The days leading up to a drive home are always the most stressful. For some reason, no matter how many times we have made the 18-hour trek from midwest to northeast, it’s always a little daunting. Not to mention, this will be the first time we’ve ever had to drive while the country is knee-deep in the cluster F that is Thanksgiving travel.
Right about now the house looks like a war zone, with my things sprawled out all over the counters and table, awaiting important decisions such as which nail polish to bring, and do I need all these books? My bed looks like a tag sale, with random articles of clothing strewn every which way looking nice and picked over – it’s actually annoying how many pieces of clothing I feel the need to bring for a handful of days. And, last but not least, my suitcase – which has been labeled “in progress” for the last couple of days – remains empty. As per the norm with my particular packing style. AKA Oh, we leave in ten minutes? Wait, I have to pack!
Especially important this year, is the outfit I’ll be wearing on Thanksgiving. Every year around this time, I run on a full tank of holiday happy, and start festively shopping for the Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day outfits. Why holidays for some reason to me scream “new clothes!” is beyond me. But, since the days only come around three times a year, I say why not? Anyway, this year is a little more important than the past for a couple reasons. The first being the obvious, we will have just driven 18 hours overnight, and even though I will practically dump myself out of the car and into to my seat at dinner, I refuse to look like I did that. Holidays are a big picture-taking time for me, and even though I do most of the taking, I like to squeeze myself into a couple as well, and this year, I’m going for the “yes, I showered this week” look.
Second, it’s a lot of “firsts” for me. Silly firsts, but firsts nonetheless. First married Thanksgiving. First Thanksgiving where I didn’t live at home. First Thanksgiving where I really feel like I belong at the adults table – even if you never really make it there until you have your own offspring to take your place at the kids table. But, in feeling slightly more “adult”, I’ve been shopping a little more purposefully, looking for pieces that match the more mid-twenties me rather than the early-twenties, arguably late-teen me of just eleven months ago. Naturally, I turned to my life coach, Pinterest, and stumbled upon this outfit that I was determined to try and recreate.
By “outfit” I meant the top half. I can’t even manage to buy more than one pair of regular old, goes-with-everything blue jeans per year, let alone branch out into the neutrals. But the tops? Love! I don’t often consider navy blue, so I thought it would be a little something different from my standard browns and tans. So after work yesterday, I set out to Kohl’s and managed to come close enough to the look I was going for without breaking the bank.
The only picture I have of me actually wearing it is a poor quality Snapchat from the dressing room to my friend to make sure I don’t look like a librarian. Other than that, I didn’t have time for the wrinkles I’d no doubt put in it while trying to get a picture for the blog. (I’m sure there will be one after the holiday, though!)
The sweater itself seemed a little specific and clearly more expensive than what I would find at Kohl’s. So I settled on this cardigan that almost perfectly matches the exact flavor of navy I was hoping for, and it was on sale for $15.99. So, needless to say, I was all over that like white on rice.
I don’t know about you, but for someone who needs plain white blouses for work? They seem harder to find (at a reasonable price) than unicorns or winning lottery tickets. Maybe I’m wrong, but anything over $15 for a plain old collared shirt that I’m going to stain, is just too much. But, after poking around in the juniors section, I found this perfect, relaxed, button-down/tee-shirt hybrid on clearance for $7.20.
I loved the scarf in the Pinterest photo, but couldn’t find anything that I didn’t already sort of have in my own scarf collection, and none of them are quite the pop I was looking for. That and, I’ll be inside most of the day, and if you’re a beast like me, anything over 60 degrees feels like the burning fires of hell. So instead, I substituted the scarf with a more temperature-friendly choice, this $14 necklace that Kohl’s doesn’t want you to have because I can’t find it on their site. But, I loved it the moment I saw it. Cute, simple, and can dress up even the simplest of outfits. They also have it in gold, which would go great with the navy as well!
For the bottom, I’m just wearing my go-to dark blue skinny jeans and these grey boots that I’ve been over-wearing since the day I bought them back in September. (Also from Kohl’s!)
Total, I spent about $45, which isn’t bad at all, since they are all things I can wear with pretty much anything, and on non-holidays as well. Best part? They are all loose-fitting items, which, let’s be real, is the main priority for Thanksgiving dinner & dessert. And second dinner. What? 😉
Thanksgiving is one of my favorites, because you can spread the cheer (ideally) without people getting all offended and bent out of shape! Kidding. But not really. Hehe. I hope everyone has a fantastic, safe, fun holiday weekend! Gobble gobble!