5 Best Purchases of 2018
I know 2018 is no where near over yet, but I’ve been building this list in my phone and couldn’t wait to share any longer so without further adieu, here are the best things to spend your money on, in my humble opinion.
APL Sneakers // To be completely honest, I bought these sneakers because I loved the look, not because I was convinced they were great workout shoes. Now that I’ve had them for a couple of months, I can say with confidence that they are more than just a pretty shoe. I started off only wearing them to the gym to keep them white and in good condition but they’re so comfortable I’ve started to wear them out and about when the weather is good. They’re a little pricey but I have no regrets (except that they don’t photograph well because of how bright they are).
YSL Kate Bag // I knew I wanted to purchase something nice for myself as a graduation present but I had no idea what. This felt like an impulse buy when I finally purchased it but I’d been thinking about it for MONTHS before my graduation. When my friend Lily got the black metal version I was in love. It’s a small bag but it holds everything I need. I really love it though because of the pebbled leather - it’s so durable and everything slides right off it so I don’t have to worry about drinks being spilled on me if I bring it to bars or clubs. I was afraid I wouldn’t want to use it because I want it to stay in perfect condition but I’ve been breaking it out every chance I get and I know I’ll be using it for years to come. P.S. If you’re planning a trip to Europe any time soon definitely save your designer purchases for overseas! The prices are cheaper and you get a tax refund so you can save SO much money.
Gucci Belt Dupe // There was no way I was going to spend $500 on a designer belt but I couldn’t resist getting a dupe from Amazon. I thought I had ordered it in black so I was a little disappointed when it came in brown, but I’ve actually gotten a lot of wear out of it and I’m a big fan. As a general tip, if you’re thinking about designer piece that gets replicated often definitely buy the dupe to see how you like it!
Patagonia Nano Puff // We had my graduation trip planned for May so when I started thinking about what to pack, I assumed it’d be cold in Iceland and warm in Paris. I only had puffy coats and I knew I wanted to get a packable puffer so it didn’t take up all the room in my suitcase when we were in Paris. You should know I started thinking about what to pack as soon as the trip was officially booked (in December), so by February I finally pulled the trigger on the light blue nano puff packable jacket from Patagonia because it was 30% off. It ended up being perfect because DC was freezing until April and when I got it I was already sick of black heavy coats so I loved having something light blue and lightweight to throw on for class - it made the weather a little more bearable.
Sunday Riley Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask // I’m generally able to keep my acne under control but I tend to get these massive, cystic zits that grow out of control. I had seen Erica Stolman (@fashionlush) said this stuff banned her worst zits, so naturally, after I had a recommendation for a product that would work, my face cleared up! It started breaking out again last week and I got a sample of the stuff from Sephora. Obviously breakouts are never fun, but I was excited to finally get to try the product. Although the sulfur smell makes me feel like I’m back in Iceland (and not in a good way) it definitely made a huge difference for my skin. It technically doesn’t count as a purchase yet because I’m still using the free sample, I’ll be purchasing before the end of the year if my acne doesn’t clear up.