January 10, 2020

My Favorite Purchases of 2019

I didn't shop a lot in 2019. I only wanted to buy items that I really loved and knew that I wouldn't tire of quickly. Today I'm sharing the items that top the list!

Best purchases of 2019

In today's post I'm sharing my favorite purchases from last year. These are items that I found myself continuously loving (my computer case) or reaching for time and time again to wear (the pearl hoops). I've mentioned before that I live in a tiny, cottage-style house. The storage space I have is limited and there's not a lot of extra space for stuff. Living small has made me a more conscious consumer, but it's also trained me to purge regularly and only buy things I love. I'm continuing that approach into this new decade. It's really helping me curate a closet of items that are versatile, stylish and I truly love.

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1. PEARL HOOPS from H&M
(similar from Amazon & here are the exact ones in powder pink)
Best purchases of 2019 pearl hoops
These are hands-down my most worn accessory of 2019. I didn't realize when I picked these up at H&M (maybe on sale? I can't remember!) that I would wear them so often! Such a great purchase!

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2. BLUE LIGHT GLASSES from AMAZON
(they're only $17, with 11 frame options!)

Best purchases of 2019 blue light glasses
Once these arrived, I was so surprised how much I used them. As someone who spends most of her day in front of a computer, these were a lifesaver!

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3. MATTE SEQUIN TOP from ALTAR'D STATE
Best purchases of 2019 sequin top
I picked up this top last year on clearance at Altar'd State and it ended up making it onto this list without question. I wore it to see Kacey Musgraves at the Ryman (pictured above).

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4. ROUND STRAW BAG from WALMART
(here are a ton of similar options!)

Best purchases of 2019 round straw bag
Round straw bags were everywhere last summer (and the summer before, honestly). This was such an unexpected cheap find ($16) that I couldn't pass it up - I also bought it in solid black.

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5. HEART-SHAPED SUNGLASSES from AMAZON
(they're only $10!)
Best purchases of 2019 heart sunglasses
Two years running these glasses have been a favorite. I bought them in 2018 in white and 2019 I added black to my collection.

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Best purchases of 2019 silver wave ring
I found these sterling silver rings at a shop in the Outer Banks and had no idea how much wear they would get. The thinner one is on my finger every single day.

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Best purchases of 2019 Aerie sweatshirt
Aerie brought back their oversized sweatshirt this year with some updates - more prints and high slits on the sides. It actually sold out a couple of times before I got my hands on it!

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Best purchases of 2019 curvy girl swimwear
Last year is the first time I shopped at Torrid, and their swimwear did not disappoint. These two were exactly what I was wanting in a high-waisted suit!

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9. STRIPED TUNIC from TJ MAXX
Best purchases of 2019
I wore this tunic all. the. time. last summer. It was so easy to throw on with leggings or shorts. And with a hat it always felt especially "touristy."

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10. MARBLE COMPUTER CASE from AMAZON
Best purchases of 2019 marble computer case
This was a second-hand purchase from my best friend's daughter. It's completely covered in stickers now and just full of personality ;)

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11. ALL THE BAG CHARMS
Best purchases of 2019 Disney bag charms

2019 was the year of the bag charm. I bought them all and adorned every bag I carried. Above are just a few of my favorites!

Minnie Mouse (Disney x Coach) - Poshmark
Repurposed Louis Vuitton Bow - Etsy
Anna charm - I won in a giveaway :)
Chewie charm - Amazon
Elsa charm - Plush ornament from Target (get creative with your bag charms!)

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12. MICKEY LEOPARD BACKPACK from ALDO
(a new Aldo x Disney collection launches next week!)

Best purchases of 2019 Disney Aldo collection
The Aldo x Disney collection was great - there were so many pieces I wanted! This super versatile leopard backpack won out in the end and I absolutely love it.

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Best purchases of 2019 Charleston rice beads
I absolutely love Candy Shop Vintage - one of my favorite shops in Charleston! I love to buy specific pieces to remember a trip by and this was my purchase on my Charleston trip last summer.

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14. DISNEY x COACH SCARF from EBAY
Best purchases of 2019 Disney Coach collection
I have tied this little scarf on nearly every bag I own. I bought it new-with-tags on Ebay.

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I hope you enjoyed this run-down of my favorite purchases! I encourage you to be a more conscious consumer this year - even buy secondhand! I love shopping Poshmark and Ebay for items I want. It truly makes the shopping experience more fun for me.


Here's to wonderful new (or new-to-you) purchases in 2020!
xo, Julie
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