Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

I can’t believe it’s almost Thanksgiving. Soon we’ll be mashing the potatoes, slicing the turkey, and Reddi Whipping the pie while watching giant cartoon characters float through New York City on TV. Thanksgiving is starting to become one of my favorite holidays because of its simple premise: gathering for a good meal with the people you love most and being thankful. That’s it and I love it. In my opinion, there is no better way to be. I love celebrating and appreciating my gracious hosts by wearing a thoughtfully put together outfit befitting the occasion. To help make your holiday a special one, I’ve put together three outfit ideas from casual to dressy that will hopefully inspire your ensemble. Cheers to being grateful with the ones you love!

Outfit Idea #1: Dressy Top / Jeans / Pumps / Chunky Necklace
This is likely what I will be wearing since it’s pretty casual at my aunt’s house. It’s just relaxing on the couch and eating really good food all day. I love the idea of elevating a pair of jeans with a statement blouse like this one.

Outfit Idea #2: Chambray Top / Black Skirt / Loafers / Chunky Necklace
This is a good option if you’re going to someone’s house for Thanksgiving for the first time and you’re not sure of the dress code. It’s dressy but not overly so.

Outfit Idea 3: Plaid Scarf / Black Dress / Riding Boots
I love this look for a dressier dinner. You could easily wear this with black heels instead of riding boots if it’s really dressy.  

The Perfect Dark Floral Print Dress for Fall

It wasn’t until October 1st that it truly started to feel like fall for me. My Instagram feed was full of pumpkins and fall foliage. The weather has not been as good a barometer for the change in seasons. It’s supposed to be in the 80s this weekend! Despite that fact, I’m plunging head first into my fall wardrobe go-tos.

One thing I always fall in love with every fall are dark floral prints. Luckily, they are very in right now. This dress is the one I featured in my J.Crew Factory try-on session. I didn’t buy it that day because it was only marked down to $50. So I played the waiting game and sure enough it was marked down another 50%. I got it for $25! Such a steal because I can wear this for any occasion. I’ve already worn it to work several times, my cousin’s rehearsal dinner, and to see Aladdin the musical. It’s also super easy to style. I wore it with this buttery soft Leith cardigan in the perfect shade for fall. I bought this cardigan towards the end of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale after I saw it on everyone else. I’m so glad I did because it’s already become a staple.

Loft Striped Swing Dress

 Details: Loft Dress (Similar) / Madewell Flats (Similar) / J.Crew Scarf 
Every summer my social calendar fills up with dressy occasions faster than a Target collab sells out. It’s usually a mix of bridal/baby showers, graduation parties, and rehearsal dinners. And every year, I inevitably want a new dress or two to wear to all of these soirees. This year, I gravitated to this simple, but classic navy blue and white striped swing dress from Loft. Its timeless yet has a really flattering and modern fit. The nautical theme fits with the various events I have lined up, from dressed-up dinner at the beach to bridal shower brunch. And with my red flats, it definitely has potential for the fourth of July. What are you excited to wear this summer? 

On Gratitude

Details: $7 Thrifted Limited Dress (Similar), Nordstrom Hinge Ankle Boots, Loft Necklace (Similar), Target Tights (Similar)
On Thanksgiving, I’ll be wearing this $7 striped dress from Goodwill. Cute, right? I found it while hunting for our Halloween costumes, and I knew it would be the perfect little special occasion dress and elevate-the-every-day work dress. We took these pictures at Squire’s Castle, one of my favorite parks in Cleveland. It’s this dress that inspired what I wanted to write about it when it came to my feelings on gratitude this year.

I realize this is just a dress, but it and other things I’ve thrifted or repurposed over the years holds a lot of meaning for me. It represents a resourcefulness that I’ve discovered in myself to take what life has given me and make the most of it. I can’t afford my dream wardrobe. Well, truthfully I probably can, but if I spent my money on that I would have nothing left in my savings account. And, my dream wardrobe has far too many dresses, fussy heels, and sequins for my actual day-to-day life. That’s why it’s called a “dream wardrobe.” Something to aspire to that inspires my actual wardrobe and occasionally leads me to ask for gold sequin pants for Christmas that I’ll only wear once a year. We all have one or two items like that in our wardrobe, right?

