- Menstrual Cup
Ok I know I’m starting this list of in a PLACE but bear with me. Y’all, I’ve always felt like I was living a second-rate lady life when I was confined to pads and tampons. Getting my first menstrual cup (and then getting my second, because the first one didn’t fit right– it takes some practice ladies!!!) was seriously the biggest upgrade to my life in 2018. I only have to THINK about my period twice a day (first thing in the morning and right before bed essentially). I’ve found this method to be the most fool proof when it comes to actual protection, the most physically comfortable, and it’s just a sweet perk that I feel like an environmentally friendly bb in the process!
- Knix undies
Here’s what I want out of underwear: I want coverage (she thick, ok?) and I want softness. That’s not too demanding and honestly, there are probably plenty of knickers out there that would be fine. But here’s what great about Knix– they fold up teeny tiny which makes them great for travel, and they also dry incredibly fast (also great for travel)! On my 2 week trip to Europe this summer I took 5 pairs of Knix undies with me and I handwashed every few days and let them air dry. These things hold up VERY well through many washes and honestly made my travel so much nicer because I wasn’t trying to lug a bunch of dirty underwear around with me.
Yep, I’m a basic 2018 B. I’m thrilled to be able to throw my hair up every single night for bed and just pull out this little 90s coiled band, spritz in that Batiste, and VOILA, crease-less bouncy hair!
- Closet app
As you’ll see a few down the list, Slow/Ethical fashion has coasted onto my radar this year and with that came lots of closet purges and online shopping for new ethical brands. This app is a great way to feel organized about my clothing (ya girl loves her a list!!!) but it’s also really fun for planning outfits. I used it before my big trips this year and also when I was planning to do a 10×10 challenge over the summer where I chose 10 pieces of clothing to wear exclusively over 10 days.
- Sleeping eye mask
I’ve had a bunch of eye masks, but finally this year I went on amazon and purchased a true blackout eye mask that is soft and raised over the eye portions so I can like blink naturally under the eye mask without irritating my eyes. It’s been really wonderful on airplanes, during migraines, and when I want to go to sleep but Alex wants to watch tv.
Not any particular model on this one– just a steamer in general! for the first 30 years of my life I have subsisted on washers, dryers, and plenty of Downy Wrinkle Releaser (ok let’s be real, before I resorted to the Downy I’d always let the clothes tumble around for another round in the dryer) but the point is that I don’t f with irons and I had literally never wielded a steamer until this year. I got one because my (next bullet point) Poshmark side hustle sort of necessitated it. I love that steaming clothes makes them look pristine but also kills bacteria! So much faster than putting clothes through a full wash cycle after every single wear! This has been a real godsend with some of my new Slow Fashion sweaters that I can’t fathom putting through a spin cycle but that definitely needs some refreshing because I am wearing them ALL THE TIME.
This is a love affair that technically started in 2017, but this was the year I really harnessed everything Poshmark had to offer me. In 2018 Poshmark became a real #SideHustle for me, bringing in approximately an extra 10% of income for me! Granted, a lot of that went right back to Posh because I am a S H O P P E R but whatever.
- Slow fashion
Slow or Ethical fashion is a new thing that I’m interested in and have devoted a lot of time and money to this year. I can see the habits in my life that have led to me buying hundreds of items of clothing that lasted only a few wears before being destroyed and I wanted to re-evaluate my approach to style and the sustainability of my obsession with clothes. I’m not going to lie, this interest hasn’t been the most ~sustainable~ thing in my budget, but I feel like I made some great investments in 2018 so that hopefully 2019 will be a lot less about spending and a lot more about finding new ways to wear some of the great pieces I’ve gotten!
- Reply All
As one of my other Year in Review lists will show, 2018 was the year I returned to podcasts (and thus neglected some of my dedicated audiobook time) but I have #NoRegrets! I plowed through all 150-ish episodes of Reply All in a little over a month and now I’m devastated to have to wait for that weekly Thursday release. I love how this podcast manages to be a wonderful meld of investigative journalism, pop culture, techie stuff, current events, human interest, and social justice. I just can’t get enough.
- Apeshit Music Video
This doesn’t need explaining but I watched this for the first time in October and I still think it deserves a place on this list because it is the highest *ART* I ingested all year for sure.
- Deviled eggs
I never ate one of these until Thanksgiving last year and I can proudly say that I made my own first batch for a party last week and it was a real success.
- I’m With Her
Also sitting concerts in general though. Alex and I are basically official I’m With Her Groupies at this point since we’ve seen them in Arkansas, Maine, and will see them next year here in OKC.
- Miranda Bennett palazzo pants
A slow fashion fave and the reason I said “I bet you thought this was a skirt!” about a thousand times this year.
One more slow fashion shout out because everything I’ve bought from this brand has been a true dream to wear. The fabric is unbelievably soft, the shapes are both highly feminine and forgiving. I feel beautiful and comfortable in these clothes and it’s also one of the more affordable ethical brands I’ve encountered!
- Midi skirts
Why do I own anything shorter that hits anywhere mid-thigh? Bye knees! See you never!
- Hair scarves
This is just such a cute and sweet and easy style come back that I am 100% here for. Spice up those buns and ponies, y’all!
A local ~Latin~ restaurant serving up the best salsa and coconut rice.
How I spent like probably at least 100 hours this year learning R programming. I really feel like this was the best way for me to learn this stuff and I’m luck my company paid for me to have access all year.
- Instagram Stories
I’m still not great about posting them, but I am getting better at figuring out how to watch them. My favorites are the ones where people just talk to the camera about whatever. Don’t get me wrong, all the pretty stickers and swipe-ups and music overlays are cute af but I just really love listening to people talk in a way that isn’t as manicured as it would be for an official post and also it just makes me feel more connected to the creators of the content because it’s like messy hair and no makeup rants and that is just hella relatable, you know?
- Helene In Between
The reason I started this blog! I found this girl’s blog and read tons of her posts about moving from Dallas to Germany and learned to use Lightroom from her tutorials and took lots of blogging advice from her posts and HERE I AM. I love that she encourages other content creators and tells us that no matter what stories we have to share, that there is a place and a market out there for us if we just know what tools to utilize. I expect I’ll keep finding lots of inspo from her in 2019!
- Jonna Jinton
I first discovered Jonna Jinton’s YouTube channel by complete chance when one of her culning videos was suggested for me for some unknown reason. I was transfixed by the beauty of her voice and the imagery in her videos. As I returned to YouTube suggestions, I found that her videos were much more than just gorgeous forest singing. She is a photographer and artist living in Northern Sweden sharing her art and love for her beautiful surroundings in her videos, blogs, and Instagram posts. I have found her videos to be an escape for me in the way that Little House on the Prairie used to be for me as a little girl (which sounds cheesy AF but it’s true!) in that I am able to see into this other life that I will never have but that I feel a kindred spirit with.