Guide to Gift Giving: For Our Bestie

Adored by Alex: Holiday Gift Guide - For Our Best Friend1. Tuli Designs Scarf $65// 2. Kate Spade keychain $58 // 3. Bobbi Brown Beach fragrance $72 // 4. GiGi New York catchall $77 // 5. Kate Spade 2015 Planner $36 // 6. Tory Burch earrings $68 // 7. Henri Bendel wallet $168 // 8. C. Wonder ear muffs $32 // 9. pen set $14 // 10. C. Wonder card case $24 // 11. Amy Stone Cabana print via Design Darling $30 // 12. Ily Couture tassel necklace $32 (one of my favorite necklaces right now!!) // 13. Kate Spade gloves $128 // 14. ASHA Cambridge ring $175 via Tuckernuck // 15. NARS lip, cheek and nail set $49

There’s that one (maybe two or three…) special gal in our lives, who we call our BFF; we confide in them, they’re a shoulder to cry on or vent to, they cheer us on and they are or will be our bridesmaid/maid of honor in our wedding – it’s our bestie girlfriend, the gal who deserves quite the special gift during this holiday.

All items are at or under $175. So whether you want to treat your bestie to something divine or just remind her with a little something how much she means to you, I’ve got you covered.

In case you missed it, hop back over to the previous gift guides on the blog:

Gift Guide: For the Hostess with the Mostess; For the Monogram Addict

Houndstooth Cape

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Cape: Pomp & Circumstance boutique (similar; another here) // T-shirt: Piko // Jeans: Madewell (on sale!) // Booties: Via Spiga (almost identical) via Nordstrom Rack // Purse: Reed Krakoff – white version // Earrings: Bauble Bar // Necklace: Ily Couture // Bracelets: David Yurman amethyst cuff, Yurman bangle, Yurman pearl cuff, Yurman buckle bracelet // Ring: Bauble Bar

This fall I’ve become completely enamored with the cape; doesn’t matter the type, color or look – the cape is my go to. Houndstooth has been quite the print rage as of late and I figured I’d hop on that train with this little number from one of my favorite local Houston boutiques, Pomp & Circumstance. Layering has been seriously key here in Texas, as the weather has been beyond erratic. I’m loving this cape and this red Kate Spade cape number, such a timeless look – checkout how my friend Lauren styled it on her blog Sunday Beach for a better idea!

Thanksgiving Ready

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Blanket scarf: Zara (sold out, almost identical Asos version) // Dress: J.Crew Factory // Belt: J.Crew // Boots: BCBGMaxAzria (old, similar here and here) // Purse: Fendi // Sunglasses: Sunglass Warehouse c/o // Watch: Michele (non-diamond version) // Other jewelry: Alexis Bittar bracelet, Julie Vos bracelet, mom’s diamond ring, initial midi-ring

Who’s ready for Thanksgiving? I’m not going to lie and say that as I’ve gotten older, Thanksgiving has become a holiday I’ve appreciated more. Not only have I grown to like the food better – um, sweet potatoes and green beans anyone? (You haven’t lived unless you’ve had my family’s… just saying) But I’ve also learned the meaning of Thanksgiving and have come to really appreciate the time with my family and how blessed my life has been.

We’re spending this Thanksgiving out at our family’s farm in Cat Spring, and even though it’s a country setting, we usually dress up for the day and meal. For me comfort and warmth is key – enter a chambray shirt dress (the one I’m wearing is actually a tunic, but long enough to be a dress!) that’s easy to slip on and my trusty blanket scarf. I snatched this one up when it was still 90 degrees here in Houston, and quickly grabbed two more for my grandmother and cousin, because they loved it so much! It’s been fun experimenting ways to tie my blanket scarf, this Pinterest post has been a guide for me lately. This holiday, over the knee boots are a must for me. Especially when I wear dresses, my legs tend to get cold, so the taller the boot, the better.

PS: If you’re still in need of the perfect boot for Thanksgiving and other important dates this holiday season, then hop on over to Shopbop where they’re having a 25% off select boots flash-sale. Enter code: 25OFFSHOES until today at 11:59pm. Love this Marc Jacobs over the knee pair and this pair of Steven Suede OTK boots.

The Bazaar Scarf

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Leather jacket: Massimo Dutti (similar faux leather version) // Scarf: Tuli Designs c/o // Top: Joie // Jeans: Madewell // Shoes: Via Spiga via Nordstrom Rack // Earrings: Asha // Purse: GiGi New York // Sunglasses: Prada

Well friends, I had been in the market for a new leather jacket and boy did I get lucky. My previous one, a treasured piece my dad bought me for my birthday in Paris a few years ago, became a little too big for me. Last month I was in DC for a work trip and stumbled upon Massimo Dutti in Georgetown before meeting an old high school friend for drinks. Well I hit the jackpot, the perfect leather jacket, in a gorgeous hunter green hue and on sale!

If you’ve been a reader of ABA, then you might remember a series of outfits I had earlier this summer featuring Tuli Designs scarves (last seen here, here and here). Well, back again is a new Tuli scarf design that’s simply stunning for fall. Each scarf in their own right is a piece of wearable art – I mean how lovely is the color combination?! The print is inspired by Instanbul’s Grand Bazaar. As a layering piece with my leather jacket, it’s exactly what I need to keep warm for a cool Texas fall day; not to mention it’s quite the feminine juxtaposition for the leather jacket, shoo ties and dark denim. Hope you have a great week!