These items either made my life easier, more glamorous, or polished by helping me prepare for what the world had to throw at me this past year. In this list you will find everything from travel necessities to style essentials. This is the year I cemented my signature style for the rest of my adult life. Throughout 2022, I made several videos and posts elaborating on each item and you can binge watch my playlists and subscribe here. Now for the quick rundown of high quality highlights that were pretty life changing.
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Purpose: Hold coffee, tea, or water and not spill / be knocked over at my bedside
Highlights: I never use a regular glass unless seated at the dining table now. My coffee and tea never go cold anymore, and this is truly indestructible without leaking. There are so many cute colours and I want to collect more to gift them to my family for next year!
Purpose: Write smoothly without catches; Keep my writing style true to the way I like to present it; Not mark up the inside of my bag; Have one beautiful pen I use for work and stick to instead of losing a cheap pen each day
Highlights: I also got the refills that come with this wonder and it is so smooth without having to press down with a heavy hand and ruining the paper underneath. It also doesn’t bleed yet still has an inky quality to it as a fountain pen would without all the maintenance. It’s also very elegant sitting next to my collection of $1,000 Montblanc pens for so much less. I think it was $17 last time I purchased it. Definitely a high quality gift worth giving.
Purpose: Take notes, study, journal, brainstorm ideas
Highlights: I like the classic mid-size. It comes in all sorts of colours. It’s not leather BUT I have $200 notebooks that the paper thickness in milligrams does not compare. The ink of your beautiful pens will not bleed through the pages and imprints of writing are non-existent. I have over 20 of these used and will continue to buy more in new hues!
Purpose: Hold my iPad for work without spilling all its contents everywhere
Highlights: The quality is better than my Chanel bags, made in America by an American brand, is lined beautifully with high quality materials on the inside actually protecting my things, comes in so many different colours, and the hardware is even 14k gold. It’s also not awkward to hold, has multiple options for the long strap to carry it with if you choose, and it doesn’t destroy your proportions as a petite person to distract from your outfit.
Purpose: A smart work/everyday shoe that is not black, is comfortable, and you can slip them on.
Highlights: The leather is like no other leather I have experienced. Insanely supple, soft, comfortable, and makes my feet feel like I am walking in lotion. The hardware is also beautiful, matches all my clothes and they make me look more put together.
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Purpose: A comfortable bra that doesn’t show my nipples under my everyday lighter shirts
Highlights: This brand was founded in Japan in the 40s. Bras have always been a pain for me as I am a 32F. It is rare that bras even come in my size, more or less would be comfortable. But I have never experienced a comfortable bra before this. The technology is amazing. The strap is not overbearing – it’s almost like air – and the form of my clothes over it look amazing as if it were over my skin but with a better figure.
Purpose: Have a compact mirror + blot my nose in public bathrooms
Highlights: This hue is my exact colour, doesn’t make me look like I have powdered my face, and I also used this yesterday as a standalone foundation. It looked beautiful! It didn’t give me acne or blackheads as my oil-based concealer does. I applied serum and moisturiser right out of the shower, then this. I looked like my makeup was done. The packaging is also gorgeous to carry anywhere when grooming in a public ladies’ room.
Purpose: Hydrate my lips without marking up my clothes, pillow & bed sheets
Highlights: This is my OG balm I used to have in tinted shades. But now I have one in each room of the house and each bag I use (don’t worry I only have a small number of bags I use everyday). It’s so hydrating with rich oils from what I think is Camelia Japonica. These plants are beautiful as I have seen several genuses of them in Descanso Gardens in Los Angeles and would visit weekly. A little goes a long way and it lasts all day!
Purpose: Make the home luxurious & gift to everyone as a housewarming, birthday, or holiday present
Highlights: It is luxurious to lie in, decorate the house with, there are so many different colours, and they are a truly high quality gift someone can enjoy. You will really feel special in one of these.
Purpose: Film YouTube videos on
Highlights: This truly was purchased to film YouTube videos on to make sure I have a recognisable background, to sit and work when I do not want to be at a desk, and a place for my husband to lounge and tell me about his day in my office. It is nicer than a lot of the other sofas we’ve had and our family has had. The quality is fabulous, it comes with a duster bag, it looks beautiful, it is well made, and the colour is perfectly matching everything in my office!
Purpose: Bring work anywhere
Highlights: This is perfect for editing videos anywhere. I can work on a plane and not have to worry about content when abroad visiting my family across the pond. I got the highest amount of storage I could find and strictly use it for work. Okay, sometimes streaming movies. Okay, also for shopping. Okay, also for creating my Pinterest dream boards. But the processor is fast, incredible, and considering all the things I have open including high-memory usage apps such as Adobe Premiere. It is definitely worth it and more than capable with this M2 chip and it being so lightweight. I’m thoroughly impressed. It also charges quickly.
