Turkey Day Sips + Games

Happy almost Turkey Day! This kicks off my favorite time of year. Cliche? Yes. But thoughts of stuffed turkeys, chatty relatives and strong cocktails make me giddy.

Especially the drinks part. I love to sip on something festive while inhaling pumpkin pie all night. Below are three of my favorite savory sips. These are traditional holiday drinks, but my spin on them is a little healthier. Because let’s be real— you’re certainly not holding back at the buffet this year.

Read on for the recipes [all serve two] + a fun Thanksgiving game idea…

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Pumpkin Spice Eggnog

Ingredients: 1c light eggnog, 1c skim milk, 4tbs pumpkin puree, 2oz dark rum, ground nutmeg

Instructions: Combine eggnog, skim milk and pumpkin puree in a saucepan and stir on low heat until mixture is smooth. Add rum and pour into mugs. Top with whipped cream and ground nutmeg. Serve with nuts.

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Cinnamon Cider 

Ingredients: 2c hot cider, 2oz cinnamon schnapps, cinnamon sticks, sliced apples

Instructions: Heat cider in a saucepan on low heat for 10 minutes. Add cinnamon schnapps and pour into mugs. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and apple slices.

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Irish Coffee

Ingredients: 2c coffee, 2oz Baileys Irish Cream, 2oz Irish whiskey, light whipped cream, nutmeg

Instructions: Brew a fresh pot of coffee and pour into mugs. Add 1oz cream and 1oz whiskey into each mug. Top with whipped cream and ground nutmeg. Serve with dark chocolate.

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… and for a Turkey Night game, have everyone throw their name in a bowl before dinner. Once everyone is seated, go around the table and have each guest pick a name from the pile. Everyone gets to share one sentence on why they’re grateful for the person whose name they chose.

The holidays can be especially stressful on us, so a simple compliment can go a long ways. Speaking of which— I’d like to compliment each of you! I’m so grateful to have a space for sharing my love of all things chic and meaningful. My biggest hope is you continue to find inspiration here for living with enthusiasm and gratefulness. Life is worth swooning over. Happy Thanksgiving. Big hugs to you.

Indulge in Ordinary Moments

Coffee tastes especially good this morning. I’m huddled next to a cold window, listening to raindrop after raindrop drench the pavement. It sounds like home.

That’s because I am in my hometown. It’s cold and wet and gray in Michigan— and yet, it’s calming.

Maybe it’s because rain has a way of slowing everything down. It stalls our plans, breaks our routine and keeps us inside. Rain serves as a subtle reminder to indulge in ordinary moments.

My weekend was full of ordinary moments. Of sitting by the fire. Of staring blankly out my window. Of curling up in bed. Moments I rarely make time for because I’m too busy or too wired.

We’ll always be too much of something to make time for doing ‘nothing.’ But it’s those ordinary moments that remind us to reflect, to dream and to be grateful. It’s those moments that push us to be honest with ourselves. To be kind to ourselves. To be proud of ourselves.

Create time for ordinary moments this week. Even if the rain stops…

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Sweater: H&M // Stockings: Barney’s

Photos by Alexa Gores, Jake Ireland + myself

One Sweater, Three Thanksgiving Looks

It’s finally starting to feel like fall in LA— just in time for Thanksgiving. Sweater weather is here!

Sweaters are a Turkey Day must for me (mostly because they leave ample room for eating). But I can’t always reach for the same style each year, because our Thanksgiving celebrations go from being casual to cocktail-ish, depending on who’s hosting.

That inspired me to style one TopShop sweater three ways— cozy, edgy + chic. You can apply these ideas to any sweater you’ve got in your closet! Wardrobe dilemma solved.

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Get cozy by pairing your sweater with leggings, a thick scarf and casual boots + soft hair and makeup.

Sweater: TopShop // Leggings: Old buy (similar here) // Boots: Hermes (look for LESS here) // Clutch: Vintage (similar here) // Scarf: Loro Piana (look for LESS) Cuffs: Hermes & Martine Ali

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Go edgy with your girlfriends in cropped pants, ankle booties, a vest + a messy top knot.

Sweater: TopShop // Pants: TopShop // Booties: Zara (sold out, similar here) // Vest: Rick Owens (similar here) // Clutch: Manila (similar here)

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To dress things up, style your sweater with a leather skirt and classic heels. Add tights or swap the look for leather pants if it’s too cold.

Sweater: TopShop // Skirt: Rag and Bone (look for LESS here) // Shoes: Zara // Clutch: Chanel

Photos by Annie Shak