we’re approaching the holiday season fast, gang! are you ready? me either. they’ve already got Christmas decorations up at Target. yikes! to get us in the holiday mood, this week on the blog, we’re talking holiday memories. we’ve got a real special treat for you: each day, we’re going to bring you a guest post from one of my family members sharing one of their favorite holiday memories. today, my daughter-in-law, Kelly, will be sharing her favorite Thanksgiving holiday memories.
i’ve got a really fun preppy fall outfit. i’ve paired a Talbots plaid blazer with an Everlane cashmere mockneck layered on top of a J.Crew stripe shirt. it’s been all about blazers for me this fall. so much so, that i put together a how to wear a blazer guide. make sure to check it out if you’re looking for ideas on how to pair your blazer.
for those of my regulars, you’ll know that my go-to aesthetic is preppy. i’ve featured it a lot this fall and even wrote an entire post about fashion confidence and one’s own personal aesthetic. i found this perfect (similar) leather satchel (similar leather satchel 2) to compliment my outfit today. every women needs a black leather satchel. period.
guest post by Kelly
“When I was young, every Thanksgiving we spent at my paternal grandparent’s house. Each year my grandmother hosted a big Thanksgiving dinner party. It was a Thanksgiving celebration turned family reunion. From near and far, cousins, second cousins, aunts and uncles, once and twice removed, would make their way to Santa Clara, California to celebrate together in my grandparent’s tiny 1951 cookie-cutter ranch style home.
My grandfather was of Mexican descent and my grandmother was Greek, each side of their blended family had so many members I hardly knew most of them. But those closest to my grandmother never failed to appear, so we did come to rely upon seeing certain family members year after year.
Besides my grandparents, the person I enjoyed seeing the most was my great grandmother, Elvira. She was eccentric and fascinating to me when I was young. Elvira, was my grandfather’s mother. She was a first generation Mexican American, born and raised in Texas.
She was small in stature but she had a “don’t mess with me” type of personality. She always wore her nails long and painted red; her slender hands and wrists adorned with costume rings and enormous glass baubles that reminded me of candy. She smoked long skinny cigarettes and wore her hair in a bouffant.
Of course she always dressed well; as if headed to church or a fancy dinner. She continued to wear gloves when she was out and about in the daytime, long after that went out of fashion.There were so many people that dinner was served buffet style and everyone would make do with our plates on our laps, or standing at the counter – any available space was occupied.
The football game on TV was drowned out by the many conversations happening simultaneously; conversations periodically interrupted by whoops and hollers by those few who were actually watching the game. It was raucous and it felt like my sister and I were being allowed to attend an adult party, since we two were the only children – the only grand and great-grandchildren on my dad’s side of the family. Being Greek and Mexican, the food was the most important part of the party and the dinner preparation began days ahead of time.
My grandmother would make not only an American-style Thanksgiving, but she also made tamales – and this was my favorite part of our Thanksgiving. Now that I am married, and we are moving into our new house, I look forward to adding tamales to our Thanksgiving dinner menu. I think spending the day before the holiday preparing tamales would be a wonderful family tradition to begin with my husband.”
this fall, i’ve gotten a lot and continue to still get a lot of questions on fashionable but functional footwear. on friday, i gave a shoutout to these lug-sole loafers. they’ve appeared several times on the blog, and i can’t recommend them highly enough. they’re comfortable and go with just about anything. make sure you grab yourself a pair.
and if you’re looking for more footwear suggestions, check out Easy Spirit post. i’m one of their fall ambassadors this year, and cannot recommend their footwear highly enough. whether you’re looking for something casual or something more formal, you’ll find something you love over at Easy Spirit. they’ve got a big pre-Thanksgiving sale going on over there right now. so make sure to check it out.
all week on the blog, we’ll be sharing guest posts of our favorite holiday memories. toady, my daughter-in-law, Kelly, shared her favorite Thanksgiving holiday memories. stay tuned tomorrow for Christmas.
last week was self-care week. the highlight of the week was our Friday’s post: breaking fashion rules when you’re over 50 post. there, we give 5 rules everyone over the age of 50 should break. make sure to check it out if you missed it.
and for those that were following us two weeks ago, it was travel week over here on the blog. i gave you an inside view of my French river cruise. and if you haven’t hopped over to my YouTube channel channel, we posted highlights from that cruise in our French travel vlog. i’ve attached it below, so make sure you watch it.