I can't believe the year is already done. I'm not usually one for much reflection, but this year really felt like it went by so quick.
But without much further ado, I've selected 3 of my top favourites from each category of style, beauty, and lifestyle for this last post of 2017.
Product links have been provided in the item title where still available.
1. PopCherry Wrap Dress
Summer of 2017 was really the summer of wrap dresses. This dress was pretty much what I wore every time I needed to throw on something quick and easy. It even made another appearance in fall, where I talk about how to wear your summer dresses well into the colder season. I'm really keeping my fingers crossed that wrap dresses will stay on trend in the warmer 2018 months, because I've still got my eyes on this Réalisation Par one! (similar here and here)
Every girl needs that perfect white shirt in their closet. This thrifted Anine Bing piece was mine this year. The fabric drapes wonderfully either tucked or untucked, without being sheer. Even in the winter I still reach it, but inevitably end up putting it back because right now it feels like -20 degrees... (similar here)
Cole Haan is my go-to for comfort and I'm not kidding when I say I literally wore these shoes everyday. Work, errands, brunch, etc. No break in needed and comfy enough to walk for hours, if they weren't suede I would have even brought them as my travel shoes. Let's just say these have even managed to satiate my desire for the Gucci Princetowns (instead I'm now going for the loafer style...)
1. Massimo Dutti Trench Coat
I already wrote about all the reasons why I love this trench coat a few months ago, but I'm just going to put it here again. After all, trench coats are timeless and when you find your perfect one, don't let it go! A definite staple. (similar here and here)
Last year I shot a lot of jacket-less looks in the winter, this year I was less willing. What resulted was a lot of outerwear shopping. This Oak & Fort coat is probably my favourite of the bunch, the colour is rich and beautiful. At first I was worried about not being able to wear this colour with a lot of my tan wardrobe, but it actually fits perfectly. I've also gotten tons of compliments both from you guys and strangers alike every time I wear it out, which is always a sign of a good purchase decision ;) (similar here)
I've wanted a pair of Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee boots for years, but every fall I just couldn't bring myself to shell out the $1,000 for them. These were my only purchase from Black Friday, and I managed to score them for 40% off (they're actually still on sale now!). I love that they're a slightly more unique style, with the kitten heel still adding that touch of femininity. If the kitten heel is not to your taste, the Tielands were a close second for me and personally, I think they look way better on than in the product photo. I haven't quite found any other footwear brand that does over-the-knees as well as Stuart Weitzman, especially ones that stay up on my legs!
1. Céline Small Trio
This isn't a 2017 purchase but it's still an all-time favourite. I purchased it last year on a trip to Rome and it was the first designer handbag I purchased after starting full-time work. The Trio's leather is delicate, prone to stretching and scratching, and it's definitely not perfect anymore, but I don't love it any less. I'll probably never sell this bag and it's still what I usually reach for in a hurry. With Phoebe Philo leave of Céline, I'll probably treasure my Trio even more.
I actually purchased my Faye from a consignment shop after having my eyes on it for over a year. I'm sure you've seen a ton of it all over my blog and feed, but here it is again haha. Just shows how easy it is to style. (also available here and here)
I picked this bag up on my last day in Porto from a small assorted shop selling both vintage and new items. The shop owner actually knew the makers of this brand and helped shoot their lookbook! I love picking up these stories when I travel, and finding more unique items to bring home. Now I just need a tropical getaway to wear it again!
If you're here, you most likely found your way from my Instagram, which means you probably already know how much I love all my Mejuri pieces. Sometimes I really feel like I'm just repeating myself, but it's just a testament to how much wear I get out of the pieces I truly love! If I had to pick favourites, they would be their Engravable Necklace and Diamonds Open Ring.
A recent addition, but a pair of classic hoops that can be dressed both up and down. I've been missing a pair ever since my Mango ones broke all the way back in February. A must-have in my books.
Probably the most festive things I own, although ironically I wore these the most during the summer. My favourite statement earring purchase of 2017, and what I'll be wearing to ring in 2018 ;) My only complaint is that they get too heavy for a full day's wear, haha.
I don't talk about makeup much but this colour has been pretty much my Holy Grail lip colour for the past 2 years. I honestly don't use much else on my lips, and if Maybelline ever discontinues it (please don't) I'll probably go out and buy 10 tubes. I have such a hard time finding nudish pink colours to suit my skin tone without looking like a ghost or a clown, and this shade is the perfect "MLBB" lipstick, as the beauty bloggers would call it. And the best part? It's under $10!
My makeup routine really doesn't change much, so most products I end up using until it's done. Most days I go barefaced, but I never skip the bronzer when I do wear makeup. This one is easily blended without being too "dirty" looking (as some bronzers can look). As with almost all makeup, just be sure to use a light touch.
I didn't realize until this year how big of a difference highlighter makes, especially in photos. This one won't give you that Kardashian highlight, but it will add a subtle and natural glow from within, which is exactly what I'm going for most days. It's a similar effect to Guerlain's infamous Powder Pearls, but I prefer the stick version especially for travel.
This year I've been all about hydration for my skin. This one from The Ordinary is formulated with three varying molecular weights of hyaluronic acid to maximize penetration through the skin. I apply this both morning and night, and have especially noticed a difference after my monthly microdermabrasion appointments, when I usually experience a bit of peeling a few days after the treatment. Using this serum, the peeling has been minimal and doesn't affect my foundation. It's also extremely affordable, as part of the brand's pricing model. I purchased a few more products from them that I'm also testing out now, including their Niacinamide and Retinoid.
I only started using an eye cream regularly this year (before I would always forget after a week) and this one was recommended by my facialist. This one is so hydrating and you only need a little bit. My eyes are also usually sensitive to creams but I've experienced no trouble with this stuff.
I've already talked about this product but as the weather gets even more dry (read above: feels like -20 degrees), it's become even more of a lifesaver.
I love my sleep (can that be a 2017 favourite too?) and my Endy mattress and pillows have been so great for that. I'll be doing a full review on them shortly into the new year, so I won't get into it too much here. I will say though that they're a great Canadian company, and their mattress is also 100% Canadian made!
Our biggest investment this year, home-wise. I had been looking for a Beni Ourain style rug for years and had this one on my wishlist since 2014. This year, I finally managed to justify it during West Elm's 25% off sale. I'm so glad I did it because I have absolutely no regrets. Before this we had a cowhide rug in the living room, but it just didn't feel quite as cozy. Except, now I'm even more paranoid when there are people with drinks over... I'm almost positive that one day I'll turn into one of those people who have chairs for decoration and not for sitting, haha.
Since moving into our new condo in September, I've made it my mission to refurnish our bedroom, which was previously all Ikea furniture and didn't even have real lighting. I've been casually looking at bedroom lighting for the past 3 years (I usually don't make furniture decisions before shopping around for at least a couple of months). These sconces are perfect because they don't require any hardwiring (impossible since we live in a rental), and were light enough to put up with picture hanging strips (after several failed attempts to drill into concrete...). For a more modern look, I replaced the lampshades they came with for Edison bulbs. They were just the finishing touch that the bedroom needs and I love looking at them every day.
2017 was a lot of trying new things, including starting this blog (and well, that's still going alright so far). If you've made it all the way to the end of this post, then I want to thank you for following along and your support this year.
Cheers to 2018.
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