Thursday, December 31, 2015


I figured I'd jump on the blog bandwagon and do a quick 2015 round up - all of my favorite things this year.  Like everyone, I can't believe it's the last day of the year.  2015 has been pretty huge for me - my first full year being a "grownup", a year with phenomenal travel, a lot of challenging work changes, some big stuff on the home front.  Here's to a great 2016.

Tallulah //  This will probably come as no surprise, but my girl tops the list of favorite things.  This was our first full year together, and it's been the most challenging and rewarding part of my life.  She's finally starting to settle down a little, which I'm grateful for, as her puppy-hood was long and hard.  I definitely bit off more than I could chew getting a dog, but it's been so worth it, and she's made me grow up and figure out my priorities a lot faster.

At Home Workouts // The way my schedule and life work, getting to the gym is nearly impossible.  In February, I started doing workouts on YouTube (this channel is my favorite) and it's honestly made such a difference.  I am a much better person if I spend some time getting sweaty frequently, and being able to do it at home limits my excuses.

Sorry not sorry I put a picture of you making out up, Mom and Dad
My Parents // This may seem like a weird favorite of mine, but my parents have had an incredible year.  Both of them have worked so hard for a long time, and it's such a privilege for me to see them reap their rewards. They moved into a new, beautiful home in July, took the family on a number of incredible vacations and have met financial goals I can't even imagine.  I'm always grateful for them, but this year, it's really been extra amazing.

Bean Boots // Backing away from the sentimentality, my Bean boots have been my most worn piece this year.  I chuck them on at least twice a week all year, and far more frequently in the winter.  I honestly wouldn't have gotten through last February - April without them, and I don't see the love affair ending any time soon.

Breakfast // Food is a constant favorite of mine, obviously, and trying to narrow down the things that really made my year was hard (this was a close second). In the end though, I ate the same breakfast for at least 80 percent of the year, so it won out.  Once a week, I make a batch of these beans, a pot of quick barley and 5 soft boiled eggs. Each morning, I put everything in a bowl with a handful of sautéed veggies and call it good. I'm full until lunch.

Travel // The last 2 years have been incredible for my passport and I.  This year, I spent a lot of time in planes and would not have it any other way.  I spent time in Baltimore, Ireland, England, Chicago, Provincetown, Chicago again and Miami.  The increase in work-related travel has been really exciting, if a little exhausting, and I'm hoping to do even more personal travel next year.

Tote Bags // To be honest, these have been a favorite for at least 10 years, but they'll remain forever.  I use a tote bag every day for work, and I can't live with out them this year. Currently, my Dagne Dover is the favorite, but the style of bag in general can't be beat.

Birchbox // When I first subscribed to Birchbox, it felt so frivolous I assumed it wouldn't last. This year, however, the days that those bright pink boxes arrived have easily been my best mail days. I've loved trying new products, and definitely found a few winners, but I think the box itself - getting a piece of pretty, girly, indulgent mail once a month lifts my spirits immediately.  Unwrapping what I got and trying it all out makes me happy enough to easily justify the 10 dollars a month. More info here, sign up here.

Overdrive //  Of everything on this list, Overdrive is probably the thing I used the most. It's an app that basically allows you to access the online volumes that your library owns.  I can honestly say that I would never have read as many books this year (66!) if I didn't have this app.  Once in a while, I load up my holds, then read everything as they come in on my ipad, or listen to audiobooks on my phone.  It's a priceless experience on a free app.

Skincare // This year, I feel like I figured out a routine that has really worked for me skin. While I'll probably love to experiment, my basic products have been incredible at keeping my skin happy, and I don't see myself switching them out any time soon.  I use this cleanser, this toner, this facial oil and this moisturizer


  1. Yes - Overdrive! That and the Kindle app have upped my reading a ton. Sounds like an amazing year of travel - exciting.

    1. I don't know how I would manage reading as much without technology - it's the best!