| What To Do | Thanksgiving Abroad

14 November, 2014

1 | Prepare ahead of time and order ingredients online, or have a relative send you a care package with all the fixings. 
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2 | Make it a fun opportunity, gather a list with things you need and head over to your local market to try to find as similar as possible ingredients that will help you create you dinner. While you are there grab a few local items or desserts to add a twist to your dinner.

3 | Go to Pinterest to get decor ideas and fun printables to add to your home and table. Once you have all of the decor gathered begin to decorate so that you begin to feel at home.

4 | Invite friends ahead of time, both American and local to join you and ask them to bring a side dish or dessert. For your non-American friends, you can encourage them to bring a local dish or a dish from wherever they are from that would compliment the dinner, this will create a conversation starter and will be far more enjoyable. 

5 | Prepare a meal with the basic foundations as your friends will do the rest for you. Not only will that minimize stress but will allow you to have more time to spend at your dinner party.

6 | Create a relaxed and cozy table set up, so that your friends feel comfortable and right at home.
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7 | Let the feast begin, this is wear you get to sit down and celebrate the many things you are thankful for, especially the friends who joined you on your dinner.

8 | Buy or DIY leftover packaging so that you send off your friends with a very thankful smile :)!

Living abroad can bring exciting opportunities in many ways, but when holidays come around they always remind you of the very special feeling that is having the people you love around you, it's an undeniable feeling. At one point or another you've felt that feeling of sadness and loneliness, longing to be at their side. I've had a few days as such, they make me realize just how important they are in my life and how much of an impact they leave in my heart. Just like that famous saying, "there is no place like home," and so it is true, whether we are completely happy where we are, home will never be 100% home if your family is not close by. So to help you and myself, I decided to put a list of things that will help us feel as if we were home, and minimize the sensation of sadness. These few things may be obvious but we tend to forget that we can actually celebrate our holidays wherever we are.

Hope this helps you in anyway, that it encourages you to create this experience for yourself and for friends that may also be alone during the holidays or for friends who just want join in on the fun. Believe it or not some people welcome the celebration of holidays that are not there own, because it allows them to experience something different and make them feel more connected to you. Do you have any tips of your own that you would like to add? leave me a message below, would love to hear them.

| PHOTOS via | Pinterest 
(see board HERE for photo credits x links to the DIY ideas listed)

| Day to Night | Heather Grey

10 November, 2014

Do you ever have days where you need to wear something that will take you from day to night? I have had several days where I need to transition smoothly and because of it, I have developed a seamless process as to how I choose my clothes for that day. It really is easy, you have to pick out items that feel and look luxuries yet have an element of casualness that will allow you to not look overdone during the day. Therefore, I try to have transformation or two-way pieces in my closet, because those are the best for scenarios as such. Take the coat I am wearing for example, it gives me two complete different looks by just removing on piece from it, and that is the faux fur. Make no mistake you can and should wear the faux fur piece during the day as well, if your anything like me, you wouldn't mind. Sometimes though, you want to give the appearance that you changed into a completely different look, without actually having done so. That is what I did here for you, so you can see how you can carry one look from day to night by adding four different things. 

| ADDITIONS |
No Faux Fur Collar to Faux Fur Collar
Light Pink Lipstick to Red Lipstick
No Statement Necklace to Statement Necklace
Flat Over the Knee Boots to High-Heeled Over the Knee boots

| WEARING | Forever 21 Melange Boyfriend Coat, Zara Basics Tee, & Other Stories Sunnies, DIY Double Pearl Necklace, Jenny Bird Moonsong Cuff, Noir Jewelry Sphere Cuff via Gilt, H&M Embroidered Shorts (recently seen here), Primark Tights, Report and Zara Over the Knee Boots (old)

| DIY | Distressed Jeans

06 November, 2014

| SUPPLIES |

 A pair of jeans |  X-Acto Knife | Piece of cardboard
| STEP 1 | Place cardboard inside jeans to where you want to begin distressing. I started at the top where the pocket fell so that the pocket seem would cover the rip.
| STEP 2 | Begin cutting straight lines in different lengths or you can keep them all the same length. Flip that side of the jean to cut through the lines so that they are completely cut.
| STEP 3 | Once you have cut the lines, begin to remove the fibers of the jean, so that you expose the white threads.
| STEP 4 | Take a look at the finished distressed patch to make sure you like the length and shape. 
| STEP 5 | Repeat step 2 for the leg and knee areas (that is if you wish to distress those areas).
| STEP 6 | Cut off all the excess fuss on the corners of each of the distress patches, if you want it clean, but you can leave the fuss if you want. 
| STEP 7 | Put the jeans to wash, once dried you will have that cool distress denim look. 
To create this look, it takes a bit of time to complete, but it is therapeutically and fun to do so don't be discouraged. I think it is one of those things that the more you do the better and faster you get, so it just takes practice. I posted this outfit a few days ago, check out the whole look here.