Thursday, November 28, 2013


Thanksgiving with my family is a fairly casual affair because we're southern, we plan to overeat, we will schlump on the couch to watch Christmas movies and nap while doing do, and that is not possible in formal wear. We're not pajama or sweatpants casual, (except one uncle) but we're defiantly a jean and over sized sweater holiday gathering type of crowd. As life changes, we, of course, start changing as well. We're now bringing significant others to family events (HOLY grown-up Batman) and we're not schlumping as much since we now head out to do stuff after dinner. The goal is to look put together, but not to be uncomfortable. I've found that the best way for me to ensure that I don't overeat is to wear something fitted closer to the body. I don't quite go for skinny jeans and a fitted top, but a sweater dress is a great alternative. I still get to try everything at dinner, but I'm limited to smaller portions of everything. There is the added advantage of having less damage to undo later.

Here are some great options that fit the bill and can handle a spill or a smudge without making me plot against the cute little terror that had cranberry sauce on a hand then pressed it against my dress.

Image 1 of ASOS Sweater Dress with Animal Jacquard Panel
 If you've got lots of little ones in your family, this is a great option to
hide stains and spills that are inevitable. In a warmer climate, I'd go with
bare legs and ankle booties. In a cooler climate, I'd wear it with opaque tights
and a bright ballet flat.
Image 1 of Selected Open Back Costa Knit Sweater Dress
This is defiantly a really cute option that would be great for dates later.
I'd wear it as a tunic over leggings for the holiday and as a dress for dates later.
I would defiantly wear it with a light colored slouchy suede knee high boots.
Image 1 of ASOS Sweater Dress With Elastic Cross Back
Is Thanksgiving going to be a romantic dinner for 2 this year? Have you
opted to have a potluck with your friends instead of going home with the
family? This is a sexier more fashion-y choice that still has some room for a
multi-course meal. If I was hosting dinner at my place, I'd go for this with
bare legs and my new favorite loafers.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Dinner at Home

grilled stuffed zucchini

  • 4 zucchinis
  • 1 cup butter beans
  • 2 small tomatoes
  • small handful chopped kalamata olives
  • small handful of chopped green onions
  • small handful of goat cheese
  • about 1/4c basil pesto
  • pinch of salt
  • olive oil
  • cut zucchinis in half lengthwise
  • scoop out some of the center
  • coat zuchinis with olive oil
  • grill for 3 minutes on each side
  • mix together other ingredients
  • spoon mixture into scooped out zucchinis
  • bake or grill for 6 minutes
Enjoy! Makes a great heavy side dish to grilled fish or a great lunch.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Fall Style

While I love having all 4 seasons, I think that I enjoy the fall the most. I get more bang for my style buck. I can layer so it's a chance to show what one can do style-wise. It's easy to look chic in the summer. The clothes are brighter, tend to have a more body consious fit (without necessarily being tight), and genuinely are cuter. The fall/winter selections are completely different. Clothing to be to more shapeless and we're bundled in huge coats over sweaters and hats/gloves/scarves. We can easily look like bag-ladies as we commute and that's never the goal. Plus there's the leg situation ... I prefer skirts and dresses to pants. I also prefer bare legs since stockings and tights can feel awkward in pumps (although necessary in boots). I feel like I'm slipping out as I walk. Digressing ... the fall is defiantly a time when looking great really is about the art of layering.

Here are some pieces that I'm looking forward to layering this season.

Merino V-neck sweater
I love these sweaters. I like to have them monogrammed
in contrasting colors. I wear them with trouser suits to work
and over button downs with jean and sometimes a quilted vest.
It's a great weight for layering.
Banana Republic Faux Fur Pullover
This is currently out of stock, but is an awesome way
to add luxe to everyday. I'd defiantly size up to wear it as
a jacket with longer leather gloves. I wouldn't use it as a work
piece, but I would wear it after work and it'd be a weekend staple
I'm all about bright leather gloves. It gives then ensemble
a pop of color and since your outterwear is what we present
to the world, I love that a very function item is made
I like that this is a "fancy" puffer vest. The plan is to use this
to add texture and basic warmth to a simple pencil skirt/silk blouse
work combo. On the weekend, it'd look great with ponte riding pants,
a longer sweater and riding boots.