My Favorite Purchases of 2018

It’s been a very long time since my last post.  Last year was filled with all things wedding (which I’ll eventually share more on!) and it consumed my life.  Being that I’ve neglected this little slice of the world wide web for so long I decided I’ll sum up my favorite purchases of 2018 being that I hadn’t shared much of them throughout the year. HERE WE GO…


Definitely my favorite and biggest purchase of the year/my life.  Jeremy really wanted to start house hunting before the wedding but I was adamant that it had to wait because I would be WAY too overwhelmed.  Although we started looking just days after returning from our honeymoon I am so glad we didn’t start the hunt before the wedding as the home buying process was WAY more emotionally exhausting than I had imagined.  We moved in the first week in September and have been slowly making this house a home.  I’ll be sharing our first renovation project very soon!

 After our mighty little magic bullet died we did some research and upgraded to this blender.  It is great for making sauces, hummus, smoothies and probably 100 other things I have yet to try.  I’ve mostly used it for smoothies and it works great! My only complaint is that it is loud but that is not at all a deal breaker for me.  It also comes with a large tumbler BUT you do need to purchase a separate blade to screw on the tumbler if you want to use that directly on the blender base.

So this technically wasn’t a ‘purchase’ but it was a gift that we registered for.  My sweet sweet girlfriends bought this for my bridal shower gift and Jeremy and I were SOOO excited when it came.  This vacuum is a GAME CHANGER.  It is incredibly lightweight and cordless which makes vacuuming super quick and seamless.  I can vacuum the entire house in less than 20 minutes.  It comes with several attachments, it’s easy to empty and you can quickly take off the top portion to use as a hand vacuum.  I now feel VERY strongly about cordless vacuums as it’s brought me more joy than ever imaginable.

I used to insist that I would never like an e-reader because I enjoy holding an actual book but I decided to give the Kindle a try because everyone/thing deserves a first chance, right?  Well, turns out I love it and I totally get why others do to.  The lighting works perfectly and it’s great for reading in bed.  I have admittedly been awful about reading lately but I’m hoping to join the local library so I can download books on my Kindle through them (I think that’s a thing?).

Our first big furniture purchase for our new home!  We outgrew our old sofa quite awhile ago but agreed we would wait to purchase something new until we bought a house.  This sofa came highly recommended from my friend Janna and she would never steer me wrong!  I brought Jeremy to check it out in store and he was immediately sold.  It’s everything I wanted in a couch- very comfortable, looks polished yet cozy, a great neutral color (ours is the taft cement fabric) and the cushion depth is ahhhhmazing. crate & Barrel lounge ii Max is also a big fan of the new couch!

Pretty much my entire skincare regimen consists of Beautycounter products but this product easily takes the cake.  I will for sure be repurchasing this again and again and again.  I’ve never used a product that actually provides a noticeable change OVERNIGHT until I gave this peel a try.  I use it about 2 to 3 times a week on nights when I don’t apply facial oil. I have very dry and dull skin but it is noticeably brighter the morning after using this peel and WAY smoother.  Best part is you just apply all over your skin before bed and just rinse or wash your face in the morning.  I’m pretty lazy when it comes to using masks or peels so this product is perfect and perfectly low maintenance.  The other bonus is this happens to be very reasonably priced in comparison to some of their other products. & now on to my favorite clothing purchases

I’ve been working on narrowing down my jean inventory and purchasing pairs that I feel great in rather than a mediocre pair that I found at a great price.  I’ve raved about Madewell denim in the past and they really are the very best.  This pair is my most recent denim purchase.  I was really needing a darker wash that I could wear to work and on the weekend.  I’ve been wearing these non-stop and they are currently my most reached for denim.  Also, for anyone that doesn’t know, you can donate a pair of old jeans (any brand) to Madewell and they will give you a $20 coupon to use on a new pair!

I am always searching for the perfect basic tee and I’ve discovered a new favorite.  These t-shirts are super affordable, a great fit and they wash really well.  I have both the black and white and wear them on the weekends and under cardigans for work.  They are a perfect fit- tailored yet not clingy.  I wear a size Medium in these.

I REALLY do not know how I survived winters in New York and Connecticut before this purchase.  I bought this jacket last Winter and it’s made the cold weather SO much more bearable without sacrificing style!  This is my go-to jacket for the entire season and I love that it’s also machine washable unlike any wool coats I’ve had.  Jeremy actually called me out for trying it on in the olive color the other day (I own the black).  When it’s good, it’s good. Fun fact- the filling is made from recycled plastic bottles, so cool!  I wear a size Small in this jacket- it runs a little big but I use the drawstring to bring it in at the waist. J.Crew Perfect Winter Parka

I won’t go on and on about these because I have talked about them so many times in the past but these really are my favorite leggings and actually the only black leggings I own (aside from 2 pairs strictly for workout out). zella live in leggings

Aside from the leggings I had yet to try any other products by Zella until I tried these joggers.  They are my current favorite lounge pants and although I rarely ever leave the house in sweatpants if I do I’m wearing these.  They work great for an athleisure look because they have a more tailored slim fit and pair perfectly with a black tee, jean jacket and some white tennis shoes.  If in between sizes I recommend sizing up in these- I wear a Medium.

& that’s a wrap.


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