Author: Erin Vondra

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I got SO many messages answering my Instagram question of your favorite beauty finds here. “Can’t live without” and “changed my skin” were some of the comments and that seriously warms my heart. Skin care and beauty is a weird industry with lots of products with more marketing than actual results. And as someone who invests in products, I take a lot of pride sharing ones here that are worth the buy and live up to their hype.

Best Beauty Products
  1. This sunscreen was recommended to me by my amazing dermatologist, so you know it is the real deal. It swipes on lightly, but packs incredible protection. Even on the sweatiest day or multiple dips in the pool.
  2. Here is the thing about make up, I just do not find the joy I once did in it. So when Glossier, the brand trying the hardest to give you the “no make up look,” came around I was intrigued. Their make up is easy and minimal, plus the price points are low, so you do not feel married to something you might not want to use all the time. The make up kit and the skin kit are high on your list too.
  3. Did I maybe turn some of you into bath people too? Think I did! ha this amazon set buy lasts a long time and smells like heaven. You get the benefits of the salt with the joy of the bubbles.
  4. By far and away, this serum is what I hear from all you about. Questions, glowing reviews, and the best part, victory laps that it improved your skin. It is pricey, but there is a reason it is on EVERY best of list. If you want to really go for it, I love the essence as well.
  5. The freaking Dyson I swore would never be worth it. Well it was actually all of you that convinced me it was! The quick drying of my thick hair is the cherry on top of the fact it smoothes so well.
  6. Clean beauty has definitely been on all our minds the last few years and Goop really helped navigate it well. This All in One Cream is moisturizing, packs an anti-aging punch, and is the one I reach for when I want an easy one step morning.
  7. The Dior Nail Glow was formulated to be the “lip gloss of nails.” I read about it on another blog YEARS and YEARS ago, then posted after I loved it. It has been on your top list for awhile and after everyone was doing their own nails for a bit there I can understand why.
  8. Fashion mag junkies will know that Gucci Westman has been doing the faces of super models for all the big designers for years. Her make up line is not only gorgeous, it is also clean. A foundation stick that glides on smooth when you need extra coverage, it is all the editors fave now.
  9. Oh Baby Foot. The comments about this product over the years has been hilarious. First off, it is gross. But more importantly, it is HIGHLY effective. No pedicure on this earth will get rid of calluses the way this will. it is a two week commitment, but well worth it.

It has been really fun to go back and look at years of old posts and data to see what items you all really loved most. Really this is something I should be doing more often as any real “blogger” would tell you, but for authenticity purposes I just do not. When compiling this I also went back at DMs to see what got the most feedback and the best are the messages from readers that are still wearing a piece they love I posted years ago. That seriously warms me up. After I asked on Insta what you all loved and combing through, this is the Best Of Imperfect Polish list according to you! There are other items that are sadly sold out, but all these have apparently become staples in not only my closet but yours. Man I love you all. Keep following along, I will be sharing beauty and food Best Ofs as well!

Best of Fashion
  1. Apparently you all love a smocked dress as much as I do. There was a J. Crew you all loved, this one is similar (and on sale). And this Banjanan is a staple of mine too.
  2. The asymmetrical initial necklace is one I get asked for the link for ALL THE TIME. It is a blog classic here for sure.
  3. The navy Alex Mills sweater I posted last year was so hot it sold out, but this one is similar. Her cotton designs are simply the best.
  4. The amazon sweat suit that crushed all others. So soft and ridiculously priced.
  5. The black pleated faux leather skirt you all loved is sold out, but this white version is still available. And this Spanx version looks cute too.
  6. Mom jeans for life and I guess you all agree. These come in a darker wash now too. Make sure to size up.
  7. Le Specs are the glasses every Mom needs since ours seem to break or get lost on the reg. This mirrored version is your favorite.
  8. These soft and cozy, but not too hot pajamas are always selling out and for good reason.
  9. I know I have posted these a million times, but these real shearling slippers (while being knocked off to death) are truly the best.
  10. A roomy tunic sweater you can wear with leggings, jeans, or even throw over a suit for a breezy beach day.
  11. I got many messages about these leggings being a favorite. I wear these a lot and they look great with sneakers and heels.
  12. This new-ish item was a big hit. A waterproof beach bag that comes in many colors and custom monogram.
  13. GAP always and forever. I am wearing these while writing this.
  14. You all like a bougie pool slide like me. These Guccis got a lot of play last year and they are still cute. They come in black and white too.

