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Thankfulness

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Thankfulness

Happy Thanksgiving eve, Lolo readers! Thanksgiving is such a special time. It is so wonderful to spend the day with those you love most, being thankful for the many blessings in life. We want to take a moment to share what we are most thankful for! Read below to hear from each of us- Lo, Melissa, and Tessa. -Love, Team LOLO.

Thanksgiving is one of the sweetest times of the year because it is a reminder to slow down, enjoy our loved ones, and reflect on the beauty in our lives. Whether refinement developed through pain or graceful moments, there is always a reason and importance to joyfully celebrate! This year I am so grateful for the Lord’s faithfulness through my first year of marriage, in the adjustment of moving to a new city, and in the provision of precious new friendships. – Lo

This year I am thankful for my loved ones and the chance to celebrate Thanksgiving together. It is on days like today that my heart feels especially full! There is something so special about being around the table with family & friends.  I am most thankful however for the Lord’s love and grace. It is so amazing to watch the Lord work in our lives- His timing is perfect and for that I am so grateful.  “Trust in the Lord and leave the consequences to Him.”- Dr Charles Stanley. – Melissa

I especially love this season of thankfulness because it re-centers our hearts on the people and experiences that have impacted and graced our lives. This year, I am especially thankful for the Lord’s provision and His faithfulness. Even in times of uncertainty, or in times when our lives have not yet resembled what we thought or dreamt them to be, we are pointed to the goodness and the powerful love of our Father, who enables us to be all that we can be. So, I am thankful for the many friends and family that have been placed in my life as living examples of the depth of the love of our Father. –Tessa

ShopBop SALE!

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Guys- there is currently a ShopBop sale happening and we are SO excited. This week is the perfect time to visit their site and do some online shopping- load up on gifts for others and even grab a few things for yourself! Lo & I have picked out a few favorite things below- scroll down to see what they are. And don’t forget to shop the post at the bottom of the page- we added even more favorites there. Happy Shopping!

ShopBop SALE

Lo’s Top 5:

Coated Skinny Jeans

Coated high rise ankle jeans + I LOVE J brand! 

Alice & Olivia Dress

This dress is perfect for holiday parties.

ShopBop sale!

The perfect neutral fall jacket.

Must-have ankle jeans

The perfect staple ankle jean.

ShopBop- fringe sweatshirt

Dying over this fringe sweatshirt.

 

Melissa’s Top 5:

ShopBop Sale Picks!

So in love with this BB Dakota Vest.

 

ShopBop Sale Picks

Joe’s Ankle Jeans– my absolute favorite!

ShopBop Sale Picks!

Obsessed with anything Madewell, like this scarf.

ShopBop SALE

Sam Edelman booties are the best.

Club Monaco Coat

This coat is so chic.

Shop the post below!

Thanksgiving Recipes

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Two hobbies of mine are cooking & spending time on Pinterest. That being said, finding new recipes on Pinterest and trying them out the kitchen is hands-down one of my favorite things to do. Pinterest is such a great source for recipes. We’ve pinned quite a few on our ‘To Cook’ board, but wanted to share some recipes today that are totally perfect for Thanksgiving. If you need to bring a dish to Thanksgiving (or to Friendsgiving) consider making one of these. Happy pinning & happy cooking! -M

1. The Best Fall Salad & Dressing

Fall Salad- The Pioneer Woman

 2. Roasted Mushrooms

Roasted Mushrooms

3. Garlic Lemon Green Beans

Garlic lemon green beans

4. Parmesan & Rosemary Potatoes

Oven roasted parmesan rosemary potatoes

5. Mandarin Pasta Spinach Salad

Thanksgiving Recipes

6. Brussels, Butternut Squash, Pecans, & Cranberries

Thanksgiving Recipes

7. Rosemary Chicken Noodle Soup

Thanksgiving Recipes

8. Zuchini & Wild Rice Gratin 

Thanksgiving Recipes

9. Tomato & Roasted Lemon Salad

Thanksgiving Recipes

10. Apple, Brie, & Honey Bruschetta 

Thanksgiving Recipes

New Pinterest Page

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Hey LOLO Mag readers- we have a new page on Pinterest! We will be pinning style inspiration, recipes, travel images, decor inspiration, lovey-dovey moments, quotes, and more. Scroll down to see a sneak peek of each of the 10 boards. Click the board title to see more. Here’s to pinning with us and being inspired!

 

1. LOLO Style

LOLO Style

2. Style Inspo

Anthro

Image via Anthropologie

3. To Cook

Gimme Some Oven

Image via Gimme Some Oven

4. Places to Go

Gal Meets Glam

Image via Gal Meets Glam

5. Pretty Spaces

Style Me Pretty

Image via Style Me Pretty

6. So Much Love

So Much Love !

