Courtney Love: 50 Obsessions I Couldn't Live Without On My 50th Birthday

Let's start with my favorite.
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Let's start with my favorite.


1. And that would be: Sex. Obviously.


2. Frances. My proudest accomplishment always makes me prouder. Her artwork is phenomenal, too.

3. My fans.Thank you, every single one.

4. Nostalgia. Particularly in musical form.

5. Good girlfriends. They make life complete.

With Stella Schnabel at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

With Stella Schnabel at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

6. The best fashion.MarchesaMarc JacobsRiccardo Tisci. Givenchy.

7. Perfume. So fun to nerd out at Aedes De Venustas and Perfume Shrine, but my newest obsession is scents that smell like sugar. You have to try Vanilla Extreme


8. Reunions.Especially those so sweet it still makes me cry. Even if it takes 20 years, it's so great to hug it out and feel like an anvil is off my chest.

9. Beauty essentials. Can't live without Terry Lip Balm.

10. Headline-making cleavage.You have to in the birthplace of Marie Antionette

With Andreas Kronthaler at the Life Ball afterparty in Austria

With Andreas Kronthaler at the Life Ball afterparty in Austria

11. Spinster power.Love these Miss Havishams.

12. Knowing your limitations. That's all, or you'll fall into a pile of hubris and for god's sake laugh at yourself. 

With Jane and Michael at the xoJane launch party in 2011

With Jane and Michael at the xoJane launch party in 2011

13. Acupuncture. I swear by it, and someday I want it after every show I play for my adrenal glands.

14. Comfort selections. Lately I've been so into Harrods Food Hall cheese.

15. Amazing tunes.Like "Cool Kid" by The Eeries.

16. Acting, acting, acting. Including my newest role on "Sons of Anarchy"!


17. The classics.Oh how I love Etta James.

18. Highbrow lowbrow food. My favorite of late is potato leek soup with a grilled cheese.

19. My favorite photos. Go down the dizzying rabbit hole of my Pinterest page "Me, me, me." 

20. Forgiveness. I'm 50, and I don't care what you said two years ago or yesterday. It's all good.

With Patty Schemel

With Patty Schemel

21. Chanting. Nam myoho renge kyo.

22. Crystals and jewels. Bury some celestite, rubies and quartz and make a wish.

23. Being realistic. Don't take on more than you can handle.

With Daniel Martin

With Daniel Martin

24. Escaping to London as often as possible. Every time I go to Mairead Lewin's vintage shop I feel like a new woman. Adore those aristocratic British gentlemen.

25. New words.Love the naughty ones.

26. Dirty songs.God how I adore Brooke Candy.

27. Epic kisses. Girls count!

With Amber Rose

With Amber Rose

28. Real estate shopping. If I ever went to hide away, you'll find me here with many cats and a few horses.

29. Giving songs I never liked a fresh look. I never thought I'd dig this song, but OK.

30. Being an icon.I'm Number 36, boo.

With Mariah

With Mariah

31. Smart men, iconic men, fabulous men. Steven Klein, my guitar player Micko Larkin, Sean Penn, David LaChapelle, the list goes on.

32. Anti-retouching.This world is too celebrity obsessed.

33. Talking about style. I could write a million books on the topic.

34. Chick lit inspiration. Forever I'll be a Bergdorf blonde.


35. Touring.Especially to my favorite places.

36. Net-a-Porter fashion I can't get enough of. Especially this.

37. New songs.Wedding Day!

38. Making history. Yes, I'm the first person to go to a jury trial over libel on Twitter. And we won.

39. Keeping people scared. Hell hath no fury like me!

With Billy Morrison and Dave Navarro

With Billy Morrison and Dave Navarro

40. Pinterest benders.I could go for hours.

41. Amazing moods. All you need is an excellent massage, an amazing cape of ostrich feathers and "Straight to Heaven" Killian perfume.

42. Owning who you are. As I said once, "Own what you are, and I mean whether that's art, or whether that's fashion, or whether that's music, or whether that's acting, or whether that's politics, or whether that's literature, it's own what you are and grab it and you know, be as prolific as possible."

With Norman Reedus

With Norman Reedus

43. A circle of inspiration.Caitlin Moran and her style icons.

44. My favorite hideaways. Chateau Marmont, Electric Room, Bowery and Groucho Club, London and Chiltern Firehouse. 

45. Uber. Great for riders and life-changing for drivers!

46. Cannes. As I said there: “Everything that becomes true starts with a manifesto.”


47. Making reporters do their jobs better.I was only trying to help with the plane!

48. Taking down those who take you down.With wit, style and penis jokes.

49. My clothing line.Never the Bride.

50. My upcoming book. "Girl With the Most Cake," coming soon from HarperCollins, and no, it won't be a kiss and tell.