December 10, 2012 - Easy Outfits, Style, Trend Watch

Oprah’s Favorite Things – For the Rest of Us

Sometimes my friends give me the BEST blogging inspiration.  For instance, last month one of them inspired the first Ask Alison when she asked me to style something in her closet.  Well they’ve done it again!  Over the weekend, my friend Brandi e-mailed me with a fantastic idea.  She asked to see an affordable version of Oprah’s Favorite Things.  Well, Brandi, maybe you should start a blog because your idea is pure brilliance.  I am all over it!

So I have to confess that I hadn’t actually checked out O’s faves until I started to research this post.  Her picks are usually way out of my price range, so it just wasn’t worth the effort.  When I saw them my first thought was “if I was Oprah, those might be my favorite things too”.  But I’m not.  I’m Alison, a normal mom of three, not a media mogul, living on a normal budget and getting ready to send a kid to college in less than two years.  My favorite things are generally less than $10 – like hazelnut coffee, good cheese and dark chocolate.  Hmm, they’re all edible too.

So here it is, pretties – an affordable version of Oprah’s Favorite Things for the rest of us.  The following are selected items from her list of 68.  Sorry, I couldn’t do them all.  My family actually wanted to see me this weekend.

[Oprah’s Pick – Ralph Lauren Cableknit V-neck:  $198/Alison’s Pick – Halogen Cashmere V-neck: $79]

Upgrade to cashmere and save $119 to boot?  Well, that’s a no brainer! 

These cashmere v-necks from Nordstrom come in a rainbow of colors and at $79 each, you can get two for less than the price of one of Oprah’s Ralph Lauren pick.


[Oprah’s Pick – Coach Puffer Jacket:  $458/Alison’s Pick – Victoria’s Secret Color Block Reversible Puffer: $99]

Reversible and a quarter of the cost?  I’ll take that!

This color block reversible puffer from Victoria’s Secret has a cinched waist for a more body-concious fit and it reverses to black for a completely different look.  Two looks for the price of one!

 [Oprah’s Pick – Tory Burch Tote:  $395/Alison’s Pick – Jessica Simpson Jet Setter Tote: $98]

Try a trend for $300 less?  I’m in!

I don’t know about you but a pink sparkly bag is not something I’d carry long term – even if it is Tory Burch!  But I’d definitely try the trend for less with this cute glitter tote from Jessica Simpson.

 [Oprah’s Pick – Tom Ford Beauty Lipstick:  $192/Alison’s Pick – Burberry Lipstick Set: $72]

Luxe lipstick at half off?  I’ll pucker up for that!

I love luxe beauty products as much as the next woman.  But at almost $50 a tube this Tom Ford set is out of my comfort zone.  Thank you Burberry for allowing me to indulge in luxe lipstick for about half the price.

Oprah White Movado Watch  [Oprah’s Pick – Movado White Watch:  $495/Alison’s Pick – La Mer Studded Wrap Watch: $97]

Boring for almost $500 or cool with a $400 savings?  Ding, ding, ding!  We have a winner!

This La Mer wrap studded watch  is so cool that it just got put on my Christmas list.  It puts a lot more interest on your wrist than the basic white version.  Why spend almost $500 on boring?

It’s Your Turn:  Which one would you pick – Oprah’s Favorite Things or Alison’s Affordable Things?  Tell me about your favorites in the comments!

[Oprah’s Favorite Things Photos VIA]

OH, and before I forget…

Remember how I told you that today I’d show you how I styled my $20 LBD for my hubby’s holiday office party?

Yeah, well I’ve got a little story about that.

For the past five years or so, the party’s been at this swank little uptown Dallas eatery.  The kind of place where local celebrities and professional athletes hang out.  The kind of place where I feel totally out of place in a $20 LBD.

Well this year, that changed.  I found out the day of the party that it was being held at the kind of place where this hangs.

Yep, those are antlers.

Now, that’s my kind of place!

BUT I had a wardrobe emergency.

So naturally, I shopped my attic.  ATTIC?!?  Yep, that’s right.

I found a sweater up there that I love but haven’t worn in years.  It went perfectly with my new statement necklace.  My 8 year-old helped style the look, she picked out the leopard heels.  Then we added skinny jeans and a tank and VOILA!

Instant casual holiday party outfit!

(Excuse the boxes in the background.  We are STILL decorating…three weeks later.)

Total outfit cost = $0.

I’ve owned all of these pieces for years.  I mean I paid for them at one time, I’m not a thief or anything.  Just no new cost incurred!

I kept the $20 LBD.  It was only $20 after all and maybe I’ll use it next year.

But I’m sort of hoping they stick with the antler place.  It was way more fun!

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  • Pretty pretty….wish I had some pretty sweaters up in my attic, haha. No dice…just old xmas decorations and baby gear. YOu look beautiful as always …love the heels.
    As for the list…you found some GREAT alternatives to Oprahs that puffer jacket…


  • I would definitely pick your selection for the white watch. It’s something like nothing else in my jewelry arsenal. Your tree is gorgeous and although you didn’t get to wear the LBD, your outfit is perfect for a casual party. Those are way more fun than those stuffy parties anyways. Plus, the antlers are super cool 🙂 Heather

  • You did a great job with your selections….yours are just as stylish and much more affordable. I also like your personal look! Enjoyed the post!

  • annie

    I love those puffer jackets – such fun colors! And your holiday outfit is so pretty 🙂

    The Other Side of Gray

  • This is a straight up BRILLIANT post idea!

