My Best Purchases of 2016 was super popular on the blog last year, so I made a note to myself in my Google calendar so I’d remember to do a 2017 version. As I look back at that post, a lot of those items are favorites that I still use all of the time, which proves that they were indeed good purchases! I had to dig deep to make a list for 2017 that competes with my 2016 list, but I think I nailed it. You’ll have to let me know what you think.
Before we dive in, I feel like I should make a disclaimer that a lot of these are big ticket items. It makes sense because I spend less on passing trends and more on things I hope to use often and keep for years, which is the way it should be. That said, I tried to include a variety of price points for variety’s sake and because I know it’s a turnoff when everything is super spendy.
Best Handbag Purchases of 2017
I always start out with this category because it’s my favorite. I love a good handbag. Handbags don’t turn against you when you gain 5 pounds, and besides being useful, they make such a great accessory. Your handbag can really elevate (or ruin) an outfit. (See my Fight the Frump: Handbag Edition if you want more on that!)
I’ve definitely made several significant handbag investments over the past year or two, and I think (hope?) I’m pretty well set for a while. (But don’t quote me on that…)
Kate Spade Mylie Hobo // I purchased this bag last spring because I wanted a go-to bag in a light neutral. The leather is like butter, and it’s the perfect medium everyday size. I can’t wait to pull it out again this spring. It’s currently 30% off in the Soft Porcelain.
Tory Burch McGraw Chain Shoulder Slouchy Tote // I decided in the fall that I wanted a go-to black bag that’s dressy enough to carry for a night out, yet large enough to hold the essentials. After much debate and deliberation, I settled on this Tory Burch tote. The full retail price is pretty steep, but I stalked it until it went 25% off during a Bloomingdale’s sale event. I’ve loved carrying it, and I’m so glad I took the plunge. It’s the perfect versatile size, the leather is gorgeous, and the gold hardware gives it a touch of glam.
R Minkoff Crossbody // This is another bag I stalked until it went on sale. I love how it has the look of a Chanel without the 4-digit price tag. It’s a great size for when you don’t need to carry everything but the kitchen sink, and the taupe color is super versatile. While it’s on the smaller side, it holds my full size wallet along with a few other essentials. This bag is also on sale right now with an additional 30% off, so if you like it, now’s the time to grab it!
Best Shoe Purchases of 2017
Peep Toe Booties // These were my first spring shoe purchase of 2017 and by far my favorites of the season. They’re super flattering, incredibly comfortable, and highly versatile. I cannot wait to bring them out again, and I’m so glad Nordstrom still has them in stock! Unfortunately these do not ever seem to go on sale, but if you will wear them a lot, they’re definitely worth the full retail price.
Sam Edelman Hazel Pumps in New Nude Leopard // After wanting a nice pair of leopard pumps for several years, I finally bit the bullet and purchased these, and I love them. I already knew the SE Hazel pumps fit me well, and I think this leopard pattern is so pretty. These rarely go on sale, but they were included in Shopbop’s Buy More, Save More Sale last spring, so I snagged them for 25% off. #score
R Minkoff Mules // It took me a while to warm up to the backless loafer trend, but once I found these, I was sold hook, line, and sinker. I’m really loving this menswear inspired look, and since falling for these, I’ve added a couple more pairs of loafers to my closet. These Vince Loafers are another favorite purchase.
Jeffrey Campbell Booties // I love and adore these booties I picked up at the #NSale. They’ve got such a great cool, casual vibe, and they are sooo comfortable. Unfortunately they’ve sold out, but these Vince Camuto booties are very similar.
Best Clothing Purchases of 2017
AG The Legging Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans // This version of my beloved AG ankle legging jeans was part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and it was love at first try-on. I really like the raw hem and the casual mid-indigo wash with subtle distressing.
They recently sold out, but I highly recommend any of the AG legging ankle skinny jeans if you’re in the market for a pair of amazing go-to skinny jeans. The price tag is pretty steep, but they do go on sale occasionally if you’re patient. Shopbop often includes them in their Buy More, Save More sales, and sometimes you can find them on sale at Nordstrom or Bloomingdale’s as well. They come in both raw hem and regular, distressed and non-distressed styles.
