My Top 5 Picks of 2020

9 Jan 2021 United Kingdom

Can you believe we're already a week into 2021? While we're all rushing to forget about last year, I thought I'd take one last look back at some of my favourite products and new discoveries of 2020. Instead of liting off loads of favourites like I usually do, I thought I'd keep this short and sweet with 1 favourite from each category (with some honourable mentions of course!) to give you my ultimate top 5 favourites of 2020! 

Book Pick: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

This was probably the hardest category to narrow down as I've read some fantastic books this year. I'd definitely suggest you check out my post where I share my thoughts all my 2020 5 star reads for some more recommendations. 

When I asked my friend for some help deciding, she said "which are you most likely to recommend to someone else?" and I think it would have to be My Dark Vanessa. While it definitely comes with trigger warnings, it's such a thought-provoking read that is so well-written I can't believe it's a debut novel! It looks at the psychological impact of the relationship young girl Vanessa has with her English teacher and the effect this has on her both in the moment as a naive student and years after as she's navigating through adult life. I highly recommend picking it up if you haven't before! 

Honourable mentions: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender, Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

TV pick: The Queen's Gambit

I feel I consumed so much TV this year that I can't remember half of what I watched but the Queen's Gambit is definitely one I do remember. I absolutely loved it and was so invested in the storyline. While you can say it's a show about Chess, it doesn't feel like just that. It shows chess as a real sport that requires real skill and is so tense to watch! It had such a great cast and I loved how everything was filmed from start to end. There's no doubt this was a top pick of 2020! 

Honourable mentions: Normal People, Bridgerton, His Dark Materials. 

Beauty Pick: Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer

The year that I wore the least make up I have in years, I discovered some great cruelty-free brands, finally got my hands on more Glossier products which I love, I still can't but go back to my trust Revolution Concealer. I'd wear this every day going in the office or out and about along with my other makeup and then when working from home it was perfect if I needed a little coverage. 

It's such a great all-round concealer that I can't help but mention again. For more beauty favourites from this year, check out my glossier review as well as past everyday makeup routines

Music Pick: The Band Camino

While they might not have topped my Spotify Wrapped artists of the year, they had a great presence across all my playlists last year. They quickly became a regular feat. on my working playlists and even more when I started working from home. There's not a mood where there isn't a The Band Camino song that fits perfectly. They have such a great sound that I'm still loving in 2021 and I can't wait to hear any new tracks they release. 

Honourable mentions: Dermot Kennedy, Halsey, Stormzy, LAUV, Sam Fender

Fashion Pick: Monki High Relaxed Jeans

This year, I focussed a lot on reducing the number of new pieces I bought and focussed on giving my current wardrobe some love. With this, I discovered some great staples which includes my love for the Monki high relaxed jeans. I've shared my love for these a few times including in my wardrobe staples post. They are such a lovely fit for short-legged, thick-thighed me. They are such great quality and they go with almost everything in my wardrobe. 

Honourable mentions: Veja Trainers, Vegan Leather Dr Martens. 

What were your favourite things of 2020? Any new discoveries? 
Thanks for reading, 
Sarah x

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