KABRIA'S 25 FAVORITE THINGS

December has arrived and I've decided to share a list of the things that I enjoy. Hey, Oprah has her list of favorite things, so why not create my own list? Now, this isn't an exhaustive list, but I tried to cull together 25 items that I adore and think would make great stocking stuffers and gifts for you and yours. Each item links to where you can purchase it. So let the fun begin...

1. Prince: A Private View by Afshin Shahidi

Anyone who has been within 10" of me knows that I am a HUGE Prince fan. He's the reason I learned to play guitar and piano for that matter. My confidence, unique brand of creativity and individuality have all been greatly inspired by him. So I was excited to purchase this book. It is full of drool-inducing photos of Prince, many never seen before. It's a real treat to fams to be able to take a peek behind the curtain of this enigmatic genius's life.

2. Garrett Popcorn

Chicago's favorite popcorn. The caramel and cheese mix, of course, is where it's at. :)

3. Forgiveness: 21 Days to Forgive Everyone for Everything by Iyanla Vanzant

When my life fell apart, I decided to "fix my life." I purchased this book and it truly helped me to rise from the ashes with new perspective and tools to continue my forward momentum. I strongly recommend this for those of you who have become stuck in your victimology.

4. Vintage Black Glamour by Nichelle Gainer

Coffee table book with stunning photos of famous black women like Pam Grier, Dorothy Dandridge, Naomi Sims, Iman, Beverly Johnson and Donna Summer. They have a companion book on black gentlemen as well. I've ordered that one too!

5. Prince Guitar & Bass Hardcover Tour Book by Paisley Park

For the guitar enthusiast and Prince fam, this book has beautiful photos and information about Prince's well-known and even obscure axes!

6. Gratitude Jar

I purchased this jar about two years ago and it's a wonderful way to remind yourself to remain grateful. I noticed Oprah has one on her list this year too. Ha!

7. My Shaman SE Guitar 2003 Paul Reed Smith

After Prince, Carlos Santana is my favorite guitarist. I've seen him in concert several times and so I was excited to grab one of these beauties from the Internet about four years ago. I ABSOLUTELY love this guitar. It plays easy thanks to low action, sounds sweet and looks cool thanks to it being decorated with the same artwork from Santana's Shaman album cover. Only 100 were made to commemorate the success of the album and the guitar was never sold to the public. Instead, they were given to the most successful Paul Reed Smith dealers. Such a truly special guitar!


8. The Spice Lab Himalayan Crystal Bath Sea Salt

These Himalayan crystal bath salts were recently recommended to me by my cousin who is a dancer. Although I use the Himalayan salt lamps , the bath salts were news to me. Now, I use them all the time for sore muscles from working out, playing tennis or just the daily grind. They're like Epsom Salts on steroids!

9. Global Attic Obeche Accessories

Impress your guests with our new obeche wood salad bowls, trays and baguette bowls handcrafted by well-known Haitian artist Einstein Albert. They are the true definition of functional art.

10. Elle Decor Magazine