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Just like last year, we've tapped a handful of reputable fashion friends to weigh in on 2013's greatest hits (and misses). Last week, we named LA's best shops, brands and dream stores, and worst cases of buyer's remorse. Now, insiders are revealing their favorite personal purchases of 2013.
Tommy Ton/Style.com via Ring My Bell.
Monica Rose, stylist and designer: "My Givenchy Obsedia bag, my Chanel Boy bag and my Chloe Susanna leather studded boots."
Melissa Akkaway, designer and Beckley Boutique owner: "I bought a navy fur jacket from Reformation. It was only $350!"
Kaya B. Mlle Mademoiselle designer: "My Hermès riding boots. A timeless classic!"
Simone Harouche, stylist and Simone Camille designer: "A gold Anita Ko rose gold name plate necklace that has my son's name on it."
Tommy Lei , My Belonging blogger: "The notorious Balenciaga cutout buckle boots. The men's version, which I purchased on a whim at Barney's NY during this past NYFW, has both silver and gold details, even better. I pretty much wear them every chance I get."
Jen Weinberg, Glamour West Coast editor: "I have three. 1) The Fendi shoes I splurged on for my wedding, 2) My Gucci red leather disco bag, and 3) I just scored an amazing Karen Silton vintage denim skirt with camel leather trim from the A Current Affair vintage show, which I've already worn twice in one week!"
Amanda Thomas, Luv Aj designer: "I got a custom black Anaconda Python skin bucket bag made in Bali when I was there developing the Luv Aj leather line and I have not stopped using it. The texture of the bag is insane. It has become my carry-all for life. I love it."
Sarah St. Lifer, freelance journalist: "These super stretch jeans from Citizens of Humanity are a total wardrobe game changer for me. They're flattering, and are actually quite comfortable too. I'm not the type of girl who would normally wear these -- they're pretty sexy compared to my normal boyfriend jeans or skinny black pants -- but I've been experimenting with the surprisingly versatile look. Most recently, I wore them to an event with these Kathryn Amberleigh booties and an Equipment blouse. But, I've also been known to wear them with a baggy sweater and Chuck Taylors."
Sonja Rasula, Unique LA founder: "My Clare Vivier blue leather tassel key chain. It seriously brings joy to my life every day!"
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