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“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”-Oprah

I have so many things I have to be thankful for this year. First and foremost, for my family, my health, my puppy girls, and of course, and all of you!

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Cashmere Sweater and Banana Republic Sweater Skirt

Can you honestly think of an outfit cozier than a cashmere sweater and sweater midi skirt? It’s pretty much the equivalent of wearing a cashmere throw in public. This outfit really is double the sweater, double the fun!

Cashmere Sweater (in red too!)(c/o) / Skirt (c/o) / Heels (c/o) / Bag / Sunglasses / Earrings 

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It’s the Friday before Thanksgiving and that means the holiday party circuit is just about to start! Gone are the days of showing up to a party empty handed because this year I started early.  Keep scrolling for my favorite gifts for the Host!

Gathre Tablecloth (c/o) / Marble Cheese board / Cheese Slicer / Plates / Kitchen Tumblers  / Candles / Vases / Chairs / Bar Cart

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What to Wear for Thanksgiving

I don’t know about you, but I always love an excuse to outfit plan. Since we are headed to Kansas City for Thanksgiving, I decided to plan ahead this year.


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When it comes to setting the table for Thanksgiving, my advice is to let the food speak for itself.

This year I am not hosting the big event, but we are having a few friends over for a simple and low key Friendsgiving.  There is nothing I love more than hosting friends for this iconic meal (see last year’s set-up). This year my moto is KISS (keep it simple, stupid).  We are covering the table in a gauzy tablecloth, pears, a few candles, and some rustic cutting boards. See my inspiration for our Friendsgiving table:


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Whether you are ready or not, the holidays are here! Thanksgiving weekend is over and it is time to start your list! Whether you are naughty or nice, I have a few things you need this Cyber Monday. Be sure to check out my Gift Guide for more great deals!



J.CREW (extra 40% off on things that never go on sale!)


BEAUTY PRODUCTS (These make great stocking stuffers)



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images via J.Crew



Happy Thanksgiving! I have so much to be thankful for this year. I plan to unplug, enjoy spending time with my new extended family and being a part of their yearly traditions. First off, the annual family soccer game (wish me luck) and then stuffing our faces with all. the. food.

I also want to say a big THANKS to all of you! You make it so much fun for me to wake up everyday and do what I do. I am able to be creative and adventurous because of all you readers! So thank you so much for your continued support of A Dash of Details. It means so much!

Happy Thanksgiving turkeys!

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Friendsgiving was a success!

Last night I hosted our first ever Friendsgiving complete with turkey and side dishes galore. Today definitely calls for extra cups of coffee.  I may or may not have had a few too many glasses of wine, but who was counting.  If you follow me on Snapchat (AliLeighB) you may have seen my 14 pound turkey masterpiece! I credit the perfectly cooked turkey to beginners luck, but mostly this recipe.

It was such a great night with great friends! I will remember my first run at the Thanksgiving meal for a lifetime.  I am by no means a Martha Stewart in the kitchen, but by some miracle I didn’t spill, burn or overcook anything.  That was the biggest win in my book.

I wish I could have captured pictures of the food, but when it comes to hosting I like to put my phone away and enjoy the company.  I had so much fun setting the table with our wedding gifts (the best thing: everything was dishwasher safe!). I decided to keep the decor simple so we could serve the food family-style. This slate board served as a great centerpiece for the turkey.   Our table also only seats 6, so we added another table for extra seating.  I also took away the chairs on the back and added this bench to fit three people comfortably.

I hope to make Friendsgiving a reoccuring event at our house, but I will be taking a break from cooking the rest of the week and enjoying leftovers! Let’s just hope I am not sick of turkey by next Thursday ;)


Vietri Dinnerware / Ikea Round Chargers / Pottery Barn Stripe Placemats / Luna Flatware and Serving Pieces / Williams-Sonoma Open Kitchen Tumblers / Williams-Sonoma Reserve Grand Cru Wine Glasses / Water Pitcher / Slate Serving Board 


Lucite Chairs / Bench / Table (made by my husband) / Gray Malin, Prada Marfa / Ballard Design Chairs / Chandelier  

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Wish me luck. Tonight I am prepping for my first ever ‘Friendsgiving’ party.  I have been practicing a few of the menu items, but cooking for 12 people is quite the project to take on for one person. I have so much more appreciation for my mom and aunt now realizing that cooking for 20 people was no small task.

I remember sitting on the counter in my aunt’s black and white kitchen listening to good 90s tunes while watching my mom and aunt briskly move through the kitchen. I always waited patiently for the spoon to taste test the mashed potatoes. Of course,  always adding my two cents: more salt and pepper. I was seemed to sneak bites of everything before it was platted on the table. Honestly, it was always less about the food and more about the company.  We spent hours in that kitchen laughing and telling stories.  So many of the best memories are from those Thursdays.

This year I decided to start the tradition at our house. Since we are headed to Kansas City for Thanskgiving,  I wanted to make the Thanksgiving meal at home. Tomorrow, all of my girlfriends are headed to our house for champagne and hopefully a great Thanksgiving meal. If the meal is half as good as my momma’s, I will be happy. I plan to turn on those same 90s tunes and remember all of the great times we had together.

As far as an outfit goes, this is what I plan to wear.  Comfort is key when it comes to hosting at your house.  These Spanx Faux Leather leggings are perfect. They add a little something extra with an oversized sweater.  I love this poncho from Anthropologie. It has fitted sleeve that keep it from looking too boxy and the fringe adds a little fun!


Turtleneck Sweater Poncho / Spanx Faux Leather Leggings (c/o) / Celine Bag (similar) / Celine Sunglasses / Zara Booties (similar) Rocksbox Earrings (c/o) / Screw Cuff Bracelet 

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I have been thinking of the perfect outfit to wear for my favorite day of the year.  We are celebrating the holiday with Patrick’s family again this year and it is alway fun to enjoy a great meal with his big family! We start the morning with a fun (and competitive) soccer game and then spend the afternoon watching football, eating snacks and snuggling by the fire.  After our relaxing day we head over to his Aunt’s house for a big Thanksgiving meal. I always want to look put together, but still comfy enough to eat all the turkey and mash potatoes.  Leggings with a chunky sweater and heels is the perfect outfit for a day of relaxing and stuffing your face.  Don’t you agree?


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