Purpose: Have my outfit ready the night before so I don’t have to think in the morning
Highlights: This made my life so much easier, my morning routine faster, and my husband even uses it for himself when I am not going anywhere. This truly was a game changer, it looks elegant, and I get more use out of the clothes in my closet because of this now. I even put my shoes at the bottom and hang my bag on the bar. All the accessories are ready to go!
Purpose: Keep my neck and ears warm in winter
Highlights: There are so many things I love about this high quality and stunning scarf. I was originally ready to spend $1,000 at Hermes for a scarf I was going to keep forever, but could not find designs that screamed at me. Nothing matched my style, so I simply typed into Google what exactly it was I wanted. This came up and it came in the mail to be even larger in person. It matches everything I have. I tie it, wear it, and style it in various ways, and feel like it could be worn forever looking like so many different things in one! My husband, being from England, loves Aspinal of London (his wallet when I met him was Aspinal), and now I am a fan too! There are also other options in this design. I got this for my deep winter features. It is silvery and nude with some slate blues from what I’m told. Oh yes, I’m partially colour blind!
Purpose: Keep me warm but still match all my outfits
Highlights: This is a truly pulchritudinous neutral to cool tone off white. It matches everything in my closet – it has to as I put a lot of thought into this purchase – and is 100% wool. It is well made and truly is warm. I originally got it not knowing if I loved it, so I returned it. The second time, it was on sale for almost half off and I loved it so much more haha. I wear it almost everyday when it is snowing or raining with my scarf tied around my ears underneath. It is so chic.
Purpose: Have a walkable flat shoe that matches all my summer outfits but covers my toes
Highlights: I got this to look smart when travelling and everyday summer walking as a tourist or common visitor across the pond. It matches everything in my flowery style, in my smart clothes for work, and they look very respectable. They are real leather so they are insanely comfortable, but still lightweight. The canvas cap toes are easy to clean. I get them dirty a lot because of the material, but you simply brush it off with a shoe brush and you’re good to go! I feel like a Barbie when wearing these. They’re very cute and usually sold out along with the other colours.
Purpose: Travel with only one top
Highlights: You can wear this in 8 different ways, it comes in so many colours, and you can travel with this versus a whole wardrobe. It is so lightweight and easy to hand wash, pack, and I am in love with this versatile halter top. It was my first large silk purchase that you can wear forever.
Purpose: My husband gifted this to me on our anniversary
Highlights: It is the most grown up perfume with the most meaning I have ever owned. My first Penhaligon’s with our anniversary date engraved on the side. Nothing can replace it, and it has so much history steeped in it. How many Royals use this again? The queen that united England is whom this is named after, and it was a message that my dear husband sent clear and strong like the fragrance itself. Rose.
Purpose: A gift from my husband we can pass as an heirloom to our grandchildren
Highlights: It is my first Tiffany necklace, and my husband got it for me last year, but I started officially wearing it daily this year. I shower with it, and remove it for special occasions to put on cheap costume jewellery so if I get held up I do not have to worry haha. It’s that orphan-making scene in Batman with all the pearls falling that got me.
Purpose: Not feel compunction from spending so much if I were robbed
Highlights: These are beautiful and I end up almost layering these daily. It’s hard not to. They are affordable (under $20), and make my morning casual everyday outfits look like I am some old money heiress.
Purpose: Carry all my fencing gear & travel through the Galapagos Islands
Highlights: My Galapagos trip got postponed to this year, because on the day before the flight, I got Covid. Then I started using this for my fencing gear. It doubles as a backpack and a duffel bag depending on how you want to wear it. I love this, because I saw one from Helly Hansen, but the colours were so obnoxiously bright, not matching my everyday outfits. It is chic, fits everything – even my awkward helmet and chest guards – with just enough pockets for all my paperwork, charges, and important things like keys to easily access without opening the whole thing and revealing my private items to the world.
Purpose: Travel comfortably & easily organised
Highlights: I had zero neck pain with this, and it was so comfortable! I got so many compliments, and continue to do so with all my Calpak luggage and travel accessories. It is also silk so it is antimicrobial, and doesn’t collect a bunch of dirt from travelling on disgusting planes. It’s essentially sitting on a bus chair soaked in sweat and farts. Can’t wait til I have my own jet. It also matches all my outfits and luggage. This is because I get all my rose gold luggage from Calpak also. It gives a strong sense of branding and security at airports so no one dares steal what is obviously mine if everything matches and I dress similarly. The tech organiser truly helps me stay sane and organised without having a fishnet of chargers and wires to untangle.
