Hiding the Pooch on Thanksgiving: Easy Holiday Outfits

What to wear on a day when you may or may not stuff your stomach until it feels like a amorphous, turkey based, extension of your once human-shaped body?

There’s always confusion on what to wear for this food-centric holiday. Why do you have to dress up to go somewhere with people you know and stuff your face? The question seems unanswerable, because every year I find myself standing in front of the closet asking “what should I wear?!” There’s a few different types of Thanksgiving atmospheres, so I’ve created a list based on what I’ve experienced in the past.

For the Casual Event: 

The Casual Event may be one of the hardest things to dress for — I usually end up dressing up a little bit, just so I won’t stand out too much for looking like a bum. A nice sweater at Thanksgiving Lunch is definitely what I’m planning on wearing this year to my family’s event. Some people wear t-shirts, and others wear pretty dresses… a sweater seems like a happy medium! Plus, chunky, loose, or flowy sweaters will be trendy and work to hide the mid-day belly.

 

For the Joey- Challenge – You’re Eating An Entire Turkey Alone and No One Can Stop You:

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Is there a better excuse to wear yoga pants and cute work out top? Going to the gym is probably what these would be best for, but accepting a Joey challenge is a close second.

My go-to yoga pants are actually from Cost-Co (of all places), but I have definitely had my eye on some cute ones at Target and Old Navy. These high waisted yoga leggings are perfect for workouts and eating to your heart’s desire. The cowl sweater below just looks so chic and cozy (it comes in so many colours!).

For the Fancy Dinner – do people do this? 

Swing Dresses are your friend — add statement necklace and some heels and you are good to go! Amazon is my go to for fancy dresses. They have so many options under $25 that are versatile beyond one Holiday event. This lace number is flowy and loose, so it will be super comfortable.The lace sleeves are fun and sexy, but they also add enough contrast between your skin and the sheer material so you can wear a bra with straps without it being too noticeable.

 

 

 

 

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3 Last Minute Thanksgiving Side Dishes

 

Last MinuteWe always spend Thanksgiving with my husband’s side of the family. For them, Thanksgiving is the time when all of the relatives travel from across the country to stay together for three non-stop and CRAZY days. The first time I attended it was almost like an initiation into the family ritual of pure and delightful chaos.

Nothing is planned and everything is a go-with-the-flow sort of feel. Its definitely not how I normally do things (I plan things down to the hour, heck to the minute), but Thanksgiving with our family is the time to put the planner away and just let things happen. Of course, the laissez-faire attitude can lead to some last minute recipes and adjustments to the Thanksgiving feasts. If your family is like ours, it is always nice to have a few good back up recipes if you need them.

What do you mean there’s not a green bean dish? Oh, I don’t really like mashed potatoes… Is there a vegan option?

We’ve got you covered.

Here are my husband and I’s tried and true recipes (mostly from other blogs!) for when things just need a little stability. I hope you enjoy!

Green Bean Casserole Just Like Mom Used to Make 

No lie, one year I made this casserole for my husband instead of a birthday cake because he loves it so much. This is a fool-proof recipe that only requires basic pantry items. If there’s no green bean casserole on the menu, why not give this one a go? The mushroom soup can be easily substituted by Cream of Chicken.

Vegan Smashed Potatoes (You HAVE to try these)

Angela’s blog is one of my favourites because most of her recipes are very accessible. The smashed potatoes have the best texture, and her avocado aioli is also delicious. You could easily substitute the aioli with Sriracha too for a little extra kick and a little saved time. (PS, you will want to snack on these even after dinner is over!)

Warm Mexican Corn Salad (Great for WW)

Bailey’s instagram is inspirational and I love learning healthy tips from her. The recipe on her blog was exciting to make because I knew I would love it. The ingredient list is basically all of my favourite foods. Don’t skimp on the feta for this recipe!

