Best Purchases of 2016

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2017 is upon us and I, for one, am ready for it! I know a lot of people poo pooed on 2016, but it was one of the best years of my life. I got engaged to the love of my life, took some amazing trips – Jamaica, Cozumel, Spain, Big Sur, Blowing Rock, Charleston, San Fransisco, Disney World, Beaufort, Asheville, and more! I went sky diving for the first time, climbed a waterfall, played with baby tigers, got to see my man post the most top-10 finishes of his career, and all the while got to grow this blog that is such a passion of mine! I want to thank y’all so much for stopping by my corner of the web and continue to follow along, it means so much to me 🙂

As a HUGE proponent of investing in classic pieces and saving money on trends, I wanted to share with y’all my favorite purchases of 2016 – these are items I wore/used regularly throughout 2016 and will throughout 2017 and beyond. Just click on the title of each piece to shop! I’ll follow up with the items I have my eye on for 2017 next week.

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How to Style Duck Boots

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Boots: Payless c/o / Socks: L.L. Bean / Jeans: ShopBop / Plaid Button-Down: BlankNYC / Vest: Penfield / Sweatshirt: Old (Love this & this) / Bag: Louis Vuitton


Happy New Year! I hope y’all had a fun night celebrating and have a couple days off for recovery time 😉 I am excited to kick off 2017 with a casual look that you can replicate on a budget. When it comes to everyday life in the Fall or Winter, chances are I am wearing my duck boots, Hunter boots, or tennis shoes. These less-dressy looks are my favorite to share on the blog. And while there are a million ways to style duck boots or bean boots, pairing them with jeans and layers is my go to!

I scored these comfy duck boots at Payless for only $25, which is awesome because I can get them dirty and don’t have to worry! I always rock these boots with a pair of camp socks to stay warm and cozy – I scored this two-pack at L.L. Bean. I slip the socks over my skinniest skinny jeans and then bundle up on top. I recently wore this exact look (plus a parka) on a chilly fishing trip and stayed warm all day long!

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$15 Red Lace-Up Heels

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Heel: Payless c/o / Top: J.Crew / Skirt: Express / Watch: Kate Spade c/o / Sunglasses: Karen Walker / Bag: Louis Vuitton


I love getting to share a steal with y’all and these $15 red lace-up heels from Payless are it! I had been looking everywhere for a nice pair of red heels to wear with all of my party outfits throughout the holiday season. Unfortunately they were either too burgundy, too short, or too uncomfortable – talk about a Goldilocks dilemma! When I laced up these pretties, I was shocked how comfortable they are. So comfortable, in fact, that I’m wearing them to a friend’s wedding tomorrow night for New Year’s Eve.

I scored this top and skirt during Black Friday and both come highly recommended. The skirt is the perfect A-line mini and matches almost every sweater and button down in my closet. Plus, the material is thick and warm, perfect for winter. And I just LOVE the plaid pocket on this button down.

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