The Five Best Home Buys of 2017
Away Suitcases (from $225). Trevor and I celebrated our fifth anniversary this October, and our gift for each other was a couple of Away suitcases. I'd still been carting around the suitcases my parents gave me when I graduated highschool and they were completely falling apart - I had no idea how much a great suitcase could ease travel stress. They're light, durable, and the inside structure is super smart (there's even a separate compartment for shoes & other oddly sized objects....so handy). We got the Bigger Carry-On (which we've both carried onto flights with no issues) and the Large. I can't recommend these enough. And PS, if you live near a store they give you a pretty sizable discount if you get more than one!
LifeWit Commercial Grade Rolling Rack ($19.99). The one disadvantage of our new apartment in San Francisco is that our closet space got cut by more than half. Probably closer to a 70% cut. At our old place in Oakland Trevor had built me a giant walk in closet, and even with a ton of downsizing we still weren't able to fit everything in our teeny new closet. I got this Ikea rolling rack, which was very cute, but it started to bend & buckle almost immediately under the weight of my dresses. This LifeWit one came from Amazon a few weeks back and it's a game-changer: sturdy, large, with extendable arms, and it doesn't bend at all.
"Wave on Film" photo print, by Danielle Guthrie, via Minted (from $185). I wanted a photo print to go above our bed and was hoping to find an ocean print that felt calm, a little bit unconventional, and reminded me of how much I love being in the water. I've only been surfing once in my life - I was terrified to try, but I was a natural and have always wanted to do it again. This print is like a daily reminder to go for things even if they scare me. And it goes perfectly with the rest of the bedroom - blues, greens, blacks, and whites.
Red Nomad 3 inch memory foam mattress pad ($119.99). Late last year I started to have a bit of lower back pain when I woke up every morning, so I decided to try adding a bit of memory foam to our mattress and it made a world of difference. It was such an easy add - it comes in a box, you unroll it, and just place it on top of your mattress. That's it! I sleep more consistently, I'm more comfortable, and I truly get excited about climbing into such a cozy bed every night. They have different thickness options at different prices, but 3 inches was perfect for me. I've slept on it every night since January and it's still in perfect shape.
IKEA RAGGISAR organizing baskets ($4.99). I grabbed a few of these to organize underwear, bras, and socks, and quickly realized that I needed to order more. I now also use them for hair products, hair accessories, jewelry, and makeup...they're so useful. You can mold them to fit into any drawer or shelf, and the grey color is a perfect neutral. I've also given a few to my sisters to use for their toiletries when they travel. They're seriously the best, and so ridiculously cheap.
The Five Best Clothing Buys of 2017
Madewell 10 inch high rise skinny in Danny wash ($135). **ALERT** These are the best jeans I have ever owned. Ever. They have even topped my original pair of medium blue AG Stevie ankle jeans from 2011. They are...incredible. They're stretchy enough to fit like a glove but they don't look stretchy at all. I've worn them dancing, to dinner, to work, and to play football in the park - I haven't washed them yet, and they're still holding their shape. They're a perfect medium blue that can be worn day or night. The rise is suuuuper high, perfect for a crop top or tucking in a tee. I seriously love them and am probably going to buy a backup pair.
Everlane Wide leg crop in surplus ($68) & Silk camisole in pale sage ($65). I spent all summer being highly suspicious of the wide-leg crops. They're totally counter-intuitive to me: high waisted, stiff cotton, cropped chinos that are actually FLATTERING?? But believe it or not, they are. They're insanely comfortable and can be dressed up or down so easily. I grabbed the camisole as a top to try on the pants with at the SF Lab store and immediately fell in love with it too. It's soft, breathable, and has a low enough back that I can wear it with more open-backed sweaters. I love both pieces to, well, pieces.
My birthday outfit: Anthropologie Floreat Monroe Metallic Slip dress (no longer available) & Zara floral blazer ($89.90). I feel deeply exactly like myself in this outfit. I've worn it a few times since Paris, and each time it brings me irrational amounts of joy. Both pieces are great on their own, too.
WhoWhatWear tiered ruffle crew sweater ($32.99). We all know the story: I went to Target for some dish soap, came out with a pile of things I never knew I needed (and probably no dish soap). This sweater is insanely soft & cozy and goes with everything in my closet. It's been on constant rotation this winter (along with a few other WhoWhatWear pieces I've gotten that I adore - I swear that collection is genius).
ThirdLove 24/7 Classic wireless bra ($68). Last year I became obsessed with the 24/7 t-shirt bra, and this year I decided to give my first ever wireless bra a go. I love this thing. It is SO comfortable, I constantly forget I'm wearing it. Bonus: it doubles pretty excellently as a bathing suit top if you, like me, suck at packing and always forget one crucial thing when you go on a trip :)
The Five Best Beauty Buys of 2017
OGX Coconut Miracle Oil body wash ($5.79). This stuff is deeeeeeelightful. It smells like a vacation in Hawaii, it's deeply hydrating and makes my skin feel smooth & luscious. I've also started using the shampoo & conditioner as well - jury is still out on if it's as good as the body wash, but it definitely smells as great.
Glossier Boy Brow in brown ($16) & Glossier mask duo ($40). I'm a Glossier addict, I admit it. I was never able to find a brow product that was no-fuss enough that I could master it, but Boy Brow is just that. 4 or 5 swipes per brow, and voila! That's all! You look great, you're done. I have been wanting to try both the black and clear versions to create more or less drama. The mask duo is one of my favorite once-weekly indulgences. My face feels soft, even, and hydrated every time I use them. Sometimes I leave a verrrry thin layer of the Moon Mask on all night for extra hydration.
Kristin Ess Volumizing Mouse ($14), Hydrating Curl Defining Creme ($14), and Weightless Shine Working Serum ($14). I'm always on the lookout for good curl products and I really love all three of these. They all provide definition and hydration, but with no sign of crunchiness or stiffness. I also tried the Kristin Ess shampoo & conditioner and loved it, but these three styling products were my favorite hair finds for the year. The serum also adds a ton of shine, especially when I straighten my hair.
Aesop Ressurection Aromatique hand balm ($27). This stuff smells phennnooooommmenaaaaaal. Like a bright, buttery, citrus-y grapefruit. My hands feel absolutely amazing when I use it, and the softness lasts for hours.
Givenchy Le Rouge-À-Porter lipstick in Vermillion Creation ($36). I've been looking for a lip color to replace my favorite discontinued lipstick (Bite Amouse Bouche in Cin Cin) for years, and a woman at Sephora turned me onto this shade a few weeks ago. I'm obsessed. It's a very buildable color, so one swipe reads as sheer but three or four are pretty opaque. It doesn't dry out my lips, which is key during the dry winter.