Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and usually, for me, that means tons of turkey, travel, and family reunions. After last year's debacle, driving hours to Pennsylvania just to turn around, head home, and ultimately order a McFlurry for dinner after 15 minutes at our family reunion, I've decided to switch it up. This year, Sam, Oliver, and I are headed to... THE BEACH! It'll be my first year out of 6 spending Thanksgiving with Sam's family and we couldn't be more excited (especially Oliver; he loves a good adventure!)
And, since we're already going non-traditional, we've decided to embrace it and not even have turkey this year at all (*gasp*). Confession: it's not my favorite anyway. Although I'll still be making my yearly pecan pie, the main dish will be paella. Mmmmm. Sometimes it's fun to switch it up, right? That's what has inspired me today to round up 12 of my favorite recipes for a non-traditional Thanksgiving feast. Enjoy!
Are you planning a non-traditional Thanksgiving feast? How are you switching it up this year?
xo Anna Elizabeth
Now that Halloween has passed, we can now give our full attention to Thanksgiving. For me, this means family time, thicker sweaters, and apple pies. At the end of October, Jade, Missy, and I spent the day at the apple orchard in Western Maryland at Larriland Farms. None of us had ever gone apple picking before so, we decided it would be the perfect girls' trip. The air was crisp, the sun was beaming down, and the apples were ripe for picking.
We picked bags full with the intent of baking apple pies later that week, not knowing that they would be devoured almost immediately (they were SO good). I'm already planning my trip back to pick more for our Thanksgiving apple pies.
I wore my usual Sunday outfit which consists of my favorite jeans in the whole world (Joe's Jeans - which I wear at least 3 times a week), an over-sized sweater, lace up booties, and a big, floppy hat. It was the perfect outfit for running through the orchard and lying in the middle of a row taking selfies with the girls.
My favorite thing about this Fall look is decidedly my long braids. If you follow along on here or on Instagram, you know that I'm currently in the process of growing my hair out after making a huge chop a couple years back. Last month, I shared a tutorial for an easy half-up braid using my Irresistible Me extensions. I've been loving the added length and volume so much that I used them again on Sunday for traditional, loose braids (which I haven't been able to pull off since I cut my hair).
This post was done in partnership with Irresistible Me Extensions, a growing brand of 100% natural Remy clip-in extensions. All words and opinions are my own and have not been influenced throughout the creation of this post.
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There's a reason why Fall is most people's favorite season of the year; when I see the leaves changing to beautiful red and orange hues, it gets me excited about the approaching holidays and family time. For some reason, Sam and I tend to do more outdoors during Autumn. We've almost already checked off all of the items on our Fall bucket list, including going to the pumpkin patch, camping overnight with friends, and dressing up for Halloween.
One of the items that wasn't expressed on my Fall bucket list, but has been a goal of mine for the past few months was learning how to make a tea latte from scratch. My favorite beverage year-round has to be a London Fog Tea Latte (a good, oaky Chardonnay is a close second). So, one could imagine that when the weather gets chilly my hankering for it goes through the roof. I just love how this specific latte manages to be creamy and light, somehow at the same time.
I knew at some point I would have to learn how to make this recipe from scratch, primarily because it's not exactly cheap on the go. But, also because the caffeine rush hour at Starbucks adds an unnecessary 15 minute delay to my morning. The reason that I had never tried making a latte at home before is because it seemed like a daunting task and I had assumed that I'd needed high-tech equipment and a cute accent (not the case, by the way).
Mastering this recipe is surprisingly easy and infusing it with lavender will make your guests (and your Instagram followers) think your a fancy, French barista. #Win
A few weeks back, Sam and I took my little sister and her friends to Georgetown for the day to look at dresses for their high school Homecoming. Naturally, I snuck in a bit of shopping for myself (#guilty) and scooped up this gorgeous floral jumpsuit from Zara. I'll admit that I did have to do quite a bit of altering *like one, whole foot* because I am apparently super short. But, it was definitely worth it because this is one of my favorite Fall pieces now, especially for a date night (nothing easier than slipping into a full jumpsuit and grabbing a sweater!)
