Welcoming winter

To go along with my autumn post, instead of posting a recap of my favorite past winter outfits… I thought I'd do a roundup of favorite photos from past winters. Winter isn't my favorite season, I will admit. But I will also admit, it can be so beautiful. It's really challenging to run a personal style blog this time of year, especially if you don't want to show the same coat a hundred times, and you also want to take photos outside. I've been feeling a bit uninspired so far this year to actually get out and take photos in the cold, but rounding up these photos inspired me a bit! Enjoy the winter inspiration! xo

Friendsgiving

Last weekend, I hosted a Friendsgiving! We had 16 people total, and a full apartment! I absolutely loved it. I really enjoy hosting people and entertaining, especially for great friends. I was lucky to have a large enough dining room table to seat that many people! And, I made my very first turkey! Anyway, let's start from the beginning. In the morning, we took Winny to the dog park so she could burn some energy and not attack our guests when they came over. We got back home and I got started majorly cleaning and starting to cook the turkey!

I had thawed the turkey all night, and had to have it sitting out at room temperature for two hours. I definitely learned a few lessons cooking my first turkey. There was maybe only 10-12 "F's!" shouted, and only major teary meltdown. I followed a Martha Stewart recipe, Herb-Roasted Turkey with Pan Gravy. I made this butter herb rub, and it said to gently loosen turkey skin and rub butter underneath. Yep, I definitely cried. It's not like handling a chicken breast! I couldn't figure out how to lift up the skin, and finally I cut it with a knife so I could put the butter underneath. I was honestly in full panic mode in the kitchen, sleeves rolled up, calling out for Eric to help. He definitely stood in the dining room hiding out. Haha! But, I did it! I had to rotate the pan and baste it every half hour for almost three hours… but it turned out so good. I'd definitely do that recipe again!

I was only in charge of the turkey and gravy, so thank goodness for that. Everyone else brought a dish to pass! We had mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, rolls, homemade stuffing, corn casserole, and so many great appetizers. Plus, Eric made us a caramel pumpkin cheesecake. It was really good! It was so fun to sit, enjoy dinner and hang out with friends. Per tradition, we all went around the table and said what we're thankful for. It's always my favorite part of the dinner. I said that I am thankful for the good friends I have, my family, my career, my blog and the success I've had and the connections I've made through all of you, Winny pup, and of course, Eric. I'm a lucky lady.

My outfit definitely turned out more Christmas than Thanksgiving! I should have brought out my burnt orange while I still could, but I love this dress and really wanted to wear it. I've been way more into the Christmas spirit than normal this year. I've already started working on my holiday playlist on Spotify, and majorly thinking about Christmas gifts. Usually I wait until a week before Christmas! I think it's all of the snow on the ground. It's cold outside, but I'm honestly loving this weather. For being a true summer/autumn girl at heart, winter is pretty okay with me right now. I love how it makes being home feel so cozy!

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? We got really lucky this year because we only have to go to one place this year - my Mom's house! And her Thanksgiving meal is my absolute favorite, so I'm especially excited. No offense to other meals, I'm just a momma's girl at heart when it comes to homemade cooking. We're getting together with Eric's family on Sunday, and my dad's side after they get back from traveling. Thanksgiving is usually the most hectic holiday and we try to accomplish three places in one day and it's always so stressful. So I'm excited we get to relax this year!

Thank you to Laura for some of these pictures!


Outfit details:

Audrey Dress ℅ Onze Boutique
Urban Outfitters Drape Pocket Cardigan
Gap tights (similar)
Forever21 necklace (similar)
Fudge from the Fair Flat in Caramel ℅ ModCloth

A little downtown shopping

A couple of weekends ago, Eric and I headed to downtown Holland to do a little shopping, visit Frances Jaye and stroll around. We grabbed drinks and some farm frites (sounds so much fancier than fries ;)) at Butch's Dry Dock and some sweets at the Holland Peanut Store. I love downtown Holland. It's just so quaint! This day was pretty much the last warm one we've had. Since then, it's been freezing and now it looks like a winter wonderland outside!

I'm having the post-autumn, pre-holiday blahs right now. I don't know what's up really! All I want to do on the weekends is laze around in my pajamas, nap, and put off all of my to-do's. I've just been feeling uninspired lately. I thought maybe a new haircut would help, but that didn't really do the trick. It's a lot shorter now! I'll post pictures soon. But, I think I'm just looking forward to a refreshing four-day weekend, Thanksgiving with family and decorating our apartment for Christmas. I'm sure that'll be a good pick-me-up.

I've been dressing pretty casual lately, a lot of denim, chunky sweaters, cozy socks and boots. I need to figure out more stylish ways to stay warm this winter though, otherwise I'm going to get burnt out on running this blog! It's always so much harder in the winter months. But, in December, I have quite a few wintry posts planned, and per usual, I'm taking the last two weeks of the month off to do some recap posts and to relax before the new year begins!


