Mia’s Favorite Things of 2017


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These are just some of Mia’s favorite things!

Oprah is a legend. As a longtime fan, I look forward each year to her list of favorite things. These items can range from her own magazine to a pair of “life changing” fuzzy socks. Feeling inspired by her list of favorite things, I decided to make my own.

I can’t hand out a car to every person I walk by, and I don’t have the luxury of owning a $600 coffee maker, but what I do have is a Oprah’s attitude: I like shouting people’s names and enjoy giving people gifts. Although they many not reach Oprah’s high standard of luxury, here are my favorite things from 2017.

  1. Turtleneck Shirts – My style isn’t the most exciting. I enjoy wearing things that I most likely won’t regret later, one of this things being–you guessed it–turtlenecks. Having been worn by former First Ladies and other influential figures, turtlenecks are a staple to any wardrobe. You can buy turtlenecks almost anywhere, but Madewell’s are my favorite, as they come in a variety of colors and often on sale.
  1. Nalgene Water Bottles – Holding 32 oz of water, the Nalgene Wide Mouth water bottle is a blessing. This water bottle is relatively inexpensive and comes in a variety of colors (which you can customize for no charge online). It also can withstand tough falls. Only downside is you have to be still while drinking from it, otherwise it spills all over and you look like you just went through a rainstorm.
  1. Carlytheprepster.com – Ran by Carly Heitlinger, this blog offers a wide variety: preppy outfits, advice, and links to all her social media (including a youtube channel). Her blog and videos allow for ideas on what to pack for trips, outfit ideas, and how to feel good about yourself and what you wear.
  1. Stan Smith Shoes – White sneakers are something everyone should own, they go with anything and can make outfits casual. The Stan Smith Adidas are a comfortable and easy go-to. Sleeker than the superstar, the Stan Smith is perfect for travel, school, really anything.
  1. Kanken Backpack – The Kanken, made by Fjall-Raven, is the perfect backpack. With a spacious main compartment, it has space for all of your essentials. The bag is waterproof and has convertible straps, so it can be transformed from a backpack to a tote bag. It comes in multiple sizes, and looks even cuter with pins decorating the front.
  1. Portable Hammock – A portable hammock is perfect for spring and summer. Just find two trees and set it up! There are many brands that make hammocks in a wide range of colors and sizes. The hammocks can be anywhere from $22-$80 and straps (to hang your “mock” around trees) are usually sold separately. The investment is totally worth it, they are awesome to use either alone or with friends. Because they are packable and lightweight, you can easily bring them anywhere.
  1. Saturday Night Live – SNL is a giant of late-night television. Filmed live on Saturdays from New York City, SNL is packed with different sketches ranging from politics to fake advertisements making fun of Pandora jewelry. I love literally everything from that show. My all time favorite actor on the show is Kate McKinnon (Kate McKinnon, if you happen to read this: let’s be friends), she can impersonate literally anyone and her sketches make me cry laughing. SNL airs Saturday nights on NBC.
  1. Lana Del Rey’s album: Lust for Life – I’ve loved Lana Del Rey since the dawn of time. Her music has little to no autotune and it doesn’t need it, as her voice is absolutely gorgeous. On her newest album, Lust for Life, she sings about love, politics, and her hopes and fears, while getting pretty nostalgic. All the songs on any of her albums connect and tell a story that gives the listener a unique experience. I highly recommend listening to any Lana Del Rey album.
  1. What Happened By Hillary Rodham Clinton – Hillary Clinton inspires me, and being able to read about how she handled her 2016 election loss inspired me more. In What Happened, she touches on the events that took place, personal stories, and more of her opinions. The book was a tough read because of what happened in 2016; I recommend bringing an entire box of tissues with you, so if you cry the book pages won’t get wet.
  1. Writing for (and reading) the BSM Knight Errant – Nothing like a shameless self promotion (if Oprah can do it, I can do it). BSM Knight Errant is like a weird cult; editors, writers, photographers, and videographers are spread throughout three different classrooms during sixth hour. Each classroom is off doing their own thing, writers hunting down students to interview, editors brainstorming ideas for the next edition, you get the picture. The only downside is you have to starve because we eat C lunch, which on block days seems like an eternity. But the positives outweigh the negatives; Knight Errant allows for lots of writing, creativity and exploration into different topics. Obviously, though, just reading the finished product of the Knight Errant staff is something I’d recommend (you’re already doing it if you’re reading this article so props to you).

Those are my favorite things. Unlike Oprah, I can’t list off hundreds of things because not that many people are interested and I don’t have the will to conjure up more than ten things; but the ten things I did list are things I truly was obsessed with throughout 2017. Also, one more shout out to Oprah who can somehow make her favorite things seem so chic and amazing, even if it is just a pair of socks.