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Happy Thanksgiving!!
I hope your holiday is filled with love and laughter and that you’re surrounded by those you love. Taking an extra moment today to say THANK YOU!  Thank you to you, my readers, who give me the opportunity to share pieces of my life and my creativity and to my amazing family and friends who I am beyond thankful to have in my life. A big thank you to my sweet husband who sacrifices so much for our little family and can’t celebrate this Thanksgiving with us… Penelope and I miss you extra today!
Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

Holiday Gift Guide for the Girly Girl

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Gold Nixon Watch // Leopard Booties // Teal Chloe Bag // Chic Mittens // Bauble Bar Necklace // Bee Happy Change Purse // Mirrored Aviators // OPI Nail Polish // PJ Set // Lipstick Bag // Smart Phone Dock // Gold Earbuds // Daisy Perfume Set // Jewel Earrings // Teal Hunter Boots

Girly girls, I’ve got you covered! I’m happy to introduce you to this weeks Holiday Gift Guide. Bright and sparkly with a touch of glam, these are the must have items to add to your wish list.  Whether you are looking to add a dash of leopard to your wardrobe or a hint of teal, this list is full of fun, chic ideas that will have every girly girl extra giddy on Christmas morning.

Looking for more? Check out my Holiday Gift Guide for the Hostess with the Mostess and my Holiday Gift Guide for the Foodie.

Urban Prep

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 J.Crew Sweater (similar) // Similar Blouse // Asos Jeans (on sale!) // New Balance Sneakers // Ray-Ban Aviators // Loeffler Randall Rider Bag

If it isn’t obvious enough, I’m totally obsessed with these New Balance Sneakers. I love how they give an outfit that instant cool factor and they are BEYOND comfortable. I last wore them here, in a denim on denim look and decided to give this outfit more of an urban prep flair by pairing my trusted sneakers with distressed jeans and a preppy sweater/ blouse combo. This made for the ideal outfit to wear around the office then for an afternoon running errands. I recently picked up same shoes in red and can’t wait to style them. Have a great day!

Honey Bourbon Clementine Fizz

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Happy Monday!!  Hope you all had a great weekend! It’s the week of Thanksgiving and what better way to celebrate than to kick of the week with a super smooth, sweet and dangerously delicious cocktail? No better way if you ask me. This Honey Bourbon Clementine Fizz is the perfect fall cocktail, full of seasonal goodness and a touch of sweetness thanks to Wild Turkey American Honey. Naturally smooth with the slightest hint of honey, American Honey pairs perfectly with fresh squeezed clementine juice and a splash of Ginger Beer.

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I have to admit, it has taken me awhile to acquire a taste for Bourbon and Whiskey but this cocktail has totally converted me into a Bourbon loving gal. For the past few weeks, instead of my traditional Friday margarita, I’ve been digging into Wild Turkey American Honey Bourbon (the reason the bottle is on the verge of empty…) and shaking up this Honey Bourbon Clementine Fizz.

Friends, these cocktails are a must make and would be perfectly appropriate to serve on Thanksgiving.  Happy cocktail makin’!

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Honey Bourbon Clementine Fizz:

Ingredients (yields 1 cocktail)
– 2 ounces Wild Turkey American Honey
– 2 ounces fresh squeezed clementine juice
– ginger beer
– squeeze of lemon

Make it:
– Fill a glass with ice.
– Pour in bourbon, clementine juice and top with ginger beer.
– Finish with a squeeze of lemon.

Enjoy!!

Thank you to Wild Turkey for sending me this delicious bottle of American Honey! 

Holiday Gift Guide For The Foodie

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Bacon Making Kit // Copper Measuring Cups // Jacobson Pinot Noir Salt // Copper Cocktail Shaker // Smeg Retro Stand Mixer // Ceramic Tea Strainer // Wood Cookbook Holder // Bar10der Cocktail Tool // Nobel Handcrafted Maple Syrup // Le Creuset Kitchen Tools // Savannah Bee Company Honey // Travel Spice Kit // Gingham Dishtowels // Sriracha Margarita Mix

Happy Friday, friends!
Today I’m bringing to you my second Holiday Gift Guide (you can find last weeks Gift Guide for the Hostess with the Mostess, here) featuring so many yummy and unique gifts to give the foodie fanatics in your life. I like to think that some of the best gifts are ones that you’d never buy yourself and splurging on something like gourmet maple syrup or a retro Smeg Stand Mixer are certainly not something I’d buy myself, but I’d be overjoyed to receive them as gifts! And since I think of myself as somewhat of a foodie (a foodie wannabe maybe?) I can easily say that I would be super excited to open any of these foodie picks on Christmas morning!