It is impossible to not start shopping for warmer weather even with snow still on the ground. My mind is already going towards how to improve my garden game to what sandals I want to live in.

  1. A new floral wreath can replace my still up holiday one.
  2. I cannot stop stalking this light parka. Just love the color and the shape.
  3. Easter is rolling in soon and my kids have zero dress clothes. This combo of dress and linen shirt would be cute.
  4. I made the switch to these drop in surface cleaners from my usual Method and have to say they clean great. I just reuse the plastic spray bottles I have.
  5. Coveting these sneakers I could wear with just about anything for Spring.
  6. My favorite sunglasses in tortoise are sort of a no brainer.
  7. My black thumb is urging me to go faux for my front porch planters this year. These have great reviews.
  8. This shamrock sweater just makes me happy and excited for St. Pat’s. Also how cute is this girls one?
  9. Need a refill on this Goop lip balm set. The colors are super flattering and the beam itself if dreamy.
  10. A smocked puff sleeve top, how ground breaking ha! But I really think it would be cute with high waist jeans.
  11. In search of a budget friendly patio set for our tree house. This one looks like it will stand up to kids/pet/weather and I do not have to worry about it.

This “spring” has already started to kick our asses a bit, right? So if you are lucky enough to escape soon to warmer temps and a break from the realities of juggling all the life, best to have some new pieces to lift the mood even more. Function and fashion are important factors when packing, so I tried to pull items that can be dressed up or down and go day to night.

  1. This light gingham dress would be such a sweet cover up.
  2. Glasses with a ton of style for a tiny cost.
  3. Mom jorts are the hero closet item you never knew you needed.
  4. This bright poplin dress looks comfy and relaxed but full of style. Also comes in leopard!
  5. This net cover up dress would seriously up my pool game.
  6. A hat that looks spendy, but won’t break your budget.
  7. A classic stripe tunic you will wear forever and gives you the shade you need sometimes.
  8. Waterproof pool bag you can hose down after your trip. Comes in lots of colors.
  9. Another comfy, breezy dress you can eat and drink with abandon in.
  10. This Glossier set will give you that dewy, glowy look without the sun damage. I love all these products so much.
  11. This Amazon find will be easy to pack and wear with heels or flats.
  12. I am such a sucker for a Terry jumpsuit, especially in this blue.
  13. Because these slides really are the most comfy and you won’t care if they get destroyed.
  14. This sweet gingham  swimsuit is also reversible.

There were some questions on the ski gear the kids and I were sporting in my stories. Here are a few of things that we love and my biggest advice is buy a size or two up for the kids so you can get more than one season out of it!

  1. My velvet pink jacket is no longer available, but the same brand carries this one and this one that are the perfect hue.
  2. I love these bib pants that are surprisingly warm, flattering, and keep the snow out when I inevitably fall.
  3. I ordered these helmets for everyone on Amazon, use the coupon code!
  4. These googles were an insta purchase from a couple years ago. I love that they come with both lenses.
  5. Mary’s perfect moment look is so easy to spot on the slops when I was trying to chase after her. It also comes in women’s size in red & blue.
  6. The matching pants
  7. It got snowy and cold, so this hoods that fit over our helmets were game changers. Kids (I actually wore this one) & Women
  8. I was jealous of Mary’s super soft PJs from Target that she wore as long johns
  9. I have ordered these amazon long johns every year as well.
  10. Tommy has preferred this jacket to his others. Keeps him warm enough without overheating while snowboarding.
  11. We all have a pair of these gloves. The tether is a game changer.
  12. Mary’s look capped off with moon boots was everything.
  13. You really can’t have enough socks. I like these packs from Amazon and kids never needed toe warmers.

