top 10 purchases of 2016

Happy New Year’s Eve y’all! If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably already know what my top 10 purchases of 2016 are. But, I wanted to share those with you today because as a blogger, I obviously post a ton of outfit ideas…but these 10 things are items I’ve worn COUNTLESS times, and will continue to do so in the new year!

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So you’ve probably seen me post about this cardigan at least 50 times now, because I wear it constantly. I wear it on airplanes, I wear it over a cami for a going out look, I wear it lounging around the house…it is seriously the softest thing in the WORLD and I love the loose/oversized fit.

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AG Jeans (nearly identical pair here, second photo is this pair. I wear a 25)

I bought my first pair of AG jeans in the beginning of 2016 because I got a Nordstrom gift card for Christmas. I’d never spent this much on jeans before, but the second I tried them on…I completely understood the price. These are the softest jeans you will ever wear, and you can’t beat the quality. They don’t stretch out at all and after a year of wearing mine at least 3 times a week, every week…they are still in perfect condition! I loved them so much I got Michael a pair of men’s AG’s this year as well, and he loves them!

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Free People sweater (I have this in 3 colors, and wear a size XS)

It might seem slightly excessive to have the same sweater in so many colors…but y’all this Free People sweater was SUCH a good purchase. Michael and I went to a happy hour event this past Wednesday night and I had about 10 minutes to get ready. This sweater is always the first thing I grab when I don’t even want to think about what to wear…because I ALWAYS love it. Whether I’m wanting to get dressed up or if I’m feeling casual or if I’m feeling like a baggy sweater bc #holidaydiet lol.

Adidas superstar sneakers (size down. I’m normally an 8 and got these in a 7)

I just did an entire post on why I love my adidas sneakers so I won’t go into too much detail, but when I first bought these sneakers I had NO idea how much use I’d get out of them. They look cute with jeans, their great to take on trips that involve alot of walking, they’re insanely comfortable, and the price is really reasonable.

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YSL glossy lip stain (I have this in several colors – #107 and #17 are my two faves!)

For years I’ve heard so much about this lip stain but never tried out because I thought the price was a little much for a lip gloss. But after I bought my first one, I realized what all the hype was about, and now I have a whole collection lol (it’s a great Christmas/birthday present to ask for!). I’m obsessed with this lip stain because it doesn’t dry your lips out, the color is beautiful, and legitimately stays on for hours even if you’re eating and drinking.

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Nike Free RN sneaker (also available here)

Y’all I wish I could accurately put into words how much I LOVE these sneakers! I have them in three colors now (black, grey, and white). These are my go-to shoe that I pack on trips because I can wear them on the airplane, I can run in them, or just wear them for walking around town. They are seriously the most comfortable pair of Nikes I own. I told my family about them and now my mom has like 3 pairs, and my sister just got her first pair. They work great for weight training or non-distance running (the longest I’ve ever run in mine is 5 miles). And they’re just adorable and look great with everything.

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Rag & Bone dark wash jeans

For years I’d been on the hunt for the perfect dark wash skinny jeans – for those occasions that you just probably shouldn’t have rips in your jeans. I could never find a pair I loved bc I felt like they were either too stiff, or not flattering, or not the right color. I read amazing reviews about this pair of rag & bone jeans so I tried them out…and LOVE them! I wear them ALL the time. They are so flattering and insanely comfortable.

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Dior reflective sunglasses

These sunglasses were definitely my splurge purchases of 2016. Michael actually got them for me / let me get them when we were in Rome as my souvenir. I’d wanted this exact pair for forever, and finally decided to go for it. I never had even a tiny second of buyer’s remorse because I wear them CONSTANTLY and they look great with every outfit! If you’re wanting something sporty or trendy or casual…these sunnies are your go to. They are amazingly comfortable and you can’t beat the quality.

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Sam Edelman suede slouch boots (also available here)

I had a hard time narrowing down a picture to choose for these boots because I have at least 1,000…because I LIVE in these boots! I love the slouchy look of them, but that at the same time…they can still go with dressy outfits. They have a decent size heel, yet they’re still so comfortable. I walked in these for hours all over NYC a few weeks ago. I also love the gorgeous camel color of them!

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Madewell black leather tote

This might look like an ordinary black tote, but this bag is a total life saver. My purse collection has gotten slightly out of hand this year, yet this bag is still my go-to. The quality of the leather is amazing, I love that it has an outside compartment, and the size is perfect. You can throw your planner in here, or an iPad, but it’s not SO big to where you couldn’t carry it every day. I also typically go for brown/cognac bags and decided to branch out with the all black…and I absolutely love it.

Non-fashion purchases I’ve also loved:

I can’t thank y’all enough for following along and all of your support this past year! I truly mean that from the bottom of my heart. Your support and encouragement mean the world to me! So excited for 2017 and to continue creating content that inspires you to live life fully and feel your absolute best. Happy New Year loves!

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8 Comments on top 10 purchases of 2016

  1. Rebecca King
    December 31, 2016 at 5:43 pm (5 months ago)

    Love all your picks!

  2. Gabrielle
    December 31, 2016 at 6:46 pm (5 months ago)

    I love all your picks! You have been my go to blogger this year for outfit inspiration! I love (and appreciate) that you put together outfits that people can actually afford and are still cute at the same time. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next year!

    • laurenkaysims
      January 2, 2017 at 5:51 pm (5 months ago)

      This means so much to me! Thanks so much for your encouragement, and for following along! Happy New Year!!

  3. Lindsay
    January 2, 2017 at 4:07 pm (5 months ago)

    SO many good purchases!!

  4. Lauryn
    January 2, 2017 at 7:21 pm (5 months ago)

    I love following along your blog and instagram! You are such an inspiration to my wardrobe! I do have a question about the Madewell cardigan…. the reviews via the Madewell website for this cardigan are not that great, and many complaints that it is piling. Are you experiencing this?

    • laurenkaysims
      January 4, 2017 at 8:58 pm (5 months ago)

      yeah i’ve seen the reviews that say that, which is so weird because I’ve never had that issue! I’ve had my cardigan for 5ish months now and it’s still in great shape!

  5. Ashley
    January 5, 2017 at 5:21 pm (5 months ago)

    Hey Lauren! I’m always liking your Instagram pics, but this is my first time visiting your blog! I loved reading this post. You actually inspired me to purchase the Nike shoes in black! I loved how they looked in your photos and knew they would go well with every workout/athlesiure wear style I wore. I definitely havn’t kept them as pristine as yours though! Maybe I should by them in grey. =P

    • laurenkaysims
      January 9, 2017 at 5:04 pm (5 months ago)

      Aw, thanks for coming on over to the blog! I love instagram but LOVE when people actually come to the blog to read the post! And seriously, those Nikes are like, life changing shoes haha. I have them in black, grey, and white and wear all 3 pairs constantly!


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