tuesday ten: 10 things i’m most thankful for

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Photo: Kelsey Combe Photography 

To say I have I have a lot to be thankful for this year is an understatement.  A lot of blessings have been sent my way over the course of the past year and I am so grateful.  Since it’s Thanksgiving week I thought I’d share the top ten things I’m thankful for this holiday season (and always).

1) Having the most perfect wedding day I could have ever dreamed of.

2) Being married to the handsome groom for the past 3 months, but loving him for the past 9 years.

3) A great new job that I love.

4) A loving and supportive family & group of friends.

5) The opening of a great fresh juice place near my apartment.

6) Hazelnut coffee every morning.  Every. Single. Morning.

7) Blanket scarves & texting gloves.

8) Home cooking, especially big Sunday meals that cook all day (like this one).

9) My heated bathroom floors.  It’s chilly in the morning!

10) Enjoying the holiday Thursday with family and as a married lady.

Trying to be grateful everyday is so easily lost when life gets busy, but truly one of the most important things to do to be happy.  I’d love to hear what you are thankful for this holiday season! xo


holiday red & plaid

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Gap skirt, Sweater c/o Marshalls (similar), Loft sweater coat, Hue tights, Dolce Vita boots, Nordstrom bag (currently 40% odd) , Bauble Bar earrings

I love any excuse to dress up and the holidays are certainly no exception.  I grabbed this plaid skirt from Gap a few weeks ago because it’s the perfect piece to mix and match all through the holiday season.  I also hunted for the perfect oversized red sweater and finally found one at Marshalls for a great price.  I think it will be perfect with a flannel or chambray shirt layered underneath it for extra warmth.  I know it’s something I’ll reach for over and over in the next month.  What do you guys like to wear for the holidays?

PS- Would you say the plaid on this skirt is black or navy?  I was leaning towards navy until my husband asked me why I was wearing blue tights with a black skirt (fashion blogger fail).  Let’s just call it one of those black-navy hybrid colors, what do you say?  And please don’t say I’m color blind.

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Sweetest Somethings- A Fashion and Lifestyle BlogUniq sweater (similar one in navy here), Old Navy shirt, Gap jeans, Cole Hann shoes, Tory Burch bag, Bauble Bar earrings, Ray-ban sunglasses 

I hate to sound like every other girl from the ages of 17 to 30, but the Starbucks red cups are back and it’s really putting me into the holiday spirit.  Despite the freezing temperatures this week, I actually love this time of year.  All the hustle and bustle of the holidays is starting and I’m already thinking ahead with my gifts.  I picked up this sweater a few weeks back and love it’s crisp preppy style.  The V-neck is a little on the low side for my comfort zone, and although I love how it looks, I needed to layer something underneath it.  I love this top for layering because its thin enough to wear seamlessly underneath thicker sweaters.  It’s always hard to holiday shop without picking up something for myself, and I treated myself to these boots scored earlier this week on great sale!

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decorating a holiday bar cart

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At a holiday gathering I always find people gravitate towards one of two places: the food spread or the bar.  Living in a tiny NYC apt leaves limited space for entertaining and makes it all the more important to maximize the space you have.  We don’t have a full fledged bar (like this dream one), but we do have a pretty awesome vintage bar cart.  When we entertain I like to jazz it up with some festive decor and keep it fully stocked with everything you need to satisfy your guests.  I found some amazing holiday buys at Marshalls this year.  Marshalls is perfect for buying unique items to use for entertaining, especially if you don’t want to overspend to host your holiday party.  I absolutely loved that gold sparkly placemat.  It was the perfect accent to make our rustic bar cart look a bit more fancy for the holidays.  Check out all my other great holiday entertaining finds below.  How do you guys decorate for a holiday party?

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Snowflake found at Marshalls ($11.99).

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Cheers wine glasses found at Marshalls ($4.99 each).  styling a holiday barcart with Marshalls 4 styling a holiday barcart with Marshalls 6

Fun napkins found at Marshalls ($1.99).
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Coasters found at Marshalls  ($8.99 for 4).styling a holidy barcart with marshalls 5Sparkle placemat ($3.99) and red bowl ($5.99) found at Marshalls.

A big thanks to Marshalls for sending over some of these great holiday goodies!


the best basic knit

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Joie knit (some sizes on sale here), H&M sweater & scarf, COH pants, Steve Madden boots via Marshalls, Aqua earrings (similar), Nordstrom bag & glasses

When shopping for winter wear I find it hard to narrow down all the purchases I deem essential.  It’s necessary to have a great pair of boots (I’m lusting after these), a warm and stylish jacket, and a basic knit.  The knit should be warm (duh), flattering, and a neutral color that can be thrown over anything.  I decided on this one and have been wearing it a ton.  It’s perfect for layering, throwing on over a dress, and it has the cozy feel I crave in the colder months.  You can shop some of my other favorite basic knits below.  Have a great weekend all! xo

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prints on prints on prints

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Nordstrom leggingsbag, and glassesSam Edelman sneakers, Bohme sweater (c/o), Madewell chambray shirt, Bailey44 tee, Bauble Bar earrings, Stella & Dot necklace

I love a good print mix on any and all occasions.  I wore this casual stripes on ikat on leopard look to stroll around down by the water last Sunday.  I’m savoring every last fall day that I can get away without wearing a real jacket.  My days are numbered and I’m enjoying my light weight sweaters while I have the chance.   I was so happy when Bohme sent over this cute wrap cardigan.  It’s super cozy and I love pairing ikat with other prints.  I could order almost every sweater off of the Bohme website, they have so many adorable patterns and styles.

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sweet sips: apple cider sangria

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Fun fact: it takes thirty-seven apples to make a container of apple cider.  And it only takes a little cider, some white wine, brandy + orange liqueur, and a few garnishes to make this delicious apple cider sangria.  It’s perfect for fall weekends and is a fun spin on your traditional sangria.  This recipe calls for ginger syrup which can easily be made by following these directions.  We’ve made our own before but we also keep a store bought bottle on hand.  It’s great to use for fun cocktails and certain desserts!

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applecider3 applecider5Apple Cider Sangria:

  • 1 standard size bottle of pino grigio
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur
  • 2 tlbs ginger syrup (you could also use a little ginger ale if you don’t have this on hand)
  • 1/2 cup club soda
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 apples, chopped
  • 2 pears, chopped
  • Garnishes: cinnamon, pomegranate seeds, cloves

Add the apples and pears to a large pitcher.  Add in your wine, apple ciders and all your liquors.  Let it sit for at least one hour but it can sit together overnight if needed.  Top off with the club soda.  If you are using ginger ale instead of ginger syrup add that right before serving.  Garnish with a few cloves, pom. seeds, and cinnamon.  Enjoy!

 


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