Shop Gifts for the Foodie:

Holiday Ready

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Pink Blush Top c/o // Similar skirt // Sam Edelman Heels (similar) // Accessory Jane Necklace c/o // Stella McCartney Handbag

If there is one thing I’m looking forward to this holiday season it’s the holiday parties. And of course, dressing for said holiday parties. (I’m sure I’m not the only one outfit planning weeks ahead of time!!) I usually reach for a LBD or if it is more of a casual party; jeans, a silk blouse and some killer heels but this year I have this little faux leather skirt on the top of my mind. I bought it a couple years ago and it has become a staple in my closet. Dressed up with this adorable lace detail blouse, a touch of sparkle and a fun pair of shoes and I’m holiday ready! What is your go-to for holiday parties?

 

Simple Herb Stuffing with Pancetta and Persimmons

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I am seriously elated that Thanksgiving is just over a week away. In preparation for the big day I’ve been giving a few of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes a little update. Last week I shared a recipe for a simple and oh-so flavorful Herb Roasted Artichoke which would make the perfect appetizer to the big meal and this week I have a super tasty twist on a classic; Herb Stuffing!
I’ve mentioned before that Persimmons are one of my favorite fall foods so I’m constantly looking for new ways to incorporate them into different recipes. They hold up really well when cooked and have a sweet and cinnamon-like taste and when paired with crispy pancetta it is out. of. this. world. The salty and sweet are a perfect compliment to each other and when mixed with tons of fresh herbs what you come out with is a seriously gourmet tasting stuffing.

Looking for other Persimmon recipes? Check out this Black Rice Salad with Persimmons, it would make a great Thanksgiving side dish!

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Simple Herb Stuffing with Pancetta and Persimmons:

Prep it:

– 5 cups bread cut into 1″ pieces. I used 1/2 rosemary loaf and 1/2 ciabatta. I cut mine up the day before and left on a baking sheet to dry out. You can always toast it up in the oven the day of.
– 3 cups chicken broth plus more for re-heating
– 1/4 lb pancetta, cut into small pieces
– 3 persimmons, skins removed and cut into 1/2″ pieces
– 2 celery stalks, chopped
– 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
– 1/4 cup dried cranberries
– 1/4 cup parsley
– 2 tablespoons sage, chopped
– 2 tablespoons rosemary, chopped
– 2 tablespoons thyme, chopped
– 1 tablespoon salt
– 1/2 tablespoon pepper
– 1 egg

Make it:
– Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a baking dish (mine is 10.5″ x 7.5″)
– In a sauce pan, heat up chicken stalk. Once heated add dried cranberries and turn heat off.
– In a large sauté pan, cook pancetta until crispy. Using a slotted spoon transfer to a plate.
– Using the same sauté pan (with the pancetta grease) sauté onion and celery, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper until translucent. About 5 minutes. Add in persimmons and sauté for another 3-5 minutes. Add all fresh herbs and mix.
– In a large bowl whisk the egg and slowly add the warm broth. Be sure to go slow, you don’t want to cook the egg. Add bread and toss, let the bread soak up the broth for about 10 minutes.
– Add in pancetta, onion, celery, persimmon and herbs and mix well.
– Add another teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.
– Transfer to your prepared baking dish.
– Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the top is golden brown. You may need to add more liquid if you feel it is getting too dry.
– To re-heat add a splash of chicken broth and cover with aluminum foil and bake for another 15 minutes or until warmed through.

Enjoy!

Embellished Sweatshirt

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H&M Embellished Sweatshirt // Sanctuary Skirt (on sale!) // Call it Spring Boots c/o // Philip Lim Bag // Stella McCartney Sunglasses

A few weeks ago I popped into H&M searching for an oversized white button up. What I came out with was this super cute embellished sweatshirt. How great is that…a sweatshirt that looks fancy enough to pair with a skirt but feels just as comfy and worn in as your favorite sweatshirt that only makes an appearance inside your home?! In my book its pretty great!
Short post today but I’ll be back tomorrow with a super tasty and super simple Thanksgiving recipe. You’ll want to check back for that…trust me!
Have a great day!