Best Purchases of 2018

I'm proud, yet ashamed of myself. While brainstorming this post, I was only able to come up with 7 items I love enough to include in this list. On the other hand, the reason for this is I have been extremely frugal when buying clothes this past year. So, I'm an awful blogger but an amazing budgeter! I find these pieces to be staples in my wardrobe, so I'd definitely recommend all of them as great investments (even though some are actually quite affordable!). 

1. Balloon sleeve sweater


I purchased this sweater from J.Crew in the fall in two colors (burgundy and mustard) because I was so in love with it. I'm obsessed with tight fitting, turtleneck tops in general because you can incorporate them into nearly any fall/winter outfit. I think the balloon sleeves on this one add a unique touch that doesn't detract from the versatility. Unfortunately, everyone else agreed this sweater was amazing so it is pretty much sold out across the board. However, I have linked some other balloon sleeve sweaters below!


2. Olive trousers


I probably wore these J.Crew olive pants once a week during my full-time internship over the summer. I had actually been interested in buying pants like these for a couple of years, but could never find ones that fit well until I found these beauties. These ones are so flattering and extremely comfortable to wear in the office or on-the-go all day. While the linen ones I have sold out a while ago, J.Crew released a cotton twill pair that look almost exactly the same and are made of fabric that is more versatile to wear year round (linen is a summer fabric)!

3. Star print denim jacket


Unpopular opinion: I've actually never really been a fan of denim jackets. I think they are kind of boring. However, when I found this one, my opinion changed because I think the star print makes it unique and fun. This was actually a gifted item from Velvet Heart Collection. While that one sold out, I found one that looks EXACTLY the same here (and it's on sale!).

4. Mott & Bow Mom Jeans


This was another gifted product! However, I would 100% buy these jeans over and over again because I love them so much. I definitely wear them at least once a week. They have the "mom jean style" while still being tight fitting and doing wonders for the booty. These jeans run true to size. 

5. J.Crew Suede Booties


I had been holding off on buying a pair of tan/taupe suede booties for a while because it was hard to buy the perfect pair. I knew I had to have these as soon as I saw them! They are simple and modern looking and have the perfect heel height (I'm such a baby and can't wear any shoes with heels too high). This is my third J.Crew item in this post and it's really making me realize I need to diversify where I shop...

6.. Topshop white jeans


Not all jeans are created equal. Which is why I am specifying that I bought these jeans from Topshop. I think white jeans are one of the most frustrating things to buy. The cheap pairs are typically very transparent and show the seam running down the outside of the leg. In other words, it looks like you have a big white stripe running down the side of your leg when you have them on. I was so pleased with this Topshop pair because they didn't have this problem and were relatively affordable.

7. Checked boyfriend blazer


 I've noticed the boyfriend plazer to be a huge trend this year. I'm not a big fan of blazers in general, but love the boyfriend style because it's more relaxed and almost feels like you are wearing a cardigan. I've seen most of these blazers come in a combination of black, grey and white, but I specifically like how this H&M one pops with the brown/tan incorporated!

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