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Thanksgiving Family Traditions

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Hi guys!

Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday spent relaxing and having fun with friends and family. It is such a special, cozy time of the year. When it comes to Thanksgiving family traditions, being home in Dallas, TX first comes to mind! The day before Thanksgiving (AKA, today) our whole family is cooking and baking all day – it may be my favorite day of the year! We always plan the Thanksgiving meal plan a few weeks before, and then we go for it in the kitchen on Wednesday.

Every Thanksgiving morning, we wake up in our PJs and watch the parade.  You can guarantee that we will be drinking celery juice while watching! Since we are in Dallas, we go for a long walk almost every day, but specifically on Thanksgiving, we go for a walk to the park in the neighborhood and play football! It’s been a long standing tradition and it is so so fun. But on that Wednesday of cooking, we are in our PJs all day long and most of the day on Thanksgiving 🙂

We also have people over Thanksgiving eve for dinner that had no where to go for the holiday – usually it is close family friends that are not spending it with their kids that year because they are with the in laws or we have single friends over who couldn’t go home to see their family. It is extra special and always such a blast!

When it comes to the menu, we honestly always look up new recipes each year. They are all nutrition filled and extra healthy but so delicious! This year, these are a few things we are planning on:

A massive salad

A smoked tenderloin in the oven all day

A pastured turkey

Roasted sweet potatoes

A yummy veggie of some sort

Dessert from the Sweet Laurel cookbook this year

Homemade bread

This Thanksgiving Day I specifically want to say a prayer for California. It has been such a tough time recently for the State that Jason and I call home between the shooting and the wildfire, and we are thinking of the individuals and families who are walking through loss and pain right now. Praying that God’s comfort, love, and strength covers you every moment of each day.

With love,

Lo.

OUTFIT: tee | pants (c/o Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive Clothing Line)

All The Fall Feels

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Oh fall, we just adore you. Even on the West Coast where it is a little warmer a little longer, all the fall feels are still in full force. I am a big believer in cozy vibes this time of year, especially as the holiday season nears in a month’s time. Any excuse to cook a heart-warming meal like a yummy soup or tasty pumpkin bread is right up my alley. When it comes to fall fashion, sign me up for all the shades of denim, oversized sweatshirts, combat boots, wide brim hats, and chunky knits. And don’t even get me started on football…as a forever Cowboys fan, the fall season brings me so much joy and excitement around my favorite team.

What do you love most about fall? Let me know in the comments below and keep scrolling to see one of my new favorite fall outfits! Links at the bottom to shop. P.S. who is loving these free people plaid pants  as much as I am!?

OUTFIT LINKS

sweater (c/o) | sunnies | pants | bag (c/o) | shoes (c/o)

The Imperfect Art of Seeking Wisdom

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When I typed this title at first, I typed the art of seeking wisdom and then I chuckled to myself because it is an art, but it is an imperfect one at best! However, the imperfect art of seeking wisdom is so beautiful at every hesitant yet hopeful, slightly uncomfortable yet incredibly helpful, painful yet promising, unwanted yet so needed moment. Every effort of the act of seeking wise counsel is so worth it.

The Bible is full of instruction on seeking wisdom. First and foremost, the one who fears the Lord is on the path to wisdom. Fearing God is the first and most necessary step to live a life close to Jesus and needed to obtain wisdom and knowledge. Proverbs 9:10 reads: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

After fearing the Lord, seeking Him always, and meditating on His word, the Bible also instructs us to seek wise counsel. Proverbs 12:15 reads: A fool’s way is right in his own eyes, but whoever listens to counsel is wise. This is where community is so important. Having people in your circle that you can count on, trust, and go to when you need guidance is so important. If we are left to a path that we see as right in our own eyes alone, we would essentially be quite lost. This is because we can’t trust what we see through our own eyes, since our sight is so severely limited compared to that of the Lord. The Lord makes His way known to us through His Word, the Holy Spirit, and biblically sound counsel from wise people in our lives here on earth.

When I picture a person fearing God with their mind, heart, and soul, seeking Him constantly, and then calling on wise counsel from Biblically-minded people they trust, I see a person that is well-prepared and totally equipped to make wise choices and walk through life confidently, faithfully, and wisely.

Have you sought counsel from trusted ones in your life lately? Share with us in the comments below about how that experience impacted you and what you learned from it! Prayers and love to all, xo.

THE LOOK

sunnies | top | pants | bag (c/o) | boots

images: felicia lasala 

All Things Wellness

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Hi friends! As you may have seen and heard, I have started sharing exclusive LSK content for email subscribers that focuses on all things wellness. If you love the personal practice of wellness as much as I do and always want to learn more, you are in the right place!

I am SO excited about these emails because they are a chance for me to share different pieces of wellness information with you that have been life-changing for me. Wellness is a huge passion of mine, so these exclusive emails are such a fun way to share that passion with you!

So far, I have shared my go-to list of top 10 essential oils and a list of daily doses of nutrition, from spirulina to probiotics. Next week, Dr. Will Cole will be sharing some key points from his brand new book: Ketotarian.

I hope you join in on the wellness journey with me by signing up for emails! Exclusive content is delivered to your inbox about every other week, give or take.

Click here to sign up for the wellness emails! Also, fun news, we are giving away three bottles of my dry shampoo, Stranded, to three lucky email subscribers at the end of September.

MY OUTFIT

two-piece set | sunnies | boots

images: felicia lasala 

Must-Have For Fall: Everlane Stretch Denim

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From the West Coast to the East Coast, my friend and LSK editor, Melissa, and I styled new must-have denim for fall…meet the Everlane Authentic Stretch Denim collection. We seriously cannot say enough good things about these jeans. High waist, check. Stretch without stretching out, check. Perfect ankle length, check. Beautiful wash options, check. Just when you think it couldn’t get better…they are sustainably made in a responsible factory in Vietnam. How incredible is that? Also…just $68 a pair. Such a win! I am wearing the dark wash and Melis is wearing the medium wash. As their hashtag says, these jeans are REAL good. #DamnGoodDenim.

Thanks to Everlane for sending us these jeans to try! We will seriously be living in them all fall. Shop them below! xx

images: jason kennedy / lindsay solomon

Why I Love Weekend Trips To Laguna

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You might have seen on Instagram that Jase and I spent the long holiday weekend in Laguna. It was such a joy as always, so I thought I should share with ya’ll why I love weekend trips to Laguna beach so much. It is seriously our happy place!

Reason #1

It is truly the one place I feel like I can completely unwind. My brain shuts down almost immediately!

Reason #2

The weather is always so beautiful, even when it’s gloomy! It’s cooler than LA, so it’s extra refreshing + I love the fresh ocean air.

Reason #3

Jase and I always have the best conversations here, and it’s the most special place to recharge and reconnect when our work schedules are extra busy.

Reason #4

We absolutely love the food and quaint restaurants in downtown Laguna. We feel like we have really gotten to know even the hidden gems.

Reason #5

We love the beach and the peaceful environment that this little beach town is. We just feel right at home, and we always laugh because two days there feels like we were on a week’s vacation!

THE OUTFIT (*c/o)

hat | sunnies | backpack* | shorts* | suit top* (similar) | sandals

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