1. The lob
So, pretty much the best haircut ever! I saw someone with it on Instagram one day last summer and knew I had to try it. It’s basically an a-line shape, slightly shorter in the back and longer in the front. Good way to go shorter with your ‘do without having to go full-on short, if that makes any sense. You get the sensation of having short hair without actually…you know, having to chop off most of your hair.
2. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
BAH! Perfection in a bottle, but why does it have to be so expensive ($21.50 for a small 2.2-oz. bottle)?
Really, the only thing it doesn’t do is address the meaning of life.
OK, well, I’m exaggerating…a little.
Just take my money already. This store… It’s home decorating nirvana. Every time I go is a treasure hunt. I never know what I’m gonna find.
(A secret squirrel told me that you have to go on the certain days when they get their shipments in, so ask an associate at your local store.)
Anything and everything you can imagine for your house/apartment/igloo/condo — they probably carry it, at a steeply discounted price.
It is SO fun. Every time you go you’ll find cute stuff.
4. The MAC Brooke Shields Gravitas Palette
I can’t remember the last time I freaked out this completely over a MAC palette with so many amazing MAC neutrals, and it FLEW off the shelves. Even at $85, it was a major, epic MAC moment and well worth the price.
5. Laura Mercier Flawless Fluide Foundation
For me this is the. Best. Foundation out there right now. Basically a Hogwarts-caliber makeup miracle, and I love it so much that I would have a full-on breakdown if Laura discontinued it.
Please, Laura, don’t! I would immediately go into emergency stockpile mode and crawl to the ends of the earth for it. It’s THAT serious.
It covers everything, mellows out my pores, and it doesn’t feel heavy at all.
6. The Avocado Egg Rolls at the Cheesecake Factory
On the one hand, I’m glad I discovered these, because eating them is what I imagine strolling through the pearly gates to heaven would feel like… Sublime, ethereal, surreal.
But I almost wish I hadn’t discovered them because they’re also a billion calories! I’m serious. You probably just went up a dress size looking at this picture.
7. The Guerlain Night at the Opera Holiday Collection
There was so much glowing goodness in this collection that my eyes are rolling back in my head as I type this.
Ahh… Oh, yeah.
The Meteorites Perles d’Etoiles Illuminating Pearls and the Petrouchka Palette for Eyes and Cheeks — both super expensive, but pure perfection on every level.
8. Chanel New Moon cream shadow
Sparkly! New Moon is one of those weirdly wonderful colors that only Chanel could do this good. It’s a glittery copper with colorful sparkles, and I should’ve grabbed a second one when I had the chance, sigh….
9. The Progressive Wedge & Pop apple slicer doohickey
One of the (many) things I got at HomeGoods this year. It’s just this thingamabob that cores your apples for you, all nice and neat.
Yeah, it’s kind of useless, because you could also use a knife, but I love it. And I use it daily.
10. Gamma Ray Computer Glasses!
The only thing is that the lenses are always getting smudges on them, so I’m cleaning them literally all day long.
But they definitely help my eyes.
11. Kate Spade Studs
I will forever remember 2014 as The Year of My Kate Spade Studs ($38). I started wearing them earlier this year, and they’ve pretty much become the only earrings I want to wear.
I’ve always thought of myself as a big earrings gal, but right now I’m really into simple studs. And I totally blame Kate Spade and her comfortable, adorable studs that look a lot more expensive than they really are (these are only $38!).
They’re also available in different colors, go with practically everything, and when I wear them, I don’t have to worry about Tabs swatting at big ol’ dangly hoops.
12. The MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection
So, being a water baby and all…I was totally enthralled by this collection’s aquatic theme.
The release was all about the MAC In Extra Dimension formula, and the bronzers? SWOON.
In my heart, I will always be a high-heeled hell-raiser, but I’m going through a hardcore flat phase.
I got a LOT of flat shoes this year, possibly more than any other year in my life.
Yay for flats!
14. Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor
I read a lot of young adult fiction this year (it’s my favorite genre), and this book represents the pinnacle of the category for me.
I’ve read it four times already!
15. Dior Bar Nail Polish
Bar survived a grueling four-hour kayaking trip on Lake Tahoe last summer without suffering a single chip.
16. The Nike Women’s Half
This was the best running experience of my life, and if you ever have the opportunity to participate in this race, JUST DO IT.
A scenic course, high energy, well-organized and hello! — firemen and Tiffany necklaces at the finish line. 🙂
17. The Bang Candy Company
Discovered these caramels on a work trip last spring to Nashville to interview Hayden Panettiere (very down to earth and thoughtful).
I would go back all the way back to Nashville just for these candies. OMG! So freaking good.
18. Eylure London lashes
Super comfy, SUPER affordable (drugstore, baby!) and available in many styles.
(Note to self: stock up on these next time you go to Ulta.)
19. Jetoy Choo Choo cats
Now that I know of the existence of the Jetoy Choo Choo cats, my life is complete.
20. Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off
GAH! This song.
Every time I hear it I want to get up and dance. *jazz hands!*
The video is fun too.
21. Thanksgiving Crab, and Safeway’s Pecan Pies
Um…I may/may not have eaten an entire pecan pie by myself last Thanksgiving.
None of the other store-bought pecan pies I’ve tried can touch it. Safeway has pecan pies on lock.
And somewhat related, why didn’t I think of this sooner? Crab instead of turkey on Thanksgiving was a straight-up revelation.
It was also surprisingly good with gravy and mashed potatoes (and tons of butter, of course).
22. The Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadows
Chanel’s new easy-to-wear, long-lasting baked eyeshadow quads come in lots of gorgeous color combinations. Love.
23. This Blank NYC Faux Leather Jacket
It was one of my most loved and worn pieces of clothing in 2014. It’s got a casual, cool girl vibe that I really like.
24. This quote I found on a piece of paper on the ground at a bus stop by my house…
It was right there on the grass in front of me at a bus stop, and I’m guessing it was someone’s bookmark.
I really needed a pick-me-up the day I found it, too. Now I keep it on my desk and read it whenever I need a little encouragement.
I still wonder about the original owner and what they were feeling when they wrote it down.
To the person who left this wonderful quote at that bus stop that afternoon, thank you.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Onward to 2015!