Front Zip Leather Moto Jacket // This jacket came from Trunk Club, and I’ve worn it so much this fall and winter. The fit is amazing, and it’s a really good quality for the price point. Definitely a great find! (For size reference, I have a medium. It’s TTS, or if you’re in between sizes, I would size up.)
Halogen V-Neck Cashmere Sweater // I’ve actually purchased two of these this year. Last spring, I picked up the emerald green (shown in this post) and this fall I added the charcoal grey to my closet. This sweater is such a great basic. It has such a flattering fit, and it’s a great price for cashmere. Last year these went down to 40% off but so far this year, 20% off is the best price I’ve seen except for during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend. (For size reference, I have this sweater in a small. Size down if in between; otherwise it’s TTS.)
Old Navy Maroon Twill Field Jacket // I love the unexpected color of this field jacket as well as the shorter style. It’s really fun to wear for fall (or winter, if you live in a warmer climate), and I can see bringing it out again in the spring as well. Bonus, it’s on sale for $34 right now! For size reference, this is a small.
also wearing: ON Plush Rib-Knit Tee // Hudson Nico Ankle Super Skinny Jeans (similar for less at Old Navy) // Kork-Ease Bootie // R Minkoff Mini Perry Satchel // faux pearl earrings // photo credit: Alison Cornell
Best Accessory Purchases of 2017
Haitian Coin Pendant // I found this necklace at Nordstrom, but now it’s only available on the Half United website. I love the casual vibe and that every purchase benefits children in need in Haiti.
also wearing: Rip Curl Coast of Maine Stripe Sweater
Stella & Dot Yves Wrap Bracelet // Even though I’m a Stella & Dot rep, I didn’t notice this bracelet until I attended a demo at a friend’s house. I love the mix of leather and metals and stones. It easily stands alone, but it also looks nice layered with other bracelets. I’m tempted to order that silver spike cluster bracelet to wear with it.
Aqua Plaid Blanket Scarf // I purchased this in the Black/White for a collaboration with Bloomingdale’s, and I love it. It’s gorgeous, big, soft, and warm. The Black/White was sold out yesterday, but they have one in stock at the time of this posting, and it’s eligible for the Bloomies Buy More, Save More sale going on right now. The Burgundy/Navy is pretty too.
Best Coat Purchase of 2017
Andrew Marc Coat // I added this coat to my wardrobe this fall when I saw it on sale for $87. It was a total impulse purchase, but I couldn’t resist a coat of this quality and style for that price. I’ve since seen it for 3X that price at Bloomingdale’s and other retailers. For size reference, I have the 6 and it’s plenty big.
Best Beauty Buys of 2017
Okay, you guys! We’re in the home stretch! It’s on to beauty buys! I don’t tend to try a lot of new beauty products, but I’m trying to get better at that so I can be a better resource for you. And also, I’m getting old and I need all the help I can get!
AQUIS Hair Towel // I saw this recommended on another blog, and I’m so glad I ordered it. I’m having a problem with my hair thinning again, and I’ll willing to try anything to keep it healthy. This towel is supposed to be softer on your hair, and really like how it dries my hair without rubbing it. I just wrap my hair in it when I get out of the shower and wear it while I put my makeup on. Then I take it off, comb out my hair, and dry and style as normal.
L’Occitane Shower Oil // I received a sample of this at the rewardStyle Conference last spring, and when it ran out, I purchased another. I love the scent and how soft it makes my skin. I wash with it and also use it when I shave my legs.
GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper // I discovered this lip plumper last Christmas, actually, when I needed a red lipstick. This year I purchased it in this Midnight Purple so I could do a darker lip with some of my formal looks. I like how it’s glossy so it isn’t as dramatic as a lipstick would be.
Colleen Rothschild Radiant Cleansing Balm // I reviewed this product more thoroughly in this post, but it’s basically my new favorite facial cleanser. It smells wonderful because it was created to feel and smell like the spa, and it gets my face super clean.
I wanted to have more to share with you in the beauty category, but I just looked back at my makeup routine, and there is nothing new. I’ve been wearing the same products for years. I’m also still using Rodan + Fields Lash Boost, and I swear by it for fuller, longer lashes.
I hope this post was fun and informative! It’s definitely an enlightening one to write. I enjoy seeing which of my purchases have the staying power, and I hope it helps me make wiser purchasing decisions going forward.
I’d love to hear from you. What do you consider your best purchases of 2017???
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