I’m so happy 2022 is finally over! Last year was one of the hardest years of my life and I’m thrilled to bring in a new year. While 2022 was a hard year for me, it was full of beautiful moments. I also found a lot of escape through things I love and enjoy. Below are my favorites of 2022.
Nine Perfect Strangers
I typically don’t like books with a lot of characters but the author did a phenomenal job at slowly introducing them so it didn’t feel like an overwhelming amount of characters. Despite how many characters there were, I feel like the reader really got to know each one. I also loved the premise of this book. This book was a perfect balance of darker subject matters that were touched on with empathy and wisdom but also really funny and heartwarming. My only complaint is that it really takes a while to get super interesting. The last chapters are what really make this book good.
Our Italian Summer
This was the perfect Summer read. It was light and I loved the main characters. I loved the author’s focus on the complexities of family female relationships through three generations. I also just love books that take place in Italy because it brings me right back.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
This book was captivating and beautifully written. I’m still amazed that the author was able to touch on so many deep subject matters without glossing over them but not focusing too much on them, and perfectly incorporating them into the plot. I don’t want to give spoilers away, but seeing how the characters had to navigate the press and live their lives according to how they felt safe doing so but not how they wanted to was incredibly eye opening for me.
All The Light We Cannot See
This book is written from the perspective of two characters whose stories are intertwined. It follows them through their lives, focusing on their time during WWII. One a blind French girl, the other a German boy who becomes a Nazi. The author did a great job conveying the traumas of war from very unique perspectives.
Skincare & Makeup
Morphe Setting Spray I find this setting spray to truly help my makeup last all day and it doesn’t feel as heavy as other setting sprays.
SkinCeuticals Hydrating Mask As someone who is a type 1 diabetic, I suffer from dry skin sometimes. The combinations of retinols and diabetes can make for VERY dry skin sometimes, and this hydrating mask has helped me so much over the last year.
Dior Lip Gloss 2022 was the year I fell in love with lip gloss again. I love that high gloss lips give the appearance of really making an effort but it’s such an easy lip product to apply and comfortable to wear.
EltaMD Moisturizing Lip Sunscreen Another lip product I loved in 2022 was the EltaMD Moisturizing Lip Sunscreen. It’s lighter in wight than most lip products with sunscreen and very hydrating.
DRMTLGY Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 46 I’ve been using a tinted sunscreen every day for years now but last year I searched for something that felt more hydrating. I love this one from DRMLGY because it looks beautiful under makeup and it’s hydrating.
La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water I loved using this thermal spring water to set my makeup. I don’t use it to make my makeup last longer but to blend my makeup into my skin and make it look more natural.
Chanel Classic Flap This is my DREAM handbag. I’ve always wanted a Chanel Medium Classic Flap with black caviar leather and silver hardware. My husband and I bought it from the Chanel store on Sloane Street while we were in London in September. It’s the ultimate handbag for me. I’ll probably never spend that amount of money on a handbag again. I cannot link one directly from Chanel but I did link a used one.
Ralph Lauren Men’s Sweatshirt On a typical day, I’m home all day in loungewear and my go-to sweatshirt is the men’s crewneck sweatshirt from Ralph Lauren. I specifically like the men’s ones because of the oversized fit on me and I swear they are better quality than the women’s.
Chiffon Maxi Dress I didn’t get the chance to wear this maxi dress much this year because I bought it at the end of Summer but I know I’ll be wearing it on repeat this upcoming Spring and Summer. It’s light weight so it’s perfect for hot days. It’s a rather shapeless dress but the way it falls over my body is incredibly flattering. The colorway I have is no longer available but they’re always coming out with knew colorways for it.
AE Jeans 2022 was the year I finally tried American Eagle Jeans and I’m now fully converted. They’re comfortable, flattering, inexpensive, always on sale, and they come in so many styles, colors, and sizes.
Tory Burch Crossbody I’m a fan of Tory Burch handbags. I think they’re great quality, a fair price, and well designed. The bag I bought earlier in 2022 is no longer available but the bag pictured and linked is the updated design of the one I have. I love it because it’s small but can hold a lot. It’s also casual and I can throw it on with anything when I’m running out the door.
Faux Shagreen Tray I’ve been using this tray on our bar and it’s the perfect tray to cluster our whiskey bottles. I also love the texture of the tray.
Kassatex Cane Embossed Collection I have several pieces from this collection now- the cotton jar, trash cans, the tumbler, and even the matching bedding. I love it because it’s neutral but because it has a pattern it’s not entirely boring. Also, the pattern reminds me of a Lady Dior handbag so I cannot resist it.
Julienne Y-Peeler I use julienne carrots a lot in cooking but I have a love hate relationship with store bought ones. The store bought ones are dry and often flavorless BUT I hate julienne cutting. This Y-Peeler really solved my dilemma and I use it frequently.
Dessert Cups I use these dessert cups almost every day for everything. I use them mostly for parfaits, ice cream, and chia seed pudding. You could even use them for individual appetizers.
Ginger Jar Since getting diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in July, I have a lot of medical supplies I need on a daily basis now. I use these jars for insulin related items. I love them because they’re obviously useful for me but they look nice too.
Mediterranean Chickpea Salad This salad is so unique fresh tasting. It’s nutritionally dense and filling enough to be an entrée but it could make a great side salad to go with just about anything. It would pair particularly well with grilled chicken, falafel, seafood, or lamb.
Chia Seed Pudding Since getting diagnosed with T1D a lot of people have asked me what sort of dietary changes I’ve had to make. This biggest change in my diet has been to breakfast. My husband and I used to have green smoothies every morning for breakfast. Sounds healthy? It was, but unfortunately any amount of carbs in those smoothies would immediately turn into glucose and spike my blood sugar since it takes little to no effort to digest a smoothie. I’m not bashing on smoothies for breakfast. I still think they’re a healthy option for insulin producing people. However, I had to cut them out of my diet. Chia Seed Pudding is one of the few “sweet” breakfast options I have that won’t spike my blood sugar. I mastered the perfect ratio this year and I feel like there are endless flavor options for Chia Seed Pudding.
Buffalo Chicken Salad There was a week this year when my husband was out of town and I didn’t want to just cook for myself, so I made a large batch of this Buffalo Chicken Salad. I ate it almost every day that week and I’m still not bored with it. It’s healthy but doesn’t taste healthy because my mind is tricked into thinking that anything with buffalo sauce is not healthy.