I don’t know about you guys, but Thanksgiving really crept up on me this year! How is it already the end of November? With only a few days left until the holiday, I’m focusing on prepping my pumpkin pie (that’s all I’m responsible for, thank god). I’ll be heading to my mom’s in the north suburbs where we’ll be having a little family gathering. I’m bummed we’ll be missing a few family members from out of town this year – I have a big family and love it when we’re all together! It’s madness, but always fun.
Anyway, I’m always stressed about Thanksgiving outfits, and figured you might be too. That’s why I’ve pulled together a roundup of five potential Thanksgiving outfits that you probably already have in your closet. You may have seen some of these on the blog recently, but either way, it’s just a casual reminder that you have options!
Outfit 1: Belt an oversized cardigan & wear over a midi skirt
This outfit is so easy to pull together – you’re essentially mixing up a few basics and accessorizing! You can even switch out the ankle boots for a block heel pump or heeled boots if you want to dress it up more.
Outfit #2: Wear a knit maxi dress under a camel coat
Ahhh! A throwback to my short hair! I kind of miss it?! Anyway, you can’t go wrong with a sweater dress, especially a maxi. They’re super comfortable and naturally on the “dressier side”. I love a maxi dress paired with a shorter coat, especially a camel one.
Outfit #3: Rock a leather skirt with white blouse over a turtleneck
You probably saw this one on the blog last week – I’m obsessed with this outfit! I’m all about layering a white oversized blouse over anything (as seen here and here), so lately I’ve been layering over knit turtlenecks. Such a chic look, and perfect for the holidays.
Outfit #4: Style flare jeans with an oversized sweater
Flare jeans are magical because they elevate your outfit but they’re still JEANS. I love how they look paired with an oversized sweater. Add a pop of color on your lips & some hoop earrings or dainty layered necklaces and you’re set.
Outfit #5: Show your adventurous side with stirrups, a ruffle top and ankle boots
Stirrups are my go-to dress up pants as of late. I wear them on a night out, out for dinner, even to work! Pair them with a pretty ruffled (or metallic, if you want to get really festive) top, a pair of ankle boots (preferably pointy ones) and you’re ready to go.
Did I always know how to style curly hair? Absolutely not. I’ve had curly hair my entire life, but didn’t figure out what to do with it until later in high school. Up until that point, I pulled it back in a ponytail and hair sprayed the fly aways. The result was a frizzy, sticky, slicked back mess. For someone who wears their hair curly daily – I straighten my hair maybe 3-4 times a year – it was important that I figured out how to manage it. Over the last 10 years my hair routine has evolved drastically, and I think at this point I’ve got it down to a science!
I’ve shared how I care for my curls, but I never shared how I actually get my curly look! Luckily, my hair has a natural loose curl, so that helps, but I do enhance it. Based on the stuff you guys search for on my blog and the feedback on Insta, I figured you may be curious what it is I actually do to my hair, so here is how to style curly hair (or at least how I do it!). You can shop all the products I use below!
It already feels like Paris was ages ago. At the same time, going through all of the pictures from our trip, I can still smell the croissants and baguette sandwiches we devoured, the fresh rain early morning on the Parisian streets. This was my second time in Paris, my last one being on my 25th birthday (apparently, I like spending birthdays in Paris, can you blame me?). The first time around, we extended our London trip and took the train for 24 hours in Paris. Let’s just say we made the most of every minute, and by the time we had my birthday dinner we were EXHAUSTED. Ever since that trip, I wanted to come back to this magical place and experience it fully…with time to spare.
Though this trip also wasn’t long, I felt like we had enough time to explore Paris like locals. We did some shopping, ate at the neighborhood bakeries, had nice cocktails at local spots (despite being slightly jet lagged the entire time). I seriously could not have asked for a better birthday…and I already can’t wait to go back to this beautiful place.
Skirt: Vintage Escada , similar here (for under $200!)| Turtleneck: Frank & Oak, similar here| White Button Down: Zara, similar here | Pumps: Yoox (almost sold out – similar here) | Fishnet Socks: ASOS | Bag: Saint Laurent
Something as simple as the length of your skirt can take an outfit from classic to trendy. The maxi, the mini. Sure, they’re great, but we’ve worn these for years. It’s fun to get out of your comfort zone once in a while. That’s why I’m all about the midi skirt as of late. I’ve worn it before (and more recently!), and I’m loving seeing it in different patterns & textures this season.
