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Outfit Ideas for Thanksgiving

“Do you know what you are gonna wear?”  -a reoccurring question between my sisters and I before most any get together.  Thanksgiving is no exception.  I will be surprised if this question does not come through via text message in the next couple of days.  In preparation, I’ve compiled a few Thanksgiving outfit ideas below, everything from dressy to casual to even a pair of pjs!  Let’s face it, sometimes we just want to be comfy, especially when a lot of food is on the agenda.  

We will be heading to a Thanksgiving at 2PM on Thursday and then another one at 5PM…not much of a break in there.  I’m not really one for pacing myself either…what can I say!?  I might just opt for my maternity leggings…that I’m currently in…and no, I am not pregnant.  We shall just see how I feel that morning :-).  There are numerous items below that are just good staple items to have during the colder months whether it is Thanksgiving or not.  With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner think about opting to get sales alerts on any of the items you might like below -they are bound to go on sale if they aren’t already!  Drop me a comment if you aren’t sure how to do that, it is super easy and I’m happy to help ya out!  Gotta put my quick little plug in here to let you know that the links below are affiliate links.  This just means that I can earn extra cash for my piggy bank if you make a purchase after clicking on a link -this does not cost you a penny :-). 

Option 1 

Thanksgiving Outfit


Scarf      Jeans      Hat      Sweater     Boots


Option 2:

Thanksgiving Outfit

Dress     Boots (similar)


Option 3:

Thanksgiving Outfit

 Earrings     Top     Pants


Option 4:

Thanksgiving Outfit Idea

Top     Skirt     Leggings (similar)     Boots (similar)


Option 5:

Thanksgiving Outfit

Dress      Tights     Hat     Necklace     Shoes

And some comfy clothes too!  Throw a cardigan over either of these t-shirts and you’ll be cozy all day -or just lounge in some pajamas…even better!

I hope you all have a joyful, filling, and relaxing Thanksgiving no matter what you decide to wear!

4th of July Style Inspo

Hi Friends!

Looking to add some spangle to your jangle?  Well I’ve got some fun finds for you in the red, white, and blue!  Okay, I promise – I am done with the corny rhyming, I couldn’t resist.  The 4th of July is one of a few holidays that I like to have a coordinating outfit for.  Over the years I’ve celebrated Independence Day at Lake Shelbyville, Clinton Lake, in St. Louis, in Chicagoat Indiana Dunes, and in Central Illinois to name a few.  I think of a day full of sunshine, the smell of hot dogs on the grill, live music, friends and family, sparklers, and a sky lit with fireworks.  There is a feeling of togetherness that I feel on this day like no other and I like to show my spirit and pride through wearing the colors of our flag. 

Our colors make it pretty convenient to grab something out of our closets that we may already have or maybe mix and match with something old and something new.  Maybe that is not a true statement for all…I suppose I am a little bias when it comes to these colors. 

1) Blue is my favorite color. 

2)  Red is just hot with an extra “t.”

3)  White looks so crisp in the summer. 

I guess I am assuming that most people own something that is white or denim and that may not be the case, nevertheless let’s get on with this post shall we?  I’ve broken down a handful of pieces below grouped into 6 categories: Beach/Pool, Rompers & Dresses, Shorts, Tops, Accessories, and Graphic-Ts.  Take a peak below to get some ideas for next Wednesday!  PS – why does the 4th have to fall on a Wednesday this year?  In the middle of a work week?  Why, why, whyyyyyy?!  We still haven’t decided what we are doing this year, but we will likely be staying around here.  If you are in the area, check out the Champaign-Urbana Area Fourth of July Events Guide Sponsored by the Illini Union Rec Room by ChambanaMoms – they have compiled a nice list of our options here.  Also, I’ll be adding some themed food/drink ideas for next week over the next couple of days, you’ll be able to check those out here.  Hope you all have a wonderful 4th

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Can I just say this swimsuit is SO cute with such a flattering fit for the bottoms!  I saw this on Dress Up Buttercup and wish I had seen this before I got my “1 ‘nice’ swimsuit” for the year, ugh!

Rompers & Dresses

My favorite thing to live in during the summer.  No need to worry about matching pieces together, just throw on and go…and deal with the fact that going to the bathroom can be tricky in a romper ;-).


PS – There are a ton of Universal Thread shorts on sale at Target right now for $9 similar to the red ones below!


Daily casual wear here!


…Tassels, I love tassels, give me all the tassels.

Graphic Ts

I have a love-hate relationship with graphic ts.  Love them for their witty sayings, hate them for the limited opportunities to wear.  Neverthless, I can’t steer away from them.  Whenever I buy something that is ideally designed for a particular day or event I’ll try to get my wear out of it by doubling it up as a PJ shirt :-).

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Image Credits: ShopStyle Collective (Earrings – J. Crew, Necklace – BAUBLEBAR, Shorts – Dillard’s, Dress – Bluefly, & Bandannas – Guess. Also linked directly by clicking on each image above.

“R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A” -John Mellencamp!

English Factory Cold Shoulder Dress -Blue Fly J. CREW J.Crew Flower Raffia Earrings Jolt Gingham High Waisted Paper Bag Tie Shorts (Dillard's) BAUBLEBAR Malibu Layered Beaded & Spike Fringe Statement Necklace Guess Polka Dot and Denim Headband Set Image Map

Top 12 Favorite Purses for Spring

Even though I work inside for the majority of the day, I was acutely aware that there was actually sunshine outside today.  On top of that, it was in the upper 50s and I didn’t need my huge winter coat when I left the office.  When it is almost March in Illinois, days like this are a welcomed breath of fresh air.  They leave us longing in hopes for spring.  Typically they are a tease only to be followed by more gray coldness, Illinois weather is just like that.  Nevertheless, I’m running with my spring fever tonight.  We vacuumed the house and got to the laundry that was starting to loom over us like a stretch of mountains, both dirty and clean.

More importantly, I’m in the mood for a new purse with a pop of color and oh my goodness there are so many pretties to choose from right now!  I’ve rounded up my top 12 favs below -and better yet, they start in the low $30s and don’t go past $100.  (PS – I get a small commission through clicks and purchases made through this post but these are all self-selected by me and items that I would personally buy).  Some of these are even marked over 50% off, I love a good sale.  I’m in love with the color of the Sondra Roberts Faux Leather Hobo but I really need something that I can use for work too -so something bigger for electronics and paperwork.  Let’s be real, I’ll probably be using this as a diaper bag as well. You’d probably be appalled at everything that I have stashed in my current purse collection…sometimes I am myself [insert woman emoji with shoulders shrugged and both hands up].  Anyway, I decided to go with the first one pictured below and ordered it in blush.  -They have 3 colors in this and they are all beautiful, the sea foam is similar to the color of the Sondra bag.  I think I’ll like the size of this one, the fact it can be worn multiple ways, and the zipper.  Can’t wait to show you once it comes in!  ….I’ll make sure to zip up all the junk I stash inside it.  If anyone has any other suggestions for spring, I’d love to see them -especially in the pastel family!!!

March 3rd, 2018 Update: Loved the purse I picked…but it wasn’t as big as I was hoping for, you know like a suitcase.  I went to the TJ Maxx in Champaign and was able to find something else, I ended up with a Steven Madden one in an almost identical color but about twice the size.  Quick peak below and with 2 tassels, I love tassels!  Unfortunately I originally wrote this post feeling springy, you’ll note I’m in a cowl neck sweater below because it is stinkin’ cold right now!  Sigh….oh well, I’m still gonna rock my spring purse.Steve Madden Purse, Gap Sweater, Target Necklace
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