What’s Thanksgiving like for you? Do you get dressed up and host a proper dinner with perfect table settings? Or is it a football watching, buffet style free for all?
Ours is definitely more the second. I host almost every year at our house for our extended family and it’s a day we all look forward to months in advance. Prep starts a few days before, I make my pumpkin pies first from my Aunt Bonnie’s recipe (always, always double the spice).
The night before the women in our family have a tradition that I grew up doing with my Grandma Bussard, mom and sisters – we tear up the loaves of Italian bread for our traditional stuffing (no cornbread dressing for us). Aubrey and Ava usually help out with this, as does my mom and my niece Lauren.
While the bread is being torn, I melt about 8 sticks of butter (yes, 8) and cook onions and celery in it until the whole house smells of this wonderful, once-a-year concoction. We pour it over the roaster pans full of bread chunks (usually 3 roasters full, we LOVE stuffing), toss to coat them and then cover them in foil for the night to let all of the flavors really soak in. Craig always loosens the foil and steals chunks of buttery bread out of them.
The next morning, I get up early and get my turkey prepped and in the oven. I stuff the cavity with apples, onion and celery, melt some honey butter to baste him and add in plenty of thyme. My sisters bring the side dishes so my work here is done, at least until it’s time to make gravy.
This gives me enough time for a quick work out and shower before the meal is put on the kitchen island. We serve buffet style around here, no fancy table settings for the Lumbatis’! Every one fills up a plate and the guys head upstairs to watch the game in Craig’s man cave, while the women have our “hen party” in the kitchen.
I try to wear something that will be forgiving (um, stretchy jeans!) and comfortable but still feels a little special. Recently I got two tops from Social Threads that are just perfect for the occasion. (p.s. if you sign up for their e-mail list you get 10% off!)
Thanksgiving Outfit #1
This black ruffled top feels a lot like a sweatshirt, which I love but the ruffled details are what make it really special. Pairing it up with my favorite corduroy pants (which I have in almost every color!) seemed like a natural choice. The corduroy adds a nice texture element to the outfit and this color begs to be paired with leopard.
I’m wearing a size small in this ruffled top. It runs a little small so if you’re between sizes, go up. These corduroy pants run true to size but have some stretch to them, size down if you’re between sizes. They no longer have them in teal but that pretty green color is similar.
My bow leopard flats are sold out but I can attest to the fact that this pair of leopard flats is really comfy. I have the same pair in gold and they’re one of my favorites. When my leopard flats need to be replaced they’re what I’ll go with.
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Thanksgiving Outfit #2
For outfit 2, I paired up this super soft slouchy off the shoulder sweater with olive pants. I have three pairs of olive jeans but this sateen pair is my hands-down favorite. They’re buttery soft perfection. I can’t wait to get them in this plum color. This sweater will also be perfect for lounging around in leggings and watching Hallmark Christmas movies. 🙂
The unifying element in both outfits are the agate pendant necklaces. I’m not much of an accessorizer and like to keep my outfits pretty minimalist. These necklaces are perfect for me because they make a big impact and pull the outfit together with just a single piece. (P.S. You can get 20% off your total order at Accessory Concierge with promo code REDBOOK20)
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Yep I know what you thought when you saw “off the shoulder”…the dreaded strapless bra. Off the shoulder is both sexy and sophisticated but I’ve avoided it because of the strapless until I discovered the life changing bandeau bra! This bandeau bra is soft and comfy and doesn’t dig in like a regular strapless.
If you can’t bring yourself to do any type of strapless, this lace bralette is a pretty alternative. The straps can show on this and it adds a little delicate detail to the look.
2018 Style Challenge Annual Membership News
Speaking of Thanksgiving, at midnight on turkey day, the 2018 GYPO Style Challenge Annual Membership enrollment period opens for a limited time. This is the only opportunity to get a discount on the style challenge – and it’s a big one! For less than $11 a month you get exclusive members only benefits including:
- All four seasons of 2018 at a discounted rate – this is the ONLY discount available on the seasonal challenge!
- Sign up once and forget about it – you automatically get each season delivered without having to remember to sign up
- No recurring membership fees – pay one time for your annual membership
- Get your shopping list before registration opens to the general public – get first dibs on the pieces before they sell out
- Get all of the outfit formulas for each season immediately right along with your shopping list – see how each piece is styled while you’re doing your shopping
- NEW for 2018 – Exclusive SNEAK PEEKS! – only for annual members
- Special members only bonuses worth over $200! Including the SAHM Capsule Wardrobe Builder, all four seasons of 2017 GYPO Style Challenges, the Rediscover Me 30 Day Life Coaching Challenge and a secret early bird bonus to be announced soon.
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Get on the waiting list to be the first to find out about the early bird bonus and when registration opens!
Getting my pretty on with Style Elixir.
I Feel Pretty Link Up
It’s the day of the week at GYPO where we celebrate what makes us feel pretty. Whether it’s a new outfit, hairstyle, or makeup, the I Feel Pretty link up is about anything and everything that makes your life prettier. Even if you’re not a blogger, you can still play along. Just tell me what made you feel pretty this week in the comments.