There are so many items that I have bought over the years and been disappointed by. Products that do not live up to the hype, an outfit that never quite worked, or shoes that were for occasions that never happened. But the items that I order again and again are the ones that never let me down. I click that reorder button with no hesitation and replace immediately upon too much wear. This list are those hero items that I have bought at least five or six times with no disappointment. And in these times of e commerce and filtered photos, I only want the real deal coming to my doorstep.

repeat purchases

These Reformation Jeans are the perfect high waist and cropped cut in a flattering non stretch denim / I know these Emu Slippers have been knocked off (tried those!) but the OG are the coziest & softest / I do not leave the house without Elta Tinted Sunscreen on. It has just enough tint and soothes my skin / The holy grail of skin care is Biologique Recherche P50. It exfoliates, brightens, and tightens / This Splendid Pajama Set is just light enough to not be too warm to sleep in, but heavy enough to hang in as well / My other North Star of skin care is Vintner’s Daughter serum, which is my daily moisturizer. It is packed with all your skin needs to be brighter, smoother, and clearer / I am not a big vitamin person, but Goop High School Genes Vitamin Packs have been a nightly ritual and I can tell my body is a fan / One size up Gap Vintage Soft Sweatpants are the winner of the 2021 sweatpants wars that have been raging in my closet / Stripe & Stare makes the softest most comfortable underwear / The smell of this Necessaire Body Wash keeps my orders coming / I have this Koral tank in almost every color. It is so flattering and the perfect length to wear over leggings or tucked into a tennis skirt / I have tried MANY a bikini set, and if you do not want your cheeks hanging out, but also do not want to look like a grandma the J. Crew Surf Hipster Bikini is your answer / These Chimi Sunglasses are huge, so not for every face shape. But with a price point that only hurts a little and black out lenses to keep your eye rolls private you cannot miss / 2020 made me a bath person and while I love a fancy soak, this Dr. Teal’s Bath Soak & Bubbles set form Amazon is always stocked in my bathroom/ Glossier Lash Slick is the only mascara that gives you the most natural lash look for every day (cloud paint is another staple) /  Colorscience Mineral tinted sunscreen is a miracle product. It gives the best protection, is so easy to brush on, and is insanely water/sweat proof. I always have one in my bag / If you slather on Avene Lip Lotion at night, be prepared to wake to with the most soft lips even in the driest of months.

It has been a minute since I have written. I am usually slow to get back to the pace of blogging and social media after the holidays. There is always this pause for me where I have a hard time seeing how that fits into my professional life as a realtor and designer. Especially with my kids now packed schedules and my inability to get out of sweats most of the time. But as soon as I start to plot out post ideas and getting a string of stories going with lots of great feedback from you all, it gets me motivated again.

I used to write a current favorites post every week and I loved writing it. This post is more a wish list, but same same. I figure you might want to see some things I am drooling over to start the year. xo

wish list

An oversized Puffer Coat in a sweet hue is all I need to wear right now / How sweet are these Cherry Earrings? / I am sucker for  light wash retro denim / How perfect is this Heart Sweater for Valentines Day?  / Target win with this Green Fleece that I would order oversized for over leggings / In desperate need for some kick ass Black Boots / I LOVE my Defined Dish cookbook, excited for the new one / If you have a Dyson, it looks like this Hair Tool is a must / I love the ruffle detail of this Amazon find Green Sweater / I keep going back to these comfy, but cool Hiking Sneakers / I usually make popcorn on the stove, but this Popcorn Maker could save me some time and kids could do on own / Dying to try the new Goop Cleanser / These Spanx Black Pants look like the perfect work pant that you won’t want to burn by the end of the day.