jacket: BB Dakota c/o Shopbop // dress: vintage via Prototype Vintage (it's vintage Express - how cool!) // purse: vintage via Pieceology Vintage // shoes: Old Navy // earrings: Gorjana c/o Shopbop
photos by Chelsea Laine Francis
I bought this adorable vintage dress on a recent shopping trip when a friend came to visit. Three of us spent the day trying on clothes, sipping handcrafted sodas, and giggling as we walked up and down South Congress. Last week, I wore this outfit to a Friendsgiving party with some new friends, and we had a blast eating homemade goodies, discussing movies, and sharing what we're all thankful for this year.
When I think about what I'm most thankful for, especially in 2016, it's my friends. I know that sounds sappy and obvious, but I really mean it! Even the other things I'm thankful for, like lady-owned businesses, safe spaces, and the growth I've experienced this year are all things I got to experience because of my friendships. I have the most wonderful people in my life, and I'm unbelievably grateful that I got to live this year, the good and the bad, with them by my side (and on the Internet, of course!).
I've been thinking about my word for 2017, which of course got me thinking about my word from 2016. I had settled on Mindfulness, which I've thought of often (how mindful!) and enjoyed focusing on. Though, I think there are some ideas that we plan to give our attention to, and some themes that define a period of time naturally, without having to think about it. 2016 was such an incredible year for friendship. My community expanded in the best ways with some of the best people I've ever met.
If you're reading this, you're someone I cherish. Either it's because we've become friends, possibly in part to interacting here or over on Instagram (and maybe even in person!), or it's because I'm grateful for the role you play in my life by taking the time to read something I wrote. You gave me space to share, and I'm thankful for that every day. If you haven't commented before or reached out in another way, I'd love to get to know you so we can be friends too!
Speaking of friends, there's a sale going on right now that is perfect for going in on as a group, or for getting the bulk of your holiday shopping for friends and family done all at once! Shopbop's annual Buy More, Save More sale is here again!
This sale is great because you can go in on it together to get your order big and save bigger. In case you're looking for recommendations, Gift Boutique coincidentally carries a lot of my favorite gift options (especially the gorgeous glassware); BB Dakota (the brand of my jacket in this post) has sweaters, jackets, and more that you, your sister, or your girlfriends will love; and there's nothing nicer than waking up to new and beautiful pajamas on Christmas morning, so I've got my eye on brands like Three J NYC and PJ Salvage for a new pair for me and maybe a pair for my mama too. Also, if you're a lover of a brand like Madewell but wouldn't usually make the splurge, now is a great time for you and your bestie to get matching Transport Totes!
The sale runs for one whole week -- through next Monday, November 28, so save a little time during this week's holiday to add things to your cart!