Just like any idealized version of reality, dreams of achieving perfection can sometimes cause us to be envious of others who we believe have achieved this sort of state of nirvana, and worst of all, it can cause us to stop being grateful for what we DO have. But the reality of the situation is that what we do have is so much better than a dream. A dream can be something that inspires you to take a leap of faith and elevate the every day, which is amazingly helpful when you need motivation. But sometimes I think we can forget that a dream is only a dream. As inspirational as it can be, it can also be fake, shallow, and two dimensional. And truthfully, reality is so much more satisfying. Because of it’s twists and turns, reality challenges you to take what DO have and make it interesting, different, fun, quirky, and uniquely you.
That is why I love writing a style blog so much. It doesn’t have to be about buying certain brands so that I can fit into a particular mold and get more followers. It’s taking the clothes I do have and styling them in a different way. It’s walking into a thrift store not knowing what I’ll walk out with. It’s taking something old and making it new again. It’s realizing that what you have already is exactly what you needed in the first place.

I’ve been listening to Elizabeth Gilbert’s Magic Lessons podcast lately, and I would highly recommend it if you are a creative soul or if you just need a nice, encouraging person to listen to. In an episode where she interviews comedian John Hodgman, he talks about how he feels when embarking on new creative endeavors. Instead of feeling fear or anxiety to try something he’s never done before, he described feeling grateful for the opportunity to be creative. I loved hearing that sentiment because it is something I relate to, and I don’t think that philosophy has to stop there. I would like to extend the idea of being grateful for the chance to be creative to my everyday life. Instead of getting frustrated that something isn’t going the way I planned, I would like to tackle the unplanned with a little creativity and be grateful for the chance to do so.

After a year that was challenging in different ways — from the political to the personal — I am grateful that with a little creativity and vision, you can make the most out of what you have, and sometimes, it can be better than what you dreamed. I think this can easily be true of wardrobes. And with a little bit of effort, I think you can make it true in your life as well. 

Crocs and Pavement Day 5

Today is the last day of looks from my photoshoot with Crocs and Pavement. Check back through my other posts to see the rest of the photos.

I thought I’d end the week with my favorite outfits, these dresses and boots. Like I said in my last post, these sleek Crocs ankle booties look marvelous with a dressier outfit. This black smock dress has a wonderfully playful look about it with its gathering at the top and bell sleeves. The pattern has such a nice vintage flair to it. Even though this dress is more modest the boots kick it up a notch.

Crocs Avalita in Black
Pavement dress and belt 
Makeup and Hair by Sarrah Beyer of Esbi International Salon & Spa
Photography by Chris Hooton
Last Photo by Chaz Balasakis

I love the silhouette these black boots create with black leggings. They look so chic with this gorgeous purple dress. The ruffle spilling over the belt is extremely flattering. The whole ensemble is girly with an edge.

Crocs Exitosa Boots in Black
Pavement dress, belt and hat

Makeup and Hair by Sarrah Beyer of Esbi International Salon & Spa
Photography by Chris Hooton

Special thanks to everyone who volunteered their time to help with this photoshoot, especially Justinea Vidic of Crocs who made this all possible. Thanks for everything!

Winter chic

Yesterday, the high was 26 degrees. So based on the peak in temperature, I thought it would be a good idea to take my outfit pics outside. Too bad the snow is so bright it blinded me, and I am squinting in all of these photos. I was going for warmth and comfort with this outfit. I really like the way the casual knit sweater contrasts with the bright pink, flowy skirt. I feel like these gray, fold over ankle boots add to the contrast of city chic and country chic.
NY&Co sweater; Gap skirt; F21 leggings; Thrifted shoes

Academy Awards recap

I wasn’t very surprised with the winners of Academy Awards last night, but there were some very amazing recipients. Here were some of my favorites. Kathryn Bigelow for the Hurt Locker; Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart; and Up. My pick for Best Picture of the year was An Education.


These were the four best dressed in my opinion. Nothing really blew me away. Somehow Cameron Diaz always stuns.

What were your favorite dresses? Favorite wins of the night?

(Images via the New York Times)