Turkey Calls for Big Skirts

I LOVE dresses with big skirts. They are so fun and have such class. When I saw this dress at Gap in late October, I completely fell in love. The black and gold stripes are perfect for the holiday season and I completely loved the skirt. With black tights and heels, I knew it would be a great dress to have for the wintertime. 

I was thankful that this dress arrived when it did because it was just in time for Thanksgiving. It was SO comfortable and fun and didn't need many accessories. I added my gold bow Kate Spade bangle and simple earrings. Not to mention it has pockets. What could be better?

Huge thank you to my cousin, Katie, for the pictures!

What did you wear for Thanksgiving?


Stepping into Winter with Our Vest Foot Forward: Collaboration with North Prepster

Today I am styling my go-to holiday vest outfit with Riley from Northern Prepster! Riley is so sweet and has the cutest style. Make sure to check out her outfit on her blog and follow her on Instagram ( @northprepster)!

Vest weather is the best weather. They add the perfect touch to make outfits a bit more wintery and make layering such fun. This deep red colored vest is often worn because of the beautiful Christmasy color and the weight. I am 100% convinced J. Crew vests are the best weight! I styled the vest with the cutest gray printed sweater from Gap. I am looking forward to wearing it throughout the holiday season because of how easy it is to dress it up or down. Pearls were are always a go-to because of their timelessness and this layered necklace was the perfect touch. On bottom, I wore leggings and Hunter boots because of the snow that day. 

This outfit is perfect for holiday festivities and is great for keeping warm on snowy days!

Don't forget to see how Riley styled her adorable vest from J. Crew, too!

How do you style your vest during the winter?



Spread Some Cheer: Holiday Cards for Heroes

I am so blessed to live in this country. Seriously, over the past few days at various places I have been where veterans have been asked to stand and be recognized, I have realized how many in my own community have protected my freedom. With Veterans Day yesterday and the holiday season just around the corner, I wanted to say thank you to our veterans and service members in a way that would make someone smile.

In years past, I have helped with a project called Holiday Mail for Heroes through the Red Cross. With so many service men and women away from home during the holiday season, the Red Cross offers this program so people can “Give Something That Means Something.”  Individuals are asked to write cards to say thanks, and provide encouragement to members of our military, veterans and families of military personnel. Because these cards are delivered close to the holidays, card writers are encouraged to wish these wonderful people “happy holidays.”

While I haven’t made it a priority before, I decided that the simplest holiday card could mean so much to someone away from home. I bought a large stack of holiday cards and asked my teammates, friends, classmates, and family members to write a card or two for someone who might need a little extra holiday cheer this year. I am overwhelmed by everyone’s willingness to write a card and I am filled with joy that so many people can brighten the day of someone who makes such a difference for our country.

I really encourage you to participate in this amazing program. How can you help? It’s SO easy. You can buy holiday cards or make your own. Ask people in your life to write a card and take them in to a Red Cross office in your area. Oh and one important note, while it goes without saying glitter is a fun festive addition, they do ask that your card does not have any because some cards will go to military personnel in hospitals. Make sure you take your cards in within the next couple of weeks to make sure they will be delivered close to the holidays. No matter how many cards you contribute, each one makes an important difference!

Here is a link to Holiday Mail for Heroes on the Red Cross website.


Happy Birthday Lilly Pulitzer

Lilly Pulitzer. To many, she is the creator of a brand that projects classic, colorful style. However, to me, Lilly was a lady who knew what being happy was, and she put her happiness into the clothes she created. Her timeless quotes parallel the style in which she unintentionally initially created. Every so often, I open my planner to the front page and read her story. It's a simple reminder that something huge can come out of something so little, and unintentional actions can make such a change. Her company encompasses the idea that everyday can be a party, and a little pink makes all the difference.

Today, I am celebrating her birthday in a simple way. Just how her creation of her first shift dress was simple. I kept my outfit relatively simple with a pop of color, perfect for hiding any juice stains. While this scarf isn't necessarily in season, it is one of my favorite prints as it incorporates so many colors and simply makes me happy. Lilly said it best, "Being happy never goes out of style."

As for the rest of my outfit, I paired the scarf with a thick cream cable-knit sweater and this Lands End coat. Both are perfect for the fall and wintertime and keep me warm outside. These jeans are super comfy and I am in love with the color for this time of year. I wore my Hunters as I took these pictures on a bit of a rainy day. The coat and scarf were the perfect pop of color against the gloomy

Today is not only about celebrating Lilly, but celebrating what she encouraged everyone to do -- to enjoy life, be happy, and never forget a little pink and green!

How are you celebrating Lilly's birthday?

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