Christmas party look

This Friday, Scott’s squadron had their Christmas party. I love Christmas parties because it’s the perfect excuse to dress up the whole family. Here’s what Aspen and I wore:

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It’s always so hard finding something that is work party appropriate. Every year I struggle to find something that’s not scandelous, but also doesn’t make me look Amish. This year, I was very pleased to find this flowy skirt to pair with a nice flannel, which also allowed Scott and I to match, and have Aspen coordinate with us.

 

Sadie’s Outfit:

Flannel // skirt // heels

 

Aspen’s Outfit:

Dress // Stockings // Flats

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Winter beach days

I have been living on the emerald coast for nearly five years now. The first winter we were here it was FREEZING. Literally freezing. At one point, they blocked off all the bridges and let kids sled down them. Although there was no snow, there was plenty of ice. Since then, our winters have been very moderate, with only a handful of cold days. But a majority of the time the weather is nice enough to still enjoy our beautiful beaches. 12-IMG_035010-IMG_0343

 

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My favorite winter beach attire is a neutral and flowy maxi with a light cardi or jean jacket.  To shop these looks:

Sadie’s:

Favorite neutral maxi dresses can be found here, here, and here

Favorite denim jackets can be found here and here

Aspen’s: similar jumpsuit here// cardi // bow

 

*As always, a special thanks to those who help me photograph my blogging images. Most posts are a always taken on my camera. If the images are of me, they are taken by either Shelby Hood or my husband. Thanks for being troopers, guys*

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Thanksgiving Recipes

If you’re technically not the worlds best chef, it’s okay, I’ve got you girl. Here are some of my “no fail” dishes to get everyone on board with your new kitchen skills.

H E R B E D   B U T T E R 

 

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Because I’m not cooking for a large group of people, I decided to get turkey breast fillets. I’m not going to show you exactly how I made that, because I figure most people would be using a whole tukey, or at least a whole turkey breast. But when it comes to flavoring your bird, your taste buds will really get going with a some herbed butter slathered on top of it. To make it, follow bellow:

1/2 cup of room temperature butter

1 T garlic powder

1 T onion powder

1 T dried rosemary

1 T dried thyme

2 t oregano

1 t salt

1 t pepper

1 t red pepper

Smash all together and rub onto turkey.


 

B A C O N   W R A P P E D   A S P A R A G U S

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This particular dish is quite simple, but time consuming. It is also one of Scott and Aspen’s favorites. To make at home, get one buschel of medium thick asparagus and one package of bacon. I also cut all of the excess fat off the bacon and then sliced it down the middle to create smaller pieces. After that, wrap your asparagus with them and lay each one flat onto a baking sheet. Bake at 420 degrees for 20 minutes to get them nice and crispy.

 


 

P E C A N   P I E

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What is Thanksgiving without a slab of pecan pie on your dinner plate? Pecan pie happens to be both Scott and my all time favorite pie, or dessert in general. You could choose to make your own crust (which I don’t because I’m typically trying to make a million other things in the kitchen all at the same time, and have to comprimise somewhere), or you could do like me and get a frozen one. For the filling, follow the directions below:

1 cup white corn syrup

1 cup dark brown sugar

1/3 cup melted butter

1 heaping cup chopped pecans

3 eggs

dash of vanilla

pinch of salt

Mix ingredients, pour into pie shell, and bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes to 1 hour.

 

Thanksgiving outfit Part 3

As promised, park three to our Thanksgiving outfit ideas is here. The purpose of this series was to prove that you don’t have to necessarily go out and purchase a whole new wardrobe for the holidays. You can recreate very similar looks with items you already have in your closet. And if you do not have anything in your closet that can be worked into these basic outfit ideas, I have linked very afforable and convenient shops to shop from. Two of my most reliable last minute clothing stores is always Old Navy, Target, and Charolette Ruse because of how afforable and near by they are. Have fun shopping my Thanksgiving Feast looks!

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O U T F I T   D E T A I L S

Sadie’s first outfit: Sweater // skirt sold out, similar here // heels, similar here // pearls // glasses

Sadie’s Second outfit: Sweater // Denim // boots // pearls // glasses

Aspen’s Outfit: dress sold out, similar here // mocs // bow


 

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Thanksgiving outfit Part 2

This particular post is part two to a three day style series.

In this series I go over outfit ideas for Thanksgiving day that you will more than likely already have in your closet. If not, I link similar items below to stores that are 1) affordable, and 2) conveniently located. To see the first post, click here.

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Outfit Details: skirt // flats // sweater // jean jacket

 

 

Thanksgiving outfit Part 1

I’ve always been a procrastinator. It’s actually something that I have been working on the past few months. I’ve been reading books, listening to podcasts, and watching youtube videos on how to put an end to procrastination and how to reorganize your life. Although it has been incredibly helpful, and I have been practicing quite a few of these methods, I feel like I am not the only one who has mastered the art of waiting until the last minute to do something. So, the next few days, I will be posting last minute Thanksgiving outfit ideas that you already have in your closet, or something you could find similarily at any local store. The first one consists of a basic Tshirt dress, a cardigan, and flats (or in my case, oxfords)

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Because these are all pieces I had on hand in my closet, the links might not all take you to the exact item in the images. Rather, they will be linked to affordable and similar items in convenient and typically near by stores.

Sadie’s Outfit: dress // shoes // Necklace// cardi: I made this particular one, but you could shop a similar style here. Crochet pattern for cardi here

Aspen’s Outfit: Clothing set // boots