The week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is an interesting one. While we lose track of the days, it is also a time where we are forced to be nostalgic as we look back on the past year. 2017 was quite a year for this personal blog of mine. I officially moved my website from Tumblr to WordPress and grew a lot of brand partnerships, including sponsored content. I thought now’s the perfect time for looking back at my favorite blog posts. From my Birchbox flaylays to #OOTDs, here are some of my best posts from the past year.

April 2017 Birchbox

April 2017: April 2017 Birchbox: Inside Out

Have you ever seen a prettier Birchbox? Probably not. The beautiful floral graphic inside the box instead of outside was a nice surprise and a welcome change. Not only was this one of my favorite boxes ever because of the stellar products, but it was also a dream to photograph. I have since unsubscribed to Birchbox, but this was a lovely send-off. READ IT HERE »

July 2017: The Tale of the Red Romper

Looking cute while keeping cool in the summer is never an easy feat. However, this totally backless romper from Tobi was just what I needed. I loved it so much, I even used one of the photos from this session for my Aug/Sept Ed Letter in Cliché Magazine! READ IT HERE »

August 2017: My Top 3 Favorite Nail Polish Brands

Everyone who knows me knows I love nail polish. This year, I was especially big on nude nail polishes. However, not all nail polishes are created equal. I’ve tried many different brands over my years as a beauty editor, but if I had to choose, these are the three brands I would stick with forever (spoiler alert: one of them is Zoya). READ IT HERE »

August 2017: The Golden Ratio

Here’s something I never thought I’d own: a yellow, bell-sleeved romper. This time, I forewent a bra, popped on some wedge sandals, and fully embraced the trend I was always too shy to wear: a deep-v top and a warm color. Together. READ IT HERE »

November 2017: My Favorite Nude Lipsticks

If nude nail polishes were my partners-in-crime this year, then nude lipsticks were my obsession. I wanted to try them all—or at least as many as I could get ahold of. A few dozen swatches later, here are some of my favorite nude lipsticks that I discovered this year, from peach to pure chocolate. READ IT HERE »


Megan Portorreal is a fashion and beauty writer and editor by day. By night, she's a book-reading, dungeon-crawling video gamer. This blog is a place where she shares her favorite things and her personal writing.

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