My Favorite Things Party

Hi y’all! Happy “Exactly one week before Thanksgiving Day day!”

Today I’m participating in my very good blog friend Melissa’s MY FAVORITE THINGS party at 320 Sycamore.

Melissa’s party guests are sharing their most favorite things, from any category: home decor, makeup, food, clothing…ANYTHING.

Let me tell you, before I share my list, that ALMOST ALL of these items I tried on the recommendation of a friend, and FELL. IN. LOVE. That’s why this party is such a fabulous idea, like we’re all in Melissa’s living room talking about what we like. So cool.

So, here we go.

I’ll start with the obvious. Rustoleum’s Heirloom White spray paint. You can paint ANYTHING with this stuff: glass, wood, metal, brass, you name it, I’ve tried it. AND IT WORKED. The color is gorgeous, but you didn’t need me to tell you THAT.


Believe it or not, that’s the only home decor item on my list. I decided to veer a little off course today.

Next up is Maybelline’s new Colorsensational lipstick in TOTALLY TOFFEE. My friend Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman recommended this to me. It’s a beautiful pinky brown color, very close to Bobbi Brown’s “brown” color.

Okay, okay, so I don’t exactly KNOW the Pioneer Woman, but I read her blog EVERY DAY, so when she featured this lipstick, I was pretty sure she was talking to ME.
After I put on lipstick every morning (ahem), I clean up the mess in my bathroom (yeah, sure, I do that every morning too) with THIS amazing stuff, Method’s Tub and Tile Cleaner, in eucalyptus mint.
IT. SMELLS. LIKE. HEAVEN. And you can actually stand there and INHALE after you’ve cleaned, because it’s totally non-toxic.
I can even make the kids clean with it.

What’s my favorite treat? I’ll stick with the MINT theme here, because I love to smell it AND eat it. If you haven’t tried Dove’s “Give in to the Mint” ice cream, then YOU. HAVEN’T. LIVED.

I can eat a whole pint in one sitting. That’s kind of gross, isn’t it? But it’s SOOOO GOOD.
It’s also part of the reason why I need these.

Lee’s Slimming Secret jeans. These are fabulous. And comfortable, soooo comfortable. They are stretchy, but hold their shape. They eliminate “muffin top”, and EVEN “Dove ice cream” top. Seriously. AND, they’re less than $30 on sale.

I think that my single favorite Christmas purchase each year is one of these “Perfect Christmas” evergreen candle from Bath and Body Works. This candle lasts the whole season, and smells EXACTLY like a fresh cut tree.

Lastly, I’ll clue you in on on my favorite beverage. Tazo’s Chai Tea lattes. Oh. my. gosh. Sometimes this is the ONLY THING that gets me out of bed in the morning.


I used to blow LOTS of money on Chai Tea lattes at Starbucks, until I realized that you can buy this concentrate at the grocery store. It’s the SAME stuff they use at Starbucks. Just mix 1:1 with milk, heat, and ENJOY.

Can you believe that NOTHING on my list came from the Goodwill?
Enjoy the party everyone!

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24 thoughts on “My Favorite Things Party

  1. Okay, I’ve already written down the lipstick on my shopping list and I have a question about the tub & tile stuff…does it really work. Like if, say, your shower has pink and black and scary stuff growing around it, not that mine does, but say if it did…would it work? And I’ve been wanting to get these jeans for awhile because my holiday-cookies-pies-cake-ice-cream top is in need of some disguising. You’ve sold me. Thanks! This was fun :).

  2. Why didn’t I include spray paint? We both have jeans on our list. I guess you know what I live in. I love Bath & Body Works too. I got the bag at Shopko and it was on sale for $24.

  3. I have GOT to try that tub and tile cleaner! I love Method products, but haven’t tried that one. I’ve got a B&BW candle on my list too. They’re the best! Also, I’ve never tried the Chai Latte tea, but it is going on my grocery list!

  4. This is a great list. I have a tablet on my desk and I keep adding stuff I want to try. I put chai tea on my list, too. Mine is a regular tea bag, so I’ll have to try the Tazo brand you mix with milk. I’ve also noted the lipstick, candle and jeans. I have been a long time user of spray paint.

  5. This party is such a great idea! Since I’m such a clothes, makeup, you-name-it freak, I now have many new things on my list of things to get. It’s great reading that you like that lipstick so well. Now I will be more likely to give it a try. Thanks for the tips!

    Nancy

  6. What?! No Goodwill finds? Haha.

    I love Chai Tea Lattes! For a long time I wouldn’t drink coffee at all so when everyone wanted to go to a coffee shop I would always get one of those.

    I’m going to have to get one of those candles. I swear I can smell it already!

  7. Hi Colleen – do you have advice about putting decals up on walls? My very artistic girlfriend put some up in her bedroom (purchased at Blick) and they are beautiful…but I am not talented in that direction so I thought’d I ask…
    Swati

  8. I started using that lipstick too when PW mentioned it! I’m surprised its not sold out nationwide now.

    I’ll have to give the Method cleaner a try…sounds like the smell is divine!

  9. Thx for the tips!

    Bought the Method cleaner. Used it and didn’t die from the normal fumes!

    Also, had a friend buy me a balsam fir, three wick candle from BBW on Black Friday $10!!! Family walks into the house and thought I got the tree without them! I love this candle!!!! True, it’s not the right one, but this one is great too!!!!

    Tina

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