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For the past few years, I've been writing a year end list of my favorite purchases of the year. This year's list is a little different. This year I feel like I really came into my own with style. Whether it was breastfeeding friendly or something for a night out, I seem to have found an aesthetic I really like. You can see past years here: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011. You can find shoppable links and a few honorable mentions at the end of this post.
Faux leather leggings By far my favorite purchase of fall and winter. They're a great way to dress up while still being comfortable - I swap out plain black leggings with their rock and roll sister. I'm getting so much use out of them that I wish I had bought more than one pair!
NARS Audacious Lipstick in "Grace" The most perfect pinky coral for my complexion! It really opened the door to me wearing more bright colored lipsticks and trying shades I would normally pass on.
Leopard print mirrored sunglasses I got so many compliments on these on social media and in person. The retro shape of the frame is made modern with the mirrored lens.
Faux leather slip ons My blog's name may be the Lactivist in Louboutins, but slip ons make every day life so much easier. These neutral shoes work with anything from jeans and a t-shirt to giving a sporty edge to a feminine skirt.
You Lingerie nursing bra and panty in "Chloe" Who would've thought the sexiest piece of lingerie I own would be one I could breastfeed in? The cage bra gives an edge to the otherwise feminine and lacy bra. The panties are just as gorgeous and comfortable. Oh and did I mention I can breastfeed or pump while wearing it? Amazing. You can buy the nursing bra here and buy the matching panties here. In fact, their entire Very Sexy You collection is beautiful, comfortable, and functional.
Sam & Libby "Eliza" booties My sister teased me that these flat boots are very Austin Powers. While she may think they're shagadelic (baby, yeah!), they're statement booties without a teetering heel or over the knee length. They're versatile enough for day under bootcut jeans or showcased with faux leather leggings at night.
OPI "First Class Desires" nail polish I've gotten in the habit of giving myself a manicure once a week as a way to take care of myself. I typically do it while studying - paint a coat, let it dry while doing any assignment, and then finish up. This color isn't black, it's actually a dark purple with gold and bronze flecks in it. Dark enough for winter, but a nice alternative to my standard black polish. Two coats was all I needed and it went on so easily.
BaubleBar leather tassel earrings I wore this pair on Thanksgiving and then for the rest of the weekend. And the following weekend. The earrings are so light in my ears and come in a variety of colors. Plus, they're a great way to distract from hair that hasn't been washed or done in... well, lets just say in a while.
Honorable mentions: my coral maxi skirt, Urban Decay's Smokey eyeshadow palette, and lace up pointy toed flats. Shoppable links are below.