 

 

Sephora Wish List 2017

Holiday range make-up is my ride or die for creating any wish list. I love special holiday sets or limited edition items, especially if they have holiday packaging (its alway so cheery).  I also enjoy the range of gift sets around the holidays; I always find more stuff that seems catered to my taste in makeup due to the wider variety. Basically, Christmas time is the best time of year for shopping for make up for me.

Here’s what I have my eye on this year at Sephora!

Too Faced Melted Lipstick Under the Kiss-eltoe Set 

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These lipsticks have such a wearable and comfortable formula. I have yet to find a duplicate for the way it feels on the lips at the drugstore, which makes this kit worth the price in my opinion.

Sephora Favorites – Everyday Superstars Must Haves 

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Honestly, this kit looks like it was made just for me. The lip colors are spot on; the full size concealer is one that I have been eyeing for YEARS; and the primer is probably the holy grail of all primers. I seriously would recommend this as a gift to anyone, but specifically I want it for myself 😉

Bite Holiday Lip Set: 

Screen Shot 2017-10-29 at 11.45.50 PMAnother lip set? Yup. Bite makes my all time, ride or die, classic lipstick. I am obsessed with its creamy, all-natural formula and I can’t help but love the brand since it is Canadian! I bought the set last year and I still have quite a bit of product left, so don’t be turned away by the small size of the tubes. The pigment goes a long way!

Milk Makeup- The A Team 

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This brand is very intriguing to me, and after sampling their highlighters in store I am convinced that I need every single shade. The hues are gorgeous and they glide on so easily! The set is a nice change of pace from the loads of highlighting palettes that have surfaced over the past couple of years.

Josie Maran – Best of Skincare Revivers 

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Is there any better gift than heavenly moisturizers in the winter? This one’s a no-brainer. I’m also dying to try the mud mask!

Fall and Winter Lips – Berries and Nudes

There’s just something about adding a little seasonal colour to your lips that makes you feel extra festive with minimal effort. I’m a sucker lipsticks to begin with, but I really swoon for the berry and nude russet shades. Over the years I’ve tried many different formulas and shades from the lowest prices to the highest hype, and I think I finally have a “must-have” collection.

Top: Covergirl x Katy Perry “Maroon Meow”: I discovered this shade after google searching “Veronica Lodge + lipstick” (I’m so basic and I can’t help it). It really is the perfect maroon shade, and the formula is pretty standard for a drugstore brand – however, it does not dry my lips out so it gets all the gold stars for succeeding in that category. The shade adds warmth to your make up look and does not yellow your teeth like some other fall tones tend to do.

First Column: Kat Von D Lipliner “Lolita”:  The iconic shade – but in a lipliner. What I love about the lipliner is that it gives you so much more control in application. The shade is such a stand out shade that application matters tremendously, and the precise tip of the product helps to get it just right. The liner also does not dry out my lips and is a perfect base shade for some of my other fall lipsticks. I love to add Lolita under other shades because it gives a beautiful depth.

Second Column: Revlon HD Matte Liquid Lip “Seduction”: This is quite possibly the best drug store liquid lip formula that I have ever tried. It smells sweet and it also lasts FOREVER. The color is a dark nude that looks amazing on paler skins (like myself). While it claims to be a matte formula, there is always a little shine whenever I wear it, which ends up looking great anyway. There’s a ton of different shades in this range that I would love to add to my collection, but I know I would always come back to this one.

Third Column: Stila Liquid Lip “Angel”:  I’m not going to lie.. I did buy this shade because of the name and my obsession with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I had my eye on the Stila collection for a while, and when I saw the name + this gorgeous nude color I couldn’t help myself. The formula is very thick, but also dries super fast (it is magic I tell you). The colour is a delicate, but bold, nude. You can definitely tell you are wearing lipstick, which is what I like about this specific shade. Sometimes nudes tend to disappear on the lips (which makes them true to their name), but it also diminishes the major perks of wearing a lip colour (especially if you pay money for it, right?).

