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My Top 10 Moments of 2022

At the end of 2021, I was really, really unhappy. I was burnt out, stressed out, maxed out. My hair was falling out in clumps, my anxiety was at an all-time high, and, in hindsight, I was probably a little depressed. One of the best vacations I have ever been on was the trip I took to Charleston over New Year’s last year because it truly gave me a new lease on life and reminded me that there are many bright, sunny, warm days ahead. I came back from that trip feeling so restored and ready to make big changes to my life so that I would never have to suffer many of the (metaphorical) self-inflicted wounds I gave myself in 2021.

There is no question that 2022 was a much better year for me than the year prior. Over the past few days, I have spent a lot of time reflecting on all the progress I made, the things I learned, the priorities I honored, and the fun that was had. I am entering 2023 with a lot of pride for how I lived in 2022, and excited to keep building on the momentum of the past year. If your TikTok FYP is anything like mine, you’ve been on the “lucky girl syndrome” algorithm. And, because of all those videos, I can’t help but repeating the following mantra to myself: I am so lucky and everything always works out for me — and that’s the energy I am taking with me into the next year!

I say this every year, but this blog post is always my favorite to write. You can read the ones from year’s past here — 20212020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016. Putting this post together was such a good reminder that the days are long and the years are short — it’s amazing how much can happen in a year. Thank you all for being along for the ride, and I can’t wait to see what 2023 has in store for all of us! x

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The Best Things I Bought in 2022

My TikTok FYP has been full of the best things everyone bought in 2022, and I am excited to join in on this conversation as I think it’s a fun one. As I’ve gotten older, I have gotten more discerning with how I spend my money — I want to make sure I am wasting as little bit of it as possible and ensuring whatever I bring into my life is going to add value. And, when possible, I try to buy the best and keep it for the long term.

That’s why I am excited to share what the best things I bought in 2022 are with you today — and, if you’re curious, I shared my previous best buys here: 2021, 2020, 20182017, 2016, and, if I had written a similar post in 2015, it’d be about this. I accidentally let this series lag in 2019!

And, if you’re looking for product recommendations throughout the year, be sure to look out for my monthly blog series, The Edit, or follow me over on Instagram as I often share favorites in real-time. Read more “The Best Things I Bought in 2022”


Life Lately — DC at Christmastime

Happy 2023! I hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday season — this holiday season was great to me, and I am sad that it has come to an end. I took down my Christmas tree and all my Christmas decor today, and my apartment is definitely feeling a little darker today. But on the bright side, I will say, I love that everything feels fresh and clean for the new year. I think I finally got all of the glittery from my ornaments off my hardwood floors.

For this life lately – you can read my other life lately posts here: July, August, September, October, December — I wanted to share a fun round up of some of the holiday festivities that went on in my world over the past several weeks. Most of them, except for my trip to NYC for NYE, are DC activities I love to do every year around the holidays, so I am hoping you can bookmark this page for future use if you’re planning a trip to the area around the holidays or just want to take advantage if you’re a local like me.

And real quick — the sequined dress I have on in the photo above is a pandemic H&M buy that I wore to my family’s annual dinner at Filomena (more on that below!). I went into the H&M Outlet in 2020 quickly with a mask on when the dressing rooms were closed, saw it on the rack, and purchased it on the spot. It’s such a great sequined LBD to have in my closet this time of year and I love pairing it with my favorite Marc Fisher booties. I would recommend sizing a half size up as they run small!
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