The first item on my agenda when we arrived in Paris? VINTAGE. Where. is. it.
We landed, took a nap to recover from our flight…and as Leo was still sleeping, my vintage hunt began. Luckily, we stayed in Le Marais, which is basically the vintage mecca of Paris. Immediately after visiting the first vintage shop, I knew I was in for a treat. The Parisian vintage shops are well curated, and house ALL of the trends you can imagine, nicely organized in separate racks. Kimonos? Check (I actually bought one! You’ll see it soon). Plaid shirts? Check. Varsity Jackets. Check (except I couldn’t find my size – so sad). Items I’d normally be looking everywhere to find were right there at my fingertips. It was a vintage shopper’s dream.
I popped into several shops, but these were my favorites –
It’s been a while! Sorry, I was in Paris celebrating my 30th birthday last weekend (not sorry, haha). So here I am, after being MIA for a week or so, now in a new decade of life. I was filling out a form today for something that required me to put my age…plugging in the number 30 was a weird yet comforting sensation. It feels right, so why is it so strange to say that number out loud? It will take some getting used to! I’ll of course be sharing more on my birthday weekend in Paris and my take on this “big” birthday and saying bye to my twenties – more to come in the next few weeks!
I should have started experimenting with hair removal much sooner than I did. I blame that on my mom (sorry Mom, you know it’s true). I was a 5th grader with a unibrow and a mustache, and grade school kids have no remorse. Things were rough.
My first experience with hair removal was when my mustache was addressed in junior high. I started with wax, which ended horrendously at times…i.e. scabbing at the edge of my lips where I cringed every time I opened my mouth. My girls out there who’ve waxed their upper lip – I know you’ve felt this pain. No one deserves to go through this. Despite my traumatic experiences, I bought my own wax warmer and started waxing my legs, upper lip, bikini, etc all on my own. It was just easier and cheap…and ultimately better than shaving. But after years of waxing, the ingrowns worsened, my face became more and more sensitive to the wax, and I realized it wasn’t worth the effort given my hair would grow back in 7-10 days (yes, it grows freakishly fast). It was time to try something different.
Blazers have always been my thing, especially lately. I’ve only posted outfits with blazers here, here, and here. Excessive? I think not. You can imagine when oversized blazers became a hit, I was overcome with joy. A trend I was already a pro at rocking, FINALLY.
One thing I’m liking about the latest blazer trend is that I’m seeing blazers worn in new, unexpected ways. Over a slip dress, with a graphic tee, layered over a mini skirt or shorts, and my recent favorite…with a hoodie. That’s right, that hoodie you rocked back in junior high is now acceptable to wear out in public. Okay, maybe not that EXACT one (mine were all from the Gap), but you get the picture. This is groundbreaking stuff.
It’s chic meets casual… who wouldn’t love it? Shop more of this trendy combo below –
In brainstorming new content ideas for the holidays, I realized I have all of these little things I’ve been wanting to share with you guys, but haven’t because I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to do so. Then, it struck me that I don’t NEED to have a separate post for each and every thing, but I can combine them all into a “favorite things” roundup and share all of the goodies at once! How does that sound?
I’ll share a monthly roundup of my “top 10” products, movies, music, food, ANYTHING of the month. I had an ongoing list of things I love from the last few months so pulling this together for October was super easy. One of my favorite things about blogging is sharing the stuff I love (yes, even outside of clothes), so I’m particularly amped about this series, and hope you are too!
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Annnnddd now to the October top ten.
I’ll admit it, I am a sucker for reviews. On everything. I want to know the ins and outs of each and every single thing I’m buying before I pull the trigger. Yes, it can be overwhelming, paralyzing at times, but in most situations it pays off. ESPECIALLY when it comes to beauty products. For one thing, because most non-drugstore products don’t come cheap. Also, the market is SO saturated, so you usually don’t know what you’re getting and if it even does what it claims it does.
With all that said, I research the sh*t out of every beauty product I purchase. I need to make sure I know what I’m putting on my face & hair, and that the product is worth the price. Call me crazy, but I check reviews across a few sites for different perspective.