My Best Purchases of 2016
I’ve seen a few variations of this post around the web, and I thought it was fun, so I decided to do one of my own! These are my favorite products from last year that I love and would buy again in a hot second (and therefore, highly recommend!) Most of these are still available, but if not, I’ll link to something similar.
My Best Purchases of 2016
Best Handbag Purchases of 2016
Clare V. Leopard Foldover Clutch. I loved this bag from afar for months (years?) and I had a dupe that was okay, but I carried it so much that I decided it was worth investing in the real deal. When Shopbop had their 30% off sale a few months ago, I ordered it and never looked back. It’s the perfect pop to any going-out outfit, whether it’s dressy or casual, and it’s such nice quality. None of the knock-offs come close. (also shown: AG Raw Hem Legging Ankle Jeans, Moonbow Sunnies c/o Maui Jim, Stella & Dot Becker Cuff)
Tory Burch Convertible Leather Crossbody Bag. I know this is no longer available, but I can’t NOT mention it in a best purchases of 2016 post because I’ve carried it so much. It goes with practically everything, and it’s a great size when you don’t need to carry that much and you want a bag that isn’t too cumbersome. It was a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchase that sold out super quick, and I’ve never seen it anywhere else. Next year I will definitely shop handbags and shoes first at the #NSale because they sell out so fast. (Nails: CND Field Fox)
Rebecca Minkoff Mini Perry Satchel. I just bought this, but I’m super excited about it, and I know I’m going to carry it a lot. I wanted to update my black Moto Hobo, which I’ve carried a lot over the past couple years, and is no longer available. This satchel has a nice, structured look to it, and it holds a plenty without being oversized. It’s a great everyday bag, and I know I’m going to get a lot of use out of it. I removed the cross-body strap because it is skinny and got in my way. I’ve just been carrying it by the handles, and it’s fine, but if I ever take it to the mall, I’ll attach the shoulder strap so I can shop hands-free.
Best Shoe Purchases of 2016
Tory Burch Miller Flip Flops. These were an early 2016 purchase that I had to put away and keep for a few months until it got warm enough to wear them, but I wore these sandals non-stop throughout the spring and summer and into fall, and they still look like new. They’re the only sandals I kept out for winter; I bring them with me to wear home when I get my monthly pedicure. They are so comfy, and they go with everything. The look great with shorts, dresses, skirts, jeans, anything. Like the Minnie Travel Flats, they never go on sale, so there is never a bad time to invest in a pair. If I could have bought only one pair of sandals all last summer, it would have been this pair. I can’t wait to start wearing them on a daily basis again.
Lucky Brand Yezzah Wedge Bootie. This bootie, unfortunately, sold out, but the Yakeena is similar. This bootie goes with everything, it is soooo comfortable, it comes in a bunch of great neutral colors, and it retails for less than $100. You can’t go wrong.
Felicia Ballet Flats in Leopard. I actually discovered the Felicia Flats in 2015, but I liked my nude ones so much that I ordered the leopard ones last summer, and I’ve worn both pairs SO much. They are the most comfortable ballet flats I’ve ever owned, and that includes my Tory Burch Minnie Travel Ballet Flats, which I adore, but I don’t think they’re worth 2x the price on the comfort factor. The Minnies are super cute, though, so I wear them a lot.
Best Clothing Purchases of 2016
AG Raw Hem Legging Ankle Jeans. You’re probably sick of seeing these by now. I think I wear them 5 days a week some weeks. Ha! I had wanted AG legging jeans for ages, and when Shopbop ran a 30% off sale last fall, I snagged these with the raw hem, and I’m so glad I did. The fit is fantastic, they feel like pajamas, and they look great too. I know not everyone is into deconstructed denim, but if you are, these are totally splurge-worthy. AG also has a non-distressed option (currently on sale!) or get the look for less with these Articles of Society Sarah skinnies. (also shown: C by Bloomingdale’s V-Neck Cashmere Sweater, Stella & Dot Celestial Choker and The Wishing Necklace)
Splendid Draped Waffle Knit Thermal Hoodie. You have heard me sing the praises of this piece over and over and over again. I love it so much, I have it in two colors. (And I make it a policy never to buy duplicates. This one was worth the exception, though.)
Paige Verdugo Ankle Skinnies in Ultra White. These are the PERFECT white skinny jeans. I adore them. They don’t show through, they move with you, they’re snug but not tight, they’re the perfect length (I’m 5’5″) and they simply look and feel fantastic. I wear them all year round. I do recommend sizing up, though. For size reference, I have these in the 30, and I wear 29 in DL1961 and 28 in AG. (also shown: Lucky Brand Tribal Necklace and Earrings, Banana Republic Cashmere Blend Boatneck Sweater, Via Spiga Nude Pumps)
T. Tahari Tonya Pleat Dress. I’ve only worn it once, but I’m so glad to know it’s in my closet for any time I need a go-to LBD. This dress is so flattering, has great structure, the material looks more expensive than it is, and it wears well all day. I also highly recommend the pumps and shoulder bag I’m wearing in the picture below. Both are classics that I’ve worn over and over already. (also shown: Sam Edelman Hazel Pointy Toe Pumps and Louise et Cie Jael Shoulder Bag)
C by Bloomingdale’s V-Neck Cashmere Sweater in Grey Multi Donegal. This is such a basic, but the donegal pattern adds interest, and it fits so well. I find myself wearing it over and over again. It is currently 66% off, and I’m debating ordering it in another color. That Electric Pink is calling my name. For size reference, I’m wearing the small. (also shown: AG Raw Hem Legging Ankle Jeans, Stella & Dot Celestial Choker and The Wishing Necklace)
LOFT Scuba Skinny Pants. I looked high and low for a pair of black dress pants that didn’t make me look and feel frumpy, and LOFT nailed it with these. They are incredibly flattering and fit slim to the body, following the line of the leg, without being a body-con fit like some ponte pants I’ve owned. In other words, they won’t be confused with jeans or leggings. The material is dressy enough dinner out or even a cocktail party if you add a sequined top, but they’re also appropriate for church or the office. I also love that they have the side zip, so the front is nice and smooth and doesn’t add any bulk like dress pants that hook in the front. Sizes are getting depleted, but there are a few left, and they’re currently 60% off. They also come in tall and petite, although I can’t see how to link to those so maybe they’re gone.
