Pinspiration: Thanksgiving Bites

Can you guys believe that Thanksgiving is next week! I’m hoping that the snow and cold weather  stay away next week so that I can have a smooth ride back home to Michigan. It’s going to be a busy weekend but I for one am excited to see my family and enjoy a large family mean with so many goodies. I recently came across stuffing muffins on Pinterest and the idea that keeping my portions under control by making all my favorite Thanksgiving foods in muffin proportions is a genius idea! I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite classic Thanksgiving dishes that were made into mini versions – a great way to make your own meal unique.

So what’s my favorite way to eat Thanksgiving leftovers? In sandwich form of course! This turkey sandwich made on a croissant with leftovers looks absolutely delicious. What is everyone’s favorite holiday side dish?

:: Sweet Potato Muffins with Pecan Streusel  – Sugardishme ::
Sweet Potato Muffins

:: Pancetta and Sage Stuffing Muffins – A Cozy Kitchen ::
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:: Mini Green Bean Casserole Cups – Food Family & Finds ::
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:: Mini Pumpkin Pies – My Baking Addiction ::
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:: Cranberry Turkey Sandwich – No. 2 Pencil ::
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Gift Guide: ETSY Favorites

This year I’ve been much more conscious about my Christmas gift list. It’s a year where no one in my family has any “necessities” on their list and the phrase “I dunno what I want” has been uttered more times than I can count. During a recently plunge into ETSY, (seriously it’s like a black hole sometimes, in a good way!) I dug up a few gifts that I think certain members of my family will just love. So this year, let’s stay away from the big box stores and shop local or handmade – it will be gift that will be remember! I for one as asking for a ton of cute desk accessories that will make my drab office desk absolutely fun and fabulous!

ETSY Shop Favorites, Christmas Wish List, Gift Guide

:: 1. Gold Bar Necklace by PersonalizedNecklace | 2. Gold Glitter Number Wine Tags by LampshadeBash | 3. Things To Do Notepad by MeganWrightDesignCo | 4. Woodland Women Illustration Set by Talula Christian | 5. Decorative Matchboxes by LampshadeBash | 6. Floral Mouse Pad by littlehawthorne | 7. She Drinks Whiskey From A Teacup Pencil Set by MissPoppyDesign | 8. Monogramed Stationary by MeganWrightDesignCo ::

Grey Matter

ASOS sweater, Madewell plaid scarf, grey outfit, winter outfit

:: ASOS Warehouse Sweater | Madewell Shirttail Skirt | Hue Tights | Aldo booties (old, similar here) | Jewelmint Owl Necklace | Forever 21 Pearl Ring ::

You guys, mentally I’m having a hard time with these super low temperatures that we’ve been experiencing this week. I mean, it’s it a bit early for the blistering wind and winter chill that keeps temperatures in the teens! I have a feeling it’s going to be another long winter season; sad.

My work outfits have all been about layering warm body hugging pieces that won’t add too much bulk. I picked up this textured grey sweater from ASOS early last week and I love that the textured fabric adds a level of style to a normally boring old plain sweater that I usually wear. Madewell recently came out with a few heavy wool skirts that keep me within my style comfort zone but are warm enough to wear during these chilly days. If you have been staying away from skirts and dresses due to the weather, I suggest layering two pairs of tights! I have in the past layered a sheer pair underneath my opaque tights keeping my legs nice a warm.

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:: Photography by Christine Dubay ::

Gift Guide: The Hostess

Can you guys believe that Thanksgiving is only 9 days away! I swear it’s this time of the year when schedules are jam packed with events, family & friend gatherings, and final project wrap ups at work that make each day feel extra short.

I’m headed back to Michigan this year for the Thanksgiving holiday and I already have three parties on the books. Gone are the days of mooching off my parent’s host gifts; it’s time to be an adult about the situation. I’ve recently started to purchase small gifts throughout the year and keeping them in a closet to pull out whenever a last minute gathering takes place. This year I’m putting more thought into my gifts and along with brining a nice bottle of wine (selfishly hoping they immediately open it and serve me some) I’ll be brining along one of the gifts below. From an easy entertaining book from The Barefoot Contessa whose tips will help your host/hostess breeze through holiday entertaining to a Garance Dore Collection calendar that keep the good vibes going onto 2015, there is something for everyone.

So what are everyone’s holiday plans this year??

Hostess Gifts, Gift Guide, Christmas Gifts, Thanksgiving Gifts

:: 1. Kate Spade New York “Odds & Ends” Tray | 2. Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook | 3. RABLABS “Pedra” Coasters | 4. Rifle Paper Co. Garance Dore Collection 2015 Calendar | 5. Diptyque Scented Candle | 6. Earth tu Face “Voyage!” Travel Kit | 7. Jonathan Adler Peace Hand Bottle Stopper | 8. C.Wonder “LOVE” Appetizer Plates Set | 9. Uncommon Goods Caterpillar Bud Vase ::

Emerald in the City

Madewell blouse, ASOS skirt, winter work outfit

:: Madewell blouse (old, similar) | ASOS scuba skirt | Nine West booties (old, similar here) | Madewell necklace (love this one, it’s on sale!) | Sole Society “Presley” bag c/o ::

Well I for one wasn’t expecting the instant winter that showed up in Chicago on Sunday. It had been chilly for days but I wasn’t giving into the cold just yet. My winter wardrobe can vary from one extreme to another; I’ll wear a head to toe black outfit for days and then switch over to jewel tone colors that brighten up my face and make a statement. This Madewell shirt has been with me for at least 4 years now and is one of those pieces that I plan to keep for years to come. The emerald green color is the perfect pop of color and looks amazing on anyone with blue eyes; they will pop! I’ve realized I’m not over my scuba fabric love and recently purchased this ASOS skirt. The fabric will be perfect for holiday parties as it stretches just enough that you can’t see my food/wine baby.

As the cold settles in, I’ll be slowly trading in these Nine West booties for my beloved Ugg cardi boots; a sad acceptance. For now, I plan to relish any day that is above 35 degrees. Happy Monday!

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:: Photography by Christine Dubay ::