Danie’s Favorite Things 2017!!!

Danie’s Favorite Things 2017!!!

2017 has been one of the most interesting and fulfilling years of my life from starting This Curvy Life to taking some amazing trips with my friends and for the blog! After seeing Oprah Winfrey’s (or Auntie O as I call her) Favorite things and in honor of her I decided to start a tradition of sharing This Curvy Life’s Favorite Things…2017 Edition!!! I have something for everyone! Travel, Beauty, Pet lovers, Music and a special section for my fellow bloggers! Enjoy!


If you love Scandal, you know that Olivia Pope has her wine in gorgeous long stem glasses. In preparation for a Scandal watch party, I purchased these glasses for myself and my closest girlfriends. It is elegant and gorgeous in every way and my favorite from Crate and Barrel. – Crate and Barrell’s Camilla Red Wine Glass

This Curvy Life's Favorite Things 2017

If you love to entertain like I do the invite you send to your friends sets the tone for the event. Take your group text or evite to the next level with Paperless post. Paperless post allows you to customize an online invitation or a printed invitation with preset templates or designers like Kate Spade!  I used them for many events this year, namely the invite for my bestie’s baby shower and it was a highlight of my year! – Paperless post

Music & Podcasts!

The Friendzone Podcast

This year was filled with so much great music that it was hard to pick 1 or 2 songs so here’s 4, plus some cool podcasts…

  • Shining – DJ Khaled feat Beyonce and Jay-Z – I love a song that celebrates working hard and celebrating your results. I am inspired by it each day!
  • 24 Carat Magic – Bruno Mars – a party song if there ever was one. Play this while you are getting ready for a girls night! I really think about playing this in Vegas and having the time of my life! Pretty much this whole album had me feeling this way.
  • Bodak Yellow – Cardi B – If you don’t love Cardi because of her story, you will love her because of the irreverence of this song. Stay focused, hustle, and win is the underlying story of this one.
  • Passionfruit – Drake – I love songs like this. It reminds me of songs you hear in Anthropologie that you dance around to while you shop, except I never know any of those artists. I love Drake and I love this song. As the millennials say, Issa bop!
  • My favorite podcast is The Friendzone. Fran, Dustin and Assante, are hilarious, sincere, and the best combo I have heard on a podcast in a long time. Shoutout to my podcast lol if I keep working maybe I will get this good :).


I haven’t had a post about my skincare regimen yet but I wanted to share 2 of my faves below…

This face wash is actually a powder that your work up into a rich lather on your face. The powder lasts a long time and is worth every single cent. It is a combination exfoliant and regular face wash. Less water ups its exfoliant factors. It is my absolute fave.

  • Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Vitamin C Powder

I am always struggling to find a decent moisturizer. I have very sensitive skin and can’t take heavy moisturizers as they make me break out. This moisturizer makes my skin feel so soft and fresh. Oh my gosh I love it! I am sure you will feel the same way.

  • L’Occitaine Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream

Travel! Travel! Travel!!!

Disney All Star Movies Resort and travel review

This year was lovely for travel for me. I started the year at Disney World, where I have not been since I was 12 years old so being there was such a beautiful experience for me and I was able to lower my defenses and just enjoy the magic of Disney! I found a few great restaurants in Miami, a cool place for girlfriend trips in Punta Cana and a very cool hotel in Chicago!

Champagne Bar Le Sirenuse Miami

So Disney World, Le Sirenuse – Miami, and The Ambassador Hotel are my favorite travel things this year!

Lobby of The Ambassador Hotel Chicago


Personal Moments! – I am making a post about my favorite moments of 2017 but decided to share one I couldn’t wait for…

Who knew a puppy would be so much trouble

  • My Puppy, Barkley! – This year I got my puppy and she has turned my life upside down and filled me with so much love. She is the Favorite thing of my whole life.

Blog!- For my fellow Bloggers

  • Conference – I went to many meetups, networking events, and brunches but the best event by far was Curvy Girl Conference in Chicago. I have been to so many events where there are so many general comments made with no actionable direction. Each panel was filled with experts and people that are new at being succesful, they had lots of knowledge to share. I loved each moment and I hope I can go in 2018.This Curvy Life at Curvy Girl Conference Top blogging influencers Curvy Girl Conference
  • FB groups – There are many FB groups that you can join but my faves for sincere comments are Lifestyle Bloggers and Bloggers Uprising. The admin for Lifestyle Bloggers tries to post daily so you can always count on her for comments and I have met some of my favorite bloggers through her group.  I haven’t found groups that follow up to make sure people comment and reciprocate. These ladies do.
  • Favorite Tool – Canva! Canva! Canva! What did I do before I had Canva? Struggle that’s what! I love it for my Pinterest pins and when I don’t have a photo it comes in so handy for my IG posts. The image in this post was made in Canva. Please utilize it if you aren’t already!


