Well, I inadvertently took a break from the blog there. I went home to Portland the Friday before Thanksgiving and surprised my family and boyfriend by getting in to town early. It was so nice to be home for ten days. I didn’t bring any homework with me, which was such a nice break even though I’m paying for it now. I had plans to blog while I was home, but ended up being so much busier than I anticipated. My mom and I decorated the house, we had family in town for the holiday weekend, Eric joined us for Thanksgiving dinner at my grandparents’, and I went Black Friday shopping for the first time ever! It actually wasn’t as crazy as I thought it would be (honestly, my experience shopping the Phillip Lim for Target line was much more hectic!) and I’m really excited about the gifts I picked up. I have been so excited for the holidays this last month so I’m glad it’s finally December and I can really let loose with the holiday spirit!
It seems almost sacrilege to be posting an outfit featuring bare arms and legs when it was in the 20s this morning as I was walking to class, but I’m so thankful I have these leftover pictures Eric took for me because it is way too cold right now to take off my coat for pictures even for just ten minutes. I wore this outfit during my final week at my internship and I love it because it reminds me of something I would have worn in the earlier days of this blog. That’s probably because I’ve had each of these pieces for at least three years. I don’t think I’ve worn them all together before, but I could be wrong. This dress was indispensable this summer for wearing into the office. It’s comfortable enough for my two hour commute and is pretty effortless to wear so I never had to be concerned about whether my outfit was working when I was getting dressed at 5 a.m. in the dark. The ruffle detail and spotted pattern combined with the studded belt and drapey cardigan made me feel stylish but not like I was trying too hard or calling too much attention to myself. This outfit just hit the sweet spot for office dressing.
I am so excited for Thanksgiving this year! I just can’t wait to head home for almost an entire week of family, friends, and food! Of course, I’ve already started thinking about what I’m going to wear so I thought I’d share my picks for Thanksgiving inspired dresses, all under $50.
For a holiday centered around food and spending time with family, I would definitely lean towards a super comfy dress with simple accessories. This shift dress, drop-waist dress, and elastic-waist dress are all perfectly casual and won’t keep you from treating yourself to a second helping! However, if your Thanksgiving plans are a little more formal, I love the idea of one of these neutral dresses with some fun jewelry. Plaid just says fall all over and I think one of these plaid dresses would be so fitting for a cozy fall holiday.