The holiday season begins this week with Thanksgiving. Remember this: do not overlook the one thing that can be the difference between an almost-perfect outfit, and perfection. The way I see it – an accessory is the unsung hero of the holidays. Subtle yet essential. It has that x-factor; that special touch that elevates any outfit to another level. When we think about dressing for a holiday we spend so much time choosing the major pieces that we may miss the smaller things: a bag, a statement pin, a necklace, a ring, a dressy stocking – all, accessories. I love to mix high and low – dressy with casual. There is nothing wrong with wearing a sparkly earring with a casual jean. Or, on the other hand, wearing that same earring with an elegant dress because more is always good, too. During the holidays, It’s about giving yourself options, elevating the ordinary, and feeling your most glamorous self. Yes, accessories are the unsung heroes!
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” – Maya Angelou
MAKERS, the largest video collection of women’s stories, featured 7 quotes on gratitude in honor of Thanksgiving. This one by poet and activist Maya Angelou speaks to me most. The words Welcome Good stay with me, reminding me to look for the good, allow it in, and realize all the good that is in my life now. Feeling gratitude is a way I want to of live in the world – even when the world looks dark – and a way that I choose to actively maintain every morning when I wake and every night before I sleep. Welcome Good. Thankful this Thanksgiving.
Photo by Lauren Hagerstrom
For as long I can remember, I have worn a comfortable pair of pants for Thanksgiving. Stylish yet warm and cozy, pants have served me well and have been the workhorse of my Thanksgiving wardrobe (not to mention that pants have allowed me to unbutton the top button without anyone noticing!). But this year, the long skirt is giving my Thanksgiving staple a run for its money. With long skirts so popular, there are many options from which to choose. And you can wear them with boots or sandals or flats. I choose boots; when combined with a long skirt everything hits at just the right place.
Photos by Sophie MacMillan
My family is visiting this holiday: Thanksgiving dinner at my house with my sister-in-law and her family and brunch on Friday with my parents, my aunt and my cousin and her family, whom I haven’t seen in a very long time. I am grateful that my house will be filled with love and food. I hope I don’t burn anything! I am grateful for so much more – my family, my friends, my good health and you, my dear friends, who tune in to follow me and those who have shared their amazing stories, as we turn fashion inside out!
I hope you will join me tomorrow for my podcast, as I speak with Los Angeles stylist and creator of the WEN product line, Chaz Dean. I am grateful for my conversation with this kind and amazing person.