Purpose: I forgot to bring a lipstick for a wedding in England and wanted hydrated lips all night
Highlights: This tinted lip balm ended up being so perfect and I still have it today, because a little goes a long way. One day when this is done I will replace it with a matte version, but I also forgot what the beautiful, naturally glossy look is like. This balm also becomes a lip stain as time goes on hydrating your lips through drinks, chats with new friends, and singing along to my favourite dance songs at a wedding. This formula is something I’ll be repurchasing again and again.
Purpose: The ultimate everyday shirt
Highlights: This is a flattering shirt. I got this to buy an everyday shirt I could wear as a statement, but still lowkey. In addition, I created a video on what a good shirt looks like, feels like, and wears like. This shirt was an example of what to wear. The collar and cuffs are more exaggerated and sturdy like the original and proper English style. It is just as high quality as my tailored shirts from England, yet still relaxed enough to be casual on a sunny day in Los Angeles. Essentially, it’s the shirt that can do it all from one of my all time favourite American brands.
Purpose: An easy everyday summer dress that is long yet breathable
Highlights: I want to truly wear these dresses everyday to the point that people wonder if I wash it! I don’t mind wearing the same clothes daily, because I do hand wash my clothes haha. But these colours make me feel amazing, lightweight, and I can do anything in them. This means cleaning the house, going out on dates, going on summer adventures, riding horses (with shorts underneath of course), hosting outdoor events, and gardening. Also knowing they were made with the future in mind with love in Los Angeles reminds me of home wherever I wear it. This is long to not unevenly tan my legs yet still breathable.
Purpose: Wash my silk, cashmere, and wool clothes
Highlights: I have never been more proud to own less yet more high quality clothes, because of this. I can pull off the old money look of wearing the same thing everyday by being able to actually wear the same thing everyday, because I can wash it at home with so much less water! I like to wash one thing at a time, but since my entire wardrobe is now higher quality, I wash more things with less water from lightest to darkest colours. This has made my life easier without clothes absolutely falling apart from being destroyed in a machine or having to schlep to the dry cleaners.
Purpose: Have a high quality flat shoe that is comfortable for when I’m pregnant
Highlights: I plan on starting our family this year and wanted to break in something that looks smart for work, because I plan to live my life in these shoes. They also make dirt less obvious since I got them in the beautiful navy. These are next level comfortable and top quality with leather that becomes a part of your foot.
Purpose: Hold my phone so the screen doesn’t crack
Highlights: I can finally use my phone to hold up my recipe without it leaning against something and falling to crack the screen. All while cooking the recipe! I also like to use it when referring to something for work on my desk or watching videos without dropping my phone on my face lying on the sofa. This at my bedside also helps me see the time and weather right away without having to pick up my phone.
Purpose: The silk skirt that matches everything & does it all
Highlights: I got this skirt not really knowing how well I could wear it, how to style, and what I was even going to do with it, but I purchased it because it is 100% silk. Receiving it in person, I looked and felt like Princess Katherine of Wales! Haha I even bought two. Now I have a black one that just came. I have been dancing around in it with my new black tights, and both hues of the silver-beige and black fit with everything else I wear. This is definitely a look I love to look soft, delicate, and feel like royalty. I do absolutely EVERYTHING in this skirt.
Purpose: Remove dead skin & increase circulation
Highlights: I have this on my desk so I remember to do it. Sometimes I will also do it before a workout before I even land in my office. This is a perfect reminder that you can glow even better by removing dull dead cells you don’t need anymore, and get all the in-growns out. This one is perfect, because it’s not too coarse that it irritates and itches you all day long, but also is not too soft so that it doesn’t feel like it’s actually doing anything.
Purpose: Not have to tuck in my shirt / adjust my clothes during work hours
Highlights: This is definitely high quality, made in Los Angeles, there are so many options for colours, and different cuts. I am wearing this forever for the rest of my life. No questions asked.
Purpose: Never age again + sun protection (bonus)
Highlights: I love this formula! It feels like Vaseline, but smoother and finer. It also hydrates your skin beautifully and I feel like you don’t need a bunch of layers. The mini version is perfect for travel. I used it plenty on my birthday trip riding horses in Texas.
Purpose: My first everyday silk shirts for work and at home
Highlights: I got these in four different colours, and they are currently on final sale to never be sold again. Frankly, I hope they are a staple bestseller item they are known for and do not let this legacy piece disappear into obscurity. So high quality, looks so smart, and I wear it everywhere, any time. It feels amazing and is so comfortable.
