A few of my favorite things

December 8, 2011

There’s an old Christmas cartoon that dares the viewer to imagine what it would be like at this time of year without jolly old St. Nick. In The Year Without a Santa Claus, elves Jingle and Jangle have to venture out of the North Pole to find children who can convince an ailing Santa that the Christmas spirit is still alive and well.

I imagine this is the way a lot of people feel about Christmas in this Year Without an Oprah. How are we supposed to muster any excitement over Christmas shopping without Oprah to guide us? Her favorite things episode was probably her most popular show every year and always revealed the hippest gifts.

Anyone who was lucky enough to be in the audience for that episode came away with an almighty mother lode of fabulous free stuff. I have a friend who was an audience member one year, and she said it was an amazing experience (except for the audience members who spent the entire hour jumping up and down and screaming loudly with enthusiasm). I can’t remember all of gifts she received, but I do remember that they were fantastic.

Alas, Oprah has moved on and we’re left with just the memories of those eye-popping episodes. And regrets that we didn’t try harder to get tickets…

Fret not. The Chick is here to fill the bill.

I have a few favorite things that are much easier to procure on your own than Oprah’s treasures. Some of them would make great Christmas presents and all come with the Official Unhip Chick Seal of Approval. So channel a little Julie Andrews a la Maria von Trapp, as I try to fill a void left by Oprah and share my enthusiasm (minus the annoying screaming) with you.

Mint truffle Kisses with green creamy filling

Gel based eyeliner and five blades for shaving

E readers filled with romances and more

These are a few things that I just adore.

Big blocks of soap that smell like pomegranate

Good friends on Twitter from all over the planet

Melt in your mouth mints I find so addictive

These are a few things that hold my heart captive.

Salted caramel hot chocolate that tastes just like heaven

Water with weird names and songs in my top ten

Whitening rinse that makes my teeth glow in the dark

These are the things that always hit the mark



When my bird bites

When Big Man snores

When I’m feeling fat

I simply remember my favorite things

And then I don’t feel like that.


What are your favorite things?

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e December 9, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Going to have to try the gel eyeliner!
My favs: LeTang (of course), Bella (my cat), Grandma D’s pumpkin chip cookies (making soon)…ok, so you can’t buy these things. What can you buy? Hydro-peptide cleanser – my skin hates me without it. St. Ives Oatmeal healing lotion, so far one of the best for me for shaving and dry skin itch-ies. Nikon S8100 Coolpix camera – takes a beating and still takes great shots – especially low light! Animated holiday snowmen – playing them all at the same time.


Unhip Chick December 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Thanks for the great ideas! I’ll definitely have to try the St. Ives and the cleanser. I don’t think LeTang is for sale, but I know a lot of ladies who would be interested. 😉
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Leanne December 9, 2011 at 6:21 pm

And it RHYMES! You are amazing Leslie! And your list is much more affordable than Oprah’s. One of my new faves this year is a Tassi — a terry cloth hair holder (more than a hairband). My sister gave me one last year and I LOVE it. Merry Christmas Dahlink! xo, Leanne


Unhip Chick December 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm

I’ll bet that Tassi would be great help for my hair in Zumba class! Thanks for the great idea, Leanne!
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