As we enter the season of giving it can certainly feel like we're being bombarded for benevolence from every direction. Add to that the stress of Thanksgiving and the panic of holiday shopping and supporting the causes we really value gets lost in the shuffle. Which is why Tiny But Mighty wants you to see happy pets posing for mug shots to raise funds to support animals that truly need help. If you want to stop seeing posts and commercials about abused, emaciated animals -and I do - you have to donate to campaigns like this featuring happy ones like Penny Lane.Read More
Not to be confused with the Christian allegory The Pilgrim's Progress. This is my journey, one that I'm thankful to have the opportunity to traverse. Big changes are coming for Spashionista. I value every single one of you that take the time to read and follow on social media. I'm thankful I don't have to go it alone.Read More
And don't forget your high-heeled boots. Although these pictures were taken several weeks ago I wanted to use them today, post-Thanksgiving, to talk about some of the things I'm thankful for that may seem a bit trivial to some but mean the world to me.Read More
Last week I told you I'd be going out for Thanksgiving dinner. Here's where I went.
This is Nashville's historic Union Station. It was built in 1900 and, according to wikipedia, was, "to serve the passenger operations of the eight railroads then providing passenger service to Nashville." The trains don't stop here anymore but the station was converted into a hotel in the 1980's and remains a downtown landmark The restaurant in the hotel is called Prime 108 and this year they offered the following Thanksgiving buffet to a select number of people.
I'm not exaggerating when I say this was hands down the best Thanksgiving dinner I've ever eaten. The descriptions on the menu don't even begin to do the food justice. I consider myself to be an above average cook and I couldn't come close to replicating this meal. We have enough leftovers to last for several more days.
As you can see I did "dress to the nines" for the occasion, but my dinner was more expensive than my outfit.
I decided to go neutral - rare for me, I know, but it was unseasonably warm so I had the perfect outfit. The cream and lace pencil skirt is from Forever 21 and it set me back $19.80. The black beaded Ann Taylor sweater is several years old, as are the XAppeal shoes. I bought the sweater on clearance for $11.99 and the modified Mary Janes for $19.99. The string of pearls are the genuine article, having been purchased in Majorca, Spain almost 30 years ago, and the bracelet is from last month's stop at the St Louis Hard Rock Cafe - located in their Union Station.
I am incredibly thankful for my loving and supportive husband who has been by my side through the bad and good and everything in between. I'm also thankful for each and every one of you that read this blog, follow my tweets, pin from my boards, and put up with my ramblings. I appreciate you all more than you'll ever know, and I hope you had lots to be thankful for this year.
In two weeks I cook the monster meal. But, in the meantime, let the shopping begin! I'm gearing up for Black Friday and I'll share my experiences with you - if I survive!
I've got something special planned for next week. Who wants to see a music video featuring a musical performance and video clips all by your favorite Spashionista? You do? Then tune in on Cyber Monday for my multimedia debut.
Next Thursday the US celebrates Thanksgiving. I used to cook a massive dinner for my husband, his parents, and myself. I always ended up stressed out and exhausted with far too many leftovers after the fact. We do things differently now. Hubby and I actually go out for Thanksgiving and I cook part of a communal meal with his extended family that takes place several weeks later.
I'll talk about the "Thanks-mas" gathering soon. Today I'm going to enjoy a fancy dinner with my husband.
Yup, this outfit is "to-the-nines" - but Thanksgiving only happens once every year. The centerpiece is actually a back portrait collared vintage Scaasi wrap cocktail dress. Wrap it up in a white Biba Marabou feather stole. Carry a black quilted shoulder clutch like this vintage Chanel and strap on the TECO T-Strap shoes with gold leather paillard detailing. The bling's the thing in this outfit of neutrals that makes it pop. The gem cabochon necklace from Talbot's is less than $100. The bracelet by Kenneth Jay Lane is triple that but there are many costume alternatives available. The drop stone earrings are clip ons by Oscar De La Renta - too pricey for me at $263 but reasonable for ODLR's.
It's a special occasion and, for once, you should look richer than the meal you're about to feast upon.
I'm very, very thankful that you're following my blog and I wish you and yours a happy turkey day!
• Spashionistas Wanted •
The outfits that I put together for Fashion Friday are based on my BODS profile. Sure, some of the items I use are beyond my price range but I’m certain I can find reasonable equivalents within my budget. I would love the opportunity to put some together for you for the next installment of Fashion Friday. If you’re interested email me with your BODS profile and we’ll make it happen!