Thanksgiving With a Little Sparkle

“Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.”

It’s Thanksgiving week! How did that happen?! I honestly feel as if I just celebrated last Christmas and now the next one will soon be upon us! When I was young (younger???) I remember my mother making comments about how the older you get the faster time goes and I scoffed at that and never really understood what she was saying, but now…now I do. And it’s true! With each decade time seems to fly faster and faster, and I try harder and harder to hold on to all the precious moments that make it up – to hold on to the beauty and let go of all the trivial unimportant things that really don’t matter when all is said and done.

With Thanksgiving just hours away we have so much on our minds – turkeys to cook, pies to bake, company to prepare for, but most important of all WHAT ARE WE GOING TO WEAR?! Haha! I’ll be honest, I’ve known  what I was wearing for Thanksgiving since the Spring! Now before you think I’ve gone completely mental – which, let’s face it, I probably have, let me tell you that my outfit is thrifted (naturally) and I came across each of the individual pieces  during the Spring. I fell in love with each of them and when I saw them together I knew they would be perfect for the holiday and I have saved them all this time just for this occasion! Have you picked your Thanksgiving garb yet? Is it something you think about or do you just throw something on that morning? I don’t remember what age we all were, but I believe it was my older, middle sister, Cheryl, who somewhere in our teens, started “dressing up” a little for holidays – Thanksgiving and Christmas predominantly. Before that we all just wandered down in whatever, very casual. But, Cheryl has a wonderful, very proper and ladylike manner to her and encouraged the idea of looking a little more put together for our celebrations. I’m not sure if anybody else took to her example, but I love it and have since always tried to look a little special for Thanksgiving day and Christmas morning. Of course, I love any excuse to dress-up! The little girl in me lives on!

BCBG MaxAzria sparkle sweater, thrifted, $2; Isaac Mizrahi metallic edged skirt, thrifted, $2, Riding boots, clearance, Ross, $10

The sweater I’m wearing is from BCBGMaxazria. I’m not sure the pictures picked it up well, but it has a wonderful gold sparkle effect throughout the threads. The “v” in the front is also echoed in the back which gives it yet another little bit of specialness.  I’ve found that sweaters, or clothing in general, that have this kind of sparkle effect in the threading can sometimes be itchy, but, to the contrary, this sweater is fabulously soft and cozy. Finally, and you might be able to pick this up slightly in the top picture, the sweater additionally has a bit of a dolmen sleeve.

Sometimes you buy a piece, you don’t know completely why you’re buying it, but you are just so drawn to it that you just have to buy it! (In fact not too long ago, Patti from Not Dead Yet Style wrote a post on this very subject. You can read it here: That’s exactly the way it was with this Isaac Mizrahi skirt. The deep rich brown and the wonderful gold metallic edging at the bottom… It screamed “Fall”, and, yet, was so feminine and flowy, and fell right in with the midi skirt trend that is all around us now! It was whispering in my ear “Buy me, Ronnie! You must buy me!” And at $2, how could I say no?! The fabric is very light and airy, but it has a nice inner lining so you don’t have to worry about slips. (I DESPISE slips!)

I tried to get a close up of the metallic edging on the skirt. Next time remind me to take the skirt OFF and do this, not BEND OVER!

For shoes I’m choosing a low-heeled knee boot, basically a riding boot. The low heel works great for comfort so I can still enjoy my day as I’m up and around and visiting with family, but the boot is still going to look great with the outfit and flow seamlessly from the skirt.

Because the sweater has so much sparkle and  the skirt has the metallic edging, I kept my accessories minimal. That is just a personal style choice. If you’re a more dramatic person, you can certainly bling it up if you choose! I chose a pair of gold and brown dangle earrings that I found on clearance at Burlington last Summer. I love them, but it seems I so rarely find reasons to wear them. Then I added a “stack” bracelet. It looks like I have multiple bracelets on, but it’s actually one bracelet that winds round and round your wrist, in varying shades of brown, ivory and gold.

Insert one cheesy selfie so you can see my beloved, but under-worn dangle earrings!

This look works well for me – the almost monochromatic color scheme is elongating for my petite frame, even though I chose not to wear heels. And,though the skirt has pleats, they’re flat pleats that flow downward and work with the color scheme to keep things slimming. But, the simplicity of this look makes it translatable for any body type. If you’re taller, you could easily switch out footwear from tall boots to ankle boots without the concern of looking cut off. If you are concerned about the pleats and fullness of this type of skirt, a straight, pencil-type midi-skirt would work just as well. And, of course, an A-line skirt would work for anybody! It’s very versatile.

Finally, I can’t close out this post without addressing the heart of the day – giving thanks! I will admit that sometimes it saddens me that commercially we seem to almost skip over Thanksgiving – hopping straight from Halloween into Christmas. John Henry Jowett said, “Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.”  If we become a people without a heart of gratitude we will have become a hopeless people, indeed. So, amidst turkey and stuffing, pumpkin pie and football games, remember to stop and give thanks for the many, many blessings that have showered your life, like they have showered mine, each and every day this past year!

I would LOVE to see the looks that YOU put together for the holiday! Feel free to send them to me either here, on my Facebook page, on Instagram or through private message. I can’t wait to see your inner fashionista shine!

Happy Thanksgiving!

4 Replies to “Thanksgiving With a Little Sparkle”

  1. I always love it when we take some pride in what we wear…even if it’s just around the family!!
    And how fabulous that you are embracing the sparkle and shine!!
    Can you believe I still haven’t picked out what I’m going to wear?? But hopefully, I’ll go towards the dress up garb too!


    1. If I know you at all, Jodie, whatever you pick out, even if it’s on the spur of the moment, is going to be wonderful! Can’t wait to find out what it was!


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