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What to Wear To Thanksgiving Dinner This Year

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Next week is Thanksgiving in the US and this year, health experts and government officials are recommending that everyone forego the large family gatherings with out-of-town guests and instead have a small private meal at home with just the immediate family.

Those of us planning on adhering to this suggestion will spare ourselves the hassle of getting dressed up to join others or invite others into our home.  While going total casual and having Thanksgiving dinner in our PJs would be fun, there is a less lazy route: dress in a shirt dress in flannel material!

It’s soft, and the Buffalo check is homey. Slip on a pair of cozy ballet slippers and you’re good to go and don’t have to worry about what to wear for Thanksgiving this year.

The Universal Appeal of T-Shirt Dress

The shirt dress with a collar universally flatters all shapes, body types and silhouettes, even expecting mamas-to-be.  In fact, the easy-to-wear versatile silhouette is appealing in case you plan to take photos for the gram.

You can actually put some effort into the endeavor by wearing a tee shirt or turtleneck or camis underneath it.

Land's end model in belted bufallo check shirt dress
Land’s End makes a long-sleeved flannel knee-lentgh belted dress. The material is soft and made of quality material that are well stitched and runs for just $49.97   In addition to the Buffalo check pattern, it comes in other patterns as well. The belt is also removable.

If I were splurging, I’d invest in Salvator Ferragamo Joy Ballet Flats, to wear to Thanksgiving dinner this year, but sensibly, Vera Wang‘s affordable Simply Vera‘s Berner Women’s Flex Round-Toe Ballet which is a modest $17.99 is a better fiscally more responsible route.

OTHER PLAID SHIRT DRESSES

 

OTHER BALLET FLATS

Upgrade the Basic Look

To upgrade this super casual look a bit, tie your hair in a bun, drape a scarf around your neck and swap out the ballet flats for pumps or booties.

I like the H&M woven scarf which runs just $12.97 and I think is on sale this fall for like $10!

I like to mix up original items. I’d swap out the original belt with belt  more  edge like the handmade leather wrap  belt by  Ada.

 

Wearing pumps is cool if you’re a heel type of woman. They are conservative yet still always on trend and you can get them in a low heel too.  I prefer booties.  My fave booties are peep toe ones though they require you to have your tails polished and well pedicured.

Michael kors bootie

I like Michael Kors Blaze Peep-Toe Leather Booties!

collage of three women in shirt dresses

Ditch the Plaid and Upscale It With a Wrap Dress

If you’re from one of those families that do not “do casual” for major holidays and you treat Thanksgiving meal like a formal occassion, you can still be comfortable and shi shi at the same time by opting for an elegant wrap dress instead of a t-shirt dresss.

A knee length of longer version of the dress would also make it more dressy.  Wear your nice pearls and switch out the pumps for elegant heels or a nice pair of calf or knee-height boots. .

I like Dress Barn‘s striped cotton faux wrap dress which is currently on sale for $44, down from $75.



A String of Pearls or A Necklace Upgrades The Look

I am obsessed with the Wolfe Back Pearl by jeweler Serefina is exquisite way to show off a toned back. Dotted with baroque pearls, this necklace is perfect to drape for a showstopping back detail. It’s only $69 which is a steal in my book.

A pristine pair of heels complete the look.

The candle in this collage is Jo Malone LondonEnglish Pear & Freesia Candle.

family thanksgiving

Black Friday Shopping outfit

Finally, the next day, my plan is to throw on an oversized comfy sweater over a pair of jeggings and head Black Friday shopping.

GET THE LOOK!

Dark Green Hooded Drop Shoulder Sweatshirt

Faux leather Spanx jeggings

Balenciaga iphone cover

Herschel Mini Backpack

Apple Watch

festive fall doorway

Santa HQ at Tyson’s Corner Center Mall In Va Is A Must Visit This Season

This weekend, I headed down to the Tyson’s Corner Center Mall to attend the launch kick off event of its Santa HQ, an interactive, and engaging exhibit featuring virtual reality, social media and other engaging experiences, essentially an enhanced Santa’s workshop for the digital era..

It was a fun  family mid-afternoon spent decorating Nestle‘s Tollhouse cookies, listening to a local school band perform, getting complimentary face painting and touring Santa’s Observatory near the Nordstrom entrance in the mall.

The tour kicks off with kids (and adults if they like) being “scanned” as they arrive to determine if they’ve been “naughty or nice.” Your name appears on the Nice list if you’re lucky enough to make it!

Complimentary selfie sticks are available to borrow while walking through the observatory to take photos. Guests can use special tablets to view Santa’s magical world – the night sky or Santa’s elves at work. They appear like holograms before your eyes!

But right before entering the observatory, your kids can stop off and take an “ELFIE” (a photo opp as a dancing elf).

Download the Elfie or Elf-Ray Visions app from the Apple or Google Play store onto your phone, tablet or other mobile device and the walk thru becomes an even more magical experience as trigger stations throughout the exhibit ignite animations that come to life through the device and before your eyes. It’s quite magical!

At the end, families can take a photo in front of a screen of gifts and kids get to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what they want for Christmas. Prices start at $39.99 for the photo.

I have been to a lot of holiday exhibits in the area and over the years and I must say this is one of the best Santa experiences in the #DMV (DC, MD, VA area)

Kids get a coloring book as a parting gift and parents can drop off a toy for a toy drive for needy area families while there. That equals fun and altruism all in one fun afternoon. Can’t beat that!

I read in a recent report that suburban malls are on the downturn because millennials in the GenY generation prefer living in the city and shopping online, but that prognosis does not apply to this mall!

It has so many amazing and different stores and is electrifying and bustling in there with lots of options and two food courts! Go #ShopTysons.

As a takeaway and gift for coming down to explore this year’s exhibit, the nice people at Tyson’s gifted me a wonderful gift bag filled with goodies from Origins, a sample of beauty products from Inglot which also provided complimentary make up touch ups for moms before the Santa photo, a couple of free admissions tickets to Tysons Ice Rink at the Plaza, and the latest copy of HGTV magazine, which is a sponsor of the Observatory experience.