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December Hot List

When I publish a hot list as my weekly post, It can feel like a cop-out.  I’m not saying it’s rational thinking. Most likely, it’s coming from a place of insecurity. The struggle to find creative inspiration these days is REAL.  I fill my creative cup through travel, people watching, theater, and overall human interaction. All of which are sorely lacking in my life these days. Thanks, Covid!  Really, I’m not complaining, at least I’m working really hard not to. I am grateful beyond measure for my health and the health of those I love. But the isolation is taking a toll. I feel boring and I’m bored.

It’s the same feeling I had as a kid when I stayed home sick from school for more than a few days. By the end, when my friends would call to give updates on the school drama I missed, they’d ask what was going on with me. And my response was like… umm nothing. On General Hospital this happened and on Phil Donahue, this happened, but to me, NOTHING HAS HAPPENED. I’ve been sleeping, reading, and sitting on the couch. Boring! Yup, that’s exactly how I feel right now – except I’m the one doing the cooking and cleaning and there are more TV channels to report on (the jury is still out on if that’s a good or bad thing).

Basically, the majority of my inspo this week (actually this year) is coming from the small screen – when you see my hot list picks, you’ll understand!!

What’s Hallie’s Hot List?

Back when I started my blog I had a feature called Hallie’s Hot List. Think of it as my version of Oprah’s favorite things (but without the car giveaway – lol). It was really well received and I have no idea, at all, why I stopped doing it. But I feel like the time has come to resurrect it.

For example, when you have (or had if you’re still in quarantine) coffee with your friends and you, or they,  share some awesome things they found and that “changed their life”. Well, that’s what the hotlist is…  Things I use and love, or that my friends use and love. It’s the ultimate form of word of mouth, and therefore worthy of a relaunch.

In the virtual closet class I’m co-teaching, we ask the participants to share their favorite things. It’s been so fun finding out about other people’s tried and true items. And after a few classes, with some rock star women, Hallie’s Hot List has compiled a nice collection of favorites that, above all, have been vetted by ladies I trust.