of these for all of my blog ideas.

Eat Blog Love Notepad

Eat Blog Love Notepad

Side Way Cross Necklace ($25)

I was so excited when I got my Ily Couture Side Way Cross Necklace on sale. I wore it a number of times…and then I lost it. I can’t seem to find it anywhere, so I bought another one (which is probably the fastest way to find the old one). It annoys me to have to buy something twice, but I really loved it.

Side Ways Cross Necklace

Side Ways Cross Necklace

Stella and Dot Bahari Necklace

This is the perfect necklace to wear on Michigan game days. Funny story – I saw one of our local TV anchors wearing it after last week’s game and I liked it so much I decided to tweet her and ask her where she got it. I was thrilled when she said it was Stella and Dot. Unfortunately, this necklace is sold out on the Stella and Dot website, but I got mine on eBay.

Stella and Dot Bahari Necklace

Stella and Dot Bahari Necklace

Michael Kors Belted Wrap Coat ($158)

This is from one of my Scandal looks for less, but I own this coat myself and love it.

Michael Kors Wrap Coat

Michael Kors Wrap Coat

Phillip Lim Tote

I can’t decide if I should get the black or purpleberry tote maybe both. This bag is awesome! So awesome that you can only get it on eBay now.

Phillip Lim Tote

Phillip Lim Tote

Cashmere Pig Sweater ($107.40)

Forget the fox! I am all about pigs over here! I love, love, love piggies and I decided I had to have this sweater when I stumbled across it on Bluefly. What’s not to love? It’s cashmere and adorable!

Cashmere Pig Sweater

Cashmere Pig Sweater

Pave Bracelet ($99)

I have been eyeing this one for a while and think it would be perfect for the holidays.

Pave Bracelet

Pave Bracelet

Etsy Bib Necklace ($15.99)

This was a look for less find from one of The Crazy Ones episodes. I loved it so much I got it for myself.

Bib Necklace

Bib Necklace

Isaac Mizrahi Peplum Dress ($118)

This dress goes along with the bib necklace above. It was my first foray into peplum and it looked great on me. I did take the belt off of it and then it was perfect.

Isaac Mizrahi Peplum Dress

Isaac Mizrahi Peplum Dress

Jimmy Choo Look for Less

The Jimmy Choo Leila shoes have been on my list for quite some time. They are pretty much the hottest shoes I have ever seen. Unfortunately, they are sold out. I scoured eBay for them but they only have the brown ones.  I was recently out at an event and saw a girl wearing them. Of course I went up to her and asked her if those were the Jimmy Choo shoes and where she found them. She told me that they weren’t Jimmy Choos and she got them on sale at DSW. I immediately went online to hunt these amazing look-a-likes down. They are the Caparros Dalton Sandal for $39.94. Just take a look – on the top we have the Jimmy Choos and on the bottom, the Caparros:

Caparros Dalton Sandal

Caparros Dalton Sandal

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ($24)

This is the best eye primer out there. This is as close as you are going to get to a magic potion in life, this stuff is AWESOME. I apply a few dots on my eyelid and blend it from lashline to browline before applying shadow.

Nars Eye Primer

Nars Eye Primer

JCPenney 1 Carat Diamond Studs ($497)

I originally posted about these during Black Friday and while I couldn’t get them then, they are still on sale. The more I think about it, the more I think that I really want a pair of studs and I think these would be perfect.

JCPenney Diamond Studs

JCPenney Diamond Studs

Candor 8-Bottle Wine Fridge ($99)

This was my best Black Friday score. I got it for $50, but it is still only $99. I love this little wine fridge. I will eventually get a bigger one, but this is a great starter fridge.

Candor Wine Fridge

Candor Wine Fridge

And there you have it…all of my favorite things!

I would love to know what your favorite things are, so please share them in the comments.

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