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I shop for a living, which certainly has its pros and cons. On the one hand, I can really do what I love, and I often find myself justifying impulse buys from creators as “research” or “part of my job description.” But to start 2022, I really wanted to invest not only in vintage Galliano Dior bags, but also in products that would make my life better for the new year.
In doing so, I hope to stick to some of my resolutions for perhaps the very first time, and honestly, I think I’ve found a few items – like Oprah’s favorite blender and a Smeg espresso machine – that will turned out just do that. There’s also fashion that makes me smile, which we could all probably benefit from right now. So, without further ado, here are the 10 best things I’ve bought in 2022 so far, including everything from a handful of kitchen appliances to plenty of impulse fashion purchases (which I’ve now judged wardrobe essentials), below.
Pandora ME Bead and Link Bracelet
I own three of these bracelets and would buy three more in a heartbeat. Pandora has been doing a lot of exciting things lately, which is exactly why you’ll see celebrities like Charli XCX and Addison Rae wearing its pieces. I’m particularly obsessed with the recent launch of Pandora ME; these bead and link bracelets are the most perfect accessory. I often wear mine all together, but you can wear them individually and even add different charms to them. It’s like a chic Y2k dream.
One of my New Year’s resolutions was to stop spending money on foods that I could easily prepare at home. My favorite breakfast is a spinach and peach matcha smoothie (don’t hit it until you try it), but when my local store that made it closed, I didn’t really had no choice but to stick with my goals and try it at home. I took Oprah’s suggestion and invested in one of her favorite things of 2021, the Beast Blender. It completely changed my morning routine and it’s the only blender I’ve ever owned that looks great. Not to mention it works better than any kitchen appliance I’ve ever owned.
Vans x Sandy Liang SK8-Hi 38 DX Embroidered Platform High Top Sneakers
Since I started working in fashion, not a year has passed without me buying several pieces from Sandy Liang. She’s one of my favorite designers of all time, and I love it like me, she’s from New York. His designs remind me of everything I love about the city, especially the eclectic energy that feels both ethereal and grungy. Her most recent collaboration with Vans is the perfect encapsulation of what she does, and these embroidered high-top sneakers are supremely comfortable – and quite possibly the cutest pair on the planet.
Oculus Quest 2
It’s my most surprising purchase to date because it doesn’t look like me at all. I pretty much spend all my money on clothes, so when I spend it on something lifestyle-related, you know it has to be good. My boyfriend works in tech and kept talking about the Oculus since he became obsessed with virtual reality, and I admit, I was intrigued. But what I really wanted the Oculus for was not gaming, but training. Yes, practice. Using the Oculus, you can download supernatural fitness, which has been called a best-kept secret in the health and wellness community. My favorite workout is boxing, and you can even train with celebrity guest trainers like Tiffany Hadish. Honestly, while I love in-person workout classes, having the ability to do it from the comfort of my home has been groundbreaking.
Dauphinette Strawberry Drop Earrings
I’m pretty sure we can all agree that 2020 and 2021 haven’t been our favorite years, and 2022 unfortunately already has a melancholy start. Finding joy has been hard, but I’ve really tried to invest in pieces that make me happy and smile. Dauphinette is always the brand I turn to when I need to buy something to brighten my day or want to add a whimsical touch to my outfit. I purchased these strawberry earrings in early 2022 and can confirm that they make me feel better every time I put them on. I can guarantee that any piece from the brand will make you feel the same.
Dion Lee Ribbed Combat Corset Tank Top
Dion Lee is one of those brands that is just sexy. Every piece, whether it’s a simple pair of low-rise bootcut jeans or a racerback tank top, looks like the sexiest and most elevated version of this wardrobe staple. I bought a used Dion Lee corset in early 2020 and wore it so many times that I knew I had to invest in a new ribbed corset for the coming year. This is my favorite for layering and it looks amazing above all else. It’s one of the most versatile things I own, and even though it’s only three months out of the year, I’ve already gotten my money’s worth in terms of cost per wear.
Ganni Knee High Tubular Platform Boot
I could write a love letter to Ganni Boots, and honestly, I will. These are by far the best boots I own; there really aren’t too many Gannis. The first pair I owned were the short red Chelsea boots, and I wear them at least once a week. After seeing Bella Hadid wearing these tall Ganni Chelsea boots, I knew I had to add them to my collection. Whenever I feel like my outfit doesn’t look cool enough, I add these and they instantly transform the look into something that looks like a model. Not only do they look amazing, but they’re also my go-to shoes when I plan to walk around a lot – they’re also comfortable. Honestly, I forget I even wear them.
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eyeshadow Palette
For me, one of the only good things that came out of quarantine was finally mastering my daily makeup routine. I feel like I’ve been terrible at wearing makeup for most of my life, but now people are asking me for advice. I’d be lying if I tried to take all the credit – honestly, I owe it to Charlotte Tilbury. Basically I just used whatever the iconic brand makes hoping to look as flawless as Amal Clooney. This eyeshadow palette is the secret to my current everyday look because it’s subtle enough to wear anywhere, although I use the dark purple eyeshadow to line my eyes. I think it’s even sexier than eyeliner, and every time I wear it, I get endless compliments.
Ugg Women’s Maeve Shag Fleece Jacket
It’s no secret that Ugg boots have had a resurgence – everyone in Hollywood can’t stop wearing them. I’m obsessed with my Ugg Tazz mule (as seen on Gigi Hadid) but decided to get into Ugg ready-to-wear as well. This Ugg High Pile Fleece Jacket is basically an Ugg boot you can wear. It looks like a cloud and the pastel blue color is so dreamy.
Smeg espresso coffee machine
Another one of my New Year’s resolutions was to make more coffee at home, which turned out to be quite difficult as I don’t really like Nespresso coffee pods. I had dreamed of a Smeg espresso machine for years and years, and finally decided to buy one so I could make the quality lattes I spend up to nine dollars on at local cafes in my kitchen. . I have a ton of other Smeg kitchen appliances (toaster, juicer, kettle – you name it) and this is by far my favorite. It makes me look forward to my morning and has given me a semblance of a routine that I’ve always dreamed of. It’s also so beautiful, and the espresso it makes really tastes like the one I’d splurge on.