Happy (almost) 2017!! A year isn’t measured by the stuff, because in the end it’s just stuff. But I thought I would just do something fun today and release a list of my favorite things in 2016. To see what I loved this year, just keep reading!
Movie: Dazed and Confused
Alright, alright, alright. Known as Matthew McConaughey’s break out roll, this 90s flick about the last day of school in the 70s is the perfect “hang out” movie. It opens with Sweet Emotion–the best movie opening of all time–and is backed by so many great songs from the 70s all throughout. It’s leaving Netflix tomorrow, so if you have two hours to kill today you should watch it!
Song: Hey Angel by One Direction
When Harry Styles was tweeting the lyrics before the song’s release, I knew it would be a good one. It reminds me of a mix of Bittersweet Symphony and Champagne Supernova, so it’s obviously one of those larger than life songs. It’s just a jam and the Pi Phi in me loves anything that has anything to do with angels. Play it at my funeral.
Album: (tie) The Essential Aerosmith by Aerosmith and Get Weird by Little Mix
I know, what? But these two bands and One Direction make up my top three favorite bands. You can NEVER go wrong with Aerosmith and the best of album is a great one to put on shuffle. You know that excited feeling you get when a song you love starts playing? That’s this whole album. It’s too hard to just pick a favorite song. Little Mix, a British girl band, can’t be any more opposite of Aerosmith. Get Weird is filled with so many unique, funky pop songs. This album is the feeling of you and your best girl friends driving around with the top down in the summer. The girls in this group are amazingly talented as individuals and they made an album that, in one word, is fun.
Artist: Little Mix
Formed on the UK X Factor a few years after One Direction, these four girls went on to win the show and haven’t looked back. They have consistently gotten better with each album. I was still fully enamored with Get Weird when their new album Glory Days came out a few weeks ago and was A+, which cemented them as my favorite music talent this year. I even made a “Best of Little Mix” playlist on my iPod.
TV show: One Tree Hill
At first I tried to watch OTH a few months ago, but couldn’t get into it. I would watch a few episodes and then move on. Finally I decided to stick it out and commit all my Netflix watching to OTH. This is basically the only show I watched all semester and I’m starting to think about what to do when it ends… It’s funny, jaw-dropping, crazy and sweet all at once. I love Brooke Davis and Nathan Scott’s character transformations throughout the show and I’m secretly rooting for Dan Scott. I love a good comeback story. So if you have thought about watching it, but can’t get into it, keep going! I ended up finding one of my all time faves this way.
Fashion & Beauty:
Summer Fashion Item: Lilly Pulitzer Trunk In Love Mila shift dress
My first Lilly dress did not disappoint. I fell in love with it after seeing this post and had to get my hands on it. It fits like a glove and is “Lilly” without the pattern being really loud like some are. I wore it for recruitment dressed up and I’ve worn it to church dressed down. I’m obsessed.
Winter Fashion Item: black Burberry quilted zip jacket
My mom surprised me with this jacket after getting it on sale–which is rare. What a great surprise that I’ve loved it ever since! I found myself reaching for it more than my beloved, casual Barbour waxed jacket this year to dress up outfits. The Burberry jacket is deceptively warm and a classic piece that will never go out of style. I actually prefer the modern look and functionality of the zipper over the popular button version. (Similar)
Summer Shoe: Silver Jack Rogers
The perfect summer shoe made famous by Jackie Kennedy (she wore a different brand, but pretty much the same shoe design). They hurt like heck when breaking them in, but they are so versatile and come in a ton of different colors and color combinations. I got a pink pair last year, but I think the neutrals are the easiest to wear. This summer I’m taking the plunge and getting a gold pair.
Winter Shoe: (tie) LL Bean boots and hunter green Hunter Boots
L.L. Bean boots have gotten really popular lately, which is no surprise. They are warm, waterproof and comfy! They are a classic staple that I will never get rid of. Santa recently just brought me another pair in the 8 inch, so I am set for Bean boots for life. Hunter Boots have also gained a lot of popularity recently. Both styles of boots are old, old classics and Hunter Boots have even been worn by royals for years. Hunter green is surprisingly versatile and easier to wear in the spring than even a classic black boot.
Accessory: Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM in monogram
My holy grail bag. I will never get rid of this purse, which was a 21st birthday present. I carry it all the time and I can carry so much stuff without it getting too heavy. The leather when it patinas is so beautiful with the monogram canvas. What I like about this bag is that you essentially get three-in-one with it. You can wear it as the tote (see picture above), you can cinch it in at the sides to make it smaller and more square (which I actually love the look of) and it comes with a good sized, flat wristlet on the inside that you can carry out if you don’t want to take the whole bag. With price increases every year and the value this model holds, I’d say it’s a pretty good investment and starter piece in luxury goods.
Makeup: Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette
It actually smells like chocolate, which is half the reason I like it so much. The colors are so pretty and easy to use. I have found myself a lot more inspired by this palette than by others I have so I reach for it the most. And when I open it I get a whiff of chocolate. Easy sell.
Perfume: Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf
I shattered the first sample of Flowerbomb I had and I didn’t know the name or brand of it. But I loved it so much that I searched Sephora for the rollerball hoping I would recognize it. Four years later, it is still my go-to perfume. It is floral with a little extra something…I reach for it every day and I’m only on my second bottle!
Book: Rich Bitch by Nicole Lapin
Lapin is my girl. After reading this book I’m ready to start my Roth IRA and build credit on a credit card so I can buy a house one day. The title is a little less than ideal, but what’s on the inside is what really matters. Nicole is a self-made girl who learned some financial tips while working around Wall Street as a journalist. Now she’s dating a billionaire, so you bet I’m going to see what she can teach me!
Class: Sports PR with Kenny Mossman
Shout out to OU for offering this class. Kenny is a big deal in the OU Athletics Communications office, so I spent a semester listening to his stories about campaigning Bradford for the Heisman and dealing with the media. Talking about sports (read: football) in class is obviously so fun and they give you three credit hours for it! I will keep his class notes on my laptop for as long as possible because what he taught is so useful. If there is a class to take at OU, this is it.
Memory: Spirit Week and Recruitment as Pi Phi’s Vice President of Membership was the best experience of my collegiate career and one of the best memories of 2016. There will be a blog about what that experience taught me coming out soon!
Trip: My London trip was definitely the best trip of 2016 and a memory I will love, cherish and obsess over for the rest of my life. I could go on about it forever, but instead you can just read my travel blogs that I posted while there.
Holly Hoehner is a public relations senior at the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.