    Also, love that outfit and that your daughter picked out the leopard heels!!!

  • Thanks for linking up!!! I’m wearing a puffer vest today. It’s a lot cuter than it sounds. Haha!! Vest just sounds weird!! 😛

  • WOW! I LOVE your list! That puffer jacket is soooo cute! And you looked GREAT for the party!
    Sheaffer 🙂

  • Of course I’d pick your list over Oprah’s, I mean, if I have to pay that is. Otherwise, gimme the others. That out fit is great! Comfy and causual is right up my alley!

    And your tree looks gorgeous!

  • Now THAT was a fun post!!! Oh my goodness, you did a good job finding things normal people could afford. Ms Winfrey could take a lesson from you! I’m loving that puffy jacket. That was a wonderful idea for a post that just made my day… xoxo

  • Love this look. Great wintery neutrals with a splash of animal print–perfect!


  • Your last minute shopping in the attic is a whopping success!
    You look SO chic and festive! Great alternatives to Oprah’s list. I’m loving the colorful jackets!

  • What a fun list and idea! So many great deals…thanks for sharing! And way to go pulling out that cute look for the party….you look fab! =)

  • Wonderful idea for posting, Alison! I think your picks are grand, and that white watch is really fabulous. thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

  • Kristie

    So what other places could you wear your LBD? Is there a way to style it for church? Or everyday wear? Just curious.

  • Great look! I love that your 8 yr old picked the leopard heels – it’s the perfect touch.

    Visiting you from Monday Mingle!


  • Much more affordable. Great job pulling all of it together!

    Love the outfit! You look great.

  • I feel like I always seem to have fashion emergencies like this! I love the outfit you ended up choosing – and it’s great that you kept the LBD, I’m sure it will come in handy on another occasion! And um, can I just say that I like your picks even more than Oprah’s?!

  • Great look, I love finding things in my closet 🙂

  • Mia

    What a great idea! Your picks are great! Love the v neck sweaters! And your Christmas tree is absolutely gorgeous!

  • The “O’ sure does know her stuff! Love everything in this post! And super cute-casual outfit! Love the leopard heels 😉

  • Waynette

    Hi! Maybe someone mentioned it already. Target has La Mer watches too for $40.

  • Um, I like your picks over Oprah! Your friend’s idea was brilliant! I want that antler chandelier!! Holy amazing!! You look ravishing for the party….love the casual, but sassy holiday outfit. Annnnd, you have a kid that is about to go to college??? What?!?!?

  • Love it – you look so cute! I love that you found more reasonably priced things than Oprah 🙂

  • You looked gorgeous for your party!!

    And I love what you did. I always read Oprah’s picks and think, who can buy this $500 bag??!

  • things I love about this post(other than everything) the antlers, the white watch and you look beyond fantastic in that outfit! Loved it all, seriously;)

  • CC

    Great post, Alison! 😉 I love your holiday outfit! So cute and chic! 😉

  • lovely outfit! I really enjoy finding and putting together “new” outfits out of old pieces from my closet!

  • Super cute outfit! I love the leopard heels paired with the neutral top, it compliments you so well!

  • I love your party outfit, so pretty! That is a beautiful sweater and I love the shoes your daughter picked out 🙂

  • hayley

    Gorgeous Tree! Thanks for linking up with Life Lately!

  • I love the outfit, especially the leopard print heels. So chic 🙂

  • Those picks are far more easy on the pocketbook for the rest of us 🙂

    Love the photo of you in front of the Christmas tree — radiant!

    Cable Car Couture

  • Love this post! I always see her picks and kinda feel bad that I can’t afford a one. So this is awesome – I love that you upgraded them too (I want the cashmere!). And your leopard heels are killer!

  • you did a fantastic job on the favorite things list! my favorite find would have to be the sweaters. when you can get two for less than the price of one… you can’t go wrong!

  • Ali! I love the outfit and especially in front of the tree! You look GORGEOUS! 🙂
    Nikki at

  • I like it so much that your outfit looks perfect and that you found all the items in your own closet/attic too! Oh, and the fact that your 8 year old picked the heels…love it! (and I laughed at the comment about not being a thief!) The list you made is so much a real person version of the list Oprah puts out – good job making a list we can share with our loved ones!

  • ADORABLE outfit! So charming that your 8 year old helped you. You have a little fashionista on your hands 🙂 New follower from the blog hop.

  • Really brilliant. Oprah for the rest of us. I always avoid her huge give-aways. If I am not feeling poor before I see her choices, I certainly am when I’m done.
    And you look as effortlessly astonishing as it is possible to look.
    Thanks for showing.

  • Love the casual outfit! My husband is uber casual, so I rarely get to dress up! This is my kinda look!

    Sheena @ A Girl’s Guide to Retail Therapy

  • Pamela

    Love your outfit! You are too cute!! Love the antler chandelier 🙂

    • PrettyOn

      Thanks Pamela! You are too sweet! 🙂

  • Such a fun idea for a post and I think I like your selections better!

  • I love your versions of Oprah’s things! And very cute holiday outfit 🙂


  • It’s a great outfit, and I love the picks (and prices on the comparison items). Visiting you from the Aloha Hop.

  • I LOVE that tote you found! So cute!

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  • Thanks for giving us an affordable version of Oprah’s favorite things!! I love the items and they’re all in my price range so Winning!! 🙂 That antler fixture is so awesome. It looks like one I saw at the Edgewater hotel in Seattle. Very cool .

    I hope you’re having a great week my dear!
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