faves of the year!!!

to usher in the new year, i thought it was only appropriate to look back on some of my favorite outfits, meals, memories, products and places. here are just a few of my favorite things from 2016…

favorite outfit


this lord and taylor design lab dress definitely topped my list of favorites because of its unique details and super comfy silhouette, but the memories made in it almost outweigh the garment itself. i wore this dress for my 18th birthday dinner, so marking a milestone in this outfit makes it even more special!

favorite meal


on one of my many trips into new york city this year, my family and i dined at landmarc restaurant in columbus circle. the combination of a late summer afternoon, an eatery overlooking the city and a giant bowl of spaghetti carbonara made for the most perfect meal of the year!

favorite places

for this segment, i couldn’t choose just one….


in april, we ventured to mexico’s caribbean coastline and spent the week exploring cancun, tulum, puerto morelos and riviera maya. our stay was characterized by exploring mayan ruins, snorkeling in coral reefs, conversing with locals, enjoying native cuisine and spending time on the region’s stunning beaches. the rich culture, incredible scenery and unique delicacies comprised an ideal vacation. here’s hoping i’m back on the beach in 2017!

fairfield university

if you had asked me a year ago if i would be including “school” in my favorite places of 2016, i probably would have laughed in your face. i am so lucky, though, to have found the perfect school for me and the friends and memories that i have made in one semester are nothing short of amazing. i cannot wait to get back on campus in a couple of weeks to continue my involvement in both her campus and spoon university (the writing platforms that have overshadowed gabraacadabraa.com recently) and be surrounded by the most motivated, creative and like-minded people i have ever come to know. stags up!!!

favorite products


although i don’t usually feature beauty products, i totally intend to incorporate more of my favorites this year. i follow a pretty specific regimen and after years of trial and error i have finally found a set of products that work perfectly for me. specifically, i have been using arbonne’s complexion revitalizing kit for the last few months and love what it has done for my very dry skin. i’ve never really struggled with acne, outside of a few intermittent breakouts, so this set is ideal for me! in addition to careful skincare, i have found my favorite makeup products this year and intend to make this tarte concealer, benefit bronzer, becca highlighter and too faced mascara part of my everyday routine from here on out!

favorite books

it’s no secret that i’m absolutely obsessed with mindy kaling, amy schumer, ellen degeneres and tina fey. my love for these incredibly witty female comedians led me to read all four of their books this past year. each story was uniquely endearing and left me with even more admiration for them than before. i would highly suggest these memoirs to any fan, as the stories were both hilarious and inspiring and reading a few chapters was a perfect way to relax each night.

while this post comprises just a small portion of the amazing, delicious, beautiful and inspirational things that were present in my life this year, it definitely represents my absolute favorites!

cheers to another fantastic year and happy 2017!!!

xx gabby

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