Friday Favorites-Giving Thanks

Hello, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. For today’s Friday Favorites post, no clothes, accessories, scenery, or other pics. I just want to share a few things I am thankful for.

1)Good health. After watching several loved ones’ health decline, I am that much more grateful for the gift of being healthy. Sure, once you start to get older there are aches and pains here and there, but I am able-bodied, take no medication, and rarely have to see a doctor outside of checkups. I can walk, run, hike, and do all the things I enjoy, which is truly a gift from God. I am thankful for the continued good health of other loved ones as well, and don’t take it for granted.

2)Family. I don’t live near my family, so I don’t see them very often, but I know they are there if I need them and will always have my back.

3)My wonderful husband. He takes such good care of me and has helped us build a solid, happy life together. I wouldn’t trade him for the world.

4)My dog. All our dogs have been gifts from God and their unconditional love is something you can’t get anywhere else. Our current dog, Harrison, showed up in our life right when we needed him the most, and he is an amazing source of comfort when times are tough.

5)The comforts of life. I don’t mean this in a materialistic way. But I am so thankful to have a sturdy roof over my head, plenty of food to eat, electricity, running water, heat and A/C, and clothes to keep me warm or cool. So many people don’t have these things, and they are the things I find myself taking for granted the most.

This post could have been pages and pages long, as I am so fortunate and blessed. Our God is so good, to bless someone like me in so many ways. I try everyday to consciously be more thankful, but I get caught up in my own thoughts and sometimes forget to have a grateful attitude.

I hope you take a few minutes over this Thanksgiving weekend to think about what you are thankful for. Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for visiting!

-Beth

Friday Favorites – Turkey Day Fashion!

Happy Friday!  Or should I say, Happy Six Days Until Thanksgiving!  This week’s Friday Favorites is a little hastily written, as somehow the week got away from me and I didn’t have a lot of time to plan it out.  I want to show a few of my favorite styles for Thanksgiving.  Every family or group of friends does Thanksgiving a little differently – some are formal, some are sweatpants-casual, and some are in between.  I have a few ideas below for some great Turkey Day outfits in a range of styles.

This outfit leans more towards the casual side, but is still very stylish AND comfortable, which for a lot of us, is very important on a day with lots of food!  The camo leggings are a few years old, but still very popular and easy to find.  The field jacket is from Old Navy, I featured it in this earlier post.  Throw on a plain t-shirt in a neutral color, or even a cute graphic tee, and you are fashionable, comfortable, and prepared for cooler weather or potentially being too warm and losing the jacket.  I would either wear this with some neutral booties, or for even more comfort, some stylish sneakers, like Converse or Adidas.

I love this cozy vest from Bearpaw.  It looks great with jeans, a skirt, or even over a dress.  The color is so neutral it can go with almost anything.  Some cute booties or even over the knee boots will give this vest a lot of style.  If your weather will be chillier for the holiday, this would be a great choice.

This flannel plaid dress is so stylish and on trend.  Plaid is so big this fall, and I love wearing this with some thick tights or leggings, and riding boots.  You could also do a bootie or even a cute winter boot if it is cold and/or snowy where you live.  The belt also keeps it from looking too oversized and gives it shape.  This is from Eddie Bauer, and the flannel is extra thick and therefore very warm.  I got this last year but they have some similar ones here.  This would “dress” up your look a bit for the holiday. (See what I did there)

This picture didn’t come out great, because I couldn’t find a good dark background.  This is a cream colored sweater I bought last spring on clearance from Loft.  It is a crossover or wrap style, and is so soft and luxurious feeling.  This looks great with some black dress or ponte pants, and black booties, if your Thanksgiving gathering is more dressy.

And just for fun, if your gathering is super casual, here is where you can find some great comfy cozy lounge clothes!

Everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving, wherever it may take you!

Friday Favorites-Blowing Rock

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a good week and is ready for the weekend. We have a couple activities planned; we’ll be spending Saturday morning buzzing around Winston-Salem while our car gets serviced at a dealership there, then watching the Buckeyes in the afternoon, and finally wrapping up the day at the Greensboro Swarm game, our local G-League team for the Charlotte Hornets. Whew, I think we might find some time to relax and catch up on chores on Sunday.

In today’s installment of Friday Favorites, I want to share one of my favorite places in North Carolina, Blowing Rock. Blowing Rock is a little town in the mountains right off the Blue Ridge Parkway, and it is absolutely beautiful. There are so many restaurants, a local brewery, and adorable shops with some really unique items. We can be there in 2 hours from our house, so it is an easy day trip, but there are inns and B&Bs also, and we think it would be enjoyable to stay the night sometime.

We stopped first at the Cone Manor. I won’t bore you with a history lesson, but it was the mountain home of Moses Cone, a prominent figure where I live and a textile magnate in the late 1800s. If you have any interest in reading about him, here is the link. The photo below of the manor is a stock pic, but the view from the front is one I took. It is easy to see why Mr. Cone picked this spot; the view from the home is truly breathtaking.

They also offer horseback riding around the many acres of the property. Of course being animal lovers we had to stop and pet the horses and snap a few pics!

After leaving the Cone estate, we proceeded into town. Starving by this point, the first order of business was to find lunch! We have tried a different restaurant each time we have visited Blowing Rock, and this time we opted for Six Pence Pub. The atmosphere was festive and lively, with college football on the TVs and really delicious sandwiches and French fries. Highly recommend if you ever find yourself in Blowing Rock, or the other cities shown on the placemat.