My favorite thing about florals in Fall is the dark color palettes that are used. Let's put it this way: you couldn't mistake it for a jumper from a little girl's boutique. There's something more grown up about dark florals as opposed to the bright, flowery pinks.
Truthfully, the thing that attracted me to this jumpsuit the most was the open back and frilly straps. I'm a sucker for small, pretty details. It adds a feminine touch back into the dark fabric without going overboard. To finish this look for a Fall weekend, I added an over-sized sweater from Old Navy, a pair of suede lace up pumps from the Jessica Simpson collection, and my go-to YSL lipstick.
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If you've been following along on Instagram stories, you saw that I cleaned out my Spring and Summer wardrobe a couple weeks back in favor of warmer colors and cozier staples. I was more than happy to switch out my sandals for boots and sleeveless dresses for over-sized knits. I just love the cool, crisp weather that Fall brings!
But, because the weather has been a bit unpredictable throughout the past week, I've been layering to stay comfortable (shown in my last style post). Currently, my two favorite wardrobe staples for Fall and Winter are chunky sweaters and over the knee boots - both of which can be dressed up or down with accessories.
One thing that makes buying sweaters even better is that you can generally find a quality piece for a very reasonable price. Confession: I won't spend more than $50 on a good sweater (unless it's a one of a kind piece) so, most of these that I picked out here are under $30 and won't break the bank.
Cup of Cozy Casual Sweater $17; Turtleneck Crop Beige Sweater $31; Khaki V Neck Batwing Sleeve Oversized Sweater $24; Khaki Color Block Shawl Collar Poncho Sweater $24; Grey Batwing-sleeve Knitwear $27; Lace up Loose Knit Long Pullover $29; Cape Asymmetric Turtle Neck Sweater $19; Cute Grey Heart Pattern Pullover Sweater $27; Ines Cable Crew Neck Sweater $24
What are your favorite sweaters for Fall and Winter?
xo Anna Elizabeth
Whether it's a soft pink pump with torn, boyfriend jeans, or a studded clutch with a little black slip dress, there's just something sexy about bringing feminine and edgy fabrics together in one look. Since we're at a point in the season where the weather can range from 49 degrees in the morning to 70 degrees in the afternoon, layering has been key to staying comfortable all day.
This satin tank that I scooped up in Georgetown at the Violet Boutique is perfect for slipping into for a date night in the city and this leather jacket from Zara is a must-have wardrobe staple for Fall. In my opinion, Zara has the best selection of leather jackets; about 2 years ago I snagged this classic black one with a little twist of feminine in the back. I've linked a similar style at the bottom of this post from their current collection.
The other weekend, I met up with a good friend of mine and photographer, Nicole from Nicole Babcock Photography (she shot Sam and my anniversary session), in the city near my home. We went downtown early in the morning ahead of the crowds to explore and shoot this style look. It's always so fun shooting in the city that I love, especially when I can stand in the middle of a road downtown and not cause a screaming commotion.
One of the very first dates that Sam and I went on in the city, over 5 years ago, was to the Visionary Arts Museum (we took a corny picture right in front). Since then, I've done several events in the museum, we've rode our bikes by on a million Sundays, and a coffee shop that we love and frequent often now has popped up next to it. It's almost a reminder of how far we've come in the past 5 years together. So, it felt extra special to me to be shooting in front of that same ivy wall once again in the city that I now call home.
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How do you mix feminine and edgy fabrics? Let me know below or tag me on Instagram (@anna_elizabethevents)!
xo Anna Elizabeth
Lets call this what it is: the older, more mature version of last season's guide, "Netflix and Cocktails". Anyone that watches a lot of TV (I'm looking at you, millennials) knows that Fall TV is like the Oscars of Award season; it's the best. I thought it would be fun to take a little break from my regular fashion and beauty posts and share what I'm watching on TV right now (mainly because this lineup is too good to keep to myself).
