Happy New Year to all my readers! I hope this year brings you many blessings and happiness.
as its time to celebrate the new year, its also time to reflect on the last one.
as well as think back to all the bests of 2013!
so in no particular order, here's my favorites!
1. Go-To Outfit
an oversized cardigan, skinny jeans, t-shirt and boots were a go-to this last year, 2013 definitely proved challenging in so many ways, and possibly the biggest one was school which sucked me dry of energy and time... so a go-to uniform was essential to getting out of the house on time this last year.
chevron print was a trendy one this last year, from nail art, to clothing to cell phone cases, it was everywhere, and I was a huge fan of the trend.
3. OPI's San Francisco Collection
being a san Francisco native, this collection immediately drew me in, and it consisted of many of my favorite colors! I love lost on Lombard, which was the perfect navy for this year!
4. Ellie Goulding
I haven't discovered that much in the music world this past year, but the few that I did were awesome. Ellie Goulding is one of my new favorite artists. She has a unique sound and a unique voice, which paired together creates an awesome album.
5. Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
this was my most used palette this year. It has every essential color for a quick and easy make-up look. I use the darkest brown for my brows, and the nude colors on my lid, and the light brown in the crease. if im feeling extra daring, I use the black as liner. I've hit pan on three colors already and pretty low on the others.
6. Olive Green
Olive green has been my favorite color of 2013, its attracted me the most when shopping, and makes it easy when putting together outfits because it works as a neutral.
7. Oversized Cardigans
its been warm enough in the city this year to get away with not wearing a coat, but an oversized cardigan takes its place, and keeps me perfectly warm. plus its been a trendy item to have in your closet this year.
8. Mac's Painterly Paint-Pot
I mentioned this in my December favorites, but its my go-to primer, and concealer. and it's double duty ability makes my life and mornings so much easier.
9. Oversized Knit Infinity Scarf
as well as my cardigans, knit scarves are a great must have, not only are they cute, but they're functional as well. and they keep my neck toasty warm.
10. Geometric Necklaces
I've been loving geometric pendants and statement necklaces. my look has gone slightly urban, and street lately and I love the balance of natural colors with geometric jewelry.
my favorite tv show of the year, it started in October, and its incredibly historically inaccurate, and has a slight hint of the whole twilight/catchingfire love triangle thing going on. but the costumes (which are also inaccurate) are gorgeous and the acting is decent. I can't explain it but I'm hooked... maybe because I'm a history nerd...
12. Pitch Perfect
now I know this came out in 2012... but I think its my most watched movie this year, besides harry potter. its hilarious and is always a good pick me up, and the vocals are perfectly pitched!
13. Tribal Print
another print that I see everywhere, and also one I love. I love the naturalness about it, and the native American vibe it has. also works great as a neutral print, when I'm mixing and matching.
14. Rose Gold Watch
rose gold is my favorite of the metals, and I love the menswear inspired watches, they go with almost every outfit!
15. OPI You Don't Know Jacques.
always my favorite, and my go to nail color. its a dark olive greenish brown, and its beautiful in its ugliness.
16. Marc Jacobs Daisy
my signature scent, and I even had to buy a new bottle this year. its fruity floral, and it just makes me happy. I have really good scent/memory recognition and this scent makes me think of happy times.
17. Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation
this has been my foundation of the year, I discovered that the covergirl natureluxe foundation oxidized on my skin and started to look orange-y... I like the Revlon formula because its creamy and gives me just enough coverage without looking cake-y.
18. Ankle Booties
I love knee-high boots, but the ankle boot trend has been a definite love of the year. my outfits look instantly more trendy and chic.
19. Trader Joe's Pumpkin Spice Chai
I love me some chai, and I love me some pumpkin, so this combination of two great loves in my life is pure perfection. it was great during the holiday season, and kept me feeling seasonal and festive.
20. Leopard Print Scarf
where would I be without my classic go-to scarf? leopard is my neutral print of choice. and my scarf is definitely the staple in my collection.
21. Harry Potter
since attending FIDM, reading of my choice has been very limited, but nothing brings me greater joy than reading harry potter, so I made a point of reading at least every other day. instead of watching tv or youtube, I kept my mind a bit more active in my precious little downtime.
22. Michael Todd Charcoal Scrub
ok so this might be a bit off-putting at first sight. since its a dark charcoal grey, but this has been so gentle on my skin and cleared it of the majority of blemishes. my skin has been looking better and isn't feeling as dry.
23. Sally Hansen's Golden Roses
my love for rose gold continues. this limited edition nail polish is gorgeous and so pigmented. its a nice shade for dressy outfits.
24. Trader Joe's Coconut Body Butter
I stopped buying lotion from bath and body works because I started to read about all the chemicals that are found in these scented lotions. my mom bought me this for Christmas last year, and I've been hooked. its super moisturizing and smells good but not too strong.
25. Bordeaux Lips and Winged Eyeliner
this was my favorite beauty trend of 2013. its classic and chic. its easy to wear on the daily, slightly toned down, or dress it up with an even darker lip and more dramatic eye for the evenings and nights out.
Happy New Year to you all, and I honestly wish the very best for each and everyone one of you.
I hope this year brings many great new experiences and new opportunities.
I'm excited to see where this new year leads me in my fashion endeavors, and I'm excited to share them with all of you!