Let’s talk about listicles. For those that don’t know, this is a mishmash of the words “list” and “article,” usually “21 Pictures of Cats That Will Give You Life” or something to that effect. They’re extremely clickable, easy to digest, and you know exactly what you’re getting into–which is why I think they’re so popular right now on big-name sites like Buzzfeed, Elite Daily, etc. Many times they’re overused as cheap, gimmicky clickbait, but I think they can be informative and fun if properly researched.
Recently I stumbled across a listicle recommending fall lip colors, which was awesome because lip products are the only makeup I ever wear and it can be expensive testing them out. Spending anywhere from $7-20 on one color isn’t uncommon, which adds up quick. Plus you never know what it’ll look like on til you get home and try it, and obviously once opened you can’t return it, so you’re stuck with it. That’s why it’s nice when people do the footwork of buying and trying for you–it narrows down your options, saving you time and money.
As a writer, it makes me feel good to know I’m potentially providing a service to readers through my reviews and recommendations. So with that spirit of sharing in mind, here’s 3 of my favorite purchases I made in 2017. Each of these are things that legitimately made my life better and I don’t regret spending money on at all. Those of you that know me or have read here before know I’m something of a scavenger and don’t buy many things brand-new, preferring to raid thrift stores and curbs whenever possible, but some things are worth it. So without further ado:
A mini backpack! Nothing could be cuter, right?
Let me preface this by saying I don’t carry purses. I know this a sacrilegious statement in our society, but I’ve always hated purses. In the past, I always opted for a cross-body bag, small and hands-free, if I had something I needed to carry. But I still wanted to do away with the concept entirely, sick of feeling chained to a bag of stuff and the dreaded “Where’s my purse?”
As women, we’re made to feel like we need one, to carry makeup and menstrual products. It doesn’t help that our clothes aren’t made with sufficient pockets, so we can barely stuff a cell phone, wallet, or anything actually useful in there. A purse is a literal physical burden we have to carry in order to go anywhere, which if you ask me is built to slow us down and keep us helpless, just like heels. Whereas men can put on a pair of pants, throw everything in their pockets and be good to go, women have to lug a whole separate bag around to stash their stuff. It’s one more thing we’re expected to spend money on and keep track of. And don’t even get me started on the fact that purses are seen as status symbols, so we’re encouraged to blow even more money on them to get a good brand.
Well I say fuck that! I know it’s possible to live purse-free because I’ve been doing it for months now. I started small, by replacing all temporary menstrual products with more long-term solutions like the Diva Cup, which eliminated the need to carry tampons, pads, or other bulky products (also better for the environment and your body!). As for the makeup, I’m a huge proponent of natural beauty so I don’t wear much anyway, but the less vain you are the better in this case. The less you carry, the lighter you’ll be.
Even after eliminating all that crap, there’ll still be practical stuff you need sometimes, like food, books, a hat/jacket/gloves, your keys… And that’s where this little guy comes in. I use it on the daily to carry my stuff back and forth to work since I bike. My “purse” is small, black, and zippered and I’m proud of it!
Some of you may already know that I work full-time in retail, which means I’m on my feet all day every day, standing/walking for 8 hours straight. To me, having the right shoes is SUPER important. It’s make or break. It’s the difference between your feet hurting just a little at the end of the day, or hurting a lot.
They need to be comfortable, breathable, and preferably still stylish. That’s a tall order, but I think these shoes fill it. I bought them in the purple since that’s my favorite, although they’re no longer available here or anywhere that I can find. I’m still kicking myself for not getting a pair of the black ones before they sold out, but I’ll get over it someday. Maybe.
Where my big-lipped girls at?! Cherry Chapstick used to be my go-to until I tried this. If your lips are huge and always dry, this will be your new best friend. Trust.
So there you have it, my top 3 purchases from the past year. Hopefully someone out there finds it helpful. I’m super curious to know your guys’, so a comment or response is more than welcome. 🙂