Most of these have already premiered so, you might need to clear out your weekend to catch up. But, if curling up on the couch with a cold glass of wine, a mountain of blankets, and a homemade snack to binge-watch Fall TV doesn't sound like the perfect weekend to you, well quite frankly, I'm not sure that we can be friends anyway (just kidding... but, really). Enjoy, babes!
1. American Horror Story
(9/14 on FX)
Synopsis: Described as an anthology series, each season is conceived as a self-contained miniseries, following a disparate set of characters and settings, and a storyline with its own "beginning, middle, and end." Some plot elements are loosely inspired by true events. This season, "My Roanoke Nightmare" is structured in a story-retelling where the events are narrated by the "real" people and the experiences are acted out by other characters.
Best paired with: Witch's Brew Brownies
2. Narcos Season 2
Synopsis: It centers around the notorious Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) and Steve Murphy (Holbrook), a DEA agent sent to Colombia on a U.S. mission to capture and ultimately kill him. A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. This season follows the collapse of Pablo Escobar's business and the stress on his family life after his business partners and closest allies turn their back on him.
Best paired with: Baked Ripe Plantains with Cheese
(9/21 on CBS)
Synopsis: The game is simple: Outwit, Outplay, Outlast, by winning Immunity, thus not being eligible to have votes cast against yourself. However, the players must be careful about who they send packing - after the merge, a jury of seven begins to form, and each week they return to watch the Tribal Council ceremony. At the end of the game, they vote for one of the members of the final two to win One Million Dollars.
Best paired with: The Ultimate Fall Cheese Board
4. Scream Queens
(9/20 on FOX)
Synopsis: Season Two of Scream Queens graduates from the college campus and into a hospital with a haunted past, as a new and terrifyingly funny mystery begins. Each week, Season Two will delve deep into the fascinating and bizarre medical cases under observation at the hospital, while using the building’s sordid history as the springboard for the series’ overarching mystery.
Best paired with: Blood Splatter Cookies
5. Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?
(10/11 on Freeform)
Synopsis: The new reality series will follow the happy couple as they prepare to walk down the aisle and begin their brand-new life together while navigating the real world after the splendor of The Bachelor’s exotic dates and fantasy suites has ended. All the while, Ben will explore getting involved in the political realm and Lauren will try and establish her identity post Bachelor. During the show some fan favorites from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette will stop by to visit and share their own advice on life after the show.
Best paired with: Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread
6. Stranger Things
Synopsis: An American supernatural horror-science fiction web television series created by the Duffer Brothers. It stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard,Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, and Natalia Dyer. The plot follows the disappearance of a young boy, and a telekinetic girl who helps his friends in their search, while the boy's older brother, mother, and the town police chief start their own investigations.
Best paired with: Dirt Cupcakes
7. This is Us
(9/20 on CBS)
Synopsis: Jack and his wife - who is very pregnant with triplets -- have just moved into their new home in Pittsburgh. Successful and handsome television actor Kevin is growing increasingly bored with his bachelor lifestyle. Randall -- who was abandoned at a fire station by his father as an infant -- is a stylish New York-based businessman working to raise two daughters with his wife, Beth. These people are among a group -- several of whom share a birthday -- of seemingly random individuals whose lives intertwine in unexpected ways.
Best paired with: Skinny Pumpkin Pie Dip
8. New Girl
(9/20 on FOX)
Synopsis: Taking a modern look at friendship and romance, ensemble comedy enters its sixth season with an uninterrupted run of all-new episodes that is full of change for its group of five friends, their interconnected romantic exploits and their often hilariously misguided attempts to find their respective places in the world.
Best paired with: Pecan Toffee Cookies with Caramel Drizzle
What shows will you be watching this Fall? Let me know below!
xo Anna Elizabeth
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