Our Favorite Things — Holiday 2017

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There are some blog series that are always so fun, and at the top of that list would be the Favorite Things series each holiday hosted by Melissa at 320 Sycamore. It’s like Oprah’s Favorite Things, blogger style!

So imagine our excitement when she invited us to be one of the guests this year… Christy and I quickly put our heads together to come up with our very favorite things to share–things that will make great gifts, things that will make your life easier, and even a few things that you probably will want to put on your own list to Santa. If you are a regular reader you might have heard us rave about a few of these before, but since they are that good (looking at you, Glamorous Wash! {see below}) we included them again along with some new favorites too.

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This oversized scarf is tip-top on my favorites list right now because not only is it so soft and warm, I think it looks cute on too :). I purchased this a few weeks ago, and once our cold weather set in I have been wearing it non-stop. I was a little afraid it would be bulky, but it’s really just perfect and cozy. I find I can throw it on with a sweater and forego a coat on days that aren’t too terribly cold. The material feels luxurious; this would be a great gift for anyone on your list who shares my extreme dislike for being cold! It comes in several colors with free shipping.

These Kate Spade earrings are my go-to accessory, I wear them almost daily (yes, even when in a baseball cap!) and they are one of my favorite gifts to give. They are perfect in their classic simpleness but the slightly larger size brings a bit of style and glam to your look. I often gift these too, they come in several colors and have free shipping.

If you are a fan of soft and cozy, my niece wore these iScream pajamas pants on vacation last year and my daughter couldn’t get her own pair fast enough. They are SO soft, thick, and comfy. We now give them as gifts to all our young friends for birthdays and they come in all sizes and tons of fun patterns. They also come in a shorts version (with ruffles!) for warmer weather/climates, we love these! These would be a perfect gift for any girl/teen in your life and maybe even for you 🙂

Ahh…yes, Glamorous Wash! We are both fans of this lovely smelling detergent. There is something about the luxury of perfectly scented towels and sheets–a grocery store detergent just doesn’t measure up. While this might be a bit of an indulgence, what else are the holidays for? Your holiday guests will love slipping into sheets washed with this, though I usually mix it with an unscented regular detergent because a little goes a long way. Our favorite scents are Diva and High Maintenance {hmmm…I am sure there is a connection there?!} but seriously, this is just one of those favorites worth sharing–it’s just that delicious.
My final favorite thing to share is this Kenra Hair Spray. I switched over to it a few years ago after seeing beauty bloggers list it as their favorite, and it’s just better than most of the hairsprays I have tried. I love how it holds my hair style (I have very thick hair) but it’s still lightweight. The large can lasts forever, and while it’s more expensive than a drug store spray, I think it’s worth the price for what it does.

My final favorite thing for the holidays is my 2017 Holiday Planner, click HERE for more information about how this planner will help you stay organized so you can truly enjoy the holidays!

Hey, friends–Christy here.  If you’re new around here, then you might not know that Amy and I are former college roommates, and we’ve been great friends ever since.  We have a lot in common, so really all of the stuff on her list is on mine, and vice versa (especially that Glamorous Wash–I am not kidding!).

First up on my list is this gorgeous dusty rose foldover clutch.  I snagged it last week and it is perfect for the season.  Velvet and blush pink are both on point if you’re a trend follower, but this is a classic color and style.  I paired mine with boring old black and white, and the color definitely jazzed my outfit up.



If you’re a Southerner who reads magazines, then you probably already have a subscription to Garden & Gun.  If you don’t, then you should!  Their Southerner’s Handbook is such an entertaining read and covers everything from the perfect mint julep recipe to when and how to wear seersucker.

They’ve just released their newest book, S is for Southern, and that’s on my Christmas list because I do love all of their books.  I actually give their Good Dog book to friends who have lost a pup as a memorial gift.

One of my favorite Christmas scents, next to peppermint, is fir.  The Thymes Frasier Fir Candle is the most heavenly of all the fir candles, in my humble opinion.  I treat myself to one every season.

I adore my Nespresso Machine; it’s the K-cup version of espresso and cappuccino for lazy people like me.  I got hooked on high-octane blends when we took a trip to Spain earlier this year, and I ordered this baby within a week of our return.  I use an electric milk frother with it and the combination is heavenly!

Amy and I both still use paper planners; I just can’t see the month ahead of me the way I need to when I use my phone!  These  LePens are the perfect way to make birthdays, appointments, and must-complete tasks stand out, plus they’re a real pleasure to write with.
Last but not least, I’m loving Oui French Style Yogurt by Yoplait these days.  The coconut, lemon, and vanilla are my favorites, and the darling glass jars they come in are a nice authentic touch.  I’ve been repurposing them almost as often as I recycle them!

Now that we’ve shared all of our must-have items with you, hop on over to Home by Heidi; she’ll be sharing her favorite things in the morning!


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Christy & Amy of the blog 11 Magnolia Lane

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  1. I love this list — I have never heard of the glamorous wash or the southerner’s handbook, they are both intriguing to me. I love Kenra too and the kate spade Earrings ♥ Thanks for sharing your favorites!

  2. Lisa Schenck says

    Hi! Just curious…how do you get the labels off of the cute yogurt containers? I love the glass jars, but could not get the labels off. 🙂
    Thanks so much!

    • Hey, Lisa–
      The labels are sticky, aren’t they? First, I soak them in hot water for a few minutes, then peel them off. The residue that’s left on the rim and the sides will come off with hot water and a steel wool pad.

      Hope that helps!

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