Purpose: Wash off makeup
Highlights: I have been using this for years, but this is the first time I got the jumbo version! It lasts so long, costs less in the long run, and it really does remove all my makeup without there being stains on my towel. It smells lovely, light, and fresh like cucumbers. I also love the gelly texture and consistency it gives all over your face with being easily spreadable.
Purpose: Cover my laser tattoo removal from the sun
Highlights: These are so lightweight, beautiful, and protect from the pain and irritation the sun gives my arm from laser tattoo removal. It is a lovely way to go about your day, makes me feel ladylike, and I got the black one too also for evening events when I want to go sleeveless and look modest.
Purpose: Hang my clothes without damaging them
Highlights: I have these in multiple colours for different uses of items. Yes, you know I’m that level organised. The straps carry beautifully without budging, and there is no damage on the shoulders of my clothes.
Purpose: Remove excess wear from my cashmere, wool, and silk clothes
Highlights: It is less than $10 and is a must-buy for everyone who wants to look sharp. You’ll simply need two AA batteries. Life changer for sure.
Purpose: To stay cool and dry in the summer rain in England
Highlights: I did. I wore this in England, bought it because it is Royal Warranted, and it survives today perfectly in the American countryside with me for future uses on our farm and timberlands.
Purpose: Glow without dead skin
Highlights: I use this on my face twice a week to get off all the gunk, pollution from outdoors, and dead skin off my face. It is the only exfoliator that works, is worth the money, and you won’t pick your face when doing your makeup.
Purpose: Keep your feet warm and without bunyons
Highlights: If you live in a cold place and have some rooms in the house without rugs, go get these now. You will need them. They are sheepskin, so pretty much never need to be washed. You can, but air them out and its natural antimicrobial tendencies will save you for washes only once a year! Truly, from my husband who is a microbiologist.
Purpose: Keep chic and stay warm in the countryside
Highlights: The air is fresh and you’re going to want to experience it in this warm cardigan. It is perfect for layering, because it is thick enough to wear multiple garments underneath. You can go for long walks in windy locations yet still feel comfortable.
Purpose: Keep warm on a horse
Highlights: I get an mountain of compliments when wearing this. It’s North American-made in English-inspired style Equestrian design, and perfect for the New Frontier. I live in the horse capital of the world, so this is perfect for adding personality to my everyday wear in beautiful quality herringbones, leathers, and impeccable make.
Purpose: Keep warm & look good
Highlights: I have full videos about these wonderful sweaters, and my entire colourful collection of cashmere. These drape on the body remarkably, are flattering, and you can layer strategically with these beautiful works of art. They come in multitudes of hues, and can be worn anywhere for any occasion.
Purpose: Heels, but long to keep warm and has to match everything
Highlights: I needed a pair of haute couture-inspired boots that weren’t too thin or thick that I could move around in everyday, but still feel polished. These leather boots were made for me! They also come in black, and I love that they are pointed toes. Originally, I was going to spend $2,000 at Hermes for their heeled equestrian boots, but these were pointed to make my legs look longer, and the colour is lighter, matching everything in my closet.
Gifts my husband loved that I gave him
Burberry Trench Coat: He uses this almost everyday at his new job at the hospital over his suit. I’m so glad he loves it. It makes him look like a million bucks, and I am glad we now both have long chic coats to protect us from unpredictable weather!
Hermes tie: My husband said this is his smoothest tying tie that does not bind, and he has ties from all over Europe. From now on, when our kids want to get him a tie, we are going to Hermes. Trop, trop bonne!
Things I’m Looking For In 2023
The perfect pair of black pumps: I need something for work that is comfortable yet elegant with my new all-black wardrobe. You’ll see a post about it coming really soon, so be sure to sign up to my newsletter and become a VIP! Yes, it is possible to find a pair of pumps that are extremely comfortable to walk and stand in for hours – I have several. Now I simply need to find a black version. I really do not own much black.
Made to measure wool trousers: Nothing fits me wherever I go. It’s always $40 trousers that look incredible on me from fast fashion places. However, they are not the best quality and are a bit too casual for when I’m selling multi-million dollar properties. I have searched high and low and so far have only found them low. Going to Ralph Lauren and trying on their $1,000 wool trousers are not enough. I have found several experts in women’s suiting nearby and across the pond. I will be going to them for my clothes from now on. At least my clothes will fit and flatter me now with the quality I choose, along with the pockets, slants of the details, however many belt loops I want, but most of all for…..the incredible fabrics. So far I am looking at Scabal and Loro Piana. I’m obsessed. Stay tuned!
Land, a house, then build another house (my dream house) on that land: Ahh, the first family house and provincial land we will buy. It is our dream home and the land we raise our family. So much more is coming this year. Bigger, better home things will be in my posts in 2023!
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