Lucky magazine used to have a monthly feature where celebrities would list out some of their favorite things. Since Lucky is a "shopping" magazine all of the things in the list were things the average person (if they had enough money) could buy. My niece (and excellent blogger) Michelle did a similar list on her blog, but she included a few "unpurchasables" . So I thought I'd take a crack at, but my list only includes things you can buy....and you don't have to be rich to afford 'em. Here we go!
Filled with olives, peppers and garlic marinated in herbs, spices and chardonnay, it holds the best olives in the world. Spicy, yummy....I'm sooooo glad Costco has been selling jumbo size jars of these! About $5
2. Ammonium Lactate 12% lotion
My dermatologist recommeded this for my winter dry legs. It stings a little when you first put it on, but it works, boy does it work. Buy it over the counter (I got mine at the Kaiser pharmacy). A big bottle will only set you back about 10 bucks.
These are a little pricy ($24 - $40), but they last forever, scent a large room and smell heavenly. My favorite fragrance is Passionfruit White Currant. Not sure? Buy one of their travel candle tins for only $8.00 to try out a fragrance or two.
Local convict makes good with his line of whole grain hearty breads. This is a healthy bread that actually tastes good with a pleasing texture. My favorite is the 21-grain...nutty, yummy. Love it toasted with a schmear of blackberry jam. More than Wonderbread, it's $5 at most grocery stores, but Costco sells two packs for the same price.
5. Bon Ami
Around forever, this is one of the best cleaners I've used...and it's recommended by environmentalists as a safe cleaner. Toilets, tubs and sinks all sparkle. And here's a secret a local antique dealer shared with me...it's gentle enough to clean your silver...and so easy! Only costs about 99 cents.
For only around $3 you get salon quality deep conditioning. My hair tends to be dry so I use it just about every other day. It makes my parched locks silky smooth and frizz free.
A woman at work was wearing a pair that looked so chic I went and got my own and discovered the most comfortable shoe I have ever worn. Now, I'm not usually one for comfort over fashion, but with these sneakers, I get both! Don't pay full price for these babies...Nordstrom's Rack, DSW or the outlet mall in Woodburn has them at reasonable prices.
8. Postage stamp
It amazes me that I can't put something in an envelope, address it to my girlfriend in New York, and someone else will take it to her in just a few days...all for only 44 cents (unless the price has gone up). It's a bargain...they should charge more...I'd pay a buck for this kind of service.
Eric introduced me to these on our honeymoon. Sit at the bar, (outside right next to the famous beach) order the drink and what the bartender machete open a fresh pineapple to squeeze in your glass, topped with some other stuff and a generous helping of top shelf rum. OMG...that is paradise. It'll set you back about $10, but every sweet, intoxicating drop is so, so worth it.
We bought one of these about a year ago and I immediately gave it a test spin. You would not believe the dog hair this thing picked up. There was so much hair in the bin, you'd think I'd never vaccummed my house before (trust me I had). If you have a dog, cat, or hairy spouse...get this vaccuum. About $150.