Our Favorite Things

We all have our favorite things – whether it’s in your closet, on a bookshelf, in your CD player or simply something you just can’t live without. Still Christmas shopping? We asked some of our favorite celebrities what their favorite things are, resulting in a great list of gift ideas. Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season filled with love, laughter and, what the heck, some amazing gifts too!


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Stephanie Lum
News anchor at Hawaii News Now


A Diane von Furstenberg black wool pencil skirt. It's slim-fitting, not too clingy, comfortable and keeps me warm in our air-conditioned studios.

FAVORITE ACCESSORY My all-time favorite fashion accessory is a pair of silver chandelier earrings. Department stores carry them. It's a sparkling, timeless piece that can pep up a casual outfit or glam up your look if you're going to a dressy function.

FAVORITE BEAUTY PRODUCT Sedu's ceramic flat iron is a keeper. It heats up fast and gets the job done. Federic Fekkai's Olive Oil Glossing Cream, shampoo and conditioner provide extra shine and a smooth finish.

FAVORITE BOOK Who Moved My Cheese is my go-to book. Each time I reread it, I learn something new. I got it in Seattle after listening to a college professor's lecture. The book's message: Let change open new doors for you.

FAVORITE CD Maroon 5's Songs About Jane, Jason Mraz's Mr. A-Z and Ten Feet's Island Feeling. I know all the lyrics to all the songs and sing them with the windows rolled up on my way to work!

FAVORITE DVD Glory or Sound of Music. (I also own the soundtracks for both.)

SOMETHING YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT My giant-sized panda coffee mug that was given to me by my former coworkers Walter Makaula and Anthony Ferreira. I also must have my Asics GEL running shoes, visor, watch and cap when exploring the outdoors.

FAVORITE THING TO BUY KIDS I'm not a parent, but I am an aunty. I've gotten my nieces and nephew toys, but what I've discovered is, they will always be fascinated with books.

WHAT ONE THING DO YOU OWN THAT YOU THINK EVERYONE IN THIS WORLD SHOULD HAVE? A really good game that gets friends and family together! I'm not talking about a video game, but a good, old card game or board game. My family and I would play Life, Scrabble, Boggle, Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit and many others. It's a great way to get your brain working, bring everyone together and create memorable moments.
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