2017 Must Haves Giveaway + 2016 Recap

This post is doing a little look back and a little look forward. First, I'm excited to share my top 12 posts from 2016! I was just thinking about all the exciting places I traveled last year, amazing partnerships and new style posts that I had to do a mini recap. 
  1. Tour of Vera Bradley HQ: This was such a fun weekend! Sarah and I took a little road trip on over to Fort Wayne to visit with you favorite people. So funny to think this is the first time I actually met Holly and Kaylee (from the Vera team) in person!
  2. How to Throw a Party in 3, 2, 1: Loved this end of the year partnership with Paris312. Good news: I have something else with them in the works :)
  3. Long Weekend in Denver: I loved visiting Colorado in November. The weather was amazing and we went hiking everyday. Can I please move to Boulder now?
  4. Valentine's Day with RTR: I think red might be my color. This dress was perfect for a little Galentine's Day celebration!
  5. Spring Stripes: This is one of my favorite dresses! It was also taken soon after the first time I colored my hair. Thinking I need a touch up soon.
  6. 24 Hours in Dublin: Another amazing trip from this year was to Ireland. To say I'm obsessed is an understatement. Dying to go back.
  7. The LBB Girlfriends Guide: In 2016, I launched the first Girlfriend's Guide! My plan was to release one every 6 months or so, but that didn't work out. The holiday season just got too cluttered with other blogger's gift guide posts, so I ended up holding off. Stay tuned for the next launch in March :)
  8. Soho Striped Dress: I basically lived in this dress all summer. Cute and comfy are the way to go!
  9. Girl Next Door: Lindsay Cavanaugh: This was a fun section from the Girlfriend's Guide. I'm super excited about who the next "Girl Next Door" is on. Eeep!
  10. A Day at the Beach: I loved this shoot. I was super nervous to wear my swim suit on the blog, but I can't believe it was my top 3rd most read! I can't promise more swim pics in the future, but definitely more photos with this amazing background and lighting.
  11. What's in My Bag: I had no idea how popular this was until I just looked back to compile this list. Looks like I know what post I need to do again soon.
  12. The #1 post of 2016 was...Fall Weekend in Lake Geneva: I was so surprised on this one, too! I knew you guys loved this during the week I posted, but I was so pumped to see it was the most read of 2016. Guys... I have a feeling 2017 is going to involve a lot more travel posts! Hint: I have something big in the works to add to the blog on this topic. I'm so excited I might blurt it out before it's time!
Now on to the next... 2017!*

Everyone was excited for the holidays with gift guides posting left and right and daily giveaways happening across several social media accounts. Instead of following the trend, Sarah and I decided to save our giveaway and do it in the new year to celebrate a few of our favorite items we are loving for 2017.

The entry is super simple. All we ask is that you head on over to each of our side bars and enter our newsletter. This way, you'll be kept up to date on the latest posts from each blog, but also, get a chance to see special content that is sent to your inbox before anyone else sees it. Sometimes it might not be posted elsewhere either! 2017 is going to be a great year, and we hope you'll follow along for all of our adventures. Note: the giveaway is only for residents of the US.

Scroll down for your chance to win below!

Shop a Few of the Giveaway Products:

*PS: I happened to notice that there were not any beauty posts that were top hits. Do you all like beauty content or not so much? I love all things beauty and am certainly not an expert, but if you're not interested I will focus on other areas like travel!



  1. I LOVE BEAUTY CONTENT!! I'll always read it, promise ;)

    P.S. Keep being awesome.

    1. So happy to hear that! I'll make sure to keep peppering it in :)

  2. I love beauty content too! You always find the best products and have great recommendations! So excited about the giveaway too!! :)

    1. Oh good, good! Glad to hear people are enjoying it!