Image via Style Me Pretty

7. Beauty Inside & Out

Hair + Beauty Pins

8. Fresh Blooms

A Cup of Jo

Image via A Cup Of Jo

9. The Holidays

Anthropologie Ornaments

Image via Anthropologie

10. Inspiring Words

Quotes

Image via Redeemed Girl

 

Thanksgiving Day Outfits

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Thanksgiving is my all-time favorite holiday. There is something so cozy, warm, and peaceful about it. I also love the together-time with family and friends! When it comes to what to wear on Thanksgiving Day, it is all about what activities your family usually partakes in. I’ve rounded up ideas for 4 different looks- lounge, very casual, casual-cute, and dressy. If your family relaxes all day at home, the lounge outfit is totally for you. The casual outfit (or the casual-cute outfit) is perfect for those of you that go to a family member’s house for the day and evening. The dressy look is for the formal, sit-down, family dinner. Scroll down to see the 4 different categories, and the outfit ideas for each!

Lounge:

Lou & Grey Softlayer tee

Shop it: Lou & Grey Tee

Cuffed Drawstring Loungers- Anthro

Shop it: Anthropologie Loungers

Ugg Slippers

Shop it: UGG Slippers

Very Casual:

Madewell Flannel

Shop it: Madewell Flannel

AG Legging Ankle Jeans

Shop it: AG Ankle Jeans

Cole Haan 'Minna' Bootie

Shop it: Cole Haan Booties

Casual-cute:

Laced Funnelneck Pullover

Shop it: Anthropologie Pullover

Paige High-Rise Bell Canyon Flare Jeans

Shop it: Paige Denim FlaresCole Haan 'Hayes' Bootie

Shop it: Cole Haan Booties

Dressy:

Piazza Blouse- Anthro

Shop it: Anthropologie Blouse

Rag & Bone: JEAN Velvet Zip Capri Pants

Shop it: Rag & Bone Velvet Pants

Sam Edelman 'Okala' Pump

Shop it: Sam Edelman Heels

10 tips for hosting Friendsgiving

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10 tips when hosting Friendsgiving

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Hi everyone! I am so excited for my first post on LOLO Mag. Today I’m sharing 10 bits of advice to consider when hosting Friendsgiving. My boyfriend & I are hosting a Friendsgiving gathering at his farm this coming Sunday for about 35 people. The below tips are all things that I have tried to consider when planning the party, plus bits of wisdom that I am determined to keep in mind as the day gets closer. -Melissa

1. Get it on the calendar. This time of year is very hectic, so picking a date ahead of time is so important. It might seem crazy, but planning it in September is really not that unrealistic. Pick a day and mark it on the calendar!

2. The more the merrier. Now it’s time to make the guest list. If you think there is someone you want to invite, do it! Don’t worry about the number, because some people won’t be able to come. Also, this time of the year is all about bringing people together and enjoying one another.

3. Make the e-vite & send. Paperless post is the way to go! The site makes it so easy to design the cutest card + send it to your guests via email. Then your guests can easily RSVP yes or no. The event page is also a great place for people to post on the comment wall.

4. Group effort. For our upcoming Friendsgiving, I asked everyone to bring a dish to share and I am so happy that I did! It is so fun for everyone to bring their favorite dish, and it saves the host so much time, energy, and stress. It is way too much for one person or even two people to make everything. Ask for help and welcome it with open arms.

5. Keep it casual… Keeping it casual will make it a stress-free gathering. From food to the seating situation, keep it simple, easy, and laid-back

6. ..but cozy! Just because it is casual doesn’t mean you can’t make it cozy. Thanksgiving is the time to feel warm and welcomed, so don’t hesitate to make your home seem comfortable and very ‘fall’. I’m not encouraging going overboard with the decorating, but fall blooms, candles, table runners, and wreaths can really set the tone.

7. Buy ahead. Being prepared & ready-to-go will make the day-of go smoothly and allow you to enjoy yourself more. Make a list of things you need and buy it a few weeks before. Then a few days before and the morning of, allow plenty of time for set-up.

8. Disposable plates + glasses. When you are having a lot of guests over your home and it is a casual party, having disposable plates, glasses, utensils, and napkins is essential. No one wants to be doing dishes for hours at the end of the night! For our upcoming party, I ordered products from Posh Party– the plates and everything look great, and now clean-up will be pretty simple.

 9. Imperfection is the best. This is quite possibly the most important thing on this list! Do not worry about everything being perfect. In fact, don’t even hope that everything is perfect. It is an unrealistic goal, but more importantly imperfection at a house party is one of the things that makes it real, genuine, and home-y. If something is overcooked, who cares! If someone spills wine, it can be cleaned up. And if someone comes in with dirty shoes, well that’s life. Enjoy the imperfections, and go with the flow.

10. Enjoy. The guests aren’t the only ones that are supposed to have fun- the hosts are too! Once the party starts, let the fun begin- be welcoming, enjoy the together time, and have fun!

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