I can’t believe we are already 1/12 of the way into 2019! January was a really nice month for me. I didn’t go anywhere except Charleston to see my parents and Minnesota at the very end of the month, and I felt like my life actually took on some sort of semblance of order. (I’m someone who loves routine and order!) I did a lot of reading – GOOD reading (see also, yesterday’s post!), and also attempted to bring a bit more structure to the blog. I’m trying to make a Youtube video every week, have a beauty post every week, and make every Friday an essay style post, which has been fun.
THIS MONTH’S TOP 5 BLOG POSTS!
one // Buying Your First Chanel Bag.
I had no idea this post would be as popular as it was! It made me remember; I want to do a similar post with shoes. I’ll get that up for you this month. I’m really glad you guys enjoyed this post and I LOVED reading your comments – if you ask me, your advice was even better than mine!
two // Endings.
I’m really glad this post resonated so well with so many of you as it was hard to write and to be totally honest, I didn’t really want to write it. I had made the mistake of showing my (now) ex on my instagram stories/mentioning him here and then I had to deal with the consequences when it ended. It’s really hard; I want to share my day to day with you and oftentimes that involves dating someone. But if it doesn’t work out then I feel like I have to give this whole big explanation. It’s just one of the consequences of living a semi-public life – you get swept up and things are great and then they aren’t and you have to address it! I’ll probably wait longer next time around, I don’t know. I guess you never know though – even if you are in love with someone it can still end! Nothing is ever really certain and it’s times like these when I wish I were one of those bloggers with a husband and a more conventional life and this weren’t such a hot topic.
three // My favorite products from 2018.
I’m glad you guys liked this one, too! Unlike my month/year in review posts, this was not analytics based… it was just the stuff I personally liked the most. So many winners from this past year… products that made my life better and easier!
four // This Month’s Best Target Finds.
This column is always a favorite and it makes me very very happy that we can talk about both Target and Chanel here – life is about balance, right?
five // Facial Gua Sha Benefits.
My newest obsession! I’d love to hear from you if you gave it a try… I think it’s MUCH more effective than the jade roller. The jade roller feels nice but this kills puffiness and can actually help with fine lines long-term, if you do it every day.
TOP 10 BEST SELLING PRODUCTS // JANUARY 2019 IN REVIEW
Here are the things you bought the most of, this month!
one // Topshop Tan Checked Coat.
I love this coat and am so sad that it got bad reviews on the Nordstrom website! It’s not the warmest coat you’ll ever own, but with a sweater and a scarf it’s perfect for more mild winter days and I get SO many compliments on it. So chic. I can’t recommend it enough, ignore the reviews!
I was definitely on a plaid coat mission last month and bought this one + the tan one and love them both. In all honesty I prefer the tan one to this but I like having a black and white option too, and this one is a little bit warmer!
three // Indie Lee Purifying Face Wash.
This is one of the best face washes I’ve tried in a while. I like to use it after a cleansing balm (this one!) for the perfect double cleanse. Oil cleanser + gel cleanser = heaven. Anyway, I love this brand (we’re actually having Indie on the podcast this Spring!) and was excited to see that you guys are into it as well.
four // Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream.
YAY. All aboard the Dr. Bader bandwagon. This is my hands down favorite anti-aging cream around… it will change your skin. I couldn’t recommend it more; read my review here! Random aside; I met a reader who told me it’s been amazing for her acne scars. Who knew – that’s cool!
five // Cable Stitch Tan Mock Neck Sweater.
This was an Amazon FIND! I love it so much. It looks like Acne. I just recommend sizing down. I am usually a small or a medium in sweaters and got a medium in this and wish I sized down – it’s pretty big (though the bigness makes it very cozy).
six // Gucci Soho Disco Bag.
I actually have no idea how this ranked so well this month; I’ve worn it in a few recent outfit posts and linked to it in a travel post but I’m glad it ranked as it’s a great bag! I bought mine six years ago and still get a lot of wear out of it; especially when I’m traveling (it’s the perfect size!).
seven // Topshop Frame Bag.
I don’t actually own this bag (I linked to it in a weekend reading post), but I think I may need to. It’s such a good size and perfect for parties.
eight // Lioness Blazer.
Love love love this jacket. It comes in a bunch of varieties (all linked in the widget below), but my favorite is the army green.
nine // Gravity Blanket.
Every time I check analytics and see that another one of you bought a gravity blanket I get so happy as I love mine so much! For the full scoop on why the gravity blanket is so awesome, read this post!
ten // Madewell Courier Shirt.
This is my favorite white shirt. It’s so flattering and easy to wear… it’s just the best and definitely a wardrobe MVP. I love that I can throw it in the washer/dryer too.