over50feeling40: Hit Your Style Sweet Spot For Thanksgiving Dinner!
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Nov 22, 2015

Hit Your Style Sweet Spot For Thanksgiving Dinner!



Welcome to a new collaboration with Jennifer of A Well Styled Life and Pam of over50feeling40.  We desire for all of us…the grandmothers, the professionals, the retirees, the volunteers… the fabulous women over 50 …to look and feel our best each and every day.  After years of blogging for this audience, we have heard from so many of you about your discouragement and despondency when you look in the mirror every morning.  But, we both know just how transformative style can be and we hope to encourage you with specific, step-by-step guidelines right here every Sunday.  We would like to see all of us empowered with strength, joy, and confidence!
Each Sunday, we will bring to you a scenario we face each week and show you our step-by-step process as we decide what to wear…you will see on our individual blogs how we handle the challenge and seek our personal sweet spot for the day!
Today, we are discussing what to wear this Thursday for Thanksgiving dinner!  I will be the host home for around eight family members.  So, my challenge is to wear something fun, comfortable, confident, and functional sense I am in charge of the turkey, gravy, dressing, and mashed potatoes.  The rest of meal will be brought by others.






MY OLD FRUMPY THINKING: I am embarrassed to admit in the past I have showed up to meals I was in charge of in really, really casual clothes...my frumpy thinking said if it can be stained, don't wear something nice. After all, it's my house...these people know what I look like!









NEW HEALTHY THINKING:  I will be more confident about the meal, decorations, everything if I look and feel my best.  Aprons are great accessories and will protect my nice things.  Also, I am choosing a dark color to wear this year...because it will hide a possible splash of the gravy on my top! (I got the squirrel and mouse when we had our first Thanksgiving with children...they kind of stuck around for every one after).
OLD FRUMPY THINKING: In my 30s and 40s, I would try to dress for the season with either theme sweaters and vests or the traditional colors of the season.  I love decorating for the event, but really those things need to stay in the decorations and not on my body.  A turkey hat or theme sweater is good if you want to communicate humor...fun..silliness...but, not good if you want to communicate chic hostess!

So, this is what I plan to wear.....

 This black Sequined tank is a few years old and was purchased at CHICO'S. A touch of sparkle always works at holiday time.

INC SKINNY JEANS FROM MACY'S

 This dark blue Cardigan is by a San Antonio designer and is at DILLARDS (has pockets and I love pockets)


Shoes are very important, because I am on my feet all day...cooking and serving my guests.  ROCKPORT sent these beautiful TOTAL MOTION HIDDEN WEDGE BALLET FLAT IN BLACK SUEDE. Not only is this a chic shoe, it is designed to handle impact in the heel area and is very comfortable.  Perfect for the occasion.  ROCKPORT has some incredible shoes for women and men this season.  Just check the styles out HERE.




This is a very comfortable style and I feel confident in the look.  Blue on black is one of those chic combinations which just works so well together!  It is important to wear what you feel confident in. My hair appointment is Wednesday...then I will be ready!




Now, here is a special treat.  A couple of my friends are modeling styles from the SOFT SURROUNDINGS at THE SHOPS AT LA CANTERA and these are perfect to wear on Thanksgiving!

Barbara is modeling.....



Sandi is modeling...

JACOBEAN SKIRT

What are you planning to wear this Thursday?  Please share your ideas and comments...and also know, I am thankful for each one of you!  


Now, let's go see what Jennifer is wearing...HERE

And I am linking up with VISIBLE MONDAY...SHOE AND TELL...MONDAY MINGLE...TURNING HEADS LINK UP


Have a wonderful week!

Disclaimer:  The shoes were sent to me from Rockport.  The words are my own.

25 comments:

  1. Hi Pam, I love it when you wear sequins! I think I will join you this Thursday by doing the same! I will pull out my trusty ol' navy blue sequin tank. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. Thank you for your constant good cheer. xx

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    1. I love a little touch of sparkle, Jill. My former self went overboard with it...but it is so much fun when it is the only statement piece! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family as well!

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  2. Good choice for a busy holiday outfit! The shoes will be a blessing for you feet (and back), I'm sure. Did you make your chalkboard sign? The Thanksgiving squirrel and mouse look well fed. Ha!

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    1. These shoes are so comfortable and stylish...I love them. It is amazing the squirrel and mouse have survived my children and family without getting broken...but they are still around and, yes, well cared for! Thanks for stopping by Donna...enjoy your holiday!

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  3. A sequined tank and black suede shoes?! Hilarious we both chose the same items two weeks in a row! You're so right. A sequin top is the perfect item to have for the holidays. I love it worn casually and dressed up!!

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    1. We have got to talk about what we are wearing...but I do love the element of surprise here! You are so right about the sequined tank...I really like it with denim, but have worn it often with my pencil skirt! We better talk next week!!

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  4. I love a sparkly top for the holiday season. Great outfit.

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    1. Thank you, Josephine! It is fun to have an occasion to sparkle for!

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  5. Great Thanksgiving outfit! The shoes & top add just the right amount of dressiness!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thank you, Andrea! It should be a good fit for the occasion! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  6. Wonderful look for hosting your Thanksgiving dinner, Pam! A sparkly top is always a great choice. xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Patti! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  7. HAVE NO IDEA until that day.........will walk into the closet and it will SPEAK TO ME!

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    1. That's how I am most mornings! Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Need to look for those hidden wedge flats. Everyone raves about Tieks. They are not for me :-)

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    1. I have three pair of Rockport shoes and I am very happy with them, Carla. These are comfortable and beautiful! I am not familiar with Tieks. Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. It's all adorable! And I am 100% with you on pockets.

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    1. I have started to expect pockets in garments...I do love them! Thanks for the kind words, Paula and for stopping by!

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  10. LOVE black and navy together! Very sophisticated ;-)

    Alicia
    spashionista.com

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  11. Love the shoes too. Sparkle is always great for holidays. It is my turn to host this year and I have 2 really cute aprons to wear over my nice clothes. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  12. I'm going to have the posh plaid shirt and leggings sort of a dsy. Your outfit looks fabulous with the glass of wine!

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  13. That's such great insight into dressing for the holidays, Pam! It just feels better to put one's best foot forward (especially clad in such cute shoes!).

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  14. Your shoes look great and I love the sparkle. I do love the 2 ways of thinking. You look lovely and Happy Thanksgiving
    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  15. Very festive, very chic. The shoes are very modern with the pointy nose.
    Greetje

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  16. You look very elegant and sophisticated. And, I agree with you about putting a little effort into what we wear for special events. Things have gotten so casual, no one seems to dress up much anymore. Love the sequin shirt! Hope you Thanksgiving was wonderful.

    Cherie
    http://www.stylenudge.com

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Thanks so much for joining in our conversation today! I appreciate your time and love hearing from you!