Just A Chi Town Girl’s Favorite Things 2011

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Back again for the 2nd year, I bring you Just A Chi Town Girl’s Favorite Things. It seems as though everyone I talk to has had their Christmas shopping done for weeks but with preparing for familypalooza last weekend, I am way behind. This list is full of things I have found in the last year that I love to give, love to get and if you still have a few things on your list, maybe this will help you out.

Have joy.


Lezzet Spices Isot Pepper is a Dose Market find that has made everything in my kitchen ten times better. Way more than your average pepper, this Isot Pepper is crazy flavorful, goes with everything and lasts forever- I have had my jar since August and use it nearly everyday.


Heritage Rosewater is the best thing about washing my face (aside from the being clean part). Before putting on moisturizer, I spritz my face with the Rosewater. It smells amazing and is a nice way to infuse a little spa-like feeling into a usually humdrum routine.


Bittercube Bitters in Cherry Bark Vanilla is seriously the best thing on our bar right now. A few drops in an Old Fashioned or Manhattan makes such a difference and word on the street is that it’s delish in champagne too…


Warby Parker– I bought a pair last winter and love, love, LOVE them. So many styles to choose from and $95 for eyewear is a steal. Oh and philanthropic too- when you buy a pair, they donate a pair to someone in need. Love that.


Lush’s Gift Sets are my breeze in, breeze out go-to for hostess gifts or little treats for myself. Their bath and shower bombs make my entire bathroom smell like a spa. I picked up the Baby, It’s Cold Outside gift set for my friend Kate yesterday- Everything in it is super invigorating and shower friendly which made it perfect for her as a new mom. The Jilted Elf is my new fav- sudsy, smelly, slimy and fun. I always feel like I can’t go wrong with Lush.


Rare Bird Preserves is such a tasty find. This Oak Park company whips up such imaginative mixes (blueberry chocolate, anyone?) in small batches so every jar is perfect. We picked up a box of 6 at Dose Market and cannot wait to give a few as gifts, serve a few at our place over the holidays, etc.

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