Bottom: NYX Soft Matte Creme “Copenhagen”: This is a trusty, vampiric burgundy with a gorgeous matte finish. In comparison to the Revlon (slightly shiny and thin) and Stila (creamy and thick), the NYX finish stands out  because it feels less like paint and more like a whipped topping when you apply it, and then it magically gives a beautiful matte look to the lips in an flash. It stands out amongst my growing liquid lip collection because it also does not make my lips look like they are suffering and dismantling themselves from within (aka no drying out, which is impressive for matte).

Perfume: Burberry

Sunglasses: Betsy Johnson

Cozy and Cute Fall Sweaters

There’s nothing like having a go-to sweater (or sweaters) in the fall and winter seasons. Pieces that are easy to dress up with some pearls or dress down with a blanket scarf make the cold season a little more bearable in my opinion. I’ve been combing the web for some perfect additions to my wardrobe and I wanted to share some of my favourite finds.

  1. Pretty in Pink Screen Shot 2017-10-13 at 12.00.02 PMThis little number has just enough slouch to be cozy and just enough structure to flatter some curves. The sweater comes in a variety of colours at HM and is under $30 CAD. I like this pink shade the best because I like to wear bright colours as autumn begins to fade. My winter heart wants to wear a lot of greys and blacks, but that just gets depressing after a while. Having a go-to pop of colour brings the happy back.

2. Stranger Things Inspired 

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If you are like me then you slowly begin to shift your wardrobe to emulate your television heroines. I have been through a Blaire Waldorf phase (and a similar Veronica Lodge phase), a Rachel Green phase, and now I’m totally leaning into the 80’s style because of Stranger Things. With the second season coming, I’m dying to get my hands on some Nancy inspired ribbed striped sweaters. This one from Macy’s is under $30 CAD (which means in USD its pretty affordable). Ready to fight a demigorgon? I’ll get my bat.

3. Cozy Mock Neck

I’m a big fan of turtle necks for the fall and winter seasons. They can look extremely chic with a skirt but you can also dress them down with jeans (as pictured). I love Old Navy for trend items like the t-neck (or the mock neck) because you’re not spending an arm a leg on an item that may or may not be a fashion don’t in the next year. This one comes in a variety of colours, but I love this Gryffindor burgundy. If there is ever a choice in life – always pick burgundy. However, the Mustard colour is also a huge fall trend this year so why not get both (sass emoji)

4. Splurge Item – Teddy Sweater

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This special little Rose Gold number is from J Crew Factory. I label it a splurge because it is just short of one hundred dollars when it is not on sale. I’m betting that around American Thanksgiving I maybe be able to find it under $50, but in the meantime I am just going to sit here and obsess over those shimmery polka dots.

Throwback Thursday: Tights and Shorts

I wanted to start a few serial posts that correspond with days of the week. I’m trying out Throwback Thursdays but adding a certain twist to them. These posts are going to analyze and dissect past trends and fads – particularly ones that I full heartedly participated in. The first topic is one that that I was an avid supporter of circa 2011: shorts and tights.

The Goal: The above pictures are ones that I definitely would have admired and pinned during the height of this trend. The look had a casual, classy, hipster twist that was definitely in line with my personal style.

The Reason: I went to a conservative college that was pretty weary of shorts in the classroom for both women and men. When the tights and shorts trend first appeared, the ladies at my college took no time adapting it to their everyday style. SHORTS + TIGHTS = LIBERATION. Sort of.

The Execution: Looking back, I’m almost embarrassed how much time I spent cultivating this particular style. Especially since it was also during my belted cardigan phase. Another topic for another Throwback Thursday.

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Notice: I’m wearing matching scarf and leg warmers. Yeesh.

I still see an occasional tights and shorts combo, and while some people can definitely put the two items together better than I did, I still regret ever having tried it.

Did you try out this style? Do you have similar regrets?

