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!

Guide to Gift Giving: For the Monogram Addict

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1. Iomoi large classic canvas tote $125 via Nordstrom // 2. C. Wonder monogram jewelry box // 3. Monogrammed cutting board $53 via The Well Appointed House // 4. Monogrammed soy candle $25 via Tuckernuck // 5. Nordstrom monogrammed cuff $140 // 6. Kate Spade initial business card holder $30 // 7. Moon and Lola acrylic necklace $48 // 8. Mark & Graham Italian leather gloves $115 // 9. Lilly Pulitzer monogrammed stationary $30 for set of 10 // 10. C. Wonder leather belt $48, initial belt buckle $28 // 11. Gigi New York iPhone case $50 // 12. Three J NYC flannel sleep nightshirt $107 // 13. Wool initial hat $48 // 14. Jacquie Aiche alphabet letter initial ring $77 // 15. Moyna beaded clutch $198

Keeping it short and sweet today because this newest installment of the ABA gift guides doesn’t need too much explanation, I mean who doesn’t love a good monogram? So here it is, a gift guide for the gals in our lives who cannot live without a monogram, or two, or three… I personally am loving this monogrammed cashmere throw – surely so soft to snuggle up in on a cold night this holiday season. That Moyna beaded clutch via Tuckernuck is screaming my name – such a unique and special gift to have forever.

P.S. friends, don’t want to keep you out of the loop on some major sales happening this weekend; a chance to get some of that holiday shopping out of the way more than a month in advanced! Plus keep in mind, a lot of monogrammed and personalized items require a lead time for ordering to get in time for the holidays. Also don’t forget to pop on over to my Pinterest page where I have some boards setup with gift ideas too!

Bloomingdales // 20% off with code: Holiday until 11/16

French Connection // Extra 30% off with code: FCFF30, ends TODAY!

Gap // 30% off with code: HAPPY

J.Crew Factory // 40-60% off through the 18th; no code necessary

Kate Spade // 25% off with code: BEMERRY; ends 11/17

Madewell // Extra 25% off with code: FALLBACK until 11/17

Buffalo Check & Plaid

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Vest: Uniqulo // Shirt: Brooks Brothers // Jeans: Joe’s // Flats: Chloé // Tote: Elaine Turner // Scarf: Hermès (budget friendly version) // Sunglasses: Sunglass Warehouse c/o // Earrings: Bauble Bar // Watch: Michele // Bracelets: David Yurmanamethyst, pearl, buckle // Ring: Bauble Bar

Y’all, this could quite possibly be one of my favorite outfits to date. I’ve worn the combo a number of times since the temps have started to cool here in Houston in the last few weeks. When the first hints of fall arrived, I went on the hunt for the perfect Buffalo Check shirt – needless to say, Brooks Brothers did not disappoint.

In Texas, the lightweight puffer vest is a must (love this navy plaid check version and this sportier Patagonia vest via Nordstrom). I’ve worn this vest so many times, and it is ridiculously high-quality at a wonderful price! Plus, it folds up into a little 2X4 bag so I can easily carry it in my purse or car for desperate situations – did I mention I’m always cold?

Accessorizing has always been an adoration of mine, and sunglasses are part of that combo. However, often I’m hesitant to pull the trigger on a pair of sunglasses for price concerns, and fear of ‘going out of style’. Well enter Sunglass Warehouse, where you get the quality for a fraction of the price. I’ve been extremely impressed with the sunnies I picked out, high quality materials, no cheap-feeling plastic here, plus the lenses actually shield the sunlight – one pair is even polarized! Be sure to check out Sunglass Warehouse for a number of men and women’s options and even better, some fun ideas for stocking stuffers this holiday season.