My Best Purchases of 2017

As we approach the end of year, I like to do a big clear out of my wardrobe especially seeing as it’s currently full to the brim (can you say online shopping addiction?), and it inspired me to write a post sharing all my best purchases of 2017. A lot of these items didn’t make it to the blog for one reason or another, as the rise of social media climbed and I only ever posted them to Instagram. It’s strange that blogs kind of took a backseat for most of us bloggers and for you as readers, but I’m determined to push more of my efforts towards it in the new year.

Anyhow, getting slightly off-topic there. Now, back to this post at hand. Here’s a few of my favourite purchases from the last year!

Ruffled Blush Dress. This ruffle mini dress received so much love over Instagram. I don’t think I’ve ever received so many questions about a dress & it makes me happy that so many of you loved this one too. Blush and ruffles were clearly big trends for me this year.

Lace midi skirt. As a die-hard Self-Portrait lover, you can imagine my excitement when I found this very similar skirt for under $20. Yes. Under $20. Do you just die? It looks so pretty in person and nearly always receive compliments when I wear it out.

Black mini dress. A dress I shared only a post ago was this little black dress and it’s becoming one of my go-to dresses for events. It’s simple, classic and a touch feminine, but can still be dressed up for a fancy occasion.

Studded crossbody bag. I feel like I’ve worn this bag to death now and I still love it to bits. It first caught my eye as it was a Valentino dupe but since owning it for a few months now, to my surprise I’ve found it goes with nearly everything. It’s always that bag I can rely on and something about the colour is neutral, classic but refreshing. River Island is one of my favourite places to shop when it comes to accessories. Now that I think about it, so many of my favourite bags are from River Island. HOW and WHY is there still no store in Australia?

Open-back jumper. This blush jumper (which I posted about here) is still high on rotation. I was honestly never a fan of open-back jumpers but couldn’t resist this one. It’s even better in person and so soft. Something about the fit is rather flattering too, which I’ve heard many people also say!

NMD R1 Sneakers. As much as I appreciate heels, I am a self-confessed sneaker girl at heart. Since spotting these NMDs over a year ago, I’ve been on a mission to find them ever since since they’re practically sold out everywhere. Then it FINALLY happened and I couldn’t be happier. They’re also perhaps the comfiest shoe I’ve ever owned.

Lace midi dress. This classic white dress (see blog post here) is so feminine and romantic that I love to wear it. It photographs really beautifully too.

Quay High Key sunglasses. I bought these sunglasses in just about every colour (really love the gold too), so it’s safe to say my obsession runs pretty deep. At first I thought they were a little too oversized, but after sporting them a few times, I quickly fell in love.

Topshop Jamie jeans. I feel like 2017 was pretty revolutionary for me in the denim department because I finally discovered the magic that is Topshop jeans. They really do hug you in all the right places.

Distressed denim skort. A totally unexpected favourite purchase is this distressed denim skort (blog post here) as as much as I love denim skirts, I never thought I’d love a denim SKORT, you know?

BEAUTY

I feel like as far as beauty goes, I didn’t have a whole lot of favourites as I didn’t find myself buying as much makeup as I did clothes (I feel like I have phases, does anyone else?). Although I didn’t have a lot of favourites, the ones that I did find myself loving I was and am, fully committed to. First being Becca’s Under Eye Corrector (read my post here) because the way it brightens up your under eye area (you use it under concealer) makes a world of a difference. It makes me happy how many of you purchased this and then came back to me to tell me how much you love it too!

It happened, you guys. I found a foundation I love more than L’Oreal’s True Match. Introducing Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation – where have you been all my life? If you’re into a full coverage, but don’t really want to feel it – this is for you. It looks FLAWLESS on the skin, sort of like you’re airbrushed. If I were to ever get married, I would probably consider using this on my wedding day. It also boasts an impressive range of shades in pink and yellow undertones. I’m a shade 9-10 for reference.

I don’t know what took me so long to get my hands on this fragrance, but I am so glad that I finally did. If you haven’t tried Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf, you are really missing out. I’m hopeless when it comes to describing fragrances so I won’t even attempt it (all I know is that it’s sweet, but not too sweet… see? hopeless), but trust me this is one you want in your collection. It’s now become my signature scent.

That’s it from me! What were your favourite purchases this year? I’d love to know!