The Ultimate Friendsgiving Guide (Previously Published on the Huffington Post Blog)

Thankgiving

c/o Wholefoods

This article was originally written for the Huffington Post Canada Blog for Canadian Thanksgiving, which takes place in October. After attending a Wholefoods Friendsgiving event this week, I was inspired to adapt it to U.S. Thanksgiving, and add in a few recipe tips. Read the original here.

For ex-pats or folks living the big city life far from home, it’s not always possible to trek back to our families for Thanksgiving. This usually results in a healthy dose of FOMO for the holiday festivities back home, but not to fear – friendsgiving is here! The best part about friendsgiving is that you can put in as little or as much effort as you want. Whether you go all out Martha Stewart style or throw something together last minute, read on for tips on how to have a fabulous and stress-free friendsgiving.

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The Perfect Winter Accessory: A Jord Wood Watch

There are many reasons to wear a watch: it keeps you on schedule, it helps you stay off your smart phone and stay in the moment, and it acts as an accessory to complete an outfit. I like my watches to have personality, but also to be versatile enough to wear in casual or professional settings. Jord Wood watches have their classic, hand crafted designs made from sustainable wood, which is what makes them distinctly unique from their metal and leather strap bearing alternatives.

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A Nob Hill Lace Affair, with Schutz Shoes and Zara

Nob Hill is one of my favorite neighborhoods in San Francisco, with it’s stately old buildings and feeling of grandeur. Among the iconic hotels and apartment buildings is the Fairmont Hotel, with it’s hidden rooftop garden and plush old world interior. I love walking through the lobby and hanging out in the garden whenever I get the chance. It was the perfect setting for this intricate lace Zara dress, perfect for anything from holiday parties to winter weddings, or even a special date night.

Schutz is a Brazilian shoe brand focused on quality and creative designs. Every pair of shoes I own by Schutz are super comfortable, and they won’t break the bank. Schutz designs rival those of a top-end designer, but most come in around $200 instead of $1000. These “Blake” heels match the lace theme to a tee, with their cut-out, lace inspired foot cage.

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