Favorite Buys of 2017

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a great New Year’s Eve!  We did as little as absolutely possible and it was perfect.  I always have to work New Year’s Day because we do a physical inventory of the store (Boem).  If you’ve been in my store, you would understand what an undertaking it is.  So it’s best for me to feel rested on New Year’s Day!  I am working on another post reflecting on the past year and sharing my resolutions for the coming year, but I also thought you might like to see my favorite buys of 2017, so here we go!

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Smith & Cult Nail Polish Doe My Dear


I am obsessed with these nail polishes.  I love having polished nails, but I hate getting them done and regular polish chips off in two days.  Gel nails are expensive and make my nails weak.  Smith & Cult has been a great solution for me!  First of all, they usually they stay looking really good for 5 days.  That’s longer than any polish I have ever used.  The other thing I love is that it dries super fast.  My usual routine is to get ready in the morning and be ready to walk out the door.  I paint my nails and then drive to work carefully…once I am there, my nails are totally dry!  I seriously have yet to mess one up.  My favorite color is Doe My Dear…such a pretty neutral and great year-round.

Smith & Cult Base Coat // Top Coat

$18 each

I have found that for best results, you need to use the base and top coats, too.

Catbird NYC Tomboy Ring $198 // Tomboy First Knuckle Ring $148

Catbird NYC is hands-down one of my favorite shops of all time.  I LOVE dainty jewelry and they have the cutest stuff.  My favorite part is that it’s all solid 14K gold, so no turning!  It’s definitely worth the splurge for something you want to wear everyday.  I bought several rings from them this year, but my favorite is this Tomboy set.  I love the wider, flat style.  I wear the larger one on my ring finger and the knuckle ring on my middle finger.

Here are some other rings I own and love!  I especially love the Mignon ring (I wear a size 2.5 on my pinky) and the price is great, just $48 for solid gold!

St. Tropez Dark Bronzing Mousse $44 // St. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Tinted Lotion $30

Y’all know I love to be tan!  I don’t love getting a ton of sun any more, so tanning lotion is a must.  This combo is my favorite.  If I’m on top of things, I use the mousse once a week and the lotion a couple times a week in between.  My favorite part about both of these is that they are tinted, so you get instant color.

Applicator Mitt


You definitely want this applicator mitt for the tanning mousse!



I got the plus size iPhone this year (which I LOVE LOVE), so having a Popsocket on the back makes the larger, heavier phone so much more manageable.  It’s great when I’m holding my phone scrolling or taking a selfie.

Chloe Faye Bag


I bought this bag on a trip to NY and to say I’m obsessed is an understatement.  I love having a smaller bag to travel with or take out at night.  Black is classic and goes with everything.  My favorite part about this bag: it has three compartments and a place for my ID/cards, so I can stay super organized.  I put my phone in the front, my glosses, business cards, tissues, etc. in the middle, and my cards and cash in the back.  It’s the best, a total classic, and worth the splurge!

Golden Goose Sneakers


This is my most recent pair of Golden Goose sneakers, but I have 4 pairs now.  I seriously wear them almost every day.  I am a price-per-wear person, so they are definitely worth it for me.  I don’t get super dressed up any more and I need comfortable, flat shoes for work, so these are perfect.

I also have this leopard pair, which has been my most-worn pair of the last year.  And I’m obsessing over this silver Mid-Star style!  I have a pair of Mid-Star, and I love them.  Do I need another pair?!

Natura Bisse Essential Shock Intense Cream


The older I get, the more important I find quality skincare products to be.  I hadn’t been using anything specific on my face, just literally whatever I had lying around or picked up at the store until I found this cream.  It is SO luxurious, and the price isn’t bad for high-end skin care.

EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser


I had been looking for a good face wash and it took me the whole year to find it, but THIS IS IT!  It’s EXACTLY what I was looking for.  It smells great (not medicinal or too sweet) and is creamy at first then SUPER foamy, which is my favorite part.  It’s gentle, so would be great for any skin type.

Apple Watch


If I had to pick my MOST favorite purchase of 2017, it would be my Apple Watch.  I love knowing my steps for the day, and it tells me the time, date, day of the week, and weather at a glance.  I run it during my workouts, so I get an accurate indication of how many calories I have burned.  I also always have the sound off on my phone, so it’s awesome that it vibrates on my wrist when I’m getting a call.

Alo Moto Leggings


I know I keep listing these, but they are THAT good.  So good that I got rid of all my other workout gear and replaced it with high-rise Alo leggings!

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask


This lip sleeping mask is awesome to use before bed.  I love slathering a ton of it on, and when I wake up my lips are super moisturized.

Chloe Susanna Boots


I know I JUST got these, but I guarantee it will be my most worn shoe for 2018.  They are super comfortable, look great with jeans or dresses, and I’ll wear them almost year-round.  I have wanted them for SO long, so I’m super excited to finally have them!

Honest Company Backpack


I know this is a diaper bag, but I use it as my daily laptop bag and love it.  I like that it’s a backpack so my hands are free.  It has a padded sleeve in the back that is perfect for my laptop, and there is an insulated pocket for bottles that I use to carry my lunch!  It is so sophisticated-looking and it’s faux leather, so you can just wipe it clean.

Those are my favorite purchases of 2017!  Thanks for reading!

  1. melanie

    January 2, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    i want everything on this list!!

    1. megan@shopboem.com

      January 3, 2018 at 11:49 pm

      I know, right?!

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