Cyber Monday Top 10

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Hat (similar here)// Sweater (old – similar here)// Pants// Boots

Anthropologie: Free shipping + 25% off –  Love this dress for the Holidays and I’m obsessed with their home decor!

ASOS: 30% off of everything – Pick up a gift for the man in your life, and a little something for yourself too (both are under $100).

Club Monaco: 25% – 35% off – This headband and furry vest are adorable.

Gilt: Up to 80% off – The best sale to stock up on designer pieces like these adorable Burberry flats and this Kendra Scott piece.

Henri Bendel: Up to 50% off – Especially loving this bag!

ILY Couture: 25% off – Their graphic tees and sweatshirts, like this one, are the greatest.

J.Crew: 40% off – I usually gravitate towards J. Crew’s tops (still love this fringe one), but this sale I’m really feeling pants like these and these.

Nordstrom: Up to 40% off – Always love everything here, but these are a great gift or a “treat yourself” and this pinterest – perfect tulle skirt is something I’ve been looking for.

Shopbop: 15% – 25% off – This travel book is the perfect gift and I also love this Fendi-style fur charm.

Wayfair: Up to 80% off – Last, but not least, sharing some favorites from the best online home store there is (p.s. this is where a lot of the furniture from Fixer Upper comes from). I have my eye one this, this and this.

Happy Shopping!

Thanksgiving Outfit

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Top (on Sale!)// Shirt// Leggings// Heels// Bag// Sunglasses// Cuff// Watch//Bracelet (similar)

Happy Monday, everyone! Cheers to a short week and Thanksgiving in just 3 more days. As mentioned here, Thanksgiving has always been a favorite of mine, both for what it represents and for the opportunity to take a break and spend quality time with family.

I’ve been saving this top for Thanksgiving because of how cozy it is and how it hides all signs of the extra helping of stuffing I’ll likely consume. Layer it with your favorite pair of leggings for extra comfort. I especially love these. With shawl-like tops, I always opt for a heel to offset the larger top and create a nice silhouette.

p.s. If you’re still searching for the perfect side dish to add to your Thanksgiving meal, check out my top recipes here.

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Holiday Party Circuit

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Along with the Holiday season comes the ultimate party circuit. Whether you’re playing hostess to family and friends, braving through the office Holiday party, or toasting to the New Year, you need the perfect go-to party look. This season I’m loving a long-sleeve (always long sleeve) shift dress, topped off with the ever classic, Kate Middleton-style Alexander McQueen coat, and booties with a surprise kick.

Cheers!
~Alex

p.s. Check out this look and more on Farfetch.com!

Marine Layers

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Vest (old – similar here and here)// Shirt// Beanie (old – similar here)// Pants// Boots (old – similar here)// Bag (sold out – similar here)// Sunglasses

One of my absolute favorite things to do on the weekend is taking a walk along the Embarcadero to the Ferry Building. The skyscrapers of the Financial District brush right up against the vast expanse of the The Bay making for a jaw-dropping view.

With the cooler weather, it’s been nice to bundle up, grab a cup of coffee, and walk the Embarcadero for some lunch or shopping at the Farmers’ Market. This vest is one that I’ve been looking forward to wearing all year because it boasts this season’s signature color, army green, and is the perfect weight to throw over a longer shirt or sweater. Since we layer up so much out here, I’m all about the basic layering pieces. This Rag & Bone shirt was an excellent find. I love this one and this one (favorite!) as well. Tip: Always invest in quality layering pieces. You get more use out of them than anything else in your closet!

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Thanksgiving with Kraft

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With Thanksgiving in just 2 short weeks, I’ve been thinking about dishes to contribute to this year’s meal. Thanksgiving is a Holiday I look forward to each year for so many reasons, but especially because it is so rooted in tradition. Having made so many big life changes over the past few years, including moving 1600 miles away from home, I have a new appreciation for the traditions that were staples throughout my childhood. When it comes to planning out the menu for Thanksgiving, I gravitate towards recipes that are reminiscent of what my family made growing up, but with a new flare that is all my own.

In preparation for this year’s feast, I’ve partnered with Kraft to create 3 dishes to add to the menu. Each of these recipes combines the tradition that Kraft brings to the table, while including fresh veggies that can be found in your garden or at the local farmers’ market.

Whether you’re responsible for the bird and all the trimmings or you’re playing a supporting role with a side dish, here are a few recipes to complete your Thanksgiving spread.

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Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Cranberries

Ingredients:
10 cups water
4 lbs brussel sprouts
4 slices Oscar Mayer Bacon
1 medium red onion, chopped
1/4 cup apple cider
2 tbs brown sugar
1 cup cranberries
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tbs olive oil

Directions:
1. Bring water to boil in a large pot, add brussel sprouts, and boil 8-10 minutes.
2. Add 1 tbs olive oil to a medium saucepan and cook bacon until crisp. Drain bacon on a paper towel, then crumble.
3. Using the same saucepan, add the additional olive oil and red onions. Saute red onions 3 minutes.
4. Stir in apple cider and brown sugar with onions and cook for 5 more minutes.
5. Add in the bacon and cranberries and season with nutmeg, then transfer to serving dish.

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Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients:
16 white mushrooms
5 tbs olive oil
2 1/2 tbs Marsala wine
8 slices Oscar Mayer bacon
6 scallions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2/3 cups Kraft Stove Top Stuffing
5 oz Philadelphia cream cheese
1/3 cup Kraft 100% grated Parmesan cheese
2 1/2 tbs chopped fresh parsley
Salt, pepper, and garlic salt to taste

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Wash mushrooms, remove stems, and chop stems finely.
3. Place mushroom caps in a bowl and mix with 3 tbs of olive oil and Marsala wine.
4. Add 2 tbs olive oil to a medium saucepan and cook bacon until crisp. Set bacon aside on paper towel to drain..
5. Using a food processor, mix bacon and 2/3 cups dry stuffing.
6. Add the chopped mushrooms to the same saucepan the bacon was cooked in, using the leftover oil, and saute for 3 minutes. Stir in scallions and garlic, and cook for 2 more minutes.
7. Add in the mixed stuffing and bacon and combine. Then, mix in the cream cheese until melted and the mixture is creamy.
8. Remove from heat and add the parsley, Parmesan, salt, pepper, and garlic salt.
9. Fill each mushroom with mixture, arrange in baking dish, and bake 50 minutes.

Recipe adapted from Sugar & Spice by Celeste

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Sweet Potato Cupcakes

Ingredients:

Cupcakes:
1 box spice cake mix
1 3/4 cups sweet potato, mashed
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
Planters pecan halves

Frosting:
8oz Philadelphia cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 cups heavy whipping cream

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pan with 18 cupcake liners.
2. Whisk spice mix in a large bowl to remove any lumps.
3. Add sweet potato, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and eggs and mix  together, with mixer, until smooth.
4. Fill muffin cups ¾ full and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until firm on top.
5. Remove from oven and let cool several minutes.

Frosting:
1. Combine the cream cheese, sugar, buttermilk, vanilla extract and almond extract in a large mixing bowl and mix on high speed.
2. Let mixture sit about 3-5 minutes to stiffen and continue mixing. You can alternate using a hand mixer and whisk.
3. To ice cupcakes, put icing in a zip top bag, cut one of the corners, and use as an icing tool to swirl on cupcakes.

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This post was sponsored by Kraft. All opinions are my own.