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Love List 2017

Love List

Love Lists have been a popular series on Something Pretty since the early days (circa 2011!). I always enjoy chatting about a few random things I’m loving, and have so much fun reading about what’s on your radar, too. For my last post of 2017, I thought it would be fun to create a master Love List for the year featuring some overall “winners” from the last twelve months. Here you have it: a few things I’ve loved most in 2017!

Clothing purchase: I’ve finally figured out exactly the type of clothing I need in this season of life that is practical for being home with a toddler but is still feminine and fun to wear. My Abercrombie Ruffle Sweater is the perfect example–I find myself reaching for it every time I pull it out of the laundry! It’s so easy to style (see two examples here and here) and always looks polished, cute, and comfortable. I’m tempted to pick up another color but can’t decide which…stay tuned to see if it ends up in my Love List 2018 as well :)

Beauty purchase: This was a hard category to choose just one thing for because as you know, I switched almost everything over to Beautycounter this year and have been thrilled with the performance and results. If I have to choose just one though, I think I have to go with the Balancing + Charcoal Mask. Most masks I’ve tried over the years have made me break out, but using this one once a week has undeniably improved my skin (ahem, postpartum hormonal acne).

Home purchase: We upgraded from the small, budget-friendly couch I had picked up for my first apartment in North Carolina to an extra-large and decadently comfortable Pottery Barn couch early this year. It is such a better fit for our house and has helped make the living room our favorite spot. Nothing feels better than snuggling up there after a long day.

Home upgrade: File this under wildly unglamorous, but incredibly functional. Dave replaced the closer on our storm door for one that I can lock with my foot and unlock by pushing on the door. No more fiddling with the lock or scraping up the back of my leg whenever I try to walk inside while holding Charlie and armfuls of grocery bags! I am literally thankful for this $25 upgrade every time I walk in the front door :)

Local spot: This is the year we fell head over heels in love with Raleigh, so there are lots of places I could mention here! One that’s especially near and dear to my heart, though, is the North Raleigh location of Jubala Coffee. It’s down the road from my house, the coffee and food are fantastic, and there’s a great grassy space right outside that’s perfect for spreading out a picnic blanket and playing with Charlie. It’s definitely the place where I feel most like a “regular!”

Blog post I wrote: I wrote One Year with Charlie, a post reflecting on my first year of motherhood, in one fell swoop with tears streaming down my face a few days before Charlie’s first birthday. It’s one of the most personal posts I’ve ever written, and I don’t think any other post I’ve shared over the last seven years has garnered so much response, both in blog comments and personal comments from people in my life. It meant a lot to me, so I was deeply touched that it seemed to resonate with many of you.

Book I read: I set a goal to get back into reading this year and am happy to share that it was a great success! Dave and I have both started reading before bed and it has been wonderful for both relaxing screen-free at the end of the day and for checking things off of our reading lists. I especially enjoyed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (fiction) and Grace, Not Perfection (nonfiction).

Vacation: We went on some wonderful, memorable trips this year, but I think our long weekend in Wisconsin has to top my list. It was so special to see my grandma and Charlie together and to spend quality time with my parents in my dad’s hometown.

Memory with Dave: There are a million and one things I could write here. Pardon the end-of-the-year sappiness, but Dave is my best friend in the world and everything is better when he’s there. One in particular that comes to mind is a walk we took while on our anniversary trip to Charleston. Charlie had fallen asleep in his stroller, so we took our time wandering through some of the prettiest streets with iced coffees in hand. It was one of the first reminders we had had since Charlie was born that we were a couple first, and that even though the moments of focusing on just the two of us were fewer, they could still happen.

Memory with Charlie: There is not a single day I haven’t spent with my sweet boy since the day he was born, so there are lots to choose from here too :) Any time we’ve gotten to experience his precious, unbridled childhood joy fills my heart to the brim. One of the best examples is when we held his little hands and let him wade into the ocean in Kiawah Island–I don’t think I’ve ever seen him so excited!

It was so much fun scrolling back through Instagram and blog posts to choose favorites for this post–it has been a challenging year, but an incredibly grace-filled, fruitful, and joyful one. Excited to see what 2018 holds!

P.S. Pop by on Tuesday for my second annual Something Pretty survey…I’d be so grateful for your feedback as I plan for the year ahead! Plus, there are a few fabulous prizes involved :)

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  1. Mary

    December 28th, 2017 at 10:31 am

    I liked grace not perfection too! Got it at the library and I actually got the newest book for Christmas. Really enjoying it so far!

  2. Lisa

    January 17th, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    I just finished A Simplified Life! What did you think of it? I liked Grace Not Perfection a little better, but definitely pulled some great takeaways from A Simplified Life that I want to implement :)

  3. Dana

    December 28th, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Lots to love in 2017!

  4. Kristina

    December 29th, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Wonderful list! Your Beautycounter journey has me inspired to switch my makeup routine to all-natural over the course of 2018. As far as I know Beautycounter doesn’t ship to Europe, right? So I will have to find a good natural solution this side of the pond ;-)
    Thanks for sharing your year with us – you are a true inspiration and encouragement to me. Happy New Year to you and your family; may God bless you abundantly in 2018!

  5. Lisa

    January 17th, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Kristina! I’m always so thankful to have you as a reader and for your kind and thoughtful comments. I hope we get to meet for brunch someday, hopefully on your side of the globe because that’ll mean I’m visiting Germany again :) Happy 2018!

  6. Jennifer

    December 30th, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    So tempted by the sweater- is it true to size?

  7. Lisa

    January 17th, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    Girl, get it! I would say it’s true to size, but I like sweaters a little looser so I sized up to a medium!

  8. Brooke

    December 30th, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Hi Lisa! Loved all of your 2017 favorites – what a great year! I thought you’d be a good person to ask – do you have a favorite book on Catholicism? I am Protestant, but my boyfriend of many years is Catholic. Obviously, our faiths are overlapping in many ways, but I would like to learn more about Catholicism, specifically. I’d like to choose a book to go through along with my daily Scripture readings in 2018. Any suggestions? Thanks so much, and happy New Year!

  9. Lisa

    January 17th, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    Brooke! I am so sorry for this late reply! Thanks so much for thinking of me. I can’t think of anything that specifically goes along with daily Scripture readings, but a few great books that cover “Catholicism 101,” if you will, are “Signs of Life” by Scott Hahn (anything by Scott Hahn, really–he’s brilliant!) and “On Being Catholic” by Thomas Howard. And of course, the Catechism is the ultimate way to learn about Catholicism, but read it in small doses or it’ll be pretty overwhelming, haha! I hope this helps! :)

  10. Brooke

    January 17th, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you, Lisa! I was actually looking for “Catholicism 101” books anyway, so your suggestions are absolutely perfect! (My question wasn’t the clearest, I just meant that I’d like to choose a book to read in tandem with Scripture, not that they necessarily had to go together. So you knew my question better than I did. : ) Thank you!!!

  11. Lisa

    January 18th, 2018 at 6:02 am

    Oh, I’m so glad! Happy reading! xoxo

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