After lunch we headed out to do some shopping, and of course picked up a few unique items to take home, along with a new magnet for hubby’s collection. No afternoon in Blowing Rock, not even a chilly one, would be complete without a stop at Kilwin’s! This is a chain ice cream and candy store, with many locations, but a waffle cone is a tradition for us when we visit BR.

On the way out of town on the parkway, we stopped at a couple of outlooks to snap some pictures. I can never get enough of those beautiful mountain views. The leaves were a bit past peak at this elevation, but it is still magical to look out over the vista. It was a clear day and we felt like we could see forever.

If you ever find yourself with the opportunity to visit Blowing Rock, please do so. Some sections of the parkway do shut down in the winter, so if you plan to visit at that time of year, make sure you check the weather and plan alternate routes. Once there, you will not be disappointed.

Hope your weekend brings you whatever you desire, be it adventure or relaxation. Thank you for reading, stop by next week for another episode of Friday Favorites!

Friday Favorites

Hey y’all, I want to start a Friday series, called Friday Favorites, where I highlight a few things that are currently on my “favorites” list.  I don’t want to limit this to apparel or fashion items, I want to talk about whatever strikes me at the moment!  This week I want to talk about local businesses I have discovered and enjoy browsing.

I have posted about these bracelets before, but I’m still loving my handmade bracelets from Average Day Designs.  They are a company local to where I live, and the bracelets come in so many colors and designs, anyone could find something they like.  They are getting ready to roll out a line of necklaces, and I am so excited! I also noticed recently they had a couple of men’s options – I almost ordered one for my husband but wasn’t sure he would be into wearing jewelry, lol!  Maybe I will see if I can win him over.  See my previous post on these bracelets here for more information.

One local boutique I really like is Threads.  They don’t have a website but are on Facebook.  They do a weekly series called Trending Tuesday, the videos highlight items in the store and are entertaining as well!  I’ve only recently discovered them, but have already purchased a few items.  They have affordable prices, and a good selection of casual and trendy items, in both missy and curvy sizes. I purchased the blue top below a few weeks ago, and I love the ever-popular off the shoulder style. The angled hem and tassels make this piece very eye catching.

Also from Threads is this ombré purple/mauve top, again with the trendy tassels and uneven hemline. I purchased the matching leggings as well, to give me another option besides jeans with this shirt. The photo lighting distorts the colors a bit, but the leggings really do match! The top was actually on a 50% off rack, so it pays to browse the sale items even at a boutique.

I love this casual top, also from Threads, with the fun saying on the front. I wore this with some joggers last weekend and was 100% comfortable and cozy. The top is a super soft t-shirt weight and has the cold-shoulder cutouts, so I probably won’t wear it once it gets really cold, but it’s perfect for a lazy, casual fall weekend. I do not subscribe to the thinking that over 40 means no more graphic tees!

The other local boutique I have begun to frequent is BohoBlu. They also offer unique, boutique shopping at affordable prices. They have a website so if you aren’t in the Triad, you can still check out their items online, and they also carry missy and curvy sizes.

I bought this dress at BohoBlu; I absolutely love these colors for fall. I bought the leggings at Threads, so this dress can carry me into the winter as well. It is super comfortable while still looking stylish enough for work or to go out.

You can probably tell I like comfortable clothing! I do not like to spend my day tugging and pulling at my clothes because they are uncomfortable. Being stylish is important to me (most days anyway😂) but not at the expense of being miserable. I bought this last top at BohoBlu; once I tried it on I was in love. It is so soft, and has an oversized, slouchy fit, and will be perfect for a chilly weekend day. It is actually a very pale green, which didn’t translate well in the photo. I’ll likely wear this with some plain black leggings, or maybe even skinny jeans if I’m going somewhere more exciting than the grocery store! I’m almost, but not quite, looking forward to a chilly day so I can wear this top!

I always thought boutique and local shopping meant expensive, but that does not have to be the case! All 3 of these businesses offer style at an affordable price, and support my local community as well. It’s a win-win!

Next week I’ll be rambling about something different in the Friday Favorites series, so please come back and check it out. Thanks for stopping by!

Blue Embroidery

Happy Friday! It is raining so hard here today, it would have been a good day to stay home and read a book.

There is nothing particularly special or exciting about this outfit, but it makes a nice, casual, conservative outfit for work, if your workplace allows jeans. The top is a simple peasant top in off-white, with a lot of dark blue embroidered details, from Belk. This is from last year but they have a similar one that would look great. You know I am always talking about looking for pieces with interesting details! I thought it looked good with these dark indigo skinny jeans from American Eagle. Here is this year’s version. Be sure to balance your look-slimmer bottoms need looser tops, and loose bottoms (like palazzo pants or boyfriend jeans) need a more streamlined and fitted top.

The booties are one of my favorites, although I don’t wear them as much once the weather turns really cold. Because of the grommet holes, you can’t really wear socks with these, and my feet just get too cold in the winter! I wear them a lot in the fall, and on milder winter days. They are by Sam Edelman, and so comfortable. The neutral color also means they will go with almost anything. I bought these last year and couldn’t find any similar in this brand, but here is a similar, and very affordable, pair by Rebecca Minkoff.

I hope everyone enjoys the weekend with some fun fall activities!

-Beth