Monday, January 3, 2022

Best of...2021.

 Happy New Year, all! I took a break from the blog over the holidays but now I'm back with a few new ideas and hopefully some slightly more inspiring outfits. (Seriously, though, my style has reached new highs (lows?) when it comes to casual. Y'all are just lucky I'm not posting actual pajamas and bedhead, is all I'm saying.) 

2021 was an insane year for me - moving across the country in a pandemic, working remotely on EST, figuring out a whole new life. It was... a lot. I know my blog posting schedule has slowed down quite a bit, but I think we still gave some solid recommendations (and a few clunkers but that is a different post) so today I thought I'd revisit some of the best of 2021:

The Most Popular Fashion Purchase. 
A lot of you bought the J.Crew Lightweight Utility jacket (worn here) which is still a solid favorite of mine. Sadly it's sold out but fingers crossed they bring it back in the spring! I find it interesting that they have a totally different jacket with the same name, so maybe this is what we get. (It's cute, but not the same at all.) 

The Most Popular Gadget Purchase.
The best seller on the blog last year was this USB arc lighter, which was given to me last Christmas by Marianne. It's still one of my favorite gadgets of all time and I hope you love it too! A lot of you also bought my favorite scalp massager tool which I still use daily. It's one of those things you can't imagine being without once you start using it. 

The Most Popular Book Purchase.
The most-purchased book last year was Who's That Girl by Mhairi McFarlane, which is definitely my favorite of hers, and the runner up was In Five Years by Rebecca Searle, which Marianne and I both loved a lot. You can't go wrong with either one! (Original reviews here and here.)

The Best Thing I Read.
Looking back on all the books I talked about last year, I think my favorite, the one that stuck with me the most, is The Clergyman's Wife by Molly Greeley. (Reviewed here.) I also really loved Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid, which was so much better than I was expecting and I find myself thinking about it even now, months later. (Reviewed here.)

The Outfit You Loved Best. 
This little black dress outfit got more attention on IG than anything I've ever posted. I love it too and can't wait for the weather to be nice enough to wear that dress again! It was a solid purchase. 

The Outfit I Loved Best. 
Of all the outfits I've posted this year, this one is my personal favorite. It just feels like me top to bottom and I love everything I'm wearing individually, which is rare. That AllSaints Dalby jacket, y'all. It's a good one. 

The Best Thing I Bought. 
Okay, this is always kind of tough but I decided my Hammitt VIP bag is absolutely my favorite purchase of 2021. It have carried it a ton and it's just so easy and so cute with the red zipper. The large is the perfect size for everyday and the rear cell phone slip pocket is perfection. (My Clare V bag comes in at a close second for pure cuteness alone.) 

That's it for today! What do you think? Did we do you right or lead you astray? What were your favorites from 2021? 


  1. Ha, you were definitely an influencer to (on?) me in 2021! The green utility jackets alone were a journey! I also appreciated the introduction to Evereve, where I bought several highly successful things. Hard to pick a favorite, but my Athleta joggers are getting a LOT of wear. Happy New Year!

    1. Yay! I'm glad I could introduce you to some good stuff.

  2. I have been dithering over whether to buy a Hammett bag or not... guess I'm gonna have to pull the plug now!

    1. I'm happy to answer any questions! My only issue with the bag is that the strap is comes with is pretty thin. I did buy the larger strap separately (which I think looks better with the size large VIP.)

    2. Oh, thank you! Yes, I was wondering what you're able to fit in there. Typically I will carry a wallet, phone, various lipsticks, a tube of roll-on perfume, a pen, and some other misc. Is that too much? I usually don't put my sunglasses in my bag because I don't want them to get smushed!

    3. I carry a very slim wallet, keys, a pen, five or so lip balms, my phone (in the rear slip pocket), my sunglasses in a soft case, a mask, and occasionally my kindle. The large VIP is a good every day size.