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Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Thanksgiving table

I have always been a big fan of holiday traditions and Thanksgiving traditions are no exception. My boyfriend and I are at a point in our lives now where we are trying to start our own holiday rituals and traditions. This means figuring out what traditions we want to retain from our own families and what new traditions we would like to create that are special for us. Here are some Thanksgiving traditions that I would like to keep going with my family and continue when I have a family of my own:

My sister and I started a tradition a few years ago where we wake up early and drink cranberry mimosas (or poinsettias) while we watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in our pajamas. We have since gotten most of the family involved and we have a fun time, sitting around making fun of the cheesier performances and out-of-step high school band members or getting a little too excited about our favorite floats. After the parade, we usually watch the dog show on the upstairs TV while the football fans go downstairs to watch whatever game happens to be on. And sometimes, if we're lucky, we can find the movie Best in Show airing on TV (SO FUNNY).

Prosecco & Cranberry Mimosa recipe from A Beautiful Mess

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Our meal is pretty traditional...turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy, various casseroles, sweet potatoes, rolls, cranberry sauce (fresh and canned) and pie. We always go around the table and take turns saying something we are thankful for before my father blesses the food. On years when we have an extra large crowd at the table, we usually write our gratitudes on paper and do something fun like read them out loud and have others guess who wrote it during dinner.

Thanksgiving grub
Printable Thankfulness Cards from Lovely Indeed
At our last big Thanksgiving, we had a backyard bonfire the night before. This year I suggested we do the bonfire on Thanksgiving night, after dinner and naps and board games. It's a nice way to end the busy day - staring into the fire, roasting marshmallows, and bonding with the family. This is definitely a new tradition that I would like to continue.

Thanksgiving backyard bonfire

On the day-after Thanksgiving, we usually go on a hike or do some other outdoor family activity. One year we played bocce ball in the yard for hours and last big Thanksgiving we went on a hike to a local waterfall. One year, on the day-after Christmas, we went clay pigeon shooting, which was WAY more fun than I imagined and would also be a fun post-Thanksgiving outing. I like this tradition because I think it's important to get outside and be active after a day of rich food, naps and coziness.

Anna Ruby Falls
my shootin' pose

That being said, a few years ago, my oldest sister made banoffee pies for us on the day-after-Thanksgiving and we ate this incredibly rich but DELICIOUS dessert while we watched Little Women (one of my favorite movies that I associate with this time of year). I would definitely like to carry on this tradition as well. Spend most of the day out-of-doors, doing something physically active, and then come home to a turkey + leftovers sandwich, a decadent dessert and a great family movie.

Mini Banoffee Pies
scene from Little Women
That's about it for my Thanksgiving traditions, new and old. What are some of YOUR Thanksgiving traditions? Isn't it fun to combine old family traditions with new personal ones?

Friday, November 14, 2014


I LOVE Thanksgiving. It's such a wonderful day of gratitude and warmth and three of my favorite things: loved ones, good food and wine. Picking out an outfit for dinner can also be fun - something a little bit dressy but not too tight (must leave room for turkey belly!) with a little bit of festiveness thrown in. I've already picked out my outfit for Thanksgiving dinner and I created a similar version to share here on the blog!

1. A simple cocktail dress in a seasonal color and a thicker fabric (like brocade) is perfect, like this affordable dark green one from Target.
2. A bright orangey-red smile adds a pop of color. Try Heat Wave from Nars (one of my personal favorites!).
3. Opaque navy tights can make your dress more weather-appropriate.
4. Don't forget to bring the pies! And pie boxes for leftovers!
5. These metallic pointy flats provide comfort while adding some fun bling.
6. An autumn bouquet makes a perfect hostess gift!
7. Create a bracelet stack of mixed metallics as an accessory.
8. A poppy manicure ties in to the lip color and adds another bold touch. Essie's Meet Me At Sunset is another personal favorite!

Add a cream cardigan for an extra layer of warmth (the days are getting brisk down here in the South!). And try out THIS DIY for a Gold Wishbone Necklace to add a bit of humor and festiveness to your look!

Saturday, November 1, 2014


Welcome, November! This month is home to another one of my favorite holidays - Thanksgiving. November is a month to focus on nesting, comfort and spending sweet times with loved ones. The temperatures are finally manageable and being a complete homebody is totally acceptable. Yay! Here is my monthly mood board...
1. This month I'm following along with Apartment Therapy's STYLE CURE to makeover my bedroom. I'm taking inspiration from Oh Happy Day's new bedroom renovation. The black walls and that swing! Swoon.

2. These gold taper candles from West Elm would look perfect on a Thanksgiving table!

3. I love the combo of the red coat and dark sage green tights in this outfit featured on The Sartorialist. Both ladies look so chic!

4. These DIY Fall Leaf Animals would be a fun + cheap craft to do with all of my nieces/nephew over the Thanksgiving holiday. A great way to get outside and be creative with nature!

5. These Mini Wreath Placecards would be awesome for Thanksgiving! A cheap and easy way to add some personalization and fun to your place settings!

6. As much as I LOVE pumpkin pie, I like to have a variety of pie flavors at Thanksgiving. These Apple Galettes with Salted Caramel look YUMMY.

What are YOUR monthly moodz for November?