28 December 2019

Hands down, the 10 best purchases of the year 🙌

Love First teeLevi’s | Valentino flip flops

Hands down, the 10 best purchases of the year! 🙌

… and they’re still available!!

I try REALLY, REALLY hard to make careful, thoughtful purchases. Since I’m in the business, and everyday there’s something new, it’s very important to be selective. It’s called editing, and it’s quite difficult at times! This is the “downside of being a personal stylist” (I wrote about it here). But it’s worth it, and I’m sharing with you the best purchases of 2019 that I know you’ll love as well. I’m constantly telling all of you to buy this and buy that, and so when I say “trust me” or “this is so good,” I really mean it! My promise on this blogging journey is to always be genuine and authentic.

So, looking back on 2019, there are 10 items that I love so much that I have to recommend them all to you. They have worked perfectly on multiple occasions, with many outfits. And I guarantee you will wear these 10 items again in 2020. Any of these pieces will complement your wardrobes, and you’ll be very happy with your purchases!


#1 Gucci Mini Marmont bag

Susie Wright, Portland Oregon, Gucci Mini Marmont 

Left photo – Frame cami | Gucci bag | ALLSAINTS leather jacket | Right photo – Alice & Olivia dress, 60% off | Vince Camuto sandals

I’ve been making fun of those eensy little bags seen all over my Pinterest feed, and wondering to myself:  who would purchase such a tiny bag? Well, I did! It was an unplanned purchase, but after my dear friend in the Gucci boutique told me how much she loved hers, and how it can even be turned into a belt bag, well … sold.  And just to be sure, I watched a YouTube review and was surprised at how much actually fit in this tiny little bag. I’ve worn it over and over and over!


#2 Chelsea 28 sundress/cover-up

Chelsea 28 dress

This dress is actually a cover-up, but I wore it all summer around the house and even out for dinner during our trip to Italy. For only $89, it was a great purchase, and I can hardly wait to wear it again on our next sunny vacation. Available here in a couple of colors, I highly recommend this for anyone!


#3 Rag & Bone blazer

Rag & Bone blazer | ATM tee | Mother denim | Clutch | Mules

This cozy blazer that feels like a sweater but looks like a blazer is a bit of a splurge. But, considering it works all seasons and is super versatile, it earns a top spot in my closet. It comes in several colors, but my suggestion is black or navy since these two colors work perfectly as we head into the new year!



#4 Vuori joggers

Vuori joggers

sunnies | Cashmere sweater | Joggers | Denim jacketsneakers

Surely if you’ve been following me, you likely own these already. But just in case you don’t, then rush out NOW and buy them! I keep going on and on about these and really, they’re just so good. A friend had texted saying she was hesitant about them, but finally she purchased them, and all she wrote was “OMG!”



#5 Poppy Finch necklace and Prada pumps

Gucci dress

Gucci dress | Givenchy handbag | Prada shoesGucci sunnies

I snuck in an extra “best purchase all year” because they’re both so good! You’ve probably noticed by now that this necklace and these pumps are in almost every photo I take. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a pair of shoes that are this versatile AND comfy. If you decide to splurge on either (or both) of these favorites, I’m sure you’ll wear them over and over and over again!



#6 Valentino sandals

Cashmere sweater| Chloe sunglasses | Valentino flip flops

Pretty much the only sandal I wore all summer long! Yes they were a splurge, but considering I felt extra pretty in every single summer outfit from a swim suit to jeans to a summer dress, these sandals were worth it. If you have a sunny vacation planned for next year, I’d purchase these gems right away!



#7 Charlotte Tilbury makeup

Bright pink sweater

Treasure & Bond sweater | 7 for all Mankind coated denim | Vince bootie | earrings  | Heart belt

Typically I prefer to purchase makeup from different beauty counters, making sure to get the best of the best. And while I still do that, Charlotte Tilbury has a handful of my favorite products. For starters, the Magic Cream is a hit, I even noticed my son dipping into it, and now it’s empty! The Flawless Finish powder is like Instagram for your face, and I’ve gone through several jars already. And finally there are the lipsticks: two all-time favorites are Kidman’s Kiss and Pillowtalk. Read more about Charlotte Tilbury here!



#8 J.Crew packable hat

J.Crew packable hat

This straw hat is priceless, mainly because if you have OOC hair like I do, then you understand the importance of having a hat! 😉 And of course, there’s the sun protection aspect as well. This hat is packable which is an added bonus. Any vacation calls for flip flops and this hat. You’ll thank me later!



#9 Levi Icon Wedgie jean

Levi’s Icon Wedgie jean

These Levi’s continue to be a hot item in all age groups. Sometimes jeans can be a little tricky, which is why I’m so excited about this style. They’re a little slimmer, and they’ve just been restocked. You will wear this classic brand every day!



#10 The best $69.00 you’ll spend: the Halogen cardigan

Nordstrom $68 cardigan | ATM tee | Poppy Finch necklace | Gucci sunnies | white jeans

This is by far one of the most worn items in my closet. It’s one of those standards in my wardrobe that has become so routine, I don’t even think about it – I just put it on. And I’m not the only one … everyone else loves it too, based on 965 almost five-star ratings!


Thank you for reading! xo