It’s hard to believe that we’re about to flip the calendar over to 2019! Before we ring in the new year, I thought I’d take a look back at my favorite purchases from 2018 (travel excluded). These are the things that have brought me the greatest amount of joy in the last year and the things I’d happily fork over my hard-earned money for if I had to do it again.
Linen Sheets – If I had to pick just one purchase of ’18 to call my favorite, this would be it. I know there’s this great millennial debate between Parachute and Brooklinen for linen bedding, but I actually purchased our set from Lands’ End. The retailer is headquartered in Wisconsin and they have an annual warehouse sale to offload miscellaneous returns and overstock. We happened upon a king-size set of white linen sheets for just over $100 and promptly purchased them. I had heard such good things about linen sheets and they didn’t disappoint. They’re incredibly soft and get softer with each wash, and they’re breathable. I love them so much that my parents gave us a second set for Christmas.
Gucci Bag – Obviously my most expensive sartorial purchase in, uh, ever would make the cut for my favorite products of 2018. The leather is beautiful and the design is timeless, making it a smart investment piece for my wardrobe. (I was lucky enough to fund two-thirds of it with blog money, so the price tag was easier to stomach. I wouldn’t recommend such an indulgent item if you’re even slightly hesitant about it. There are so many amazing bags for far less money.)
Noise-Cancelling Headphones – How did I make it to age 35 without owning a pair of noise-cancelling headphones?! Dave actually purchased these for me because he loves his so much and thought it was ridiculous that I was still using earbuds on plane rides. These headphones are a game changer. I couldn’t believe how much more peaceful a flight would be without hearing the constant hum of the plane, coughing fits, and fussy babies.
Clear Accessories – The Rachel Comey earrings I purchased earlier in the year (worn here) quickly became one of my most often worn accessories. (It’s probably not surprising given that a pair of clear earrings match everything!) The fixation with clear accessories extended through the end of the year when I finally bought the Staud bag I had been crushing on over the 12 months. I rarely purchase such trendy pieces, but the transparent trend looks to continue into 2019 and the ’60s-inspired mod designs will always come back in style at some point.
Hand Vacuum – This is undoubtedly the least sexy item on the list, but it’s by far the most useful. I seem to reach for it daily to clean up spills or capture dust bunnies on the hardwood floors. It has a powerful suction and the filter can be easily removed and washed.
Dining Room Table – I’ve wanted a proper dining table for years, but didn’t want to purchase anything until we had bought a house and knew exactly what kind of dimensions we’d be working with. Even then, it took us awhile to pull the trigger on something until we saw this table on the Article website. It’s kind of nerve wracking to purchase such a significant piece of furniture sight unseen, but this table far surpassed our expectations. The wood is gorgeous and the quality is exceptional. Having the centerpiece of the dining room selected allowed us to start purchasing other items for the room, including chairs and a light fixture.