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2017 Favorite Things!

Friends!  It’s time for my annual round-up of favorite things!  One of my favorite posts to write every year!  Before we kick things off I’m so excited to announce the winner of the Container Store gift card!  I have to say.. reading about the things you are all excited for this holiday season was just.. special.  I don’t know how else to describe it!  So much love and warmth in all of your responses.  So much to be grateful for and love for family and all we celebrate this time of year.  I’m sorry I didn’t get the chance to respond to each of you, but I read and loved every single thing you said.  There are a lot of good people in the world and my readers are at the top of the list.  If you’re in the mood to just feel good.. go read the comments on this post.  They definitely made me feel good!  So.  Winner of the gift card!  Drum roll please..

Noreen who said “Everything about the Christmas season is wonderful and magical. From hanging the first decoration to the piles of wrapping paper on the floor when all the gifts are open! There is not one thing I can say that excites me, it all does from beginning to end! There is really something special about the whole holiday season.” 🎄 

Congrats Noreen!  I couldn’t agree more. :)  I’ll be e-mailing you soon to get your address!

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{Luggage/Adidas sneakers/California Love Sweatshirt/Black jogger pants/similar Rebecca Minkoff purses here and here}

On to the favorites!  I always write this beloved post from my mom’s house because we always spend Thanksgiving in Utah with family.  I’m more relaxed here than I’ve been in months!  One cheesy Hallmark Christmas movie down, 23 recorded and waiting. ;)  Nothing like coming to moms!  My mom snapped this pic of me when we pulled in and it’s full of favorite things so it’s perfect to kick off this post!  I’ve absolutely loved this luggage set this year!  So cute, nice and roomy and I love the way it’s organized.  I’m wearing my favorite California Love hoodie in Utah.. that way I have a bit of both of my homes with me. ;)  And these joggers are long time favorites – SO comfy.

Starting with all things I love for the HOME!  When I shared the Christmas tree in my master bedroom a lot of e-mails came in with questions about items you can see in this pic.  All room pics and sources are coming in the new year, but because they are all favorites of mine below are links to our bedding (love this comforter!), my favorite sheets (just ordered a new set – so soft!), the rug (which shed like crazy for months and then finally stopped!), and below are links to similar chairs (high and lower price points) since my exact chairs are sold out.

Some of my favorites this year were on last year’s list because well.. they are things I still really LOVE.  Like these memory foam bathroom rugs.  Funny thing I’ve noticed about me with rugs.  When I find one I love, I keep duplicating it in my house.  Ha.  These crazy soft memory foam rugs are in my powder bathroom..

and in Kole’s bathroom.

Of course these black and white striped rugs are long time favorites.  I have two of them on my front porch, three of them in my kitchen..

and one in my upstairs laundry room.  I get questions about washing these rugs.  I have washed my kitchen rugs (laid them out to dry) and they did wash nicely except they shrunk a bit!  They still look fine, but heads up about the shrinking if you are going to wash them.

I can’t have a favorites post and not include our beloved family room rug – PB’s Chunky Wool and Jute.  I know.. snore for all of my regular readers I’ve talked about this rug so much, but it’s crazy you guys.  I get e-mails about this rug every single day!  This rug and my paint colors are my most asked about things.  So for newer readers, I wrote a post with info. about this rug here.

A close-up when it was brand new.

I have it in my dining room too I love it so much. :)

And just for fun here is a pic I found from last December when the new rug came in and we moved the older same rug to our dining room.  (Btw.. this is the natural and the largest size.)

We moved our furniture into the kitchen and when we went to move it back it was occupied.  Ha. :)  And yes.. my kitchen was a mess.  It typically is this time of year because there is so much going on!

Favorite rugs:

My fiddle leaf fig is a long time favorite.  Still. :)

And baskets!  I was thinking the other day how much I LOVE baskets.  For decorating and organizing.  I have them in every room and closet in my house!

Below are my favorite baskets I have throughout my home!  You’ve seen a lot of them.. some will be popping up in posts next year. :)

Love these cutting boards!  Kitchen staples.  And this marble and copper beauty is on my Christmas list this year.  Because Santa knows I don’t have enough cutting boards in my life.  Ha.  And these snowflake marble and copper coasters would make a darling gift!

