These annual recaps are always a fun walk down memory lane, but they also give me a moment to reflect and look ahead. 2017 taught me that things will not always go according to plan. I learned to let go of what I can’t control (or at least try to!), focus on what I can, and that there is no shame in opening up and looking to others for support. So if your year didn’t go exactly how you envisioned – whether it relates to school, career, relationships or personal – I hope 2018 brings you a renewed drive to keep working and fighting for what you’re after.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for being a part of my corner on the web and for supporting something I’m so passionate about. Here’s a look back on some favorites (both yours and mine!) over the past year:
Top “how-to” & Review posts
- How to take good photos together while traveling (hoping to do a sequel on this!)
- Video: How to layer + build everyday outfits
- Video: My updated hair curling tutorial
- Designer reviews: Burberry trench coat comparisons + shopping in Europe tips
Most-worn / USED 2017 purchases
Topshop Jamie jeans – My go-to, trusty cut of high waisted jeans. I usually size up at the waist and buy 25×28 (28 = petite) or 25×30. Their petite inseam actually measures around 24″ and is pretty cropped on me, so I sometimes prefer buying regular sizing in an “ankle” cut. In the top left photo, I’m wearing these petite jeans (also sold here) which end right at my ankle booties.
Sam Edelman rain boots (also sold here in sz 4+) – I haven’t formally blogged these yet, but shared a mini review in a December e-mail newsletter! I wore these sleek rain booties almost daily during recent travels (lots of damp weather), and love that they can pass as regular shoes if the rain stops.
BP mock neck sweater (similar options: J.Crew, BP brand, Dreamers) – worn here, here, here, here, here. Literally cannot get enough of this basic. Mock necks are perfect for a little (flattering) neck coverage without too much bulk!
Uniqlo pleated skirt (still available in fall / winter colors!) – worn here, here, here, here. This lightweight (unlined) skirt has a cotton poplin-like feel to it, with convenient pockets and an elasticized back waistband which stretches for a perfect fit!
Favorite Looks (Click ANY Image for the full Post)
Best Travel Memories:
Fangirling over Matt Damon at Sundance. Embarking on the Road to Hana around Maui. Making a quick but delicious stop in Honolulu. Seeing a MA farm + Newport, RI in full bloom. Taking in the breathtaking countryside that is Provence in the summer.
Most-Pinned Pictures from this blog
Coat rack was a DIY by Nick using pipes. I pinned a tutorial for a similar rack! Or, you can buy similar via Etsy.
Left: Leith tank dress (reviewed here) + Right: Express jersey pants (reviewed here) Based on the feedback I get through emails, messages, photos, and comments – these two were by far the most-loved pieces by you guys. Please continue sharing with me what items you end up loving!
As we kick off this new year, I would LOVE to hear from you about what you’d like to see more of on this blog. Let me know any questions (big or small), requests, or topics that you find the most useful or interesting!