Most Popular Posts of 2015

Coach Swagger Carryall

Looking back on 2015, it was a good year for this little blog of mine. I feel like I made progress in different areas, all where I wanted to. As this year comes to a close, I thought it would be fun to share the most popular posts of 2015 with you. I’m sometimes a little surprised at which posts do the best throughout the year, but only a little (I know you love the packing lists!).

Last year was one full of change for both myself and Hej Doll. I transitioned to doing more work on the blog than I did with my professional photography business (though that does play a part in this space), and then did a huge rebrand to give my family a little more personal space. I’m still finding a science to this new space, and feel like I’m still optimizing a lot of issues behind the scenes. In the new year I hope to ‘keep it real’ while sharing useful content for all of you.

Is there anything special you’d love to see on Hej Doll in 2016? I’d love to hear your input. Read on for the list!

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Winter Wishlist & After Christmas Sales

My Winter 2015 wishlist, featuring Everlane, Vitruvi, Withings, Hairo, Cuyana, Herbivore, Marie Kondo, and Little River Sock Mill

1. The Cashmere Scarf by Everlane (sale!)/ 2. Vitruvi Focus Aromatherapy Oil / 3. Withings Activité Pop Smart Watch / 4. The Weekly Times Desk Notepad / 5. Hario Coffee Measuring Spoon / 6. Cuyana Dolman Silk Shirt / 7. Herbivore Pink Clay Mask / 8. Spark Joy by Marie Kondo / 9. Little River Sock Mill Souch Socks (sale!) / 10. Cuyana Leather Travel Wallet

It seems like only yesterday I shared my Fall wishlist with you.  The seasons are so finicky in California but with temperatures dropping into freezing in most areas, I can definitely say we’ve hit Winter. I snatched up a couple of items from my last wishlist and I also picked these gray jeans (50% off!) up recently and love the style and fit. I’ve been really into gray hues lately, which pairs perfectly with my beloved black wardrobe palette.

1. Cashmere Scarf by Everlane
I don’t have a warm and thick scarf, and although I used one during my trip to Boston last Winter, it wasn’t quite warm enough. Temperatures here have been colder than usual, and this would be perfect for my upcoming trip to Salt Lake City for Alt Summit!

2. Vitruvi Focus Aromatherapy Oil
I have to admit that I haven’t taken a step in the essential oils direction, but I love that this is called focus, and I’m a sucker for good branding.

3. Withings Activité Pop Smart Watch
So this isn’t actually on my wishlist (because I scored it during an Amazon flash deal!), but it should definitely be on yours. Not only do I absolutely love that it looks like a real watch (it’s waterproof too!), I love that I can glance at it to see where my step count is. It isn’t as advanced as other fitness trackers I’ve had as far as activities, but it does enough for what I want to do. Don’t worry, if you love color more than I do you can easily swap your band to their more colorful set.

4. The Weekly Times Desk Notepad
This is another item I already own, but I think it’s wonderful for keeping track of my to-do items throughout the week. I normally use my google calendar, but it fills up so quickly that it’s a pain to actually see appointments. Plus I have this sense of fulfillment that comes from physically crossing something off a list.

5. Hario Coffee Measuring Spoon
In the mornings when I make my coffee, I am a little embarrassed to say that I don’t measure it. I pop the lid off of the canister and pour “as much as I need” into my cone. It works for now but I’d love to have a proper coffee measuring spoon, especially one that is as beautiful as this!

6. Cuyana Dolman Silk Shirt
Ahh, silk! I’m always fall for a nice silk and not only is Cuyana’s a nice heavy weight, the cut of this shirt is beautiful. Silk travels light and is easily washed (some are washable) on the go.

7. Herbivore Pink Clay Mask
After a go with Mask of Magnaminty from Lush, I’ve been looking for other more natural masks to try. I’m dying to try this one from Herbivore because my skin is still freaking out about the dry Winter weather.

8. Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
Awhile back I read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and have since started to tidy my entire life up. I’ve been taking my time because I didn’t have a lot to devote to it during the holidays, but now that those are in the past I’m looking forward to putting more into practice. This is her new book and I can’t wait to dive into it as well.

9. Little River Sock Mill Souch Socks
Don’t these look cozy? I imagine wearing them around the house with my slippers or tucked into some wintery boots while on-the-go.

10. Cuyana Leather Travel Wallet
I’m always on the lookout for a good sized travel wallet with all the right compartments. Not only is this a color that I don’t have, it’s got all the right pockets to go along with it. Now I just need to make more travel plans to go along with it, ha!

A few of my favorite stores are having after Christmas sales, so I thought I’d share a couple of my favorites with you…

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New Years Eve Dresses

New Years Eve Party Dresses

Badgley Mischka Forest Gown (c/o Rent The Runway) / J.Crew Glitter Clutch (sold out, similar to rent by Kate Spade, or similar by Jimmy Choo) / Oscar de la Renta Foliage Earrings (c/o Rent The Runway) / Elizabeth and James Micro Knuckle Ring (c/o Rent The Runway) / Michael Kors Shoes / Dior Bar Nail Polish / MAC Sweetie Lipstick

Just before the holiday we attended my husband’s work holiday party. It was downtown at a fancy venue, so formal attire was requested. I took the opportunity to really dress it up (he even wore a bow tie, swoon!). I don’t normally shop for nicer occasions since I feel like it’s frivolous to purchase something that you’ll only wear once. I am a huge fan of Rent the Runway, and discovered them years ago (here too!), so I partnered with them to put together my look for the occasion.  I wore these Braza Beige Petal Concealers because you can’t wear a normal bra with this dress, but I was able to wear my spanx under it (good thing, sequins are not forgiving!). I also tried on the Badgley Mischka Award Winner Gown which fit just like the Forest Gown but was a platinum-blush hue.

Now that the holidays are over, I’m sure you’re chomping at the bit to choose your New Years Eve look. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite New Years Eve dresses and accessories from Rent the Runway for an easy and chic New Years experience. Keep reading to see my favorites!

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