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We have that one pair of shoes that we always gravitate towards. How about that one top that you wear all the time because it looks great with anything? Perhaps you have a dress that you fall in love with every single time you wear it or see it in your closet. I certainly have my go-to pieces. That is why we are taking a look (one last time) at some of my favorite looks and pieces from 2018.

Berets

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I used them a lot last year and I anticipate that my wool berets will still be my go-to hat in 2019. They have been a lifesaver for me when I had a bad hair day. Plus they are great when you need an extra pop of color!

TOMS slip-on shoes

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I wear my TOMS as often as I can because they are just so darn comfortable! I love that they pair well with almost any outfit. Plus, your purchase does a lot of good for someone in need. For every pair of shoes sold, TOMS gives a pair to someone in need overseas!

Jack by BB Dakota Floral Eyelet dress 

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How can anyone say no to eyelet detailing? This dress was by far one of my favorite purchases this year because of how darling it is! The romantic bell sleeves may it an elegant choice for baby showers, going out with friends or to wear on a warm summer’s day when you want to dress up! It also comes in red.

 

Solgaard Original Lifepack backpack

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This is a piece I got later in the year but it has already become my go-to bag for everything! I carry my laptops (one from work and a personal one) plus the essentials like my business cards, notebooks and more. You can learn more about the backpack and Solgaard here.

Cece ruffle sleeve top 

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I am so glad that my favorite top for layer got re-stocked! I bought this top during Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale last year and it continues to be one of my favorite pieces. I have worn it over a pullover sweater for a chic and cozy look.

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I can’t believe 2018 is almost gone. Everyone I know has been through their fair share of ups and downs to say the least. There have been so many blessings and stresses that we got to embrace this year. But we did it. One way or another, we made it.

I want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for your kind words and support. You all have brought so much light into my life even when times got tough. It is my hope that I can also return the favor to you in 2019. As the year comes to close, I wanted to take time to reflect on the victories and failures that faced in 2018. This is a time to look back (just this once) to learn, grow and be better in the new year.

Failures

I like to save the best for last 😉 We all have goals that we set for ourselves each and every year. So here are a few of the failures I faced this year:

  • I did not grow on social media as much as I had hoped. It was my goal to be at 1K on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest by the end of 2018. Additionally, it was my goal to have 5K in Instagram friends along with growing my e-mail list. None of these happened.
  • I didn’t end up finding a therapist like I had originally planned to do earlier in the year. Not taking the time to do so has taken a decent toll on my mental health.
  • It was my goal to grow my saving account this year – and I am nowhere near my original goal.
  • Being a better friend was also a personal goal of mine. I am not always the best at keeping in touch with the people I love. They deserve better and I failed them a lot this year.
  • After having kidney stones this past summer shortly after my birthday this year, I pushed myself to go back to work even when I physically should not have.  Doing so has left my heart with a lot of anger since I might not have healed properly.

But this year, I did have victories

  • One of my biggest goals was to network with more bloggers and professionals in the influencer industry. And I was able to check this goal off my list this year. I had to a chance to reconnect with personal friends like Karen from Paris and A Latte plus meet mega influencers like Caila Quinn and Olivia Rink!
  • After four years, I made a shift in my career. I left my receptionist job to pursue a career in sales (it’s always hard for me to leave the businesses I work for. I stayed in my retail job at Kohls for 5 years before I left). Sales is a hard profession but so far so good!
  • There is no room for negativity in my life anymore. Earlier this year, I made the decision to cut people in my life that putting limiting beliefs in my head or frankly, we not supportive. I don’t have time for people who do not give me the love and support that I give to them in return.
  • The hopeless romantic in me is speaking now: I celebrated 7 years with my man this year! Ah! Every bad romance and heartbreak no longer matter because I have true happiness with someone who makes me feel whole every day.
  • It’s nice to be recognized but it is even better when the brands you love the most give you some love. LC Lauren Conrad and TargetStyle featured me on their stories this year along with #WeAllGrowLatina. Needless to say, I did a lot of happy dances this year.
  • While I did not pitch to as many brands as I had wanted to this year, I did get to work with some incredible brands I love like Clinique, Dove and newer brands like ThirdLove and Solgaard.

