On my recent reunion with far flung friends from college days, we thought it would be fun to steal a page from Oprah’s playbook and gift each other with one of our “Favorite Things”.  Since there were nine of us, and none of us are Oprah, we set a $20 limit and each brought a gift for the other eight girls.  Here’s a peak at some of the gorgeous loot:

This stuff ROCKS:  It’s Josie Maran and it’s legendary.  It’s a lightweight oil rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids. It can be used as a moisturizer, or to heal and condition everything from cuticles to split ends. Plus it is 100% organic!


get it at josiemarancosmetics.com $14.00

Yummy-licious philosophy lip shine:  it’s high gloss, high flavor and very emollient:


click for similar, $10

Cutest scarf ever – it’s lightweight and gauzy for Spring & Summer and comes in so many colors every girl got their own :


Pompom stripe infinity scarf, find it at Nordstrom, $18

Haute Gel Polish (from a girl after my own heart – salon quality gel nails at home!!) – a ton of fun colors:

hautegelpolish hautegelash

get it at beautybar.com $17.00

Hanky Pankies in new Spring & Summer colors, we went for apple zing, orange crush and tulip pink:


$18.00 at hankypanky.com

Um, enough said…



How cute is this little bowl, it’s a hefty ceramic – not plastic, it’s microwave and dishwasher safe and it STEAMS!


This was sort of a Sorority reunion after all, so who doesn’t love a little Pi Beta Phi lip gloss?!?  These pucker up glosses are ridiculously cute, memory inspiring and oh my gosh the colors!


Get some for your sisters at amazon.com, $10.00 for 3

So practical, especially with Summer coming, and DARLING, it works at the beach, the farmer’s market, you name it!  This is the Rock, Flower, Paper Jute Tote – so many cute color combos:


go to rockflowerpaper.com for where to buy

This one is a DIY & I think its a MUST DO:


With a little help from a graphic artist, my super creative friend made one of these for each of us.  These are the PLACES where our college memories were made!  Bars, restaurants, campus hang outs, the school stadium and even the address of our Sorority house.  She nailed it.  Mine’s getting matted and framed ASAP.

The fabulous gifters:


on me, orange home plate dress, The Blue Door Boutique, $44.00

2 thoughts on “OUR FAVORITE THINGS

  1. What a perfect re-cap to an amazing gift exchange! It was truly a once in a lifetime trip. I couldn’t think of a better way to start off 40!

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