Well, my friends, these are my favorite things of 2017! I am hoping you loved them as much as I did! Share one of your favorite things in the comments and maybe it will be on the list for 2018!

xo, Danie

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  1. Jasmin N
    December 9, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    Sounds like 2017 treated you well! 🙂 great memories to cherish. Can’t believe it’s almost another year over.

  2. December 9, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    Happy 2017! Hard to believe we’re living the final weeks of this year… Sounds like you’ve had an amazing year! I’m very tempted to jot down my favourite 2017 moments to celebrate the memories I’ve experienced and the challenges I’ve endured 🙂 I hope 2018 is just as magical as 2017 was!

    • Danie
      December 9, 2017 / 8:18 pm

      Justine, you have to write that post. I really hope that 2018 will be even better. I pray and plan for it to be!

  3. December 10, 2017 / 2:39 am

    What a lovely post! Seems that you have had an amazing 2017 full of travels, friends and other nice things. 🙂 Probably I should do similar post to my blog, I’m sure it would help me remember all the good things that have happened this year!

    Ps. I’m clad you like the Lifestyle Bloggers group! I’m working hard to keep it going as great as it is in future too. 🙂

    • Danie
      December 10, 2017 / 9:45 am

      I love the group. I am grateful for all your efforts behind it. I know you have a lot going on, so it means a lot to all of us that participate. Yes 2017 was great but thanks to the foundation laid this year I think 2018 will be spectacular!

  4. Zana
    December 10, 2017 / 4:18 am

    Loved reading this post dear. This 2017 was really amazing for you and I hope 2018 will be the same and even better. 🙂

  5. helenevlacho
    December 10, 2017 / 5:44 am

    You had an amazing year! I love your puppy, so so cute! I didn’t travel so much this year, but i hope 2018 will be better for my travel bucket list! Enjoy the last days of 2017 dear Danielle!

    • Danie
      December 10, 2017 / 9:52 am

      Thanks so much Helene I have enjoyed your blog immensely and cannot wait to see what 2018 brings for our blogs!

  6. Allyson
    December 10, 2017 / 10:14 am

    You’ve definitely had a great 2017! Looks amazing!

  7. December 10, 2017 / 10:59 am

    Sounds like you had one hell of a a good year haha I found your faves for travel bloggers especially useful. Gonna have to check out the facebook groups you mentioned since as you said there are so many and some are more usefull than others. Thanks for sharing!

    • Danie
      December 11, 2017 / 12:22 am

      2017 did not stink, that’s for sure. Yeah check those groups out, I know what you mean some of the groups are so useless. I think you will like these.

  8. December 10, 2017 / 11:03 am

    Totally cool list. Enjoyed reading it greatly!

  9. December 10, 2017 / 11:27 am

    Danielle — love the smiles and joy in this post. You get out of life what you put into it, and it is very clear that you are putting your ALL into your life and sharing it with others. And we too love CANVA. Great tool for quick image creation. Looking forward to following your adventures into 2018!

    • Danie
      December 11, 2017 / 12:21 am

      Thanks so much! I can’t wait to check out your blog all through 2018!

  10. December 10, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    Girl, you look like such a fun person and your words prove it to be so. Plus that puppy is just darling.

    • Danie
      December 11, 2017 / 12:20 am

      Well thanks so much! I am so glad you will be checking out the blog and I will hug the puppy for you!

  11. December 11, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    Such a great read this post was, Danie. This year was so perfect for you. Hope you have even a better 2018! 😉

    • Danie
      December 11, 2017 / 9:54 pm

      Thanks so much I appreciate you checking out the post! I hope 2018 was wonderful and I pray that we all have a lovely 2018

  12. December 11, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    Sounds like 2017 was a fantastic year for you!! And the puppy – how adorable!!! I can see why Barkley would be the highlight of your year 🙂

    • Danie
      December 11, 2017 / 9:55 pm

      She was such a wonderful edition!

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