Favorite Purchases of 2016

1. Public Desire Over the knee boots

These are by far my favorite purchase of 2016 because I've worn them at least 3 times a week since I got them at the end of the summer. They instantly make any outfit more chic and allow you to wear skirts when its cold outside without wearing tights to stay warm! I prefer over the knee boots that are flat, tight fitting on the leg and have a drawstring at the top that you can tie in the back. Shop similar options here:

Marc Fisher | Steve Madden | Vince Camuto

2. Off the shoulder dress

I purchased this off the shoulder dress in the spring and it was one of my favorite pieces for warmer weather. I love it because it's one of those pieces you can get away with in a casual or a somewhat fancy setting. I wore this dress to my cousins graduation but I also wore it countless times to go shopping or go out for a casual dinner. Shop similar options below:

Mango | Shoptiques | Shoptiques

3. White Cardigan (that doubles as a blazer)

Since I'm starting to get to the point in my life where I'm going to have internships and soon, jobs, I wanted to start building my professional wardrobe a bit. I love this cardigan Club Monaco because it is casual enough to just be a cardigan. However, since it has the shape lapels of a blazer, you can also pass it off as a blazer. Shop similar cardigans below:

Asos | Lilly Pulitzer

4. Chunky/oversized knit sweater

I purchased this sweater from Madewell at the beginning of 2016 and it seriously got me through the harsh weather of NYC in January, February and March. The key is that it is made of a wool blend so it keeps you very warm. I love chunkier knit sweaters that are made of natural materials because I think they look more expensive (but I only payed $40 for this one!). Bonus points if its a mock neck or turtleneck. Shop similar chunky knit sweaters below:

Lush | BP | Leith

5. Lace up Heels

I realized this summer that I don't own a single pair of nice heels. I found these Vince Camuto ones on sale during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and thought they were perfect. The heel is actual pretty low (only 3 inches or so) so they aren't that hard to walk in and are just about as comfortable as heels can get. The lace up details are super trendy and the fact that they are close-toed means that they are appropriate to wear during all seasons. Shop other lace up heels below:

Nasty Gal | Asos | Marc Fisher

6. Floral Dress

I was really happy with purchasing this dress that I found at a local boutique because I think it looks so much like a Free People dress (except I payed only a fraction of the price). I love how effortless, bohemian and feminine it is. Shop similar floral dresses below:

Love Riche | Umgee | Free People (on sale!)

7. Tory Burch Marion small flap shoulder bag

I am very picky when it comes to handbags –especially when I'm spending $400+ on them. I think that the majority of them look cheap even when they aren't cheap at all! I love this one primarily because it is the perfect size for an everyday cross body bag –not too big and not too small. I adore the neutral color, modest logo and how the chain strap is reminiscent of a Chanel bag!

8. Jcrew Parka

I feel the same way about parkas as I do about handbags: the majority of them look cheap! You really have to pay up to get one that looks nice. I was willing to make the investment in this Jcrew parka because it is gorgeous and I knew I would get so much wear out of it being up north. It is impeccably made, the material is thick and has a lovely texture and the gold trimmings are just the icing on the cake that make it look so polished. I chose this unique color because I wanted something that stood out. I couldn't find many great parkas since stores are starting to clear out for their spring merchandise but here are a couple: 

9. Distressed, raw hem jeans

The two biggest trends in denim right now are big rips and raw hems. I love these details because I think they add so much dimension and texture to an outfit so oftentimes, I throw them on with a basic sweater and simple flats and that makes for an interesting enough outfit. I was especially thrilled with these jeans because I scored them for only $50! Shop similar ones below: 

What were your favorite purchases of 2016? Let me know in a comment!


  1. I love the look of off the shoulder dresses. I can't pull them off. :(

  2. love all of these but the coat is my favorite! it's so chic and simple!
    xo, hannah

  3. Love this post! My favorite purchase was a new pair of black and white Nikes. They were much needed