Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thanksgiving: A Time for Family, and a Time for Fashion!

Greetings Readers!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Did anyone travel for the holiday? I traveled home to Peoria on Monday afternoon and have been home ever since- reading, napping, and catching up with friends and family.

Ten years ago my family moved from Vancouver, BC to the Peoria area- a move that was difficult, but a move with outcomes that I appreciate greatly. One of the outcomes of this move, which I am very thankful for, is the opportunity to build relationships with family members who I used to see only once every three or four years. Now that I live in St. Louis, I only get to see them once or twice a month- but the time that I spend with them is very dear to me. And that is why I like holidays like Thanksgiving- because I get to spend time (quality time) with family.

Here I am with my cousins Liz and Kim at my grandparents' house

My cousin Matt, my cousin Liz, my Aunt Shelly, my Aunt Mary, me, and my Grandma

While fashion isn't an essential concern for family gatherings (well, with a few exceptions), or even for Thanksgiving, I like to put together outfits for occasions such as these. Not because I have to, not because I am supposed to- but because I like the mood and the anticipation that dressing up creates. Do you know what I mean? A cute outfit is like foreshadowing- it's like saying "hey- something important is about to happen"- and what could be more important than spending time with loved ones?

People who make us feel a bit crazy at times:

And people who bring balance to our lives:

This Thanksgiving, and every day of the year, I am thankful for the precious and powerful relationships I have with people in my life. People who continue to teach me about love, about grace, about laughter, and yes- even about fashion.

Here are the retail details:
White Rhinestone Headband: J. Crew
Necklace: Juicy Couture (on Market St. in San Francisco)
Light Blue Tee: Banana Republic
Winter White Cardigan: Abercrombie & Fitch (I recommend hand-washing this cardi)
Charcoal Skinny Belt: Ann Taylor
Navy Blue Draped Skirt: Anthropologie
Raspberry Tights: Hue
Brownish-Olivey Jeweled Flats: Via Spiga


  1. I am glad you all had a good time. I appreciate all that you are saying regarding family. You are blessed to live nearby. Now, on to your outfit. You generally tell us the story or the mood/tone you are trying to set with your outfit. Are the photo captions clueing us in to the mood? Are you saying that with your outfit you are trying to say calm and balance? Enquiring minds must know.

  2. The colors on the top half of my body are inspired by the ocean (I miss it already) and the bottom half of my body is inspired by my favorite purse. But. . . now that I look at the colors together- it makes me think maybe I was subconsciously channeling a sugar plum fairy? What do you think?