HAAAAPPY 2021! It’s the first Monday of the year and I am so excited about so many things this year. I mentioned it on stories yesterday but this year (December 2021) will mark 10 YEARS OF BLOGGING! So many feelings thinking about the last decade in the industry, I’m excited t make this year special. To all of you guys, you have become friends and family and I appreciate your support so much! How are you guys feeling about the new year?!
I know a lot of us are ready to say sayonara to 2020, but as unique a year as it has been, it’s also had a lot of amazing memories, new self-discoveries, new hobbies, and more. As we wrap up 2020 I wanted to share my favorite purchases of the year, my best sellers, and I asked you guys what your best buys were of 2020 and what your favorite buys were from my posts, see the 2020 round up below!
MY TOP 5 2020 PURCHASES
Here are a few of my favorite purchases and products I’ve discovered or bought in 2020:
HAIR CRIMPER (UNDER $50)
#5. My hair stylist recommended this to me and it’s been one of my favorite hair tools this year. It heats up super quick, works on all hair types, and best of all it’s under $50 and an easy quick hairstyle.
JUICE BEAUTY STEM CELLULAR MOISTURIZER (UNDER $100)
#4. This overnight moisturizer I’m obsessed. It’s super moisturizing and hydrating with tons of ingredients to boost your skins luminosity and elasticity, etc. Also very clean which is a bonus!
KNIFE SET (UNDER $100)
#3. This knife set was one of my first quarantine buys last year once I realized we would be eating in at home so much more and still one of my favorite buys of the year. Knives can get really expensive but this set is really affordable and great quality (4.8 stars!). Also love how pretty the white looks out on the counters but that’s just a bonus haha.
#2. Having lived in Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Utah, I’ve bought a lot of coats haha. I found this one a few months ago and I have had it on repeat!! It’s really lightweight but also SUPER warm! Such a rare combo. It also has sherpa-lined pockets to make it that much cozier.
#1. My parents actually surprised me with this mid-quarantine and it’s hands-down my most-used item of the year. I actually prefer coffee at home now that I have mastered it. It’s an absolute game changer and I love not feeling like I have to leave the house for a coffee run before I can start my morning. It’s an upfront investment, but if the alternative is a $3-$5 cup of coffee everyday, that’s over $1k a year so an at-home espresso machine is a better investment. I’ve pretty much stopped going out for coffee completely!
MY TOP 5 BABY BUYS & BEST-SELLERS
Some of the best/most-used baby buys this year for Ollie!
#5. I got this for Ollie at Christmas and he hasn’t stopped playing with it. It’s a suction basketball hoop that you stick on most hard surfaces. We’ve put it in the shower, the sliding glass door, etc. We can really just move it around to wherever we are in the house and it will keep him entertained for hours – hands down his favorite toy and under $15! The suction cups are also surprisingly good – most don’t stay up but these are even Ollie-proof.
Also this name puzzle was one of the best-sellers. I feel like these are both toys so I put them both at #5 🙂
SOUND MACHINE (UNDER $30)
#4. This sound machine is a must have. We have one at my parent’s house, in Ollie’s room, etc. They are so small and really easy to travel with – super convenient! And a great price point under $30.
#3. Another baby essential – this travel crib. It’s super lightweight and beyond easy to put together. Perfect for a staycation or when we’re visiting family. Must-have for babies and toddlers!
COTTON ONESIE (UNDER $20)
#2. I have multiple of these onesies for Ollie. They are organic cotton and super soft. The zipper is also really convenient. Comes in tons of colors and under $20!
#1. Ollie has now outgrown this, but The Doona car seat/stroller was one of our best baby pieces from this year. It folds into a carseat and worth every penny! It’s the best travel stroller, even just going out and about and needing to go from car seat to stroller quickly.
Here are the best-sellers from last year that I’ve shared this year that you guys seemingly loved:
#5. One of my best-sellers and my personal faves! I’m obsessed with the high-waist on these and they come in so many colors. Super comfortable – you’ll want to live in them! They also come in a printed version here.
#4. I had this Etsy print framed here and it’s one of my favorite additions to our house this year! It’s a far cry from a summer vacation on the Italian coast but since we didn’t get to travel this year we made do ;).
#3. One of the best-selling boots of the season! So comfortable and surprisingly versatile. Also comes in brown suede here.
#2. These are worth every penny and one of the top 5 best-sellers. I’ve gotten them for myself and for gifts and everyone who tries them is converted. I’m wearing the rose gold here but love all the colors!
#1. Maybe my favorite boots all year – this sesame color is soooo good! Also love them in the black. They are waterproof and beyond comfortable. Not at all surprised they were one of the best-sellers!
YOUR TOP 5 BUYS & BEST-SELLERS
A couple weeks ago in stories I posted a question asking what your favorite purchases were of 2020 and your favorite things that I influenced you guys to buy, so I wanted to share some of the most popular responses!
#5. Kitchen gadgets are something I learned to appreciate in 2020 haha. These Always pans are 8-in-1 : a fry pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest. Also the cuuutest pans ever. They come in 6 of the prettiest colors. Obsessed!
#4. Cordless vacuums are the real winner of 2020. We got this one and it’s super convenient but sooo many of you were raving about what a good purchase the Dyson cordless vacuum is. They make so much sense for quick clean-ups and I’ve heard the battery on the Dyson is a lot better than some of the other brands.
#3. This is actually one of my major regrets for not adding one of these in our house, I want one of these so bad! The pebble ice obsession is real haha.
BAREFOOT DREAMS BLANKET (25% OFF)
#2. These Barefoot Dreams blankets always sell really well, but there were multiple of you guys who responded that this was your favorite buy of 2020. They really are that good! So cozy, just be careful – they may cause unexpected napping haha. This one is on sale for 25% off but they also come in multiple colors.
#1. No surprise that Apple made your top 5 list – everything from the new iPhone to Airpods and the Apple Pencil got a lot of mentions too! But the Apple Watch was a huge hit – the new one tracks your blood oxygen and heart rhythm. With the new ones launching, you can get the older series for under $200 now too.
TOP 5 THINGS I INFLUENCED YOU TO BUY
With Covid affecting finances for so many people, I tried to stick to primarily budget-friendly price points so H&M was one of my go-to’s last year. They also have the best styling – love all of their outfits on their site! Seriously so good! They are also one of my favorites for Ollie’s clothes. So many great basics to mix and match.
Toooons of responses saying your favorite thing you bought that I share was boots – this Marc Fisher pair, Sam Edelman pair, snow boots, these UGG boots, these Steve Madden boots. Definitely a year of amazing boot finds!
I’ve shared a few of my Skinceuticals favorites but this one takes the cake and one of their best-sellers. I’ve been loyal to it for years – the best vitamin C serum!
I also had some of the sweetest messages from you guys about how you’ve started to shop at Kohl’s again (or for the first time) after my partnership with them last year. I love reading about things you guys get and love from posts so thank you for taking the time to share feedback it always means so much! A lot of you mentioned this teddy coat and these sherpa booties as your favorite buys. So many great finds at good price points! 🙂
Excited to see what new things we find in 2021 and what cult favorites stick around this year 🙂
Here’s to an exciting new year and thank you for taking the time to read and hang with me! HAPPY NEW YEAR!