I hope everyone has been enjoying my 'Monthly Favorites' segment. They seem to draw a lot of traffic and engagement so looks like I'll be keeping it up for the long haul!
November 1st may be one of my favorite days of the year because, to me, it marks the first day of the holiday season. November 1st-January 2nd is my absolute favorite time of the year and I find myself happier and more exuberant than ever. The combination of cold weather and countless family holidays is simply the most delightful and traditional aspect of any year.
This November has been no different. I've already made some fun Fall memories and have countless Thanksgiving and Christmas plans coming up. I'll likely do an entire other post on all of the fun dinner parties, brunches, and holiday parties that I have because honestly some of the creativity behind them are remarkable.
Until then I wanted to share the items I'm coveting this November. Even though I've switched over to Christmas mentally, I'll keep these to Fall/Thanksgiving because I need to save those for December. Enjoy and comment on your favorite items this month!
1) Buffalo Check
Buffalo check is such a classic pattern, but it seems to REALLY be making a come-around this Fall. For those of you that aren't 100% familiar or didn't know this was the official name, buffalo check is the big, bold red and black plaid looking pattern that is really just a ton of square blocks with an extremely classic Fall/Winter look.
I've been seeing it everywhere I turn. From home décor to fashion, it seems to have a place in everyone's hearts this season. I'm considering tying it in my Christmas décor so that even when the holiday is over, I have a few pieces that will work throughout the entirety of winter. TjMaxx has some of the cutest throws available from Eddie Bauer and I'm regretting not buying one this past weekend.
But that isn't even the tip of the iceburgh. The clothing pieces available in buffalo check are amazing. I could list out a million but my two favorite are extremely low-priced, but AMAZING. The first is an A-line mini skirt from J.Crew Factory. I haven't yet gotten the chance to wear it, but I envision tucking a black turtleneck into it with black tights and black booties for a classic Fall/Winter look. The second falls in line with my new sneaker obsession and is a pair of wool sneakers from Old Navy.
2) Cabernet Sauvignon
Okay, okay, okay... so I covet this item all year round. But especially as the days get shorter and the nights get colder this is a go-to. It's perfect to sip at home alone, out at a dinner party, or even around the Thanksgiving table. It is SUCH a classic wine that nearly everyone I know likes.
Consider picking up a bottle of Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon as a hostess gift for a Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving dinner and don't forget to snag one for yourself.... it'll be necessary at 5:30 on a Wednesday when it's already dark outside because of the season changes.
3) Driving Loafers
I think I've already discussed just how classic I think loafers are. I even have an entire post planned of my newest obsession with mules (stay tuned). I'm just loving how easy it is to get a good, sturdy, fashionable pair of loafers now-a-days. It used to be that you had to spend hundreds on designer brands, but now you can get the same quality for half the price.
I personally just bought these Oxblood Driving Loafers from Old Navy and I cannot wait to wear them with everything. They are such a classic look and because they have a bit more to them, they prove to be warmer in the late Fall and Winter months than a traditional ballet flat.
I remember as a little girl my mom would dress me up for Christmas inevitably in some kind of itchy velvet with a white peter-pan collar. Every. Year.
For that reason I hated velvet for a good portion of my pre-20s life. Now though, I think velvet is absolutely amazing, comfortable, and chic. It is so perfect for the holiday season and it seems like you can get just about any article of clothing in velvet form these days. I personally am a huge fan of these Velvet Stiletto Booties from Old Navy, this Velvet Blazer from White House Black Market, and this Velvet Quilted Vest from Banana Republic.
5) Green Bean Casserole
So apparently green bean casserole is not a universal thing?
Moving to DC seven years ago I realized that not everyone has this amazing Thanksgiving staple on their plates year after year. I. Was. Appalled.
Green bean casserole is the single most delicious dish to ever grace this earth. All it is, is canned green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and crunch onions on top. Simple, easy, and delicious!
To make just mix the green beans and cream of mushroom soup together (ratio is 3 cans of green beans: 1 can of cream of mushroom soup), top with the French's Crunch Onions, and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Don't insult the dish by trying to make it all fancy. It's meant to be processed, unhealthy, and delicious. Embrace it.
6) Blanket Scarves
These have been 'in' for quite a few years now, but this year I'm coveting them even more because I've decided to incorporate one of mine into my table-scape for Thanksgiving.
This year's Thanksgiving is going to be slightly different than previous. We're hosting it at my parents house and it will likely be a slightly smaller crew. So, in order to design new traditions I volunteered to design the table-scape for dinner.
I'm going to use a navy-blue table cloth with my navy/yellow plaid blanket scarf draped in a diamond shape over the top. I'm going to use all-white china and white and gold pumpkins to decorate. I'll be sure to do a post on how it looks!
7) Hot Chocolate
Am I the only person that reverts to being a child as soon as it gets chilly out?
Legitimately as soon as the temperature drops below 60 I have the sudden craving to drink hot chocolate all day, every day. I'm generally a coffee person, but instead of my 3:00 slump cup of coffee, I switch it over to hot chocolate. Instead of shopping in Georgetown with a cup of joe, I shop with a white hot chocolate. I just can't help myself and I'm not sure I want to.
I recently found the best hot chocolate in DC at newly-opened Laduree, a French bakery and restaurant that serves hot chocolate in drinking chocolate form.
8) Jetties Sandwich Shop
Jetties is a sandwich shop in DC that I used to live in spitting-distance from at my first place in Georgetown. There are multiple locations around the city and it's honestly one of the best sandwich places I've ever been.
The reason it makes my November list is because of one sandwich: The Nobadeer. The sandwich is carved turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mayo all piled onto fresh white bread. It's Thanksgiving on a sandwich. They offer it year round, but something feels so right about sitting down the first week of November and treating myself to one. It just gets me ready for the holiday!
On Monday Rosie, Marisa, and I made special plans to go get sandwiches because it's truly that good. We scarfed down every bite and since I've been wanting another.