Outfit details:

RD Style Sweater
Levi's Hooded Parka (similar)
AE Hi-Rise Skinny Jean
Burnt Orange and Gold Colorblocked Necklace ℅ Accessory Fanatic
Braided Flap Front Crossbody Bag ℅ Maurices
Samantha Pleet Arc Boots ℅ Wolverine 1000 Mile

ModCloth Holiday Gift Guide

Have you guys checked out ModCloth's Holiday Gift Guide yet? It's full of cute gift ideas! They have every category imaginable. As generic as guys/girls, as specific as geeky goods, cute critters, and quirky prezzies. I always pick up a few things for everyone on my list from ModCloth. When I was making the gift guide for girls I thought of things I might like, or my best friend, Jen, might like. Personally I love receiving pajamas. I'm a firm believer that nobody can have too many cozy pajamas, and I love this polka dot set. Plus a red polka dot top, a new jewelry boxa berry lip stain, a cute telescope necklace and some adorable fox flats I know Jen would love!

For guys things, I thought of things Eric loves. Music, The Walking Dead, photography (this 35mm camera would be fun!), a tote bag to carry his drumsticks/gear around in… and a beer at a BBQ with friends. This bacon beverage sleeve is awesome! I always pick up on little things people say throughout the year, and jot down notes in my phone so I can remember what to get them for Christmas. Eric mentioned earlier that he wants to start reading more, so what's a better read than a zombie survival book? And he's always complaining about not having music in the bathroom or the bedroom, so this little portable bluetooth speaker would be awesome for him to carry around the apartment. Plus, I just got him tickets for us to see John Mayer. Buying gifts for him is so much fun. Especially as he opens everything, and looks so happy. It's one of my favorite experiences ever!

Be sure to head over and check out ModCloth's Holiday Gift Guide! I'll be hosting a giveaway with them in a few weeks, so stay tuned for that to enter to win a $50 gift certificate to use on someone else (or yourself)!

Holiday Style with Fossil x Lucky Mag

Is anyone else getting as excited as I am for the upcoming holidays? I've been having so much fun styling up different holiday looks lately. Today, I'm collaborating to style up a holiday look with Fossil and Lucky Magazine. As soon as I saw this skirt from local boutique, Frances Jaye, I knew it would go perfect with my new Fossil Sydney Satchel! The gold metallic thread throughout the skirt fit together perfectly with the gold color-blocking of this satchel. I'm excited to wear this satchel all holiday season long, and pair it with a gold NYE dress too! Now I just need to find the perfect dress to pair it with…

For accessories with this outfit, I stayed with the black and gold theme. I paired a gold statement necklace, along with my Georgia Three-Hand Watch in Rose. This is such a pretty, subtle watch that will go with any outfit! I never used to wear a lot of yellow gold. I'd always choose silver or white gold, but I really do love the yellow gold color lately.

For hair and makeup, I decided to keep it simple. I left it down, and threw some hot rollers in the ends to give it a slight curl. For makeup, I went for my go-to red lip. I've also successfully stopped biting my nails (again, I know), so I've been having fun painting them darker colors. This is a really deep hunter green, but it looks black. I love it!

Coming up, we have a Friendsgiving party we're hosting at our apartment. We spend Thanksgiving day with our family. I always have an annual holiday work party, which is slightly fancy so I love getting dressed up for that! For Christmas typically, it's another cozy set of nights spent with family. For New Year's Eve, we plan to go out dancing with friends. Do you guys have any fun plans for the upcoming holidays? 


Outfit details:

Georgia Three Hand Stainless Steel Watch in Rose ℅ Fossil
Sydney Satchel in Black ℅ Fossil
Frances Jaye skirt
Frances Jaye top
Gold "Oh Deer" Antler Necklace ℅ Accessory Fanatic
Koko flats ℅ ShoeMint

Autumn in the forest

We're on the final few days of autumn! Most of the trees have lost their leaves. It's so sad driving down the highway! I know winter doesn't officially start until the end of December, but it sure feels close. It's been so cold outside! I've been bundling up in all of my winter gear, and we're supposed to get snow soon. I still have a few more autumn ideas I need to get out of the way before Thanksgiving… but after that, bring on winter and the holidays full-force. I want a white Christmas this year!

I was supposed to post my third (and final pre-outfit) post for Frances Jaye today, but we had the most insane weather this weekend. There was flash flooding on our street, tornado warnings and the wind was crazy. We were stuck inside most of yesterday, but we managed to sneak out for a little holiday party and drinks with Samantha Pleet! It was a totally magical, and inspiring evening. Samantha and I got dressed up in a few of her pieces, ran around the hotel with Eric, snapping photos and exploring. It was quite surreal!

I recently received this camera bag from Lalamagic! I've been on the hunt for one for a while actually. This one is really cute, and simple. Plus, I love the bright mustard color! It has the velcro divider inside, so I can separate my camera/lens. And Eric doesn't feel totally girly carrying this one around. Next on my list is a new lens. Eric and I recently read through an online photography e-course on lighting that was really helpful! We're excited to experiment more this winter with photography. I'd also love to attend a hands-on workshop, so if anyone knows of a good one in Grand Rapids, let me know!

I hope your Monday was a great start to the week! I got my hair cut today and I got quite a bit taken off. It feels really great. It was feeling so weighed down and blah lately. I felt like I could never keep a curl in it and it was getting really hard to style. Now, Eric and I are just playing catch up on Breaking Bad. We're on the third season and it's getting so intense!


Outfit details:

Kali Sweater ℅ BB Dakota
Acoustic Exclusive Dress ℅ ModCloth
ModCloth Layer It On Tights in Black
Mustard Retro Camera Bag ℅ Lalamagic
Samantha Pleet Arc Boot ℅ Wolverine 1000 Mile