So despite all the failures, I’d have to say 2018 turned out well! All my victories from 2018 are what I am going to take into 2019. I hope you do the same. May 2019 bring you all good health, prosperity and endless joy. Love you all to pieces.

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Dress: Leith (under $50)

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Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to host a shopping event at a local J.Crew in New Jersey. We had a decent turnout! Additionally, I had the privilege to have my own try-on session! I shared on my Instagram stories what I tried on in videos. In case you want to buy some of my looks, we can do so below! Comment below on which look is your favorite.

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Simple, elegant and perfect for any holiday party you are planning on attending. For extra warm, add a pair of wool knit stockings! I am wearing the bodysuit in XS in this photo but I would rather have had a size S. The skirt I am wearing in size 2.

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Top: J.Crew // Skirt: J.Crew // Necklace: J.Crew // Boots: H&M 

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You can never go wrong with a great tweed topcoat! I am wearing this one in regular 00.

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Coat: J.Crew // Jeans: J.Crew // Boots: H&M

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Sweater: J.Crew // Jeans: J.Crew // Hat: J.Crew // Scarf: J.Crew // Boots: H&M


Here are some other great gift ideas:

Womens moccasins

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Gold // Brown // Red

Pajamas for men

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Flannel PJs // Jersey PJ pants // Jersey PJ short

Womens Shoes

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Wedge boots // Ankle Strap plaid glitter heels // Slingback pumps

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Do you have that one person on your list that you have absolutely no idea what to get for them this holiday? It can be so hard (and stressful) to buy a gift for that one person in our lives. Thankfully, I found a solution to your problem! Today I am sharing 5 reasons why Solgaard’s original Lifepack makes the perfect holiday gift. Your holiday shopping just got a whole lot easier!

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A unique gift.  Your loved one is not going to expect to unwrap a backpack this holiday season. Needless to say, they are going to have a pleasant surprise! This is not your standard backpack.  It has 12 amazing features to it including a bottle opener, a solar bank that allows you to charge your phone on the go and so much more!

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An investment piece. The backpack is one of those pieces that your loved one would never spend on themselves. I am sure you know someone who would absolutely love this bag but would never commit to investing in themselves to have it. The original Lifepack is truly a gift that your loved ones will truly treasure and get lasting use from.

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A gift that is environmentally friendly. It is absolutely heartbreaking how much pollution and trash is being dumped into our beautiful oceans. Thanks to advancements in technology, Solgaard is removing plastic from our oceans and converting said plastic into thread behind the fabric of the bag. That’s right! Each Solgaard bag is made of up to 5lbs of upcycled plastic. Not only would you be a buying a back with lasting quality but you would also be helping to make the world a better (and cleaner) place.

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A bag that fits everyone’s style. One of my fellow blogger friends left a comment on my Instagram post saying that her finance would love this bag because he would be able to take it hunting with him. And she is absolutely right! This is a bag that can fit any lifestyle. Whether you are a student, a hiker or an avid traveler, Solgaard’s original Lifepack is truly one size fits all!

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A gift that provides lasting quality. There is nothing more frustrating than spending a fortune on a piece only to find that is it falling apart a year later. I love how the original Lifepack is well made. You can fit so much into the backpack and be worry free since it is lightweight. I’m a whopping 5’2 and love that the backpack does not wear me down. In fact, I walked 5 blocks in the city this past week and my backpack did not slow me down one bit!

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All of the amazing features this bag has to offer. Photo credit: Solgaard

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Thank you Solgaard for sponsoring this post! It is truly an honor to work with such an admirable brand.

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We all have that one person in our lives that cannot get enough of coffee or coffee related items! This post is designed to make your shopping experience easier.

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Merry Little Christmas mug ($14) // Coffee Bean scrub // Dose of Color Matte lipstick ($18)

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Ninja Coffee System // Tis the season mug ($14) // Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette (under $50) // I can’t be trusted at Target mug ($14)

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