Michelle's Favorite Things

 Every year, Oprah's list of favorite things is a show in extravagance and luxury. 

Every year, Oprah's list of favorite things is a show in extravagance and luxury. 

Oprah is a figure I grew up with: I watched her TV show as a child and as a teenager; I read her magazine; I occasionally picked up her book club picks for super cheap at Barnes & Noble; and I early looked forward to the crazypants display of wealth and consumerism that was her Favorite Things episode. 

Even with the end of her TV show, Oprah has continued to release Favorite Things lists every year -- but they've fallen in extravagance and price. That doesn't mean they're an average everyday wish list though -- this year's list still totals over $30,000 for everything and includes weirdo suggestions like $700 headphones (all gold, yo), a $445 dog bed (!!!), and her own book. There is also a $65 box of cards that you can read for "inspiration." Um, ok. 

It got me thinking though: what if we all made our Favorite Things list of our favorite random stuff and decadent treats? Basically why can't we all be a little more like Oprah? That's why I put together my list of favorite things -- you know, for the people. 


 Eat your lunch out of a panda's head. Don't think about it  too  much.

Eat your lunch out of a panda's head. Don't think about it too much.

1. 2 Tier Panda Bento Box, $17.99 on Amazon

This panda just wants you to have a delicious, nutritious lunch. I mean -- look how happy it is! How cute! Now eat some salad out of its head. 

 I've been looking for galaxy print work out pants for months and I've finally found them. 

I've been looking for galaxy print work out pants for months and I've finally found them. 

2. Onzie Women's Galaxy Print Leggings, $65

Working out is annoying and hard but also kind of fun. It's good to reward yourself with nice work out clothes, especially if it's a big part of your life. These galaxy print leggings are basically the loudest, most hipster print ever, but oh my god, I just want to get my sweat on in them. 

 The mid-1990s in Aspen are bag with puffer vests. Guard your internal organs. 

The mid-1990s in Aspen are bag with puffer vests. Guard your internal organs. 

3. Get Down Buffalo Plaid Puffer Vest from AEO, $62.97

Um, I'm weirdly excited about puffer vests being back in style. I totally rocked a white puffy vest (with blue flower embroidery) in middle school (and high school? Dear god, 14-year-old Michelle). They're cozy. They're puffy. They hide all kinds of stuff from view. Spill coffee on your shirt? No big. I've got a vest. Feeling bloated? Meh -- it's a vest sorta day. Vests: the cure for all your ills. And this one has a faux-fur trimmed hood!! It's 2004 again, guys. 

 Snowflakes on your bubbies

Snowflakes on your bubbies

 Fair isle on your booty

Fair isle on your booty

4. Racerback Sleep Bralette ($19.95) and 
5. Knit Boxers in Royal Navy ($29.95), both from Aerie

If you haven't yet put a bralette on your body, please: find your nearest Aerie and get one on your body ASAP. Or order one online. I recommend the softest lace bralettes -- or this sleep one. They're so comfortable. It's like your wearing a sports bra! Oh, wait, you basically are. Oh well! Too comfy! I'm obsessed with fair isle and Aerie's knit boxers are something I get myself as a present every year. I love these polar bear fair isle ones. 

 I'm a hipster. 

I'm a hipster. 

6. Moleskine Notebook

I need a new journal and I need all my journals to match from now on so my future children sort through a gigantic box of matching, leather journals and say, "My mom was such a hipster." Because it will be about 95% true. 


Those are a few of my favorite things. Have favorite things of your own? Send them to me @ellipsis_life