Tuesday, December 28, 2010

These are a Few of My Favorite Things... in 2010!

Well it's that time of the year again when everyone picks their favorites!  By the way, how did this year go by so fast??  It's hard to believe that it's almost the end.  I think 2010 has been a good year for me overall.  I bought my first place this year which is obviously my #1 purchase.  And I got engaged!  (The ring is obviously my fiance's #1 purchase.)  Other than buying a whole bunch of other stuff, my work has probably changed the most this year.  We moved our office from the beach to downtown, and I moved like 3 different times between different floors since then, and now even my job is pretty much completely different.  I then spent the last 3 months or so studying for the CFA exam.  So I guess 2010 was really an eventful year! 

I was going to pick top 10 things I bought this year or something like that, but I really couldn't narrow it down to 10!  I'm the queen of indecisiveness after all.  So I'm just going to pick them without counting.  I only picked things that were new to me in 2010, and the ones that I've gotten the most use out of.  These are not in any particular order.  I guess I will try to group them by category.  So without further ado, here we go! 

One of the earliest purchases I made this year were my Koolaburra boots!  I've been getting a lot of use out of them, pretty much daily.  Best money ever spent!

I found a couple winning items from Shu Uemura - the Essence Absolue and the Foundation Powder.  I absolutely love them.  The Essence Absolue makes the ends of my hair so healthy and shiny.  And I use the Foundation Powder daily.  It has great coverage but at the same time makes the skin look natural and radiant. 

While we are on the topic of makeup, I have a few other favs that I found this year - the Laura Mercier Waterproof Mascara - makes the lashes dark, thick and long - amazing!  I tried out a few different mascaras this year, and have come back to this one.  It's definitely my favorite!

I also finally branched out this year and tried out a new face wash - the Ole Henriksen On The Go Cleanser.  This face wash is great!  It really makes me feel cleaner everyday I use it.  It makes my skin feel smooth - not dried out.  This is a sure winner!

Oh yeah, on the hair side, I really like the Babyliss Hair Dryer I bought.  It's definitely on the heavy side, but it minimizes the flyaways, and I love the results.

Hmmm ok now moving onto clothes.  This is a big section!  I definitely bought more clothes than anything else.  Lots of Lululemon, for sure.  As far as Lululemon tanks go, I think the and the Push Ur Limits and the Light Up Tank are the best tanks I bought this year.  They are both luxtreme tanks, and I've worn them both to various activities where they've performed beautifully.  Well I also think they look very sharp too. I bought multiple Push Ur Limits tanks.  I love the thick and supportive straps on them, and the contrasting colors make them stand out.  The Light Up Tank had a high price tag, but I'm very glad I ended up buying it.  I really like how it fits, from looser fitting body, to the ruching on the back with the huge pocket, to the tiniest detail of the glittery gripper on the hem.  The reflective details on the straps don't really do much for me, as I never wore it outside the gym.  But I guess it won't hurt if I ever decide to.

I have an obsession with jackets, hoodies and outer wear.  Out of the ones I bought this year, my absolute favorite is the Journey Jacket from Lululemon.  I love the shorter length, the military-inspired style and the way it fits.   I've worn it so much, it's the perfect weight jacket for the SoCal weather pretty much all year long.

Another Lululemon hoodie that I wear a lot is the Flashback Jacket.  It's super comfy, and I wear it all the time as well.

One of the newest items I received - the Diesel Fluvy hoodie, has become one of my favorites too.  I'm in love with the graphic print on the back.

My two Kitson hoodies have turned out to be worthy companions as well.  I wear them a lot inside the house and outside.  Every time I wear them out, people go crazy over them.  I've had so many strangers stop by and ask me where I got them from.  Pretty funny.  I'm glad I got 2 of them.

Does a running pullover count in this category?  Hehe.  Well I didn't buy too many Lululemon running pullovers this year.  But I'm in love with my teal zeal Inspire Pullover!  I'm so glad I returned the senorita pink one from the first batch.  Because the teal zeal one is so soft and without the rough ribbon edging.  I really like the fit of the pullover.  It's similar to my Hills Pullover and Energy Pullover, but I really love the high ruched collar on this one.  I also love the bright and cheerful green color.  It's definitely become one of my favorite running pullovers.

Another one of my absolute favorites from this year for working out is the Fast Shorts.   Unfortunately I don't think they sold very well so they probably won't be making a come back.  I wish they had at least come out with more colors so I could have stocked up!  Super sad face.

Ok I think we're near the end.  Just a couple more things!  Maybe now I should move onto my work wardrobe.  Earlier in the year, I stocked up on the Express Editor Wide Waistband pants.  I own many pairs of them now, and they have lasted beautifully.  They are all I wear to work other than my dresses and skirts.  They are the most comfortable and flattering pants for work.  That's pretty much all you can ask for. 

I also really like the Express Sweaters for work.  I bought like 4 of them.  They are awesome!  

Surprisingly, my most recent purchase - the Abercrombie Josey Sweater has been a great, great buy for work as well.  It adds just the right feminine touch.  It's super soft and comfortable.  And looks great too.

I also use my mom's silly mug present all the time at work too.  For tea or coffee.  Really, sometimes simple things are the best things in life.

I can't end this list without mentioning my Lululemon Bon Voyage Duffle.  I've used this duffle extensively for the gym as well as for traveling.  I love the many labeled pockets and the roominess.  Not to mention the color ivy in the satiny material is just gorgeous.  I don't ever use the camel shoulder strap though.  I just use the handles and wear it like a purse.

Ok, I think I will end this with my awesome Samsung Washer & Dryer set.  I'm so glad I bought this set!  I've used many washers & dryers and these are the best!  They are so quiet, efficient, and they really make the clothes cleaner than other washers.  Weird, right?  I'm glad I read up on all the consumer reports before buying a set.  They are a great investment!

Ok well, I think this is plenty!  I guess I really am indecisive.  Hehe.  But hey, I can't help that I bought so many great items this year!  I really should make a list of useless things I've bought also though, because there are many too.  You win some, you lose some right?  Well I'm excited to see what 2011 brings!  My wedding will be next year, so I'm sure that will bring a whole new set of topics!  I really can't wait till it's over actually.  I'm not a planner at all, I'm not really into this wedding stuff, and I haven't even set a date.  But it's already giving me a huge headache!  I'm still looking forward to whatever new adventures to come my way!

I hope that all of you have had a great 2010.  Thank you for ramblings, and all the best for the upcoming year!


  1. Would love to hear your list of useless products as well ! Super useful list, thanks! :)

  2. Thanks! I think I will make that list. Maybe it will teach me a lesson to look back at my bad decisions. Hehe

  3. I love this post! Thanks for the list. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Editor Wide Waistband pant, too. The other Express pants don't fit me right. I have a boy-ish figure, so maybe that's why? I also love the Bon Voyage bad, wish I got one. Anyway, happy new year and congrats on the engagement (never got a chance to congratulate you).

  4. I love the run fast shorts too. I bought it in all colors: black, coal, oasis and alarming. I agree that they probably won't make it again. shame : (


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