Kee Kee’s Favorite Things

by Kee Kee on December 8, 2011

in Inspiration,Living Outside of the Box,Texas

It seems every talk show host and magazine these days is using the holidays as an excuse to put together a list of their favorite things.   Often you can “like” their Facebook page or enter your e-mail address in order to have the opportunity to win a gift bag of all their favorite stuff.  These lists make me cringe – it’s just further evidence of society having an unquenchable thirst for material goods.  The message is that this stuff will make our lives better.  However “things” are usually a band-aid, a temporary fix.  Having a bad day?  Go buy a pair of shoes to make yourself feel better.  Feeling insecure?  Go buy a new pair of jeans to add to the 7 pair you already have in your closet.  Feeling lonely?  Go buy yourself some flowers.  Wait, I like that last one…yes, definitely go buy yourself some flowers.

It’s interesting, I’ve changed so much over the past year.  For 5 months I lived completely out of one very large duffel bag while I drove around the country.  Each morning I grabbed what was on the top layer of the duffel bag, meaning I wore the same small rotation of clothes over and over.  I took that one step further when I spent a week with my friend Beth Howard in the American Gothic House.  Every day I wore a pair of overalls that I bought at the Tractor Supply Store.   When I returned to LA to pack up my place to move to Texas, I was shocked when I opened the door to my closet.  I had forgotten about all my nice clothes.  The interesting thing is that I didn’t even miss my wardrobe when I was on the road.  Now that I’ve been collecting a small paycheck again for some consulting work, I could shop a bit if I wanted to.  But I don’t want to.  Yes I like to dress with style, but I don’t need 30 handbags to pull that off (I’ve long struggled with a handbag fetish).   I’d rather save my money for travel, creating memories that will long outlast the expensive cashmere sweaters and other material goods on which I used to spend my money.

However sometimes it’s nice to buy things…things that enrich your life but don’t cost much.  I have many of these things in my life.  So, I’m happy to present Kee Kee’s 5 favorite things:

1.  California Baby Overtired & Cranky Spritzer – My friend Dawn gave a bottle of this to me as a moving to Texas gift last spring.  She discovered it 10 years earlier when she gave birth to her son Finn, and continued to use it on herself long after he left the diapers behind.  I love this spritzer and spray it on myself whenever I’m tired or irritable.  As the bottle says, it really does help to divert a tantrum.  Price:  $10 – $15

2.  NASA  Mouse Pad – I bought this during one of my recent business meetings at NASA.  Like the space food I wrote about, it inspires me to look at the world differently and keep living outside of the box.   Price:  $6.00

3.  Arm Warmers – Arm warmers are quite possibly the world’s greatest invention.  They keep my wrists and hands warm while allowing freedom of fingers so I can type on my keyboard.  Although I’d love a cozy cashmere pair, I scored these cotton babies at Target.  Price:  $6.99

4.  Café Du Monde Chicory Coffee – This is my favorite coffee, and the Fiesta grocery store chain in Texas carries it.  Although I’d rather be drinking this at Café Du Monde in New Orleans, this is the next best thing (without the calories from overeating beignets).  Price:  $5.95

5.  New Cowgirl Boots – Honestly, how have I survived in life without cowgirl boots?  I splurged and paid way more than I should have, but given I wear these constantly, I think they were worth every penny.  Price:  I’m not telling…I spent too much.

What are your favorite things that enrich your life without depleting your bank account?


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Elizabeth Rago December 16, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I meant to comment last week when you posted this, but life distracted me! It is amazing that we need to have big ticket items to feel happy about our lives and our selves. Over the past 3 years I have donated so many pieces I deemed as “necessary” to complete my outrageous wardrobe. From $800 handbags to $450 pairs of heels, I cringe as I think about how much money I spent on material things which only added to my credit card balance. Today, I covet a lovely hand made purse I found at an out of the way boutique for $20, my purple pumas (which I scored for $30 b/c no one wanted purple pumas…) and my Aveda shampoo… It’s little things that excite me now like a handmade picture from one of my kids or a fresh new notebook for me to jot down my thoughts. To each his own, I guess!

Kee Kee December 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Think of the love that went into creating that unique hand made purse, versus the machine-made “craftsmanship” that we often pay for versions that look like everyone else’s expensive purses. We have a similar new vice – just last week I splurged on my first bottle of Aveda shampoo!

Friend January 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I’m happy to see the boots made the top five, but a little saddened to see the Mexican Martini didn’t make the cut. lol

Kee Kee January 31, 2012 at 8:10 am

As far as non-material items, the Mexican Martini is at the top of the list!

Friend January 31, 2012 at 1:40 pm


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