Friendsgiving Feast

Now that I have a whole lot more space to work with, entertaining has been one of my top priorities. I started small and had a few different little cocktail parties over the last few months, but I knew I wanted to step it up for Thanksgiving. I’ve wanted to host a Friendsgiving for quite a few years and I finally made it happen this year. Considering I don’t have a dining table in my one-bedroom apartment, nor do I have enough nice dishware to host more than a handful of friends at once, I kept my Friendsgiving on the intimate side. I absolutely love going to casual Friendsgivings at my friends’ places, but I wanted to swap the disposable plates for picturesque place settings instead. Who says you have to wait until you have a formal dining room to host dinner parties?

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Turkey Day Duds

When it comes to Thanksgiving Day dressing (No, not that kind of dressing, but my head is right there with you…), I’m all about stretchy denim and loose-fitting layers on top. You, too? It’s the only way, really.

I’m actually going to be in the Bahamas for Thanksgiving this year (more on that to come!), but this is the outfit that I’ll be wearing for my Friendsgiving this weekend. I’m doing the hosting for a few of my girlfriends and I’m actually sharing my tablescape on the blog tomorrow, so be sure to check back in on Friday morning!

Now back to the outfit… just wait until you see the back of this turtleneck sweater, so unexpected!

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Gift Guide: #GIRLBOSS

Today’s gift guide is for the CEO-in-the-making, the badass business babe, the girl who logs more hours at the office than her home, and the girl who is always on the go because of her career! You know, just your fellow female that is absolutely crushing it. (PS: you count, too!)

Let’s talk the essentials, shall we? There are a few items that each and every working girl needs, and needs a few of! First, the tote. The work bag is clutch. It’s got to be able to fit your computer, files, workout clothes, lunch, probably a pair of heels, keys/wallet/phone, you name it. Sometimes it has to look presentable for clients, sometimes it doesn’t. And most importantly, it has to be durable! Oh, and it obviously has to look cute, too.

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Let’s Grab Coffee

I‘m constantly on the hunt for cute little places around Chicago. Whether it’s a boutique, a coffee shop, a place to grab a quite bite, or somewhere for a nightcap, it’s been fun exploring new-to-me spots in the city! I remember my friends visiting after I had only lived in New York for about two months and I remember feeling so anxious about not knowing that many cool spots to take them. I’ve kind of felt the same way since moving to Chicago in July… I’m still a newbie! … But I’m slowly building up my list of favorite spots. Don’t forget that you can check out all of my New York and Chicago favorites (so far!) here!

My amazing photographer, Melissa, introduced me to this coffee shop that feels like it’s straight out of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley! A brick-paved sidewalk, twinkly lights, and a coffee sign… It’s an Instagram waiting to happen. The coffee was really good, too! Definitely add Asado Coffee to your list if you haven’t been.

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Gift Guide: Glitter Girl

I couldn’t go too long without posting a gift guide for the inner glitter girl in all of us! I love how all of my favorite brands bedazzle just about everything this time of year… Shoes, sunglasses, watches, jewelry, phone cases, keychains, you name it. I can’t get enough! From statement pumps to stocking stuffers, this guide has all of my favorite glittered goods. Happy shopping!

If your glitter girl is also a fitness freak, you have to check out these leggings. Absolutely obsessed! If these won’t get you to the gym, I don’t know what will! And this water bottle? Too cute.

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