Best Accessory Purchases of 2016
Kate Spade Gramercy Bracelet Watch. I purchased this watch last winter, and I wear it every day. I love how it’s delicate enough for dress-up but practical enough for casual everyday wear, and I can wear it with gold or silver jewelry because it has both.
Faux Double Stud Pearl Earrings. I wanted a large stud that shows under my dark hair, and these are perfect, plus they’re only $28! Word of warning, you do have to check them occasionally and make sure they’re still in. They’re a little bit loose, and I am afraid I’m going to lose one. So far, so good!
Dalton Pendant. This is another workhouse in my accessory wardrobe. It looks good with almost anything. (also shown: Splendid Draped Waffle Knit Thermal Hoodie in black and Moon & Lola Dalton Pendant)
Ray-Ban Aviators. I purchased these after I did a campaign with Ray-Ban, and I love them. (The hexagonal lenses were fun, but I prefer these for daily wear because they’re a more classic look.) I’ve taken to wearing them almost every day. I still love my Maui Jims, and I still wear those occasionally, but the aviators are my current crush.
Best Coat Purchase of 2016
Ralph Lauren Reefer Coat. I usually lean towards black and grey when it comes to winter coats, or if I’m feeling sassy, maybe red. Camel has never been on my radar, but I was inspired by Gilmore Girls (doesn’t Lorelai have the BEST coat wardrobe!?!) and I picked up this camel reefer coat on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I LOVE IT. I was surprised how I liked it with my dark hair and complexion. I usually think of camel for blondes, but it works well for us brunettes too (thank you, Gilmore Girls! I would have never tried it if I hadn’t seen how nice it looked on Lorelai.) Also shown: Moonbow Sunnies c/o Maui Jim and Louise et Cie Jael Shoulder Bag (another purchase I would make again!) My boots, sweater, and scarf are discontinued.
Best Beauty Purchases of 2016
T3 Curling Wand. I put this on my birthday list after I tried curling my hair with several drugstore-quality curling wants with no luck. Other bloggers I read rave about it, but I was skeptical and afraid to invest, but I’m so glad we did. It works great, and I use it a lot. I’m still planning a hair tutorial. Sit tight!!
Sigma Beauty F80 Flat Kabuki™ Brush. This was another blogger recommendation (I am no beauty guru, and almost all of my beauty products have been discovered because they were recommendations on fashion blogs I frequent) and I am so glad I splurged. This brush is fabulous for applying foundation, and I know it will last for years. I just ordered the blush brush (my old Mary Kay one actually broke last week) and I am excited to add another Sigma makeup brush to my growing collection because they are such great brushes.
Sigma Brush Cleaning Mat. Are you sensing a pattern here? I am loving Sigma products!!! I used to avoid cleaning my makeup brushes because it seemed like such a chore, but it’s a breeze with this cleaning mat. I just use Dawn dishwashing soap. (Yes, both the mat AND the Dawn are blogger recommendations!)
Rodan + Fields Lash Boost. (Full disclosure: I’m a R+F rep, and I’m linking to my site.) This stuff is seriously amazing. I was a skeptic and didn’t take a before picture because I assumed I wouldn’t be able to tell a noticeable difference. I was so wrong. My eyelashes are so long now, people ask me all the time if they’re fake, and they don’t believe me when I say they’re mine. It’s pricey, but I’ve had it for a few months and I’m still on my first tube. Plus, I only use it every other night now, because I don’t want my lashes to get any longer. #truestory #crazyiknow
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette. This is the best eye shadow I’ve ever worn. It has so many great colors, and it goes on smoothly, lasts all day, and has so much pigment, you don’t need to apply much at all. I bought it last February, and I use it almost every day, and it looks like it’s hardly been used. I expect it will last for years, and it’s the only eye shadow I need. I have two other palettes, but this is the only one I use. (Eye shadow tutorial coming soon! I promise!)
Chantelle Intimates Underwire Sports Bra. This may seem like a weird one, but this is The Best sports bra I’ve ever owned. It’s supportive, comfortable, and provides a flattering shape, plus you can hook the J-hook in the back and convert it to a racerback for more support, and to accommodate racerback tops. It does go on sale from time to time, so keep an eye on it.
Delsey Chatelet luggage. When I realized how much I was going to be traveling last year and what a horrid state my old suitcases were in, I invested in a couple pieces of this Delsey luggage, and I love it. It’s such good quality (at least better than anything I’ve ever owned) and it looks smart too. My black has been discontinued, but the brown is nice too. I have a 24″ and a 28″ and I have used both a ton this year. (also shown: Bernardo Packable Down Jacket, DL1961 Emma Legging Jeans & Rebecca Minkoff Always On Regan Tote with padded laptop sleeve)
I hope you found this fun and informative. And by way of disclaimer, I realize some see these products adding up and it seems excessive, but always keep in mind that this is my job — scouting out the best products, trying new styles, and sharing them with you. While I definitely have fun with it, my goal is to be a resource, not show off what all I have. I hope it never looks that way.
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