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Monthly Faves: January 2021 Lifestyle


It has been a few MONTHS since the last “Friday Favorites” post!!! I tried to do them weekly for a few months…but I kept finding myself falling behind and recycling the same “favorites” because one week wasn’t enough time to have a ton of new faves. So, I polled you all on Instagram and asked if you wanted me to bring them back MONTHLY instead…and I got a resounding “YES”!!! So, here I am sharing all of my JANUARY (and some December) favorite products! Some are home, some are clothes, some are hair/beauty related…but they were my staple “must-haves” in the last 30 days! And there’s a lot!! I’m making up for lost time – haha!

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HOME: Let’s start with some recent fave finds for the house! I still haven’t had time to do a blog post on my new built-ins…but some of these are accessories from those! More to come in a future post!

#1: This was a quick Target grab – but it’s the perfect transitional wreath for your front door between the holidays and spring time!

#2: One of my fave pieces on my built-ins! They are SO pretty and a great size to accessorize and add a coastal touch to a space.

#3: I find myself being SUPER picky about faux flowers/greenery…I think it’s because I work weddings so I see beautiful flowers CONSTANTLY.

#4: This is a new favorite piece in my entire downstairs. I have it in my stairwell so it’s the first thing people see when they come in the front door…and it’s GORGEOUS.

#5: We re-did my ENTIRE pantry and organized everything…and this line of containers was a life-saver!

#6: This was my FIRST TIME buying a nice vacuum for myself! I was using such a crappy old vacuum before. I polled everyone on Instagram and got a TON of Dyson recs…but I landed on the V7 because it had great reviews without quite as big of a price tag as some of the others. I absolutely love it!

#7: I have only used this bad boy a handful of times…but I am OBSESSED. I used them to make THESE Brussels and they were to-die-for. Super reasonably priced, too!


BEAUTY: I have never been big on hair care…I just used the same shampoo and conditioner and didn’t use any other products. But, I’ve been letting me hair grow out (it is getting LONG) so I knew I needed to revamp my routine. I am LOVINGGGG so many of these products below – they’ve literally changed the texture of my hair completely! It’s so soft and healthy-feeling now.

#8 & #9: Ya’ll, I’m gonna be honest…I saw this on Tiktok for the first time LOL. I got some off Amazon and I’m now HOOKED. I leave conditioner in for 3-5 minutes each time and it’s like it completely revives my dry hair.

#10: The next few products are going to be the brand “Gisou”…and they are pricer. If you only get one of them, get this one! This oil feels and smells AMAZING. I put in 4-5 drops (because my hair is so long, you may only need 2-3) while it’s still damp after a shower and comb it through. Game-changer!

#11: I actually haven’t gotten to try this one yet, but if it’s anything like the oil, I’m going to be obsessed. It smells incredible.

#12: This and the hair oil are my faves! I put this on after the oil (whether I plan to use heat or not). It smells amazing and adds shine.

#13: My mom actually got me this for Christmas! I had tried it in the past and didn’t love it…but now I’m HOOKED. It adds so much volume to my hair and makes it look SO smooth!

#14: If you’ve read any of my past posts about beauty products…you’ve seen me talk about the Sugar lip balms. I have a new favorite!!! These tinted lip moisturizers are GORGEOUS and the color lasts WAY longer than the Sugar brand ones. I also got the colorless one and it makes my lips feel amazing!



#15: I SWEAR BY THESE. They may be my new favorite Rothy’s shoe of all time…and I pretty much have at least one of all the styles at this point. They are SO comfy, SO cute and go with literally anything.

#16: I did pictures with Hayden in these and got so many DM’s asking about them! They are actually from a baby website (LOL) but they are adult size (meant for momma’s to match their babies!) I absolutely LOVE them!!! They are so high quality and SO cute.

#17: This was another Christmas gift from my momma that I find myself using at least once a week! It’s high quality, super durable and fits TONS.

#18: If you want to be the comfiest you’ve ever been…get these pants. Seriously. Don’t look back. I got two pairs and I LIVE in them. Drawstring waist, loose fit (size down) and the softest material EVER.

#19: These are the most expensive jeans I’ve ever bought myself…so let’s just get that out of the way. They’re expensive. But I have also worn them more than any other jeans I’ve owned, and I’ve only had them a few months. They fit like a glove and the style is SO cute! I don’t feel like I’ll need a single other pair of jeans this year now.

#20: I discovered this brand this year and got TWO of their sweaters…but this one is my favorite! It’s SO cute and I wear it ALL the time.

#21: Another Christmas gift from my sweet momma 🙂 I LOVE this necklace and wear it every single day…with two H’s (one for Hope, one for Hayden). I’m a loser. But it’s so pretty and means so much to me!!


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I'm Hope Taylor, an international Senior Portrait and Wedding Photographer based in Charleston, SC. I'm also an educator, international speaker, and the host of multiple sold-out workshops each year!



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