Forget raindrops on roses, my favorite things this year all came via UPS (I love you, btw). Since we're winding the year down, I wanted to take a look at some of my favorite purchases from the past year and give my recommendations on a few things you might want to add to your Christmas list.
1. Zara Black Flats
I'm not sure how many appearances these flats have made on the blog this year, but they've appeared on my feet 2-3 times a week since they arrived. After missing out on the Zara strappy flats from last year, I was thrilled to see these pop up this year. After spending all year stalking the Aquazurra lace-up flats, I think I may love these even more; particularly the price ($50!).
If you want to add the best flats I own to your closet, they're still for sale. I'm considering back up. If you'd prefer something less strappy, Joie has a lovely line of simple ankle strap flats.
2. Stuart Weitzman 5050 Boots
I've loved these boots for years, and lived in a knock-off version from ShoeDazzle for the past few years. I made the upgrade this year thanks to my partnership with Shopbop and could not be more thrilled! They're a splurge for sure, but these boots have been around for 22 years now, which makes them unlikely to go out of style any time soon. PurseBlog gave them 5/5 stars, and I agree. The leather is insanely soft, and they make an excellent travel boot thanks to their soft, roll-able nature. If you can, buy them. Trust me. Here's a pretty good similar as well.
3. J.Crew Factory City Coat
While there's only one appearance on the blog so far, This coat has been such a delight - and a real testament to the powers of alteration. When I ordered this coat (back when it was still hot), there weren't petite sizes available so I took it to have the sleeves altered. While I was there, they also decided to pin up the back to tailor it a bit more and I am SO pleased with how it came out. I'm donating all of my coats that don't fit this well to Coats for Kids, because they're going to get left behind. Factory is selling this in petite sizes now, but I never would have gotten it tailored without going in for the sleeves, so it was a happy accident.
4. Spanx Leggings
I bought these leggings at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale this year, and omg. They've actually taken the place of every other pair of leggings I own because they fit well, make you feel slim without being overly compressing, and sit nicely on my waist. The "leather look" edge that they provide is just an added bonus. I will be buying more Spanx leggings in the future for SURE. They are perfect, and BARELY beat out last year's favorite leggings, Yummie by Heather Thompson, which I still highly recommend.
5. Karen Walker Harvest Sunglasses
Thanks to Ditto's Endless Eyewear program, I got to test the Karen Walker Harvest sunglasses before I committed. I wasn't sure the shape or style would work for me, but lo and behold, I knew I was going to buy them the second I put them on. I don't buy new sunglasses terribly often, but Karen Walker eyewear is just SO GOOD. I also swear by my KW Super Dupers, which my friends have decided are the sunglasses equivalent of The Traveling Pants: They look good on everyone (even dudes somehow). They made my favorite things list because they were an unexpected favorite.
6. Bags. All of them.
I didn't used to be a bag girl. I swear. But once you buy one designer bag, it becomes some sort of weird addiction. I couldn't pick just one from this year because they've all been OMGMYFAVORITEEVER, so I'm giving a nod to these two as a tie. I'm actually surprised at how much I love my Louis Vuitton Favorite MM bag. We went to LV in Vegas to look at one of the travel bags for BB and the charming Catalina talked me into this little crossbody. I've never been a big fan of the monogram bags, but the Damier Ebène is subtle and classic. I have to admit I love the history of Louis Vuitton's brand, so owning a piece feels like a piece of fashion history. I also can't hate on the coated canvas, because this bag has become my go-to on rainy days since it's basically indestructible.
The Balenciaga City has been on my wishlist for a few years and always seemed like it was out of reach, but thanks to Poshmark and a good amount of stalking, I finally snagged one. I love how crazy light it is, and it's great for adding a bit of edge to otherwise boring outfits. I'd also like to give a shoutout to Poshmark's Concierge Service, who authenticated this bag so I didn't have to worry. I'd ordered one a few weeks before that didn't pass the test!
So those are just a few of my favorite purchases this year. My style has shifted a lot in just a year, so I've tried to really focus on buying things that could live through a lot of years of ever-changing style. What are some of your favorite buys of 2015?