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Fall Must Haves and Must Do’s

Is there anyone who can resist the warm and cozy calling of the Autumnal season? The world becomes a sea of burnt orange and crimson hues, over run with pumpkin spice, and covered in flannel.

I love fall because it always makes me feel extra productive. I start school, I do a lot of cleaning, I go on fall themed excursions, and I always have a great “changing of the wardrobe” (when I switch my closet over to a more winter based system).

This post is acting like a fall shopping list, bucket list, and also fall favorites that I personally never shut up about between September and November. Let’s go.

1. Mules

 

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These are the fall version of your favorite summer slides. There are so many styles to choose from and also a variety of price range for these trendy shoes – however, since they are a trend I like to find the best bang for my buck. I found a few different styles of mules for under $30 at Urban Planet. I can’t wait to style the black leather pair with some denim and a classy top. Find them here.

2. Davids Tea

David’s has one of the best tea selections for seasonal blends. Their fall selection is slowly being released and I was so excited to see an old favorite: Blueberry Muffin. Don’t knock it til you try it, and keep your eyes peeled for their pumpkin teas because they are equally delicious. My tea trick: mix and match blends!

3. Dad hats

While I love a good wide brimmed hat for fall and winter, I love the dad hats of summer. Why can’t they be a fall item too? Some of my favourite hat shops are on Etsy, and they have some many quirky and fun designs that I just can’t say no to. I currently have my eye on this little number from 999spyglass:

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I also love the patch trend that’s happening right now and I found some patched hats that are super cute from WildFlower and Co on Etsy. Look at how many options there are!

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4. Pumpkin Pancakes

One of the best parts of fall is trying new recipes. I’ve been scouring pinterest for yummy breakfast ideas and I came across this masterpiece: APPLE PIE PANCAKES WITH VANILLA SYRUP 

Averie Cooks is the genius behind these, and I have a feeling I’ll be thanking her for blessing me with this glorious combination of flavours.

I can’t wait for the first crisp morning of fall and to treat myself with these delicious looking pancakes.

5. Fall Wreath

Is there anything more welcoming than a wreath with a pumpkin on it? I think not. I’ve never made a wreath before, but I’m looking forward to trying it out and personalizing it to my own taste. Here are my inspiration pieces so far.

 

6. Vegan Stew (the perfect fall recipe)

Last year I discovered the “Oh She Glows” blog and cookbook. While I am not vegan nor vegetarian, I love trying new recipes and adding more vegetables into my diet. My husband and I fell HARD for this Stew the first time we tried it. First off, it incorporates sweet potatoes and squash (the perfect fall ingredients); then it is combined with a  cozy blend of spices; and finally it is topped off with red lentils to make you feel nice and full. We eat this recipe without the rice and we add a little bit of lime to it for a punch of citrus.

All of Angela’s (the woman behind the blog) recipes are easy to work with, even if you are not vegan. I often sub the vegan oils for ones that I already have and tweak wherever is necessary so I can use what I already have on hand. In any case, I have never tried a recipe from Oh She Glows with the result of disappointment. So far they have all been tasty and delicious!

7. Dark Lips

They day is coming when the dark lip can be an every day lip. I’m mainly looking forward to wearing a plummy lipstick because of Veronica Lodge from Riverdale. If you haven’t watched Riverdale, you are missing out. It’s a cool blend of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars with a little dash of Cole Sprouse.

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Anyways, Veronica’s bold lip is simply inspirational. Since the show is sponsored by Covergirl, it was very easy for viewers to guess Veronica’s go-to colour: Marroon Meow by Katy Perry for Covergirl. Once I found the shade, I bought it within 24 hours. Now, I can’t wait to channel my inner River Vixen.

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8. Apple picking

Something that I have NEVER done in the fall is go to a legit orchard. While I like apples, it has always been more of a tradition for me to go to a pumpkin patch. Then I saw Carly’s post from last fall and I have made a solemn vow to forget the pumpkins and finally make my way to the orchard for a fun fall day.