I first discovered these Bliss throws during the Nordstrom Ann. sale and just can’t say enough about them!  Perfect to me because they are fuzzy and warm, but not too hot.  They are just the right length and come in so many fun colors.

Plus they look so pretty draped over a chair or a couch corner!  My #1 gift to give this year. :)

Artificial Frosted Christmas Tree

My second favorite throw (that also makes a perfect gift) is this one I’ve shared before.  Love those poms!  I have the pink and the Ivory.  Of course you can’t go wrong with Pottery Barn throws (I have more of them than I want to admit) and they are all on major sale!  Woot woot!

Favorite Throws:

Of course any and all PB Christmas decor has to be on my favorites list.  I shared exactly what I have and love in this post!

I’m so in love with this Alpaca Faux Fur tree skirt I got this year and it’s on sale!

Goes without saying I love PB Christmas pillows too.  I just bought these pom pillows in red and love them!  I have to store my PB Christmas pillows in a few separate places because if my husband sees how many I have all together I’m in trouble. ;)

Some of my favorite PB Christmas decor:

Ok.  Let’s talk purses!  My all time favorite purses are Rebecca Minkoff handbags!  I just couldn’t love her style more.  So many RM handbags were just marked down and always sell so quickly (my purse above was marked down and sold out before I could even share the news!).  Here are some of my favorites that are on sale and a few new handbags that just came in that I adore!

My second favorite style and brand of handbags is Tory Burch.  You just can’t go wrong with Tory!  This Tory bracelet has also been a favorite jewelry staple.  I love it in the pink too!  My favorite Parker Leather Tote is on sale (yea!) and so are a few other styles I love.  Any of these bags below would make a great gift.. (are you reading Kenny?) :)

With my girls yesterday.  I’m wearing a favorite top I’ve had for two years and still love wearing!  It’s this Hanna split neck top.  Love it!  And love these over the knee boots.

This cute J Crew sweater that has been on repeat for me is another favorite that’s on sale.

And it’s hard to see how cute this scalloped sweater is but it has been one of my favorites this Fall!  Comes in lots of colors.  Below are other favorite sweaters,cardigans and a favorite blouse!

Kenny snapped this last night of me and Ad.  My coat is a favorite and while it’s sold out, this coat is so similar – a longer version that is so cute and on sale!  It would be perfect for chilly weather!  I’d buy it for me except I only get to wear my short coat a few times per year.  I also found a darling version for girls that I want for Ad.  She’s still young enough to think it’s cool to twin with her mom.  Her sister.. not so much anymore.. ;)

Let’s talk PJ’s!  LOVE LOVE LOVE a good pair of pajamas.  Definitely high on my favorite things list.

I’ve mentioned this before on the blog – I have two favorite brands of pj’s that I just don’t think you can go wrong with.  Make and Model AND PJ Salvage.

Both brands are the softest coziest pj’s!  I’ve linked favorites below!

I’m more of a jeans and boots or sneakers type of girl, but if I do have to get dressed up, these shoes and this dress were hands down my favorites this year.  Both on sale!

I also started wearing tall black over the knee boots for the first time this year (I always thought I was too short and had too big of thighs for them!).  I was wrong.. they work for short people and bigger thighs and actually help both of those situations appear better. ;)  Plus they help the whole “it’s winter and I’m white and not in the mood to shave my legs” situation.  I’m a fan!  This exact pair sold out but here are two other pairs that are similar and on sale..

Adidas sneakers!  Favorites this year for sure.  I got to my mom’s house and she was so excited to show me that she bought my pink pair and loved them so much that she then bought them in mint and a similar pair in grey!  Love all of these shoes so much!

On a side note.. isn’t her back porch cute!?  Pillows and rugs from Target and this table is still one of her favorite things.

Let’s talk skin care.  I have two must haves for healthy skin.  A good sunscreen is one of them and this Elta MD sunscreen is my all time favorite.  I gave it out for gifts a few years ago and wear it daily.  I think of it like make-up!  It’s tinted and helps even out your skin and goes on so smoothly.  I love it!

