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2017 Favorites

2017 Favorites

This post is going to be long, I'm so sorry! 

But here are my 2017 favorites! I want to get to a point in my life where I can actually write monthly favorites, because I think that will be so fun. But for now, I'm just going to stick with Half Yearly and Yearly favorites :) Check out the things I loved in 2017 with a brief reason why I love them so much :)

NOTE: Any favorites in bold means clicking on it redirects you to the thing I am talking about. No links are affliated!

Life Favorites 

S'Well bottle ・ It keeps my water cold when I want it to be cold, and then warm when I want it to be warm. I also drop it so much that the fact that it's still working is so amazing to me!


Sudio 'Tre' earbuds ・ Keeps me motivated from going to the gym, and it actually prevents me from getting annoyed at the traditional earphone cords while I'm on the elliptical/treadmill.

Phase3 Backpack ・ I'm very picky with bags, especially backpacks. The fact that I still use this backpack on a daily basis after a year of owning it just shows up much I love it. Plus, it's spacious enough to fit everything I need for vacation. 

Hair skin and nails vitamins ・ Been trying to grow my hair, and these vitamins works wonders!

Nike Training App ・ Helps me work my core, and I'm all about that. Plus, they have such helpful training videos with each exercise. 

Music Favorites 

Demi Lovato - 'Tell Me You Love Me' Album ・ DL's voice is no joke. I didn't think I would like the album much, but this album is one of those where you can't pick a favorite song. That's how you know it's good!

Taylor Swift - 'Reputation' Album ・ Similar to the DL album, but we all know the story behind TS's album. Despite her beef with other celebs, no one can deny she is a good songwriter and singer. 

Keith Urban - 'Female' song ・ Listening to this not only made me feel empowered, but also made me tear up. It's such a beautiful song, and his voice is also gorgeous. 

Luke Bryan - 'Most people are good' song ・ Let's be real, in today's world we all need some happiness and hope. This song brings it!

Camila Cabello - 'Havana' song ・ I'm pretty sure you've heard this song, so other than it's super catchy, there's nothing else I can really say about it :) 

Liam Payne - 'Strip that down' song ・ Also super catchy, and honestly, a super sexy song too :)

Descendants 2 - Original movie album soundtrack ・ If you've never seen the Descendants movies, you have got to! The director of the HSM movies directed both of them, and honestly, their soundtrack is just as good as the HSM soundtrack. 

WINNER - 'Love me love me' song ・ Now we are venturing into KPOP a little. But honestly, they just have such a fresh voice, and it's so catchy! 

Super Junior - 'Black Suit' song ・ The boys are back! And they are better than ever :) 

Luis Fonsi ft. Justin Bieber - 'Despacito' song ・ This is also one of those songs that you would've heard all over the radio in the summer, and maybe even now. It's just that good! 

Movies/TV Show Favorites


Wonder Woman ・ If you haven't seen this movie, where have you been?! This is definitely a female feel good movie, because as soon as you're done watching it, you would feel so empowered to do good in your life. Highly recommend. 

Kingsman: The Golden Circle ・ When my S/O introduced me to the original movie, I was immediately hooked. A superhero movie can't just be a regular superhero movie, it has to be funny. And the same logic goes for spy movies. This series totally delivers. P.S. There is some gore. 

Home Again ・ I am a big fan of anything Reese Witherspoon is in, so this movie is no exception. It's sweet, cute, and such a great romantic comedy. 

The Hitman's Bodyguard ・ Have you seen Deadpool? This is basically a less gross version of Deadpool aka it's funny, action packed, and kick-ass. 

Spiderman: Homecoming ・ Not going to lie, I've basically seen all the old Spiderman movies, and I was the biggest fan of Andrew Garfield's, only because his Spiderman came out when I started liking hero movies. But this one is soooo much better! Marvel can do no wrong!

Thor: Ragnarok ・ I honestly think out of all the Marvel heros, Thor, Guardians, and Captain America is my least favorite hero. (I know I'll get a lot of crap for saying this, but it's true!) But, this movie totally made me reconsider my lack of interest in Thor - that's how good it was. 

Simply Complicated ・ Demi Lovato's documentary was incredibly inspiring, and made me feel even closer to her than 

TV Shows/Dramas

Pretty Little Liars ・ 2017 was the year PLL finally had an official ending. And while I couldn't be more thrilled, I already miss them. Still, thank goodness for Netflix!

Riverdale ・ 2017 was the year I discovered this amazing TV show! 1st season was absolutely amazing, and while I gotta catch up on the 2nd season, I know the 2nd season will be great too. But, I will say, as much as I love it, I also hope CW doesn't drag it out... sometimes it's good to just move on when the show feels over, no? 

A Lifetime Love ・ Since I included KPOP in the music category, obviously I gotta talk about some of my favorite Chinese dramas. For the longest time, I couldn't find any I liked, and then somehow, I found them all this year. This show is loooong (~50 episodes) but omg, it's captivating and has the best story line ever. Highly recommend if you got time to spare, or go to the gym everyday for over an hour (that's how I finished it!). 

Love O2O ・ Aside from having some of the hottest male actors in this show, the storyline is also extremely sweet and loving. Out of all the three dramas, this is the one I would say, watch this one if you don't watch any of the others! 

The Princess Weiyoung ・ Beautiful costuming, the classic historical backdrop, and violence for the crown - what else is new? But this is still that good, even though it's a kind of story done again and again. 

Beauty Favorites

Urban Decay Naked Heat ・ My first Naked palette, and it did not disappoint. I am really in love with rose gold and orange shadows this year, and this basically is the ultimate palette for those kinds of shadows. 


EM Cosmetics Brush Liner ・ I never realized what I was missing until this. I prefer the thinnest line, and this is the only liner I've found gives me that. 

L'Oreal Lash Paradise ・ Once again, L'Oreal killed it in the mascara game. What else is new? 

Ouai Smooth Spray ・ I've basically only used this once, and I'm already in love. Despite the price, it's become my holy grail! I'm just using it sparingly. xD 

Kate Somerville Exfolikate ・ This has been in my favorites for about 3 years straight, and there's a reason for it: it works. If you haven't tried it, make sure to just buy the travel size. Even though its travel size, it can last you a good 3 months. 

Glossier Boy Brow ・ I don't feel like I need to say much about this 😂

Style Favorites

90's denim ・ I feel like 2017 was the year 90's style came back. And it was the year I fell in love with the 90's denim wash of blue. 


Loose button downs ・ My style has gotten a lot more mature and put together. I basically almost always wear a loose button down or a turtleneck nowadays. This is also good to layer over a t-shirt. 

Adidas & Nike Cropped Leggings ・ Basically I've been getting really into work out gear 😁

UniQlo turtlenecks ・ I have about 6 turtlenecks from them and I want more. They are just that good!!! But also they are so affordable for the quality... UniQlo needs more love! 

Kork-ease Booties ・ I've never owned a pair of chelsea booties because if you buy them at the wrong height, they can cut your leg off funny. But then I found these and I fell in love. The quality is also so amazing. 

Teddy coats ・ Let's be real, this has exploded over Instagram in the past few months, and there's a reason for it: it's soooo warm! I basically lived in this coat until it got super cold i.e. black ice started to form. 

ClairexMejuri rings ・ Claire Marshall is one of the first YTers I followed near the beginning, and I support her all the way. Her jewelry collection is the essence of her, and I'm always reminded of her story when I wear them. 

What are some of your favorites from this year? 

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