November 25, 2015 - Easy Outfits, Style

Alison’s Favorite Things + A Giveaway

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Move over Oprah.  I thoroughly enjoyed this year’s Oprah’s Favorite Things but I have some favorite things of my own to share with you today. You can bet that some of these things will be on my Christmas list while others are just items that I have and absolutely love.

Plus, one lucky girl is going to win a few of my favorite things – a complimentary winter style challenge and a monogrammed necklace.  More on that later at the bottom of the post.  For now, here are 15 of my all-time favorite things.

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1.  Fabletics Athletic Wear

Hands down my favorite active wear ever is from Fabletics.  Their pieces are comfortable, stylish and SO well made.  If you haven’t ordered from them yet, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

2.  Cashmere Sweater

Last winter, I got my first of these cashmere v-necks in a pretty mint color.  It quickly became my favorite sweater and now I want the entire collection of colors.

3.  Fur Vest

My fur vest is quickly becoming my most reached for item in my closet this fall and winter.

4.  Jo Malone Cologne

Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay Cologne is signature scent right now.  It’s complex – fruity and woodsy without being too sweet.  Perfect.

5.  Winter Candle

If it’s below 60 degrees, this Winter scented candle will be burning in my house.  I stock up every time there’s a sale.

6.  Nike Running Shoes

After a few years of wearing bright colored and patterned running shoes, I’ve gone back to basics with black and white.  The Nike 5.0 is so comfy.

7.  Paige Jeans

If I could wear my black Paige jeans every day, I would.  They’re comfortable, fit like a glove and go with everything.  What’s not to love?

8.  Kendra Scott Necklace

Move over KS Rayne necklace, you’ve been replaced by the daintier, goes with everything Elisa pendant.  I want one in every color.  How about you?

9.  IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream

IT CC+ Cream is my secret skin weapon.  It’s packed full of healthy ingredients and gives me just the perfect amount of coverage and glow.  I don’t go anywhere without it.

10.  IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination

My teen daughter and I are currently in a battle over IT Celebration Foundation Illumination.  I bought it for myself but keep finding it in her bathroom every morning.  Guess I’ll be getting her some for Christmas.  It makes both of our complexions look even and glowy.

11.  NARS Blush

Another staple of my makeup bag, NARS blush in Orgasm is just the right amount of flush and sheen for cheeks.  Blush perfection.

12.  Duck Boots

My duck boots have come in quite handy this fall.  They keep my feet warm and dry while looking stylish at all of our daughter’s barn and horse related activities.

13.  Cowboy Boots

At one point in my life I swore I’d never, ever wear cowboy boots.  Never say never.  If you’re hankering for a great “starter pair”, get these.  They go with so many outfits.  I’m totally converted now.

14.  Puffer Coat

A long warm coat is a must have.  This one has some great details including a nipped in waist and fur trim.

15.  Amazon Echo

“Alexa” our Amazon Echo is the newest toy in our household.  She does everything from telling us the weather, to helping with homework, keeping track of my shopping list and playing my favorite Christmas tunes.


Personalized jewelry from Onecklace is another one of my favorite things.  I wear my monogrammed necklace all the time and got one for both of my sisters for their birthdays.  Onecklace is offering a special discount code to GYPO readers, get 10% off by entering GIFT10 at checkout.

onecklace review One lucky girl is going to win her choice of necklace from Onecklace (up to $50) and complimentary membership to the GYPO Winter + Holiday Style Challenge (a $49 value).  Just choose one of the easy ways to enter below.

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It’s Your Turn:  What items are on your personal favorite things list?



Early bird registration for the Winter + Holiday 2015 Style Challenge closes at midnight on Black Friday.  Get your winter and holiday trends shopping list plus 26 mix and match outfit combos.  It’s a great gift to give or get.  Get the details and sign up HERE.

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  • I have wanted to try It cosmetics for a long time now ! I am always afraid to try new foundation so thanks for the review! I need to amp up my makeup routine for Christmas! And I love the monogram necklace(: Happy Thanksgiving Alison! Susan

    • I’m slightly obsessed with them Susan! I always get compliments on my skin and I KNOW it’s just from the foundation. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • Jan Fisher

    Love your list! I can’t live without my booties this fall! Wear them all the time.
    Thank you for my sweet card Alison! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
    Looking forward to this new challenge starting soon!

    • You’re so very welcome, Jan! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  • Amy

    I bought the winter challenge and really like it — no big surprise, I like all of your items. I love that your list, unlike Oprah’s favorite things, is actually affordable. Thank you!

    • Thanks Amy! Yes, Oprah’s get a little above the average person’s budget. LOL! Glad you’re liking the winter challenge!

  • Lana

    Have loved Jo Malone for years! Especially the lime and basil scent.
    Thanks for adding the Echo as I have never heard of it until I say your list.
    What do you use it for?

    • Lana

      correction: Until I *saw your list

    • Hey Lana! We use Alexa (our Echo) for a lot of things. I check the weather with her every morning, she plays my favorite Christmas music while I work, we set timers on her while we’re cooking, she helps the kids with homework. It’s pretty cool! Oh and my husband loves asking her to tell jokes. 🙂

  • Kim

    Please don’t say move over Rayne necklace….I just bought 4 of them in the past year because of you:(

    • Oh you can still wear them, this one is just a nice little petite alternative! 🙂

  • Lisa

    Alison, your list is full of many of my personal favorites. IT has the best anti-redness concealers for face and eyes that completely erases under eye circles.

    • They really do. LOVE the Bye Bye Undereye too!

  • I”m STILL on the hunt for the perfect fur vest…. gotta get on that!!
    I was also on the fence about Fabletics, but I’ve heard a few great things so might have to get on that… well, I should probably start working out first lol

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    • Happy shopping Shaunacey!

  • Judy H.

    Great giveaway Alison, thanks! I’m a blackberry and bay girl myself, perfect touch of this and the perfect touch of that. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Kate

    I purchased these duck boots for my daughter and I (since she was always borrowing mine) and we both love them! Now… thinking about those cowboy boots! (Not much call from them in PA but… dare to be different and all that!)
    Happy Thanksgiving !!

    • So happy to hear about the duck boots Kate. Once you get cowboy boots, you will enjoy wearing them and you’ll notice how many outfits they go with.

  • Taryn

    Hi Alison…I’d love to see you style some outfits with those cowboy boots. Would you use them in place of the cognac riding boots in an outfit?

    I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving as much as I enjoyed ours in October 🙂

    • Hi Taryn, Yes, and that’s a great suggestion for a post.

  • Debbie

    I love your list of favorite things! Just placed an order at Onecklace- Christmas gifts for my two daughters (and me!). Thank you for sharing!

    • They will love it Debbie!

  • I like number 2 and 3!

    • Aren’t they gorgeous!?