Giving Thanks 2016

Sometimes in life, you need a little leopard, sequins and velvet. All at once. Because, why not?? I bought all three of these pieces in one week with no real intention of wearing them together. But suddenly! The fashion God’s looked down and made magic.

Let’s start with that leopard coat. I have been thinking about a leopard coat since last year’s Nordstrom Anniversary sale (2015). If my memory serves me right, there was a Steve Madden leopard coat on the sale. I talked myself out of it, but always thought about that leopard coat. Fast forward to last month when I saw a leopard coat on Anthro’s website. Was it meant to be? I thought about it for a few weeks and then decided to snatch it up! Let me tell you…not only is it gorgeous, it is also so soft! Like I could pet it all day. And don’t worry peeps, its faux!

Next up, the sequin tunic. This baby was sitting in my basket on Free People’s website for about a day. I went into the store the next day and there it was! Right there in plain sight, the sequin tunic! One medium left in the store. So obviously, I bought it. Didn’t even try it on. Luckily, it fit just right. It is also a great price point for a sequin item. Thanks, fashion God’s!

Let’s discuss this velvet bag. Swoon! My friend work’s at Nieman Marcus and has been asking me to buy Gucci bags from her. As much as I would love that, unfortunately, Gucci is not in my price range (Wanted: Rich husband!). She knows my love for Rebecca handbags. So I told her to let me know if her store ever got a velvet Rebecca. Not even 1 day later did she call me with exciting news. And the best part? I was the only customer to physically touch this bag. It really was love at first sight.

Coat: Kate Faux-Fur Leopard Coat, Anthropologie $229

Dress: Pop Goes the Party Dress, Free People $128

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Love Quilted Velvet Crossbody, Nieman Marcus $295

Leggings: SPANX Faux Leather Leggings, Nordstrom $98

Booties: Treasure&Bond, Nordstrom $99

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! No, I am not going to talk about “where to shop on Black Friday” or any deals I am looking forward to. Honestly, I have never cared about Black Friday. I worked in retail for 8 years and always worked Black Friday and it was too much of a frenzied headache than anything else. I can say with a huge smile that I have not worked on Black Friday in 2 years! Instead, I get enjoy Thanksgiving with my family and friends. I also get to enjoy relaxing the day after Thanksgiving. Look, I love shopping (obviously), but I think we have lost what it really means to be thankful. I go back to the frenzy that I mentioned before. People are running around like mad men and women this time of year. And all for what? Saving a few bucks on an electronic? Rushing to get 25 hand soaps from Bath and Body Works? Let’s focus on spending quality time with family and friends (and even putting down that phone). We are all guilty of it. I challenge you to actually enjoy the Holiday season. Take a step back and truly be appreciative of all that you have. If you’re lucky enough to give back, please do so. It’s extremely rewarding. Smile and say hello to people passing by. And if you must go shopping, here’s a tip: go during the week. It’s less crowded!

I’d love to know what you are thankful for. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Kelli

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