Anyway, since this is mainly a shopping blog, I will now reflect on all the purchases I've made in 2014 and list out the best ones!
The items which stand out in my mind the most are my Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 sneakers. I got 3 pairs (here, here and here)! I love all 3 equally. They are the best shoes for weight lifting as well as cardio. Plus they are SO pretty! The multi-colors on each shoe make them go with pretty much every clothing piece I own. I give these shoes 10000 stars.
Look how they go with everything! Hahaha.
Surprisingly, the venom/turbo green ones are the most versatile since they go with every shade of green and blue, even yellow too
On the same note, I also wear these geometric print Nike Free 3.0s a lot! I think the 3.0s have vastly improved from when I bought them years ago. They are not as stable for lower body weight workouts as the shoes above, but they are still pretty awesome and super cute! Of course they go with the most outfits since they are black and white. I've probably worn these the most of any shoes I bought this year.
Another item that I bought and have been using daily is the Lululemon Run On Duffel. It has replaced my other duffel bags as my regular gym bag! The size of this bag is perfect. I'm also really loving the mesh look still. It's still in tip top shape even though I've been using it everyday since March! I think that's money well-spent.
As far as my fitness attire goes, I think the standout for me is the numerous Lorna Jane sports bras I've got. I wear them all the time. Their designs are unique and they give me way better shape than other sports bras. My favorites are the Lustre sports bra and the Somersault sports bra. They both have subtle sparkles in the fabric!
As for workout tanks, Lorna Jane tanks also stand out for me. I love the Team LJ tank, Sunrise Tank, and Feline tank the most. I could really add a lot more to this list, but in the interest of keeping it short and picking only the absolute top ones, these are the three I settle on. =)
Team LJ tank:
I think I bought more workout tights in 2014 than any other year in my life! I think Lululemon definitely wins this category. My favorite prints are the Live Natural ombre crops, wunder under crops in wee are from space fatigue green, wunder under crops in pretty palm cadet blue, and all the camo! I really like my black camo denim wunder under crops and the fatigue camo Inspire crops as well. Last but not least, my newest addition has quickly become one of the favorites too - the diamond jacquard flaming tomato wunder under crops.
I just love the ombre Live Naturals...
These wee are from space fatigue green wunder under crops surprisingly go with everything:
Pretty palm cadet blue is also very versatile:
The luxtreme fatigue camo Inspire crops are quite the opposite since they are shiny luxtreme material. I love them too though!
Now, onto long sleeve tops and jackets! My favorites these years are the Nike Epic Crews (I got 2 more after the first one!), Lululemon Camo Forme Jacket and Lorna Jane Feline Jacket.
Can't get enough of the Nike Epics... they are the perfect weight and I love the fit.
The Lululemon Forme Jacket kind of surprised me. I actually first passed on it when I saw it in the store. But my friend then went and tried it on, and said it was super cute so I asked her to get one for me too. Now it's one of my favorites and I'm glad I got it!
I liked the Lorna Jane Feline jacket from the first moment I saw it. I love the embossed animal print and the subtle sheen! Also love that it transform go from the gym to regular street wear.
Ok now, onto work clothes! I bought a lot of clothes from Ann Taylor (here here and here), which I have been wearing a lot! It is a brand I wore years ago and sort of forgot about. I'm glad I found it again, because I think they really kicked it up a notch and their quality is superior to other brands at the same price point IMO. Some of my favorites:
This mod scarf dress!
Icicle tweed pencil skirt:
Wild Jacquard pencil skirt:
Theory, BCBG and Ann Taylor:
Ok next up, casual clothes. My #1 is no doubt the Vince Leather Scuba jackets! I'm so happy I stumbled upon this jacket at Nordstrom and now I own 3! Charcoal (which always looks olive to me), black and mallard. They are made of the softest leather and they are the perfect lightweight jacket for LA. I wear them all the time.
The Gabriella Rossi cashmere sweater can also double up as work or casual wear:
Aiko Trudie top - love the mix of silk and leather! The fit is perfect too.
Free People henley - I wear this all the time too. The henley is comfortable, and the alpine cuffs just add something a bit extra.
These shoes are already included in many photos above, but here are the Sam Edelman Novato - I wear them to work and out:
The Coach Nala pumps I wear mostly to work, they are just so professional looking lol:
Now, onto accessories. My two favorites this year are the Kate Spade Cobble Hill Canvas Dot Carson crossbody and the Aqua skull scarf. I must say... I wear the Kate Spade bag so much more than I thought I would! To think that I almost didn't buy it... the Aqua scarf is funny. I'm not really a skulls person, but I somehow really liked it. Every time I wear it, I get compliments from people who have very different fashion taste than me... haha!
Ok, last category! Beauty! I absolutely love my Sultra Bombshell! And Clinique bottom lash mascara, seche vite top coat, and Sephora nail polish remover.
The Sultra Bombshell just amazes me every time. It makes my curls look perfect and effortless. Seriously must have.
Seche Vite top coat is amazing. It is the most fast drying top coat I've ever used. Truly life changing too.
The Sephora nail polish remover also makes it so much easier and more fun to remove polish! I can never live without it.
I think I'll also give Latisse a honorable mention here. Because it really has dramatically increased the length of my lashes and I love that. I'm just hesitant to use it long term because I'm afraid of the side effects. Let's be real, Latisse is a drug, even though it is FDA approved. You do need a prescription for it, and I still feel uncertain about using it regularly. It was meant to be for patients with glaucoma and the lash lengthening effect was a side effect that was noted. Latisse has only been around for a few years, so I feel like long term effects have not been documented yet. So I don't feel 100% safe using it for cosmetic purposes. My bottle is almost done. I may get another bottle since I only use it every 3 days now. Then I think I'll take a break.
Anyways, now that I look back on 2014, I've bought a lot of stuff! Lol! But I think the difference this year has been that I bought a lot more work clothes in relation to workout clothes. In years past, I was like a crazy person buying all kinds of workout clothes that would last me till the apocalypse. Let's see what 2015 brings and how well I can stick to my resolutions! =P