The Perfect Friendsgiving

A big thanks to Cupcake Vineyards for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

cupcake vineyards friendsgiving

Every year, while I’m still deep into my Thanksgiving food coma, I look forward to my Friends-giving the following Saturday! While the actual turkey day is delicious, there’s something special about being with friends that have become our family! There are three families that have known each other since childhood that all get together for food, fun and laughter, and it is the best reunion! We have an annual white elephant gag gift exchange which is always hysterical! My abs already hurt from laughing in anticipation. I am so thankful for these relationships and can’t wait for Saturday!!

Friendsgiving outfit and food
Friendsgiving drink ideas Cupcake Vineyards
Cupcake Vineyards holiday drink ideas

Like any holiday (and Friendsgiving is totally a holiday, DUH), part of the fun is, of course the outfit! This year, my whole look is from one of my favorite little Chicago boutiques, Alice & Wonder. The pop of sequins adds the perfect amount of fun to an already fun occasion! And there’s no better excuse for sequins than the holiday season! I went with a simple, cozy short sleeved sweater on top and the perfect white holiday season coat which makes the outfit look and feel so luxe!

Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco

Something that’s always important when attending a holiday in someone else’s home is finding an appropriate hostess gift! I always love to give what I’d love to receive, and that’s a great bottle of bubbles! My current favorite is Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco! This bottle bursts with aromas of white peach, honeydew and grapefruit that will go splendidly with the Friendsgiving meal we’re bound to devour! My mom always told me no matter the occasion, big or small, there’s always a reason to pop the bubbly and celebrate life! I couldn’t agree more, and the best gift is always something delicious to all enjoy together!

Friendsgiving outfit ideas

Cheers to each and every one of you! Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for your love and support always, but especially, this week.

xx Ali 

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A "Basic" Fall Day in the City

Fall Outfit with Red Hunter Boots

Do you live in the city, but still want to have a basic Fall day?  (I’m laughing as I write this by the way!)  Just because you live in an urban environment, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the Fall fun! It’s just slightly different in the city and makes for a comical basic Fall day!

Fall Outfit with Red Hunter Boots

Once that temperature drops and the leaves start changing, I love to bundle up and walk (or skip, your choice depending on how festive you want to get) to my nearest Starbuck’s and order a steamed apple juice - like cider, but hipper - or the notoriously basic pumpkin spice latte, or my go-to chai!  Anything warm and let’s be honest…the cup looks cute in Fall pictures!  

city pumpkin patch

Chicago has so kindly provided a pop-up pumpkin patch for us city-dwellers!  My friends and I visited the urban patch to pick out the perfect pumpkins to carve for Halloween!  Of course with our PSL and cider in hand - is there any other way? I almost felt like I was back home in Wisconsin at one of the pumpkin farms, but with a stunning city backdrop!  

pumpkin patch

If I really want to get in the fall spirit, I go to my favorite place to pick apples in the city…the produce aisle at Whole Foods!  They have the best selection, and I don’t need to get my cute red Hunter Play boots dirty! (Can’t stop laughing)

The best part of Fall is the outfits though! Ya’ll know I’m a sucker for Fall fits… I’m talking comfy sweaters, cozy hats, teddy coats and of course you need the perfect shoes for visiting the patch, whether it’s a dusty or muddy field or an asphalt parking lot (or a grocery aisle)!  I thought my adorable red Hunter boots would look perfect for the occasion! They are practical, yet make a statement! I put together my whole Fall look around this pair of comfy red boots! I also couldn’t help but see Obi in them…too cute! Figured I’d go neutral and top off the look with the red pop on head and foot!  Perfect look to be basic AND stand out!  I found my perfect color on Zappos, which has exclusive Hunter colors, and these are obviously being added to the Fall rotation!

If that’s not the most basic, but most perfect, way to spend a Fall day in the city, then I don’t know what is.

Red Hunter Boots

xx Ali

A huge thank you to Zappos and Hunter for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.