Happy Thanksgiving! Today is a special reminder out of the year to remember to always give thanks and be grateful for all of the blessings in our lives that we often take for granted. Everyone knows that I love making lists, and today I have made two: three things that I am thankful for and also three tips on wearing florals in the fall.
My pastor gave us a challenge this week: every day, say things that you are grateful for out loud. This might sound a little silly at first when you’re alone in your bedroom, your car or your kitchen, but when you start to recognize and verbally say these things it really helps to keep focused on the positive and be thankful for these blessings. Another great option is to write them down in a gratitude journal or even on the side of your notes or doodles. It has really helped me this week and been a constant reminder to be appreciative.
Today I am thankful that I have such a wonderful father who washes my car for me, who has set the best hardworking example for me and is always teaching me new things from his wisdom. I am thankful for my unbelievable superwoman of a mom who takes on the world with such grace and dignity, who puts her faith and family first, and is always there to offer a hand to anyone in need. I am thankful for my sister who takes photos of me even when she doesn’t want to, who I laugh the hardest and cry the most with, and has a beautiful and caring heart. I am thankful for the best puppy in the entire world who is always there to put a smile on my face and cuddle with me when I am feeling down. I am thankful for my health, my home, my supportive friends and extended family, my job, my church, relationships with my #stylecollective sisters and other amazing entrepreneurs I have met through the blogging community, and of course I give all thanks and recognition to my glorious Creator.
So I know this was a little longer than just three things but there is just so much to be grateful for! God has truly blessed me with so many incredible people and opportunities and I am just so happy that I get to experience it all.
So enough about me, now it’s time to talk about this adorable outfit (I forgot to add how thankful I am for fall florals!) When I saw this dress on the rack at Forever 21, the first thing I thought of was Blair Waldorf at Thanksgiving (just add tights + a headband.) The small was a little loose on me, but I figured it was too cute and too good of a deal to pass up. My solution to loose dresses: belt it! Read below for three more styling tips on how to wear florals in the fall…
1 ) Go with Darker Florals
One of the first things that drew me to this floral dress was how gorgeous the amber floral print was. When contrasted against the black background, it makes it the perfect fall pattern!
2) Put a Sleeve on It!
For some reason I normally buy sleeveless dresses (probably because for 3/4 of the year, it’s 75 degrees.) Late fall and winter are the perfect seasons here to add a long sleeve to your dress or top. Not only will it keep you warm, but it will give you even more opportunity to show off your fall florals!
3) Layer, Layer, Layer
I’m all about the layering during this season! Now that the temps have dropped to 50° (basically freezing in Southern California) everyone is layering up with their warmest jackets, sweaters, cardigans, and coats. Sweater vests are great to layer on top of a long sleeve because you get warmth + to show off your cute arms. Also, don’t forget to layer your boots with cozy knee high socks!
Photos by Gabi Wells
Forever 21 dress | Aeropostale vest | DSW boots | Forever 21 hat (similar) | Forever 21 crossbody (sold out, similar) | Target belt | Sophie Harper earrings via Rocksbox (FIRST MONTH FREE w/ code “worldwidestylistaxoxo“)
What are you most thankful for? Last but not least, I am extremely grateful for YOU, reader, for making it through this entire post and supporting me through my blogging adventures! I deeply appreciate all of the loving and encouraging comments that you send my way. All I can say is thank you and I hope you all have a #blessed day celebrating with family, friends and loved ones!