Second favorite thing (that I forgot to photograph) is my Mia Clarisonic!  I swear by this and use it every night.  It scrubs your skin so clean.  I’m getting one for my girls so that I can teach them good skin care early on!

Bobbi Brown make-up is my all time favorite make-up and I’ve linked to my every day favorite make-up below!  (I love BB brushes too!)

Two new favorites this year.  Flowerbomb perfume (oh my word.. love the smell so much!) and Baublebar earrings.  This tassel fringe pair is my all time favorite I have in three colors!

Hydro Flasks.  These are the first set we had.. now we all have new styles/colors.  We use these every single day and love them.  They keep your water so cold!  I gave them as gifts a couple of years ago and still hear how much everyone I gave one to loves them!

I have a few recent favorite scarves I’m loving and a few favorite necklaces that would all make great gifts (how cute are these fun state necklaces!? Love them!)..

And here are a few things I have and a few more that are in my cart that are marked down BIG time this weekend!

Alright friends!  Those are my tried and true favorite things from 2017!  I know a lot of them are repeats I’ve already shared, but they are just the things I really use and love!

I’m incredibly grateful for all of you this year.  For all of your kindness and support.  It truly means the world to me that you make stopping by my blog part of your routine or down time. (I know how precious down time can be!) You all top my favorites list each year and bring the sunny to Sunny Side Up. :)  Wishing you all the best Thanksgiving!  I hope you are able to spend it relaxing with loved ones and eating lots of good food.  My make and model joggers will be on major repeat for the next few days. ;)

xoxo, Erin
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12 thoughts on “2017 Favorite Things!

  1. Happy Thanksgiving, Erin. Thanks for another year of fun and funny posts. I’ve enjoyed reading each and every one, discussing teen jargon and admiring your beautiful home. Wouldn’t it be fun to give you a hug in person some time to htank you for all the joy you’ve brought to my life. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. This post is full of great things and I thank you for taking the time to share them all. Hugs!

    1. It would be fun Jeanne! The best. I’d love to give you a hug to thank you for all the support and love you’ve sent my way! It means so much to me. I hope you had the best Thanksgiving with your sweet family! Now.. bring on Christmas. ;) xo

  2. I love your favorite things post and all your beautiful decorated Christmas trees! Makes me so happy!
    Thank you for sharing! I’m so glad others have messy kitchens sometimes, makes me feel normal!
    Amy Hille in Wisconsin

  3. Hi Erin- i hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I always love your favorite things posts, I’ve been a reader for years!

    I do have a question about the sneakers- i was going to grab a pair but here in Indiana it’s about to be snowy/wet/soggy for the next few months and I was wondering if they’d stand up to that? I’m not talking anything extreme, but I couldn’t find anything mentioning if water leaks through them.


    1. Hi Heather! Thank you so much! I wish I could help you more on this one but to be honest I’m not sure because I haven’t worn them in wet weather! I imagine they would be fine for anything mild. Obviously not what you want to be wearing if you’re hiking through snow. ;) Sorry I don’t have a clear answer on that one. We haven’t had rain for months in SD and it’s so dry! Happy holidays cutie! Thanks for reading. :) xo

  4. I’ve had my eye on that West Elm duvet cover for quite a while. I kept flipping back and forth between that one and a similar Pottery Barn duvet. Finally pulled the trigger (thank you, Cyber Monday sales and free shipping!) and will get it by next week!

  5. Erin

    I got the Grey Minkoff purse for Christmas! It’s gorgeous!!! (Thanks for heliping me plant the seed!!!)

    Have you treated the bag with a spray or had someone treat it? I want it to last! :)

    Thanks and Happy Holidays

    1. Ahh! Cutest purse right!? So happy you got it Beth! I love that bag so much. I haven’t done anything to treat it but I should! Probably the same spray you put on Ugg boots? I think Nordstrom sells something like that. I’ll look into it and let you know if I find something! I hope you had the best Christmas! Happy New Year cutie! xo

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